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Wednesday, August 13th
Raul Ibanez
went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, 2 RBI, and a Walk.  Mark Teixeira went 3 for 6 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Jim Edmonds (Game 1) had 3 Runs and 3 RBI.  Geovany Soto (Game 1) went 3 for 5 with a Run, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Troy Glaus went 4 for 4.  Jeff Kent also had 4 Hits.  Vernon Wells hit a Grand Slam.  Daniel Murphy (3 RBI), Omar Infante, Michael Young, Kevin Youkilis (3 Runs), Corey Hart (3 RBI), Nick Markakis, Melvin Mora, David Eckstein, Skip Schumaker, Brad Hawpe, Maicer Izturis, Yuniesky Betancourt, Russell Martin, and Eric Hinske each had 3 Hits.  Delmon Young, Wladimir Balentien and Milton Bradley each had 3 RBI.

Mark Buehrle threw 7 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 10-10 with a 3.77 ERA.  C.C. Sabathia gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA with the Brewers (13-8, 3.05 overall).  Kevin Slowey gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 9-8 with a 3.94 ERA.  Paul Maholm gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to improve to 8-7 with a 3.69 ERA.  David Purcey threw 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 2-3.  Jeremy Guthrie gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 10-8 with a 3.18 ERA.  Andy Sonnastine gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 12-6.  Braden Looper gave up 1 Earned Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 11-9.  Randy Wolf gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 8-10.  John Maine gave up 1 Hit in 5 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 10-7 with a 3.97 ERA.  Brian Stokes threw 4 Innings of scoreless relief.  Rich Harden gave up 2 Hits in 5 scoreless Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA with the Cubs (7-2, 2.09 overall).  Ricky Nolasco gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 5 Ks, but got a no-decision.

Tuesday, August 12th
David Ortiz
went 3 for 4 with 4 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, 6 RBI, and 2 Walks.  Marlon Byrd went 5 for 6 with 4 Runs, and 3 RBI.  Dustin Pedroia went 5 for 6 with 5 Runs, a Double, and 2 RBI.  Kevin Youkilis smashed a pair of HR en route to 5 RBI.  Gary Sheffield hit a pair of HRs.  Lance Berkman hit a Grand Slam.  Ian Kinsler and Chris Davis each had 4 RBI.  Carlos Beltran, Asdrubal Cabrera, Adam Lind, Miguel Tejada, Fred Lewis, Johnny Damon, Derk Jeter, Matt Kemp, and Chad Tracy each had 3 Hits.  Darin Erstad, Jermaine Dye, Frank Catalanotto, Hanley Ramirez, Xavier Nady, Prince Fielder, and Ryan Ludwick each had 3 RBI.  J.D. Drew, Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley each scored 3 Runs.

Javier Vazquez threw 8 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits while striking out 10 to improve to 9-10.  Jeff Suppan gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to improve to 8-7.  Edison Volquez gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 14-5 with a 2.86 ERA.  Randy Johnson gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 10-8.  Cole Hamels (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Hits, 7 Ks) and Zach Miner (6 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Ks) pitched well, but got a no-decision.

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Monday, August 11th
Nick Markakis
went 3 for 5 with a Run, a Double, a Triple, and 4 RBI.  James Loney (3 RBI), Doug Mientkiewicz, Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp, Jeff Kent, and Chase Utley each had 3 Hits.  David Wright, Ty Wiggington, and Rod Barajas each had 3 RBI.  Ben Francisco and Johnny Peralta each scored 3 Runs.

Glen Perkins celebrated the birth of his child by tossing 8 scoreless Innings allowing 4 Hits as he improved to 9-3.  Josh Beckett gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 11-8 with a 3.92 ERA.  Brandon Backe gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits with 6 Ks in 7 Innings to improve to 7-11.  Dave Bush gave up 1 Run in 6-1/3 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 7-9.  Joel Pinero gave up 1 Earned Run in 7 Innings to improve to 5-5.  Shaun Marcum gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA.  Pedro Martinez gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6 Innings, but got a no-decision.  Anibal Sanchez gave up 3 Runs in 7 Innings with 8 Ks, but lost.  Jonathan Sanchez gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits and John Danks allowed 2 Runs on 2 Hits with 9 Ks, but suffered the same fate.


Here is a a look back at the past week in baseball to bring you the surprising stars.

Pitcher
Jeff Karstens - Karstens has exploded on the scene in Pittsburgh since arriving from the Yankees in the Xavier Nady deal.  All he’s done is throw fifteen consecutive scoreless Innings going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.  He threw a two-hit Shutout vs. Arizona.

Catcher
Chris Snyder
- It was a slow week for Catchers, but Arizona’s Chris Snyder tied for second among backstops in RBI last week.  He went 3 for 13 (.231) with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, 4 RBI, and 4 Walks.

Corner Infielder
Geoff Blum - Houston’s Geoff Blum did some raking last week going 5 for 13 (.385) with 5 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI in limited action.  As a bonus he qualifies at 2B, 3B, and SS in Yahoo leagues.

Middle Infielder
Jolbert Cabrera
- Cincinnati’s Jolbert Cabrera joins the mix.  Last week he went 5 for 12 (.417) with 5 Runs, a Double, a HR, an RBI, 2 Walks, an a SB.  In Yahoo leagues he qualifies at 2B & SS.  Plu, he played in the OF over the weekend.

Outfielder
Marlon Byrd - I think it’s a law that every Texas player needs to be a FBWW this season.  The latest to join the club is Marlon Byrd.  He destroyed opposing pitching last week to the tune of 16 for 28 (.571) with 9 Runs, 4 Doubles, 2 HRs, 8 RBI, 3 Walks, and 2 SBs.  Not only did he hit in all but one game last week, he had multiple hits in each of those six games.

Sunday, August 10th
Ian Kinsler
went 5 for 6 with 3 Runs, a HR, and 3 RBI.  Brian Giles went 4 for 4 with 4 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Marlon Byrd went 4 for 6 with 3 Runs, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Adrian Gonzalez went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 RBI, and a Walk.  Willy Aybar hit a pair of HRs and had 4 RBI.  Michael Bourn and Luke Carlin each had 4 RBI. Brian Roberts went 4 for 4 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, a Walk, and a SB.  Melvin Mora went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Aaron Rowand had 4 Hits.  Josh Hamilton (3 RBI), Geoff Blum (3 Runs), Mark Teahan (3 Runs), Jody Gerut (3 Runs), Kevin Kouzmanoff, Shin-Soo Choo, Luis Gonzalez, Luis Montanez, Ryan Zimmerman, Lastings Milledge, Cliff Floyd, Matt Kemp, Randy Wynn (3 RBI), and Eric Hinske (3 Runs) each had 3 Hits.  Dan Uggla, Mike Rivera, Brad Hawpe, Shawn Riggans, and Mike Lowell each had 3 RBI.  Mike Jacobs scored 3 Runs.

Cliff Lee tossed 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 16-2 with a 2.45 ERA.  Nate Robinson gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7-2/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 7-8.  Brandon Webb gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 17-4 with a 2.88 ERA.  Edwin Jackson gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 9-7.  Josh Johnson gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 3-0 with a 3.19 ERA.  Wandy Rodriguez gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 7-4 with a 3.89 ERA.  Ryan Dempster gave up 2 Runs in 6-2/3 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 13-5 with a 2.92 ERA.  Scott Baker (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 7 Ks), Jason Davis (6 Innings, 2 unearned Runs, 4 Hits), Manny Parra (7 Innings, 1 Run, 9 Ks) and John “The Ballad of John and Yoko” Lannan (6 Innings, 1 unearned Run, 1 Hit, 6 Ks) got no-decisions.

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Saturday, August 9th
Troy Glaus
went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 5 RBI.  Miguel Cabrera hit a pair of HRs and had 4 RBI.  Jimmy Rollins went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 Triples, and a SB.  Ichiro Suzuki went 4 for 6 with a HR and 3 RBI.  Melvin Mora and Brian McCann also had 4 RBI. Carlos Beltran (3 RBI), Mike Jacobs (3 RBI), Big Papi (3 RBI), Jacoby Ellsbury, David Wright, Luis Rodriguez, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Brad Hawpe, David Dellucci,Mark Kotsay, Joe Inglett, Melky Cabrera, Juan Castro, Placido Polanco, and Akinori Iwamura each had 3 Hits.  Nick Markakis had 3 RBI.  Albert Pujols and Brian Roberts each scored 3 Runs.

Ben Sheets pitched a Complete Game five-hit Shutout with 6 Ks to improve to 11-5 with a 2.95 ERA.  Paul Byrd tossed a Complete Game allowing 2 Runs on 6 Hits to improve to 7-10.  Dice-K gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 8 Innings to improve to 13-2 with a 2.90 ERA.  Daniel Cabrera threw 6 scoreless Innings allowing 4 hits to improve to 8-7.  Brett Myers gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7-2/3 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 5-9.  Brian Moehler gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 8-4 with a 3.83 ERA.  Greg Maddux gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 6-8.  Hiroki Kuroda (8 Innings, 1 Run), Kevin Correia (6 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Ks), Dan Giese (6 Innings, 1 Run, 3 Hits, 5 Ks) got a no-decision.  Bronson Arroyo gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 7 Ks, but lost.

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Friday, August 8th
Torii Hunter
went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Carlos Lee went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 3 RBI.  Kevin Millar hit 2 HRs and had 3 RBI.  Jim Edmonds smacked a pair of solo HRs.  Mike Aviles and Howie Kendrick each had 4 Hits.  Vladimir Guerrero (3 Runs), Martin Prado (3 RBI), Garrett Atkins (3 RBI), Shin-Soo Choo, Kazuo Matsui, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Casey Kotchman, and Alex Romero each had 3 Hits.  Jeff Keppinger, Jeff Kent, and Dustin Pedroia each had 3 RBI.  Luke Scott, Omar Infante, and Chipper Jones each scored 3 Runs. 

C.C. Sabathia is now 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA for the Brew Crew after his Complete Game five-hit Shutout with 9 Ks.  Oliver Perez gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 8-7 with a 3.90 ERA.  Jeremy Guthrie gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 9-8 with a 3.26 ERA.  Mark Buehrle gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 9-10 with a 3.94 ERA.  Dallas Braden gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 3-2.  Anthony Reyes gave up 1 Run in 6-1/3 Innings to improve to 3-1.  Glendon Rusch gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 5-3.  Paul Maholm (7 scoreless five-hit Innings, 10 Ks), Joe Blanton (7 scoreless one-hit Innings, 7 Ks), Braden Looper (7 Innings, 2 Runs) and Ted Lilly (7-1/3 Innings, 2 Runs) got no-decisions.

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Thursday, August 7th
Lastings Milledge
went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI.  Miguel Cabrera (3 RBI) Garrett Atkins (3 RBI), David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jeff Kent, Joey Votto, Carlos Lee, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Marlon Byrd, and Paul Konerko each had 3 Hits.  Hunter Pence and Mark Reynolds each had 3 RBI.   Carlos Guillen scored 3 Runs.

Mike Mussina tossed 7 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 15-7 with a 3.27 ERA.  Charlie Morton threw 7 scoreless Innings giving up5 Hits to improve to 3-5.  Chris Volstad gave up 3 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA.  Clayton Kershaw gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 2-3 with a 3.71 ERA.  Jason Bergmann gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 2-8.  Roy Oswalt gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 9-8.  Odalis Perez gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 5-8.  Zach Miner gave up 1 Earned Run in 6 Innings to improve to 6-4 with a 3.57 ERA.   Johan Santana gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 7 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Who would have guessed the Mets would do him more wrong with their bats than the Twins did?  Felix Hernandez (8 Innings, 4 Hits, 1 Run, 5 Ks) and Andy Sonnanstine (7-1/3 Innings, 5 Hits, 1 Run) also got no-decisions. Cole Hamels gave up 2 Earned Runs in 6-1/3 Innings with 7 Ks, but lost.  Scott Feldman gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings, but lost.

Wednesday, August 6th
Johnny Peralta
went 5 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Albert Pujols went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Double, a Grand Slam, and 4 RBI.  Mark DeRosa went 2 for 3 with a Run, a Double, a Grand Slam, and 5 RBI.  Denard Span went 3 for 5 with a Triple, 4 RBI, and a SB.  Richie Weeks and Randy Wynn each had 4 Hits.  Vladimir Guerrero had 4 RBI.  Mike Cameron, Jason Bartlett, Ty Wiggington, Garrett Anderson, Brian McCann, Dan Murphy, Billy Butler, Casey Blake, Ryan Ludwick, and Jacoby Ellsbury (3 RBI) each had 3 Hits.  Jay Bruce, Carlos Pena, Cliff Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Nick Markakis, Aaron Rowand, Jim Thome, and Rod Barajas each had 3 RBI.  Ben Zobrist and Mark Teixeira each scored 3 Runs.

Jeff Karstens nearly had a Perfect Game.  He settled for a Complete Game two-hit Shutout to improve to 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA.  Tim Lincecum gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 8 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 12-3 with a 2.68 ERA.  Kyle Kendrick gave up 4 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 10-5.  Shaun Marcum gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 6-5 with a 3.44 ERA.  Cha Seung Baek gave up 2 Runs in 6-1/3 Innings to improve to 4-5.  John Danks gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 9-4 with a 3.21 ERA.  Tim Wakefield gave up 1 Earned Run on 4 Hits with 6 Ks in 6 Innings to improve to 7-8 with a 3.67 ERA.  Randy Johnson gave up 2 Runs in 7-1/3 Innings with 7 Ks, but lost.  Pedro Martinez gave up 2 Earned Runs on 4 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings, but lost.

Tuesday, August 5th
Jason Kubel
went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Placido Polanco went 3 for 6 with 3 Runs, a Triple, 2 HRs, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Raul Ibanez went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Fernando Tatis smacked 2 HRs and had 4 RBI.  Darin Erstad went 4 for 4.  Jason Bay, Derrek Lee, Emil BrownRyan Raburn, Carlos Quentin, and Carlos Gonzalez also had 4 Hits.  Jeremy Hermida and Chris Davis each had 4 RBI.  Richie Sexson hit a Grand Slam.  Alfonso Soriano went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Mark DeRosa (3 RBI), Ryan Sweeney, Ryan Braun, Jody Gerut (3 RBI), Marlon Byrd (3 Runs), Luke Scott, Edgar Renteria, Alexei Ramirez, Jeremy Reed, Jose Lopez, Kelly Johnson (3 Runs), and Adam Kennedy each had 3 Hits.  Corey Hart, Nick Swisher, and Dioner Navarro each had 3 RBI.  Ichiro Suzuki scored 3 Runs.

Brandon Webb tossed a Complete Game allowing 1 Run to improve to 16-4 with a 2.93 ERA.  He’s the first to 16 Wins.  Chris Waters threw 8 one-hit scoreless Innings for his first career Win.  He has allowed just 2 Hits in 14 scoreless Innings to start his career.  Josh Johnson tossed 6 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits to improve to 2-0 with a 3.34 ERA.  Dave Bush gave up1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 6-9.  Mike Pelfrey gave up 2 Runs in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 10-7 with a 3.85 ERA.  Josh Beckett gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 10-8.  Matt Harrison gave up 2 Runs in 6-1/3 Innings to improve to 3-2.  Mike Hampton gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits for his first Win of the year.  Greg Smith (2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings), John “Hard Day’s Night” Lannan (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Hits, 8 Ks), Jorge de la Rosa (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 6 Ks), and Chris Carpenter (5 scoreless Innings, 3 Hits) all got no-decisions.  Zach Duke gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 6 Ks, but lost.


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