Tag:Notre Dame
Posted on: September 5, 2010 12:32 pm

Reds hoping to get Bruce back soon

ST. LOUIS -- Accelerator down and looking to extend their eight-game NL Central lead even more, the Reds were happy on Sunday to find that outfielder Jay Bruce is feeling better.

He still wasn't in manager Dusty Baker's lineup Sunday, the fifth consecutive game that Bruce will sit with a sore right side, and he'll likely miss Monday's series opener in Colorado as well. But the Reds are hopeful that Bruce, hitting .274 with 18 homers and 58 RBIs, will return this week.

The Reds aren't penciling in an exact day, however.

"I don't want him until he doesn't feel it anymore," Baker said Sunday morning. "Running, throwing, hitting ... when he comes back, I want him to stay back."

Bruce went down at the worst possible time, not simply because it's September, but because he was red hot when he hurt his side. From the time the Cardinals swept the Reds in Cincinnati in early August until he was hurt on Aug. 30, Bruce was batting .396 with eight homers and 15 RBI over 16 games.

In his absence, the Reds have played with an outfield of Jonny Gomes in left, Drew Stubbs in center and Chris Heisey in right. With Jim Edmonds and Laynce Nix banged up, those three are pretty much locked in. The Reds have been hitting fly balls to infielder Miguel Cairo and view him as an option in an emergency.

"But hopefully, we don't need him," Baker said.

Especially in Colorado's Coors Field, where the outfield is one of the league's biggest.

"You need Willie Mays, Curt Flood and Paul Blair out there in Colorado," Baker quipped.

Likes: The Cubs dedicating a statue of Hall of Famer Billy Williams on Tuesday. Great outfielder, great guy. ... The Cardinals planning to move back to 50,000-watt KMOX next season, which was their radio home for 51 years through 2006. Hope Detroit follows suit and re-connects with WJR sometime soon. Part of the reason for the huge fan bases of some of the Midwestern teams is that even people who couldn't get to games could pull in the radio signal from thousands of miles away. I know things are different now with television and satellite radio, but I still think the move to smaller radio stations for more lucrative contracts was short-sighted. ... Glad to see Notre Dame win under new coach Brian Kelly. College football is better when the Irish are good. ... What a great ending to the LSU-North Carolina football game Saturday night. ... The baby back ribs at Joe Buck's joint in downtown St. Louis. ... The weather this weekend. Sunshine, 70s, no humidity, just a gorgeous weekend with a hint of fall in the air. Perfect baseball weather, great for the opening of football. "These are the prettiest days I think I've ever seen in St. Louis," Reds manager Dusty Baker said Sunday morning. "I'm serious." ... Ah, memories. My dad had a Plymouth Valiant, too, but it was green (see rock 'n' roll lyrics below). First car I drove.

Dislikes: The combination of the Cubs' awful season and St. Louis' fade has the Cardinals offering tickets to the Cubs' series at Busch Stadium later this month at 50 percent off. How about that?

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"I was sitting with Mary
"In my dad’s blue Valiant
"Rain was coming down
"And the radio was playing
"Mary was talking
"A million miles a minute
"I could not hear one word she was saying"

-- Marc Cohn, Listening to Levon

Posted on: October 23, 2009 4:41 pm

ALCS: Juggling the pitching staffs

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- This is the way it works in the postseason:

Despite manager Mike Scioscia's mixed-reaction pulling of starter John Lackey after 6 2/3 innings and 104 pitches in Game 5, the Angels very well could benefit from it if they can extend this AL Championship Series to Game 7.

Currently, the Angels are listing Jered Weaver as their Game 7 starter. But Scioscia said that Lackey will be available out of the bullpen.

"We've got a lot of options for Game 7," Scioscia said. "We're certainly going to have the opportunity to have John Lackey out of the pen if we need it. Believe me, we're going to have everybody available."

With heavy rains forecast for Saturday in New York, if Game 6 is postponed, that could even set up a scenario in which Lackey could start a Monday Game 7 on three days' rest.

"We're going to let this thing unfold a little bit and see how the weekend goes," Scioscia said Friday before his team held a brief workout at Angel Stadium, after which they were scheduled to depart for New York. "If there is an opportunity to look at bringing a guy like John back, it's something we would certainly consider. We've talked about a bunch of different things."

That happens, even though Lackey was angry with Scioscia for removing him from Game 5 when he said he still felt strong, maybe the ace right-hander will benefit by a shortened workload by having more in his tank if he is needed in Game 7 -- in relief on Sunday, or possibly starting on Monday.

Conversely, if rain plays havoc with the ALCS on Saturday, the Yankees would have the choice to start CC Sabathia on regular rest Sunday in Game 6, or continue with their plan with Andy Pettitte in Game 6 and Sabathia in Game 7.


Angels left-hander Joe Saunders, who pitched well in Game 2 in New York (two earned runs in seven innings) on his Game 6 start Saturday night: "We've got obviously a lot of confidence, a lot of momentum. We're going to be ready to play. It's going to be the usual Yankee hostile environment. It's going to be a lot of fun. They're going to be all over us. It's going to be a good battle."

Likes: Game 5 of Yankees-Angels was great fun. ... The impending CC Sabathia-Cliff Lee World Series smackdown matchup (unless the Yankees are derailed by the Angels). It's going to make poor Clevelanders sick. ... Belated birthday greetings to longtime Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard, who turned 99 on Tuesday. His taped introduction continues to announce Derek Jeter at-bats in the new Yankee Stadium, at Jeter's request. ... The World Series scene in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in which Jack Nicholson rabble-rouses his fellow asylum-mates to change the television channel to watch the game. Classic scene, and I always think about it this time of year. They should show it on the video boards at each stadium hosting the Series.

Dislikes: The mid-game and after-game television interviews with Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis. Either stop walking and stand still long enough to be interviewed, or just cancel the interviews, period. Weis looks incredibly uncomfortable as he talks en route to the locker room and the whole thing is awkward and painful to watch.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Old days
"Good times I remember
"Fun days
"Filled with simple pleasures
"Drive-in movies
"Comic books and blue jeans
"Howdy doody
"Baseball cards and birthdays
"Take me back
"To a world gone away
"Seem like yesterday"

-- Chicago, Old Days

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