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Rockies’ righthander Steven Register had his best outing of the season Wednesday, but still couldn’t come away with the win.
2004 third-round pick out of Auburn allowed just one hit in a complete
game performance, but Double-A Tulsa committed three errors in a 2-1
loss to San Antonio.
“He threw great and we were very pleased
and encouraged by his performance,” Rockies assistant GM Bill Geivett
said. “He maintained his delivery well throughout the game and wound up
throwing 94 pitches.”
The Rockies are encouraged for two
reasons. Register has been better than his 1-3, 4.68 numbers indicate,
leaving four starts in April with the lead, only to get four
consecutive no-decisions. He then went through a funk in early May,
when his mechanics suddenly went out of whack.
overthrowing, trying to be perfect,” Geivett said. “He was just trying
to power the ball by hitters and that’s when you saw his command suffer
and his walks went way up.
“But he’s toned it down and the results were certainly there last night.”
the other side, Missions lefthander Travis Blackley scattered six hits,
allowed one earned run, struck out four and did not issue a walk.
missing all of last season due to shoulder surgery, the Mariners hope
Blackley is back on track to what they saw in 2003, when the
23-year-old went 17-3, 2.61 in the Texas League and made his big league
debut a year later.
“The consistency hasn’t been there like it
has been in the past,” San Antonio manager Daren Brown said. “But that
will come with more time and experience. His velocity has been close to
where he was (before surgery) and his offspeed pitches have gotten a
lot better even from where he was in spring training.”
McGowan Back In Starting Role
Entering the season, the Blue Jays believed they had solved the Dustin McGowan puzzle.
years, McGowan’s prospect status had ebbed and flowed between great
results and arm soreness. An inflamed elbow in 2000 almost lost McGowan
his signing bonus, which he then earned by striking out 163 batters in
the low Class A South Atlantic League in 2002.
had Tommy John surgery in May of 2004, but his stuff rebounded the very
next season. Last September, the Blue Jays thought they had figured out
the answer when McGowan had six fantastic relief outings in the major
Assigned to Triple-A to start the season,
McGowan began in the bullpen, and was then brought to the majors after
seven lackluster Syracuse outings. McGowan’s return to the Toronto
bullpen went poorly, as the righthander allowed nine hits and six walks
in five appearances. A question mark again, the Blue Jays sent McGowan
back down to Syracuse, this time with the promise of a starting spot.
proved the Blue Jays decision to be a good one on Wednesday, allowing
just one hit in six innings–his longest outing of the season.
showed a real nice delivery and good stuff,” Syracuse manager Mike
Basso told the Syracuse Post-Standard. “He held a good hitting team to one hit,
that speaks for itself.”
McGowan also impressed the opposition.
“He has four sharp pitches, and he made his pitches when he had to,”
Rochester third baseman Glenn Williams said.
problems in the big leagues, the Blue Jays are surely keeping close
tabs on their 2000 first round pick. And for now, again, the Jays think
they have Dustin McGowan figured out.
• Of course, the return of The Rocket dominated the news Wednesday, but Roger Clemens
will first make an impact in the Astros’ farm system, with three
scheduled starts already mapped out at low Class A Lexington (June 6),
Double-A Corpus Christi (June 11) and Triple-A Round Rock (June 16).
High Class A Salem is the only Houston affiliate to lose out on The
Clemens Effect on the gate. “We’re certainly disappointed not to have
him, but I can understand the situation and I’m sure Roger knew where
he wanted to go all along,” Avalanche owner Kelvin Bowles
said. “I thought he’d just do three (starts) all in Corpus, but he
obviously wanted to be with his son. This isn’t a slap in the face or
anything like it. It’s just the way it worked out.” The most intriguing
of these rehab starts is of course in Lexington, where Clemens’ son
Koby will likely catch his father when the Legends square off against
Lake County on Tuesday. But that will depend on Koby’s return from the
disabled list. The 19-year-old third baseman/catcher dislocated his
left pinky and hasn’t played since April 23. In just 43 at-bats this
season, the younger Clemens was hitting just .186/.327/.302 . . .
Double-A Binghamton outfielder Carlos Gomez
was slated to undergo an MRI on his back Wednesday in New York. Gomez
has been hampered by back spasms over the last three weeks and left
Friday’s game against Trenton in the fifth inning. After opening a lot
of eyes in the organization during spring training with his speed and
ability to get on base, Gomez is hitting .211/.291/.311 in 161 at-bats
for the B-Mets after skipping high Class A St. Lucie . . . Red Sox
shortstop Jed Lowrie is
getting closer to returning from a high ankle sprain that has kept him
out since May 1. Lowrie played in his first game at the Red Sox
extended spring camp in Fort Myers on Wednesday. The 2005 first-round
pick was hitting .227/.310/.307 in 88 at-bats at high Class A
Wilmington. In other Red Sox news, righthander Gary Galvez
returned to the mound Wednesday for the first time in three weeks. The
22-year-old Dominican had been out with a shoulder strain, but pitched
three innings of relief against Kinston, allowing two earned runs on
three hits. This season, Galvez is 2-2, 3.29 in 38 innings . . . Twins
third baseman David Winfree
returned home to Virginia Beach after deciding he needed a break from
the game in the middle of last month. Winfree, who is second on the
organizational depth chart behind Double-A New Britain third baseman
Matt Moses, had right shoulder surgery last December. “He’s come back a
little slower than we expected and he’s still going through some things
in his rehab,” Twins farm director Jim Rantz
said in spring training. “We’ll see where he’s at when camp breaks.”
But where Winfree was physically was a shadow of the player who batted
.294/.329/.452, winning the organization’s player of the year at low
Class A Beloit. The 20-year-old played just six games–all as a
designated hitter–before going on the DL with a thumb injury and then
only played in a few games in the club’s extended camp in Fort Myers.
Winfree then asked for and received permission to head home and the
Twins expect him back a week from now . . . Three callups of note on
Wednesday: The Nationals brought up lefthanded reliever Bill Bray from Triple-A New Orleans, the Marlins called up righthanded reliever Taylor Tankersley from Double-A Carolina and in yet another roster move at Triple-A Columbus, the Yankees called up righthander Darrell Rasner.
Bray, a first-rounder in 2004 out of William & Mary, went 4-1, 3.98
in 32 innings with five saves for the Zephyrs. Tankersley, also a 2004
first-round pick, was 4-1, 0.96 with 40 strikeouts in 28 innings for
the Mudcats. Rasner, a second-round pick of the Expos in 2002, went
4-0, 2.56 in 53 innings for the Clippers . . . The Twins dealt Triple-A
Rochester first baseman Jason Hart
to the Rangers for a player to be named. Hart, a 1998 fifth-round pick
of the Athletics, was hitting .225/.267/.425 in 80 at-bats for the Red
Wings. This isn’t Hart’s first go-round with Texas. The 28-year-old
infielder was dealt from the A’s to the Rangers in 2002, along with
lefthander Mario Ramos, outfielder Ryan Ludwick and catcher Gerald Laird for first baseman Carlos Pena and lefthander Mike Venafro. Hart spent five seasons with the Rangers before signing a free agent deal with Minnesota in the offseason.