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Daily Minyan – May 21, 2009

The Diamondbacks are devastated by the news that reliever Scott Schoeneweis’ wife was found dead Wednesday in the couple’s Fountain Hills, Ariz., home.

“Words cannot describe how shocked and saddened we are this evening,” D-backs president/CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement. “This is a tragedy for the Schoeneweis family, who we naturally consider members of our family. We are here to support Scott in any way during this traumatic period in his life.”

Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis, 39, was unresponsive when Maricopa County sheriff’s department deputies arrived at the family home after responding to call from the couple’s 14-year old daughter, according to the sheriff’s office.

Schoeneweis was informed about an hour before the D-backs’ doubleheader in Florida and immediately returned to Phoenix to be with his four children.

There were no signs of foul play, according to the sheriff’s department, and the death is not being treated as a homicide. The county medical examiner will investigate in an attempt to determine a cause of death.

“We’re trying to get the facts the best we can. It’s devastating news. Everyone is taking it very hard,” D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes said.

Schoeneweis, 35, will be placed on the bereavement list. He was acquired by the D-backs in a trade with the New York Mets in the offseason and has a 2.53 ERA in 19 relief appearances.

“His world was just rocked. He and his kids, his family, his extended family, his in-laws, everybody’s lives are changed forever. He took it as expected, very hard,” D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said after Arizona lost to Florida, 8-6, in the first game Wednesday.

“As I told the team, just give him as much support as you can. Really, tell people that you love them if you do. You can never expect something like this to happen.”

Thanks to Yahoo for the article.


Please join me in saying a prayer for Scott and his family.


Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in yesterday’s Dodger win over the Mets.  


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-4 in yesterday’s Brewers win over the Astros.   His average fell to .321.


Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

In a surprising turn of events, yestersday, the Twins cut Craig, but he was immediately claimed off waivers by the Oakland A’s.  Below are excerpts from the A’s official website about this transaction:

The A’s have gone without a left-hander in the bullpen at times this season, and at times they’ve carried lefties in whom they seemed to have little confidence.

Their search for a successful southpaw might have come to an inexpensive end Wednesday, when they claimed Craig Breslow off waivers from the Twins.

Breslow, 28, was 1-2 with a 6.28 ERA in 17 games with the Twins this season, but in 2008, he was one of the most underrated lefty relievers in the game.

While splitting the season between Cleveland and Minnesota, he posted a 1.91 ERA in 49 games and 47 innings. His ERA was the second-best among American League lefty relievers who worked at least 35 innings, and it was the ninth-best among all AL pitchers who worked at least 40 frames.

A 2002 Yale graduate with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, Breslow has a career 2.91 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 89 2/3 innings.

“I’m excited about having a left-handed guy who’s experienced and has had some success at this level,” A’s manager Bob Geren said, who noted that left-handed hitters batted .183 against Breslow last season. “He could be a nice weapon to have.”

Breslow, whose one-year contract pays him $422,000, is expected to join the team on Thursday in time to be available in the finale of a four-game series against the host Rays at Tropicana Field.


Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott earned a well deserved day of rest.


John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John earned his second win of the year (2-0) by pitching a perfect 8th inning in the Pirates 2-1 victory over the Nats, which occurred 2 and 1/2 blocks from my office.  John lowered his ERA to 5.21.


John is awarded a Chai 5 for the victory:



Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 0-for-2 in the Rays loss to the A’s.  His average fell to below the Mendoza line to .193.



Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-4 as the Rangers lost to the Tigers.  His average fell to below .300 for the first time in quite a while and now stands at .298.    

But the big news is that Ian was involved in a Triple Play in the 4th inning. 

With Brandon Inge on 2nd and Ryan Raburn on 1st running on the pitch, Gerald Laird he lined out to Ian Kinsler who flipped to the ball to SS Elvis Andrus, who stepped on 2nd base, doubling off Inge, then tagged Raburn.

Ryan Raburn being tagged out to complete the Triple Play


Ian could have turned an unassisted triple play, but said that he didn’t realize it in time.

“Elvis was screaming for the ball, so I got it to him before I saw where the runners were,” Ian said. “Something like that is just complete luck. They’ve got the hit-and-run on, and he hits a line drive right at me. You can’t really plan something like that.”

It was the third triple play in the majors this season.

To reward his good fortune, Ian is rewarded with a Chai:


File:Hebrew Chai Symbol.svg


Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is scheduled to pitch this weekend in Detroit.


Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

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


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

Youk returned from the disabled list and didn’t look like he had lost any timing in his swing as he went 3-for-5 and scored a run in the BoSox victory over the Blue Jays.  He raised his average to .404.

Before the game, Youk said, “Watching baseball is not something I like to do. I like playing the game. I don’t like being a spectator as much. It was definitely real boring just sitting back and not being able to do anything.”

Youk was batting .393 with six homers and 20 RBI when he went on the disabled list on May 12, retroactive to May 5, with a strained left side muscle.


Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  – Kevin Youkilis