Around the Majors: Garciaparra’s hurt

AL
Whitesox 9, Tigers 1
Yankees 11, BlueJays 2
Rangers 12, Devil Rays 10
Redsox 8, Orioles 0
Twins 5, Royals 4
Angels 2, Indians 0
Mariners 7, A’s 6

NL
Nationals 2, Braves 0
Reds 6, Pirates 4
Marlins 9, Mets 2
Rockies 7, Phillies 4
Astros 6, Brewers 1
Cubs 3, Cardinals 1
Diamondbacks 2, Giants 1
Dodgers 3, Padres 1 (10)

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Orioles           9    6  .600   -      5-4    4-2   07-03 01-01 01-02 LOST 1
Redsox            9    6  .600   -      6-2    3-4   09-06 00-00 00-00 WON  1
BlueJays          9    7  .563     1/2  2-2    7-5   05-04 00-00 04-03 LOST 1
Yankees           6    9  .400   3      4-4    2-5   06-09 00-00 00-00 WON  1
Devil Rays        5   10  .333   4      4-6    1-4   03-08 00-00 02-02 LOST 1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Whitesox         11    4  .733   -      6-2    5-2   00-00 09-03 02-01 WON  3
Twins             9    6  .600   2      5-2    4-4   00-00 07-05 02-01 WON  1
Indians           6    9  .400   5      2-4    4-5   00-00 06-08 00-01 LOST 2
Tigers            6    9  .400   5      3-4    3-5   01-01 05-08 00-00 LOST 2
Royals            5   10  .333   6      2-6    3-4   00-00 03-06 02-04 LOST 1

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels            8    7  .533   -      5-4    3-3   00-00 02-02 06-05 WON  1
Mariners          8    7  .533   -      3-4    5-3   00-00 05-04 03-03 WON  2
Rangers           8    8  .500     1/2  4-5    4-3   03-02 00-00 05-06 WON  2
A's               7    8  .467   1      3-3    4-5   04-05 00-00 03-03 LOST 2

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Marlins           9    6  .600   -      6-4    3-2   09-06 00-00 00-00 WON  4
Nationals         9    6  .600   -      4-2    5-4   06-06 00-00 03-00 WON  1
Braves            7    8  .467   2      3-3    4-5   06-07 01-01 00-00 LOST 2
Mets              7    8  .467   2      5-1    2-7   04-05 03-03 00-00 LOST 1
Phillies          7    8  .467   2      4-5    3-3   05-06 02-01 00-01 LOST 2

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals         8    5  .615   -      2-4    6-1   01-02 07-03 00-00 LOST 1
Reds              8    6  .571     1/2  7-2    1-4   03-00 05-06 00-00 WON  1
Cubs              8    7  .533   1      3-3    5-4   00-00 06-03 02-04 WON  2
Astros            7    7  .500   1 1/2  6-2    1-5   01-04 06-03 00-00 WON  2
Brewers           5    9  .357   3 1/2  2-6    3-3   00-00 05-07 00-02 LOST 6
Pirates           4   11  .267   5      1-6    3-5   00-00 02-09 02-02 LOST 5

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          12    2  .857   -      5-0    7-2   00-00 02-00 10-02 WON  8
Diamondbacks      8    7  .533   4 1/2  6-3    2-4   00-03 02-01 06-03 WON  1
Padres            7    8  .467   5 1/2  4-3    3-5   00-00 04-03 03-05 LOST 1
Giants            6    8  .429   6      4-3    2-5   00-00 00-00 06-08 LOST 3
Rockies           4   10  .286   8      3-4    1-6   01-00 00-00 03-10 WON  2

3) Today’s schedule–

AL
Whitesox (Mark Buehrle) at Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman), 1:05
Royals (Brian Anderson) at Twins (Dave Gassner), 1:10
Redsox (Matt Clement) at Orioles (Rodrigo Lopez), 7:05
Yankees (Mike Mussina) at BlueJays (Gustavo Chacin), 7:07
Rangers (Kenny Rogers) at Devil Rays (Dewon Brazelton), 7:15
A’s (Rich Harden) at Mariners (Ryan Franklin), 10:05
Indians (Kevin Millwood) at Angels (Jarrod Washburn), 10:05

NL
Pirates (Kip Wells) at Reds (Eric Milton), 12:35
Braves (John Smoltz) at Nationals (John Patterson), 1:05
Rockies (Joe Kennedy) at Phillies (Jon Lieber), 1:05
Cubs (Ryan Dempster) at Cardinals (Chris Carpenter), 1:10
Mets (Pedro Martinez) at Marlins (Al Leiter), 7:05
Brewers (Doug Davis) at Astros (Andy Pettitte), 8:05
Dodgers (Scott Erickson) at Padres (Adam Eaton), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Russ Ortiz) at Giants (Jason Schmidt), 10:15

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Wily Mo Pena–#4 & #5
Albert Pujols–#4
Jason Varitek–#4
Jose Vidro–#4
Jacque Jones–#3
Jermaine Dye–#3
Juan Encarnacion–#3
Craig Biggio–#3
Rich Aurilia–#1 & #2
Mike Sweeney–#2
Joe Mauer–#2
Chone Figgins–#2
Bret Boone–#2
Rod Barajas–#2
Joe Crede–#2
Brad Hawpe–#2
Jimmy Rollins–#2
J.D. Drew–#2
Adam Everett–#2
Jorge Posada–#1
Erubiel Durazo–#1
Mike Lieberthal–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
1) Paul Konerko–7
2) Brian Roberts–6
T3) Manny Ramirez–5
T3) Vladimir Guerrero–5
T5) Alex Rodriguez–4
T5) Carl Everett–4
T5) Dmitri Young–4
T5) Richie Sexson–4
T5) Miguel Tejada–4
T5) David Ortiz–4
T5) Jason Varitek–4*

NL
T1) Jim Edmonds–5
T1) Jose Guillen–5
T1) Troy Glaus–5
T1) Pat Burrell–5
T1) Milton Bradley–5
T1) Wily Mo Pena–5**
T7) Albert Pujols–4*
T7) Chipper Jones–4
T7) Adam Dunn–4
T7) Jeff Kent–4
T7) Reggie Sanders–4
T7) Clint Barmes–4
T7) Jason Lane–4
T7) Joe Randa–4
T7) Derrek Lee–4
T7) Jose Vidro–4*

**–hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Reds CF Wily Mo Pena and SS Rich Aurilia both hit 2 HR.

After 6 RCAA/.843 OPS in his first year with more than 100 games, Pena is hitting .941 SLG, .371 OBA, 1.313 OPS, 8 RCAA in his first 12 games. He has a .804 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 3 RCAA in 215 games.

After -12 RCAA/.735 OPS and -14 RCAA/.667 OPS seasons, Aurilia is off to a .410 SLG, .225 OBA, .635 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 10 games. He has a .763 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and -4 RCAA in 1127 games.

7) Orioles P Sidney Ponson is having problems getting a work permit to go to Canada, due to his pending DWI case in Florida. So, his status for Sunday’s start is uncertain.

After 3.75 ERA/13 RSAA and 5.30 ERA/-12 RSAA seasons, Ponson is off to a 10.43 ERA/-9 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 4.73 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.65, and -29 RSAA in 213 games.


1) Cubs SS Nomar Garciaparra had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a groin injury. The severity isn’t known yet and he’ll probably have a MRI today.

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

2) The Rangers sent 1B Adrian Gonzalez to the minors and called up OF Laynce Nix.

Gonzalez has -5 RCAA/.654 OPS in 25 career games, including a .417 SLG, .237 OBA, .654 OPS, -2 RCAA in 9 games in 2005.

Nix has -18 RCAA/.734 OPS in 169 career games, including a .437 SLG, .293 OBA, .730 OPS, -15 RCAA in 115 games in 2004.

3) The BlueJays sent P Brandon League to the minors and called up P Matt Whiteside.

League has a 4.50 ERA/1 RSAA in 8 career games, including a 6.75 ERA/-2 RSAA in 5 games in 2005.

Whiteside, who hadn’t appeared in the majors since 2001, has a 5.16 ERA/-28 RSAA in 285 career games.

4) Rangers minor league P Agustin Montero was suspended for 10 days, for violating MLB’s steroid policy. He is subject to the major league penalty, since he’s on the 40 man roster.

5) The Mariners placed 1B-3B Scott Spiezio on the 15 day DL and called up OF Shin-Soo Choo.

Spiezio has a strained left oblique muscle. After 6 RCAA/.779 OPS and -15 RCAA/.634 OPS seasons, he is off to a .167 SLG, .267 OBA, .433 OPS, -1 RCAA start in his first 15 games. Spiezio has a .744 career OPS, compared to his league average of .770, and -35 RCAA in 1052 games.

6) The Diamondbacks signed P Armando Almanza to a minor league contract.

Almanza has a 4.87 ERA/-16 RSAA in 248 career games, including a 6.17 ERA/-2 RSAA in 13 games with the 2004 Braves.

7) The US attorney’s office has confirmed that umpire Paul Schrieber is under investigation for an allegation of verbal and physical abuse against a flight attendant during a flight to Denver last weekend.

8) Braves CF Andruw Jones is in a career worst 0 for 24 slump.

After 13 RCAA/.851 OPS and 0 RCAA/.833 OPS seasons, Jones is off to a .281 SLG, .246 OBA, .527 OPS, -6 RCAA start in his first 15 games. He has a .832 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 75 RCAA in 1306 games.

9) Yankees DH Ruben Sierra had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a strained biceps, and is out indefinitely.

After -4 RCAA/.748 OPS and -4 RCAA/.752 OPS seasons, Sierra is hitting .692 SLG, .296 OBA, .989 OPS, 2 RCAA in his first 9 games. He has a .769 career OPS, compared to his league average of .746, and 34 RCAA in 2120 games.

10) Yankees CF Bernie Williams reached base safely 4 times (2 H, 2 BB) and C Jorge Posada had 3 H, including a HR and 2B.

Williams had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a “barking knee” and could be back in the lineup today.

After 37 RCAA/.922 OPS and 18 RCAA/.881 OPS seasons, Posada is hitting .365 SLG, .345 OBA, .710 OPS, 0 RCAA in his first 14 games. He has a .851 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and 116 RCAA in 1017 games.

11) Yankees P Carl Pavano’s line–8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.

After 4.30 ERA/-7 RSAA and 3.00 ERA/27 RSAA seasons, Pavano is off to a 2.86 ERA/4 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.18 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.34, and 0 RSAA in 171 games.

12) Rockies SS Clint Barmes had 4 hits (1 2B).

Barmes has 9 RCAA/.949 OPS in 46 career games, including a .759 SLG, .525 OBA, 1.284 OPS, 13 RCAA in 14 games in 2005.

13) Rockies P Jamey Wright’s line–6 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB, 5 SO.

After pitching in just 18 games in 2003-04, Wright is off to a 5.71 ERA/-1 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 5.09 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.34, and -20 RSAA in 195 games.

14) Nationals P Zach Day (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 SO) combined with Luis Ayala and Chad Cordero for a shutout against the Braves.

After 4.18 ERA/14 RSAA and 3.93 ERA/2 RSAA seasons, Day is off to a 5.09 ERA/-2 RSAA start in his first 3 starts (4 games). He has a 4.07 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.27, and 16 RSAA in 65 games.

15) Braves P Horacio Ramirez’s line–6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 S0.

Ramirez has a 3.61 ERA/17 RSAA in 42 career games, including a 3.78 ERA/1 RSAA in 3 starts in 2005.

16) Astros SS Adam Everett had 3 hits, including a HR.

After -13 RCAA/.700 OPS and -11 RCAA/.703 OPS seasons, Everett is off to a .353 SLG, .317 OBA, .670 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 14 games. He has a .680 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -34 RCAA in 295 games.

17) Astros P Roy Oswalt’s line–9 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 8 S0.

After 2.97 ERA/21 RSAA and 3.49 ERA/22 RSAA seasons, Oswalt is off to a 3.41 ERA/3 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.12 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.25, and 108 RSAA in 124 games.

Oswalt holds the Astros record for career RSAA–

RSAA    
1    Roy Oswalt                  108   
2    Billy Wagner                 99   
3    Mike Hampton                 76   
4    Dave Smith                   75   
5    Octavio Dotel                67   
6    Nolan Ryan                   60   
7    Wade Miller                  56   
8    Don Wilson                   55   
9    Joe Sambito                  53   
10   Larry Andersen               45 

18) Dodgers RF J.D. Drew had 4 hits (1 HR).

After 16 RCAA/.886 OPS and 66 RCAA/1.006 OPS seasons, Drew is hitting .388 SLG, .361 OBA, .748 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 13 games. He has a .869 career OPS, compared to his league average of .780, and 165 RCAA in 778 games.

19) Dodgers P Derek Lowe’s line–8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO.

After 4.47 ERA/6 RSAA and 5.42 ERA/-10 RSAA seasons, Lowe is off to a 1.27 ERA/9 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.76 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.61, and 110 RSAA in 407 games.

20) Padres P Woody Williams’s line–7 IP, 6 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.

After 3.87 ERA/6 RSAA and 4.18 ERA/0 RSAA seasons, Williams is off to a 5.16 ERA/-3 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.07 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.49, and 48 RSAA in 342 games.


1) The Redsox still haven’t allowed a 1st inning run. They are the only team that hasn’t.

After leading the AL in RSAA in 2004, the Redsox are tied for 2nd this season–

RSAA    
1    Whitesox                     23   
T2   Twins                        15   
T2   Redsox                       15   
4    A's                          13   
T5   Indians                      11   
T5   Angels                       11   
7    BlueJays                      6   
8    Mariners                      4 

2) Redsox P David Wells (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO) combined with Blaine Neal for a shutout against the Orioles.

After 4.14 ERA/5 RSAA and 3.73 ERA/5 RSAA seasons, Wells is off to a 3.51 ERA/4 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.03 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.49, and 137 RSAA in 592 games.

3) Redsox LF Manny Ramirez reached base safely all 4 times up–2 hits (1 2B), 2 BB.

After 59 RCAA/1.014 OPS and 49 RCAA/1.009 OPS seasons, Ramirez is hitting .647 SLG, .429 OBA, 1.076 OPS, 7 RCAA in his first 15 games. He has a 1.011 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 580 RCAA in 1550 games.

Ramirez has a streak of 6 consecutive years with a 1.000+ OPS, which is tied for the 4th longest ever–

1    Lou Gehrig               1927-37   11   
2    Babe Ruth                1926-33    8   
3    Barry Bonds              1992-98    7   
T4   Babe Ruth                1919-24    6   
T4   Manny Ramirez            1999-04    6   
T6   Rogers Hornsby           1921-25    5   
T6   Jimmie Foxx              1932-36    5   
T6   Frank Thomas             1993-97    5   
T6   Barry Bonds              2000-04    5   
T6   Todd Helton              2000-04    5 

4) Whitesox P Jon Garland’s line–8 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO.

After 4.51 ERA/-1 RSAA and 4.89 ERA/1 RSAA seasons, Garland is off to a 2.57 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 4.63 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and 7 RSAA in 152 games.

5) Angels P Bartolo Colon (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) combined with Francisco Rodriguez for a shutout against the Indians.

After 3.87 ERA/16 RSAA and 5.01 ERA/-10 RSAA seasons, Colon is off to a 2.60 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.98 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.51, and 114 RSAA in 251 games.

6) Indians P Jake Westbrook’s line–8 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO.

After 4.33 ERA/-2 RSAA and 3.38 ERA/28 RSAA seasons, Westbrook is off to a 3.81 ERA/2 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.34 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and 7 RSAA in 108 games.

7) Twins P Johan Santana had 10 SO in a game, after his wife gave birth to a child right before it started. His line–7 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 0 BB, 10 SO.

After 3.07 ERA/27 RSAA and 2.61 ERA/54 RSAA seasons, Santana is off to a 4.32 ERA/1 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.51 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.61, and 87 RSAA in 155 games.

Santana reached 700 career SO and ranks 4th on the Senators/Twins career list for SO vs. the league average–

STRIKEOUTS                      DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Walter Johnson             1191     3509     2318   
2    Bert Blyleven               504     2035     1531   
3    Camilo Pascual              457     1885     1428   
4    Johan Santana               246      700      454   
5    Dave Boswell                189      865      676   
6    Jim Shaw                    165      767      602   
7    Bump Hadley                 151      601      450   
8    Frank Viola                 150     1214     1064   
9    Tom Hall                    148      431      283   
10   Ron Davis                   134      349      215 

8) Rangers LF Kevin Mench reached base safely 4 times–2 H (1 3B), 2 BB.

After 4 RCAA/.845 OPS and 10 RCAA/.874 OPS seasons, Mench is off to a .286 SLG, .333 OBA, .619 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 11 games. He has a .822 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and 8 RCAA in 284 games.

9) Devil Rays 1B Travis Lee reached base safely 4 times–1 H, 3 BB.

After playing just 7 games in 2004, Lee is off to a .333 SLG, .365 OBA, .699 OPS, 0 RCAA start in his first 13 games. He has a .750 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -26 RCAA in 869 games.

10) Marlins LF Miguel Cabrera reached base safely 4 times (3 H (1 2B), 1 BB) and RF Juan Encarnacion had 3 H, including a HR.

After starting his career with -1 RCAA/.793 OPS and 26 RCAA/.879 OPS seasons, Cabrera is hitting .517 SLG, .382 OBA, .899 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 15 games. He has a .853 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 28 RCAA in 262 games.

After -5 RCAA/.759 OPS and -17 RCAA/.704 OPS seasons, Encarnacion is hitting .604 SLG, .410 OBA, 1.014 OPS, 5 RCAA in his first 15 games. He has a .755 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and -60 RCAA in 902 games.

11) Marlins P Josh Beckett’s line–7 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 SO.

After 3.04 ERA/15 RSAA and 3.79 ERA/5 RSAA seasons, Beckett is off to a 1.00 ERA/9 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.35 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 35 RSAA in 81 games.

12) Reds P Paul Wilson’s line–7 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 9 SO.

After 4.64 ERA/-7 RSAA and 4.36 ERA/-7 RSAA seasons, Wilson is off to a 5.63 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.74 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.39, and -50 RSAA in 165 games. Wilson had exactly -7 RSAA in 3 of the previous 4 years, with -8 in the other.

13) Cubs 1B Derrek Lee reached base safely 4 times–3 H (2 2B), 1 BB.

After 35 RCAA/.888 OPS and 13 RCAA/.860 OPS seasons, Lee is hitting .732 SLG, .500 OBA, 1.232 OPS, 16 RCAA in his first 15 games. He has a .834 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 92 RCAA in 1042 games.

14) Cubs P Carlos Zambrano’s line–8 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After 3.11 ERA/26 RSAA and 2.75 ERA/42 RSAA seasons, Zambrano is off to a 3.04 ERA/4 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.24 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 67 RSAA in 105 games.

15) Cardinals P Jeff Suppan’s line–6 1/3 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.

After 4.19 ERA/4 RSAA and 4.16 ERA/0 RSAA seasons, Suppan is off to a 3.38 ERA/1 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 4.79 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and -5 RSAA in 256 games.

16) Diamondbacks P Javier Vazquez’s line–7 IP, 8 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.

After 3.24 ERA/48 RSAA and 4.91 ERA/-10 RSAA seasons, Vazquez is off to a 7.65 ERA/-7 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.31 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.39, and 35 RSAA in 228 games.

17) Giants P Noah Lowry’s line–6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO.

Lowry has a 3.72 ERA/9 RSAA in 23 career games, including a 4.58 ERA/0 RSAA in 3 starts in 2005.


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