Closing Time: It's Hawk day! Wandy and Pods are celebrating

Andy Behrens
July 26, 2010
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Nothing that happened on the diamond today is even half as awesome as that photo of Hall of Famer Andre Dawson over on the right.

Pretty sure that's the exact same suit Brandon Funston wore on the first Yahoo! SportsStream, back in '85. (His recommended adds: Phil Bradley, Damaso Garcia, Ernie Riles, Ozzie Virgil, Dan Petry, Mike Moore, Stew Cliburn).

Congratulations, Hawk. Those of us who support a large, robust Hall are happy for you. Now let's see what we can do about the candidacy of Tim Raines.

But first, we bullet. And before you ask, the Dan Haren trade spin can be found right here. All comments on this post should be Hawk-related.

Back on June 18, Wandy Rodriguez(notes) was mauled by the Rangers (3.0 IP, 6 R, 4 BB). The assault left him with a 6.09 ERA and limited fantasy ownership. But he's delivered a 5-1 record since the loss to Texas, and he pitched his most impressive game of the year on Sunday. Wandy limited the Reds to just one hit and two walks over 7.0 innings, recording seven Ks. He'll get the Brewers next week. His ERA is now back down to 4.80.

And no, I'm not simply trying to boost his trade value in the one league where I own him. Don't be ridiculous. That's a clear ethics violation. I'd never do it. There's a code.

Houston third baseman Chris Johnson(notes) homered in the win against Cincinnati, extending his hitting streak to nine games (which is the minimum number of games required for me to use the word "streak.")

Somewhere, there's a head-to-head owner who was just bailed out by Scott Podsednik(notes). If you needed power at the end of the week, you really had no business starting Scotty Pods against Phil Hughes(notes) and the Yankees. But you did, and he homered twice in a 4-RBI effort. Somewhere else, there's a fantasy owner — or a few thousand fantasy owners — who needed a steal from Podsednik on Sunday, but got nothin'. Those are the breaks. In case you care, Alex Gordon(notes) went 1-for-4 for the Royals. That's his first hit since being recalled from Omaha, where he had many hits (1.019 OPS, 14 HR in 68 games).

There's good news and bad news regarding Rays' pitching prospect Jeremy Hellickson(notes) … but really, the news tilts toward "bad" for fantasy purposes. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon is openly talking about using Hellickson as a reliever during the final months. So you'd have a chance to deploy the 23-year-old, but not in an ideal role. Hellickson is 12-3 at Triple-A Durham with a 2.51 ERA and 119 Ks in 114.2 innings. He fanned nine batters in 5.2 innings in his most recent start. Wade Davis(notes) is stubbornly clinging to his job in the Rays' starting rotation, however. He beat the Tribe on Sunday, recording his third win in as many starts.

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Hopefully you were able to take advantage of the Jays-Tigers doubleheader. A total of 19 runs were scored. Austin Jackson(notes) delivered five hits, Edwin Encarnacion(notes) scored three runs, and Brett Cecil(notes) gave us another solid stat line (7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 6 Ks). Jump on doubleheaders whenever you can, gamers. Hope that dude in the sunglasses over there was wearing sunscreen. Seems like he'd burn easily.

The Marlins walked off again, for what seems like the 30th time this year, but is apparently only the seventh. Here's the latest Fish video. It's kind of impressive that they still celebrate.

The Twins rolled out their junior varsity lineup (check the names) yet still managed to bang out 19 hits and 10 runs, beating Jake Arrieta(notes) and the O's. Kevin Slowey(notes) earned his ninth win, allowing one run over 6.0 innings. He'll get the Mariners next week, baseball's lowest-scoring team. Orlando Hudson(notes) (oblique) hit the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 24.

Trevor Hoffman(notes) tossed the final frame in Milwaukee's win today, though it was a non-save situation. He may have gotten the call if the game were tighter, however, since John Axford(notes) had pitched in three straight games. The Hoff has thrown scoreless innings in 13 of his last 15 appearances, and he's struck out six batters in his last three frames. This remains a situation to watch, but obviously Axford has been terrific (2.81 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 39 Ks in 32.0 IP).

It sounds like Brett Anderson(notes) (elbow) will make his return to the A's rotation on Friday. He threw 5.1 scoreless innings for Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out nine.

Justin Smoak(notes) got a hit! It wasn't much, just a single. But he got a hit! That's his first official hit of any kind since July 19. Entering the day, he had a line drive percentage of 23.8, yet a BABIP of just .240. That seems tough to pull off.

With Jonathan Broxton(notes) unavailable, recent call-up Kenley Jansen(notes) picked up a rogue save against the Mets. Jansen struck out two batters in a perfect inning, his second in as many nights. He's a converted catcher who put up phenomenal numbers at Double-A: 50 Ks in 27.0 innings, 1.67 ERA. This is a story you'll want to monitor.

Arizona's Barry Enright(notes) gave us another solid turn, limiting the Giants to two runs over six innings in a no-decision. The D'backs' bullpen lost the game in the 10th, because that's what they do. Enright hasn't allowed more than three runs, earned or unearned, in any of his five MLB starts. He'll get the Mets next week, and it's the second time they'll have seen him. That should be instructive for us all.

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