So that road trip to open up the season was pretty fun, right guys?
I mentioned this elsewhere, but the AL Central standings are exactly the opposite of what I expected them to be. I don't expect this to continue.
Cleveland's over-performing right now. Their batters certainly are - Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting home runs at a pace of one every twenty at bats after hitting one about every 80 at bats through his MLB career and one every 60 in his minor league career, I would guess that would settle down a bit. Their pitchers are over performing, too. The team's getting lucky, and it's time for the Twins to change that.
Carmona vs. Duensing.
Let's do this.
Although I had another post in mind for the second Collectibles Spotlight, this one prempted. My LCS (that's "Local Card Shop" in baseball card blogger parlance) got in some of this year's Topps team sets, and besides all the Cardinals sets he picked up a Twins set for me as well.
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Originally composed by Aram Khachaturian as the final act of his ballet, Gayane. Now used by the Buffalo Sabres to get fans pumped up.
It's sort of like my daughter Skim claiming to be a week old, but you know what I mean.
Harry Coveleski (1886)
Elam Vangilder (1896)
Sunny Jim Bottomley (1900)
Dolph Camilli (1907)
Warren Spahn (1921)
Rheal Cormier (1967)
Jason Tyner (1977)
Andruw Jones (1977)
Carlos Silva (1979)
Sean Henn (1981)
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Life is funny.
When I went to bed last Friday night, I had no idea that ten hours later, I would give up the old website. My daughter Miss SBG was tired and I laid down with her and darn it if I wasn't tired, too and even though it was 7:30 PM, I fell asleep. By 11:30, though, I was back awake and I knew it was going to be a long night. I tried to fall asleep, but I couldn't. I suppose if I had taken a sleeping pill, I would have soon drifted back off to sleep and things would have been just fine. But, I didn't and I had one of those dreaded nights -- awake, alone, and contemplating all that could go wrong with my life.
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Carmona vs Duensing.
It's been a busy week. I think I have the core features in place now, so it's on to other things. Like how the site looks. That will have to come from someone else.
In the meantime, time for the best team in the AL to take on the near worst team in the league. Unfortunately, they aren't in the order I wanted at the beginning of the season.
The Stones somewhere in 1970.
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Atlanta organization (AAA Gwinnett) activates Jose Lugo from the disabled list.
White Sox organization (AAA Charlotte) places Michael Restovich on the seven day disabled list., then activates him again.
Milwaukee reinstates LaTroy Hawkins from the disabled list.
Milwaukee assigns LaTroy Hawkins to Nashville (AAA).
Philadelphia organization promotes Jeff Lanning from Williamsport (short-season) to Lakewood (A).
Pittsburgh selects the contract of Joe Beimel from Indianapolis (AAA).
St. Louis activates Nick Punto from the disabled list.
Toronto organization acquires Yohan Pino for cash considerations, promotes him from New Hampshire (AA) to Las Vegas (AAA) for two days, then sends him back to New Hampshire (AA).
Also, Seth Greisinger has been demoted from the Yomiuri Giants to the Kawasaki Giants (a demotion to the Japanese minor league). H/t AMR.
Buffalo 4, Rochester 2 in Buffalo (Game 1—10 innings—scheduled 7 innings). Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered to tie the score in the seventh, Nick Evans homered to tie it again in the eighth, and then Evans hit a two-run walkoff to win the game for Buffalo. Kyle Gibson pitched six no-hit innings and was removed after allowing the home run to start the seventh. He walked none and struck out six. Kyle Waldrop faced two batters in the tenth, walking the first and then allowing the game-ending homer. Chase Lambin had three hits.
Buffalo 4, Rochester 1 in Buffalo (Game 2—scheduled 7 innings). Ruben Tejada doubled with the bases loaded as the Bisons scored three in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. Trevor Plouffe singled, doubled, and tripled. Scott Diamond allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out eight.
Portland 5, New Britain 1 in Portland. The Sea Dogs scored two in the first and three in the fourth. Steve Singleton singled and doubled. Chris Parmelee homered. Bobby Lanigan lasted only four innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks. Brett Jacobson and Michael Tarsi each threw two scoreless innings.
Ft. Myers 5, Bradenton 4 in Ft. Myers. Nick Romero’s RBI single drove in Anderson Hidalgo to break a 4-4 tie in the seventh. Hidalgo had three hits and scored three times. Romero had two hits. Starter Matt Schuld pitched five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk. Shooter Hunt got the win, throwing three scoreless innings and giving up just one hit and one walk. Dakota Watts worked a scoreless ninth for the save.
Peoria 5, Beloit 4 in Peoria (7 innings—scheduled for 9). The Snappers scored four in the fifth to overcome a 4-0 deficit, but the Chiefs scored one in the bottom of the fifth and it was all they needed. Beloit had only five hits and made three errors. B. J. Hermsen took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. Michael Tonkin threw two shutout innings.