Tuesday, May 30, 2006
May for Milledge
Fortunately, they remain in 1st place, thanks to all-star seasons from Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez, a solid offense and the Braves' relatively slow start.
The big news at Shea was the sudden promotion of phenom outfielder Lastings Milledge, who made a swift detour to New York when the team called him up from Norfolk to replace Xavier Nady - on the DL due to an emergency appendectomy.
Milledge, in the 8th slot, lined to short in his first at bat. He doubled off winner Miguel Batista (5-2) in the 6th inning.
Milledge's ascension to the big club raises one question in particular: Are the Mets showcasing Milledge just in case they would offer him in a trade for Dontrelle Willis?
The Mets (31-20) lead the Phillies (27-24), who beat the Nationals, 4-2, by 4 games and the Braves (27-25), who lost to the Dodgers, 8-3, by 4.5.
Next game: Wednesday, May 31, Mets vs. D-Backs, Pedro Martinez (5-1) vs. Brandon Webb (8-0), 7:10 pm start on SNY & WFAN.
Around the horn
• The Yankees scored 5 runs in the 10th to defeat the Tigers, 11-6, in Detroit.
On the hardwood
• I might've overreacted the other night when the Suns lost Game 3 at home to the Mavs. Tonight, the Suns blew them out, 106-86, to tie up the Western Finals, which most likely will go the distance. The series returns to Dallas on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Heat will attempt to close out the Eastern Finals in Detroit on Wednesday. They lead that series, 3-1.