Around the Majors: Suspensions

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Indians 6, Royals 0
Orioles 5, Devil Rays 0
Rangers 7, Redsox 2
Twins 7, Angels 4
Tigers 3, Whitesox 2 (11)
BlueJays 2, Yankees 0
Mariners 4, A’s 2

NL
Nationals 5, Mets 1
Marlins 6, Phillies 4
Giants 3, Pirates 2
Cardinals 6, Braves 5
Cubs 3, Astros 2
Brewers 4, Reds 3
Padres 5, Diamondbacks 4 (15)
Dodgers 6, Rockies 3

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Orioles          15    7  .682   -      6-5    9-2   13-04 01-01 01-02 WON  6
BlueJays         13   11  .542   3      5-6    8-5   09-08 00-00 04-03 WON  4
Redsox           11   11  .500   4      6-4    5-7   11-10 00-00 00-01 LOST 3
Yankees           9   14  .391   6 1/2  6-9    3-5   07-10 00-00 02-04 LOST 3
Devil Rays        8   15  .348   7 1/2  7-7    1-8   05-13 00-00 03-02 LOST 5

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Whitesox         16    7  .696   -      6-3   10-4   00-00 13-04 03-03 LOST 3
Twins            14    8  .636   1 1/2  7-2    7-6   00-00 11-07 03-01 WON  4
Tigers           11   10  .524   4      5-5    6-5   01-01 10-09 00-00 WON  5
Indians           9   13  .409   6 1/2  3-6    6-7   00-00 07-10 02-03 WON  1
Royals            5   18  .217  11      2-12   3-6   00-00 03-14 02-04 LOST 9

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           13   10  .565   -      8-5    5-5   02-01 03-03 08-06 LOST 1
Mariners         12   11  .522   1      4-7    8-4   00-00 06-06 06-05 WON  2
Rangers          12   12  .500   1 1/2  6-7    6-5   06-04 00-00 06-08 WON  1
A's              11   12  .478   2      5-5    6-7   04-05 02-01 05-06 LOST 1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Marlins          13    8  .619   -      8-6    5-2   10-07 02-01 01-00 WON  2
Braves           13   10  .565   1      6-4    7-6   12-08 01-02 00-00 LOST 1
Nationals        12   11  .522   2      6-5    6-6   09-11 00-00 03-00 WON  1
Mets             11   12  .478   3      8-4    3-8   08-09 03-03 00-00 LOST 3
Phillies         10   13  .435   4      5-6    5-7   07-11 02-01 01-01 LOST 1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        15    6  .714   -      8-5    7-1   02-02 13-04 00-00 WON  1
Cubs             12   10  .545   3 1/2  6-5    6-5   00-00 10-06 02-04 WON  2
Reds             10   12  .455   5 1/2  7-3    3-9   04-02 06-10 00-00 LOST 2
Brewers           9   13  .409   6 1/2  3-6    6-7   00-00 07-10 02-03 WON  2
Astros            8   13  .381   7      7-3    1-10  01-04 07-09 00-00 LOST 6
Pirates           8   13  .381   7      3-7    5-6   00-00 06-10 02-03 LOST 1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          14    8  .636   -      6-3    8-5   00-00 02-00 12-08 WON  1
Diamondbacks     14    9  .609     1/2  9-3    5-6   00-03 02-01 12-05 LOST 1
Giants           11   11  .500   3      8-6    3-5   00-00 02-02 09-09 WON  3
Padres           10   13  .435   4 1/2  6-3    4-10  00-00 04-03 06-10 WON  1
Rockies           6   14  .300   7      5-6    1-8   01-02 00-00 05-12 LOST 3

3) Today’s schedule–

AL
Royals (Denny Bautista) at Indians (Cliff Lee), 1:05
BlueJays (David Bush) at Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang), 1:05
Mariners (Jamie Moyer) at A’s (Joe Blanton), 4:05
Devil Rays (Mark Hendrickson) at Orioles (Sidney Ponson), 4:35
Tigers (Jason Johnson) at Whitesox (Orlando Hernandez), 7:05
Angels (Kelvim Escobar) at Twins (Brad Radke), 7:10
Redsox (Bronson Arroyo) at Rangers (Pedro Astacio), 8:05

NL
Reds (Paul Wilson) at Brewers (Wes Obermueller), 2:05
Cubs (Kerry Wood) at Astros (Brandon Backe), 7:05
Mets (Victor Zambrano) at Nationals (Zach Day), 7:05
Marlins (Dontrelle Willis) at Phillies (Vicente Padilla), 7:05
Cardinals (Matt Morris) at Braves (John Thomson), 7:05
Giants (Noah Lowry) at Pirates (David Williams), 7:05
Diamondbacks (Shawn Estes) at Padres (Brian Lawrence), 10:05
Rockies (Joe Kennedy) at Dodgers (Brad Penny), 10:10

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Miguel Tejada–#7
Troy Glaus–#7
Albert Pujols–#6
Jose Guillen–#6
Alfonso Soriano–#5
Phil Nevin–#5
Jeromy Burnitz–#5
Lyle Overbay–#3 & #4
Eric Hinske–#4
Javier Lopez–#4
Rondell White–#4
Juan Encarnacion–#4
Miguel Cabrera–#4
J.D. Drew–#4
Jeff Bagwell–#3
Bret Boone–#3
Jay Gibbons–#3
Orlando Cabrera–#3
Chase Utley–#3
Austin Kearns–#3
Hee Seop Choi–#3
Brian Schneider–#2
Mike Matheny–#2
Brian Jordan–#2
Damion Easley–#1
Livan Hernandez–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
1) Alex Rodriguez–8
T2) Manny Ramirez–7
T2) Paul Konerko–7
T2) Brian Roberts–7
T2) David Ortiz–7
T2) Miguel Tejada–7*
7) Mark Teixeira–6
T8) Vladimir Guerrero–5
T8) Ron Belliard–5
T8) Jason Varitek–5
T8) Dmitri Young–5
T8) Alfonso Soriano–5*

NL
T1) Troy Glaus–7*
T1) Derrek Lee–7
T3) Albert Pujols–6*
T3) Adam Dunn–6
T3) Jeff Kent–6
T3) Cliff Floyd–6
T3) Jose Guillen–6*
T8) Jim Edmonds–5
T8) Pat Burrell–5
T8) Milton Bradley–5
T8) Wily Mo Pena–5
T8) Corey Patterson–5
T8) Richie Sexson–5
T8) Russell Branyan–5
T8) Reggie Sanders–5
T8) Phil Nevin–5*
T8) Jeromy Burnitz–5*

*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Brewers 1B Lyle Overbay hit 2 HR and reached base safely 4 times (also had a 2B and a BB).

After -4 RCAA/.767 OPS and 24 RCAA/.863 OPS seasons, Overbay is hitting .559 SLG, .447 OBA, 1.006 OPS, 6 RCAA in his first 21 games. He has a .841 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 24 RCAA in 278 games.

7) Redsox P Bronson Arroyo (6 games), RF Trot Nixon (2 games) and manager Terry Francona (3 games) and Devil Rays Ps Dewon Brazelton and Lance Carter (5 games each) were suspended for last weekend’s game that featured 2 bench clearing incidents. Redsox DH David Ortiz and Devil Rays OF Chris Singleton were both fined. All of the players are appealing.

After a 4.03 ERA/18 RSAA in his first full year in the rotation, Arroyo is off to a 4.01 ERA/2 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.59 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.52, and 4 RSAA in 95 games.

After 44 RCAA/.975 OPS and 7 RCAA/.887 OPS seasons, Nixon is hitting .415 SLG, .417 OBA, .832 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 20 games. He has a .863 career OPS, compared to his league average of .771, and 108 RCAA in 764 games.

Brazelton has a 5.37 ERA/-23 RSAA in 39 career games, including a 5.53 ERA/-4 RSAA in 5 starts in 2005.

After 4.33 ERA/2 RSAA and 3.47 ERA/9 RSAA seasons, Carter is off to a 7.50 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 8 games. He has a 3.88 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.56, and 14 RSAA in 140 games.

8) Dodgers P Eric Gagne was suspended for 2 games for sitting in the dugout and heckling an umpire on April 6.

According to the rules, “players on the disabled list … may not take part in any activity during the game such as warming up a pitcher, bench jockeying, etc.” By MLB’s own admission, the rules are nothing more than worthless scraps of paper to be disregarded when they feel like, only enforced when they are mood. If there’s any rules that deserve to be overlooked, this has to be one of them.

Gagne will have to serve the DL after he comes off the DL. So, the Dodgers just need to figure out when he’s really going to be ready, take him off the DL 2 days earlier and let him just pretend that the next 2 games are a suspension.

After 1.97 ERA/16 RSAA and 1.20 ERA/26 RSAA seasons, Gagne had a 2.19 ERA/18 RSAA in 70 games and has been on the DL all season. He has a 3.29 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.37, and 44 RSAA in 282 games.


1) Cubs P Greg Maddux’s line–6 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After 3.96 ERA/5 RSAA and 4.02 ERA/13 RSAA seasons, Maddux is off to a 4.20 ERA/1 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 2.96 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.06, and 554 RSAA in 613 games.

2) Astros P Roger Clemens’s line–7 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO.

After 3.91 ERA/10 RSAA and 2.98 ERA/32 RSAA seasons, Clemens is off to a 1.03 ERA/12 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 3.16 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.38, and 657 RSAA in 645 games. Clemens is now 11 behind Lefty Grove’s modern major league record for career RSAA.

3) Cubs RF Jeromy Burnitz had 3 hits, including a HR.

After 0 RCAA/.786 OPS and 12 RCAA/.916 OPS seasons, Burnitz is hitting .588 SLG, .326 OBA, .914 OPS, 2 RCAA in his first 22 games. He has a .843 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 100 RCAA in 1445 games.

4) Padres SS Geoff Blum had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a bruised chest, after colliding with LF Ryan Klesko.

After -23 RCAA/.674 OPS and -20 RCAA/.614 OPS seasons, Blum is hitting .458 SLG, .328 OBA, .786 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 21 games. He has a .717 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and -67 RCAA in 703 games.

5) The Brewers placed P Ben Sheets on the 15 day DL, retroactive to April 21, and called up P Julio Santana.

Sheets has inflammation of the inner ear.

Santana, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2002, has a 5.33 ERA/-32 RSAA in 161 career games.

6) Astros SS Adam Everett and P Brad Lidge missed yesterday’s game, due to flulike symptoms.

After -13 RCAA/.700 OPS and -11 RCAA/.703 OPS seasons, Everett is off to a .366 SLG, .329 OBA, .695 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 19 games. He has a .682 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -34 RCAA in 300 games.

After 3.60 ERA/8 RSAA and 1.90 ERA/26 RSAA seasons, Lidge is off to a 0.93 ERA/4 RSAA start in his first 10 games. He has a 2.77 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.29, and 36 RSAA in 174 games.

7) Yankees P Mariano Rivera wasn’t available yesterday, due to a stomach virus.

After 1.66 ERA/21 RSAA and 1.94 ERA/22 RSAA seasons, Rivera is off to a 3.18 ERA/1 RSAA start in his first 6 games. He has a 2.44 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.70, and 176 RSAA in 592 games.

8) Redsox 2B Mark Bellhorn was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to a sickness.

After -12 RCAA/.646 OPS and 10 RCAA/.817 OPS seasons, Bellhorn is off to a .357 SLG, .325 OBA, .682 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 21 games. He has a .763 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and 3 RCAA in 530 games.

9) Indians DH Travis Hafner reached base safely all 4 times up–3 H, 1 BB.

After 6 RCAA/.812 OPS and 51 RCAA/.993 OPS seasons, Hafner is hitting .389 SLG, .400 OBA, .789 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 20 games. He has a .901 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and 58 RCAA in 274 games.

10) Indians P C.C. Sabathia (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) combined with David Riske and Rafael Betancourt for a shutout against the Royals.

After 3.60 ERA/13 RSAA and 4.12 ERA/9 RSAA seasons, Sabathia is off to a 0.92 ERA/7 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 4.04 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.52, and 36 RSAA in 129 games.

11) Padres 2B Mark Loretta had 5 hits (1 2B) and C Ramon Hernandez reached base safely 4 times (3 H, 1 BB).

After 19 RCAA/.814 OPS and 44 RCAA/.886 OPS seasons, Loretta is hitting .340 SLG, .387 OBA, .728 OPS, 2 RCAA in his first 23 games. He has a .779 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and 35 RCAA in 1148 games.

After 6 RCAA/.789 OPS and 5 RCAA/.818 OPS seasons, Hernandez is hitting .469 SLG, .352 OBA, .821 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 22 games. He has a .740 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and -34 RCAA in 728 games.

12) Padres P Jake Peavy’s line–8 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO.

After 4.11 ERA/-5 RSAA and 2.27 ERA/31 RSAA seasons, Peavy is off to a 1.77 ERA/8 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 3.40 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.25, and 26 RSAA in 81 games.

13) Dodgers P Odalis Perez’s line–7 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO.

After 4.52 ERA/-11 RSAA and 3.25 ERA/19 RSAA seasons, Perez is off to a 3.64 ERA/1 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 3.90 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.28, and 4 RSAA in 157 games.

14) Nationals P Livan Hernandez’s line–8 IP, 9 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.

After 3.20 ERA/50 RSAA and 3.60 ERA/14 RSAA seasons, Hernandez is off to a 4.50 ERA/-2 RSAA start in his first 6 starts. He has a 4.14 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.35, and 13 RSAA in 255 games.

15) Twins P Grant Balfour will have season ending ligament replacement surgery on his elbow.


1) BlueJays P Roy Halladay (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 9 SO) pitched a complete game shutout against the Yankees.

After 3.25 ERA/45 RSAA and 4.20 ERA/11 RSAA seasons, Halladay is off to a 3.40 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 6 starts. He has a 3.87 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.59, and 101 RSAA in 171 games.

It was Halladay’s 7th career shutout. He passed 100 career RSAA and is tied for 4th in BlueJays history–

RSAA 
1    Dave Stieb                  240   
2    Jimmy Key                   130   
3    Roger Clemens               120   
T4   Roy Halladay                101   
T4   Tom Henke                   101   
6    Pat Hentgen                  74   
7    Mark Eichhorn                71   
8    Paul Quantrill               65   
9    Juan Guzman                  63   
10   Duane Ward                   62

2) Yankees P Randy Johnson’s line–9 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 9 SO.

After 4.26 ERA/6 RSAA and 2.60 ERA/50 RSAA seasons, Johnson is off to a 3.74 ERA/2 RSAA start in his first 6 starts. He has a 3.08 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.35, and 513 RSAA in 495 games. Johnson also passed 4200 career SO.

3) The Nationals exercised their $4 million option on RF Jose Guillen for 2006.

After 27 RCAA/.928 OPS and 15 RCAA/.849 OPS seasons, Guillen is hitting .575 SLG, .323 OBA, .898 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 23 games. He has a .768 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and -41 RCAA in 921 games.

4) Orioles P Erik Bedard (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 SO) combined with Jorge Julio for a shutout against the Devil Rays.

After a 4.59 ERA/3 RSAA in his first full season, Bedard is off to a 2.84 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.30 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.58, and 8 RSAA in 34 games.

5) Whitesox 2B Tadahito Iguchi reached base safely 4 times–3 H, 1 BB, also had a SB.

Iguchi is off to a .365 SLG, .350 OBA, .715 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 19 career games.

6) Tigers P Nate Robertson’s line–6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 7 BB, 1 SO.

After a 4.90 ERA/-10 RSAA in his first full season, Robertson has a 4.64 ERA/-1 RSAA in his first 4 starts. He has a 5.18 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.58, and -24 RSAA in 52 games.

7) Whitesox P Jose Contreras’s line–6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.

After starting his career with 3.30 ERA/8 RSAA and 5.50 ERA/-16 RSAA seasons, Contreras is off to a 3.04 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.67 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.58, and -3 RSAA in 54 games.

8) Rangers P Chan Ho Park’s line–7 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 7 SO.

After pitching in just 23 games in 2003-04, Park is off to a 3.86 ERA/3 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.18 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.41, and 12 RSAA in 274 games.

9) Mariners P Aaron Sele’s line–6 IP, 7 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.

After 5.77 ERA/-21 RSAA and 5.05 ERA/-7 RSAA seasons, Sele is off to a 4.71 ERA/-2 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.53 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.67, and 31 RSAA in 326 games.

10) A’s P Dan Haren’s line–7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO.

Haren has a 4.70 ERA/-9 RSAA in 33 career games, including a 4.11 ERA/1 RSAA in 5 starts in 2005.

11) Marlins LF Miguel Cabrera had 4 hits–3 2B, 1 HR.

After starting his career with -1 RCAA/.793 OPS and 26 RCAA/.879 OPS seasons, Cabrera is hitting .505 SLG, .356 OBA, .861 OPS, 6 RCAA in his first 21 games. He has a .861 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 31 RCAA in 268 games.

12) Marlins P A.J. Burnett’s line–7 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 SO.

After pitching in just 24 games in 2003-04, Burnett is off to a 2.43 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 3.75 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.31, and 30 RSAA in 107 games.

13) Giants P Brett Tomko’s line–9 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO.

After 5.28 ERA/-26 RSAA and 4.04 ERA/9 RSAA seasons, Tomko is off to a 4.68 ERA/-1 RSAA start in his first 5 starts. He has a 4.53 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.33, and -38 RSAA in 234 games.


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