News & Notes
- The Braves became the first team since the 1930 Yankees to score 10 or more runs in five straight games. Do not count them out of the wild card race just yet.
- The Braves’ Jorge Sosa and the Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano are the first pair of pitchers with three or more homers since 1984.
- When Jason Schmidt allowed Rickie Weeks’ fifth-inning RBI single Monday, it marked the first time this season that the right-hander had yielded a hit with a runner in scoring position. Until then, opponents were hitless in 42 at-bats against Schmidt in those instances.
- Cadillac Williams on the Auburn directed-study mini-scandal: “Auburn’s a great school as far as academics and athletics … once everything unfolds, they’ll know that Auburn didn’t do nothing wrong and I haven’t did nothing wrong.”
- Jose Canseco, using his patented knuckleball, retired only one batter Tuesday while giving up four runs in the first All-Star game in the independent Golden Baseball League. Before his struggles on the mound, Canseco wowed the crowd with some titanic drives to win the home run derby. “I’m going to take these guys out and get them drunk,” motioning toward his teammates on the South team. “I’m going to buy about 400 gallons of beer.”
- Chad Cordero has fewer saves this season (14) than he did in June alone in 2005 (15).
- Braves manager Bobby Cox is but eight ejections away from breaking John McGraw’s record for lifetime ejections. McGraw was ejected 131 times.
- Milwaukee’s Tony Gwynn Jr. collected his first big league hit with a ninth-inning double Wednesday — exactly 24 years to the day after Gwynn’s famous father recorded his first hit.
- Buck O’Neil, at 94, became the oldest player to bat in a professional game Wednesday.
- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been named in a New Jersey divorce case as “the other man.” It has to be the hoody.
- Toronto manager John Gibbons challenged Shea Hillenbrand to a fight during a team meeting before the Blue Jays designated Hillenbrand for assignment Wednesday.
- It’s probably too late, but make sure Fausto Carmona isn’t still available in your league. Not only is he the new Indians closer, but there’s also a good chance he’s going to be quite effective in his new role.
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