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Strasburg out indefinitely with inflamed shoulder

Stephen Strasburg has come face-to-face with the first snag in his major league career.

He was warming up at Nationals Park for a start against the Atlanta Braves,and after a six pitches, Washington pitching coach Steve McCatty  noticed he could not get loose. Strasburg told McCatty that he felt stiff.

Stephen Strasburg (mlb)

McCatty told general manager Mike Rizzo immediately and he was scratched from the lineup.

Strasburg was checked out by a team doctor and sent out for an MRI and X-ray exam. Mike Rizzo said the tests showed no structural problems and that the diagnosis is inflammation.

The 22-year-old Strasburg will be considered day-to-day.

In nine starts this season, Strasburg is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 15 walks in 54 1/3 innings.

The Nationals have been quite careful with their “Franchise Pitcher”. They’ve said all along that his season will end  when he reaches 160 innings whether it be in August or September. So far, including his stint in the minors, he has thrown 109 2/3 innings.

info compiled from staff, wire and Washington Nationals news

Tampa Bay Rays 6 Cleveland Indians 2; Price is 6-1 for Rays

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Tampa Bay Rays for the second time in three years, has Major League Baseball’s best record.

Now, their next challenge will come from the boys from the Bronx, the New York Yankees.

The American League East leaders will begin a two-game series Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, putting their 28-11 record on the line.

The Yankees are MLB’s second best team, and the defending world champions won two of three games the opening week of the season at Tampa’s Tropicana Field.

David Price Tampa Bay (mlb

Tuesday night, Evan Longoria drove in three runs and David Price became the American League’s first six-game  winner with a 6-2 victory over the Cleveland.

Price (6-1) won his fourth straight decision, lowering his ERA to 1.81 and improving to 9-1 over his last 12 starts dating to 2009.

The 24-year-old left hander, the first pick in the 2007 draft, held the Indians to an unearned run and four hits before turning the game over to the bullpen with a 5-1 lead.


* Cleveland shortstop Jason Donald went 2 for 3 with a walk and scored a run in his major league debut.

* David Price of the Rays improved to 11-3 at Tropicana and is 5-5 on the Road.

*  The Rays went 4-1 on their five-game homestand.

* Cleveland was 4-4 with series wins over Kansas City and Baltimore on an eight-game  trip.T

Reds nip Cardinals 4-3 in Gillette Civil Rights Game; half-game back


CINCINNATI, OHIO–Saturday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds was the fourth annual Civil Rights Game as part of the Civil Rights Weekend.

Major League Baseball founded the Gillette Civil Rights Game in 2007 as a platform to honor the pioneers of American culture who have affected change, and to examine baseball’s place in society, both historically and in the current moment.

The 2010 honorees included Hall of Famer Willie Mays, Women’s Tennis star Billie Jean King and Entertainer Harry Belafonte received the Beacon of Life, Beacon of Change and the Beacon of Hope Awards, respectively. Also being involved in the weekend were former Atlanta Mayor, United States congressman and ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young giving the keynote address at the Awards Luncheon. Also being recognized was Rachel Robinson, wife of Jackie Robinson; Hall of Famer Ernie Banks throwing out the first pitch and there was a special tribute to Lena Horne, who just passed away last week at age 92. Her video tribute brought a standing ovation from the crowd in Great American Ballpark.

Mike Leake Reds (ASU photo)

As for the game itself, the Cardinals were trying to win another game in this series against the 2nd place Reds in the NL Central Division. St. Louis won Friday night and they had Adam Wainwright, one of their Cy Award candidates pitching against Reds rookie Mike Leake.

The Cardinals have been in more meaningful games over the years than the Reds, so they know how to win these games and usually play without any pressure on their backs. It’s the other team that feels and plays with pressure.

St. Louis opened the scoring against the Reds phenom Mike Leake in second inning. David Freese doubled down the leftfield line; Yadier Molina tapped a slow roller to third moving Freese to third and Skip Schumaker hit a sacrifice fly to left center, 1-0 Cardinals.

The Reds have been resilient all season and they showed it by coming back twice in the game. The first comeback was in the bottom of the second, Jay Bruce doubled to right center; two slow infield groundouts to Cards’ third baseman David Freese moved Bruce to third and he scored on a base hit by Ramon Hernandez to left, 1-1 tie.

But the Cardinals always had an answer for whenever the Reds scored. In the top of the 3rd, Colby Rasmus who has been a thorn in the Reds side the last two seasons, hit a 411 foot homer to centerfield and it was 2-1 St. Louis. The third inning was probably Leake’s worst inning, giving up the homer and walking Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday back-to-back.

Drew Stubbs Reds (mlb)

The score stayed 2-1 St. Louis until the bottom of the fourth when Jonny Gomes hit a 2-2 curveball from Adam Wainwright, 433 feet into the upper deck in leftfield to tie the game at 2-2. The Reds hitters seemed to be right on Wainwright’s pitches. Eventhough he is one of the top 3-4 pitchers in the NL, Wainwright is only 2-2 lifetime against the Reds with a 4.46 ERA.

The Reds took control of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Scott Rolen doubled to the corner in left; Jonny Gomes was intentionally walked; Drew Stubbs, who is showing more patience at the plate batting seventh, tripled to rightcenter plating Rolen and Gomes to make it 4-2 and then it was up to the bullpen to hold off the Cardinals.

Arthur Rhodes and Nick Masset threw scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth and then would come the adventurous ninth with closer Francisco Cordero, who always seems to have a little suspense when he closes games. But let’s give him an out here. He hadn’t  pitched since Monday in Pittsburgh due to the success of the starting pitching staff. So he was a little rusty.

In the ninth inning, David Freese singled to center and moved up to second on a wild pitch; Yadier Molina grounded out to shortstop moving Freese to third and Skip Schumaker knocked him in with a base hit to center, cutting the lead down to 4-3 Reds.

Jon Jay pinch-hit for Jason Motte and struck out. Before we go any further, Reds manager Dusty Baker before the inning started inserted rookie Chris Heisey into left field to replace Jonny Gomes defensively. It would prove to be a wise decision.

Joe Mather doubled down into the left field corner and the ball did not come right to Heisey, it just laid on the warning track. He went to pick it up and relayed the ball to shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Cards third base coach Jose Oquendo was trying to stop Skip Schumaker from scoring from first base, but with the ball in front of him, Schumaker thought he could make it home and force 2 good throws from the Reds defense. Well the Reds defense did make to good throws. Cabrera took the relay throw and threw a one-hopper to catcher Ramon Hernandez to the left of the plate and all he had to do was dive into the baseline and tag out Schumaker at the plate for the final out. Home plate umpire Rob Drake was set up behind the plate to be in a good position to make the call and it was a good call as Hernandez put the tag down in the baseline and the runner was out. Reds win 4-3 and are a half-game out of first place in the NL Central.

The winning pitcher was Mike Leake (4-0), the losing pitcher Adam Wainwright (5-2). Francisco Cordero notched his 12th save out of 14 chances.

Mike Leake is the first Reds pitcher to begin his Major League career at 4-0 since 1976 when RHP Santo Alcala began 5-0 and RHP Pat Zachary went 4-0.

The sellout crowd of 41,326 was the second of the season, both against the Cardinals.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 942 Chris Heisey Reds LF On the ball getting stuck in the corner and not coming to him (

44 945 Drew Stubbs Reds CF Got to meet Willie Mays was an honor (

44 947 Drew Stubbs Reds Cf Being a part of Civil Rights Day in Cincinnati (

44 948 Drew Stubbs Reds CF He is getting more comfortable at the plate (

44 953 Mike Leake Reds Rookie Pitcher The Reds starters 6 of 7 quality starts in a week (

Minor League Baseball: Columbus Clippers and Dayton Dragons win

Info Courtesy of Columbus Clippers and Dayton Dragons

Josh Tomlin (MiLB)

Frank Herrmann (MiLB)

The Clippers road trip continues through the state of Pennsylvania as the hit parade rolled on Monday night at PNC Field as Columbus knocked out Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 10-2. The win was the 4th in five tries on the current trip.

The Clippers didn’t allow the fans in Scranton to get their seats warm before banging around spot-starter Amouri Senit for four runs in the top of the first inning. Carlos Santana plated Jason Donald with a single and scored on the first of three Shelley Duncan hits on the night. Wes Hodges followed with a 2-run homer to cap the inning.

Josh Tomlin, making his 4th start for Columbus allowed no runs to the Yankees through four innings before being touched up for a pair of runs in the 5th. He would finish the inning and make way for Frank Herrmann who continues to dominate the International League. Herrmann pitched two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.56 on the year. Jess Todd finished the Yankees off with two innings of no runs scored.

Kevin Coddington (MiLB)

Didi Gregorius singled to left field with two outs and the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Dayton Dragons a 4-3 win over the Ft. Wayne TinCaps on Monday at Fifth Third Field. The win improved the Dragons record to 14-17 on the year and improved their home record to 11-5. Fort Wayne fell to 15-16.

Dayton had 11 hits in the game with Didi Gregorius, Kevin Coddington, Shane Carlson, Frank Pfister, and Efrain Contreras all had two apiece.

Doug Salinas (2-1) tossed three scoreless of relief to earn the win. He did not allow a hit while walking two and striking out four.