One other interesting note about Willis:That night, Willis gave up 7 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) in 6 innings as the Marlins lost 5-14.
An Oakland native, Dontrelle has made 4 career starts in California:
@ Qualcomm: 1-0, 5.0, 5H, 3R, 4BB, 7K
@ Pac Bell: 0-1, 6.0, 11H, 11R, 10ER, 3HR, 7BB, 1K
@ PETCO: 0-1, 7.0, 9H, 6R, 2HR, 2BB, 5K
Combined, his numbers in the state of California are:
1-2, 18.0, 25H, 20R, 19ER, 5HR, 13BB, 13K
Adam Eaton should be fine.
Mike Sweeney's injury also is not serious.
Kevin Millwood went 5 scoreless innings in his return.
Tim Hudson landed on the DL.
And four of the six teams completed their home sweep over their interleague opponent.
One reason the Cubs haven't gone out and tried to make a major move for a much-needed leadoff hitter is that they think Felix Pie, who who has a .353 OBP, .914 OPS and 32 extra-base hits in 56 games at Double-A, may get his toes in the water in September and possibly be ready to play next year. "He is still a little raw, but he has great athletic talent," says one Cubs official. "The fact that he's played a lot of winter ball has sped up his development."
The scoreboard at SBC Park showed that Giants righthander Jason Schmidt was throwing 93 to 94 mph Saturday night, but a scout who had a radar gun on Schmidt says he was throwing only 90 to 91.
"He's pitching like a guy that is hurt, though I can't definitively say that," says another scout who was in attendance. "It's one thing to have a velocity drop. But why are your mechanics affected? Why can't you throw strikes? Unless you're afraid. And he doesn't seem like a guy who would be afraid."
Dellucci has a nagging calf problem that's affecting his play, sitting out Wednesday along with the off-day on Thursday can't hurt.Dellucci is 9 for 45 in June.
"He's the type of guy that's not going to say anything," manager Buck Showalter said. "So we're trying to get him ... a couple of days off."
Tim Hudson acknowledged he has a strained muscle in his left side and Braves manager Bobby Cox was debating whether to let Hudson pitch Saturday or make him the third starting pitcher on the disabled list, joining Mike Hampton and John Thomson.
Overall, including his waning days with the Phillies, Polanco has a 14-game hitting streak during which his average is .528 (28-for-53).
"He knows how to play the game, knows how to hit in that second hole," Young said. "I was gone from the Cardinals when he was there, but he gets it going. He's an igniter. The guy can play."
On Thursday, infielder Mark Loretta will have a surgical pin removed from the thumb on his non-throwing hand.
On May 19, Lorretta strained the ligaments in his left thumb. The injury has caused him to miss 24 games and he is expected to return by the All-Star break, team officials said.
In his eight starts before the suspension, Arroyo was 4-0 with a 3.21 ERA. Contrast that with his five starts since the suspension, a span which has seen him go 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA.
"I don't know, I took eight days off and I haven't won since," said Arroyo. "You take from it what you want. I don't think it has anything to do with it. I just think I'm not making my pitches in big situations. I haven't felt as good physically as I did before that. That's it, man."
"I've kind of widened out a bit, which controls my weight," he said. "When you do that, you see the ball better. It all comes off of seeing the ball good."
Choi attributed his power surge to his work with hitting coach Tim Wallach, who encouraged Choi to be more aggressive at the plate. Patience and pitch recognition have always been among Choi's strengths, but the Dodgers want him to swing more, although they couldn't have anticipated Sunday's outburst.And maybe someone keep reminding him that he was traded for Derrek Lee.
"Sometimes I think too much, but now I feel more relaxed and focused and I (swung) good this weekend," Choi said. "Sometimes I watch a lot of pitches, but today I was more aggressive.
"I don't think about the count. I just see the ball and hit it."
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