There's a big 'ol weekend of interleague baseball ahead of us. Classic rivalries - Yanks vs. Mets, Cubs vs. White Sox, Angels vs. Dodgers, Royals vs. Cardinals, and the hated rivals Tigers vs. Rockies. You've got to be kidding me. This is the best that a 105 year old baseball team can muster as an NL rival? Pathetic really. Oh well, on to the Game Notes!
"Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano (right shoulder strain) played catch before the game and said he should be ready to throw a bullpen session Sunday. He likely will be activated to start July 4 at St. Louis." Zambrano has been targeting the date as his return to the rotation. Given the fact that this is a night game, nationally televised, and against the hated Cardinals, I'm not certain that Lou Pinella could have kept Big Z away from the July 4 start if he wanted to. Start Zambrano in Week 14.
"Orioles 3B Aubrey Huff's four hits tied a career high." Huff is having a career June. He's hitting .354 with 5 HR. Huff's numbers typically increase slightly in the second half of the season. His ownership hasincreased with his June producivity. You might want to check and see if your league is one of the 17% where he remains unowned.
"Joe Crede was back at 3B for the White Sox after missing two games with stiffness in his lower back." Crede swung the bat like his back was still bothering him He went 0-4 with 1 K and left 6 men on base. Crede is going to battle pain and stiffness in his back all season following his back surgery last June. He's a great player when healthy, but a liability when he's not.
"A's SP Rich Harden has allowed more than three runs in only one of his 11 starts and improved to 31-0 in 38 starts when getting four or more runs of support." Harden has made himself a fantasy ace this year. His 1.09 WHIP, 2.15 ERA, and 83/26 K/BB rate are a cause for celebration for owners who took a chance on the injury-prone pitcher. Yesterday, Harden posted a career day in Ks. Make certain he's in your lineup for a two start Week 14.
"With RHP Shaun Marcum (right elbow) on the 15-day DL, Toronto will promote LHP John Parrish from Triple-A Syracuse to start against Atlanta on Saturday." Marcum saw the dreaded Dr. Andrews in Atlanta. The good news is that he's starting a throwing regimine with an eye to returning after the All Star break. As far as Parrish is concerned, he's had success in Triple-A going 10-1. That said, he's little more than an emergency start.
"Rangers right fielder Milton Bradley was back in the starting lineup Thursday after not starting since straining his left quadriceps June 17. He was 1-for-3." Bradley has been either sitting or hitting DH while he's been hurt. Bradley is clearly having a career year. Keep him in your line up as long as he's swinging that hot bat.
Streakers! "Tigers CF Curtis Granderson extended his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games."
Fully clothed..."Phillies OF Geoff Jenkins went 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 26 at-bats...Indians OF David Dellucci is in a 1-for-20 slump and has struck out 14 times in his last 25 at-bats."