Around the Majors: Thomas passes 800 RCAA

1) Yesterday’s scores–

Giants 4, Tigers 0
Braves 10, Reds 5
Indians 13, Diamondbacks 6
BlueJays 9, Brewers 5
Whitesox 6, Dodgers 0
Yankees 9, Cubs 6
Redsox 6, Pirates 5
Astros 7, Royals 0
Rockies 2, Orioles 1
Rangers 8, Nationals 1
Twins 5, Padres 4 (11)
Cardinals 6, Devil Rays 4
Phillies 6, A’s 1
Mariners 5, Mets 0
Angels 3, Marlins 2 (11)

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Orioles          39   27  .591   -     20-15  19-12  18-08 11-10 04-02 LOST 1
Redsox           37   29  .561   2     21-9   16-20  15-16 03-01 11-07 WON  5
Yankees          34   32  .515   5     20-13  14-19  10-16 04-05 12-06 WON  4
BlueJays         34   33  .507   5 1/2 17-13  17-20  15-10 06-09 06-08 WON  2
Devil Rays       23   44  .343  16 1/2 18-16   5-28  08-16 04-09 08-09 LOST 1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Whitesox         44   22  .667   -     21-10  23-12  06-04 20-05 09-09 WON  2
Twins            38   27  .585   5 1/2 20-13  18-14  10-05 16-12 05-04 WON  1
Indians          35   30  .538   8 1/2 15-13  20-17  02-01 13-19 09-08 WON  7
Tigers           31   33  .484  12     16-17  15-16  08-10 10-11 07-05 LOST 1
Royals           24   42  .364  20     14-20  10-22  08-08 05-17 03-12 LOST 1

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           38   28  .576   -     17-13  21-15  03-03 16-14 11-06 WON  1
Rangers          36   29  .554   1 1/2 20-13  16-16  06-06 14-09 09-08 WON  2
Mariners         29   36  .446   8 1/2 16-17  13-19  10-14 06-06 06-10 WON  1
A's              27   39  .409  11     17-15  10-24  13-18 02-04 07-09 LOST 2

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Nationals        39   28  .582   -     24-9   15-19  16-13 06-07 08-04 LOST 1
Phillies         38   30  .559   1 1/2 22-11  16-19  12-18 12-07 07-02 WON  2
Braves           35   32  .522   4     19-11  16-21  18-14 10-04 03-06 WON  2
Marlins          33   31  .516   4 1/2 21-15  12-16  15-16 07-06 05-05 LOST 1
Mets             33   34  .493   6     22-15  11-19  15-15 11-10 04-02 LOST 1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        42   24  .636   -     21-12  21-12  07-08 21-05 06-06 WON  1
Cubs             34   31  .523   7 1/2 19-17  15-14  05-07 14-12 11-06 LOST 2
Pirates          30   35  .462  11 1/2 16-17  14-18  05-02 12-19 09-08 LOST 5
Brewers          29   37  .439  13     17-12  12-25  04-09 14-14 07-08 LOST 2
Astros           27   38  .415  14 1/2 19-12   8-26  04-11 16-17 03-04 WON  1
Reds             26   41  .388  16 1/2 20-17   6-24  09-09 09-19 02-07 LOST 5

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Padres           36   31  .537   -     21-12  15-19  06-00 12-09 15-12 LOST 5
Diamondbacks     35   33  .515   1 1/2 18-16  17-17  04-09 05-05 20-12 LOST 2
Dodgers          33   33  .500   2 1/2 19-17  14-16  03-06 08-08 17-11 LOST 4
Giants           28   37  .431   7     15-20  13-17  02-07 07-06 13-17 WON  3
Rockies          22   43  .338  13     17-17   5-26  04-05 07-10 08-21 WON  1

3) Today’s schedule–

Phillies (Cory Lidle, 4.18) at A’s (Kirk Saarloos, 4.65), 3:15
Cubs (Glendon Rusch, 2.57) at Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 4.44) 3:15
Marlins (Dontrelle Willis, 2.06) at Angels (John Lackey, 3.99), 3:15
Brewers (Ben Sheets, 3.51) at BlueJays (Roy Halladay, 2.33), 5:07
Cardinals (Matt Morris, 3.27) at Devil Rays (Mark Hendrickson, 5.86), 6:15
Rockies (Byung Hyun Kim, 5.91) at Orioles (Sidney Ponson, 5.36), 7:05
Giants (Kirk Rueter, 4.88) at Tigers (Jason Johnson, 3.25), 7:05
Pirates (David Williams, 4.06) at Redsox (Tim Wakefield, 4.80), 7:05
Dodgers (Elmer Dessens, 4.00) at Whitesox (Freddy Garcia, 3.78), 7:05
Diamondbacks (Brandon Webb, 3.24) at Indians (Scott Elarton, 5.14), 7:05
Padres (Brian Lawrence, 4.76) at Twins (Brad Radke, 4.13), 7:10
Astros (Roy Oswalt, 2.85) at Royals (D.J. Carrasco, 2.33), 7:10
Braves (Jorge Sosa, 2.79) at Reds (Eric Milton, 7.97), 7:10
Nationals (Tony Armas, 4.32) at Rangers (Juan Rodriguez, 3.60), 8:05
Mets (Pedro Martinez, 2.56) at Mariners (Ryan Franklin, 4.81), 10:05

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Andruw Jones–#17 & #18
Morgan Ensberg–#16
Jermaine Dye–#13
Miguel Cabrera–#12
Hank Blalock–#12
Kevin Mench–#12
Felipe Lopez–#11
Jorge Cantu–#8 & #9
Wily Mo Pena–#9
Casey Blake–#9
Jhonny Peralta–#8
Bill Hall–#8
Hideki Matsui–#7
Eric Hinske–#7
Todd Helton–#6
Grady Sizemore–#6
Frank Thomas–#5
Michael Cuddyer–#5
Ichiro Suzuki–#5
Chone Figgins–#5
Craig Counsell–#5
Mark Bellhorn–#4
Kelly Johnson–#2 & #3
Wilson Betemit–#3
Frank Menechino–#1 & #2
Royce Clayton–#2
Cristian Guzman–#2
Eric Bruntlett–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
1) Alex Rodriguez–19
T2) Miguel Tejada–18
T2) Alfonso Soriano–18
T4) Mark Teixeira–17
T4) Paul Konerko–17
6) David Ortiz–16
T7) Manny Ramirez–14
T7) Richie Sexson–14
T7) Melvin Mora–14
T10) Vernon Wells–13
T10) Jermaine Dye–13*

NL
T1) Derrek Lee–18
T1) Andruw Jones–18**
3) Adam Dunn–17
T4) Albert Pujols–16
T4) Troy Glaus–16
T4) Bobby Abreu–16
T4) Carlos Lee–16
T4) Morgan Ensberg–16*
9) Cliff Floyd–15
T10) Carlos Delgado–14
T10) Pat Burrell–14
T10) Aramis Ramirez–14

**–hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Devil Rays 2B Jorge Cantu hit 2 HR.

Cantu has 8 RCAA/.819 OPS in 108 career games, including a .502 SLG, .329 OBA, .831 OPS, 5 RCAA in 58 games in 2005.

7) BlueJays 2B Frank Menechino hit 2 HR and had 3 hits (1 BB).

After -3 RCAA/.630 OPS and 7 RCAA/.824 OPS seasons, Menechino is off to a .362 SLG, .333 OBA, .696 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 33 games. He has a .744 career OPS, compared to his league average of .768, and -6 RCAA in 412 games.

8) Braves CF Andruw Jones and LF Kelly Johnson (also 2 BB) hit 2 HR.

After 13 RCAA/.851 OPS and 0 RCAA/.833 OPS seasons, Jones is hitting .530 SLG, .321 OBA, .852 OPS, 4 RCAA in his first 66 games. He has a .836 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 85 RCAA in 1357 games.

Johnson is off to a .383 SLG, .304 OBA, .687 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 15 career games.


1) Angels P Brendan Donnelly was suspended for 10 days for having pine tar on his glove during a game against the Nationals on Tuesday. Managers Mike Scioscia and Frank Robinson were also suspended for 1 game each, and were fined, for screaming at each other after Robinson had the umpires inspect Donnelly’s glove.

Donnelly and Robinson are appealing. After 1.58 ERA/22 RSAA and 3.00 ERA/7 RSAA seasons, Donnelly is off to a 4.20 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 27 games. He has a 2.44 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.50, and 41 RSAA in 176 games.

Scioscia served his suspension yesterday.

2) The Marlins placed P Josh Beckett on the 15 day DL, retroactive to Wednesday, and called up P Nate Bump.

Beckett has a blister on his middle finger. This is the 8th time he’s gone on the DL in his 4th full season, with it being the 6th time it’s been a result of blisters.

After 3.04 ERA/15 RSAA and 3.79 ERA/5 RSAA seasons, Beckett is off to a 3.35 ERA/8 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 3.47 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.28, and 34 RSAA in 91 games.

After starting his career with 4.71 ERA/-3 RSAA and 5.01 ERA/-7 RSAA seasons, Bump has a 3.51 ERA/2 RSAA in 21 games. He has a 4.64 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.30, and -8 RSAA in 103 games.

3) The Rockies placed P Blaine Neal on the 15 day DL and called up INF Tim Olson.

Neal has elbow inflammation. After 8.14 ERA/-10 RSAA and 4.07 ERA/0 RSAA seasons, Neal is off to a 7.15 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 19 games. He has a 5.08 ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and -12 RSAA in 113 games.

Olson had a .320 SLG, .301 OBA, .620 OPS, -8 RCAA in 48 games with the 2004 Diamondbacks and has played 1 game in 2005, with no PA.

4) The A’s sent P Juan Cruz to the minors, designated P Tim Harikkala for assignment and called up Ps Ron Flores and Jairo Garcia.

After 6.05 ERA/-12 RSAA and 2.75 ERA/12 RSAA seasons, Cruz is off to a 8.49 ERA/-11 RSAA start in his first 21 games. He has a 4.34 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.25, and -6 RSAA in 149 games.

Harikkala has a 5.91 ERA/-10 RSAA in 72 career games, including a 6.39 ERA/-3 RSAA in 8 games in 2005.

Flores pitched a shutout inning in his major league debut.

Garcia has a 10.80 ERA/-5 RSAA in 5 career games, including a shutout inning in his 2005 debut.

5) Padres P Adam Eaton will miss his next start, which would have been on Monday, due to a strained flexor tendon in his middle finger.

After 4.08 ERA/-4 RSAA and 4.61 ERA/-14 RSAA seasons, Eaton is off to a 3.42 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 15 starts. He has a 4.25 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.37, and -22 RSAA in 123 games.

6) The Diamondbacks gave up 10 runs in the 6th inning to the Whitesox on Wednesday and, yesterday, the Indians scored 10 off them in the 3rd. According to Elias, the only other team to give up 10+ runs in an inning in consecutive games was the 1969 Mets, who did it in a doubleheader against the Astros on July 30.

7) The Giants placed P LaTroy Hawkins on the 15 day DL, retroactive to June 10, and called up P Brandon Puffer.

Hawkins has nerve irritation in his elbow. After 1.86 ERA/24 RSAA and 2.63 ERA/18 RSAA seasons, Hawkins is off to a 5.48 ERA/-2 RSAA start in his first 26 games. He has a 4.85 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.65, and -3 RSAA in 469 games.

Puffer has 4.75 ERA/-6 RSAA in 82 career games.

8) The Mariners called up INF Jose Lopez and sent 1B-3B Greg Dobbs to the minors. Lopez will take over a 2B while Bret Boone is benched for a few days.

Lopez is considered a top prospect. When manager Mike Hargrove was asked whether a changing of the guard, he replied, “That’s way premature. It’s not what it is at all.”

After starting his career with a .367 SLG, .263 OBA, .630 OPS, -9 RCAA in 57 games as a 20 year old rookie in 2004, Lopez was 2 for 4, with 1 2B and 2 RCAA, in his 2005 debut. He played 3B yesterday, played SS in 2004 and will move to 2B today.

Dobbs has -6 RCAA/.516 OPS in 45 career games, including a .265 SLG, .194 OBA, .459 OPS, -3 RCAA in 27 games in 2005.

After 38 RCAA/.902 OPS and -7 RCAA/.740 OPS seasons, Boone is off to .366 SLG, .294 OBA, .659 OPS, -7 RCAA start in his first 64 games. He has a .769 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and -6 RCAA in 1756 games.

9) The Angels activated INF Maicer Izturis from the DL and sent INF Robb Quinlan to the minors.

Izturis has -6 RCAA/.609 OPS in 46 career games, including a .400 SLG, .238 OBA, .638 OPS, -1 RCAA in 14 games in 2005.

After starting his career with -3 RCAA/.702 OPS and 15 RCAA/.926 OPS seasons, Quinlan is off to a .310 SLG, .213 OBA, .523 OPS, -6 RCAA start in his first 28 games. He has a .785 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and 6 RCAA in 122 games.

10) The Rangers designated P Pedro Astacio for assignment and called up P Jason Standridge.

After pitching in just 12 games in 2003-04, Astacio is off to a 6.04 ERA/-10 RSAA start in his first 12 starts. He has a 4.66 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and -4 RSAA in 363 games.

Standridge had a 6.38 ERA/-14 RSAA in 21 games with the 2001-04 Devil Rays.

11) The Reds moved P Paul Wilson from the 15 to the 60 day DL and activated INF Ray Olmedo from the 60 day DL and sent him to the minors.

Wilson had season ending shoulder surgery. After 4.83 ERA/-8 RSAA and 4.64 ERA/-7 RSAA seasons, Wilson had a 7.77 ERA/-19 RSAA in 9 starts. He has a 4.86 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.39, and -65 RSAA in 170 games.

12) Brewers OF Chris Magruder has left the team, to be with his pregnant wife.

After a -5 RCAA/.703 OPS season, Magruder is off to a .391 SLG, .296 OBA, .686 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 45 games. He has a .653 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and -24 RCAA in 214 games.

13) The Devil Rays sent DH Josh Phelps to the minors after he cleared waivers.

Phelps had been removed from the 25 and 40 man rosters when he was designated for assignment on June 7. After 4 RCAA/.827 OPS and -12 RCAA/.754 OPS seasons, Phelps is hitting .424 SLG, .328 OBA, .752 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 47 games. He has a .809 career OPS, compared to his league average of .762, and 7 RCAA in 352 games.

14) Twins P J.C. Romero had to leave yesterday’s game, due to an undisclosed injury.

After 5.00 ERA/-3 RSAA and 3.51 ERA/10 RSAA seasons, Romero is off to a 2.30 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 31 games. He has a 4.33 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.58, and 14 RSAA in 290 games.

15) Devil Rays P Scott Kazmir had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a minor sprained ankle, and isn’t expected to have to miss a start.

Kazmir has a 4.98 ERA/-10 RSAA in 22 career games, including a 4.69 ERA/-5 RSAA in 14 starts in 2005.

16) Rockies 2B Eddy Garabito and DH Jorge Piedra (1 SB) had 3 hits, with each of them having a 2B.

Garabito is hitting .500 SLG, .429 OBA, .929 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 14 career games.

Piedra has 2 RCAA/.871 OPS in 43 career games, including 4 RCAA/1.273 OPS in 5 games in 2005.

17) Rockies P Jason Jennings’s line–7 IP, 6 H, 0 R/ER, 5 BB, 7 SO.

After 5.11 ERA/-6 RSAA and 5.51 ERA/-7 RSAA seasons, Jennings is off to a 5.44 ERA/-2 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 5.08 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and -2 RSAA in 118 games.

18) Orioles P Daniel Cabrera’s line–7 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

Cabrera has a 5.18 ERA/-12 RSAA in 41 career games, including a 5.54 ERA/-9 RSAA in 13 starts in 2005.

19) Pirates P Josh Fogg took a pounding–7 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.

After 5.26 ERA/-16 RSAA and 4.64 ERA/-10 RSAA seasons, Fogg is off to a 4.52 ERA/-3 RSAA start in his first 13 starts. He has a 4.62 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and -25 RSAA in 115 games.

20) Whitesox P Mark Buehrle (9 IP, 8 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 SO) pitched a shutout against the Dodgers.

After 4.14 ERA/8 RSAA and 3.89 ERA/29 RSAA season, Buehrle is off to a 2.67 ERA/23 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 3.65 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.52, and 125 RSAA in 178 games.


1) Astros P Roger Clemens (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 SO) combined with Chad Qualls, John Franco and Chad Harville for a shutout against the Royals.

After 3.91 ERA/10 RSAA and 2.98 ERA/32 RSAA seasons, Clemens is off to a 1.53 ERA/31 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 3.15 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.38, and a modern major league record 676 RSAA in 654 games.

2) Diamondbacks SS Royce Clayton had 4 hits, including a 2B and a HR.

After -36 RCAA/.634 OPS and -31 RCAA/.735 OPS seasons, Clayton is off to a .335 SLG, .286 OBA, .621 OPS, -17 RCAA in his first 61 games. He has a .682 career OPS, compared to his league average of .766, and -280 RCAA in 1812 games.

3) Indians LF Coco Crisp had 3 hits (1 2B) and C Victor Martinez reached base safely 4 times (1 H, 3 BB).

After -12 RCAA/.655 OPS and 2 RCAA/.790 OPS seasons, Crisp is hitting .474 SLG, .346 OBA, .820 OPS, 7 RCAA start in his first 52 games. He has a .741 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and -4 RCAA in 322 games.

4) Diamondbacks P Brad Halsey took a pounding–2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.

Halsey has a 4.86 ERA/-4 RSAA in 22 career games, including a 4.22 ERA/3 RSAA in 13 starts (14 games) in 2005.

5) Giants C Mike Matheny had 3 hits, including a 2B.

After -16 RCAA/.676 OPS and -23 RCAA/.640 OPS seasons, Matheny is off to a .425 SLG, .304 OBA, .729 OPS, -6 RCAA start in his first 53 games. He has a .634 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and -212 RCAA in 1177 games.

6) Giants P Jason Schmidt (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO) combined with Tyler Walker for a shutout against the Tigers.

After 2.34 ERA/44 RSAA and 3.20 ERA/31 RSAA seasons, Schmidt is off to a 5.40 ERA/-7 RSAA start in his first 12 starts. He has a 3.97 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.31, and 61 RSAA in 264 games.

7) Marlins 2B Luis Castillo had 3 hits, including a 2B, CF Juan Pierre was 0 for 6 and 3B Mike Lowell was 0 for 5.

After 11 RCAA/.778 OPS and -1 RCAA/.720 OPS seasons, Castillo is hitting .415 SLG, .425 OBA, .840 OPS, 9 RCAA in his first 55 games. He has a .726 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 4 RCAA in 1050 games.

After 7 RCAA/.734 OPS and 10 RCAA/.781 OPS seasons, Pierre is off to a .327 SLG, .304 OBA, .630 OPS, -10 RCAA start in his first 64 games. He has a .733 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -48 RCAA in 747 games.

After 22 RCAA/.881 OPS and 26 RCAA/.870 OPS seasons, Lowell is off to a .372 SLG, .289 OBA, .661 OPS, -10 RCAA start in his first 58 games. He has a .813 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and 61 RCAA in 897 games.

After 22 RCAA/.881 OPS and 26 RCAA/.870 OPS seasons, Lowell is off to a .363 SLG, .283 OBA, .646 OPS, -11 RCAA start in his first 59 games. He has a .812 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and 60 RCAA in 898 games.

8) Royals DH Matt Stairs was 0 for 5, with 2 SO.

After 24 RCAA/.950 OPS and 4 RCAA/.796 OPS seasons, Stairs is hitting .470 SLG, .400 OBA, .870 OPS, 9 RCAA in his first 50 games. He has a .854 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 130 RCAA in 1222 games.

9) Marlins P Brian Moehler’s line–8 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 S0.

Moehler has a 4.42 ERA/24 RSAA in 159 career games, including a 2.70 ERA/12 RSAA in 11 starts (15 games) in 2005.

10) Angels P Jarrod Washburn’s line–6 IP, 8 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.

After 4.43 ERA/-5 RSAA and 4.64 ERA/-1 RSAA seasons, Washburn is off to a 3.62 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 4.03 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.56, and 58 RSAA in 178 games.

11) Padres 3B Sean Burroughs had 3 hits and a SB.

After 5 RCAA/.755 OPS and -1 RCAA/.713 OPS seasons, Burroughs is off to a .326 SLG, .354 OBA, .680 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 53 games. He has a .714 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -5 RCAA in 392 games.

12) Cubs RF Jeromy Burnitz had 3 hits (1 2B) and SS Neifi Perez was 0 for 5 (1 SO).

After 0 RCAA/.786 OPS and 12 RCAA/.916 OPS seasons, Burnitz is off to a .494 SLG, .336 OBA, .830 OPS, 3 RCAA start in his first 65 games. He has a .841 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 101 RCAA in 1488 games.

After -20 RCAA/.632 OPS and -23 RCAA/.632 OPS seasons, Perez is off to a .430 SLG, .316 OBA, .746 OPS, -8 RCAA start in his first 63 games. He has a .684 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and -310 RCAA in 1171 games.

13) Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (1 2B, 1 BB) and DH Hideki Matsui (1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB) had 3 hits and RF Gary Sheffield (2 H (1 2B), 2 BB) reached base safely 4 times.

After 53 RCAA/.995 OPS and 35 RCAA/.888 OPS seasons, Rodriguez is hitting .615 SLG, .436 OBA, 1.051 OPS, 36 RCAA in his first 66 games. He has a .959 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 471 RCAA in 1496 games.

After starting his US career with 5 RCAA/.788 OPS and 44 RCAA/.912 OPS seasons, Matsui is hitting .452 SLG, .345 OBA, .797 OPS, 5 RCAA in his first 66 games. He has a .839 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and 54 RCAA in 391 games.

After 72 RCAA/1.023 OPS and 40 RCAA/.927 OPS seasons, Sheffield is hitting .504 SLG, .410 OBA, .914 OPS, 22 RCAA in his first 63 games. He has a .928 career OPS, compared to his league average of .758, and 627 RCAA in 2099 games.

14) Cubs P Carlos Zambrano took a pounding–6 1/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R/ER, 6 BB, 3 SO.

After 3.11 ERA/26 RSAA and 2.75 ERA/42 RSAA seasons, Zambrano is off to a 3.56 ERA/11 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 3.30 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.28, and 74 RSAA in 115 games.

15) Yankees P Carl Pavano took a pounding–5 1/3 IP, 10 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After 4.30 ERA/-7 RSAA and 3.00 ERA/27 RSAA seasons, Pavano is off to a 4.53 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 15 starts. He has a 4.24 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.33, and -8 RSAA in 182 games.

16) Phillies P Robinson Tejeda’s line–5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 SO.

Tejeda has a 2.18 ERA/5 RSAA in his first 10 career games (2 starts).

17) A’s P Barry Zito took a pounding–6 IP, 5 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 SO.

After 3.30 ERA/24 RSAA and 4.48 ERA/4 RSAA seasons, Zito is off to a 4.66 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 15 starts. He has a 3.52 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.54, and 112 RSAA in 168 games.

18) Mets 3B David Wright had 3 hits.

Wright has 18 RCAA/.873 OPS in 134 career games, including a .509 SLG, .382 OBA, .891 OPS, 11 RCAA in 65 games in 2005.

19) Mariners RF Ichiro Suzuki had 3 hits, including a HR.

After 22 RCAA/.788 OPS and 56 RCAA/.869 OPS seasons, Suzuki is hitting .426 SLG, .347 OBA, .773 OPS, 9 RCAA in his first 65 games. He has a .822 career OPS, compared to his league average of .763, and 163 RCAA in 699 games.

20) Mariners P Jamie Moyer (7 2/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 SO) combined with Jeff Nelson for a shutout against the Mets.

After 3.27 ERA/27 RSAA and 5.21 ERA/-22 RSAA seasons, Moyer is off to a 4.42 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 4.16 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.45, and 86 RSAA in 520 games.


1) Whitesox DH Frank Thomas passed 800 career RCAA.

After 48 RCAA/.952 OPS and 26 RCAA/.997 OPS seasons, Thomas is hitting .920 SLG, .393 OBA, 1.313 OPS in his first 10 games. He has a .997 career OPS, compared to his league average of .763, and 802 RCAA in 1935 games.

Thomas holds the Whitesox record for career RCAA by a 438 margin has more than the 2 players combined–

RCAA
1    Frank Thomas                802   
2    Eddie Collins               364   
3    Minnie Minoso               281   
4    Luke Appling                239   
5    Joe Jackson                 227   
6    Harold Baines               154   
T7   Dick Allen                  143   
T7   Magglio Ordonez             143   
9    Floyd Robinson              132   
10   Robin Ventura               121

2) Cardinals CF So Taguchi and LF Reggie Sanders had 3 hits.

After having -4 RCAA/.756 OPS in his first year as a starter, Taguchi is off to a .376 SLG, .305 OBA, .681 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 50 games. He has a .749 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -6 RCAA in 221 games.

After 22 RCAA/.913 OPS and 4 RCAA/.797 OPS seasons, Sanders is hitting .539 SLG, .349 OBA, .888 OPS, 11 RCAA in his first 58 games. He has a .834 career OPS, compared to his league average of .766, and 144 RCAA in 1630 games.

3) Cardinals P Mark Mulder’s line–7 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

After 3.13 ERA/23 RSAA and 4.43 ERA/6 RSAA seasons, Mulder is off to a 4.27 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 3.95 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and 66 RSAA in 164 games.

4) Nationals 1B Nick Johnson reached base safely all 4 times up (1 H (1 2B), 3 BB) and CF Brad Wilkerson was 0 for 5 (3 SO).

After 24 RCAA/.894 OPS and 1 RCAA/.758 OPS seasons, Johnson is hitting .528 SLG, .450 OBA, .978 OPS, 23 RCAA in his first 66 games. He has a .825 career OPS, compared to his league average of .766, and 40 RCAA in 387 games.

Wilkerson reached base safely 4 times–1 H (1 3B), 3 BB. After 4 RCAA/.844 OPS and 30 RCAA/.872 OPS seasons, Wilkerson is hitting .446 SLG, .371 OBA, .818 OPS, 6 RCAA in his first 62 games. He has a .835 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and 48 RCAA in 568 games.

5) Rangers 3B Hank Blalock had 3 hits, including a HR.

After 12 RCAA/.872 OPS and 10 RCAA/.855 OPS seasons in his first couple of years as a starter, Blalock is hitting .496 SLG, .353 OBA, .849 OPS, 8 RCAA in his first 64 games. He has a .839 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and 21 RCAA in 415 games.

6) Rangers P Kenny Rogers’s line–6 1/3 IP, 8 H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB, 3 SO.
After 4.57 ERA/1 RSAA and 4.76 ERA/8 RSAA seasons, Rogers is off to a 1.98 ERA/29 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 4.19 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.56, and 127 RSAA in 671 games.

7) Brewers 3B Bill Hall had 3 hits, including a 2B and a HR.

After -23 RCAA/.650 OPS in his first year as a starter, Hall is hitting .530 SLG, .342 OBA, .872 OPS, 7 RCAA in his first 57 games. He has a .722 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -25 RCAA in 254 games.

8) BlueJays DH Aaron Hill (1 2B) and 3B Shea Hillenbrand had 3 hits.

Hill is hitting .489 SLG, .398 OBA, .887 OPS, 6 RCAA in his first 26 career games.

After -14 RCAA/.782 OPS and 3 RCAA/.812 OPS seasons, Hillenbrand is hitting .450 SLG, .371 OBA, .821 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 67 games. He has a .776 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and -23 RCAA in 644 games.

9) Brewers P Doug Davis took a pounding–1 2/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After 4.03 ERA/8 RSAA and 3.39 ERA/24 RSAA seasons, Davis is off to a 4.47 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 15 starts. He has a 4.37 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.47, and 21 RSAA in 142 games.

10) Braves SS Rafael Furcal (1 3B) and 3B Wilson Betemit had 3 hits.

After 24 RCAA/.794 OPS and 1 RCAA/.758 OPS seasons, Furcal is off to a .353 SLG, .281 OBA, .634 OPS, -13 RCAA start in his first 63 games. He has a .741 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and -3 RCAA in 726 games.

Betemit has 2 RCAA/.785 OPS in 79 career games, including a .598 SLG, .417 OBA, 1.014 OPS, 9 RCAA in 49 games in 2005.

11) Reds SS Felipe Lopez had 4 hits (1 HR) and 1B Sean Casey was 0 for 5.

After -11 RCAA/.612 OPS and -2 RCAA/.719 OPS seasons, Lopez is hitting .552 SLG, .349 OBA, .901 OPS, 12 RCAA in his first 53 games. He has a .722 career OPS, compared to his league average of .768, and -18 RCAA in 325 games.

After -2 RCAA/.915 OPS and 40 RCAA/.915 OPS seasons, Casey is hitting .419 SLG, .370 OBA, .790 OPS, 0 RCAA in his first 61 games. He has a .836 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and 89 RCAA in 1005 games.

12) Braves P Horacio Ramirez took a pounding–6 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

Ramirez has a 4.03 ERA/10 RSAA in 52 career games, including a 5.38 ERA/-9 RSAA in 13 starts in 2005.

13) Reds P Ramon Ortiz took a pounding–5 IP, 7 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.

After 5.20 ERA/-20 RSAA and 4.43 ERA/2 RSAA seasons, Ortiz is off to a 6.51 ERA/-15 RSAA start in his first 11 starts. He has a 4.72 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and -20 RSAA in 168 games.


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