Thursday, December 25, 2014

Touch 'Em All: No crying in baseball

Lou Piniella had to stop, collect himself, and fight back tears.

It was not the type of emotion Seattle Mariners fans got accustomed to seeing from the fiery Piniella during his 10 seasons managing the club.

Piniella is being honored this weekend by the Mariners, becoming the eighth member of the club's hall of fame and the first manager inducted. The festivities started with a luncheon on the grass at Safeco Field on Friday afternoon and will conclude with the ceremony before Saturday's game.

Jennings heading home

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Marlins lefthander Dan Jennings was released from a Pittsburgh hospital Friday, a day after he was hit in the head by a line drive.

Miami put Jennings on the seven-day concussion list. He was expected to fly back to Florida on Friday evening after being released from Allegheny General Hospital. Jennings was hit by Jordy Mercer's liner during the seventh inning of Pittsburgh's 7-2 win.

Tough going

Angels lefthander C.J. Wilson (8-8) had another rough outing on Thursday night in his second start since leaving the disabled list. He yielded six hits and four walks to the Dodgers in his fifth straight winless start, throwing just 54 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

- Associated Press

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