Milwaukee's Carlos Lee had an inkling his former team would test his arm and maybe throw at him, and he was right. Both happened in the Brewers' 17-9 loss to the Chicago White Sox yesterday.
Lee, who hit a three-run homer off winner Josh Fields in the third, threw out the man he was traded for last winter, Scott Podsednik, who led off the game with a triple and tried to score on a shallow fly ball by Willie Harris.
"It's definitely a jolt. You go out feeling great and having a few good outings then you're thrown right back down to reality. They've seen my worst. It can only get better from here."
-- Oakland Athletics pitcher Dan Haren, after allowing eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings while having an 11-inning scoreless streak ended
"I knew they were going to send him," Lee said.
"Because they wanted to mess around with me."
And he said he knew he'd get some brushbacks, such as the one from left-hander Damaso Marte that plunked him on the hip in the eighth inning.
Lee said he wasn't mad about getting hit but by Marte's staring him down afterward.
Lee tried to go after Marte and was restrained by Chicago catcher Chris Widger as both benches emptied. No punches were throw and TrentDurrington pinch-ran for Lee.
"Why stare at me? There's no reason for that," Lee said. "If you want to hit me, hit me, I don't care. It didn't hurt."
-- From News Services