Snap judgment: Good deal for Jack Zduriencik and the Mariners. They get a pitcher for their rotation, and they get a minor-leaguer with upside, for a guy that will be a free agent after the season. Once you conclude that the Mariners are out of playoff contention — and it would take a miracle for them to make the postseason this year — it was prudent to deal Washburn. And this is a good haul.
Washburn is scheduled to start for the Tigers against Baltimore on Tuesday at Comerica Park. I wish Washburn well — he was a stand-up guy, always good to deal with (even when he was mad at me for including him on a list of the 10 worst free-agent signings in Mariners’ history.). That story was written in June of 2007. I’ll say this, Jarrod: If I wrote it now, you would not be on it. His transformation this year has been nothing short of amazing, and I give him full credit for re-inventing himself at age 34 (he turns 35 on Aug. 13).
Since Luke French is the guy we’re going to see first — I saw him last week in Detroit and remember being impressed; he seemed to have poise and good stuff — I’ll concentrate on him
He simply takes care of business more often than not.
But the same article concludes: French is more likely to rest in the same one-hit wonder category as the 1990’s band Spacehog, rather than achieve a legendary status like Metallica.
Now he has Rob Johnson and Kenji Johjima to lead him.
Tudor turned the tables in stunning style on Barcabullona in the MR Sports Premier Division to avenge a 9-1 defeat three weeks ago.
A double from Fitzgerald and goals from Bedford and Edwards secured a 4-2 away victory.
Only five Hinckley Sunday League teams survive in this season’s County Cup competitions.
Three late goals in the last 10 minutes put paid to Prince of Wales’ hopes in the Premier Cup as they were beaten 6-2 at home to Anstey Swifts.
In the Junior Cup, a brace from Hodgkinson helped Robinson Garage into the next round as they beat Wigston United 5-1 at home.
In the Shield, Gilmorton just missed out by the odd goal at Birstall Stamford, losing 4-3, despite being gifted two own goals to add to Rowe’s strike.
In the Trophy, Galaxy All Stars could have no complaints, crashing 8-1 at home to Exeter Arms.
In the Vase, Balloonatics had to rely on a penalty shoot-out before going through. All square at 1-1 after full-time and with no goals in extra-time, Balloonatics kept their nerve to win 6-5 on spot-kicks against Guthlaxton Old Boys.
In the same competition, Plough Inn Bruntingthorpe lost 3-1 at Sileby, with Pratt scoring a late consolation.
All the County Cup matches postponed last weekend have been re-scheduled for Sunday.
There were lots of goals in the PWS Distribution of Leicester Division Three.
Top scorers were Enderby Social who hammered JCC Baracuda 12-0 at home, with Tom Martin (5) and Lee Taylor (3) leading the spree.
Hat-tricks from Luke French and Wykes steered Swan and Hove to a 10-0 win at Dunton and Broughton.
(Photo by McClatchy newspapers)