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Major League update: Haren "dominant," Zito "superb," Tomko will be a Yankee "soon"

Here are some updates on a few Jaeger Sports students around the majors...

Baseball Prospectus' Ben Lindbergh wrote an amazing and very in depth article about Joel Zumaya called "Zumaya's Zooming" (registration may be required).  It focuses on Joel's use of the changeup throughout his career with lots of statistical data. Here's a paragraph about Joel's four pitch strikeout of Grady Sizemore last week.
With two outs and Ben Francisco on first, Zumaya started Sizemore off with three straight heaters. Sizemore swung through the first pitch and fouled off the next two, though the third was fairly well struck. Had Zumaya chosen to quadruple up, Sizemore might have timed his offering; instead, the righty delivered a changeup that whispered across the outside corner, as Sizemore stood and stared.

The article even includes a link to a 2007 interview on with Joel and Alan

Gary Matthews, Jr is "quietly making some noise at the plate for the Angels" according to the L.A. Times.

Dan Haren looks to remain dominant as he starts against the Padres on Thursday afternoon.  "It's the same every time from Danny," D-Backs manager Bob Melvin told about his mental attitude. "He's in the eighth inning or finishes the game or at the very least the seventh inning. It's really been the same focus, same stuff out of him every single time." In his last start, Dan struck out 11 Brewers in 8 innings to earn the win.

John Grabow is handling the closing duties for the Pirates this week.

Barry Zito was "superb again" for the Giants, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

You can follow Barry Zito on Twitter @BarryZito and find out his thoughts about baseball and more.
(Photo: AP Photo/Ben Margot)

In a very cool move while in Washington to play the Nationals, Geoff Blum and his Astros teammates visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Geoff told the Houston Chronicle “I’m just overwhelmed at how positive they all are and how they react positively after everything they’ve been put through.”

Brett Tomko could be called up to the Yankees soon. General Manager Brian Cashman told the New York Times “we’re happy we have Tomko, and I’m sure you’re going to see him soon enough."

Mariners DH/1B Mike Sweeney returned to Kansas City, where he was a five time All-Star, this week. And, according to the Kansas City Star, he "still loves baseball."

10:53 PM - May 6, 2009

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