Fan treats Brennan Boesch to breakfast
Tigers right fielder feeling the love in Detroit
Brennan Boesch took it as a sign people in Detroit are beginning to recognize him when he accepted a fan offer's to pick up the tab for a recent breakfast.
"It was pretty neat. That was the first time that's ever happened to me," Boesch told MLB.com. "[A fan] just said, 'Good game last night. It's on me.' I snuck out of there before he changed his mind."
Afterall, it is the most important meal of the day.
Desmond turning heads with defensive play: Rookie shortstop Ian Desmond's defensive play has impressed Nationals manager Jim Riggleman.
"I can't think of anybody because he's so rangy and athletic," Riggleman told the The Washington Post when asked if Desmond reminds him of any players. "Offhand, I don't know. I hesitate to say some of the names that might come to mind because those guys are Hall of Famers. I don't want to disrespect anybody who's accomplished things for 12, 15 years by comparing them to somebody who just got here. I think after he plays a few years, you'll be able to mention him in the same breath with some great names."
"Right now, there's not too many guys out there who play like he does, that athletic and electric in their body. He could play center field. A lot of shortstops could do that, but I really think he could be a great center fielder."
Bautista's homers lead to weekly award: AL Player of the Week Jose Bautista is quietly on a home run binge.
His two-run homer Monday gave him 11 for the season and four in three games. Dating back to Sept. 7, 2009, he has 21 in his last 246 at-bats.
"He's had some week," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston told MLB.com. "I always say about Jose, Jose's not only a guy that you love having on your ball club, but he can play a lot of different positions for you, too. He's no problem for you. Wherever you put him, he'll go and play."
In addition to his homers last week, Bautista hit .444, going 8-for-18 in six games.
Sampson back to his reliable ways: Chris Sampson had allowed 12 hits and five walks with a 1.13 ERA over 16 relief innings for the Astros going into Tuesday night's game. Opponents were hitting only .211 against him.
"He is back throwing the way that he did the first half of last season," Astros general manager Ed Wade told the Houston Chronicle. "He was pretty automatic when you called him into practically any type of situation, and he'd figure out how to get a ground ball for us. ... His rebound has been very significant."
"We still have a long way to go," Sampson said. "But so far so good."
Hart puts together three memorable games: Corey Hart is hot, going 7-for-12 with four home runs and seven RBIs over a recent three-game stretch. On Monday, Hart went 3-for-4 with two home runs.
"He's getting the head of the bat out on some fastballs," Brewers manager Ken Macha told MLB.com. "He's getting good extension."
Saul Rivera brings depth to Arizona bullpen: Saul Rivera had a 0.53 ERA in 17 innings for Triple-A Columbus. Now, he is a member of the Diamondbacks, who acquired him from the Indians for cash.
"It took me by surprise," Rivera told the The Arizona Republic. "It was a good surprise, though."
Rivera, 32, has had big league success before, compiling a 3.72 ERA in his first three Major League seasons.
Andrus wows 'em with highlight dive: Elvis Andrus made a diving play and threw out Torii Hunter at first base to start the eighth inning in the Rangers' 4-3 win over the Angels on Monday. It was a play that drew high praise from Hunter.
"That's the best play that's been made on me. Ever," Hunter told MLB.com. "That guy can really play. He was in left field and made a heck of a throw. That was a sweet play the more I think about it."
"You won't see a shortstop make a better play than that," Texas third baseman Michael Young said. "To get an out like that, that was just a sick play."
Westbrook adds reliable changeup: While known for his slider, Jake Westbrook is gaining more and more confidence in his changeup.
"It's kind of developed into my second-best pitch," Westbrook told the Akron Beacon Journal. "The more I throw it, the better it is. I think I've been putting myself into better position to throw it. I'm setting hitters up better and getting guys to swing and miss."
Rested Sonnanstine stays prepared, provides spark: Former starter Andy Sonnanstine has been effective despite inconsistent opportunity out of the Rays' bullpen this season, but his preparation has most impressed manager Joe Maddon. His latest effort came in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Indians on Monday.
"This guy has not pitched in a while, and I'm watching him go out there throwing strikes, really sharp," Maddon told MLB.com. "If you've watched him in the clubhouse the last couple of weeks when he hasn't played, prior to each series, this guy takes notes, he looks at video, he's always staying ready for his moment. He had his moment, it was very big, and he came out on top."
Yadier Molina giving Wainwright confidence: Adam Wainwright isn't concerned about throwing his trademark curveball in the dirt with Yadier Molina catching.
"There is tremendous trust there," Wainwright told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He overwhelmingly is right there with me on what I want to do. And when it's not his first choice, it's always the second. And I never -- I mean never -- worry about bouncing a pitch up there because I know he's going to block it. That gives a pitcher a tremendous amount of confidence."
Bullington pleased with promotion to bullpen: After Bryan Bullington dominated through five starts at Triple-A (2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in seven games), the Royals called him up to join their bullpen.
"The game is crazy," Bullington told the Kansas City Star. "I've been playing a while now, and you never know [what's going to happen]. I feel as healthy as I've felt in my whole career. The ball is coming out good, and I feel confident."
Paulino showing he can hit 'em all: Ronny Paulino is taking advantage of increased opportunity. The Marlins' catcher usually only plays against lefty pitchers, but in his past 14 games he is batting .333 with eight RBIs while facing all pitchers.
"My first [two] years in the big leagues I played every day, faced both and don't think my numbers against right-handers were bad," Paulino told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Oliver provides Angels with a flashback: In three seasons with the Angels, Darren Oliver was 15-3 with a 3.10 ERA. Now with the Rangers, he had two 1-2-3 innings against his former team.
"He's a guy that has left some footprints in our bullpen that we're trying to fill," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times.
"It's always tough when you come to a new team, trying to get to know everybody again, get to know their nicknames," Oliver said. "But it always helps when you're winning, and we're doing that over here."
Ludwick recalls his old sliding catch days: A sliding catch on wet turf in St. Louis on Monday brought out the little boy in Ryan Ludwick.
"I enjoyed that one," Ludwick told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "That was my favorite one of the year. It was kind of fun because the grass was wet so you got to slip and slide. It kind of brought me back to my childhood days. I landed on the grass, slid on the grass and then slid on the dirt. It was like a slip-and-slide on to a sandpaper slide."
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