Sunday, July 20th
Jose Reyes
went 4 for 6 with 3 Runs, a Triple and a SB.  Willie Harris and Ryan Braun each had 5 RBI.  Austin Kearns went 3 for 5 with 5 Runs, a Double, a HR, 2 RBI, and a Walk.  Jesus Flores had 5 Hits.  Aaron Miles scored 3 Runs, had 3 Hits, and 4 RBI.  Felipe Lopez and Mike Fontenot each scored 3 Runs, had 3 Hits and 3 RBI.  Mark Teixeira went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Kelly Shoppach had 4 RBI.  Stephen Drew had 4 Hits.  Carlos Delgado, Alex Rios (3 RBI), Mike Aviles, Ryan Theriot, Esteban German, A.J. Pierzynski, Scott Hairston, Jeff Baker (3 Runs), Matt Holliday, Clint Barmes, Jose Vidro, James Loney, Dustin Pedroia, and Miguel Cairo each had 3 Hits.  Marco Scutaro, Nick Swisher, Ian Stewart, Joe Crede, Derrick Lee, Troy Glaus, and David DeJesus each had 3 RBI. 

Ryan Dempster gave up 6 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 11-4 with a 3.05 ERA.  Vincente Padilla gave up 3 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 11-5.  Poor Scott Baker gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits with 8 Ks and got the Loss.  Justin Verlander gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 8-2/3 Innings to improve to 8-9 with a 3.95 ERA.  Andy Pettitte gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits with 9 Ks in 8 Innings to improve to 11-7 with a 3.86 ERA.  Justin Duchscherer gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings, but took the Loss.  Cole Hamels (8 Innings, 2 Runs, 4 Hits, 7 Ks) and Josh Johnson (6-2/3 Innings, 2 Runs) got no-decisions.  Cha Seung Baek gave up 1 Earned Run in 6-1/3 Innings, but got a no-decision.  Manny Parra gave up 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 9-2 with a 3.68 ERA.  Cliff “General” Lee gave up 2 Runs in a Complete Game to improve to 13-2 with a 2.29 ERA.  Brandon Webb gave up 1 Run on 6 Hits in an 8 Inning no-decision.

Satuday, July 19th
Robinson Cano
went 4 for 6 with 2 Runs and 2 Doubles.  Shin-Soo Choo went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 3 RBI.  Albert Pujols had 3 Hits and 4 RBI.  Pat Burrell went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, and 2 RBI.  Jorge Cantu had 4 Hits.  Placido Polanco went 4 for 6 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, an RBI, and a Walk.  Justin Morneau had 5 RBI.  Evan Longoria hit a Grand Slam.  John Baker and Miguel Cabrera each had 4 RBI.  Scott Podsednik went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs and 3 Doubles.  Joe Mauer scored 3 Runs and had 3 RBI.  Brad Hawpe, Cody Ross, Willie Harris (3 Runs), Gregor Blanco, Gary Sheffield, Melvin Mora (3 RBI), Kevin Millar, Luke Scott, Ryan Theriot, Delmon Young, David Wright, Freddy Sanchez, and Ryan Braun each had 3 Hits.  Erick Aybar, Cristian Guzman, Ramon Hernandez, Mike Aviles, Billy Butler, John Buck, Joey Votto, and Edgar Gonzalez each had 3 RBI.

Matt Garza tossed 7-2/3 Innings of two-hit scoreless ball with 6 Ks to improve to 8-5 with a 3.68 ERA.  Dan Haren gave up 4 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 9-5 with a 2.58 ERA.  Joba Chamberlain gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 8 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Joe Saunders gave up 2 Runs in 6-2/3 Innings, but got a no-decision.  John “Stawberry Fields Forever” Lannan gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings to improve to 6-9 with a 3.29 ERA.  Gil Meche gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings to improve to 7-9.  Wandy Rodriguez gave up 1 Run in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 5-3 with a 3.31 ERA.  Livan Herandez gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 10-6.  Josh Fogg gave up 1 Earned Run in 6 Innings to improve to 2-2.  Jorge de la Rosa gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings to improve to 4-5.

Friday, July 18th
Garrett Anderson
went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Ivan Rodriguez went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Delmon Young also had 4 Hits.  Nomar Garciaparra went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Luke Scott hit a pair of HRs and had 3 RBI.  Raul Ibanez went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Grand Slam, and 4 RBI.  Billy Butler had 4 RBI.  A-Rod, Miguel Tejada, Hunter Pence, Alexi Casilla, Jermaine Dye, Jody Gerut, Brian Giles, Albert Pujols, Rick Ankiel (3 RBI), Conor Jackson, Orlando Hudson, and Jamie Burke each had 3 Hits.  Robinson Cano, Ryan Ludwick, Jose Lopez, Prince Fielder, Mike Cameron, and Brian McCann each had 3 RBI.

C.C. Sabathia threw a Complete Game allowing 1 Run on 4 Hits with 10 Ks to improve to 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA with Milwaukee.  Overall, he’s 9-8 with a 3.51 ERA.  Glen Perkins tossed 6 scoreless three-hit Innings to improve to 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA.  James Shields gave up 1 Run on 4  Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 8-6 with a 3.69 ERA.  A.J. Burnett gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 6 Ks, but lost.  Mike Mussina gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA. Bronson Arroyo gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 8 Innings to improve to 8-7.  Jamie Moyer gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 9-6.  Brian Moehler (7 Innings, 1 Run, 4 Hits) and Ted Lilly (7 Innings, 1 Run, 6 Ks) each got no-decisions.  Felix Hernandez gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits with 8 Ks to improve to 7-6 with a 2.95 ERA.

Thursday, July 17th
David Wright
hit a HR and had 4 RBI.  Carlos Delgado and Fernando Tatis each had 3 Hits, a HR, and 3 RBI.  Edwin Encarnacion  went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, a HR, and an RBI.  Troy Glaus hit a pair of solo HRs.  Javier Valentin and Chris Iannetta each had 3 RBI.  Marcus Thames and Melvin Mora each had 2 Hits (Double, HR) and 2 RBI.  Gary SheffieldJeff KeppingerAdam LaRoche, and Brandon Inge also had a pair of RBI.

Kyle Lohse gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 12-2 with a 3.35 ERA.  Ubaldo Jimenez gave up 3 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 5-9 with a 4.20 ERA.  He’s lowed his ERA from 5.43 on June 6th.  He’s 3-1 in Julyn with a 2.39 ERA.

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.


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