Around the Majors: 3 team doubleheader?

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Twins 9, Orioles 0
Whitesox 5, Rangers 2
BlueJays 1, Angels 0
Indians 9, Mariners 5
Redsox 8, A’s 3
Royals at Tigers–PPD
Devil Rays at Yankees–DH–PPD

NL
Astros 5, Reds 2
Padres 10, Cardinals 5
Phillies 5, Braves 3 (1st)
Phillies 4, Braves 1 (2nd)
Marlins 3, Mets 0
Expos 6, Cubs 0
Giants 5, Rockies 3
Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 5
Brewers at Pirates–PPD

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Yankees          86   52  .623   -     48-21  38-31  39-19 15-11 22-14 WON  3
Redsox           84   54  .609   2     49-22  35-32  36-20 19-13 20-12 WON  4
Orioles          64   74  .464  22     30-37  34-37  28-30 16-14 15-17 LOST 2
d--Devil Rays    59   77  .434  26     36-34  23-43  21-40 13-12 10-22 LOST 9
e--BlueJays      58   81  .417  28 1/2 35-37  23-44  21-36 13-19 16-16 WON  1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Twins            79   60  .568   -     43-29  36-31  18-12 34-25 16-16 WON  2
Whitesox         70   68  .507   8 1/2 39-32  31-36  16-16 29-27 17-15 WON  1
Indians          69   71  .493  10 1/2 40-31  29-40  17-15 26-31 16-17 WON  2
Tigers           63   73  .463  14 1/2 33-33  30-40  10-14 29-29 15-21 LOST 1
e--Royals        49   88  .358  29     30-37  19-51  08-19 27-33 08-24 WON  1

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
A's              81   58  .583   -     45-22  36-36  23-20 25-15 23-15 LOST 4
Angels           79   59  .572   1 1/2 39-29  40-30  25-17 26-14 21-17 LOST 1
Rangers          75   63  .543   5 1/2 43-24  32-39  22-18 23-19 20-18 LOST 1
e--Mariners      51   87  .370  29 1/2 32-36  19-51  11-28 19-24 12-26 LOST 7

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves           81   57  .587   -     40-28  41-29  39-19 15-15 19-13 LOST 2
Marlins          72   62  .537   7     37-29  35-33  35-19 12-18 18-14 WON  9
Phillies         70   69  .504  11 1/2 36-35  34-34  26-33 15-15 20-12 WON  2
Mets             60   78  .435  21     32-35  28-43  21-37 12-18 17-15 LOST 11
Expos            59   80  .424  22 1/2 33-38  26-42  20-33 17-19 15-17 WON  2

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        93   46  .669   -     48-23  45-23  19-11 48-28 15-06 LOST 1
Astros           76   63  .547  17     39-33  37-30  16-14 43-30 10-14 WON  12
Cubs             74   62  .544  17 1/2 38-30  36-32  11-07 40-36 15-15 LOST 2
d--Reds          63   75  .457  29 1/2 34-33  29-42  14-10 29-43 15-15 LOST 3
d--Pirates       63   75  .457  29 1/2 33-33  30-42  14-10 31-41 16-14 WON  1
d--Brewers       60   77  .438  32     34-37  26-40  11-19 29-42 12-12 LOST 1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          80   58  .580   -     41-25  39-33  14-18 20-13 36-19 WON  2
Giants           77   64  .546   4 1/2 42-31  35-33  19-13 15-15 32-29 WON  1
Padres           74   65  .532   6 1/2 36-36  38-29  18-14 19-17 29-24 WON  1
Rockies          60   78  .435  20     32-36  28-42  11-21 10-20 31-27 LOST 1
e--Diamondbacks  42   97  .302  38 1/2 21-47  21-50  09-23 12-18 15-44 LOST 6

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           84   54  .609   -
Angels           79   59  .572   5
Rangers          75   63  .543   9

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Astros           76   63  .547   -
Giants           77   64  .546   -
Cubs             74   62  .544     1/2
Marlins          72   62  .537   1 1/2
Padres           74   65  .532   2
Phillies         70   69  .504   6

4) The Devil Rays will be mathematically eliminated from the postseason if (1) they get swept in their doubleheader against the Yankees or (2) they lose one game and the Redsox beat the Mariners.

5) The Astros passed the Cubs into 2nd place in the NL Central.

6) The Pirates tied the Reds for 4th place in the NL Central.

7) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 23
AL Central–Twins, 16
AL West–A’s, 23
AL wild card–Redsox, 20

NL East–Braves, 20
NL Central–Cardinals, 7
NL West–Dodgers, 19
NL wild card–Astros/Giants, 23

8) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The Yankees have a 5 1/2 game lead over the A’s for the #1 seed. The A’s have a 2 game lead over the Twins for the #2 seed.

NL–The Cardinals have a 11 1/2 game lead over the Braves for the #1 seed. The Braves have a 1 game lead over the Dodgers for the #2 seed.

9) Today’s schedule–

AL
Royals (Zack Greinke, 4.21, and Darrell May, 5.61) at Tigers (Jason Johnson, 4.58, and Jeremy Bonderman, 5.46), DH, 12:05
Devil Rays (Dewon Brazelton, 3.90, and Rob Bell, 4.57) at Yankees (Mike Mussina, 5.28, and Brad Halsey, 7.23), DH, 3:05
Whitesox (Mark Buehrle, 4.12) at Rangers (Chris Young, 4.02), 8:05
Redsox (Tim Wakefield, 4.67) at Mariners (Bobby Madritsch, 3.63), 10:05
BlueJays (Ted Lilly, 4.05) at Angels (Jarrod Washburn, 4.70), 10:05

NL
Mets (Kris Benson, 4.68) at Marlins (Ismael Valdez, 5.23), 1:05
Astros (Carlos Hernandez, 6.31, and Tim Redding, 5.73) at Pirates (Oliver Perez, 3.15, and Josh Fogg, 4.76), DH, 5:05
Brewers (Wes Obermueller, 6.34) at Reds (Brandon Claussen, 6.65), 7:10
Phillies (Cory Lidle, 5.01) at Braves (Russ Ortiz, 3.67), 7:35
Padres (Justin Germano, 6.59) at Rockies (Jason Jennings, 5.90), 9:05
Diamondbacks (Edgar Gonzalez, 9.64) at Dodgers (Jose Lima, 4.11), 10:10

10) Yesterday’s HR–

Jim Thome–#40
Lance Berkman–#27
Jeff Bagwell–#24
Phil Nevin–#23
Bret Boone–#21
Craig Biggio–#21
Kevin Mench–#20
Shea Hillenbrand–#14
Paul Lo Duca–#13
Terrmel Sledge–#12
Mike Lamb–#12
Edgar Martinez–#10 & #11
Jody Gerut–#11
Edgardo Alfonzo–#11
Adam LaRoche–#10
Ronnie Belliard–#9
Matt LeCroy–#8
Olmedo Saenz–#7
Marlon Anderson–#7
Phil Nevin–#7
Ben Davis–#6
Chris Snyder–#3 & #4
So Taguchi–#3
Greg Dobbs–#1

11) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–38
2) David Ortiz–36
3) Paul Konerko–35
T4) Gary Sheffield–33
T4) Alex Rodriguez–33
6) Mark Teixeira–30
7) Hank Blalock–29
8) Vladimir Guerrero–28
9) Eric Chavez–27
T10) Carlos Delgado–26
T10) Jose Valentin–26
T10) Jose Guillen–26
T10) Miguel Tejada–26
T10) Carlos Lee–26
T10) Travis Hafner–26

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–44
2) Albert Pujols–43
3) Adam Dunn–41
T4) Barry Bonds–40
T4) Jim Edmonds–40
T4) Jim Thome–40*
-) Carlos Beltran–38 (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
7) Jeromy Burnitz–34
8) Moises Alou–33
9) Scott Rolen–32
T10) J.D. Drew–30
T10) Vinny Castilla–30

*–hit 1 yesterday

12) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.611, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.830, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.442, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–137, is 9th all time, on pace for 157, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–197, is 2nd all time, on pace for 226, Bonds holds the major league record with 198, 2002
BB above average–169, new major league record
career HR–has 698, is 2 away from 700, is 16 behind Ruth, is 57 behind Aaron
career HR above average–has 457, tied Aaron for 2nd all time
career RCAA–1481, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

13) Jeff Bagwell passed Dave Kingman into 28th place on the all time HR list, with 443.

14) Edgar Martinez passed Chipper Jones, Fred Lynn, Al Simmons and Greg Luzinski into 94th place on the all time HR list, with 308.


1) The Yankees might play a 3 team doubleheader on September 23 or 30.

Since the Yankees and Devil Rays will still need to make up 1 game, on September 23, the Yankees could play their regularly scheduled game against the BlueJays and add a game against the Devil Rays. Or, on September 30, they could play one against the Twins and the other against the Devil Rays. In case of the matter late, the Devil Rays are already scheduled for a doubleheader against the Tigers that day, which would be cancelled.

According to Yankees GM Brian Cashman, “All I’m going to concentrate on right now is making sure we get good weather [today.]” Looking at the weather reports last night and this morning, and looking out my window (things don’t look good, although it hasn’t started raining yet), I’m concluding that Cashman might be just as bad at controlling the weather today as he must have been yesterday. Then, we get an even bigger mess.

2) The Marlins tied their team record with a 9 game winning streak, tying the mark set in 1996.

3) The Diamondbacks tied their team record with 97 losses in a season, tying the mark set in 1998.

4) The Reds sent 3B Brandon Larson to the minors. Larson had been removed from the 40 man roster when he was designated for assignment on Monday.

5) The Royals called up C Jason Phillips and moved 2B Tony Graffanino from the 15 to the 60 day DL.

6) Braves P Mike Hampton was scratched from his start yesterday, due to a stiff neck. It’s the 2nd consecutive time he was scratched and he hopes to start on Saturday.

7) The Marlins signed P David Weathers and designated minor league OF Chip Ambres for assignment.

Weathers had just become a free agent, after being released by the Astros.

8) The Angels are considering changing their team name back to Los Angeles Angels. The team needs the city of Anaheim’s approval to make the change.

9) Mariners 1B Bucky Jacobson will have season ending knee surgery.

Jacobsen hit .500 SLG, .335 OBA, .835 OPS, 5 RCAA in his first 42 career games.

10) The Braves called up P Roman Colon and will call up P Jose Cappellan.

Colon has a 2.57 ERA/1 RSAA in his first 7 career games.

Cappellan will make his major league debut by starting either Saturday or Sunday.

11) The Mets called up P Aaron Heilman.

Heilman has a 6.91 ERA/-20 RSAA in 15 career games, including a 9.82 ERA/-2 RSAA in 1 start in 2004.

12) The Devil Rays released 1B Randall Simon and called up OF Midre Cummings.

After 5 RCAA/.779 OPS and -4 RCAA/.743 OPS seasons, Simon has a .266 SLG, .266 OBA, .532 OPS, -18 RCAA in 69 games (first 61 with the Pirates). He has a .745 career OPS, compared to his league average of .771, and -15 RCAA in 514 games.

Cummings has -35 RCAA/.693 OPS in 443 career games, including a .167 SLG, .154 OBA, .321 OPS, -2 RCAA in 7 games in 2004, which is his first time in the majors since 2001.

13) The Phillies released minor league P Paul Abbott.

Abbott has a 4.92 ERA/-39 RSAA in 162 career games, including a 6.47 ERA/-22 RSAA in 19 starts (20 games–first 10 G/9 GS with the Devil Rays) in 2004.

14) Mariners PH Gregg Dobbs became the 1st player in team history to homer in his first career AB.


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