Huston Street doesn’t have a nameplate above his locker yet, but he does have his first save as an Angel.
It was a Wacky Wednesday around the Majors. From mascot mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to cracker “home plate” delivery, it was quite an eventful day.
When the rain started pouring with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, it came down much more abruptly and faster than anyone anticipated.
David Phelps hurled five strong innings and Brett Gardner homered as the Yankees defeated the Rangers, 2-1, in a rain-shortened game on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Ervin Santana that the Braves went over budget to sign to a one-year, $14.1 million deal showed up at Turner Field on Wednesday night. He stifled the Marlins, giving up only one run and striking out 10 in 7 1/3 innings.
Two new acquisitions propelled the Padres to an 8-3 win over the Cubs on a chilly Wednesday night in front of 30,718 at Wrigley Field. Yangervis Solarte and Jeff Francoeur, who each woke up in different time zones on Tuesday, reached base five times in a combined eight at-bats with three hits, two walks, three runs scored and two RBIs.
As his struggles worsen, the Phillies have had internal discussions about releasing one-time star first baseman Ryan Howard after the season, reports Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Howard is owed the rest of his $25MM salary this season and comes with $60MM in future guarantees. It does not appear that the club has reached any finality in regards to Howard’s future. The possibility of a trade has been explored, but Philadelphia has not found another club interested in taking on any substantial part of Howard’s contract. That is not surprising, of course, given that the 34-year-old is slashing a career-low .224/.305/.377 through 417 plate appearances on the year. Now, with Howard’s decline becoming more pronounced, Philadelphia appears set to give more playing time to younger first base option Darin Ruf, who was recalled today. Manager Ryne Sandberg did not call it a platoon situation, but suggested as much. “As far as the lineup, that will be a day-to-day thing,” he said. “I think it’s important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward,” the skipper added
Jake Peavy is trying not to let all the trade talk affect his performance on the mound, but the Red Sox right-hander is aware his name is frequently mentioned as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.
Ken Griffey Jr. certainly has seen his share of imposing sluggers. But the big league legend has never witnessed anything quite like Marlins All-Star Giancarlo Stanton. One of the greats of his era, Griffey spent quality time with Stanton at Turner Field on Wednesday.