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Major League News for July 28

Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Game of the Day
Yesterday’s Home Runs
Top Minor League Performances
Player News
Stats


Yesterday’s Results
American League
OAK     5  TOR     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Blanton: 7 IP, 2 R
BAL     6  KC      4    (Recap and Boxscore) Lopez: 5.2 IP, 11 H, 2 R; Gobble: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R

National League
WAS     6  SF      5    (Recap and Boxscore) Hernandez: 7 IP, 3 R; Alfonzo: 2 HR, 4 RBI
COL     9  SD      8    (Recap and Boxscore) See below
CHN     5  STL     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Cubs bullpen: 5.2 IP, 0 R; Encarnacion: 3-5, HR, 3 RBI
PHI     5  ARI     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Lidle: 8 IP, 2 R
CIN     8  HOU     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Dunn: 3-3, HR, 4 RBI; Ramirez: 6.2 IP, 1 R
FLA     6  ATL     1    (Recap and Boxscore) Olsen: 6 IP, 0 R


Today’s Games
Visitors                        Home                                Time
STL - Marquis J. (12-7, 5.62)   CHC - Marmol C. (3-4, 4.50)         2:20
SEA - Hernandez F. (9-8, 4.76)  CLE - Sowers J.* (2-3, 5.12)        7:05
SF - Schmidt J. (7-6, 3.12)     PIT - Wells K. (0-5, 8.28)          7:05
FLA - Nolasco R. (8-6, 4.27)    PHI - Myers B. (6-4, 3.74)          7:05
LAA - Escobar K. (6-9, 3.88)    BOS - Lester J.* (5-0, 3.04)        7:05
TB - Corcoran T. (4-1, 3.09)    NYY - Wang C. (11-4, 4.01)          7:05
CWS - Garcia F. (10-6, 4.86)    BAL - Bedard E.* (12-6, 3.94)       7:05
NYM - Martinez P. (7-4, 3.45)   ATL - Ramirez H.* (5-3, 4.04)       7:35
CIN - Milton E.* (6-6, 5.47)    MIL - Ohka T. (3-1, 2.87)           8:05
ARI - Gonzalez E. (3-2, 4.85)   HOU - Backe B. (1-1, 4.50)          8:05
DET - Miner Z. (6-2, 4.07)      MIN - Liriano F.* (12-2, 1.93)      8:10
KC - Hudson L. (2-3, 5.17)      TEX - Padilla V. (10-6, 4.00)       8:35
SD - Hensley C. (6-7, 4.54)     COL - Kim B. (5-6, 5.31)            9:05
TOR - Marcum S. (1-0, 5.03)     OAK - Loaiza E. (4-6, 6.75)        10:05
WAS - Armas T. (7-5, 4.35)      LAD - Billingsley C. (1-3, 4.26)   10:40


Standings

The graphics next to each team are called “sparklines.” They depict each team’s performance over the last month. Each “up” bar is a victory and a “down” bar is a loss. There are horizontal lines for home games and red bars represent games decided by two runs or less. “PWins” is short for Projected Wins, based on each team’s Run Differential, and is often a better measure of a team’s true strength. Other team graphs and stats can be found on our Team Page.

American League East        Pwins  Diff
BOS     61  39 .610    0.0   57      4      
NYA     59  40 .596    1.5   57      2      
TOR     56  46 .549    6.0   56      0      
BAL     47  56 .456   15.5   44      3      
TB      42  60 .412   20.0   41      1      
American League Central
DET     68  33 .673    0.0   64      4      
MIN     59  41 .590    8.5   55      4      
CHA     59  41 .590    8.5   58      1      
CLE     44  56 .440   23.5   53     -9      
KC      35  66 .347   33.0   38     -3      
American League West
OAK     53  49 .520    0.0   50      3      
LAA     52  49 .515    0.5   52      0      
TEX     51  51 .500    2.0   52     -1      
SEA     49  52 .485    3.5   51     -2      

National League East         Pwins Diff
NYN     60  41 .594    0.0   58      2      
ATL     48  53 .475   12.0   53     -5      
FLA     47  53 .470   12.5   49     -2      
PHI     46  53 .465   13.0   47     -1      
WAS     46  56 .451   14.5   46      0      
National League Central
STL     58  43 .574    0.0   53      5      
CIN     54  48 .529    4.5   50      4      
MIL     48  54 .471   10.5   44      4      
HOU     48  54 .471   10.5   48      0      
CHN     40  61 .396   18.0   41     -1      
PIT     37  66 .359   22.0   45     -8      
National League West
SD      54  48 .529    0.0   52      2      
ARI     51  50 .505    2.5   50      1      
SF      51  51 .500    3.0   51      0      
COL     48  53 .475    5.5   52     -4      
LAN     47  55 .461    7.0   51     -4      


Game of the Day

The Rockies, trailing 5-0 at one point, climbed back into the game, scored two in the ninth to tie and one in the tenth to beat San Diego, 9-8. Jamey Carroll singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th, one inning after Yorvit Torrealba had tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman. Josh Barfield hit two homers and drove in a career-high four runs for the Padres. The rookie second baseman was 2-for-5 in his first multi-homer game.

It was only the fourth win in the last 17 games for the Rockies. They haven’t been winning the nailbiters lately; this was only their second win in their last twelve close games (games decided by two runs or less).

SAN DIEGO (8) VS COLORADO (9) - FINAL IN 10 INNINGS 

SAN DIEGO              ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
D Roberts lf            6  1  2  0   0  1   2  .289
M Cameron cf            5  0  0  0   0  4   2  .262
B Giles rf              4  2  2  2   1  0   0  .275
M Piazza c              4  1  3  2   0  1   1  .304
 R Bowen pr-c           1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .288
A Gonzalez 1b           4  0  0  0   0  1   2  .301
K Greene ss             4  2  3  0   1  0   1  .260
G Blum 3b               4  0  0  0   0  2   6  .254
J Barfield 2b           5  2  2  4   0  0   4  .303
W Williams p            3  0  0  0   0  0   2  .083
 C Meredith p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 A Embree p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 a-J Bard ph            1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .366
 J Adkins p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 T Hoffman p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 b-E Young ph           0  0  0  0   1  0   0  .203
 S Williamson p         0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000

Totals                 41  8 12  8   3  9  20

a-grounded to shortstop for A Embree in the 8th;  b-intentionally walked for T 
Hoffman in the 10th.

BATTING: 2B - K Greene (25, J Fogg). HR - J Barfield 2 (7, 2nd inning off J 
Fogg 1 on, 1 Out, 4th inning off J Fogg 1 on, 1 Out), B Giles (7, 3rd inning 
off J Fogg 0 on, 1 Out), M Piazza (16, 5th inning off T Martin 1 on, 0 Out). S 
- G Blum. RBI - B Giles 2 (55), J Barfield 4 (35), M Piazza 2 (47). Runners 
left in scoring position, 2 out - M Cameron 1, W Williams 1, D Roberts 1, J 
Barfield 1. GIDP - A Gonzalez. Team LOB - 8. 
 
BASERUNNING: SB - D Roberts 2 (28, 2nd base off J Fogg/Y Torrealba 2). 
 
FIELDING: E - M Cameron (5, bobble); R Bowen (1, dropped foul ball). DP: 1 (J 
Barfield-K Greene-A Gonzalez). 
 
COLORADO               ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
J Carroll 2b            6  1  2  2   0  0   2  .316
C Barmes ss             5  0  2  1   0  0   2  .237
G Atkins 3b             5  1  3  0   0  0   2  .316
M Holliday lf           5  1  1  0   0  2   5  .319
T Helton 1b             5  2  2  1   0  0   2  .281
Y Torrealba c           4  2  3  3   0  1   0  .263
B Hawpe rf              4  1  1  1   0  0   1  .300
C Sullivan cf           3  0  0  0   2  0   1  .274
J Fogg p                0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .031
 a-J Smith ph           1  0  0  0   0  0   1  .275
 T Martin p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 M Corpas p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 b-R Shealy ph          1  0  0  0   0  0   1  .222
 R Ramirez p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .667
 c-J Piedra ph          1  0  1  0   0  0   0  .204
 B Fuentes p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 d-C Freeman ph         1  1  1  0   0  0   0  .276

Totals                 41  9 16  8   2  3  17

a-grounded to second for J Fogg in the 4th;  b-grounded into fielder's choice 
to second for M Corpas in the 6th;  c-singled to center for R Ramirez in the 
8th;  d-doubled to deep left for B Fuentes in the 10th.

BATTING: 2B - G Atkins (34, W Williams); Y Torrealba (9, W Williams); C Freeman 
(6, S Williamson). HR - Y Torrealba (4, 9th inning off T Hoffman 1 on, 2 Out). 
S - J Fogg. SF - B Hawpe. RBI - T Helton (49), Y Torrealba 3 (29), B Hawpe 
(50), J Carroll 2 (26), C Barmes (51). 2-out RBI - C Barmes, Y Torrealba 2. 
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - T Helton 1, M Holliday 2, C Barmes 1. 
GIDP - M Holliday. Team LOB - 9. 
 
BASERUNNING: SB - J Carroll (6, 2nd base off C Meredith/M Piazza). 
 
FIELDING: DP: 1 (J Carroll-C Barmes-T Helton). 
 
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    SAN DIEGO       - 121 220 000 0  --   8
    COLORADO        - 000 303 002 1  --   9

One out when winning run scored.
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SAN DIEGO                    ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
W Williams                    5       8   6   6   2   2   0   3.69
C Meredith (H, 6)             1 2/3   2   0   0   0   1   0   1.93
A Embree (H, 9)                 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   3.89
J Adkins (H, 7)               1       1   0   0   0   0   0   3.06
T Hoffman (B, 4)              1       3   2   2   0   0   1   2.50
S Williamson (L, 2-4)           1/3   2   1   1   0   0   0   5.23

COLORADO                     ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
J Fogg                        4       9   6   6   0   5   3   4.56
T Martin                        1/3   1   2   2   2   0   1   4.97
M Corpas                      1 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   1.93
R Ramirez                     2       1   0   0   0   1   0   2.93
B Fuentes (W, 3-3)            2       1   0   0   1   2   0   4.02

W Williams pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

IBB - E Young (by B Fuentes). BALK - C Meredith. HBP - A Gonzalez (by T 
Martin); Y Torrealba (by W Williams). Pitches-strikes: W Williams 100-66; C 
Meredith 27-19; A Embree 6-3; J Adkins 6-5; T Hoffman 10-8; S Williamson 12-8; 
J Fogg 76-53; T Martin 20-10; M Corpas 17-10; R Ramirez 27-20; B Fuentes 29-18. 
Ground balls-fly balls: W Williams 8-5; C Meredith 4-0; A Embree 1-0; J Adkins 
2-1; T Hoffman 3-0; S Williamson 1-0; J Fogg 3-4; T Martin 1-0; M Corpas 3-1; R 
Ramirez 4-2; B Fuentes 3-1. Batters faced: W Williams 26; C Meredith 7; A 
Embree 1; J Adkins 4; T Hoffman 5; S Williamson 3; J Fogg 20; T Martin 5; M 
Corpas 5; R Ramirez 8; B Fuentes 8. 
 
UMPIRES: HP--Ted Barrett. 1B--Laz Diaz. 2B--Rick Reed. 3B--Tim Tschida. 

T--3:14. Att--24,260. 
Weather: 90 degrees, clear. Wind: 5 mph, in from right.

The following graph tracks the game’s Win Probability, courtesy of Fan Graphs.

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Yesterday’s Home Runs

The following stats are provided by Hit Tracker, which logs the projected distance of each home run (if it were to land uninterrupted at field level) and its “standard” distance, which is corrected for weather conditions.

Hitter                    Pitcher                   True Dist  Std. Dist. HR #
Griffey Jr.  Ken     CIN  Buchholz    Taylor  HOU       450       448      20
Dunn         Adam    CIN  Buchholz    Taylor  HOU       440       438      31
Walker       Todd    CHC  Weaver      Jeff    STL       429       435       6
Alfonzo      Eliezer SF   Hernandez   Livan   WAS       424       417       8
Payton       Jay     OAK  Lilly       Ted     TOR       412       417       6
Alfonzo      Eliezer SF   Cordero     Chad    WAS       412       404       9
Gonzalez     Luis    ARI  Lidle       Corey   PHI       418       398      10
Millar       Kevin   BAL  Duckworth   Brandon KC        411       394       8
Francoeur    Jeff    ATL  Messenger   Randy   FLA       404       393      20
Lieberthal   Mike    PHI  Vargas      Claudio ARI       392       383       1
Treanor      Matt    FLA  Shiell      Jason   ATL       391       383       2
Piazza       Mike    SD   Martin      Tom     COL       421       382      16
Encarnacion  Juan    STL  Hill        Rich    CHC       394       381      15
Barfield     Josh    SD   Fogg        Josh    COL       418       380       6
Soriano      Alfonso WAS  Cain        Matt    SF        379       372      32
Barfield     Josh    SD   Fogg        Josh    COL       408       370       7
Torrealba    Yorvit  COL  Hoffman     Trevor  SD        398       363       4
Zimmerman    Ryan    WAS  Cain        Matt    SF        371       363      13
Giles        Brian   SD   Fogg        Josh    COL       384       356       7
Jackson      Conor   ARI  Lidle       Corey   PHI       363       351       9
Barrett      Michael CHC  Weaver      Jeff    STL       NA        NA       12


Top Minor League Games

The following list, provided by First Inning, includes the top minor league batting (based on Runs Created) and pitching (based on Game Score) performances from yesterday.

 ORG LVL PLAYER            POS AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
ARI A+  Carlos Gonzalez    RF  4  3  1  0  1  0  0   
CHC A-  Tyler Colvin       CF  5  5  1  1  0  1  0  3 runs scored
CLE A+  Jose Constanza     RF  4  4  1  1  0  0  0  .52 OBP during past week
HOU A   Justin Towles      DH  5  4  0  1  1  0  0  3 runs scored
HOU A   Eli Iorg           RF  5  3  1  1  0  0  1   
MIN A   Eli Tintor         RF  3  2  0  0  1  1  1   
NYY A-  Kyle Larsen        DH  3  3  0  0  2  0  0  3 runs scored
NYY A+  Jared Greenwood     C  5  3  1  0  1  0  0   
NYY A-  Colin Curtis       CF  3  3  0  1  0  0  0   
PHI A+  Brian Burgamy      LF  3  2  0  0  1  2  0  3 runs scored
 
ORG LVL PLAYER             IP   H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
ATL A   Adam Stanley       6.0  3  0  0  1  1  0   
CIN AA  Homer Bailey       6.0  5  0  0  8  2  0  1.09 ERA over past month
CIN A+  James Avery        6.0  2  0  0  3  1  0   
CLE A+  Kevin Dixon        6.0  2  1  1  4  2  0   
LA  MLB Aaron Tressler     6.0  6  0  0  9  2  0  18 K over last 14 IP
MIL A   William Inman      5.0  2  0  0  5  2  0   
NYM A-  Tobi Stoner        6.1  3  0  0  7  1  0   
PIT A-  Henry Cabrera      5.0  4  0  0  6  0  0   
SD  A+  Cesar Ramos        7.0  4  1  1  2  1  0   
SD  A   Jarrett Gardner    7.0  5  1  1  3  0  1


Player News

Player news items are provided by CBS SportsLine.com.

Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 27 games against Arizona. Utley hit a soft liner to center leading off the fifth inning against Diamondbacks starter Claudio Vargas to extend the longest hitting streak in the major leagues this season and equal the third-longest streak in team history.

Royals DH Mike Sweeney, who has missed 77 games with a bulging disk, went 1-for-7 with a home run, a walk and two strikeouts in two rehab games with Class-A Burlington in the Midwest League. Sweeney was off Thursday and will join the Double-A Wichita on Friday.

Fernando Tatis, starting in the major leagues for the first time since June 13, 2003, had two hits, drove in a run and scored two runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. Tatis, who was released by Tampa Bay in spring training in 2004 and did not play professional baseball the past two seasons, doubled in the seventh and scored on a fielding error by third baseman Mark Teahen.

The Mariners placed Chris Snelling on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left shoulder. The 24-year-old outfielder was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before Wednesday’s game against Toronto and did not play. Team officials said Snelling was to be optioned back to the Rainiers following the game. Instead, he landed on the DL.

Josh Bard, a career .238 hitter through 2005, leads the Padres with a .368 average. “He’s hit for us from Day 1 since we got him from Boston,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “The opportunity has been there and he’s made the most of it.”

Carlos Lee will likely be traded after rejecting a four-year, $48 million contract proposal from the Brewers, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

The Blue Jays have decided to bring back Alex Rios (leg) for Friday’s game against the Athletics. The Jays sent outfielder Chad Mottola outright to Triple-A Syracuse.

The A’s placed LHP Scott Sauerbeck on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 26, with a strained right groin and recalled LHP Ron Flores from Triple-A Sacramento.

Brian Moehler is set to come off the DL Sunday, but the Marlins haven’t decided whether he will pitch the first or second game of a split doubleheader at Philadelphia. Moehler has been on the DL since July 2 with a sprained right foot.

Esteban Yan, who has pitched 11 years in the major leagues, signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, and was assigned to Triple-A Omaha in the Pacific Coast League. Yan was designated for assignment by Cincinnati on July 14, after going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 14 games. He also pitched for the Los Angeles Angels this season, going a combined 1-0 with one save and a 5.54 ERA in 27 appearances.

The Twins agreed to terms with C Mike Redmond on a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2009.


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