MLB Daily Update: 05/21/2008

Mike Piazza officially announced his retirement; I thought he would have held out a little longer to see if an AL team would need a DH for the stretch. Piazza will go down as one of the greatest hitting catchers ever – but his defense left a lot to be desired.

We also have a few double digit scores, Pedro retirment talk, and Yankee GM info.

Scores
STL 2 SD 3
CHN 2 HOU 4
NYN 1 ATL 6
MIL 7 PIT 2
ARI 2 FLA 3
PHI 1 WAS 0
NYN 2 ATL 6
SF 6 COL 5
CIN 1 LAN 4
TB 3 OAK 2
KC 1 BOS 2
SEA 8 DET 12
BAL 12 NYA 2
LAA 3 TOR 1
TEX 2 MIN 11
CLE 1 CHA 4

Transactions
Boston Red Sox
Julian Tavarez outrighted to the minors; Justin Masterson called up from the minors.
Chicago Cubs
Jason Dubois signed to a minor league contract; Jose Ascanio called up from the minors; Chad Fox placed on the DL (15-day, ulnar neuritis in right arm).
Cleveland Indians
Joe Borowski sent to the minors for rehabilitation; Jason Tyner outrighted to the minors.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Esteban Loaiza sent to the minors for rehabilitation; Jason Schmidt transferred to the 60-Day DL; Gary Bennett placed on the DL (15-day, plantar fasciitis in left foot); Danny Ardoin purchased from the minors.
New York Yankees
Alex Rodriguez removed from the DL; Chris Britton sent to the minors.
Oakland Athletics
Lenny DiNardo called up from the minors; Andrew Brown placed on the DL (15-day, appendectomy); Mike Piazza retired.
San Diego Padres
Justin Hampson sent to the minors for rehabilitation; Jake Peavy placed on the DL (15-day, strained right elbow); Joe Thatcher called up from the minors.
Toronto Blue Jays
David Eckstein sent to the minors for rehabilitation.
Washington Nationals
Chris Schroder called up from the minors; Ronnie Belliard placed on the DL (15-day, strained left calf).

Daily Rumors from MLB Trade Rumors
– Potential players available from the Padres: Maddux, Giles, Wolf, Greene, Iguchi, Clark, Estes, Barrett.
– The Phillies could deal Shane Victorino for pitching.
– Scott Hatteberg and one of the catchers are expected to be dealt by the Reds before Griffey or Dunn.
– Paul Byrd could draw interest from the Brewers, Braves or Astros if the Indians decide to deal him.
– Pedro Martinez won’t rule out retirement when his contract runs out at the end of the season.
– The Rockies still have interest in Julian Tavarez; he accepted his assignment to the minors so a trade could be worked out.
– Hank Steinbrenner said the GM job is Cashman’s if he wants it.
– The Royals are leaning towards a bat in the draft.
– The Pirates will likely draft Pedro Alvarez if the Rays don’t take him.
– College pitching is the target for the Cardinals at 13.
– Mike Piazza decided to finally hang it up.

Around the Web
Injury Report
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BA Prospect Blog
All Star Voting

Today’s Matchups
San Francisco at Colorado, 3:05
Sanchez (2-3) vs Jimenez (1-4)

Tampa Bay at Oakland, 3:35
Sonnanstine (6-1) vs Eveland (3-3)

Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05
Sheets (4-1) vs Snell (2-2)

Kansas City at Boston, 7:05
Tomko (2-4) vs Colon (0-0)

Seattle at Detroit, 7:05
Washburn (2-5) vs Rogers (3-4)

Baltimore at New York (A), 7:05
Olson (3-0) vs Rasner (2-0)

Los Angeles (A) at Toronto, 7:07
Garland (4-3) vs Marcum (4-2)

Arizona at Florida, 7:10
Webb (9-0) vs Nolasco (2-3)

New York (N) at Atlanta, 7:10
Pelfrey (2-4) vs Jurrjens (4-3)

Philadelphia at Washington, 7:10
Moyer (3-3) vs Chico (0-5)

Chicago (N) at Houston, 8:05
Gallagher (1-0) vs Chacon (0-0)

Texas at Minnesota, 8:10
Ponson (2-0) vs Blackburn (4-2)

Cleveland at Chicago (A), 8:11
Byrd (2-3) vs Vazquez (4-3)

St. Louis at San Diego, 10:05
Looper (5-3) vs Young (4-3)

Cincinnati at Los Angeles (N), 10:10
Cueto (2-4) vs Kuroda (1-3)

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