Around the Majors: Cardinals clinch

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Yankees 14, Redsox 4
Orioles 12, Twins 3
A’s 7, Mariners 4
Angels 8, Rangers 2
BlueJays 4, Devil Rays 2
Whitesox 9, Tigers 8
Royals 7, Indians 1

NL
Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 0
Rockies 8, Dodgers 1
Padres 5, Giants 1
Braves 4, Marlins 2
Expos 6, Phillies 5 (14)
Mets 8, Pirates 7 (10)
Astros 4, Brewers 3
Reds 6, Cubs 5

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB     
Yankees          93  55  .628  -     
Redsox           89  58  .605  3 1/2 
e--Orioles       69  77  .473 23     
e--Devil Rays    63  83  .432 29    
e--BlueJays      61  87  .412 32     

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB     
Twins            86   62  .581  -     
Whitesox         73   74  .497 12 1/2 
e--Indians       71   77  .480 15     
e--Tigers        67   80  .456 18 1/2 
e--Royals        54   93  .367 31 1/2 

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
A's              86  62  .581  - 
Angels           84  64  .568  2 
Rangers          81  67  .547  5 
e--Mariners      56  92  .378 30 

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB     
Braves           88  61  .591  -     
Marlins          77  69  .527  9 1/2 
Phillies         75  73  .507 12 1/2 
e--Mets          65  83  .439 22 1/2 
e--Expos         63  86  .423 25     

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB     
x--Cardinals     97   50  .660  -     
d--Cubs          81   65  .555 15 1/2 
d--Astros        82   67  .550 16     
e--Reds          68   80  .459 29 1/2 
e--Pirates       66   81  .449 31    
e--Brewers       62   84  .425 34 1/2 

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB     
Dodgers          85   63  .574  -     
Giants           83   66  .557  2 1/2 
Padres           80   69  .537  5 1/2 
e--Rockies       64   84  .432 21    
e--Diamondbacks  46  103  .309 39 1/2 

x–clinched the division title
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          89  58 .605   -
Angels          84  64 .568   5 1/2
Rangers         81  67 .547   8 1/2

NL             WON  LOST  PCT  GB     
Giants          83  66 .557  -
Cubs            81  65 .555     1/2
Astros          82  67 .550  1 
Padres          80  69 .537  3
Marlins         77  69 .527  4 1/2
Phillies        75  73 .507  7 1/2

4) The Cardinals clinched the division title for the 3rd time in the past 5 years.

5) The Twins will clinch a tie for the division title if they beat the Orioles and the Whitesox lose to the Tigers.

6) The Indians were mathematically eliminated from winning the division title and from the postseason if they lose to the Royals or the Twins beat the Orioles.

7) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 12
AL Central–Twins, 3
AL West–A’s, 13
AL wild card–Redsox, 10

NL East–Braves, 6
NL Central–Cardinals, clinched
NL West–Dodgers, 12
NL wild card–Giants, 15

8) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The Yankees have a 7 game lead over the Twins and A’s for the #1 seed. The Twins and A’s are tied for the #2 seed.

NL–The Cardinals have a 10 game lead over the Braves for the #1 seed. The Braves lead the Dodgers by 2 1/2 game for the #2 seed.

9) Today’s schedule–

AL
Royals (Denny Bautista, 11.85) at Indians (Kyle Denney, 21.60), 1:05
Devil Rays (Scott Kazmir, 4.09) at BlueJays (Justin Miller, 5.57), 1:05
Redsox (Pedro Martinez, 3.43) at Yankees (Mike Mussina, 4.76), 1:05
Orioles (Bruce Chen, 1.73) at Twins (Johan Santana, 2.76), 2:20
Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, 5.17) at Whitesox (Freddy Garcia, 3.97), 3:05
A’s (Mark Redman, 4.94) at Mariners (Bobby Madritsch, 3.03), 4:05
Rangers (Chris Young, 5.85) at Angels (Jarrod Washburn, 4.73), 4:05

NL
Braves (Russ Ortiz, 4.04) at Marlins (Ismael Valdez, 5.14), 1:05
Cubs (Glendon Rusch, 3.85) at Reds (Paul Wilson, 4.85), 1:15
Expos (Scott Downs, 5.52) at Phillies (Kevin Millwood, 4.86), 1:35
Mets (Aaron Heilman, 7.45, and Kris Benson, 4.29) at Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong, 6.55, and David Williams, 4.56), DH, 1:35
Diamondbacks (Mike Gosling, 4.15) at Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, 3.99), 2:15
Dodgers (Edwin Jackson, 3.68) at Rockies (Jason Jennings, 5.77), 3:05
Padres (Brian Lawrence, 3.91) at Giants (Kirk Rueter, 5.02), 4:05
Brewers (Doug Davis, 3.60) at Astros (Roger Clemens, 3.12), 8:05

10) Yesterday’s HR–

Barry Bonds–#43
David Ortiz–#38
Moises Alou–#36 & #37
Alex Rodriguez–#34
Sammy Sosa–#33
Miguel Tejada–#28 & #29
Eric Chavez–#29
Wily Mo Pena–#25 & #26
Jeff Bagwell–#25
Carlos Pena–#23 & #24
Corey Koskie–#23
Aaron Rowand–#21
Bernie Williams–#19
Jorge Posada–#19
Dmitri Young–#15 & #16
Ty Wigginton–#15
Randy Winn–#14
Terrmel Sledge–#14
Jose Hernandez–#12
D’Angelo Jimenez–#11
Reed Johnson–#10
John Buck–#10
Jay Payton–#8
Joe Borchard–#5
Dave Roberts–#4
Brian Roberts–#4
Humberto Cota–#4
Gabe Gross–#3
Ryan Howard–#2

11) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–41
T2) Paul Konerko–38
T2) David Ortiz–38*
4) Mark Teixeira–37
T5) Gary Sheffield–34
T5) Alex Rodriguez–34*
7) Vladimir Guerrero–32
8) Hank Blalock–31
9) Carlos Delgado–30
T10) Eric Chavez–29*
T10) Miguel Tejada–29**

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–45
2) Albert Pujols–44
3) Barry Bonds–43*
T4) Adam Dunn–42
T4) Jim Edmonds–42
6) Jim Thome–41
-) Carlos Beltran–38 (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
7) Moises Alou–37**
8) Jeromy Burnitz–35
9) Steve Finley–34
T10) Sammy Sosa–33*
T10) Scott Rolen–33
T10) Aramis Ramirez–33
T10) Vinny Castilla–33

**–hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

12) Barry Bonds watch–hit #701, is 13 behind Ruth, is 54 behind Aaron

OBA–.609, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.827, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.436, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–144, is tied for 6th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–207, new major league record
BB above average–177, new major league record
career HR above average–has 459, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 622
career RCAA–1488, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

13) Sammy Sosa watch–hit #572, is 1 behind Harmon Killebrew for 7th place on the all time HR list.

14) Alex Rodriguez passed Matt Williams and tied Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez for 51st place on the all time HR list, with 379.


1) Indians RF Jody Gerut will have surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and might miss the start of the 2005 season.

2) The Indians called up OF Grady Sizemore and will call up INFs Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Phillips, OF Ernie Young and Ps Fernando Cabrera, Francisco Cruceta and Jake Robbins.

Sizemore has a .326 SLG, .301 OBA, .627 OPS, -3 RCAA in his first 30 career games.

Peralta had -12 RCAA/.621 OPS in 77 games in 2003.

Phillips has -29 RCAA/.570 OPS in 123 career games, including a .311 SLG, .242 OBA, .553 OPS, -30 RCAA in 112 games in 2003.

Young has -42 RCAA/.686 OPS in 285 career games, with his 5 games with the 2003 Tigers being his time in the majors since 1999.

3) The A’s called up 1B Dan Johnson and Ps Justin Lehr and Joe Blanton and designated minor league C Mike Rivera for assignment.

Lehr has a 5.59 ERA/-3 RSAA in his first 25 career games.

4) Rangers P Frank Francisco started serving his suspension.

5) The Padres activated P Jay Witasick from the DL.

After 2.37 ERA/11 RSAA and 4.53 ERA/-3 RSAA seasons, Witasick is off to a 3.26 ERA/4 RSAA start in his first 41 games. He has a 4.73 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.61, and -19 RSAA in 286 games.

6) Redsox P Derek Lowe had to leave yesterday’s game, after being hit in the lower leg by a ball. X-rays were negative.

After 2.58 ERA/44 RSAA and 4.47 ERA/6 RSAA seasons, Lowe is off to a 5.19 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 30 starts. He has a 3.83 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.62, and 106 RSAA in 393 games.

7) Orioles 2B Brian Roberts set the AL record for doubles in a season by a switch hitter, with 47.

After -4 RCAA/.704 OPS in his first year as a starter, Roberts is off to a .394 SLG, .356 OBA, .750 OPS, -4 RCAA start in his first 144 games. He has a .699 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and -24 RCAA in 369 games.

8) Cardinals P Chris Carpenter had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a strained right biceps.

After missing the 2003 season, Carpenter is off to a 3.46 ERA/15 RSAA start in his first 28 starts. He has a 4.59 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.62, and 8 RSAA in 180 games.

9) Pirates C Jason Kendall’s 4 game suspension, from an August 15 incident, was reduced to 3 games and he started serving it yesterday.

After -12 RCAA/.706 OPS and 21 RCAA/.815 OPS seasons, Kendall is hitting .381 SLG, .396 OBA, .777 OPS, 10 RCAA in his first 136 games. He has a .803 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 109 RCAA in 1241 games.

10) Rangers 2B Alfonso Soriano may need to miss the remainder of the season, due to his injured hamstring. The results of an MRI won’t be known today and he may need surgery.

11) Whitesox 2B Roberto Alomar has a strained back and could be out for the rest of the season.

After =5 RCAA/.708 OPS and -17 RCAA/.682 OPS seasons, Alomar has a .392 SLG, .321 OBA, .713 OPS, -5 RCAA in 56 games (first 38 with the Diamondbacks). He has a .814 career OPS, compared to his league average of .754, and 317 RCAA in 2379 games.

12) Mariners DH Edgar Martinez had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a badly bruised right toe, and is expected to miss a few games.

After 26 RCAA/.888 OPS and 32 RCAA/.895 OPS seasons, Martinez is hitting .392 SLG, .351 OBA, .743 OPS, 0 RCAA in his first 132 games. He has a .935 career OPS, compared to his league average of .761, and 651 RCAA in 2046 games.

13) Royals 1B Ken Harvey suffered a strained right knee and is expected to miss a couple of games.

After starting his career with -23 RCAA/.721 OPS in 2003 (he also played in 4 games in 2001), Harvey is off to a .421 SLG, .338 OBA, .759 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 120 games.

14) The Rangers traded minor league 2B Josh Hoffpauir to Mets as the player to be named later in the Scott Erickson trade.


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