Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Hot Corner, 5/17 edition

Diamondbacks rookie Gerardo Parra has 13 career at-bats and five hits including two triples and a home run. "He can hit," second baseman Felipe Lopez said. "He can flat-out hit. That's a beautiful swing. He adds a lot to the lineup."

Astros catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez hit his 300th career home run.

Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon, who hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning, was the recipient of a whipped-cream pie to the face. It's the third consecutive game that the Yankees have won in their final at-bat.

David Wells calls Clemens "He-lie" as he says Clemens used to call him.

Wells went on to say that the players like A-Rod, Manny, etc. should be banned from the Hall of Fame. “(Even if they) got Hall of Fame numbers, just ban them right out (from) the get-go, I think that would be great. No 50-game suspension. Ban them right away, that would stop it in a heartbeat especially the money they are giving out today it would be incredible if they did that, you wouldn’t have to worry about steroids or HGH.

Roy Halladay picked up another win as the Blue Jays beat the White Sox.

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes missed his fourth straight game.

The Angels 3-0 loss to the Rangers was their first shutout of the season.

Despite today's rainout, Diamondbacks starter Dan Haren will still start Monday's game against the Florida Marlins.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw seven no-hit innings until Marlins outfielder Cody Ross doubled off of him in the eighth inning.

A sore forearm has affected Royals shortstop Mike Aviles, who's batting .194 this season. "Mike's never one to make excuses, but he's got a little bit of a stiff forearm that's been bothering him," Hillman said. "Personally, I think it's affected his swing with pitches that typically he could get to."

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton left today's game with a mild groin strain.

Andy Sonnanstine, designated hitter?

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon meant for Evan Longoria to DH while Ben Zobrist plays third base.

However, on the official sheet provided to the umpire before the game, Maddon listed both Zobrist and Longoria at third base.

That meant that Longoria wouldn't be allowed to DH and Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine would hit instead. Not only would Sonnanstine hit, but he had to bat third (where Longoria was intended to hit).

Although Sonnanstine recorded his first career extra-base hit during his second at-bat, I'm sure Maddon will be more careful next time.

Lackey ejected Saturday, likely to start Monday?

Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lackey, who has thrown a total of two pitches in 2009, will likely start Monday against the Seattle Mariners.
"I'm probably going to start [Monday]," Lackey said as he left the field prior to Sunday's series finale against the Rangers. "It will be good to get back out there."
Lackey was ejected from yesterday's game for throwing at Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler. His first pitch was behind the head of Kinsler. His second pitch hit Kinsler in the ribs.
"I was definitely shocked," said Lackey, who missed the first month and a half of the season because of a forearm strain. "I haven't pitched in six weeks, and I was amped up. I was trying to come in on him, but there was no intention at all to hit him or throw behind him."
The question is will Ichiro be ready to duck for Lackey's third pitch of the season.