Touch 'Em All: Jones tells Moyer, 'Let's take it outside'

Posted: May 08, 2012

Chipper Jones unloaded on Jamie Moyer on Saturday night, figuratively speaking.

Moyer, the Colorado Rockies' lefthander, accused the Braves slugger of stealing signs while on second base.

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Jones responded that Moyer is "paranoid," that he believes others are stealing signs because he played for the Phillies "who are known for stealing signs," then challenged the 49-year-old lefthander to "meet him in the hallway" if he wanted to take things any further.

Whew! And you thought the Flyers-Penguins series was nasty.

What got Moyer started was blowing a 6-0 lead in a game Atlanta eventually won, 13-9.

"That was all on Jamie Moyer," Jones said. "He woke a sleeping giant [Saturday]. He started chirping, and it went all downhill from there. He accused me of relaying a sign down 6-2 with a 3-0 count to Brian McCann. I have never relayed a sign to anyone while I'm on second base."

Chipper responded with base hits in the next two at bats and drove in five runs.

And he won't have to bat against Phillies pitching 'til after the Fourth of July.

A long day's night

The Red Sox and Orioles battled through 17 innings on Sunday, using every pitcher available and finishing with position players on the mound for both teams.

Or, as ESPN.com wit Jayson Stark tweeted after 13 innings - one baseball game outlasted both games of an NBA playoff doubleheader.

The O's wound up with infielder Chris Davis on the mound for the final two innings, and he got the win after giving up just two hits and no runs.

The last AL position player to win a game as a pitcher was another of Touch 'em All's favorites: Rocky Colavito, who did it in 1968.

The Sox wound up with outfielder Darnell McDonald on the mound. He wasn't as lucky as Davis, surrendering three runs for a 9-6 defeat and grounding into a double play to end the game.

End of a streak

The Dodgers gave slugger Matt Kemp the day off, ending the majors' longest active consecutive games played streak at 392.

Finally

And, just in case you spent Sunday afternoon down a coal mine (or maybe your Internet connection just collapsed) Albert Pujols finally went yard for the Angels after 111 at bats for his new team.

ESPN's crack stats department immediately flashed the news that 275 players had homered this season before Pujols nailed his first.


Contact Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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