2008 MLB All-Star Game
J.D. Drew
took home MVP honors going 2 for 4 with a Run, a HR, 2 RBI, a Walk, and a SB.  Home Run Derby Champ Justin Morneau went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs (including the game-winner), a Double, and a Walk.  The NL got solid offensive contributions from their Shortstops as Hanley Ramirez and Miguel Tejada each went 2 for 3 with a Run.  Tejada added a Walk and a SB.  Albert Pujols also collected two Hits.  Matt Holliday clubbed a HR for the game’s first Run.  It was the NL’s only Extra-base Hit.

Obviously pitchers don’t last long in All-Star Games, but a few performances stood out.  Starters Cliff Lee and Ben Sheets each allowed 1 Hit in 2 scoreless Innings with 3 Ks.  Aaron Cook had the longest outing throwin 3 scoreless Innings.  Ryan Dempster struck out the side.  Carlos Zambrano, Dan Haren, and George Sherrill all pitched at least 2 scoreless Innings.  Scott Kazmir pitched a scoreless 15th Inning for the Win.

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

Pitcher
Mike Pelfrey- The Mets had high hopes for their Pitching Staff this year.  I bet they didn’t figure Mike Pelfrey having as many Wins at the All-Star break as Johan Santana.  He’s been a great surprise for New York’s “Other Team”.  Last week he was magnificent going 2-0 in 15 scoreless Innings with 10 Ks and a 0.60 WHIP.

Catcher
Max Ramirez
- You’d expect Manny Ramirez to hit .429 (6 for 14) for the week, but Max?  He added 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 5 RBI for Texas.  He qualifies at 1B and C in Yahoo Leagues. 

Corner Infielder
Chris Davis- Make it a Texas two-step as 1B Chris Davis joins Max Ramirez in the FBWW list.  He went 9 of 28 (.321) with 8 Runs, 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 3 HRs, 6 RBI, and 2 Walks.  Chris hit in all but one game last week.

Middle Infielder
Mike Fontenot
- Chicago’s Second Baseman Mike Fontenot was solid last week.  He went 6 of 16 (.375) with 5 Runs, 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 5 RBI, and 5 Walks.  Against Cincinnati he was 4 of 6 with 5 Runs, 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI in two games.

Outfielder
Matt Joyce - Detroit’s Matt Joyce had a spectacular week going 9 of 22 (.409) with 6 Runs, 4 Doubles, 4 HRs, and 6 RBI.  Not too shabby for the Rookie Outfielder.

Sunday, July 13th (Happy Birthday Heath!)

Jermaine Dye went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 3 RBI. Aaron Miles went 3 for 5 with a Triple, Home Run, and 5 RBI. Brian McCann went 3 for 3 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 3 RBI. Johnny Peralta, Carlos Lee, Pat Burrell, and Marco Scutaro each had 3 RBI. Chris Burke, Pedro Feliz, Troy Glaus (3 Runs), Chris Duncan, Xavier Nady, Mike Aviles, Orlando Cabrera (3 RBI), Alexei Ramirez, Jim Thome, Juan Uribe, Toby Hall, Ian Kinsler (3 RBI), David Murphy (3 Runs), Max Ramirez (3 RBI), Kevin Kouzmanoff, Brent Lillibridge, Carlos Beltran (3 RBI) and Matt Kemp each each had 3 Hits.

C.C. Sabathia threw a Complete Game allowing 2 Runs with 9 Ks to go 2-0 with Milwaukee.  Justin Verlander stayed hot going 7 Innings giving up 2 Runs on 4 Hits with 8 Ks to improve to 7-9.  A.J. Burnett gave up 1 Run on 8-1/3 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 10-8. Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up 4 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 10-1 with a 2.65 ERA. Brandon Backe gave up 5 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 6-9. Brandon Webb gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 6 Ks in a rare no-decision. [b]Cole Hamels[/b] gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 8 Ks, but got a no-decision. Carlos Silva gave up 2 Runs in a 6 Innings no-decision. Tim Lincecum gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 11-2 with a 2.57 ERA. Justin Duchscherer gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in a 7-2/3 Innings no-decision. Jorge Campillo gave up 2 Runs on 6 Hits to improve to 4-4 with a 3.06 ERA. Chad Billingsley gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits with 13 Ks in 7 Innings to improve to 9-8 with a 3.25 ERA.

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Before I get started, I’d like to wish my son Heath a Happy 4th Birthday!

Saturday, July 12th
Kevin Youkilis
hit a Grand Slam and had 6 RBI. [b]Jim Edmonds[/b] went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI. [b]Brendan Harris[/b] went 3 for 3 with a HR and 4 RBI. Mark Reynolds had 4 RBI. Shane Victorino went 3 for 3 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI. Ryan Garko had 5 RBI. Jerry Hairston went 4 for 4 with 3 Runs, and 2 Doubles. Adam Dunn hit 2 HRs and had 4 RBI. Jim Thome had 4 RBI. Paul Konerko and Troy Glaus, and Yadier Molina each had 4 Hits. Jason Bay hit 2 HRs and had 5 RBI. Ryan Ludwick went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Triple, HR, and 4 RBI. Derek Jeter, A-Rod, Aaron Lind, Hunter Pence, and Nate McLouth each had 3 RBI. Jose Castillo, Bengie Molina, Ryan Theriot, Chad Tracy (3 RBI), Albert Pujols, Eric Hinske, Carlos Lee, and Chipper Jones each had 3 Hits. Manny Ramirez and Aaron Miles each scored 3 Runs.

Ervin Santana threw 7 scoreless Innings giving up 5 Hits with 10 Ks to improve to 11-3 with a 3.34 ERA. Edison Volquez gave up 1 Earned Run in 7 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 12-3 with a 2.29 ERA. Rich Harden got a no-decision in his Cubs debut despite striking out 10 in 5-1/3 scoreless Innings. Tim Wakefield gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 6-6 with a 3.60 ERA. Ricky Nolasco gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits with 6 Ks in a 6 Inning no-decision.

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Friday, July 11th
Ronnie Belliard
went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, and 5 RBI. Aramis Ramirez, Johnny Peralta, Matt Stairs, and Austin Kearns each had 3 RBI. Brian Roberts, Ben Francisco, Alexi Casilla, Miguel Montero, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Troy Glaus, Rick Ankiel (3 RBI), Lyle Overbay, Cristian Guzman (3 Runs), Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Hamilton, Emil Brown, Jack Hannahan {3RBI), and Brian McCann each had 3 Hits.

Roy Halladay threw a Complete Game two-hit Shutout to improve to 11-6 with a 2.71 ERA. Matt Cain (7 scoreless Innings, 3 Hits, 9 Ks) and Jason Marquis (7 scoreless Innings, 3 Hits) each got no decisions. Cliff Lee threw 6 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 12-2 with a 2.31 ERA. Glen Perkins gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 6-2. Kyle Lohse threw 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 11-2 with a 3.39 ERA. Aaron Cook (6 Innings, 1 Run) and Oliver Perez (6 Innings, 2 Hits, 1 Run) earned no-decisions. Tim Redding threw 6 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 7-3 with a 3.85 ERA. Luis Mendoza gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 2-3. Luke Hochevar gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 6-7. Sean Gallagher gave up 2 Runs on 2 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to win his first game with the A’s. Jake Peavy gave up 4 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 7-5 with a 2.47 ERA. Chris Volstad gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8-2/3 Innings to improve to 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA.

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Thursday, July 10th
Justin Morneau
went 5 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, a Walk, and an 11th Inning Game-winning HR.  Hanley Ramirez went 5 for 6 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and an RBI.  Ryan Howard smacked two more HRs with 3 RBI.  Fernando Tatis went 3 for 5 with a Run, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Denard Span and Michael Young each banged out 4 Hits.  Ken Griffey, Jr. went 2 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and RBI.  David Ross went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 2 RBI.  Ben Francisco went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Howie Kendrick went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, 3 RBI, and a Walk.  Nick Punto. Marcus Thames, Jeff Larish, Gabe Kapler, Jeff Keppinger, Joey Votto, Willie Bloomquist, Aaron Lind, Stephen Drew, Chad Tracy, Conor Jackson, Cristian Guzman, Juan Rivera, Ramon Vazquez, Jorge Cantu, and Chris Davis each had 3 Hits.  Ryan Braun, David Dellucci, Austin Kearns, and Casey Blake each had 3 RBI.  Mike Fontenot scored 3 Runs.

Dave Bush pitched a gem allowing 1 Run on 4 Hits in 8 Innings with 13 Ks to improve to 5-8.  Jamie Moyer threw 7 strong Innings allowing 1 Run to improve to 8-6 with a 3.95 ERA.  R.A. Dickey (7 scoreless Innings, 4 Hits) and Greg Smith (6 scoreless Innings, 4 Hits) each got no-decisions.  Aaron Laffey gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings to even his record at 5-5 with a 3.45 ERA.  Paul Maholm gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to improve to 6-5 with a 3.93 ERA.  Mike Mussina gave up 2 Runs in a 6 Inning no-decision.  Jeremy Guthrie gave up 1 Earned Run on 4 Hits in a 7 Inning no-decision.  Dan Haren (8 Innings, 1 Earned Run, 3  Hits, 9 Ks) and Jason Bergmann (7 Innings, 2 Runs) each earned no-decision.  Zack Greinke gave up 1 Run with 8 Ks in a 7 Inning no-decision.  Mark Buehrle gave up 2 unearned Run in 7 Innings with 8 Ks, but took a Loss.

Wednesday, July 9th
Carlos Quentin
went 2 for 3 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Garrett Atkins went 3 for 3 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury had 4 Hits.  Dustin Pedroia had 3 Runs and 3 RBI.  Kevin Youkilis went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Manny Ramirez (3 RBI), Sean Casey, Delmon Young, Hanley Ramirez, Grady Sizemore, Sal Fasano, Matt Joyce, Nate McLouth, Nick Markakis (3 Runs), Carlos Delgado, Michael Young, Mark Grudzielane, Ross Gload, Ichiro Suzuki, and Adrian Beltre each had 3 Hits.  Miguel Cabrera, Geoff Blum, Adam Jones, Jesus Flores, Juan Rivera, Jose Lopez, Donnie Murphy and Ramon Castro each had 3 RBI.

John “A Day in the Life” Lannan gave up 2 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 5-9 with a 3.40 ERA.  Johan Santana threw five scoreless Innings to improve to 8-7 with a 2.84 ERA.  Scott Olsen gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 8 Innings to improve to 5-4 with a 3.77 ERA.  Sidney Ponson (6 Innings, 5 Hits, 1 Run) and Edwin Jackson (6-1/3 Innings, 1 Run) each earned no-decisions.  J.A. Happ gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in a 6-1/3 Inning no-decision.  Ben Sheets gave up 3 Runs in 6 Innings with 11 Ks, but took a Loss.  Glendon Rusch gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 2-3.  Jered Weaver gave up 1 Earned Run with 5 Ks in a 6 Inning no-decision.  Carlos Zambrano gave up 1 Run on 1 Hit in 8 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 10-3 with a 2.84 ERA.  Derek Lowe (7-2/3 Innings, 1 Run, 2 Hits) improve to 7-8 with a 3.85 ERA as he outdueled Tim Hudson (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 4 Hits).

Tuesday, July 8th
Miguel Cabrera
went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Carlos Beltran went 3 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBI.  Jim Thome went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, and a Walk.  Esteban German went 4 for 6 with 3 Runs, a Double, an RBI, and a SB.  Alexei Ramirez and Mike Aviles also had 4 Hits.  Chase Headley went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI.  Scott Hairston went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, an HR, and 3 RBI.  Brian McCann hit a pair of solo shots.  Kevin Youkilis, Adam LaRoche, Richie Weeks (3 Runs), and Mark Kotsay each had 3 Hits.  Marcus Thames, Alex Rios, Ryan Braun, Geovany Soto, Yunel Escobar, and Nate McLouth each had 3 RBI.  Kelly Johnson scored 3 Runs.

Justin Duchscherer pitched a Complete Game two-hit Shutout to improve to 10-5 with a 1.78 ERA.  He’s got to be the early AL Cy Young favorite.  Andy Pettitte gave up 4 Hits with 5 Ks in 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 10-6 with a 3.93 ERA.  Justin Verlander gave up 2 Runs on 2 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 6-9.  Nick Blackburn gave up 2 Runs in a 6-2/3 Inning no-decision.  Scott Kazmir gave up 2 Runs in 5 Innings with 9 Ks, but took a Loss.  Joel Pineiro tossed 6-1/3 scoreless Innings to improve to 3-4.  Cole Hamels gave up 2 Runs on 3 Hits with 8 Ks, but took the Loss.  Brandon Webb delivered a Devil’s line with 6 scoreless Innings, 6 Hits, and 6 Ks to improve to 13-4 with a 3.27 ERA.  Mike Pelfrey threw 7 scoreless Innings allowing 3 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 7-6 with a 3.93 ERA.  C.C. Sabathia gave up 2 Earned Runs in 6 Innings to win his Milwaukee debut.  Matt Harrison dominated his Big Leauge debut going 7 Innings and allowing 2 Runs on 5 Hits.  Ryan Dempster gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 10-3 with a 3.13 ERA.  Carlos “Hi Ho” Silva gave up 2 Runs in a Complete Game loss.  Randy Wolf gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 6-8.  Jair Jurrjens gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits with 6 Ks in 6 Innings to improve to 9-4 with a 3.00 ERA.

Monday, July 7th
Torii Hunter
went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 3 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre each banged out 4 Hits.  David Wright had 4 RBI.  David DeJesus, Mike Aviles, Eric Hinske, Endy Chavez, Damion Easley, Fernando Tatis, Vladimir Guerrero, Blake DeWitt, and Alfredo Amezaga each had 3 Hits.  John Buck, Carlos Lee, David Murphy, and Richie Sexson each  had 3 RBI.

Hiroki Kuroda threw a Complete Game one-hit Shutout with 6 Ks to improve to 5-6 with a 3.39 ERA.  He lost his Perfect Game bid in the 8th on a Mark Teixeira Double.  Ubaldo Jimenez allowed 3 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 4-8.  Daisuke Matsuzaka (7-1/3 scoreless Innings) and Scott Baker (7 scoreless Innings, 7 Ks) got no-decisons in their pitchers’ duel.  Chad Paronto tossed four Innings of scoreless relief (after the Runelvys Hernandez gave up 10 Runs in 4 Innings).  Dustin Nippert gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings of relief (after Luis Mendoza got shelled for 8 Runs in 1-1/3 Innings.  Ricky Nolasco gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 10-4 with a 3.74 ERA.  Greg Maddux gave up 1 Earned Run in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.

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

Pitcher
Brandon Morrow - Seattle’s Brandon Morrow excelled as a fill-in closer last week picking up a Win and 3 Saves without allowing a Run and sporting a 0.23 WHIP.  He didn’t even allow a Hit.  He’s allowed 0 Runs and 2 Hits since May 27th.

Catcher
Matt Treanor
 - Florida’s backstop had a solid week going 5 of 16 (.313) with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, 5 RBI, and 4 Walks.

Corner Infielder
Chad Tracy - Arizona’s Chad Tracy went 9 of 20 (.450) with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, 4 RBI, and a Walk last week.  He qualifies at both 1B and 3B in Yahoo Leagues.

Middle Infielder
Damion Easley
- Father Time was kind to the 38-year old Mets’ Second Baseman last week.  He went 12 of 26 (.462) with 4 Runs, a Double, 6 RBI, and a Walk.  He also qualifies at OF in Yahoo leagues.

Outfielder
Cody Ross - Florida’s Cody Ross had a strong week going 16 of 32 (.500) with 8 Runs, 4 Doubles, 2 HRs, 15 RBI, and a Walk.


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