Felix Hernandez's grand slam off Santana was the first homer ever for a Mariners pitcher. But it didn't give him bragging rights in the clubhouse.
Mel Stottlemyre, the Mariners' pitching coach, hit an inside-the-park grand slam for New York at Yankee Stadium on July 20, 1965."They were playing me the wrong way," Stottlemyre said. "(Carl) Yastrzemski in left field was playing me very shallow, and a little bit to pull. I guess they were trying to protect against a little short pop-up. The center fielder ... was playing me toward right-center. There was a huge gap in left-center. It was a line drive that went to the wall and bounced back. I could run decently at that time. ... I'm one of the few guys who could say he pinch-ran for Mickey Mantle."
Attack of the pillows
Tigers catcher Brandon Inge has landed on the disabled list because of ... a pillow. Really.
"It was the stupidest, most freakish thing," said Inge, who has been playing with a strained muscle in his side. He propped himself up on one elbow to put a pillow under the head of his 3-year-old son Tyler and felt a shooting pain.
"A piece of cartilage kind of tore out from under my ribs," he said sheepishly. "You take swings in baseball and it's not as bad as pushing a pillow down."Said manager Jim Leyland: "That's a first."
Pitches thrown by Joba Chamberlain in his first win as a starter Wednesday night. That's the most by a Yankees pitcher under 23 years old since Andy Pettitte in 1995, and indicates that the days of coddling the prized prospect are over. "The kid gloves are off," manager Joe Girardi said. "We expect him to go deep into games for us."
Reds manager Dusty Baker, on the fact that Cincinnati hitters have made a lot of opposing pitchers look like Cy Young recently:
"And everybody ain't Cy Young."