Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Hot Corner, 5/31 edition

Ichiro has a 23-game hitting streak, which two shy of his franchise record 25-game streak.

The Tampa Bay Rays have called up Matt Joyce. In turn, they sent pitcher Dale Thayer down to Triple-A Durham.

Brewers reliever David Riske, who will see specialist Lewis Yocum on Monday, may need "Tommy John" surgery.

Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson is now 6-0 all-time against the Mets.

Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios had four hits against the Red Sox.

Tigers pitchers Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello each finished May 5-0 and have become the first pair of Tigers pitchers since 2000 to each win five games in the same calendar month.

Red Sox outfielder Rocco Baldelli left Saturday's game against the Blue Jays in the fifth inning after slamming into the wall and injuring his knee.

The Diamondbacks placed Chad Tracy on the 15-day disabled list.

The Reds placed Joey Votto on the 15-day disabled list.

Yesterday, Mets outfielder Fernando Martinez got the first two hits of his career.

Mets pitcher Oliver Perez had an MRI yesterday that revealed tendinitis in his knee. His start for Triple-A Buffalo has been canceled for today. "He's not going to get out pitching rehab games until we feel everything is OK with the knee," [Mets GM Omar] Minaya said.

Despite back problems in his last start, Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte says he'll make his next start.

Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Tom Hicks departure as majority owner of the Rangers could also mean the departure of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.

Rockies new manager Jim Tracy said of Tony Gwynn Jr.: “The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I've seen that swing before somewhere.”

Mike Serby of the New York Post would put Gary Sheffield and Johan Santana on his All-Gangster team.

The Nationals have demoted Justin Maxwell, sending him back to Triple-A Syracuse, and recalled infielder Alberto Gonzalez.

Blue Jays pitcher Brian Tallet threw 59 pitches in the first two innings yesterday, but "then all of a sudden he got his control back and started to make some pitches," manager Cito Gaston said, according to the Toronto Star.

Despite leaving the Giants game trailing, Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter got the win yesterday. He now has eight wins on the season.

The Giants are considering keeping Pablo Sandoval at first even after his elbow is better.

Marlins moved Chris Coghlan to leadoff and he saw 32 pitches from Mets' pitchers.

Phillies have called up Antonio Bastardo and he will start Tuesday against the Padres.

Travis Buck was shocked to be placed on the DL by the A's: "I came to the ballpark fully expecting to play, and I was kind of shocked they put me on the DL."

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