Wednesday Walewanders: Asparagus Races, Weaver and Drew

asparagus races.jpgThis past weekend I was visiting family in the Bay Area and, as always happens when I’m there, the Giants are out of town. (I’ve been to several A’s games at the Coliseum over the years.)

So, the next best thing, of course, is some Advanced Class-A California League action — Stockton Ports versus Modesto Nuts. (I think the Nuts might have the best logo I’ve seen; I’ve included it after the jump.)

The Ports won the four-hour, 12-inning game 7-5 thanks to a walk-off home run by third baseman Stephen Parker. Apart from the dramatics and post-game fireworks, the most intriguing component was the — I kid you not — asparagus race, which you can see above. They also included bottles of ketchup and mustard in the competition. Not sure why.

Minor-league baseball, major-league thrills.

On to other topics.

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  • Did you see Jake Peavy‘s injury last night? I did and have to admit the first thing I thought was, Oh, great. Kenny Williams is already on the phone with the Mariners about Cliff Lee. The Tigers aren’t mentioned, however, in this Lee update — but the Twins are, of course. The White Sox are apparently going hard after Adam Dunn.

  • Out in Los Angeles, and eight years after being dealt by the Tigers, Jeff Weaver has found his niche with the Dodgers.

    When the season started, it was clear the former starter would be used mostly as a situational guy. In his first 20 appearances, he pitched only 15 1/3 innings.

    Lately, however, Weaver (5-1, 3.54 ERA) has begun to be stretched out. In his last nine games, he’s pitched 12 2/3 innings — including 3 1/3 shut-out innings Monday against the Marlins.

    If you were curious, Weaver was 39-51 with a 4.33 ERA in four years with the Tigers.

  • Rob Neyer weighs in on Armando Galarraga‘s temporary demotion.

  • FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal throws a bucket of ice on the Tigers’ (or any team’s) chances of landing Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew:
    The Tigers have expressed interest, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, but the D-Backs control Drew for two more years after this one and lack a suitable replacement for him.

  • Browsing the ESPN.com rumors site [$] I saw that Bud Selig has said MLB’s instant-replay policy won’t change. No surprise there, right? But what do you think of this?
    Could the classy way that Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce handled the situation taken away some of the push for change? Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic made that point this morning on ESPN Radio.

Finally, Happy 83rd Birthday to Doc Severinsen. And, let’s hope for a completed sweep of the Orioles tonight.

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