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Monday, March 23, 2009

Pickoff Moves

Dodgers Cut Shawn Estes

A relief, because it's almost certain he's got nothing left. Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger was reassigned to AAA along the way as well.

Angels Hit Out Of Their Minds: Angels 18, Royals 12

Brisk easterly winds greeted us on our way back home, but I had no idea it would have this much effect on the Angels' game yesterday; Matt Brown went 6-for-6 with a pair of solo homers. Robb Quinlan, Mike Napoli, Jeff Mathis, and Juan Rivera all homered, too; Mathis went 3-for-3 before getting pulled.

The Royals apparently joined in the fun, with both sides recording 15 homers between them. John Lackey gave up four by himself but wasn't concerned because of the wind conditions.

Asked if he feels he's ready for Opening Day -- still 15 days away -- Lackey said, "I don't know if I'm ready physically. I'm ready mentally, I guess."
The game would have set a major league record for most homers in a single game if it had been in the regular season; previously, that stood at 12 for a July 2, 2002 contest between the White Sox and Tigers (the Tigers lost, 17-9), and a May 28, 1995 game, also between the White Sox and Tigers, which the Tigers lost 14-12.

MLB.com recapBox

Curt Schilling Retires

Former Red Sox and Diamondbacks pitcher Curt Schilling has announced his retirement. More on this at 38 Pitches, that is, assuming you can get over the fact that it's being Slashdotted as I write this.

Andruw Jones To Stay A Ranger, For Now

It appears that Andruw Jones will not exercise his right to become a free agent and will remain with the Rangers, this despite the fact that the team will not add him to the 40-man roster. His primary competition for the job is Frank Cattalanotto, whom the Rangers owe $4M to this year; the Rangers have been unable to trade Cattalanotto, despite being willing to take on 80% of his salary.

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Shawn Estes has decided to stay with the Dodgers to make the team as a LOOGY.


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