Friday, August 1st
Ryan Ludwick
went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 2 RBI.  David Murphy went 3 for 5 with a Double and 4 RBI.  Mark Loretta hit a Grand Slam.  Jack Wilson, Kevin Youkilis, Brad Hawpe, and Nick Markakis each had 3 Hits.  Scott Rolen and Jay Payton each had 3 RBI.

Ervin Santana gave up 5 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 12-5 with a 3.37 ERA.  Ubaldo Jimenez gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 8-9 with a 3.61 ERA.  Jeff Karstens tossed 6 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits in his first start of the year.  Jeff Suppan gave up 5 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 6-7.  Odalis Perez gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7-1/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 4-8.  Javier Vazquez gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 8-9. Nick Blackburn gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 8-6 with a 3.56 ERA.  Randy Johnson gave up 1 unearned Run in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 9-7.  Tim Wakefield (6-1/3 scoreless Innings), Sidney Ponson (7 two-hit scoreless Innings), Tim Lincecum (7 Innings, 1 Run, 3 Hits, 11 Ks), Josh Banks (7 Innings, 1 Earned Run), Clayton Kershaw (6 four-hit scoreless Innings), and Justin Duchscherer (6 Innings, 1 Run) got no-decisions.

Thursday, July 31st
Jim Edmonds
scored 3 Runs and hit 2 HRs (one a Grand Slam) and had 5 RBI.  Chone Figgins went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs.  Garrett Anderson also had 4 Hits.  Grady Sizemore had 4 RBI.  Gabe Kapler, Cesar Izturis, Omar Infante, Clint Sammons (3 RBI), Chris Davis, Joe Mauer, Stephen Drew, Pete Orr, Jeremy Hermedia (3 RBI), each had 3 Hits.  Vladimir Guerrero, Juan Rivera, Jimmy Rollins, Adrian Beltre, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, Ramon Vazquez,and Torii Hunter each had 3 RBI.

Rich Harden gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 1-1 with a 1.11 ERA with Chicago (6-2, 2.00 overall).  Kyle Kendrick gave up 2 Runs in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 9-5.  R.A. Dickey gave up 2 Runs, in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 3-6.  Brandon Webb gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 15-4 with a 3.04 ERA.  Derek Lowe gave up 2 Runs in 6-1/3 Innings, but took the Loss.

Wednesday, July 30th
Kelly Shoppach
went 5 for 5 with 4 Runs, 3 Doubles, 2 HRs, 3 RBI, and a Walk.  Curtis Granderson went 5 for 7 with 3 Runs, and 2 RBI.  Bobby Abreu went 3 for 4 with 4 Runs, a Double,2 HRs, 3 RBI, and a Walk.  Garrett Anderson went 4 for 5 with a Run, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Shane Victorino went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, a HR, and 3 RBI.  Carlos Quentin went 3 for 5 with a Run, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Adam Dunn went 3 for 5 with a pair of solo HRs.  Ben Franciso went 4 for 7 with a pair of solo HRs.  Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 5 with a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Gary Sheffield and Asdrubal Cabrera each had 4 Hits.  Joe Inglett, Mike Aviles, Omar Infante, Chone Figgins, Joey Votto, Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Bautista, Willie Harris, Marlon Anderson, Alfonso Soriano, Reed Johnson, Ryan Theriot (3 RBI), Ichiro Suzuki, each had 3 Hits.  Alex Gordon had 5 Walks.  Torii Hunter and Brandon Inge each scored 3 Runs.  Chris Iannetta, Alexei Ramirez, Grady Sizemore, Ken Griffey Jr., Placido Polanco, and Damion Easley each had 3 RBI.

Chad Billingsley tossed a Complete Game five-hit Shutout with 8 Ks to improve to 11-9 with a 3.05 ERA.  Ryan Dempster gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 12-4 with a 2.90 ERA.  Joba Chamberlain gave up 1 Earned Run on 5 Hits in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 4-3 with a 2.24 ERA.  Joe Saunders gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 14-5 with a 3.09 ERA.  Gavin Floyd allowed 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 11-6 with a 3.43 ERA.

Tuesday, July 29th
Aubrey Huff
went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Ramon Vazquez went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI.  Gregor Blanco and Aramis Ramirez also had 4 Hits.  Marlon Byrd went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Carlos Lee hit a Grand Slam.  Albert Pujols scored 3 Runs.  Yadier Molina, Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, Jose Reyes, Brad Hawpe, Luis Rivas (3 RBI), Jose Lopez (3 Runs), Bryan LaHair (3 Runs), Josh Hamilton, Milton Bradley, Gerald Laird, and Orlando Hudson each had 3 Hits.  Justin Morneau, John Buck, and Brandon Inge each had 3 RBI.

Matt Garza threw a Complete Game Shutout allowing 5 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 9-6 with a 3.56 ERA.  Carlos Zambrano gave up 5 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 12-4 with a 2.80 ERA.  John Lackey tossed a Complete Game allowing 2 Runs to improve to 9-2 with a 2.93 ERA.  Jorge Campillo (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Ks) and Todd Wellemeyer (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Ks) got no-decisions.  Brett Myers gave up 1 unearned Run on 4 Hits to improve to 4-9.  Collin Balester gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.  Oliver Perez gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 7-6.  Brian Moehler gave up 2 Runs in 8-2/3 Innings to improve to 6-4.  Gil Meche gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 7-7.  Doug Davis gave up 2 Hits in 7-2/3 scoreless Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 4-5 with a 3.86 ERA.  Chris Young gave up 2 Hits in 5 scoreless Inning with 8 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Jason Johnson gave up 5 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings for his first Win of the Year.  Matt Cain gave up 1 Earned Run in 7 Innings with 8 Ks, but took the Loss.

Monday, July 28th
Adam “Space Invaders” Jones
went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Triple, a Grand Slam, and 5 RBI.  Adrian Beltre hit 2 HRs and had 4 RBI.  Adam Dunn hit a Grand Slam.  Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez, Torii Hunter, Aubrey Huff, Johnny Damon, Geoff Blum, Nick Hundley, and Justin Morneau each had 3 RBI.  Ryan Ludwick, Joe Mather, Kevin Millar (3 RBI), Ryan Doumit, Doug Mientkiewicz, Derrick Lee (3 RBI), Mike Aviles, Alex Gordon, Kurt Suzuki, and Chris Young each had 3 Hits.

Kevin Slowey tossed a Complete Game Shutout to improve to 7-7.  Paul Byrd tossed 7-2/3 scoreless Innings to improve to 5-10.  Braden Looper gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 10-8.  Jeremy Guthrie gave up 1 Run on 3  Hits in 6-1/3 Innings to improve to 7-8 with a 3.49 ERA.  A.J. Burnett gave up 1 unearned Run in 7 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 12-9.  Ricky Nolasco gave up 2 Runs with 8 Ks in a 6 Inning no-decision.  Zack Greinke gave up 2 Runs in 7-1/3 Innings with 1 Ks to improve to 8-7 with a 3.98 ERA.

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

Pitcher
Zach Miner - The Detroit pitcher went 2-0 last week with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  He struck out 6 batters in 12 Innings in wins over Kansas City and the White Sox.

Catcher
Chris Coste
- Philly’s backstop experience a good bit of success last week going 6 for 12 (.500) with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 5 RBI.  He was particulary successful (5 of 7, 5 RBI) in his two home games against Atlanta.

Corner Infielder
Ian Stewart - I initially profiled Chris Davis before realizing I did him two weeks ago.  Colorado’s Third Baseman was equally as hot.  He went 11 of 24 (.458) with 4 Runs, a Double, a HR, 8 RBI, and a Walk last week.  He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday.  He also qualifies at 2B in Yahoo leagues.

Middle Infielder
Esteban Germán
- Kansas City produces another FBWWer in Esteban Germán.  Last week he went 5 of 14 (.357) with a Run, a Double, a Triple, an RBI, 2 Walks, and 2 SBs.  He qualifies at 2B, 3B, and OF in Yahoo leagues.

Outfielder
Adam Lind - Toronto’s Lind tied for second with the most Hits last week.  He was 12 for 28 (.429) with 6 Runs, 3 Doubles, a HR, 3 RBI, 2 Walks, and a SB.  He is riding a six-game hitting streak.

Sunday, July 27th
MIke Jacobs
went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 5 RBI.  Geoff Blum hit a couple of HRs and had 4 RBI.  Ivan Rodriguez and Brad Ausmus went 4 for 4.  Fred Lewis also had 4 Hits.  Billy Butler and Shane Victorino each had 4 RBI.  Raul Ibanez, David Wright, Fernando Tatis, Scott Podsednik(2 SBs), Jeff Baker (3 Runs), Guillermo Quiroz (3 RBI), Ryan Braun, Alfonso Soriano (3 RBI), Gerald Laird, Kurt Suzuki (3 RBI), Mark Kotsay, Conor Jackson (3 Runs), David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Stephen Drew each had 3 Hits.  Garrett Atkins, Hank Blaylock, Martin Prado, Manny Ramirez, and Miguel Tejada each had 3 RBI.  Dan Uggla scored 3 Runs.

Johan Santana tossed a Complete Game giving up 1 Run on 6 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 9-7 with a 2.93 ERA.  Jarrod Washburn gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 8 Innings to improve to 5-9.  Nick Blackburn (7 Innings, 1 Run, 4 Hits) and Jeremy Sowers (8 Innings, 2 Runs, 3 Hits go no-decisions.  Zach Miner gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA.  Ubalod Jimenez tossed 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 7-9 with a 3.80 ERA.  Garrett Olson gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 7-5.  Jake Peavy gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 8-6 with a 2.67 ERA.  Paul Maholm gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 9 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Clayton Kershaw tossed 6 scoreless Innings allowing 4 Hits while striking out 5 for his first career Win.  Randy Johnson tossed 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 8-7.  It was his 292nd Win.  Jon Lester gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 9-3 with a 3.17 ERA.

Saturday, July 26th
Skip Schumaker
scored 3 Runs to go with his 6 Hits.  Albert Pujols went 5 for 8 with 3 Runs, a HR, and 3 RBI.  Torii Hunter went 3 for 3 with 4 Runs, 2 HRs, 5 RBI, and 2 Walks.  Jeremy Hermida scored 3 Runs, hit a Double, and smacked 2 HRs.  Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI.  Alex Rios and Carlos Delgado each hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3 Runs.  Brian Buscher went 3 for 5 with a Run, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Miguel Tejada and Jose Reyes each had 4 Hits.  Ryan Braun had 4 RBI.  Jose Lopez, Josh Hamilton, Greg Dobbs, Juan Rivera, Aubrey Huff, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Jason Michaels, and Mark Teixeira each had 3 RBI.  Joe Inglett, Robinson Cano (3 RBI), Chris Coste (3 RBI), Delmon Young, Magglio Ordonez, Troy Tulowitzki, Yorvit Torrealba, Mark Grudzielanek (3 Doubles), Fernando Tatis, and Rick Ankiel each had 3 Hits.  Ray Durham scored 3 Runs.

Derek Lowe gave up 1 Hit in 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 8-8 with a 3.74 ERA.  Rich Harden (5 Innings, 1 Run, 2 Hits, 10 Ks) and Chris Volstad (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 6 Ks) got no-decisions.  Jorge de La Rosa gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits with 8 Ks in 6-2/3 Innings to even his record at 5-5.  Brandon Webb gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 14-4 with a 3.14 ERA.  Tim Lincecum gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 13 Ks, but got a no-decision.

Friday, July 25th
Brian McCann
hit a pair of HRs (one a Grand Slam) and drove in 5 Runs.  Kevin Millar and Adam LaRoche each hit a pair of solo shot and scored 3 Runs.  Endy Chavez had 4 Hits.  Denard Span, Alexei Ramirez, Magglio Ordonez, Matt Stairs, Willy Taveras, Michal Youngand  Chris Davis (3 Runs) each had 3 Hits.  Joe Inglett, Mark Reynolds, and David Murphy each had 3 RBI.

Joba Chamberlain tossed 7 scoreless Innings allowing 3 Hits with 9 Ks as he improved to 3-3 with a 2.30 ERA.  Josh Beckett gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 6 Ks, but took the heartbreaking Loss.  Cliff Lee continued his push for the Cy Young allowing 2 Runs on 6 Hits in 8 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 14-2 with a 2.29 ERA.  Ryan Dempster gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits (although he walked 6) with 6 Ks in a no-decision.  Jair Jurrjens tossed 8 scoreless Innings allowing 3 Hits with 6 Ks to improve to 10-5 with a 3.02 ERA.  Aaron Cook gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8 Innings to improve to 13-6 with a 3.46 ERA.  Mike Pelfrey gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 9-6 with a 3.367 ERA.  Wandy Rodriguez gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to   6-3 with a 3.18 ERA.  Dan Haren gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 10-5 with a 2.56 ERA.  Chad Billingsley gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 10-9 with a 3.26 ERA.

Thursday, July 24th
Ryan Braun
went 4 for 4 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Eric Brunlett, Marco Scutaro, Adam Lind, Jorge Cantu, J.J. Hardy, and Jason Barlett each had 3 Hits.  Nate McLouth had 3 RBI. 

Matt Cain threw a four-hit Complete Game Shutout to improve to 6-8 with a 3.82 ERA.  Tim Redding gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings with 5 Ks, but took the Loss.   Roy Halladay gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 12-7 with a 2.82 ERA.  Oliver Perez struck out 12 while allowing 1 Run in a 7-2/3 Inning no-decision.  Jamie Moyer (7 Innings, 1 Run, 2 Hits, 6 Ks) also got a no-decision.  A.J. Burnett gave up 1 Run in 5 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 11-9.  Yoslan Herrera tossed 6 scoreless Innings for his first career Win.  Carlos Zambrano gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 11-4 with a 2.96 ERA.  Gil Meche pitched 7 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits to improve to 8-9.


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