Around the Majors: Cameron goes on the DL

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Devil Rays 3, A’s 2 (10)
Indians 4, Tigers 3
Redsox 6, BlueJays 5
Orioles 12, Yankees 5
Whitesox 5, Twins 1
Royals 6, Angels 2
Mariners 9, Rangers 6

NL
Brewers 6, Cubs 3 (12)
Cardinals 6, Phillies 5
Marlins 9, Nationals 0
Braves 3, Mets 1
Astros 3, Reds 2
Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 7
Pirates 3, Padres 2
Giants 10, Rockies 8

2) Standings–

AL EAST        WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Yankees          2    2  .500   -      2-2    0-0   02-02 00-00 00-00 LOST 2
Orioles          2    2  .500   -      1-2    1-0   01-00 00-00 01-02 WON  1
Redsox           2    2  .500   -      0-0    2-2   02-02 00-00 00-00 WON  2
Yankees          2    2  .500   -      2-2    0-0   02-02 00-00 00-00 LOST 2
Devil Rays       2    2  .500   -      2-2    0-0   01-02 00-00 01-00 WON  2
BlueJays         2    2  .500   -      0-1    2-1   02-02 00-00 00-00 LOST 2

AL CENTRAL     WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Whitesox         3    1  .750   -      2-1    1-0   00-00 03-01 00-00 WON  1
Indians          2    2  .500   1      0-0    2-2   00-00 02-02 00-00 WON  2
Tigers           2    2  .500   1      2-2    0-0   00-00 02-02 00-00 LOST 1
Royals           2    2  .500   1      0-0    2-2   00-00 01-02 01-00 WON  1
Twins            2    2  .500   1      0-1    2-1   00-00 00-01 02-01 LOST 1

AL WEST        WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           2    2  .500   -      2-2    0-0   00-00 00-01 02-01 LOST 1
A's              2    2  .500   -      0-0    2-2   02-02 00-00 00-00 LOST 1
Mariners         2    2  .500   -      2-2    0-0   00-00 01-02 01-00 WON  1
Rangers          1    3  .250   1      0-0    1-3   00-00 00-00 01-03 LOST 2

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves            3    1  .750   -      1-0    2-1   03-01 00-00 00-00 WON  3
Marlins           2    2  .500   1      2-2    0-0   02-02 00-00 00-00 WON  1
Nationals         2    2  .500   1      0-0    2-2   02-02 00-00 00-00 LOST 1
Phillies          1    3  .250   2      1-2    0-1   01-02 00-01 00-00 LOST 3
Mets              0    4  .000   3      0-0    0-4   00-01 00-03 00-00 LOST 4

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Brewers           3    0 1.000   -      0-0    3-0   00-00 03-00 00-00 WON  3
Reds              3    1  .750     1/2  3-0    0-1   03-00 00-01 00-00 LOST 1
Astros            2    1  .667   1      2-1    0-0   00-00 02-01 00-00 WON  2
Cardinals         2    1  .667   1      1-0    1-1   01-00 01-01 00-00 WON  1
Cubs              1    3  .250   2 1/2  0-1    1-2   00-00 00-01 01-02 LOST 3
Pirates           1    3  .250   2 1/2  0-2    1-1   00-00 00-02 01-01 WON  1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers           3    1  .750   -      0-0    3-1   00-00 00-00 03-01 WON  3
Diamondbacks      2    2  .500   1      2-2    0-0   00-00 02-01 00-01 LOST 1
Padres            2    2  .500   1      1-1    1-1   00-00 01-01 01-01 LOST 1
Giants            2    2  .500   1      2-2    0-0   00-00 00-00 02-02 WON  1
Rockies           1    2  .333   1 1/2  1-1    0-1   00-00 00-00 01-02 LOST 2

3) Today’s schedule–

AL
Orioles (Bruce Chen) at Yankees (Randy Johnson), 1:05
Indians (Jake Westbrook) at Tigers (Wilfredo Ledezma), 1:05
Redsox (David Wells) at BlueJays (Roy Halladay), 1:05
Rangers (Pedro Astacio) at Mariners (Jamie Moyer), 4:05
A’s (Barry Zito) at Devil Rays (Hideo Nomo), 6:15
Whitesox (Jon Garland) at Twins (Brad Radke), 7:10
Royals (Jose Lima) at Angels (Kevin Gregg), 10:05

NL
Phillies (Gavin Floyd) at Cardinals (Jeff Suppan), 2:15
Brewers (Ben Sheets) at Cubs (Carlos Zambrano), 2:20
Rockies (Jamey Wright) at Giants (Jerome Williams), 4:05
Nationals (Livan Hernandez) at Marlins (Brian Moehler), 6:05
Mets (Aaron Heilman) at Braves (Horacio Ramirez), 7:05
Reds (Paul Wilson) at Astros (Brandon Backe), 7:05
Dodgers (Scott Erickson) at Diamondbacks (Javier Vazquez), 9:40
Pirates (Oliver Perez) at Padres (Tim Redding), 10:05

3) Yesterday’s HR–

Hideki Matsui–#3
Jorge Cantu–#3
Joe Randa–#3
Miguel Cabrera–#1 & #2
Troy Glaus–#2
Brian Roberts–#2
Jason Varitek–#2
Eric Hinske–#2
Paul Konerko–#2
Jose Valentin–#2
Jose Cruz Jr.–#2
Edgardo Alfonzo–#2
Gary Sheffield–#1
Mike Piazza–#1
Aaron Boone–#1
Trot Nixon–#1
Russ Adams–#1
Raul Ibanez–#1
Aaron Rowand–#1
Olmedo Saenz–#1
Chad Tracy–#1
Ryan Klesko–#1
Todd Greene–#1
Jason Ellison–#1
Marquis Grissom–#1
Mike Lowell–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
T1) Dmitri Young–3
T1) Hideki Matsui–3*
T1) Jorge Cantu–3*
T4) Richie Sexson–2
T4) Nick Swisher–2
T4) Alfonso Soriano–2
T4) Brian Roberts–2*
T4) Jason Varitek–2*
T4) Eric Hinske–2*
T4) Paul Konerko–2*

NL
1) Joe Randa–3*
T2) Troy Glaus–2*
T2) Brian Giles–2
T2) Adam Dunn–2
T2) Xavier Nady–2
T2) Luis Gonzalez (Diamondbacks)–2
T2) Reggie Sanders–2
T2) Clint Barmes–2
T2) Miguel Cabrera–2**
T2) Jose Valentin–2*
T2) Jose Cruz Jr.–2*
T2) Edgardo Alfonzo–2*

6) Mike Piazza passed Matt Williams and tied Tony Perez and Orlando Cepeda for 52nd place on the all time HR list, with 379.

7) Yankees LF Hideki Matsui reached 50 career HR.

After starting his US career with 5 RCAA/.788 OPS, Matsui hit .522 SLG, .390 OBA, .912 OPS, 44 RCAA in 162 games. He has a .856 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and 54 RCAA in 329 games.

Matsui became the 1st Japanese born player to hit 50+ US HR–

HOMERUNS                        HR     
1    Hideki Matsui                50   
2    Ichiro Suzuki                37   
3    Tsuyoshi Shinjo              20   
4    Dave Roberts                 11   
5    Kaz Matsui                    7   
6    So Taguchi                    6   
7    Hideo Nomo                    4   
8    Keith McDonald                3   
T9   Masato Yoshii                 1   
T9   Kazuhisa Ishii                1   
T9   Kaz Matsui                    1   

7) Redsox manager Terry Francona was released from the hospital, after tests indicated a viral illness and showed no signs of serious heart trouble. He is expected to return on Monday.


1) The Mets placed RF Mike Cameron on the 15 day DL and called up P Aaron Heilman.

Cameron has tendinitis in his left wrist. After 13 RCAA/.782 OPS and 3 RCAA/.774 OPS seasons, Cameron hit .479 SLG, .319 OBA, .798 OPS, 2 RCAA in 140 games. He hasn’t made his 2005 debut yet and has a .780 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 43 RCAA in 1191 games.

Heilman has a 6.36 ERA/-22 RSAA in 19 career games.

2) The Giants placed LF Moises Alou on the 15 day DL and called up INF Lance Niekro.

Alou has a strained right calf.

Niekro is 2 for 10 in 6 career games, including 1 for 5 yesterday. He is Joe’s son.

3) Redsox CF Johnny Damon suffered a bad cut on his left elbow after slamming into some protective plexiglass in front of a scoreboard at the place that the BlueJays play in. He suffered the cut in the 2nd inning, stayed in the game until the 9th, needed 6 stitches and might miss a game or two.

After 24 RCAA/.799 OPS and 2 RCAA/.750 OPS seasons, Damon hit .477 SLG, .380 OBA, .857 OPS, 25 RCAA in 150 games. He has a .781 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 71 RCAA in 1411 games.

In these days of constant corporate renaming of stadiums, it’s probably much easier these days to just refer to stadiums as the place that XXX play in, rather than mention corporate named stadiums and have the overwhelming majority of the audience not be able to remember which stadium that name belongs to. I can make exceptions for stadiums which entrenched names like Busch Stadium.

4) The National Guard is in negotiations to have RFK Stadium turn into the place that the Nationals play in.

5) The Devil Rays placed C Charles Johnson on the restricted list and called up C Tim Laker.

Johnson left the team earlier in the week to handle a personal matter. He may return by next Tuesday.

Laker has -42 RCAA/.601 OPS in 276 career games, including a .308 SLG, .262 OBA, .570 OPS, -11 RCAA in 43 games with the 2004 Indians.

6) The Phillies placed CF Marlon Byrd on the 15 day DL and re-signed P Amaury Telemaco to a minor league contract.

Byrd has a sprained right index finger. He had been sent to the minors late in spring training, but that move was voided.

They had released Telemaco in the last week of spring training.

7) Twins 1B Justin Morneau was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to dizziness and headaches. He had been hit in the head by a pitch on Wednesday and a CT scan was negative.

Morneau has 5 RCAA/.815 OPS in 117 career games, including a .536 SLG, .340 OBA, .875 OPS, 10 RCAA in 74 games in 2004.

8) The Padres placed CF Eric Young on the 60 day DL and called up INF Jesse Garcia.

Young suffered a dislocated shoulder on Thursday. The injury was originally believed to be a separated shoulder. The team won’t know whether he needs surgery until his arm comes out of a sling in 3 weeks. This could be a season ending injury, with his career is jeopardy.

Garcia has -22 RCAA/.542 OPS in 155 career games, including a .330 SLG, .265 OBA, .595 OPS, -9 RCAA in 50 games with the 2004 Braves.

9) The Devil Rays traded P Bobby Seay to the Rockies for minor league OF Reggie Taylor. To make room for Seay on the roster, the Rockies sent P Allan Simpson to the minors.

Seay has a 3.63 ERA/4 RSAA in 45 career games, including a 2.38 ERA/5 RSAA in 21 games in 2004.

Taylor has -30 RCAA/.660 OPS in 249 career games.

Simpson has a 6.13 ERA/-5 RSAA in 34 career games.

10) The Tigers placed P Gary Knotts on the 15 day DL, retroactive to April 1.

Knotts has a sore right shoulder. He had been sent to the minors late in spring training, but that move was voided.

11) A MRI on Nationals 1B Wil Cordero has a torn meniscus in his left knee. They are waiting for a second option, but it looks like he needs arthroscopic surgery and could be out for 3 months, or even the rest of the season.

Cordero had been placed on the DL on Thursday.

12) Rangers P Carlos Almanzar may be given a second bereavement leave.

He would be the first player to get one. Almanzar had left the team after his mother died. After finding out the news, his brother committed suicide.

13) The Rockies signed OF Brian Buchanan and P Jay Witasick to minor league contracts.

Buchanan has -5 RCAA/.767 OPS in 346 career games.

Witasick has a 4.72 ERA/-18 RSAA in 289 career games.

14) The Rangers removed minor league P Agustin Montero from the 40 man roster.

15) The Mariners removed minor league OF Abraham Nunez from the 40 man roster.


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