Monday, May 18, 2009

MU in the Minors & Majors: Tiger vs. Tiger

■ He must have been trying to keep up with Tony Vitello (99-02):
Charleston manager Torre Tyson (95-98) was ejected by first base umpire Mathieu Moisan prior to the bottom of the seventh. Tyson was arguing a checked-swing call in the top of inning
■ Speaking of keeping up with fellow MU alums, Max gets his first win and look who says me-too:
Aaron Crow (06-08) earned his first professional win on Friday night with five scoreless innings against Grand Prairie at LaGrave Field, according to
Aaron Crow worked five shutout innings and Brian Fryer had two hits and two RBIs as the Fort Worth Cats defeated Grand Prairie 8-5 in front of 4,040 fans Friday night at LaGrave Field. With the win, the Cats start the season with back-to-back victories over Grand Prairie.
■ And a first start (but no decision) for Garrett Broshuis (02-04), who made his first start of the season for San Jose and tossed five effective innings with one run and three hits allowed. Broshuis, who began his outing by retiring eight consecutive Modesto hitters, walked one and struck out none. (

■ All this Mizzou alumni competition can get out of hand, as reported by
The Winnipeg Goldeyes sent 14 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the
ninth in front of 6,009 to stage a comeback that secured a 10-4 win over the Kansas City T-Bones.
. . .
Andy Shipman (03) entered for Trahan and gave up three straight hits, including a three-run home run to Cody Ehlers (01-04), to push the total to 9-4.
■ And NOBODY keeps up with this former Tiger:

Columbia Daily Tribune:

I can remember a cold night out on Simmons Field — well, colder than normal — in 2003 when a junior transfer infielder from Tucson, Ariz., stood outside the home team’s dugout staring up as snow came falling to the field.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Ian Kinsler (03), who transferred to Missouri from Arizona State, said that night.

I’m pretty sure he can say the same thing about this past week. The 2008 All-Star is suddenly pitchers’ enemy No. 1.

One week after Chicago White Sox reliever Bobby Jenks deliberately threw at Kinsler — which he admitted Tuesday — Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lackey threw twice at the Rangers second baseman in the first inning Saturday.

Sporting News: They're a legitimate threat to claim the A.L. West title. They
have, as always, the hitting. Ian Kinsler is in the conversation about the best leadoff hitter in baseball, and now Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup.

Dallas Observer: Ian Kinsler saved the game Friday with a backhanded, short-hop scoop.

CBS Sports: The only thing more surprising than Angels starter John Lackey being ejected just two pitches into his 2009 debut on Saturday in Arlington was that Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler didn't figure out a way to smash a homer on Lackey's first pitch, which was behind Kinsler.

Bleacher Report: Ian Kinsler has become an often-hated player among foes. I first witnessed this during the Baltimore series, but the Angels have expressed their anger toward the 2B too. It's kind of nice to have a player that's feared so much that he's hated. Kins did some damage today, with one hit and one walk in his four plate appearances. One of those hits was an RBI double to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead

Associated Press: Ian Kinsler homered twice, Andruw Jones drove in three runs and the AL West-leading Texas Rangers held on for their fifth straight victory, 10-8 over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
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Kinsler hit a two-run shot to left in the third, then after Young singled and Hamilton popped out on the next two pitches, Jones homered to center on the first pitch he saw.

Kinsler added a solo shot, his 11th of the season, with one out in the sixth to make it 7-2. That was the last pitch Saunders threw.

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