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Daily Minyan – July 19, 2009

On this date in 1909, Cleveland shortstop Cornelius “Neal” Ball pulled off the first unassisted triple play in modern Major League history against the Boston Red Sox. In the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox, while playing shortstop, he caught a line drive hit by the Sox’s Amby McConnell. He then stepped on second base to double up Heinie Wagner, and tagged out the Sox runner, Jake Stahl, who was going from 1st to 2nd, thus completing Major League baseball’s very first Unassisted Triple Play. He also recorded 9 putouts in the game at his position, which set a record for shortstops. To date, there has only been 10 more unassisted triples plays in the Major Leagues since his feat.

 

 

His glove from that game is on exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

In 1907, Ball was signed by the New York Highlanders (Yankees), for whom he played two seasons. Midway through the 1909 season, he was traded to the Cleveland Naps (Indians). During the 1912 season, he joined the Boston Red Sox, for whom his final game was played June 30, 1913.

From 1913 to 1923, he was affiliated with 6 minor league baseball teams as a player and manager.

 

So, how did our guys do??  The relievers were like

 

butter!!!

 

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers win over the Astros on Saturday.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Brauny didn’t play in Saturday’s game against the Reds as a result of the sore thumb he received on Friday when he was hit by a pitch from Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning of he Reds’ 4-0 win Friday night. The ball hit Brauny in the left forearm and deflected across his hands, catching his right thumb. X-rays on Saturday found no fracture.     

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched a perfect 8th inning on Saturday against the Angels by striking out the side!!!!  Way to go Craig!!!!  That stellar effort lowered his ERA to 4.25 and makes 2 clutch relief performances in a row!!!

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott had his three-game winning streak snapped. He gave up three runs, five hits and struck out five over six innings. Although he didn’t pick up the win, that’s now five straight quality starts for Scott, who is 3-1 over those five games. His record fell to 8-3 and his ERA rose to 3.87. 

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless eighth inning and earned his 16th hold of the year in the Pirates 2-0 victory over Giants on Saturday.  He struck out one batter and lowered his ERA to 3.24.

John has earned a Chai 5 and an Iron City Beer for his pitching.

  

                 

 

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe pinch ran for Willie Aybar in the eighth inning of the Rays win over the Royals on Saturday.  He came around to score on B.J. Upton’s single and stayed in the game as the right fielder. 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4 in the Rangers loss to the Twins on Saturday. His average remained at .249.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies loss to the Padres on Saturday.

 

Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

Aaron didn’t pitch in the Chisox win over my O’s on Saturday.

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t in the D-backs win over the Cards on Saturday. 

           

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 1-for-4 on Saturday against the Blue Jays and struck out twice. And in a shocking development, he didn’t walk!  He lowered his average a point to .299.

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Craig Breslow

                       

 

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Daily Minyan – June 17, 2009

In looking at the boxscores from June 17, I saw

that Scott Schoeneweis was listed as pitching,

but somehow I missed the fact that he returned

on June 9!!!  Please join me in welcoming him

back!!!

 

 

Here is the complete text of an AP article about his return.

 

Schoeneweis returns to Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP)–Pitcher Scott Schoeneweis returned to the Arizona

Diamondbacks’ active roster on Tuesday, 21 days after the death of his wife.

The club reinstated the lefty reliever from the restricted list and optioned

another left-hander, Daniel Schlereth, to Double-A Mobile in a corresponding

move.

 

Schoeneweis said he felt it was time to return to work after spending the last

three weeks tending to the couple’s four children and handling other matters.

 

“The family’s good, and it’s time for daddy to go back to work,” Schoeneweis

said before the Diamondbacks played host to the San Francisco Giants.

 

Authorities have not determined a cause of death for Gabrielle Schoeneweis,

39, who was found dead in the couple’s home in suburban Fountain Hills on

May 20.

 

Schoeneweis said he initially considered sitting out the rest of the season

before deciding he needed to return.

 

“It’s something that I would feel unfinished for me, personally,” he said. “I think

my wife would want me to play as well.

 

“I wanted to make sure that my kids were OK, first, obviously,” he said. “They

have been doing well. I had a lot of things to take care of. I needed the time to

get those things taken care of. I kind of put myself on the back burner. It’s been

kind of tough on me recently. I’m running out of things to do. 8:30 at night,

everybody’s asleep.”

 

Schoeneweis said he’s relying on family and friends to help him care for the

family’s children. He and Gabrielle had three children together, and she also

had a daughter before she married the reliever. The couple celebrated their

10th anniversary in January.

 

Schoeneweis had visited Chase Field several times since his wife’s death but

had not spoken publicly. He tuned up for his return with bullpen sessions and by

throwing an inning of extending spring training last Friday.

 

“We’re happy to see him and get him back on our club,” manager A.J. Hinch

said. “Obviously, we still have heavy hearts for him. I know he’s going through a

lot.

 

“As his second family here, we’re certainly thrilled to have him back, and we’ll

provide any support that he needs as his life gets back underway and the

normal schedule that he’s used to in a baseball life,” Hinch said.

 

Schoeneweis told Hinch that he was available to pitch Tuesday night, when the

Diamondbacks opened a three-game series against the Giants. Schoeneweis

spoke as if he’s looking forward to his work life returning to normal quickly.

 

“Baseball’s pretty distracting,” Schoeneweis said. “It takes a lot of

concentration and focus, so that’ll be good for me personally. It’ll be emotional,

I’m sure. It’s just different. It’s not the same. But it’s my job and I’m fully

confident that I can get the job done.”

 

Schoeneweis, acquired from the New York Mets last winter, is 0-0 with a 2.53

ERA in 19 games.

 

 

Here is an excerpt from an article about his return to the

mound.

 

LHP Scott Schoeneweis retired the only two batters he faced

Saturday, throwing six strikes on seven pitches, in his first

appearance since his wife, Gabrielle, was found dead of

undetermined cause in the couple’s suburban Phoenix home

on May 20. Schoeneweis, 35, was given a standing ovation

as he left the field but kept his eyes down. “I couldn’t look at

anybody,” Schoeneweis said. “I couldn’t acknowledge the

crowd. I apologize. You know the old saying, ‘There’s no

crying in baseball,’ so I just kept my head down.”

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers’ extra-inning

victory over the A’s.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-4 on Tuesday, walked once and

scored once in the Brewers win over the

IndiansHis average fell to .318.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched to one batter, 1B James Loney, in

the 8th inning of the A’s extra-inning loss to the

Dodgers on Tuesday and promptly walked him! 

I guess he was rusty since he hadn’t pitched in

3 games.  His ERA remained unchanged at

4.50. 

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott earned a well-deserved day of rest. 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Twins

on Tuesday.  

               

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 3-for-4, homered in his 4th straight

game, drove in four runs – which tied a career

high- and fell a double short of the cycle on

Tuesday in the Rays mashing of the Rockies. 

Gabe became the third Ray to homer in four

straight games, joining Jose Canseco (five

straight in 1999)

 

and Julio Lugo (four in 2003)

 

He raised his average to .228.  

 

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian snapped out of his slump by going 3-for-4 with

two homers.  He also singled and walked and

finished the game with 3 runs scored, 2 RBIs

and raised his average to .268. 

 


After homering in his first two at-bats on Tuesday, Ian Kinsler had to run out an eighth-inning single.
 Star-Telegram/Ron T. Ennis

Ian, who was 4-for-33 with no RBIs or runs

scored in his previous eight games, put the

Rangers ahead to stay with his fourth leadoff

homer this season. He added another solo shot in

the second off struggling Astros’ left-hander

Wandy Rodriguez.

Ian’s nine career leadoff homers are the most in

Rangers history. This was his fifth multihomer

game, and his third this season.

 

Manager Ron Washington never considered

taking Kinsler out of the leadoff spot.

“I have confidence in the fact that he’s been there

before and he’ll get out of it,” Washington said. “I

just hope tonight is the night that got him back

going.”

 

Ian gets a Chai 5 shirt and hat combo for his

efforts.  He was narrowly beaten for Macher of the Day by Gabe Kapler’s

big day at Coors!

 

 

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason earned a day of rest. 

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is back!!!                  

 

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 1-for-4, hit his 16th double, scored

and guess what,  he walked again!! 

His average fell to .330.

                              

 

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Gabe

Kapler

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Minyan – June 9, 2009

On this date in 1973, Triple Crown Winner Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes by an amazing 31 lengths.  This isn’t a baseball specific post, but since baseball has a Triple Crown and this was such an historic achievement, I’m leading with it.

This is one account of his 1 1/2 trip around the track:

Secretariat emerged from an inside post position in a field of only 5 runners. The break was clean and My Gallant got out the quickest with Sham up on the outside, and Secretariat at the rail. Seeing no one to block his path and interfere with him, Secretariat went right for the lead. He assumed command almost immediately after the start, and Sham went right up with him to pressure him. The two raced together around the first turn, then Secretariat drew away, and continued drawing away. By the mid-backstretch his lead was 10 lengths. By the far turn it was 12 lengths. Secretariat turned into the homestretch at least 20 lengths ahead of the others.Chick Anderson, who called the race that day, spoke the now immortal words “…but Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine… he’s a sixteenth of a mile ahead of the other horses!” And he continued to widen the margin. 22 lengths. 25 lengths. 28 lengths. At the wire, the official margin was an unbelieveable 31 lengths. Twice a Prince was far, far back in second place. There was no doubt about this finishing time – 2:24 flat – a new world record. 

  

 

 This picture shows how far back the other horses were!

 

 This picture shows jockey Ron Turcotte glancing back at the rest of field, 

This picture shows clearly why his nickname was Big Red.

Secretariat Horse Picture

Are there any possible Triple Crown winners in

 

the Minyan?  Maybe Ryan Braun, but it’s too

 

early to tell.

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers had the day off yesterday

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers had the day off yesterday.

                     

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig earned his 6th hold of the year by working 1/3 of a

scoreless inning in the A’s win over the Twins.  Craig

lowered his ERA to 4.70.  

 

Craig earned a Chai 5 for getting another hold.

 

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott, who had won his previous three outings (5-1) lost for the first

time in nine starts

and allowed four runs

on seven hits (including

2 home runs) and two

walks in six innings of

work against the Blue

Jays. He also struck out

2 batters and saw his

ERA rise to 4.01.

  

“I didn’t feel like it was one of my better games.”

Feldman said, stating the obvious. “I tried to

hang in there as long as I could.”

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless 8th inning, striking out one, in the

Pirates extra-inning loss to the Braves He lowered his ERA

to 3.96.

 

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe must have borrowed “Wonderboy”

 

for yesterday’s Rays loss to the Yankees because Gabe

actually hit a home run!!!! The homer, a 2-run shot off Andy

Pettitte, was Gabe’s first home run of the year and his first

since last Sept. 7, when he was playing for Milwaukee.  He

finished the game 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs to bring his total for the

year to just 7 RBIs. 

He actually raised his, below the Mendoza Line, average

to .173.

 

 

Gabe earned himself a pastrami sandwich at

Katz’s Deli for actually showing life with his

bat!!  Dig in bubula!!!

 

 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4, with a walk in the Rangers win loss to the Blue Jays.  His average remained at .274.

 

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason (8-4) became the first NL pitcher with 8 victories when

he got the win by allowing two runs on 6 hits and a walk in 6

2/3 innings against the Cardinals. He struck out 4 batters

along the way and lowered his ERA to 3.98. He also leads

the league with five road victories, and has won four of his

last five starts overall.

 

Jason pitched for the Cardinals from 2004 to 2006, when he

won 42 games for them.

 

Here are some quotes about and from Jason, courtesy of the

AP and the Denver Post:

“I am proud of my record,” Marquis said. “My job is to

compete and give the team a chance to win. But I have had a

lot of help.”

 

“This is my fourth team so I’ve been through it enough to

control the emotions. But it still feels like I’m at home because

I played here for so long (St. Louis) and had good success.”

 

“He’s been brilliant. But I have seen this from him before,”

Rockies Manager Jim Tracy said.

 

Jason not only pitched well, he supported his cause by

singling and scoring in the 5th inning.  Below, he is

congratulated by Troy Tulowitski after scoring:

 

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his

wife.  My prayers are with him. 

              

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

The Sawx had the day off yesterday.

 

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Jason Marquis 

 

 

Daily Minyan – May 31, 2009

In honor of Matt Wieters’ first major league hit – A TRIPLE!!!  I want to share with you what I found on sale at the Yards!!!

 


 


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                      MATT WIETERS’ JERSEYS!!!! 

 

 

I know that you can buy some of these guys jerseys so let’s see how they did in their actual jerseys!

 

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad pinch hit for pitcher Guillermo Mota in the fifth inning and ground out to the shortstop.  He lowered his average to .344. 

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-5, and hit his 9th home run, a solo shot in the Brewers win over the Reds. He also threw out Reds catcher Ryan Hannigan at home to get the final out of the 4th inning, as seen below. His average increased to .318.

 

  

He earned a Chai 5 for his all-around play!

 

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s big loss to the Rangers. 

  

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

After earning his 4th victory of the year, Scott had a well-deserved day of rest.

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless 8th inning to earn his 7th hold of the season in the Pirates win over the Astros.  His ERA fell to 4.50.   He earned a Chai 5 as well!

 

 

                         

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 0-for-2 and walked once in the Rays vistory over the Twins.  His average remained below the Mendoza Line and is currently .181. 

 

 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 2-for-4, drove in 4 runs and scored 2 runs in the Rangers crushing of the A’s. He hit his 12th double of year, walked twice and took part in 2 double plays.  His average continued to climb back up and is now at to .281. 

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

After pitching one of his best games this year, Jason also earned a well deserved rest.

 

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his wife.  My prayers are with him. 

              

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 0-for-4, with three strikeouts in the BoSox loss to the Blue Jays.  He lowered his average  to .362.

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ian Kinsler

 

                         

        

Daily Minyan – May 28, 2009

 

May 28, 1946 –  The Washington Senators edge the New York Yankees 2-1 before 49,917 fans in the first night game at Yankee Stadium.

 

 

May 28, 1951 – After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his first major-league hit, a home run off Braves pitcher Warren Spahn. The Giants lose the game 4-1.

 

Willie playing stickball 

 

So, who used their “sticks” well or who didn’t let any sticks touch the ball?

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in Wednesday’s win over the Rockies.  

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-4, with a strikeout one day after getting hit on the wrist.  Ryan’s batting average fell to .315. 

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig struck out the side in the 8th inning of the A’s loss to the Mariners on Wednesday!!!  He also lowered his ERA to 5.40. 

  

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott had a well-deserved day of rest and is scheduled to pitch the second game of a double header Friday against the A’s.  

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in Wednesday’s Pirates loss to the Cubbies.  

             

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 1-for-3 and drove in 2 runs in Wednesday’s Rays’ loss to the Indians.  Although he is still below the Mendoza Line (.197 average), he gets a Chai 5 for finally contributing to the Rays offense!

 

  

 

 Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4, with his lone hit being a 2-run homer (#13) which accounted for all of Texas’ runs in Wednesday’s Rangers loss to the Yanks. His average is now .282.

I’ve added this to Ian’s hat collection for his homer!

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is slated to pitch Friday.  

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his wife.  My prayers are with him. 

 

                

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 0-for-2, with a walk, but drove in a run (RBI #29) with a sac fly in the 3rd inning of Wednesday’s BoSox loss to the Twins. His average fell to .373.

 

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Craig Breslow

               

Daily Minyan – May 26, 2009

On this date in 1993, everybody’s favorite author, Jose Canseco, shows everybody how not to use your head!!  This blooper is certain to be on highlight reels for all eternity!

       

 

So, who used their head on Monday?  Or whose head will be fitted with a Chai 5 cap? Let’s take a looksie!  

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in Monday’s big win over the Rockies.  

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-4, with a strikeout, in the Brewers 1-0 win over the Cardinals.  This game was a pitcher’s duel between the Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter and the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo.  As a result of being shut down, Ryan’s batting average fell to .325. 

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the  A’s win over the Mariners.  

  

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott had a well-deserved day of rest and is scheduled to pitch later in the week.  

 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless 8th inning, and picked up his 6th hold of the year in the Pirates win over the Cubbies on Monday. In doing so, he lowered his ERA to 4.71.

That effort earned him a Chai 5:

 

                          

 

  

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in Monday’s loss to the Indians.

 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-4 on Monday in the Rangers loss to the Yanks, which lowered his average to .278. He also took part in a double play. 

                    

  

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is slated to pitch later in the week.  

 

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his wife.  My prayers are with him. 

 

                

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 2-for-5 on Monday in the BoSox victory over the Twins, with both hits being doubles (numbers 12 and 13).  He scored his only run after hitting his first double and drove in 2 with his second double (RBIs # 27 and 28).  He raised his average slightly to .384.

 

 

                  

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Kevin Youkilis

               

Daily Minyan – May 24, 2009

 

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the death of

Barney Pelty (September 10, 1880May 24, 1939),

 who was a major league baseball pitcher known as “the

Yiddish Curver” because he was one of the first Jewish

baseball players in the American League.  Pelty was

proud of his Jewish heritage as indicated by his

nickname, and did not change his name or hide his

identity like some other Jewish players of the era.

 

 

 

His career ERA was 2.63, 60th-best of all pitchers in major league baseball, and through 2006 he ranks 71st in hits per 9 innings, and 48th in batters plunked.

He was one of the best Jewish pitchers in major league history, ranking first in career ERA (ahead of # 2 Sandy Koufax), 5th in wins (92), and 6th in strikeouts (693).

He was a workhorse for the St. Louis Browns, a member of their starting rotation from 1904, when he pitched 31 complete games and 301 innings, through 1911.

In 1904 he led the league in hit batsmen (20), and was 6th in wild pitches (9). In 1905 he was 14-14 with a 2.75 ERA, while the team’s other pitchers were a combined 40-85.

His peak year was 1906, when he went 16-11 with a 1.59 ERA (2nd in the AL). He also led the league in fewest hits allowed per 9 innings pitched (6.53) and lowest batting average (.206), and was 2nd in hit batsmen (19). He especially was dominant against the World Series champion 1906 White Sox, allowing one run in 32 innings. In one three-game series against Chicago, Pelty pitched every game, including a 0-0 tie in 10 innings. His 1.59 ERA is the lowest in the history of the Browns/Baltimore Orioles franchise.

In 1907 he lost a league-high 21 games and hit a league-high 19 batters, while pitching 5 shutouts (6th best in the league) and 29 complete games (also 6th best).

In 1908, the right-hander improved to 7-4, 1.99 in a reduced role.

In 1909 he pitched 5 shutouts, 5th-best in the AL. He also was 10th-best in the league in fewest hits allowed per 9 innings pitched (7.13)

On June 11, 1912, he was purchased by the Washington Senators from the St. Louis Browns. He finished his career with the Senators that year.

He gave up 22 home runs in 1,908 innings in his career. He did not mind pitching inside, leading the league in hit batsmen in 1904 and 1907. While he gave up only 558 earned runs lifetime, errors by his teammates (and by him — he had 12 in 1906) let in nearly another 200 unearned runs lifetime.

Pelty pitched 22 career shutouts, but was shut out 32 times, including nine 1-0 defeats due to poor offensive support.

 

Yesterday, we a couple of modern day “Yiddish Curver” do well, so read on and you’ll see how they did!

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in yesterday’s extra-inning Dodgers win over the Angels. 

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .336.  However, Ryan made an errant throw in the 3rd inning, which eventually led to two Twins runs in their victory over the Brewers. 

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig’s second appearance in an A’s uniform didn’t go quite as well as his first one as he was the losing pitcher in yesterday’s D-Backs extra-inning victory over the A’s.  He pitched a scoreless 10th inning and allowed the leadoff hitter to single in the 11th, but got him on a fielder’s choice.  He was then relieved by Santiago Casilla, who allowed that runner and two others to score.

Craig’s record fell to 1-3 and his ERA actually fell to 5.94.

  

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott pitched a season-high 6 and 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks.  All three runs scored on home runs. He also struck out 5 batters.  

 

His effort impressed Astros manager Cecil Cooper, who said, “His command was much better. The last time we faced him, we beat him up pretty good.”

 

Scott was also featured in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated as one of the athletes asked to answer questions for “The Pop Culture Grid,” where he said the animal that he most resembles is a Labrador retriever! Here’s a comparison:

 

  

 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in yesterday’s Pirates loss to the ChiSox. 

  

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 0-for-2, with a walk in yesterday’s Rays victory over the Fish.  His average fell to .190.  New picture of Mario Mendoza below!

 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian got a day off for the first time this season after slumping for the last week.    

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason (6-3) allowed three runs on six hits, and a walk and struck out four in 7 and 2/3 innings to win his second straight start. He threw 103 pitches to the Tigers before coming out of the game.

“I had to battle through some things early, but I felt like I cruising from about the fourth inning on,” Marquis said. “I had my good fastball tonight and I was able to keep it down in the zone.”

“He didn’t give us much of a chance tonight,” Tigers 3B Brandon Inge said. “That was the key tonight, he just shut us down.”

 

Jason gets a Chai 5 for the win!

                    

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his wife.  My prayers are with him. 

 

                

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 1-for-3 and drove in both of Boston’s runs the BoSox loss to Mets. His average fell to slightly to .388.

Youk has earned a Chai 5 for that effort!

 

                             

                  

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Scott Feldman