Mariano Rivera joined Trevor Hoffman in the 500 save club after getting the last of four outs against the Mets. What made it especially cool was that he had to bat in the ninth inning against K-Rod with the bases loaded and drew a walk for his first career RBI.
Ian Snell, trying to regain his form in AAA Indianapolis, fanned 13 straight batters in a win over Toledo. Pittsburgh needs Snell to keep that form and help the Pirates make a run at .500 for the first time since Barry Bonds was… Well, a Pirate anyway.
Antonio Bastardo will miss at least one start with a strained shoulder.
Hurry Back! Detroit loses Nate Robertson to the DL with what has been described as “a mass” in his elbow. Fu-Te Ni gets the call from AAA Toledo. Fu-Te Ni hails from Pingtung County, Taiwan and has been solid, with a 32/9 K/BB ratio and decent ERA in Toledo.
Matt Harrison also heads to the DL, his second trip to the DL with shoulder inflammation. In his place, Texas recalled Tommy Hunter from AAA Oklahoma City. Hunter was raced to Texas after being drafted in the first round in 2007 out of Alabama. His first MLB tour ended with a 16.36 ERA in three starts in 2008, so hopefully this will turn out differently. I’m not convinced he’s ready. Hunter shows good control, but doesn’t blow people away. Frankly, I think the days of Texas being a contender in the AL West might be ending unless they can find some pitchers. They face Los Angeles in a battle for the division lead starting tonight.
San Francisco put pitcher Kelvin Pichardo on the 60-Day DL with a shoulder problem. Baltimore’s Koji Uehara’s elbow will require a DL stint as well.
Welcome Back! Washington’s Scott Olsen returns from the DL (shoulder tendinitis) and gets to face his old team, the Marlins, on Monday. Shairon Martis heads back to Syracuse. Mark Ellis returns to the A’s, while Asdrubel Cabrera returns to Cleveland.
Afterthoughts… The Lake Elsinore Storm topped the High Desert Mavericks, 33 – 18, in a California League game Sunday. The Storm scored eight in the first, six in the eighth, and give runs in two other innings. The teams combined for 57 hits and ten homers. In the game, James McOwen extended his hitting streak to 36 games.
Mariano is a pitching machine… I’m thinkin he’s a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame some day