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MLB -- Wednesday June 1

Tuesday, May 31, 2005
RESULTWINLOSSSAVEATT.
at Boston 5, Baltimore 1Miller (2-1) Cabrera (4-4) 35,147
Texas 8, at Detroit 2Rogers (7-2) Maroth (4-5) 16,931
at Washington 5, Atlanta 4Ayala (3-3) Colon (0-2) Cordero (13) 29,512
at Philadelphia 5, San Francisco 2Wolf (5-4) Tomko (4-7) 23,456
at Pittsburgh 5, Florida 4Meadows (1-0) Bump (0-2) Mesa (14) 12,553
Arizona 7, at NY Mets 0Halsey (4-2) Benson (3-2) 33,955
at Chicago Sox 5, LA Angels 4Politte (2-0) Donnelly (2-1) 19,864
at Houston 4, Cincinnati 3Backe (5-3) Belisle (2-5) Lidge (11) 28,535
at Kansas City 5, NY Yankees 3Greinke (1-6) Brown (4-5) MacDougal (3) 18,680
Cleveland 4, at Minnesota 3Sabathia (4-3) Silva (3-3) Wickman (14) 15,494
at Colorado 2, St. Louis 1Jennings (3-6) Mulder (7-2) Fuentes (3) 23,519
at Oakland 10, Tampa Bay 1Haren (2-7) Nomo (3-5) 11,702
Toronto 9, at Seattle 7Gaudin (1-0) Franklin (2-7) Batista (9) 25,737
at San Diego 8, Milwaukee 4Reyes (3-0) Glover (3-4) 23,124
Chicago Cubs 2, at LA Dodgers 1Wuertz (4-2) Brazoban (2-1) Dempster (6) 37,221

Wednesday, June 1, 2005
TEAMSTIME (ET)NAT TVXM RADIOSTAT PACKTICKETSPITCHERS
Baltimore at Boston7:05 PM  PrintTicketsPonson vs Wakefield
LA Angels at Chicago Sox7:05 PM PrintTicketsByrd vs Contreras
Texas at Detroit7:05 PM  PrintTicketsDrese vs Bonderman
Atlanta at Washington7:05 PM  PrintTicketsSmoltz vs Armas
San Francisco at Philadelphia7:05 PM  PrintTicketsRueter vs Lidle
Florida at Pittsburgh7:05 PM  PrintTicketsMoehler vs Fogg
Arizona at NY Mets7:10 PM  PrintTicketsWebb vs Zambrano
Cincinnati at Houston8:05 PM  PrintTicketsOrtiz vs Oswalt
NY Yankees at Kansas City8:10 PM  PrintTicketsJohnson vs Carrasco
Cleveland at Minnesota8:10 PM  PrintTicketsLee vs Radke
St. Louis at Colorado9:05 PM  PrintTicketsMorris vs Kennedy
Tampa Bay at Oakland10:05 PM  PrintTicketsHendrickson vs Zito
Toronto at Seattle10:05 PM  PrintTicketsChacin vs Meche
Milwaukee at San Diego10:05 PM  PrintTicketsDavis vs Lawrence
Chicago Cubs at LA Dodgers10:10 PM PrintTicketsKoronka vs Lowe
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2005 American League Standings
EASTWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRASTRKL10
Baltimore3120.608-17-1414-6268224Lost 15-5
Boston2823.549314-714-16278246Won 14-6
Toronto2824.5383.514-1214-12255223Won 16-4
NY Yankees2724.529416-1311-11278265Lost 36-4
Tampa Bay1934.3581316-143-20247310Lost 44-6
CENTRALWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRASTRKL10
Chicago Sox3517.673-17-618-11229188Won 25-5
Minnesota2921.580514-1015-11225191Lost 25-5
Cleveland2525.500911-1314-12200201Won 48-2
Detroit2326.46910.510-1413-12215213Lost 14-6
Kansas City1437.27520.58-176-20211294Won 12-8
WESTWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRASTRKL10
Texas3020.600-17-1213-8279225Won 99-1
LA Angels3022.577115-1115-11228202Lost 25-5
Seattle2130.4129.510-1511-15217243Lost 15-5
Oakland1932.37311.511-128-20201263Won 22-8
2005 National League Standings
EASTWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRASTRKL10
Atlanta2823.549-17-711-16238191Lost 25-5
Florida2722.551-18-129-10221184Lost 24-6
Washington2725.5191.514-813-17205224Won 34-6
NY Mets2626.5002.516-1010-16233223Lost 24-6
Philadelphia2527.4813.511-1014-17234248Won 16-4
CENTRALWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRASTRKL10
St. Louis3318.647-17-1016-8262208Lost 17-3
Chicago Cubs2624.5206.515-1211-12223205Won 58-2
Milwaukee2427.471915-119-16222197Lost 45-5
Pittsburgh2327.4609.59-1314-14201224Won 24-6
Cincinnati2131.40412.515-146-17246290Lost 16-4
Houston1932.3731414-105-22182229Won 14-6
WESTWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRASTRKL10
San Diego3319.635-18-415-15265222Won 67-3
Arizona3022.577316-1214-10231255Won 15-5
LA Dodgers2625.5106.512-1314-12246249Lost 24-6
San Francisco2327.460914-159-12221254Lost 54-6
Colorado1535.3001711-124-23223293Won 13-7
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Cardinals need to beef up outfield depth

Bernie Miklasz
Of the Post-Dispatch
Sunday, May. 29 2005

As we reach Memorial Day and the first unofficial milepost of the new season,
the Cardinals are in a cozy, enviable position atop baseball's worst division.

But general manager Walt Jocketty doesn't plan on sitting tight and playing the
Cards in his hand. He has work to do. The Cardinals have a problem that
potentially makes them quite vulnerable.

Take a look at the starting outfield.

Jim Edmonds turns 35 next month, and his production level is down a bit from
recent seasons. Larry Walker, 38, is beset with minor injuries. Reggie Sanders,
37, is streaky but viable. Walker might retire after the season, but if not,
the Cardinals are highly unlikely to pick up his hefty option for 2006,
believed to be around $15 million. Sanders can become a free agent after the
season. And while Edmonds is a terrific all-around player, some slippage is
inevitable.

For a moment, let's forget about 2006. What about this year? Can the three
starting outfielders hold up and finish strong? The Cardinals don't have
outfield prospects ready for a quick, major-league installation. And their
outfield depth is weaker these days.

John Mabry is a good player, but he's taking turns at third base during Scott
Rolen's stay on the disabled list. And Mabry has struggled as of late, with
only three hits in his last 22 at-bats. So Taguchi is batting .153 in May.
Roger Cedeno's skills have eroded to the point where he's batting .127 for the
season, and the Cardinals can't stick with him for much longer.

Add it all up, and we come to an obvious conclusion: The Cardinals need to find
another outfielder. When the Cardinals lost to Washington 3-2 on Sunday at
Busch Stadium, the game ended with Cedeno fouling out meekly.

I believe that's a cry for help.

Manager Tony La Russa disagrees with that assessment, but that's no surprise,
because he supports his players. What did you expect La Russa to say - that his
outfield depth is weak, and he's alarmed?

"When Rolen comes back, things will improve," La Russa said. "When he's not
playing, we're not the same club. But these games count and you have to go out
and play. You can't think about Rolen being out. And our guys have done a good
job of filling in."

When Rolen makes it back, Mabry can be utilized more in the outfield. Rolen's
injury has created more playing time for the reserves - and it's also left them
overexposed. Abraham Nunez, for example, has only four hits in his last 34
at-bats. Taguchi is three for his last 28. Third baseman Scott Seabol is
hitting .176 in 17 at-bats since being recalled from Memphis. And backup
catcher Einar Diaz isn't seeing much action.

No question, the Cardinals need more muscle on the bench. More pop. But more
than anything, they need an outfielder who can serve as an effective starter in
the event of injury. And considering the ages of all three OF starters and the
pending contract decisions regarding Sanders and Walker, Jocketty must link
2005 and 2006.

"What I would like to do, ideally, is find an outfielder for the future,"
Jocketty said. "We don't have anyone at Triple-A who could step in and play up
here every day. So what we'd like to do is add an outfielder who can not only
help us right now, but for future seasons as well."

Jocketty won't say if he's targeted a specific trade candidate. But just for
fun, let's throw this nugget into the discussion: According to reports in
Cincinnati, the Reds might be willing to part with one of their young
outfielders, Austin Kearns, Wily Mo Pena or Adam Dunn. Other names will
undoubtedly be floated as teams drop out of postseason contention.

Jocketty usually gets his man. Last summer Jocketty went on an impressive
stealth mission to acquire Walker. This year the GM needs to find another
Walker, only younger and healthier.
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Two more hand injuries to report.
Pudge with a fracture, but he says he plans to play thru it.
And Milton Bradley with a partially torn ligament in his finger.
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Im going to Fenway tonight. Ive been dozens of times and the Red Sox have only lost 3 times.
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Originally Posted by chrisih8u
Im going to Fenway tonight. Ive been dozens of times and the Red Sox have only lost 3 times.
Reminds me of the 1999 season for the Dbacks. I went to 24 games, and the only they lost was the one in the playoffs against the Mets. Stupid Mets.
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So, explain this to me:

WTF is Cox doing starting Kelly Johnson in the 3 spot? I'm thrilled that waste-of-space Mondesi is gone. Other than having a pretty good arm, he was useless in every way. But Johnson never had a Major League at bat until 3 days ago, and he's immediately put in the most important spot in the lineup? When we have one of the more productive 3 hitters in the league already? Maybe he'll be a great 3 hitter one day, but how about dropping him lower until he proves that he can hit in the big leagues first? Not surprisingly, he's hitless in 12 plate appearances and has hit into at least 3 double plays, and he keeps getting that 3 spot!

Cox took my advice the last time I posted a rant -- getting rid of Mondesi, talking the closing job from Kolb, and getting Andruw out of the 4 spot -- so I hope he reads this one too. Put Chipper back at 3 where he belongs.

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Some columnist wants the Cards to waive their magic fairy wand and produce another OF? You got to be realistic here. Who are the Cardinals going to get and what exactly do they have to offer? Their farm system sucks. They can get a nice back-up, but they've passed on several of those on the waiver wire. I really don't see how the team will make a big improvement this year. And they really don't have to until the offseason.
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Originally Posted by Jericho
Some columnist wants the Cards to waive their magic fairy wand and produce another OF? You got to be realistic here. Who are the Cardinals going to get and what exactly do they have to offer? Their farm system sucks. They can get a nice back-up, but they've passed on several of those on the waiver wire. I really don't see how the team will make a big improvement this year. And they really don't have to until the offseason.
Actually, not just some columnist - a lot of people have been talking about the need for another outfielder, particularly one that can start in the near future. And the farm system doesn't suck - it just doesn't have an outfielder that they can call up and start if necessary (they have plenty of prospects - unfortunately none in the outfield. ).

You never know what Jocketty will pull out of his ass over the summer.
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I hear Rick Ankiel is available to play in the OF....
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Originally Posted by das Monkey
So, explain this to me:

WTF is Cox doing starting Kelly Johnson in the 3 spot? I'm thrilled that waste-of-space Mondesi is gone. Other than having a pretty good arm, he was useless in every way. But Johnson never had a Major League at bat until 3 days ago, and he's immediately put in the most important spot in the lineup? When we have one of the more productive 3 hitters in the league already? Maybe he'll be a great 3 hitter one day, but how about dropping him lower until he proves that he can hit in the big leagues first? Not surprisingly, he's hitless in 12 plate appearances and has hit into at least 3 double plays, and he keeps getting that 3 spot!

Cox took my advice the last time I posted a rant -- getting rid of Mondesi, talking the closing job from Kolb, and getting Andruw out of the 4 spot -- so I hope he reads this one too. Put Chipper back at 3 where he belongs.

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You mean you like Chipper and his propensity to GIDPs? You're rioght in that it's a bit weird to bat third and it isn't the best move. But it's also not that bad either. Sure it's a pressure spot, but it will be pressure filled anywhere in the line-up. And Johnson has a great batting eye and rarely strikes out. His on base skills would be wasted lower in the order.

Our course none of this means he should be hitting third. But I'd also not give up on him after 12 at bats, three of which he reached base on via walk. He may actually end up being decent in the role. Of course, he's no Chipper. But then again I'm not sure what the best Braves line-up would be.
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Ok Yankees... time to start the rally again.... lets get another 10 game winning streak
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Oh, I'm not giving up on him at all. Like I said, I'm thrilled we brought up another guy from our productive farm system who's going to give it all instead of loafing around like Mondesi. I just don't get the logic of tossing someone into arguably the most important spot of the order when he's never had a Major League at bat, particularly when you already have a 3 hitter ... then leaving him there after going 0-fer a few times. He may make a great 3 hitter, but let's see him hit a few times first.

Of course, the other problem here is that Chipper's not a 4 hitter. Even if this guy is great at the position, I hesitate to take Chipper from the 3 spot. His numbers almost always drop when moved from 3 to 4, just like Andruw falls apart when moved from 5/6 to 4. We just don't have a 4 hitter. Platooning Franco and LaRoche is sadly our best bet right now. I don't know what to do with our line-up either. However, I do know that having Johnson at 3 is not the way to go just yet.

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Ok Yankees... time to start the rally again.... lets get another 10 game winning streak
Since your brought it up:

Today's column from Jon Heyman.

Ouch..........
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Rich Aurilia wants to be traded cause he isn't starting at SS anymore.

CUT THIS BITCH, NOW.
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Rich Aurilia wants to be traded cause he isn't starting at SS anymore.

CUT THIS BITCH, NOW.
They signed him on the cheap, right? Considering he had that one fluke year, he was never as good after that one year.
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Anyone have access to background info on the guy starting for the Cubs today? The last name is Koronka. I don't have access to anything sports related from work.
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Right on, Rich. If you can't have your pick of starting spots when you're carrying around a huge .192 avg with a .557 OPS, when can you?
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Anyone have access to background info on the guy starting for the Cubs today? The last name is Koronka. I don't have access to anything sports related from work.
Here's an article:

Game Day Interview: John Koronka
Scott Sabin - Scout.com
June 1, 2005 at 5:00am ET

LOS ANGELES - On the eve of his major league debut, Inside The Ivy caught up with Wednesday's Cubs starter, LHP John Koronka.

Koronka had struggled periodically at Triple-A Iowa this year with a 4-5 record and 4.73 ERA in 10 appearances, including nine starts. His longest outing to date this season came last Friday when the Clearwater, Fla., native pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs on seven hits in Iowa's 8-2 victory.

Earlier this week, Koronka got the news that he would be making his major league debut in the finale of the Cubs' three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday.

"It has been nice," Koronka said. "It's something you've dreamed of since you were little. I'm trying to take it all in now so that I don't have too many butterflies in my stomach when I get the ball."

The left-hander will not officially join the major league squad until shortly before game time when the Cubs will be required to make a roster move.

On Monday, Koronka threw from the bullpen mound at Dodger Stadium but left before the game began. It was the first time the southpaw had ever attended a major league game.

"It was pretty exciting," Koronka said. "I went to the stadium early and just walked around. The funny thing is that it was the first 'big league' game I had ever been to. I threw on this same mound when I was 10 years old, just playing around. It's nice to come here and throw in my first major league game."

Koronka knows that despite his often inconsistent performances in Des Moines, a starting pitcher was needed in Chicago.

"They just told me to come up here and throw Wednesday," Koronka said. "That's what I'm going to do. We'll see what happens. It (the promotion) caught me by surprise."

The Cubs are the third organization Koronka has been with since his 1998 12th round draft selection. The Cincinnati Reds picked him up at age 17 at the time.

Koronka spent the winter of 2002 in the Texas Rangers' organization after he was selected in the Rule 5 Draft that year. He was returned to the Reds in March of 2003 and then later shipped to the Cubs in late August for Iowa teammate and once promising left-hander Phil Norton .

The lengthy journey has humbled Koronka, now in his eighth professional season.

"Just going through every year and every level makes you appreciate this that much more," he said.

"It's unbelievable. I'm excited, and my family is very excited. The only bad thing is my dad won't be able to make it because he just had surgery. A few of my uncles are coming, as are my mom and girlfriend. They were very excited. My mom was in tears. Everyone is real happy for me."

As a left-hander, Koronka knows that if he is successful on Wednesday night, he could remain in the rotation until either Kerry Wood or Mark Prior returns. If Koronka can keep the Cubs' five-game winning streak afloat on this current seven-game West Coast road trip, the team would be hard-pressed to send him back to the minors after only one start.

Koronka did not learn of the team's winning streak until Tuesday morning.

"I saw it on SportsCenter," he said. "As for me, I'm going to go out there and do the best I can. Whatever happens will happen. Hopefully, it will be something I can control."
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Originally Posted by Mad Dawg
Right on, Rich. If you can't have your pick of starting spots when you're carrying around a huge .192 avg with a .557 OPS, when can you?
What he said a few days ago: "I wanted one day. [The Reds] wanted more," Aurilia said. "I don't know if they were too happy about that. But I just said, 'I'll go for one day,' because I knew I wasn't going to get activated unless I went."
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They signed him on the cheap, right? Considering he had that one fluke year, he was never as good after that one year.
$500K

He was signed as insurance and to compete with Lopez in Spring Training. Lopez owned him in ST and all season this year, yet, he still was made the starter because Dave Miley is an idiot. Obviously, if he benched Lopez for Aurilia now, then there would be a massacre since Lopez has been one of the best SS's in the game. So, now he's benching Kearns and playing Freel in the OF and Richie at 2nd. That better not continue. I didn't mind Rich being a utility/backup player (at least until his latest comments, now I want him gone) until Anderson Machado returned.

More of Miley for ya... speaking of Lopez, right? He had that .911 OPS bunt with 2 guys on and 0 out last night late in the game. The hottest hitter on your team and you tell the guy to bunt. Lopez failed and Romano got hung out to try between 2nd and 3rd while trying to take a big lead.

Can managers be DFA'd?
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It could be worse...you could have Chris Sabo at 3rd.
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@ Tom Paciorek. Estrada goes yard to give the Braves a 1-0 lead: "Alright, Smoltzie. There's your run. Now, go win." How right he probably is ...

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Originally Posted by Third Baseman
$500K

He was signed as insurance and to compete with Lopez in Spring Training. Lopez owned him in ST and all season this year, yet, he still was made the starter because Dave Miley is an idiot. Obviously, if he benched Lopez for Aurilia now, then there would be a massacre since Lopez has been one of the best SS's in the game. So, now he's benching Kearns and playing Freel in the OF and Richie at 2nd. That better not continue. I didn't mind Rich being a utility/backup player (at least until his latest comments, now I want him gone) until Anderson Machado returned.

More of Miley for ya... speaking of Lopez, right? He had that .911 OPS bunt with 2 guys on and 0 out last night late in the game. The hottest hitter on your team and you tell the guy to bunt. Lopez failed and Romano got hung out to try between 2nd and 3rd while trying to take a big lead.

Can managers be DFA'd?

I will personally take a giant shit in Miley's bowl of Cheerios if he even thinks about replacing Lopez with Aurilia. He's the only good shortstop I've had all year. And I've gone thru a half-dozen of them already.
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