Around the Majors: Baseball returns to Washington

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Mariners 10, Royals 2
Redsox 8, Yankees 5
BlueJays 2, Rangers 1
Indians 8, Whitesox 6
Devil Rays 12, Orioles 7
Twins 10, Tigers 4

NL
Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 3
Mets 4, Astros 3

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
BlueJays          7    3  .700   -      2-1    5-2   04-02 00-00 03-01 WON  1
Orioles           5    4  .556   1 1/2  1-2    4-2   04-02 00-00 01-02 LOST 1
Yankees           4    5  .444   2 1/2  3-3    1-2   04-05 00-00 00-00 LOST 1
Redsox            4    5  .444   2 1/2  2-1    2-4   04-05 00-00 00-00 WON  1
Devil Rays        4    5  .444   2 1/2  4-5    0-0   02-04 00-00 02-01 WON  1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Whitesox          6    3  .667   -      2-1    4-2   00-00 06-03 00-00 LOST 1
Twins             6    3  .667   -      4-2    2-1   00-00 04-02 02-01 WON  4
Indians           4    5  .444   2      1-2    3-3   00-00 04-05 00-00 WON  1
Tigers            3    6  .333   3      3-3    0-3   00-00 03-06 00-00 LOST 4
Royals            3    6  .333   3      0-3    3-3   00-00 01-02 02-04 LOST 3

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels            5    4  .556   -      3-3    2-1   00-00 01-02 04-02 LOST 1
Mariners          5    4  .556   -      2-4    3-0   00-00 04-02 01-02 WON  3
A's               4    5  .444   1      1-2    3-3   04-05 00-00 00-00 WON  1
Rangers           4    6  .400   1 1/2  1-3    3-3   00-01 00-00 04-05 LOST 1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Nationals         6    4  .600   -      1-0    5-4   05-04 00-00 01-00 WON  3
Braves            5    4  .556     1/2  3-3    2-1   05-04 00-00 00-00 LOST 2
Marlins           5    4  .556     1/2  5-4    0-0   05-04 00-00 00-00 WON  2
Phillies          4    5  .444   1 1/2  1-2    3-3   02-04 02-01 00-00 LOST 2
Mets              4    5  .444   1 1/2  3-0    1-5   01-02 03-03 00-00 WON  4

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Brewers           5    3  .625   -      2-1    3-2   00-00 05-03 00-00 WON  1
Reds              4    4  .500   1      3-0    1-4   03-00 01-04 00-00 WON  1
Astros            4    4  .500   1      4-1    0-3   00-03 04-01 00-00 LOST 3
Cubs              4    5  .444   1 1/2  3-3    1-2   00-00 02-01 02-04 LOST 1
Cardinals         3    4  .429   1 1/2  2-3    1-1   01-02 02-02 00-00 LOST 1
Pirates           3    6  .333   2 1/2  0-2    3-4   00-00 01-04 02-02 LOST 1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers           6    2  .750   -      2-0    4-2   00-00 00-00 06-02 WON  2
Diamondbacks      6    4  .600   1      6-3    0-1   00-01 02-01 04-02 LOST 1
Padres            5    4  .556   1 1/2  2-2    3-2   00-00 04-03 01-01 WON  1
Giants            4    4  .500   2      4-2    0-2   00-00 00-00 04-04 LOST 2
Rockies           1    7  .125   5      1-1    0-6   00-00 00-00 01-07 LOST 7

3) Today’s schedule–

AL
Devil Rays (Hideo Nomo) at Redsox (David Wells), 7:05
Twins (Johan Santana) at Indians (Jake Westbrook), 7:05
Yankees (Carl Pavano) at Orioles (Bruce Chen), 7:35
BlueJays (Ted Lilly) at Rangers (Ryan Drese), 8:05
Mariners (Joel Pineiro) at Whitesox (Jon Garland), 8:05
Tigers (Wilfredo Ledezma) at Royals (Jose Lima), 8:10
Angels (Bartolo Colon) at A’s (Barry Zito), 10:05

NL
Braves (Horacio Ramirez) at Phillies (Gavin Floyd), 7:05
Cubs (Carlos Zambrano) at Pirates (Oliver Perez), 7:05
Marlins (Josh Beckett) at Mets (Aaron Heilman), 7:10
Astros (Roy Oswalt) at Reds (Paul Wilson), 7:10
Cardinals (Jeff Suppan) at Brewers (Ben Sheets), 8:05
Giants (Noah Lowry) at Rockies (Jamey Wright), 8:35
Padres (Woody Williams) at Dodgers (Derek Lowe), 10:40

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Paul Konerko–#4
Richie Sexson–#3
Jason Varitek–#3
Carl Crawford–#2
Rondell White–#2
Chad Tracy–#2
Vinny Castilla–#2
Melvin Mora–#1
Miguel Tejada–#1
Victor Martinez–#1
Jay Payton–#1
Edgar Renteria–#1
Lew Ford–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
T1) Paul Konerko–4*
T1) Brian Roberts–4
T3) Dmitri Young–3
T3) Hideki Matsui–3
T3) Jorge Cantu–3
T3) Alfonso Soriano–3
T3) Eric Hinske–3
T3) Nick Swisher–3
T3) Jason Varitek–3*
T3) Richie Sexson–3*

NL
1) Jose Guillen–5
T2) Troy Glaus–4
T2) Pat Burrell–4
T2) Reggie Sanders–4
T5) Jim Edmonds–3
T5) Joe Randa–3
T5) Xavier Nady–3
T5) Miguel Cabrera–3
T5) Chipper Jones–3
T5) Brian Giles–3

*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Baseball returned to Washington for the first time since September 30, 1971, when the Nationals beat the Diamondbacks 5-3 in their home opener.

7) Vinny Castilla passed Jeff Kent and tied Jim Edmonds and David Justice for 99th place on the all time HR list, with 305.

8) Redsox C Jason Varitek hit his 100th career HR.

After -6 RCAA/.724 OPS and 11 RCAA/.863 OPS seasons, Varitek hit .482 SLG, .390 OBA, .872 OPS, 19 RCAA in 137 games. He has a .802 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 6 RCAA in 839 games.

Correction from yesterday–The Braves claimed Frank Brooks off waivers from the Dodgers, not themselves.


1) Yankees RF Gary Sheffield was involved in an incident with a fan at the RF wall in Fenway Park yesterday. Sheffield took a swing at the fan after the fan may or may not have punched him in the face. Depending on which quote you look at, either Sheffield says he was punched or he wasn’t sure of it, but merely thinks he felt it happen. Sheffield says he doesn’t expect any disciplinary action to be taken by MLB or charges to be filed.

After 36 RCAA/.916 OPS and 72 RCAA/1.023 OPS seasons, Sheffield hit .534 SLG, .393 OBA, .927 OPS, 40 RCAA in 154 games. He has a .927 career OPS, compared to his league average of .758, and 606 RCAA in 2045 games.

2) Whitesox OF Carl Everett had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a bruised left shoulder.

After -5 RCAA/.772 OPS and 24 RCAA/.876 OPS seasons, Everett hit .402 SLG, .319 OBA, .721 OPS, -9 RCAA in 82 games with the Expos and Whitesox. He has a .817 career OPS, compared to his league average of .771, and 83 RCAA in 1194 games.

3) The Mariners activated P Joel Pineiro from the DL and sent INF Justin Leone to the minors.

After 3.24 ERA/19 RSAA and 3.78 ERA/15 RSAA seasons, Pineiro had a 4.67 ERA/-7 RSAA in 21 starts. He has a 3.66 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.54, and 43 RSAA in 115 games.

Leone had 0 RCAA/.739 OPS in 31 games in 2004 and hasn’t made his 2005 debut yet.

4) The Devil Rays placed P Jesus Colome on the 15 day DL and will call up P Doug Waechter.

Colome has tendinitis in his shoulder. After 8.27 ERA/-17 RSAA and 4.50 ERA/0 RSAA seasons, he had a 3.27 ERA/5 RSAA in 33 games. He has a 4.76 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.53, and -7 RSAA in 154 games.

Waechter has a 5.11 ERA/-7 RSAA in 20 career games.

5) The Devil Rays activated CF Alex Sanchez from the suspended list and sent OF Joey Gathright to the minors.

Gathright has -2 RCAA/.661 OPS in 25 career games.

6) The Diamondbacks claimed minor league P Javier Lopez off waivers from the Rockies and, to make room for him on the 40 man roster, they designated minor league P Adam Peterson for assignment.

7) The Marlins placed P Ismael Valdez on the 15 day DL, retroactive to April 4.

Valdez has a hairline fracture in his right shin. After 4.18 ERA/14 RSAA and 6.10 ERA/-14 RSAA seasons, he had a 5.19 ERA/-22 RSAA in 31 starts (34 games) with the Padres and Marlins. He hasn’t made his 2005 debut yet and has a 4.05 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.36, and 30 RSAA in 311 games.

8) The Cardinals will place P Cal Eldred on the DL today and call up P Jimmy Journell.

9) Mets 2B Kaz Matsui was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to a scratched cornea.

Matsui has -5 RCAA/.725 OPS in 121 career games.


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