Braves pull up pants and end long Monday skid




Whether it was wearing their pant legs rolled up to their knees, having Chipper Jones on Twitter, or Tommy Hanson taking his recent serendipity to the mound, the Braves finally ended their Monday curse.

After totaling just 18 runs while losing their first 12 Monday games this season, the Braves scored six in the first five innings of an 8-2 win against the Miami Marlins to open a four-game series Monday night at Turner Field.

It was the sixth consecutive win for the surging Braves, but their first Monday win since Aug. 22, 2011. They snapped an inexplicable streak of 16 consecutive Monday losses that included four during their September collapse.

“I think it was eight runs and 13 hits,” Jones said, laughing when asked whether it was the exposed socks or his Twitter status that was the curse-breaker. “For whatever reason we leave the bats at home on Mondays and I think everybody was a little tired of hearing about it so we played well tonight.”

Jason Heyward’s third-inning homer — his 17th of the season and second in two days — gave the Braves a 1-0 lead they never relinquished.

They scored four runs with two out in the fifth – a two-run double by Dan Uggla and two-run pinch single by Juan Francisco — to open a 6-1 lead and remained unbeaten since the 40-year-old third baseman became a social media maven.

That might be stretching it a bit, but Jones surprised everyone last week when he started a Twitter account — @RealCJ10 — in order to diffuse some bogus accounts others had set up with his name attached. Next thing he knew, old “Battle Axe” was having fun communicating with his many Twitter followers.

In a tweet Monday, he wrote: Monday bloody Monday! 0 fer 2012 on Mon and 5-0 on the twitta. Something has to give folks!

The Braves won for the 16th time in 21 games – and sixth in six with Jones on Twitter — to move to a season-high 14 games over .500 (58-44). They pulled to within 3-1/2 games of National League East leader Washington, which didn’t play Monday.

“It took 12 games to figure out it was just the socks?” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez joked. “No it wasn’t [my idea]. I don’t even know who it was, but whoever came up with it took a little bit too long to hang onto this thing.”

It was Jones’ suggestion that the team wear its pant bottoms up to the knees, old-school style with exposed socks. The only Brave who didn’t wear them up was Hanson, whose pant bottoms were down to his shoetops, like most players wear them these days.

“I didn’t really know until I was walking out [on the field], so they told me don’t worry about it,” Hanson said of his teammates. “My pants are all stretched out at the bottom anyway so…. I didn’t want to have to worry about my pants while I was trying not to walk seven guys.”

Hanson (12-5) worked out of early jams and allowed one run on six hits and three walks in five innings. This after beating the Marlins Wednesday when he allowed seven walks and seven stolen bases in five innings, but only one run.

The Marlins again littered the bases early against Hanson, who left the bases loaded in a scoreless second inning and left two on in a scoreless third. After stealing seven bases in eight tries against Hanson and catcher Brian McCann on Wednesday, the Marlins stole two in three attempts in the first three innings Monday.

After the first three innings, Hanson in his past eight innings – all against Miami — had allowed six hits (four doubles), 10 walks, nine stolen bases … but only one run.

In his past 10 starts before Monday, he was 6-1 despite a 4.95 ERA. The Braves scored five or more runs while he was in six of those games, and did again Monday.

“Finally got us win on a Monday,” said Hanson, who had only one “clean” inning with no walks or hits. “I’d love some more clean ones. It’s been a battle lately, but I felt a lot better with my fastball command today so hopefully I can just keep moving forward and keep getting better.”

He worked a perfect fourth inning before the Marlins scored on Jose Reyes’ RBI double in the fifth to cut the lead to 2-1. Martin Prado made a diving attempt and came up with the ball, but had trapped it.

Carlos Lee followed with a single to left field and speedy Reyes tested Prado’s arm. He came up firing and threw a perfect strike to McCann, who tagged Reyes to prevent the tying run.

“I didn’t think he had a snowball’s chance in hell to throw that guy out,” Jones said, “but he never quit on the play and made a throw right on the money. Mac [had a] great deek at home plate. And a great pick and put the tag down. So that was a momentum-shifter. That ties the game and who knows might get Tommy out of the game at that point. Kept us on top and we were able to chip away and finally put it away.”

The Braves blew the game open against left-hander Mark Buehrle (9-10) in the fifth. Heyward hit a leadoff single and Freddie Freeman doubled off the right-center wall to put two in scoring position with one out. After McCann walked, the slumping Uggla hit a bases-loaded double that bounced past left fielder Bryan Peterson, bringing in two runs.

One out later, Francisco pinch-hit for Hanson and hit a two-run single against Carlos Zambrano.

263 comments Add your comment

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 30th, 2012
10:09 pm

It’s the Chippa being on Twitter!

Ken Stallings

July 30th, 2012
10:09 pm

An excellent victory to put the Monday blues to rest!

Ken Stallings

July 30th, 2012
10:14 pm

Hanson is still the weakest pitcher on the starting staff, which by itself says how strong the starting rotation is. Kris Medlin will get his start tomorrow and if he performs as I suspect, with the kind of pinpoint control that I saw from him in his last long relief performance, then the Braves have a starting staff that rivals the Washington Nationals.

Uggla got a timely 2-RBI double to give the Braves some margin for victory and it was a good sign, but he has to achieve a lot more to get back to the kind of form that would earn his enviable salary — the highest second baseman income in the NL! I hope he does, but he has to gain consistency at the plate also.

I don’t know if the Braves can catch the Nationals. The Nats are likely the best team in the NL and perhaps a rival for the Yankees for best team in baseball now. But, the Braves do appear to have the right mixture to make the wildcard and with the depth in starting pitching they seem to have now, it won’t matter as much who’s time it is in the rotation to win that single elimination game. Then, in a short series, baseball becomes that game of chance and the Braves would have as much chance as any team.

Felix

July 30th, 2012
10:23 pm

Janish with the girlie swing hits better than the “power hitting” Uggla.

Quicherbichin

July 30th, 2012
10:31 pm

And any commenter here, with the possible exception of Loosing Managar = Loosing Record is a better commenter than the clueless Felix.

TXBrave

July 30th, 2012
10:32 pm

There is a lot of talk about the Dodgers and Cubs working on a trade that includes both Dempster and Soriano. It sure seems like that would be a great option for the Braves too. If they could move Soriano to left and Prado to second, they would give us more value on a day to day basis. Even the biggest Uggla fan around has to realize that the guy is wildly overrated and needs to sit for awhile. Dempster could also stabilize the rotation even if it is only for 10-12 starts over the balance of the season.

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2012
10:35 pm

We are World Series bound!

Larry

July 30th, 2012
10:35 pm

Dan was the only player that made an out that did not strike out at least once! I gotta strong feeling on Mr Uggla.

Mike from the coast

July 30th, 2012
10:37 pm

Fingers crossed here, but Uggla looked much better at the plate. Even fouled off several pitches instead of wild swings and misses.

Larry

July 30th, 2012
10:37 pm

Guess I should say hitter.

Smitty

July 30th, 2012
10:38 pm

I like braves schedule for the streak run

Chief Knock-A-Homa

July 30th, 2012
10:40 pm

Reed Johnson traded but we don’t know to who yet… Could fit have been the Braves for the bench help we need???

Tom

July 30th, 2012
10:43 pm

Big Country

July 30th, 2012
10:46 pm

Fransisco is a beast, the kid can just flat out hit. Can’t wait til next year when he has a full year under his belt.

BrandonLee49

July 30th, 2012
10:46 pm

Dempster couldn’t Stabalize the End of the Bench, unless he ate a few moe Pancakes before coming in…. Medlin and Minor are solid ends of a Strong Front end Starting Staff… Hitters have to Hit; like they proved Tonight They CAN, and Pitching will be Fine. Let the Dodgers have Big Mouth Hanley, The Angels Land Greinke, and Dempster can stay Put, along with Josh Johnson. No Sense in Mailing out the Future for Mediocrity.And It Happened on a Monday… Congrats, Braves you broke the Jinx !!!

Joel

July 30th, 2012
10:49 pm

@Chief: I sure hope so on the Reed Johnson trade. He would be a great fit.
DOB: do you have any info on the team that acquired Johnson?

kral

July 30th, 2012
10:51 pm

enjoyed it..if you are a BRAVES fan and did not..then blog about it complain about what they need to do..like you really have a clue…ask the marlins..buy buy..in more ways than one …sell sell..oh what the ell..listen to all the blogging gm’s..they loved your moves..sounds like a song…you got to move to follow this rambling blog..but if your smart enough you will get it

Peace

July 30th, 2012
10:53 pm

Peace

July 30th, 2012
10:54 pm

chief

provide a link quit bshyt us

NC BRAVE

July 30th, 2012
10:55 pm

Reed johnson traded to the braves for rev and delgado

kerryb

July 30th, 2012
10:56 pm

MLB Network is reporting that we have traded for Paul Mulholm and Reed Johnson from the Cubs.

NC BRAVE

July 30th, 2012
10:56 pm

Along with dempster

Joel

July 30th, 2012
10:57 pm

MLBTR says the Braves get Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm.

Yogi Berra

July 30th, 2012
10:57 pm

u are right kerryb..deal.

NC

July 30th, 2012
10:58 pm

Espn says delgado and rev are traded

tucker

July 30th, 2012
10:58 pm

Braves acquire Johnson and Maholm from Cubs.

The Dude Abides... Still

July 30th, 2012
10:59 pm

Anyone know definitavely who we sent to the cubs…

DOB do you think you could acutally report it accurately this time?

Joey M

July 30th, 2012
10:59 pm

Braves just traded for Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm. Depending on what we gave up, this could be a “under the radar” move that pushes us past the Nationals.

NC

July 30th, 2012
11:00 pm

Braves To Acquire Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm

By Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 30 at 9:55pm CST]

The Cubs have traded Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm to the Braves, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports tweets. Four teams made offers for Johnson today, including the Pirates and Tigers, according to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com.

Johnson, 35, has a .307/.361/.452 batting line in 180 plate appearances this year. The right-handed hitter has played all three outfield positions for the Cubs and owns a career .313/.370/.469 line against left-handed pitching. He’s signed to a one-year, $1.15MM contract and will hit free agency after the season.

Geovany Soto has been traded to the Rangers in a separate move.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported that Johnson had been traded (on Twitter). Morosi first reported Maholm’s role in the trade and first reported that the Braves were the other team involved.

NC Fan

July 30th, 2012
11:01 pm

Its official delgado and rev,along with jj are gone

EXPERT

July 30th, 2012
11:04 pm

MLB BOWMAN SAYS ITS JJ,REV,AND DELGADO TO THE CUBS

Quack Quack

July 30th, 2012
11:04 pm

I wonder if Tommy has ever heard the saying going around your elbow to get to your thumb??

Great win bravos…Great break of a real stupid streak….Great way to run up the runs….Great way to break Dan’s streak…..;-)

Get out the broom, lets Sweep, Sweep, Sweep!!

GO BRAVES!!!

thetalkingmonkey

July 30th, 2012
11:05 pm

Wow horrible trade by the braves.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 30th, 2012
11:05 pm

Dont know what we gave up for Reed and Maholm but I think that JJ gets traded tommorow (to the Blue Jays) maybe since they are pitching hungry. Probably for a minor leaguer of some kind, plus they need some room on the 40 man roster. I think Medlen’s start is a one timer with the acqusition of Maholm tonight. Plus I think he is too valuable in the bullpen.

Yogi Berra

July 30th, 2012
11:05 pm

Paul Maholm will help being a southpaw. He has pitched great last 4 games.

Ralph

July 30th, 2012
11:05 pm

Is Maholm a rental?

thetalkingmonkey

July 30th, 2012
11:06 pm

LOL! FRANK WREN GM OF THE YEAR!

Braves fan always

July 30th, 2012
11:06 pm

DOB who did we give up or do you even know there was a trade yet?

Brandon

July 30th, 2012
11:06 pm

maholm has an option in 2013 for 6.5 ml

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 30th, 2012
11:06 pm

Brandon

July 30th, 2012
11:07 pm

sources on twitter say that the braves traded 2 pitchers not named minor/gilmartin/delgado/teheran

Iknow

July 30th, 2012
11:07 pm

braves traded rev,delgado,jj for johnson and malhorn

WHAT MORE DO U NEED TO KNOW?
GEEZE

kerryb

July 30th, 2012
11:08 pm

Jerry Crasnick with ESPN is saying we are giving up 2 minor league pitchers and they are not Delgado,Minor, Gilmartin or Teheran.

Texas Braves Fan

July 30th, 2012
11:08 pm

Craddock reporting none of the big 4 in the trade!

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 30th, 2012
11:08 pm

10:08pm: The Cubs are getting two minor league pitchers in the deal, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick tweets. Mike Minor, Randall Delgado, Julio Teheran and Sean Gilmartin aren’t in the trade

Iknow

July 30th, 2012
11:09 pm

SOURCES……LOL

MY SOURCES SAY JJ AND DELGADO ARE GONE

Mike from the coast

July 30th, 2012
11:09 pm

Hope it’s not Delgado.

Ralph

July 30th, 2012
11:09 pm

I am very happy to get Reed Johnson but very disappointed to lose Delgado. they will regret giving him up for many years to come, good for this year but very bad for the future.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 30th, 2012
11:09 pm

Like I said JJ is going to Toronto, tommorow! Need room on 40 man roster

kerryb

July 30th, 2012
11:10 pm

If Crasnick is right this is a great trade. All the analyst on ESPN say it is the perfect trade for the BRaves. Mulholm is 5-0 with an ERA below 2.00 is his last 7 starts and is the perfect pitcher for Turner Field. Johnson is also a solid rt hand bat off the bench.

Braves fan always

July 30th, 2012
11:10 pm

THE PICS ARE NOT IN DIAZ HANDS ANYMORE,SO LONG LOSER GOOD RIDDANCE

TY FW FOR GETTING THE PICS FROM DPLAY DIAZ

kerryb

July 30th, 2012
11:11 pm

Ralph, Delgado is not in this trade. WE would trade him for Dempster but not Mulholm

Blue ridge Brave

July 30th, 2012
11:12 pm

what a crap trade no matter who we traded. a slap hitting outfielder and a below avg pitcher that will take meds spot. now im done with wren have been in his corner for a while but this is a crap trade and he traded anything decent I will be pissed.

Yogi Berra

July 30th, 2012
11:13 pm

Paul will be back need year unless Braves buy his option for half million. johnson will be FA but would sign probably if wanted back by Braves per 780 pm Alabama Montg.

Braves fan always

July 30th, 2012
11:13 pm

Ralph i dont think delgado is in the trade

Dob where r u at?
Get on this who cares about the post game quotes?

Busch Leaguer

July 30th, 2012
11:14 pm

I doubt the Rev is included unless the Cubs plan to use him in the outfield ,Cubs seem set up the middle with Castro and Barney.

Yogi Berra

July 30th, 2012
11:14 pm

spelling is Maholm

thetalkingmonkey

July 30th, 2012
11:15 pm

Frank Wren was fired from the Orioles for a reason. He makes trades that make no sense. Why wouldn’t you just stick Medlen in the rotation and pickup a reliever?

kerryb

July 30th, 2012
11:15 pm

Blue ridge Brave
July 30th, 2012
11:12 pm

what a crap trade no matter who we traded. a slap hitting outfielder and a below avg pitcher that will take meds spot. now im done with wren have been in his corner for a while but this is a crap trade and he traded anything decent I will be pissed.

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You are going to always have some dumb bell like this with any trade. We got a pitcher that’s suited for the Ted and not Wrigley who is 5-0 in his last 7 starts and a bench hitter hitting .302 this year. We also just gave up 2 minor league pitchers that are not our top 4 guys. Man you’re dumb.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 30th, 2012
11:16 pm

I like the deal. The big power hitter is not coming until the off season, anyway. As much as i love Chipper, he hamstrings us from getting that “big RH Masher” this year to play in LF. Gattis may be there anyway, and they might use the money for Grienke instead.

Braves fan

July 30th, 2012
11:16 pm

Im not believing nothing yet

last week MLBTR SAYS BRAVES ACQUIRED DEMPSTER ALSO,NO ONE HAS YET TO SAY IF THIS TRADE IS A DONE DEAL OR NOT

Busch Leaguer

July 30th, 2012
11:16 pm

Hate it for Medlen ,still should get his start tomorrow night though.

Brandon

July 30th, 2012
11:17 pm

everyone just relax, the trade is pending dempster’s approval

Braves fan

July 30th, 2012
11:18 pm

YOU MUST BE THE ONE THAT ALSO BELIEVES BRAVES WERE INTERESTED IN BECKETT

NO ONE FROM BRAVES ORGANIZATION SAID 2 MINOR LEAGUE PITCHERS WERE INVOLVED

ENOUGH SAID

kerryb

July 30th, 2012
11:18 pm

Brooklyn Braves Brawler
July 30th, 2012
11:16 pm

I like the deal. The big power hitter is not coming until the off season, anyway. As much as i love Chipper, he hamstrings us from getting that “big RH Masher” this year to play in LF. Gattis may be there anyway, and they might use the money for Grienke instead.

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Don’t forget about Lowe’s contract coming off the books next year to. Prado will be moved to 3rd and they will go after a power hitter in LF and try to sign Bourn Back. Bourn is the real priority for next year.

Braves fan

July 30th, 2012
11:19 pm

HEY YOGA BERRE SPELL THIS!@#$%^&

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 30th, 2012
11:19 pm

Talking monkey, more like talking Donkey

This is a good deal man, gives Fredi alot of options. Needed a RH bat off the bench. nice deal. Stole Maholm!

Najeh Davenpoop

July 30th, 2012
11:21 pm

Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
That last name was supposed to be Gilmartin. But Minor is also not involved.
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9m Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
Still working on who the Braves used to acquire Maholm and Johnson. It’s not Delgado, Spruill, Teheran or Minor.
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Not Delgado, Teheran, Minor, Gilmartin, or Spruill.

Maybe Vizcaino? Can he be traded?

Busch Leaguer

July 30th, 2012
11:21 pm

Hell I would have settled for just getting Johnson.If Crasnick’s report is true and Delgado is still with the Braves could be best move at the deadline.

Frank Wren

July 30th, 2012
11:21 pm

Hello braves fans like the trade?

To clear things up,delgado,jj were sent to the cubs

Have a nice day

Ralph

July 30th, 2012
11:21 pm

ESPN has said they are giving up 2 minor league pitchers but not high level so that should eliminate Delgado. Anybody but Delgado and I am a happy camper.

Who knows

July 30th, 2012
11:22 pm

jj was traded

kerryb

July 30th, 2012
11:23 pm

Frank Wren
July 30th, 2012
11:21 pm

Hello braves fans like the trade?

To clear things up,delgado,jj were sent to the cubs

Have a nice day

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You’re wrong

Who knows

July 30th, 2012
11:23 pm

Thank god medlen pitches 1 game and thats it

ty wrenn

Largo

July 30th, 2012
11:24 pm

It’s better to be lucky than good. Hanson keeps proving that statement.

Who knows

July 30th, 2012
11:24 pm

AND OF COURSE SINCE DOB REPORTED WRONG LAST TIME,HE IS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN NOW

JC Boscan III

July 30th, 2012
11:25 pm

We have some really good pitchers like JR Graham and Gus Schlosser (28 straight scoreless innings) who are out-pitching Teheran (though at lower levels). I hope it’s neither of them. Spruill would be OK, because he’s another Minor/Gilmartin. Navery Moore would be another decent prospect that could go.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 30th, 2012
11:25 pm

@ kerryb

Exactly right! Use the money to get Bourne and Grienke signed and get a cheap RH “power bat” or use Hanson to get the power bat for LF. With the trade for Maholm, Tommy is expendable in the off-season! Hell I’d be happy with Johnny Gomes in LF! He’s raking in Oakland right now and he comes cheap. Good or 20 Hr and 65 Rbi’s with regular PT!

kerryb

July 30th, 2012
11:25 pm

I like this better than getting Dumpster. Maholm has been giving up nothing where Dempster has started giving up runs right and left.

Yogi Berra

July 30th, 2012
11:25 pm

Braves fan..whats your problem? Most everyone was spelling it wrong.
Its ok but it Yogi not yoga & Berra not Berre..thanks love you to son.

Who knows

July 30th, 2012
11:26 pm

who is spruill?gilmartin was traded cubs not that stupid

ohhhhYEAH

July 30th, 2012
11:27 pm

slap hitting BACK UP outfielder, who provides depth at all three spots. You should probably try to realize we got him as a solid offensive backup and a ridiculous defensive back up should any on of the three need a day off, buddy. Think of him as Paul Yanish for our outfield, and stop tryin to act like its crap. We needed depth defensively in the OF, Hinske is just too immobile. Maybe we shouldnt have given up JJ AND Delgado, but you gotta give to get.

Texas Braves Fan

July 30th, 2012
11:27 pm

Jaye Chapman in trade

Who knows

July 30th, 2012
11:28 pm

Maholm will be signed next year beachy wont be back till mid 2013 if then.

FRANK WRENN SAID THAT ANY PITCHER THEY GET WILL NOT BE A RENTAL.
DONT YOU GUYS EVER LISTEN?

Najeh Davenpoop

July 30th, 2012
11:29 pm

Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick
Pitcher Jaye Chapman is one of the players going from #Braves to #Cubs in Maholm-Johnson deal, source says.
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Yogi Berra

July 30th, 2012
11:29 pm

Paul is hitting 307…Yeah

Who knows

July 30th, 2012
11:30 pm

MEDLEN 1 AND DONE AS A STARTER T GOD

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2012
11:31 pm

How come no major network of site is reporting any of this trade talk……no mention of a Braves-Cubs trade anywhere. It is not April first…….

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 30th, 2012
11:31 pm

Jaye Chapman going to the Cubs

Who knows

July 30th, 2012
11:31 pm

Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick
Pitcher Jaye Chapman is one of the players going from #Braves to #Cubs in Maholm-Johnson deal, source says.
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SHUTOUTS THE BRAVES NEXT YEAR
GILMARTIN WAS INCLUDED

ohhhhYEAH

July 30th, 2012
11:32 pm

@ who knows

Thank God Medlen is only starting one game? Dude, do you not rememebr how nasty he was for us at the end of the rotation before he had surgery in ‘10? Have you not seen his past two games where hes thrown two and three great innings? Get off that crack pipe friend, Medlen has been our best option for the #5 spot and possibly the #4 spot all season, they were just too stupid to see it until just now.

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2012
11:32 pm

ESPN just mentioned it….sorry.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 30th, 2012
11:32 pm

Lot of talk about trade on MLB Network!

The Dude Abides... Still

July 30th, 2012
11:33 pm

Who is the Rev?

Keith

July 30th, 2012
11:33 pm

Although It’s not ideal (I would have rather had a starter), I do like the LH reliever and evidently this Reed Johnson will be decent off the bench and plays good defense.

Go BRAVES! :)

thetalkingmonkey

July 30th, 2012
11:34 pm

Paul Maholm is a started you idiot.

IFTS

July 30th, 2012
11:34 pm

How come no major network of site is reporting any of this trade talk……no mention of a Braves-Cubs trade anywhere. It is not April first…….

YOU MUST NOT HAVE CABLE…DID THE GATOR EAT IT??LOLOL

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 30th, 2012
11:34 pm

The trade is a steal in my opinion! JJ is gone tommorow for minr leaguer!

ohhhhYEAH

July 30th, 2012
11:34 pm

Keith,

Maholm is a starter bud……pretty solid one too

Keith

July 30th, 2012
11:35 pm

Re: the talking monkey

No, he’s a reliever. Check your facts and attitude. :P

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