THT Daily: Yankees in First

Major League News for August 1

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
NYA     5  TOR     1    (Recap and Boxscore) Wright: 5 IP, 1 R; Williams: 3 RBI
TEX     9  MIN     0    (Recap and Boxscore) Matthews: HR, 4 RBI; Eaton: 6 IP, 0 R
DET    10  TB      4    (Recap and Boxscore) Guillen: Cycle; Clevlen: 2 HR
BAL     2  SEA     0    (Recap and Boxscore) Lopez: 7.2 IP, 0 R
LAA     3  OAK     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Saunders: 7 IP, 2 R
CHA     7  KC      5    (Recap and Boxscore) 10 innings; Crede: 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI
CLE     6  BOS     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Sabathia: 8 IP, 1 R

National League
WAS     4  SF      1    (Recap and Boxscore) Hernandez: 7 IP, 1 R; Cain: 7 IP, 2 R
HOU     1  SD      0    (Recap and Boxscore) Pettite: 6 IP, 0 R; Peavy: 7 IP, 1 R
PHI     5  STL     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Howard: HR, 3 RBI
ATL     4  PIT     2    (Recap and Boxscore) LaRoche: 2 HR; Smoltz: 7 IP, 1 R
FLA     6  NYN     5    (Recap and Boxscore) See below
MIL     1  COL     0    (Recap and Boxscore) Bush: 6 IP, 0 R; Fogg: 6.2 IP, 1 R
LAN    10  CIN     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Furcal: 4 RBI; Loney: 2 2B
CHN     9  ARI     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Hill: 8 IP, 3 R; CHN: 7 W in last 9 G


Today’s Games
Visitors                        Home                           Time
TEX - Wells K. (0-0, -)         MIN - Bonser B. (2-2, 5.30)    1:10
SEA - Hernandez F. (9-9, 4.60)  BAL - Bedard E.* (12-6, 3.87   3:05
OAK - Loaiza E. (4-7, 6.72)     LAA - Escobar K. (7-9, 3.84)   3:35
WAS - Armas T. (7-6, 4.79)      SF - Schmidt J. (7-7, 3.18)    3:35
ATL - Ramirez H.* (5-4, 4.52)   PIT - Maholm P.* (4-9, 4.96)   7:05
NYM - Trachsel S. (9-5, 5.14)   FLA - Nolasco R. (9-6, 3.94)   7:05
CLE - Sowers J.* (3-3, 3.98)    BOS - Lester J.* (5-1, 3.49)   7:05
TOR - Lilly T.* (9-9, 4.02)     NYY - Wang C. (12-4, 3.77)     7:05
LAD - Penny B. (10-5, 3.53)     CIN - Ramirez E. (4-6, 4.22)   7:10
DET - Miner Z. (6-2, 3.95)      TB - Corcoran T. (4-2, 3.57)   7:15
ARI - Gonzalez E. (3-2, 4.96)   CHC - Marmol C. (4-4, 4.39)    8:05
PHI - Myers B. (6-5, 3.57)      STL - Weaver J. (1-1, 6.46)    8:10
CWS - Garcia F. (10-6, 4.85)    KC - Hudson L. (3-3, 4.82)     8:10
MIL - Ohka T. (3-1, 2.94)       COL - Kim B. (6-6, 4.87)       9:05
HOU - Backe B. (1-1, 5.82)      SD - Williams W. (4-2, 3.69)  10:05


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     62  41 .602    0.0   59     3    sparkline graph
BOS     63  42 .600    0.0   58     5    sparkline graph
TOR     57  49 .538    6.5   58    -1    sparkline graph
BAL     49  59 .454   15.5   46     3    sparkline graph
TB      44  63 .411   20.0   43     1    sparkline graph
American League Central     
DET     71  35 .670    0.0   67     4    sparkline graph
CHA     63  42 .600    7.5   61     2    sparkline graph
MIN     61  44 .581    9.5   58     3    sparkline graph
CLE     46  59 .438   24.5   55    -9    sparkline graph
KC      37  69 .349   34.0   40    -3    sparkline graph
American League West        
OAK     56  51 .523    0.0   53     3    sparkline graph
LAA     55  51 .519    0.5   55     0    sparkline graph
TEX     53  54 .495    3.0   55    -2    sparkline graph
SEA     52  54 .491    3.5   54    -2    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
NYN     63  42 .600    0.0   61     2    sparkline graph
PHI     50  55 .476   13.0   50     0    sparkline graph
FLA     50  56 .472   13.5   52    -2    sparkline graph
ATL     49  56 .467   14.0   54    -5    sparkline graph
WAS     48  59 .449   16.0   48     0    sparkline graph
National League Central     
STL     58  47 .552    0.0   54     4    sparkline graph
CIN     55  51 .519    3.5   51     4    sparkline graph
MIL     51  56 .477    8.0   47     4    sparkline graph
HOU     50  56 .472    8.5   50     0    sparkline graph
CHN     44  62 .415   14.5   43     1    sparkline graph
PIT     40  67 .374   19.0   47    -7    sparkline graph
National League West        
SD      55  51 .519    0.0   54     1    sparkline graph
ARI     54  52 .509    1.0   53     1    sparkline graph
COL     51  55 .481    4.0   54    -3    sparkline graph
LAN     51  55 .481    4.0   55    -4    sparkline graph
SF      51  56 .477    4.5   53    -2    sparkline graph


Game of the Day

Josh Willingham hit a pinch-hit two-run home run off Billy Wagner in the bottom of the ninth to give the Marlins a 6-5 win over the Mets. Willingham has four home runs in his last 10 at bats. Earlier in the game, Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for the Marlins.

The game started with a couple of rookies on the mound. Marlins starter Scott Olsen struck out 10 but allowed four runs in six innings and Mets starter Mike Pelfrey allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings. For the Mets, Jose Reyes hit a triple and home run and Carlos Beltran hit a double and homer.

NY METS (5) VS FLORIDA (6) - FINAL

NY METS                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
J Reyes ss              4  3  2  1   1  2   0  .292
P Lo Duca c             5  1  3  1   0  0   1  .314
C Beltran cf            4  1  2  2   1  0   1  .285
C Delgado 1b            3  0  1  1   1  2   2  .263
D Wright 3b             4  0  0  0   0  3   4  .311
J Valentin 2b           4  0  0  0   0  1   0  .284
C Floyd lf              4  0  1  0   0  2   0  .250
L Milledge rf           1  0  0  0   3  0   0  .230
 E Chavez rf            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .289
M Pelfrey p             3  0  0  0   0  2   2  .000
 C Bradford p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 a-J Franco ph          1  0  0  0   0  0   2  .284
 A Heilman p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 B Wagner p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000

Totals                 33  5  9  5   6 12  12

a-grounded to second for C Bradford in the 8th.

BATTING: 2B - C Beltran (25, S Olsen); P Lo Duca (27, S Olsen). 3B - J Reyes 
(13, S Olsen). HR - C Beltran (33, 3rd inning off S Olsen 1 on, 1 Out), J Reyes 
(10, 7th inning off R Messenger 0 on, 0 Out). RBI - C Delgado (71), P Lo Duca 
(34), C Beltran 2 (96), J Reyes (45). 2-out RBI - C Delgado. Runners left in 
scoring position, 2 out - D Wright 1. GIDP - J Franco, C Beltran. Team LOB - 7. 

FLORIDA                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
A Amezaga cf            3  0  0  0   1  2   4  .267
 b-J Willingham ph      1  1  1  2   0  0   0  .263
D Uggla 2b              4  0  0  0   0  0   1  .292
M Jacobs 1b             4  1  1  0   0  2   1  .289
M Cabrera 3b            3  1  1  0   1  0   0  .326
C Ross lf               4  0  1  1   0  0   1  .252
J Hermida rf            3  0  0  0   1  0   3  .284
H Ramirez ss            4  1  2  2   0  0   0  .269
M Olivo c               4  2  2  0   0  1   2  .295
S Olsen p               2  0  1  1   0  0   0  .156
 a-J Borchard ph        0  0  0  0   1  0   0  .225
 R Messenger p          0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 M Herges p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 c-W Helms ph           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .271

Totals                 32  6  9  6   4  5  12

a-walked for S Olsen in the 6th;  b-homered to left for A Amezaga in the 9th;  
c-sacrificed to pitcher for M Herges in the 9th.

BATTING: 2B - C Ross (6, M Pelfrey); M Olivo (15, M Pelfrey); S Olsen (1, M 
Pelfrey). HR - H Ramirez (10, 4th inning off M Pelfrey 1 on, 2 Out), J 
Willingham (16, 9th inning off B Wagner 1 on, 1 Out). S - W Helms. RBI - C Ross 
(27), H Ramirez 2 (34), S Olsen (3), J Willingham 2 (55). 2-out RBI - C Ross, H 
Ramirez 2, S Olsen. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Amezaga 3, J 
Hermida 2. Team LOB - 6. 
 
BASERUNNING: CS - A Amezaga (7, 2nd base by M Pelfrey/P Lo Duca). 
 
FIELDING: DP: 2 (H Ramirez-D Uggla-M Jacobs, D Uggla-H Ramirez-M Jacobs). 
 
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    NY METS         - 103 000 100   --   5
    FLORIDA         - 100 300 002   --   6

One out when winning run scored.
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NY METS                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
M Pelfrey                     6       7   4   4   4   4   1   5.48
C Bradford (H, 7)             1       0   0   0   0   1   0   3.32
A Heilman (H, 17)             1       0   0   0   0   0   0   4.18
B Wagner (L, 3-2; B, 5)         1/3   2   2   2   0   0   1   2.55

FLORIDA                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
S Olsen                       6       6   4   4   4  10   1   3.90
R Messenger                   2       2   1   1   2   1   1   4.69
M Herges (W, 1-2)             1       1   0   0   0   1   0   3.81

Pitches-strikes: M Pelfrey 95-57; C Bradford 11-9; A Heilman 11-6; B Wagner 
3-3; S Olsen 112-65; R Messenger 37-20; M Herges 14-9. Ground balls-fly balls: 
M Pelfrey 7-6; C Bradford 2-0; A Heilman 0-3; B Wagner 1-0; S Olsen 3-4; R 
Messenger 4-1; M Herges 2-0. Batters faced: M Pelfrey 28; C Bradford 3; A 
Heilman 3; B Wagner 3; S Olsen 27; R Messenger 9; M Herges 3. 
 
UMPIRES: HP--Jerry Meals. 1B--Andy Fletcher. 2B--Mike Reilly. 3B--Jeff 
Kellogg. 

T--2:46. Att--16,641. 
Weather: 87 degrees, clear. Wind: 13 mph, in from center.

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.

Batter                    Pitcher                       True Dist  Stnd Dist
Dunn, Adam        CIN     Sele, Aaron        LAD            434        424
Guillen, Carlos   DET     Howell, J.P.       TB             425        424
Blake, Casey      CLE     Johnson, Jason     BOS            416        424
Reyes, Jose       NYM     Messenger, Randy   FLA            410        422
Beltran, Carlos   NYM     Olsen, Scott       FLA            397        421
Clevlen, Brent    DET     Harper, Travis     TB             420        419
Clevlen, Brent    DET     Lugo, Ruddy        TB             409        408
Payton, Jay       OAK     Saunders, Joe      LAA            402        408
Sanders, Reggie   KC      Buehrle, Mark      CWS            419        405
Berroa, Angel     KC      Jenks, Bobby       CWS            414        405
Matthews, Gary    TEX     Baker, Scott       MIN            403        397
Crede, Joe        CWS     Perez, Odalis      KC             423        394
Ramirez, Aramis   CHC     Vargas, Claudio    ARI            436        386
Ramirez, Hanley   FLA     Pelfrey, Mike      NYM            391        385
Byrnes, Eric      ARI     Hill, Rich         CHC            427        382
Howard, Ryan      PHI     Suppan, Jeff       STL            401        381
LaRoche, Adam     ATL     Snell, Ian         PIT            394        381
LaRoche, Adam     ATL     Snell, Ian         PIT            406        380
Gonzalez, Alex    BOS     Cabrera, Fernando  CLE            393        380
Ross, David       CIN     Sele, Aaron        LAD            379        375
Willingham, Josh  FLA     Wagner, Billy      NYM            379        373
Betemit, Wilson   LAD     Arroyo, Bronson    CIN            370        367
Coste, Chris      PHI     Suppan, Jeff       STL            407        365
Casey, Sean       DET     Harper, Travis     TB             366        364
Young, Michael    TEX     Baker, Scott       MIN            363        358
Loretta, Mark     BOS     Sabathia, C.C.     CLE            355        351
Jones, Jacque     CHC     Medders, Brandon   ARI            399        346
Barrett, Michael  CHC     Vargas, Claudio    ARI            385        345
Murton, Matt      CHC     Vargas, Claudio    ARI            401        342
Inglett, Joe      CLE     Corey, Bryan       BOS            352        333


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            POS AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
CHW A+  Cory Haggerty      3B  5  3  1  0  1  0  1   
CIN AA  Joey Votto         1B  5  3  1  0  1  0  1   
CLE A+  Argenis Reyes      2B  5  5  0  0  0  0  0  Hitting .517 over last 29 at bats
DET AAA Dustan Mohr        CF  4  3  1  1  0  0  1   
LAA AAA Tommy Murphy       CF  5  3  0  0  2  0  0  3 runs scored
NYY AA  Randy Ruiz         DH  5  4  2  0  2  0  1  4 RBI
SD  AA  Stephen Smitherman RF  5  3  0  0  2  0  0  .529 OBP during past week
SF  AA  N. Schierholtz     RF  4  3  0  0  1  1  0   
TOR AAA Luis Figueroa      DH  4  3  1  1  0  0  0   
 
ORG LVL PLAYER             IP   H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
ARI AAA Mike Bacsik        8.0  7  1  0  6  1  0   
ATL AA  Matt Harrison      5.0  0  0  0  4  3  0   
DET AA  Virgil Vasquez     8.2  4  2  2  9  3  1   
DET AAA Colby Lewis        7.0  5  2  2  7  1  1   
NYM AA  Bryan Edwards      8.0  5  1  1  1  2  0   
PHI AAA Jeremy Cummings    6.2  3  0  0  3  2  0   
PIT AAA Marty McLeary      2.2  0  0  0  6  0  0  32 K over last 27 IP
SF  AAA Matt Kinney        7.0  2  1  1  7  2  1   
TB  AAA Jim Magrane        8.0  4  1  1 10  1  0   
TOR AA  Ismael Ramirez     7.0  3  1  1  2  1  0  1.00 ERA over past month


Player News

Player news items are provided by CBS SportsLine.com.

Carlos Guillen hit for the cycle in Tuesday’s game at Tampa Bay. He is the 10th Detroit player, and third since 1951, to complete the cycle. He had an RBI triple in the second, a solo homer in the third, a single in the sixth and a double in the eighth. Guillen hit his double to right center and slide safely into second, beating a throw from Damon Hollins. “Inside I felt pretty good,” Guillen said. “I was looking for the double. As soon as I hit the ball, I tried to run hard. If I don’t run my hard my first at-bat, I don’t get the triple. If I don’t run hard my last at-bat, I don’t get the double.”

Sean Casey hit a home run in his third at-bat as a Tiger. He hadn’t hit a home run in his previous 173 at-bats.

Chase Utley extended his hit streak to 33 games with a first-inning single off of Jeff Suppan in Tuesday’s game at St. Louis.

There have been only 21 runs scored in the last five games played at Coors Field. That’s the fewest runs scored by both teams combined, by far, over any five home-game span in the history of the Rockies. The previous low was 30 runs scored over five games, done earlier this season. The scores during these five games: 3-1, 4-2, 3-1, 4-2, 1-0.

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek will have surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee. Manager Terry Francona said he hoped the surgery would be Thursday but he gave no information on when Varitek might return. It figures to be at least four weeks. “He was examined (Tuesday) morning and they found, I guess, a partial tear in the meniscus,” Francona said. “We’ll know, certainly, a lot more on the timetable after they go in and get him cleaned up.” Doug Mirabelli, mostly, and Ken Huckaby, partially, will handle the Red Sox’s catching duties for August.

Mets right-hander Duaner Sanchez underwent shoulder surgery on his pitching arm Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season. The reliever was riding in a cab that got into an accident near the team’s hotel in Florida on Sunday night and flew back to New York on Monday, the team said. The Mets hoped Sanchez wouldn’t need surgery to repair his severely separated right shoulder and he would be able to return to the mound in September. But the decision to operate was made Tuesday, thus ending his season.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Francisco Liriano has been scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday against the Rangers due to pain near his left elbow. The team said he was being scratched as a precautionary measure after he experienced discomfort while throwing in a bullpen session between starts. “It’s nothing to be alarmed about,” pitching coach Rick Anderson said. “It’s just that he’s a young kid with a bright future, and you don’t want to mess with it.”

The Washington Nationals placed Robert Fick on the 15-day disabled list due to a left rib cartilage separation.

Chris Sampson was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.

Houston’s Morgan Ensberg (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. He was -2-for-4 with a double and a run scored at San Diego.

Eric Young was released by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday to make room for Ben Johnson and newly-acquired Todd Walker. Terrmel Sledge was optioned to Triple-A Portland.

The Baltimore Orioles recalled Abreu from Triple-A Ottawa and optioned Eddy Rodriguez to take his spot in the minors.

Scott Feldman was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma and John Rheinecker was optioned out.

Matt Guerrier (fractured right thumb) was activated from the 15-day disabled list after Tuesday’s game.

Terry Tiffee was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after Tuesday’s game against the Rangers.

Boof Bonser was recalled from Triple-A Rochester, replacing Scott Baker on the active roster. He will start Wednesday’s game against the Rangers in place of Francisco Liriano, who is sidelined due to a sore left elbow.

Hee Seop Choi was designated for assignment on Tuesday, as the Boston Red Sox made a few moves to make room due to the Jason Varitek (knee) injury.

The Angels optioned RHP Greg Jones to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled LHP Joe Saunders.

The Cubs selected RHP Juan Mateo from Double-A West Tenn for the 40-man roster.

The Yankees optioned RHP Colter Bean to Triple-A Columbus of the IL. He had been designated for assignment.

The Rangers have designated RHP John Wasdin for assignment. They have 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the minor leagues.

The Dodgers designated OF Jose Cruz Jr. for assignment Tuesday to make room for their trade deadline acquisitions. Los Angeles needed room on its roster for infielder Julio Lugo, who was acquired Monday from Tampa Bay for two minor-leaguers.

Because of the four trades Monday, the Pirates recalled outfielder Chris Duffy and reliever Josh Sharpless from Triple-A Indianapolis to fill out their 25-man roster. Duffy began the season as the Pirates’ starting center fielder, but initially refused a minor league demotion in mid-May before finally accepting it a month later.

The Red Sox optioned Jermaine Van Buren to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday. He was 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA in nine relief appearances with Boston.

The Reds optioned LHP Brian Shackelford to Triple-A Louisville of the IL and sent OF Dewayne Wise outright there, too. Wise had been designated for assignment.

GM Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers were never close to making a major deal, saying talks with Washington over Alfonso Soriano fell apart over Detroit’s best prospect, outfielder Cameron Maybin. “We inquired about Soriano, but it was one that never went anywhere,” he said. “They asked for Cameron Maybin to be part of packages of players. I said I wouldn’t trade Cameron Maybin straight up for Alfonso Soriano, so we were never close.”

Javy Lopez wants out of Baltimore. He was displaced as the starting catcher by Ramon Hernandez at spring training and recently lost his job as DH to Jay Gibbons, which means won’t be getting much playing time in the foreseeable future. “I’ve got no position on this team. I don’t see why they really need me,” Lopez said. “I’m not meant to play once a week. … I cannot be happy in this situation. They probably have their plan, and I don’t think they’re going to keep me like this until the end of the season. They’re probably going to do something sooner or later.”


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