Joey Votto tore up his leg when he was thrown out at home in the 4th inning of Saturday's game. He jammed his knee into catcher Ryan Doumit's spikes as he slid, but he says it's not a big deal. "Votto is a man," Baker said. "That's what a man does: He comes to play."
- Jay Bruce personally apologized to Dusty Baker for his base running mistake on Saturday that ended the game. With one out, Bruce was on first when Ramon Hernandez skied a flyball to deep center field. Bruce took off, thinking there were two outs. He was easily doubled off to end the game. Dusty had this to say:
"He felt terrible," said Baker. "I was so mad afterward, but after I saw how he felt it was hard to stay p.o.’d. It’s like your kid coming to you and saying, ‘Dad, I messed up.’ You are about to spank him, but you say, ‘OK, son, don’t do it again.’ "
Bruce does have a cute little punim. It's hard to stay mad at a look like that.
- Hall o' Famer Hal was back in the press box this weekend after a bout with malaria. I would make a funny joke about this, but there just isn't anything funny about malaria.
- Baker was a bit nervous in the last few innings of Harang's masterpiece yesterday against the Pirates:
Baker said, “That’s a tough position for a manager — what if you take him out and something happens and what if you leave him in and something happens? He had good tempo and good rhythm, so you look at his pitch count and see how his throwing."...“He would have had to drag me off the mound,” said Harang.
If you are scoring at home, Harang's Game Score yesterday was 90. That's like, good or something.
TucsonRoyal at Beyond the Boxscore takes a look at the breakdown of major league talent from state to state. Ohio comes in as the 10th most talented state, and Kentucky comes in at 15.
- In "Why Am I Not Surprised" news, Milton Bradley left Sunday's game against the Brewers with a groin strain. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but whoever had 6 games in the Milton Bradley injury pool is smiling big today.