A Ringing in His Ear. Last Friday night in Seattle, Brewer outfielder Matt Mieske was hit in the helmet by a fastball thrown by Mariner fireballer Randy Johnson. Mieske stayed in the game and escaped with only a headache, a knot on his head and the blue lettering from the baseball stamped on his helmet as a reminder. "That's as horrific as it gets," said Mieske. "As soon as it left his hand, I knew I had no chance to get out of the way." Mieske said he was awakened the next morning by a phone call. "I answered the bell," he said. "I was alive." Another startling call came later: The Brewers phoned to tell him he was being shipped to Triple A New Orleans.
Nice Work If You Can Get It. Indian pitcher Derek Lilliquist was credited with a win on April 13, though he did not retire a batter. He entered a tie game with two outs in the ninth and the Angels' Rex Hudler on first. Lilliquist got a 1-and-2 count on Chris Turner before Hudler was thrown out trying to steal. Cleveland scored in the top of the 10th for a 6-5 lead, and Lilliquist was replaced by Matt Turner, who pitched a scoreless 10th for the save. "It was pretty odd," Lilliquist said. "I heard talk about vultures afterwards."