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Posted on: March 4, 2011 5:40 pm

Garza fine after taking liner off ribs

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Matt GarzaCubs starter Matt Garza felt good enough to joke about being hit in the ribs by a Jeff Francoeur line drive after the fact.

"It's all right," Garza told reporters (via's Carrie Muskat on Twitter). "I've got tattoos all over my ribs."

Instead of being jabbed millions of times by a tiny needle, Garza was drilled instead by a baseball.

Garza fell to his knees after getting hit, while shortstop Starlin Castro alertly picked the ball up and got Francoeur at first. Garza then got Alex Gordon to strike out and Brayan Pena to fly out, to finish out the inning. Although he was scheduled to go three innings today, Garza understandably left after two. He gave up one hit and threw 26 pitches.

Garza wasn't having the best day to begin with, forgetting to pack his jersey in his bag before leaving the Cubs' home of HoHoKam Park in Mesa for the Royals' Surprise Stadium. He wore an extra jersey the team packs for such occasions, wearing No. 94 instead of his usual No. 17.

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:54 pm

Royals inviting top prospects to camp

Mike Moustakas The Royals you see in Surprise, Ariz., will almost certainly be more interesting than the ones you see at Kaufmann Stadium this summer.

The Royals announced today that several of their top prospects will be invited to spring training. First baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas (pictured), and left-handers Mike Montgomery, John Lamb, Danny Duffy and Chris Dwyer are all among Baseball America 's Top 10 prospects for the Royals and have been invited to camp.

The Royals have the highest-ranked farm system in baseball (and it's not close), and many have said it may be the best in recent history. That influx of talent is expected to get to Kansas City in 2012, with some trickling in later in 2011. The Royals don't have any of its current big league players under contract for 2012 (although it does hold club options through 2014 with closer Joakim Soria, as well as big-league contracts with Aaron Crow and Cuban lefty Noel Arguelles).

The 2011 Royals will feature the likes of Jeff Francoeur and Melky Cabrera, but those are just placeholders while the crops mature on the farm. There is hope in Kansas City -- a ton of it really -- but it's just not for 2011, unless you count the Cactus League.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:12 pm

Francoeur, Moore reunited again in K.C.

Jeff Francoeur The inevitable is "close" to happening, as the multiple reports say the Royals are getting ready to sign Jeff Francoeur to a one-year deal with a club option.

Because the New York Mets blogosphere hates Francoeur (and not that his play -- he hit .249/.300/.383 last season with the Mets and Rangers -- has given them much reason to like him), this move will generate some buzz 'round the interwebs.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore was with the Braves when the team drafted Francoeur out of a suburban Atlanta high school and reports have linked the two since Moore took over in KC.

If it is indeed a one-year deal, well, it's not that bad. It goes along with the Royals apparent strategy of finding enough warm bodies to hold the team over until 2012 when some of their highly-regarded prospects start showing up at Kaufman Stadium. Francoeur could be a lot like last year's bad signing, Rick Ankiel, where the team uses him to fill a roster and lineup spot until July, when they send him to a contender, where he can be a bench player.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:41 pm

Dodgers want an outfielder

Bill Hall Stop me if you've heard this one before -- team seeking left fielder, preferably a right-handed hitter, interested in Matt Diaz, Bill Hall (pictured), Scott Hairston and Jeff Francoeur.

Yeah, not exactly Earth-shattering, but senior writer Scott Miller is hearing the Dodgers are among the teams looking at that group of players for that position.

With Manny Ramirez gone and Scott Podsednik now a free agent, they don't have an incumbent at that outfield spot and need some help.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:53 am

Royals looking for outfield help

With Dayton Moore's background and budget, it shouldn't be a surprise the Royals are searching through the ghosts of Braves past in their search for a right-handed outfield bat.

The Royals are interested in Jeff Francoeur, Matt Diaz, Melky Cabrera and Andruw Jones, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets.

At this point, it seems the Royals are just fielding a team for 2011 because the calendar won't let them get to 2012, when baseball's best farm system is expected to start bearing fruit.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 1:42 pm

Money getting tight in Philly, Detroit senior writer Danny Knobler is cruising the bar area at the hotel here at the Winter Meetings (that's coffee in his cup, I swear!) and here's a little bit of what he's hearing:

Kyle Kendrick • The Phillies are listening to offers for starter Kyle Kendrick (pictured), who could interest several teams. The top of their rotation is set, and they don't think they can move Joe Blanton, so that means Kendrick could bring something in return.

• The Phillies are looking for a right-handed platoon guy to split time with Domonic Brown in right, but they don't want to spend a whole lot of money. That's where Jeff Francoeur may fit in. The team doesn't have a whole lot of money left to spend, and could be looking for someone to be "the next Jayson Werth." It's a nice theory, at least.

• The Tigers would love to bring back Magglio Ordonez, but aren't sure they can afford him. They're selling pizzas for just $5, so money is getting tight in Detroit.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:19 am

Report: 'Zero' chance Werth stays in Philly

Jayson Werth Not all national writers are the same when it comes to certain teams. All national baseball writers have to live somewhere and start somewhere. That's why when it comes to Phillies stuff, if I hear it from ESPN's Jayson Stark, I take it to the bank.

Stark talked to a "Phillies source" on the odds Philadelphia can bring back Jayson Werth. The answer? "No chance. None. Zero."

Stark says it's not the money as much as the years, as the Phillies don't want to be tied down to Werth in his advanced years. Werth will turn 32 next season and will be looking for a long-term contract, five or six years. With Domonic Brown coming, Philadelphia doesn't what to be hamstrung with an aging Werth.

An interesting addition, Stark throws Jeff Francoeur as a name out there as a stop-gap solution for Philly.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 6:56 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:29 am

Rangers-Yankees ALCS Game 3 breakdown

The American League Championship Series moves to Yankee Stadium for the matchup we've all been waiting for -- Cliff Lee vs. Andy Pettitte, the future Yankee vs. the consumate Yankee. (All stats from the regular season.)

Texas Rangers

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Elvis Andrus, SS
overall: .265/.342/.301 in 588 AB, 32 SB
vs. NYY: .233/.324/.333 in 30 AB
on road: .268/.354/.292 in 284 AB,
against LHP: .268/.341/.301 in 153 AB

2. Michael Young, 3B
overall: .284/.330/.444 in 656 AB, 21 HR
vs. NYY: .306/.306/.389 in 36 AB
on road: .260/.299/.380 in 334 AB
against LHP: .322/.374/.497 in 171 AB, 6 HR

3. Josh Hamilton, CF
overall: .359/.411/.633 in 518 AB, 32 HR
vs. NYY: .250/.286/.400 in 20 AB
on road: .327/.382/.512 in 254 AB, 10 HR
against LHP: .271/.331/.458 in 166 AB

Cliff Lee 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
overall: .300/.345/.496 in 593 AB, 29 HR
vs. NYY: .250/.286/.313 in 32 AB
on road: .284/.336/.461 in 282 AB, 13 HR
against LHP: .338/.395/.536 in 151 AB, 7 HR

5. Nelson Cruz, LF
overall: .318/.374/.576 in 399 AB, 22 HR
vs. NYY: .250/.294/.563 in 32 AB, 3 HR
on road: .267/.324/.480 in 202 AB, 9 HR
against LHP: .330/.388/.587 in 109 AB, 21 RBI

6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
overall: .286/.382/.412 in 391 AB
vs. NYY: .400/.571/.500 in 10 AB
on road: .257/.322/.388 in 206 AB
against LHP: .376/.473/.484 in 93 AB

7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
overall: .249/.300/.383 in 454 AB
vs. NYY: .143/.208/.190 in 21 AB
on road: .270/.328/.405 in 237 AB
against LHP: .300/.363/.442 in 120 AB, 4 HR

8. Bengie Molina
overall: .240/.279/.320 in 175 AB
vs. NYY: .111/.273/.111 in 13 AB
on road: .241/.292/.316 in 176 AB
against LHP: .350/.412/.420 in 100 AB

9. Mitch Moreland, 1B
overall: .255/.364/.469 in 145 AB
vs. NYY: .250/.471/.250 in 12 AB, 5 BB
on road: .244/.330/.500 in 86 AB
against LHP: .200/.304/.300 in 20 AB

LHP Cliff Lee
overall: 12-9, 3.18 ERA, 3.23 xFIP, 212 1/3 IP
since joining TEX: 4-6, 3.98 ERA, 3.27 xFIP, 108 2/3 IP
vs. NYY: 3 GS, 23 1/3 IP, 3.09 ERA, 4 BB, 18 K, 8 ER, 2 HR
on road: 7-6, 3.53 ERA, 3.49 xFIP, 112 1/3 IP

X-factor to win: Cliff Lee. He's good.

Keep an eye on: How about Jeff Francoeur? I know it's a tiny sample size, but his career against Andy Pettitte, Francoeur is 5 for 8 with a double and a solo homer in eight plate appearances against Pettitte in his career.

New York Yankees

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Derek Jeter, SS
overall: .270/.340/.370 in 663 AB
vs. TEX: .385/.448/.615 in 26 AB, HR
at home: .295/.365/.425, 7 HR
against LHP: .321/.391/.481, 6 HR in 291 AB

2. Nick Swisher, RF
overall: .288/.359/.511, 29 HR in 566 AB
vs. TEX: .103/.188/.138 in 29 AB

at home: .287/.356/.498 in 279 AB
against LHP: .294/.415/.433, 13 2B in 180 AB

3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
overall: .256/.365/.481 in 601 AB
vs. TEX: .167/.286/.292 in 24 AB, HR
at home: .288/.410/.558, 15 HR
against LHP: .278/.413/.528, 10 HR in 180 AB

Derek Jeter 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
overall: .270/.341/.506, 125 RBI in 522 AB
vs. TEX: .360/.515/.720 in 25 AB, 2 HR, 8 RBI
at home: .294/.368/.553, 62 RBI in 228 AB
against LHP: .217/.314/.441, 35 RBI in 143 AB

5. Robinson Cano, 2B
overall: .319/.381/.534, 41 2B in 626 AB
vs. TEX: .233/.272/.300 in 30 AB
at home: .298/.360/.521, 16 HR
against LHP: .285/.343/.514, 13 HR in 214 AB

6. Marcus Thames, DH
overall: .288/.350/.491 in 212 AB
vs. TEX: .435/.435/.609 in 23 AB, HR
at home: .267/.342/.410 in 105 AB
against LHP: .300/.352/.454 in 130 AB

7. Jorge Posada, C
overall: .248/.357/.454 in 383 AB
vs. TEX: .250/.294/.438 in 16 AB, HR
at home: .288/.382/.540 in 198 AB
against LHP: .257/.340/.493, 8 HR in 136 AB

8. Curtis Granderson, CF
overall: .247/.324/.468 in 466 AB
vs. TEX: .200/.360/.250 in 20 AB
at home: .262/.336/.511
against LHP: .234/.292/.354 in 158 AB

9. Brett Gardner, LF
overall: .277/.383/.379, 47 SB in 477 AB
vs. TEX: .333/.440/.333 in 21 AB
at home: .274/.384/.401
against LHP: ..252/.373/.353, 9 SB in 139 AB

Andy Pettitte, LHP
overall: 11-3, 129 IP, 3.28 ERA, 4.05 xFIP
at home: 7-4, 11 GS, 70 IP, 3.47 ERA, 4.65 xFIP
vs. TEX: 1 GS, 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 3 BB

X-factor to win: Andy Pettitte is one win from winning 20 postseason games in his career. He's 19-9 with a  3.87 ERA in his career in the postseason and 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two career postseason starts at the new Yankee Stadium.

Keep an eye on: Derek Jeter has hit .417/.488/.583 in 36 at-bats against Lee, with six RBI, four doubles and five walks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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