THT Daily: Peavy Has a Decision

Major League News for May 21

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 Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Mets are exploring a trade for Indians’ utilityman Mark DeRosa.
The Mets are dealing with injuries all around the infield and DeRosa could provide help at almost any position. He’s batting .255/.322/.427 this season with six home runs and 26 RBI in 157 at-bats, and is owed about $4.15 million for the remainder of 2009.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, Joey Votto was diagnosed with an inner ear infection Thursday morning.
Votto underwent multiple tests Wednesday night after missing several games with random bouts of dizziness. Hopefully the Reds can get him on some medication and out to the field shortly. He won’t be in the lineup Thursday.

According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the White Sox and Padres have agreed to a trade centered around Jake Peavy.
The White Sox are expected to send four prospects to San Diego, and MLB.com’s Corey Brock is hearing left-handers Clayton Richard and Aaron Poreda will be the center pieces. Peavy has a full no-trade clause in his current contract with San Diego, however, and must first approve the deal. It’s long been assumed that he prefers the National League, but most insider sources seem to think he’ll accept the move. Plenty more details to come.

Bobby Abreu underwent precautionary X-rays on his big toe Wednesday night.
The Angels aren’t expecting anything unusual. Abreu injured his toe in the second inning Wednesday and was replaced by Juan Rivera. The X-ray results should be made available by Thursday afternoon.

Jose Reyes headed to New York for tests on his injured right calf Wednesday night and could wind up on the disabled list.
Reyes initially suffered the calf injury more than a week ago and aggravated it during Wednesday’s game. He may have been rushed back to action to quickly. Ramon Martinez is likely to fill in.

Tigers activated RHP Nate Robertson from the 15-day disabled list.
Robertson will resume his role as a long reliever in the Detroit bullpen. He had a 6.30 ERA, 7/6 K/BB ratio and 1.60 WHIP before he was sidelined.

Justin Upton was 4-for-7 with two three-run homers in a wild extra-inning win over the Marlins on Wednesday night.
The Diamondbacks took the back-and-forth nightcap 11-9 in 13 innings. Upton scored three times and stole a base in the win. He launched his first three-run shot in the third inning to bring the D’Backs to within one run. He later hit a go-ahead three run homer in the top of the 13th to put the D’Backs ahead for good. He has seven homers and 18 RBI this month alone.

In his return from the disabled list, Chris Carpenter moved to 2-0 on the season by holding the Cubs scoreless over five innings on Wednesday night.
He was on the DL since April 15 with a strained oblique muscle. Carpenter looked solid in his return, allowing just three hits while walking four and striking out two. He threw 41 of his 67 pitches for strikes and now has a 15-inning scoreless streak to start the season. Carpenter will get the Brewers in his next assignment.

Omar Infante will go on the DL after suffering a broken bone in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday.
He could miss two months. It’d be a bigger loss if the Braves were using Infante correctly and giving him time in the outfield. Since he’s been used strictly in the infield, the Braves won’t lose much by giving his starts to Martin Prado, who now has some extra value. Prado, though, isn’t an option at shortstop, so expect Diory Hernandez to be called up to back up Yunel Escobar.


Yesterday’s Results

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

American League
BOS     8  TOR     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
NYA    11  BAL     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
OAK     7  TB      6    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHA     7  MIN     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
DET     5  TEX     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
CLE     6  KC      5    (Recap and Boxscore)
SEA     1  LAA     0    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
ATL    12  COL     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
FLA     8  ARI     6    (Recap and Boxscore)
ARI    11  FLA     9    (Recap and Boxscore)
PIT     2  WAS     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
CIN     5  PHI     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
HOU     6  MIL     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
STL     2  CHN     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
LAN     2  NYN     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
SD      2  SF      1    (Recap and Boxscore)

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


Today’s Games

National League
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 Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds, 12:35 PM
  (R) Joe Blanton (1-3) vs. (R) Micah Owings (3-4)
 Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals, 7:05 PM
  (R) Ian Snell (1-5) vs. (R) Craig Stammen (0-0)
 Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves, 7:10 PM
  (R) Aaron Cook (2-1) vs. (R) Kris Medlen (0-0)
 Arizona Diamondbacks at Florida Marlins, 7:10 PM
  (R) Max Scherzer (1-3) vs. (L) Andrew Miller (1-1)
 Milwaukee Brewers at Houston Astros, 8:05 PM
  (R) Jeff Suppan (3-3) vs. (R) Roy Oswalt (1-2)
 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals, 8:15 PM
  (L) Sean Marshall (2-2) vs. (R) Adam Wainwright (3-2)
 San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres, 10:05 PM
  (R) Tim Lincecum (3-1) vs. (R) Kevin Correia (1-2)
 
 American League
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 Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers, 1:05 PM
  (R) Kevin Millwood (4-3) vs. (R) Edwin Jackson (3-2)
 Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox, 2:05 PM
  (R) Nick Blackburn (2-2) vs. (R) Bartolo Colon (2-3)
 Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals, 2:10 PM
  (R) Carl Pavano (3-4) vs. (R) Zack Greinke (7-1)
 Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays, 4:08 PM
  (L) Dallas Braden (3-5) vs. (R) Matt Garza (4-2)
 Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees, 7:05 PM
  (R) Adam Eaton (2-4) vs. (R) Joba Chamberlain (2-1)
 Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox, 7:10 PM
  (R) Robert Ray (1-1) vs. (L) Jon Lester (2-4)
 LA Angels of Anaheim at Seattle Mariners, 10:10 PM
  (L) Joe Saunders (5-2) vs. (L) Erik Bedard (2-1)


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
TOR     27  16 .628    0.0   27     0    sparkline graph
BOS     24  16 .600    1.5   22     2    sparkline graph
NYA     23  17 .575    2.5   20     3    sparkline graph
TB      20  22 .476    6.5   23    -3    sparkline graph
BAL     16  24 .400    9.5   16     0    sparkline graph
American League Central     
DET     22  16 .579    0.0   23    -1    sparkline graph
KC      21  19 .525    2.0   22    -1    sparkline graph
MIN     18  23 .439    5.5   18     0    sparkline graph
CHA     17  22 .436    5.5   17     0    sparkline graph
CLE     15  26 .366    8.5   19    -4    sparkline graph
American League West        
TEX     23  16 .590    0.0   22     1    sparkline graph
LAA     20  19 .513    3.0   19     1    sparkline graph
SEA     19  22 .463    5.0   17     2    sparkline graph
OAK     15  22 .405    7.0   16    -1    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
PHI     21  17 .553    0.0   20     1    sparkline graph
NYN     21  19 .525    1.0   22    -1    sparkline graph
ATL     20  19 .513    1.5   20     0    sparkline graph
FLA     19  22 .463    3.5   18     1    sparkline graph
WAS     11  28 .282   10.5   16    -5    sparkline graph
National League Central     
MIL     25  15 .625    0.0   24     1    sparkline graph
STL     23  17 .575    2.0   22     1    sparkline graph
CHN     21  17 .553    3.0   20     1    sparkline graph
CIN     21  18 .538    3.5   20     1    sparkline graph
PIT     19  21 .475    6.0   21    -2    sparkline graph
HOU     18  20 .474    6.0   18     0    sparkline graph
National League West        
LAN     29  13 .690    0.0   28     1    sparkline graph
SF      19  20 .487    8.5   18     1    sparkline graph
SD      18  22 .450   10.0   15     3    sparkline graph
ARI     16  24 .400   12.0   17    -1    sparkline graph
COL     15  24 .385   12.5   18    -3    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
COL A+  Hector Gomez...... 4  3  0  0  2  0  1  4 RBI
SD  A+  Logan Forsythe.... 7  4  0  0  1  1  1  
BAL A+  Brandon Waring.... 4  2  1  0  1  0  0  
HOU A+  Jason Castro...... 6  2  0  0  1  2  0  
LAA AA  Peter Bourjos..... 5  3  2  0  0  0  0  
SD  A   James Darnell..... 3  2  0  0  1  1  1  4 RBI
TEX A+  Engel Beltre...... 3  2  0  0  1  1  0  
KC  A+  J. Giavotella..... 3  1  0  1  0  2  1  
CHW AA  Jordan Danks...... 3  1  1  0  0  2  1  
STL AA  Daryl Jones....... 4  2  0  0  1  1  1  
SF  AA  Brandon Crawford.. 4  2  0  0  1  0  0  
WAN A   Derek Norris...... 4  1  0  0  1  1  0  

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
CHW AA  Aaron Poreda...... 7  3  3  2 12  2  1  
NYM A+  Jenrry Mejia...... 7  3  1  1  7  1  0  
BAL A+  Brian Matusz...... 7  4  3  3  9  1  1  
LA  AA  Joshua Lindblom... 5  4  1  0  6  0  0  
SF  AA  Tim Alderson...... 6  9  3  3  6  0  0  
CLE AA  Hector Rondon..... 5  4  2  2  6  1  1  
FLA A   Brad Hand......... 6  6  4  2  4  0  1  
TEX A   Martin Perez...... 5  6  2  1  5  2  0  9 GB
ARI A   Wade Miley........ 5  8  4  4  4  0  0  11 GB
KC  A+  Daniel Duffy...... 5  7  3  3  5  2  0  
ATL AA  Scott Diamond..... 5  6  2  1  4  2  0  9 GB
TOR AA  Marc Rzepczynski.. 5  6  3  2  5  3  0  9 GB
First Inning’s Major and Minor League Daily Reports:

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