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Monday, May 09, 2005

Pickoff Moves

David Pinto: What's Wrong With The AL?

For one thing, the Dodgers are outscoring the Yankees. The result is that the AL and NL are scoring the same number of runs per game, to within a tenth of a run; part of the problem is that the DH position collectively is hitting .261/.326/.405.

Rockies 8, Florida 3

Will the Rocks be the worst team in the majors this year? At 7-21 so far, and 2-15 on the road (this was their second road win all year), the early indicators are that this team and the Devil Rays or Royals will get the first draft pick in 2006. Al Leiter (1-3, 6.67 ERA) took the loss for the 17-11 Marlins, who have inexplicably settled in just behind -- no, not again! -- the 20-11 Braves.

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Dodgers Call Up Oscar Robles, DFA Nakamura

The Dodgers called up Oscar Robles from Mexico City, according to the AP. Norihiro Nakamura was designated for assignment to make room for him. The Times story quotes him saying
"If they told me to go to the minors and get at-bats and come back to the Dodgers, I would feel better, but they didn't say that," a distraught Nakamura told a Japanese reporter.
That is, if he clears waivers. More from Japan Today:
"I felt like I'm not needed by the team," Nakamura said. "I'll go back to Los Angeles and talk to my agent and family before I decide what to do."

Correction On Bonds Investigation

Now MLB claims it isn't investigating Barry Bonds, but just keeping a watch on the federal investigation. Whatever.

Padres Pitcher Pasted, Put On DL

Padres starter Tim Redding got shelled for eight runs in two-thirds of an inning, after which the Pads put him on the 15-day DL for a strained rotator cuff. The Padres' number five starter was 0-5 with an 8.76 ERA before being disabled. The Pads had won all three previous games against the Cardinals.

Cubs In Desperation Mode, Sign Oliver

Let this be a lesson to Hendry: fix your bullpen problems before the season, not during.
Oliver went 1-0 with a 6.38 ERA in four starts with the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate in Tucson. The Diamondbacks signed Oliver to a minor-league deal on April 16 after he was released in spring training by the Colorado Rockies. He left Tucson on May 2 and hinted to reporters he might retire.
Was Kerry Wood's appearance on the DL not predictable?

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