Around the Majors: A record for Rodriguez

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Yankees 4, BlueJays 3
Royals 8, Indians 1
Orioles 7, Devil Rays 5
A’s 6, Mariners 5 (10)
Twins 4, Angels 2
Whitesox 4, Tigers 3
Redsox 9, Rangers 2

NL
Brewers 6, Reds 5
Astros 7, Cubs 5
Braves 3, Cardinals 2
Giants 7, Pirates 6
Padres 2, Diamondbacks 0
Nationals 5, Mets 3 (8)
Dodgers 6, Rockies 2
Marlins 2, Phillies 1 (6)

2) Standings–

AL EAST WON LOST PCT GB HOME ROAD EAST CENT WEST STREAK
Orioles 16 7 .696 – 7-5 9-2 14-04 01-01 01-02 WON 7
Redsox 12 11 .522 4 6-4 6-7 11-10 00-00 01-01 WON 1
BlueJays 13 12 .520 4 5-6 8-6 09-09 00-00 04-03 LOST 1
Yankees 10 14 .417 6 1/2 7-9 3-5 08-10 00-00 02-04 WON 1
Devil Rays 8 16 .333 8 1/2 7-7 1-9 05-14 00-00 03-02 LOST 6

AL CENTRAL WON LOST PCT GB HOME ROAD EAST CENT WEST STREAK
Whitesox 17 7 .708 – 7-3 10-4 00-00 14-04 03-03 WON 1
Twins 15 8 .652 1 1/2 8-2 7-6 00-00 11-07 04-01 WON 5
Tigers 11 11 .500 5 5-5 6-6 01-01 10-10 00-00 LOST 1
Indians 9 14 .391 7 1/2 3-7 6-7 00-00 07-11 02-03 LOST 1
Royals 6 18 .250 11 2-12 4-6 00-00 04-14 02-04 WON 1

AL WEST WON LOST PCT GB HOME ROAD EAST CENT WEST STREAK
Angels 13 11 .542 – 8-5 5-6 02-01 03-04 08-06 LOST 2
A’s 12 12 .500 1 6-5 6-7 04-05 02-01 06-06 WON 1
Mariners 12 12 .500 1 4-7 8-5 00-00 06-06 06-06 LOST 1
Rangers 12 13 .480 1 1/2 6-8 6-5 06-05 00-00 06-08 LOST 1

NL EAST WON LOST PCT GB HOME ROAD EAST CENT WEST STREAK
Marlins 14 8 .636 – 8-6 6-2 11-07 02-01 01-00 WON 3
Braves 14 10 .583 1 7-4 7-6 12-08 02-02 00-00 WON 1
Nationals 13 11 .542 2 7-5 6-6 10-11 00-00 03-00 WON 2
Mets 11 13 .458 4 8-4 3-9 08-10 03-03 00-00 LOST 4
Phillies 10 14 .417 5 5-7 5-7 07-12 02-01 01-01 LOST 2

NL CENTRAL WON LOST PCT GB HOME ROAD EAST CENT WEST STREAK
Cardinals 15 7 .682 – 8-5 7-2 02-03 13-04 00-00 LOST 1
Cubs 12 11 .522 3 1/2 6-5 6-6 00-00 10-07 02-04 LOST 1
Reds 10 13 .435 5 1/2 7-3 3-10 04-02 06-11 00-00 LOST 3
Brewers 10 13 .435 5 1/2 4-6 6-7 00-00 08-10 02-03 WON 3
Astros 9 13 .409 6 8-3 1-10 01-04 08-09 00-00 WON 1
Pirates 8 14 .364 7 3-8 5-6 00-00 06-10 02-04 LOST 2

NL WEST WON LOST PCT GB HOME ROAD EAST CENT WEST STREAK
Dodgers 15 8 .652 – 7-3 8-5 00-00 02-00 13-08 WON 2
Diamondbacks 14 10 .583 1 1/2 9-3 5-7 00-03 02-01 12-06 LOST 2
Giants 12 11 .522 3 8-6 4-5 00-00 03-02 09-09 WON 4
Padres 11 13 .458 4 1/2 7-3 4-10 00-00 04-03 07-10 WON 2
Rockies 6 15 .286 8 5-6 1-9 01-02 00-00 05-13 LOST 4

3) Today’s schedule–

AL
Royals (Jose Lima, 6.08) at Indians (Scott Elarton, 8.05), 1:05
BlueJays (Ted Lilly, 6.98) at Yankees (Carl Pavano, 3.10), 1:05
Devil Rays (Dewon Brazelton, 5.53) at Orioles (Bruce Chen, 3.62), 1:35
Redsox (Matt Clement, 3.90) at Rangers (Ryan Drese, 6.25), 2:05
Angels (Bartolo Colon, 3.73) at Twins (Johan Santana, 3.55), 2:05
Tigers (Wilfredo Ledezma, 5.82) at Whitesox (Jon Garland, 1.80), 3:05
Mariners (Joel Pineiro, 5.85) at A’s (Barry Zito, 6.60), 4:05

NL
Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, 3.42) at Braves (John Smoltz, 3.64), 1:05
Marlins (Josh Beckett, 1.36) at Phillies (Cory Lidle, 4.03), 1:35
Giants (Brad Hennessey) at Pirates (Oliver Perez, 6.41), 1:35
Reds (Ramon Ortiz, 1.80) at Brewers (Doug Davis, 5.40), 2:05
Cubs (Mark Prior, 0.95) at Astros (Roy Oswalt, 3.25), 2:05
Diamondbacks (Javier Vazquez, 6.11) at Padres (Woody Williams, 4.85), 4:05
Rockies (Shawn Chacon, 3.18) at Dodgers (Derek Lowe, 2.04), 4:10
Mets (Aaron Heilman, 4.68) at Nationals (John Patterson, 0.98), 8:05

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Alex Rodriguez–#9
Miguel Tejada–#8
Brian Roberts–#8
Richie Sexson–#6
Jason Varitek–#6
Corey Koskie–#4
Brian Hawpe–#4
Jason Repko–#4
Eli Marrero–#2 & #3
Trot Nixon–#3
Jason Dubois–#3
Raul Mondesi–#3
Justin Morneau–#2
Jonny Gomes–#2
B.J. Surhoff–#2
Ryan Church–#2
Nick Johnson–#2
Ken Griffey Jr.–#1
Johnny Damon–#1
Ken Harvey–#1
Travis Hafner–#1
Deivi Cruz–#1
Humberto Cota–#1
Sean Burroughs–#1
Sean Casey–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
1) Alex Rodriguez–9*
T2) Miguel Tejada–8*
T2) Brian Roberts–8*
T4) Manny Ramirez–7
T4) Paul Konerko–7
T4) David Ortiz–7
T7) Mark Teixeira–6
T7) Jason Varitek–6*
T9) Vladimir Guerrero–5
T9) Ron Belliard–5
T9) Dmitri Young–5
T9) Alfonso Soriano–5

NL
T1) Troy Glaus–7
T1) Derrek Lee–7
T3) Albert Pujols–6
T3) Adam Dunn–6
T3) Jeff Kent–6
T3) Cliff Floyd–6
T3) Jose Guillen–6
T3) Richie Sexson–6*
T9) Jim Edmonds–5
T9) Pat Burrell–5
T9) Milton Bradley–5
T9) Wily Mo Pena–5
T9) Corey Patterson–5
T9) Russell Branyan–5
T9) Reggie Sanders–5
T9) Phil Nevin–5
T9) Jeromy Burnitz–5

*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez set a Yankee Stadium record with 8 HR in the stadium in April, breaking the mark of 5, set by Lou Gehrig (1933) and Paul O’Neill (2001). Rodriguez passed Johnny Bench and tied Graig Nettles for 44th place on the all time HR list, with 390.

After 53 RCAA/.995 OPS and 35 RCAA/.888 OPS seasons, Rodriguez is hitting .618 SLG, .349 OBA, .966 OPS, 8 RCAA in his first 24 games. He has a .955 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 443 RCAA in 1454 games.


1) Bud Selig sent a letter this week to the union proposing a 50 game suspension for a 1st steroid offense, 100 for a 2nd a lifetime ban for a 3rd.

2) Nationals P Zach Day was scratched from yesterday’s start, due to an inner ear infection.

After 4.18 ERA/14 RSAA and 3.93 ERA/2 RSAA seasons, Day is off to a 5.09 ERA/-3 RSAA start in his first 4 starts (5 games). He has a 4.09 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.27, and 15 RSAA in 66 games.

3) Phillies 1B Jim Thome had to leave yesterday’s game, due to lower back spasms.

After 53 RCAA/.958 OPS and 43 RCAA/.977 OPS seasons, Thome is hitting .304 SLG, .347 OBA, .651 OPS, -4 RCAA in his first 24 games. He has a .975 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 567 RCAA in 1703 games.

4) The Giants called up P Brad Hennessey and sent P Scott Munter to the minors.

Hennessey will start today. It would have normally been Jason Schmidt’s turn, but he was pushed back a day after throwing 131 pitches on Tuesday. Hennessey had a 4.98 ERA/-2 RSAA in 7 starts in 2004.

Munter still hasn’t made his major league debut.

5) The Marlins will place P Guillermo Mota on the 15 day DL today.

Mota has an elbow injury. After 1.97 ERA/24 RSAA and 3.07 ERA/11 RSAA seasons, Mota is off to a 1.86 ERA/2 RSAA start in his first 10 games. He has a 3.38 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.34, and 37 RSAA in 340 games.

6) The Whitesox placed 1B-OF Ross Gload on the 15 day DL and called up INF Pedro Lopez.

Gload has a sore shoulder. After 2 RCAA/.853 OPS in his first year with more than 26 games, Gload is off to a .154 SLG, .154 OBA, .308 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 7 games. He has a .792 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -3 RCAA in 167 games.

7) The Devil Rays activated P Mark Hendrickson from the DL and sent P Seth McClung to the minors.

Hendrickson returned to the rotation yesterday and his line–5 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. After 5.51 ERA/-13 RSAA and 4.81 ERA/-8 RSAA seasons, he is off to a 4.00 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. Hendrickson has a 4.84 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and -13 RSAA in 81 games.

McClung has a 6.80 ERA/-13 RSAA in 21 career games, including a 12.19 ERA/-9 RSAA in 9 games in 2005.

8) Orioles 2B Brian Roberts set a team record for April with 10 SB.

After -4 RCAA/.704 OPS and -10 RCAA/.720 OPS seasons, Roberts is off to a very surprising .726 SLG, .459 OBA, 1.185 OPS, 22 RCAA start in his first 23 games. He has a .718 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and -8 RCAA in 407 games.

9) Whitesox RF Jermaine Dye was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to the flu.

After -20 RCAA/.514 OPS and -2 RCAA/.793 OPS seasons, Dye is off to a .313 SLG, .205 OBA, .517 OPS, -4 RCAA start in his first 21 games. He has a .788 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and -4 RCAA in 1067 games. Dye hasn’t had a positive RCAA since 2001.

10) The Redsox called up 3B Kevin Youkilis and sent P Tim Bausher to the minors.

Youkilis has 4 RCAA/.798 OPS in 74 career games, including 4 for 7, with a BB and 2 RCAA, in 2 games in 2005.

Bausher still hasn’t made his major league debut.

11) Redsox CF Johnny Damon had 3 hits, including a 2B and a HR, and 2B Bill Mueller reached base safely all 5 times up–1 H, 4 BB.

After 2 RCAA/.750 OPS and 25 RCAA/.857 OPS seasons, Damon is hitting .479 SLG, .404 OBA, .883 OPS, 8 RCAA in his first 22 games. He has a .783 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 80 RCAA in 1429 games.

After 38 RCAA/.938 OPS and 5 RCAA/.811 OPS seasons, Mueller is off to a .309 SLG, .397 OBA, .706 OPS, -1 RCAA start in his first 18 games. He has a .797 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 69 RCAA in 1052 games.

12) Redsox P Bronson Arroyo’s line–7 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO.

After a 4.03 ERA/18 RSAA in his first year in the rotation, Arroyo is off to a 3.69 ERA/3 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. Arroyo has a 4.56 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.52, and 5 RSAA in 96 games.

13) Cardinals P Matt Morris’s line–6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 SO.

After 3.76 ERA/7 RSAA and 4.72 ERA/-12 RSAA seasons, Morris is off to a 2.12 ERA/4 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 3.51 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.27, and 86 RSAA in 209 games.

14) Braves P John Thomson’s line–6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO.

After 4.85 ERA/4 RSAA and 3.72 ERA/13 RSAA seasons, Thomson is off to a 2.81 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.65 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.31, and 38 RSAA in 184 games.

15) Astros 1B Jeff Bagwell reached base safely 4 times–3 H, 1 BB.

After 21 RCAA/.897 OPS and 17 RCAA/.842 OPS seasons, Bagwell is hitting .434 SLG, .366 OBA, .800 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 21 games. He has a .949 career OPS, compared to his league average of .763, and 681 RCAA in 2132 games.

16) Cubs P Kerry Wood had to leave yesterday’s game after just 3 innings, due to tendinitis in his shoulder.

After 3.20 ERA/24 RSAA and 3.72 ERA/13 RSAA seasons, Wood is off to a 6.15 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 3.69 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.30, and 62 RSAA in 169 games.

17) Rockies RF Brad Hawpe had 3 hits, including a HR.

Hawpe has -4 RCAA/.829 OPS in 62 career games, including a .660 SLG, .396 OBA, 1.056 OPS, 4 RCAA in 20 games in 2005.

18) Rockies P Joe Kennedy took a pounding–6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO.

After 6.13 ERA/-24 RSAA and 3.66 ERA/27 RSAA seasons, Kennedy is off to a 7.94 ERA/-9 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.78 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.43, and -6 RSAA in 114 games.

19) Dodgers P Brad Penny’s line–6 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.

After 3.09 ERA/1 RSAA and 3.15 ERA/15 RSAA seasons, Penny is off to a 3.27 ERA/1 RSAA start in his first 2 starts. He has a 4.02 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.33, and 9 RSAA in 136 games.

20) Reds P Paul Wilson’s line–6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 6 BB, 3 SO.

After 4.64 ERA/-7 RSAA and 4.36 ERA/-7 RSAA seasons, Wilson is off to a 5.25 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 6 starts. He has a 4.74 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.38, and -50 RSAA in 167 games.


1) Reds CF Ken Griffey Jr. homered for the 1st time this year. He ended a 79 AB HR drought, while his career high is 101 AB, in 1990.

After 11 RCAA/.936 OPS and 12 RCAA/.864 OPS seasons, Griffey is off to a .366 SLG, .315 OBA, .681 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 22 games. He has a .934 career OPS, compared to his league average of .759, and 544 RCAA in 2019 games.

2) Marlins 2B Luis Castillo has been out of the lineup the past couple of games, due to either a strained hip flexor or a hamstring injury, depending on which report was correct, and may not be able to return until Tuesday.

After 11 RCAA/.778 OPS and -1 RCAA/.720 OPS seasons, Castillo is hitting .359 SLG, .410 OBA, .770 OPS, 2 RCAA in his first 19 games. He has a .722 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and -3 RCAA in 1025 games.

3) The Marlins sent P Travis Smith to the minors, called up P Jim Crowell and moved P Tim Spooneybarger from the 15 to the 60 day DL.

Smith has a 6.54 ERA/-28 RSAA in 30 career games, including 1 shutout IP in 1 game in 2005.

Crowell has a 7.71 ERA/-4 RSAA in 6 career games.

4) According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Devil Rays and Rangers have had trade talks regarding Devil Rays P Danys Baez, while the Devil Rays are reportedly interested in minor league P John Danks.

5) According to the Denver Post, the Rockies are interested in Dan Miceli, who was just released by the Yomiuri Giants.

6) Whitesox P Orlando Hernandez’s line–7 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

After 3.64 ERA/12 RSAA and 3.30 ERA/11 RSAA seasons (2002 & 2004, he missed 2003), Hernandez is off to a 2.70 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. Hernandez has a 3.92 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.70, and 66 RSAA in 144 games.

7) Royals DH Ken Harvey had 3 hits, including a HR.

After -23 RCAA/.721 OPS and -1 RCAA/.759 OPS seasons, Harvey ha 3 RCAA/1.143 OPS in his first 3 games. He has a .743 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and -23 RCAA in 262 games.

8) Royals RF Eli Marrero hit 2 HR and reached base safely 4 times (3 H, 1 BB).

After -6 RCAA/.622 OPS and 14 RCAA/.894 OPS seasons, Marrero is off to a .415 SLG, .254 OBA, .669 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 19 games. He has a .715 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -43 RCAA in 634 games.

9) Royals P Denny Bautista’s line–6 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO.

Bautista has a 6.52 ERA/-14 RSAA in 12 career games, including a 4.55 ERA/-1 RSAA in 5 starts in 2005.

10) Indians P Cliff Lee took a pounding–5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.

After a 5.43 ERA/-18 RSAA in his first full season, Lee has a 4.34 ERA/0 RSAA in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.82 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.58, and -12 RSAA in 49 games.

11) Twins P Brad Radke’s line–7 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.

After 4.49 ERA/3 RSAA and 3.48 ERA/31 RSAA seasons, Radke is off to a 4.39 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 6 starts. He has a 4.24 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.69, and 141 RSAA in 325 games.

12) BlueJays P David Bush’s line–7 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO.

Bush has a 3.98 ERA/13 RSAA in 21 career games, including a 4.97 ERA/-1 RSAA in 5 starts in 2005.

13) Yankees P Chien-Ming Wang’s line–7 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.

It was Wang’s major league debut.

14) Mariners 2B Bret Boone reached base safely all 5 times up–3 H (1 2B), 2 BB.

After 38 RCAA/.902 OPS and -7 RCAA/.740 OPS seasons, Boone is hitting .418 SLG, .330 OBA, .748 OPS, 2 RCAA in his first 24 games. He has a .773 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and 3 RCAA in 1716 games.

15) A’s CF Mark Kotsay had 5 hits, including a 2B.

After 0 RCAA/.726 OPS and 21 RCAA/.829 OPS seasons, Kotsay is hitting .444 SLG, .382 OBA, .826 OPS, 5 RCAA in his first 24 games. He has a .769 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 22 RCAA in 1040 games.

16) Mariners P Jamie Moyer took a pounding–3 2/3 IP, 10 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

After 3.27 ERA/27 RSAA and 5.21 ERA/-22 RSAA seasons, Moyer is off to a 3.53 ERA/2 RSAA start in his first 6 starts. He has a 4.14 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.45, and 92 RSAA in 512 games.

17) Marlins P Dontrelle Willis’s line–5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO.

After starting his career with 3.30 ERA/12 RSAA and 4.02 ERA/2 RSAA seasons, Willis is off to a 1.29 ERA/10 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 3.48 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.29, and 24 RSAA in 64 games.

18) Phillies P Vicente Padilla’s line–5 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 SO.

After 3.62 ERA/10 RSAA and 4.53 ERA/-3 RSAA seasons, Padilla is off to a 11.45 ERA/-9 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 3.91 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.28, and 12 RSAA in 170 games.

19) Padres P Brian Lawrence (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 SO) combined with Trevor Hoffman for a shutout against the Diamondbacks.

After 4.19 ERA/-7 RSAA and 4.12 ERA/-3 RSAA seasons, Lawrence is off to a 5.46 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 3.97 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.25, and -6 RSAA in 134 games.

20) Diamondbacks P Shawn Estes’s line–7 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.

After 5.73 ERA/-26 RSAA and 5.84 ERA/-15 RSAA seasons, Estes is off to a 3.38 ERA/3 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.68 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.34, and -74 RSAA in 257 games.

21) Expos P Tomo Ohka’s line–6 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After 4.16 ERA/21 RSAA and 3.40 ERA/6 RSAA seasons, Ohka is off to a 4.50 ERA/-2 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 3.94 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.33, and 47 RSAA in 129 games.


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