♦ Bret Nicholas Grand Slam:
♦ Former Tiger Matt Stites on Vimeo
♦ Rick Zagone post mortem at Orioles Hangout
I've seen Zagone every year he's been in the system. He was a good guy, and solid organizational pitcher, but he was not a prospect. Duquette has obviously made Double-A the cut off point for "org guys." Either you have some ability to help the major league team in the future by the time you hit Double-A, or you will be replaced by someone who can...MIZZOU BASEBALL IN THE MAJORS
♦ Scherzer's curve keyed series-opener success (mlb.com)
For all the attention on Max Scherzer's 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings in Monday's 4-3 win against the Twins, his bigger key to victory might have been holding Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau hitless. Scherzer's strikeouts were generally a mix of fastballs and changeups, but he credited another pitch for his success against Minnesota's dangerous duo.
"Honestly, it was my curveball," Scherzer said. "That's a pitch I've really been working on. I knew coming in that they have a lot of good left-handed hitters."..