New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran became the fourth switch-hitter to hit 400 home runs. Can you name the other three? Answer at end of these notes. ...
Former Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, now the GM of Seattle, had this to say in USA Today when asked what he has learned since taking over the Mariners: “I learned there really is no such thing as rebuilding in the major leagues. You can rebuild organizations, but you’re here to win at the big league level. We wanted to rebuild and replenish our player development, but when you have Robinson Cano, Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz, why would you ever rebuild? The ownership gave us freedom to be pretty creative and make a lot of changes.You have to focus on a culture, a winning culture.” …
Through Thursday, the Atlanta Braves had 10 victories, each one by a different pitcher. ... Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said Carlos Gomez, acquired in 2015 to boost the team’s playoff run, could be benched soon if he doesn’t improve. Gomez is hitting .182/.238/.248, well off his .260/.314/.418 numbers before the season began. ...
Baseball America released its latest mock draft (the draft is June 9) and predicts the Philadelphia Phillies will choose A.J. Puk, a left-hander at the University of Florida, with the No. 1 overall pick. The publication projects the Angels will choose University of Pittsburgh right-hander T.J. Zeuch and the Dodgers will choose third baseman Nolan Jones of Holy Ghost High in Pennsylvania. ... Top candidates to replace Fredi Gonzalez as manager of the Atlanta Braves: Terry Pendleton, Bo Porter, Eddie Perez and Mark DeRosa. ...
Commissioner Rob Manfred on why there has been an increased number of positive PED tests this season: “The windows of detection on certain substances have been lengthened. That may be one on explanation for what we’re seeing.” ... Want to feel old? Reggie Jackson turned 70 on Wednesday and Kirk Gibson turns 59 on May 28. ... Answer: Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones.
vs. Cincinnati: Monday, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.
at New York Mets: Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.
Mets fans sure to provide a pleasant and friendly welcome to Chase Utley.
at Texas: Monday, 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.
vs. Houston: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
Rangers getting a new ballpark? Their current park isn’t even as old as Mike Trout.
MLB SERIES OF THE WEEK
Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
Monday through Wednesday
The top two teams in the AL Central face off in a pitching fest. On Tuesday, the White Sox throw ace Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58). On Wednesday, the White Sox try Jose Quintana (5-3, 1.98) against 2015 Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (3-5, 4.10).
What they’re saying on Twitter
“Zero respect for Odor. Never had respect for him, never will.”
—Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6), Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, after Rougned Odor punched Toronto’s Jose Bautista. Odor drew an eight-game suspension.
“Was Bautista winding up to tickle him?”
—Brandon McCarthy (@BmcCarthy32), Dodgers pitcher, in response to Stroman.
“Cleanest punch I’ve ever seen landed in the big leagues.”
—Jeremy Guthrie (@TheRealJGuts), former major league pitcher.
“I wonder if the Rangers/Blue Jays were thinking about making baseball fun again while fighting.”
—Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35), Dodgers pitcher.