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Just some general observations, news, etc. on this Sunday, related to our local baseball players.
The biggest news is another local product reaching the big leagues. Today the Cubs promoted former Miramonte HS and Cal star Brett Jackson. He started today in centerfield for the Cubs against the Dodgers, hitting in the two-hole. Jackson burst onto the recruiting scene after his sophomore year at the very first Bay Area World Series back in 2004.
UPDATE: Jackson grounded out to 1st base in his first at-bat (hough umps ALL missed the very obvious fact that the ball went off Jackson's shin then foot first), he walked then was forced at 2nd base, and in his third at-bat he stroked a clean single into right field for his first MLB knock!
For those who follow the Little League World Series, the Bay Area has a team that has a chance to advance to Williamsport. Petaluma National has advanced in the Western regional down in San Bernardino. So far Petaluma National is 2-0, with wins over Hawaii and Arizona. They will play Southern California on Monday, followed by Nevada on Tuesday. The top four seeds advance to the regional semi-finals, which start on Friday.
In other news, the Nationals/Marlins game on Sunday had some news and notes of local interest. Former Stanford closer Drew Storen got the save in the 4-1 Nationals win, it was his first save of the season after he missed most of the season due to having some bone chips removed from his right elbow. The Nationals main closer this year has been Tyler Clippard but he had pitched the last three days so Storen got his shot and at some point I think the Nationals want to get him back in the role as their primary closer. He did save 43 games last year.
Also in that game, former USF (and North Valleys HS in Reno) star Scott Cousins went 2-4, including a double of Nationals' starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg. As the Marlins have held somewhat of a firesale, Cousins figures to get a pretty significant amount of playing time.
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So pretty much out of nowhere yesterday, the Cubs decided to promote Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters. In a lost season, where getting the #1 draft pick is more important than winning 70 games, I'm all for going with the youth movement. Now when the Cubs were keeping Rizzo in the minors to delay his shot at free agency, TheJedi were spouting that they like their prospects to get...
The Cubs dealt away another veteran player on Sunday, sending utility man Jeff Baker to the Tigers for two players to be named.
Baker has played mostly first base, second base and right field this year, batting .269 with a .753 OPS, four home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games. The 31-year-old is a career .304 hitter against left-handed pitchers. — Andrew Simon
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The total makeover of the Chicago Cubs continued Sunday. After much speculation and anticipation, the Cubs selected the contract of center fielder Brett Jackson from Iowa and recalled third baseman Josh Vitters from the Class AAA club. They also traded infielder/outfielder Jeff Baker to the Tigers for two players to be named. Outfielder Tony Campana was optioned to Iowa. Jackson...
There isn't anyone left in Iowa to write about so lets just say Casey Coleman had a good start. Also, Esmalin Caridad should be back up in the pen. He has been very tough this year.
Trey McNutt struck out 3 and allowed 1 ER in 3 IP. I thought they would keep this guy in 1 inning situations to see how he responded to that role but if anything it seems he is getting...
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Ouch.Joe Mather had a rotten night with the glove.I mean - plenty of effort, right?But all Mather will remember is Matt Kemp saying he "had a little help" with his game-winning home run that bounced off Mather's glove like a mini-trampoline and then went over the fence.Later, Mather would make another grand effort, diving at a line drive (can't...
Drew Storen made his first appearance of 2012 for the Washington Nationals on July 19. But Storen really, really returned on Sunday, recording his first save of 2012 (video here):
"It was a lot of fun, especially pitching for a first-place team in that situation. Doesn’t get much better than that." (Drew Storen, via Washington Post, 8/5/2012)
Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will be shut down ''indefinitely,'' general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday.
Garza hasn't pitched since he felt stiffness in his right elbow in a July 21 start at St. Louis. An MRI of his elbow showed some irritation at the tip of a bone in what is being characterized a '&...
Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, two of the Cubs' top prospects, made their Major League debuts on Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Chicago Cubs' starting rotation suffered another body blow Monday when the team announced that right-hander Matt Garza will be out indefinitely with what's described as "stress reaction" in the back of his pitching elbow. Garza has not pitched since July 21. He left his start that day with what the Cubs said was cramping in his right triceps. It's very...
The Chicago Cubs have traded infielder Jeff Baker to the Detroit Tigers for two players to be named later according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.
Baker, 31, hit .269/.306/.448 with 4 HR's, 20 RBI's and a 102 OPS+ in 144 plate appearances for the Chicago Cubs in 2012.
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Starlin Castro has established himself at the big league level and he's going to get better. How much so? Who really knows, but even if he never got any better, he's still an above average shortstop currently making league minimum.
Anthony Rizzo hasn't established himself as Castro has, but he's more than shown in his first couple months with the Cubs that he belongs...
The Detroit Tigers traded for utilityman Jeff Baker on Sunday, sending a pair of minor-leaguers to be named later to the Chicago Cubs Continue reading →
Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson were called up on Sunday. Here’s what I just said on Friday when I told you to pick Vitters up, “(He) comes with high expectations simply because Cubs fans are like a 104-year-old virgin who would just love to touch the playoffs’ boobies. He has solid power and this year he’s finally taking a free pass (not dramatically, but he’s been...
A quick look around the league for waiver-wire targets coming out of the weekend.
Drew Storen, RP, WAS - Making his seventh consecutive scoreless appearance, Storen earned the save against the Marlins on Sunday while Tyler Clippard was unavailable after pitching on three straight days. Nationals manager Davey Johnson indicated that Storen is done with the ?in-season rehab? that...