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- No Peavy this weekend:
The chances of Jake Peavy making his first start for the White Sox on Saturday are remote, team sources said on Wednesday.
Pitching coach Don Cooper said that Peavy was unable to throw his side session on Wednesday due to lingering effects of being hit by a line drive in his last rehab start on Monday. The right-handers is still getting treatment on on his pitching arm, which had some swelling and soreness.
- Robinson Cano is pleased with his plate production:
“This is the best year that I ever had,” Cano said. “Everything came together — hitting, average, doubles, singles. I never had 13 home runs in the first half. I looked at my numbers and said, ‘Wow.’”
. . . “It feels great,” Cano said. “I’m one of the youngest on the team and I’m learning from the guys. These are guys that work hard every single day and they can really play the game. I’m glad that I’m here, because when you’ve got those kinds of guys, all you can do is learn.”
Batting .315 with 65 RBIs entering play on Wednesday as he rebounds from a down and frustrating 2008, Cano believes that the biggest difference for his season was having Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long travel to the Dominican Republic for a week in November.
- On this date in 1938, Joe DiMaggio has three triples in the first game of a doubleheader with Cleveland, an 8-7 win in New York. Monte Pearson has a no-hitter in the 2nd game, winning his 10th straight game, 13-0. The Yankees will have played their fifth doubleheader in five days.
- On this date in 1977, at Yankee Stadium, Rangers Bump Wills and Toby Harrah hit back-to-back inside-the-park on consecutive pitches. Texas wins the game, 8-2.
[My take: I was at this game, and I have it tied for the weirdest thing I've seen at a game. Its tied with a minor league game I saw in which a team won on two consecutive HBPs with the bases loaded.]