Quote of the week
Diamondbacks infielder Mark Reynolds, on being called up from the minors for the first time: "It hasn't set in that I'm in the big leagues yet. But if I see myself on SportsCenter, then maybe."
Hot seat of the week
With the regular season now at the quarter pole, speculation on which managers might be in trouble will begin in earnest. And the early focus is on Baltimore's Sam Perlozzo.
Not only did impatient owner Peter Angelos spend $80 million during the offseason that hasn't paid dividends to this point, but Perlozzo has been in the crosshairs since the bullpen blew a 5-0 lead after he removed starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had thrown only 91 pitches, when he was only two outs away from a shutout.
General manager Mike Flanagan this week refused to comment on Perlozzo's day-to-day status. Hmmmm. That can't be a good sign.
Perspective of the week
The White Sox are batting .222 as a team, dead last in the majors. And many fans want hitting coach Greg Walker to take the fall.
Responded general manager Kenny Williams: "People want a reaction to a lack of performance. I'm not interested in that. We're interested in a stable franchise that allows us to compete on a yearly basis and, to do that, you'd better keep your people around. That's the long answer. The short answer is, I haven't even thought about it."
Play of the week
Athletics second baseman Mark Ellis made two errors all last season. As hard as it is to believe, he matched that total on one play Sunday.
He kicked a grounder from Cleveland's Mike Rouse with two outs in the third inning, allowing Rouse to reach base and David Dellucci to score. That was the first error. Then he picked up another when he flipped his throw over the head of first baseman Dan Johnson, allowing Rouse to advance to second. "That was awful. It was embarrassing," Ellis said.
- Paul Hagen