Edgardo Alfonzo has signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, after having been given his unconditional release by the California Angels last week. Alfonzo was batting just .100 for the Angels, and will attempt to prove he's capable of being every day player for Toronto on their AA club. If he does well, the Blue Jays plan to promote Alfonzo to the big-league club and move their second baseman Aaron Hill over to shortstop.
In his most recent start for Baltimore, Kris Benson lasted just two innings, allowing seven runs (six earned), taking the loss as Seattle bested Baltimore 7-4.
Preston Wilson went 4 for 5 and scored two runs yesterday in a losing effort for Houston against Washington. Somehow, the Nationals managed to take three straight from the Astros, and have won five of their last six. The finale of the four game set was notable because manager Frank Robinson had to pull his third string catcher from the game after Matthew LeCroy made two errors and allowed seven stolen bases in less than seven innings.
Speaking of catchers with throwing problems, Mike Piazza had two RBI singles, both times driving in Mike Cameron, but also allowed four stolen bases against him, as the Braves beat the Padres Wednesday, 10-6. For the Braves, Todd Pratt had an RBI single of his own.
Finally, Matt Cerrone has a post about a couple of transplanted ex-Mets the Mets will see this weekend, 1B Mike Jacobs and RHP Yusmeiro Petit.