Baseball Notebook Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Yankees lose to Brewers but only the Blue Jays distance themselves from Yankees as the Orioles and Red Sox fail to gain ground on the Yankees. Carl Pavano pitches a good game but with the anemic offensive support it wasn't good enough to pick up a win. For the second night in a row they only muster 4 hits....All the NL East teams except the Marlins last night as the Marlins sink deeper into last place falling 2 1/2 games back of first place Nationals....A's outhit the Nationals but lose on one bad pitch by Barry Zito a Nick Johnson 2 run homer. Kiki Calero pitches a hitless inning of relief while striking out 2 so could be a big help out of the bullpen again now that he is off the DL....Braves rookie Andy Marte drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in his first major league game. Marte also made a barehanded pickup on a slow roller that showed off his defensive skill. Wilson Betemit has 11 extra base hits in 62 at bats which is better than Brian Jordan with only 7 in in 169 at bats. Betemit played 2nd base last night but Giles probably will be back there tonight. They need a way to get Betemit and Marte both in the lineup if possible. If Betemit can get more at bats he would be a good fantasy league pickup....Greg Smith a former local prep player who went on to LSU was drafted by the Diamondbacks and may forego his senior year at LSU to play in their farm system....Time for a wakeup call for fans voting for NL shortstop Nomar Garciaparra...Hello!! He is on disabled list and wasn't worthy of being on All Star team this year when healthy so why is he first in voting for shortstop...and why is Derrek Lee over 300,000 votes behind Albert Pujols in first base voting?...With the two leaders in votes at 3rd base both on disabled list the All Star berth may go to Troy Glaus.