Diamond Digits: A perfect day, and 400 reasons to smile
The weather wasn't the only thing blistering hot this week as nobody could get a certain Yankee out and a Brave had 400 on the mind -- two ways -- in this sweltering edition of Diamond Digits.
Players in the last 38 years to have a six-hit games that includes a walk-off hit,
Switch-hitters who have reached the 400 home run plateau after
Teams in the majors this season that have yet to experience a three-game losing streak. By pulling out a win on Sunday in L.A., the Cubs snapped a two-game skid to maintain their status as the only team in the majors yet to drop three in a row. Even more amazingly, Lou Piniella's team had the best record in baseball on June 1, marking the first time in 100 years that they were the majors' best team on June 1. Perhaps not-so coincidentally, that year, 1908, marked the last Cubs World Series title.
White Sox general manager
The Marlins expect big things from Lindstrom, a 28-year old right handed reliever acquired from the Mets in 2006, but last week's gigantic ERA of 32.40 in three appearances couldn't have been one of them. In two games against the Braves and one versus the Reds, Lindstrom allowed six earned runs, eight hits, walked five while pitching a total of an inning and two-thirds while his Marlins fell from first place in the NL East.
In a macro sense it was a big week for the Big Unit; in a micro sense, not so much. Last Monday night
Rookie right handed reliever