This has been a feel-good week for cancer-survivor stories in major-league baseball.
Arizona lefthander Doug Davis, pitching in the majors for the first time since he had a cancerous thyroid gland removed April 10, allowed just one run in seven innings Friday as the Diamondbacks defeated Atlanta, 11-1.
"He had to have some goose bumps," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "But once he got into the flow of the game, it was just another game. He's an amazing guy."
Said Davis, who was given a group hug by his teammates in the dugout after he left the game: "It felt great. It was kind of hard to control the emotions sometimes, because I'm excited to be back and I'm anxious to throw my pitches."
Davis, 32, walked two and allowed just five hits as he lowered his ERA to 2.70.
Four nights earlier, Boston's Jon Lester - who was diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2006 - pitched a no-hitter and blanked Kansas City, 7-0.
Manager Willie Randolph, whose sad-sack Mets seem haunted by last year's late-season collapse, received the dreaded vote of confidence from general manager Omar Minaya late Friday night in Denver.
The High&Inside staff would be very wealthy if it had a dollar for every manager who was fired within a month or two of receiving such a show of support.
Third baseman David Wright, one of the few Mets playing to his potential, also defended Randolph. "We don't want to see Willie get fired," he said. "I don't want to see anyone get blamed for something I'm responsible for. That's what we feel as players."
Before yesterday's game against the Rockies, Randolph joked about Minaya's making the trip to Colorado: "I thought I saw him in the back, sharpening his machete. I don't know if that makes me feel too good. He saw me coming, kind of slipped it in his back pocket."
Why Phillies manager Charlie Manuel doesn't move Pat Burrell between lefthanded hitters Chase Utley and Ryan Howard when a lefthander is the opposing starter. Against lefties, Burrell is hitting .300; Howard is hitting .210.
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed centerfielder Andruw Jones on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured right knee that will require surgery. This is his first trip to the DL. The Dodgers bought the contract of utilityman Terry Tiffee from triple-A Las Vegas and moved third baseman Nomar Garciaparra to the 60-day DL. Garciaparra has a left-calf strain. . . . San Diego pitcher Chris Young, who suffered a broken nose and a small crack in the bones of his skull when hit by an Albert Pujols liner Wednesday, will be sidelined "much longer" than three weeks, manager Bud Black said. . . . Colorado placed shortstop Clint Barmes and rightfielder Brad Hawpe on the DL.