Saturday, March 05, 2005

Today in Surprise

The Royals finished up a home-and-home-and-home with the Rangers by losing the finale 5-3.

The good:

-- Cal Pickering's strange grand slam in the 6th - he was called out for passing Justin Huber at 1st. Can't remember ever seeing that happen.

-- Ruben Gotay had 3 more hits.

-- Denny Bautista struck out 4 in 2 innings of work.

The bad:

-- Snakebitten Appier was smashed in the shoulder with a line drive in the 1st inning. The baseball gods are dropping hints left and right - time to call it a career, Ape. It was a good one.

-- J.P. Howell struggled in his inning of work.

The beautiful:

-- Ken Harvey takes the collar! (Just kidding. Sorta.)

Next up: Zack Greinke makes his first spring training start against Milwaukee.


At 4:23 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

I was actually relieved that Appier grabbing his shoulder was in reaction to being whacked by a line drive, because I viewed that picture without a caption the first time. I thought for sure the Royals had their first pitching-induced shoulder injury just three days into the season.

While I agree that it's probably time for Kevin to call it quits, I think he can be somewhat useful to the Royals out of the bullpen. His slider's still a plus pitch.

At 7:45 AM, Blogger DL said...

Yea, I hope Appier can contribute in some meaningful way. Just seems like he suffers every imaginable or unimaginable setback.


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