Game of the Day
Rangers 3, Marlins 2
Matt Treanor, a reserve catcher, is not the first guy you'd consider to rescue the Rangers in the ninth inning. Josh Hamilton(notes), Vladimir Guerrero(notes), Mike Young, Elvis Andrus(notes), Ian Kinsler(notes) and perhaps 10 others come to mind, but it was Treanor on the spot with two outs.
With Texas down a run, Treanor lined the first pitch from closer Leo Nuñez off the wall in left center for a two-run, go-ahead, pinch-hit triple. He flipped them for real!
Not bad for a guy who came in with a .218 batting average and a .674 OPS. Treanor's pinch hitting hasn't been any more prolific; he came in 3 for 17 with one RBI (that came six years ago). Ron Washington cares not for your puny statistics!
Most of those stats were accumulated with the Marlins, who released Treanor after the 2008 season. Oh, he'll be fine.
"I'm not a journalist, but I'd say 'elated,'" said Treanor, who broke in with the Marlins and played 321 games with them from 2004-2008.
"I had feelings," Treanor said. "I think anybody that has a chance to play their former team, they're always wanting to show them that 'Hey, I'm a quality player and I feel I deserve to be here.'"
Sounds like a nice guy. But, a Matt Treanor story would not be complete without mentioning that he is married to Olympic volleyballer Misty May Treanor. Their children would be genetic supermen! That is all.
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They Also Played ...
Rays 10, Braves 4: Based on all of the information we have, Chipper Jones(notes) seems to be on the verge of being on the verge of making a decision about discussing that he's on the verge of announcing that he will someday retire.
Dodgers 12, Reds 0: Joe Torre hates Hiroki Kuroda's(notes) labrum! He allowed the right-hander to resume pitching after a 2 1/2 hour rain delay, apparently so he could go the requisite five and pick up the "W." Preposterific! It's not like the Dodgers recently incurred any injuries to their starting rotation, either (Chad Billingsley(notes)).Derrek Lee(notes) (right) called his team's performance of "Single-A" quality. Fine, but do you have to denigrate Peoria like that?
Mets 7, Indians 6: The Mets are never going to get around to firing Jerry Manuel if they keep winning like this.
Red Sox 6, D-backs 3: Fenway emptied in the fifth, reports say, so folks could scoot home and watch the Lakers dismantle the Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Royals 15, Astros 7: This "National League" ain't so tough, is it, K.C.?
Cardinals 4, Mariners 2: After his time with the Milwaukee Brewers ended so disastrously, you could almost see success coming for Jeff Suppan(notes) back in Saint Lou. One run allowed over four innings, plus a double and run scored in his Cards debut. He's been Dave Duncan'd!
Padres 8, Blue Jays 2: All Aaron Cunningham(notes) does is hit grand slams in his first at-bat with the Padres. ... I can't stop staring at Mat Latos'(notes) name. It's the one "T" in Mat. Also, all four Padres pitchers in this game have season WHIPs under 1.00. Sweet!
- Matt Treanor