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Major League News for September 23

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


Yesterday’s Results
American League
BAL     7  MIN     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Roberts: 3-5, 3 R, 3 RBI; Cabrera: 6.2 IP, 3 R
NYA     4  TB      1    (Recap and Boxscore) Wang: 7 IP, 1 R; Sheffield returns
BOS     7  TOR     1    (Recap and Boxscore) Tavarez: 9 IP, 1 R, 1 K
SEA    11  CHA     6    (Recap and Boxscore) Sexson: 2 HR, see below
DET     7  KC      3    (Recap and Boxscore)
OAK     5  LAA     4    (Recap and Boxscore) See below
TEX    12  CLE     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Lee: 2 HR; Young, Texeira: 4 RBI each

National League
WAS     3  NYN     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Soriano: 40th 2B, In 40-40-40 club
PHI     5  FLA     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Howard: 58th HR; Hamels: 6.2 IP, 1 R
CIN     4  CHN     2    (Recap and Boxscore) 5 innings
HOU     6  STL     5    (Recap and Boxscore) HOU: 4 R in last 2 innings to win
MIL    13  SF     12    (Recap and Boxscore) Bonds: 2 2B, HR, 6 RBI
COL     6  ATL     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
LAN     2  ARI     0    (Recap and Boxscore) Lowe: 7 IP, 0 R
SD      6  PIT     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Young: 8.1 Inning no-hitter


Today’s Games
Visitors                         Home                             Starts
FLA - Moehler B. (7-9, 6.09)     PHI - Lieber J. (8-10, 5.03)       1:20
SEA - Hernandez F. (11-14, 4.68) CWS - Buehrle M.* (12-13, 4.79)    1:20
WAS - O'Connor M.* (3-7, 4.72)   NYM - Maine J. (5-5, 3.42)         1:20
LAA - Lackey J. (11-11, 3.73)    OAK - Blanton J. (16-11, 4.74)     4:05
BOS - Hansack D. (0-0, -)        TOR - Burnett A. (8-8, 3.97)       4:07
MIN - Baker S. (5-8, 6.33)       BAL - Bedard E.* (15-9, 3.62)      4:35
CHC - Zambrano C. (15-6, 3.38)   CIN - Lohse K. (2-4, 4.33)         6:10
SF - Lowry N.* (7-10, 4.70)      MIL - Capuano C.* (11-11, 3.67)    7:05
STL - Reyes A. (5-7, 4.92)       HOU - Oswalt R. (14-8, 3.05)       7:05
DET - Rogers K.* (16-6, 3.74)    KC - Redman M.* (10-9, 5.33)       7:10
NYY - Johnson R.* (17-10, 4.93)  TB - Howell J.* (0-3, 6.53)        7:15
ATL - Davies K. (3-5, 7.18)      COL - Francis J.* (12-11, 3.88)    8:05
CLE - Slocum B. (0-0, 10.57)     TEX - Padilla V. (14-9, 4.27)      8:05
PIT - Duke Z.* (10-13, 4.49)     SD - Peavy J. (9-14, 4.25)        10:05
ARI - Batista M. (10-7, 4.40)    LAD - Penny B. (16-8, 4.13)       10:10


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  60 .608    0.0   91      2      
BOS     83  71 .539   10.5   78      5      
TOR     80  73 .523   13.0   80      0      
BAL     68  86 .442   25.5   67      1      
TB      58  95 .379   35.0   60     -2      
American League Central
DET     92  62 .597    0.0   91      1      
MIN     90  63 .588    1.5   87      3      
CHA     85  69 .552    7.0   85      0      
CLE     70  83 .458   21.5   81     -11     
KC      58  95 .379   33.5   59     -1      
American League West
OAK     90  63 .588    0.0   82      8      
LAA     82  71 .536    8.0   78      4      
TEX     78  76 .506   12.5   83     -5      
SEA     75  79 .487   15.5   75      0      

National League East         Pwins Diff
NYN     92  61 .601    0.0   87      5      
PHI     80  73 .523   12.0   80      0      
FLA     76  78 .494   16.5   77     -1      
ATL     75  79 .487   17.5   79     -4      
WAS     67  86 .438   25.0   66      1      
National League Central
STL     80  72 .526    0.0   79      1      
HOU     75  78 .490    5.5   77     -2      
CIN     75  78 .490    5.5   72      3      
MIL     71  83 .461   10.0   67      4      
PIT     65  89 .422   16.0   67     -2      
CHN     62  92 .403   19.0   64     -2      
National League West
SD      81  72 .529    0.0   81      0      
LAN     81  73 .526    0.5   82     -1      
SF      75  78 .490    6.0   74      1      
ARI     72  81 .471    9.0   75     -3      
COL     72  82 .468    9.5   78     -6      

Wildcard Standings
American League
MIN     90  63 .588    0.0
CHA     85  69 .552    5.5
BOS     83  71 .539    7.5
LAA     82  71 .536    8.0
TOR     80  73 .523   10.0
National League
LAN     81  73 .526    0.0
PHI     80  73 .523    0.5
FLA     76  78 .494    5.0
HOU     75  78 .490    5.5
CIN     75  78 .490    5.5


Game of the Day

The red-hot A’s dropped their magic number to two with a 5-4 12-inning win over the Angels. The Angels had tied the game in the top of the ninth of Maicer Izturis’s double, but Oakland’s Marco Scutaro drove in Bobby Kielty with a single in the 12th. The A’s have won 8 of their last 9 games, avoiding the September swoon that plagued them the last two years.

LA ANGELS (4) VS OAKLAND (5) - FINAL IN 12 INNINGS 

LA ANGELS              ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Izturis 3b            5  1  2  1   1  1   0  .292
O Cabrera ss            4  0  0  0   0  1   1  .279
V Guerrero rf           4  0  0  0   2  1   0  .324
J Rivera lf             6  0  2  1   0  1   2  .296
R Quinlan 1b            2  0  0  0   1  0   3  .318
 a-A Kennedy ph-2b      1  0  0  0   1  1   0  .271
G Anderson dh           4  0  2  1   1  0   3  .282
H Kendrick 2b-1b        5  1  3  1   0  0   2  .277
M Napoli c              3  0  0  0   0  3   3  .221
 b-E Aybar ph           1  1  0  0   0  0   1  .258
 J Molina c             1  0  0  0   0  0   1  .245
C Figgins cf            5  1  1  0   0  2   3  .261

Totals                 41  4 10  4   6 10  19

a-walked for R Quinlan in the 8th;  b-hit into fielder's choice to left for M 
Napoli in the 9th.

BATTING: 2B - J Rivera (25, B Zito); M Izturis (20, H Street). HR - H Kendrick 
(4, 7th inning off B Zito 0 on, 0 Out). S - O Cabrera 2. RBI - J Rivera (78), G 
Anderson (81), H Kendrick (26), M Izturis (38). 2-out RBI - G Anderson, M 
Izturis. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - G Anderson 1, O Cabrera 1, M 
Napoli 1. GIDP - C Figgins, J Rivera. Team LOB - 9. 
 
BASERUNNING: SB - C Figgins (49, 2nd base off B Zito/J Kendall). 
 
FIELDING: E - O Cabrera (16, throw); V Guerrero (11, fly ball). DP: 1 (H 
Kendrick-O Cabrera-S Shields). 
 
OAKLAND                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
J Kendall c             4  1  0  0   1  0   1  .294
M Kotsay cf             5  0  1  1   0  0   0  .276
M Bradley rf            5  1  1  1   0  1   0  .275
 D Johnson 1b           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .236
F Thomas dh             5  0  0  0   0  3   1  .274
E Chavez 3b             4  1  2  1   0  0   1  .242
 A Perez pr-3b          0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .099
 a-B Kielty ph          1  1  1  0   0  0   0  .272
J Payton lf-rf          5  0  0  0   0  1   1  .296
N Swisher 1b-lf         4  1  1  1   1  2   2  .254
M Scutaro ss            5  0  1  1   0  1   1  .256
M Ellis 2b              4  0  1  0   0  0   1  .249

Totals                 42  5  8  5   2  8   8

a-doubled to deep right for A Perez in the 12th.

BATTING: 2B - M Kotsay (28, J Weaver); B Kielty (18, F Rodriguez). HR - N 
Swisher (33, 5th inning off J Weaver 0 on, 1 Out), E Chavez (21, 7th inning off 
J Weaver 0 on, 0 Out), M Bradley (12, 8th inning off J Weaver 0 on, 2 Out). RBI 
- M Kotsay (56), N Swisher (89), E Chavez (69), M Bradley (46), M Scutaro (38). 
2-out RBI - M Bradley. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - M Ellis 1, J 
Kendall 1, E Chavez 1. GIDP - N Swisher. Team LOB - 5. 
 
FIELDING: E - H Street (2, throw). Outfield assists - J Payton 2 (V Guerrero 
at Home, H Kendrick at 2nd base). DP: 2 (M Scutaro-M Ellis-N Swisher, M 
Scutaro-M Ellis-D Johnson). 
 
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    LA ANGELS       - 000 002 101 000   --   4
    OAKLAND         - 000 110 110 001   --   5

One out when winning run scored.
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LA ANGELS                    ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
J Weaver                      7 2/3   5   4   4   1   4   3   2.32
S Shields                     2 1/3   1   0   0   0   2   0   2.95
F Rodriguez (L, 2-3)          1 1/3   2   1   1   1   2   0   1.83

OAKLAND                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
B Zito                        7 2/3   7   3   3   3   6   1   3.89
J Duchscherer                   1/3   0   0   0   1   0   0   3.00
H Street (B, 9)               1       2   1   1   0   1   0   2.93
K Calero                      2       1   0   0   0   3   0   3.21
B Halsey (W, 5-4)             1       0   0   0   2   0   0   4.67

WP - B Halsey. IBB - V Guerrero 2 (by B Zito, B Halsey), N Swisher (by F 
Rodriguez). Pitches-strikes: J Weaver 112-73; S Shields 22-15; F Rodriguez 
29-20; B Zito 114-68; J Duchscherer 10-6; H Street 20-14; K Calero 29-20; B 
Halsey 15-4. Ground balls-fly balls: J Weaver 5-14; S Shields 3-2; F Rodriguez 
1-1; B Zito 8-8; J Duchscherer 1-0; H Street 1-1; K Calero 0-3; B Halsey 3-0. 
Batters faced: J Weaver 30; S Shields 7; F Rodriguez 7; B Zito 31; J 
Duchscherer 2; H Street 5; K Calero 7; B Halsey 4. 
 
UMPIRES: HP--Ron Kulpa. 1B--Dan Iassogna. 2B--Lance Barksdale. 3B--Dale 
Scott. 
EJECTIONS:  OAKLAND's Bradley by Kulpa (11th). 
T--3:33. Att--35,077. 
Weather: 68 degrees, clear. Wind: 10 mph, left 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.

Richie Sexson launched a 125.9 mph rocket at U.S Cellular (his 2nd of the game, in the 3rd inning) that went 445 feet true distance to LF into/across a 15 mph wind blowing in from CF. Sexson’s blast was the 2nd hardest hit home run of 2006, and had the 2nd longest standard distance of the year as well. Under standard conditions (70 degrees, no wind, sea level), it would have carried 488 feet; last night, the wind stole 45 feet of distance, the cool temperature took away another 4 feet, and the altitude on the South Side of Chicago added 6 feet compared to standard conditions.

One more notable homer, L.A. Angel Howie Kendrick bashed a 439 foot homer run, the longest of 2006 hit at McAfee Coliseum.

Hitter                       Pitcher                         True Dist  Std. Dist.  HR #
Sexson, Richie        SEA    McCarthy, Brandon     CWS          445         488      31
Ledee, Ricky          NYM    Astacio, Pedro        WAS          422         450       2
Kendrick, Howie       LAA    Zito, Barry           OAK          439         446       4
Sexson, Richie        SEA    Contreras, Jose       CWS          411         444      30
Teixeira, Mark        TEX    Byrd, Paul            CLE          425         443      29
Chavez, Eric          OAK    Weaver, Jered         LAA          429         425      21
Casey, Sean           DET    Hudson, Luke          KC           429         421       7
Uribe, Juan           CWS    Meche, Gil            SEA          393         420      20
Randa, Joe            PIT    Young, Chris          SD           433         418       4
Lee, Carlos           TEX    Byrd, Paul            CLE          424         417      35
Durham, Ray           SF     Shouse, Brian         MIL          418         416      25
Drew, J.D.            LAD    Vargas, Claudio       ARI          423         413      19
Bonds, Barry          SF     Spurling, Chris       MIL          414         410      24
Cano, Robinson        NYY    Shields, James        TB           410         409      12
Baker, Jeff           COL    Hudson, Tim           ATL          428         400       4
Gonzalez, Adrian      SD     Gorzelanny, Tom       PIT          408         397      24
Swisher, Nick         OAK    Weaver, Jered         LAA          393         393      33
Roberts, Brian        BAL    Silva, Carlos         MIN          396         392      10
Encarnacion, Edwin    CIN    Hill, Rich            CHC          392         390      15
Bradley, Milton       OAK    Weaver, Jered         LAA          392         390      12
Kearns, Austin        WAS    Hernandez, Orlando    NYM          400         389      24
Lee, Carlos           TEX    Guthrie, Jeremy       CLE          397         389      36
Lowell, Mike          BOS    Lilly, Ted            TOR          389         388      19
Howard, Ryan          PHI    Nolasco, Ricky        FLA          402         386      58
Belliard, Ronnie      STL    Hirsh, Jason          HOU          385         384      11
Harris, Brendan       CIN    Hill, Rich            CHC          384         382       1
Blanco, Henry         CHC    Michalak, Chris       CIN          379         377       6
Baldelli, Rocco       TB     Wang, Chien-Ming      NYY          378         377      14
Ensberg, Morgan       HOU    Narveson, Chris       STL          375         374      23
Guiel, Aaron          NYY    Shields, James        TB           369         368       7
Walker, Todd          SD     Rogers, Brian         PIT          386         364       9
Hopper, Norris        CIN    Hill, Rich            CHC          362         361       1
Eckstein, David       STL    Hirsh, Jason          HOU          358         357       2
Duncan, Chris         STL    Lidge, Brad           HOU          352         350      19


Player News

Player news items are provided by CBS SportsLine.com.

Chris Young pitched 8 1/3 innings of no-hit ball Friday before Joe Randa hit a pinch-home run in the Padres’ 6-2 victory over the Pirates. No Padres pitcher has thrown a no-hitter, and Young was only the second in the past 30 years to reach the ninth inning without allowing a hit. The other was Andy Ashby in 1997. Steve Arlin did so in 1972, and Clay Kirby pitched eight hitless innings before being removed for a pinch-hitter in 1970.

Chien-Ming Wang recorded his 18th victory in the Yankees’ 4-1 win over the Devil Rays. Wang tied Johan Santana for the major-league lead in victories, and he equaled the all-time single-season mark for pitchers born in Asia. The record was set by Chan Ho Park for the Dodgers in 2000.

Gary Sheffield returned to the Yankees’ lineup as a first baseman, a position that he had never played in his 19 seasons in the majors.

Cole Hamels struck out 10 batters in 6 2/3 innings to earn the victory in the Phillies’ 5-2 win over the Marlins. It was the fourth time this season that Hamels has reached double-figures in stikeouts.

Ryan Zimmerman drove in one of the Nationals’ runs in a 3-2 win over the Mets. It was Zimmerman’s 100th RBI of the season, a mark reached by only two other National League rookies in the past 50 years: Mike Piazza in 1993 (112) and Albert Pujols in 2001 (130).

Craig Biggio’s two-out, game-winning single in the Astros’ 6-5 victory over the Cardinals was the 16th walkoff hit of his career, but his first since the second game of the 2003 season.

Barry Bonds drove in six runs in the Giants’ 13-12 loss to the Brewers. At age 42, Bonds became the oldest player with six or more RBI in one game since 43-year-old Carlton Fisk had six RBI for the White Sox in a 1991 victory over the Twins.

Bonds hit his 733rd career home run, tying the National League record that Hank Aaron has held since 1972. Only three other players have held the mark over the past 75 years: Rogers Hornsby (1929-37), Mel Ott (1937-66) and Willie Mays (1966-72).

The Giants scored four runs in the top of the first inning at Milwaukee, only to allow five in the bottom of the inning. According to Elias, the last time the Giants blew a lead of at least four runs before the end of the first inning was 101 years ago, on June 9, 1905, at Pittsburgh, when they scored five in the top of the first and allowed six in the bottom of the inning. Ironically, the Giants’ pitchers in that game were a pair of Hall of Famers who each allowed three runs in the first: Joe McGinnity and Christy Mathewson.


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