Around the Majors: Sosa hits 2 HR

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Orioles 7, BlueJays 1
Yankees 11, Rangers 1
Whitesox 4, Royals 3
Redsox 11, Devil Rays 3
Mariners 9, Indians 1
Angels 1, A’s 0
Twins at Tigers–PPD

NL
Braves 4, Phillies 0
Reds 2, Marlins 1
Cubs 5, Pirates 2
Nationals 11, Mets 4
Cardinals 8, Astros 5
Dodgers 8, Rockies 6
Brewers 8, Giants 5
Diamondbacks 8, Padres 6

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Orioles          12    7  .632   -      5-5    7-2   10-04 01-01 01-02 WON  3
Redsox           11    8  .579   1      6-2    5-6   11-08 00-00 00-00 WON  1
BlueJays          9   11  .450   3 1/2  2-6    7-5   05-08 00-00 04-03 LOST 5
Yankees           8   11  .421   4      5-6    3-5   07-09 00-00 01-02 WON  1
Devil Rays        8   11  .421   4      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         15    4  .789   -      6-2    9-2   00-00 13-03 02-01 WON  7
Twins            10    7  .588   4      6-2    4-5   00-00 08-06 02-01 LOST 1
Indians           8   11  .421   7      2-4    6-7   00-00 06-08 02-03 LOST 1
Tigers            7   10  .412   7      4-5    3-5   01-01 06-09 00-00 WON  1
Royals            5   14  .263  10      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
A's               9   10  .474   2      3-3    6-7   04-05 00-00 05-05 LOST 2
Mariners          9   10  .474   2      4-7    5-3   00-00 06-06 03-04 WON  1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves           11    8  .579   -      6-3    5-5   10-07 01-01 00-00 WON  4
Marlins          11    8  .579   -      8-6    3-2   09-07 02-01 00-00 LOST 1
Mets             10    9  .526   1      7-2    3-7   07-06 03-03 00-00 LOST 1
Nationals        10    9  .526   1      4-3    6-6   07-09 00-00 03-00 WON  1
Phillies          8   11  .421   3      5-5    3-6   05-09 02-01 01-01 LOST 3

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              9    9  .500   3 1/2  4-4    5-5   00-00 07-05 02-04 WON  1
Reds              9    9  .500   3 1/2  7-3    2-6   04-02 05-07 00-00 WON  1
Astros            8   10  .444   4 1/2  7-2    1-8   01-04 07-06 00-00 LOST 3
Brewers           7   11  .389   5 1/2  2-6    5-5   00-00 05-08 02-03 WON  1
Pirates           6   12  .333   6 1/2  1-6    5-6   00-00 04-10 02-02 LOST 1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          13    5  .722   -      5-0    8-5   00-00 02-00 11-05 WON  1
Diamondbacks     11    8  .579   2 1/2  9-3    2-5   00-03 02-01 09-04 WON  3
Giants            8   10  .444   5      6-5    2-5   00-00 01-02 07-08 LOST 1
Padres            8   11  .421   5 1/2  5-3    3-8   00-00 04-03 04-08 LOST 3
Rockies           6   12  .333   7      5-5    1-7   01-01 00-00 05-11 LOST 1

3) Today’s schedule–

Twins (Brad Radke) at Tigers (Jason Johnson), 1:05
Orioles (Bruce Chen) at Redsox (David Wells), 7:05
Whitesox (Jon Garland) at A’s (Barry Zito), 10:05

NL
Phillies (Cory Lidle) at Nationals (Zach Day), 7:05
Astros (Roy Oswalt) at Pirates (Oliver Perez), 7:05
Braves (Horacio Ramirez) at Mets (Aaron Heilman), 7:10
Reds (Paul Wilson) at Cubs (Mark Prior), 8:05
Brewers (Wes Obermueller) at Cardinals (Jeff Suppan), 8:10
Diamondbacks (Javier Vazquez) at Dodgers (Derek Lowe), 10:10
Padres (Jerome Williams) at Giants (Noah Lowry), 10:15

4) Yesterday’s HR–

David Ortiz–#7
Manny Ramirez–#6
Albert Pujols–#5
Sammy Sosa–#3 & #4
Melvin Mora–#4
Preston Wilson–#4
Carlos Lee–#2 & #3
Aaron Boone–#3
Steve Finley–#3
Ryan Klesko–#3
Jeromy Burnitz–#3
Derek Jeter–#2
Jay Payton–#2
Matt Stairs–#2
Tony Clark–#2
Neifi Perez–#2
Brad Wilkerson–#2
Andy Phillips–#1
Nick Green–#1
Jesse Garcia–#1
Quinton McCracken–#1
Moises Alou–#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
T9) Sammy Sosa–4**
T9) Alex Rodriguez–4
T9) Carl Everett–4
T9) Dmitri Young–4
T9) Richie Sexson–4
T9) Jason Varitek–4
T9) Torii Hunter–4
T9) Vernon Wells–4
T9) Melvin Mora–4*

NL
1) Troy Glaus–6
T2) Albert Pujols–5*
T2) Jim Edmonds–5
T2) Jose Guillen–5
T2) Pat Burrell–5
T2) Milton Bradley–5
T2) Wily Mo Pena–5
T2) Jeff Kent–5
T9) Chipper Jones–4
T9) Adam Dunn–4
T9) Reggie Sanders–4
T9) Clint Barmes–4
T9) Jason Lane–4
T9) Joe Randa–4
T9) Derrek Lee–4
T9) Jose Vidro–4
T9) Cliff Floyd–4
T9) Xavier Nady–4
T9) Corey Patterson–4
T9) Preston Wilson–4*

**–hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Orioles Sammy Sosa hit 2 HR in a game and had 3 hits. It was Sosa’s 67th career multi HR game, tying him, with Mark McGwire, for 3rd on the all time list, behind Babe Ruth (72) and Barry Bonds (68).

After 25 RCAA/.911 OPS and 5 RCAA/.849 OPS seasons, Sosa is hitting .532 SLG, .341 OBA, .874 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 19 games. He has a .892 career OPS, compared to his league average of .761, and 356 RCAA in 2157 games.

7) Manny Ramirez tied Joe Carter for 42nd place on the all time HR list, with 396.

8) Rockies CF Preston Wilson hit his 150th career HR.

After 3 RCAA/.880 OPS and -16 RCAA/.706 OPS seasons, Wilson is off to a .491 SLG, .288 OBA, .779 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 14 games. He has a .813 career OPS, compared to his league average of .780, and -12 RCAA in 823 games.

9) Brewers LF Carlos Lee hit 2 HR and had 3 hits.

After 11 RCAA/.830 OPS and 26 RCAA/.891 OPS seasons, Lee is hitting .452 SLG, .329 OBA, .781 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 18 games. He has a .827 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 47 RCAA in 898 games.

Correction from yesterday–Barry Bonds’s OPS in 2003 was 1.381, not 1.831.


1) Braves 3B Chipper Jones had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a bruised left foot, and is day to day.

After 43 RCAA/.920 OPS and 11 RCAA/.847 OPS seasons, Jones is hitting .698 SLG, .513 OBA, 1.211 OPS, 16 RCAA in his first 19 games. He has a .940 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 445 RCAA in 1561 games.

2) The Yankees called up P Colter Bean, when they placed P Jaret Wright on the 15 day DL.

Tests on Wright’s shoulder showed scar tissue, but no structural damage, and he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks

Bean is also expected to be up until Saturday, when Chien-Ming Wang will be called up to take Wright’s spot in the rotation.

3) Devil Rays C Charles Johnson had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a strained right shoulder.

After -12 RCAA/.775 OPS and -10 RCAA/.780 OPS seasons, Johnson is hitting .545 SLG, .533 OBA, 1.079 OPS, 2 RCAA in his first 6 games. He has a .765 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -45 RCAA in 1175 games.

4) The Dodgers activated P Brad Penny from the DL and placed P Elmer Dessens on the 15 day DL.

5) The Nationals sent P Joe Horgan to the minors and will call up P Jon Rauch.

Horgan has a 5.48 ERA/-7 RSAA in 55 career games, including a 21.00 ERA/-11 RSAA in 8 games in 2005.

Rauch has a 4.60 ERA/0 RSAA in 19 career games.

6) The Rockies sent P Mike Gosling to the minors and called up P Javier Lopez.

Gosling has a 5.57 ERA/-4 RSAA in 13 career games, including a 9.00 ERA/-4 RSAA in 7 games in 2005.

After starting his career with 3.70 ERA/7 RSAA and 7.52 ERA/-11 RSAA seasons, Lopez is off to a 22.50 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 3 games. He has a 5.61 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.30, and -8 RSAA in 142 games.

7) Mark Mulder’s shutout on Saturday was the Cardinals first extra inning CG SHO since John Tudor did it in 1985.

8) Cubs P Kerry Wood was limited to just 5 innings yesterday, due to tendinitis in his shoulder, and he hopes to be able to make his start on Saturday. His line–5 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 SO.

After 3.20 ERA/24 RSAA and 3.72 ERA/13 RSAA seasons, Wood is off to a 5.79 ERA/-3 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.68 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.30, and 64 RSAA in 168 games.

9) The results of a bone scan on Tigers RF Magglio Ordonez were negative, so there’s no evidence he has anything worse than a hernia. He’ll fly to Philadelphia today to see a specialist and should be scheduled for surgery soon.

10) The Tokyo Yomiuri Giants released P Dan Miceli.

Miceli has a 4.47 ERA/-9 RSAA in 579 career games, including a 3.59 ERA/6 RSAA in 74 games with the 2004 Astros.

11) The Yokohama BayStars deactivated P Kazuhiro Sasaki from their roster. He will be offered an opportunity to join their minor league team.

Sasaki had a 3.14 ERA/28 RSAA in 228 games with the 2000-03 Mariners.

12) Redsox CF Johnny Damon reached base safely 5 times (4 H (1 2B), 1 BB, 1 SB) and SS Edgar Renteria reached base safely 4 times (2 H, 2 BB, 1 SB).

After 2 RCAA/.750 OPS and 25 RCAA/.857 OPS seasons, Damon is hitting .397 SLG, .369 OBA, .766 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 18 games. He has a .781 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 75 RCAA in 1425 games.

After 33 RCAA/.874 OPS and -12 RCAA/.728 OPS seasons, Renteria is off to a .387 SLG, .288 OBA, .674 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 19 games. He has a .745 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -53 RCAA in 1315 games.

13) Devil Rays 3B Nick Green had 3 hits, including a HR.

After starting his career with -8 RCAA/.698 OPS in 95 games with the Braves, Green is off to a .375 SLG, .280 OBA, .655 OPS, 0 RCAA start in his first 9 games. He has a .695 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -8 RCAA in 104 games.

14) Orioles P Sidney Ponson’s line–9 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB, 7 SO.

After 3.75 ERA/13 RSAA and 5.30 ERA/-12 RSAA seasons, Ponson is off to a 6.85 ERA/-6 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.71 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.65, and -26 RSAA in 214 games.

15) Padres P Brian Lawrence took a pounding–2 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

After 4.19 ERA/-7 RSAA and 4.12 ERA/-3 RSAA seasons, Lawrence is off to a 7.65 ERA/-8 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.01 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and -9 RSAA in 133 games.

16) Diamondbacks P Shawn Estes’s line–7 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 SO.

After 5.73 ERA/-26 RSAA and 5.84 ERA/-15 RSAA seasons, Estes is off to a 3.96 ERA/1 RSAA in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.69 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.34, and -76 RSAA in 256 games.

17) Braves P John Thomson (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 SO) combined with Chris Reitsma and Dan Kolb for a shutout against the Phillies.

After 4.85 ERA/4 RSAA and 3.72 ERA/13 RSAA seasons, Thomson is off to a 3.12 ERA/3 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.67 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.31, and 36 RSAA in 183 games.

18) Cubs 2B-SS Neifi Perez had 3 hits, including a HR and a 2B.

After -20 RCAA/.632 OPS and -23 RCAA/.632 OPS seasons, Perez is off to a .563 SLG, .420 OBA, .983 OPS, 4 RCAA small sample size fluke start in his first 16 games. He has a .684 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and -298 RCAA in 1124 games.

Perez ranks 10th on the alltime list for worst career RCAA (since 1900)–

RCAA    
1    Ski Melillo                -355   
2    Tommy Thevenow             -351   
3    Bill Bergen                -312   
4    Tim Foli                   -309   
5    Larry Bowa                 -307   
6    Alfredo Griffin            -306   
T7   Don Kessinger              -305   
T7   Ozzie Guillen              -305   
9    Ed Brinkman                -300   
10   Neifi Perez                -298 

19) Dodgers CF Milton Bradley had 4 hits, including 2 2B.

After 34 RCAA/.923 OPS and 3 RCAA/.786 OPS seasons, Bradley is hitting .667 SLG, .410 OBA, 1.077 OPS, 10 RCAA in his first 18 games. He has a .754 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and 6 RCAA in 500 games.

20) Reds P Brandon Claussen’s line–5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.

Claussen has a 5.33 ERA/-12 RSAA in 17 career games, including a 2.61 ERA/2 RSAA in 2 starts in 2005.


1) Mariners RF Ichiro Suzuki has already reached 10 multihit games this season.

After 22 RCAA/.788 OPS and 56 RCAA/.869 OPS seasons, Suzuki is hitting .461 SLG, .417 OBA, .877 OPS, 8 RCAA in his first 19 games. He has a .829 career OPS, compared to his league average of .763, and 162 RCAA in 653 games.

2) Phillies LF Pat Burrell had to leave yesterday’s game, due to discomfort in his right groin, and manager Charlie Manuel says he probably won’t be in the lineup tonight.

After -15 RCAA/.713 OPS and 9 RCAA/.821 OPS seasons, Burrell is hitting .580 SLG, .386 OBA, .965 OPS, 4 RCAA in his first 19 games. He has a .825 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 53 RCAA in 715 games.

3) Royals DH Matt Stairs reached base safely 4 times–1 H (HR), 3 BB.

After 24 RCAA/.950 OPS and 4 RCAA/.796 OPS seasons, Stairs is hitting .575 SLG, .408 OBA, .983 OPS, 4 RCAA in his first 14 games. He has a .855 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 125 RCAA in 1186 games.

4) Royals P Denny Bautista’s line–7 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 SO.

Bautista has a 7.09 ERA/-16 RSAA in 11 career games, including a 5.32 ERA/-3 RSAA in 4 starts in 2005.

5) Angels P Kelvim Escobar (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 SO) combined with Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez for a shutout against the A’s.

Escobar was making his 2005 debut.

6) A’s P Joe Blanton’s line–8 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, CG.

Blanton has a 2.67 ERA/7 RSAA in 7 career games, including a 1.75 ERA/8 RSAA in his first 4 career starts.

7) Yankees SS Derek Jeter had 3 hits, including a HR and a 2B.

After 24 RCAA/.844 OPS and 14 RCAA/.823 OPS seasons, Jeter is hitting .514 SLG, .478 OBA, .992 OPS, 10 RCAA in his first 19 games. He has a .850 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 261 RCAA in 1385 games.

8) Yankees P Randy Johnson’s line–8 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO.

After 4.26 ERA/6 RSAA and 2.60 ERA/50 RSAA seasons, Johnson is off to a 4.19 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 3.08 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.35, and 511 RSAA in 494 games.

9) Rangers P Pedro Astacio took a pounding–4 2/3 IP, 9 H, 7 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

10) Mariners P Jamie Moyer’s line–8 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.

After 3.27 ERA/27 RSAA and 5.21 ERA/-22 RSAA seasons, Moyer is off to a 2.53 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.13 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.45, and 95 RSAA in 511 games.

11) Marlins P Brian Moehler’s line–7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO.

Moehler has a 4.51 ERA/17 RSAA in 149 career games, including a 1.83 ERA/5 RSAA in 3 starts (5 games) in 2005. His 19 2/3 IP in 2005 are tied for his 2nd highest figure in the past 5 years.

12) Nationals CF Brad Wilkerson reached base safely 5 times (4 H (1 2B, 1 HR), 1 BB) and 3B Vinny Castilla had 4 hits (1 2B, 2 SB).

After 4 RCAA/.844 OPS and 30 RCAA/.872 OPS seasons, Wilkerson is hitting .577 SLG, .407 OBA, .984 OPS, 8 RCAA in his first 19 games. He has a .844 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and 50 RCAA in 525 games.

After -9 RCAA/.771 OPS and -9 RCAA/.867 OPS seasons, Castilla is hitting .684 SLG, .435 OBA, 1.120 OPS, 10 RCAA in his first 17 games. He has a .816 career OPS, compared to his league average of .771, and -149 RCAA in 1642 games.

13) Nationals P Livan Hernandez’s line–7 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.

After 3.20 ERA/50 RSAA and 3.60 ERA/14 RSAA seasons, Hernandez is off to a 5.34 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.15 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.35, and 10 RSAA in 254 games.

14) Mets P Victor Zambrano took a pounding–5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.

After 4.21 ERA/7 RSAA and 4.37 ERA/1 RSAA seasons, Zambrano is off to a 5.64 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.50 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.52, and -1 RSAA in 142 games.

15) Giants SS Omar Vizquel had 3 hits, including a 2B and a 3B, along with a SB.

After -10 RCAA/.657 OPS and -3 RCAA/.741 OPS seasons, Vizquel is hitting .441 SLG, .377 OBA, .818 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 18 games. He has a .700 career OPS, compared to his league average of .761, and -145 RCAA in 2156 games.

Vizquel ranks 5th on the all time list for most PA by a player at least 50 points below the league average in OPS–

PLATE APPEARANCES               PA       OPS    
1    Rabbit Maranville         11256    -.073   
2    Luis Aparicio             11230    -.063   
3    Ozzie Smith               10778    -.058   
4    Larry Bowa                 9103    -.099   
5    Omar Vizquel               8974    -.061   
6    Don Kessinger              8529    -.086   
7    Roger Peckinpaugh          8383    -.051   
8    Bill Mazeroski             8379    -.060   
9    Maury Wills                8304    -.057   
10   Bob Boone                  8148    -.064

16) Giants P Jerome Williams took a pounding–5 IP, 9 H, 6 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.

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.

17) Cardinals SS David Eckstein had 3 hits, including 2 2B.

After -12 RCAA/.651 OPS and -17 RCAA/.671 OPS seasons, Eckstein is hitting .356 SLG, .408 OBA, .764 OPS, 2 RCAA in his first 16 games. He has a .702 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and -30 RCAA in 583 games.

18) Astros P Brandon Backe took a pounding–5 IP, 13 H, 8 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After 5.44 ERA/-5 RSAA and 4.30 ERA/0 RSAA seasons, Backe is off to a 6.17 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 5.17 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.38, and -14 RSAA in 74 games.


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