April 11, 2006
GLENDALE ? The following is an update on locals in Major League Baseball. MOMENTUM SWING Gregg Zaun started the 2006 season on the disabled list after having a career year last year, but he didn't waste much time in returning to his usual form. Zaun, playing for the first time this year on Saturday, hit a two-run home run in Toronto's 8-4 victory against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Zaun's home run came in the fifth inning and gave the Blue Jays a 5-4 advantage, their first of the game.
August 17, 2005
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Name: Gregg Zaun Team: Toronto Blue Jays Local Ties: St. Francis, 1989 This Season: The 34-year old has continued to solidify a young Toronto pitching staff that's been without ace Roy Halladay and No. 2 hurler Ted Lilly for nearly a month because of injuries. Zaun has caught Gustavo Chacin, who is an American League Rookie of the Year candidate. The 5-foot-10 Zaun, who helped the Florida Marlins win the 1997 World series against the Cleveland Indians, is batting .265 with eight home runs and 48 runs batted in. He has scored 48 runs in 97 games this year.
August 9, 2005
Charles Rich o7The following is an update on several former area athletes in professional baseball: f7 Zaun, Blue Jays lose to Detroit Monday night turned out to be a long night for Gregg Zaun and his Toronto Blue Jays teammates. Toronto dropped a 9-8 decision to the visiting Detroit Tigers in 12 innings despite several golden scoring opportunities to win the game that lasted almost four hours. Detroit tied the game at eight in the ninth.
July 26, 2005
Charles Rich The following is an update on several former area athletes in professional baseball. Loretta back in action San Diego Padres second baseman Mark Loretta returned to action following a two-month stint on the disabled list with a left thumb injury. Loretta, who graduated from St. Francis High in 1989, was inserted back into San Diego's lineup in a road contest against the New York Mets on July 19. Unfortunately for the Padres, who entered the week in first place in the National League's West Division, they haven't flourished since Loretta's return.
July 13, 2005
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Name: Gregg Zaun Team: Toronto Blue Jays Local Ties: St. Francis, 1989 This Season: Zaun has hit six home runs and drove in 36 runs entering the All-Star break. The former Golden Knight also has a .393 slugging percentage and a .367 on-base percentage. Latest News: This month has been good to Zaun, who is hitting .333 in July. Zaun has also hit safely in nine of his past 10 games, one of which included a three-for-four effort Sunday against the visiting Texas Rangers.
July 1, 2005
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Name: Gregg Zaun Team: Toronto Blue Jays Local Ties: St. Francis, 1989 This Season: Zaun is batting .269 with five home runs and 33 runs batted in for the Blue Jays. The former Golden Knight standout has 11 doubles and a .362 on-base percentage. Latest News: Zaun extended his hitting streak to six games with Wednesday's 12-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He went two for three with two RBIs and two runs scored, giving him three multi-hit games in his last four.
June 7, 2005
Edgar Melik-Stepanyan Freddy Sanchez (Glendale Community College, 1998), third baseman, Pittsburgh Pirates -- Entering the season, Sanchez was penciled in as a back-up shortstop. But the local star has impressed manager Lloyd McClendon to the point where the skipper moved the Pirates' "sparkplug" to the hot corner just to give him a starting spot. "As we speak right now, Freddy Sanchez will probably play third base most of the time," McClendon told Major League Baseball.
March 5, 2005
Edgar Melik-Stepanyan Mark Loretta (St. Francis, 1989), second baseman, San Diego Padres -- Loretta has quickly developed a reputation as being one of the best contact hitters in the game after a stellar season last year in which he was a National League All-Star. He had an outstanding 2004 season, registering 65 extra-base hits, including 47 doubles and 16 home runs. He also drove in 76 runs and scored 108 runs, both career highs. Loretta also set career highs for average, hits, homers and runs batted in. The two-time team most valuable player has been solid on defense, and is primed to lead the Padres after an eventful offseason.
August 19, 2004
Name: Mark Loretta Team: San Diego Padres Local Ties: St. Francis, 1989 This Season: The 33-year-old Loretta continues to remain in an offensive groove. Loretta, a second baseman, entered Wednesday's game against the visiting Atlanta Braves batting .341 with 13 home runs and 63 runs batted in. Loretta, who was the lone Padre to be named to the National League All-Star Team in July, has 162 hits and four stolen bases in 117 games played.