Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:58 am
 

Phillies sign top pick

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Enquirer reports via Twitter that the Phillies have come to terms with first-round pick Jesse Biddle, a high school left-hander from Philadelphia. Biddle will join the Phillies' Gulf Coast League team immediately.

-- David Andriesen
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:44 am
 

Mets rotation news

The Mets have flopped R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese in the rotation. Niese will go Thursday against the Padres and Dickey on Friday against the Orioles. The move gives knuckleballer Dickey extra rest.

Right-hander John Maine, who has been on the disabled list since May 22 with shoulder tendinitis, is coming along faster than expected and could be back in the Mets' rotation as soon as next week. He threw a simulated game yesterday and will make a minor league rehab appearance this weekend.

Manager Jerry Manuel told reporters that when Maine returns, Hisanori Takahashi is headed back to the bullpen.

"We like Takahashi as a pitcher," Manuel said "[But] we think we have lost something in the bullpen when he's a starter, so that's a scenario that could work if and when John Maine is healthy and we feel he's ready to be part of the rotation."

-- David Andriesen

Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:24 am
Edited on: June 9, 2010 12:48 pm
 

Chicago wins award for awkwardness


On Friday, the Cubs and White Sox will open their Chicago showdown series with something new at stake -- a trophy that will go to the winner of the series each season. It was announced with much fanfare on April 26.

Less than a week later, an oil pipeline burst under the Gulf of Mexico.

What does that have to do with a trophy in Chicago? The trophy is called the BP Crosstown Cup, and it's sponsored for the next three years by British Petroleum. The sponsorship agreement is staying in place, but the Cubs have scaled back the unveiling of the cup at Wrigley Field before Friday's game.

"We're trying to stand behind our sponsor, but at the same time be respectful of what's happening off the ballfield," Cubs spokesman Kevin Saghy told the Chicago Sun-Times .

-- David Andriesen




Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, White Sox
 
Posted on: June 9, 2010 10:13 am
Edited on: June 9, 2010 10:16 am
 

Arrieta could debut for Orioles


Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun is hearing that right-hander Jake Arrieta is likely to make his major league debut on Thursday against the Yankees. Jeremy Guthrie is currently listed as the starter for that game, but could be pushed back a day with Brian Matusz going Saturday. The Orioles currently have no starter listed for Saturday after announcing that Brad Bergesen was being banished to the bullpen.

Arrieta, 25, is 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA this season for Triple-A Norfolk.

-- David Andriesen




Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:46 am
 

Halladay's tax hit

Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay must have been bummed when he learned that the June 25-27 series between Philadelphia and Toronto would be relocated to Philly to avoid the G-20 summit in Toronto. Halladay spent 12 years pitching in Toronto and is a legend there. See some old friends, eat at his favorite restaurants, bask in adoration ... would have been a nice weekend.

But Halladay must have really been bummed when his accountant informed him that the relocation of the series would add $75,000 to his tax bill. According to the Wall Street Journal , Halladay had accumulated "excess foreign tax credits" from his time in the Great White North and now won't be able to use them to reduce his tax bill.

Fortunately, Halladay gets to sleep in his own bed that weekend, and that bed might well be stuffed with cash. He's scheduled to make $15.75 million this season.

-- David Andriesen

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 1:01 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
 

The Kids Are Alright

How about the rookies of the National League East?

• There was some guy in Washington who did something.

• The Mets' Ike Davis hit a walk-off against the Padres.

• Florida's Mike Stanton was 3 for 5 with two runs in his debut.

Jason Heyward started the day by moving into second in All-Star fan voting for National League outfielders, then went 2 for 5 and picked up his 40th RBI of the season in a Braves victory.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans



Posted on: June 9, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
 

Another debut in D.C.


After watching rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg beat them, the Pirates made way for their own top pitching prospect, Brad Lincoln. After Tuesday's game against the Nationals, the Pirates optioned first baseman Jeff Clement to Triple-A Indianapolis and reliever Jack Taschner was designated for assignment.

With the two roster spots, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempful speculates the Pirates could bring up another one of their top prospects, outfielder Jose Tabata. Tabata is hitting .309 with eight home runs and 18 RBI and 23 stolen bases for Indianapolis.

Lincoln was the No. 4 pick in the 2006 MLB Draft out of the University of Houston. Lincoln had Tommy John surgery in 2007. This season, he's gone 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 11 starts for Indianapolis.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:51 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:19 am
 

Stephen who? Niemann throws 2-hitter



Continuing the trend of everything on June 8, 2010, mentioning Stephen Strasburg, Tampa Bay's Jeff Neimann threw a better game than Strasburg.

Niemann threw a two-hit complete game, striking out six against the Blue Jays.

Still, even Niemann couldn't avoid Strasburg.

"There was a little buzz going aroudn the dugout," Niemmann said on MLB Network. "I heard he put on a show."

What he didn't say was he needed just 114 pitches to throw nine innings -- take that Strasburg and your 94 pitches in seven.

Niemann is 6-0, while Strasburg is a measly 1-0.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


 
 
 
 
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