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Alfonso Soriano remains hot at the plate since trade to Yankees

When Alfonso Soriano was with the Chicago Cubs, everybody felt that he was not living up to his potential. But he was happy playing in the Windy City.

Playing on a losing team, even the top players sometimes can’t play up to their own standards more less those of fans and the media.

Alfonso Soriano (courtesy

Since his return to the New York Yankees in a trade recently, he has eight home runs with 26 RBI’s, 18 in his past four games with 13 hits and has won several games with his bat.

Soriano always said he liked playing for the Yankees and never wanted to be traded to Texas in 2004 by New York.

Friday night in a 10-3 waxing of the Boston Red Sox, Soriano collected four RBI’s as the Yankees won for the fifth time in six games.


Reds get scare with Latos injured calf; listed day-to-day


Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos left his game vs. the Cubs on Tuesday after he strained his left calf. Latos is expected to be day-to-day.

There were two outs in the fifth inning when Latos slipped on the mound landing as he made a first-pitch delivery for a ball to Alfonso Soriano. After the right-hander showed some discomfort, manager Dusty Baker removed him from the game.

Mat Latos (photo by Jason Wise courtesy of


Latos was supposed to work six innings, he exited the game with this linescore: three runs (two earned) allowed on four hits over 4 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Latos has had a great spring for the Reds. In five starts, he  has a 2.41 ERA, with three walks and 11 strikeouts over 18 2/3 innings.

Reports from the game on Tuesday was that  Latos and Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza dug different holes on the front of the mound and the pitchers have their own landing spots in different areas and that Latos landed in Garza’s area.


Info compiled from Radio, TV reports & Cincinnati Reds news

“Sweet Lou” Piniella will retire after the season

compiled from staff, wire and Chicago Cubs news

The  Chicago Cubs thought when they hired Lou Piniella as their manager, that the team would be able to erase all those years without a championship and win a few. That hasn’t happened and Lou Piniella told the media that he is tired of chasing titles and will retire at the end of the 2010 season.

Lou Piniella Cubs manager (mlb)

The Cubs have been one of baseball’s disappointing teams with such stars as Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Zambrano and Derrick Lee having off-seasons. They team has spent most of the year behind Cincinnati, St. Louis and Milwaukee in the NL Central Division.

The Cubs hired Piniella after the 2006 season and they won the NL Central in 2007 and 2008 but never advanced to the World Series.

The 66-year-old fiery manager, has made five trips to the World Series in his career and has three championship rings. His career record is 1,827-1691 overall and he is 308-271 with the Cubs. He trails only Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre in victories among active managers.

He also has managed the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Reds rally to beat Cubs; Rookie pitcher Leake pitches into 7th

Cincinnati, Ohio–Righthanded pitcher Mike Leake became the 21st player since the draft began in 1965 to play in the majors without appearing in a minor league game and first since Xavier Nady with the San Diego Padres in 2000. He also became the first American pitcher to accomplish the feat since Darren Dreifort with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994.

He had a wild major league debut, trailed 1-0 but his team rallied to tie the game and then eventually won it, 3-1.

Leake worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first. He struggled with his control but collected two hits at the plate.

Reds' Mike Leake (Arizona State photo)

Reds Manager Dusty Baker was very impressed with Leake’s composure after the Cubs loaded the bases in the first. The former Arizona State star got Aramis Ramirez to pop up, struck out Marlon Byrd and retired Alfonso Soriano on a flyout to end the threat.

The 22-year-old had those seven walks but allowed just one run and four hits over 6 2-3 innings.

Leake, selected eighth overall, also is the first player from the 2009 draft to make his major league debut.

Chicago lefthanded pitcher Tom Gorzelanny was very sharp in his first start of the season. He struck out seven in 6 1-3 innings, allowing an unearned run and four hits. Leftfielder Alfonso Soriano’s error helped the Reds tie it at 1-1 in the seventh. With runners on first and second and one out, Soriano dropped Jonny Gomes’ fly ball into the leftfield corner. That loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo, whose sharp one-hopper bounced off reliever Sean Marshall for the tying infield single.

Cincinnati loaded the bases in the eighth inning on two singles and a walk against John Grabow (0-2), and Esmailin Caridad walked Ramon Hernandez to force in the go-ahead run. Jonny Gomes followed with a sacrifice fly.

Setup man Nick Masset (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Reds’ closer Francisco Cordero finished for his second save in two opportunities.

The Cubs have struggled since the season began on offense. Sunday they left 11 runners on base.


* Mike Leake lined a single to center field with one out in the third inning for the Reds first hit and started the sixth with a soft liner down the right field line. He is the first Reds pitcher to get two hits in his major league debut since Benny Frey on September 18, 1929 against Philadelphia.

* Mike Leake’s game cap was headed for the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

* The last Reds pitcher to get a hit in his first major league at-bat was Matt Maloney, who singled off Chicago’s Ryan Dempster last June 6, 2009 in Cincinnati.

National League roundup: Cubs rally; Phillies keep Astros winless

compiled by the staff


Carlos Zambrano Cubs (mlb)

Carlos Zambrano recovered from his awful opening day start by pitching seven solid innings, and pinch-hitter Jeff Baker hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning for the Chicago Cubs in Cincinnati.

Zambrano (1-1) managed only four outs during the Cubs’ 16-5 blasting in Atlanta. He held the Reds to six hits, including Brandon Phillips homer and struck out nine.

Baker hit his solo shot off left-hander Arthur Rhodes (0-1),  Chicago’s third homer of the game. Kosuke Fukudome and Alfonso Soriano also connected off Aaron Harang.


* The 2009 Reds Awards:

Brandon Phillips-Most Valuable Player

Bronson Arroyo-Most Outstanding Pitcher

Bronson Arroyo-Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award

Chris Heisley-Minor League Player of the Year

Todd Frazier-Reds number 1 Prospect


Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth drove in three runs apiece, and Philadelphia sent winless Houston to its worst start in 27 years at 0-5. The game was played in Houston.

The Phillies finished with 11 hits and have reached double digits in their first five games for the first time since 1926. Philadelphia leads the majors with 41 runs.

Ryan Howard Phiilies (mlb)

Jamie Moyer, major league baseball’s oldest player at 47, became the sixth-oldest pitcher to appear in a game and the eighth to start one in four decades. He allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings.

Jason Michaels and Hunter Pence homered off Moyer for the Astros, who are 0-5 for the first time since the 1983 team lost its first nine games.

Moyer left with the Phillies trailing 5-4, but they regained the lead in the seventh on Howard’s two-run shot off Brandon Lyon (0-1).