|Tuesday 5/1/2074: Funke and Rubino receive Pitcher of the Month award|
Nathan Funke pitched like a legend in April, and the American League named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He started 5 games in April, going 4-1 and compiling an ERA of 1.54 in 35 innings. Nathan fanned 23 hitters. It's the 2nd time that the National League Pitcher of the Month award goes to New York (N)'s pitcher Alberto Rubino. He struck out 20 hitters in his 6 starts, putting together a record of 5-1 while pitching 20 innings. His ERA in April was 3.09.
|Tuesday 5/1/2074: Small (TEX) and Vega (CIN) win monthly award|
Jackson Small of Texas wins his 1st Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the American League. Small helped his team with an average of .408 and 33 RBI in 98 at bats. It's the 2nd time that the National League Batter of the Month award goes to Cincinnati's centerfielder Jose Vega. In 109 at bats he hit .422 with 10 HR and 28 RBI.
|Monday 4/30/2074: Morris Jr. and Milsap win Player of the Week award|
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Scott Morris Jr., Toronto's starting third baseman. Scott pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .636 with 1 HR and 7 RBI while slugging .818. Morris Jr. has walked 8 times this year and posts a .494 OBP. While batting .434, 33 for 76, he has driven in 17 runs. He's 2nd in the American League in batting! The Player of the Week award in the National League goes to Philadelphia's Clyde Milsap this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Clyde went 10 for 22 (.455), while hitting 4 HR and collecting 13 RBI. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 10 game hitting streak right now.
|Saturday 4/28/2074: Daron Lacayo out for 7 weeks|
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis' right-hander Daron Lacayo suffered a severe injury on Saturday and will be out for at least 7 weeks. In the 7th of the game against Florida he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to leave the game. St. Louis wasted no time and rushed him to an hospital. Team officials were informed later that Lacayo had suffered a Bone Chips Shoulder. Opposing players hit .241 against Daron this season. While posting an ERA of 3.62 he went 4-0 in 6 starts, fanning 27 and walking 22 hitters. He's 3rd in the National League in wins!
|Saturday 4/28/2074: Jeffrey Southerland uncorks five hits against Oakland|
OAKLAND - Jeffrey Southerland hits 'em where they ain't. Oakland certainly agrees as Seattle's first baseman unloaded five hits, adding to his reputation of being one of the best pure hitters in the game. Number 2 in the 4th inning, a shot estimated at 376 feet, cleared the wall in left field. In the 7th inning he unloaded a GRAND SLAM off Ramon Diaz. He collected singles in the 1st inning , in the 6th inning and in the 9th . Jeffrey did drive in 8 while scoring 3 runs on his own. He is hitting .309 this season, with 6 HR and 28 RBI. Seattle scored 14 runs on 15 hits.
|Thursday 4/26/2074: Timothy Butkovich has 2000th career hits|
TEXAS - Arizona's rightfielder Timothy Butkovich was in good mood after the game against Texas, and he had every reason as he made some history while collecting his 2000th career hit. He hit a single in the 6th off Mike Peirce for number 2000. Along with his 2000 hits, Timothy collected 284 homeruns and 1169 RBI in 15 seasons. 'Baseball is a great game, and adding something to it's history is smething I've always wanted. What a great day!'
|Tuesday 4/24/2074: Craig Broaddus out for 5 weeks|
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh's Craig Broaddus suffered a serious injury Tuesday in a game against San Diego. Broaddus fell down while running the bases and couldn't get up without help. He will miss probably 5 weeks. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Torn Abdominal Muscle. Surgery will be performed next week. Broaddus has hit 2 bombs this year while batting .349. He adds 6 doubles, along with 21 runs scored.
|Monday 4/23/2074: Los Angeles (N)'s Blow wins Player of the Week award|
The American League's best player of the week was Anaheim's Terry Solley, who wins the award for the 4th time in his career. Solley helped his team with an average of .481 and 6 RBI in 27 at bats. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 7 games. The National League Player of the Week award goes to Nathaniel Blow, Los Angeles (N)'s starting second baseman. He hit .500 with 8 RBI and slugged .857 in 28 at bats. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Nathaniel has gone 32 for 84 (.381) this season, hitting 6 taters and driving in 22 runs. He has scored 20 runs on his own. He's 10th in the National League in batting, 4th in homeruns and 4th in RBI!
|Friday 4/20/2074: Henry Rivers quiets Baltimore bats with shutout|
BALTIMORE - Great days are rare. But not for Chicago (A)'s right-hander Henry Rivers. Baltimore found out the hard way that he is among the leagues top pitchers, getting just 2 hits. It's his 1st shutout this season, and the 5th time he has done it in his career. 'I was hitting my spots. Now I'll start concentrating on my next start, and hopefully it will work again.' Rivers (3-1) struck out 6 and walked 1, throwing 63 of 104 pitches for strikes. Chicago (A)'s designated hitter Jose Sarachaga got 3 hits in 4 AB, scoring two runs. That was enough to support the brilliant performance of Rivers. The final score of the game was 7-0.
|Wednesday 4/18/2074: New York (N)'s Mutch severely injured |
NEW YORK (N) - New York (N)'s right-hander Robert Mutch suffered a severe injury on Wednesday and will be out for at least 5-6 weeks. In the 1st of the game against Texas he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to leave the game. Doctors examined him after the game and diagnosed a Pulled Bicep Muscle which will require surgery. Opposing players hit .284 against Robert this season. While posting an ERA of 4.26 he went 1-0 in 4 starts, fanning 15 and walking 10 hitters.
|Monday 4/16/2074: Atlanta's Carswell wins Player of the Week award|
The Player of the Week award in the American League goes to Minnesota's Bret Miller this time, as the catcher displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .577 and hit .444, while driving in 8 runs. Miller has hit 4 bombs this year while batting .333. He adds 2 doubles, along with 10 runs scored. The National League's best player of the week was Atlanta's Domenic Carswell, who wins the award for the 3rd time in his career. Domenic pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .550 with 2 HR and 14 RBI while slugging .900.
|Monday 4/9/2074: Nathaniel Blow collects five hits against Milwaukee|
LOS ANGELES (N) - Nathaniel Blow saw the ball really well, leading Los Angeles (N) to a 14-9 win over Milwaukee. His five hits thrilled his teammates and coaches, and Nathaniel seemed happy as well after the game. Number 1 in the 1st inning, a shot estimated at 392 feet, cleared the wall in left field. His 3rd hit, off Mauricio Silvas in the 5th inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in left field. He collected singles in the 3rd inning (one RBI) , in the 6th inning (one RBI) and in the 8th . Nathaniel did drive in 7 while scoring 5 runs on his own. This season has been a good one for him so far, as he has 14 hits in 35 at bats, resulting in a .400 batting average.
|Monday 4/9/2074: Player of the Week honors go to Piazza and Vega|
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Charles Piazza, Toronto's starting second baseman. In 30 at bats he hit .400 with 6 HR and 10 RBI. He now has homered in 3 consecutive games as well! Charles has gone 12 for 35 (.343) this season, hitting 6 taters and driving in 10 runs. He has scored 11 runs on his own. He's 6th in the American League in RBIs and 1st in homeruns! Jose Vega from Cincinnati wins his 9th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Jose pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .594 with 4 HR and 12 RBI while slugging 1.063. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 7 game hitting streak right now.
|Saturday 4/7/2074: San Francisco's Cilley severely injured, out for season|
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's second baseman Matthew Cilley suffered a season ending injury when he hurt himself firing a ball to first base. He collapsed in pain after the throw and was helped off the field. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Torn Back Muscle. Surgery will be performed next week.
|Saturday 4/7/2074: Florida's Reyes out for the season|
FLORIDA - Florida's right-hander Angelo Reyes will not pitch again this year, suffering a serious injury in the game against Atlanta on Saturday. Torn Ligament Elbow was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials.
|Saturday 4/7/2074: Toronto's Shawn Kuss laces six hits|
TAMPA BAY - Shawn Kuss is among the best pure hitters in the game, but his 6 hit performance seemed to surprise even himself. A two-run double off Richard Meyer in the 2nd inning accounted for his 2nd hit. A pitch from Miguel Alvarez in the 4th inning left his bat for a double. Number 4 in the 5th inning accounted for a RBI double. His 6th hit was a double off Carmelo Sanchez in the 7th inning. He collected singles in the 1st and in the 6th (one RBI). Shawn did drive in 4 while scoring 3 runs on his own. This season has been a good one for him so far, as he has 15 hits in 31 at bats, resulting in a .484 batting average. The final score of the game was 19-10.