"My elbow's not feeling too good," he said. "I don't know the seriousness of it because I've never felt this before in my arm."
Backe hasn't had his elbow checked out by doctors and plans to throw his normal bullpen session today.
|FUTBOL||0||1||-10.00||0-1||CFL FOOTBALL||5||4||-7.80||7-2All games, $10.00. Ties and pushes removed from record.|
|DATE||LEAGUE||MATCH||LINE||PAY||BEACH||W/L||CFC Pick||CFC W/L|
|07.01.05||MLB||PIT at MIL||o/u 8||-115||Over||W||Under||L|
|-||MLB||CLE at BAL||ML||-105||BAL||L||BAL||L|
|-||MLB||TOR at BOS||ML||+180||TOR||W||BOS||L|
|-||MLB||COL at STL||-1.5||-150||STL||W||COL||L|
|-||MLB||CWS at OAK||ML||-160||OAK||W||CWS||L|
|-||CFL||TOR at CAL||ML||-150||TOR||W||TOR||W|
|-||CFL||TOR at CAL||-3||-105||TOR||W||CAL||L|
|07.02.05||MLB||FLA at NYM||ML||-130||NYM||L||NYM||L|
|-||MLB||ATL at PHI||o/u 9.5||-115||Over||L||Over||L|
|-||MLB||WAS at CHC||ML||-145||CHC||L||CHC||L|
|-||MLB||COL at STL||-1.5||--125||STL||L||STL||L|
|-||MLB||CLE at BAL||ML||-105||BAL||W||CLE||L|
|-||MLB||NYY at DET||ML||-180||NYY||W||NYY||W|
|-||MLB||NYY at DET||-1.5||-120||NYY||W||DET||W|
|-||CFL||SAS at HAM||-2||-110||SAS||push||SAS||push|
|-||MLB||ARZ at LA||o/u 8.5||-115||LA||W||Over||W|
|-||MLB||PIT at MIL||ML||-145||MIL||W||MIL||W|
|07.03.05||MLB||COL at STL||-1.5||-140||STL||L||STL||L|
|07.04.05||MLB||BAL at NYY||ML||+145||BAL||L||NYY||L|
|-||MLB||NYM at WAS||ML||-160||WAS||L||NYM||W|
|-||MLB||SD at HOU||ML||-160||HOU||W||HOU||W|
|-||MLB||STL at ARZ||ML||+115||ARZ||L||STL||W|
|07.05.05||MLB||NYM at WAS||ML||+140||WAS||W||NYM||L|
|-||MLB||PHI at PIT||o/u 9||-110||Under||W||Over||L|
|-||MLB||SD at HOU||ML||+115||SD||L||SD||L|
|-||MLB||LA at COL||ML||-120||COL||W||COL||W|
|-||MLB||LA at COL||-1.5||+155||COL||W||COL||W|
|-||MLB||DET at CLE||ML||+145||DET||W||CLE||L|
|-||MLB||SEA at KC||ML||-115||SEA||L||KC||W|
|-||MLB||CIN at SF||ML||-150||SF||L||CIN||W|
|07.06.05||MLB||NYM at WAS||o/u 7.5||-105||Over||W||Under||L|
|-||MLB||PHI at PIT||ML||-115||PIT||L||PIT||L|
|-||MLB||LA at COL||ML||+105||COL||L||COL||L|
|-||MLB||DET at CLE||ML||-150||CLE||L||DET||W|
|-||MLB||MIL at FLA||ML||-230||FLA||W||MIL||L|
|-||MLB||OAK at TOR||ML||-105||TOR||W||OAK||L|
|07.07.05||MLB||CHC at ATL (1)||ML||-105||CHC||L||CHC||L|
|-||MLB||MIL at FLA||o/u 8.5||+105||Over||W||Under||L|
|-||MLB||NYM at WAS||ML||+105||NYM||W||WAS||L|
|-||MLB||DET at TB||ML||+120||TB||L||DET||W|
|-||CFL||CAL at WPG||ML||-200||CAL||W||CAL||W|
|07.08.05||MLB||WAS at PHI||ML||-150||PHI||L||PHI||L|
|-||MLB||LA at HOU||-1.5||-125||HOU||L||HOU||L|
|-||MLB||STL at SF||o/u 8.5||-110||Over||L||Under||W|
|-||MLB||DET at TB||ML||+110||TB||L||DET||W|
|-||MLB||OAK at CWS||o/u 8.5||-110||Under||W||Under||W|
|-||MLB||TOR at TEX||ML||+145||TEX||W||TEX||W|
|-||MLB||SEA at ANA||o/u 8||-110||Over||W||Over||W|
|-||CFL||EDM at MON||ML||-160||MON||W||MON||W|
|-||CFL||OTW at BC||-12||-120||BC||L||OTW||W|
|07.09.05||MLB||WAS at PHI||ML||-130||PHI||W||PHI||W|
|-||MLB||WAS at PHI||o/u 9||-120||Over||L||Under||W|
|-||MLB||LA at HOU||ML||-200||HOU||W||HOU||W|
|-||MLB||DET at TB||ML||+130||TB||W||TB||W|
|-||MLB||MIL at ATL||ML||-110||ATL||L||MIL||W|
|-||MLB||SD at COL||ML||-115||SD||L||SD||L|
|-||MLB||OAK at CWS||ML||+145||OAK||W||CWS||L|
|-||MLB||SEA at ANA||ML||-180||ANA||L||ANA||L|
|07.10.05||MLB||SD at COL||ML||-135||COL||L||COL||L|
|-||MLB||OAK at CWS||ML||-155||CWS||L||OAK||W|
|07.14.05||MLB||ANA at MIN||ML||-125||ANA||W||MIN||L|
|07.15.05||MLB||TB at TOR||o/u 9.5||+100||Over||W||Under||L|
|-||MLB||CWS at CLE||ML||+105||CWS||W||CLE||L|
|-||CFL||TOR at BC||+7.5||-120||TOR||L||BC||W|
|07.18.05||MLB||HOU at PIT||ML||-120||PIT||L||HOU||W|
|-||MLB||KC at CLE||ML||-190||CLE||W||KC||L|
|-||MLB||OAK at ANA||ML||-130||ANA||W||OAK||L|
|07.19.05||MLB||COL at WAS||ML||-200||WAS||W||WAS||W|
|-||MLB||SEA at TOR||ML||-135||TOR||W||SEA||L|
|07.20.05||MLB||HOU at PIT||o/u 8||-120||Under||push||Over||push|
|-||MLB||BAL at MIN||ML||-115||MIN||W||MIN||W|
|-||MLB||COL at WAS||+1.5||-115||COL||W||COL||W|
|07.21.05||CFL||EDM at OTT||ML||-210||EDM||W||EDM||W||-||MLB||COL at PIT||ML||-175||PIT||W||PIT||W||07.22.05||MLB||FLA at SF||ML||+125||SF||W||SF||W||-||MLB||BOS at CWS||ML||+110||BOS||L||CWS||W||07.24.05||MLB||SD at PHI||ML||+135||SD||L||SD||L||-||MLB||NYY at ANA||ML||-120||NYY||W||ANA||L||07.26.05||MLB||WAS at ATL||ML||-190||ATL||W||ATL||W||-||MLB||WAS at ATL||-1.5||+110||ATL||L||ATL||L||-||MLB||NYM at COL||ML||+100||COL||W||COL||W||07.27.05||MLB||SF at CHC||ML||-240||CHC||W||CHC||W||-||MLB||SF at CHC||-1.5||-105||CHC||L||SF||W||-||MLB||WAS at ATL||ML||-190||ATL||W||WAS||L||07.28.05||MLB||WAS at ATL||o/u 8.5||-115||Over||W||Under||L||-||MLB||CLE at SEA||ML||+100||CLE||W||SEA||L||-||MLB||ANA at TOR||ML||-135||ANA||L||TOR||W||-||MLB||TEX at BAL||ML||-120||BAL||L||TEX||W||-||MLB||PHI at COL||o/u 11||-120||Under||L||Under||L||07.29.05||MLB||KC at TB||-1.5||+135||TB||W||TB||W||-||CFL||CAL at BC||+15/58.5||-110||CAL/Under||L||BC/Over||W||-||CFL||OTT at SAS||o/u 56||-110||Over||L||Over||L||-||MLB||CWS at BAL||ML||+140||CWS||W||BAL||L||07.30.05||MLB||TEX at TOR||ML||-125||TEX||W||TOR||L||-||MLB||STL at LA||o/u 8.5||-110||Under||L||Over||W||-||MLB||CIN at SD||o/u 9||-120||Under||L||Over||W||-||MLB||NYM at HOU||ML||+155||NYM||L||NYM||L||-||MLB||SF at MIL||ML||-135||MIL||W||MIL||W||07.31.05||MLB||PHI at COL||ML||+115||COL||W||PHI||L|
...one of the team's top prospects, isn't the same pitcher he was last season. "He does not have the power curveball that he had, and he doesn't have great command of his fastball," one scout says. "Triple-A hitters are laying off the fastball, and he can't get them to chase his curve. It's more of a slurve this year. He used to have a snap-dragon type breaking ball."
|Rafael Furcal||Only a career .258 hitter in July, but I don't think he'll be at a cheaper price from here on out. Stole 19 of his 29 bases last year in August and September and Furcal has been tearing it up lately.|
|Adrian Beltre||Sure he's banged up and out of a playoff race, but if you can get someone desperate to deal him, Beltre is still a .287 career hitter after the all-star break.|
|Aaron Rowand||Was on fire in August last year, hitting .352 with 9 HR for the month. Lifetime, he's hitting .31 points better after the break and the White Sox are playing for the division.|
|Ben Broussard||Hit just .213 in June, but he's still playing everyday. Last year, Ben batted exactly .300 after the break and he hit 13 of his 17 homeruns during that stretch. He also finished last month going 9 for 22.|
|Barry Zito||Might be tough to get now, but he held opposing batters to a .218 average in May, and .212 in June. Over his career, the end of the season has always been good to Zito. His lifetime ERA after the break is 2.90.|
|Wade Miller||Still struggling to find his form after being injured for much of the last two seasons, Miller has a 30-15 lifetime record after the break. His post all-star game ERA is 3.35.|
|Mark Loretta||Should be back in mid-July and with the Padres in the lead for the NL West, he's worth a gamble. Loretta hit .362 last July, .387 last August, and .352 overall after the break last season.|
The preseason begins officially on Saturday 8 August 2005 with the American Bowl in Tokyo, Japan.
Therefore, with the start of training camp less than a month away, here's a ten minute version of what the last four months of the NFL offseason has looked like:
"When it comes to athleticism, Daunte has Kerry beat by a large margin," the controversial wide receiver said. "But Kerry has pocket presence and knows how to read defenses. So Kerry has a slight step over Daunte."
I think it's important for Marshall more than for Steven to have Steven take over. Marshall's role will be very significant. It's not limited. It's what he wants it to be. But it's important for Marshall to get Steven in this role so that he can mentor him and they can kind of feed off each other.
Even if he won't admit it, Hideo Nomo is a different pitcher at Tropicana Field.Is there something to this? On 06.14.05 as I wrote that Tomo Ohka was making his Brewers' debut at Tropicana Field, I also commented that:
The Devil Rays' 36-year-old right-hander went seven good innings Monday in Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory against the Blue Jays, improving his record at home to 4-1.
Couple that with a respectable 3.56 ERA in his seven starts at the Trop, and his road numbers - 1-5, 8.87 ERA in nine starts - are even more puzzling.
"He pitches much better here, doesn't he?,'' said Rays manager Lou Piniella, who collected the 1,479th victory of his managerial career, pulling within one of No. 19 overall Earl Weaver. "I don't know if it's the air-conditioned dome, less humidity ... I don't know. But we've noticed at home he's had more success.''
I think a lot of Japanese pitchers perform better in parks like Tropicana Field because of the similarities they share with the domes in Japan.I've never been to the island nation of Japan, yet in the past I have just assumed that most if not all of their professional baseball venues were domed stadiums. And while I still don't have an exact figure on how many of the 12 Japanese teams play indoors, here are a couple of links to back up the idea that domes there are in the majority.
Bob Bavasi's JapanBall.com- features a write up of every team and where they playAll that being said, of the 29 MLB players who were born in Japan, I count three active MLB starters. Below is a table of their career MLB stats, split for indoors and outdoors:
Baseballguru.com- dimensions, surface, and capacity for each park
Of that above list of 29, I count three current MLB relief pitchers: Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Shingo Takatsu, and Akinori Otsuka. Both Takatsu and Otsuka have less than 10 career MLB innings indoors, so their numbers are too incomplete to compare. Hasegawa has 72.1 career innings indoors and his ERA, WHIP, and OppBA there are all higher than they are outdoors.
Kaz Ishii INDOORS 5-0 32.2 1.38 1.04 .209 OUTDOORS 33-31 500.1 4.60 1.55 .245
Hideo Nomo INDOORS 15-8 194.2 3.56 1.35 .226 OUTDOORS 108-99 1765.1 4.22 1.34 .239
Tomo Ohka INDOORS 18-12 300.1 3.30 1.26 .276 OUTDOORS 20-36 440.0 4.28 1.45 .285
"Every team in baseball is banged up," Scioscia said as his team heads toward the All-Star break. "This challenge is about depth in your roster. But we feel we have enough depth to do what we need to do."
"I feel great. My body feels good, my shoulder feels great, I've been throwing the ball the way I want to the last couple times," said Wood, who will make his comeback start Wednesday for the Chicago Cubs against Milwaukee.
The Royals are 0-7 on their nine-game road trip, during which they have scored just 23 runs.
Adam Kennedy- The Angels' second baseman is 31/70 (.443) so far in June and he's got seven steals on the year to go with his .340 overall BA. Kennedy started the season on the DL and after missing all of April, he was hitting just .250 on 05.31.05. Adam is a career .281 batter, so his average is probably going to come down a bit, but he's not yet hit a homerun this season and it's likely that now with two months of regular play behind him, the power will come back very soon.
Emil Brown- This Royals outfielder leads his team in BA, R, and RBI. In June, Brown is hitting .358 with 3HR and he has 2SB. Perhaps even more shocking is that prior to this season, Brown hadn't played an inning at the MLB level since 2001. The comparisons to Raul Ibanez's resurrection seem merited.
Danny Haren and Joel Blanton- With Rich Harden lost for over a month, these two youngsters have led Oakland to a 16-7 June record through 06.27.05. Blanton has gone 4-1, 2.02, 0.90, in June and Haren is 4-0, 3.11, 0.88 in his last five starts.
Scott Elarton- The Indians have seemed to have suceeded in the reclamation of Elarton. The six foot eight inch righthander is 7-7 in 34 starts with Cleveland over the last season and a half. His overall ERA with the Indians is 4.62 and over this past month, Elarton has gone 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and a .227 OppBA.
Swinging left-handed causes the switch-hitting outfielder pain, and Dodger trainers say he could come back sooner by batting right-handed. Tracy said a minor league rehabilitation assignment for Bradley "more than likely will be discussed."
Triple-A Tucson closer Brandon Medders (2-1, 7 Saves, 1.80 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 37/11 K/BB in 30 IP) has joined the D’Backs. Brian Bruney is still holding on to the job with his fingernails, but for the next month this could be close to a committee situation with Greg Aquino and Medders getting a few chances.
Anyone still clinging to Brazelton's draft position, hype, money invested in him, or scouting reports raving about his changeup and believing that he is suddenly going to do well is kidding themselves. They were kidding themselves before the season even started if they thought he'd stay in the rotation all year long.Check out the comments sections too. A couple of interesting notes are made there; one quick disclaimer note: poster 'from the beach' is not from this beach.
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