Brian McCann was supposed to get a well-deserved day of rest on Tuesday, but he ended up getting a little exercise on the basepaths after smacking two home runs to gave Braves reliever Cory Gearrin his first Major League win. He must have heard someone say "walk off" instead of "day off" (MLB.com). Said McCann of the home plate celebration, "Doesn't get much better than that. I ate six pounds of dirt [courtesy of Dan Uggla and Martin Prado]." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
05/18/2011 5:43 PM ET
Big Leaguers Notebook: May 18
So much for day off: Brian McCann saves Braves with HRs
Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez sent a pair of jacks into the seats (MLB.com), Lance Berkman cranked out a clutch hit (MLB.com), Gio Gonzalez pitched a seven-inning, one-hit gem for the A's (MLB.com), and Matt Garza got punk'd (MLB.com).
Angels ace Jered Weaver has some magic up his sleeve. The 2010 American League strikeout champ pitched himself to a 6-0 April record with a 0.99 ERA and is punching out opposing hitters at a rate of nearly a batter per inning. What's the secret for the California kid with 'pipe cleaner legs?' "Smoke and mirrors," laughs the pitcher (Sports Illustrated). Weaver faces off Wednesday night against the Mariners' Jason Vargas, who has a few tricks of his own (MLB.com).
Fans may recognize the crack of the bat and called strike threes as the official sounds of the ballpark, but the soundtrack down on the field is chatter (The Arizona Republic), carefully selected walk-up music (Yahoo! Sports), and the audible pop of a devastating curveball (The Wall Street Journal).
High school Action Team captains teamed up with Seattle Mariners relief pitcher David Pauley to provide emergency supplies of produce and nutritional food to hungry families and seniors at the North Seattle Food Bank. (MLBPLAYERS.com)
Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher talked guitar lessons, bad drivers, tennis shoes and his mother-in-law's amazing homemade picadillos. (ESPN.com)
Rookie kings of Kansas City Eric Hosmer and Tim Collins stopped by the MLB FanCave with joker and teammate Bruce Chen. (MLB.com)
Evan Longoria just might be a superhero. (YouTube)
Tweet of the Day: "Watching one of my fav baseball movies, Major League! But does Willie Mays Hayes remind u of me a little bit or am I trippin? LMAO" -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (Twitter)
Quote of the Day: "Last year, I got to experience the All-Star Game for the first time, and it was an unbelievable experience in Anaheim, Calif. If I got to experience it again this year, with us hosting the event, it would be amazing. One of the coolest things would be to play in the game in the city that you are from, or playing in the city that you play in. You can go out there and represent your team, your fans and your city right there at home. If it does happen again, I will doff my cap. I will take a bow. I will do it all. You have to acknowledge your fans. They have been with you through the ups and downs. They have your back, and it is great to interact with them." -- Chris Young, D-backs center fielder and 2011 All-Star Game hopeful. The 2011 All-Star Game will take place on July 12 in Phoenix. (MLBPLAYERS.com)