The math says that Torii Hunter — a 16-year major league veteran who has played with several hundred different teammates over the course of his amateur and professional baseball careers — has probably shared a clubhouse with a gay man. But math and science and reality aren’t things that the 37-year-old outfielder chooses to dabble in. Neither…
CLEVELAND—Buck Showalter said he had four options with Adam Jones. He could have kept him in the heart of the order, moved him down, given him a day off or put the slumping center fielder in the leadoff spot.
That’s what Showalter did.
“I talked to him a little bit,” Showalter said.
He wanted to break up Jones, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo up since each was scuffling.
“It’s the first time it’s really happened with all three of them,” Showalter said. “Right now, everybody’s having those challenges.”
Showalter joked about the move.
“I don’t want to get too predictable. Like my sister used to say, it’s great to be organized and prepared, but every once in a while, you have to be a little spontaneous. Of course, she lives a little different lifestyle than I do.”
NOTES: Yovani Gallardo, who has been on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, will throw a simulated game late Saturday morning. Showalter isn’t sure how long he’ll throw or if there’s going to be another simulated game or if Gallardo will go next to a rehab start. … T.J. McFarland, who is on the minor league disabled list with a left knee, threw a two inning simulated game at Norfolk.
CLEVELAND—For the first time since May 6, 2010, Adam Jones is leading off for the Orioles on Friday night.
Jones, who is in a 3-for-39 slump and batting .223, said he was not surprised by manager Buck Showalter’s move, which comes after the team struck out a major league record 52 times in the three losses at Houston.
He said he wasn’t given advance warning by Showalter, and doesn’t expect it to alter his approach.
“Are they going to pitch me differently?” he asked.
Asked if he interpreted it as a shakeup by Showalter, Jones replied:
“Have you seen the last few games? Let’s see if we can get some guys hot. I’ve got nothing for you, dawg.”
In 29 games, 21 of them starts at leadoff, Jones is batting .240 with no homers and two RBIs.
NOTE: Hyun Soo Kim is batting second and starting for the third straight game, a first for him.
The Hershey Bears can clinch a berth in the Calder Cup Finals tonight with a win over the Toronto Marlies and if they do, head coach Troy Mann’s tough talk might be one of the reasons.
Following the Bears’ 8-2 drubbing of the Marlies on Wednesday night, Mann had this to say:
“This time of year you’ve got to enjoy it. Enjoy the moment. It’s no cliché, every coach says it: the fourth (win) is always the toughest. But we want to make sure we take their will away and try to come out as hard as we did tonight on Friday night to try to take their will and let them know, ‘Hey, it’s going to be hard to come back. It’s going to be hard to play against us. And at the end of the day maybe the summer vacation starts for them and we move on. That’s the goal here.”
With a win the Bears would complete a sweep of the Marlies and face the Lake Erie Monsters, who completed a sweep of the Ontario Reign in the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night. The Calder Cup Finals have not been in Cleveland since the Barons got there 50 years ago, in 1966.
Mann, 46, is in his second full season as head coach of the Bears and could be on the brink of become an NHL coaching candidate. In his two seasons in Hershey the Bears have gone 89-43-20. Last season the Bears were eliminated in the second round.
Many in the Capitals organization wondered why Mann was passed over the head job in Hershey three years ago when Mark French was replaced with Mike Haviland, who coached the Bears for only one season.
Mann, who had been an assistant under French the previous four seasons, took a job as head coach of the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL and led them to the third round of the playoffs in 2014.
With NHL head coaching jobs still available in Calgary and Anaheim, Mann could join Caps assistant coach Todd Reirden as a candidate for one of those jobs.
Reirden, 44, played two seasons with the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in Cincinnati and has spent six years as an NHL assistant (four in Pittsburgh, two in Washington). He drew interest from New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero last summer before Shero hired John Hynes.