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Posted on: April 9, 2011 1:36 am
Edited on: April 9, 2011 2:08 am
 

3 up, 3 down for 4/8: Rays, Red Sox finally win

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dan Johnson

3UP

Dan Johnson, Rays -- Johnson's three-run homer topped off a five-run ninth, giving the Rays their first victory of the season, 9-7 over the White Sox. Not only was it the Rays' first win of the season, Johnson gave the team its first lead of the season.

Antonio Bastardo, Phillies -- The 25-year-old lefty gave up Chipper Jones' 2,500th career hit on Friday, but after that he struck out the next six batters he faced -- Brian McCann, Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward, Alex Gonzalez, Freddie Freeman and Tim Hudson.

Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals -- Not only did Zimmermann pick up his first victory since undergoing Tommy John surgery, he also threw 91 pitches, while allowing six hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Oh yeah, he also singled in two runs in the second inning.

3DOWN

Brian Wilson, Giants -- After staring in the Giants' pregame ceremonies to commemorate their World Series title, Wilson came into the game in the ninth inning to lock down another save. Instead, he gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. It was his second appearance since coming off the disabled list, allowing three runs Wednesday against the Dodgers. Manager Bruce Bochy has taken him out without finishing the inning in both outings. But hey, at least his ERA dropped from 40.50 to 33.75.

Albert Pujols, Cardinals -- You're not going to see this name in this part of 3 up, 3 down too often, but the two-time Gold Glover (including 2010) dropped a simple throw from pitcher Brian Tallet on Andres Torres' two-out grounder in the 12th inning on Saturday. That set up an RBI single by Aaron Rowand to give the Giants a 5-4 victory.

Boone Logan, Yankees -- In six plate appearances against lefties this season, Yankee the left-handed reliever has allowed three hits and two walks. Logan gave up hits to David Ortiz and J.D. Drew, with Drew's single in the seventh scoring two and locking up the first win of the season for the Red Sox. He did get Jacoby Ellsbury to ground out to end the inning, but the damage had been done by that point. With Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte on the DL, he's the team's only lefty in the bullpen.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Giants get their closer back

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Giants have officially activated closer Brian Wilson from the disabled list, placing Santiago Casilla on the disabled list with an inflamed right elbow, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News tweets .

The team also announced first baseman Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers and was outright to Triple-A Fresno.

Casilla appeared in one game for the Giants this season, allowing a hit and a run against the Dodgers on opening day.

Wilson missed five games while he was on the DL with a strained oblique.

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 6:02 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:53 am
 

Giants' Wilson ready to return from DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Giants closer Brian Wilson said he'll be ready to come off the disabled list when he is eligible to do so Wednesday in San Diego.

Brian Wilson

Wilson threw a simulated game against Pat Burrell, Nate Schierholtz, Mike Fontenot and Eli Whiteside at Dodger Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Wilson threw about 25-30 pitches, according to Andrew Baggerly of the San Jose Mercury News (via Twitter.)

Wilson said afterward he threw all his pitchs and he's ready to return from the oblique injury that put him on the DL to start the season.

When asked if his next outing would be in a big-league game, Wilson said it would be.

"It could be. It will be," Wilson told Baggerly. "I've been ready for two weeks."

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:56 am
Edited on: April 3, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Pepper: The amazing Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Edgar Martinez isn't in the Hall of Fame, but he has a heck of a case.

Martinez is one of eight players -- along with Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Stan Musical, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Manny Ramirez and Todd Helton -- to have 300 home runs, 500 doubles, a career .300 batting average, a career on-base percentage better than .400 and a career slugging higher than .500.

 The former Mariners designated hitter finished his career with a career 147 OPS+, while hitting .312 in 18 seasons. Martinez made seven All-Star teams and won five Silver Sluggers as a designated hitter.  In 2004, Major League Baseball renamed its Outstanding Designated Hitter Award for Martinez.

In short, Martinez was a phenomenal hitter.

And with 2,247 hits, Martinez had led all Mariners in career hits until Saturday night when Ichiro Suzuki broke his mark with two hits in the Mariners' 5-2 victory over the A's.

It took Martinez -- as we noted, one of the best hitters of his generation -- 18 seasons to amass 2,247. Ichiro passed it in the second game of his 11th season. 

Sometimes I think it's easy to forget just how good Suzuki is. Maybe because he plays in the late games and the Mariners haven't been good lately, but Suzuki's career is one for the ages.

In each of his first 10 seasons, Suzuki has had at least 200 hits. He's already the Mariners' career leader in stolen bases (386), triples (71) and batting average (.331) and needs 425 at-bats to pass Martinez in that category.

If you add the 1,278 hits Suzuki had in his time in Japan, he has 3,526 career hits and could finish his professional career with more hits than Pete Rose's 4,256 in the big leagues. While not quite the same and not the MLB record, it'd still be an impressive feat, especially with shorter seasons in Japan.

Martinez passed Ken Griffey Jr. as the team's all-time hits leader on April 3, 2001, just days into Suzuki's tenure with the Mariners. The two played together for several years, and Suzuki said Saturday he was humbled by passing Martinez.

"Today I broke his record. When you look at his numbers, that's a fact," Ichiro said through interpreter Antony Suzuki (via MLB.com). "But he is a hero back in Seattle. He is my hero as well. When you look at his existence, he's a lot bigger than I am, being a great human being as well. So that's how I look at it.

"I played with Edgar for years. That's something that is important to me. That's precious. That's a treasure to me. That's what I honor as well."

Royals' FUTURE FLUSH -- After the Royals beat the Angels on Saturday, it was time for the real show -- Kansas City's Double-A and Triple-A teams faced off at Kauffman Stadium to a healthy crowd ready to see baseball's most hyped prospects in person. About half the crowd of 18,022 for the Royals-Angels game stayed to watch the likes of Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. [Kansas City Star]

NO PLATOON FOR PANDA -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy has assured Pablo Sandoval that he will not be part of a platoon at third base this season. Sandoval sat against lefty Ted Lilly on Saturday, but that was a matchup thing, Bochy told him. [San Jose Mercury News]

WAITING FOR HOLLIDAY -- The Cardinals aren't going to put outfielder Matt Holliday on the disabled list right away, hoping to avoid a trip altogether. Holliday had an appendectomy on Friday and was discharged from the hospital on Saturday. The Cardinals will wait a couple of days to see whether Holliday will be able to come back in time to avoid a DL trip. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

DEBUT -- Zach Britton may have been the Orioles' best starter this spring, but when time came for the final cuts, he still found himself headed to Triple-A Norfolk -- until the Orioles' best rookie of 2010, Brian Matusz, was placed on the DL with a left intercostal muscle strain. Britton, who had a 1.35 ERA in spring, will start today against the Rays. [MLB.com]

FAMILIAR FACE -- Roy Oswalt will make his first career start against Houston today. [MLB.com]

MAGGLIO OUT -- Magglio Ordonez isn't playing in today's game against the Yankees because of a sore right ankle. Ordonez was lifted for a defensive replacement in the sixth inning of Saturday's loss. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said it was mostly a precautionary move. [MLB.com]

DANKS OK -- John Danks had some dental work on Saturday, but won't miss his start today against the Indians. [MLB.com]

LONG NAME, LONG LAYOFF -- Nationals lefty Tom Gorzelanny will have 15 days between his final spring training start and his first regular-season start on April 9, but he is unconcerned. [Washington Post]

Padres LOVE THE BUNT -- The Padres new No. 3 hitter, Orlando Hudson, laid down a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Cardinals. The Padres have had their No. 3 hitter sacrifice 20 times in the last 20 years. [Ducksnorts]

AARDSMA CLOSER -- The Mariners may get closer David Aardsma back sooner rather than later, manager Eric Wedge told reporters. [Seattle Times]

CLOSE SHAVE -- Rays starter Wade Davis will shave his head -- well, at least the top of it, his beard is staying -- following today's game. The shave is for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Cut for a Cure and is hoping to raise $10,000. As of Saturday, he'd raised $8,000 with his vow to go bald. [Tampa Tribune]

30-DOWN -- How Brian Wilson got into the New York Times crossword puzzle. [New York Times]

DIFFERENT WAY TO THE BIGS -- Former 16th-round draft pick Griffin Benedict has given up his dream of playing in the big leagues, instead accepting the Padres' offer of joining the team as its second bullpen catcher. Benedict is the son of former big-league catcher Bruce Benedict. He hit .229 at low Class A Fort Wayne last season. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

PATCH FEVER -- There's a total of eight memorial patches on MLB uniforms this summer. The Reds, Tigers, Pirates, Indians, Phillies, Dodgers, Cubs and Mariners are all sporting patches honoring people who have passed in the last year. While the Indians have gotten rave reviews of their Bob Feller patch (and for good reason), I'm a really big fan of the Pirates' Chuck Tanner patch as well. [Uniwatch Blog]

AT-BAT MUSIC -- Reds official blogger Jamie Ramsey has a list of all the at-bat music for the Reds this season. [Better Off Red]

WHITE TELLS ALL -- The New York Times has great things to say about Bill White's new book, Upity, about his time in baseball, both as a player and a league official.

BOW TIE -- Nice story from FOXSports.com reporter Ken Rosenthal on why he'll wear a bow tie on all telecasts this season. I thought it looked great, and glad to see the direction he's taken it. Good for Ken and Dhani Jones. [FOXSports.com]

FREE GAMES -- If you have the MLB At-Bat for the iPhone, iPad or Android devices, you'll get MLB.tv for free during April. If you're reading this and have an iPhone, iPad or Android device, you need to spend the $15 for the At-Bat app and this just makes it an even better deal. (You do have to buy separate apps for each device, but it's still totally worth it.) [The Unofficial Apple Weblog]

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:02 am
Edited on: March 30, 2011 9:19 am
 

Wilson to begin season on DL

By Matt Snyder

The defending world champion will open the season without its star closer. Brian Wilson will be placed on the disabled list with an injured oblique muscle, the official annoucement expected Wednesday, and won't join the team until April 5 at the earliest. It's the 15-day disabled list, but teams can backdate DL-stints up to 10 days coming out of spring training.

Wilson, 29, did have a successful bullpen session Tuesday -- the first time he's thrown off the mound in about two weeks.

"He felt great today," Gianta manager Bruce Bochy said (MLB.com ). "I'm very encouraged with his progress, and we'll decide tomorrow his next move. I don't think he'll start the season with us, but it's good to see him feeling good, and he's letting it go."

Bochy will rely on Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez in some combination in Wilson's absence, but it's not a huge deal if he only misses a few games.

Wilson made the All-Star team for the second time in 2010. He led the majors with 48 saves, also sporting an impressive 1.81 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings. He saved six games in the playoffs without allowing a single earned run.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:14 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/29: Breaking training

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Chris Capuano3 UP

Chris Capuano, Mets -- The Mets' fifth starter closed out spring not only with three scoreless innings on Tuesday, but he also added a three-run double in the Mets' 8-2 victory over the Nationals. Capuano finished the spring with a 1.93 ERA, but won't pitch until April 9 because the Mets' schedule doesn't need a fifth starter until then. He'll spend the first series of the season in the bullpen.

Jaime Garcia, Cardinals -- Garcia had a much-needed good outing in the Cardinals' last game of the spring, going six innings and allowing just one run and three hits. He'd allowed 37 hits and 24 runs in 17 innings before Tuesday.

Major League Baseball -- In addition to new 7-day disabled list for concussions, MLB also includes mandatory baseline neurophysiological testing in the spring for player and umpires, which will help evaluate when players can return from concussions. 

3 DOWN

Drew Storen, Nationals -- Storen faced nine batters in the seventh inning of the Nationals' loss to the Mets, allowing four runs and seven hits, while recording just two outs. Three of the runs came on a homer by David Wright. It broke a streak of three straight outing without allowing a run. Sean Burnett had another scoreless inning this spring, likely taking the closer's job away from Storen.

Matt Garza, Cubs -- The new Cubs starter leaves Arizona with a 10.38 ERA after giving up seven runs on 11 hits and two walks in three-plus innings. On the bright side, he did strike out seven. Garza is scheduled to start the Cubs' third game of the season. Garza didn't give the Cactus League rave reviews after his first spring in Arizona, saying it "sucks."

Stars on the DL -- The list of pitchers added to the disabled list keeps growing. The latest is San Francisco closer Brian Wilson, who manager Bruce Bochy said on Tuesday will start the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.

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Posted on: March 27, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Wilson making progress with injury

By Matt Snyder

Injured closer Brian Wilson threw soft toss Sunday without any issues and is getting closer to a return to the hill for the defending World Series champion Giants. He hasn't pitched since March 17 as he's sidelined with a strained left oblique muscle. The season opens Thursday and it sounds like Wilson won't miss much of it.

"He played catch today and he felt fine," Bochy said. "He'll probably play a little more catch tomorrow and it'll be Tuesday as far as getting up on the mound. We'll evaluate it after that." (MLB.com )

Thursday is when the season begins for the Giants, so it doesn't sound like you can expect to see Wilson in the first game. That's actually not a huge deal. There's tons of emphasis on opening day, but there are 161 games that follow. There's no reason to push an injury just to be ready for the first game, especially if coming back too early risks further injury.

The bottom line is that the Giants won't be missing Wilson for long, barring setbacks. 

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Category: MLB
Posted on: March 23, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Wilson suffers setback with oblique injury

By Matt Snyder

All-Star Giants closer Brian Wilson was slated for a side throwing session Wednesday, but shut himself down early in the throwing process, due to "recurring soreness" in his injured left oblique muscle. It's a setback that will likely cost Wilson his readiness for opening day. (San Jose Mercury News )

Wilson reportedly said he didn't feel great, but wasn't discouraged. If management doesn't want him to pitch in the opening game against the Dodgers a week from Thursday, he won't fight it.

The Giants will use the lefty-righty tandem of Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla in closing situations without Wilson, the Mercury News reports.

Wilson, 28, led the majors with 48 saves last season with a 1.81 ERA and has nailed down 127 saves the past three seasons. He's only thrown five innings this spring due to having injury issues in his lower back and oblique.

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