Saturday, May 31st
Jose Batista and Maicer Izturis
each had 4 Hits.  Luis Rivas hit a Grand Slam.  Mark Reynolds hit a pair of solo shots.  Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira, Ken Griffey Jr., Adrian Gonzalez, Xavier Nady, and Josh Hamilton each had 3 RBI.  Jay Bruce (3 Runs), Jason Varitek, Casey Kotchman, Robb Quinlan, Delmon Young, Mike Lamb, Freddy Sanchez, Ronny Paulino (3 RBI), Frank Catalanotto, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, and Eric Chavez each had 3 Hits.

Brandon Webb tossed a Complete Game six-hit Shutout to improve to 10-2 with a 2.69 ERA.  Josh Banks pitched a Complete Game allowing 1 unearned Run to improve to 2-0 and keep his ERA at 0.00.  Scott Kazmir gave up 3 Hits with 6 Ks in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 5-1 with a 1.22 ERA.  Felix Hernandez gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 3-5 with a 3.29 ERA.  Chad Billingsley (7 scoreless Innings, 4 Hits) and Mike Pelfrey (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 6 Ks) each had no-decisions.  Javier Vazquez gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 10 Ks, but took a Loss.  Ben Sheets gave up 1 Run in 8-2/3 Innings to improve to 6-1 with a 2.71 ERA.  Ricky Nolasco gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 5-3.  Paul Maholm gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 3-5.  Shaun Marcum (7 Innings, 2 Runs) and John Lackey (8 Innings, 1 Earned Run, 7 Ks) each earned no-decisons.

Sorry I didn’t have a report for May 29th & 30th. I was in the hospital as my wife had our second son. His name is Owen and he was 8 pounds, 12 ounces.

OK, on to the baseball info.

Saturday, May 31st
Luis Rivas went 2 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Triple, a Grand Slam, and 4 RBI.  Jose Bautista went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, and an RBI.  Maicer Izturis went 4 for 5.   Mark Reynolds cracked a pair of solo HRs.  Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira, Ken Griffey, Jr., Adrian Gonzalez, Xavier Nady, and Josh Hamilton each had 3 RBI.  Jay Bruce (3 Runs), Jason Varitek, Delmon Young, Mike Lamb, Freddy Sanchez, Ronny Paulino (3 RBI), Eric Chavez, Michael Young, Frank Catalanotto, Robb Quinlan, and Casey Kotchman each had 3 Hits.  Manny Ramirez hit his 500th career HR.


Brandon Webb
pitched a Complete Game Shutout with 8 Ks to improve to 10-2 with a 2.69 ERA.  Josh Banks pitched a Complete Game allowing 1 unearned run to improve to 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA.  Felix Hernandez struck out 7 in 7 scoreless two-hit Innings to improve to 3-5 with a 3.29 ERA.  Chad Billingsley pitched 7 scoreless Innings in a no-decision.  Mike Pelfrey (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 6 Ks) took the loss.  Scott Kazmir pitched 7 scoreless three-hit Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 5-1 with a 1.22 ERA.  He beat Javier Vazquez, who gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 10 Ks.  Ben Sheets gave up 1 Run in 8-2/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 6-1 with a 2.71 ERA. Paul Maholm gave up 1 Run in 6-2/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 3-5.  John Lackey (8 Innings, 1 Earned Run, 7 Ks) and Shaun Marcum (7 Innings, 2 Runs) battled to no-decisions.

Friday, May 30th
Russell Martin
went 4 for 4 with 3 Runs and 3 RBI.  Lyle Overbay went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Grady Sizemore hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3.  Adrian Beltre smacked a couple solo shots.  Jeff Baker, Ryan Braun, and Jay Bruce each had 4 Hits.  Bobby Abreu had 3 Hits and scored 4 Runs.  Ryan Howard had 3 Runs and 3 RBI.  Todd Helton, Mark DeRosa, Chris Coste, and Jason Michaels, and Willie Harris each had 3 RBI.  Jim Edmonds (3 RBI), Jacoby Ellsbury, Cristian Guzman, Scott Rolen, Brad Wilkerson, Mike Lowell, Torii Hunter, Curtis Granderson, Miguel Cabrera, Brandon Boggs, Esteban German, Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera each had 3 Hits. 

Josh Beckett (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 4 Hits, 10 Ks) and Daniel Cabrera (7 Innings, 2 Runs) each had no-decisions.  Brett Myers gave up 3 Runs in 8 Innings will 11 Ks to improve 3-6.  Tom Glavine (6 Innings, 2 Runs) and Edison Volquez (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 7 Ks) got no-decisions.  Jose Contreras (7 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Hits, 5 Ks) and James Shields (6 Innings, 1 Run, 6 Ks) each had no-decisions.  Manny Parra gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 3-2.  Kevin Millwood gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings to even his record at 4-4.  Justin Duchscherer gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.  Todd Wellemeyer gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 6-1 with a 3.16 ERA.  R.A. Dickey pitched 5-1/3 Innings of scoreless relief.  Greg Maddux gave up 2 Runs in a 6 Inning no-decision.

Thursday, May 29th
David Wright hit a pair of HRs and drove in 4.  Randy Wynn had three Hits, including 2 HRs.  Mark Teixeira had 4 RBI.  Carlos Gomez had 4 Hits.  Shannon Stewart, Kevin Mench (3 Runs), Rod Barajas (3 RBI), Alexi Casilla, Jack Hannahan, Yunel Escobar, Luis Castillo, Ryan Spilborghs, Ian Stewart, each had 3 Hits.  Jody Gerut had 3 RBI.

Kevin Slowey pitched a Complete Game allowing 1 Run on 6 Hits with 6 Ks to improve to 2-4 with a 3.37 ERA.  Jesse Litsch threw 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 7-1 with a 3.18 ERA.  John “Day Tripper” Lannan gave up 2 Runs in a 6 Inning no-decision.  Phil Dumatrait gave up 1 unearned Run on 2 Hits with 9 Ks to improve to 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA.  John Danks gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 8 Ks to even his record at 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA.  Kyle Lohse gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 5-2.  Randy Johnson gave up 2 Run with 9 Ks in a 6 Inning no-decision.

Baby Note:  Today’s the day.  We’re scheduled for a C-Section late morning/early afternoon.

Programming Note:  I somehow got the comments and categories of my site worked out.  The look isn’t perfect yet, but the functionality is back.  Party on.

On to our regular scheduled program.

Wednesday, May 28th
Cody Ross  and Marcus Thames each hit a pair of HRs and drove in 4 Runs.  Jesus Flores hit a Grand Slam.  David Ross and Ray Durham also had 4 RBI.  Carlos Quentin, Chase Utley, Geoff Jenkins, Fernando Tatis (I had no idea he was still in the league), Craig Monroe each drove in 3 Runs.  Johnny Damon, Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora, Shane Victorino, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Joey Votto (3 Runs), Russell Martin, Mike Lamb, Joey Gaitright, Alex Gordon, Jack Cust, Cristian Guzman, Tadahito Iguchi, Bengie Molina, and Jose Castillo each had three Hits.  Fred Lewis scored 3 Runs.

Jeff Supan tossed 8 scoreless Innings allowing 4 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 3-4 with a 3.93 ERA and outduel Jo-Jo Reyes, who gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits with 9 Ks in 7 Innings.  Erik Bedard pitched 7 scoreless Innings giving up 2 Runs while striking out 8 to improve to 4-3.  He beat Tim Wakefield, who gave up just 1 Run in 8 Innings with 8 Ks.  Matt Garza gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings while striking out 10 to improve to 4-1 with a 3.78 ERA.  Andy Pettitte gave up 2 Runs in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 5-5.  Adam Eaton gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings for his first Win of the year.  Bronson Arroyo continued his turnaround giving up 1 Run on 3 Hits with 6 Ks to even his record at 4-4.  Adam Wainwright gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits with 8 Ks to improve to 5-2 with a 2.86 ERA.  Derek Lowe (7 scoreless Innings, 4 Hits, 5 Ks) and Carlos Zambrano (8 Innings, 1 Run) took no-decisions in their pitchers’ duel. Armando Gallagher went 8-1/3 Innings allowing 2 Runs to improve to 4-2 with a 3.44 ERA.  Roy Halladay gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 6-5 with a 2.93 ERA while outdueling Rich Harden, who gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings.  Jonathan Sanchez gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 3-3.

Still waiting on the baby.  We’re in extra innings now.  Thursday at the latest.  I’m still having technical difficulties with my site following an upgrade of my blogging platform.  The comments are turned off for some reason.  Hopefully, I’ll have the problem fixed soon.

Enough programming notes.  On the meat.

A look back at the past week in baseball to bring you the surprising stars. 

Pitcher
Glen Perkins - I know it’s only a week, but some of the pitchers I’ve profiled on the Weekly Wonders (John Danks, Edison Volquez, Greg Smith, Daniel Cabrera) have kept it up.  This week I profile Minnesota native and Twins pitcher Glen Perkins.  In his two starts last week he allowed 3 Earned Runs in 12 Innings (1.93 ERA).  He struck out 7 with just 2 Walks in his first two career Wins.  Bartolo Colon is a hot pickup too, but he’s much higher profile.

Catcher
Miguel Olivo 
- Kansas City’s Miguel Olivo  had a solid week going 5 for 12 (.417) with 1 Run, 2 Doubles, a HR, 5 HRs, and even a SB.  He has a hit in three straight games.

Corner Infielder
Kevin Kouzmanoff - San Diego’s 3rd Baseman Kouzmanoff was on fire last week going 10 for 26 (385) with 6 Runs, 4 HRs, 7 RBI, and a pair of Walks.  He had four multiple hit games last week.

Middle Infielder
Marco Scutaro
- Toronto’s Scutaro was solid last week going 8 for 23 (.348) with 4 Runs, a Double, a HR, 5 RBI, 3 Walks, and a SB.  He had three multiple hit games.  As an added bonus, in Yahoo leagues he qualifies at 2B, 3B, SS, and OF.

Outfielder
Jack Cust - Oakland’s Cust continued to rake last week going 5 for 15 (.333) with 6 Runs, a Double, 3 HRs, 7 RBI, and 4 Walks.  He scored at least a Run in five of six games last week. 

Still waiting on the baby.  The due date is May 23rd so we’ll see.  I’m having some technical difficulties with my site following an upgrade of my blogging platform.  The comments are turned off for some reason.  Hopefully, I’ll have the problem fixed soon.

Enough programming notes.  On the meat.

A look back at the past week in baseball to bring you the surprising stars. 

Pitcher
Jason Bergmann - Washington’s Bergman made his first appearance since April  since April 12th last Thursday.  He had been touched up for 16 Runs in his first 12-1/3 Innings so nobody could have predicted a 7 Innings, 3 Hit, 0 Run, 9 K performance.  Talk about a shocker.

Catcher
Rod Barajas
- Toronto’s Barajas went 6 for 13 (.462) with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, 5 RBI, and a Walk last week.  His monster 2 HR, 5 RBI Saturday night fueled his solid numbers, but he did get a hit in each game last week.  In fact, he’s working on a 8-game Hitting Streak.

Corner Infielder
Doug Mientkiewicz - Pittburgh’s Mientkiewicz is swinging a hot bat to add to his great glove.  Last week he went 6 for 20 (.300) with 6 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, 3 RBI,and 4 Walks.  Plus, he qualifies for both corner infield positions.

Middle Infielder
Jerry Hairston, Jr.
- With Keppinger going down for Cincy, Jerry is getting more PT at Short (along with Paul Janish).  He’s also played in the Outfield.  He is very flexible in Yahoo Leagues, qualifying at 2B, 3B, SS, and OF.  Last week he was 7 for 16 (.438) with 5 Runs, 4 Doubles, a Triple, an RBI, a Walk, and 2 SBs.

Outfielder
David Murphy - Texas’ David Murphy went 11 for 25 (.440) with 4 Runs, 3 Doubles, 2 HRs, and 6 RBI last week.  He had a hit in all but one game and has a mini 5-game Hitting Streak.

A look back at the past week in baseball to bring you the surprising stars. 

Pitcher
Daniel Cabrera - Baltimore’s Cabrera fired a Complete Game vs. Kansas City allowing just 1 Run on 3 Hits.  He struck out 7 as he improved to 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA.  He should pitch twice this week.

Catcher
Chris Iannetta - Colorado’s Iannetta went 7 for 19 last week (.368) with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, a Triple, a HR, 7 RBI, and a Walk.

Corner Infielder
Blake DeWitt- The Dodgers have to be pleased with Blake DeWitt’s progress.  Last week he went 9 for 21 (.429) with 5 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, 5 RBI, and a Walk.  Between Loney, DeWitt, and Kemp, the Dodgers have some potent, young hitters. 


I wonder if he’s related to Joyce DeWitt from Three’s Company?

Middle Infielder

Eric Bruntlett
 - Philly’s Bruntlett has been smoking going 7 for 19 (.368) with 4 Runs, 2 Doubles, a Triple, a HR, 8 RBI, and a SB. 

Outfielder

Milton Bradley
- Texas’ Milton Bradley has been playing games with AL pitching recently going 6 for 22 (.273) with 6 Runs, 3 Doubles, 2 HRs, 8 RBI, and an impressive 8 Walks. 

Thursday, May 8th
Dioner Navarro went 3 for 6 with 2 Runs, a Double, a Grand Slam, and 4 RBI.  Matt Holliday went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs.  Ramon Vazquez went 4 for 6.  Ryan Ludwick had a pair of Solo Shots.  Freddy Sanchez, Jason Bay, Adrian Gonzalez, Omar Quintanilla, Mark Reynolds, Scott Rolen, Luis Gonzalez, Ryan Zimmerman each collected 3 Hits.  Matt Treanor and Nick Markasis each drove in 3 Runs.  Cristian Guzman scored 3 Runs.

Daniel Cabrera threw a Complete Game allowing 1 Run on 3 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 3-1.  Brandon Webb threw a Complete Game allowing 2 Earned Runs to improve to 8-0 with a 2.41 ERA.  Edwin Jackson fired 8 scoreless Innings, but got stuck with a no-decision.  J.P. Howell provided 2 scoreless Innings of relief for the Win.  Josh Beckett went 7 Innings allowing 1 Run with 8 Ks as he improved to 4-2.  Jorge De La Rose went 5-2/3 Innings allowing 2 Runs while striking out 5 for his first Win of the year.  John “In My Life” Lannan went 6 Innings allowing 1 Run to even up at 3-3 on the year.

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A look back at the past week in baseball to bring you the surprising stars. 

Pitcher
Greg Smith - He didn’t pick up a win, but in his 14 Innings of work he tallied a 1.93 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP.  He racked up 15 Strikeouts for good measure.

Catcher
Dioner Navarro - Tampa Bay’s Navarro went 6 for 17 last week (.353) with a Run, 2 RBIs, and a Walk.  Nothing special, but if you’re hurting at Catcher, at least he won’t destroy your Batting Average.

Corner Infielder
José Bautista - Pittsburgh’s Bautista went 8 for 24 (.333) with 6 Runs, a Double, 3 HRs, 7 RBI, and 2 Walks.  As an added bonus, in Yahoo leagues he qualifies as an OF as well.

Middle Infielder
Mike Fontenot
- I’m going with a Cubbie MI for the second straight week.  Fontenot killed it going 7 for 11 (.636) with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, 7 RBI, and 6 Walks. 

Outfielder
Mark Kotsay - Atlanta’s Kotsay has been swinging a mean bat going 9 for 21 (.429) with 4 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, 6 RBI, a Walk, and a SB.


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