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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Armando Galarraga
Right-hander Daniel Bard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to big league spring training.
The runner rounds third base and slides home in a cloud of dust. The catcher lunges with the tag.
There will be a maximum of two challenges per manager in each game and if the challenge is upheld it would not be counted against the manager's limit. If a manager is out of challenges, umpires probably will be allowed request a review on their own.
Another baseball tradition is about to largely disappear: a manager, with a crazed look in his eyes, charging the field and getting into a face-to-face shouting match with an umpire.
Jim Joyce didn't even have to think.
Armando Galarraga now toils for the Colorado Sky Sox, a step away from the big leagues but light years removed from the night that almost was.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Marwin Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle with two outs in the ninth.
Pedro Alvarez homered in the 19th inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the longest game in the majors this season, outlasting the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Sunday.
Exactly a year after a missed call cost him a perfect game, there was no reunion between pitcher Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce.
Shane Victorino charges hard from center field, chasing a sinking line drive. His glove, the ball and the grass all smack together at the same time. What's the call?
Dallas Braden is never one to be bashful: The Oakland lefty is certain the Year of the Pitcher can carry on through 2011 and beyond.
No controversy this time for Jim Joyce and Armando Galarraga.
Jim Joyce said he was willing to talk about his return to Comerica Park and reunion with Armando Galarraga.
Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga is ho-hum about being on the mound for the first time with umpire Jim Joyce since their infamous moment together.
When Armando Galarraga steps onto the mound to face Baltimore on Friday night, the Tigers pitcher will see a familiar face behind home plate in umpire Jim Joyce.
"It will be no big deal," Galarraga said Thursday morning.
"I've seen him since, I've talked to him," he said. "The only difference is I'm not going to be at first base, I'm going to be at home plate."