Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter was among those who congratulated Jamie Moyer on the veteran left-hander's 250th career victory.
06/03/2009 12:10 PM ET
Jamie Moyer enjoying 250th win
Philly mayor shows lefty some brotherly love
"He just said, 'Congratulations,'" Moyer told MLB.com. "It was an awfully nice gesture that he thought of me and took time out of his busy day and schedule to acknowledge my accomplishment. He's obviously a nice man."
Moyer says he's been fielding congratulatory messages ever since reaching the milestone on Sunday.
"I talked to Nolan Ryan," Moyer said. "He was an ex-teammate of mine. Aaron Sele called me -- he, too, was an ex-teammate; and a couple of people who I played college baseball with [at Indiana University] and my college coach, George Bennett, who left a message.
"I heard from numerous friends from around the country," Moyer added. "I probably had over 50 text and voicemail messages, so it's all good."
It's roof, sweet roof, for Choo: Count Shin-Soo Choo among those happy to be playing under the roof in Minnesota this week after he was hit multiple times by some uninvited seagulls in Cleveland last week.
"The seagulls got me twice," Choo told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Once on the batting helmet when I was hitting. And another time on the wrist during a pitching change. I went over to center field to talk to DeRo [Mark DeRosa] and Benny [Ben Francisco] and I got hit right on the wrist. DeRo was laughing at me."
Chamberlain overcomes rally midges: Joba Chamberlain had to battle a swarm of midges once again in Cleveland, but this time the Yankees' right-hander had better success than the last time it happened to him in October 2007. Chamberlain went eight innings on Monday night to lead New York past Cleveland, 5-2.
"Man, I started to see them come, I'm going to be honest with you," Chamberlain told Newsday of the eighth inning, when the midge attack began in earnest. "I actually swallowed one when I was walking around the mound to start that inning. I heard little chants here and there, and they had like a little 'Rally Midges' thing on the [scoreboard], so I was hoping they didn't put my face on."
Uggla's blast puts him on top: Dan Uggla became the fastest second baseman to reach 100 home runs when he hit a two-run blast in his 502nd game in the Majors.
"I knew that I was going to reach that mark this year, and I knew it was going to be pretty cool when I did it, but I didn't know anything about being the fastest second baseman ever to do it," Uggla told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Scott honored with weekly award: Luke Scott, who hit six home runs last week for the Orioles, was named the American League's Player of the Week. It's the second time in his career he has earned the award.
"It's a tremendous blessing," the designated hitter told MLB.com. "I'm very thankful. I've thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope it continues for the rest of the year. Just keep going out there, having good at-bats and enjoy the competition."
Dickerson gets a chat, higher batting average: Chris Dickerson, who has seen his batting average rise 40 points since mid-May, says his mindset has improved after visiting with one of the Reds' sports psychologists.
"I was mentally paralyzing myself with negativity," he told MLB.com. "That was no way to play. I wasn't having any fun and was putting too much pressure on myself to do well. As long as I go out there and be myself and let things naturally take over, I will have success."
Jackson lands with Pirates: The Pirates added Steven Jackson to their bullpen on Monday.
"I got claimed by the Pirates and saw it as another opportunity to get out and pitch and get in the big leagues," Jackson, 27, told MLB.com. "I feel like I've been throwing really well. It's just a continuation of what I did toward the end of the year last year. Hopefully I can continue it here."
Jackson made his Major League debut on Monday, inducing three groundballs in a scoreless inning in an 8-5 Pirates win over the Mets.
Tejada pushes streak to 16 games: Miguel Tejada extended his hitting streak to 16 games on Tuesday night with four hits, including a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Tejada leads the National League with a .362 average following Houston's 3-2 win over Colorado.
"I'm pleased," Tejada told the Houston Chronicle after Monday's game, in which he was 2-for-4 with a run scored. "It's important not as much to lead the league in hitting but to try to push our team forward."
Fielder caps consistent month with record: Prince Fielder was named the Brewers' player of the month after setting a franchise record with 31 RBIs in May, breaking the old record of 30 set by Carlos Lee in 2005.
Fielder, who hit .305 with nine home runs in May, was pleased by the consistent production.
"I've been really working on not making everything life and death," Fielder told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I've been working on that as much as actually baseball. I've been talking to veteran guys like Cam [Mike Cameron], [Craig] Counsell, JK [Jason Kendall], guys with long careers. It's the mental part that can mess you up more, not thinking you're doing something right.
"This year, I've gotten better at that. I'm not exactly where I'd like to be, but I'm getting better. Hopefully, it'll be perfect one day."
Webb making progress, eyes mound: Brandon Webb is slowly making his way back to the rotation. The Arizona pitcher, who is on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his right shoulder, threw 30 pitches off flat ground this past weekend and had another throwing session scheduled for Wednesday.
The next step would be throwing off a mound.
"I feel like I'm progressing, finally," he told the Arizona Republic. "It took awhile to get there, but I feel like we're moving forward."
Teagarden once caught 21 innings: Former Longhorns catcher Taylor Teagarden was unable to watch the end of Texas' 25-inning, 3-2 win over Boston College in an NCAA regional baseball game Saturday.
Teagarden, who went to bed around the 15th inning, learned about the dramatic win in an e-mail on Sunday morning. He was impressed that Texas catcher Cameron Rupp caught all 25 innings
"I caught a 21-inning game in college against Kansas State on the road," Teagarden told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I didn't really feel so bad because they went by so quickly. It was like three-up, three-down every inning. I think I caught the next day."
Kazmir sees return on the horizon: Scott Kazmir, currently on the disabled list with a right quad strain, feels he's close to rejoining the starting rotation following a strong bullpen session.
Kazmir has kept throwing during the stay on the disabled list so that he's ready to pitch as soon as possible.
"Realistically, I think I'm really far along where I want to be," Kazmir told the St. Petersburg Times. "I feel like I'm close. I want to get out there as quick as possible. It's killing me being on the DL. I feel like I can contribute now, but I want to go out there and have everything right."
Jimenez has bright future: Colorado manager Jim Tracy believes Ubaldo Jimenez can be a top-of-the-line starting pitcher for the Rockies.
"If and when he gets to that point, this guy is the dominant face of the staff and the foundation for stability of the entire rotation," Tracy told the Denver Post. "His arm, how it works and how loose and free it is -- it reminds me of a young Pedro Martinez."
Figgins brings consistency to plate: Chone Figgins, tinkering less with his swing this season, has a .295 average and a .376 on-base percentage through his first 49 games.
"To hit line drives and not get results stinks more than anything," Figgins told the Los Angeles Times. "You'd rather break a bat and squirt one over the pitcher's head and get an infield hit than line out, because, regardless of what anyone says, statistics count, and getting on base is what counts for your team."
-- Red Line Editorial