Lost and Found: During a road trip to the west coast last week, Cincinnati Reds closer Danny Graves lost his wallet and he figured that he would never see it again. That is, until, someone sent the wallet – with the $1,400, credit cards, license, and Reds ID cards. All the man wanted in return was an autograph to give to his father, and Graves said that he will honor that and will even send back some of the money.
Arizona Prospect Ages Three Years, Changes Names: Diamondbacks scout Rafael Meno said that he knew prospect Adriano Rosario was using a different alias and that he wouldn’t tell unless the player said that he would cut the scout part of his bonus. The pitcher now goes by the correct name of Ramon Antonio Pena Paulino and is 22 years old, and he has returned to the Dominican Republic to settle his immigration status. He is now represented by Scott Boras, the destroyer of baseball.
Cracker Jack Out: The New York Yankees have decided to change one of baseball’s biggest traditions – the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch. Instead of Cracker Jack, Crunch ‘n Munch will be sung because it “tastes better,” according to Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo.
57 Zeroes: St. Louis Cardinals prospect Brad Thompson set a 97-year-old record by pitching 57 consecutive scoreless innings. The previous record was 56 by Birmingham's Irvin Wilhelm in 1907. The major league record is still held by Orel Hershiser with 59 consecutive scoreless innings.
Mondesi Done: Raul Mondesi’s contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates was terminated on Wednesday. “I feel relieved now,” Mondesi said. “I want the best for the Pirates and considering my situation in the Dominican Republic I wasn't going to be much help to them at this moment. I have an issue to resolve and the Pirates have a schedule to complete. I understand that they have taken this measure.” Raul was hitting .283 with two homers on the short season and this does not rule out a return to the majors this season.
Garret Anderson Injury Update: Garret Anderson, having been on the Disabled List since April 22, has finally learned what the source of his back problems is - and you will too once you read the next sentence. On Wednesday he was diagnosed with arthritis of the shoulder, upper back, and neck. There is no table for the return of Anderson, but the Angels hope it will be soon considering all of the injuries on their team.
All’s Not Well: David Wells, after getting slapped on the back of his neck by his friend, turned around, tripped over a bar stool, knocked over a bottle of champagne, and severed a tendon in his right (non-throwing) wrist. This is the same person that got into a fight in a bar in Cleveland, lost two teeth in a New York brawl and pitched a perfect game with a hangover.
New Expos Home: After lying to us for the past two years, Commissioner Bud Selig announced that a new home for the Expos would be selected by mid-July. The leading contenders seem to be Washington DC and Portland, Oregon. Hopefully something will be settled this time and the Washington Senators will reappear.
David Ortiz Extended: Starting pitcher Pedro Martinez convinced designated hitter (lowercased because of the concept) David Ortiz to return to the Boston Red Sox next season. The slugger signed a two-year, $12.5 million contract, which also includes a club option for 2007. Ortiz finished last season with 31 homers and 101 RBIs and seems to be on pace to have another good season. The deal calls for $5.25 million next year, $6.5 million after that, and a $7.75 million option in 2007 or a $750,000 buyout.
The DL Welcomes: 1B Greg Colbrunn (D’Backs, right wrist tendinitis, 15-day DL, 5.16), 2B Marcus Giles (Braves, broken right collarbone, 15 day DL, 5.16), RP Scott Williamson (Red Sox, right elbow inflammation, 15 day DL, 5.19), RF Sammy Sosa (Cubs, sneeze causing strained lower back tendons, 15 day DL, 5.18), 1B Wil Cordero (Marlins, right knee inflammation, 15 day DL, 5.17), 3B Wes Helms (Brewers, torn right knee cartilage, 15 day DL, 5.21), LF Shannon Stewart (Twins, Plantar fasciitis, right heel [whatever that means], 15 day DL, 5.18), RP Brian Powell (Phillies, neck strain, 15 day DL, 5.19), SS Ramon Vazquez (Padres, strained right oblique, 15 day DL, 5.21), SP David Wells (Padres, lacerations on hands, 15 day DL, 5.17), C Gerard Laird (Rangers, torn ligament in left thumb, 15 day DL, 5.21, out 3 months).