Now its a mighty long way down the dusty trail
And the sun burns hot on the cold steel rails
And I look like a bum and I crawl like a snail
Yesterday, Kerry Wood pitched six very strong innings, striking out 9 and allowing just one run in his first game since April. Very encouraging news for the Cubs. Former closer Joe Borowski was Designated For Assignment to make room for Wood.
Long-time Jays farmhand Glenn Williams, the Australian-born third baseman who hit 23 HRs for Syracuse last year, finally got his first taste of major league action this month. He hit safely in his first 13 games, batting .425, and appeared to seize the 3B job away from Michael Cuddyer, but he dislocated a shoulder on Tuesday and will miss at last six weeks. He has gone on the 15-day DL and another former Jays farmhand, Brent Abernathy will be activated on Friday.
Byung-Hyung Kim drilled Craig Biggio in last night's game. It was the 268th time Biggio has been hit by a pitch; he moves past Don Baylor into 3rd place on the all time list, behind Tommy Tucker (272) and Hugh Jennings (287).
And in Boston, Terry Francona sent Mike Timlin out to get the save in the 9th inning: just his 4th save in his three years with Boston. Keith Foulke and Timlin had both worked the night before, and tonight Francona chose the guy with the 1.64 ERA instead of the guy with the 6.03 ERA. Question of the Day? Will this continue? Does it matter? Do we even care?
It's a light schedule today.
Chicago (Garcia 7-3, 3.58) at Detroit (Maroth 5-8, 4.09) 1:05
Los Angeles (Santana 2-2, 4.71) at Texas (Young 7-4, 3.21) 2:05
Seattle (Meche 8-4, 4.79) at Oakland (Haren 6-7, 3.89) 3:35
Cleveland (Westbrook 5-9, 4.52) at Baltimore (Chen 6-5, 3.54) 7:05
Pittsburgh (Wells 5-7, 4.36) at Washington (Hernandez 11-2, 3.32) 1:05
Philadelphia (Lieber 8-7, 4.93) at New York (Martinez 8-2, 2.72) 1:10
Milwaukee (Capuano 7-6, 3.22) at Chicago (Maddux 7-4, 4.56) 2:20
Atlanta (Colon 0-3, 6.38) at Florida (Olsen 1-0, 6.59) 7:05
Houston (Backe 6-6, 5.31) at Cincinnati (Milton 3-9, 7.70) 7:10
Colorado (Francis 6-5, 5.36) at St.Louis (Suppan 7-6, 4.14) 8:10
San Francisco (Lowry 4-7, 5.25) at Arizona (Estes 6-5, 3.75) 9:40