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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

                       

 

Daily Minyan – July 18, 2009

On this date in 1970, Hall of Famer Willie Mays recorded

his 3,000th hit by singling against Expos pitcher Mike

Wegener.   He finished his career with 3,283 hits.

 

He was the first member of the 3,000 Hit Club to record

his 3,000 hit on the West Coast and the landmark hit

came just two months after fellow slugger Hank Aaron had

joined the Club.

  

Below is a brief summary of the game in which he

achieved this feat and the box score of the game.

 

 

 

Let’s see who in the Minyan made progress towards their

3,000th hit!

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the Astros on Friday.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Brauny went 1-for-3, hit his 20th double of the year and was hit by a pitch from Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning of the 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.  He was replaced in the field late in the game by Frank Catalanotto. His average held steady at .310.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig earned his second win of the year and his career by pitching 2/3 of a scoreless inning in the A’s win over the Angels on Friday. He recorded two outs, one each in the sixth and seventh, for his first win since the A’s claimed him off waivers from Minnesota on May 20.  He lowered his ERA to 4.37. 

Craig has earned a Chai 5 and a pastrami sandwich for his effort!

 

 

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers loss to the Twins on Friday.

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the Pirates 14-inning 2-1 victory over Giants on Friday.  He lowered his ERA to 3.24.

                   

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays 1-run win over the Royals on Friday.

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5, scored a run on Josh Hamilton’s 1st inning homer and stole his 19th base of the year in the Rangers loss to the Twins on Friday. He also took part in 4 double plays!!  The Rangers lead the majors in double plays with 104. His average is now at .249.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Padres on Friday.

 

Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox

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

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott pitched 2/3 of an inning with mixed results against the Cardinals in the D-backs loss on Friday.  Although he recorded both of his outs on strikeouts, he walked two batters (with one of them being an intentional walk to Albert Pujols), gave up a hit and was charged with 2 earned runs.  His ERA rose to 6.32.  Ouch.

           

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

Youk went 1-for-3 on Friday against the Blue Jays, with his lone hit being a 2-run homer (#17) in the first inning.  In a big surprise, he also walked and then scored on a Big Papi double in the 5th inning.  Ergo, Youk was instrumental in 3 of the Sawx 4 runs in their 4-1 victory.   He raised his average to .299.

 

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Youk

 

Daily Minyan – June 20, 2009

Although I’m a bit late (just call it working on Jewish time) I’d like to welcome the newest member of the Minyan, pitcher Aaron Poreda of the Chicago White Sox!!! 

MAZEL TOV!!!

He received “the Call” on June 8 and he is taking the spot of Bartolo Colon, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 8.  He’s currently working out the ChiSox bullpen.

Aaron, who Baseball America ranks as the White Sox’ No. 3 prospect, is 22 years old, stands 6’6″ and weighs 240 pounds.  He was the White Sox’ first round pick in 2007 out of the University of San Francisco.  

 

He was promoted from the White Sox’s AA Birmingham Barons, where he was part of the starting rotation, Aaron posted a 5-4 record with a 2.38 ERA in 11 starts. fanned 69 over 64 1/3 innings and led the Southern League in strikeouts. He also limited opposing hitters to a .206 average and held left-handers to a .170 mark, while allowing just one home run.

Poreda’s last start was on June 5 against Montgomery, when he threw six scoreless innings and gave up three hits. He worked out of the bullpen during Arizona Fall League action and also pitched there in Spring Training, so he was more than ready to tackle the change of roles.

“I’m happy to fulfill my role first in the bullpen,” Poreda said. “We’re just trying to win games, so I’m doing whatever the White Sox want me to do. And having fun.”

That fun started when Poreda found out about his promotion on and immediately posted the great news on his Facebook status.

“I was just so excited I wanted to shout it out to the world,” said Poreda with a laugh. “I guess it snowballed a little bit.”

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said Poreda simply was the best option to add to the White Sox staff, while Manager Ozzie Guillen stressed that this move was not a sign of rebuilding but simply another decision made to help the team compete.

Poreda’s goal at the outset of the 2009 campaign was to develop secondary pitches behind his fastball in the high 90s, and he admitted to working hard on his slider and changeup.

“Going right after hitters, a lot of inside fastballs,” said Poreda of his pitching style. “I like to pound the strike zone.”

“You’re going to be treated the same way as everyone else,” said Guillen of his message to Poreda. “If you don’t do the job, we have Southwest Airlines waiting for you to go to Charlotte.

“That’s the only one with non-stop. I already checked,” added Guillen with a laugh. “In Spring Training, I liked the way he threw. But I make it really clear to him, this isn’t development.” 

As of June 19, Aaron had pitched twice out of the bullpen and was unscored on.  On June 12, against the Brewers he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out three. On Friday, June 19, he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk.  So I’d say that’s a pretty darn good start for the 11th member of the Minyan!!!

Let’s see how the other 10 did!

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the Angels on Friday.  

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan reached on an error in his first at bat and scored on Prince Fielder’s 3-run homer in the Brewers loss to the Tigers on Friday.  Other than the first inning, Ryan went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and dropped his average to .316.

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning on Friday in the A’s win over the Padres.  Though he gave up a hit and a walk, he picked up his 8th hold of the year and lowered his ERA to 4.50.

 Craig earned a Chai 5 for his work!

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott (5-2) allowed five runs on eight hits over 6 innings on Friday to the Giants to record his second straight loss.  Along the way, he gave up 2 homers and struck out five.  This effort raised his ERA to 4.02.      

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss Jason Marquis and the Rockies on Friday.                     

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays loss to the Mets on Friday.  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5, on Friday against the Giants, with the one hit being his 15th double of the year.  He also took part in 2 double plays. He saw his average fall to .266. 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason came within an out of the sixth complete game in his 10-year career as the Rockies beat Pittsburgh, 7-3, Friday night for their 14th win in 15 games. Jason (9-4) allowed three runs on eight hits.  He induced 21 ground-ball outs, three strikeouts and two flyouts, and he did it mostly with his nasty sinker. Jason, who improved to 5-1 in his last seven starts, lowered his ERA to 3.71 .

Manager Jim Tracy, who is 16-5 since taking over for Clint Hurdle on May 29, received a chorus of boos when he went to the mound following pinch-hitter Eric Hinske’s run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth.

The fans gave Tracy a standing ovation when he spun around and returned to the dugout alone, having given Marquis one more chance at his second complete game of the season.

“He told me this was my last guy, it was make or break,” Marquis said.

Andrew McCutchen sliced a sinker into the corner just out of right fielder Brad Hawpe’s reach to pull the Pirates to 7-3 and chase Marquis.

Left-hander Alan Embree came on and retired Nyjer Morgan for the final out.

“I needed to make better pitches to Hinske and McCutchen. But you know what, we got the win and that’s what matters,” “It’s not the best I felt all year, but it was good enough to get the job done,” Marquis said. “It’s definitely fun when you get deep into games and watching guys make plays like that.”

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott faced one batter on Friday, Mariners’ 1B Russell Branyan, who proceeded to hit a solo homer, which proved to be a important run in the Mariners’ 4-3 win over the D-Backs. That at bat raised his ERA to an even 3.00. 

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

Youk grounded into a fielder’s choice and scored on Jason Bay’s 2-run homer, which accounted for the BoSox’ only runs in their loss to the Braves Friday night.  On the night he went 0-for-4 and lowered his average to .317.

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Jason Marquis

                         

  

Daily Minyan – June 19, 2009

This was the last day of school for my kids, so I

know they were very happy!!

 

 

 

Let’s see who was happy based on their performance last

Thursday!! 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers 1-run victory over the A’s on

Thursday.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers had an off day last Thursday.  

   

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched a scoreless inning on Thursday the A’s loss to

the Dodgers. He walked one and struck out one and lowered

his ERA to 4.62.

 

Craig earned a Chai 5 for his inning of work!

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers loss to the Astros on

Thursday.                  

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

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

Thursday.   

                   

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays loss to the Rockies on

Thursday.  

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-4, Thursday against the Astros and saw his average fall to .267. 

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Rays on

Thursday.  

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch in the D-Backs win over the Royals on

Thursday.    

           

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

Youk accounted for the BoSox only hit and the

only run in Thursday’s rain-shortened 2-1 loss

to the Marlins.  He went 1-for-2, and smacked a

solo homer (#12) in the first inning against

Ricky Nolasco.  He raised his average  to .324.

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Kevin Youkilis

 

              

                         

        

Daily Minyan – June 11, 2009

According to a couple of published reports, ABC approached

Macher of the Day Ryan Braun about being on “The Bachelor.” 

Thankfully, Ryan turned them down, so we don’t have to be

faced with images like this!! 

 


braun bachelor.jpgLet’s see if any of our guys deserves a rose for their

performance yesterday.  

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in yesterday’s loss to the Padres.  

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-2, hit his 12th double of the year, drove in his

39th RBI, scored a run, walked twice and stole his 4th base

in the Brewers loss to the Rockies.  He was a busy boychik!!

 

Ryan was on fire!!

 

His average rose to .311.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning the A’s loss to the

Twins. He lowered his ERA to 4.56.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

The Rangers’ game with the Blue Jays was postponed by

rain. 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched 2 scoreless innings in the Pirates win over the

Braves and earned his 10th hold of the year.  He struck out 2

and lowered his ERA to 3.67. John has been the main setup

man for the Pirates for most of the year and except for a

small stretch has been very effective in that role.

 

John has earned another Chai 5!  

 

              

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays’ win over the the Angels

Angels of Anaheim.

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

The Rangers game with the Blue Jays was postponed by rain.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Brewers.  

  

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-4, and hit a 2-run homer (#10)

and walked in the BoSox victory over the Yanks

on Tuesday.   His average fell to .350.

 

 

                             

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ryan Braun 

 

 

Daily Minyan – June 3, 2009

On this date in 1971, Cubs southpaw Ken

 

Holtzman tosses the second no-hitter of his

 

career, victimizing the Reds 1-0. Holtzman

 

scores the only run, in the third inning.  He

 

became the only pitcher since the 1880s to

 

throw 2 no-hitters for the Cubs, and was also

 

one of the principal pitchers on Oakland’s

 

championship teams from 1972 to 1975. His

 

174 career victories are the most in the major

 

leagues by a Jewish pitcher (Sandy Koufax had

 

165), and he held the record for most pitching

 

appearances by a Jewish pitcher until 1998.

 

 

 

 

As a promising Jewish left-hander, he was

heralded as a new Sandy Koufax, whom he

faced on September 25, 1966, one day after

Yom Kippur, with Holtzman winning 2-1 and

taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning; Koufax

made his last regular-season appearance a

week later on October 2.

 

 

 

Let’s hope that some of our guys can live up to their level of excellence!!!  Oy Vey!!  

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad started and went 0-for-3 in yesterday’s Dodgers win over the D-Backs.  That dropped his average to .314.

 

 Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-4, and walked once in the Brewers loss to the Marlins.  His average dropped to .309.

 

 Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning in the A’s win over the White Sox. He lowered his ERA to 4.98.

Craig earned another Chai 5!

                         

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott is scheduled to pitch tonight against Andy Pettitte. 

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless 8th inning in the Pirates victory over the Mets and earned his 8th hold of the year. He also lowered his ERA to 4.30.   

 

                          

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays victory over the Royals.  However, his average is still below the Mendoza Line. 

 

 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5 and stole his 11th base of the year in the Rangers loss to the Yanks. His average fell to .277.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is scheduled to pitch tonight against the Astros.   

 

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-3, and walked in the BoSox victory over the Tigers. However, he also was hit by a pitch with the based loaded to record his 32nd RBI of the year. His average fell to .358. 

 

My question is, what’s with my guys getting hit by pitches???  That’s gotta hurt!!!

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  John Grabow

 

 

                            

       

Daily Minyan – June 2, 2009

On this date in 1935,  Babe Ruth announces his

retirement as a player at age 40.

On this date in 1941, New York Yankees first baseman

Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age

37 in New York. From that time on, the illness is known

primarily as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

 

Below is one of their last pictures together as active

players.

 

Nothing of that importance happened on Monday, so let’s just go to the update.

 

 Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in Monday’s Dodgers loss to the D-Backs.

 

 Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-4, with a strike out in the Brewers loss to the Marlins. His average decreased to .309.

 

 Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 1 and 1/3 innings and took the loss Monday.  He entered a tied game with 2 outs in the 6th, got the final out and then pitched a scoreless 7th inning.  He allowed a leadoff walk to Scott Podsednik in the eighth inning who came around to score on Jim Thome’s 550th home run.  His ERA rose to 5.14 and his record fell to 1-4.

Just goes to show that leadoff walks will come back to haunt you!

 

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott is scheduled to pitch later this week.

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates win over the Mets.   

                          

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays had Monday off.  

  

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

The Rangers had Monday off.

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is scheduled 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

The Red Sox had Monday off.

 

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Me

 


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