Daily Notes, With News About News About News

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.

1. News About News About News
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

News About News About News
At Daily Notes, we don’t make the news — we copy and paste the news from other sources and then change maybe, like, every tenth word or whatever.

Oakland Prospect Choice Out for Season
Oakland outfield prospect Michael Choice was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season after suffering a broken hand from a hit-by-pitch on Saturday night, reports MLB.com John Parker. Choice, who was ranked second among Oakland prospects before the season by our Marc Hulet, produced one of the more impressive offensive performances of the Arizona Fall League, per a stat made up by the author. He was slashing .287/.356/.423 (.352 BABIP) in 402 plate appearances at Double-A Midland at the time of the injury.

White Sox Prospect Mitchell Promoted Tuesday
Former first-round pick and current Chicago White Sox outfield prospect Jared Mitchell — notable both for his (a) raw athleticism and (b) difficulties with making contact — was promoted by the club from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday, reports Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times. After missing all of 2010 with an ankle injury and posting decidedly underwhelming numbers in 2011 at High-A Winston-Salem, Mitchell (now 23) was slashing .240/.368/.440 (.350 BABIP) in Birmingham, with a 15.2% walk and 30.9% strikeout rate.

Hernandez (né Carmona) to Make First Appearance Since You-Know-What
According to MLB.com’s Justin Albers, the Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday that right-hander Roberto Hernandez (whom the reader will know as Fausto Carmona) will make his first appearance — a start for Low-A affiliate Lake County on Thursday night — since You-Know-What happened. “He hasn’t pitched in an affiliated game since that thing we all know about happened,” Indians manager Manny Acta didn’t actually say. Nor did he continue: “When things like that one thing that happened happen — well, who knows what happens next.”

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Minnesota at Chicago AL | 14:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Only barely related, but something the author just saw at Dunn’s player page: in 2009, then-National Adam Dunn posted a 142 wRC+ over 668 plate appearances and yet managed just a 1.1 WAR.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Minnesota Radio.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.5.

Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Stephe. Strasburg WAS 10 7 6 3 6 NYN Jeremy Hefner 12:10
Ryan Dempster CHN 6 0 2 5 2 PIT Kevin Correia 12:35
Tommy Hanson ATL 4 8 4 3 4 MIA Ricky Nolasco 12:40
Marco Estrada MIL 9 7 5 6 6 PHI Vance Worley 13:05
Nick Blackburn MIN 1 3 3 4 6 CHA Jake Peavy 14:10
Luke Hochevar KC 5 7 4 6 4 LAA Jered Weaver 15:35
Ivan Nova NYA 7 7 4 3 4 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 15:40
Jason Marquis SD 3 5 4 4 7 SF Tim Lincecum 15:45
Max Scherzer DET 10 4 5 4 1 CLE Derek Lowe 19:05
David Price TB 9 5 6 1 7 BAL Miguel Gonzalez 19:05
A.J. Griffin OAK 5 4 5 7 2 TOR Ricky Romero 19:07
Josh Beckett BOS 6 5 5 8 5 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Homer Bailey CIN 6 4 4 4 6 HOU Bud Norris 20:05
Aaron Harang LAN 2 1 5 9 4 STL Kyle Lohse 20:15
Jeff Francis COL 5 9 5 8 5 AZ Trevor Cahill 21:40

To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.



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