THT Daily: News in San Diego

Major League News for June 19

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
According to Baseball America, the Padres have promoted top hitting prospect Kyle Blanks from Triple-A Portland.
Blanks, 22, was hitting .283/.393/.485 with nine doubles, 12 home runs and 38 RBI for Portland. The 6’6″, 285 lb. slugger can play left field or first base. San Diego isn’t calling him up to sit on the bench, so there’s a strong chance he’ll gather some amount fantasy value. A corresponding move should be announced shortly.

According to the L.A. Times, Manny Ramirez is scheduled to join Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday for the beginning of a rehab assignment.
As the Times reports, “Ramirez will then go to Class A Inland Empire for a three-game series starting June 27. Following that stint, he’ll work out in Los Angeles on July 1, travel with the Dodgers to San Diego on July 2 and rejoin the lineup on July 3 against the Padres.” He’s been out on a 50-game suspension since May 7.

Craig Stammen blanked the Yankees for 6 1/3 innings as the Nationals pulled off a shutout at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
The Nats won 3-0 in the first game at new Yankee Stadium to end without a homer. There were 119 hit in the 34 games going into today. The Nationals scored exactly three runs in all three games of the series against the Yankees, yet still won two out of three. The victory was the first for Stammen, who entered 0-2 with a 5.86 ERA in five starts. He still looks like a weak play in NL-only leagues.

Jim Leyland has benched Magglio Ordonez indefinitely.
Leyland wants to get Ordonez “away from it.” The manager is clearly frustrated with the slugger’s play this season, and we can’t blame him. He’s has just two home runs and owns a pedestrian .273/.347/.343 line. We can’t imagine the benching will be too long, but it may last for more than just a game or two. Stay tuned. Ryan Raburn will likely take his spot in right.

Tigers placed LHP Dontrelle Willis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 15, with an anxiety disorder.
Willis was 1-4 with a 7.49 ERA. He walked eight and gave up six earned runs against the Pirates on Sunday. Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced on Tuesday that Willis would not make his next scheduled start.

Cardinals activated infielder Khalil Greene from the 15-day disabled list.
Greene will be available to play third base in Thursday evening’s game. Greene batted .200/.287/.295 prior to being shelved with anxiety issues.

Nick Blackburn tossed a complete game and allowed only one run in a 5-1 victory over the Pirates on Thursday.
Blackburn improved to 6-2 with a 3.09 ERA. He pitched to contact, walking only one and striking out two. Blackburn allowed six hits. He was one out away from a shutout but gave up an RBI single to Adam LaRoche. It was the first complete game of Blackburn’s career. If you’ve been sleeping on the right-hander, wake up. He should be starting in all formats. Blackburn has been stellar since since his last loss on May 5. He draws the Brewers in Milwaukee next week.


Yesterday’s Results

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

American League
BAL     5  NYN     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
FLA     2  BOS     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
WAS     3  NYA     0    (Recap and Boxscore)
ARI    12  KC      5    (Recap and Boxscore)
MIN     5  PIT     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
HOU     5  TEX     3    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
TOR     8  PHI     7    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHN     6  CHA     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
ATL     7  CIN     0    (Recap and Boxscore)
DET     6  STL     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
COL     4  TB      3    (Recap and Boxscore)
LAN     3  OAK     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
SD      4  SEA     3    (Recap and Boxscore)

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


Today’s Games

National League
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 Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies, 9:10 PM
  (R) Ross Ohlendorf (6-5) vs. (R) Jason Marquis (8-4)
 
 Inter-League
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 Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 PM
  (L) Cliff Lee (4-6) vs. (R) Rich Harden (4-3)
 Baltimore Orioles at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 PM
  (L) Rich Hill (2-1) vs. (L) Antonio Bastardo (2-1)
 Toronto Blue Jays at Washington Nationals, 7:05 PM
  (L) Brian Tallet (4-4) vs. (R) Jordan Zimmermann (2-3)
 Milwaukee Brewers at Detroit Tigers, 7:05 PM
  (R) Braden Looper (5-3) vs. (R) Armando Galarraga (3-7)
 Chicago White Sox at Cincinnati Reds, 7:10 PM
  (R) Jose Contreras (2-5) vs. (R) Bronson Arroyo (7-5)
 New York Yankees at Florida Marlins, 7:10 PM
  (L) Andy Pettitte (6-3) vs. (L) Sean West (2-1)
 Tampa Bay Rays at New York Mets, 7:10 PM
  (R) Andy Sonnanstine (5-6) vs. (R) Fernando Nieve (1-0)
 Atlanta Braves at Boston Red Sox, 7:10 PM
  (R) Kenshin Kawakami (3-6) vs. (R) Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4)
 Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins, 8:10 PM
  (R) Roy Oswalt (3-3) vs. (R) Kevin Slowey (9-2)
 St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals, 8:10 PM
  (R) Brad Thompson (1-2) vs. (R) Kyle Davies (3-6)
 Los Angeles Dodgers at LA Angels of Anaheim, 10:05 PM
  (R) Chad Billingsley (9-3) vs. (L) Joe Saunders (7-4)
 Oakland Athletics at San Diego Padres, 10:05 PM
  (L) Josh Outman (4-1) vs. (L) Wade LeBlanc (0-0)
 Arizona Diamondbacks at Seattle Mariners, 10:10 PM
  (R) Jon Garland (4-7) vs. (L) Jarrod Washburn (3-5)
 Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants, 10:15 PM
  (R) Scott Feldman (5-1) vs. (L) Randy Johnson (6-5)


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     40  26 .606    0.0   39     1    sparkline graph
NYA     37  29 .561    3.0   36     1    sparkline graph
TOR     37  31 .544    4.0   38    -1    sparkline graph
TB      35  33 .515    6.0   41    -6    sparkline graph
BAL     29  37 .439   11.0   28     1    sparkline graph
American League Central     
DET     35  31 .530    0.0   35     0    sparkline graph
MIN     34  34 .500    2.0   36    -2    sparkline graph
CHA     31  35 .470    4.0   30     1    sparkline graph
KC      29  36 .446    5.5   29     0    sparkline graph
CLE     29  39 .426    7.0   33    -4    sparkline graph
American League West        
TEX     37  28 .569    0.0   35     2    sparkline graph
LAA     35  29 .547    1.5   33     2    sparkline graph
SEA     32  34 .485    5.5   30     2    sparkline graph
OAK     28  37 .431    9.0   29    -1    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
PHI     36  28 .563    0.0   35     1    sparkline graph
NYN     33  31 .516    3.0   32     1    sparkline graph
FLA     33  35 .485    5.0   31     2    sparkline graph
ATL     31  34 .477    5.5   31     0    sparkline graph
WAS     18  46 .281   18.0   25    -7    sparkline graph
National League Central     
MIL     37  29 .561    0.0   35     2    sparkline graph
STL     36  31 .537    1.5   35     1    sparkline graph
CIN     33  32 .508    3.5   32     1    sparkline graph
CHN     31  31 .500    4.0   32    -1    sparkline graph
PIT     31  35 .470    6.0   33    -2    sparkline graph
HOU     30  34 .469    6.0   29     1    sparkline graph
National League West        
LAN     44  23 .657    0.0   42     2    sparkline graph
SF      34  31 .523    9.0   33     1    sparkline graph
COL     33  33 .500   10.5   35    -2    sparkline graph
SD      29  36 .446   14.0   25     4    sparkline graph
ARI     29  38 .433   15.0   31    -2    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
PIT A   Robbie Grossman... 6  5  1  1  0  0  1  5 RBI !
CIN AA  Zachary Cozart.... 4  2  0  0  2  1  1  
LAA AA  Mark Trumbo....... 4  3  2  1  0  0  1  3 LD
LA  AA  Joshua Bell....... 4  3  2  0  0  0  1  
OAK AA  Chris Carter...... 4  2  1  0  1  1  2  
NYM AA  Joshua Thole...... 5  3  1  0  0  1  0  3 R
SD  AA  Lance Zawadzki.... 3  2  0  0  1  2  0  
FLA AAA Cameron Maybin.... 4  3  0  1  0  2  0  
SF  AAA Kevin Frandsen.... 4  2  0  1  1  0  0  
PHI A   Travis D'Arnaud... 6  3  0  0  1  0  2  
HOU A+  Jack Shuck........ 5  3  1  0  0  1  1  
CIN AA  Juan Francisco.... 4  3  0  0  1  0  0  4 RBI

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
OAK AAA Gio Gonzalez...... 5  4  0  0 10  1  0  
KC  A   M. Montgomery..... 6  2  1  1  7  0  0  
TOR AA  Marc Rzepczynski.. 7  5  1  1  8  1  0  
NYY A+  D.J. Mitchell..... 7  7  5  5  7  2  0  12 GB
NYY A   Manuel Banuelos... 6  4  2  1  3  0  0  
SEA A+  Juan Ramirez...... 6  7  5  4  5  1  0  
CIN AA  Travis Wood....... 5  8  3  3  6  1  0  
CIN A   Matthew Fairel.... 7  6  4  3  6  4  0  
LAA A   Manuarys Correa... 7  5  1  0  2  1  0  13 GB
CHC A+  Dan McDaniel...... 6  5  1  1  3  1  0  14 GB
BAL AAA C. Tillman........ 6  4  3  3  4  2  1  
CHC A   C. Archer......... 3  4  2  2  5  2  0
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