Tuesday News & Notes + Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, June 8
There will be no 411 show today or tomorrow due to the First-Year Player Draft so we’ve put together a list of the top stories for today along with Siano’s comments. Scroll down further for Wednesday’s Pitch or Ditch.
Joakim Soria will return to the closer role. Soria threw two perfect innings in relief last night and has tossed five scoreless innings since being temporarily stripped of ninth inning duties.
I felt all along this was a mental break for whatever reason he needed to take a step back and like I said on the show reboot, it happens and there was never any doubt this would be short lived, whether he is dominant, stinks or is somewhere in the middle remains to be seen but there is a two out of three chance he will reward those who were patient. If you bought low you may have helped win a title.
Brennan Boesch 5-for-6, two homers, five RBIs last night. He’s 8-for-13 with three homers and seven over his last three games.
I cut him in a mixed a few days ago so you’re welcome. He hit .186 in May and was reverting to second half 2010 Boesch. He has clearly become better at adjusting but in a mixed he is at best a fourth or fifth OF. Even though he hit .319 in April he only had one HR and he doesn’t run much. Does have job security though which is important.
Eric Hosmer hits game-winning single off Frank Francisco. He now has hits in eight consecutive games, during which he has gone 14-for-35 (.400 AVG) with three doubles, a home run and nine RBIs.
Kid is legit it is that simple. Eventually they will figure him out but his talent and poise will allow him to avoid Boesch mega slumps. He is the poster boy for falling over ourselves to pick up prospects but he is not the norm and that is the main point.
John Danks tosses 7 1/3 shutout innings vs. the Mariners to pick up his first win of the season.
Ain’t no better elixir then the Mariners lineup. Danks gets Oakland next but then goes into ARZ so keep him for next start if you please and see where it goes.
Sergio Santos picks up 11th save and hasn’t allowed a hit over his last 7 2/3 innings.
White Sox are not dead yet in ALC and could just as easy win the division meaning more wins hence save opps coming Sergio’s way.
Jemile Weeks called up by the A’s. With Mark Ellis getting injured in Monday’s loss in Baltimore, Weeks will be the choice to replace him in the infield. Weeks is batting .321 at Triple-A with six doubles, four triples, three homers, 22 RBIs, 30 runs scored and 10 stolen bases over 45 games.
Worth a pickup for MI or very weak 2B slot, may get neutered in OAC but the speed is enticing, needs to play defense to stick. Ellis should be back in two weeks so it may just be an audition for later in the season.
Dee Gordon called up by the Dodgers. Manager Don Mattingly says he’s the team’s regular shortstop going forward. “I’m going to use him, play him,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think we can bring him and sit him.”
Jumps out in NL only leagues not sure the mixed value is there just yet.
Brad Lidge now has soreness in his right elbow, a different injury from the one he’s been rehabbing in Florida. Lidge will fly to Philadelphia to see the team doctor on Tuesday.
Indifferent, Madson has been doing a giood job since getting pixie dusted with closer potion.
Ryan Zimmerman (abdominal) went 2-for-3 and played seven innings at third base for Class A Potomac on Monday in his second rehab game but it is unlikely that he will return this week. The Nats want him to be 100 percent.
Can’t happen soon enough.
Francisco Liriano (shoulder) activated off of the disabled list and will start Tuesday against the Indians.
Ditch. Gets Rangers next then Padres.
Colby Lewis gives up 9 runs on 4 homers in loss to Tigers.
@ Twins, @ Braves , vs Houston next three starts so don’t panic yet.
Clayton Richard 7 IP 1 ER in loss to Rockies last night. He’s been awesome at home (2.18 ERA 1.24 WHIP).
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