Billy-Ball Daily: 2008-4-11

4/11/2008
Billy-Ball Daily
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Friday, April 11, 2008

Top of the 1st
25 FACTS
25 YEARS AGO…
1. The Baltimore Orioles won their last World Championship.
2. The Philadelphia Phillies were the NL Champs losing to Baltimore 4-1.
3. Baltimore defeated the White Sox in the ALCS, 3-1.
4. The Phils defeated the Dodgers in the NLCS, 3-1.
5. Wade Boggs of the Red Sox led the AL in hitting at .361.
6. Bill Madlock of the Pirates led the NL in hitting at .323.
7. The Phillies Mike Schmidt led the majors with 40 homers.
8. Jim Rice led the Red Sox and AL with 39 dingers.
9. Cecil Cooper of the American League Brewers and Jim Rice each had 126 RBI to lead the league.
10. Dale Murphy of the Braves had 121 RBI to lead the NL.
11. The Giants Atlee Hammaker had the majors best ERA at 2.25.
12. The Rangers Rick Honeycutt had a 2.42 to lead the AL.
13. The White Sox La Marr Hoyt led the majors with 24 wins.
14. John Denny of the Phils had 19 wins to lead the NL
15. Lefty, Steve Carlton, of the Phils, led the majors with 275 strikeouts.
16. Jack Morris of the Tigers had 232 to lead the AL
On this date…
17. In 1917, the Boston Red Sox’ Babe Ruth pitched a three-hit shut-out of the New York Yankees on Opening Day.
18. In 1961, the Los Angeles Angels played their very first game defeating the Orioles, 7-2, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
19. In 1961, at Fenway Park, rookie Carl Yastrzemski got his first major league hit off Ray Herbert of the Oakland Athletics. Boston Red Sox gets a hit
20. In 1962, the New York Mets played their first game and lost 11 – 4 to the Cardinals in St. Louis.
21. In 1975, Henry Aaron played his first game as a member of the Brewers. It was his first appearance back in Milwaukee, since the Braves moved to Atlanta.
Born on this date…
22. – Bret Saberhagen
23. 1972 – Jason Varitek
24. 1980 – Mark Texeira
25. 1983 – Elizabeth Renee Chuck

Best quarter-century of my life, Happy birthday Elizabeth and many, many more.
Love, Daddy

Top of the 2nd
YESTERDAY’S RESULTS
TBR 7 SEA 0
BOS 12 DET 6
NYY 6 @KCR 1
TEX 3 BAL 1
TEX 5 BAL 4
OAK 3 @TOR 2 (12)

CIN 4 @MIL 1
NYM 4 PHI 3 (12)
CHC 7 @PIT 3
SFG 5 STL 1
FLA 4 @WSN 3

Top of the 3rd
DAVIS SURGERY IS SUCCESSFUL
Left-hander Doug Davis had successful surgery for thyroid cancer yesterday, “The surgery that was completed this evening by Dr. Bob Evani was very successful,” team physician Dr. Michael Lee said. “Doug is awake and doing well. The only complaints he had was a mild sore throat, which is expected. He will likely be released [Friday] and will begin follow up treatments at that point.”

Top of the 4th
#42 RETURNS
Commissioner Bud Selig proclaimed that on April 15, for the second consecutive year, any big league player can wear Jackie Robinson’s retired jersey in action.

Last year, full squads, such as the Dodgers, Pirates, Cardinals, Astros and Brewers, honored Robinson as the 25 players on each team wore No. 42.

Mariano Rivera of the Yankees is that last active player “grandfathered” allowed to wear that number.

The last Dodger to wear number 42 was pitcher Ray Lamb who wore it in 1969 but gave it up when the season ended because he felt uncomfortable.

Top of the 5th
BILL JAMES DAILY MATCH-UPS – GGREAT WAY TO ENJOY YOUR GAMES THIS WEEKEND
Every day, my publishers, the fine people of ACTA Sports will be providing an updated chart of how the hitters on each team have fared lifetime against the pitchers from the other team for all the games being played in the major leagues that day.

Each day, this stats will be updated overnight and then posted at www.billjamesdailymatchups.com. You will be able to go there and download a pdf file for whatever game or games you want for that day for $.99 each or 10 for $5.00. Or, if like you only care about one team, you can subscribe for $29.95 and have every one of your favorite team game for the entire season (including postseason games) delivered to your email box each morning.

However, to get this going, Acta Sports making these reports available free through the rest of this month and once they have you hooked, they can go to other playgrounds. You can go to www.billjamesdailymatchups.com right now and download any or all of the today’s games.

So, download your favorite team right now. If you like it, tell all your friends about it.
Download as many as you wish. Send me feedback and I’ll share it with ACTA.

Top of the 6th
C.C.? NO, NO
Fausto Carmona, agreed yesterdat to a $15 million, four-year contract with the Indians, a deal that would be worth at least $43 million if Cleveland exercises three club options. Carmona gets a $750,000 signing bonus and guaranteed salaries of $500,000 this year, $2.75 million in 2009, $4.9 million in 2010 and $6.1 million in 2011.

The Indians announced Carmona’s deal at a news conference that they promoted as “exciting news about a member of the Indians pitching staff (NOT C.C. Sabathia).”

Carmona’s signing gives the Indians protection in case they are unable to keep C.C. Sabathia, the defending AL’s Cy Young Award winner, who is eligible for free agency following this season.

Sabathia rejected a preliminary offer from the Indians, and during spring training he suspended negotiations with the Indians until after the season. There’s no guarantee he’ll be back, and if he’s not, Carmona will ascend into the No. 1 role.

Top of the 7th
PROBABLE PITCHERS
AL
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, 7:05 pm
(R) Chien-Ming Wang (2-0) vs. (R) Clay Buchholz (0-1)
Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians, 7:05 pm
(R) Joe Blanton (0-2) vs. (L) C.C. Sabathia (0-1)
Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays, 7:10 pm
(R) Jeremy Guthrie (0-1) vs. (R) James Shields (1-1)
Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers, 8:05 pm
(R) Jesse Litsch (1-0) vs. (R) Vicente Padilla (1-0)
Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals, 8:10 pm
(R) Livan Hernandez (2-0) vs. (R) Gil Meche (0-1)
Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox, 8:11 pm
(L) Dontrelle Willis (0-0) vs. (R) Jose Contreras (0-0)
LA Angels of Anaheim at Seattle Mariners, 10:10 pm
(R) Jered Weaver (1-1) vs. (R) Felix Hernandez (0-0)

NL
Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 pm
(R) Carlos Zambrano (1-0) vs. (R) Brett Myers (0-1)
Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 pm
(R) Edinson Volquez (1-0) vs. (L) Paul Maholm (0-1)
Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets, 7:10 pm
(L) Manny Parra (1-0) vs. (R) Nelson Figueroa (0-0)
Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals, 7:35 pm
(R) Tim Hudson (1-0) vs. (L) Matt Chico (0-1)
Florida Marlins at Houston Astros, 8:05 pm
(R) Ricky Nolasco (0-0) vs. (R) Roy Oswalt (0-2)
Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 pm
(L) Jeff Francis (0-1) vs. (R) Brandon Webb (2-0)
St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants, 10:15 pm
(R) Kyle Lohse (1-0) vs. (L) Barry Zito (0-2)
San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:40 pm
(R) Jake Peavy (2-0) vs. (R) Brad Penny (1-1)

Top of the 8th
DID YOU KNOW?
The Red Sox are 915-1099 all-time versus the Yankees, but 507-507 at home.
Since 2000, the Sox are 65-79 against the Yanks.
Since 2003, the Sox are 45-49 against the Yanks.

Top of the 9th
THANKS FOR A GREAT WEEK
While I’m still not at full speed, I’m so glad to be back in action.

Thanks for all your kind e-mails.

Now order some books and tell your friends.

Bottom of the 9th
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