Big Leaguers Notebook: May 10
A's Cahill, Tigers' Scherzer pick up their sixth victories
Trevor Cahill and Max Scherzer each improved their records to 6-0, tying them with the Angels' Jered Weaver for the Major League lead in wins (MLB.com). Cahill allowed one earned run and struck out seven over seven innings for the A's, and Scherzer led the Tigers giving up two earned over five innings. Zack Greinke also earned a victory, going six innings and striking out nine in his return to the mound. "Having [the fans] there today was really nice. It got me a little extra excited, especially early on in the game. It was great. I was really impressed with them today," said Greinke of his debut in front of the home crowd. (MLB.com)
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips added to his 2011 highlight reel with his best Superman impression (MLB.com), Corey Patterson flashed a little glove for the Blue Jays (MLB.com), and the Brewers' Yuniesky Betancourt pulled off a defensive stunner that you'll have to see to believe. (MLB.com)
Troy Tulowitzki lives and breathes baseball. While his teammates relax, Tulo reads scouting reports, tunes into MLB Network, and even forgoes family vacations in favor of workout sessions. "I'm a baseball junkie," said the All-Star shortstop, who was even inspired by the game when naming his two dogs, Ripken and Rawlings. "Without a doubt I was born to play baseball. What can I say? I love the game." (USA Today)
One anonymous Major Leaguer, dubbed only "Player X," gives his uncensored take on the unwritten rules of on-field etiquette and purpose pitches. (ESPN.com)
Jeremy Guthrie shows off one of the unique perks of being a Major League pitcher -- an enviable vault full of fresh Nike kicks. (Twitter)
The official rite of passage in Major League bullpens everywhere: "Welcome to The Show, rookie. Here's your Disney princess backpack ..." (Fox Sports)
Tweet of the Day: "Pumped my boy Mike Wilson finally is getting his opportunity to play in the majors. Never gave up after 10 yrs in the minors. Stayed wit it." -- Orioles outfielder Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10). Wilson is slated to make his Major League debut Tuesday with the Seattle Mariners.
Quote of the Day: "What can you say about [Johnny Damon]? I've only known him for a couple months, and he's going to auction off his shoes and donate them to my sister's foundation. That just shows what a great guy, what an unbelievable teammate he is, and I don't have the words to express how much I appreciate what he's doing." -- Rays reliever Adam Russell. The pink cleats, worn by Damon on Mother's Day in honor of breast cancer awareness, will benefit Russell's sister, Tracy Galvin, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer last year. (St. Petersburg Times)
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