Phillies manager Pete Mackanin called for a little powwow after his club suffered a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night (see Instant Replay). The loss was the Phillies' 21st in the last 26 games. Cincinnati starting pitcher Tim Adleman entered the game with a 6.19 ERA, but he pitched like an ace in holding the Phillies to just a first-inning single over his eight shutout innings (see story).
The Toronto Blue Jays have been terrible so far this season. They have come up short a lot and have not reached their potential at all. Their supposed ace, Aaron Sanchez, has gone on the DL three times with the same injury, and the hitters have just not produced. Jose Bautista has been pretty good over the past two weeks or so, but other than that no one is getting on base or getting the big hit. They currently sit 7.5 games off of first place with a 23-27 record. They could easily catch up with a big winning streak and put themselves right back into the race, but as of right now, this just does not seem likely. Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki are back from injury now, but they combined for
The Cleveland Indians honored Hall of Famer Frank Robinson with a statue at Progressive Field on Saturday. Robinson was the first African-American manager in the big leagues, hired by the Indians in 1975. He remained an active player while running the club from the dugout. Robinson managed the Indians for two-plus seasons, including in 1977 when he had retired as a player. After his stint with the Indians, Robinson went on to manage the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. He had a 1,065-1,1176 record in 16 seasons. As a player, Robinson enjoyed far greater success. A career .294 hitter, Robinson slugged 586 home runs and notched 2,943 base hits. He