short hops

OUT LOUD

"It's the same reason why hitters have pine tar. Why is there resin on the field? Why do we put mud on the ball? We all understand that the crux of the problem is gripping the ball."

— Orioles manager Buck Showalter on Sunday, a day after reliever Brian Matusz was ejected for having a sticky substance on his non-throwing arm. Milwaukee's Will Smith got an eight-game suspension Friday for a similar offense.

GAME OF NUMBERS

7.69

ERA in 10 career starts at Colorado for San Francisco's Tim Hudson. He is 0-3 at Coors Field, the only NL ballpark he has not won at.

4-10

The Mets' record during a just-completed 14-game run vs. the NL Central.

AL CENTRAL WATCH

Yan Gomes

C, Cleveland

He went 0-for-4 Sunday in his return from his sprained right knee, an injury caused by a play at the plate April 11 that caused him to miss 67 games. "As soon as that first pitch went by, it was kind of back to normal and letting all those jitters go away, being back," said Gomes, who hit .278 with 21 homers and 74 RBI last season.