Monday, June 9th

Ken Griffey, Jr.
hit his 600th career Home Run.  Congrats Mr. Griffey.  Paul Bako hit a pair of HRs and drove in 5 Runs.  Evan Longoria went 3 for 4 with 4 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, 3 RBI, and a Walk.  Dioner Navarro went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Nick Swisher hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3 Runs.  Vladimir Guerrero and Gary Matthews, Jr. each went 4 for 4.  Orlando Cabrera asnd Placido Polanco each went 4 for 5.  Mark Reynolds went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and an RBI.  Ryan Garko had 4 RBI.  Justin Morneau, Alex Rio also had 3 Hits.  Michael Cuddyer had 3 RBI.

Matt Cain gave up 1 Run in 6-1/3 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 3-4.  Zach Duke allowed 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 4-4.  Mike Mussina (8 Innings, 2 Runs) and Luke Hochevar (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 4 Hits) each earned a no-decision.  Jarrod Washburn (6 Innings, 1 Run) and Jesse Litsch (6 Innings, 2 Runs) also earned no-decisions.

A look back at the past week in baseball to bring you the surprising stars. 

Pitcher

Jonathan Sánchez
– Jonathan Sánchez has been the latest San Francisco Treat.  In two starts last week (both Wins) Sánchez went 14 Innings with a 1.29 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP while racking up 12 Ks.  For the year he’s 5-3 with a 3.70 ERA.

Catcher
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  - Now that’s a mouthful.  Salty has been on fire for Texas going 5 for 14 (.357) this past week with 2 Runs, a HR, 3 RBI, and 3 Walks.  Over the past month he’s hitting .298 with 13 RBI. 

Corner Infielder
Joe Crede 
- Chicago’s Crede isn’t a complete surprise, but after his dismal 2007 season, and the threat of Josh Fields, one probably didn’t expect the success Crede’s had.  He’s been especially successful against the Twins racking up 16 of his 41 RBI against them.  This past week he went 11 for 18 (.611) with 9 Runs, 2 Doubles, 5 HRs, 12 RBI, and 3 Walks.  What I can’t figure is why a player who went 9 for 12 (.666) with 7 Runs, 5 extra-base Hits (4 HRs), and 10 RBI against the Twins isn’t issued a single Walk.

Middle Infielder
Maicer Izturis
  - With the injuries Anaheim has been dealing with (Chone Figgins, Erick Abyar, Howie Kendrick) Maicer has been a prett valuable guy for the Angles lately.  Last week he went 10 for 27 (.370) with 5 Runs, a Double, 2 HRs, 7 RBI, 2 Walks, and 2 SBs.

Outfielder
David DeJesús – Kansas City’s OF went 10 for 24 (.417) last week with 4 Runs, 3 Doubles, a Triple, a HR, 5 RBI, 3 Walks, and 2 SBs.  He’s hitting .305 on the year.

Sunday, June 8th
Hanley Ramirez went 3 for 5 with a pair of HRs and 4 RBI.  Ray Durham had 4 Hits.  Luke Scott and Mark Reynolds each hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3 Runs.  Mark Ellis hit a game-winning Grand Slam.  Nick Swisher had 4 RBI.  Bobby Abreu, Lance Berkman, Tony Clark, and Dan Uggla each had 3 RBI.  Brian Roberts, Vernon Wells (first game off the DL) Shane Victorino (3 Runs), Ryan Howard (4RBI), Mark Teixeira, Fred Lewis, Adam LaRoche, Alexei Ramirez (3 RBI), Eric Chavez, Carlos Delgado, Jody Gerut, Mark DeRosa, and Brian Giles each had 3 Hits.

Gavin Floyd allowed 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 7-3 with a 3.10 ERA.  Justin Masterson gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA.  Rich Harden gave up 3 Runs in 6 Innings with 9 Ks.  Ervin Santana gave up 2 Runs in 6-1/3 Innings with 9 Ks.  Jason Marquis gave up 1 unearned Run on 3 Hits in 6-1/3 Inning to improve to 4-3.

Saturday, June 7th
Joe Crede did it again going 2 for 3 with another pair of HRs and 6 RBI.  Jose Guillen had a whale of a game as well going 3 fo 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs (one a Grand Slam), and 7 RBI.  Johnny Damon remained on fire going 6 for 6 with a Run, a Double, 4 RBI, and a SB.  Melky Cabrera, Nick Markakis, Jay Payton (5 RBI), Ichiro Suzuki, J.D. Drew (3 Runs), Edgar Renteria (4 RBI), Russell Martin (3 RBI), Nick Swisher (3 Runs), Alexei Ramirez, Skip Schumaker, Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, Brad Ausmus, Rich Aurilia, and Jorge Cantu, and Carlos Delgado had 3 Hits each.  John Bowker and Brad Hawpe each hit a Grand Slam.  Matt Kemp, Andy Phillips, Luis Gonzalez, Cody Ross, and Ryan Ludwick each had 3 RBI.  Dan Uggla and Maicer Izturis each scored 3 Runs.

Jonathan Sanchez gave up four Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 5-3 wqith a 3.70 ERA.  Mark Buehrle gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings to improve to 3-6.  Jeremy Guthrie allowed 1 Run in 7 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 3-6 with a 3.40 ERA.  Tim Wakefield gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 6 Ks to pull even at 4-4.  Kenny Rogers gave up 1 Earned Run in 7 Innings and Aaron Laffey gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings as they locked horns.  Shawn Hill gave up 2 Runs in 7-1/3 Innings, but took a Loss.  Scott Feldman gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in a 7 Inning no-decision.  Greg Reynolds gave up 2 Run on 4 Hits for his first career Win.  Jon Garland gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 6-3 with a 3.87 ERA.  Cha Seung Baek gave up 1 Run in a 6 Inning no-decision.

Friday, June 6th
Joe Crede went 4 for 4 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, and 2 RBI.  Nick Markakis and Mark Lorreta each went 4 for 4.  Jorge Cantu went 3 for 5 with a pair of solo HRs.  Jose Castillo, Eric Hinske, and Carlos Quentin each had 3 RBI.  Raul Ibanez and B.J. Upton each scored 3 Runs.  Richie Sexson, Sean Casey, Miguel Olivo,  Jerry Hairston Jr., his brother Scott Hairston, Jay Bruce, Ray Durham, Joe Mauer, and Orlando Cabrera each had 3 Hits.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched a Complete Game four-hit Shutout with 11 Ks to improve to 3-5 with a 3.49 ERA.  Brian Moehler pitched 7 scoreless Innings allowing just 2 Hits to improve to 3-2 with a 3.76 ERA.  Felix Hernandez pitched 6 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 4-5 with a 3.07 ERA.  Paul Byrd gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 3-5.  Kyle Davies gave up 1 Run in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA while beating Darrell Rasner (8 innings, 2 Runs).  Brandon Webb gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 11-2 with a 2.58 ERA.  Shaun Marcum went 7 Innings allowing 1 Run in a no-decision.  Tim Hudson gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in a 7-2/3 Innings no-decision.  Tim Lincecum gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 8-1 with a 2.15 ERA.  Scott Kazmir gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 6-1 with a 1.40 ERA.  Braden Looper gave up 2 Earned Runs in 6 Innings with 8 Ks.  Ben Sheets gave up 1 Run in a 6 Inning no-decision.  John Lackey gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 2-1 with a 1.70 ERA.    Joe Blanton gave up 2 Earned Runs in 7 Innings in the loss.  Randy Wolf gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 4-4 while beating Johan Santana, who gave up 1 Earned Run in 6 Innings with 5 Ks.

Thursday, June 5th
Old Man Matt Stairs went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Manny Ramirez went 2 for 3 with a Run, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Elijah Dukes went 4 for 6 with 3 Runs, a Triple, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Chipper Jones went 4 for 5.  Cristian Guzman went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs.  Dan Uggla, Alexi Casilla, Mike Redmonds, Aaron Boone, Kory Casto, Michael Young, Milton Bradley, Tadahito Iguchi, and Ryan Theriot each had 3 Hits.  Jason Michaels, Mark Worrell, and Ramon Vazquez each had 3 RBI.  Joe Mather scored 3 Runs.  Jeff Kent hit a pair of HRs.

Cole Hamels tossed a Complete Game three-hit Shutout to improve to 6-4 with a 3.36 ERA.  Garrett Olson went 6-1/3 Innings allowing 2 Runs to improve to 5-1 with a 3.86 ERA.    Todd Wellemeyer pitched six scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 7-1 with a 2.92 ERA.  He beat John “Can’t Buy Me Love” Lannan, who gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings.  Jon Lester gave up 1 Run in 6-1/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 4-3 with a 3.50 ERA.  Paul Maholm went 8 Innings allowing 2 Runs to improve to 4-5.  Jose Contreras gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 6-3 with a 2.76 ERA.  Josh Banks (6 Innings, 5 Hits, 1 Run – his ERA sits at 0.39) and Mike Pelfrey (6 Innings, 1 Run) took no-decisions in their pitchers’ duel.

Wednesday, June 4th
Ryan Garko
went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, and 6 RBI.  Ben Francisco went 5 for 6 with 3 Runs, and an RBI.  Hanley Ramirez went 2 for 3 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, 3 RBI, 2 Walks, and a SB.  Gabe Kapler went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, a Double, and an RBI.  Corey Hart had 4 RBI.  Carlos Gonzalez, Raul Chavez, David Dellucci, Milton Bradley, and Joe Mauer each had 3 RBI.  Chris Burke, Daric Barton, Jose Reyes, Jose Lopez (3 RBI), Johnny Damon (he’s been on fire), and Michael Young each had 3 Hits.  Grady Sizemore scored 3 Runs.

Edison Volquez continued his dominance with 7 scoreless two-hit Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 8-2 with a 1.32 ERA.  He beat Brett Myers, who gave up just 1 Run in 7 Innings with 8 Ks.  Aaron Cook gave up 1 Run in 8 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 8-3 with a 3.16 ERA.  Manny Parra gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 4-2.  Justin Craig Duchscherer gave up 2 Runs on 3 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 5-4 with a 2.32 ERA.  John Maine gave up 1 Earned Run in 6 Innings to improve to 6-4 with a 3.47 ERA.  Josh Beckett gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 6-4.  MIke Mussina gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 9-4.  Zach Duke gave up 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 3-4.  Greg Maddux gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in a 7 Inning no-decision.  Ted Lilly, who gave up 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings with 8 Ks, took the loss.

Tuesday, June 3rd
David Murphy
went 4 for 4 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Kazuo Matsui went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs.  Dan Uggla hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3 Runs.  Milton Bradley hit a pair of solo shots.  Chipper Jones, Carlos Pena, David Eckstein, Shin-Soo Choo, Eric Chavez, Alfonso Soriano, Maicer Izturis, and Travis Denker also had 3 RBI each.  Johnny Damon, Jimmy Rollins (2 SBs), David DeJesus, A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez, Yadier Molina, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Garko, Adrian Gonzalez, Robb Quinlan, and Damion Easley (3 RBI) each had 3 Hits.  Fred Lewis scored 3 Runs.

Jeff Francis pitched 7 scoreless Innings allowing 4 Hits while striking out 5 to improve to 2-5.  Wandy Rodriguez gave up 5 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA.  Adam Eaton gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 2-.  Roy Halladay gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 7-5 with a 2.94 ERA.  Seth McClung gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings to improve to 3-2.  Randy Johnson struck out 8 to move into second place on the all-time strikeout list.  Gavin Floyd gave up 2 Earned Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA.  Joe Saunders gave up 1 Earned Run in 7 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA.  R.A. Dickey pitched 5-2/3 Innings of scoreless relief allowing 3 Hits while striking out 6.  Brad Penny gave up 2 Run in 6 Innings with 5 Ks, but took a Loss.  Pedro Martinez gave up 3 Runs in 6 Innings for his first Win of the season.

Monday, June 2nd
Casey Blake
took top honors going 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 7 RBI.  Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 4  with 2 Runs, a HR, 4 RBI, and a Walk.  Yunel Escobar (3 RBI), Derek Jeter, A-Rod, Michael Cuddyer (3 Runs), Delmon Young (3 RBI), Chase Utley (21st HR), Prince Fielder, Johnny Peralta, Casey Kotchman, Todd Helton, Matt Kemp (3 Runs), Bobby Crosby, Carlos Zambrano (seriously), Ryan Theriot, Bengie Molina, and Ray Durham each had three Hits.  Jason Michael hit a pinch-hit Grand Slam.  Marlon Byrd also Grand Slammed.  Adam Jones, Ben Francisco, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, and Brian Horwitz each had 3 RBI.

Derek Lowe gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits in 8 Innings of work to improve to 3-5.  Ervin Santana gave up 2 Runs in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 8-2 with a 3.02 ERA.  Jeremy Guthrie (6-1/3 Innings, 2 Runs), 5 Ks) and Tim Wakefield (7 Innings, 2 Runs) took no-decisions.  Kenny Rogers (7 Innings, 2 Runs) and Rich Harden (6-2/3 Innings, 2 Runs, 8 Ks) battled to no-decisions.  Jonathan Sanchez gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 4-3. 

A look back at the past week in baseball to bring you the surprising stars. 

Pitcher
Sean Gallagher - Pitching for the Cubbies these days makes winning a little easier, but Sean helped his cause last week too.  He pitched 12.2 Innings in two Wins with a 2.84 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and 11 Ks.

Catcher
Jesús Flores
- Washington’s Flores put up solid numbers last week going 7 for 19 (.368) with a Run, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 7 RBI.

Corner Infielder
Melvin Mora
- Melvin is still doing it for the O’s.  Last week he was 7 for 24 (.292) with 4 Runs, 2 HRs, 5 RBI, and a Walk.

Middle Infielder
Alexei Ramirez 
- Manny isn’t the only Sox Ramirez who had a good week.  OK, it’s a different Sox (White Sox) and it’s Alexei being Alexei.  He was 11 for 28 (.393) with 4 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, 3 RBI, and a SB.

Outfielder
Jay Bruce - He was supposed to be good, but his debut was ridiculous.  Since being called up he’s 13 for 22 (.591) with 10 Runs, 3 Doubles, 2 HRs, 10 RBI, 6 Walks, and 2 SBs for the Reds.  Unbelievable.  Florida’s Cody Ross also had an outstanding week.


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