Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Hot Corner, 6/30 edition

Could the season (and career) for Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, who is in Colorado to get a second opinion on his knee from the doctor that invented microfracture knee surgery, be in jeopardy? The Mets are optimistic that Beltran won't need anything as drastic as microfracture surgery.

Buffalo Bills QB Trent Edwards got a second chance to throw out a first pitch at the Dodgers-Rockies game last night.

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier hit his fourth walk-off home run of the season last night.

A pair of Phillies, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez, are the leading All-Star vote-getters for their respective positions while Ryan Howard trails Albert Pujols at first.

Of all Red Sox players, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun would "steal" Jason Bay for the Orioles, if he had his choice.

Maybe he should steal Jon Lester, who improved to 8-0 all-time against the Orioles last night.

Orioles manager Dave Tremblay expects Cesar Izturis back in late-July, but Izturis hopes to be back sooner.

One night after Yankees closer Mariano Rivera recorded his 500th save, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon tied Mike Stanley for the Sox' all-time saves record (132).

Who's better: Goose Gossage or Mariano Rivera? Goose says Mo is.

Giants ace Tim Lincecum pitched a two-hitter against the Cardinals and has thrown three complete games in his past four starts.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy says of Ryan Sadowski, who got a win in his major-league debut on Sunday: "Right now, he's in the rotation."

In his return from the DL, Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay was welcomed back by getting only two hits and one run in support from the offense.

The Astros have sent down Wesley Wright to make room for Mike Hampton.

Brandon Backe was waived by the Astros.

Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello had his shortest outing of the year against the A's, who ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Tigers.

Tigers pitcher Fu-Te Ni struck out three in 1 2/3 innings in his debut Monday.

In seven relief appearances, Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes has an ERA of 1.50 and opposing batters are hitting .122 against him in that span.

The Reds, who are .500 (37-37), are only three games back.

Mike Lowell's return? Friday or the DL?

The Rangers called up outfielder Julio Borbon, who went 0-for-3 last night.

Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar pitched another nice game last night.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't want to get "so optimistic, so excited and pumped up" by the White Sox recent success - 10 wins in last 14 games - and end up with a broken heart.

Cubs pitcher Rich Harden got his first win last night since May 12th.

The Cubs might get Aramis Ramirez back for a four-game series against the Cardinals next week.

Going from third to sixth in the batting order, Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley might get a couple days of rest as well.

Carol Slekak of the Chicago Sun-Times asks if this is the "last stand for Lou" Piniella.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Are you smarter than a Cubs' fan?

You are if you're a White Sox fan. At least, that's according to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella noted the surge in attendance at U.S. Cellular Field when the cross-town rivals played each other this weekend compared to the 22,000 that showed for the Dodgers-White Sox series.


Of course, the never-shy Guillen had the answer:
"Because our fans are not stupid like Cubs fans," Guillen said. "They know we're [expletive]."

Guillen said Cubs fans will watch any game at Wrigley Field because "Wrigley Field is just a bar."
I'm not a Cubs fan. Or a White Sox fan. But how can you not love Ozzie?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Milton Bradley back in lineup

A day after being sent home by Cubs manager Lou Piniella, Milton Bradley was back in the Cubs' lineup in the three hole.

But Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune asks the question: Do the Cubs regret signing Bradley?

As Rogers points out, the Cubs bypassed other free-agent outfielders, such as Bobby Abreu, Raul Ibanez and Adam Dunn, in favor of the hot-tempered Bradley. Last year, Bradley hit .321 with 22 home runs in Texas and led the A.L. in on-base percentage (.436).

Bradley signed a two-year contract worth $20 million. Once Bradley plays in 75 games this season, the deal becomes a three-year contract worth $30 million.

According to the Associated Press, Piniella and Bradley have made up.

"I apologized for the last comment I made, told him he knows in the context I meant it," Piniella said. "But I also told him that just can't continue, to have shenanigans that we've put up with. I told him he's going to hurt somebody, he's going to hurt himself."

"No, man, I don't have a problem with Lou at all," said Bradley. "Initially I was just a little shocked at how everything happened suddenly. But it's something I have to deal with."

So far this season, Bradley is struggling as are the Cubs (35-35) in general. Bradley is hitting only .237 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

If the struggles continue, this probably won't be the last confrontation. Then again, if the struggles don't continue, this probably won't be the last confrontation.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

C.C. to start Friday

The Yankees will give the ball to C.C. Sabathia tomorrow night against the Mets, per Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.

Sabathia had a 30-pitch bullpen session in Atlanta that went well.

"I was able to get loose, I was able to get extended and everything felt good," Sabathia said. "I cut it loose at the end and didn't feel anything. I feel like I'll be fine."

Monday, June 22, 2009

Not quite mid-season awards: N.L. MVP

Over the weekend, I began the process of selecting my Cy Youngs and MVPs in both leagues by making my N.L. Cy Young pick based on production thus far.

Obviously, a lot can change between now and October, but today I will pick my National League MVP through June 22nd.

After his 6-for-12 performance this weekend with three home runs and ten RBI, the NL MVP race is the most clear-cut of the four award races.

The award goes to Albert Pujols, who becomes only the third player to begin a career with nine consecutive 25-home run seasons. Despite my personal bias (Pujols is my favorite player), it's hard to argue with this pick.

Pujols leads the N.L. in runs scored (56), home runs (26), runs batted in (68), OBP (.448) and OPS (1.169). He is also hitting .329 on the season. He nearly has as many home runs (26) as he has strikeouts (27).

As an added bonus, he's on pace to steal 21 bases. In fact, his nine steals lead the majors for first baseman. And the Cardinals currently lead the N.L. Central.

So, the real battle is for runner-up.

Runner-up: Raul Ibanez, Phillies - For me, it came down to Prince Fielder and Ibanez, who is on the 15-day DL. Ibanez, who is off to a torrid start excluding being placed on the DL, is in the top three in the N.L. in runs (51), home runs (22), runs batted in (59) and OPS (1.027).

In addition, Ibanez is hitting .312 for the Phillies, who currently lead the N.L. East.

Honorable Mention (not necessarily in order): Prince Fielder (Brewers), Matt Kemp (Dodgers), David Wright (Mets), Adrian Gonzalez (Padres) and Ryan Braun (Brewers).

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Hot Corner, 6/21 edition

The Mets are still unsure when SS Jose Reyes will make his return, but he felt fine for the first time after hitting on Friday. The problem is running.

Pitchers Jeff (Dodgers) and Jered (Angels) Weaver became the 21st pair of brothers to pitch against each other. And Jeff got the better of Jered.

Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsusaka will skip his next start.

Both John Maine and Oliver Perez will begin rehab assignments Monday.

Tigers 20-year-old pitcher Rick Porcello is poised beyond his years.

Tigers pitcher Alfredo Figaro wins in his major-league debut.

Phillies closer Ryan Madson blows another save and the Phillies have lost five straight.

Despite allowing only one run in eight innings, Matt Cain didn't get his tenth win of the season in the Giants 2-1 extra-inning win.

Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson tells the Boston Herald: "I feel that in my young career I’ve done a little bit of everything. I’ve already done some starting, but this year I feel good about all the roles I’ve been in. Except for an inning or two, almost no runs have been scored and that’s very encouraging for me."

Pirates top pick Tony Sanchez drove in the game-winning run in his first minor league game.

The Angels signed Randal Grichuk, their top pick.

Albert Pujols has lots of opinions, but he says his "job is to shut up and play."

Nolan Ryan is worried about the Rangers' offense and Josh Hamilton took 20-30 swings in a batting cage yesterday.

Rays OF Pat Burrell said he "loved" being booed at CitiField on Friday night.

James Shields got his first road win since April 12th.

Will Ben Zobrist be on the A.L. All-Star roster?

GM Brian Cashman said the decision to rest/bench A-Rod for two days was "a medical decision."

Carlos Beltran, who is going to get an MRI on his knee, says, "When I am running, pounding the knee, I feel a pinch," Beltran said. "It's annoying."

Not quite mid-season awards: N.L. Cy Young

Over the next day or two, I'm going to select my winner (i.e., current leader) and runner-up for the Cy Young and MVP (not to be confused with MP3) in both leagues.

It goes without saying, although I'll say it anyways, this is highly subjective and is merely my (well-thought-out, compelling, coherent) opinion.

That being said, I encourage that you provide feedback (and your selection, if you disagree) in the comments' section.

So, let's begin with the N.L. Cy Young Award.

The N.L. Cy Young Award goes to ... (drum roll, please) ... Matt Cain, San Francisco. With a 9-1 record, Cain is one of three nine-game winners in the N.L. Chad Billingsley (Dodgers) and Jason Marquis (Rockies) are the other two. He's also third in ERA (2.39) behind Johnny Cueto (Reds) and Dan Haren (D'Backs).

In his past five starts, Cain is 5-0 with three complete games. His three complete games lead the N.L. In his past five starts, he has 34 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings pitched. During that span, Cain has an ERA of 2.02.

With the exception of a five-inning performance in a 4-1 win over the Nationals, Cain has pitched six (or more) innings in every start.

Runner-up: Dan Haren, Diamondbacks - Haren leads the NL in innings pitched (101), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.38), WHIP (0.82), BAA (.193) and is second in ERA (2.23). He is tied for third in strikeouts (96) with Chad Billingsley. He's pitched six (or more) innings in every start and he has only allowed more than three runs in one start (May 23rd).

While he has a mediocre win-loss record of 6-4, it's not his fault. He allowed only seven runs in 26 innings, which is an ERA of 2.42, in his four losses. His team gave him two runs (total) in those four losses as support. If only he and the D'Backs (29-39) had a better record...

Honorable Mention (not necessarily in order): Tim Lincecum (Giants), Johnny Cueto (Reds), Johan Santana (Mets), Chad Billingsley (Dodgers), Yovani Gallardo (Brewers), Josh Johnson (Marlins), Javier Vazquez (Braves)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Two days off for A-Rod

Citing "fatigue," Yankee skipper Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman decided to give third baseman Alex Rodriguez two days of rest, per Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.

A-Rod sat Friday and will sit Saturday as well.

"We just feel that he's fatigued and that he could use a little blow," Girardi said. "We talked about giving him one day off and we were thinking about doing it tomorrow, but after we slept on it, talked about it and discussed it, we're going to give him two days off."

Not surprisingly, A-Rod called it "a great disappointment." Rodriguez, who grew up in Miami, has never played a regular-season game in Miami.

Rodriguez, who was going to leave around 100 tickets, told his mother to stay home and "save on gas money."

He has gone hitless in his last 15 at bats and has only two hits in his last 21 at bats.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Santana says he's "fine"

Mets ace Johan Santana had the worst performance of his major league career yesterday. In three short innings, he allowed nine hits, two walks and nine earned runs.

In his previous three losses on the season, Santana allowed a total of only three earned runs.

Per Burt Hubbuch of the New York Post, Santana admitted that he had some physical ailments - blisters on the middle finger of his left hand and on his toe as well as a sore back. Yet he claims those ailments have nothing to do with yesterday's outing and his 6.50 ERA over his past six starts.

"What happened is, I made a few mistakes locating my pitches," Santana said.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen says, "He's fought through [blister] almost a month, but now that it's healed, the ball plane has changed." Manager Jerry Manuel agreed, saying "physically, he's in good shape. It's a delivery issue."

Santana took exception to a reporter asking about a "dead arm," according to Hubbuch.

"Who calls that? You? How you know that?" Santana barked at a reporter who asked him about dead arm. "No, that's not even close. I'm fine. There's not much I can say. I'm fine."

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Hot Corner, 6/14 edition

D'Backs manager A.J. Hinch says Dan Haren, who has a 2.20 ERA, deserves to be an All-Star despite his 5-4 record.

Michael Cuddyer will have his finger drained and could be back in the Twins' line-up on Tuesday.

Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley got his N.L.-leading ninth victory over the Rangers today.

Mets ace Johan Santana never looked as bad as he did today against the Yankees.

The Rangers put closer Frank Francisco on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 4th.

Jered Weaver pitched a five-hit shutout and is now 5-0 at Angel Stadium this season with an ERA of 1.01.

Chipper Jones is now 0-for-21 in his last five games.

Unfazed by trade rumors, Jeff Francoeur says, “If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.”

The Royals placed Coco Crisp on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Saturday.

Reds manager Dusty Baker says of Brandon Phillips ignoring a take sign, “It’s like the military: You follow orders.”

Dontrelle Willis walked eight and allowed six runs today. Are his days in the rotation numbered?

Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz, who has made five rehab starts, says he's ready.

Ozzie Guillen on Wrigley Field: “Oh, I don’t care if they hate me, the don’t feed my kids,’’ Guillen said of the Cubbie faithful. “They hate me, that’s cool. People, no matter how famous you are, they hate you or they love you. I see the other day they asked [Joe] Crede about the rats [in Wrigley], at least I have something that people can read and write and listen to, but I never put the Cubs fans down, I’ve always admired the Cubs office, I always made my feelings known about Cubs players, about the manager, about Lou [Piniella] now, [general manager] Jim Hendry and the way I respect them, a lot, a lot, but Wrigley Field? I puke every time I go there. I’m just being honest."

Miguel Tejada got his 2,000th hit and Lance Berkman got his 300th HR of their careers.

Cliff Lee throws three-hit shutout

Although he improved to only 4-6 with tonight's 3-0 win over the Cardinals, Cliff Lee, the A.L.'s reigning Cy Young, has pitched very well this season.

Especially, if you ignore his first two starts when he allowed a whopping 11 runs in only 10 innings.

Despite his shaky start to the season, Lee has now lowered his ERA to 2.88 after tonight's three-hit shutout. And he got it done in only 93 pitches.

Excluding his first two starts, Lee's ERA is 2.20.

Except for the run support and blip early in the season, it's as though Lee has picked up from where he left off in 2008.

Bruney, K-Rod escalates during pre-game drills

Yesterday, Yankees reliever Brian Bruney commented about the blown save by Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez on Friday night and his showmanship.

Specifically, Bruney told the Hunterdon County Democrat, "Couldn't have happened to a better guy on the mound, either. He's got a tired act. He gets what he deserves, man. I just don't like watching the guy pitch. I think it's embarrassing."

So, during today's pre-game drills, K-Rod sought out Bruney (or anyone who might be Bruney).

"I saw [K-Rod] walking with attitude and asking guys, 'Is it him?' " [Mets pitcher Mike] Pelfrey said. "The next thing I know, he was in [Bruney's] face."

According to the "nobody," I mean, Bruney, the air has been cleared.

"I probably shouldn't have said what I said [Saturday], but I made that mistake and learned from it. The guy has had a great career. I don't have anything at this point to hang my hat on. I don't have a World Series title like he does. I don't have the save record like he does. For me it was nothing personal against Frankie. I've heard he is a good dude."

Do you believe him?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Halladay's next start pushed back

Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay left last night's game in the fourth inning with a strained groin.

Now, the Blue Jays will push back his next start from Thursday to (at least) Saturday, per the Associated Press.

"He wants to pitch but he's also smart, too," [Jays manager Cito] Gaston said. "Some guys might have tried to stay out there, but he didn't. He knew there was something going on. It's better that you're that way than trying to play through it sometimes."

Halladay is 10-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched this season.

Jake Peavy to miss a month

The San Diego Padres are going to be without Jake Peavy for at least a month due to his injured ankle, according to the Associated Press.

Peavy initially injured the ankle while running the bases in his start after rejecting a trade that would have sent him to the White Sox.

Although he pitched with it taped since then, the extent of the injury is worse than originally thought.

"I was getting treatment and we were getting by," said Peavy. "Up until yesterday, I thought it was manageable. It could have gotten ugly if we didn't take the action that we did."

The Padres will start Josh Greer in Peavy's place tonight.

Peavy will wear a walking boot for the next four weeks.

With approximately a month and a half to go until the MLB trade deadline, this likely will end any chance of Peavy, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, getting traded this season.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Hot Corner, 6/12 edition

Fans of Bobby Valentine, manager of Chiba Lotte Marines, have signed a petition (100,000 strong) in support of Valentine staying beyond 2009.

Filling in for Phillies' injured closer Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson has converted saves on back-to-back nights.

The Phillies won last night's game on a 10th-inning homer by Raul Ibanez, which is his 21st of the season.

In order to make room for Koji Uehara, who's returning from the DL, the Orioles demoted David Hernandez to Triple-A Norfolk.

In order to make room for Pat Burrell, the Rays optioned Matt Joyce to Triple-A Durham.

Giants outfielder Fred Lewis finished the Giants' road trip 3-for-24.

A tenth-inning home run by Chase Headley gave the Padres a 9-7 win over the D'Backs.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't hate the Cubs, just Wrigley.

Manager Lou Piniella, frustrated by the Cubs finish to a 4-4 road trip, said, "''I know the game isn't the easiest in the world to play, because I played it for a long time. But it's not this damn hard. Come on. It's not this hard.''

The Rangers signed Orlando Hernandez to a minor-league contract on Thursday.

The Angels are sending Kelvim Escobar to the bullpen.

The Red Sox have now beaten the Yankees in all eight games played this season.

In the 48th round of the MLB amateur draft, the Tigers selected Jake Porcello, brother of Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello.

The Mets placed pitcher John Maine of the 15-day disabled list.

Mets third baseman David Wright is "excited to get over there and see what the new [Yankee] stadium is about." Especially so, considering his power struggles at Citi Field.

The Mets begin the Subway Series coming off two extra-inning losses in a row.

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton expects to beat the four-to-six-week timeframe, saying "my expectations are always bigger than everybody else’s. Right now they’ve got it set at four to six. I’m going to let you guys think it’s four to six."

Speaking of his eighth-inning error, Marlins outfielder Cody Ross said, "I lost the game. I whiffed it. That's it, flat out."

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

David Wright says he was joking about frustrations

Mets third baseman says he was joking about being frustrated with the dimensions of Citi Field.

"That was me having a good time with Chipper because I saw the look on his face after, you know, hitting 800 feet worth of fly balls and no home runs," Wright said Tuesday before the Mets played Philadelphia.

Ha ha. Good one, David.

And Chipper feels sorry for Mets' players now. Unless, of course, he's just "joking."

"It is the biggest park that I have ever played in in my life. It is a huge ballpark to center and right center and right field," Jones told Sirius XM Radio on Monday. "You know, I actually feel sort of sorry for some of the guys out there because their power numbers are really going to take a hit; guys like David Wright, (Carlos) Beltran, (Carlos) Delgado. The days of them hitting 35, 40 homers -- they're over."

In 200 at bats in 2009, Wright has three home runs. He hit his last home run on May 7th.

In 2007, Wright hit 30 homers in 604 at bats. In 2008, Wright hit 33 homers in 626 at bats.

If he gets 626 at bats in 2009 and maintains his current pace, he will finish 2009 with 9.39 home runs.

Funny, isn't it?

The Hot Corner, 6/9 edition

Apparently, the White Sox Net crew have the ability to turn back the clock as Marcus Thames hit the "1st home run of career," as our friends at Detroit4Lyfe pointed out.

As expected, the Nationals drafted Stephen Strasburg with the top overall pick and the Mariners drafted Dustin Ackley with the second overall pick in tonight's MLB draft.

With the fourth overall pick, the Pirates selected Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez.

Yankees reliever Brian Bruney could return next week.

Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times believes that Erik Bedard should qualify for Type A free agency, which would net the Mariners two draft picks if he leaves via free agency.

The Sunday starter for the Detroit Tigers is will be either Jeremy Bonderman or Dontrelle Willis, according to the Detroit Free Press. The other will lose his roster spot.

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution asks whether Jair Jurrjens is the "real ace" of the Braves' staff.

Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch will have Tommy John surgery on Friday.

The Rays added Jorge Julio, who will pitch for Triple-A Durham.

Colin Stephenson of the Newark Star-Ledger asks the question, "Could Phil Hughes turn into the next Joba Chamberlain for the New York Yankees?"

Cardinals SS Khalil Greene started his rehab assignment.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said about Fernando Martinez: "Some believe that 250 at-bats, no matter how you get them here, are better than every day at Triple-A. So we have to find a number that we feel, whether it's three out of seven or four out of seven a week that would equate enough to warrant him staying here full time."

Liz Bonds filed for a legal separation from hubby Barry, per Lance Williams of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants would like to see Matt Cain go to the 2009 All-Star game.

Phillies closer Brad Lidge was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Yankees first basemen Mark Teixeira, who leads the A.L. in homers (18), says "we've crushed balls all over the place. We hit more home runs today than they did, didn't we? Someone's got to give us credit eventually.''

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Harden to miss rehab start today

Cubs pitcher Rich Harden, who was placed on the DL on May 18, was scheduled to make a rehab start today for Triple-A Iowa. Per the Chicago Tribune, he was scratched for undisclosed reasons.

Harden was also supposed to pitch Friday against the Twins, but that will be pushed back as well.

In eight starts, Harden is 4-2 with an ERA of 4.74 and 53 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.

He has missed four starts while on the DL.

The Hot Corner, 6/7 edition

"John Maine might be going through a period of dead arm or whatever," [Mets manager Jerry] Manuel said. "I just didn't see the electric stuff we've been known to see, and that's a little concerning when that happens." The Mets lost 7-1 to the Nats.

David Wells said Jose Canseco suggested Wells use HGH when they were White Sox teammates, but Wells passed.

Carlos Beltran says nuh uh to Pittsburgh's Adam Laroche, who said Beltran doesn't have any class. Beltran said: "I've got class. And I've got what he said that I don't have."

To keep 20-year-old Fernando Martinez in the big leagues, the Mets designated Emil Brown for assignment after activating Ryan Church.

The Padres moved Chase Headley back to third and he said "it's fun to be back there."

Tony Gwynn Jr. reached base five times in the Padres' 6-4 win over the D'Backs last night.

Despite his 2-5 start, Jonathan Sanchez is not in danger of losing his spot in the Giants' rotation.

Phillies closer Brad Lidge has now blown two saves this weekend and six on the season.

Expect fastballs from Ricky Nolasco when he returns. "Pitch with his fastball," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's what he does best. I think he got away from that a little bit. In a couple of starts he had at Triple-A, he did that."

"The last 10 (pitches) I cranked it up a little bit, and I felt like I was throwing fairly hard," [D'Backs pitcher Brandon Webb] said [of yesterday's bullpen session]. "That was good."

K-Rod and Brian Fuentes, his replacement in L.A., are tied for the major league lead in saves (15).

Orioles Felix Pie left Saturday's game after a foul ball bounced and hit him in the throat.

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is near his career high in home runs (20 in 2007) with 15 already this season.

Detroit's Jim Leyland sat Miguel Cabrera for a second straight game on Saturday.

Florida's Andrew Miller was sharp in his outing yesterday against the Giants.

A's reliever Dan Giese will need surgery that probably will sideline him for at least a year.

Detroit's Edwin Jackson pitched a four-hit complete game to beat the Angels yesterday.

The Reds beat the Cubs in extra innings on a throwing error by Mike Fontenot.

Has anyone had a better 24 hours than the Dodgers' Andre Ethier? Ethier's led the Dodgers to back-to-back wins with walk-off hits.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Hot Corner, 6/5 edition

Giants pitcher Randy Johnson got his 300th career win.

In their double-header, Giants pitcher Matt Cain won the nightcap tie N.L. league leaders in wins (seven).

Yankees pitcher David Robertson got yesterday's win after throwing only one pitch.

Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels threw a five-hit shutout to beat the Dodgers 3-0.

Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett was suspended six games and fined $2000 after throwing high at Rangers Nelson Cruz. Vincente Padilla fined only $750 after hitting Mark Teixeira with two pitches.

The White Sox called up Gordon Beckham, their #1 pick in 2008.

Adam Lind tied a Blue Jays record for consecutive hits (eight in a row).

After yesterday's 3-1 win over the Reds, Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter has lowered his ERA to 0.71 on the season.

Colorado catcher Yorvit Torrealba's 11-year-old son and brother-in-law were released by kidnappers a day after being abducted in Venezuela.

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera pulled his hamstring in the second inning of yesterday's game and hopes to play today.

Minnesota's Jason Kubel hit 842 feet worth of homeruns yesterday.

Boston's David Ortiz plans to get his vision tested.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

One Tommy (Glavine) out, one Tommy (Hanson) in

The Atlanta Braves have released pitcher Tom Glavine, who won 305 career games.

Glavine, who threw six scoreless innings in a rehab start on Tuesday, would have been due a cool $1 million if he were placed on the active roster.

In the off-season, Glavine signed a one-year contract with $1 million in guarantees and $4.5 million worth of incentives.

According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves GM Frank Wren didn't give the "it's-just-business" standard line.

“It’s not a business decision from our perspective,” said Wren, who watched Glavine in Class AAA Gwinnett last Thursday. “It’s a performance decision.”

Glavine told the AJC that he was "surprised and disappointed” and his agent says Glavine will look to pitch elsewhere.

In the meantime, the Braves have called up phenom Tommy Hanson - no relation to this blogger unless, of course, Tommy is willing to fund some "Hanson family" projects.

Hanson will make his major league debut on Saturday as the team's fifth starter against the Brewers. Kris Medlen, who was scheduled to start, will now move to the bullpen.

In 11 starts in Triple-A, Hanson posted a 1.49 ERA and opposing batters hit only .169 against him. He also struck out 90 batters in 66 1/3 innings.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Hot Corner, 6/3 PM edition

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis has a furry fan.

Reds manager Dusty Baker will try to get Willy Taveras back this weekend against the Cubs. Taveras has a sore hamstring.

Angels pitcher Jered Weaver struck out 10 Blue Jays' batters tonight.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says of move to play Dewayne Wise over Brian Anderson: "If they don't like it, it's not my problem."

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira was a scratch from Wednesday's lineup and Chien-Ming Wang will get the start Thursday.

Mets demote J.J. Putz from set-up role, which now belongs to Bobby Parnell.

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is day-to-day due to hamstring.

Orioles catcher Chad Moeller cleared waivers and will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.

Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie, who is still a few weeks away from returning, hopes to take BP this weekend.

The Hot Corner, 6/3 edition

Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores may miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his right shoulder.

Mets 20-year-old outfielder Fernando Martinez might stay at the major-league level longer than expected.

Mets' ace Johan Santana now has three losses on the season as the Mets loss to the Pirates 3-1. This time he gave up an earned run. Actually, three of them.

John Harper of the NY Daily News says that the "unexpected fire" of Mark Teixeira is just what the Yankees need.

Jays ace Roy Halladay struck out 14 batters to earn his ninth win in a 6-4 complete-game win over the Angels.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona got his 500th win with the Sox.

That win ended Tigers rookie Rick Porcello's five-game winning streak.

Phillies rookie Antonio Bastardo got his first career win as the Phillies beat the Padres 10-5. Bastardo allowed only one run in six innings.

Giants pitcher Randy Johnson goes for his 300th win tonight.

Mariners pitcher Erik Bedard pitched a gem against his former team.

Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki extended his hit streak to 26 games, which is a franchise record.

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton could miss "months" with a right abdominal strain. "Worst case is surgery, and there wasn’t an immediate diagnosis of that," [assistant GM Thad] Levine said. "The week or two will probably reveal a lot. In a week or two he could show significant improvement, so I think there’s a chance the DL stint will be exactly what he needs."

Reds pitcher Edison Volquez was placed on the DL, but manager Dusty Baker said: "It's the best news it could be for bad news because there is nothing structurally wrong, nothing in the joint."