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

Pitcher
Chris Pérez - The Cardinal Rookie made the most of his three Games last week picking up 3 Saves while working 3-1/3 scoreless Innings.  He struck out 6 while recording a solid 1.20 WHIP.

Catcher
Brian Schneider
- Schneider turned in on for the Mets this week going 4 for 14 (.286) with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, 5 RBI, and 4 Walks in five games.  He had 2 HRs in his first 76 games prior to last week.

Corner Infielder
Jed Lowrie - With Mike Lowell on the DL, Jed Lowrie has been a nice replacement for Boston.  Last week he went 11 for 21 (.524) with 4 Runs, 6 Doubles, a Triple, 8 RBI, and 3 Walks.  Not only did he get a Hit in all but one game last week, he had an Extra-base Hit in each of those games.  He had multiple Hits in four of the 6 games as well.

Middle Infielder
Asdrubal Cabrera
- Cleveland’s Cabrera went 9 for 25 (.360), 3 Runs, 3 Doubles, a HR, 5 RBI, and 3 Walks.  He had a Hit in five of his seven games last week, including three multi-hit games.  As a bonus, he qualifies at both 2B & SS in Yahoo leagues.

Outfielder
Chris Dickerson - Cincinnati Rookie Chris Dickerson made a splash in his first week in the Bigs.  He went 9 for 22 (.409) with 4 Runs, 5 Doubles, a Triple, a HR, 2 RBI, 2 Walks, and a SB.  He had a Hit in four of five games, and multiple Hits in three games.  He didn’t make anyone forget about Griffey or Dunn, but it’s nice to know the Reds could be in good hands in the future.

Sunday, August 17th
Melvin Mora
went 5 for 6 with 4 Runs, 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, and 6 RBI.  Alex Rios went 5 for 6 with 3 Runs, 4 Doubles, and 2 RBI.  Luke Scott went 3 for 6 with 2 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, and 4 RBI.  A-Rod went 3 for 3 with 3 Runs, a HR, 5 RBI, and 2 Walks.  Adam Lind went 3 for 6 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Edgar Renteria  and Reed Johnson each had 4 Hits and 3 RBI.  Derek Jeter had 4 Hits and scored 3 Runs.  Raul Ibanez went 5 for 5.  Jason Kubel went 4 for 5 with 4 Runs, 2 Doubles, and 2 RBI.  Andre Ethier went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.   Jason Giambi and Alexei Ramirez each hit a Grand Slam.  Carlos Quentin also had a HR and 4 RBI.  Nick Markakis (3 RBI), Franklin Gutierrez, Chris Dickerson, Edwin Encarnacion, Marco Scutaro, Lyle Overbay (3 Runs), John McDonald (3 Runs), Jed Lowrie, Willy Taveras, Argenis Reyes, Ty Wiggington (3 RBI), Denard Span, and B.J. Upton (3 RBI) each had 3 Hits.  Aubrey Huff scored 3 Runs.  Brandon Phillips, Adrian Beltre, Manny Ramirez, Carlos Pena, and Ian Stewart each had 3 RBI.

Johan Santana pitched a Complete Game three-hit Shutout with 7 Ks to improve to 11-7 with a 2.75 ERA.  Roy Oswalt gave up 1 hit in 8 scoreless Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 11-8.  Edison Volquez tossed 7 scoreless Innings allowing 3 Hits to improve to 15-5 with a 2.73 ERA.  Tim Lincecum gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7-2/3 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 13-3 with a 2.60 ERA.  Javier Vazquez gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 8 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 10-10.  Cole Hamels gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings to improve to 10-8 with a 3.22 ERA.  Scott Kazmir gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 9-6 with a 3.21 ERA.  Ryan Dempster gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 14-5 with a 2.92 ERA.  Chris Volstad (6 Innings, 2 Runs) and Clayton Kershaw (6 Innings, 1 Run, 6 Ks) pitched well, but got no-decisions.  Cha Seung Baek gave up 1 Earned Run in 6 Innings with 5 Ks, but lost.

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Saturday, August 16th
Miguel Montero
went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs (one a Grand Slam), and 5 RBI.  Albert Pujols went 3 for 4 with a pair of solo HRs.  Jeff Francoeur went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, and 2 RBI.  Chris Young went 3 for 5 with a Grand Slam.  Brian Giles also had 4 RBI.  Joe Mauer (3 Runs), Troy Tulowitzki (3 RBI), Ronnie Belliard (3 RBI), J.J. Hardy (3 RBI), Lastings Milledge, Mitch Maier, Brett Gardner, Pablo Sandoval, Miguel Cabrera, Ty Wiggington, Freddy Sanchez, Jody Gerut, and Jack Wilson each had 3 Hits.  Skip Schumaker had 3 RBI.  Matt Holliday scored 3 Runs.

Roy Halladay pitched a Complete Game allowing 1 Run to improve to 14-9 with a 2.64 ERA.  Matt Harrison threw 8 scoreless Innings allowing 3 Hits with 8 Ks to improve to 5-2.  Pedro Martinez gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 4-3.  John Danks gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 10-5 with a 3.11 ERA.  Justin Verlander gave up 2 unearned Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 9-13.  Yusmeiro Petit gave up 2 Runs on 4  Hits in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 2-3 with a 3.02 ERA.  Mike Hampton went 6 Innings allowing 2 Runs to improve to 2-1.  Zack Greinke (6-2/3 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Ks), Sidney Ponson (6-1/3 Innings, 2 Runs), Dave Bush (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Hits),  Derek Lowe (7 Innings, 1 Run) pitched well, but got no-decisions.  Edwin Jackson gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 6 Innings with 6 Ks, but lost.

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Friday, August 15th
Randy Wynn
went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Benjie Molina also had 4 Hits.  Melvin Mora went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Triple, a HR, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Jack Cust smashed a pair of HRs and drove in 3 Runs.  Chris Snyder had 4 RBI.  Mark DeRosa scored 3 Runs, with a HR, 2 RBI, and 3 Walks.  Jason Kubel (3 RBI), Mark Teixeira, Aubrey Huff, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Adam LaRoche, Albert Pujols, Ty Wiggington, Jeff Kent (he’s been on fire), Casey Blake, and Tony Clark each had 3 Hits.  Juan Castro and Carlos Pena each scored 3 Runs.  Daryle Ward, Chris Burke, and Jorge Cantu each had 3 RBI.

Matt Garza tossed a Complete Game two-hit Shutout with 9 Ks to improve to 10-7 with a 3.63 ERA.  Freakin’ Cliff Lee threw a Complete Game allowing 2 Runs to run his record to 17-2 with a 2.43 ERA.  Jamie Moyer gave up 3 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 11-7 with a 3.64 ERA.  Mike Pelfrey threw 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 11-8 with a 3.91 ERA.  Matt Cain gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 8-9 with a 3.57 ERA.  Brandon Webb gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 8 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 18-4 with a 2.85 ERA.  Francisco Liriano gave up 2 unearned Runs on 2 Hits in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to even his record at 3-3.   Gil Meche (6 Innings, 1 Run, 8 Ks) and Josh Johnson (6 Innings, 3 Runs, 5 Hits, 8 Ks) got no-decisions.  Jason Davis (7 Innings, 2 Runs), Greg Maddux (7 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Hits), and Jair Jurrjens (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 9 Ks) pitched well, but lost.

Thursday, August 14th
Mark Kotsay
went 5 for 5 as he hit for the Cycle and had 2 RBI.  Cliff Floyd had 4 Walks and scored 4 Runs.  Jim Thome, Big Papi, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Ludwick, and Lance Berkman each had 3 RBI.  Jeff Francoeur (3 RBI), Paul Konerko, Bobby Crosby, Dustin Pedroia, Jed Lowrie, Chris Dickerson, Freddy Sanchez, Melvin Mora, Kevin Millar (3 RBI), and Lou Montanez each had 3 Hits.

Todd Wellemeyer gave up 3 Hits in 7-2/3 scoreless Innings to improve to 10-4 with a 3.79 ERA.  Dice-K tossed 7 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 14-2 with a 2.74 ERA.  Hiroki Kuroda gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits with 7 Ks to improve to 7-8 with a 3.88 ERA.  Jake Peavy gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 9-8 with a 2.61 ERA.  Armando Galarraga gave up 1 Run on 6 Hits in 8 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 11-4 with a 3.10 ERA.  Dan Haren gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA.  Jesse Litsch gave up 4 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings, but got a no-decision.  Ian Snell gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but lost.

Happy Birthday Dukes!

 
Wednesday, August 13th
Raul Ibanez
went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, 2 RBI, and a Walk.  Mark Teixeira went 3 for 6 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Jim Edmonds (Game 1) had 3 Runs and 3 RBI.  Geovany Soto (Game 1) went 3 for 5 with a Run, a Double, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Troy Glaus went 4 for 4.  Jeff Kent also had 4 Hits.  Vernon Wells hit a Grand Slam.  Daniel Murphy (3 RBI), Omar Infante, Michael Young, Kevin Youkilis (3 Runs), Corey Hart (3 RBI), Nick Markakis, Melvin Mora, David Eckstein, Skip Schumaker, Brad Hawpe, Maicer Izturis, Yuniesky Betancourt, Russell Martin, and Eric Hinske each had 3 Hits.  Delmon Young, Wladimir Balentien and Milton Bradley each had 3 RBI.

Mark Buehrle threw 7 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 10-10 with a 3.77 ERA.  C.C. Sabathia gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA with the Brewers (13-8, 3.05 overall).  Kevin Slowey gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 9-8 with a 3.94 ERA.  Paul Maholm gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to improve to 8-7 with a 3.69 ERA.  David Purcey threw 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 2-3.  Jeremy Guthrie gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 10-8 with a 3.18 ERA.  Andy Sonnastine gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 12-6.  Braden Looper gave up 1 Earned Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 11-9.  Randy Wolf gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 8-10.  John Maine gave up 1 Hit in 5 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 10-7 with a 3.97 ERA.  Brian Stokes threw 4 Innings of scoreless relief.  Rich Harden gave up 2 Hits in 5 scoreless Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA with the Cubs (7-2, 2.09 overall).  Ricky Nolasco gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 5 Ks, but got a no-decision.

Tuesday, August 12th
David Ortiz
went 3 for 4 with 4 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, 6 RBI, and 2 Walks.  Marlon Byrd went 5 for 6 with 4 Runs, and 3 RBI.  Dustin Pedroia went 5 for 6 with 5 Runs, a Double, and 2 RBI.  Kevin Youkilis smashed a pair of HR en route to 5 RBI.  Gary Sheffield hit a pair of HRs.  Lance Berkman hit a Grand Slam.  Ian Kinsler and Chris Davis each had 4 RBI.  Carlos Beltran, Asdrubal Cabrera, Adam Lind, Miguel Tejada, Fred Lewis, Johnny Damon, Derk Jeter, Matt Kemp, and Chad Tracy each had 3 Hits.  Darin Erstad, Jermaine Dye, Frank Catalanotto, Hanley Ramirez, Xavier Nady, Prince Fielder, and Ryan Ludwick each had 3 RBI.  J.D. Drew, Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley each scored 3 Runs.

Javier Vazquez threw 8 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits while striking out 10 to improve to 9-10.  Jeff Suppan gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to improve to 8-7.  Edison Volquez gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 14-5 with a 2.86 ERA.  Randy Johnson gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 10-8.  Cole Hamels (7 Innings, 2 Runs, 5 Hits, 7 Ks) and Zach Miner (6 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Ks) pitched well, but got a no-decision.

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