08/28/12 8:15 PM ET
Humbled Mota returns after lengthy suspension
Reliever Affeldt placed on paternity leave to open roster spot
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Perry's power links him with astronaut Armstrong
HOUSTON -- Learning of famed astronaut Neil Armstrong's death last Saturday awakened an indelible memory for Gaylord Perry."As soon as I heard about that, I thought, 'We've got connections,'" Perry told MLB.com on Tuesday. Perry was referring to the events of July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Armstrong became the first person to walk the lunar surface. That afternoon, Perry homered off Los Angeles left-hander Claude Osteen in the Giants' 7-3 victory at Candlestick Park. For those in the know, the feats were related. Five years earlier, then-Giants manager Alvin Dark teased Perry about his poor hitting by saying, "They'll put a man on the moon before he hits a home run." Perry said that he had forgotten about Dark's remark until after the game, when San Francisco Examiner reporter Harry Jupiter reminded him. "When he refreshed my memory, I knew exactly what he was talking about," Perry said. "It's a great conversation piece."
Huff likely to return when rosters expand
HOUSTON -- Manager Bruce Bochy indicated that first baseman Aubrey Huff will be reinstated from the disabled list after rosters are expanded on Saturday.Bochy said that Huff, who has been working himself back into playing shape and performing baseball-related activities, will be used primarily as a pinch-hitter. Huff last appeared in a game for the Giants on June 10. He's hitting .155 for them with one home run and five RBIs in 32 games. Huff sprained his right knee on June 13 as he tried to scale the dugout railing to join the on-field celebration following Matt Cain's perfect game. He also has been bothered by patellar tendinitis in the same knee.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.