Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Fourth Outfielder and a Backup Catcher Getting the Job Done

Gabe Kapler was 2-2 with 2 BBs, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, and 1 run scored against the Nationals. He's starting to heat up. Nothing like a series with the Nationals to get you back on track.

Brad Ausmus reached a personal milestone today. He drove in his 600th career RBI against the Rangers. He was 2-2 with 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 double, and 1 RBI. Also threw out fellow catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia at 2nd base. Ausmus is hitting .317 on the year.

Ryan Braun was 1-4 against the White Sox.

Kevin Youkilis was 0-4 with 1 BB against the Phillies.

Ian Kinsler was 0-4 against the Dodgers. His average has dipped to .260. Definitely in a slump right now.

Josh Whitesell was 0-3 with 1 BB against the Astros.

John Grabow pitched 1 inning of scoreless relief against the Tigers to pick up his 11th hold of the season.

Finally, I guess I'm not the only guy who relishes JML matchups. Aaron Poreda had this to say on facing Braun: "I actually thought about that when he was coming up, the battle of the Jews," Poreda laughed. "But he's a great player, amazing, and I was just trying to do my best."

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