20 for the 20th

  1. Maple is for syrup, not bats – Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin is in stable condition at a Miami hospital after he was hit in the upper chest by a piece of catcher Welington Castillo‘s maple bat. Colvin was running down the third-base line when a portion of the bat punctured his chest. Colvin was being treated with a chest tube to prevent a collapsed lung.
  2. Friar tuckeredMat Latos (14-7) lasted just 1.1 innings and gave up eight runs Friday night in the Padres loss to the Cardinals. Yesterday, Adam Wainwright dominated San Diego to earn his 19th win of the season. The Padres won Saturday but have lost 12 of their last 13 in St. Louis.
  3. Full of SteamManny Ramirez homered on Friday for his first, and so far only, extra base hit he has accrued in a White Sox uniform. He struck out looking with the bases loaded for the final out in the 11thyesterday in the Sox loss to the Tigers. The loss was the sixth straight and 10th in 12 games for the White Sox.
  4. Mauer ow-er -The Twins lost to Athletics yesterday but more importantly, at least temporarily, lost Joe Mauer. Mauer tweaked his left knee while swinging when he grounded out.
  5. Fewer hits than Carter’s has pills – Oakland rookie Chris Carter went 0 for 3 and is hitless in all 32 of his major league at-bats.
  6. Seventh heaven in the 9th – The Philadelphia Phillies won their seventh straight game thanks to a two-run Ryan Howard single followed by a two0run walkoff homer by Jayson Werth. The Phillies maintained a three-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East and improved to 28 games over .500 for the first time since 1993. The Braves come to town tonight for the first place showdown.
  7. Must read: The sad state of Don Mattingly’s 2011 Dodgers. Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times describes the current mess that may get worse.
  8. Home away from home – The Marlins will have a new stadium in 2012 but they won’t play all 81 of their home games at home next year. The Mariners-Marlins match-up needs to find a new location and not just because of lack of interest. An alternate venue is being sought for the June 24-26 series because of the June 29 U2 concert. Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico and BC Place Stadium in Vancouver are both considered alternatives.
  9. LaRue LaDone ­- The concussion Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue suffered, when he was kicked several times by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto in the August 10 on-field brawl at Cincinnati has ended his career. LaRue was considering retirement after the season but the injury removes any doubt.
  10. Can you hear the drums Fernando? – Fernando Rodney has not been much of a closer with the Angels. His blown save Saturday was his sixth in 18 tries this season and his third in his last six chances. His September ERA is 6.48.
  11. Rocky Mountain high – The Rockies, despite losing to the Dodgers yesterday 7-6 in 11, are 13-5 in this month and have won 20 of their last 27 games.
  12. So high, Tulo – Troy Tulowitzki has 14 home runs and 34 RBI this month. Teammate Todd Helton has 6 home runs and 33 RBI this season.
  13. Bad exchange rate – The Blue Jays have the worst earned run average in baseball this month at 5.76. Toronto starters are 5-7 this month with an ERA of 6.12.
  14. Lester doesn’t need Willie TylerJon Lester is now 5-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his last five times on the mound. Lester (18-8) is the first Red Sox lefty to win 18 games since Bruce Hurst in 1988.
  15. 鈴木 一朗- Ichiro topped 3,500 hits for his career in the majors and Japan combined Saturday night. The 36-year-old had 1,278 hits in nine seasons with the then Orix BlueWave. He has 2223 now in the States and 193 on the season to lead the majors, as per usual.
  16. The forecast is that it will be rainier in Seattle – Mariners prospects Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak helped the Tacoma Rainiers clinch the Pacific Coast League championship over the Memphis Redbirds. The Rainiers now head to Oklahoma City, where they will represent the PCL in the Triple-A Championship Game tomorrow against the International League champion Columbus Clippers. The game will be televised nationally on Versus.
  17. This is the contract that never ends. Yes, it goes on and on, my friends. – J.D. Drew continues to pad his numbers. In September he is hitting .300 with a pair of homers and five RBI. Drew, who hit .198 in August, has 64 RBI on the season and has never reached 70 in a Sox uniform.
  18. Is a “bray you” a donkey curse? – Bobby Abreu hit a pair of homers yesterday to give him 20 for the season for just the second time in five seasons.
  19. Manny could next be a player in Playa del Carmen – Manny Delcarmen has been a disaster since going to the Rockies. In six games, he has thrown 5.1 innings and has an 8.44 ERA and a WHIP of 2.250. His 0-2 record have both been critical losses for the red-hot Rockies.
  20. As if his Dodgers experience wasn’t bad enough – The Joe Torre rumor mill now has him returning to manage the Mets.