Around the Majors: Indians sign Martinez

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Yankees 4, Redsox 3
BlueJays 6, Devil Rays 3
Angels 3, Rangers 2
Twins 8, Mariners 4

NL
Giants 4, Dodgers 2
Cardinals 7, Astros 3
Marlins 9, Braves 0
Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 4

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Yankees           2    0 1.000   -      2-0    0-0   02-00 00-00 00-00 WON  2
BlueJays          2    0 1.000   -      0-0    2-0   02-00 00-00 00-00 WON  2
Orioles           1    0 1.000     1/2  1-0    0-0   00-00 00-00 01-00 WON  1
Redsox            0    2  .000   2      0-0    0-2   00-02 00-00 00-00 LOST 2
Devil Rays        0    2  .000   2      0-2    0-0   00-02 00-00 00-00 LOST 2

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Whitesox          1    0 1.000   -      1-0    0-0   00-00 01-00 00-00 WON  1
Tigers            1    0 1.000   -      1-0    0-0   00-00 01-00 00-00 WON  1
Twins             1    1  .500     1/2  0-0    1-1   00-00 00-00 01-01 WON  1
Indians           0    1  .000   1      0-0    0-1   00-00 00-01 00-00 LOST 1
Royals            0    1  .000   1      0-0    0-1   00-00 00-01 00-00 LOST 1

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels            1    0 1.000   -      1-0    0-0   00-00 00-00 01-00 WON  1
Mariners          1    1  .500     1/2  1-1    0-0   00-00 01-01 00-00 LOST 1
A's               0    1  .000   1      0-0    0-1   00-01 00-00 00-00 LOST 1
Rangers           0    1  .000   1      0-0    0-1   00-00 00-00 00-01 LOST 1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Marlins           1    0 1.000   -      1-0    0-0   01-00 00-00 00-00 WON  1
Phillies          1    0 1.000   -      1-0    0-0   01-00 00-00 00-00 WON  1
Braves            0    1  .000   1      0-0    0-1   00-01 00-00 00-00 LOST 1
Nationals         0    1  .000   1      0-0    0-1   00-01 00-00 00-00 LOST 1
Mets              0    1  .000   1      0-0    0-1   00-00 00-01 00-00 LOST 1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Reds              1    0 1.000   -      1-0    0-0   01-00 00-00 00-00 WON  1
Brewers           1    0 1.000   -      0-0    1-0   00-00 01-00 00-00 WON  1
Cardinals         1    0 1.000   -      0-0    1-0   00-00 01-00 00-00 WON  1
Cubs              1    1  .500     1/2  0-0    1-1   00-00 00-00 01-01 LOST 1
Astros            0    1  .000   1      0-1    0-0   00-00 00-01 00-00 LOST 1
Pirates           0    1  .000   1      0-1    0-0   00-00 00-01 00-00 LOST 1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Rockies           1    0 1.000   -      1-0    0-0   00-00 00-00 01-00 WON  1
Giants            1    0 1.000   -      1-0    0-0   00-00 00-00 01-00 WON  1
Diamondbacks      1    1  .500     1/2  1-1    0-0   00-00 01-01 00-00 WON  1
Dodgers           0    1  .000   1      0-0    0-1   00-00 00-00 00-01 LOST 1
Padres            0    1  .000   1      0-0    0-1   00-00 00-00 00-01 LOST 1

3) Today’s schedule–

AL
Royals (Runelvys Hernandez) at Tigers (Mike Maroth), 1:05
Redsox (Tim Wakefield) at Yankees (Mike Mussina), 1:05
Indians (Kevin Millwood) at Whitesox (Freddy Garcia), 2:05
BlueJays (Josh Towers) at Devil Rays (Mark Hendrickson), 4:15
Twins (Carlos Silva) at Mariners (Bobby Madritsch), 6:35
A’s (Kirk Saarloos) at Orioles (Daniel Cabrera), 7:05
Rangers (Kenny Rogers) at Angels (Jarrod Washburn), 10:05

NL
Brewers (Doug Davis) at Pirates (Kip Wells), 12:35
Cardinals (Jason Marquis) at Astros (Andy Pettitte), 5:05
Nationals (Zach Day) at Phillies (Brett Myers), 7:05
Braves (Mike Hampton) at Marlins (Al Leiter), 7:05
Mets (Tom Glavine) at Reds (Eric Milton), 7:10
Padres (Adam Eaton) at Rockies (Jason Jennings), 8:35
Dodgers (Odalis Perez) at Giants (Kirk Rueter), 9:05
Cubs (Ryan Dempster) at Diamondbacks (Brandon Webb), 9:40

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Luis Gonzalez (Diamondbacks)–#1 & #2
Hideki Matsui–#2
Vladimir Guerrero–#1
Jim Edmonds–#1
Larry Walker–#1
David Ortiz–#1
Jason Varitek–#1
Derek Jeter–#1
Alex Gonzalez (Devil Rays)–#1
Jorge Cantu–#1
Jacque Jones–#1
Mark Teixeira–#1
Juan Encarnacion–#1
Cesar Izturis–#1
Edgardo Alfonzo–#1
Todd Hollandsworth–#1
Reggie Sanders–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
1) Dmitri Young–3
T2) Richie Sexson–2
T2) Hideki Matsui–2
T4) Luis Matos, Orlando Hudson, Vernon Wells, Eric Hinske, Calvin Pickering, Brandon Inge, Vladimir Guerrero, David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, Derek Jeter, Alex Gonzalez, Jorge Cantu, Jacque Jones, Mark Teixeira–1

NL
T1) Adam Dunn, Xavier Nady, Luis Gonzalez (Diamondbacks)–2
T4) Brian Giles, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Jose Cruz Jr., Phil Nevin, Ramon Hernandez, Preston Wilson, Jeff Baker, Clint Barmes, Kaz Matsui, Carlos Beltran, Cliff Floyd, Joe Randa, Terrmel Sledge, Kenny Lofton, Jeff Cirillo, Jim Edmonds, Larry Walker, Juan Encarnacion, Cesar Izturis, Edgardo Alfonzo, Todd Hollandsworth, Reggie Sanders–1

6) Larry Walker tied Ralph Kiner for 70th place on the all time HR list, with 369.

7) Jim Edmonds tied Vinny Castilla for 100th place on the all time HR list, with 303.

8) The Indians signed C Victor Martinez to a 5 year, $15.5 million contract, with an option for 2010.

Martinez has 9 RCAA/.807 OPS in 203 career games, including a .492 SLG, .359 OBA, .851 OPS, 15 RCAA in 141 games in 2004.


1) The Astros have moved Craig Biggio back to 2B.

After -11 RCAA/.734 OPS and 1 RCAA/.763 OPS seasons, Biggio hit .469 SLG, .337 OBA, .806 OPS, 8 RCAA in 156 games. He has a .808 career OPS, compared to his league average of .756, and 349 RCAA in 2410 games.

2) On Monday, 38 minor leaguers were suspended for violation of the steroids policy.

3) On Monday, the Royals 11-2 loss to the Tigers set a team record for the biggest Opening Day loss.

4) A’s P Rich Harden will miss his start today, due to a blister on his middle finger. The A’s will have to make a roster move today when they call up P Kirk Saarloos.

5) The Cardinals released P Rick Ankiel, placed P Matt Morris on the 15 day DL and called up INF Abraham Nunez.

Morris is recovering from shoulder surgery.

After -14 RCAA/.631 OPS and -14 RCAA/.667 OPS seasons, Nunez had a .319 SLG, .275 OBA, .593 OPS, -15 RCAA in 112 games. He’s spent his whole career with the Pirates and has a .622 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and -89 RCAA in 630 games.

6) Giants manager Felipe Alou will serve a 1 game suspension today, for an incident last September when Giants P Dustin Hermanson hit Jeff Kent with a pitch.

7) The Redsox are 0-2 for the first time since they started 0-5 in 1996. The last time they were 2 games below .500 was April 2000.

8) According to the Miami Herald, “The Marlins added DVD players to their cool-water ‘hot tubs,’ which run $50 to $55 per person and can be ‘rented’ only in groups of 20 to 30. No one using the tubs has been scolded since 2003, when thong-wearing women were told to cover up.”

If people were being scolded in “cool-water”, it’s a good thing it wasn’t warm or hot.

9) Diamondbacks SS Craig Counsell reached 2500 career AB and also played in his 800th career game.

After -15 RCAA/.699 OPS and -19 RCAA/.631 OPS seasons, Counsell had a .315 SLG, .330 OBA, .645 OPS, -21 RCAA in 140 games with the Brewers. He has a .691 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -79 RCAA in 800 games.

10) The Mariners released minor league INF Ricky Gutierrez.

11) Matt Keough was arrested on DWI and leaving the scene of an accident charges.

Keough pitched for 5 teams from 1977-86 (except 1984), spending most of his career with the A’s. He had a 4.17 career ERA, compared to his league average of 3.97, and -50 RSAA in 215 games.

12) On Monday, the Cubs set a team record with 23 hits on Opening Day, breaking the mark of 18, set in 1936.

13) Braves C Johnny Estrada will probably be out of today’s lineup, after he injured his hand when he was hit by a foul tip yesterday. Meanwhile, 2B Marcus Giles suffered a knee injury sliding into 2nd and a decision will be made today whether he can play.

Estrada has -16 RCAA/.542 OPS in 250 career games, including a .450 SLG, .378 OBA, .828 OPS, 9 RCAA in 134 games in 2004.

After -6 RCAA/.714 OPS and 43 RCAA/.917 OPS seasons, Giles hit .443 SLG, .378 OBA, .821 OPS, 13 RCAA in 102 games. He has a .833 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 44 RCAA in 384 games.

14) The Devil Rays started 0-2 for the first team in team history.

15) A’s SS Bobby Crosby had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a sore upper back, and could be headed for the DL.


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