Low & Outside: AL Notes
Collision course Washington's Adam Dunn is a moose. He's also a former University of Texas football player. Cleveland's rookie catcher, Carlos Santana, found this out the hard way Sunday when he got freight-trained at home plate by the Nationals' 6-foot-6, 287-pound first baseman in the second inning. Santana moved to his left to possibly catch an overthrow when he inadvertently stepped into the path of the onrushing Dunn.
Washington's Adam Dunn is a moose. He's also a former University of Texas football player.
Cleveland's rookie catcher, Carlos Santana, found this out the hard way Sunday when he got freight-trained at home plate by the Nationals' 6-foot-6, 287-pound first baseman in the second inning. Santana moved to his left to possibly catch an overthrow when he inadvertently stepped into the path of the onrushing Dunn.
Santana was knocked off his feet and did a backward somersault. Dunn came over to make sure the Indians' top prospect, who had just been called up Friday, was OK.
Santana, listed at 190 pounds, was not injured.
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Perhaps Dunn was simply harkening back to his days as a Texas Longhorn. Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy visited with the Cleveland players on the field during batting practice. McCoy is a friend of Dunn's, who signed with Texas and played one season with the Longhorns before pursuing his baseball career.
Unbelievably, the hulking Dunn was a quarterback.
Fame is fleeting
Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava - who became the second player ever to hit a grand slam on the first pitch of his initial major-league plate appearance on Saturday - still didn't have a name plate above his Fenway Park locker on Sunday morning.
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The nasty feud between seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee just got even uglier.
McNamee told federal investigators that Clemens' nonprofit organization paid him for his training services, including providing Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs, the New York Times reported on its website Sunday night.
McNamee told authorities investigating Clemens for perjury the payments were made from the Roger Clemens Foundation from 1998 to 2001, according to several people briefed on the investigation, the Times reported.
McNamee, who claims he routinely injected Clemens with steroids during that time, said he was also paid in cash and personal checks.
Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin, disputed McNamee's claims, telling the newspaper the former trainer had again lied to federal authorities.
"Obviously, Roger never paid him for any drugs anytime, and he never paid him out of the foundation for his training services at any time," Hardin said. "The foundation's records will show that."
Ichiro Suzuki's ninth-inning double extended his interleague hitting streak to 17 games, the top active streak in the majors. The Seattle outfielder is batting .429 (33 for 77) during the streak. . . . Twins righthander Clay Condrey, who has yet to pitch this season because of an elbow injury, went to Florida for extended spring training. ... The Yankees placed outfielder Marcus Thames on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring.