Thursday, May 31, 2007

Getaway Day Grab Bag

Another week, more attention on the Yankees. Roger Clemens concluded his tour of the minor leagues with a start at AAA Scranton-Wilkes on Memorial Day and is scheduled to pitch against the White Sox on Monday. Most thought he would be starting this weekend sometime against the Red Sox (is it just me, or have they already played like 10 times?), but instead Torre scheduled him for Monday with Wang, Moose, and Petitte going in the weekend set.

A controversial play happened yesterday when A-Rod screamed "I got it!" at Troy Glaus, who was trying to catch an infield fly while Rodriguez was running to third, and he subsequently dropped the ball, which opened up a 3-run inning. The Yankees are 22-29 and are probably just looking to jump start things however they can, and I'd have to say that it was a pretty outstanding move. The Blue Jays didn't seem to think it was too cute, but hey, it works, and it's not illegal. Let's see if they try the hidden ball trick with the first baseman tomorrow.

The top three vote getters in the AL are Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and David Ortiz. Justin Morneau is 3rd amongst 1st basemen, Joe Mauer is 2nd at catcher, and Torii Hunter is 4th in the outfield. The top three vote getters in the NL are Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and David Wright. Prince Fielder and J.J. Hardy are 2nd at their respective positions, and Weeks and Estrada are 3rd at their positions. Ken Griffey Jr. is 4th in outfield voting.

The shocking story of the week was the severe injury to Reds centerfielder and fan-favorite Ryan Freel. His hustle actually got him into trouble on this play, as his momentum going after a fly ball in the gap caused him to collide with right fielder Norris Hopper and subsequently bang his head on the warning track, leaving him unconscious for 13 minutes before taken to an area hospital. MRIs were negative and he was diagnosed with head/neck contusions and was placed on the 15-day DL. He was released from the hospital yesterday and is scheduled to see a spine specialist before reporting back to the team. Get well soon, Ryan; you're one of the few reasons I can still muster enough enthusiasm to go watch your team play.

Twins 27-25 (5.5 GB)
Brewers 29-24 (5.5 up)
Reds 21-33 (8.5 GB)

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