Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:28 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:37 am
 

Strasburg's second inning

Reality met hype in Stephen Stranburg's second inning, as he struck out the side. Although he gave up his first hit, he  reached 100 mph on the radar gun and stranded the runner at first.

Despite Andy LaRoche's single to right, Strasburg impressed. Instead of just relying on the fastball, he showed off his curveball, striking out Delwynn Young on a slow curveball after a 100 mph fastball was low for a ball.

After LaRoche's single, Ronny Cedeno struck out on five pitches.

-- C. Trent Rosencrans
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:37 am
 

Strasburg's first inning


So, Stephen Strasburg is perfect through one inning in the big leagues.

Strasburg's first pitch was a 97 mph fastball that was inside to Andrew McCutchen, and his second was outside. The first strike he threw was a liner to shortstop for the first out of his career.

Neil Walker also took two balls before swinging at the third pitch he saw, a 99 mph fastball that he fouled off. After anther ball, Walker grounded out to first.

Finally, Lastings Millege looked at a 99 mph fastball, a curveball and then swung at another pitch for strike three.




Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:11 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:38 am
 

Strasburg's firsts


First batter: Andrew McCutchen, who after a 2-0 count lined to shortstop for the first out.

First pitch: 97 mph fastball, a ball inside

First strikeout victim: Lastings Milledge, first inning.

First inning: Pirates go in order, L6, 3U, K. Strasburg threw 11 pitches, 7 strikes.

Posted on: June 8, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Grandal had no pre-draft deal


Leading up to Monday night's first round of the MLB Draft, AOL Fanhouse's Frankie Piliere reported that there was a deal done between Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Kansas City Royals. By Monday, word was the Royals weren't taking Grandal and when the picked fourth, they took Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon.

Grandal went 12th to the Cincinnati Reds.

On Tuesday, Grandal told reporters in Cincinnati, “I didn’t have any pre-draft deals. I had no clue what was going on. I don’t know where the rumor started. I didn’t speak the Royals or anybody.”

Grandal also denied reports that he was seeking "Buster Posey money" and he had signability issues.

"For the Reds to give me an opportunity, to be picked in the first round, it’s just great. I’m ready to go," Grandal said.

Grandal was 1-for-3 with two RBI in Miami's 10-3 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans



Posted on: June 8, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

The other debut


If tonight is Strasmas in Washington D.C., then is it also the first day of Stantakuh in South Florida? OK, that's weak -- Kwanton?

Regardless, Stephen Strasburg isn't the only top prospect debuting tonight. While all eyes will be on Starsburg, I'm just as excited to see what Mike Stanton does in his debut for the Marlins.

Stanton is in the lineup, batting seventh and playing right field against the Phillies.

Stanton, 20, hit .311 with 21 homers and a .762 slugging percentage at Double-A. While Strasburg may be lighting up radar guns, watch for Starsburg to be putting balls -- if not butts -- in the seats.

What Stanton and Strasburg have in common is that both have been held in the minors beyond the time they were ready to avoid starting their arbitration clocks. If both or either succeed, does it mean the Marlins and Nationals didn't care about 2010?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:45 pm
 

Outlook not good for Orioles' Roberts

The Orioles said second baseman Brian Roberts will undergo more tests on his injured back, which has limited him to just 14 at-bats this season. The two-time All-Star hasn't played since April 9.

Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel said the news was "not very good," but the team has not said anything about the possibility of surgery. It looks like Roberts, who is on the 60-day DL, is nowhere near returning and could be done for the year.

-- David Andriesen

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:38 am
 

The extras for tonight's show

The Pirates have tabbed these nine meant to walk the plank versus Stephen Strasburg.

Andrew McCutchen cf
Neil Walker 2b
Lastings Milledge lf
Garrett Jones 1b
Delwyn Young rf
Andy LaRoche 3b
Ronny Cedeno ss
Jason Jaramillo c
Jeff Karstens rhp


Everyone will be watching how these batters do tonight, but nobody will be paying too much attention to them -- just what their results tell us about Strasburg.

In the end, one of these nine will tell their kids he was the first to be struck out by Strasburg, another may say he had the fist hit and yet another could be the first to hit a home run off the most hyped pitcher in a generation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans





Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:25 pm
 

Twins DL Hudson, but not Hardy


Manager Ron Gardenhire just told reporters the Twins have placed second baseman Orlando Hudson on the disabled list with a wrist injury. Hudson hasn't played since May 31, when he collided with Denard Span and hurt his surgically repaired left wrist. He'll be eligible to return June 15.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, also sporting a sore wrist, was considered a candidate for the DL. Instead, he had a cortisone shot and the team will see how he responds in the next few days.

Taking Hudson's spot on the roster is Michael Cuddyer, who has been on the bereavement list while attending his father-in-law's funeral.

-- David Andriesen


 
 
 
 
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