7-22 from: - link - Major League Baseball implemented random blood testing for human growth hormone in the minor leagues on Thursday, the first professional sports league in the United States to take the aggressive step against doping. The blood testing becomes part of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, which commissioner Bud Selig introduced in 2001 to test for performance-enhancing drugs. "The implementation of blood testing in the minor leagues represents a significant step in the detection of the illegal use of human growth hormone," Selig said in a statement. "HGH testing provides an example for all of our drug policies in the future."
7-22 from: - link - With runners on first and second and one out, Chris Snyder came to bat against the seventh Mets pitcher, Fernando Nieve. Nieve lived up to his performance to date this season – a staggering -0.9 WAR in 38 relief appearances and one start, as Snyder singled, plating Justin Upton, who doubled to open the inning. Snyder’s single raised that Diamondbacks’ win expectancy from 71.7% to, obviously, 100%. The walk off hit turned out to only be the fourth biggest situation in the game, as the Diamondbacks had many other missed opportunities in extras before finally striking here.
7-22 from: - link - Mike Hessman is 32 years old. In the last 15 years, he has played more than 1,600 games in the minor leagues, and 77 in the majors. He's played regularly for the Triple-A affiliate of three different franchises, and he worked his way through the Braves system so long ago that some of the teams he played for don't exist anymore. If you like traditional stats, you probably don't care much for Hessman. His career batting average in the minors is .232, and he's had a shocking six seasons below .220. Then again, you can't complain about his 329 minor league home runs, which contribute to a very respectable .460 slugging percentage.
7-13 from: - link - Cohoon's in a similar place to Antonini, just a step or two behind. Cohoon absolutely dominated in Savannah this year, and that's why I've listed his stock as up. But sometimes you can get by just throwing strikes, and it's possible that that's what happened to Cohoon in the Sally. Because ever since his demotion to Double-A, he's been bombed. He may still rebound, but I'm not too optimistic. He doesn't get a ton of ground balls, and you have to figure the soft-tossing lefty's strikeout rate won't stay as strong, nor will he continue to only allow two homers per hundred innings. But he did skip a level on his way to Bingo, so there are good reasons for his struggles. And like I said above, finesse lefties have a way of surprising.
7-12 from: - link - TRDMB’s 2nd Annual Mets First Half Report Card - Jerry Manuel - B: Won with the White Sox, and edging closer to winning here…the bullpen cannot be the 1969 or 1986 or 2000 Met bullpen with the personnel it has now…Igarashi isn’t Ryan, Nieve isn’t Aguilera and Pedro isn’t Orosco, no matter how Jerry uses them…still bunts too much, and still makes questionable bullpen moves, but a contending team doesn’t lose due to its manager and win in spite of him, no matter how many experts repeat the same complaints.