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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


Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:47 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:19 am
 

Rangers sign first-round pick


The Texas Rangers win the race to sign their first-round pick, as Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein reports via Twitter that the Rangers have agreed to a contract with Canadian catcher Kellin Deglan for $1 million.

The Rangers took Deglan with the 22nd overall pick.

Deglan had signed a scholarship with Florida International.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans



Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:43 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am
 

Teixeira backs up talk


Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been a little testy as of late , but a trip to his hometown (not to mention a night of Orioles pitching) may bring a smile back to his face.

Teixeira went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in the Yankees' 12-7 victory over Baltimore, raising his average to .220.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Stanton finishes 3 for 5


Marlins rookie Mike Stanton is known for his power, but he showed his speed in his big-league debut on Tuesday. Stanton had three hits, including two infield singles, the second of which came off Phillies closer Brad Lidge with two on and two outs and the Marlins down two in the ninth.

Stanton kept the Marlins alive with a grounder up the middle that hit Lidge's glove, fielded by Chase Utley who flipped it to Wilson Valdez to try to force Cody Ross at second, but Ross was called safe. It appeared second base umpire Brian Gorman missed the call, and it was ruled an infield single for Stanton, loading the bases for Ronny Paulino.

However, Paulino popped up to Utley to end the game and give Lidge his second save since returning to the Phillies a week ago and third overall.

Hanley Ramierez led off the inning with a single before Lidge got Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla to go down swinging and Ross walked to bring up Stanton.

Stanton went 3 for 5 in his debut with three singles and a strikeout. Stanton had 21 homers at Double-A Jacksonville and slugged .726.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans





 
 
 
 
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