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Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:54 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Lohse sent back to St. Louis with 'finger issue'

Kyle LohseBy C. Trent Rosecrans 

The Cardinals sent right-handed starter Kyle Lohse back to St. Louis on Thursday to have a finger on his pitching hand examined by the team's doctor, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes.

The Cardinals have already been rumored to be searching for starting pitching, and any kind of injury to Lohse would magnify that need. It could also affect the bullpen, as any starter added to the rotation was expected to bump Kyle McClellan back to the bullpen.

Manager Tony La Russa wouldn't give many specifics about Lohse.

"He's still scheduled to be our guy Sunday," La Russa told Goold. "We'll keep our fingers crossed."

Lohse, 32, is 8-7 with a 3.45 ERA in 19 starts this season, but he has struggled in July, going 0-3 with a 7.64 ERA in three starts. He's 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA since the start of June.

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Theriot's suspension reduced

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ryan TheriotCardinals infielder Ryan Theriot is serving one-game suspension today for St. Louis' game against the Mets.

Theriot was offered a reduction of his two-game suspension for bumping an ump to one game if he served it today. He agreed, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Theriot was pencilled into the lineup at shortstop and batting leadoff, but manager Tony La Russa shuffled his lineup, putting Daniel Descalso at short and moving second baseman Nick Punto to the leadoff spot.

On Sunday, Theriot made contact with second base umpire Mike Muchlinski during an argument and was ejected.

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 12:33 pm
 

White Sox pitching coach hangs up on radio hosts

Don CooperBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Ozzie Guillen isn't the only one on the White Sox coaching staff getting fed up with the way Chicago is playing this season. Pitching coach Don Cooper hung up on a paid sports-talk radio appearance Thursday when the hosts asked him about calling up prospect Dayan Viciedo.

Here's a roundup of the appearance on "The Mully & Hanley Show" on WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago, via the Chicago Tribune:

"I have no clue about that. I'm a coach," Cooper said. "Do I feel like something (needs to be done)? Yeah, we have to score some runs. That's what's got to be done. And if we do, we have a chance to win. And if we don't, we won't.

"Nice try, asking me to bring up (bleeping) Viciedo. I'm not in charge of making moves, I'm in charge of coaching."

When host Brian Hanley told Cooper that he wasn't trying to put him on the spot, Cooper hung up.

Viciedo is hitting .311/.367/.510 with 16 home runs and 64 RBI in 93 games for Triple-A Charlotte. Viciedo played in 38 games for the White Sox last season, hitting .308/.321/.519 with five home runs and 13 RBI. A native of Cuba, Viciedo, 22, played third base for the White Sox last season but has been moved to the outfield this season.

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:24 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 11:38 am
 

On Deck: Runs at a premium in Toronto

OD

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dodging a dozen: Seattle's lost 11 games in a  row, but has shown signs of life in the first two games of the series in Toronto, scoring at least five runs in back-to-back games for the first time since June 2-3. Starter Doug Fister can only dream of that kind of support -- he is getting the worst run support in the majors at 2.03 per game and just one run in total for his last three starts. Overall he's 3-11 with a 3.18 ERA, a better ERA than Michael Pineda, Felix Hernandez, Jon Lester and David Price. His opponent, Ricky Romero owns the same 3.18 ERA, but hasn't gotten much help either. In the 12 of his starts that the team has lost, they've scored 24 runs. In his last start against the Mariners, he threw a five-hit complete game, but lost 3-2. Mariners at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. ET (Follow live)

C.J. WilsonJered WeaverAll-Star showdown: The Rangers' 12-game winning streak is over, and now they've got to face manager Ron Washington's choice to start All-Star Game, Angels right-hander Jered Weaver. In Phoenix, Washington said Weaver was one of the most intense competitors he'd ever faced. Not only is he a competitor, he's a heck of a pitcher. Weaver's 12-4 with a 1.90 ERA, the best mark in the majors. As good as he's been this season, he's been even better lately, going 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his last 10 outings. The man Washington is putting on the mound today isn't too bad either -- and he was in Phoenix as well -- as C.J. Wilson is 10-3 with a 3.11 ERA. He's 6-0 with a 2.80 ERA in his last 10 starts. Rangers at Angels, 3:35 p.m. ET (Follow live)

CC SabathiaHappy birthday CC: Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia will celebrate his 31st birthday at Tropicana Field on Thursday night. It marks the third time in his career he's started on his birthday, going 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in 2002 and 2006. But it would be hard to be pitching better than Sabathia has recently, winning his last seven starts with an ERA of 1.68 over that span. In his last five starts, he's allowed just two runs and struck out 50 in 39 2/3 innings. On the other side is Big Game James Shields, who has a streak of his own -- four starts, all losses. Yankees at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:42 am
 

Padres owner says Adams won't be traded

Mike AdamsBy C. Trent Rosecrans

One of the hottest names on the trade market is Padres reliever Mike Adams, but team owner Jeff Moorad has told Adams he won't be traded, Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan writes.

Citing a team source, Passan reports Moorad told the right-handed reliever, "you're not going anywhere."

Adams, 33, is 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA, striking out 43 batters and walking nine in 44 innings. He's allowed just 23 hits, for a WHIP of .727. Most importantly, he's under team control for 2012, his last season of arbitration. That's what makes him more valuable in many team's eyes than Padres closer Heath Bell -- any team that acquires him can count on his services for not just this season, but next season as well. He will likely get a nice raise from the $2.533 million he earns this season.

Bell has been linked to just about every team still in the hunt. Passan says 12 teams have inquired on Adams. That would likely include the Red Sox, Rangers, Phillies, Yankees and Brewers.

Moorad knows the game, he's a former agent, so he could just be trying to play a game to improve his leverage or he could really want to keep Adams and use him as a closer after Bell departs.

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:18 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 9:33 am
 

Pepper: Matsui hits No. 500

Hideki Matsui

By C. Trent Rosecrans


You may have missed it last night, but Hideki Matsui hit his 168th home run of his Major League Baseball career. Why's that meaningful? Well, in addition to his 332 homers for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan, he has 500 in his professional career.

Sure, 500 combined isn't the same as 500 in MLB, but it's still a cool accomplishment. Sadaharu Oh, who hit 868 home runs, was impressed by the accomplishment.

"To keep hitting home runs during a tough schedule while maintaining your conditioning is not easy," Oh told the Associated Press.

Matsui was less impressed. "It isn't like I've been aiming for this, because I don't really combine numbers from Japan and here. To me, they are two separate leagues," he told the AP.

And he's right, there are differences. The ballparks in Japan are smaller, the ball is slightly different, the pitchers are different and the season is shorter. But still, 500 is a lot of home runs, even if you're in Little League. He was never quite the same feared power hitter here that he was in Japan, but he did produce for many years and has been a good big leaguer, adjusting his game to his new surroundings. 

I lived in Japan when he first came up, and the hype he received is like nothing I've seen in the United States -- I'd say it's more like if Bryce Harper were a Yankee. That's how famous he was even in high school in Japan, where the high school baseball tournament is covered like the NCAA basketball tournament here. 

The 500 mark has been achieved by 25 in MLB and eight in Japan -- and just one, Matsui, has done it combined between the two.

KOTCHMAN QUALIFIED: It's been easy to miss, but Rays first baseman Casey Kotchman is having a heck of a season. He needed four plate appearances Wednesday to qualify for the batting title. Kotchman not only got his four appearances, he picked up three hits, raising his batting average to .337, which is second in the American League to Boston's Adrian Gonzalez (.343). [Tampa Tribune]

UNHAPPY DAYS IN CHICAGO: It's been a severely disappointing season in Chicago, and both managers are none too happy with their teams. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had some choice words for his team after a loss to Bruce Chen and the Royals [Chicago Tribune]; Cubs manager Mike Quade targeted his ire on two young players, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney. [Chicago Sun-Times]. 

STRONG COFFEY: Nats reliever Todd Coffey wasn't too happy about allowing a run in Tuesday night's game and reacted by throwing a water cooler -- nearly drenching Jerry Hairston. Let that be a lesson kids, another reason to wear high socks -- your pants don't get wet if Coffey spills on you. [Washington Post]

SWEET MUSIC: The New York Times music critic writes about the beautiful sounds of a ballpark. Listen to the sweet sound of summer. Maybe they should make it a MP3 so I can listen to it when there's snow on the ground.

JETER FATIGUE: Sick of hearing about Derek Jeter? Well, there's a browser tool for that. If you're using Google's Chrome, you can download the Jeter Filter to avoid all those pesky references to the Captain. Too bad this wasn't around a week or so ago (I kid, I kid). [Big League Stew]

CHAVEZ REVINE IS SAFE: The group that owns the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles says that it is not interested in building a downtown baseball stadium, contrary to earlier reports. "It's not even an idea. It simply doesn't work," AEG president Tim Leiweke told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

CLOSER IN WAITING?: If Florida trades Leo Nunez, it's like Edward Mujica will get the nod as the team's closer. You fantasy baseball folk may want to remember that and get in on him early. [Miami Herald]

SORIANO CLOSE: Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano made his first rehab appearance Tuesday, allowing two runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings at Class A Tampa. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he didn't know yet how he'd use Soriano upon his return. [New York Daily News]

DARVISH WATCH: One of the big names we'll be sick of hearing come January or so is Japanese import Yu Darvish. The Angels, Yankees and Mets were among the teams that watched his last start. [YakyuBaka.com]

NO MO NO-NO: Monday the Royals' Luis Mendoza of the Royals' Triple-A team in Omaha threw a no-hitter and the next night the Double-A squad in Northwest Arkansas threw a combined no-hitter. Well, Wednesday the Royals not only didn't have a no-hitter, but they had another taken away when the Pacific Coast League stripped Mendoza of his no-hitter, changing an error call to a hit -- again. Monday night outfielder David Lough of the Storm Chasers was charged with an error. Then just minutes after Mendoza celebrated his no-hitter, it was changed to a hit. And then an hour later, it was changed back to an error. And now Wednesday it was changed back to a hit. Mendoza threw a no-hitter for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2009. [Kansas City Star]

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:13 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 9:17 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Collmenter's gem

Josh Collmenter

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Josh Collmenter, Diamondbacks: The Arizona right-hander has one of the most unusual deliveries in the game -- a straight over-the-top motion he says comes from throwing axes growing up in Michigan. The conventional wisdom had been that once a team got a second look at his funky delivery, they'd have more success. That seemed to be the case early as Colorado and San Francisco saw him as a reliever (and had little success) and then both teams put up five runs against him in his starts. On Monday, he made his first start against a team that had already seen him start before -- and not only that, it was the last team he faced, the Brewers. On July 6 he threw six shutout innings at Miller Park. Monday he threw eight shutout innings, allowing just three runs against the Brewers, striking out seven with no walks, earning his first win in six weeks.

Clay Hensley, Marlins: Florida's right-hander came off the disabled list to make his first start since 2008 and limited the Mets to just one hit in five innings. Hensley had been on the DL since June 1 with a sprained shoulder. He had appeared in 20 games as a reliever this season before his injury. The win was Florida's ninth in its last 10 games.

Dan Wheeler, Red Sox: The right-hander not only earned the win in Monday's 15-10 victory over the Orioles, he also picked up a save of the team's bullpen. A day after (well, actually later in the same day as the end of the game) Sunday's 16-inning victory in Tampa Bay, Boston starter Tim Wakefield couldn't make it out of the fifth. Wheeler went 2 1/3 innings to help shorten the bullpen. 


Roy Halladay, Phillies: I just wanted to see if his name would actually fit below the line in this space. Halladay left in the fifth inning on Monday with a heat-related illness. In four-plus innings, he gave up seven hits and three runs in his shortest outing since June 12, 2009 when he went just three innings before going on the disabled list with a groin injury. He had a streak of 63 consecutive starts of at least six innings snapped. Halladay said he'd be fine for his next start.

Alexander Torres, Rays: Coming into a tie game against the Yankees in the ninth inning isn't exactly the easiest big league debut, but it was one to forget for the left-hander. With two outs he had three straight walks (one intentional) to force in the winning run. The Rays sent him back to Triple-A Durham after the game.

Minnesota Twins: With a chance to get right back in the thick of the American League Central race, Minnesota dropped seven games behind the division-leading Indians. The Twins couldn't even blame their two fill-in starters, Scott Diamond and Anthony Swarzak -- each went at least six innings and gave up just three earned runs (and one unearned run for both, as well). Twins hitters went 1 for 12 in the doubleheader with runners in scoring position.

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Strasburg throws simulated game

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Stephen StrasburgNationals starter Stephen Strasburg made the next big step in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, throwing a simulated game Monday in Viera, Fla.

"He's throwing good," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. "His velocity is good. He's progressing. He's mixing in all his pitches, which is good. He's right on track where he needs to be."

The Nationals have not determined when Strasburg will start throwing in a real game, but expect him to throw several more simulated games and live batting practice sessions before participating in a game. Rizzo said Strasburg is in "mid-spring training mode," and could still return to Washington in the last month of the season.

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