THT Daily: Sizzling Lee

Major League News for April 25

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

Athletics signed designated hitter Frank Thomas for the remainder of the season. Thomas should step right in as the team’s starting designated hitter, providing a significant upgrade over Mike Sweeney, who ended a 39-game homerless streak last night. This is Thomas’ second stint with the Athletics: he hit .270 with 39 home runs and 114 RBI for Oakland in 2006. Jack Cust will head out to left field, with Emil Brown getting the majority of the starts against left-handed pitchers.

John Lackey (triceps) allowed one run in two innings and struck out five in his rehab start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. Just as if it were the start of the spring, Lackey was only scheduled for two innings in his first appearance. He’ll start in the California League again on Tuesday.

Cliff Lee hurled a three-hit shutout and struck out nine as the Indians beat the Royals 2-0 in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader. Lee has won all four of his starts, allowing two runs — one earned — in the process. Even when he was at his best in 2005, Lee posted a 3.79 ERA. In his other full years as a starter, he finished at 5.43 and 4.40. Last year, he was at 6.29 in 16 starts and four relief appearances. The turnaround certainly seems to be for real, but it’s hard to imagine him really being one of the AL’s five-best starters.

Even though he’s 0-for-9 while playing for Single-A Dunedin, Scott Rolen (finger) is expected to be in Toronto’s lineup on Friday. The Blue Jays are already looking pretty desperate. “I’m ready to play,” Rolen said Thursday. “I still have a pretty significant bone bruise. I can feel it when I throw, feel it when I hit. I think my options are, take a month and do nothing and wait for it to heal or play. It’s time to play.” Joe Inglett could be sent down to make room. Rolen shouldn’t be played in mixed leagues until he starts hitting. He might not be of any use in shallow formats this year.

Brian Schneider has been sent to New York with an infected left thumb that may force him to the disabled list. If Schneider avoids the DL, the Mets could cut Brady Clark, with the idea of going to with Gustavo Molina as a backup catcher until Moises Alou is activated. Molina is likely to be added either way. Raul Casanova could have some short-term value in NL-only leagues.

Gary Sheffield got a second cortisone shot in his right shoulder on Wednesday night. That’s the shoulder he had surgery on, and Sheffield has now gotten two cortisone shots in it this week. Manager Jim Leyland said he hoped to have Sheffield back in the lineup on Friday, but that seems unlikely.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle named Brian Fuentes the team’s new closer. He will take over for Manny Corpas, who has blown three consecutive saves. Fuentes was a three-time All Star closer before losing his job to Corpas last June, and while his skills have declined somewhat, he should be effective in the ninth inning. He’s allowed three runs 11 innings this season, and makes a solid addition in leagues of all sizes.


Yesterday’s Results
American League
LAA     7  BOS     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
TB      5  TOR     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHA     7  NYA     6    (Recap and Boxscore)
DET     8  TEX     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
CLE     2  KC      0    (Recap and Boxscore)
CLE     9  KC      6    (Recap and Boxscore)
OAK    11  MIN     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
BAL     8  SEA     7    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
ATL     7  FLA     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
WAS    10  NYN     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
HOU     5  CIN     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
PHI     3  MIL     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
STL     6  PIT     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
COL     4  CHN     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
ARI     6  LAN     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
SF      1  SD      0    (Recap and Boxscore)

You can download a compact version of yesterday’s boxscores from Heater Magazine.

First Inning’s Major and Minor League Daily Reports:
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Today’s Games
National League
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 Philadelphia Phillies at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 PM
  (R) Adam Eaton (0-0) vs. (L) Zach Duke (0-1)
 Atlanta Braves at New York Mets, 7:10 PM
  (R) Jair Jurrjens (2-2) vs. (R) Mike Pelfrey (2-0)
 Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals, 7:35 PM
  (R) Ryan Dempster (3-0) vs. (L) Odalis Perez (0-3)
 Florida Marlins at Milwaukee Brewers, 8:05 PM
  (L) Scott Olsen (3-0) vs. (R) Yovani Gallardo (0-0)
 Houston Astros at St. Louis Cardinals, 8:15 PM
  (R) Shawn Chacon (0-0) vs. (R) Braden Looper (3-1)
 Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres, 10:05 PM
  (L) Randy Johnson (0-1) vs. (L) Randy Wolf (2-0)
 Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants, 10:15 PM
  (R) Aaron Harang (1-2) vs. (L) Jonathan Sanchez (1-1)
 Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:40 PM
  (R) Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2) vs. (R) Hiroki Kuroda (1-2)
 
 American League
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 New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians, 7:05 PM
  (L) Andy Pettitte (3-1) vs. (R) Paul Byrd (0-2)
 LA Angels of Anaheim at Detroit Tigers, 7:05 PM
  (R) Ervin Santana (3-0) vs. (L) Nate Robertson (0-2)
 Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays, 7:10 PM
  (R) Tim Wakefield (2-0) vs. (R) Matt Garza (0-0)
 Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers, 8:05 PM
  (R) Nick Blackburn (1-1) vs. (R) Kevin Millwood (1-2)
 Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals, 8:10 PM
  (R) AJ Burnett (2-1) vs. (R) Zack Greinke (3-0)
 Baltimore Orioles at Chicago White Sox, 8:11 PM
  (L) Brian Burres (2-1) vs. (L) Mark Buehrle (1-2)
 Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners, 10:10 PM
  (L) Dana Eveland (2-1) vs. (R) Miguel Batista (2-2)


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     15   9 .625    0.0   13     2    sparkline graph
BAL     13   9 .591    1.0   11     2    sparkline graph
NYA     12  11 .522    2.5   11     1    sparkline graph
TB      11  11 .500    3.0   12    -1    sparkline graph
TOR     10  13 .435    4.5   12    -2    sparkline graph
American League Central     
CHA     12   9 .571    0.0   13    -1    sparkline graph
CLE     10  12 .455    2.5   12    -2    sparkline graph
MIN     10  12 .455    2.5    9     1    sparkline graph
DET     10  13 .435    3.0   11    -1    sparkline graph
KC       9  13 .409    3.5    7     2    sparkline graph
American League West        
LAA     14   9 .609    0.0   13     1    sparkline graph
OAK     14   9 .609    0.0   14     0    sparkline graph
SEA     11  12 .478    3.0   12    -1    sparkline graph
TEX      7  16 .304    7.0    7     0    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
FLA     13   9 .591    0.0   10     3    sparkline graph
NYN     11  10 .524    1.5   12    -1    sparkline graph
PHI     12  11 .522    1.5   12     0    sparkline graph
ATL     11  11 .500    2.0   14    -3    sparkline graph
WAS      7  16 .304    6.5    8    -1    sparkline graph
National League Central     
CHN     15   7 .682    0.0   14     1    sparkline graph
STL     14   9 .609    1.5   14     0    sparkline graph
MIL     13   9 .591    2.0   12     1    sparkline graph
HOU     11  12 .478    4.5   12    -1    sparkline graph
PIT      9  13 .409    6.0    7     2    sparkline graph
CIN      9  14 .391    6.5   10    -1    sparkline graph
National League West        
ARI     16   6 .727    0.0   16     0    sparkline graph
COL     10  12 .455    6.0    9     1    sparkline graph
SF      10  13 .435    6.5    8     2    sparkline graph
LAN      9  13 .409    7.0   12    -3    sparkline graph
SD       9  14 .391    7.5    8     1    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, with a focus on each team’s top prospects.

ORG LVL PLAYER            AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
CIN AAA Jay Bruce......... 4  3  1  0  1  0  1  3 R
CIN A+  Drew Stubbs....... 5  3  2  0  0  0  2  2 SB
BAL AA  Nolan Reimold..... 4  4  0  0  1  1  0  
LAA AAA Brandon Wood...... 5  1  1  0  0  0  1  
NYM AA  F. Martinez....... 4  2  0  0  0  0  0  
COL AAA Ian Stewart....... 4  1  0  0  1  0  0  
KC  AAA Chris Lubanski.... 4  3  1  0  1  0  1  
HOU AA  Eli Iorg.......... 6  3  1  0  1  0  3  3 R
OAK AAA Jeffrey Baisley... 5  3  1  0  1  0  0  3 R
OAK AAA Gregorio Petit.... 4  2  1  0  0  2  1  
DET AAA Brent Clevlen..... 4  2  0  0  1  1  1  
TEX AA  John Mayberry..... 5  3  0  0  1  0  2  

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
BAL AAA Radhames Liz...... 7  3  1  1 10  2  0  
FLA AA  C. Volstad........ 7  2  1  1  6  1  0  12 GB
NYY A   Dellin Betances... 6  2  2  1  7  3  0  
ATL AAA Jo-Jo Reyes....... 7  5  1  1  6  1  0  
ATL A+  Thomas Hanson..... 7  4  1  1  6  2  0  
MIN AA  Yohan Pino........ 7  4  2  2  4  0  1  
TB  AA  Jacob McGee....... 6  4  3  3  5  2  1  
STL AAA Trey Hearne....... 6  5  3  3  7  4  0  
SD  AAA Cesar Ramos....... 5  5  2  2  6  4  0  
TB  A+  Matthew Walker.... 4  6  3  3  5  2  0  10 GB
BAL A   Anthony Butler.... 6  8  4  4  3  0  0  
STL AAA Mike Parisi....... 6  4  2  2  4  4  0  11 GB

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