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."