Dontrelle Willis joined up with the Diamondbacks just a few days ago in a trade from the Tigers and made his Arizona debut on Saturday night against the Rockies. He did fantastic by his own recent standards, hurling six scoreless innings and earning his first National League victory since going 10-15 back in 2007 for the Marlins.
Does it mean he’s all of a sudden going to turn his career around? No. Some of the control issues that plagued him in Detroit cropped up on Saturday, as he walked four batters and threw only 60 of his 106 pitches for strikes. But he was far better in damage control situations and escaped every major jam that the Rockies’ talented lineup presented to him.
The D’Backs can finish off a three-game sweep of Colorado on Sunday afternoon, but they’ll have to get through Ubaldo Jimenez (10-1, 0.78 ERA) in order to do it.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: