Tag:Madison Bumgarner
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:35 pm
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Monster day for Upton

Upton

By Evan Brunell

UptonJustin Upton, Diamondbacks
: Justin Upton was a one-man wrecking crew on Sunday, going 4 for 4 with three RBI, two runs, a walk and stolen base as Arizona blanked the Rockies 7-0. Oh, and this came on the backing of a double, triple and two singles. This is coming off a six-RBI game on Saturday, so the 23-year-old is scorching hot and has lifted his overall line to .301/.378/.526 on the season. He's clearly the linchpin of the Diamondbacks' offense, and any chance of Upton being traded has gone up in smoke. (Check out that picture above, where you can see what looks like wood dust coming off the bat. That's power.)

Madison Bumgarner, Giants: Division rival Chad Billingsley actually had the more impressive pitching line on the night, but Bumgarner's 7 2/3 innings pitched with eight hits allowed, one earned run, zero walks and eight strikeouts is plenty enough to carry the day. This is part of a larger trend, as the lefty has whiffed 64 batters in his past 62 innings, ranging all the way back to June 1. He's only walked five batters in this time span with three home runs, so it's little surprise that his ERA has plummeted to 3.56 from 4.06 six starts ago.

David Wright, Mets: The Marlins edged New York 5-4, but Wright was a star in the game, going 3 for 4 with two runs and RBI apiece. He added a double to his two-run home run in the seventh inning to send the Mets up 4-3. He's had two excellent games in the three games he's been back and has gone a combined 6-for-14, with four extra-base hits and six RBI. Not a bad return for the 28-year-old.



DownGio Gonzalez, Athletics: Gonzalez just didn't have it Sunday against the Yankees, getting knocked around for six runs in 4 2/3 innings. The lefty was touched up for seven hits and issued three free passes against just five strikeouts. Two starts ago, Gonzalez also gave up seven runs to the Rangers in just four innings, but only three were earned.  Before Sunday, his worst start was all the way back on April 25, when he allowed four earned runs in five innings to the Angels.The 25-year-old has tossed 120 innings on the year, pacing for 199 2/3. This after throwing 200 innings last season in his first full turn in the rotation. At some point you have to take the gloves off, but is Gonzalez tiring?

Francisco Liriano, Twins: Liriano being his old inconsistent self? Never woulda guessed. In blowups that are all too prone with the talented lefty, Liriano allowed four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and four walks while only striking out three. Yuck. The outing sent his ERA to 4.86. How inconsistent is Liriano? Consider his last six games, and I assure your, the pattern repeats itself: 2 1/3 IP 4 ER, 6 IP 1 ER, 7 IP 1 ER, 4 1/3 IP 5 ER, 7 IP 2 ER, 3 2/3 IP 5 ER.

Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies: In a game in which 20-plus scouts were in attendance, Ubaldo Jimenez gifted five earned runs in five innings -- his worst start since May 27. "It doesn't affect me," Jimenez told the Associated Press of the trade talk. "I know it's time for the rumors and there are going to be rumors. I will just try to go to the stadium and do my thing. Every time I try to get hitters out and what's going to happen is going to happen. You never know, but I am ready for whatever."

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 9:50 pm
 

On Deck: Giants turn to Bumgarner

OD

By Matt Snyder


Wednesday serves as getaway day for some this week, so there are five day games being played, though it still leaves 10 for the evening set. One of the afternoon games was an all-important contest for the NL West race. The Diamondbacks lost to the Brewers, so that opens an opportunity for the Giants.

The Hot Hand: Youngster Madison Bumgarner started 3-9 for the Giants, but had pitched much better than the record showed and only really had a few bad outings. In his last two starts, however, Bumgarner has a 1.26 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. This is the type of stuff expected from the 21-year-old left-hander more often as he matures. Wednesday night, he'll look to play streak-stopper for the Giants, as they've lost three straight and entered Wednesday with a one-game lead over the D-Backs in the NL West. The D-Backs loss means the Giants can increase the lead to two with a victory. Bumgarner (4-9, 3.65) will square off against Dustin Moseley (2-8, 3.07) and the Padres, who have won 10 of 13 and have moved comfortably above the Dodgers to stay out of last place in the division. San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. ET Follow Live on Gametracker

Hughes Returns: We'll obviously still have Jeter Watch, as the quest for 3,000 hits continues in Cleveland Wednesday night, but there's another reason that game is newsworthy for the Yankees. Phil Hughes (0-1, 13.94) makes his return to the hill from the disabled list. Hughes was an All-Star last season after starting 10-1 with a 3.17 ERA and nearly a strikeout per inning. He had a 5.07 ERA the rest of the way as his velocity and strikeout rate went down. This season, things got worse. His first three starts were a debacle and he was put on the DL with shoulder inflammation. The good news is Hughes' velocity seems to have returned during his minor-league rehab stint, but Wednesday night is still a huge test. He'll face the first-place Indians and underrated starting pitcher Justin Masterson (6-6, 2.85). New York (AL) at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. ET Follow Live on Gametracker

Break Up the Bucs: Since a four-game losing streak the third week of June, the Pirates have gone 10-4 and are currently riding a three-game winning streak. They're only one game behind the Cardinals in the loss column for first place in the NL Central. So it's possible they'll be just a half-game behind the Cards once play ends Wednesday night. The only thing standing between the Pirates being five games over .500 for the first time of the season is the worst team in baseball: The Astros. Bud Norris (4-6, 3.51) gets the ball for the Astros while Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.63) takes the hill for the Pirates. Houston at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. ET Follow Live on Gametracker

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Posted on: June 26, 2011 10:55 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 10:07 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Romero does it all



By Matt Snyder


Ricky Romero, Blue Jays. Romero entered Sunday with a 2.98 ERA, but a 6-7 record. Here's the number of runs scored in support of Romero in his seven losses: 2, 1, 0, 0, 3, 2, 0. Sunday, Romero took matters into his own hands on the mound and in the batter's box as a veritable one-man wrecking crew. Romero went the distance on the hill, throwing a four-hit shutout and striking out five. He also had a two-RBI single in the sixth.

Danny Espinosa, Nationals. The Nationals didn't even record their first hit until the sixth inning, but Espinosa came through with the big blow in the seventh. The rookie second baseman hit a two-run homer of Philip Humber to give the Nats a 2-1 lead, and that ended up being the final score. Espinosa now has 14 home runs, 47 RBI and is possibly on his way to winning the NL Rookie of the Year, should things continue on this path. Meanwhile, the Nationals sent interim manager John McLaren out with a 2-1 record and have won 13 of 15 games.

Madison Bumgarner, Giants. The youngster was huge last year down the stretch in propelling the Giants to the NL West title and ultimately World Series championship with an absolute gem in Game 4. This season, Bumgarner had scuffled prior to Sunday. He came in with a 3-9 record and 4.06 ERA. He hadn't gotten lots of run support, but had also been knocked around a bit. His last outing -- 1/3 inning, nine hits, eight earned runs -- was an unmitigated debacle. But Sunday night, in front of a nationwide audience, Bumgarner stepped up with a huge outing. He worked seven innings and allowed just six hits, one walk and one run. He struck out a career-high 11 batters in the Giants' 3-1 victory. With the win, they swept the Indians and are now up 1 1/2 games in the NL West. While we're here, let's note Jeremy Affeldt pitched two perfect innings for the Giants to close it out and struck out five. Quite a day for the Giants pitching staff.



Jonny Venters, Braves. It was a rough afternoon for the man who entered Sunday as arguably the best relief pitcher in baseball. Venters brought in a 0.56 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings. He'd only allowed 24 hits all season. Yet Sunday, in one of the best pitcher's parks in the majors against one of the weakest hitting teams in the majors, Venters couldn't finish the eighth inning. There were two infield singles and later an intentional walk that were out of Venters' control, but he walked the leadoff man and allowed back-to-back singles to Orlando Hudson and Chase Headley before being chased. Venters' final line showed 2/3 of an inning with four hits, four earned runs and two walks. He had only allowed three earned runs all season before the outing. This is likely only a blip on the radar, but it's still worthy of mention due to how big an outlier it appears to be.

Pirates defense. We discussed the Cardinals' defensive woes Saturday night and now it's time to look at another team in the NL Central -- which, by the way, is easily the worst defensive division in baseball. Only the Reds are better than average and at least three of the division's six teams are dreadful in the field. Anyway, I slightly digress. In going for the sweep against the Red Sox, the Pirates kicked the ball around Sunday. They committed four errors, which led to three unearned runs allowed and a two-run loss. These are precisely the kind of games the new Pirates -- who are still above .500 and within four games in the NL Central -- are trying to eliminate from their arsenal.

Diamondbacks bullpen. Starting pitcher Joe Saunders entered Sunday with a 4.35 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. He had a 4-7 record for a team only a 1/2 game out of first place. All he did against a very capable Tigers offense was throw seven innings and allow just four hits, one walk and one run. He struck out eight and departed the game with a 2-1 lead. Just an inning later, the Tigers held an 8-2 lead and then ended up winning 8-3. The culprits: Relievers Aaron Heilman, David Hernandez and Bryan Shaw. The three combined to cough up six hits, six earned runs and two walks ... all in the span of only recording three outs. The Tigers' seventh run in the inning scored on an error, but the game had gotten out of hand by that point.

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:20 am
Edited on: June 22, 2011 9:11 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Bumgarner blows up in loss

Bumgarner

By Evan Brunell


UpZack Greinke, Brewers -- Greinke twirled a beauty against the Rays on Tuesday, throwing seven innings while whiffing 10 and limiting Tampa to just four hits and one run. His zero walks allowed pushed his K/BB ratio on the season to a jaw-dropping 80/9. There's no way his 4.77 ERA represents what he's doing on the field, as he's making many hitters look foolish. Greinke's best performance in a Brewers uniform came when the club had lost six of eight. The victory pushed Milwaukee to a half-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central.

Seth Smith, Rockies -- The Rockies needed two home runs from Seth Smith to eke past the Indians, with the second homer coming in the top of the ninth to break a tie. "This was a huge character game," Rockies manager Jim Tracy told the Associated Press. "To hold a first-place team hitless [into the sixth inning], give up the lead, and win like that is huge." Smith went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the night's best hitting performance, pushing his overall line to .316/.370/.555. The 28-year-old is on pace for the most at-bats in a career largely spent as a fourth outfielder.

Michael Bourn, Astros -- Bourn isn't a sexy name and will always rank low on home-run leaderboards, but he does nearly everything else just right. Armed with impeccable defense, Bourn couldn't give the 'Stros a win in an 11th-inning affair with the Rangers but did go 3 for 5 with two runs and a RBI, stroking two doubles and swiping two bases to push his MLB-leading mark to 32. The performance gave Bourn a .285/.355/.395 line on the year. Again, not flashy, but when you add those 32 stolen bases plus his defense, Bourn is quietly one of the best center fielders in the game.



DownMadison Bumgarner, Giants
-- Bumgarner couldn't get anything going Tuesday, allowing the first eight batters to reach. After Carl Pavano mercifully struck out, Bumgarner's night was done after coughing up a double to Ben Revere for the game's eighth run. Guillermo Mota came in and saved the bullpen with 4 1/3 innings, but Bumgarner got stuck with eight runs and nine hits in just 1/3 of an inning, ballooning his ERA to 4.07 from 3.21. The S.F. 'pen held the Twins to just one more run the rest of the way but dropped the game, giving Minnesota its eighth straight win while the Giants dropped into a first-place tie with the Diamondbacks in the NL West.

Cardinals bullpen -- A day after the Padres' bullpen gave up 10 runs to the Red Sox, the Cardinals coughed up a nine-run eighth inning to the Phillies. That allowed Philadelphia to walk away with a 10-2 victory. The inning started innocently with an out by Trever Miller, who relieved starting pitcher Kyle McClellan. But Miller then allowed a single and walk before giving way to Jason Motte, who couldn't register an out en route to hitting two batters with a pitch and exiting the game. On Monday, a Padres reliever also hit two batters in the 10-run inning. Brian Tallet relieved Motte and struck out Raul Ibanez, and it looked as if St. Louis could squeeze through the inning, giving up just one run. Nope. A Ben Francisco single chased Tallet from the game, allowing Miguel Batista to go walk-walk-single, giving up four runs. Mikael Cleto then gave up a walk and two singles to finish the scoring, finally getting Wilson Valdez (who else?), who ran for Placido Polanco earlier in the inning, to fly out. Fun.

J.D. Drew, Red Sox -- J.D. Drew's usually had one scorching hot month a year that carries the team and otherwise is a good enough contributor. But this season, not only are the BoSox waiting for Drew's breakout, he continues to be a zero at the plate. His line now rests at .230/.332/.328 after striking out three times in four trips to the plate. Drew just isn't making good contact as many of his hits end up as groundballs. Drew was already losing significant playing time against left-handers, and once Carl Crawford returns from injury could start sitting more in general, although Drew remains the best option against right-handers as both Mike Cameron and Darnell McDonald are best used against lefities.

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 4:51 pm
 

On Deck: Sox, Twins on fire, Marlins sinking

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


LatosLatosSCORCHING HOT: The Red Sox have won 14 of their last 16, and a lot of that success is thanks to their bats. Last night, Boston went off for 14 runs against the Padres, a total that includes a 10-run seventh inning. The Sox have scored at least 14 runs in a game for the sixth time in their last 29 games. The only other Major League team to do that in a single-season span of less than 30 games was the 1930 Yankees, Elias reports. Those Yankees did it seven times in a 20-game stretch in June. They'll throw spot starter Alfredo Aceves, going in place of the ill Josh Beckett, against San Diego's 23-year-old ace. Mat Latos posted a 2.92 ERA in 31 starts last season, but he has struggled with mechanics and is currently at 4.06 through 13 starts, walking 27 and striking out 68 in 75 2/3 innings. Padres vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

MarlinsDEEPER AND DEEPER
: Even Jack McKeon couldn't stave off the Marlins' newfound propensity to lose: Florida lost to the Angels by a 2-1 score last night and fell to 32-41. In McKeon's second night, Hanley Ramirez will likely be in the lineup after being benched last night for a lack of hustle. Florida doesn't really have a great option in Javier Vazquez to halt the 11-game losing streak the team is on as he boasts a 6.85 ERA on the year. He's been better of late, but facing an AL team is a tall task. The Angels still have a solid offense and will be backed by Ervin Santana, pitching much better than Vazquez with a 4.25 ERA, but yet sharing an identical 3-7 record. At least Florida gets Mike Stanton back from a three-day absence (eye infection). Angels vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

GiantsPavanoMORE, PLEASE
: The Twins are on fire. The club is in San Francisco for the game and has won seven straight, including winning 14 of 16, much like Boston. That's pulled them up to a 31-39 record. There's still a ways to go, as first-place Cleveland is at 39-32, but you can't count the Twins out. They're sending Carl Pavano to the mound. Pavano has turned around a horrid start and has wrestled his ERA all the way down to 4.20. The Giants will counter with 21-year-old lefty Madison Bumgarner with his 3.21 ERA. The Giants have a streak going of the bad kind, losing their last four, clinging to a half-game lead over Arizona for first in the division. Twins vs. Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: June 4, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2011 12:32 pm
 

On Deck: Cahill vs. Beckett at Fenway



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Trevor CahillJosh BeckettBEST MATCHUP: The day's early game has about as good of a pitching matchup as you could hope to see with Oakland's Trevor Cahill facing off against Boston's Josh Beckett. Chahill has struggled as of late, dropping his last three decisions after a 6-0 start, but he's still sporting a 2.31 ERA. Beckett is coming off his first loss since April 5, allowing more than a run for the only time in May in his outing against the Tigers, raising his ERA to 1.80. Not too shabby. Athletics at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

NL WEST SHOWDOWN: The Giants have just a half-game lead on the Diamondbacks, while the Rockies are 5.5 games back and in need of keeping within striking distance of the first-place Giants. The Rockies have the same record at home as they do on the road -- 13-15, something Giants starter Madison Bumgarner would love to say. San Francisco's lefty is 0-2 with a 5.49 ERA at AT&T Park. Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin allowed three first-inning runs against the Cardinals in his last outing, but settled down to allow just one more run in five more innings, helping save the teams' bullpen. He's 5-4 with a 3.33 ERA overall. Rockies at Giants, 4:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

LEADERS MEET: In the only meeting between division leaders this weekend, the Rangers face a struggling Fausto Carmona. Carmona gave up nine runs in four innings in Toronto on Monday and has gone 0-3 with an 8.39 ERA in his last four starts. Carmona had a terrible outing on opening day before going on a seven-game stretch where he had an ERA of 2.22. He hasn't picked up a win in more than a month. Rangers starter Derek Holland has never faced the Indians. He's 4-1 with a 4.96 ERA, going 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA on the road. Rangers at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 5:30 pm
 

On Deck: Posada in lineup, field



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jorge PosadaPOSADA IN THE FIELD -- Jorge Posada will use a mitt in a game for the first time this season, but it'll be the first baseman's type, not the catcher's model. Posada will start his 16th career game at first base, while Mark Teixeira moves to designated hitter. Posada, for the record, will be batting seventh. Because of Wednesday's 15-inning game, the Yankees didn't take batting practice or infield, which Posada said he'd like to have gotten in advance of his first start at the position (or any real position) this season. Posada played some first in spring training and has been taking grounders there this season. Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

Andre EthierSTRUGGLING -- Andre Ethier is no stranger to streaks this season, lodging a 30-game hitting streak earlier this season. However, his current streak is nothing to brag about. Over the last five games, he's 0 for 17 with five strikeouts. He's just 1 for 6 in his career against tonight's starter, San Francisco lefty Madison Bumgarner. Ethier is hitting just .235/.264/.314 against lefties this season, with all four of his homers coming off right-handers. Since hitting in his 30th straight game on May 6, Ethier is 7 for 42, hitting .167/.239/.238. Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

Aaron HarangDR. JEKYLL AND MR. HARANG -- One of the feel-good stories of April was the return of Aaron Harang. Now with his hometown Padres and away from homer-happy Great American Ball Park, Harang looked like the 2006-07 version of the right-hander, going 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his first four starts as a Padre. The Next four starts, well, not so good -- 1-2 with an 8.46 ERA. Tonight he faces a familiar foe, Milwaukee, in his new spacious Petco home. Harang is 5-5 with a 4.65 ERA in 21 starts against the Brewers, but he may fare better when some of those Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder shots miss the seats. Brewers at Padres, 10:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: May 19, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Pepper: Duel in Fenway


By Matt Snyder

BASEBALL TODAY: There's no more tasty matchup than Josh Beckett and Justin Verlander squaring off in Fenway Park as the Tigers take on the red hot Red Sox. Also, how will CC Sabathia, Jair Jurrjens and Madison Bumgarner fare? I discuss all of these items in CBSSports.com's Baseball Today. See above.

MOST MARKETABLE: Three baseball players check in as members of the top 50 most marketable athletes in the world. Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt is at the top with LeBron James second. The MLB guys are Albert Pujols (25), Joe Mauer (31) and Brian Wilson (34). (SportsMedia.com) Great, so now everyone is going to grow out a beard like that?

MORE ON PHILLIPS' VISIT: Remember the story about Brandon Phillips going to watch a 14-and-under All-Star game being played by one of his Twitter followers? Well, the Dayton Daily News has the full story. Not only did Phillips show up, but he stayed for six innings. Here's what the parents of the young Twitter follower, named Connor, had to say about Phillips: "[He was] bombarded by people. He must have signed a hundred autographs. Connor kind of wanted to invite him into the dugout to give him some relief, but it seemed like Brandon was enjoying himself. And whenever Connor got up to hit, he’d always stop and watch him." Connor ended up gathering two singles and a double in front of Phillips, as his team won 12-4. As for Phillips' comments? “I had a good time. The parents were really into the game. Everybody had a lot of fun, and it reminded me again of why I play and why I do what I do on the field ... and off. It’s about love. I just love the game.”

ACKLEY KID: Michael Pineda's done a decent job (understatement alert) in his rookie campaign, so what about the Mariners promoting their top hitting prospect, Dustin Ackley? Once Stephen Strasburg was off the board, you may have quit paying attention, but Ackley was the second overall pick in that draft. Ackley plays second base and is swinging a good bat in Triple-A -- .280 average with six home runs, 21 RBI, 27 runs, nine doubles, six stolen bases and an .844 OPS in 40 games. Thus, it's rather obvious why Mariners fans would be pining for the 23 year old. The always-thoughtful Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times discusses why Ackley hasn't gotten the call yet and when he might get it (hint: sometime in June).

NEW RIVALRY: A good discussion with the writers on StLtoday.com: Has the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry been surpassed by the Cardinals-Reds? I'll weigh in as our resident Cubs fan. I think there's a difference between historic fan rivalries and present on-field rivalries. I don't think the rivalry between Cubs and Cardinals fans would ever be surpassed by that of the Reds vs. Cardinals in terms of historic stature, but in 2011 as a stand-alone season, it's Reds-Cardinals and it's not even close. This is because those are the two best teams in the division and they seem to genuinely dislike each other. To use another midwest example, Indiana and Purdue are always top rivals in basketball, but with Indiana down the past few years, Purdue had much bigger games on the slate.

MORE ON THE CARDS-REDS: Meanwhile, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan calls remarks made by Reds announcer Marty Brennaman "classless." (StLtoday.com)

THE UNKNOWN: The first round of the MLB draft is June 6, and the Pirates are narrowing down the field for their first selection. It's interesting to say that because for the first time since 2008, it's not a foregone conclusion who the top pick is going to be. Both Strasburg and Bryce Harper were the obvious No. 1 picks in the past two drafts. On the flip-side, the Pirates are considering around five different players. Reportedly, the three favorites are UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole, Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon and Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen. (MLB.com)

POSTING CHANGE: NPB (that's Japan's professional league to those unaware) may change it's posting system for players looking to sign with Major League Baseball. The most famous posting issue is when the Red Sox ponied up just over $50 million just for the rights to exclusively negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka. By the time the Red Sox signed him to a contract, they'd paid over $100 million. There are lots of other cases, obviously, that's just the most notorious. Anyway, the proposed change would be to award negotiating rights to the top three bidders. This would probably help the players make more money and be more fair to the bidding MLB teams. (NPB Tracker)

DEROSA DOWN: Giants third baseman Mark DeRosa is out "for a long time" after re-injuring his surgically repaired wrist. This may speed up a move of Aubrey Huff across the diamond with Brandon Belt taking over at first base -- at least until Pablo Sandoval is ready to come back. (SFgate.com) While we're here, I'm going to stand up for DeRosa as a man to the Giants fans (it's a minority, so let's not paint the entire fan base with one brush) celebrating his injury just because he's underperformed on the field. DeRosa is a great guy and great teammate. It takes a special kind of (bad) person to wish chronic injuries on someone else, especially when those bad wishes are upon a good person. Oh, while we're here ...

WHY THOLE QUIT TWITTER: Mets catcher Josh Thole joined Twitter to interact with fans, and instead had to close his account because he was tired of everyone taking shots at him -- including one loser who said he didn't care if Thole died. (NYDailyNews.com) It's amazing how "tough" people get under the cloak of anonymity. Actually, amazing is the wrong word. It's pathetic. There are few places where I'll ever break out the sanctimony, but this is one of them. If you use the Internet to tell people you want them dead because of how they play baseball -- or anything comparable such as political views, religious views, favorite musicians or taste in TV shows -- you are dregs of society and seriously need to get a life.

RECOVERED RINGS: Kyle Kendrick had his 2008 World Series championship ring stolen from his home on March 30, but it has been recovered by police in an unrelated investigation. There were several other items recovered by police, including Kendrick's 2009 NLCS ring. (CSNPhilly.com)

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