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.
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
Boston Red Sox
Julian Tavarez outrighted to the minors; Justin Masterson called up from the minors.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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