Around the Majors: Palmeiro joins the top 10

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Royals 7, Devil Rays 6 (10)
Indians 7, Tigers 6
BlueJays 5, Yankees 4
Whitesox 7, Twins 6
Rangers 5, A’s 3
Redsox 7, Orioles 6 (12)
Mariners 16, Angels 6

NL
Phillies 12, Marlins 4
Cubs 1, Pirates 0
Cardinals 3, Brewers 2
Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 2
Reds 11, Braves 8
Mets 3, Expos 2
Giants 5, Astros 1
Padres 4, Dodgers 0

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Yankees          95   57  .625   -     53-24  42-33  46-23 17-12 22-14 LOST 1
Redsox           91   60  .603   3 1/2 53-24  38-36  41-24 19-13 22-14 WON  2
e--Orioles       70   80  .467  24     31-39  39-41  32-35 18-15 15-17 LOST 2
e--Devil Rays    64   86  .427  30     37-36  27-50  23-46 16-15 10-22 LOST 1
e--BlueJays      64   88  .421  31     38-40  26-48  26-40 13-19 17-19 WON  1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Twins         88   64  .579   -     47-31  41-33  19-14 42-27 16-16 LOST 2
e--Whitesox      76   75  .503  11 1/2 43-34  33-41  16-16 33-32 19-17 WON  2
e--Indians       74   78  .487  14     42-35  32-43  17-15 30-36 17-19 WON  2
e--Tigers        68   83  .450  19 1/2 35-40  33-43  10-14 34-39 15-21 LOST 2
e--Royals        56   95  .371  31 1/2 32-41  24-54  12-24 30-35 08-24 WON  1

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
A's              87   64  .576   -     49-25  38-39  23-20 27-16 27-20 LOST 2
Angels           85   67  .559   2 1/2 43-35  42-32  25-18 28-15 25-23 LOST 2
Rangers          84   67  .556   3     48-25  36-42  25-18 23-20 26-21 WON  4
e--Mariners      58   94  .382  29 1/2 37-42  21-52  13-30 19-24 17-31 WON  2

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves           89   63  .586   -     44-30  45-33  46-24 16-16 19-13 LOST 1
Marlins          79   72  .523   9 1/2 42-37  37-35  39-26 15-21 18-14 LOST 3
Phillies         78   73  .517  10 1/2 37-37  41-36  33-35 16-17 20-12 WON  3
e--Mets          66   86  .434  23     35-40  31-46  26-43 13-20 17-15 WON  1
e--Expos         64   88  .421  25     34-39  30-49  25-41 17-19 15-17 LOST 1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Cardinals     99   52  .656   -     51-26  48-26  19-11 51-31 18-09 WON  1
d--Cubs          85   66  .563  14     43-32  42-34  14-10 48-37 15-15 WON  3
d--Astros        83   69  .546  16 1/2 42-33  41-36  16-14 50-34 10-16 LOST 2
e--Reds          69   82  .457  30     39-39  30-43  17-12 32-48 15-15 WON  1
e--Pirates       68   83  .450  31     38-38  30-45  16-11 34-48 16-14 LOST 2
e--Brewers       63   87  .420  35 1/2 35-42  28-45  11-19 32-49 12-15 LOST 1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          86   65  .570   -     45-29  41-36  14-18 22-14 40-25 LOST 2
Giants           86   66  .566     1/2 46-32  40-34  19-13 20-15 36-31 WON  3
Padres           82   70  .539   4 1/2 38-36  44-34  18-14 19-17 37-29 WON  2
e--Rockies       65   85  .433  20 1/2 36-40  29-45  11-21 10-20 36-34 WON  1
e--Diamondbacks  47  104  .311  39     25-50  22-54  09-23 13-20 19-49 LOST 1

x–clinched the division title
y–clinched a postseason berth
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           91   60  .603   -
Angels           85   67  .559   6 1/2
Rangers          84   67  .556   7

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB  
Giants           86   66  .566   -
Cubs             85   66  .563     1/2
Astros           83   69  .546   3
Padres           82   70  .539   4
Marlins          79   72  .523   6 1/2
Phillies         78   73  .517   7 1/2

4) The Yankees will clinch a postseason berth if they beat the Devil Rays or the Rangers lose to the A’s.

5) The Braves will clinch the division title if they beat the Reds and the Marlins lose to the Phillies.

6) The Phillies will be mathematically eliminated from winning the division title if they lose to the Marlins or the Braves beat the Reds.

7) The Padres clinched a winning season for the first time in 1998.

8) The Reds passed the Pirates into sole possession of 4th place in the NL Central.

9) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 8
AL Central–Twins, clinched
AL West–A’s, 9
AL wild card–Redsox, 5

NL East–Braves, 2
NL Central–Cardinals, clinched
NL West–Dodgers, 11
NL wild card–Giants, 11

10) Race for the postseason seeds–

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

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

The Cardinals will clinch the #1 seed if they beat the Brewers or the Braves lose to the Reds.

11) Today’s schedule–

AL
A’s (Tim Hudson, 3.36) at Rangers (Chan Ho Park, 5.92), 2:05
Devil Rays (Todd Ritchie, 6.75) at Yankees (Jon Lieber, 4.40), 3:05
Twins (J.D. Durbin, 2.08) at Indians (Cliff Lee, 5.63), 7:05
Orioles (Daniel Cabrera, 4.51) at Redsox (Derek Lowe, 5.19), 7:05
Royals (Mike Wood, 5.98) at Whitesox (Jose Contreras, 5.84), 8:05

NL
Cubs (Greg Maddux, 3.68) at Pirates (Nelson Figueroa, 4.44), 12:35
Cardinals (Dan Haren, 5.19) at Brewers (Mark Hendrickson, 6.95), 2:05
Diamondbacks (Brandon Webb, 3.65, and Casey Fossum, 6.89) at Rockies (Jeff Francis, 7.30, and Jamey Wright, 4.67), DH, 3:05
Mets (Tom Glavine, 3.57) at Expos (Tomo Ohka, 3.01), 7:05
Phillies (Vicente Padilla, 4.06) at Marlins (Josh Beckett, 3.82), 7:05
Reds (Luke Hudson, 2.89) at Braves (Jaret Wright, 3.34), 7:35
Dodgers (Kazuhisa Ishii, 4.75) at Padres (David Wells, 3.50), 10:05
Astros (Brandon Backe, 4.45) at Giants (Jason Schmidt, 3.24), 10:15

12) Yesterday’s HR–

David Ortiz–#40
Jeromy Burnitz–#37
Vladimir Guerrero–#33
Tony Batista–#31
Chipper Jones–#30
Mike Lowell–#26
Phil Nevin–#26
Carlos Pena–#25
Pat Burrell–#24
Jeff Kent–#23
Rafael Palmeiro–#21
Jorge Posada–#21
Bernie Williams–#20
Ruben Sierra–#17
Mike Lieberthal–#17
Troy Glaus–#16
Placido Polanco–#16
Larry Walker–#16
John Phelps–#15
Bobby Higginson–#11
Orlando Cabrera–#9
Jason Michaels–#9
Damion Easley–#9
David Newhan–#7
Marcus Giles–#7
David DeJesus–#6
Javier Valentin–#6
Russ Adams–#3
Matt Diaz–#1
Dallas McPherson–#1
Eric Young–#1
Chris Aguila–#1

13) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–41
T2) Paul Konerko–40
T2) David Ortiz–40*
4) Mark Teixeira–37
5) Gary Sheffield–36
6) Alex Rodriguez–35
7) Vladimir Guerrero–33*
8) Hank Blalock–31
9) Carlos Delgado–30
T10) Eric Chavez–29
T10) Miguel Tejada–29

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–47
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)
T7) Moises Alou–37
T7) Jeromy Burnitz–37*
T9) Steve Finley–34
T9) Aramis Ramirez–34

*–hit 1 yesterday

14) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.611, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.826, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.437, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–147, is 6th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–213, new major league record
BB above average–183, new major league record
career HR–has 701, is 13 behind Ruth, is 54 behind Aaron
career HR above average–has 459, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 622
career RCAA–1491, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

15) Rafael Palmeiro passed Mike Schmidt into 10th place on the all time HR list, with 549.

The new top 10–

HOMERUNS    
1    Hank Aaron                  755   
2    Babe Ruth                   714   
3    Barry Bonds                 701   
4    Willie Mays                 660   
5    Frank Robinson              586   
6    Mark McGwire                583   
7    Harmon Killebrew            573   
8    Sammy Sosa                  572   
9    Reggie Jackson              563   
10   Rafael Palmeiro             549   

16) Chipper Jones tied Jay Buhner for 93rd place on the all time on the all time HR list, with 310.

17) Ruben Sierra tied Jim Edmonds for 100th place on the all time HR list, with 302.


1) On Tuesday, Braves P John Smoltz finished his 57th game of the season, which vested his $12 million option for 2005.

After 3.25 ERA/8 RSAA and 1.12 ERA/22 RSAA seasons, Smoltz has a 2.91 ERA/13 RSAA in his 69 games. He has a 3.28 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.01, and 238 RSAA in 598 games.

2) Astros 2B Jeff Kent says he’s considering retiring at the end of the season. He has a $9 million option for 2005 and the Astros haven’t given any indication on whether they will exercise it.

After 46 RCAA/.933 OPS and 13 RCAA/.860 OPS seasons, Kent is hitting .512 SLG, .341 OBA, .853 OPS, 4 RCAA in 137 games. He has a .855 career OPS, compared to his league average of .770, and 229 RCAA in 1769 games.

3) Dodgers P Brad Penny had to leave yesterday’s game, due to irritation of a nerve in his arm.

Penny had been making his first start after spending a month and a half on the DL.

4) Indians 2B Ronnie Belliard had to leave yesterday’s game, due to dizziness.

After -25 RCAA/.544 OPS and -6 RCAA/.760 OPS seasons, Belliard is hitting .419 SLG, .349 OBA, .768 OPS, -1 RCAA in his first 145 games. He has a .747 career OPS, compared to his league average of .782, and -39 RCAA in 750 games.

5) Rangers P Frank Francisco, Doug Brocail and Carlos Almanzar each dropped their appeals of their suspensions and had them reduced by 1 game.

Francisco’s suspension was reduced to 15 games, which he will resume serving immediately. Almanzar and Brocail’s were reduced to 6. But, Almanzar had to leave Tuesday’s game, due to tightness in his forearm, and could be out for the next few days anyway. Almanzar’s suspension/”suspension” started yesterday and Brocail’s starts on Sunday.

6) Mariners LF Raul Ibanez tied the AL record with 6 hits in a 9 inning game.

After 10 RCAA/.883 OPS and 0 RCAA/.799 OPS seasons, Ibanez is hitting .455 SLG, .345 OBA, .800 OPS, 10 RCAA in 113 games. He has a .798 career OPS, compared to his league average of .769, and 5 RCAA in 742 games.

7) Royals SS Angel Berroa had to leave yesterday’s game, an inning after being on the shoulder blade by a pitch, and is day to day.

After a -7 RCAA/.789 OPS rookie season, Berroa is off to a .389 SLG, .310 OBA, .698 OPS, -14 RCAA start in his first 124 games. He has a .738 career OPS, compared to his league average of .768, and -28 RCAA in 317 games.

8) Whitesox LF Carlos Lee may be out of the lineup for a few days, due to personal reasons.

After 17 RCAA/.843 OPS and 11 RCAA/.830 OPS seasons, Lee has a .516 SLG, .365 OBA, .881 OPS, 21 RCAA in 142 games. He has a .826 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 41 RCAA in 869 games.

9) Twins 2B Michael Cuddyer was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back and isn’t expected to miss much time.

In his first year with more than 41 games, Cuddyer has a .433 SLG, .342 OBA, .775 OPS, -4 RCAA in 106 games. He has a .759 career OPS, compared to his league average of .769, and -10 RCAA in 190 games.

10) Giants P Dave Burba injured his left shoulder on Saturday and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.

So, his regular season is over. After 5.20 ERA/-5 RSAA and 3.53 ERA/4 RSAA seasons, Burba had a 4.21 ERA/2 RSAA in 51 games (first 45 with the Brewers). He has a 4.49 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.43, and -4 RSAA in 511 games.


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