A very light schedule tonight:
Ian Kinsler (Rangers) was 1-3 with a double and two runs scored s Texas beat the Twins, 8-5. Kinsler almost returned to the disabled list in his first game back when he took a pitch to the noggin against the Red Sox on Aug. 15. Unlike David Wright of the Mets, who was clocked by a 93-MPH fastball by the Giants Matt Cain the same day, Kinsler was able tor emain in the game.
This came just days after an article in the New York Times discussed a new, more protective batting helmet. The current model is good for about a 75-MPH pitch, which very few Major Leaguers throw; the new version can withstand pitches up to 100 MPH. The problem: most players interviewed thought it wasn’t cool enough (looking, that is) and said they wouldn’t wear it. Ironically, Wright was one of the few who said he would, fashion be damned. Too bad it wasn’t available on Saturday.
An item on Bleacher Report compares the way Kinsler and Kevin Youkilis reacted to their respective incidents.
In other MOT action:
- Craig Breslow (As) notched his 12th hold, pitching two scoreless innings in Oakland’s 3-0 shutout of the Yankees.
- Sam Fuld (Cubs) singled as a pinch-hitter as Chicago pulled out a 4-1 win in the bottom of the ninth over the Padres.
- Josh Whitesell (Diamondbacks) struck out as a pinch hitter as Atlanta bested Arizona, 9-4.
- Ryan Braun (Brewers) was hitless in three at bats with two walks and a run scored as Milwaukee fell to the Pirates, 9-5.
- Brad Ausmus (Dodgers) was 0-2 as a starter in LA’s 3-2 loss to the Cardinals.