Monday, May 4, 2009

Verlander plunks an Indian (So what's new?)

HBPs of Note: May 3, 2009

Justin Verlander hit Kelly Shoppach with a pitch yesterday, which give Verlander a total of 15 career plunks against the Indians. He's thrown 42 of them in all, but nearly 3/8ths of his hit batsmen have been Indians. That was also Verlander's 20th plunk thrown at Comerica Park, where he already held the record. Cleveland hadn't been plunked in the first two games of the series, but they haven't made it through a three game series against the Tigers without being plunked at least once since August 25th to 27th of 2006.

Carlos Pena got hit by a pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays - that's his 23rd with them, putting him in a tie for 3rd place on the Rays all time plunk list. He's 12 away from tying Johnny Gomes's franchise record.

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