Urban: Here's to 'The Kid'


Urban: Here's to 'The Kid'

June 3, 2010
Its a little bit sad that Ken Griffey Jr. is going out like this, on the heels of a mini-controversy about alleged clubhouse napping.Then again, good luck jogging your memory for another controversy in which Junior was involved over his 22 years in the big leagues. Better pack a lunch if youre going in search of something sordid in his past.Its also a little sad that Griffey is basically retiring because hes just not a very good player anymore.Then again, that happens to a ton of once-great athletes, and at least hes bright enough to recognize it. Nothing worse than seeing a former star forced out of orbit by lack of employment options, against his will.And finally, its sad that Junior, as phenomenally gifted as he was, never quite realized his full potential. His body betrayed his talent, and it boggles the mind to consider what that gorgeous swing and graceful ease of athleticism would have produced over an uninterrupted run of 20 healthy seasons.Then again, look at what he did accomplish despite the myriad injuries. He saved baseball in Seattle. He reinvigorated the game in his hometown of Cincinnati. He made enough highlight-reel defensive plays to win 10 Gold Gloves and earn a spot on the short list of all-time outfielders.Oh, and he went deep a few times. Like, 630 times. Without ever being even remotely associated with the scourge of the modern game that is performance-enhancers.And then there was that smile. That joy. That inner 10-year-old, hat turned backward, loving every minute of it.Junior didnt love every minute of it, of course. There isnt an athlete who does, especially among those whove spent so much time in rehab.But Junior loved his job, and his obvious love and gift for the game will be Topic 1 in six years, when hes inducted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.I dont have a vote, but hed certainly get mine.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

Zach Elfin (1-5) allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings for the Phillies. He has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors.


Phillies: Manager Pete Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.