Chris Jaffe: Anniversaries
- 1869 It’s the first openly professional baseball game in history. The Cincinnati Redlegs beat the Cincinnati Amateurs (that’s really their name), 24-15. As the team name of the loser implies, only one team consisted of professionals.
- 1892 The National League hosts its first-ever Sunday games. They've violated the Sabbath ever since.
- 1923 The Cardinals wear uniform numbers for the first time in a regular-season game. They lose, 3-2 to Cincinnati.
- 1951 It’s a first in major league baseball, an Opening Day night game. The Senators top the A’s, 6-1.
- 1953 Mickey Mantle hits maybe his most famous home run, a towering shot off Chuck Stobbs at Griffith Stadium estimated to have traveled 565 feet.
- 1974 Badly hung over Cubs backup catcher George Mitterwald has the game of his life, hitting three homers and a double while driving in eight.
- 1974 Cleveland’s Gaylord Perry becomes the last pitcher to throw 15 innings in a game. Unfortunately for him, he gets a no-decision as the Indian bullpen loses it in the 16th, 5-4, to Milwaukee.
- 1976 It’s one of the wildest games in the history of Wrigley Field, or any field. The Cubs blow an 11-run lead, and the Phillies come back to win, 18-16, in 10 innings. Mike Schmidt is Philadelphia’s engine, hitting four homers and a single while driving in eight runs.
- 1977 When the Diamondvision at Atlanta shows a close play at the plate that indicates the umpires blew the call, the officials leave the field in protest of the scoreboard. They return only after Atlanta agrees not to show replays on close plays on the scoreboard again.
- 1982 Rickey Henderson steals his 200th base. He’s been in the majors fewer than three seasons (and one of those was strike-shortened).
- 1988 Barry Larkin hits the only inside-the-park home run that Nolan Ryan ever surrenders.
- 1994 Cory Snyder belts three homers in a game. It’s the second time he’s done that.
- 1996 Kirby Puckett goes to the hospital for an eye problem he suddenly developed on March 28. It turns out his career is suddenly over.
- 2001 Barry Bonds belts his 500th career home run.
- 2001 Ichiro Suzuki, still in his first month in North America, is caught stealing twice in one game. It hasn’t happened to him since then.
- 2006 Pedro Martinez becomes only the fourth pitcher since 1920 to record 200 wins before losing 100 games when he earns the victory today. Lefty Grove, Whitey Ford and Juan Marichal also did it. Martinez’s record at the moment: 200-84.
- 2008 Colorado tops the Padres, 2-1, in 22 innings in what’s the only known game where both teams throw more than 320 pitches (337 for San Diego, 321 for Colorado).
- 2012 Jamie Moyer, at age 49 years and 150 days, becomes the oldest pitcher to ever record a win when he get the decision for Colorado over San Diego.
Head-to-Head Risers and FallersRoss Detwiler Bronson Arroyo -- Both hurlers will get the Marlins in the coming days. It's pretty self explanatory at this point, but the Marlins are bad. And they haven't been bad because of their pitching so much as the 23 runs they've scored in 13 games. And Giancarlo Stanton is banged up and hasn't been playing. Do you need more to go on than that? Probably not. Stream stream stream.
Anyone from the Mariners -- Regardless of whether it's Kendrys Morales, Franklin Gutierrez, or even Michael Morse when he returns to the lineup... find an alternative for a few games. Seattle is set to run through a buzzsaw that features Doug Fister, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish over its next four games. Exercise your bench players or look to someone like.
Justin Maxwell: Roto GraphsAfter hitting .277/.345/.419 with 11 home runs and 20 steals in the first half of last year, Jason Kipnis fell off a cliff and hit .233/.322/.328 with three homers and 11 steals in the second half. He was reportedly playing with neck pain throughout the second half, and he's been sidelined with an elbow injury this year, which could help explain his slow start. Kipnis is hitting just .125/.171/.219 with no home runs and no steals, and his contact rates have been atrocious. On pitches outside of the zone, his contact rate is 36.8-percent. His swinging strike rate is 13.2-percent. I still believe Kipnis will turn the page eventually, but until he does, he should be nowhere near your starting lineup.
ValverdeArms and legs now repaired, he’s healthy, and so it should come as no surprise that he’s producing. So far this season, Justin Maxwell has turned more than a third of his 15 hits into extra bases and has subsequently been driven in eight times. He began the season hitting in the middle of the order, which I think would have been fine, but hitting second the way he has over the last week will give him a better shot of being driven in as well as a few extra stolen base opportunities. The trade off here is, of course, that he’ll drive in fewer runs from this slot than he would hitting lower in the order, but the move seems like a net positive for his value. ZiPS has him hitting 15 home runs and stealing 11 bases, both of which seem on the low side of correct to me, especially on the home runs. The caveat here is that ZiPS is also projecting Maxwell to play in just 119 games. If he plays more, and I suspect he will, he should easily pass that projection.
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said that the opt out clause in Valverde's deal can be exercised on May 8. The original date was May 5, as originally reported, but it was moved back due to delays in getting Valverde to extended spring training. The team appears to be in no rush to decide whether to elevate Valverde to the big league club.
News that interests me, and possibly you, but mostly me.
- Chase Headley (thumb) is scheduled to return from the disabled list on Wednesday
- Jason Marquis limited the Dodgers to one run and three hits in 7 2/3 innings to earn his first win of the season.
- Homer Bailey struck out 10 batters over eight scoreless innings on Tuesday night against the Phillies. The game was suspended by rain in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied at 0-0, so Bailey will take a no-decision no matter what happens when the action resumes on Wednesday
- J.P. Arencibia went 2-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season Tuesday.
- Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 with four RBI in the Giants' loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.
- Justin Upton hit his eighth home run of the season on Tuesday night against the Royals.
- Kris Medlen allowed two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings as the Braves beat the Royals on Tuesday.
- Matt Kemp went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before being removed from Tuesday's rout. After 14 games, Kemp has 10 hits, no homers and 17 strikeouts. Even Jason Marquis was making him look bad tonight.
- Ryan Braun went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the Brewers' win over the Giants
- Bobby Parnell blew his first save of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.
- Twins placed OF Darin Mastroianni on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle injury.
- Don Mattingly said the team is satisfied with Justin Sellers at shortstop and is not considering calling up Dee Gordon.
- Danny Espinosa (wrist) isn't expected back in the lineup until Friday.
- Jose Bautista is also dealing with an inner ear infection in addition to his back spasms.
- Joe Girardi said Tuesday that a May 1 return for Derek Jeter (ankle) is very unlikely
- Ryan Madson will throw to hitters Friday. Scioscia said Madson's role is still to be determined.
- Dillon Gee lost to the Rockies on Tuesday after allowing five runs in 4 2/3 innings.
- Ubaldo Jimenez was lit up for seven runs on two hits and five walks over just 1 2/3 innings in Tuesday night's loss to the Red Sox
- Barry Zito allowed nine runs in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday
Astros (4-10) @ Athletics (11-4), 3:35 pm
HOU: Bud Norris (28, RHP, 2-1, 1.96)
OAK: Bartolo Colon (40, RHP, 1-0, 4.15)
Rays (4-9) @ Orioles (7-6), 7:05 pm
TBR: Matt Moore (24, LHP, 2-0, 0.00)
BAL: Chris Tillman (25, RHP, 0-0, 7.00)
RedSox (9-4) @ Indians (5-7), 7:05 pm
BOS: Alfredo Aceves (30, RHP, 0-0, 6.75)
CLE: Justin Masterson (28, RHP, 3-0, 0.41)
D'backs (8-5) @ Yankees (7-5), 7:05 pm
ARI: Wade Miley (26, LHP, 2-0, 2.13)
NYY: CC Sabathia (32, LHP, 2-1, 2.25)
WhiteSox (6-8) @ Blue Jays (6-8), 7:07 pm
CHW: Jose Quintana (24, LHP, 0-0, 4.09)
TOR: J.A. Happ (30, LHP, 2-0, 3.48)
Angels (4-10) @ Twins (6-7), 8:10 pm
LAA: Tommy Hanson (26, RHP, 1-1, 6.55)
MIN: Vance Worley (25, RHP, 0-2, 10.50)
Tigers (8-5) @ Mariners (6-9), 10:10 pm
DET: Max Scherzer (28, RHP, 1-0, 4.09)
SEA: Felix Hernandez (27, RHP, 1-2, 3.05)
Royals (7-6) @ Braves (12-1), 12:10 pm
KCR: Wade Davis (27, RHP, 1-0, 4.00)
ATL: Mike Minor (25, LHP, 2-0, 0.69)
Cardinals (8-5) @ Pirates (6-7), 7:05 pm
STL: Shelby Miller (22, RHP, 2-0, 1.46)
PIT: A.J. Burnett (36, RHP, 0-2, 3.71)
Nationals (8-6) @ Marlins (3-11), 7:10pm
WSN: Ross Detwiler (27, LHP, 0-0, 0.69)
MIA: Ricky Nolasco (30, RHP, 0-1, 3.12)
Phillies (6-7) @ Reds (6-7), 7:10 pm
PHI: John Lannan (28, LHP, 0-0, 2.77)
CIN: Mike Leake (25, RHP, 0-0, 6.75)
Rangers (9-5) @ Cubs (4-9), 8:05 pm
TEX: Justin Grimm (24, RHP, 0-0, 4.50)
CHC: Carlos Villanueva (29, RHP, 0-0, 0.64)
Giants (9-5) @ Brewers (4-8), 8:10 pm
SFG: Ryan Vogelsong (35, RHP, 1-1, 7.15)
MIL: Kyle Lohse (34, RHP, 0-1, 2.08)
Mets (7-6) @ Rockies (10-4), 8:40 pm
NYM: Jeremy Hefner (27, RHP, 0-2, 6.00)
COL: Jon Garland (33, RHP, 1-0, 3.75)
Padres (4-10) @ Dodgers (7-7), 10:10 pm
SDP: Tyson Ross (26, RHP, 0-1, 4.82)
LAD: Clayton Kershaw (25, LHP, 2-1, 1.16)