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Daily Minyan – June 8, 2009

On this date in 1955, the Dodgers option pitcher Tommy Lasorda to Montreal to make room on the roster for bonus baby Sandy Koufax, who was on the injured list. 

 

 Y’er Out!!!!

 

 

You’re up!

 

Of course, as you know, both of them are in the Hall of Fame!!!  I’ve already provided Sandy’s plaque in a previous post, so here is Tommy Lasorda’s:

 

 

 

Are there any future Hall of Famers in the Minyan?  Maybe, but it’s too early to tell.

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Yesterday was Sunday and from what I can tell, that’s the

day you’ll most likely see backup catchers playing.  So, of

course, Brad played!  He didn’t do anything at the plate

though, going 0-for-4, with a strikeout to lower his average

to .282, which is the first time since I’ve been doing this blog

that his average fell below .300.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-4, hitting his 11th and 12th homers, both 2-

run shots, in the Brewers loss to the Braves.  He now has

nine career multihomer games, including two this season.

Ryan raised his average to .310.

                     

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig earned his 5th hold of the year by getting

Nick Markakis to fly out to deep center in

yesterday’s A’s shut out of my O’s.  Craig

lowered his ERA to 4.76.  

 

Craig earned a Chai 5 for getting Nick out.

 

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott is scheduled to start at home tonight against the Blue

Jays.

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

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

                      

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays loss to the Yankees

 

 Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5, hit his 13th double, but made his 5th error of the year in the Rangers win over the BoSox.  His average fell to .274.

 

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is scheduled to pitch today against the Cardinals.  

 

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, hit his 15th double of year,

walked and struck out in the BoSox loss to the

Rangers.  Youk hit his double in the first inning

against Vicente Padilla, who apparently took

offense and promptly picked him off! His average fell to .349.

                    

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ryan Braun 

 

It looks like Ryan wants a tongue sandwich from Katz’s Deli!!

Daily Minyan – June 5, 2009

 

Ryan Braun is currently leading all NL outfielder

 

outfielders in the voting for the All-Star game in St. 

 

Louis.  Vote for him, Ian, and Youk early and often! 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s hope that some of our guys had All-Star performances!

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the Phillies.  

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-4, hit his 11th double and scored a run in

the Brewers loss to the Marlins.  Ryan raised his average

to .316 and earned a Chai 5.

                   

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s shut out of the White

Sox.                     

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott earned himself a pastrami sandwich at

Katz’s Deli for his performance against the

Yankees!  Come, sit, eat!!!

 

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates win over the

Mets 

                       

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays win over the

Royals.  That means his average is still 

.176, which is way below the Mendoza

Line.  

 

 Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4, hitting his 14th homer of

the year, a solo shot, walked and

scored 2 runs in the Rangers loss to the

Yankees.  His average remained at .282.

 

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is probably looking at video of his victories this year in

an effort to get back on track after taking the loss in

Wednesday’s start 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-1, but drew a bases loaded

walk in the 3rd inning and came around to

score in the Red Sox win over the Tigers. 

Boston scored all 6 of their runs during that

inning.  His average fell to .362.

 

Youk, who left Wednesday’s game with a

bruised ankle after a collision at first, came out

in the fourth inning with tightness in his right

calf. The team said the move was strictly

precautionary.

 

                    

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ian Kinsler

 

Daily Minyan – June 4, 2009

On this date in 1964, Hall of Famer Sandy

 

Koufax throws the third no-hitter of his

 

career, striking out 12, as the Dodgers beat the

 

Phillies 3-0. Sandy would eventually throw 4 no-

 

hitters as shown in this iconic photograph

 

below:

 

 

 

 

  

Let’s hope that some of our guys can live up

 

to his level of excellence!!!  Oy Vey!!  

 

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers 1-0 win over the D-Backs.  

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-5, and hit his 10th home run – a 2-run shot –

in the Brewers win over the Marlins.  However, everything

wasn’t all rosy for Ryan as he was picked off first by Kiko

Calero to end the 7th inning.  Ryan raised his average

to .312.

 

 Ryan rounding the bases after his blast!

 

Ryan has earned a Chai 5!

                  

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s win over the White

Sox.                     

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott pitched into the seventh inning against the

Yankees to win his third consecutive start for

the Rangers.  Scott (5-0) allowed two runs, one

earned, and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.  He also

walked three, but struck out five. He is 5-0 with

a 2.63 ERA in eight starts since he joined the

rotation in April.

 

Here are some quotes courtesy of Jason Cohen

of the AP:

 

“I do better when I keep the ball on the ground.

I’m not like a big strikeout type of pitcher,” said

Scott.

“Scott Feldman has been great since we

put him in the starting rotation,” Texas

manager Ron Washington said. “He always

does what you need him to do, keep you in

the ballgame. He did that tonight very well.”

 

“We weren’t swinging the bats particularly well, but Feldman

was good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates game against the Mets was rained

out.  

                       

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe entered the Rays-Royals game in the 7th

inning and struck out in his only plate

appearance in the 8th inning of the Rays 

victory.  His average fell once again and is

now .176, which is way below the Mendoza

Line.  

 

 Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 2-for-3, scored a run and drove

in a run in the Rangers victory over the

Yanks. He also walked twice and was

picked off first. Fellow minyan member

Scott Feldman got the win. His average

increased to .282.

 

Ian, once again,  has earned a Chai 5!

 

                         

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason took the loss in yesterday’s start against the Astros,

going 6 innings and giving up 5 runs on ten hits and four

walks.  His record fell to 7-4 and his ERA rose to 4.10.

 

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-3, including his 14th double of

year, knocked in a run, scored a run, walked

and in a surprise to me, stole his second base

of the year as the BoSox victory beat the

Tigers. However, he left the game in the 8th

inning with a right foot injury. Youk was

stretching for a throw at first when Josh

Anderson kicked his right ankle, but BoSox

manager Francona said after the game that it

appeared to only be a bruise. His average rose

to .358.  Below is Youk’s reaction to this

incident:

 

Today’s question is, what’s with my guys

getting hurt??? 

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Scott Feldman 

 

 

He beat the Yankees!!!  Now he can to Katz’s Deli to celebrate!!

 

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 23, 2009

1926Hack Wilson smacks a fifth inning home run off the Wrigley Field scoreboard, situated at ground level, to start a 14-8 rout of the Braves. Wilson is the first player to hit a ball off the scoreboard, which, in 1937, will be moved atop the newly built bleachers.  

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Picture of Wrigley Field showing the field level scoreboard – a rare find!                     

 

Let’s see if any of the boychiks got a few good hacks in themselves!!

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

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

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-4, and drove in his 31st RBI of the year.  He raised his batting average to .331.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning in his debut in an A’s uniform! He faced one batter and induced an inning ending double play.  He now has gone three straight appearances not allowing a runner on base after allowing at least one baserunner in each of his previous 11 appearances. He lowered his ERA to an even 6.00.

 

Craig had earned a Chai 5!

  

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott is scheduled to pitch later today against the Astros. 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

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

  

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe pinch-hit for BJ Upton in yesterday’s Rays victory over the Fish.  He went 0-for-1 and drew a walk to lower his average to .197.  Which means that this charming picture of Mario Mendoza remains!

 

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-5 and took part in 2 double plays in the Rangers extra-inning victory over the Astros.  His average continues to fall and now stands at .287   

 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is scheduled to pitch today against Detroit.

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

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

 

The article below is courtesy of AP.

The Diamondbacks will be represented by several pitchers at Monday’s memorial service for Gabrielle Schoeneweis. 

The funeral is in the morning at the Messenger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary in Scottsdale, Ariz.–and Arizona will be getting ready to play a home day game against San Diego.

“It’s obviously a tough time for everybody,” manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday before the Diamondbacks played the middle game of a weekend series against the A’s. “We want to be there for him. If it were a night game we’d have chartered a bus.”

Schoeneweis returned to the Phoenix area after his wife, Gabrielle, was found dead at their home Wednesday. The team still had little information about her death, Hinch said.

“I assume they’re going through the medical procedures,” he said. “We’re respecting his privacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.”

Schoeneweis was placed on the bereavement list and left the team when he received the news before a doubleheader at Florida on Wednesday.

                                

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

Youk went 0-for-3 and struck out 3 times, however he was hit by a Johan Santana pitch!  His average fell below .400 to slightly to .390.

After Santana hit Youk on the elbow they exchanged words.  Youk said he reacted by saying, “‘That hurts.’ I was joking around.” He also said Santana wasn’t throwing at him.

But Santana took it seriously.

“Two outs, two strikes, there’s no way I’m going to try and hit somebody,” Santana said. “I hit him and he started looking at me. If you look at me, I’m going to give it back.”

 

                  

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ryan Braun

               

Daily Minyan – May 22, 2009

 Today marks the 64th anniversary of death Jake Atz, of one of the first Jewish players in Major League Baseball history.  

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John Jacob Atz, born Jacob Henry Zimmerman  in Washington, D.C. (born July 1, 1879May 22, 1945) was one of the first Jewish players in Major League Baseball.  Early in his career he changed his name from Zimmerman to Atz.  Atz was an second baseman for the Washington Senators (1902) and Chicago White Sox (1907-1909). He also was the most successful minor league managers of the 1920s, winning all or parts of the Texas League championship in seven consecutive seasons (1919-25) as skipper of the Fort Worth Panthers.

 In four major league seasons, he played in 209 games, had 605 at bats, 64 runs, 132 hits, 21 doubles, three triples, 49 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, 69 walks, a .218 batting average, .304 on-base percentage, .263 slugging percentage, and 33 sacrifice hits.

Atz’ first managerial assignment was the Providence Grays of the East League in 1911, and he failed dismally, losing 69 of 108 games (.361). Three years later, in 1914, he took over Fort Worth. His Panthers had winning records in his first 13 seasons. During their seven-year skein as kings of the Texas League, the Panthers won over 100 games five times – with records of 108-40 (.730) in 1920, 107-51 (.677) in 1921, 109-43 (.717) in 1922, 109-41 (.727) in 1924, and 103-48 (.682) in 1925. In 1926, the Panthers fell to third and Atz would not win another pennant until 1939, with Henderson in the Class C East Texas League, three levels below the Texas League. His career record as a manager in the minors over 27 seasons was 1,972 wins, 1,619 losses (.549), still one of the best winning percentages among longtime minor league skippers.

He died in New Orleans, Louisiana, at age 65.

Let’s see how the the modern day Jewish ballplayers did yesterday.

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play yesterday because the Dodgers were off. 

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 2-for-4, including his first triple of the year in yesterday’s Brewers win over the Astros.   He drove in his 30th run of the year and scored his 31st run of the year – vert nice balance!  His average rose to .326.

But perhaps the highlight of his night was when threw out Astro’s first baseman Lance Berkman at home.  Berkman didn’t like the call as was ejected by Umpire Delfin Colon.

Ryan threw home and catcher Jason Kendall tagged Berkman as he slid and touched the plate with his left hand. When Berkman was called out he jumped and screamed in the umpire’s face. Astros Manager Cecil Cooper then ran out of the dugout, pushed Berkman away and started yelling at Colon, who took offense and ejected Cooper as well.

         

 

          

 

               

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig, 28, will be joining his fifth major league team. He was a surprise success in the Twins’ bullpen last season, posting a 1.63 ERA in 42 games after getting claimed off waivers from Cleveland.

Until then, he was probably better known for his academic resume. As mentioned previously in this blog, Craig graduated from Yale and majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

“I’m excited about taking a look at him,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “He’s a left-handed guy that’s experienced. He’s had some success at this level.”

The A’s had seven right-handed relievers and no lefties for Wednesday’s 7-6 victory over the Rays. Though Geren typically downplays the need for a lefty specialist, he acknowledged it will be convenient having that option with Breslow.

Lefties were hitting .211 against him this season and righties .226. But Breslow has battled control problems in 17 appearances, walking 11 in 141/3 innings

  

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott didn’t pitch in yesterday’s Rangers loss to the Tigers. 

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

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

  

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 1-for-3, clubbing his 7th double of year, recorded an RBI and scored a run.  All of Gabe’s action occurred in the 2nd inning, when he knocked in the  Rays first run and scored their second run in their victory over the A’s.  His average is now right on the Mendoza line, .200.  Thus, Mario Mendoza’s card will remain.

 

However, I’m feeling generous, so I’m awarded Gabe a Chai 5:

 

                         

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5 and stole his 10th base of the year as the Rangers lost to the Tigers.  His average fell to .295.    

 

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  his wife.  My prayers are with him. 

 

The article below is courtesy of AP.

Schoeneweis was back in suburban Phoenix, where his wife was found dead at their home Wednesday. Police said the cause of death hadn’t been determined. The pitcher released a statement late Thursday through his agent Scott Boras.

“On behalf of my and Gabrielle’s entire family I want to express my deepest appreciation for the prayers and support of my current and former teammates, front office and team personnel and dear friends both inside and outside of the baseball community,” Schoeneweis said. “Your support is needed and appreciated during this most difficult time. We want all of you to know how important your love and friendship is to all of us.”

Funeral services were scheduled for Monday at the Messenger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary in Scottsdale. The family asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix.

Schoeneweis left the team when he received the news before a doubleheader at Florida. He declined an offer to have teammate Jon Garland accompany him home.

“It’s a long flight,” Garland said. “It was completely up to him, and he felt he would be all right. I couldn’t even imagine what he’s going through.”

Hinch told the team 30 minutes before Wednesday’s doubleheader about the death of Schoeneweis’ wife, Gabrielle, who was 39. The couple celebrated their 10th anniversary in January and had three children together.

“It lets you know the things you have, you need to cherish,” Garland said in the clubhouse before Thursday’s game. “I think everybody at that moment put that in perspective. It was a weird feeling in here. Everybody was quiet and sitting around. The guys handled it in a professional manner and went about their business.”

The Diamondbacks and Marlins split a doubleheader that ended at 1:48 a.m., with Arizona winning the second game in 13 innings.

“It was quite a day,” general manager Josh Byrnes said. “We’ll move forward, but it was a tough day.”

Schoeneweis was placed on the bereavement list. The Diamondbacks were scheduled to conclude their series at Florida on Thursday before flying to Oakland for a weekend series.

“It’s impossible for any of us to not think about Scott and his family,” Hinch said. “On the professional side, the schedule doesn’t stop. We have to play and find a way to play a baseball game time and time again.

“Are we playing with heavy hearts? Yes. Are we playing with one of our own struggling through one of the worst tragedies you can imagine for your family? Yes. But these guys will show up and be ready to play.”

And the message Hinch texted to Schoeneweis?

“Just letting him know we’re here and supporting him and thinking about him,” Hinch said.

Hinch and Schoeneweis worked out together last offseason and have known each other since college, when they were Team USA teammates.

                                

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

Youk went 1-for-3, drove in a run, scored and walked in the BoSox victory over the Blue Jays.  His average fell slightly to .402.

Youk also earned a Chai 5.

 

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Ryan Braun

               

Daily Minyan – May 20, 2009

 

Tragic news (courtesy of AP):

The wife of Scott Schoeneweis was found dead at her home Wednesday.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said deputies found the body of 39-year-old Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis on the floor of the master bedroom in the family’s suburban home shortly after noon.

Authorities said her 14-year-old daughter called the sheriff’s office to report that she had found her mother lying there and unresponsive.

A team spokesman said Schoeneweis had left the team, which was playing a doubleheader in Florida on Wednesday night, and was returning to Phoenix.

“At this point, anything we can do to support Scott and his family, will be our focus,” said Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes, who was with the team. “I have talked to Scott Boras, the agent, a few times. We’re trying to get the facts the best we can. It’s devastating news. Everyone is taking it very hard.”

The 35-year-old Schoeneweis came to the Diamondbacks last December in a deal with the Mets.

Schoeneweis, a survivor of testicular cancer, is 45-55 with a 4.89 ERA in 11 seasons with five teams.

Scott and Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis celebrated their 10th anniversary in January. They had three children together, and she already had a daughter when they were married.

“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,” Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said after Arizona lost 8-6 to Florida in the first game. “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.”

Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod), who teamed with Schoeneweis in the Angels bullpen in 2002 and 2003, said he was “speechless” when he heard the news.

“I’m sad for him,” Rodriguez said. “I can’t imagine what he’s going through right now, all the pain he’s going through.”

Former Mets teammate Ryan Church added: “He’s always been able to battle through adversity because he’s had cancer before. Everybody needs to be thinking about him and his family and just pray, pray a lot.”

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he still considers Schoeneweis part of his family. “I mentioned that to our people, that we’ve got to reach out and do all we can to help support him at this time,” Manuel said. “And whatever he needs from us, we’ll be here for him.”

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.  But I’m pretty sure that he was very actively involved in the Dodger’s Jewish Community Night as the only Jewish ballplayer on the team!

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-2, but walked twice and came around to score each time in yesterday’s Brewers win over the Astros.   His average fell to .323.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

Craig pitched a scoreless 8th inning, including one strike out, in yesterday’s Twins loss to the ChiSox.  This perfect outing lowered his ERA to 6.28.  

And in a shocking turn of events, today, 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 didn’t pitch in the Pirates extra inning win over the Nats.

  

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 0-for-3 in the Rays loss to the A’s.  His average fell to an even .200, which puts him on the Mendoza line.

Mario Mendoza Autograph on a 1978 Topps (#383)

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-4 as the Rangers got shut out by Dontrelle Willis and the Tigers.  His average fell to .306.                      

   

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason had a well deserved day of rest.

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch in the D-backs win over the Marlins.  

                                

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

Youk is on the 15-day disabled list–retroactive to May 5– and is eligible to return from the disabled list on today. 

 

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  – Craig Breslow


  

 Now an Oakland Athletic!!