THT Daily: Records are Meant to be Broken

Major League News for September 24

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
MIN     8  BAL     5    (Recap and Boxscore) Hunter: 2B, HR
TB      8  NYA     0    (Recap and Boxscore) Howell: 7 IP, 0 R
TOR     5  BOS     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Burnett: 7 IP, 2 R
CHA    11  SEA     7    (Recap and Boxscore) Sox overcome 7-2 deficit
DET    15  KC      4    (Recap and Boxscore) Granderson: 3B, HR; Buck: 2 HR, Rogers: 9 IP, 4 R
LAA     6  OAK     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Lackey: 7 IP, 2 R
CLE     6  TEX     3    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
NYN    12  WAS     6    (Recap and Boxscore) Wright: 3B, HR
PHI     8  FLA     6    (Recap and Boxscore) Lieber: 7 IP, 2 R; PHI in WC lead
CHN    11  CIN     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Zambrano: 7 IP, 4 R, hit 6th HR
HOU     7  STL     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Scott: 2 HR, 5 RBI; Eckstein: 3 2B
MIL    10  SF      8    (Recap and Boxscore) Bonds: 734th career home run, NL record
COL    10  ATL     9    (Recap and Boxscore) Andruw: 4-4, 2 HR
ARI     9  LAN     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Batista: 8 IP, 3 R; LAN trails PHI in WC
SD      2  PIT     1    (Recap and Boxscore) See below


Today’s Games
Visitors                          Home                            Starts
BOS - Snyder K. (4-4, 6.28)       TOR - Chacin G.* (8-3, 4.87)      1:07
WAS - Armas T. (8-12, 5.22)       NYM - Trachsel S. (15-7, 4.96)    1:10
NYY - Mussina M. (14-6, 3.57)     TB - Stokes B. (0-0, 6.94)        1:15
CHC - Mateo J. (1-3, 4.38)        CIN - Harang A. (14-11, 3.91)     1:15
FLA - Olsen S.* (12-8, 3.87)      PHI - Moyer J.* (3-2, 3.79)       1:35
MIN - Garza M. (2-5, 5.40)        BAL - Loewen A.* (6-5, 5.35)      1:35
SEA - Feierabend R.* (0-0, 0.00)  CWS - Garcia F. (15-9, 4.63)      2:05
CLE - Westbrook J. (13-10, 4.15)  TEX - Millwood K. (16-10, 4.36)   2:05
SF - Cain M. (13-10, 3.99)        MIL - Sheets B. (5-7, 4.21)       2:05
DET - Verlander J. (16-9, 3.63)   KC - Hernandez R. (6-9, 6.40)     2:10
ATL - James C.* (10-4, 3.62)      COL - Morillo J. (0-0, -)         3:05
LAA - Santana E. (14-8, 4.57)     OAK - Haren D. (14-12, 4.01)      4:05
PIT - McLeary M. (1-0, 4.76)      SD - Hensley C. (10-11, 3.81)     4:05
ARI - Hernandez L. (12-13, 5.08)  LAD - Kuo H.* (1-5, 4.72)         4:10
STL - Weaver J. (4-4, 5.27)       HOU - Clemens R. (7-5, 2.37)      8:05


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     93  61 .604    0.0   91      2      
BOS     83  72 .535   10.5   78      5      
TOR     81  73 .526   12.0   81      0      
BAL     68  87 .439   25.5   67      1      
TB      59  95 .383   34.0   62     -3      
American League Central
DET     93  62 .600    0.0   93      0      
MIN     91  63 .591    1.5   88      3      
CHA     86  69 .555    7.0   86      0      
CLE     71  83 .461   21.5   82     -11     
KC      58  96 .377   34.5   58      0      
American League West
OAK     90  64 .584    0.0   82      8      
LAA     83  71 .539    7.0   79      4      
TEX     78  77 .503   12.5   83     -5      
SEA     75  80 .484   15.5   75      0      

National League East         Pwins Diff
NYN     93  61 .604    0.0   88      5      
PHI     81  73 .526   12.0   81      0      
FLA     76  79 .490   17.5   78     -2      
ATL     75  80 .484   18.5   79     -4      
WAS     67  87 .435   26.0   66      1      
National League Central
STL     80  73 .523    0.0   79      1      
HOU     76  78 .494    4.5   78     -2      
CIN     75  79 .487    5.5   72      3      
MIL     72  83 .465    9.0   68      4      
PIT     65  90 .419   16.0   68     -3      
CHN     63  92 .406   18.0   65     -2      
National League West
SD      82  72 .532    0.0   81      1      
LAN     81  74 .523    1.5   82     -1      
SF      75  79 .487    7.0   74      1      
ARI     73  81 .474    9.0   76     -3      
COL     73  82 .471    9.5   79     -6      

Wildcard Standings
American League
MIN     91  63 .591    0.0
CHA     86  69 .555    5.5
LAA     83  71 .539    8.0
BOS     83  72 .535    8.5
TOR     81  73 .526   10.0
National League
PHI     81  73 .526    0.0
LAN     81  74 .523    0.5
HOU     76  78 .494    5.0
FLA     76  79 .490    5.5
CIN     75  79 .487    6.0


Game of the Day

The Padres took a one-and-a-half game lead in the NL West by beating Pittsburgh 2-1. Jake Peavy allowed only one run over eight innings, strikout out 11, but was nearly matched by the Pirates’ Zach Duke, who has a 1.73 ERA in September. Josh Barfield hit the go-ahead home run in the seventh.

And the Padres’ Trevor Hoffman notched his 42nd save of the year and 478th of his career, tying Lee Smith’s all-time save record. Hoffman achieved his career total in 817 appearances; Smith achieved his in 1,022.

PITTSBURGH (1) VS SAN DIEGO (2) - FINAL

PITTSBURGH             ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
C Duffy cf              4  1  2  0   0  1   0  .247
J Wilson ss             3  0  0  0   1  2   1  .270
F Sanchez 3b            4  0  0  0   0  0   2  .342
X Nady rf               4  0  1  1   0  2   0  .280
R Paulino c             4  0  1  0   0  2   1  .312
R Doumit 1b             4  0  1  0   0  1   0  .205
J Bautista lf           3  0  0  0   0  2   2  .239
J Castillo 2b           3  0  1  0   0  0   2  .257
Z Duke p                2  0  0  0   0  2   1  .197
 M Capps p              0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 J Grabow p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 a-J Randa ph           1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .261
 D Marte p              0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000

Totals                 32  1  6  1   1 12   9

a-flied out to left for J Grabow in the 8th.

BATTING: RBI - X Nady (60). 2-out RBI - X Nady. Runners left in scoring 
position, 2 out - F Sanchez 1, J Castillo 1. GIDP - F Sanchez. Team LOB - 5. 
 
BASERUNNING: SB - C Duffy (24, 2nd base off J Peavy/M Piazza). 
 
FIELDING: E - J Wilson (17, throw). 

SAN DIEGO              ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
J Barfield 2b           4  1  2  1   0  0   0  .285
B Giles rf              4  1  1  0   0  0   2  .267
M Cameron cf            3  0  2  1   1  0   0  .268
M Piazza c              4  0  0  0   0  0   5  .279
 R Bowen c              0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .225
A Gonzalez 1b           3  0  1  0   1  1   1  .301
B Johnson lf            3  0  0  0   1  2   2  .250
T Walker 3b             3  0  0  0   0  1   3  .282
 G Blum 3b              1  0  0  0   0  1   0  .252
M Alexander ss          3  0  0  0   1  1   1  .188
J Peavy p               2  0  0  0   1  1   2  .172
 T Hoffman p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000

Totals                 30  2  6  2   5  7  16

BATTING: 2B - A Gonzalez (36, Z Duke); M Cameron (33, Z Duke). HR - J Barfield 
(13, 7th inning off Z Duke 0 on, 0 Out). RBI - M Cameron (76), J Barfield (56). 
2-out RBI - M Cameron. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Gonzalez 1, 
T Walker 1, M Piazza 3, J Peavy 1. Team LOB - 9. 
 
BASERUNNING: SB - M Cameron (25, 2nd base off J Grabow/R Paulino). 
 
FIELDING: E - J Peavy (2, throw). DP: 1 (J Peavy-M Alexander-A Gonzalez). 
 
----------------------------------------------------
    PITTSBURGH      - 100 000 000   --   1
    SAN DIEGO       - 000 010 10x   --   2
----------------------------------------------------

PITTSBURGH                   ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
Z Duke (L, 10-14)             6 1/3   6   2   2   5   4   1   4.44
M Capps                         1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   3.92
J Grabow                        1/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   4.24
D Marte                       1       0   0   0   0   2   0   3.81

SAN DIEGO                    ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
J Peavy (W, 10-14)            8       6   1   1   1  11   0   4.13
T Hoffman (S, 42)             1       0   0   0   0   1   0   1.98

IBB - M Alexander (by Z Duke). Pitches-strikes: Z Duke 96-54; M Capps 2-1; J 
Grabow 5-3; D Marte 11-9; J Peavy 112-84; T Hoffman 12-8. Ground balls-fly 
balls: Z Duke 9-6; M Capps 0-1; J Grabow 0-0; D Marte 0-1; J Peavy 7-6; T 
Hoffman 1-1. Batters faced: Z Duke 30; M Capps 1; J Grabow 1; D Marte 3; J 
Peavy 30; T Hoffman 3. 
 
UMPIRES: HP--Bruce Froemming. 1B--Paul Emmel. 2B--Brian Runge. 3B--Mike 
Winters. 

T--2:16. Att--43,168. 
Weather: 69 degrees, clear. Wind: 8 mph, out to 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. You can read their daily updates at the Hit Tracker Blog.

 Hitter                     Pitcher                      True Dist  Std. Dist.   HR #
Buck, John         KC      Rogers, Kenny      DET          451         457       10
Jones, Andruw      ATL     Francis, Jeff      COL          444         436       38
Granderson, Curtis DET     Redman, Mark       KC           437         434       17
Alou, Moises       SF      Capuano, Chris     MIL          426         422       21
Upton, B.J.        TB      Johnson, Randy     NYY          417         417        1
Phillips, Brandon  CIN     Zambrano, Carlos   CHC          396         415       17
Lee, Carlos        TEX     Cabrera, Fernando  CLE          427         412       37
Olivo, Miguel      FLA     Gordon, Tom        PHI          430         409       16
Konerko, Paul      CWS     Pineiro, Joel      SEA          410         404       33
Ramirez, Aramis    CHC     Lohse, Kyle        CIN          388         400       36
Zambrano, Carlos   CHC     Lohse, Kyle        CIN          385         399        6
Holliday, Matt     COL     Davies, Kyle       ATL          406         397       31
Ramirez, Hanley    FLA     Gordon, Tom        PHI          405         395       14
Glaus, Troy        TOR     Hansack, Devern    BOS          406         393       36
Pedroia, Dustin    BOS     Burnett, A.J.      TOR          388         383        2
Barfield, Josh     SD      Duke, Zach         PIT          387         383       13
Overbay, Lyle      TOR     Hansack, Devern    BOS          387         383       20
Bonds, Barry       SF      Capuano, Chris     MIL          386         382       25
Peralta, Jhonny    CLE     Padilla, Vicente   TEX          389         381       13
Soriano, Alfonso   WAS     Mota, Guillermo    NYM          415         376       46
Quentin, Carlos    ARI     Penny, Brad        LAD          397         374        8
Borchard, Joe      FLA     Madson, Ryan       PHI          388         374       10
Wigginton, Ty      TB      Johnson, Randy     NYY          375         374       22
Rollins, Jimmy     PHI     Petit, Yusmeiro    FLA          401         367       23
Jones, Andruw      ATL     Mesa, Jose         COL          376         367       39
Buck, John         KC      Maroth, Mike       DET          346         366       11
Thome, Jim         CWS     Hernandez, Felix   SEA          372         365       42
Huff, Aubrey       HOU     Sosa, Jorge        STL          366         364       19
Beltre, Adrian     SEA     Buehrle, Mark      CWS          361         362       21
Sexson, Richie     SEA     Buehrle, Mark      CWS          368         360       32
LoDuca, Paul       NYM     Bergmann, Jason    WAS          378         358        5
Scott, Luke        HOU     Marquis, Jason     STL          350         349        9
Scott, Luke        HOU     Johnson, Tyler     STL          338         337       10
Duncan, Chris      STL     Oswalt, Roy        HOU          333         332       20
Hunter, Torii      MIN     Bedard, Erik       BAL          378         323       29
Wright, David      NYM     O'Connor, Michael  WAS          NA          NA        25


Player News

Player news items are provided by CBS SportsLine.com.

Barry Bonds hit his 734th career homer Saturday night against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, breaking Hank Aaron’s all-time National League home run record.

Nick Johnson broke his right leg in an outfield collision during the eighth inning of the New York Mets’ 12-6 victory over the Nationals. The first baseman collided with right fielder Austin Kearns while chasing David Wright’s blooper down the right-field line that fell in for a triple. Johnson was immobilized and taken to a hospital. He was scheduled to have surgery Saturday night in New York to repair his right femur, the bone in the upper part of his leg.

Alfonso Soriano has probably tied the record for most home runs for a player who plays only one year for a team. He hit his 46th home run last night, tying Jose Canseco’s “record” set with the Blue Jays in 1989.

Luke Scott hit a two-run home run in the third inning and then the winning three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth to give the Astros a 7-4 win over St. Louis.

Shane Victorino and Chase Utley, hitting second and third, respectively, in the Phillies lineup, each had four hits and three runs scored in the team’s 8-6 win against Florida. According to Elias, it’s the first time this season in the major leagues that teammates — hitting back-to-back in the batting order — each had four or more hits and three or more runs scored in the same game.

The Mets were down 4-0 but rallied to beat Washington 12-6. It was the eighth time this season that the Mets won a game in which they trailed by at least four runs, tying them with Kansas City for the most such comeback victories in the majors in 2006.

For the fifth time in 2006, Carlos Zambrano hit a home run and earned a win for the Cubs. According to Elias, he’s the first major league pitcher in 40 years to have at least five games of that type in one season. Earl Wilson did it five times in 1966; he pitched for both the Red Sox and Tigers that season. The last National League pitcher with five such games in one year was Don Drysdale for the 1965 Dodgers.

The Tigers scored 10 runs in the first inning at Kansas City, as the Royals became only the second team in major league history — and the first since Grover Cleveland was in the White House — to allow 10 or more runs in the first inning twice in one season. Back in 1896, Louisville (then in the National League) allowed a 10-spot to Chicago on April 17 and did the same at Philadelphia on Aug. 19. (Source: Elias)

Carlos Beltran, who hasn’t played since the NL East Division-clinching game on Monday night because of a right quad strain suffered Sunday in Pittsburgh, said on Saturday that he will ask for whatever steps are necessary “to get me back.” Before the Mets played the Nationals on Saturday, Beltran announced his intent to play Sunday. After watching nine more innings, he added this proviso — “if I can.”

Mariano Rivera threw a 17-pitch ninth inning on Friday night for his 34th save of the season. The right-hander, who’d been sidelined since experiencing tenderness around his elbow, notched three punchouts along the way, two of them looking. More importantly, he felt fine afterwards. “I knew right away by how I felt [after the game],” the Yankees closer said. “I feel normal, and it makes me feel great.”


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