Around the Majors: 3 HR game

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
A’s 5, Rangers 4
Redsox 11, Devil Rays 4
Orioles 9, BlueJays 5
Tigers 6, Indians 4
Twins 10, Whitesox 1
Angels 6, Mariners 1

NL
Giants 4, Brewers 0
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 5
Marlins 4, Expos 3
Mets 9, Braves 4
Cubs 5, Reds 4
Astros 8, Cardinals 3
Padres 3, Dodgers 0

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Yankees          92   54  .630   -     50-21  42-33  43-20 17-12 22-14 WON  2
Redsox           88   57  .607   3 1/2 51-23  37-34  38-21 19-13 22-14 WON  2
e--Orioles       67   77  .465  24     31-39  36-38  31-33 16-14 15-17 WON  1
e--Devil Rays    62   82  .431  29     36-34  26-48  22-44 15-13 10-22 LOST 2
e--BlueJays      60   86  .411  32     36-39  24-47  22-38 13-19 17-19 LOST 1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Twins            86   60  .589   -     46-29  40-31  18-12 41-25 16-16 WON  9
Whitesox         72   73  .497  13 1/2 39-32  33-41  16-16 29-30 19-17 LOST 4
Indians          71   75  .486  15     41-33  30-42  17-15 27-33 17-19 LOST 1
e--Tigers        66   79  .455  19 1/2 34-38  32-41  10-14 32-35 15-21 WON  1
e--Royals        52   93  .359  33 1/2 32-41  20-52  10-23 28-34 08-24 LOST 2

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
A's              85   61  .582   -     49-25  36-36  23-20 27-16 25-17 WON  1
Angels           83   63  .568   2     41-31  42-32  25-18 28-15 23-19 WON  1
Rangers          80   66  .548   5     46-25  34-41  25-18 23-20 22-20 LOST 1
e--Mariners      55   91  .377  30     36-40  19-51  13-30 19-24 14-28 LOST 1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves           86   61  .585   -     43-29  43-32  44-23 15-15 19-13 LOST 1
Marlins          77   67  .535   7 1/2 40-32  37-35  38-22 14-20 18-14 WON  1
Phillies         75   71  .514  10 1/2 36-35  39-36  30-33 16-17 20-12 WON  1
e--Mets          64   83  .435  22     35-40  29-43  25-42 12-18 17-15 WON  1
e--Expos         61   86  .415  25     33-38  28-48  22-39 17-19 15-17 LOST 1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        95   50  .655   -     49-25  46-25  19-11 49-30 16-08 LOST 1
Cubs             80   64  .556  14 1/2 43-32  37-32  13-09 44-36 15-15 WON  4
Astros           80   67  .544  16     39-33  41-34  16-14 47-34 10-14 WON  1
e--Reds          67   79  .459  28 1/2 38-37  29-42  16-11 31-46 15-15 LOST 2
e--Pirates       66   80  .452  29 1/2 36-35  30-45  14-10 34-46 16-14 LOST 4
e--Brewers       62   82  .431  32 1/2 34-40  28-42  11-19 31-44 12-15 LOST 3

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          84   62  .575   -     45-29  39-33  14-18 22-14 38-22 LOST 2
Giants           82   65  .558   2 1/2 42-31  40-34  19-13 18-15 34-30 WON  5
Padres           79   68  .537   5 1/2 36-36  43-32  18-14 19-17 34-27 WON  2
e--Rockies       63   83  .432  21     34-38  29-45  11-21 10-20 34-32 LOST 3
e--Diamondbacks  46  101  .313  38 1/2 25-50  21-51  09-23 12-18 19-48 WON  3

d–eliminated from winning the division title
e–eliminated from winning the division title and the postseason

3) Wild card standings–

AL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Redsox           88   57  .607   -
Angels           83   63  .568   5 1/2
Rangers          80   66  .548   8 1/2

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Giants           82   65  .558   -
Cubs             80   64  .556     1/2
Astros           80   67  .544   2  
Padres           79   68  .537   3  
Marlins          77   67  .535   3 1/2
Phillies         75   71  .514   6 1/2

4) The Indians will be mathematically eliminated from winning the division and from the postseason if they lose to the Royals and the Twins beat the Orioles.

5) The Reds were mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

6) The Brewers clinched a losing record for the 12th consecutive year.

7) The Giants clinched a winning record for the 8th consecutive year.

8) On Wednesday, the Rockies clinched a losing record for the 4th consecutive year.

9) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 14
AL Central–Twins, 4
AL West–A’s, 14
AL wild card–Redsox, 12

NL East–Braves, 10
NL Central–Cardinals, 4
NL West–Dodgers, 14
NL wild card–Giants, 17

10) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The Yankees have a 6 game lead over the Twins for the #1 seed. The Twins lead the A’s by 1 game for the #2 seed.

The Twins passed the A’s into the lead for the #2 seed.

NL–The Cardinals have a 10 game lead over the Braves for the #1 seed. The Braves lead the Dodgers by 1 1/2 game for the #2 seed.

11) Today’s schedule–

AL
Royals (Mike Wood, 6.09) at Indians (Jake Westbrook, 3.27), 7:05
Devil Rays (Doug Waechter, 5.77) at BlueJays (Josh Towers, 4.66), 7:05
Redsox (Bronson Arroyo, 4.04) at Yankees (Orlando Hernandez, 2.49), 7:05
Tigers (Nate Robertson, 4.72) at Whitesox (Jason Grilli, 7.06), 8:05
Orioles (Sidney Ponson, 5.31) at Twins (Terry Mulholland, 5.04), 8:10
A’s (Barry Zito, 4.44) at Mariners (Gil Meche, 4.92), 10:05
Rangers (Chan Ho Park, 5.72) at Angels (Bartolo Colon, 5.12), 10:05

NL
Expos (Tony Armas, 4.88) at Phillies (Eric Milton, 4.87), 7:05
Mets (Tom Glavine, 3.39) at Pirates (John Van Benschoten, 5.08), 7:05
Cubs (Carlos Zambrano, 2.80) at Reds (Luke Hudson, 2.43), 7:10
Braves (Paul Byrd, 3.34) at Marlins (A.J. Burnett, 3.74), 7:35
Brewers (Ben Sheets, 2.83) at Astros (Roy Oswalt, 3.55), 8:05
Diamondbacks (Brandon Web, 3.64) at Cardinals (Woody Williams, 3.98), 8:10
Dodgers (Hideo Nomo, 7.73) at Rockies (Jamey Wright, 4.13), 9:05
Padres (Jake Peavy, 2.26) at Giants (Noah Lowry, 4.35), 10:15

12) Yesterday’s HR–

Albert Pujols–#44
Aramis Ramirez–#31, #32 & #33
Travis Hafner–#28
Tony Batista–#28
Richard Hidalgo–#25
Brian Giles–#23
Marquis Grissom–#20
Pedro Feliz–#20
Vernon Wells–#18 & #19
Rafael Palmeiro–#19
Eric Munson–#18
Kevin Millar–#17
Johnny Damon–#16
Rocco Baldelli–#14
Omar Infante–#13
Mike Lamb–#13
Michael Cuddyer–#10
John Mabry–#10
Todd Zeile–#8
Chad Tracy–#7
Clint Barmes–#2

13) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–41
2) David Ortiz–37
T3) Paul Konerko–36
T3) Mark Teixeira–36
5) Gary Sheffield–34
6) Alex Rodriguez–33
T7) Vladimir Guerrero–30
T7) Hank Blalock–30
9) Carlos Delgado–29
T10) Eric Chavez–28
T10) Alfonso Soriano–28
T10) Travis Hafner–28*

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–45
2) Albert Pujols–44*
T3) Adam Dunn–42
T3) Jim Edmonds–42
T5) Barry Bonds–41
T5) Jim Thome–41
-) Carlos Beltran–38 (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
T7) Moises Alou–35
T7) Jeromy Burnitz–35
9) Steve Finley–34
T10) Scott Rolen–33
T10) Aramis Ramirez–33***

***–hit 3 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

14) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.612, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.821, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.433, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–141, is 7th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–207, new major league record
BB above average–178, new major league record
career HR–has 699, is 1 away from 700, is 15 behind Ruth, is 56 behind Aaron
career HR above average–has 457, tied Aaron for 2nd all time
career RCAA–1485, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

15) Rafael Palmeiro watch–hit #547, is 1 behind Mike Schmidt for 10th place on the all time HR list.

16) Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez hit 3 HR in a game.

It was his 2nd 3 HR game of the season. After -31 RCAA/.885 OPS and -4 RCAA/.788 OPS seasons, Ramirez is hitting .591 SLG, .363 OBA, .954 OPS, 23 RCAA in his first 127 games. He has a .788 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and -18 RCAA in 749 games.


1) The Expos traded SS Alex Gonzalez to the Padres for a player to be named later or cash.

After -8 RCAA/.737 OPS and -13 RCAA/.704 OPS seasons, Gonzalez is off to a .374 SLG, .265 OBA, .640 OPS, -18 RCAA start in his first 72 games (first 37 with the Cubs). He has a .695 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and -198 RCAA in 1256 games.

2) The Padres designated minor league P Marty McLeary for assignment.

McLeary had a 14.73 ERA/-4 RSAA in his first 3 career games.

3) The Mariners activated P Julio Mateo from the DL.

After a 3.15 ERA/12 RSAA as a rookie in 2003, Mateo has a 5.05 ERA/-5 RSAA in his first 40 games. He has a 3.92 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.56, and 7 RSAA in 102 games.

4) The Diamondbacks activated PH-1B Greg Colbrunn from the DL.

After appearing in just 22 games in 2003, Colbrunn has a .111 SLG, .143 OBA, .254 OPS, -5 RCAA in 20 games (28 PA). He’s expected to just be used as a PH and has a .799 career OPS, compared to his league average of .766, and 11 RCA in 992 games.

5) The Redsox activated P Lenny DiNardo from the DL and designated minor league INF Tim Hummel for assignment.

DiNardo has a 4.23 ERA/2 RSAA in his first 22 career games.

Hummel had -12 RCAA/.599 OPS in 82 games with the 2003-04 Reds.

6) Padres 3B Sean Burroughs was out of yesterday’s lineup, after injuring his right knee on Wednesday. He had a MRI.

After starting his career with -6 RCA/.640 OPS and 5 RCAA/.755 OPS seasons, Burroughs is hitting .365 SLG, .348 OBA, .713 OPS, 0 RCAA in his first 130 games. He has a .719 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -1 RCA In 339 games.

7) Padres SS Rich Aurilia injured his ankle while getting out of a car on Wednesday. He says he’ll ready in a couple of days, but manager Bruce Bochy says he expects to be about a week.

After -8 RCAA/.718 OPS and -12 RCAA/.735 OPS seasons, Aurilia is off to a .344 SLG, .317 OBA, .661 OPS, -13 RCAA start in his first 110 games (first 73 with the Mariners). He has a .765 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 0 RCAA in 1103 games.

8) Rangers 2B Alfonso Soriano had to leave yesterday’s game, after injuring his left leg while sliding. He’ll have a MRI on his knee today.

After 34 RCAA/.880 OPS and 32 RCAA/.863 OPS seasons, Soriano is hitting .484 SLG, .324 OBA, .807 OPS, -1 RCAA in his first 145 games. HE has a .820 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and 51 RCAA in 646 games.


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