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Purpose pitches

Posted at 9:39 AM on May 17, 2006 by Ben Tesch (3 Comments)

The talk of the town today is Barry Bonds' at-bat versus Astros reliever Russ Springer, which was basically a gradual beaning. Springer was tossed and given a standing ovation by the crowd. The one side, of course, says they're just pitching inside because he previously raked a couple outside pitches. Pitching several in a row right at or near the batter, right after you got warned from your first pitch that went a foot behind the batter isn't exactly the least obvious way of "just pitching inside". Any thoughts on this Bonds carnival?

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Early season Splendid Splinters....

Posted at 12:29 PM on May 17, 2006 by David Zingler

Itís May 17 and baseballís best hitters are Indians OF Casey Blake in the AL and Braves catcher Brian McCann in the NL. A career .263 hitter, Blake is currently hitting a Tony Gwynn-like .366, but will he even be above .300 at seasonís end? The 22-year-old McCann meanwhile, is batting at a .349 clip. Where will this highly touted, but unproven prospect level off at?

Iíll put Blake at .277 and McCann at .292 when the seasonís final gun sounds, but for now Iíll just enjoy baseballís early season quirkiness.

Lohse gets Boofed....

Posted at 4:51 PM on May 17, 2006 by David Zingler (3 Comments)

In their second bold move of the week, the Twins have sent the enigmatic Kyle Lohse to Triple A Rochester and called up right-hander Boof Bonser, who will make his major league debut on Sunday. Bonser was acquirred with Francisco Liriano and Joe Nathan as part of the A.J. Pierzynski trade back in late 2003.

Any favorite Kyle Lohse memories??

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