Wednesday, June 4th
Ryan Garko
went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, and 6 RBI.  Ben Francisco went 5 for 6 with 3 Runs, and an RBI.  Hanley Ramirez went 2 for 3 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, 3 RBI, 2 Walks, and a SB.  Gabe Kapler went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, and an RBI.  Corey Hart had 4 RBI.  Carlos Gonzalez, Raul Chavez, David Dellucci, Milton Bradley, and Joe Mauer each had 3 RBI.  Chris Burke, Daric Barton, Jose Reyes, Jose Lopez (3 RBI), Johnny Damon (he’s been on fire), and Michael Young each had 3 Hits.  Grady Sizemore scored 3 Runs.

Edison Volquez continued his dominance with 7 scoreless two-hit Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 8-2 with a 1.32 ERA.  He beat Brett Myers, who gave up just 1 Run in 7 Innings with 8 Ks.  Aaron Cook gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 8-3 with a 3.16 ERA.  Manny Parra gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 4-2.  Justin Craig Duchscherer gave up 2 Runs on 3 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 5-4 with a 2.32 ERA.  John Maine gave up 1 Earned Run in 6 Innings to improve to 6-4 with a 3.47 ERA.  Josh Beckett gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 6-4.  MIke Mussina gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 9-4.  Zach Duke gave up 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 3-4.  Greg Maddux gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in a 7 Inning no-decision.  Ted Lilly, who gave up 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings with 8 Ks, took the loss.

Tuesday, June 3rd
David Murphy
went 4 for 4 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Kazuo Matsui went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs.  Dan Uggla hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3 Runs.  Milton Bradley hit a pair of solo shots.  Chipper Jones, Carlos Pena, David Eckstein, Shin-Soo Choo, Eric Chavez, Alfonso Soriano, Maicer Izturis, and Travis Denker also had 3 RBI each.  Johnny Damon, Jimmy Rollins (2 SBs), David DeJesus, A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez, Yadier Molina, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Garko, Adrian Gonzalez, Robb Quinlan, and Damion Easley (3 RBI) each had 3 Hits.  Fred Lewis scored 3 Runs.

Jeff Francis pitched 7 scoreless Innings allowing 4 Hits while striking out 5 to improve to 2-5.  Wandy Rodriguez gave up 5 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA.  Adam Eaton gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 2-.  Roy Halladay gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 7-5 with a 2.94 ERA.  Seth McClung gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings to improve to 3-2.  Randy Johnson struck out 8 to move into second place on the all-time strikeout list.  Gavin Floyd gave up 2 Earned Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA.  Joe Saunders gave up 1 Earned Run in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA.  R.A. Dickey pitched 5-2/3 Innings of scoreless relief allowing 3 Hits while striking out 6.  Brad Penny gave up 2 Run in 6 Innings with 5 Ks, but took a Loss.  Pedro Martinez gave up 3 Runs in 6 Innings for his first Win of the season.

Monday, June 2nd
Casey Blake
took top honors going 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 7 RBI.  Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 4  with 2 Runs, a HR, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Yunel Escobar (3 RBI), Derek Jeter, A-Rod, Michael Cuddyer (3 Runs), Delmon Young (3 RBI), Chase Utley (21st HR), Prince Fielder, Johnny Peralta, Casey Kotchman, Todd Helton, Matt Kemp (3 Runs), Bobby Crosby, Carlos Zambrano (seriously), Ryan Theriot, Bengie Molina, and Ray Durham each had three Hits.  Jason Michael hit a pinch-hit Grand Slam.  Marlon Byrd also Grand Slammed.  Adam Jones, Ben Francisco, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, and Brian Horwitz each had 3 RBI.

Derek Lowe gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8 Innings of work to improve to 3-5.  Ervin Santana gave up 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 8-2 with a 3.02 ERA.  Jeremy Guthrie (6-1/3 Innings, 2 Runs), 5 Ks) and Tim Wakefield (7 Innings, 2 Runs) took no-decisions.  Kenny Rogers (7 Innings, 2 Runs) and Rich Harden (6-2/3 Innings, 2 Runs, 8 Ks) battled to no-decisions.  Jonathan Sanchez gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 4-3. 

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

Pitcher
Sean Gallagher - Pitching for the Cubbies these days makes winning a little easier, but Sean helped his cause last week too.  He pitched 12.2 Innings in two Wins with a 2.84 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and 11 Ks.

Catcher
Jesús Flores
- Washington’s Flores put up solid numbers last week going 7 for 19 (.368) with a Run, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 7 RBI.

Corner Infielder
Melvin Mora
- Melvin is still doing it for the O’s.  Last week he was 7 for 24 (.292) with 4 Runs, 2 HRs, 5 RBI, and a Walk.

Middle Infielder
Alexei Ramirez 
- Manny isn’t the only Sox Ramirez who had a good week.  OK, it’s a different Sox (White Sox) and it’s Alexei being Alexei.  He was 11 for 28 (.393) with 4 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, 3 RBI, and a SB.

Outfielder
Jay Bruce - He was supposed to be good, but his debut was ridiculous.  Since being called up he’s 13 for 22 (.591) with 10 Runs, 3 Doubles, 2 HRs, 10 RBI, 6 Walks, and 2 SBs for the Reds.  Unbelievable.  Florida’s Cody Ross also had an outstanding week.

Before I get into yesterday’s top fantasy performers, I wanted to get something off my chest that really annoys me.  In today’s age of instant information, Photoshop, fantasy baseball, and many other factors, why almost 60 games into the season is Yahoo displaying Edison Volquez , who is only leading the Majors in ERA, in a Texas cap?  I mean, can’t they update their picture?  OK, on to what really matters.

Sunday, June 1st
Mike Jacobs
hit a pair of HRs and drove in 4 Runs.  J.D. Drew, Gabe Gross, Skip Schumaker, Jack Hannahan, Bobby Crosby, Milton Bradley, and Orlando Hudson each had 3 RBI.  Jacoby Ellsbury, Manny Ramirez (3 RBI), A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez, Jose Guillen, Ross Gload,  Michael Cuddyer (3 RBI), Jose Bautista, Troy Glaus, Scott Rolen, Aramis Ramirez, Raul Ibanez (3 RBI), Matt Kemp, David Wright, and Ryan Church each had 3 Hits.  Curtis Granderson scored 3 Runs.

Dan Haren pitched 7 scoreless Innings allowing 4 Hits while striking out 5 to improve to 6-4 with a 3.40 ERA.  Johan Santana went 7-2/3 Innings allowing 1 Run while striking out 6 to run his record to 7-3 with a 3.20 ERA.  Brian Bannister went 7-1/3 Innings allowing 1 Run to improve to 5-6.  Dave Bush gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings of work to improve to 2-5.  Johnny Cueto pitched 7 strong Innings allowing 2 Runs on 4 Hits to improve to 4-5.  A.J. Burnett gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings on 3 Hits with 8 Ks, but took a no-decision.  Randy Wolf (6 Innings, 1 Run, 4 Hits, 5 Ks) and Tim Lincecum (7 Innings, 1 Run, 4 Hits) also took no-decisions.

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.


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