Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
Shawn Chacon goes for the Yanks tonight at beautiful Safeco Field in Seattle. He was effective if not especially sharp in his last outing. Should be interesting to see what kind of performance he has in store for the M's.
Sheff is sitting. A-Rod is DH batting third. Giambi 4th. Bellhorn at 3B batting 8th.
The M's DL Bloomquist (who pulled a hammy "beating out" a DP ball in the fourth) and call up Jose Lopez, who was hitting .319/.345/.509 in triple-A and is considered the team's second baseman of the future (and righty should be the 2B of right now, so this is good news for the M's).
Both new additions are starting tonight.
Rodriguez of course has that groin that got him yanked out of the ninth inning last night.
Also, Mussina is going to skip his next start due to inflamation in his elbow. Remember Moose's elbow is what put him on the DL last year. Small might take his start, or the Monday off-day might allow him to be skipped without a replacement.
Finally, Sierra's on hand to be activated when rosters expand and acording to Kim Jones in the pregame, he said Chien-Ming Wang was throwing 92/93 in Columbus.
You just know the Sox are going to win...they are tied in the ninth.
Has any team combined such an extraordinary ability to score runs with such a mediocre pitching staff, yielding such extraordinary results? It is simply astounding.
I hope Giambi's got another couple of bombs in him today.
Nice error by the just-called-up Lopez too. Two down, three to go. Now the enemy up in a big spot.
And as I type that Lopez makes up for his error with a double that the Lawton misplays into a two-RBI triple. Blech.
Marc, Proctor was sent down to make room for Lawton, who is playing a horrendous right field right now.
A small item, but in other news, when Susan mentioned that Yuniesky Betancourt has a Russian name because of the influence of Russia that peaked around 20-25 years ago, Sterling felt it necessary to bring up Vladimir Guererro as an example. From the Dominican.
I ruined my blasting of Sterling's incompetence with my own idiocy. Clever.
But, then again, I'm not exactly getting paid to write here, am I?
I thought so!
Justice, of course, credited Kay with being "deep."
C'mon, Chacon. Show us what you're made of!
Tough out by Matsui there. Guess he's not clutch. ;)
That said, good job by Chacon of settling down. Might have been too little to late, however.
Hank, Harris came into this game with a 1.69 ERA compiled against the White Sox, Angles, Tigers and Rangers, so I would credit the pitcher here.
Zito: 9IP, 3H, 1R, 1HR, 2BB, 9K - 115 pitches, 76 strikes
Colon: 9 1/3IP, 6H, 1R, 0HR, 1BB, 3K - 105 pitches, 75 strikes
Cabrera pops out, down to Garret Anderson.
Awards we like so much? I think Michael Kay needs to be stapled to Womack and Brown . . .
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