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Major League News for August 4

Player News
Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Top Minor League Performances

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Player News

Player Headlines are courtesy of Rotoworld
Jake Peavy tossed a pain-free bullpen session Sunday at Citi Field.
The right-hander has been out since June 9 following ankle surgery. ”The biggest thing was everything was pain-free,” Peavy said. ”The ankle was a non-issue. I threw about 50 pitches and threw all my pitches, trying to get a feel to accelerate this thing as fast as we can to get back out there.” He’s hoping to make his White Sox debut in the next three or four weeks.

Lance Berkman (left calf strain) is hoping to return from the disabled list Friday, the first day he is eligible.
Berkman landed on the 15-day disabled list July 23. “I feel pretty good,” he said Monday. “I definitely still feel the injury, but it’s not as sharp as it was. I think it’s making some progress.” Chris Coste and Geoff Blum have been picking up starts at first base in his absence.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella will consider activating Geovany Soto on Wednesday if he fares well in his next two rehab games.
Soto will play Monday and Tuesday night with Double-A Tennessee. His next stop could be Wrigley. “I would think if he catches well tonight and doesn’t feel any after-effects tomorrow… whether he catches in Tennessee on Wednesday or catches here, I don’t see any difference,” Piniella said. Backup Koyie Hill has played 207 innings since Soto went down — 27 more frames than any other catcher in baseball in that span of time.

According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, Brandon Webb underwent a debridement of his right shoulder on Monday.
“They didn’t have to repair anything,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “It sounds like it was good news for us.” As Price reports, a debridement is “the removal of non-healthy tissues and foreign material from a wound or burn to prevent infection and permit healing.” It is unknown whether the surgery was on his labrum, his rotator cuff, or possibly both. He is slated to begin playing catch in approximately 3-4 months.

Edinson Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery Monday morning, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse.
Volquez is likely to miss most of the 2010 season. There’s a chance he could return by late August or September, if setbacks are avoided. It’s a major hit to the Reds’ immediate future. The 26-year-old right-hander was 4-2 this season with a 4.35 ERA and boasts a 24-19 career record.

Adrian Beltre is expected to return to the Mariners Tuesday.
Beltre has been sidelined since June 28 after undergoing shoulder surgery. “Everything looks good with Adrian, and it will be good to get him back,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. The third baseman should provide a decent offensive boost for the Mariners, who have struggled to score runs lately.

The Astros have scratched Roy Oswalt (back) from his Tuesday start.
Oswalt, who had already been scratched from a start this weekend, is now aiming to start on Saturday against the Brewers. He’ll try a bullpen session Monday, and another in the middle of the week. “Wednesday I’ll throw a pretty good one,” said the Houston ace, “and if I feel great I may try to throw an inning out of the pen and make sure I’m ready for game action on Saturday.”

The Dodgers are calling Chad Billingsley‘s injury a right hamstring cramp.
Billingsley came out of Sunday’s game against the Braves after throwing five scoreless innings. He’ll likely be ready to make his next start as scheduled.

Rangers placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29, with a strained left hamstring.
Kinsler’s loss is big, but Rangers fans have to be excited to see Neftali Feliz up with another one of the team’s roster moves today. Omar Vizquel has done a nice job so far, so he’ll keep starting at second base for the next couple of weeks. Joaquin Arias will serve as the backup.


Yesterday’s Results

For the full scoop regarding yesterday’s games, read “And That Happened” at Shysterball.

American League
TB     10  KC      4    (Recap and Boxscore)
DET     6  BAL     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
OAK     3  TEX     2    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
ARI     6  NYN     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHN     4  CIN     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
HOU     4  SF      3    (Recap and Boxscore)
WAS     8  PIT     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
MIL     6  LAN     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
SD      4  ATL     2    (Recap and Boxscore)

Check out Fangraphs’ scoreboard to see all the games in action.


Today’s Games



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
NYA     63  42 .600    0.0   59     4    sparkline graph
BOS     62  42 .596    0.5   61     1    sparkline graph
TB      58  48 .547    5.5   61    -3    sparkline graph
TOR     51  54 .486   12.0   57    -6    sparkline graph
BAL     44  61 .419   19.0   46    -2    sparkline graph
American League Central     
DET     55  49 .529    0.0   54     1    sparkline graph
CHA     54  52 .509    2.0   54     0    sparkline graph
MIN     52  53 .495    3.5   52     0    sparkline graph
CLE     44  61 .419   11.5   50    -6    sparkline graph
KC      41  64 .390   14.5   40     1    sparkline graph
American League West        
LAA     63  40 .612    0.0   59     4    sparkline graph
TEX     59  45 .567    4.5   56     3    sparkline graph
SEA     54  51 .514   10.0   47     7    sparkline graph
OAK     45  60 .429   19.0   48    -3    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
PHI     59  44 .573    0.0   58     1    sparkline graph
FLA     55  50 .524    5.0   52     3    sparkline graph
ATL     53  53 .500    7.5   55    -2    sparkline graph
NYN     50  55 .476   10.0   50     0    sparkline graph
WAS     34  72 .321   26.5   43    -9    sparkline graph
National League Central     
CHN     56  48 .538    0.0   56     0    sparkline graph
STL     58  50 .537    0.0   58     0    sparkline graph
HOU     53  53 .500    4.0   48     5    sparkline graph
MIL     53  53 .500    4.0   51     2    sparkline graph
CIN     45  60 .429   11.5   43     2    sparkline graph
PIT     45  60 .429   11.5   50    -5    sparkline graph
National League West        
LAN     65  41 .613    0.0   64     1    sparkline graph
COL     58  47 .552    6.5   58     0    sparkline graph
SF      58  48 .547    7.0   57     1    sparkline graph
ARI     47  59 .443   18.0   50    -3    sparkline graph
SD      44  63 .411   21.5   40     4    sparkline graph


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            AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
WAN AAA Justin Maxwell.... 2  2  1  1  0  3  0  3 R
TOR AAA Travis Snider..... 3  3  1  0  1  0  0  3 R
OAK AA  Chris Carter...... 3  2  1  0  1  1  0  
TOR A   Yohermyn Chavez... 6  3  2  0  0  0  2  
SEA AAA Matt Tuiasosopo... 3  2  0  0  1  1  0  
LAA AAA Brandon Wood...... 4  2  1  1  0  0  0  
TEX AAA Justin Smoak...... 4  2  0  0  1  1  1  
WAN A-  J.P. Ramirez...... 3  2  1  0  0  2  0  
CIN AAA Drew Stubbs....... 4  3  0  0  0  1  0  3 R
DET AAA Wilkin Ramirez.... 3  1  1  0  0  1  1  
COL AA  Michael McKenry... 4  3  1  0  0  0  1  
HOU AA  Jason Castro...... 5  3  1  0  0  0  0  3 LD

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
CHC AA  Andrew Cashner.... 6  2  1  0  8  1  0  
CLE AAA Chuck Lofgren..... 7  4  0  0  5  1  0  
TEX A   Carlos Pimentel... 5  2  0  0  6  1  0  
TEX AA  Michael Kirkman... 6  5  4  1  6  2  0  
HOU A   Ross Seaton....... 6  5  0  0  4  0  0  
LAA AA  Trevor Reckling... 6  7  2  2  6  2  0  
BOS A+  Stephen Fife...... 5  2  1  1  4  2  0  
SD  AA  William Inman..... 6  6  0  0  3  0  0  
FLA AA  Sean West......... 6  8  2  2  4  0  0  
ARI A   Wade Miley........ 5  2  0  0  3  1  0  11 GB
PIT A+  Rudy Owens........ 4  3  0  0  4  1  0  
SEA AAA Brandon Morrow.... 7  7  2  2  5  1  1
First Inning’s Major and Minor League Daily Reports:

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