Mark Teixeira ruined Hiroki Kuroda's perfect game last night with a double down the right field line in the eighth. Sadly, that was the first and last hit of the game. I don't even know what else to say about it, so I'm not going to say anything.
Tonight, the Braves will have Jeff Francoeur back from his 3-day stint in the minors and ready to start in right field. They'll also announce who they'll option down to the minors to make room for newly-signed RHP Julian Tavarez who was acquired off the free agent marked today. The Braves have signed him through the remainder of the 2008 season.
Tavarez has appeared in 16 games this season while jumping from the Red Sox to the Brewers and is 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA. Not impressed yet? To his credit, he hasn't allowed a homerun in his 22 innings pitched this season and has limited right-handed batters to a .213 batting average. His career stats tell a better story than this year's stats, although I'm not pinning my hopes and dreams on him or anything. He's 84-72 lifetime with 22 saves and a 4.46 ERA. His scouting report shows him getting batters to chase his slider and sometimes his changeup, although it's noted that his changeup is rarely in the zone. With so many relievers on the DL these days, and the ones in the pen overworked, all we can do is hope that Tavarez stays healthy and provides us with a solid inning when needed.
In other pitching news, Mike Hampton had a successful rehab start in Myrtle Beach on Saturday. He went five innings and gave up five hits while striking out six and issuing no walks. He'll start at Mississippi on Thursday and could be back up with the team after the All-Star break.
And last but not least, tonight's pitchers: the Braves will send Jair Jurrjens (8-4, 3.09) to the mound tonight to face Chad Billingsly (8-7, 3.12). Remember when the Braves swept the Dodgers in Atlanta back in April? Where has that team gone? Let's hope they show up tonight (and produce more than one baserunner)!