Around the Majors: Garciaparra will have surgery

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Tigers 6, Twins 4
Orioles 8, Redsox 4
Whitesox 6, A’s 0

NL
Pirates 2, Astros 0
Mets 5, Braves 4
Phillies 4, Nationals 4
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 2
Padres 5, Giants 3
Cubs 10, Reds 6
Brewers at Cardinals–PPD

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Orioles          13    7  .650   -      5-5    8-2   11-04 01-01 01-02 WON  4
Redsox           11    9  .550   2      6-3    5-6   11-09 00-00 00-00 LOST 1
BlueJays          9   11  .450   4      2-6    7-5   05-08 00-00 04-03 LOST 5
Yankees           8   11  .421   4 1/2  5-6    3-5   07-09 00-00 01-02 WON  1
Devil Rays        8   11  .421   4 1/2  7-7    1-4   05-09 00-00 03-02 LOST 1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Whitesox         16    4  .800   -      6-2   10-2   00-00 13-03 03-01 WON  8
Twins            10    8  .556   5      6-2    4-6   00-00 08-07 02-01 LOST 2
Tigers            8   10  .444   7      5-5    3-5   01-01 07-09 00-00 WON  2
Indians           8   11  .421   7 1/2  2-4    6-7   00-00 06-08 02-03 LOST 1
Royals            5   14  .263  10 1/2  2-9    3-5   00-00 03-10 02-04 LOST 5

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           11    8  .579   -      8-5    3-3   00-00 03-02 08-06 WON  2
Rangers          10   10  .500   1 1/2  4-5    6-5   05-04 00-00 05-06 LOST 1
Mariners          9   10  .474   2      4-7    5-3   00-00 06-06 03-04 WON  1
A's               9   11  .450   2 1/2  3-4    6-7   04-05 00-01 05-05 LOST 3

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Marlins          11    8  .579   -      8-6    3-2   09-07 02-01 00-00 LOST 1
Braves           11    9  .550     1/2  6-3    5-6   10-08 01-01 00-00 LOST 1
Mets             11    9  .550     1/2  8-2    3-7   08-06 03-03 00-00 WON  1
Nationals        10   10  .500   1 1/2  4-4    6-6   07-10 00-00 03-00 LOST 1
Phillies          9   11  .450   2 1/2  5-5    4-6   06-09 02-01 01-01 WON  1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        12    5  .706   -      6-4    6-1   01-02 11-03 00-00 WON  4
Cubs             10    9  .526   3      5-4    5-5   00-00 08-05 02-04 WON  2
Reds              9   10  .474   4      7-3    2-7   04-02 05-08 00-00 LOST 1
Astros            8   11  .421   5      7-2    1-9   01-04 07-07 00-00 LOST 4
Brewers           7   11  .389   5 1/2  2-6    5-5   00-00 05-08 02-03 WON  1
Pirates           7   12  .368   6      2-6    5-6   00-00 05-10 02-02 WON  1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          13    6  .684   -      5-1    8-5   00-00 02-00 11-06 LOST 1
Diamondbacks     12    8  .600   1 1/2  9-3    3-5   00-03 02-01 10-04 WON  4
Padres            9   11  .450   4 1/2  5-3    4-8   00-00 04-03 05-08 WON  1
Giants            8   11  .421   5      6-6    2-5   00-00 01-02 07-09 LOST 2
Rockies           6   12  .333   6 1/2  5-5    1-7   01-01 00-00 05-11 LOST 1

3) Today’s schedule–

AL
Tigers (Nate Robertson) at Indians (Jake Westbrook), 7:05
Orioles (Rodrigo Lopez) at Redsox (Matt Clement), 7:05
Angels (Bartolo Colon) at Yankees (Carl Pavano), 7:05
Devil Rays (Dewon Brazelton) at BlueJays (Ted Lilly), 7:05
Mariners (Joel Pineiro) at Rangers (Ryan Drese), 8:05
Twins (Johan Santana) at Royals (Jose Lima), 8:10
Whitesox (Mark Buehrle) at A’s (Rich Harden), 10:05

NL
Phillies (Jon Lieber) at Nationals (John Patterson), 7:05
Astros (Andy Pettitte) at Pirates (Kip Wells), 7:05
Braves (John Smoltz) at Mets (Pedro Martinez), 7:10
Reds (Eric Milton) at Cubs (Carlos Zambrano), 8:05
Brewers (Doug Davis) at Cardinals (Jeff Suppan), 8:10
Marlins (Josh Beckett) at Rockies (Jamey Wright), 8:35
Diamondbacks (Russ Ortiz) at Dodgers (Scott Erickson), 10:10
Padres (Adam Eaton) at Giants (Jason Schmidt), 10:15

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Jeff Kent–#6
Adam Dunn–#5
Jason Varitek–#5
Dmitri Young–#5
Cliff Floyd–#5
David Wright–#4
J.D. Drew–#3
Geoff Blum–#3
Neifi Perez–#3
Austin Kearns–#2
B.J. Surhoff–#1
Chris Widger–#1
Carlos Guillen–#1
Pete Orr–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
T1) Paul Konerko–7
T1) Brian Roberts–7
T1) David Ortiz–7
4) Manny Ramirez–6
T5) Vladimir Guerrero–5
T5) Miguel Tejada–5
T5) Mark Teixeira–5
T5) Ron Belliard–5
T5) Jason Varitek–5*
T5) Dmitri Young–5*

NL
T1) Troy Glaus–6
T1) Jeff Kent–6*
T3) Albert Pujols–5
T3) Jim Edmonds–5
T3) Jose Guillen–5
T3) Pat Burrell–5
T3) Milton Bradley–5
T3) Wily Mo Pena–5
T3) Adam Dunn–5*
T3) Cliff Floyd–5*

*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Jeff Kent passed Al Simmons, Jim Edmonds and Greg Luzinski into 96th place on the all time HR list, with 308.

7) The BlueJays fired hitting coach Mike Barnett and replaced him with 1B coach Mickey Brantley.


1) Cubs SS Nomar Garciaparra will have surgery on his injured groin tomorrow. There’s no timetable for his return and he’s hoping it’s this season.

After 26 RCAA/.870 OPS and 5 RCAA/.842 OPS seasons, Garciaparra had a .176 SLG, .228 OBA, .405 OPS, -7 RCAA in 14 games before being injured. He has a .912 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 241 RCAA in 1023 games.

2) On Saturday, Earl Wilson died at the age of 70.

Wilson had a 3.69 career ERA, compared to his league average of 3.52, and -1 RSAA in 338 games with the 1959-66 Redsox, 1966-70 Tigers and 1970 Padres.

3) The Giants sent P Jerome Williams to the minors and called up P Al Levine.

Williams is being sent down since the 5th starter’s spot is going to miss a turn and he’ll be up again soon. After starting his career with 3.30 ERA/14 RSAA and 4.24 ERA/3 RSAA seasons, Williams is off to a 6.48 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 3 starts (4 games). He has a 3.93 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.30, and 13 RSAA in 47 games.

After 4.24 ERA/0 RSAA and 2.79 ERA/15 RSAA seasons, Levine had a 4.58 ERA/-1 RSAA in 65 games with the 2004 Tigers. He made his 2005 debut yesterday and has a 3.85 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.68, and 53 RSAA in 408 games.

4) The Mets designated P Mike Matthews for assignment and called up P Royce Ring.

After 4.45 ERA/-4 RSAA and 6.30 ERA/-8 RSAA seasons, Matthews is off to a 10.80 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 6 games. He has a 4.54 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.30, and -12 RSAA in 230 games.

5) Brewers P Ben Sheets’s inner ear infection is expected to keep him out until their home series against the Cubs next Monday-Wednesday.

After 4.45 ERA/-1 RSAA and 2.70 ERA/45 RSAA seasons, Sheets is off to a 3.95 ERA/1 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.92 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 35 RSAA in 131 games.

6) Astros P Brandon Duckworth has lost his spot in the rotation. The team will call up Ezquiel Astacio, who will move into the spot tomorrow.

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.

7) Redsox Ps David Wells (sprained right foot) and Matt Mantei (sprained left ankle) both had to leave yesterday’s game.

Wells rook a pounding–3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. After 4.14 ERA/5 RSAA and 3.73 ERA/5 RSAA seasons, he is off to a 4.91 ERA/-1 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. Wells has a 4.04 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.49, and 132 RSAA in 593 games.

Wells did move into the top 10 for best career BB vs. the league average (since 1900)–

WALKS DIFF PLAYER LEAGUE
1 Robin Roberts 852 902 1754
2 Greg Maddux 687 874 1561
3 Walter Johnson 667 1363 2030
4 Christy Mathewson 656 844 1500
5 Grover C Alexander 647 951 1598
6 Ferguson Jenkins 591 997 1588
7 Jim Kaat 578 1083 1661
8 Cy Young 546 449 995
9 Don Sutton 545 1343 1888
10 David Wells 535 647 1182
11 Ted Lyons 534 1121 1655
12 Dutch Leonard 522 737 1259
13 Warren Spahn 517 1434 1951
14 Babe Adams 510 430 940
15 Bert Blyleven 492 1322 1814

Wells was 55 and 54 BB better than average the past 2 years. So, he has a chance to break Kaat’s record for LHP. (Wells is currently +7 in 2005).

After pitching in just 12 games in 2004, Mantei is off to a 4.70 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 10 games. He has a 3.88 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.37, and 17 RSAA in 291 games.

8) Cubs CF Corey Patterson was scratched from yesterday’s lineup, due to a stomach flu. He was able to pinch hit.

After 8 RCAA/.839 OPS and -8 RCAA/.771 OPS seasons, Patterson is hitting .442 SLG, .304 OBA, .745 OPS, -2 RCAA in his first 19 games. He has a .734 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and -31 RCAA in 482 games.

9) The Whitesox signed INF Greg Norton to a minor league contract.

Norton has -51 RCAA/.745 OPS in 722 career games.

10) Redsox CF Johnny Damon reached base safely all 5 times up–3 H, 2 BB.

After 2 RCAA/.750 OPS and 25 RCAA/.857 OPS seasons, Damon is hitting .420 SLG, .404 OBA, .824 OPS, 6 RCAA in his first 19 games. He has a .782 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 78 RCAA in 1426 games.

11) Whitesox P Jon Garland pitched a complete game shutout (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO) against the A’s.

After 4.51 ERA/-1 RSAA and 4.89 ERA/1 RSAA seasons, Garland is off to a 1.80 ERA/10 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.58 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and 12 RSAA in 153 game. It was Garland’s 2nd career SHO.

12) Cubs P Mark Prior’s line–6 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 10 SO.

After 2.43 ERA/42 RSAA and 4.02 ERA/7 RSAA seasons, Prior is off to a 0.95 ERA/7 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 3.00 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.25, and 65 RSAA in 73 games.

13) Diamondbacks P Javier Vazquez’s line–8 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 9 SO.

After 3.24 ERA/48 RSAA and 4.91 ERA/-10 RSAA seasons, Vazquez is off to a 6.11 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.30 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.39, and 37 RSAA in 229 games.

14) Mets P Aaron Heilman’s line–7 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO.

Heilman has a 6.01 ERA/-23 RSAA in 23 career games, including a 4.68 ERA/-1 RSAA in 4 starts in 2005.

15) Pirates P Oliver Perez (7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 9 SO) combined with Rick White and Jose Mesa for a shutout against the Astros.

After 5.47 ERA/-21 RSAA and 2.98 ERA/25 RSAA seasons, Perez is off to a 6.41 ERA/-7 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.02 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 0 RSAA in 75 games.

16) Astros P Roy Oswalt’s line–7 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.

After 2.97 ERA/21 RSAA and 3.49 ERA/22 RSAA seasons, Oswalt is off to a 3.25 ERA/4 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 3.11 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.25, and 109 RSAA in 125 games.

17) Padres P Woody Williams’s line–7 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 SO.

After 3.87 ERA/6 RSAA and 4.18 ERA/0 RSAA seasons, Williams is off to a 4.85 ERA/-3 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.07 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.49, and 48 RSAA in 343 games.


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