I Can See Four Miles (ABs)

Aaron Miles got four at bats and reached base twice, and four Cubs pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts, as the EXST Cubs blanked the EXST A's 5-0 this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 under mostly-cloudy skies. 

Miles, on the Cubs 15-day DL since May 27th with a sore shoulder, got the start at shortstop, and hit 2nd in each of the first four innings. He was the middle-man on a 4-6-3 DP in the top of the 2nd, but otherwise had a quiet day in the field throughout his four innings at SS.

At the plate, Miles grounded out to 2nd base (4-3) on a hit & run play that advanced a runner to 2nd base in the 1st inning, walked in the 2nd inning, popped up to short in the 3rd inning, and singled to right (sending the runner on 1st to 3rd) in his final AB in the 4th.  

In addition, IF-OF Ryan Freel (on the Cubs 15-day DL with a strained hamstring since May 28th) and INF Luis Rivas (on the Iowa Cubs DL with a hamstring strain since April) took "live" BP, but did not play in the game. (Rivas has actually been at Fitch Park for several weeks, but he is just now starting to get out onto the field). 

18-year old Dominican LHP Jeffry Antigua got the start for the EXST Cubs today and was outstanding, throwing four shutout innings, allowing two ground singles and no walks, while striking out eight. He kept the ball down on every hitter, getting four ground outs in addition to the eight punchouts, including the 4-6-3 DP that featured a nice "turn" by Aaron Miles. 

19-year old RHP Tarlandus Mitchell (Cubs 2008 22nd round draft pick out of Alto HS - Alto, TX) followed Antigua to the mound, and threw two hitless & shutout innings, striking out four while walking two. Mitchell had a very poor outing last week in Tempe (he was yanked out of the game after only one inning), so I'm sure he felt good with his comeback outing today.  

RHP (and ex-OF) Andres Quezada then threw two shutout innings, and RHP Carlos Rojas finished up with one inning of shutout relief.

The Cubs offense got going right off the bat in the bottom of the 1st. Jose Valdez was hit on the foot with a pitch (he also was hit on the same foot with a pitch in his next AB), and advanced to 2nd on the Aaron Miles ground out. Then with two outs, John Contreras blasted a double off the LF fence, scoring Valdez.

The Cubs scored again in the 4th. Matt Cerda (2008 4th round pick out of Oceanside HS - Oceanside, CA) led off with a walk, and advanced to 3rd on a line single to right by Miles. Then with one out, Chris Weimer lined a single to CF, scoring Cerda.

The Cubs got three insurance runs in the 8th, as 20-year old lanky Dominican switch-hitting infielder Robert Bautista (batting right-handed) led-off the inning by blasting a home run over the left-field fence onto 8th Street. (The normally light-hitting Bautista hit an inside-the-park HR yesterday, so maybe I should stop comparing his speed and defensive play to Junior Lake and his hitting prowess to Veronica Lake). Jose Valdez and Dwayne Kemp singled, and Valdez scored on a passed ball. Then Contreras singled, scoring Kemp. 

Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):

LINEUP:
1. Jose Valdez, CF:           1-2  (HBP, HBP, F-8, 1B + 2 R, 1 CS)
2a. Aaron Miles, SS:          0-1 (4-3) 
2b. Dwayne Kemp, SS:      1-2  (4-3, 1B + 1 R)
3. Matt Cerda, DH-C:          0-3  (F-7, BB, F-9, 4-3 + 1 R) 
3x. Aaron Miles, PH:          1-1 (1B)
4. John Contreras, DH #2:  3-4  (2B, 1B, K, 1B + 2 RBI)
5. Chris Weimer, 1B:          2-4  (K, 1B, 3B, L-6 + 1 RBI)
6. Jae-Hoon Ha, LF             2-4  (1B, 1B, K, 1-3)
6x. Aaron Miles, PH:           0-0  (BB)
7. Logan Watkins, 2B:        1-2  (1-3 SH, P-6, 1B)
8. Jesus Morelli, RF:           0-2  (5-2 FC, K, 5-3 SH)
9. Alvaro Sosa, C-DH:         1-3  (F-7, E-6, 1B + 1 PO)
10. Robert Bautista, 3B:      1-3  (F-7, F-7, HR + 1 R, 1 RBI)
10x. Aaron Miles, PH:          0-1  (P-6)

PITCHERS:
1. Jeffry Antigua -        4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 GIDP, 4/0 GO/FO
2. Tarlandus Mitchell - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
3. Andres Quezada -    2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/FO
4. Carlos Rojas -          1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO

ERRORS (2):
1. C Alvaro Sosa - overthrow at 2nd base on stolen base attempt, allowing runner to advance to 3rd.
2. 2B Logan Watkins - dropped pop-up in short RF, allowing batter to reach base.

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Alvaro Sosa: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Matt Cerda: 1-3 CS

WEATHER: temperature in the 90's, mostly cloudy, not as hot as yesterday,  

ATTENDANCE: 8

Comments

AZ Phil-

I love ya, but please don't associate that piece of crap ball player with the one of the all time greats, the Who.

How about "2000 Miles" by the Prenteders(also good) as in keep Aaron Miles 2000 miles away from Wrigley.

Thanks always for the great reports.

Wittenmyer
http://twitter.com/cst_cubs

Lineup: sori, riot, fuky, lee, font, rejo, hill, blanco, z.

McLouth will bat third tonight for Braves.

"Harden to throw today and head to Iowa for Sunday rehab start. Barring setback, returns from DL 6/12 vs. Minn."

No DL for Bradley for now.

and then seems like some jokes by Z about players going into Lou's office.

Geo traded?

Hopefully there will be a Jeff Gillooly sighting, and a possible mysterious injury that keeps Miles in Arizona for the rest of the summer.

Oh my goodness, it looks like Antigua was trying to top Suarez' last outing.

Arizona Phil, is it safe to assume these two will be locked into Boise's rotation (along with Nagel) in a few weeks, right? I hope so because Boise allows you the option to watch their home games online for free.

Submitted by Raisin101 on Thu, 06/04/2009 - 4:13pm.
Oh my goodness, it looks like Antigua was trying to top Suarez' last outing.

Arizona Phil, is it safe to assume these two will be locked into Boise's rotation (along with Nagel) in a few weeks, right? I hope so because Boise allows you the option to watch their home games online for free.

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RAISIN: Yes, unless one of them ends up in Peoria before then.

loooooooooooots of rain.

delay...might be a long one.

3 outs from #300.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-ap-la-r...

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is suing the social-networking site Twitter, claiming an unauthorized page that used his name to make light of drunken driving and two Cardinals pitchers who died damaged his reputation and caused emotional distress.

Good. In general I am against the US being 'A nation of litigants' as my grad school roommate described us. However, the amount of really nasty shit people think they can get away with on the internet is way out of whack.

So we have a right to free speech unless someone doesn't like what you are saying? It's the Internet. People say cruel shit all the time. Grow a pair, Tony.

No, but the right of free speech combined with assumed anonymity shouldn't over rule existing libel laws.

I'm definitely no law expert, and I understand and respect your point, but libel is specific to harming someone's reputation. And if someone is talking about true events: i.e. Tony getting busted drunk driving, I'm pretty sure that is more about Tony La Russa hurting his own reputation. If he doesn't like it maybe he should do less drinking and driving.

The bit about his feelings being hurt is B.S. He can ignore Twitter if he wants. Litigators do this crap for juries. Throw a few different charges out there with the hopes that a jury will pick one: Plaintiff gets what they want and the jury can go home feeling like they split the middle.

Impersonating someone and saying stupid shit is harming to his reputation, so that's libel right there.

I am going to go out on a limb and guess that the things quoted in the article aren't the only things these knuckleheads said.

Imagine, for instance, if Kile's kid thought this was the real Tony LaRussa and signed up for the Twitter.

If only! It's not that easy at all. If all you had to do was impersonate someone and say stupid shit there would be millions of libel suits more than there are now.

You have to prove harm to your reputation, emotional distress, or loss of money. You can't just be annoyed. Just being bothered or annoyed by something is the first reason these cases are dismissed. The onus is on the supposed victim to prove this. Did someone call him wondering why he was saying these things, did the newspaper pick up on it and report those quotes as his, did someone cancel a talk he was supposed to do because they thought he said them, etc.? Did people believe he said them. The site explicitly said that "bio-parodies are funny." The quotes were also outrageous. Would a reasonable person attribute those quotes to him, did anyone? If Darryl Kyle's kid did think he said that and called him and Tony then experienced emotional distress as he had to talk to him, then fine, but he would have to show that.

Most likely is that an agent or friend said "hey, there is this parody site out there pretending to be you, how do we go about shutting it down and discouraging this type of shit in the future?" Answer - file a libel suit. It gets attention to the problem, shuts down the site, gets twitter to be tougher on who signs up for accounts, make sure they never let anyone else sign up as Tony LaRussa ever again - and then in the MONTHS between now and when the case would go before a judge, you drop the charges, or you let the case get thrown out early on.

Well, yeah, there has to be damages, or there's no reason to sue. If Twitter people thought they had a rock-solid case, they wouldn't have taken the pages down. I would imagine they're going to wind up having to be a little more thorough on what is defined as a 'parody' page in the future. You can see my comment below if you want an example of a page that has been up for 2 years, with no policing of it whatsoever.

What a load of crap! The Twitter Tony L was clearly labelled a PARODY which is protected speech. Here's Twitter's policy

The standard for defining parody is, "would a reasonable person be aware that it's a joke." An account may be guilty of impersonation if it confuses or misleads others—accounts with the clear INTENT to confuse or mislead will be permanently suspended.

What happens to impersonation accounts?
Parody impersonation accounts are allowed to exist. The profile information on a parody account must make it obvious that the profile is fake, or it is subject to removal from Twitter.com. If it is not evident from viewing the profile that it is a joke, it is considered non-parody impersonation. Non-parody impersonation accounts may be permanently suspended for Terms of Service violations.

But because the perpetually inebriated LaRussa is suing Twitter, all parody accounts using his name are being pulled including NotTonyLaRussa.

How do you know that it was clearly labeled, since it's been taken down? For instance, they may have added the label after some people signed up. I don't know, I never even signed up for twitter, but a quick google search leads me to this:

http://twitter.com/georgebush

Obviously not the real George Bush, yet no mention of the word 'Parody' on it.

Do they have any estimate as to when the game might start?

http://www.weather.com/outlook/homeandgarden/home/...

not looking good at all for quite a while.

according to the hour-by-hour tab on that link, it should clear up around midnight EST for about 3-4 hours.

They can't possibly be waiting for that.

only trip to Atlanta this year so they'll wait it out as long as possible.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090604&c...

as long as he can pinch hit in Cincy, he won't go on DL, they'll find out tomorrow. Think he can play the field again by the time they reach Houston.

As mentioned, Harden should be back to open homestand.

"Obviously, Geo is my No. 1 catcher. I'm just giving him a nice little mental break."

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2...

http://twitter.com/cst_cubs

Just like that, it's official. Game banged. Don't have a makeup date yet.

Game Banged? That's hot.

June 22nd is the makeup date. Greatest day ever.

At the bottom of the Tribune's Cubs article today it has this encouraging word:

"Aramis Ramirez will begin baseball-related activities this weekend in Cincinnati."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

"Aramis Ramirez will begin baseball-related activities this weekend in Cincinnati."
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Nice news. Today (Friday) is exactly 4 weeks after the Friday, May 8th shoulder injury to ARam.
So he is on track for the schedule the Cubs (via Tribune writer Paul Sullivan, link below) reported. As per the Piniella quote (below) we'll get a better estimate as to ARam's return as he returns to baseball activity. Everyone has extimated 6-8 weeks for this recovery then add a few games in the minors (rehab assignment). 4 weeks is vs Brewers at Wrigley (July 3rd) and 8 weeks is at Washington after the all-star break, July 16th.
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MILWAUKEE (May 9th)-- Aramis Ramirez will be in a sling for one week and spend three weeks in non-baseball activities, namely motion and strengthening exercises on his shoulder.

That suggests his stint on the disabled list will probably closer to eight weeks than 4-6, though the Cubs said it's too early to speculate on how long he'll be out of action.

"You're looking at a while," manager Lou Piniella said. "We'll know more after the first month."

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/spor...

Baseball-related activities... Lou told him to go find a bat stretcher.

Impersonating someone and saying things in that person's voice might damage that person's reputation, but it's not necessarily libel. (He's suing for trademark infringement, among other things, not libel.)

A libelous statement is more along the lines of someone not impersonating him said, "Tony LaRussa likes to kill and eat kittens."

These are the tweets in question:

"Lost 2 out of 3, but we made it out of Chicago without one drunk driving incident or dead pitcher... I'd call that an I-55 series."

"Fortunately, Ian Snell sucks now... when Molina and Duncan Jr. go deep off of you it's time to look yourself in the mirror, have an ice-..."

"drinking a cold Zima and wishing fucking Hancock was alive, I bet he could've gotten Jack Wilson out."

Dumb but not libelous.

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  • bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.

    f'n cabrerra...

    crunch 33 min 33 sec ago view
  • chapman showing up and available tomorrow night.

    i'm sure he'll be a bit hit. hope he doesn't choke. dude has a rifle for an arm. he'll add a bit of punch to the bullpen.

    crunch 34 min 38 sec ago view
  • the 'crosstown classic' sure has lost it's magic with interleague. the excitement level is barely noticable...maybe it's a bit more hype in the city, itself.

    crunch 38 min 58 sec ago view
  • Well he didn't leave a mark so its not that bad.

    Fuck that.

    Facts:

    He choked her.

    Her brother tackled him to separate him.

    He cooled off by shooting his gun in the garage.

    I don't have to like him on the team I follow.

    And you are others are free to not give a shit about his personal misgivings if you so choose as well.

     

     

    Rob G. 57 min 52 sec ago view
  • Sure, no marks and some inconsistencies in the witness's statements. But firing your gun into garage wall immediately after an argument and punching out your car window is still threatening and out of control behavior. There was certainly enough for MLB to think it warranted a 30-game suspension.

    Charlie 2 hours 8 min ago view
  • I'd prefer they be flexible with the closing situation depending on matchups. You're not really adding a lefty reliever if you use him strictly as a closer.

    Charlie 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • Stockpiling young talent isn't only for trading for someone like Chapman though. Even with an elite closer winning the World Series is basically a crap shoot so the key is to get to the playoffs as much as possible and not just mortgage everything on one year. Once you get there an elite bullpen certainly helps but the playoffs can be won by one hitter or starting pitcher getting hot (Murphy, Molina, Baumgardner) and a closer might not be able to stop that.

    johann 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • I'm also not crazy about press convictions. As the police report noted, there were no marks on the lady in question. There's a TMZ link (of course) to her police pictures, as well.

    I think the only way this trade goes real bad is if Cubbery intervenes and Chapman is suddenly bad for some reason.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 4 hours 6 min ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 14 min ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 4 hours 26 min ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 4 hours 28 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 4 hours 50 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 4 hours 50 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 4 hours 59 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 19 min ago view