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The bull pen


The bull pen
-- How long has it been since the Giants won a World Series? Put it this way. The grandson of a backup shortstop Sam Dente on the 1954 Indians, the last team to lose a World Series to the Giants , broke in with the Tigers this year. Last Sunday, Rick Porcello beat the Indians, his grandpa's old team. Dente died seven years ago.

-- Bryan Price , who resigned as the Diamondbacks' pitching coach out of respect for manager Bob Melvin , who was fired, quickly landed a new job. Price, who grew up in Mill Valley and pitched at Cal, is a special assistant with the Phillies, analyzing pitchers in the system and possible draft picks.

-- Or maybe Price quit so he wouldn't have to work under a Stanford guy, new Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch .

-- What if the Giants or A's signed Bobby Abreu ? The Angels seemed to get a sweetheart deal when signing the outfielder, but he hasn't homered since Sept. 24, and 32 of his 38 hits have been singles.

-- The Brewers called up Mat Gamel , their top offensive prospect who's not known for his defense at third base, to use him as a designated hitter in upcoming interleague play. It was a strategy used by the Brewers four years ago when they first called up Prince Fielder .

-- What was Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco 's secret for beating the Rockies, his first win in six starts? Chewing gum. He chewed it to increase his saliva so he could more easily moisten his fingers for a better grip. Said so himself.

Numbers game 5Home runs in May for Cubs shortstop , who had just one homer in 580 at-bats last season and five homers in 2,048 at-bats in the minors.9-0Combined records of former farmhands 5-0 with the Nationals and 4-0 with the Angels.26Players with hitting streaks of at least 30 games since 's 56-gamer in 1941. , whose 30-gamer ended Wednesday in San Francisco, was the seventh this decade.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 17, 2009

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