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Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:34 am
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3 Up, 3 Down: Wilson records first shutout

C.J. Wilson

By C. Trent Rosecrans

C.J. Wilson, Rangers: There's no question that the Rangers can put runs on the board with anyone, but the question is if they have that Game 1 starter in a series to go opposite the likes of CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett or Justin Verlander. Last season the Game 1 starter was an easy decision for Ron Washington, that's what they got Cliff Lee to do. This season it's going to be Wilson, who notched his first career shutout on Tuesday, blanking the Rays 8-0 on five hits, all singles. It was the Rangers' 18th shutout of the season, the most by an American League team since Oakland had 19 in 2002. Wilson is now 15-6 with a 3.13 ERA.

Bryan LaHair, Cubs: Reds starter Mike Leake cruised all game -- going 8 2/3 innings and allowing just one batter above the minimum and one hit. But on a 2-2 count, Starlin Castro hit a nubber down the third-base line for an infield single, bringing up LaHair as a pinch hitter for Darwin Barney. With a 2-0 count, Leake gave the rookie something to hit -- and he did, onto Sheffield Ave. It was LaHair's first homer as a Cub (he hit three in 2008 with the Mariners) after clubbing 38 in the Pacific Coast League this season. LaHair gave the fans at Wrigley Field some free baseball, but in the end, it wasn't enough as the Reds won 4-2 in 13 innings.

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: Going into Monday's game, Troy Tulowitzki was hitting just .113 (6 for 35) against the Diamondbacks this season. After a three-run homer in Monday's loss to the Rockies, he hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 8-3 victory at Coors Field. It was Tulowitzki's 30th homer of the season and gave him 103 RBI, a career-high.


Fausto Carmona, Indians: Any hope the Indians had of representing the American League Central in the playoffs were seemingly dashed in Carmona's 1 1/3 innings -- the Indians' opening-day starter allowed eight hits and seven runs in his brief starts as Cleveland lost 10-1 to Detroit at Progressive Field and fell 8.5 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Carmona is now 6-14 with a 5.18 ERA on the season.

Angels defense: After Texas had already won their game, the Angels committed four errors -- three of which led to two unearned runs and an Angels loss to the Mariners. Seattle's Felix Hernandez didn't need more than two runs, as he allowed just one run (unearned as well) on four hits in eight innings for a 2-1 Mariners victory. After a Justin Smoak single to lead off the Mariners' half of the second, Los Angeles third baseman Alberto Callaspo fielded a soft grounder by Miguel Olivo, and instead of taking the sure out at first, he tried to force it to second, throwing the ball in right. Kyle Seager then reached first to load the bases on an error by pitcher Ervin Santana. Trayvon Washington hit a sacrifice fly for the game's first run. Seattle's second run came in the fourth after Seager reached first on an error by Erick Aybar and then scored on a groundout later in the inning. Hank Conger added another error for the team's fourth of the game. With the loss, the Angels fell to 3.5 games behind the Rangers in the AL West.

Minnesota Twins: Minnesota was officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 3-0 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday as they were shutout for the 12th time this season. The Twins tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts, including two from Joe Mauer. Minnesota now trails Detroit by 22 games and are 1.5 games behind the Royals in the fight for last place in the AL Central.

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Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:33 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Wilson records first shutout

C.J. Wilson

By C. Trent Rosecrans

C.J. Wilson, Rangers: There's no question that the Rangers can put runs on the board with anyone, but the question is if they have that Game 1 starter in a series to go opposite the likes of CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett or Justin Verlander. Last season the Game 1 starter was an easy decision for Ron Washington, that's what they got Cliff Lee to do. This season it's going to be Wilson, who notched his first career shutout on Tuesday, blanking the Rays 8-0 on five hits, all singles. It was the Rangers' 18th shutout of the season, the most by an American League team since Oakland had 19 in 2002. Wilson is now 15-6 with a 3.13 ERA.

Bryan LaHair, Cubs: Reds starter Mike Leake cruised all game -- going 8 2/3 innings and allowing just one batter above the minimum and one hit. But on a 2-2 count, Starlin Castro hit a nubber down the third-base line for an infield single, bringing up LaHair as a pinch hitter for Darwin Barney. With a 2-0 count, Leake gave the rookie something to hit -- and he did, onto Sheffield Ave. It was LaHair's first homer as a Cub (he hit three in 2008 with the Mariners) after clubbing 38 in the Pacific Coast League this season. LaHair gave the fans at Wrigley Field some free baseball, but in the end, it wasn't enough as the Reds won 4-2 in 13 innings.

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: Going into Monday's game, Troy Tulowitzki was hitting just .113 (6 for 35) against the Diamondbacks this season. After a three-run homer in Monday's loss to the Rockies, he hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 8-3 victory at Coors Field. It was Tulowitzki's 30th homer of the season and gave him 103 RBI, a career-high.


Fausto Carmona, Indians: Any hope the Indians had of representing the American League Central in the playoffs were seemingly dashed in Carmona's 1 1/3 innings -- the Indians' opening-day starter allowed eight hits and seven runs in his brief starts as Cleveland lost 10-1 to Detroit at Progressive Field and fell 8.5 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Carmona is now 6-14 with a 5.18 ERA on the season.

Angels defense: After Texas had already won their game, the Angels committed four errors -- three of which led to two unearned runs and an Angels loss to the Mariners. Seattle's Felix Hernandez didn't need more than two runs, as he allowed just one run (unearned as well) on four hits in eight innings for a 2-1 Mariners victory. After a Justin Smoak single to lead off the Mariners' half of the second, Los Angeles third baseman Alberto Callaspo fielded a soft grounder by Miguel Olivo, and instead of taking the sure out at first, he tried to force it to second, throwing the ball in right. Kyle Seager then reached first to load the bases on an error by pitcher Ervin Santana. Trayvon Washington hit a sacrifice fly for the game's first run. Seattle's second run came in the fourth after Seager reached first on an error by Erick Aybar and then scored on a groundout later in the inning. Hank Conger added another error for the team's fourth of the game. With the loss, the Angels fell to 3.5 games behind the Rangers in the AL West.

Minnesota Twins: Minnesota was officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 3-0 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday as they were shutout for the 12th time this season. The Twins tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts, including two from Joe Mauer. Minnesota now trails Detroit by 22 games and are 1.5 games behind the Royals in the fight for last place in the AL Central.

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:05 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Carmona steps up for Tribe



By Matt Snyder


Fausto Carmona, Indians. The offense deserves some credit for the four runs, too, because it was the first time White Sox starter Mark Buehrle allowed more than three earned runs in a game since April 22. But make no mistake about it, the burden was on Carmona here. The Indians had fallen to three games back of the Tigers and just a half-game in front of the White Sox. Also, the Indians were coming off a 14-inning loss where the starter only lasted 4 2/3 innings. The bullpen was taxed. Carmona went out Wednesday night and put the team on his back. He went 8 1/3 innings and allowed just four hits and one run in the victory. At one point he retired 11 straight White Sox hitters.

Kurt Suzuki, Athletics. The catcher got it done both with the bat and the glove. He hit two home runs in the A's one-run victory over the Orioles, and also made an impressive catch and tag at home plate on the would-be tying run to end the game.

The Texas Rangers. The Angels were apparently so terrified of falling seven games out in the AL West that Mike Scioscia tried to stretch Ervin Santana to nearly 130 pitches and it bit them. The game was tied at two as the Rangers scored twice against arguably the hottest pitcher in baseball while C.J. Wilson kept things in order from his end. Then Scioscia ran Santana back out there for the eighth and the Rangers loaded the bases ... and then Ian Kinsler singled home two. The Rangers are now 20 games over .500. They finished 18 games over .500 last year and went to the World Series.



Ricky Nolasco, Marlins. Coughing up 11 hits and 11 earned runs in a start is bad enough, but Nolasco did it in just three innings, as inconsistency remains his signature move. This was the third time this season Nolasco has given up at least eight earned runs and sixth time he's allowed five or more. Yet he's allowed one or less nine times. I'd have to imagine in seeing how good Nolasco can be, it only makes the awful outings that much more frustrating for the Marlins and their fans.

Jair Jurrjens, Braves. In his four starts between the All-Star break and the disabled list, Jurrjens had a 6.26 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. He returned to face an anemic Giants offense Wednesday night only to give up eight hits, two walks and five earned runs in his six innings of work. He only struck out one. The Braves probably don't need first-half Jurrjens to make the playoffs, but he'd sure help the chances at a World Series.

Jose Valverde/Wilson Betemit, Tigers. The Tigers went to their closer with a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth Wednesday against the Twins and came out trailing by two. Both runs were unearned, but Valverde himself committed one of the errors, in addition to giving up the big two-run single to Justin Morneau. The Tigers' lead is now back to two over the Indians.

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 5:40 pm
 

On Deck: Pirate proving ground

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By C. Trent Rosecrans

Crucial stretch: The Pirates enter Monday's game a half-game behind the Brewers in the National League Central, but if they are to stay in the race, the next 13 games will be huge. Pittsburgh has three against Cincinnati and three more at home against St. Louis before hitting the road for four in Atlanta and three more in Philadelphia. The Pirates are 11-17 against teams with winning records and 34-23 against teams with losing records, including a 9-3 mark against the Astros. Pittsburgh is 5-1 against Cincinnati heading into Monday night's game. The Reds are one of those teams with a losing record, but they are the defending champs in the division and are just 3.5 games back of the lead. Reds at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Scott DiamondDiamond debut: Twins left-hander Scott Diamond will make his big league debut in the second game of a double header with Cleveland. Diamond is 4-8 with a 4.70 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Rochester this season. The Twins fell six games behind the Indians earlier in the day thanks to Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run homer in the third and seven shutout innings from David Huff. The Twins have two more games against the Indians this week before welcoming Detroit for four in a crucial stretch. Fausto Carmona (4-10, 5.78 ERA) will be activated from the disabled list before the game. Carmona injured his right quad when he tripped over first base in Cincinnati on July 2 but only missed one start thanks to the All-Star break. Indians at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Chad BillingsleyYou want it, you got it: The Dodgers re-shuffled their rotation after the break to make sure Chad Billingsley would face the Giants. Billingsley is 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his last four starts before the break. In his career, the right-hander is 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA, but 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season. He goes against San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong (6-1, 2.17 ERA), who hasn't faced the Dodgers this season. Dodgers at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: July 3, 2011 11:50 am
 

After tumble, Carmona headed to DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Fausto CarmonaIn another argument for the designated hitter, the Indians have placed starter Fausto Carmona on the 15-day disabled list after he suffered a strained right quadriceps muscle running to first base. The counterargument, and mine, would be that if you can't run 90 feet, you shouldn't be eligible to make the minimum salary and be able to call yourself a professional athlete -- but those AL types will talk about the DH and all that.

In the third inning of Saturday's game against the Reds, Carmona laid down a sacrifice bunt and tripped on his way to first and had to exit the game. You can watch the play here.

The team activated closer Chris Perez from the bereavement list to take Carmona's place not he roster.

Carmona is 4-10 with a 5.78 ERA in 18 starts this season.

Perez has 19 saves and a 2.37 ERA. Perez went on the bereavement list on Thursday to be with his family after the passing of his maternal grandmother. Vinnie Pestano picked up his first save in Perez's absence on Saturday.

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 12:33 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Ramirez slams Rangers

Ramirez
By Evan Brunell


UpMatt Garza, Cubs -- Garza took a no-hitter into the sixth but settled for a one-run complete game, striking out seven White Sox in a 1-0 loss as he was outdueled by Phillip Humber and Matt Thornton's combined whitewashing. Despite losing, Garza easily had the best performance on the night. Maybe it's because it's too early to get the stink of Cubs defeat on him, but Garza's been a pretty bright spot this year.

Hanley Ramirez, Marlins -- Ramirez has been a new man lately, as he's racked up seven hits, six runs scored and eight RBI in his last four games. He had five of those RBI Saturday when he hit a grand slam in the first inning, then hammered a solo shot later in the game. Ramirez contributed a single to the 9-5 defeat of the Rangers. Ramirez is still batting .230, but that's not going to last and when Ramirez gets hot, he gets scorching hot.

Josh Hamilton, Rangers -- Hamilton tried to hang with Ramirez by hitting two of his own home runs, but only amassed three RBI total. He also had a three-hit night. The outfielder missed time earlier this season with injury, but has raked when in the lineup. He's off his 2010 pace that saw him earn the MVP, but that's also high standards to live up to.


Today, we're honoring the three notable players to leave one of Saturday's games with an injury...

DownFausto Carmona, Indians -- Carmona dropped a bunt single and then strained his right quad trying to make it to first base safely. Why we have to go through this charade with pitchers (never mind the AL part, pitchers, period), again, exactly? Carmona only got through two innings, so Frank Herrmann stepped up with three innings and the 'pen took turns holding things down. Middle reliever All-Star Vinnie Pestano walked away with the save. Carmona is expected to hit the 15-day DL.

Ryan Braun, Brewers -- Braun won't hit the DL, at least not yet, but he's out for Sunday after a strained left quad knocked him from the eventual 8-7 rally to defeat the Twins. Braun went 1 for 4 with a double and RBI before departing after an eight-inning ground out. “It’s pretty tight, pretty sore,” Braun told MLB.com. “I’m definitely not playing [Sunday]. We’ll probably see where it’s at in a couple of days.” But it all worked out: George Kottaras delivered the winning hit from Braun's spot in the ninth.

Jose Reyes, Mets -- As the Yankees once again reminded the Mets whose boss in town, the NL counterparts lost Jose Reyes after two innings with tightness in his left hamstring. Reyes will get a MRI and will almost certainly miss Sunday's game. "It's not too much pain. I feel it a little bit," Reyes told the Associated Press. "I didn't want to blow my hamstring again because I've been through a lot with that." Reyes reached on an infield single to second in his only at-bat.

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:57 am
Edited on: June 22, 2011 11:34 am
 

Pepper: No rule change needed at 1B

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY: There may not be a more interesting division in baseball than the American League Central. While the surprising Indians lead the Tigers by a game, the White Sox and Twins linger. Can the Twins, now just 6 1/2 games out, continue to get themselves in contention? Will Jake Peavy be able to stay in the White Sox's rotation? NESN.com's Tony Lee joins our own Lauren Shehadi to discuss.

RULE CHANGE NEEDED?: And just yesterday, I was going to make a sarcastic joke that I was surprised I hadn't heard Giants fans complain about safety at first base after the Albert Pujols injury.

For weeks after Buster Posey's injury we heard long discussions about changing the rules for plays at the plate and how the catcher had to be protected. Scott Cousins was vilified and scapegoated. Well, Wilson Betemit was taken off the hook when Cardinals manager Tony La Russa put all the blame on the shoulders of rookie Pete Kozma, even though in both cases the injured player deserves much of the blame for being in a  poor position (and I'm not saying either deserved to be hurt, just that they put themselves in a bad spot and got hurt -- it happens).

Anyway, the New York Times is the first (and only that I've seen) to start up the change-the-rules-at-first-base bandwagon. My response? In a word: no.

LUDWICK ON THE MOVE?: Ryan Ludwick was moved last July from one contender to another -- from St. Louis to San Diego (in a three-team trade that brought Jake Westbrook to St. Louis); he could be on the move again.

The Phillies, Marlins and Reds have all reportedly asked about Ludwick's availability. Ludwick is hitting .255/.322/.393 with a team-high nine home runs this season, but is hitting .279/.324/.419 away from Petco Park.

The Padres could also move some of their relievers, with the Phillies and Cardinals having already checked in on the availability of Chad Qualls and Heath Bell.[FoxSports.com]

SHIPPING HANLEY?: Are the Marlins better off without Hanley Ramirez? Ramirez is in the third year of a six-year, $70 million contract that pays him $46.5 million over the next three years and does not include a no-trade clause. [Palm Beach Post]

MADDON APOLOGIZES: Joe Maddon didn't intentionally pull the wool over the eyes of umpires Monday by not having Sam Fuld face a batter after warming up in the eighth inning, it's just that Bob Davidson was behind the plate, and he didn't know the rule any better than Maddon did. Maddon apologized to the umpires and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. [Tampa Tribune]

FAUSTO FLOUNDERING: One Ohio team has already demoted its opening-day starter to the minors, and the other team may soon be sending its opening-day starter to the bullpen if he doesn't get it together. Cleveland's Fausto Carmona is 4-9 with a 6.17 ERA in 16 starts this season and is 1-6 with a 9.73 ERA over his last seven starts. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

ESCOBAR IMPROVING: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has seen his batting average rise nearly 50 points in the last two weeks, and his glove was already playing at a high level. Is the one big-league player the Royals got from the Zack Greinke trade beginning to show why the Royals thought he could be part of their next wave of talent? [Kansas City Star]

HEADED HOME?: The Hanshin Tigers are scouting Hideki Matsui and Kosuke Fukudome if either Japanese player decides to return to Japan after the season. Fukudome would be a better fit for the Tigers, who play in Japan's Central League. Like in MLB, NPB has one league with the DH (the Pacific League) and one without (the Central League). [YakyuBaka.com]

GREEN LIGHT: The Rangers' Craig Gentry is pretty fast. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

RESPECT: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen sometimes goes out of his way to tweak the Cubs and Cubs fans, but not when he's talking about the other Chicago team's shortstop, Starlin Castro. Guillen calls Castro "amazing." Guillen gave some encouraging words to Castro after Monday's game, and that meant a lot to the young Cub. [Chicago Sun-Times]

TURNING 20: Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez celebrated the 20th anniversary of his big-league debut Monday. The 39-year-old Rodriguez has 13 Gold Gloves and an MVP since he came up as a 19-year-old with the Rangers. [MLB.com]

NICE PICK: With the Yankees in town, the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with former Reds first-round pick Chad Mottola, who was taken with the pick before the Yankees took Derek Jeter. Mo Egger of ESPN 1530 in Cincinnati breaks down why Mottola wouldn't have played for the Reds even if they picked him. Hint, his name is Barry Larkin.

ARMS SALE: Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times looks at what the Mariners could get for Jason Vargas or Doug Fister, two guys who are having pretty decent years.

COMPELLING CAMPANA: A great story in The Tennessean about Cubs outfielder Tony Campana. As a kid in Franklin, Tenn., Campana battled Hodgkin's disease and couldn't play baseball, but was still in the dugout with his teammates, cheering them on. His coaches at the time didn't think he'd survive, much less be in the big leagues.

WORTHY CAUSE: There's a petition online to have Vin Scully call one more World Series. Scully hasn't called a World Series on TV since 1988 and is still one of the best. [Yahoo!'s Big League Stew]

CUTTER CUT: The Jays have told recently demoted Kyle Drabek to shelve his cutter for now. The team wanted him concentrating more on his fastball, but he kept going back to the cutter more than the team liked. The Jays hope he gains confidence in his fastball and lessens his reliance on the cutter. [National Post]

NO CHANGE IN POSTING: The posting system for Japanese players coming to the United States won't change, NPB Tracker passes along (since I can't read the original Sanspo report).

GOLDEN GROOMING: You may have missed the Golden Groomer Award, a monthly award given to the baseball player with the best facial hair. The last winner was Reds minor league catcher Corky Miller. [OMGReds.com]

LOGO FUN: Check out this really cool graphic of all the team's cap insignias since 1950 (including batting practice). Hat tip to the fine folks at the UniWatchBlog, which had a cool thing worth reading about spotting baseball fields from the sky.

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 4:32 pm
 

On Deck: AL Central Showdown, Round 2



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Central showdown: Detroit took round one of the three-game series between the Tigers and Indians, giving the home team a one-game lead in the division. Tonight, the Indians have their top starter on the mound, but he's been anything but an ace of late, going 0-5 with an 8.49 ERA in his last six starts. Meanwhile, Detroit's Brad Penny is 3-0 in four starts against the AL Central this season, but he hasn't faced Cleveland. Penny has just one win in his last four starts. Indians at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET (Follow live here)

Roy HalladayAnibal SanchezMatchup of the night: The first game of today's day-night doubleheader in Philly was a bit of a laugher following the Phillies' six-run third en route to an 8-1 victory, but the nightcap shouldn't be a repeat with the pitching matchup of Roy Halladay vs. Anibal Sanchez. Halladay, well, is one of the game's premier pitchers, coming into the game 9-3 with a 2.39 ERA. Sanchez is having a good season so far, going 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA and for all of Florida's struggles, the Marlins have won eight of his 13 starts. Marlins at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET (Follow live here)

Streaking the other way: The Brewers' losses to the Cubs in the first two games of the teams' four-game series marked Milwaukee's first losses in consecutive games since it's seven-game losing streak from April 30-May 6, a streak of 35 games without back-to-back losses. They'll have to beat Carlos Zambrano, who beat the Brewers on April 8 and is 13-8 with a 3.73 ERA in 32 games against Milwaukee. Chris Narveson (3-4, 4.32 ERA) is on the mound for the Brewers. Brewers at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET (Follow live here)

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