MLB notes: Moyer a Miracle man

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jamie Moyer leaves the game against the San Diego Padres in their...

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jamie Moyer leaves the game against the San Diego Padres in their Major League Baseball game in Denver April 17, 2012. Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a major league game at 49 years, 150 days, in his team's win over the Padres. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

The minor-league Fort Myers Miracle is looking for the next Jamie Moyer.

The amazing Moyer, 49, on Tuesday became the oldest pitcher in major-league history to win a game -- the 268th victory of his career.

It was disclosed Wednesday that none of Moyer's pitches hit the 80 m.p.h. mark during the Colorado Rockies' 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

So, Thursday night, the Miracle -- a Florida-based single-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins -- held a contest for fans.

"Think you can throw harder than Jamie Moyer?" a Miracle official tweeted Thursday. "Tonight at speed pitch (a booth with radar) if you throw harder than 78 you get a free ticket to a future game."

Yeah, but Moyer has a ticket to a future spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Provided he ever retires.

COLON HAS A BALL

Oakland A's pitcher Bartolo Colon threw 38 consecutive strikes -- the longest such streak since at least 1988 -- in a 6-0 win Wednesday night in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels.

"I felt like I threw a lot of strikes, like I was in the zone a lot, but never did I know 38 in a row," Colon said.

The previous longest-recorded stretch in the majors was Tim Wakefield reaching 30 strikes in a row in 1998 with the Boston Red Sox.

Colon didn't miss the plate during a string of 11 batters from the fifth inning into the eighth.

"I've never seen anything remotely close," Oakland outfielder Jonny Gomes said. "You can't even get 38 strikes out of a pitching machine."

Colon went eight innings, throwing 108 pitches, including 82 strikes.

CALF INJURY CRAMPS CARD

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman has aggravated a left calf injury and is destined for the 15-day disabled list.

Berkman said he was hurt pursuing a foul popup. The Cardinals will activate Skip Schumaker from the disabled list for the game Friday at Pittsburgh, general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday.

Schumaker, an infielder and second baseman, had been on a rehab assignment with triple-A Memphis.

Berkman, 36, was batting .348 with two RBI in seven games.

BRIEFLY

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim confirmed the signing of shortstop Erick Aybar to a four-year contract extension. The deal is worth $35 million according to multiple reports ... The Boston Red Sox on Friday will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. A ceremony will be held before an afternoon game against the New York Yankees ... The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed Brandon Allen off waivers from the Oakland A's. The 26-year-old first baseman/outfielder was hitless in seven at-bats this season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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