"I don't want a movie hot dog. I want a Papaya King hot dog!"
It’s Dollar Dog Night. And… I don’t know what in the world just made me think of this… but did you see that Washington Post series about one in three U.S. children being obese? I can’t imagine how such a thing could happen.
Travis Hafner is getting the night off, not in observance of Memorial Day, but, rather, in observance of his .197 average against right-handed pitchers. Same goes for Ryan Garko, who seems to be falling into more and more of a platoon situation with Michael Aubrey, although Eric Wedge doesn’t want to call it that. Yet.
INDIANS (23-27): CF Grady Sizemore, DH David Dellucci, LF Ben Francisco, C Victor Martinez, 1B Michael Aubrey, SS Jhonny Peralta, RF Franklin Gutierrez, 3B Casey Blake, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. RHP Paul Byrd on the mound.
WHITE SOX (27-22): SS Orlando Cabrera, C A.J. Pierzynski, LF Carlos Quentin, RF Jermaine Dye, DH Jim Thome, 1B Paul Konerko, 3B Joe Crede, CF Nick Swisher, 2B Alexei Ramirez. RHP Javier Vazquez.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- OF Todd Linden and INF Jorge Velandia were both signed to Minor League contracts and assigned to Buffalo. Linden, 27, had been with Triple-A Sacramento, where he was batting .333 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 22 games. He was the 41st overall pick in the 2001 Draft. He’s appeared in 270 big-league games with the Giants and Marlins, batting .231 (116-for-502).
- Velandia, 33, was with Triple-A Syracuse, batting .287 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 28 games. He appeared in two games with the Blue Jays, including the second game of that May 12 doubleheader at Progressive Field. In his career, Velandia’s hit .182 with two homers and 23 RBIs in 166 big-league games with the Padres, A’s, Mets, Rays and Jays.
- Top prospect Adam Miller is hurt again at Buffalo. I’ll have more on the site on that in a little bit, but he’s developed another blister on the same finger that gave him fits during Spring Training.
- Congrats to Omar Vizquel, who became the all-time leader in games played at SS by playing in career game No. 2,584 yesterday for the Giants in Florida. He surpassed Luis Aparacio. Ozzie Smith (2,511) is third. Aparacio and Smith are in the Hall of Fame, and Omar, as far as I’m concerned, figures to join them — wearing a Tribe cap, no less.
- Joe Borowski is tied with Steve Olin for sixth place on the club’s all-time saves list, with 48.
- The opposition hasn’t attempted a steal on the Tribe over the last seven games.