Cleveland Indians

Scott Sauerbeck is trying out for COPS

Quick! In the bushes!

In a scene straight out of Cops, Scott Sauerbeck was arrested this morning at 5:00 AM for wrongful entrustment for allowing the woman he was with to drive, and obstructing official business, which means he fled the car and attempted to make a run for it.

Police spotted a car being driven recklessly and attempted to pull it over. Two people then fled the car and the police found them hiding in a bush. The driver, Lily Miller, had a BAC of three times the legal limit, or at least .30.

No word on whether Sauerbeck was wearing a wife-beater and barefoot at the time.


MLB General

Full Count for Tues May 30 2006: Prodigal son

1. Make yourself at home: Jim Thome, playing in his second series at Jacobs Field since he used to be an Indian, gave fans a flashback to the past on Memorial Day. Thome, who hit 334 homers in his career as an Indian, hit two out on Monday, giving him 20 on the year. His two two-run shots increased his RBI total to 49, and he leads the AL in both power categories. Thome was just a part of the White Sox’s 11-0 smashing of the Indians, as Paul Konerko also homered and Javier Vasquez pitched 2-hit ball through 6 innings. The shutout was the third of the year for the Indians, who are second in the majors in scoring. The White Sox improved to 33-17, but they are still 1.5 back of the Tigers.

2. Most Important Player: Albert Pujols proved once again on Monday how valuable he has been to the Cardinals and their best-in-NL 33-18 record. With the Cardinals down 1-0 in the seventh and Astros starter Roy Oswalt out of the game, Pujols jacked his 25th homerun on the season. The three-run shot provided the Cards with their only runs of the game and showcased once again how valuable this player is. The Cardinals pitchers were efficient as usual–Jason Marquis improved to 7-4 and Jason Isringhausen got his NL-leading 17th save. The Astros–who have met the Cardinals in each of the last two NLCS–fell to 26-26 on the year.

3. Guess who’s back: Randy Johnson has struggled hugely this year for the Yankees, with no quality starts since April 23. On Monday, he showed that he can still pitch well, shutting out the Tigers in 6 innings pitched. It was the first time this year that Johnson hadn’t allowed a run, and the first time this month that he has allowed less than 4 runs. The Yankees rode Johnson to a 4-0 victory over the Tigers, who still have the major league’s best record. Detroit was held to 2 hits on the day, and this was their second loss in a row after winning 15 of 16. Meanwhile, the Yankees have won 3 in a row but they still trail the Red Sox by a game.

4. The Rockies are pitching well: That’s not a sentence you hear very often, but it was true on Monday. Jason Jennings, who’s ERA hasn’t been under 5 since his 2002 Rookie of the Year campaign, shut out the Padres. Jennings allowed only 2 hits in a complete game effort, and he was supported well by the Rockies offense. Matt Holliday hit his 12th homerun, and surprising Brad Hawpe hit his 11th. The Rockies are in third place now in the jam-packed NL West, while the Padres are just a game back of them yet tied for last. Arizona and Los Angeles are virtually tied for the division lead.

5. DL Time: 2005 AL Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon had been on the DL for more than a month now, and he is about to be joined by last year’s NL winner Chris Carpenter. Carpenter, who is on pace for numbers similar to last year’s stellar season, has had shoulder problems. He will go on the 15-day disabled list and will be replaced in the rotation by promising prospect Anthony Reyes. But the news is much worse for the Blue Jays’ AJ Burnett. He was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day, which means he can’t come back until June 21. Burnett, after signing a huge contract this offseason, has only seen two starts in a Toronto uniform. However, Dodgers fans should be happy, as Eric Gagne made his final rehab start yesterday. Gagne, the record-breaking closer, earned a save for AAA Las Vegas. He is expected to be back this Thursday to fortify to Dodgers’ bullpen.

MLB General

Full Count for May 3 2006: Nothin’ But A Good Time

1. CC’s back: The Cleveland Indians have played without their best pitcher CC Sabathia so far this season. On Tuesday, he returned from the DL to give the Indians a much-needed win. He pitched 5 solid innings, only giving up 1 run. Opposing pitcher Mark Buehrle threw his worst game of the season, with 7 runs and 13 hits allowed to the Indians. Travis Hafner led Cleveland on offense with a homer (9) and 4 RBIs. The Indians were in danger of falling under .500 had they lost.

2. Just two more: The Giants fell to the Padres on Tuesday, but this game was all about 712. That’s Barry Bonds’ homerun total after his solo shot in the eighth inning. Now Bonds is just two away from tying Babe Ruth on the all-time list. The Giants’ next two series are at Milwaukee and Philadelphia, so there is a possibility Bonds will hit his tying shot on the road. The loss sent the Giants to .500, but the Padres are still in last in the NL West.

3. Clear the benches: One of the fist major fights of the season occurred in the Oakland-Los Angeles game yesterday. John Lackey was pitching to Jason Kendall, and a pitch went high and inside. Lackey apparently insulted Kendall, resulting in the A’s catcher charging the mound. The two started fighting, which led to the clearing of both dugouts. No one was ejected because of the incident. The A’s ended up routing the Angels 10-3, including 6 9th inning runs to put the game out of reach.

4. Leading off: Marcus Giles had high expectations when he was named Atlanta’s leadoff hitter before the season started. He has been a disappointment, but he played like a star in the Braves game against the Rockies. Giles went 4-5 with an RBI and a run, and Andruw Jones recorded two RBIs for the Braves. Shortstop Edgar Renteria set an Atlanta record by extending his hitting streak to 17 games at the start of the season. The Braves won 5-4 against Colorado, and despite their 12-14 record they are in second place.

5. Minor league cheater: Though no major leaguers have been suspended for steroids this season, a few minor league players have been caught on the juice. The latest was Tampa Bay minor leaguer Matt Rico, who was suspended for 100 games for his second drug violation. Tampa Bay’s minor leagues are worse than the major league team this season, with this on top of Delmon Young’s bat-throwing incident.