Around the Majors: Yankees, Dodgers can clinch

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Whitesox 11, Tigers 2
Orioles 7, BlueJays 6 (1st)
Orioles 4, BlueJays 0 (2nd)
Yankees 5, Twins 3 (1st)
Yankees 5, Twins 4 (2nd)
Devil Rays 9, Redsox 4
Indians 5, Royals 2
Angels 8, Rangers 7 (11)
Mariners 4, A’s 2

NL
Braves 6, Mets 3
Reds 4, Cubs 3 (12)
Phillies 8, Pirates 4 (1st)
Phillies 8, Pirates 3 (2nd)
Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1
Marlins 9, Expos 1
Astros 6, Cardinals 4
Rockies 4, Dodgers 1
Padres 4, Giants 3 (10)

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
y--Yankees       99   59  .627   -     56-24  43-35  48-25 19-12 22-14 WON  2
y--Redsox        95   63  .601   4     55-26  40-37  45-27 19-13 22-14 LOST 1
e--Orioles       76   81  .484  22 1/2 36-40  40-41  35-36 21-15 15-17 WON  2
e--Devil Rays    67   89  .429  31     40-38  27-51  26-49 16-15 10-22 WON  1
e--BlueJays      65   92  .414  33 1/2 38-40  27-52  27-44 13-19 17-19 LOST 2

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Twins         90   68  .570   -     47-31  43-37  19-16 44-29 16-16 LOST 2
e--Whitesox      80   78  .506  10     46-35  34-43  16-16 37-35 19-17 WON  1
e--Indians       79   80  .497  11 1/2 44-37  35-43  17-15 35-38 17-19 WON  3
e--Tigers        70   87  .446  19 1/2 37-41  33-46  10-17 36-40 15-21 LOST 1
e--Royals        57  101  .361  33     32-44  25-57  12-24 31-41 08-24 LOST 5

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           90   68  .570   -     45-36  45-32  25-18 28-15 30-24 WON  5
A's              89   69  .563   1     50-27  39-42  23-20 27-16 29-25 LOST 2
e--Rangers       86   72  .544   4     50-30  36-42  25-18 23-20 28-26 LOST 4
e--Mariners      62   96  .392  28     37-42  25-54  13-30 19-24 21-33 WON  2

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Braves        94   65  .591   -     49-32  45-33  51-25 16-17 19-13 WON  1
e--Phillies      83   75  .525  10 1/2 39-38  44-37  36-36 18-18 20-12 WON  2
e--Marlins       82   76  .519  11 1/2 42-38  40-38  42-30 15-21 18-14 WON  3
e--Mets          70   89  .440  24     37-41  33-48  28-45 15-21 17-15 LOST 1
e--Expos         65   94  .409  29     35-45  30-49  26-47 17-19 15-17 LOST 5

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Cardinals    103   55  .652   -     51-26  52-29  19-11 52-34 21-09 LOST 3
d--Astros        89   70  .560  14 1/2 45-33  44-37  16-14 55-35 11-16 WON  4
d--Cubs          88   70  .557  15     44-34  44-36  15-12 50-39 15-15 LOST 2
e--Reds          74   84  .468  29     39-39  35-45  18-12 36-50 15-15 WON  2
e--Pirates       70   88  .443  33     39-41  31-47  17-13 35-51 16-14 LOST 2
e--Brewers       65   92  .414  37 1/2 36-45  29-47  11-19 33-52 13-17 WON  1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          91   67  .576   -     47-30  44-37  14-18 22-14 45-27 LOST 1
Giants           88   70  .557   3     47-35  41-35  19-13 20-16 38-34 LOST 1
d--Padres        86   72  .544   5     42-38  44-34  18-14 19-17 41-31 WON  1
e--Rockies       68   90  .430  23     38-43  30-47  11-21 10-23 39-36 WON  1
e--Diamondbacks  49  110  .308  42 1/2 27-51  22-59  09-23 15-21 19-54 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–

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Astros           89   70  .560   -
Cubs             88   70  .557     1/2
Giants           88   70  .557     1/2
Padres           86   72  .544   2 1/2

4) The Yankees will clinch the division title if they beat the Twins.

5) The Dodgers will clinch the division title if they beat the Rockies and the Giants lose to the Padres.

6) The Angels passed the A’s into sole possession of 1st place in the AL West.

7) The Rangers were mathematically eliminated from winning the division title and from the postseason.

8) The Padres were mathematically eliminated from winning the division title.

9) The Phillies clinched a winning season for the 2nd consecutive year. It’s their first back to back winning seasons since a 10 year streak from 1975-84.

10) The Marlins clinched a winning season for the 2nd consecutive year. It’s their first back to back winning seasons in team history.

11) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 1
AL Central–Twins, clinched
AL West–Angels, 4
AL postseason–Yankees, Redsox, clinched

NL East–Braves, clinched
NL Central–Cardinals, clinched
NL West–Dodgers, 2
NL wild card–Astros, 4

12) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The AL East champions will have the #1 seed. The Twins are tied with the Angels for the #2 seed.

NL–The Cardinals clinched the top seed. The Braves have a 2 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers for the #2 seed. The Braves will clinch the #2 seed if the Dodgers lose to the Rockies.

13) Today’s schedule–

AL
Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, 5.14, and Wilfredo Ledezma, 4.47) at Devil Rays (Dewon Brazelton, 4.54, and Mark Hendrickson, 4.90), DH, 1:15
Angels (John Lackey, 4.55) at Rangers (Chris Young, 4.75), 2:05
Mariners (Ryan Franklin, 5.03) at A’s (Mark Redman, 4.76), 3:35
Twins (Brad Radke, 3.48) at Yankees (Javier Vazquez, 4.89), 7:05
BlueJays (Josh Towers, 4.99) at Orioles (Matt Riley, 5.64), 7:05
Whitesox (Mark Buehrle, 4.00) at Royals (Jimmy Gobble, 5.35), 8:10

NL
Reds (Aaron Harang, 5.03) at Cubs (Mark Prior, 4.27), 2:20
Marlins (Dontrelle Willis, 4.01) at Phillies (Gavin Floyd, 2.63), 7:05
Brewers (Doug Davis, 3.40) at Cardinals (Matt Morris, 4.55), 8:10
Giants (Jerome Williams, 4.41) at Padres (Adam Eaton, 4.73), 10:05
Rockies (Jason Jennings, 5.69) at Dodgers (Jose Lima, 4.19), 10:10

14) Yesterday’s HR–

Adam Dunn–#45
Alex Rodriguez–#36
Scott Rolen–#34
Miguel Cabrera–#32
Carlos Lee–#30 & #31
Carlos Delgado–#31
Hideki Matsui–#29 & #30
Geoff Jenkins–#27
Jason Bay–#26
Jeff Kent–#25
Rafael Palmeiro–#22 & #23
Tino Martinez–#23
Vernon Wells–#21 & #22
Torii Hunter–#22
Juan Uribe–#22
Troy Glaus–#18
Ramon Hernandez–#18
Ty Wigginton–#17
Keith Ginter–#17
Ben Broussard–#16
Adam LaRoche–#12
Morgan Ensberg–#9
Austin Kearns–#8
Ross Gload–#7
Joe Borchard–#7
Trot Nixon–#6
Rich Aurilia–#6
Russ Adams–#4
Victor Diaz–#3
Todd Pratt–#2
Glendon Rusch–#2
Adam Hyzdu–#1

15) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–43
2) Paul Konerko–41
3) David Ortiz–40
4) Mark Teixeira–37
T5) Gary Sheffield–36
T5) Vladimir Guerrero–36
T7) Alex Rodriguez–36*
T8) Hank Blalock–32
T8) Miguel Tejada–32
T10) Carlos Delgado–31*
T10) Carlos Lee–31**

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–48
2) Albert Pujols–46
T3) Barry Bonds–45
T3) Adam Dunn–45*
T5) Jim Thome–42
T5) Jim Edmonds–42
-) Carlos Beltran–38 (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
T7) Moises Alou–37
T7) Jeromy Burnitz–37
9) Aramis Ramirez–35
T10) Steve Finley–34
T10) Vinny Castilla–34
T10) Scott Rolen–34*

**—hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

16) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.610, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.825, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.435, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–152, is 6th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–225, new major league record
BB above average–193, new major league record
career HR–has 703, is 11 behind Ruth, is 52 behind Aaron
career HR above average–has 461, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 622
career RCAA–1496, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795
times reached base–368, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the major league record with 379, 1923
times reached base vs. average–249, new major league record

17) Rafael Palmeiro reached 550 career HR and also hit #551.

After 41 RCAA/.962 OPS and 18 RCAA/.867 OPS seasons, Palmeiro is hitting .444 SLG, .365 OBA, .809 OPS, 5 RCAA in 149 games. He has a .890 career OPS, compared to his league average of .755, and 567 RCAA in 2716 games.

18) Alex Rodriguez tied Albert Belle for 51st place on the all time HR list, with 381.

19) Carlos Delgado tied Darryl Strawberry for 78th place on the all time HR list, with 335.

20) Tino Martinez passed Ron Gant into 86th place on the all time HR list, with 322.

21) Astros 2B Jeff Kent hit his 300th career HR.

After 46 RCAA/.933 OPS and 13 RCAA/.860 OPS seasons, Kent is hitting .522 SLG, .345 OBA, .867 OPS, 7 RCAA in 142 games. He has a .857 career OPS, compared to his league average of .770, and 232 RCAA in 1774 games.


1) The Royals set a team record with 101 losses.

The new top 10–

LOSSES                        YEAR      L     
1    Royals                   2004      101   
2    Royals                   2002      100   
T3   Royals                   1970       97   
T3   Royals                   2001       97   
T3   Royals                   1999       97   
6    Royals                   1997       94   
7    Royals                   1969       93   
8    Royals                   1992       90   
9    Royals                   1998       89   
T10  Royals                   1990       86   
T10  Royals                   1996       86   
T10  Royals                   1986       86   

On Tuesday, the Royals joined the 1985-87 Indians as the only teams to lose 100 games, have a winning season and then have another 100 loss season.

2) Indians P Kyle Denney was shot in the right calf when a bullet hit the team bus, while another player was graced.

Denney was expected to spend last night in the hospital, but wasn’t seriously injured. He has a 9.56 ERA/-9 RSAA in his first 4 career starts.

3) Dodgers RF Milton Bradley was suspended for the rest of the season. On Tuesday, a fan threw a bottle at him. Bradley walked over to the stands, yelled at the fan and threw the bottle at a seat.

After -9 RCAA/.723 OPS and 34 RCAA/.923 OPS seasons, Bradley hit .424 SLG, .362 OBA, .786 OPS, 3 RCAA in 141 games. He has a .766 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -4 RCAA in 459 games.

4) Dodgers P Eric Gagne wasn’t available, due to bursitis and tendinitis, and the team is hoping he’ll be available today.

After 1.97 ERA/16 RSAA and 1.20 ERA/26 RSAA seasons, Gagne has a 2.10 ERA/18 RSAA in 69 games. He has a 3.28 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.37, and 44 RSAA in 281 games.

5) Angels CF Garret Anderson had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a sore left knee.

6) Rangers 2B Michael Young set the team record for hits in a season.

After -31 RCAA/.690 OPS and 0 RCAA/.785 OPS season, Young has a .481 SLG, .355 OBA, .835 OPS, 12 RCAA in 156 games. He has a .761 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and -33 RCAA in 580 games.

The new top 10–

HITS                          YEAR      H     
1    Michael Young            2004      211   
2    Mickey Rivers            1980      210   
3    Al Oliver                1980      209   
4    Michael Young            2003      204   
T5   Ruben Sierra             1991      203   
T5   Rafael Palmeiro          1991      203   
T7   Alex Rodriguez           2001      201   
T7   Julio Franco             1991      201   
9    Buddy Bell               1979      200   
10   Ivan Rodriguez           1999      199   

Young is just tied for 8th vs. the league average–

HITS                          YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Julio Franco             1991       65      201      136   
2    Mickey Rivers            1980       59      210      151   
3    Rafael Palmeiro          1991       53      203      150   
T4   Al Oliver                1980       46      209      163   
T4   Rafael Palmeiro          1990       46      191      145   
6    Al Oliver                1978       45      170      125   
7    Rusty Greer              1997       44      193      149   
T8   Rusty Greer              1996       43      180      137   
T8   Alex Rodriguez           2001       43      201      158   
T8   Michael Young            2004       43      211      168   

(These lists do include when the team was the Washington Senators, but nobody from that era made either top 10.)

7) The Diamondbacks signed P Jeff Fassero and moved P Jose Valverde from the 15 to the 60 day DL.

After 5.35 ERA/-10 RSAA and 5.68 ERA/-13 RSAA seasons, Fassero had a 5.51 ERA/-4 RSAA in 40 games (12 starts) with the Rockies, before they released him on Saturday. He has a 4.09 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.36, and 74 RSAA in 661 games.

8) The Cardinals activated P Steve Kline from the DL.

After 3.39 ERA/3 RSAA and 3.82 ERA/2 RSAA seasons, Kline has a 1.84 ERA/13 RSAA in 64 games. He has a 3.31 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.38, and 56 RSAA in 586 games.

9) According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, Brian Cashman and Pat Gillick could be candidates for the Expos GM job.

10) The Rangers re-signed P Ron Mahay to a 2 year, $2 million contract.

After 8.59 ERA/-7 RSAA and 3.18 ERA/9 RSAA seasons, Mahay has a 2.59 ERA/19 RSAA in 59 games. He has a 3.80 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.60, and 29 RSAA in 209 games.

11) A’s 2B Mark McLemore will retire at the end of the season.

After 10 RCAA/.774 OPS and -13 RCAA/.632 OPS seasons, McLemore has a .333 SLG, .360 OBA, .693 OPS, -7 RCAA in 75 games. He has a .690 career OPS, compared to his league average of .766, and -159 RCAA in 1830 games.

McLemore is the AL record holder for worst OPS vs. the league average (min: 7500 PA)–

OPS                             DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Mark McLemore             -.073     .693     .766   
2    Frankie Crosetti          -.072     .695     .767   
3    Ossie Bluege              -.069     .707     .776   
4    Luis Aparicio             -.064     .653     .717   
5    Omar Vizquel              -.063     .699     .762   
6    Roger Peckinpaugh         -.051     .672     .722   
7    Bert Campaneris           -.050     .653     .703   
8    Frank White               -.048     .675     .723   
9    Doc Cramer                -.042     .715     .757   
10   Shano Collins             -.037     .671     .708   

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