Low & Outside: AL Notes
Shaving with one eye shut Tigers centerfielder Austin Jackson did not play against Los Angeles Sunday after getting beaned the night before by the Dodgers' Ramon Troncoso.
Shaving with one eye shut
Tigers centerfielder Austin Jackson did not play against Los Angeles Sunday after getting beaned the night before by the Dodgers' Ramon Troncoso.
Jackson was taken to the hospital after Saturday's 6-3 loss wearing a bandage over the bruise above his left eye. He went through a battery of tests, all of which came out negative.
Jackson's left eyelid was puffy and nearly shut tight when he spoke to reporters Sunday.
"I was mad this morning because it took me a little longer to shave my head. I couldn't see the whole left side, so I didn't know if I had hair on my head or not," he said. "I can see looking down. But if I have to look straight ahead, I kind of have to move my head back a little bit. It's just a matter of getting the swelling to go down."
"He has a little bit of a headache, which is to be expected," manager Jim Leyland said. "We're off [Monday], so he'll start fresh on Tuesday night in Seattle."
Kansas City's Jason Kendall was behind the plate Sunday for the 1,950th time, tying Tony Pena for fifth all-time in appearances by a catcher.
Baltimore starter Kevin Millwood (0-4) didn't get a decision Sunday in the Orioles' 10-inning, 4-3 loss to Washington, although he struck out eight batters in 61/3 innings. The Orioles have scored 30 runs in Millwood's 10 starts, but only 17 when he was in the game.
White Sox starter Freddy Garcia, who had won his last three starts before Sunday's 13-0 wipeout by Florida, entered the game with a 19-7 mark in 32 interleague games - and a big-league best 2.57 ERA.
Milwaukee's Cecil Fielder got plunked twice in Sunday's game against Minnesota, once while batting against Carl Pavano and once by Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson, who made a leaping catch in the fourth and hit Fielder in the back while trying to double him up at first.
Who's in center?
When Twins centerfielder Denard Span left the game Sunday in the sixth inning with a bruised right shoulder, it put the team in a bit of a bind. Minnesota does not have another natural centerfielder on the roster so manager Ron Gardenhire used second baseman Alexi Casilla in the outfield.