1. I’m Sorry, So Sorry
Hanley Ramirez, one locker at a time, worked his way around the Florida clubhouse to offer his apologies. “I’m sorry that all this got so ugly. My intent was not to cause a distraction,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com in a phone interview from St. Louis. “I’m sorry that things got this heated. The team, the fans don’t deserve it.
Ramirez then returned to the Marlins’ lineup picked up three hits and with some good pitching from Anibal Sanchez, Florida beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1. Dan Uggla and Cameron Maybin homered in the same inning for the second straight game for Florida, which has won six of seven.
Sing along with Hanley!
2. Suicide is Painless
The Yankees lost to Tampa, 10-6 and then the news was released that Jorge Posada has a broken bone in his right foot that the New York Yankees say will sideline the catcher for three to four weeks. In the game, backup outfielder Marcus Thames sprained his left ankle and is listed as D2D.
Tampa Bay stole six bases against starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. The Rays are 29-11; the best record for a team after 40 games since Boston had the same mark in 2002. Boston finished 93-69 that season.
3. A Glimpse of the Future
Last night, Clay Buchholz held the Twins to just five hits, one walkand two runs in 8+ innings as Boston topped Minnesota, 3-2. Daniel Bard picked up his first save of the year and second of his career and Red Sox Nation had a glimpse of the future. Buchholz leads Sox starters with a 3.26 ERA and a 5-3 record this season. David Ortiz hit a two-run homer.
Josh Beckett was put on the disabled list with a lower back strain. Joe Nelson was brought up from the minors to work out of the bullpen. The team called up shortstop Angel Sanchez from Triple-A Pawtucket because shortstop Marco Scutaro was administered a cortisone shot in his left (non-throwing) elbow.
Reliever Scott Schoeneweis was designated for assignment. Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of his wife, Gabrielle, who was found dead from a drug overdose, a combination of cocaine and the anesthetic lidocaine.
4. What a Mess!
The Mets centerfielder Angel Pagan caught a shallow fly ball and then started a center fielder-to-catcher-to-shortstop-to-first baseman triple play, and this was after he hit the first inside-the-park home run in the two-plus year history of Nationals Park. But not to worry, the Mets still lost to the Nationals, 5-3. The Mess are 1-6 on their roadtrip from hell.
According to our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to initiate a triple play and hit an inside-the-park homer in the same game before Pagan did it Wednesday night was the Phillies’ Ted Kazanski (the Unabomber?) on Sept. 25, 1955.
5. Saved by the Gregg
Kevin Gregg picked up his league-leading 12th save as Toronto topped Seattle, 3-2. Toronto has won six of seven and 15 of 20 games and now trails New York by one game for second place in the AL East.
The Mariners starter Doug Fister went eight innings and gave up three earned runs on five hits. In eight starts, Fister (3-2) still hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any game.
Milton Bradley returned to the team and had his fourth two-hit game of the season. Bradley thanked Seattle’s fans for what he called an “overwhelming” amount of encouraging mail and cards while he was gone on the restricted list. “My goal is to conduct myself in a professional manner and represent this organization well,” he said.
6. Yo, Adrian!
Adrian Gonzalez homered and had a career-high six RBI to lead the San Diego Padres to a 10-5 win over the Dodgers. Will Venable had four hits including a triple and two doubles, to help end the Dodgers’ nine-game winning streak.
7. The Strasburg Report
Stephen Strasburg gave up just three hits, walked two and striking out nine in 6.1 innings against the Rochester Red Wings last night. He improved to 3-0 for Triple-A Syracuse.
The 21-year-old right-hander has not allowed a run in 18.1 innings, and finished by striking out six of the final seven batters he faced. He topped out at 99 mph four times, according to the ballpark radar gun and opposing hitters are batting just .124 (17 for 137) against him.
As per usual, following the game, Strasburg walked on water for the adoring fans and then flapped his arms and flew away.
8. I Love Walkoffs
Michael Young of the Texas Rangers led off the 9th against Baltimore reliever Cla Meredith (0-1) with his third hit, a hustling double. Then Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton, who homered earlier in the game and then had a homer called a double because the umps didn’t review the play, also walked to load the bases. Then Nelson Cruz hit a sac fly to center to give Texas a walkoff 3-2 win.
9. I Love Walkoffs
Jason Heyward hit a walkoff two-out RBI double to give the Braves a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds scored three runs in the 8th and tied it in the 9th on pinch-hitter Chris Heisey‘s leadoff homer against Billy Wagner (4-0) who picked up the vulture win.
Earlier in the game, Heyward had also doubled and hit his first major league triple.
Royals (Luke Hochevar) at Indians (Mitch Talbot), 12:05
Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman) at A’s (Tyson Ross), 3:35
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero) at Mariners (Jason Vargas), 3:40
Rays (James Shields) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte), 7:05
Twins (Francisco Liriano) at Red Sox (Jon Lester), 7:10
Orioles (Brian Matusz) at Rangers (Scott Feldman), 8:05
Angels (Ervin Santana) at White Sox (Jake Peavy), 8:10
Reds (Mike Leake) at Braves (Tommy Hanson), 1:05
Cubs (Ryan Dempster) at Phillies (Joe Blanton), 1:05
Marlins (Nate Robertson) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright), 1:40
Mets (John Maine) at Nationals (Luis Atilano), 7:05
Brewers (Chris Narveson) at Pirates (Paul Maholm), 7:05
Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez) at Astros (Roy Oswalt), 8:05
Giants (Tim Lincecum) at Diamondbacks (Rodrigo Lopez), 9:40
Padres (Kevin Correia) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw), 10:1