April 13, 2009
This and every Monday morning, let's rise and shine together to review the weekend's top stories around the baseball-o-sphere. Countdown starts in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where Giants ace Tim Lincecum still isn't quite himself after a breakthrough season.
10. Timmy the Tramp: 'Duk speculated in jest in November that the man who accepted the 2008 Cy Young Award was a "San Francisco Hobo" and not Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum. Kevin simply drew his conclusion based on Lincecum's youthfully grungy appearance. Well, after a second poor start in ‘09, Gi'nts manager Bruce Bochy might be wondering exactly who's the freeloader on the mound in black and orange trim. Other than Lincecum's results, he might want to look for other hobotic signs.
• Does he ride a freight train to the ballpark?
• Is he carrying all of his belongings wrapped in cloth on the end of a stick?
• Instead of borrowing Fred Lewis' trusty fleece blanket, will he cover himself in newspapers when he takes naps?
• Will he never shut up about the Bowery?
• Will he cook his own pregame meal in a small rusty frying pan over an open flame in front of his locker?
• Does he refer to his game uniform as his "glad rags?"
9. D'oh over! The Nationals want to restart the season, but they'd probably just go 0-6 again.
8. Guilt trippin': Brewers outfielder Mike Cameron, one of the nicest guys in the majors, has been reaching out to Joe Martinez, the Giants pitcher who was hit in the face by one of Cameron's line drives this past Thursday. Martinez is recovering from a concussion and facial fractures, and Cameron can relate because of his outfield collision with Carlos Beltran, then a teammate, in 2005.
Cameron tried to phone Martinez, who was unable to talk at the time, and asked the Brewers help sending him a care package that included Wisconsin sausage (and, presumably, cheese) which will come in handy once Martinez feels up to chewing.
7. CC puts pedal to the metal: Sabathia made a slight adjustment, with his foot, and stepped on the Royals' collective throat in his second start — which went a lot better than his first start for the Yankees. Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan says CC's NYC transition is now down to pitching.
6. Whole Cole: Cole Hamels made his first start of the season and was torched by the Rockies, leading to frustration by manager Charlie Manuel and continued speculation that Hamels has a bum arm. Not so, Hamels has said repeatedly since having setbacks in spring training. MLB.com's Todd Zolecki believes the lefty means it.
5. Switcheroo! The Tigers got good at baseball and the Rangers got bad against each other.
4. If you say so: Brandon Webb does his best Alfred E. Neuman. He's not worried about a stiff right shoulder because an MRI reveals no structural damage. He's on the DL because of a timing issue so the D-backs can use an extra man until he makes his next start, which has yet to be scheduled. Yeah, sounds COMPLETELY normal, Brandon.
• The Angels won Friday's series opener with the Red Sox, their first game since losing Adenhart, and got a standing "O" for doing so (and for keeping their heads up) from the Angel Stadium crowd.
• Reggie Willits didn't want to, but he took Adenhart's roster spot.