Leonard Edward DiNardo...graduated from Santa Fe (FL) High School in 1998 and pitched three seasons
at Stetson University in Deland, Florida.
Spent the entire regular season at Triple-A Omaha where he was named Omaha Pitcher of the Year after
leading the team in wins (10), innings (151.2) and strikeouts (127)...went 10-5 with two saves and a
3.32 ERA in 29 games, 23 starts, to earn a September call-up to Kansas City...was 0-3 with a 10.13
ERA in five starts for the Royals...allowed a .414 opponents batting average and issued 15 walks in
21.1 innings for a .487 on-base percentage...struck out just eight...left-handers hit .450 (9 for 20) while
right-handers batted at a .405 (32 for 79) clip with both of his home runs...yielded a .455 mark with
runners in scoring position and opponents were 4 for 5 (.800) with a grand slam and 11 RBI with the
bases loaded...allowed a .317 average the first time through the lineup and .483 after that...pitched for
Italy in the World Baseball Classic and made one appearance against Venezuela March 7 (0.0 ip, 2 h, 1
r, 1 er, 1 bb).
Spent most of the season in the starting rotation at Triple-A Sacramento where he was 6-5 with
a 6.69 ERA in 15 games, 13 starts...also had three stints with Oakland where he was 1-2 with a 7.43
ERA in 11 games, two starts...allowed a .316 opponents batting average with the A's and issued 13
walks for a .407 opponents on-base percentage...struck out just 12...his opponents batting average
broke down to .303 against left-handed hitters and .323 against right-handers...allowed all three of his
home runs and issued 12 of his 13 walks to right-handers for a .492 slugging percentage and .436 onbase
percentage...allowed a .300 average with runners in scoring position but opponents were 0 for 10
with RISP and two outs...was 1-1 with an 8.59 ERA in his two starts and 0-1 with a 6.89 ERA in nine
relief appearances...first batters faced were 3 for 8 (.375) with a walk and he allowed 1 of 4 (25.0%)
inherited runners to score...has allowed a .386 (22 for 57) batting average against first batters faced in
his career...was on the A's Opening Day roster and was 1-1 with a 10.57 ERA in four games, two starts,
when he was optioned to Sacramento on April 26...returned to Oakland for a second time on May 20
but did not pitch until May 29 in a 12-0 loss to Toronto...was designated for assignment the next day
and was sent outright to Sacramento June 3...was selected by the A's on July 18 for his third stint and
went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in six appearances, all in relief...including Aug. 2 at Boston when he tossed
6.0 innings...that was the longest outing by an A's reliever in 2008 and it was just the fifth outing of
six or more innings by an Oakland reliever in the last 18 years...was optioned to Sacramento Aug. 12
and spent the remainder of the season with the River Cats...allowed a .352 opponents batting average
at Sacramento, which included a .429 mark against left-handed hitters and .323 against right-handers...
walked two batters or fewer in 11 of his 13 starts, including seven starts with no walks...went 3-1 with
a 5.25 ERA and did not walk a batter in 24.0 innings in four starts during his first stint with the River
Cats from April 26 to May 19...then compiled a 3-2 record and a 3.19 ERA in seven games, five starts,
during his second stint from June 3 to July 17...did not allow a home run in 31.0 innings and issued
just four walks while striking out 27...had a 6-3 record and a 4.09 ERA in 11 minor league games, nine
starts, when he returned to Sacramento for the final time on Aug. 12...went 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA over
his final four starts with the River Cats...allowed 15 runs on 14 hits and two walks in 3.0 innings in a
15-0 loss to Fresno on Aug. 30...was placed on the disabled list on Sept. 9 with a left shoulder strain and
did not appear in a postseason game with Sacramento.
Began the season in the A's bullpen but moved into the starting rotation at
the end of May and finished the season with an 8-10 record and a 4.11
ERA in 35 games, 20 starts...his first 11 appearances came in relief and he
then started in 20 of his 21 appearances from May 29 to September 16
before finishing the season with three appearances out of the bullpen...was
7-8 with a 4.93 ERA and .293 opponents batting average in his 20 starting
assignments and 1-2 with a 1.82 ERA in his 15 relief appearances...allowed
just one home run in 34.2 relief innings...is one of three pitchers in Oakland
history with 20 or more starts and 15 or more relief appearances in
one season (Lary Sorensen, 46 G/21 GS in 1984; Doug Johns, 40 G/23 GS
in 1996)...now has a 5.49 ERA (77 er in 126.1 ip) in 27 career starts and a
3.44 ERA (33 er in 86.1 ip) in 51 career relief appearances...was charged
with 14 unearned runs, which was fifth most in the American
League...opponents grounded into 27 double plays, which was sixth most
in the AL...however, he averaged 1.85 grounded into double plays per
nine innings, which was the best ratio in the AL and the best in Oakland
history, based on a minimum of 100 innings pitched...it was the best by an
AL pitcher since Bill Swift had a mark of 1.85 for Seattle in 1988...using
the 100 innings pitched minimum, he had the third lowest strikeout to
walk ratio (1.18) and strikeout per nine inning average (4.04) in the AL in
2007 as he had 59 strikeouts and 50 walks in 131.1 innings...allowed a
.278 opponents batting average, which included a .271 (105 for 387) mark
against right-handed hitters and .304 (31 for 102) against lefties...his opponents
average increased to .307 with runners in scoring position, although
that marked dropped to .190 with RISP and two outs...opponents
hit .176 with two outs and .292 with one or no outs...allowed a .263 opponents
batting average over his first 60 pitches in a game and .325 after
that...was 5-5 with a 3.41 ERA and .247 opponents batting average in 20
appearances in Oakland and 3-5 with a 5.02 ERA and .315 opponents batting
average in 15 games on the road...now has a 3.36 career ERA (46 er
in 123.1 ip) in his home ballparks and 6.45 (64 er in 89.1 ip) on the
road...was 3-5 with a 2.72 ERA in 19 game, seven starts, before the All-
Star Break and 5-5 with a 5.27 ERA in 16 games, 13 starts, after the
break...allowed a .320 average to hitters leading off an inning and opponents
are now batting .332 (65 for 196) in his career in that situation...the A's were 10-10 in his 20 starting assignments...tossed six innings or fewer
in 17 of his 20 starts, allowed two runs or fewer eight times and walked
two batters or fewer 14 times...allowed 2 of 11 (18.2%) inherited runners
to score and first batters faced were 4 for 15 (.267) in his relief
appearances...tossed at least one inning in 14 of his 15 relief appearances,
including five outings of three or more innings...made the A's Opening
Day roster and posted a 1.83 ERA in 11 relief appearances before moving
into the starting rotation...did not allow a run in seven of those
outings...tossed 4.0 shutout innings in relief of Chad Gaudin on April 27
against Seattle and 4.2 scoreless innings in relief of Colby Lewis on May
22 at Chicago...took Lewis' spot in the starting rotation on May 29 against
Texas and lost, despite allowing just one earned run in 5.1 innings...then
tossed 6.0 shutout innings in each of his next two starts on June 5 and 10
for a career high 12.0 inning scoreless streak...walked a career high six
batters on June 5 in a 2-0 win against Boston to become the ninth pitcher in
Oakland history to walk six or more batters and not allow a run (last: Zito,
September 4, 2000 at Toronto)...singled off Matt Cain in the fifth inning
on June 10 at San Francisco for his first Major League hit...was 2-2 with a
1.22 ERA, a .200 opponents batting average and one home run in 37.0
innings over his first 14 games, three starts, through June 10...then went
6-8 with a 5.25 ERA, a .305 opponents batting average and 12 home runs
allowed over his final 21 games, 17 starts, beginning on June 16...allowed
a home run to Shawn Green on June 22 at New York (NL), snapping a 13-
game (four start), 40.2-inning, 165-batters faced streak without allowing a
home run dating back to April 14...his one mid-season relief appearance
came on July 7 against Seattle when he tossed 6.1 scoreless innings in
relief of Rich Harden in a 4-0 A's loss...it matched the longest outing by an
A's reliever in 2007 and it was the longest scoreless outing by an A's reliever
since Steve Chitren tossed 6.1 scoreless innings on September 16,
1990 against Minnesota...returned to the rotation after Harden returned to
the disabled list and, after a loss on July 13 at Minnesota, he put together a
career high five-game winning streak from July 18 to August 19...compiled
a 3.67 ERA over that seven start stretch, which included an outing on
July 29 at Seattle when he allowed a career high tying seven runs in 3.0
innings...however, ended up with a no decision in a 14-10 A's loss...capped
the winning streak by tossing a career high 8.0 innings and allowing just
one run on August 19 against Kansas City...then finished the season with
a four-game losing streak, posting an 8.28 ERA and a .364 opponents batting
average over his final eight games, five starts...tossed 1.2 innings in
each of his final two starts on September 9 at Texas and September 16
against Texas...finished the season with three relief appearances (8.2 ip,
10 h, 3 r, 3 er, 1 bb, 5 so).
The left-handed swingman was badly hampered by a neck injury that kept him off the mound for three months... DiNardo was unimpressive as a starter, going 1-2 with an 8.75 ERA... His best attribute is his sinker, which can induce double-play balls.
Split the year between Boston and Triple-A Pawtucket, enjoying 5 separate stints with the Red Sox...finished 0-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 8 games (one start) for the Red Sox...in 14.2 big league innings, struck out 15, while holding opponents to just a .236 average (13-for-55)...at Pawtucket, went 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA in 23 games, all but one as a starter.
UPS AND DOWNS: Opened the season with 3 starts for the PawSox before being recalled for the first time April 26...was optioned back to Triple-A May 8, but returned July 4-7...was again recalled for 3 days July 27-30 and August 20-23...rejoined the Red Sox for good on September 2.
WITH THE RED SOX: Went 0-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 8 games, all but one in relief...in 14.2
innings, walked 5 and struck out 15...did not allow a run in 6 of his 8 appearances,
throwing 7.0 shutout innings his last 4 times out...did not allow a base runner in 4 of his
7 bullpen outings...registered a 0.69 ERA (1 ER/13.0 IP) in 5 games (one start) at
Fenway Park...made his first major league start September 2 vs. Baltimore and dropped
a 7-3 decision...allowed 4 runs (one earned) on 7 hits in 6.0 innings, walking one and
striking out a big league career-high 6...worked a total of 2.0 innings in 2 outings between
that start and September 28, when he came out of the bullpen to work 4.0 innings of one-hit shutout relief vs. Toronto...walked 3 and struck out 2.
2005 WITH PAWTUCKET: Pitched in 23 games, making 22 starts, for the PawSox, finishing 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA...fanned 93 and walked only 35 in 108.2 innings, limiting opponents to a .265 (109-for-411) average and 7 home runs...allowed 3 earned runs or less in 20 of his 22 starts, including his last 17 in a row beginning May 19...from May 19 through the end of the PawSox season, went 6-2 with a 2.63 ERA (26 ER/89.0 IP) in 18 games (17 starts)...before allowing 3 runs in 3.0 innings in his final start of the season,
had posted a 2.41 ERA (23 ER/86.0 IP) over his last 17 games (16 starts)...walked 2 or
fewer in 19 of his 23 games...righthanders batted .256 (75-for-293) with 6 home runs,
while lefties hit .288 (34-for-118) with one homer...opponents hit just .200 (9-for-45)
with men in scoring position and 2 outs...posted a 4.50 ERA (11 ER/22.0 IP) in the first
inning and a 2.80 ERA (27 ER/86.2 IP) thereafter, including a 2.35 ERA (22 ER/84.1 IP)
in innings 2-6...fanned a season-best 8 in 5.0 innings May 24 at Norfolk...from June 13-July 31, went 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA (12 ER/42.0 IP) in 8 starts...worked a season-high 7.0 innings August 5 at Syracuse...in his only relief appearance of the season, struck out 5 in 2.0 perfect innings August 24 vs. Ottawa...walked only 3 in his final 27.1 innings of the season over 6 games (5 starts) beginning July 31...walked only one in his final 4
games (3 starts), a span of 17.0 innings.
In his first career major league action, the Rule 5 draft choice appeared in 22
games for the Red Sox, all in relief, finishing with no record and a 4.23 ERA...opened the
year on the 15-day D.L., missing the first 11 games of the season with a left shoulder
strain that sidelined him for much of Spring Training...was activated April 19 and posted
no record with a 4.23 ERA in 22 games before returning to the D.L. July 9 (retroactive to
July 5) with a blister on the middle finger of his left hand...was activated September 16,
but did not pitch again.
QUICK START: Posted a 1.59 ERA (2 ER/11.1 IP) in his first 7 big league outings April 23-May 12, including perfect innings in his first 2 appearances April 23 at New York and April 28 vs. Tampa Bay...did not allow a run in his first 4 outings (7.0 IP), holding opponents to an .091 average (2-for-22) with one walk and 3 K's...after recording a 1.59 ERA in his first 7 games, registered a 6.06 ERA (11 ER/16.1 IP) in his next 15 outings before going on the D.L. in July.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Made his major league debut April 23 at Yankee Stadium, working a 1-2-3 9th with one strikeout to close out an 11-2 Red Sox win...induced Gary Sheffield to bounce to third, fanned Hideki Matsui for his first big league K, then ended the game with a Bernie Williams groundout to third.
MORE 2004 HIGHLIGHTS: Worked a season-high 3.0 innings in game 2 of a May 1 doubleheader at Texas, allowing 2 hits and no runs with one strikeout...in all, worked more than 1.0 inning in 8 of his 22 outings...fanned a season-best 3 on 2 occasions, in 2.1 innings May 20 at Tampa Bay and in 1.0 perfect inning June 20 at San Francisco.
Spent most of his 3rd pro season with the Mets' Single-A St. Lucie affiliate, sandwiched around a mid-season promotion to Double-A Binghamton, where he pitched 7 games from June 6-July 11...combined to go 4-11 despite a 2.52 ERA in 26 appearances (20 starts)...opened the season with St. Lucie and posted a 2.08 ERA in 11 outings (7 starts) through May 31 to earn a promotion to Binghamton...went 1-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 7 starts for the B-Mets and returned to St. Lucie after the All-Star break...went 3-3 with a 1.93 ERA in 8 outings (6 starts) upon his return...was selected by the Red Sox in the Major League Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in New Orleans on December 15.
TOUGH LUCK: Went 3-8 despite a 2.01 ERA in 19 games (13 starts) for St. Lucie...did not
allow an earned run in 6 outings (31.0 IP) April 27-May 24 yet went 0-2 with a save in
that span...dropped 1-0 decisions May 8 at Tampa and May 19 at Dunedin...did not earn
his first St. Lucie win until his 12th outing July 16 vs. Vero Beach despite entering with
a 2.08 ERA...lost 3 straight outings August 1-16 despite allowing 2 runs or less in all 3.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Struck out 93 and walked 14 in 85.0 innings with St. Lucie, an average of 9.8 strikeouts and 1.5 walks per 9.0 innings...limited Single-A opponents to a .211 batting average, including a .194 (42-for-216) mark by righties and a .250 (22-for-88) mark by lefties...combined at both stops to surrender just 4 homers in 125.0
innings, including just one by a lefty, and has allowed just 7 homers in 262.1 career minor
league innings...gave up 5 earned runs in 6.0 innings May 31 at Brevard County to raise
his ERA to 2.08 from 1.30...without that outing, his season-ending ERA with St. Lucie
would drop to 1.59 from 2.01...struck out at least 10 twice, fanning 11 in 5.2 innings
August 16 at Sarasota and 10 in 5.0 innings May 2 vs. Daytona.
Went 5-5 with one save and a 4.35 ERA in 24 games (19 starts) with the Mets' Single-A Columbia affiliate...struck out 103 in 101.1 South Atlantic League innings...went 3-0 with one save and a 1.45 ERA through the end of May and 2-5 with a 6.05 ERA the rest of the way...struck out 10 in 6.0 innings July 3 vs. Augusta.
Made his pro debut with New York's short-season Single-A Brooklyn club, going 1-
2 with a 2.00 ERA in 9 games (5 starts)...held opponents to a .200 average and no
homers, while striking out 40 in 36.0 innings...collected his first pro win August 10 vs.
Vermont, allowing one unearned run on 5 hits in 7.0 innings.