Monday, May 11, 2009

Jenks admits to throwing at (behind) Kinsler

Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks didn't beat around the bush. Jenks says that he meant to throw behind Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler to "send a message."

After Rangers pitchers hit six White Sox batters, Jenks said that he was "sick" of it.
"No, I meant to. To send a message. Basically I was saying, 'I'm sick of seeing our guys get hit and hurt and almost get taken out of the game.' I threw it with intention."

"I'm not going to put a guy on in that situation," he said. "I was not going to hit him. I made my point with that pitch and it came across the way I wanted it to.

"I'm not going to go dirty. I was going to keep it low and behind him."
Jenks got Kinsler out and the White Sox won 3-2, but both teams were warned by umpire Lance Barksdale.

The Hot Corner, 5/11 edition

The Florida Marlins have sent Cameron Maybin down to Triple-A New Orleans and will call up pitcher John Koronka per the Miami Herald.

Cleveland Indians reliever Masa Kobayashi is "comfortable in the clubhouse and with my teammates," but not necessarily on the mound. He has an ERA of 8.38 in 10 appearances.

The Chicago Cubs scored all four of their runs in the third inning including a two-run homer from Alfonso Soriano to avoid a sweep at the hand of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Reds outfielder Jay Bruce said Sunday's extra-inning loss to St. Louis "was a blast. We came out on the losing end, but we played good baseball. We’ll win a lot of those.”

What a difference a week makes for the Mets! "I think the ballpark is giving our pitchers more confidence to throw strikes and pitch to contact," Manuel told the NY Daily News.

John Harper of the NY Daily News asks what's wrong if Joba Chamberlain has a little Bob Gibson-style nastiness in him?

Johnny Damon hit his ninth home run of the season, which leads the Yankees, in their 5-3 win over the Orioles.

Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil pitched eight shutout innings for the first win in his career. After two starts, he has allowed one earned run in 14 innings.

Arizona manager A.J. Hinch got his first win on a 17-hit, 10-run performance by the D'Backs.

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who is on the DL with a strained muscle in his rib cage, slipped in the outfield and landed on his ribs yesterday. He said he didn't feel anything and he'll be ready Tuesday to be activated against the Mariners.

Cubs pitcher Chad Fox, who will have an MRI Monday, may be done. "I felt an area where the screws are. We'll just see. But you get to this point, and I don't want to start messing with quality of life, just to keep chasing."