6/21 Extra bases

Jeff Baker was the DH on Tuesday and Aramis Ramirez will do so on Wednesday, which will give him a two-day break with the off day Thursday. Baker is batting .460 against left-handed pitching so it makes sense to get him in the lineup. What’s the key?

“I just close my eyes and swing real hard,” Baker said.

* Geovany Soto has seen the replay of Ozzie Guillen kicking his mask about 80 times and it still makes him laugh.

“He was just angry,” Soto said. “I know it wasn’t anything personal toward me.”

Said Reed Johnson: “Ozzie kicking the mask is one thing. To see Geo’s reaction was great.”

* Darwin Barney took batting practice on the field Tuesday. Once he gets a brace for his left knee, he’ll be able to do more activities.

* Marlon Byrd is expected to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

If Baker’s average vs. lefties warrants him playing AGAINST lefties…wouldn’t Pena’s horrific 4 for 50 something average justify him NOT playing against lefties? A platoon at 1B would make sense but that would not reflect well on Hendry’s BRILLIANT idea of INVESTING 10 MILLION OF RICKETTS’ MONEY FOR A ONE AND ONE FREE AGENT!

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