Jamie Moyer aids children in Haiti
Phillies veteran will donate $100,000 to Free the Children
Jamie Moyer's foundation announced it will donate $100,000 in aid to Haiti through a group called Free the Children. Established by Jamie and his wife, Karen, the Moyer Foundation raised the funds in local communities and through Spring Training fund drives.
"Karen and I are so thankful to receive the support from our communities to help end the suffering in Haiti," Moyer told MLB.com. "The campaign raised a significant amount of money that will go to Free the Children to help child victims of this devastating earthquake."
Oswalt's childhood home destroyed by tornado: Roy Oswalt will be away from the Astros for a couple of days after a tornado that ripped through Weir, Miss., on Saturday destroyed his childhood home. Oswalt and his wife, Nicole, left for Mississippi on Sunday to be with their families.
"He came in and said his parents' home was flattened," manager Brad Mills told the Houston Chronicle. "Nobody got hurt, but at the same time they'd lived in that home for more than 40 years, so there's a lot of memories there, and he wanted to get there as soon as he could and try to salvage as much as he could."
Jose Molina throws out four base runners: Jose Molina put on a show with his right arm on Sunday. The Blue Jays' catcher set a club record by throwing out four base Tampa Bay runners on attempted steals.
"He did his job. He did a great job behind the plate," Toronto manager Cito Gaston told MLB.com. "He called a great game, and he threw some runners out. That's what we expect from him."
The last catcher to throw out four base stealers in one game was Charles Johnson for the Florida Marlins against Montreal on Sept. 18, 2002.
Prison tour makes impression on Schumaker, LaRue: Skip Schumaker and Jason LaRue were among several players who toured the San Quentin State Prison on Saturday morning while the Cardinals were visiting San Francisco.
"It was unbelievable," Schumaker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You're talking to a lot of people who seem perfectly normal but who obviously have done some really bad things. It definitely left an impression on me, the whole scene."
"You see how these guys live, how they're confined and what one hour outside a day represents," LaRue said. "You can't help but be impacted by something like that."
Vizquel still enjoying the ride at 43: Omar Vizquel turned 43 over the weekend.
"You never think you can have a career the way I've had it, Vizquel told MLB.com. "I really take it year by year, but all of a sudden you look back and have all these years in the big leagues. It's an unbelievable feeling."
Cliff Lee effective during rehab start: Cliff Lee pitched six scoreless innings on Sunday during a rehab start in the Minors and is on track to make his first start for Seattle on Friday when the Mariners take on the Rangers. Lee threw 68 pitches, allowed four hits and struck out four batters and did not allow a walk.
"I felt good," Lee told the Seattle Times. "Threw strikes. Forced them to swing the bat. It went good. The injury is a non-issue. I would have liked to have had a little more command, but that will come. Every [pitch] felt comfortable. My curveball wasn't as good as I wanted, but that's not out of the ordinary. But fastball, changeup, cutter, they were all where I wanted them to be.
"There was no apprehension. I was excited and ready to get back to facing hitters. I don't know what I expected. I expected to come out here and throw strikes. I was able to do that and work on some things. I felt strong the whole time."
Thompson likes his chances against new hitters: After spending five years with St. Louis in the National League, Brad Thompson says he believes pitching to AL hitters as a member of the Royals may actually give him a leg up.
"I think it kind of works both ways. I think it's almost an advantage for me," Thompson told MLB.com. "We have scouting reports on guys but, if I don't know a guy, I'm just going to go after him with my stuff. And that really helps me. If it's his strength, it's still my strength. If I haven't faced him many times and he hasn't seen me, I think it's an advantage for me."
Lilly posts shutout in first start: In his first start of the 2010 season, Ted Lilly pitched six shutout innings in the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
"I was a little more anxious than usual," Lilly told the Chicago Tribune. "Maybe not as calm internally. I tried not to show it too much, those emotions. But I was ... maybe too geeked up."
Narveson earns spot in starting rotation: Chris Narveson is moving from the bullpen into the Brewers' rotation.
Narveson had a strong showing at the end of last season with the Brewers, going 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA in 12 games, four of which were starts. This spring he came close to earning the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
"We felt that what Chris did last September and in Spring Training gave him a chance to see what he can do in a starting role now," manager Ken Macha told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rosales off to solid start out of bullpen: Leo Rosales has a 2.08 ERA in eight games for the Diamondbacks, covering 8 2/3 innings. He has not allowed a run since April 6, which was his first outing of the season.
"He's found himself as to the type of pitcher he is," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch told the The Arizona Republic. "He knows his strengths. His arm strength has picked up, his changeup has always been good. He's working on a breaking ball, and he's had some success. That breeds confidence."
Frankie Rodriguez always ready to take the ball: Frankie Rodriguez recorded saves on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the Mets.
The right-hander told manager Jerry Manuel he was available to pitch on Sunday if needed, too. The Mets didn't need his services in a rain-shortened, six-inning game, but Manuel was ready to use Rodriguez if he had to.
"He likes to pitch a lot. When he says he's ready, I have to believe him," Manuel told MLB.com. "I've never had a guy who saved 62 games."
Venable catching catchers off-guard: Two of Will Venable's four steals have come on delayed starts. It is a tactic rarely seen in today's game.
"The delayed steal is something my father [former Major Leaguer and Padres Minor League coach Max Venable] has talked to me about," Venable told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I did it in the Minors and ironed out my technique. And I worked with Rick Renteria and Dave Roberts on it this spring.
"My dad said it's always something to think about because you're making sure the other team is paying attention. It's sort of unbelievable. I shake my head."
Wood has timely two-run double: Brandon Wood picked a good time to come through with his first extra-base hit of the season. The third baseman delivered a bases-loaded double to help the Angels to an 8-4 win over the Yankees on Sunday.
"I don't know if it got the monkey off my back. Or if there's one on there," Wood told the Los Angeles Times. "That's one hit and two RBIs. I still have a lot of hard work to get myself out of this."
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