Posted on: June 18, 2010 6:56 pm

Rockies place Tulowitzki on DL

The Rockies said they have no timetable for the return of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was placed on the 15-day disabbled list with a broken left wrist on Friday.

Tulowitzki was hit on the wrist by Twins reliever Alex Burnett in Thursday's game and an X-ray on Friday revealed the fracture.

The Rockies are expected to move second baseman Clint Barmes to short to try to make up for Tulowitzki, the Rockies leading hitter. Tulowitzki was hitting .306/.375/.502 with nine home runs and 34 RBI.

Colorado called up infielder Chris Nelson to replace Tulowitzki on the roster.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:16 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 10:20 pm

Could Johnson be next Diamondback traded?

Kelly Johnson Kelly Johnson has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2010 season, getting the season started off with 13 home runs and a .282/.383/.546 line.

Now he may be on the way out.

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that an industry source believes Johnson may be the next DBack dealt on the heels of the trade of Conor Jackson. A trade of Johnson wouldn't harm the Diamondbacks in terms of depth at second base as Tony Abreu has just been activated off the disabled list and is considered by many to be Arizona's second baseman of the future.

The former Brave was non-tendered then inked by the Diamondbacks to a one-year deal wirth $2.35 million. The club also holds the right to retain Johnson's services in 2011 via arbitration, as Johnson will not have enough service time to qualify for free agency. This bolsters Johnson's trade value, and the Diamondbacks should be able to get a significant piece (or pieces) in return for Johnson should teams come calling.

Teams that might be interested in Johnson include:
  • Angels. Their losses -- especially on offense -- have been well-documented. Acquiring Johnson, who also has the ability to play left field, could go a long way in ensuring their offense lasts for the rest of the season. Current second baseman Howie Kendrick is struggling to produce.
  • Rockies. The Diamondbacks would likely be OK with dealing with an intradivision rival because Arizona is out of it already. The Rockies have Clint Barmes currently manning second and Eric Young, Jr. on the shelf. Acquiring Johnson would deepen Colorado's offense.
  • Cardinals. St. Louis is trying to win, and Skip Schumaker's .240/.305/.308 line is making it difficult for it to. The Cards are already struggling to generate offense out of shortstop.
  • Tigers. Detroit already cut bait with Adam Everett because of his incapability of hitting the broad side of a barn with his bat out of the shortstop position. It also demoted Scott Sizemore, who entered the season as a rookie second baseman, for lack of production. The Tigers' players up the middle now consist of Carlos Guillen -- playing second for the first time since 1999 and with only 12 career games coming into the year -- and Danny Worth. Johnson would certainly bring thump.
  • Athletics. The A's are trying to return to respectability and are right in the thick of things for the division race. Offense has been a problem in Oakland for the last few years, though, and Cliff Pennington at shortstop is giving nothing of value. While Mark Ellis is producing capably at second base, he's not a long-term answer and has battled injuries in recent years.
  • Mets. That's assuming New York can somehow wiggle out of Luis Castillo's deal, which they have been trying to do for years. But the Mets certainly need offense as well, and would love to fit Johnson's 13 home runs -- which would lead the Mets -- into their lineup.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 7:37 pm

Francis finally wins at Coors

Rockies starter Jeff Francis won his first game at Coors Field in nearly two years on Sunday, picking up the win in Colorado's 10-3 victory over Toronto.

Francis went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits. Francis hadn't won in Denver since June 18, 2008. Francis missed all of 2009 after undergoing shoulder surgery and didn't make his 2010 debut until May 6.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm

Are interleague 'rivalries' still relevant?

Interleague play opens up again Friday and yet again I'm underwhelmed by the Reds-Royals, Mets-Orioles and Pirates-Tigers.

But it's not just those mashups of also-rans that have begun to bore -- anyone excited for Cubs-White Sox? A's-Giants? Dodgers-Angels? Aren't those the reasons we're still stuck with a bastardized schedule? OK, it's Mets-Yankees and nothing else.

Every time this argument comes up, we're pointed toward interleague attendance numbers, without noting that most of those dates are summer nights on the weekend -- nights when teams would draw regardless of the visiting Royals or Pirates.

So what's on tap this weekend for our interleague overlords?

White Sox at Cubs: Nurse that hangover from the Blackhawks parade at Wrigley. What does it say that the NHL in June will overshadow one of the prime interleague matchups? Everything, really.

Astros at Yankees: Loser has to claim Roger Clemens?

• Mets at Orioles: When the Wilpons and Peter Angelos get together, there are no winners. Really.

• Pirates at Tigers: Well, there will be two nice looking uniforms on display.

Nationals at Indians: Yes, they're going to play twice before Steven Strasburg pitches. But one relevant game out of three ain't bad.

• Royals at Reds: The first-place Reds 24th in home attendance. There's only one way to solve that -- a visit by the Royals.

Phillies at Red Sox: OK, I'll admit, this should be a good series. Boston plays in front of sold-out crowds every night, so it's not like this is going to help the gate.

Braves at Twins: Two of the best debuts of 2010 (non-Strasnurg division), Target Field and Jason Heyward meet.

Rangers at Brewers: Does any argument about interleague play hold up when it involves the Brewers?

Blue Jays at Rockies: I got nothing... Blue Jays. Rockies. That's enough.

Mariners at Padres:
Two great ballparks, two awesome cities, one good team.

Angels at Dodgers: If you live in Southern California and want to see the Angels, you've got 81 chances.

• A's at Giants: See above, substitute "Southern" for "Northern."

Oh, the excitement.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:48 pm

Lee, Astros heating up

Carlos Lee's 10th-inning grand slam, coupled with a Pirates loss, moved the Astros out of last place in the National League Central.

Lee, who entered June hitting just .206, has a hit in every game this month and is hitting .333 with four home runs and 12 RBIs this month.

It's not just Lee getting hot in Houston, Lance Berkman has improved his average 28 points this month and the Astros are 7-3 in June. Houston is now just a half-game behind the Brewers for fourth in the division.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

Familiar surnames in draft

Through 50 rounds of the MLB Draft, several familiar names -- or at least last names -- are picked . Among those kin to current or former big-leaguers drafted:

• Delino Deshields Jr. (1st round, Astros), son of Delino Deshields.
• Cam Bedrosian (1st round, Angels), son of Steve Bedrosian.
• Kellen Sweeney (2nd round, Blue Jays), brother of Mark Sweeney.
• Mel Rojas Jr. (3rd round, Pirates), son of Mel Rojas.
• Cory Vaughn (4th round, Mets), son of Greg Vaughn.
• James Baldwin III (4th round, Dodgers), son of James Baldwin.
• Dickie Thon Jr. (5th round, Blue Jays), son of Dickie Thon.
• Connor Narron (5th round, Orioles), son of Jerry Narron.
• Drew Cisco (6th round, Reds), grandson of Galen Cisco.
• Patrick Leyland (8th round, Tigers), son of Jim Leyland.
• Benjamin Gamel (9th round, Yankees), brother of Mat Gamel.
• JaDamion Williams (10th round, Twins), son of Reggie Williams.
• Reggie Williams Jr. (10th round, Cardinals), son of Reggie Williams.
• Hunter Jones (11th round, Indians), son of Tracy Jones.
• Josh Magee (18th round, Astros), son of Wendell Magee.
• Dillon Moyer (22nd round, Twins), son of Jamie Moyer.
• Ozney Guillen (22nd round, White Sox), son of Ozzie Guillen.
• Mark Tracy (22nd round, Rockies), son of Jim Tracy.
• Bryan Harper (28th round, Cubs), brother of Bryce Harper.
• Brett Bochy (30th round, Giants), son of Bruce Bochy.
• Benito Santiago Jr. (31st round, Cubs), son of Benito Santiago.
• Andy Fermin (32nd round, Blue Jays), son of Felix Fermin.
• Devon Ethier (32nd round, Dodgers), brother of Andre Ethier.
• Logan Thompson (33rd round, Indians), son of Robby Thompson.
• Andrew Benes (35th round, Cardinals), son of Andy Benes, nephew of Alan Benes.
• Bobby Geren (36th round, A's), son of Bob Geren.
• Jake May (39th round, Reds), grandson of Lee May.
• Bo McClendon (39th round, Tigers), son of Lloyd McClendon.
• John Franco (42nd round, Mets), son of John Franco.
• Chad Wallach (43rd round, Dodgers), son of Tim Wallach.
• Benjamin Verlander (46th round, Tigers), brother of Justin Verlander.
• Joesph Jackson (50th round, Royals), great-great-grandnephew of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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