Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak at the start of the 2012 season to 16 games by hitting a homer in the first inning against the Mets. The 16 game streak matches the longest hitting streak to start the season in Giants history – a record set in 1960 by Willie Mays.
Tampa, looking for a little more bench strength, are considering giving a contract to Godzilla himself, Hideki Matsui. Matsui hit .251 with a dozen homers for the A’s last year. The twelve homers put Matsui at 505 career homers – the first 332 with Yomiuri in Japan.
Hunter Pence took today off with a sore shoulder injured while diving for a ball Sunday in San Diego. He’s day to day.
The Mets placed shortstop Ronny Cedeno on the 15-Day DL with a left intercostal strain. To cover the infield, the Mets recalled infielder Jordany Valdespin from AAA Buffalo. Not sure what to make of Valdespin. He looks like a pretty decent fielder, has gotten better with the bat but puts everything in play, can run a little, but hasn’t been a great percentage base runner. He might help, but I don’t know how much playing time the 23-year-old kid from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic will get…
The Boston Red Sox, already down a couple of outfielders, placed Jason Repko on the DL with a partially separated shoulder. Back comes Lars Anderson… The first baseman (and Norse Guitar Hero) has been learning to play the outfield to increase his opportunities with the Sox.
The Indians activated Asdrubel Cabrera from the bereavement list. Nick Hagadone returns to AAA Columbus.
Those celebrating with cake, cards, and remembrances include:
(1886) Harry Coveleski – Stan’s brother…
(1900) Sunny Jim Bottomly
(1907) Dolph Camilli
(1921) Warren Spahn
(1939) Chico Fernandez
(1967) Rheal Cormier
(1979) Carlos Silva
(1985) Emilio Bonifacio
When the Marlins first got Bonifacio, I nailed his productivity, which wasn’t going to be all that good – low average, few walks, didn’t run enough. To his credit, and not that any of us writers had anything to do about it, he’s gotten better. Bonifacio is better about working the count and getting on base. He makes better contact. He’s been convinced to use his speed more on the bases and now is among the leaders in stolen bases. He can play a decent enough third, a good short, is fast enough to cover center though he never looks totally comfortable out there and doesn’t really have that strong an arm. He’s the best defensive shortstop on the Marlins roster – but he’ll never be the starter with all that star power there.
I’m convinced – and I’m now a fan.