Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Off 'Til Friday

The rain just keeps on coming, the Notch is a lake, and so tonight's game has been deep sixed. The makeup has been scheduled for Monday, June 7th, at 12:35 p.m.

The Giants are coming in for a weekend series; Jonathan Sanchez will go against Zach Duke Friday night, so the field may have a chance to dry out.

It also removes Duke from the Steven Strasburg coming out party; guess we'll find out who this week's fifth starter is. Whoever it is will get his puss on national TV; MLB Network will air the game.

-- Jack Taschner is back on the roster, giving the Bucs a second lefty reliever. He's been on the DL with a sore hammy since May 18th. Steven Jackson, up for a cup of coffee, was returned to Indy.

-- D.J. Carrasco, held out of five games because of a tight left hamstring, was cleared to return, so the bullpen is now at full strength.

-- Chris Jakubauskas is going to Bradenton tomorrow to begin rehab. Jaku has been out since April 24th after getting beaned by a Lance Berkman liner.

-- In his monthly chat, Frank Coonelly said "Danny Moskos has performed extremely well as Altoona's closer. Given Danny's progress, he is a candidate for a promotion to Indianapolis in the near future."

He's 1-0-12 for the Curve, with a 1.52 ERA, a WHIP of 0.93, an opponent BA of .171, and 25 K's in 23-2/3 innings. The Bucco blogosphere's debated his stuff, but he must be doing something right. At least he's back on the radar.

-- Dajan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette tweets that Jimmy Barthmaier has been moved to the Altoona roster; that may mean he's ready to pitch again. He had TJ surgery last May, and was considered a fair prospect before blowing out his elbow.

-- More fuel to add to the umpire fire - Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers lost a perfect game Wednesday night with two outs in the ninth inning on a call that first base umpire Jim Joyce later admitted he blew.

Miguel Cabrera fielded Jason Donald's grounder and tossed the ball to Galarraga covering the bag, a routine play and a routine out. Joyce called Donald safe.

The ump told the Associated Press that "I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay." Maybe Galarraga's game will go down in history with an asterisk, like Harvey Haddix's.

-- Ken Griffey Jr., 40, hung 'em up today. Junior had a career .284/.370/.538 line with 2,781 hits, 630 homers and 1,836 RBI. He'll work in Seattle's front office. He's a local boy; Griffey was born in Donora.

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