Around the Majors: Alou comes off DL, Alfonseca goes on

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Devil Rays 5, Redsox 4
Orioles 13, BlueJays 5
Tigers 5, Twins 4 (10)
Whitesox 8, Royals 2
Rangers 5, Yankees 3
Indians 6, Mariners 1
A’s 4, Angels 3

NL
Brewers 6, Giants 1
Mets 3, Nationals 1
Braves 6, Phillies 2
Marlins 4, Reds 2
Cardinals 8, Astros 7
Rockies 9, Dodgers 1
Diamondbacks 5, Padres 3
Pirates at Cubs–PPD

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB    
Orioles          10    7  .588   -    
Redsox           10    7  .588   -    
BlueJays          9    9  .500   1 1/2
Yankees           7   10  .412   3    
Devil Rays        7   10  .412   3    

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB    
Whitesox         13    4  .765   -    
Twins            10    7  .588   3    
Indians           7   10  .412   6    
Tigers            7   10  .412   6    
Royals            5   12  .294   8    

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB     
Angels            9    8  .529   -     
A's               9    8  .529   -     
Rangers           9    9  .500     1/2 
Mariners          8    9  .471   1     

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB  
Marlins          10    7  .588   -
Braves            9    8  .529   1  
Mets              9    8  .529   1  
Nationals         9    8  .529   1  
Phillies          8    9  .471   2 

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB     
Cardinals        10    5  .667   -     
Reds              8    8  .500   2 1/2 
Astros            8    8  .500   2 1/2 
Cubs              8    8  .500   2 1/2    
Brewers           6   10  .375   4 1/2 
Pirates           5   11  .313   5 1/2 

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB     
Dodgers          12    4  .750   -     
Diamondbacks      9    8  .529   3 1/2 
Padres            8    9  .471   4 1/2 
Giants            7    9  .438   5     
Rockies           5   11  .312   7

3) Today’s schedule–

Twins (Joe Mays) at Tigers (Jason Johnson), 1:05
Rangers (Chan Ho Park) at Yankees (Jaret Wright), 1:05
Orioles (Erik Bedard) at BlueJays (David Bush), 1:07
Redsox (Curt Schilling) at Devil Rays (Doug Waechter), 6:15
Whitesox (Jose Contreras) at Royals (Zack Greinke), 7:10
Indians (Cliff Lee) at Mariners (Aaron Sele), 9:05
A’s (Dan Haren) at Angels (Paul Byrd), 10:05

NL
Reds (Matt Belisle) at Marlins (Dontrelle Willis), 1:05
Nationals (Tomo Ohka) at Mets (Jae Seo), 1:10
Astros (Roger Clemens) at Cardinals (Mark Mulder), 2:15
Pirates (Mark Redman) at Cubs (Greg Maddux), 2:20
Brewers (Chris Capuano) at Giants (Brett Tomko), 4:05
Phillies (Randy Wolf) at Braves (Tim Hudson), 7:05
Dodgers (Odalis Perez) at Rockies (Shawn Chacon), 8:05
Padres (Jake Peavy) at Diamondbacks (Brandon Webb), 9:40

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Troy Glaus–#6
Miguel Tejada–#5
Jeff Kent–#5
Ron Belliard–#4
Cliff Floyd–#4
Xavier Nady–#4
Eduardo Perez–#3
Melvin Mora–#3
Corey Koskie–#3
Junior Spivey–#3
Brad Hawpe–#3
Phil Nevin–#3
Javier Lopez–#2
Jay Gibbons–#2
Ivan Rodriguez–#2
Adam LaRoche–#2
Morgan Ensberg–#2
Ramon Hernandez–#2
Justin Morneau–#1
Cristian Guzman–#1
Marcus Giles–#1
Royce Clayton–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
1) Paul Konerko–7
2) Brian Roberts–6
T3) Manny Ramirez–5
T3) Vladimir Guerrero–5
T3) Miguel Tejada–5*
T6) Alex Rodriguez–4
T6) Carl Everett–4
T6) Dmitri Young–4
T6) Richie Sexson–4
T6) David Ortiz–4
T6) Jason Varitek–4
T6) Torii Hunter–4
T6) Ron Belliard–4*

NL
1) Troy Glaus–6*
T2) Jim Edmonds–5
T2) Jose Guillen–5
T2) Pat Burrell–5
T2) Milton Bradley–5
T2) Wily Mo Pena–5
T2) Jeff Kent–5*
T8) Albert Pujols–4
T8) Chipper Jones–4
T8) Adam Dunn–4
T8) Reggie Sanders–4
T8) Clint Barmes–4
T8) Jason Lane–4
T8) Joe Randa–4
T8) Derrek Lee–4
T8) Jose Vidro–4
T8) Cliff Floyd–4*
T8) Xavier Nady–4*

*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Jeff Kent passed Fred Lynn and Vinny Castilla and tied Greg Luzinski, Jim Edmonds and Al Simmons for 96th place on the all time HR list, with 306.

7) The A’s re-signed SS Bobby Crosby to a 5 year, $12.76 million contract.

Crosby has -17 RCAA/.732 OPS in 163 career games, including a .426 SLG, .319 OBA, .744 OPS, -15 RCAA in 151 games as a rookie in 2004. He’s been on the DL since breaking a couple of ribs on Opening Day.


1) The Giants activated LF Moises Alou from the DL and designated OF Tony Torcato for assignment.

After 12 RCAA/.819 OPS and 30 RCAA/.919 OPS seasons, Alou is 0 for 9, with -2 RCAA, in his first 3 games. He has a .878 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and 252 RCAA in 1622 games.

Torcato has -1 RCAA/.687 OPS in 43 career games, including a .283 SLG, .333 OBA, .606 OPS, -1 RCAA in 11 games (12 PA) in 2005.

2) The Astros signed P Tom Martin to a minor league contract.

Martin has a 4.88 ERA/-16 RSAA in 282 career games, including a 19.29 ERA/-4 RSAA in 4 games with the Braves, before being released earlier in the week.

3) Devil Rays PH Eduardo Perez hit a walkoff HR against the Redsox.

After 9 RCAA/.843 OPS and -2 RCAA/.628 OPS (just 13 G) seasons, Perez is hitting .800 SLG, .435 SLG, 1.235 OPS, 5 RCAA in his first 9 games. He has a .749 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and -20 RCAA in 606 games.

4) Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez hit a walkoff HR against the Twins.

After 17 RCAA/.843 OPS and 29 RCAA/.893 OPS seasons, Rodriguez is hitting .531 SLG, .348 OBA, .880 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 15 games. He has a .837 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and 115 RCAA in 1773 games.

Rodriguez has moved into the top 20 for career RCAA by a C–

RCAA    
1    Mike Piazza                 431   
2    Bill Dickey                 339   
3    Yogi Berra                  312   
4    Mickey Cochrane             303   
5    Gabby Hartnett              254   
6    Johnny Bench                247   
7    Ted Simmons                 217   
8    Carlton Fisk                216   
9    Gene Tenace                 160   
10   Joe Torre                   159   
11   Wally Schang                152   
12   Gary Carter                 142   
13   Ernie Lombardi              138   
14   Roy Campanella              135   
15   Roger Bresnahan             132   
16   Darrell Porter              123   
T17  Jorge Posada                118   
T17  Smoky Burgess               118   
T19  Ivan Rodriguez              115   
T19  Mickey Tettleton            115

5) The Mets placed P Kazuhisa Ishii on the 15 day DL

Ishii has a strained muscle in his side. After 3.86 ERA/2 RSAA and 4.71 ERA/-11 RSAA seasons, Ishii is off to a 4.82 ERA/-1 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 4.32 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.24, and -19 RSAA in 89 games.

6) Orioles P Sidney Ponson was given a special permit, so he
can enter Canada and make his start tomorrow.

7) The Yankees called up INF Andy Phillips when they placed DH Ruben Sierra on the 15 day DL.

Phillips is 2 for 9, with a HR, in 8 career games, including 0 for 1 in 3 games in 2005.

8) Phillies 1B Jim Thome was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to a stiff back, and is day to day. He was able to pinch hit in the 9th.

After 53 RCAA/.958 OPS and 43 RCAA/.977 OPS seasons, Thome is hitting .351 SLG, .366 OBA, .717 OPS, -1 RCAA in his first 17 games. He has a .976 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 570 RCAA in 1696 games.

9) The Royals sent 1B Calvin Pickering to the minors, called up OF Matt Diaz and moved P Scott Sullivan from the 15 to the 60 day DL.

Pickering has -6 RCAA/.757 OPS in 95 career games, including a .259 SLG, .226 OBA, .485 OPS, -2 RCAA in 7 games in 2005.

Diaz has -1 RCAA/.612 OPS in 15 career games.

10) The Rangers signed 3B Brandon Larson and P Jason Boyd to minor league contracts.

Larson has -20 RCAA/.570 OPS in 109 career games.

Boyd has a 5.74 ERA/-22 RSAA in 113 career games.

11) Diamondbacks 3B Troy Glaus had 3 hits, including a HR.

After 8 RCAA/.807 OPS and 9 RCAA/.930 OPS seasons, Glaus is hitting .621 SLG,. 320 OBA, .941 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 17 games. He has a .856 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 92 RCAA in 844 games.

12) Diamondbacks P Brad Halsey’s line–7 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.

Halsey has a 4.91 ERA/-3 RSAA in 12 career games, including a 2.74 ERA/4 RSAA in 3 starts (4 games) in 2005.

13) Braves 3B Chipp[er Jones reached base safely 4 times–1 H, 3 BB.

After 43 RCAA/.920 OPS and 11 RCAA/.847 OPS seasons, Jones is hitting .689 SLG, .486 OBA, 1.175 OPS, 13 RCAA in his first 17 games. He has a .940 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 442 RCAA in 1559 games.

14) Braves P Mike Hampton’s line–8 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.

After 3.84 ERA/7 RSAA and 4.28 ERA/0 RSAA seasons, Hampton is off to a 1.17 ERA/10 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.95 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.32, and 89 RSAA in 367 games.

15) Rockies 2B Aaron Miles had 4 hits (1 2B).

After -32 RCAA/.697 OPS in his first year as a starter, Miles is hitting .474 SLG, .368 OBA, .842 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 15 games. He has a .715 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and -30 RCAA in 157 games.

16) Mets P Tom Glavine’s line–7 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 SO.

After 4.52 ERA/-6 RSAA and 3.60 ERA/16 RSAA seasons, Glavine is off to a 3.97 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.44 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.09, and 294 RSAA in 574 games.

17) Brewers P Victor Santos’s line–9 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO.

After a 4.97 ERA/-9 RSAA season, Santos is off to a 1.64 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 4.94 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.35, and -14 RSAA in 99 games.

18) Astros P Brandon Duckworth took a pounding–4 IP, 8 H, 8 R/ER, 4 BB, 0 SO.

After 4.94 ERA/-9 RSAA and 6.86 ERA/-11 RSAA seasons, Duckworth is off to a 12.60 ERA/-9 RSAA start in his first 2 starts (3 games). He has a 5.29 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.23, and -53 RSAA in 87 games.

19) Redsox 3B Bill Mueller has been out of the lineup, due to the flu, for the past couple of games.

After 38 RCAA/.938 OPS and 5 RCAA/.811 OPS seasons, Mueller is hitting .304 SLG, .352 OBA, .656 OPS, -2 RCAA in his first 14 games. He has a .796 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 68 RCAA in 1048 games.


1) The Marlins placed P Antonio Alfonseca on the 15 day DL and called up P Travis Smith.

Alfonseca has a stress fracture in his elbow and is expected to miss at least 2 months.

Smith has a 6.61 ERA/-28 RSAA in 29 career games, including a 6.20 ERA/-9 RSAA in 16 games (4 starts) with the 2004 Braves. Assuming he pitches in at least 1 game, this will be his 4th year in the majors, but first time he appeared in consecutive seasons.

2) Twins P Carlos Silva’s line–7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.

3) Tigers P Mike Maroth’s line–6 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After 5.73 ERA/-31 RSAA and 4.31 ERA/3 RSAA seasons, Maroth is off to a 4.03 ERA/1 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.83 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.55, and -32 RSAA in 91 games.

4) Whitesox LF Scott Podsednik reached bas safely 5 times–2 H, 3 BB and had 3 SB.

After 18 RCAA/.822 OPS and -20 RCAA/.677 OPS seasons in his first couple of years as a starter, Podsednik is hitting .333 SLG, .373 OBA, .706 OPS, 2 RCAA in his first 12 games. He has a .733 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and -2 RCAA in 346 games.

5) Whitesox P Freddy Garcia’s line–7 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.

After 4.51 ERA/-2 RSAA and 3.81 ERA/19 RSAA seasons, Garcia is off to a 3.21 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.92 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.62, and 75 RSAA in 190 games.

6) A’s 1B Scott Hatteberg reached base safely 4 times–3 H, 1 BB.

After -2 RCAA/.725 OPS and 8 RCAA/.787 OPS seasons, Hatteberg is hitting .349 SLG, .338 OBA, .687 OPS, -1 RCAA in his first 17 games. He has a .770 career OPS, compared to his league average of .769, and 13 RCAA in 906 games.

7) Rangers P Chris Young’s line–5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 SO.

Young has a 5.07 ERA/0 RSAA in 11 career games, including a 5.79 ERA/-2 RSAA in 4 starts in 2005.

8) Indians P C.C. Sabathia’s line–7 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.

After 3.60 ERA/13 RSAA and 4.12 ERA/9 RSAA seasons, Sabathia is off to a 1.42 ERA/4 RSAA start in his first 2 starts. He has a 4.07 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.53, and 33 RSAA in 128 games.

9) Devil Rays P Scott Kazmir’s line–7 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 SO.

Kazmir has a 4.88 ERA/-4 RSAA in 12 career games, including a 3.68 ERA/1 RSAA in 4 starts in 2005.

10) Orioles C Javier Lopez reached base safely 4 times (3 H (1 2B, 1 HR), 1 BB) and DH Jay Gibbons had 3 H, including a HR.

After 55 RCAA/1.065 OPS and 21 RCAA/.872 OPS seasons, Lopez is hitting .541 SLG, .373 OBA, .914 OPS, 4 RCAA in his first 16 games. He has a .844 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and 74 RCAA in 1322 games.

After 9 RCAA/.786 OPS and -17 RCAA/.682 OPS seasons, Gibbons is hitting .451 SLG, .333 OBA, .784 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 14 games. He has a .766 career OPS, compared to his league average of .762, and -6 RCAA in 480 games.

11) Dodgers P Jeff Weaver took a pounding in his 200th career game–4 IP, 13 H, 8 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO.

After 5.99 ERA/-29 RSAA and 4.01 ERA/3 RSAA seasons, Weaver is off to a 6.00 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.39 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.58, and -8 RSAA in 200 games.

12) Rockies P Jason Jennings’s line–9 IP, 10 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

After 5.11 ERA/-6 RSAA and 5.51 ERA/-7 RSAA seasons, Jennings is off to a 4.21 ERA/2 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.99 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.25, and 2 RSAA in 108 games.

13) Marlins 2B Luis Castillo reached base safely all 4 times up–3 H, 1 BB.

After -11 RCAA/.778 OPS and -1 RCAA/.720 OPS seasons, Castillo is hitting .333 SLG, .426 OBA, .760 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 16 games. He has a .722 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and -4 RCAA in 1022 games.

14) Reds P Aaron Harang’s line–6 IP, 8 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

After 5.31 ERA/-9 RSAA and 4.86 ERA/-15 RSAA seasons, Harang is off to a 3.70 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.87 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.36, and -25 RSAA in 64 games.

15) Marlins P A.J. Burnett’s line–6 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 5 BB, 13 SO.

After a 3.68 ERA/6 RSAA season, Burnett is off to a 2.40 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.76 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.31, and 29 RSAA in 106 games.


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