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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ty Wigginton
A fan unconcerned that the Philadelphia Phillies were playing in Washington walked around the team's ballpark Tuesday afternoon with a sign that read: "Will play outfield for food."
Carlos Gonzalez hit three home runs in his last three at-bats, Michael Cuddyer had a grand slam and Dexter Fowler also homered, leading the Colorado Rockies past the Houston Astros 13-5 on Wednesday night for their third win in a row.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th home run in May to tie the franchise record for a single month and the Miami Marlins earned their 20th comeback victory Wednesday night, completing a three-game sweep of the first-place Washington Nationals with a 5-3 win.
The Washington Nationals won Monday night. They beat their division rival Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on a misty, occasionally rainy, night at Citizens Bank Park. They got six nearly unhittable innings from left-hander Gio Gonzalez and all the runs they'd need off the bat of Ian Desmond.
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The Colorado Rockies gave All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki the day off to rest a sore left hip.
It's been 30 days since a line drive by Ty Wigginton struck John Lannan in the face. It had been only two since Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was carted off the field Friday night on a stretcher and later underwent neck surgery after Ian Desmond's line drive hit him in the head.
For the second straight night, the Washington Nationals got off to a promising start, setting themselves up for victory by scoring early. Unlike in Thursday's meltdown, their pitching staff kept the opponent at bay throughout the game Friday.
John Lannan hunched over in a crouch on the front of the mound at Nationals Park on Friday night likely in complete shock. The searing pain that would run through his body had probably not yet set in. Neither had the fact that he'd just taken Ty Wigginton's liner off his face in the fourth inning, barely deflecting the comebacker with his glove.
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is out of the starting lineup again against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night because of back spasms.
Ian Stewart tossed a couple of bats into a bag, muttered a few goodbyes and then bolted from the clubhouse.
The Colorado Rockies have activated Ty Wigginton off the disabled list and placed the third baseman in the starting lineup against San Diego on Friday night.
Capsules of American League teams, listed in order of finish last year:
First baseman Derrek Lee finalized a $7.25 million, one-year contract Thursday with the Baltimore Orioles, who hope he can provide punch to a lineup that ranked 21st in home runs last season.
"I think once he started to settle in and really pitch, he was able to drop all his off-speed pitches in there for strikes," Baltimore's Ty Wigginton said. "When you're facing a pitcher like Lester and he's able to throw four pitches for a strike, it gets tough."
Blanco and Wigginton yelled at each other, and Blanco had to be restrained by third base coach Dave Anderson.