THT Daily: Friday!

Major League News for May 18

Today’s Links
Player News
Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Top Minor League Performances

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THT Links

Genius – To me, Brian Cashman is one of the most interesting characters in baseball. Someone definitely needs to write a Moneyball style expose about him and the Yankees.

For Love of the Game – Free Rickey!

Choking is the new Clutch – The latest from swing guru Jeff Albert. Is David Wright the new A-Rod?

Mickey Mouse Operation – Somehow I missed that the Tampa Bay Devil Rays played a recent series at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex. While this is probably not feasible or even desirable for many teams, I think it’s cool that the Rays are innovating to try to get ahead in the cutthroat AL East, both on and off the field.

Minutiae – Everything you ever wanted to know about PTBNLs and the 60-day DL, from an Oakland perspective.

THT Links represents the best efforts of our editors in scouring the various tubes of the interweb for both relevant and irrelevant news items. If you have happened upon a story that we have overlooked or wish to give feedback of any sort, please notify us at THT Links.


Player News

Player Headlines are courtesy of Rotoworld

Jason Giambi said Thursday that MLB should apologize to fans for its performance-enhancing drug problem, but also said, “That stuff didn’t help me hit home runs.” “I’m probably tested more than anybody else. I’m not hiding anything,” Giambi said. “That stuff didn’t help me hit home runs. I don’t care what people say, nothing is going to give you that gift of hitting a baseball. I was wrong for doing that stuff. What we should have done a long time ago was stand up players, ownership, everybody and said: ‘We made a mistake.’

Ichiro Suzuki had his AL-record consecutive-stolen base streak snapped at 45 when he was thrown out at second by the Angels’ Jose Molina in Thursday’s loss. It was a horrible play by Ichiro, who was thrown out easily with the Mariners down by three in the seventh inning. Making matters worse was that Jose Vidro drew a walk on the very next pitch. Ichiro finished six steals away from breaking Vince Coleman‘s major league record.

Delmon Young had a three-run homer in the fourth and a walkoff shot in the bottom of the 10th to give the Rays an 8-6 win over the Rangers on Thursday. With Young leading the wayhe Rays completed a three-game sweep at Disney World. The 21-year-old had three straight two-hit games and finished with three RBI on Wednesday. Going into the series, he was 6-for-51 with one RBI in 14 games.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Josh Beckett will be placed on the DL and miss two starts because of the avulsion on his right middle finger. A 9 1/2-game lead does tend to breed caution. Because Beckett is going on the DL, the Red Sox can call up Devern Hansack to start Friday. Kason Gabbard will likely to Sunday. The pitching matchups for the series at Yankee Stadium next week will be: Tim Wakefield vs. Mike Mussina on Monday, Curt Schilling vs. Chien-Ming Wang on Tuesday amd Julian Tavarez vs. Andy Pettitte on Wednesday.

Devil Rays placed outfielder Rocco Baldelli on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The Rays should regret not dealing Baldelli when he still had a ton of value over the winter. They’ll go with Elijah Dukes as their primary center fielder while he’s out. B.J. Upton will see some time there and serve as the No. 2 hitter behind Dukes in the leadoff spot. Greg Norton and Jonny Gomes will DH. Don’t expect to see Baldelli again for at least a month.

Fausto Carmona threw a four-hit shutout to win a fifth straight start against the Twins on Thursday. There’s just no way the Indians are going to be able to pull Carmona from the rotation if he keeps pitching like this. He has a 1.38 ERA during the winning streak, going at least seven innings each time. He got 17 outs on the ground and four via the K while throwing 121 pitches today. The 23-year-old should be owned in shallow mixed leagues right now.


Yesterday’s Results
American League
BOS     2  DET     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
BOS     4  DET     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
TB      8  TEX     6    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHA     4  NYA     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
CLE     2  MIN     0    (Recap and Boxscore)
KC      7  OAK     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
LAA     7  SEA     3    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
NYN     6  CHN     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
MIL     3  PHI     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
WAS     4  ATL     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
SF      2  HOU     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
PIT     7  FLA     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
ARI     3  COL     1    (Recap and Boxscore)


Today’s Games
National League
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 Arizona Diamondbacks at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 PM
  (L) Doug Davis (2-4) vs. (R) Ian Snell (3-2)
 
 Inter-League
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 Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 PM
  (L) Mark Buehrle (2-1) vs. (L) Ted Lilly (3-2)
 Florida Marlins at Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 6:40 PM
  (R) Byung-Hyun Kim (1-2) vs. (R) Edwin Jackson (0-5)
 Atlanta Braves at Boston Red Sox, 7:05 PM
  (R) Anthony Lerew (0-1) vs. (R) Devern Hansack (0-0)
 Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians, 7:05 PM
  (R) Kyle Lohse (1-4) vs. (L) Cliff Lee (1-0)
 Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals, 7:05 PM
  (R) Steve Trachsel (1-3) vs. (R) Jason Simontacchi (1-1)
 Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 PM
  (R) Dustin McGowan (0-0) vs. (R) Jon Lieber (1-2)
 St. Louis Cardinals at Detroit Tigers, 7:05 PM
  (R) Braden Looper (5-2) vs. (L) Andrew Miller (0-0)
 New York Yankees at New York Mets, 7:10 PM
  (L) Andy Pettitte (2-2) vs. (L) Oliver Perez (4-3)
 Texas Rangers at Houston Astros, 8:05 PM
  (R) Robinson Tejeda (3-3) vs. (R) Matt Albers (1-2)
 Minnesota Twins at Milwaukee Brewers, 8:05 PM
  (R) Boof Bonser (1-1) vs. (L) Chris Capuano (5-1)
 Kansas City Royals at Colorado Rockies, 9:05 PM
  (L) Jorge De La Rosa (4-3) vs. (L) Jeff Francis (2-4)
 San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics, 10:05 PM
  (L) Barry Zito (3-4) vs. (R) Chad Gaudin (2-1)
 San Diego Padres at Seattle Mariners, 10:05 PM
  (R) Chris Young (4-3) vs. (R) Miguel Batista (3-3)
 Los Angeles Dodgers at LA Angels of Anaheim, 10:05 PM
  (R) Brad Penny (5-0) vs. (R) Ervin Santana (2-5)


Standings

The graphics next to each team are called “sparklines.” They depict each team’s performance over the last month. Each “up” bar is a victory and a “down” bar is a loss. There are horizontal lines for home games and red bars represent games decided by two runs or less. “PWins” is short for Projected Wins, based on each team’s Run Differential, and is often a better measure of a team’s true strength. Other team graphs and stats can be found on our Team Page.

American League East        Pwins  Diff
BOS     28  12 .700    0.0   28     0    sparkline graph
NYA     18  21 .462    9.5   22    -4    sparkline graph
TB      18  22 .450   10.0   15     3    sparkline graph
TOR     18  22 .450   10.0   19    -1    sparkline graph
BAL     18  23 .439   10.5   19    -1    sparkline graph
American League Central     
CLE     24  14 .632    0.0   22     2    sparkline graph
DET     24  16 .600    1.0   22     2    sparkline graph
CHA     20  17 .541    3.5   17     3    sparkline graph
MIN     18  22 .450    7.0   20    -2    sparkline graph
KC      15  27 .357   11.0   16    -1    sparkline graph
American League West        
LAA     24  18 .571    0.0   24     0    sparkline graph
OAK     20  20 .500    3.0   23    -3    sparkline graph
SEA     18  18 .500    3.0   16     2    sparkline graph
TEX     15  26 .366    8.5   17    -2    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
NYN     26  14 .650    0.0   26     0    sparkline graph
ATL     25  16 .610    1.5   23     2    sparkline graph
PHI     20  21 .488    6.5   22    -2    sparkline graph
FLA     18  23 .439    8.5   19    -1    sparkline graph
WAS     15  26 .366   11.5   14     1    sparkline graph
National League Central     
MIL     26  15 .634    0.0   24     2    sparkline graph
HOU     20  20 .500    5.5   21    -1    sparkline graph
CHN     18  21 .462    7.0   22    -4    sparkline graph
PIT     18  22 .450    7.5   16     2    sparkline graph
STL     16  22 .421    8.5   14     2    sparkline graph
CIN     16  25 .390   10.0   20    -4    sparkline graph
National League West        
LAN     25  16 .610    0.0   24     1    sparkline graph
SD      22  19 .537    3.0   24    -2    sparkline graph
ARI     22  20 .524    3.5   20     2    sparkline graph
SF      20  20 .500    4.5   22    -2    sparkline graph
COL     17  24 .415    8.0   15     2    sparkline graph


Top Minor League Games

The following list, provided by First Inning, includes the top minor league batting (based on Runs Created) and pitching (based on Game Score) performances from yesterday, with a focus on each team’s top prospects.

ORG LVL PLAYER            AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
CIN A+  Jay Bruce......... 5  3  1  0  1  0  0  
KC  AAA Billy Butler...... 4  2  0  0  1  2  0  
SEA AAA Adam Jones........ 5  1  0  0  1  0  1  4 RBI
ARI AA  Carlos Gonzalez... 3  2  1  0  0  0  1  
ARI AA  Justin Upton...... 3  1  1  0  0  1  1  
TEX A+  C. Davis.......... 5  3  1  0  2  0  1  3 R
CHC AA  Jake Fox.......... 4  3  3  0  0  0  0  
TB  AAA Elliot Johnson.... 3  1  0  0  1  1  2  
OAK AAA Kevin Melillo..... 4  2  1  0  1  0  1  
HOU A   Maxwell Sapp...... 6  4  2  0  0  0  1  3 R
BOS AA  J. Corsaletti..... 2  2  0  0  1  3  0  3 R
LAA A   Hank Conger....... 3  1  1  0  0  1  0  2 SB

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
MIL AAA Yovani Gallardo... 6  1  0  0 11  2  0  
BAL AA  Radhames Liz...... 7  3  2  1  9  2  0  
NYY AA  Alan Horne........ 6  6  3  3  9  1  0  
BOS AA  Clay Buchholz..... 6  3  1  1  7  3  0  
WAN AA  Collin Balester... 7  5  2  2  5  2  0  
KC  AAA Tyler Lumsden..... 6  5  4  2  6  1  0  
NYY A+  Joba Chamberlain.. 5  5  3  3  5  1  0  9 GB
TB  A+  M. Wlodarczyk..... 6  8  2  2  6  1  0  
FLA A+  Ryan Tucker....... 6  4  3  3  5  2  1  
TB  AAA J.P. Howell....... 6  2  3  1 10  3  1  
COL AAA Ubaldo Jimenez.... 6  5  4  4  7  3  2  
MIN AAA Matt Garza........ 6  5  4  4  1  1  0  13 GB

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