Around the Majors: Twins set a team record

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Redsox 6, Orioles 4
Twins 4, Indians 3 (13)
Tigers 6, Rangers 5 (10)
Royals 5, Yankees 2
A’s 5, BlueJays 3

NL
Rockies 8, Cardinals 7
Marlins 6, Pirates 3
Mets 6, Diamondbacks 1
Phillies 6, Giants 5
Nationals 8, Braves 6
Cubs 5, Padres 0
Dodgers 6, Brewers 4

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Orioles          32   21  .604   -     17-14  15-7   18-08 09-09 04-02 LOST 1
Redsox           29   24  .547   3     15-8   14-16  15-16 03-01 09-06 WON  1
BlueJays         28   26  .519   4 1/2 14-12  14-14  15-10 06-09 05-06 LOST 2
Yankees          27   26  .509   5     16-13  11-13  10-16 03-03 12-06 LOST 5
Devil Rays       19   35  .352  13 1/2 16-14   3-21  08-16 04-09 07-07 LOST 5

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Whitesox         35   18  .660   -     17-7   18-11  06-04 18-04 09-09 LOST 1
Twins            31   21  .596   3 1/2 16-10  15-11  08-04 16-12 05-04 WON  2
Tigers           25   26  .490   9     12-14  13-12  07-08 10-11 07-05 WON  2
Indians          25   27  .481   9 1/2 11-13  14-14  02-01 12-17 09-08 LOST 2
Royals           16   37  .302  19     10-17   6-20  08-08 05-17 02-10 WON  3

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           31   22  .585   -     15-11  16-11  02-01 16-14 11-06 WON  1
Rangers          30   22  .577     1/2 17-12  13-10  06-06 12-08 09-08 LOST 2
Mariners         22   30  .423   8 1/2 11-15  11-15  08-13 06-06 06-10 WON  1
A's              21   32  .396  10     13-12   8-20  11-17 02-04 07-09 WON  4

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Marlins          28   23  .549   -     18-12  10-11  15-13 05-05 05-05 WON  1
Braves           29   24  .547   -     17-7   12-17  18-14 07-02 03-06 LOST 1
Mets             28   26  .519   1 1/2 18-10  10-16  15-15 10-08 02-01 WON  2
Nationals        28   26  .519   1 1/2 15-9   13-17  13-13 06-07 08-04 WON  1
Phillies         27   27  .500   2 1/2 13-10  14-17  12-18 09-07 04-01 WON  3

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        34   19  .642   -     17-10  17-9   07-08 19-04 06-06 LOST 1
Cubs             28   24  .538   5 1/2 15-12  13-12  04-05 14-12 09-05 WON  7
Brewers          25   28  .472   9     15-11  10-17  04-06 14-14 06-06 LOST 1
Pirates          24   28  .462   9 1/2 10-14  14-14  03-01 12-19 09-08 LOST 1
Reds             21   32  .396  13     15-14   6-18  09-07 09-19 02-04 LOST 2
Astros           20   32  .385  13 1/2 15-10   5-22  02-10 15-15 03-04 WON  2

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Padres           33   21  .611   -     18-6   15-15  06-00 11-07 15-12 LOST 2
Diamondbacks     30   24  .556   3     16-12  14-12  03-06 05-05 20-12 LOST 2
Dodgers          27   26  .509   5 1/2 13-14  14-12  03-06 06-07 17-11 WON  1
Giants           23   29  .442   9     14-15   9-14  01-05 07-06 13-17 LOST 7
Rockies          16   36  .308  16     12-13   4-23  04-05 04-10 08-21 WON  1

3) Today’s schedule–

AL
Orioles (Bruce Chen, 3.46) at Tigers (Jason Johnson, 3.53), 7:05
Angels (Kelvim Escobar, 3.56) at Redsox (David Wells, 5.96), 7:05
Indians (Jake Westbrook, 5.03) at Whitesox (Orlando Hernandez, 3.91), 8:05
Rangers (Pedro Astacio, 5.57) at Royals (Runelvys Hernandez, 5.67), 8:10
Yankees (Mike Mussina, 3.90) at Twins (Kyle Lohse, 4.22), 8:10
Devil Rays (Casey Fossum, 3.82) at Mariners (Aaron Sele, 4.24), 10:05
BlueJays (Roy Halladay, 2.54) at A’s (Seth Etherton, 6.62), 10:05

NL
Marlins (Josh Beckett, 2.62) at Nationals (Livan Hernandez, 3.61), 7:05
Diamondbacks (Javier Vazquez, 3.65) at Phillies (Vicente Padilla, 7.03), 7:05
Braves (Tim Hudson, 3.00) at Pirates (Kip Wells, 3.99), 7:05
Giants (Noah Lowry, 5.37) at Mets (Tom Glavine, 5.05), 7:10
Cardinals (Chris Carpenter, 3.79) at Astros (Andy Pettitte, 3.71), 8:05
Reds (Eric Milton, 7.05) at Rockies (Jeff Francis, 5.24), 9:05
Cubs (Sergio Mitre, 5.84) at Padres (Adam Eaton, 3.58), 10:05
Brewers (Chris Capuano, 3.01) at Dodgers (Jeff Weaver, 5.70), 10:40

4) Yesterday’s HR–

David Ortiz–#13
Carlos Delgado–#11
Jeff Kent–#10
J.D. Drew–#8 & #9
Jay Gibbons–#9
Moises Alou–#9
Damion Easley–#7
Carlos Beltran–#7
Matt Stairs–#6
Tony Clark–#6
Eric Chavez–#5
Victor Martinez–#5
Joe Mauer–#5
Rondell White–#5
Jimmy Rollins–#5
Matt Holliday–#3 & #4
Coco Crisp–#4
Terrence Long–#2
Todd Walker–#2
J.T. Snow–#2
Nick Punto–#1
Gary Bennett–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
1) Alex Rodriguez–17
T2) Miguel Tejada–14
T2) Alfonso Soriano–14
T4) Paul Konerko–13
T4) Mark Teixeira–13
T4) Richie Sexson–13
T4) David Ortiz–13*
8) Tino Martinez–12
T9) Manny Ramirez–11
T9) Brian Roberts–11
T9) Vernon Wells–11
T9) Richard Hidalgo–11

NL
1) Derrek Lee–17
2) Adam Dunn–14
T3) Troy Glaus–13
T3) Carlos Lee–13
T5) Albert Pujols–12
T5) Bobby Abreu–12
T5) Cliff Floyd–12
T5) Andruw Jones–12
T9) Carlos Delgado–11*
T9) Jason Bay–11

*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Jeff Kent tied Jim Edmonds for 94th place on the all time HR list, with 312.

7) Royals DH Matt Stairs hit his 200th career HR.

After 24 RCAA/.950 OPS and 4 RCAA/.796 OPS seasons, Stairs is hitting .496 SLG, .390 OBA, .886 OPS, 7 RCAA in his first 40 games. He has a .854 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 128 RCAA in 1212 games.

8) Rockies LF Matt Holliday hit 2 HR and reached base safely all 5 times up (3 H (also 1 2B), 2 BB).

Holliday has -2 RCAA/.831 OPS in 170 career games, including a .461 SLG, .356 OBA, .816 OPS, 2 RCAA in 49 games in 2005.

Correction from yesterday–Miguel Tejada’s 4 extra base hits in a game did not tie the AL record. Lou Boudreau had 5.


1) The Twins set a team record with 18 SO in an extra inning game. A couple of weeks ago, they had tied their record of 17.

2) Twins P Johan Santana’s line–8 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 14 SO.

After 3.07 ERA/27 RSAA and 2.61 ERA/54 RSAA seasons, Santana is off to a 3.67 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 12 starts. He has a 3.50 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and 92 RSAA in 163 games. Santana tied his career high in SO.

3) Orioles LF B.J. Surhoff had 3 hits, including a 2B.

After 4 RCAA/.785 OPS and 2 RCAA/.785 OPS seasons, Surhoff is off to a .454 SLG, .321 OBA, .775 OPS, 0 RCAA start in his first 30 games. He has a .750 career OPS, compared to his league average of .756, and -11 RCAA in 2252 games.

4) Rangers 1B Mark Teixeira had 3 hits.

After starting his career with -4 RCAA/.811 OPS and 30 RCAA/.929 OPS seasons, Teixeira is hitting .539 SLG, .349 OBA, .888 OPS, 9 RCAA in his first 52 games. He has a .874 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and 35 RCAA in 343 games.

5) Rangers P Chris Young’s line–7 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 SO.

Young has a 3.63 ERA/14 RSAA in 18 career games, including a 3.03 ERA/12 RSAA in 11 starts in 2005.

6) Yankees P Carl Pavano took a pounding–5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 5 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.

After 4.30 ERA/-7 RSAA and 3.00 ERA/27 RSAA seasons, Pavano is off to a 4.50 ERA/-3 RSAA start in his first 12 starts. He has a 4.23 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.33, and -7 RSAA in 179 games.

7) Indians P Scott Elarton’s line–7 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After 6.27 ERA/-8 RSAA and 5.90 ERA/-21 RSAA seasons, Elarton is off to a 5.53 ERA/-8 RSAA start in his first 10 starts. He has a 5.25 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.48, and -48 RSAA in 174 games.

8) BlueJays P Josh Towers took a pounding–4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 SO.

Towers has a 4.90 ERA/-16 RSAA in 75 career games, including a 4.57 ERA/0 RSAA in 11 starts in 2005.

9) Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols (2 H, 2 BB) and SS Abraham Nunez (2 H (1 2B), 2 BB) both reached base safely 4 times.

After 101 RCAA/1.106 OPS and 75 RCAA/1.072 OPS seasons, Pujols is hitting .577 SLG, .414 OBA, 1.033 OPS, 24 RCAA in his first 53 games. He has a 1.033 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 305 RCAA in 682 games.

After -14 RCAA/.667 OPS and -15 RCAA/.593 OPS seasons, Nunez is off to a .429 SLG, .349 OBA, .777 OPS, 1 RCAA start in his first 36 games. He has a .632 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and -88 RCAA in 666 games. Nunez has never had a positive RCAA.

10) Rockies CF Cory Sullivan had 3 hits.

Sullivan has a .424 SLG, .352 OBA, .775 OPS, -3 RCAA in his first 40 career games.

11) Giants P Brad Hennessey took a pounding–2 IP, 7 H, 6 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

Hennessey has a 5.71 ERA/-8 RSAA in 12 career games, including a 6.75 ERA/-6 RSAA in 5 starts in 2005.

12) Marlins LF Miguel Cabrera had 3 hits, including a 3B.

After starting his career with -1 RCAA/.793 OPS and 26 RCAA/.879 OPS seasons, Cabrera is hitting .606 SLG, .407 OBA, 1.013 OPS, 20 RCAA in his first 50 games. He has a .877 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 45 RCAA in 297 games.

13) Pirates CF Tike Redman had 3 hits, including a 3B.

After 12 RCAA/.857 OPS and -13 RCAA/.684 OPS seasons, Redman is off to a .376 SLG, .300 OBA, .676 OPS, -6 RCAA start in his first 42 games. He has a .709 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and -17 RCAA in 299 games.

14) Marlins P Dontrelle Willis’s line–8 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.

After starting his career with 3.30 ERA/12 RSAA and 4.02 ERA/2 RSAA seasons, Willis is off to a 1.85 ERA/19 RSAA start in his first 11 starts. He has a 3.37 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.30, and 33 RSAA in 70 games.

15) Nationals 1B Nick Johnson had 3 hits.

After 24 RCAA/.894 OPS and 1 RCAA/.758 OPS seasons, Johnson is hitting .529 SLG, .442 OBA, .972 OPS, 18 RCAA in his first 53 games. He has a .818 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and 35 RCAA in 374 games.

16) Braves P Horacio Ramirez’s line–7 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

Ramirez has a 3.95 ERA/9 RSAA in 49 career games, including a 5.43 ERA/-7 RSAA in 10 starts in 2005.

17) Nationals P Esteban Loaiza’s line–6 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 SO.

After 2.90 ERA/39 RSAA and 5.70 ERA/-18 RSAA seasons, Loaiza is off to a 3.56 ERA/4 RSAA start in his first 12 starts. He has a 4.65 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.50, and -7 RSAA in 312 games. It was Loaiza’s 275th career start.

18) Diamondbacks P Shawn Estes took a pounding–5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO.

After 5.73 ERA/-26 RSAA and 5.84 ERA/-15 RSAA seasons, Estes is off to a 4.16 ERA/2 RSAA start in his first 11 starts. He has a 4.68 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.34, and -75 RSAA in 263 games.

19) Mets P Pedro Martinez’s line–8 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 9 SO.

After 2.22 ERA/53 RSAA and 3.90 ERA/24 RSAA seasons, Martinez is off to a 2.62 ERA/14 RSAA start in his first 11 starts. He has a 2.71 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.47, and 491 RSAA in 399 games.

20) Cubs 1B Derrek Lee reached base safely all 5 times up (3 H, 2 BB) and RF Jeromy Burnitz reached base safely 4 times (3 H (1 2B), 1 BB).

After 35 RCAA/.888 OPS and 13 RCAA/.860 OPS seasons, Lee is hitting .732 SLG, .478 OBA, 1.210 OPS, 46 RCAA in his first 52 games. He has a .847 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 122 RCAA in 1079 games.

After 0 RCAA/.786 OPS and 12 RCAA/.916 OPS seasons, Burnitz is off to a .460 SLG, .314 OBA, .774 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 52 games. He has a .839 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 95 RCAA in 1475 games.

21) Cubs P Glendon Rusch (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO) pitched a shutout against the Padres.

After 6.42 ERA/-28 RSAA and 3.47 ERA/16 RSAA seasons, Rusch is off to a 1.96 ERA/16 RSAA start in his first 17 games (6 starts). He has a 4.79 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.41, and -52 RSAA in 242 games.

22) Brewers SS Bill Hall had 3 hits, including 2 2B.

After -23 RCAA/.650 OPS in his first year as a starter, Hall is off to a .500 SLG, .350 OBA, .850 OPS, 5 RCAA start in his first 44 games. He has a .707 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -27 RCAA in 241 games.

23) Brewers P Ben Sheets took a pounding–5 IP, 6 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO.

After 4.45 ERA/-1 RSAA and 2.70 ERA/45 RSAA seasons, Sheets is off to a 4.34 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 6 starts. He has a 3.94 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 34 RSAA in 133 games.


1) A’s P Octavio Dotel will have reconstructive elbow surgery and could miss a couple of years.

Dotel is already on the DL. After 4.09 ERA/3 RSAA and 3.69 ERA/8 RSAA seasons, he had a 3.52 ERA/1 RSAA start in 15 games. Dotel has a 3.63 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.42, and 61 RSAA in 381 games.

2) The Twins placed 2B Nick Punto on the 15 day DL and called up INF Terry Tiffee.

Punto has a hamstring injury. Punto has -9 RCAA/.667 OPS in 153 career games, including a .423 SLG, .351 OBA, .774 OPS, 1 RCAA in 38 games in 2005.

Tiffee had just been sent down. Tiffee has -7 RCAA/.684 OPS in 39 career games, including a .322 SLG, .250 OBA, .572 OPS, -7 RCAA in 22 games in 2005.

3) The Devil Rays reinstated minor league P Dewon Brazelton from the restricted list.

Brazelton had disappeared for 3 weeks after being demoted, with neither the team nor him ever giving an explanation on what happened. There has also been no decision made yet on when he’ll report to AAA.

Brazelton has a 5.54 ERA/-30 RSAA in 42 career games, including a 6.43 ERA/-11 RSAA in 8 starts in 2005.

4) The Brewers called up OF Dave Krynzel when they placed 3B Russell Branyan on the 15 day DL.

Branyan has a broken middle finger on his left hand.

Krynzel has -2 RCAA/.551 OPS in 17 career games, including 0 for 1 in his 2005 debut.

5) The Reds released P Danny Graves after he cleared waivers.

6) The Mets placed P Dae-Sung Koo on the 15 day DL, designated C Mike DiFelice for assignment, called up P Royce Ring and activated C Ramon Castro from the DL.

Koo has a bruised rotator cuff. Koo has a 5.65 ERA/-2 RSAA in his first 22 games in the US.

DiFelice has -89 RCAA/.647 OPS in 507 career games, including 0 for 8, with -2 RCAA, in 6 games in 2005.

Ring has a 5.40 ERA/0 RSAA in his first 3 career games.

After 4 RCAA/.938 OPS and -10 RCAA/.492 OPS seasons, Castro is off to a .241 SLG, .324 OBA, .565 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 26 games. He has a .655 career OPS, compared to his league average of .782, and -23 RCAA in 233 games.

7) Cardinals CF Jim Edmonds had to leave yesterday’s game, after reinjuring his left ankle.

After 42 RCAA/1.002 OPS and 73 RCAA/1.061 OPS seasons, Edmonds is hitting .547 SLG, .402 OBA, .949 OPS, 18 RCAA in his first 50 games. He has a .928 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 367 RCAA in 1495 games.

8) The Orioles called up utilityman Ramon Nivar and sent OF Jeff Fiorentino to the minors.

Nivar had -13 RCAA/.505 OPS in 35 games with the 2003-04 Rangers.

Fiorentino had a .364 SLG, .277 OBA, .640 OPS, -1 RCAA in his first 13 career games.

9) The Indians activated OF Coco Crisp from the DL, to take Juan Gonzalez’s place on the roster.

Crisp has a sprained right thumb. After -12 RCAA/.655 OPS and 2 RCAA/.790 OPS seasons, Crisp is hitting .428 SLG, .345 OBA, .787 OPS, 5 RCAA start in his first 39 games. He has a .733 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and -6 RCAA in 309 games.

10) According to the Washington Post, the Nationals may be interested in D’Angelo Jimenez.

11) According to the Denver Post, the Rockies may be interested in Eli Marrero, after he clears waivers.

12) Orioles 2B Brian Roberts will have a MRI today, for his rotator cuff injury, and will miss their weekend series with the Tigers.

After -4 RCAA/.704 OPS and -10 RCAA/.720 OPS seasons, Roberts is off to a .642 SLG, .449 OBA, 1.091 OPS, 36 RCAA start in his first 50 games. He has a .737 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and 6 RCAA in 434 games.

13) Twins 1B Justin Morneau had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a strained left elbow.

After starting his career with -6 RCAA/.664 OPS and 10 RCAA/.875 OPS seasons, Morneau is hitting .518 SLG, .340 OBA, .858 OPS, 7 RCAA in his first 38 games. He has a .828 career OPS, compared to his league average of .763, and 11 RCAA in 152 games.

14) The Whitesox sent P Kevin Walker to the minors and will activate P Orlando Hernandez from the DL today.

Walker has a 4.68 ERA/-6 RSAA in 117 career games, including a 12.00 ERA/-2 RSAA in 4 games in 2005.

Hernandez has a sore shoulder. After 3.64 ERA/12 RSAA and 3.30 ERA/11 RSAA seasons (2002 & ’04), Hernandez is off to a 3.91 ERA/3 RSAA start in his first 8 starts. He has a 3.96 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.69, and 63 RSAA in 147 games.

15) A’s RF Bobby Kielty was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to an irritated groin.

After -1 RCAA/.758 OPS and -8 RCAA/.691 OPS seasons, Kielty is hitting .420 SLG, .404 OBA, .824 OPS, 5 RCAA in his first 37 games. He has a .777 career OPS, compared to his league average of .761, and 15 RCAA in 406 games.

16) Orioles minor league OF Tim Raines Jr. cleared waivers. He been removed from the 40 man roster when he was designated for assignment last week.

17) The Royals 3 game sweep over the Yankees was just the 3rd time in team history that the Yankees were swept by the team with the worst record in baseball. The others were during the World Championship seasons of 1937 and 2000.


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