Tag:Trevor Cahill
Posted on: June 10, 2011 1:14 am
Edited on: June 10, 2011 1:19 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Dunn goes deep

By Matt Snyder

Adam Dunn, White Sox. He's still on pace to have the worst season of his career by a huge margin, but Dunn's gotta be pretty happy with his performance Thursday night. After two games off, he returned to the lineup and slugged his sixth home run of the season -- his first since May 24.

Alex Avila, Tigers. Avila tripled twice in the Tigers' victory. He's a catcher, as we know, so a two-triple game has to be a rarity, right? According to Baseball-Reference.com, this was the 75th time a catcher has hit two triples since 1919. It was the 18th time in the past 40 years. The 24 year old, who was really only made the starter due to his defense, is now hitting .297 with nine homers, 33 RBI, 13 doubles and three triples. He's got a real shot to play in the All-Star Game.

Johnny Cueto, Reds. Cueto stifled the Giants Thursday night in his best start of the season. He worked seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out eight and picking up the win. It was the first scoreless appearance by a Reds starter since Homer Bailey's May 10 outing. The start also marked the sixth quality start in seven tries for Cueto, who lowered his ERA to 1.93 and could really be emerging as the ace of the Reds' deep staff. The win kept the Reds five games out in the NL Central.

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers. If the Dodgers score seven runs for their young ace -- especially against the recently-punchless Rockies -- it should be an easy victory. Instead, Kershaw just didn't have it Thursday night in the thin air of Coors Field. He gave up seven hits, three walks and six earned runs in six innings.

Trevor Cahill, A's. The manager change didn't help in Game 1 of the Bob Melvin era for Oakland. The A's were worked over by the White Sox, 9-4, and ace Trevor Cahill was beaten down in less than three innings of work. Cahill was only able to get through 2 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits, three walks and six earned runs. He's now 0-4 with a 5.35 ERA in his last six starts -- and the A's are 0-6 in those starts. You're supposed to feel confident in a win with your ace on the hill. That's not happening. Hey, at least Cahill's healthy, though, unlike about half the Oakland pitchers who have been on the 40-man roster this year.

Ryan Madson/Placido Polanco, Phillies. There will be no repeat of Brad Lidge's 2008 season in Philly (when he saved 41 games without blowing a single chance). Ryan Madson entered the game Thursday night against the Cubs having converted all 14 of his save opportunities, but a Geovany Soto home run tied it. Madson almost took the loss, as Tyler Colvin followed with what was initially ruled a home run. The umpires ruled fan interference and a ground-rule double after video review, and Madson got out of the inning with a tie game. Then, in the top of the 11th, Placido Polanco committed a throwing error with two outs that allowed the Cubs to plate the go-ahead run. The Phillies then went down in the bottom half of the inning and lost a game they should have won.

BONUS UP AND DOWN: Joakim Soria returned to his customary role as the Royals closer and picked up the save. So that's good. It's just that he didn't look in control at all. He allowed back-to-back singles with one out and then walked the bases loaded with two outs before getting Corey Patterson to pop up and end the game. Soria faced six hitters and threw at least two balls to four of them. Both singles were hit pretty hard, too. But, again, he did lock down the save and didn't allow a run.

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Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 8:12 pm

On Deck: Streaking time


By Matt Snyder

It's a pretty heavy night of action for a Thursday, with only four teams having the night off. We'll highlight three matchups that include multiple streaks.

Bronx Battle: The Red Sox take a five-game winning streak into Thursday night's game against the Yankees and are now in sole possession of the AL East. Meanwhile, the Yankees hold only a 1 1/2 game lead over third place Tampa Bay and a 2 1/2 game lead over the Blue Jays. Even the Orioles are only 4 1/2 games behind the Yankees. It's a tight division, so every game is big. Thursday evening, it's a pitching battle of the Titans. Josh Beckett (4-2, 2.01) takes the hill for the Red Sox while CC Sabathia (7-3, 2.80) is going for the Yankees. Beckett has won three straight starts against the Yankees and has been dominant against them this season (2-0, 19 K, 6 H, 3 BB, 0 ER in 14 innings). Boston at New York (AL), 7:05 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

Cahill, Melvin and the A's: A's manager Bob Geren was fired Thursday afternoon, and the team will be led Thursday night against the White Sox by new manager Bob Melvin. The A's will be looking to break an MLB-high nine-game losing streak. Starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (6-3, 2.65) is seeking his first win since May 9. In that time span, he's made five starts and pitched 32 2/3 innings. He has given up 33 hits, 15 walks and 15 earned runs (4.13). In his first eight starts, Cahill was 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA. In three career starts at U.S. Cellular Field, he's been awful (6.08 ERA, 1.58 WHIP). Mark Buehrle (5-4, 3.95) gets the start for the White Sox. Oakland at Chicago (AL), 8:10 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING)

Floundering Florida: The longest losing streak in the National League is seven games -- by the Marlins. They've fallen to 5 games out of first place, the largest margin of the season. Thursday night, they'll send Chris Volstad (2-5, 5.67) to the mound against the Braves, and he has been winless since April. Beginning with a May 2 start against the Cardinals, Volstad is 0-4 with a 5.87 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. For the Braves, Jair Jurrjens (7-2, 1.75) takes the hill with a streak of 10 straight quality starts. That's each and every start for the 2011 season. Atlanta at Florida, 7:10 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 11:25 am

Looking back at second-round picks

Joey Votto

By C. Trent Rosecrans

While the first-round of the MLB Draft is gaining more attention in the last couple of years, the later rounds are where most of the work is done. 

The second round starts today at 11 a.m. ET, so here's a look at some of the best second-round picks in recent memory.

Angels: In 1999, the Angels took John Lackey out of Grayson County Community College with the 68th overall pick in the draft. In 1995, they took Jarrod Washburn with the first pick of the second round.

Astros: Perhaps the team's best player right now, outfielder Hunter Pence, was the 64th overall pick in 2004. 

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Athletics: The A's took Vista, Calif., high schooler Trevor Cahill with the 66th overall pick in 2006. Two years before that they took Kurt Suzuki in the second round and in 2003 they took Andre Ethier in the second round. They traded him for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez in 2005.

Blue Jays: Right-hander Dave Bush in 2002 is probably the team's best second-round pick since taking Derek Bell in 1987.

Brian McCannBraves: Current first baseman Freddie Freeman was selected with the 78th overall pick in 2007, but the best pick was easily 2002's No. 64 overall pick, a local high school catcher named Brian McCann.

Brewers: The Brewers took Yovani Gallardo with the fifth pick of the second round in 2004.

Cardinals: In 2001, the team took Dan Haren with the 72nd overall pick. More recently, Jon Jay was taken in the second round of the 2006 draft.

Cubs: You have to go back pretty far -- unless you go with Bobby Hill -- to find much success with the Cubs' second-round pick, but if you go as far back as 1984, they took Greg Maddux with the third pick of the second round and he turned out OK. Also among their second-round picks is former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter (1996).

Diamondbacks: A's starter Brett Anderson was Arizona's second-rounder in 2006. He was part of the big trade that send Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks.

Dodgers: The Dodgers got future closer Jonathan Broxton with the 60th overall pick in 2002.

Giants: Of recent vintage, the Giants have taken Nate Schierholtz in 2003 and Fred Lewis in 2002, but the most interesting second-round pick by San Francisco was in 1982. That year they took the son of a team legend with the 11th pick of the second round (39th overall), but Barry Bonds went to Arizona State instead.

Indians: Jason Kipnis is one of the team's top prospects, taken in the second round in 2009. In 1995, the Indians took first baseman Sean Casey out of Richmond with the 53rd overall pick.

Mariners: Recently-demoted Orioles starter Chris Tillman was taken in the second round of the 2006 draft. Keep an eye on 2009 second-rounder Rich Poythress, who had 31 homers in Class A last season.

Mike StantonMarlins: It wasn't until the 12th pick of the second round -- and 76th overall -- for someone to pick up Mike Stanton in 2007. 

Mets: There's some slim pickins for the Mets recently, but few Mets fans would trade their second-rounder of 1977, Mookie Wilson. (Seriously, this one was tough, the only players the Mets have picked in the last 15 years who have made the majors were Kevin Mulvey, Neal Musser, Pat Strange and Tyler Walker -- maybe that explains some things.)

Nationals (Expos): Jordan Zimmermann was the team's second-rounder in 2007. Current Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips was taken by the Expos with the sixth pick of the second round in 1999.

Orioles: Nolan Reimold was taken 61st overall in 2005, but if you want to go back a few years, the team took Cal Ripken with the 22nd pick of the second round in the 1978 draft. Ripken was the third of four picks the Orioles had in the second round that year.

Padres: San Diego took Chase Hedley in 2005.

Phillies: Jimmy Rollins was the team's second-rounder in 1996, going 46th overall.

Pirates: Last year's pick was Stetson Allie, who many expected to go in the first round. Lefty Tom Gorzelanny was taken in the second round in 2003 and catcher Ryan Doumit was taken 59th overall in 1999.

Rangers: The only player taken by the Rangers in the second round of the last decade to make the majors is Jason Bourgeois.

Rays: The Rays famously took Josh Hamilton No. 1 overall in 1999, but their second-round pick that year was pretty good too -- Carl Crawford.

Red Sox: How about Justin Masterson (2006), Dustin Pedroia (2004) and Jon Lester (2002)?

Reds: NL MVP Joey Votto (2002) was the third pick of the second round (44th overall) and Travis Wood was taken in the second round of the 2005 draft. Keep an eye on 2009 pick Billy Hamilton, who already has 45 stolen bases this season for Class A Dayton.

Rockies: For recent vintage, Seth Smith (2004) is the pick, but you can go back a few years and pick Aaron Cook (1997).

George BrettRoyals: For all the prospects the Royals have stockpiled in the last couple of years, strangely not too many are second-rounders. Outfielder Brett Eibner (2010) was the only member of the Royals' Top 10 by Baseball America taken in the second round. You have to go back to Carlos Beltran (1995), Jon Lieber (1992), Bob Hamelin (1988), Mark Gubicza (1981), Darryl Motley (1978) and Dennis Leonard (1972) to find serious big-leaguers. Oh, and also a kid out of El Segundo, Calif., in 1971 named George Brett. He was pretty good, too.

Tigers: The Tigers took Brandon Inge with the 14th pick of the 1998 draft as a catcher out of Virginia Commonwealth. In 1976, Alan Trammell was the second pick of the round.

Twins: A nice run of arms earlier in the decade with Kevin Slowey (2005), Anthony Swarzak (2004), Scott Baker (2003) and Jesse Crain (2002). Frank Viola was the team's second-rounder in 1981.

White Sox: A's outfielder Ryan Sweeney (2003) is the team's best second-rounder since Bob Wickman (1990) -- not counting Jeff Weaver, who went back to school after he was picked in 1997 and was taken by the Tigers a year later.

Yankees: In the last 20 years, only two Yankees second-rounders have made the big leagues, Shelley Duncan (2001) and Randy Keisler (1998). Catching prospect Austin Romine was the team's second-rounder in 2007. In 1982, the team did take a shortstop from McAdory High School in Bessemer, Ala., who went on to play football at Auburn instead. His name is Bo Jackson. That was the year after the team took Stanford outfielder John Elway.

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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 25, 2011 4:48 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 11:33 pm

On Deck: Potential duel in Philly


By Matt Snyder

Lots of afternoon action on getaway day across baseball -- check out the action on CBSSports.com's live scoreboard -- but there are still seven games on the docket for this evening. Let's spotlight three of them.

Allow myself to (re)introduce ... myself: The last time Roy Halladay faced the Reds was in Citizen's Bank Park in Game 1 of the NLDS. Halladay needed only 104 pitches to no-hit the Reds in a 4-0 victory. It was only the second no-hitter in postseason history. In nine innings, his only blemish was a walk, which he more than balanced out with eight strikeouts. The Reds hit only a handful of balls hard. It was complete and utter domination, in a playoff game no less. On the flip side, Travis Wood's track record against the Phillies is pretty solid. He took a perfect game into the ninth in his last start against Philly and threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings against the Phillies in Halladay's playoff no-no. The Reds broke a six-game losing streak Tuesday night on a ninth-inning, three-RBI double from Jay Bruce. The Phillies hold a one-game lead in the competitive NL East. This should be a great game. Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. ET. FOLLOW LIVE SCORING

Looking for wins: Raise your hand if you thought Chris Carpenter and Mat Latos would have combined for a 2-10 record and an ERA of over 4.50 come May 25th. Put your hand down, liar. One of the two will get a brief reprieve from the losing Wednesday afternoon in the spacious confines of Petco Park, as the two square off. Carpenter is looking to help his club continue its winning ways, as the Cardinals have won four straight and sit atop the NL Central. On the other hand, Latos is needed to play the stopper. The Padres have lost four in a row and reside in the cellar of the NL West. St. Louis at San Diego, 6:35 p.m. ET. FOLLOW LIVE SCORING

Wild, wild West: The A's have been in the headlines this week, but for the wrong reasons. Bob Geren has come under fire for being the worst person ever and not communicating well. Still, they defied drastic odds in winning the Guillermo Moscoso vs. Dan Haren pitching matchup Tuesday night. Wednesday, it's going to be Trevor Cahill for the A's against Ervin Santana for the Angels. Cahill is 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA this season, and he owns the Angels in his career (4-1, 1.81 ERA in seven starts). Meanwhile, the AL West continues to be the closest top-to-bottom division race in baseball. A mere two games separated first place from last entering Wednesday, which means every intradivision battle is a big game. Remember, it's no longer early, as we're very near a third of the way through the season. Oakland at Los Angeles (AL), 10:05 p.m. ET.  FOLLOW LIVE SCORING

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Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: May 25, 2011 10:52 am

Pepper: Mets on verge of accepting ownership bid

By Evan Brunell

SO THE TIME HAS COME FOR A NEW OWNER: OK, so technically a new Mets minority owner, but the move could have lasting implications.

Sources say that former commodities trader Ray Bartoszek and investor Anthony Lanza have been chosen as the preferred bidders for the available stake in the Mets' franchise. The new owners will have a say in the team's finances and path forward, as incumbent owner Fred Wilpon has promised. And if Wilpon is forced to sell the team -- a distinct possibility -- it's likely that Bartoszek and Lanza will emerge as the new owners.

It's unclear how much stake the new owners will receive, but the cost is expected to be around $200 million for up to a 49 percent stake and a deal is extremely close. First, though, negotiations on whether the minority group can purchase a small stake in SportsNet New York has to be ironed out, but could be the necessary final piece for the deal as 49 percent may not be justifiable enough for $200 million given the Mets' debt problems.

Bartoszek previously headed up oil trading for the world's biggest commodity trader, Glencore International, while Lanza is an owner of Carriage House Partners, a private equity firm. (New York Post)

: Unsurprisingly, Carlos Beltran disagrees with Fred Wilpon's comments that he's 65-to-70 percent. "I'm 100 percent," Beltran said. And he's playing like it. (Newsday)

: Chone Figgins has been a shell of his former self since arriving in Seattle, but skipper Eric Wedge thinks things are getting better. "I feel like he's been a little bit more aggressive,'' Wedge said. "I feel like he's starting to make better contact. More firm." It's still way too early to think about Figgins finally delivering on his contract, but any step forward is positive. (Seattle Times)

: CC Sabathia hurled a complete game victory Tuesday, coming away with the win. It was his first complete game win since May 8, 2009... and also the first Yankees complete-game winner since. That's the longest streak in AL history for a stretch in-between complete-game wins at 341 games. (New York Daily News)

: Until Andrew Bailey returns, Grant Balfour will be the new closer in Oakland, replacing Brian Fuentes after the flap Fuentes created with his comments Tuesday. Too bad no one let Balfour know. (MLB.com)

ODDITY: Here's something interesting: Curtis Granderson has smacked 16 home runs and four triples, an impressive feat so far. But it's been all or nothing, as his four doubles pop out, a rare occurrence. After all, if you hit for power, you'll have your fair share of doubles. Granderson's doubles account for just one-sixth of his extra base hits, and only two other players in history have more extra-base hits than him with a similar 1/6 ratio of doubles: Mark McGwire in 2001 and Wes Covington in 1957. (Baseball Reference)

ONE MORE: Orioles starter Brian Matusz agrees that he needs one more rehab start, so will pitch for Triple-A on Friday. But after that, he's expected to push to return to the staff for a June 1 start, which will mark his season debut. (MASN Sports)

NEW DODGER: Top prospect Rubby De La Rosa received the call to the majors, surprising the Double-A starting pitcher, who will pitch in relief. While the Dodgers contend his future is in the rotation, de la Rosa was needed to shore up a bullpen besieged by injuries and ineffectiveness. De la Rosa has the talent to emerge as closer in L.A., and the team is still in the postseason hunt, so the promotion does make some sense. (Los Angeles Times)

YER OUTTA HERE! Ned Yost isn't going to get tossed from a game anytime soon -- unless he feels one of his players are being disrespected --  but that will change in coming years. "This is the time, with a young club, that you set the tone," Yost said. "I don't want these guys complaining and moaning. An umpire's call is an umpire's call and it doesn't get changed. It's doesn't do anybody any good to whine or cry about it. So, if I'm yelling, moaning and screaming on every call, naturally they're going to follow my lead. So it's important to me, right now, to accept the umpire's calls. ... But disrespect a player one time and I'm gone." Also in the link: Stories about how the Royals are trying to help those affected by the devastating Joplin, Mo. tornado. (MLB.com)

BRING IT IN: Is it time for the Padres to bring in the fences at Petco Park? Petco has become the anti-Coors Field, and even Coors is no longer an offensive haven thanks to the effects of the humidor. There appears to be a growing groundswell to fix Petco, and it would be as simple as moving the fences in. No one advocates making Petco a hitter's park, but moving the fences in would only even the playing field just a bit -- and that's all one needs. (Rob Neyer)

FIRST WIN: Alfredo Simon nailed his first win of the season thanks to an Adam Jones walk-off home run. A relieved Simon was thrilled after the game as it was his first win since last season. He has been dealing with a murder charge in his native country since the winter and still isn't out of the woods yet. (MASN Sports)

NEW GRIP: Dustin Moseley has been a nice piece of the Padres so far this year, but the righty can't sit on his laurels when there's more to be done. He tweaked his changeup, which earned positive results after Monday's game. (MLB.com)

PATROLLING THE OUTFIELD: Josh Hamilton believes he could start playing the outfield immediately but will be held back until this weekend, where he is expected to return to left field. Once he has several games under his belt, it's possible he could start seeing some time in center. (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)

BACK TO ACTION: Johan Santana finally stepped back on a mound for the first time since last season and threw 25 pitches. Santana is progressing nicely in his return from surgery and could rejoin the Mets in July. If he pitches strong down the stretch, he could be dealt after the year. (ESPN New York)

A NEW LOU: Lou is back in Chicago, and we're talking Montanez. The former Cubs first-round pick 11 years ago took a detour in Baltimore for four years, but wound up back with the Cubs this season in Triple-A. He finally reached the majors with his original club when tapped yesterday to replace Marlon Byrd on the roster. Montanez made the most of it, notching a RBI double in his first Cubs at-bat. (Chicago Sun-Times)

ON HIS WAY BACK: John Lackey pitched in a bullpen session Tuesday and came through with flying colors, setting him up for a rehab game on May 31 and a return to the Red Sox for June 5's start against the Athletics. (Boston Globe)

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Posted on: May 9, 2011 7:09 pm

On Deck: Cahill, Wilson battle for West supremacy


By Evan Brunell

BEST MATCHUP: This is a nice meeting of pitchers who have been on fire all season. Trevor Cahill is seeking his sixth win and has yet to register a loss. The A's righty was in the Cy Young mix last year and is clearly inserting himself in the discussion this year. The 23-year-old pitched a bit over his head last year and while he is obviously doing so this season with a 1.79 ERA, he's taken another leap forward this season by upping his strikeout percentage. He'll be opposed by Rangers ace C.J. Wilson who continues to find the starting rotation to his liking. Now in his second season starting after being converted from relief, Wilson is 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA and is gearing up for a massive payday as a free agent. Both teams are scrapping to stay close to the first-place Angels. With identical 19-18 records, the loser will drop to .500 while the victor will hope for an Angels loss later that night to the White Sox to pull to within one game of the division lead. Athletics at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET

LOSING STREAK: The Rockies are losers of four straight and as Ian Stewart can tell you, manager Jim Tracy is getting irritable. Colorado is still in first, but its margin of error is down to one game. Fortunately, arguably the team's best pitcher in sophomore Jhoulys Chacin will toe the mound with a 2.83 ERA and has clearly proven his ability to handle Coors Field. The game is in the Rox's favor, as the Mets will counter with lefty Chris Capuano and his 5.40 ERA. Colorado swept the Mets in four games to begin the season, so the beginning of the series could be a welcome breath of air for the 18-14 squad. Rockies at Mets, 8:40 p.m. ET

FIRST PLACE BATTLES: Just like the Rangers, A's and Rockies, the Phillies and Marlins tonight will pit two teams at the top of the standings with a chance to take a step forward. The Phillies are clinging to first place despite an offense that hasn't delivered on its promise while the scorching Marlins are only two back. Unfortunately for Florida, the Phillies will have a shot to feast on Javier Vazquez who has done nothing to reverse his slide into mediocrity that began last season with the Yankees. The righty will look to drive his ERA below 6.00 while Philly counters with its own struggling Joe Blanton fresh off the disabled list. Blanton's 5.92 ERA isn't pretty, but allowed just four runs over his past 14 innings before hitting the shelf. Phillies at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 4:39 pm

Dunn back in Sox lineup

Adam Dunn

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Adam Dunn is back.

Less than a week after his emergency appendectomy, the White Sox designated hitter is back in the lineup against the A's tonight.

Dunn's batting third against Oakland's Trevor Cahill, according to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune.

Dunn took batting practice yesterday and reported discomfort, but was still looking to talk the White Sox coaches into putting him into the lineup. He is aided by being a designated hitter and not having to play the field.

Dunn tried to return to the lineup this weekend, but wasn't cleared.

"I'm a quick healer, like Wolverine," Dunn said last week.

Dunn missed had the appendectomy early April 6 and missed six games, beating St. Louis' Matt Holliday back into action. Holliday missed seven games after his appendectomy, returning to the lineup on Sunday. 

Throughout his career, Dunn has played hurt and played nearly every day. Dunn's played in at least 152 games in eight of his nine full seasons in the big leagues.

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