Wednesday, September 10th
Cristian Guzman
went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, and 5 RBI.  David Wright went 4 for 4 with 4 Rusn, a Double, a HR, 3 RBI, and a Walk.  Kelly Shoppach went 3 for 4 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, 2 RBI, and a Walk.  Kelly Johnson hit a pair of solo HRs.  Good night for Kellys.  Raul Ibanez went 4 for 5 with a Run, 2 Doubles, and 3 RBI.  Ichiro went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs and a SB.  Manny Ramirez hit a pair of HRs and had 4 RBI.  Miguel Tejada had a Double and a Grand Slam.  Eugenio Velez went 2 for 5 with a Double, a Triple, and 4 RBI.  Chipper Jones (3 Runs), Brian McCann, Randy Wynn, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Beltran, Fernando Tatis, Marco Scutaro, Vernon Wells, Reggie Abercrombie , Alexi Casilla, and Jason Kubel each had 3 Hits.  Jerry Hairston, Jr., A.J. Pierzynski, Carlos Pena, and Asdrubal Cabrera each had 3 RBI.  Emilio Bonifacio scored 3 Runs.

Scott Lewis made his Big League debut count with 8 scoreless Innings of three-hit ball for his first Career Win.  Ted Lilly gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 14-9.  Kevin Slowey gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits to improve to 12-9 with a 3.63 ERA.  Mark Buehrle gave up 1 Run in 7-1/3 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 13-11 with a 3.88 ERA.  Brian Moehler gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 11-6.  Ricky Nolasco gave up 3 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 14-7 with a 3.56 ERA.  Andy Sonnanstine (7 Innings, 1 unearned Run, 4 Hits, 7 Ks), Josh Beckett (6 Innings, 1 Run, 7 Ks), James Parr (6 scoreless five-hit Innings, 5 Ks), Brad Hennessey (6 Innings, 1 Run, 4 Hits), Bronson Arroyo (7 Innings, 2 unearned Runs, 5 Hits) and C.C. Sabathia (7 Innings, 3 Runs, 8 Ks) pitched well, but got no-decisions.

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Tuesday, September 9th
Carlos Delgado
went 3 for 3 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, 3 RBI, and a Walk.  Lance Berkman went 3 for 4 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Jorge Cantu went 2 for 4 with 3 Runs, a HR, 3 RBI, and a Walk.  Johnny Damon hit a pair of HRs and had 3 RBI.  Andre Ethier went 2 for 4 with a Triple and 4 RBI.  Marlon Byrd (3 RBI), Ryan Zimmerman, Dan Uggla, Darin Erstad, Miguel Tejada, Jose Guillen, Denard Span, Brian Buscher, Alex Rios, Aramis Ramirez, Wilkin Castillo, Garrett Anderson, Rich Aurilia, and Chris Snyder each had 3 Hits.  Anderson Hernandez, Ray Durham, A-Rod, Taylor Teagarden, and Albert Pujols each had 3 RBI.  Marco Scutaro scored 3 Runs.

A.J. Burnett gave up 1 unearned Run on 1 Hit in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 17-10.  Jeremy Sowers gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 8 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 3-8.  Nick Blackburn gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 10-8 with a 3.67 ERA.  Jese Litsch gave up 2 Runs on 6 Hits in 7 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 11-8 with a 3.70 ERA.  Alfredo Aceves gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings for his first careeer Win.  Barry Zito (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Hits, 9 Ks), Hiroki Kuroda (6 Innings, 2 Runs), Wade LeBlanc (6 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Hits), Ramon Ramirez (6 Innings, 1 Hit, 1 Run), Nate Robinson (7 innings, 1 Run, 4 Hits, 6 Ks) and Dana Evaland (6 Innings, 2 Runs) pitched well, but got no-decisions.  Javier Vazquez gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 5 Ks, but lost.

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Monday, September 8th
Gary Sheffield
hit a Grand Slam and a solo HR.  Adam Jones went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Aubrey Huff went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, and a Grand Slam.  Magglio Ordonez went 3 for 3 with 4 Runs, a Double, a HR, 2 RBI, and 2 Walks.  Brandon Wood went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Asdrubal Cabrera, Kurt Suzuki, Jimmy Rollins, Wilkin Castillo, and Andre Ethier each had 3 Hits.  Miguel Cabrera, Bengie Molina, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jayson Werth each had 3 RBI.

Jon Lester gave up 6 Hits in 7-2/3 scoreless Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 14-5 with a 3.23 ERA.  Cha Seung Baek gave up 3 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 5-9.  Tim Lincecum gave up 1 Earned Run in 8-1/3 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 16-3 with a 2.54 ERA.  Jon Garland gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 13-8.  Dave Bush gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings, but got a no-decision.

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

Pitcher
Frank Francisco - If you can find a Closer this late in the year to plug into your fantasy roster, it could be enough to tip the Saves category into your favor.  The Rangers Closer picked up a pair of Saves last week.  He struck out 6 batters in 3 Innings of work.  His ERA was 0.00 and his WHIP was 0.33.

Catcher
Ryan Hanigan
- Cincinnati’s Ryan Hanigan had a decent week going 4 for 14 (.286) with 2 Runs, 2 RBI, and 3 Walks.  While not outstanding numbers he did contribute at least a Run, Hit or Walk in every game he played last week.

Corner Infielder
Scott McClain - San Francisco’s Scott McClain has made the most of his September call-up.  He went 6 for 14 (.429) with 5 Runs, 2 HRs, 5 RBI, and a Walk. He qualifies at 1B in Yahoo leagues, but he’s playing 3B.  If they update soon he could give you nice flexibility down the stretch.

Middle Infielder
Juan Uribe
- He’s playing 3rd because of injuries, but he qualifies at 2B, 3B, and SS in Yahoo leagues.  Last week he went 5 for 16 (.313) with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, and 6 RBI.  He’s had a slow year, but perhaps he can give you some production and versatility down the stretch.

Outfielder
Nelson Cruz - Another Texas Rangers hitter makes it.  This time it’s Nelson Cruz.  Last week he went 9 for 21 (.429) with 5 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, 6 RBI, 3 Walks, and a SB.  He had three multi-hit games and a hit in all but one game last week.

Sunday, September 7th
Carlos Delgado
went 3 for 4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBI.  Pablo Sandoval went 2 for 3 with a Run, a Double, and 5 RBI.  Justin Morneau had 4 RBI.  Jose Lopez went 3 for 4 with a pair of HRs.  Alberto Gonzalez (3 RBI), Chipper Jones, Yunel Escobar, B.J. Upton, Sean Kazmar, Carlos Ruiz, Curtis Granerson, Joe Mauer, Aaron Boone, Mark Loretta, Jose Castillo and Clint Barmes each had 3 Hits.  Victor Martinez, Elijah Dukes, Brad Hawpe, James Loney, and Greg Dobbs each had 3 RBI.  Denard Span and Lastings Milledge each scored 3 Runs.

Chris Young gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits with 5 Ks in a Complete Game Win to improve to 5-5.  David Purcey gave up 6 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 3-5.  Jamie Moyer gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Innigns to improve to 13-7 with a 3.64 ERA.  Adam Wainwright gave up 1 Run on 6 Hits in 8 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 9-3 with a 2.85 ERA.  Paul Byrd gave up 3 Hits in 6-2/3 scoreless Innings to improve to 11-11.  Cliff Lee gave up 1 Run in 7-1/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 21-2 with a 2.28 ERA.  Ryan Feierabend gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to win his first game of the year.  Johan Santana gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7-1/3 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 13-7 with a 2.70 ERA.  Joe Saunders gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 7-1/3 Innings to improve to 15-7 with a 3.64 ERA.  Sean Marshall gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6 Innings, but got a no-decision.  Jo-Jo-Jo Reyes gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings, but got a no-decision.  Matt Garza gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 7 Ks, but lost.  Max Scherzer had 11 Ks.

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Saturday, September 6th
Alfonso Soriano
went 4 for 5 with 4 Runs, 3 HRs, and 5 RBI.  Nelson Cruz went 3 fpr 4 with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, and 5 RBI.  Elijah Dukes went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Manny Ramirez went 2 for 4 with a Double, a HR and 5 RBI.  Lyle Overbay went 3 for 5 with 2 HRs and a Walk.  Derrek Lee went 4 for 6 with 2 Doubles, and 3 RBI.  Freddy Sanchez went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, and 2 RBI.  Jack Cust hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3 Runs.  Gregg Zaun went 3 for 5 with a Grand Slam and a Walk.  Jolbert Cabrera also hit a Grand Slam.  Raul Ibanez went 2 for 3 with a HR and 4 RBI.  Bobby Abreu (3 RBI), Hideki Matsui, Jeremy Reed, Akinori Iwamura, Joe Inglett, Magglio Ordonez, Alexi Casilla, A.J. Pierzynski, Luis Rodriguez, David DeJesus, Gerald Laird, Mark Loretta, Reggie Abercrombie, Nate McLouth, Andy LaRoche, Bengie Molina, and Jason Giambi each had 3 Hits.  Mark DeRosa, Josh Hamilton, and Kevin Youkilis each had 3 RBI.  Chris Davis scored 3 Runs.

Roy Oswalt threw a Complete Game one-hit Shutout with 6 Ks to improve to 14-9 with a 3.72 ERA.  Ben Sheets threw a Complete Game five-hit Shutout with 7 Ks to improve to 13-7 with a 2.82 ERA.  Chad Billingsley gave up 4 Hits in 6-1/3 scoreless Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 14-10 with a 3.02 ERA.  Greg Smith gave up 3 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 7-14.  Gil Meche gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 11-10 with a 3.96 ERA.  Jason Marquis gave up 2 Runs on 5 H its in 7-1/3 Innings to improve to 10-8.  Shaun Marcum gave up 4 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Paul Maholm gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings, with 5 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Jake Peavy gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 5 Ks, but lost.  Jeff Francis gave up 2 Runs in 6-1/3 Innings with 5 Ks, but lost.

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Friday, September 5th
Andre Ethier
went 5 for 5 with a Run, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Juan Uribe hit a pair of HRs with 4 RBI.  Alex Rios hit a pair of HRs and had 3 RBI.  Ryan Doumit went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs and a Double.  Mike Lowell went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Rajai DavisJustin Morneau, and Jay Bruce each hit a Grand Slam.  Brian Giles went 4 for 6 with a HR.  Marcus Thames hit a pair of solo HRs.  Coco Crisp (3 RBI), Kory Casto, Kelly Johnson, Orlando Cabrera, Jermaine Dye, and Paul Konerko each had 3 Hits.  Joey Votto, Brandon Moss, and Brandon Jones each had 3 RBI.  Johnny Peralta scored 3 Runs.

Zach Duke tossed a Complete Game six-hit Shutout to improve to 5-13.  Derek Lowe gave up 2 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 12-11 with a 3.53 ERA.  Brett Myers gave up 3 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 9-10.  Brandon Morrow was working on a no-hitter, but had to settle with allowing 1 Run on 1 Hit with 8 Ks to improve to 2-2 with a 1.42 ERA.  Mark Buehrle gave up 3 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 12-11 with a 3.98 ERA.  Roy Halladay gave up 1 Earned Run in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 18-9 with a 2.64 ERA.  Bronson Arroyo gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings to improve to 14-10.  Francisco Liriano gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 5-3 with a 3.33 ERA.  Josh Beckett returned with 5 scoreless Innings allowing 4 Hits while striking out 7 to improve to 12-9.  C.C. Sabathia gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 9 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Braden Looper (7-1/3 scoreless Innings, 4 Hits, 6 Ks) and Ricky Nolasco (7 Innings, 1 Run) also got no-decisions.  Andy Pettitte gave up 3 Runs in7 Innings with 9 Ks, but lost.

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Thursday, September 4th
Gary Matthews, Jr.
went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs and 2 Doubles.  Ryan Sweeney went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 3 Doubles, and 3 RBI, and a Walk.  Dioner Navarro went 4 for 5 with a Run and a Double.  David DeJesus (Game 1 & Game 2), Ronnie Belliard, Adam Lind, Travis Snider, and Cody Ransom had 3 Hits.  Derek Jeter, Jose Guillen, and Willy Aybar each had 3 RBI.

Jesse Litsch threw a Complete Game four-hit Shutout to improve to 10-8 with a 3.76 ERA.  James Parr gave up 2 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings to win his MLB debut.  Scott Kazmir gave up 1 Hit in 6 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 11-6 with a 2.99 ERA.  Shawn Estes gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings to improve to 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA.  Ervin Santana gave up 1 Run on 6 Hits in 7-1/3 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 15-5 with a 3.23 ERA.

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Wednesday, September 3rd
Nate Schierholtz
went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs and 2 Doubles.  Scott McClain went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, a HR, and 3 RBI.  A-Rod went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Ryan Howard smashed 3 HRs and drove in 4 Runs.  Ryan Church hit a Grand Slam.  Mark Teixeira (3 RBI), Curtis Granderson (3 Runs), Placido Polanco, Cristian Guzman (3 RBI), Michael Bourn, Dustin Pedroia, Alex Cora, Josh Hamilton, Chad Tracy, Garrett Anderson, Vladimir Guerrero, Chase Headley, and Travis Snider each had 3 Hits.  Travis Ishikawa, Josh Bard, and Joe Mauer each had 3 RBI.

Randy Wolf threw a Complete Game Shutout allowing 6 Hits while striking out 8 to improve to 9-11.  Dustin Nippert threw 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 2-0.  Barry Zito gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 8 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 9-16.  Javier Vazquez gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 11-12.  Oliver Perez gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 10-7 with a 3.86 ERA.  Edison Volquez gave up 4 Runs in 7 Innings with 13 Ks.  Kyle Lohse gave up 5 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings with 7 K’s, but got a no-decision.  Felix Hernandez gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings, but lost.

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Tuesday, September 2nd
Big Papi
went 3 for 3 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Dustin Pedroia went 3 for 5 with a Run, a Double, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Jose Bautista went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Alex Rios went 4 for 5 with a Run, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Kelly Johnson went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Omar Infante went 4 for 6 with 3 Runs, a Double, and 2 RBI.  Alfredo Amezaga wetn 2 for 6 with a Run and 5 RBI (even though he left 9 on base).  Billy Butler went 3 for 4 with a Run, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Richie Weeks went 4 for 6 with 2 Runs, a HR, and an RBI.  John Baker went 4 for 5 with a Run, a Double, and an RBI.  Hunter Pence went 4 for 6 with a Run, a Double, and a Triple.  Andre Ethier went 3 for 4 with 4 Runs, a Triple, a HR, an RBI, and a Walk.  Josh Hamilton (3 RBI), Miguel Cabrera (3 RBI), Omar Vizquel (3 RBI), Torii Hunter (3 RBI), Coco Crisp (3 Runs), Asdrubal Cabrera, Adam Lind, Brandon Moss, Edgar Renteria, Vladimir Guerrero, Milton Bradley, Gerald Laird, Cody Ross, Martin Prado, Randy Wynn, and Geovany Soto each had 3 Hits.  Jeff Francoeur, Manny Ramirez, and Carlos Beltran each had 3 RBI.  Jed Lowrie, Hanley Ramirez, and A-Rod each scored 3 Runs.

Cole Hamels gave up 5 Hits in 7-1/3 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 12-8 with a 3.01 ERA.  Ian Snell gave up 1 Earned Run in 6 Innings to improve to 6-10.  Mike Mussina gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA.  Zack Greinke gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 10-9 with a 3.67 ERA.  Brandon McCarthy gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA.  Adam Wainwright gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 5-1/3 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 8-3 with a 2.97 ERA.  John “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” Lannan gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 6 Innings, but lost.

This is unrelated, but I was reading ESPN the Magazine and found this great quote.  “Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano is undefeated when he pitches on 501 days of rest.”  That is just priceless.

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