Tuesday, August 26th
Geovany Soto
went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 7 RBI.  Jimmy Rollins went 5 for 7 with a Run, a Double, a HR, 3 RBI, and 3 SBs.  Orlando Cabrera went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, a Triple, and 2 RBI.  Ben Francisco went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI.  Damion Easley went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, 2 RBI, and a Walk.  Cody Ross went 3 for 5 with a Run, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Johnny Damon hit a pair of solo HRs.  Fernando Tatis had 4 RBI.   Vernon Wells (3 RBI), Omar Infante (3 Runs), Briand Giles (3 RBI), Carlos Quentin, Manny Ramirez, Cristian Guzman, Coco Crisp, Alfonso Soriano, Nyjer Morgan, Miguel Olivo, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Craig Counsell, Jayson Werth, Torii Hunter, Adrian Beltre (it’s almost as he’s punishing the Twins for not making a move for him at the trading deadline), and Rich Aurilia each had 3 Hits.  Franklin Gutierrez, Brad Hawpe and Adrian Gonzalez each scored 3 Runs.  Jason Kendall and Kevin Kouzmanoff each had 3 RBI.

Bronson Arroyo tossed a Complete Game allowing 1 Run on 5 Hits to improve to 12-10.  John Lackey Lackey threw a Complete Game allowing 1 Run with 5 Ks to improve to 9-2 with a 2.95 ERA.  Kevin Millwood also threw a Complete Game allowing 1 Run to improve to 8-7.  Gavin Floyd gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 8 Innings to improve to 14-6 with a 3.70 ERA.  Cliff Lee did it again.  He allowed 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 19-2 with a 2.43 ERA.  Ben Sheets pitched 6 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits to improve to 12-7 with a 3.05 ERA.  Roy Halladay gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 16-9 with a 2.69 ERA.  Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 3-2 with a 3.73 ERA.  Jorge de la Rosa gave up 1 Earned Run on 5 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 7-7.   Wandy Rodriguez gave up 2 Runs on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 10 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Zack Greinke gave up 1 unearned Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings with 5 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Derek Lowe gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings with 6 Ks, but lost.

Monday, August 25th
Carlos Delgado
hit 2 HRs with 6 RBI.  Kosuke Fukudome went 3 for 4 with a Double, and 4 RBI.  Aramis Ramirez also had 4 RBI.  Alexei Ramirez went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs and a Double.  Grady Sizemore hit a pair of solo HRs.  Jose Reyes, Matt Kemp, Russell Martin, Jimmy Rollins, Alfonso Soriano, Derreck Lee, Jim Edmonds, Joaquin Arias, Michael Young (3 Runs), Milton Bradley (3 RBI), Nelson Cruz (3 RBI), David DeJesus, Brian Giles, Randy Wynn, and Luis Rodriguez each had 3 Hits.

Mike Pelfrey threw a Complete Game allowing 1 Run on 6 Hits with 6 Ks to improve to 13-8 with a 3.70 ERA.  Brett Myers tossed 7 scoreless Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 7-10.  Dallas Braden gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 4-3.  Jeff Francis gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 4-8.  Scott Feldman gave up 2 Earned Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 5-5.  Dan Haren (2 Runs in 7 Innings with 11 Ks), Jake Peavy (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 4 Hits, 7Ks), Francisco Liriano (6 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Hits), and Miguel Batista (6 Innings, 1 Run, 5 hits) pitched well, but go no-decisions.  Jered Weaver gave up 2 Runs on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 8 Ks, but lost.

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

Pitcher
Barry Zito - I’m gonna show Barry Zito some love this week and include him in the Weekly Wonders.  Barry looked like his old self (at least in the box scores) throwing 15 Innings in two starts.  He won both games and recorded a 1.80 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.  He struck out 8.

Catcher
Pablo Sandoval
- Zito’s Battery Mate also had a successful week.  He went 11 for 24 (.458) with 4 Runs, 3 Doubles, 2 RBI, and a Walk.  He currently sports an eight-game hitting streak.  Not a bad way to start a career.

Corner Infielder
Greg Dobbs - Philadelphia’s Greg Dobbs went 4 for 11 last week with 4 Runs, a HR, 4 RBI, a Walk, and a SB.  In Yahoo leagues he qualifies at 1B, 3B, and OF. 

Middle Infielder
Nick Punto 
- Minnesota’s Nick Punto was a spark plug last week going 13 of 29 (.448) with 6 Runs, 2 Doubles, a Triple, an RBI, a Walk, and a SB.  He’s currently sporting a twelve-game hitting streak.  Not only does he qualify at 2B, 3B, and SS in Yahoo leagues, he actually played all three positions last week.  He also had the most Hits in the Majors last week.

Outfielder
Darin Erstad - Houston’s Darin Erstad had a busy week.  He played 1B, RF, LF, and CF.  Talk about versatility.  At the plate he went 10 of 25 (.400) with 6 Runs, a Double, a HR, an RBI, a Walk, and a SB.  He had hits in all but one of his games last week (and in ten of his last eleven games).

Sunday, August 24th
Mike Cameron
went 5 for 5 with a Run, a HR, 2 RBI, and a SB.  Robinson Cano went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Bengie Molina went 3 for 3 with a Run, a Double, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Carlos Beltran hit a pair of HRs and had 3 RBI.  Jack Hannahan hit a pair of solo HRs.  Justin Morneau (3 RBI), Fred Lewis (3 Runs), Mark Teixeira, A.J. Pierzynski, Jim Thome, Placido Polanco, Bobby Abreu, Brian Robers, Aubrey Huff, Jay Payton, Nyjer Morgan, J.J. Hardy, Bill Hall, Nick Punto, Ian Stewart, Randy Wynn, Josh Willingham, and Jeff Kent each had 3 Hits.  Dustin Pedroia, Mark Teahan, Johnny Damon, Jose Lopez, and Vernon Wells each had 3 RBI.

Rich Harden gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits in 7 Innings with 11Ks to improve to 4-1 with a 1.47 ERA with the Cubs (9-2, 2.00 overall).  Ricky Nolasco went 7-1/3 Innings allowing 2 Runs on 3 Hits with 10 Ks to improve to 13-7 with a 3.62 ERA.  Ervin Santana gave up 3 Runs in 7 Innings with 10 Ks, but got a no-decision.  C.C. Sabathia gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 5 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Kevin Slowey also got a no-decision despite giving up just 2 Runs in 6-1/3 Innings with 5 Ks.  Anthony Reyes gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits, but got a no-decision.  Hiroki Kuroda (6 Innings, 1 Run, 2 Hits, 5 Ks) and Joe Blanton (6 Innings, 1 Run) got no-decisions in their head-to-head matchup.

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Saturday, August 23rd
Aramis Ramirez
went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 6 RBI.  Vernon Wells went 4 for 5 with 4 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Jermaine Dye smacked two solo HRs.  Pat Burrell went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Lance Berkman went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, HR, and 4 RBI.  Albert Pujols (3 RBI), Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Theriot, Alex Rios, Kevin Mench, Jason Bartlettt, Yunel Escobar, Martin Prado, Jay Payton, Placido Polanco, Miguel Tejada, Joey Votto, Chone Figgins, Mark Teixeira, and Bobby Crosby each had 3 Hits.  Lyle Overbay, Ryan Braun, Jay Bruce, Matt Holliday, Kelly Shoppach, Michael Young, and Jason Giambi each had 3 RBI.  Chase Utley scored 3 Runs.

Zach Miner gave up 3 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 7-4 with a 3.61 ERA.  Jesse Litsch gave up 3 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 9-7.  Ryan Dempster gave up 1 Run in 7-1/3 Innings to improve to 15-5 with a 2.85 ERA.  Cole Hamels gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 11-8 with a 3.20 ERA.  Yusmeiro Petit gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 3-3 with a 2.83 ERA.  Dana Eveland gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 8-8.

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Friday, August 22nd
Willie Harris
went 2 for 4 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs (1 a Grand Slam), 6 RBI, and a Walk.  Bobby Abreu went 5 for 5.  Ronnie Belliard went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Yadier Molina went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Ian Stewart had 4 Hits.  Denard Span went 3 for 5 with a Run, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Miguel Cabrera smacked 2 solo HRs.  Chris Coste had 4 RBI.  Cesar Izturis had 4 Hits.  Albert Pujols (3 RBI), James Loney, Coco Crisp, Pitcher Adam Wainwright, Jeff Keppinger, Joey Votto, Clint Barmes,  Cody Ross, Bobby Crosby, and Rajai Davis each had 3 Hits.  Aaron Boone, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Aviles, Rick Ankiel, Ben Zobrist, Ben Francisco, Marlon Byrd, Delmon Young, Jeff Clement, Travis Ishikawa, and Cody Ranson each had 3 RBI.  Jason Varitek, Ryan Ludwick, and Skip Schumaker each scored 3 Runs.

Tim Lincecum gave up 4 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 14-3 with a 2.48 ERA.  Glen Perkins gave the Twins Bullpen a much-needed rest going 8 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits to improve to 11-3 with a 3.90 ERA.  Johan Santana threw 7 scoreless Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 12-7 with a 2.64 ERA.  Justin Verlander nearly had his bullpen blow the 6-2/3 scoreless Innings he provided.  He did get the win to improve to 10-13.  Fausto Carmona gave up 1 unearned Run in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 6-5.  Adam Wainwright also pitched well giving up 1 Run in 6 Innings to improve to 7-3 wiht a 3.04 ERA.  Edwin Jackson gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 10-8 with a 3.93 ERA.  Kyle Kendrick gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 5-2/3 Innings to improve to 11-7.  Aaron Harrang (6 scoreless Innings) and Randy Johnson (7 Innings, 2 Earned Runs, 13 Ks) pitched well, but got no-decisions.

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Thursday, August 21st
Grady Sizemore
went 4 for 5 with a Run, a Triple, a HR, 7 RBI, and a SB.  Marco Scutaro went 4 for 6 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Carlos Delgado went 5 for 5 with a Double, and 3 RBI.  Joe Inglett went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, and a Walk.  Alex Rios (3 RBI), Adam Lind (3 Runs), David Wright (3 Runs), Yunel Escobar, Brian McCann, and Joey Votto each had 3 Hits.  Hideki Matsui and Matt Stairs each had 3 RBI.  Jamey Carroll scored 3 Runs.

Brandon Webb gave up 3 Runs in 7 scoreless Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 19-4 with a 2.74 ERA.  Cliff Lee gave up 2 Earned Runs in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to a gaudy 18-2 with a 2.43 ERA.  Carlos Zambrano gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 13-5 with a 3.29 ERA.  Derek Lowe gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 10-10 with a 3.89 ERA.  Roy Halladay gave up 3 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 15-9 with a 2.68 ERA.  Scott Baker (8 Innings, 1 Run, 4 Hits, 6 Ks), John Lackey (8 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Hits, 6 Ks), Matt Palmer ( 6 Innings, 2 Runs), Tim Redding (6 Innings, 1 Run, 3 Hits), and Jamie Moyer (6-2/3 Innings, 1 Earned Run) pitched well,  but got no-decisions.  Jorge de la Rosa gave up 1 Earned Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings, but lost.

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Wednesday, August 20th
Travis Metcalf
went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Ken Griffey Jr. hit his first HR for the White Sox and had 3 Runs and 3 RBI.  Kelly Shoppach hit a pair of solo HRs.  Melvin Mora had 4 RBI.  A.J. Pierzynski (3 RBI), Mike Aviles (3 RI), Skip Schumaker (3 Runs), Ichiro Suzuki, Anderson Hernandez, Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton, Ryan Doumit, Jody Gerut, and Randy Wynn each had 3 Hits.  Raul Ibanez, Ramon Hernandez, Franlin Gutierrez, Jason LaRue, Adam Dunn, Brad Hawpe, John Baker, and Alexei Ramirez each had 3 RBI.  Richie Weeks scored 3 Runs.

Brett Myers tossed a Complete Game Shutout with 9 Ks to improve to 6-10.  Kevin Millwood threw a Complete Game allowing 1 Run on 6 Hits to improve to 7-7.  Mike Pelfrey tossed a Complete Game allowing 3 Runs on 3 hits to improve to 12-8 with a 3.86 ERA.  Bronson Arroyo gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits to improve to 11-10.  Andy Pettitte gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 13-9.  Francisco Liriano gave up 1 Hit in 5 scoreless Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 4-3.  Gil Meche (7 Innings, 1 Earned Run on 2 Hits with 9 Ks), Chad Billingsley (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Hits, 6 Ks), Jeff Francis (6 Innings, 1 Earned Run), and Matt Cain (7-2/3 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Hits) pitched well, but got no-decisions.  Ted Lilly gave up 2 Runs on 2 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks, but lost.

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Tuesday, August 19th
Brian Buscher
went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Matt Joyce slugged a couple HRs and had 4 RBI.  Ian Stewart hit a HR and had 5 RBI.  Ronnie Belliard, Jeff Kent,and Adrian Gonzalez each banged out 4 Hits.  Kevin Youkilis (3 RBI), Justin Morneau (3 Runs), Miguel Olivo, Brian Roberts, Jason Kendall, A.J. Pierzynski, and John Baker each had 3 Hits.  Grady Sizemore, Chris Davis, Ryan Doumit, and Geoff Blum each had 3 RBI.  Brad Hawpe scored 3 Runs.

Ricky Nolasco tossed a Complete Game two-hit Shutout with 11 Ks to improve to 12-7 with a 3.67 ERA.  A.J. Burnett smoked the Yankees striking out 13 while allowing 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8 Innings to improve to 16-9.  Rich Harden gave up 2 Hits in 7 Innings with 10 Ks as he improve to 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA with the Cubs (8-2, 2.04 overall).  Ian Snell gave up 4 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 5-10.  Kevin Slowey gave up 1 Earned Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 12 Ks to improve to 10-8 with a 3.78 ERA.   James Shields gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 11-7 with a 3.68 ERA.  Clayton Richard gave up 5 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings for his first career Win.  Doug Davis gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 5-7.  Darrell Rasner (1 Run on 3 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings), Jo-Jo Reyes (2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings with 5 Ks), and Ervin Santana (1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 9Ks) pitched well, but got no-decisions.  Johnny Cueto (1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 6 Ks) and Braden Looper (1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings) pitched well, but lost.

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Monday, August 18th
Jason Bay
went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI.  Alexei Ramirez and Curtis Granderson each had 4 RBI.  Aubrey Huff and Nick Swisher each had 3 RBI.  Willy Aybar, Darin Erstad, Ray Durham (3 RBI), Corey Hart, Joe Mauer, Ichiro Suzuki, Raul Ibanez, Jeff Clement, Gary Sheffield, and Chris Davis each had 3 Hits.  Jason Kendall scored 3 Runs.

Barry Zito tossed 7 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits to improve to 7-15.  Jon Lester gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 12-4 with a 3.17 ERA.  C.C. Sabathia pitched a Complete Game allowing 2 Eraned Runs with 9 Ks to improve to 8-0 with a 1.60 ERA with Milwaukee (14-8, 3.34 overall).  Paul Maholm gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings, but got a no-decision.  Jeremy Guthrie gave up 2 Runs on 7 Innings, but lost.

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