If I have to type "Bloomquist" one more time, I'm gonna kick my own self in the face.
• My dumb friend has Jonathon Niese in this one fantasy league we're both in. My dumb friend probably didn't even know that Niese was gonna get 8 K against 0 BB in 7.0 IP tonight. My friend is so dumb.
• Someone of a very similar build – and with almost an idential face – to Ross Ohlendorf pitched for the Pirates tonight. I know it wasn't Ohlendorf, though, because this guy was nasty: 7.0 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 0 ER. More on this story as it develops.
• His ERA (2.10) is certainly luck-driven, but Jaime Garcia rolled again tonight: 7.0 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, and 63 ground balls. Hmm. On second thought, that last number looks kinda big.
• Mat Latos is sweet as candy: 8.0, 7 K, 0 BB tonight. In 105 pitches or something.
• Jose Lopez looks hungry at the plate. Hungry for a cheeseburger, I mean. (Although, I should note: he DID draw a walk for the third consecutive game.)
• Despite his poor start tonight (6.0 IP, 4 K, 4 BB in 30 BF), you probably don't have to worry about Tim Lincecum. You probably DO have to worry about everyone freaking over it.
• Juan Pierre (30), Alexis Rios (22), Andrew McCutchen (20), Angel Pagan (15), Chris Young (14), Chris Coghlan (9), Derek Jeter (9), Ian Kinsler (8), Torii Hunter (7), Kelly Johnson (7), Fred Lewis (6), Willie Bloomquist (5), Mark Reynolds (5), Martin Prado (4), Wilson Valdez (3), Garret Anderson (2), Kevin Frandsen (2), DeWayne Wise (2), Jonny Gomes (2), Nick Swisher (1).
• Francisco Rodriguez, converted (19). He gave up 2 H in 0.1 IP, but you're not gonna hear his owners complaining. K-Rod actually has a 11.38 K/9 at the moment – his best mark since 2007. I hadn't known that till like 30 seconds ago.
• Octavio Dotel, converted (18). Question: is he the eighth child in his family, or is it just a clever name?
• Andrew Bailey, converted (16). Entering today: 1.69 ERA, 4.15 xFIP. Hmmm.
• Jonathan Papelbon, converted (19). K: 2. IP: 1.0
• Leo Nunez, blown. In the same game as Wagner, actually. Except, in Nunez' case, he came in with his team up 3-2 in the bottom of the 11th. First, he walked Brian McCann. Then Troy Glaus doubled. Then Omar Infante singled. Ballgame.
• Huston Street, converted (2).
• Joakim Soria, converted (21). Whaddaya expect?!?
• Heath Bell, converted (22). Just another day in the Penitentiary.
• Kevin Gregg finished off the Jays' 6-1, 11-inning victory over the Yankers with an uneventful inning.
• THE Mariano Rivera pitched the 9th inning in the same game as Gregg did. He got a couple ground outs and also a K.
• Jon Rauch, converted (18). He got two quick outs, then the Rays almost scored, but then the Rays didn't score.
• Washington's Joel Peralta looked surprisingly impressive in three innings of relief work against the Mets, getting 8 whiffs on 38 pitches. That's actually kinda amazing.
• Tyler Colvin batted leadoff today – for the fourth time all season, but also the second day in a row.
• Andy LaRoche made his fourth start this season at second base.
• Shane Victorino was 1 of 17 Phillies not to play this evening. The difference is that Victorino's day off was just for rest.
• Jayson Nix started at second base for the Indians today, as he's been doing for the last week or so. He was 2-for-3. With the turnover that Cleveland's had in its infield, ANY player who steps up could play his way into time pretty quickly.
• Tampa catcher Kelly Schoppach started against a righty today, which indicates he's not in a strict platoon with John Jaso.
The Young and Potentially Restless
• In his third-ever major league appearance, Brian Schlitter of the Chicago Cubs conceded 5 ER in 0.1 IP, walking 3 batters and a allowing 2 H. On the plus side, his last name sounds like a cuss word.
• Baltimore prospect Josh Bell played in his second-ever major league game tonight, going 1-for-4 as the team's DH.