Charlie Blackmon has the first six hit game in Rockies history since Andres Galarraga went 6 – 6 in 1995. [SI]
It started off a little rocky, but Masahiro Tanaka won his first start with the Yankees, going seven innings and fanning eight. [MLB]
Josh Beckett isn’t coming back as soon as he had hoped. While making a rehab start, Beckett left his game in the fifth inning after injuring himself while fielding a bunt. Beckett is trying to return from thoracic outlet syndrome, but was put on the DL prior to the Dodgers going to Australia. [MLB]
Houston leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler was hospitalized with a stomach virus and likely will not play on Saturday either. [MLB]
Miguel Cabrera got his 2000th career hit – and it was a homer. My take on it is that Cabrera, if he stays healthy and productive, could finish with around 3800 career hits before it’s over – the closest anyone may come to Pete Rose for the forseeable future… [FoxSports]
Jason Kipnis signed a six year extension with the Cleveland Indians, worth $52.5 million, and a seventh year option could extend the deal into 2020. The Indians have been locking down young talent, having recently signed deals with Michael Brantley and catcher Jan Gomes. [MLB]
They said I had to go to rehab…
Those extending spring training with minor league stints include Cody Ross, Michael Bourn, Matt Harrison, Stephen Pryor, Devin Mesoraco, Mat Latos, Boone Logan, Craig Breslow, Ryan Cook, Gordon Beckham, Jeremy Affeldt, Taijuan Walker, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Jonathan Broxton, and Mike Adams.
Matt Kemp returned to the Dodgers…
White Sox pitcher Nate Jones strained a muscle in his left hip.
Mets outfielder Chris Young has a right quad strain.
A’s SS Jake Elmore has a strained left quad…
That must have been some 4th of July Party…
Daniel Murphy and Brian Duensing return from the paternity list, while Rays LF Sean Rodriguez heads to the paternity list… Congratulations!!!
Belated Birthday wishes…
Those celebrating with cake, cards, or remembrances on 4/4 included:
(1888) Tris Speaker
(1897) Lefty (Ray) Miner
(1916) Mickey Owen
(1924) Gil Hodges
(1941) Eddie Watt
(1942) Jim Fregosi
(1943) Mike Epstein
(1947) Ray Fosse
(1956) Tom Herr
(1975) Scott Rolen
(1987) Cameron Maybin
(1991) Martin Perez
(1876) Big Bill Dinneen – good pitcher, good bowler, decent enough umpire…
(1907) Sugar Cain
(1938) Ron Hansen – back when shortstops could field and usually couldn’t hit – and Ron was one of those guys…
(1951) Rennie Stennett – second sacker of those great 1970s Pirates teams.
(1985) Lastings Millege – one assumes he’s no longer a prospect… He hasn’t had a major league hit since 2011.
(1974) Fred Snodgrass
Fred Snodgrass is most famous for his dropping a fly ball in the 10th inning of a game in the 1912 World Series that contributed to the Red Sox coming back and beating the Giants. What is forgotten about that play is that immediately after the drop, Snodgrass was forced to play shallow with a runner at second. When Harry Hooper launched a fly to deep right center, Snodgrass ran like the wind to haul it in – and then rifled a throw back toward second that very nearly doubled off that runner. The Giants missed a shot at getting Tris Speaker out on a foul pop, which gave Speaker a chance to drive in the tying run.
When Snodgrass returned to his native California after his playing days, we would become a banker and major of Oxnard, CA.
Snodgrass is one of about two dozen players who were interviewed for Ritter’s “The Glory of Their Times” – and his story is a fascinating read.
Transactions and Events:
(1972) The Mets get Rusty Staub from the Expos for Ken Singlton, Tim Foli, and Mike Jorgensen.
(1977) The Yankees acquire Bucky Dent from the White Sox for Oscar Gamble, LaMarr Hoyt, Bob Polinsky, and cash.