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Sunday 11/4/2076: Smith and Funke receive Cy Young Award
Chicago (A)'s right-hander Derek Smith was untouchable all year long. His work paid off today as the American League named him the Cy Young Award winner! Opposing players hit .229 against Derek this season. While posting an ERA of 1.88 he went 16-3 in 25 starts, fanning 124 and walking 38 hitters. Derek has pitched 5 shutouts and 8 complete games. He's 1st in the American League in ERA and 6th in wins! All the hard work finally paid off for Florida's Nathan Funke as well. The right-hander was named the Cy Young Award winner in the National League today. In 35 starts this year Nathan struck out 149 batters in 244.2 innings of work. His ERA is 2.87, his record 21-5. Nathan has pitched one shutout and one complete game. He's 2nd in the National League in ERA and 1st in wins!
 
Sunday 11/4/2076: MVP Award winners announced
The 2076 American League MVP Award winner has been announced. It's Kansas City's leftfielder Cristopher Harris who really had a great offensive year. Cristopher is hitting .332 this year, with 192 hits in 579 at bats. He has driven in 126 runs, slugging .591. He's 6th in the American League in batting, 2nd in homeruns and 1st in RBI! The 2076 National League MVP Award winner has been announced as well. It's Atlanta's first baseman Bill Daniels who really had a great offensive year. His season numbers are: .298 AVG, 181 hits, 17 doubles, no triples and 46 bombs, along with 127 RBI and 115 runs scored. He's 2nd in the National League in RBIs and 1st in homeruns! Daniels wins the award for the 4th time in his 11-year career.
 
Sunday 11/4/2076: Rookie of the Year Award winners announced
The 2076 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner is from Brooklyn this season. Angel Ordoņez put together impressive numbers for a rookie en route to win the first major award of his career. Let's hope more will follow for this 27 year old ballplayer. Opposing players hit .293 against Angel this season. While posting an ERA of 4.86 he went 16-7 in 34 starts, fanning 89 and walking 34 hitters. Angel has pitched one shutout and 4 complete games. He's 6th in the American League in wins! Getting an award is a nice way to start a career. New York (N)'s Ronald Crespo smiled as he was named the National League Rookie of the Year Award winner. Opposing players hit .276 against Ronald this season. While posting an ERA of 3.03 he went 15-6 in 25 starts, fanning 50 and walking 43 hitters. He has 4 complete games and 2 shutouts.
 
Sunday 10/21/2076: Arlie Fortin blanks Chicago (A) with a 2-hitter
CHICAGO (A) - Good things can happen when you throw strikes. And Arlie Fortin did so today, in a 2-hit shutout against Chicago (A). Fortin (20-5) showed excellent control, walking nobody and fanning none. 'I didn't feel that I had good stuff while warming up. But it got better the more I threw the ball. I guess I was lucky.' Richard Vanbrunt provided Brooklyn with the offense Fortin needed as he went 2 for 5.
 
Monday 10/1/2076: Gross (MIN) and Diez (PIT) win monthly pitcher award
Minnesota's pitcher Jeffrey Gross is the American League winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in September. He started 4 games in September, going 3-0 and compiling an ERA of 0.68 in 26.2 innings. Jeffrey fanned 17 hitters. Jeffrey has a record of 9-7 this season, with an ERA of 2.26. In 167 Innings he was able to strike out 116 batters. Jeffrey has pitched one shutout and one complete game. The best month of September in the National League certainly had Pittsburgh's right-hander David Diez, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. His record of 6-0 in 6 was among the leagues best this month. In 50 innings of work he allowed just 34 hits while striking out 22, compiling an ERA of just 1.98. David also fired a shutout. This season Diez compiled an ERA of 3.24, going 7-2 in 11 starts. He fanned 29 while giving up 62 hits in 72.1 innings. David has pitched one shutout and 2 complete games.
 
Monday 10/1/2076: Kansas City's Harris earns Batter of the Month award
The American League's best player of the month was Kansas City's Cristopher Harris, who wins the award for the 3rd time in his career. In 97 at bats he hit .351 with 13 HR and 23 RBI. His season features a batting average of .336 (192 hits in 571 AB), 26 doubles, 5 triples and 38 taters. Harris collected 126 RBI and 129 runs as well. He's 6th in the American League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 1st in RBI! The Batter of the Month award in the National League goes to Houston's German Ruiz this time, as the centerfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .416 and hit .359, while driving in 26 runs. Ruiz has hit for a .270 average this season. He has 53 extra base hits along with 250 total bases, resulting in a .427 slugging percentage.
 
Monday 10/1/2076: Player of the Week honors go to Poyner and Saavedra
Oakland's centerfielder Thomas Poyner had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Player of the Week. In 23 at bats he hit .478 with 3 HR and 11 RBI. While compiling an on base percentage of .371, Thomas hit .308 and slugged .483. He has collected 108 runs batted in this year. The National League Player of the Week award goes to David Saavedra, Florida's starting centerfielder. David was on fire, hitting .346 with 4 HR and 11 RBI. David is hitting .277 this year, with 155 hits in 559 at bats. He has driven in 91 runs, slugging .428.
 
Wednesday 9/26/2076: Season ending injury strikes Cincinnati's Eisele
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati's centerfielder Timothy Eisele suffered a season ending injury when he hurt himself diving for a ball. He collapsed in pain and was helped off the field. After being taken to a local hospital, Eisele was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Broken Hip. Eisele has hit 9 homeruns this year while batting .284. He adds 21 doubles, along with 74 runs scored.
 
Monday 9/24/2076: Seattle's Manzo wins Player of the Week award
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Pablo Manzo, Seattle's starting rightfielder. He had an on base percentage of .448 and hit .444, while driving in 9 runs. Manzo has hit for a .301 average this season. He has 25 extra base hits along with 177 total bases, resulting in a .398 slugging percentage. Calvin Wesley wins his 3rd Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Calvin went 16 for 29 (.552), while hitting 2 HR and collecting 11 RBI. Calvin managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week. Wesley has walked 37 times this year and posts a .378 OBP. While batting .330, 189 for 572, he has driven in 85 runs. He's 7th in the National League in batting!
 
Sunday 9/23/2076: St. Louis' Timothy Butkovich clears fence four times
COLORADO - St. Louis beat Colorado 10-9, but that was not the real story of the game. Timothy Butkovich was, as he went deep four times. His 1st shot, a two-run homerun off Ronald Silva in the 1st inning, cleared the fence in right field. His 2nd shot, off Ronald Silva in the 2nd inning, was a three-run homerun and cleared the fence in left field. A 418 foot drive to left field marked his 3rd bomb, a solo homerun off Steven Geiser in the 6th inning. That one tied it at 7 runs apiece. His 4th blast, a two-run homerun off Scott Dial in the 10th inning, landed an estimated 377 feet from home plate. Overall he got 4 hits in 6 AB, with FOUR runs scored and driving in 8 runs. His homerun total this year is 21, along with 68 RBI. It's pretty obvious that he will enter the Hall of Fame some day!
 
Sunday 9/23/2076: Valeriano Ordoņez out for 4 weeks
SAN DIEGO - San Diego's pitcher Valeriano Ordoņez was part of a scary incident that saw the right-hander being hit by a line drive in the 8th inning of the game between San Diego and Los Angeles (N). Team trainers immediately rushed onto the field after the frightening scene. Ordoņez will miss about 4 weeks. Doctors examined him after the game and diagnosed a Fractured Jaw which will require surgery. Valeriano has a record of 6-4 this season, with an ERA of 4.82. In 102.2 Innings he was able to strike out 46 batters.
 
Friday 9/21/2076: Chicago (N)'s Jamar Brown gets milestone hit
CHICAGO (N) - Jamar Brown got a standing ovation from 38885 fans in Chicago (N), who witnessed his 2000th career hit. In 14 years of big league action so far, Jamar has compiled a batting average of .268, along with 347 homeruns and 1393 RBI. 'My firends always told me that I will do it one day. I never believed it. Good that I was wrong!' He hit a single in the 3rd off Carlos Dediego for number 2000.
 
Wednesday 9/19/2076: Joel Fermoso (LAN) will miss 6 weeks
LOS ANGELES (N) - Los Angeles (N)'s season took a blow when Joel Fermoso suffered a serious injury in the game against Florida. He was hurt when ge got bowled over in a scary collision at home plate. Fermoso will probaby miss 6 weeks. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Broken Hand. Surgery will be performed next week. He has hit 15 bombs while batting .320 this season. His 149 hits and 22 walks add up to a .356 on-base percentage.
 
Monday 9/17/2076: Plasencia and Larosa win Player of the Week award
It's the 1st time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to Cleveland's second baseman Cipri Plasencia. Plasencia helped his team with an average of .579 and 5 RBI in 19 at bats. Eugene Larosa wins his 1st Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He had an on base percentage of .500 and hit .478, while driving in 8 runs. Eugene is hitting .236 this year, with 87 hits in 369 at bats. He has driven in 76 runs, slugging .450.
 
Monday 9/10/2076: Brooklyn's Pham wins Player of the Week award
Brooklyn's first baseman Donald Pham had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Player of the Week. Donald pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .429 with 5 HR and 17 RBI while slugging 1.000. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 7 game hitting streak right now. Ryuuji Yuji from Los Angeles (N) wins his 3rd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Yuji helped his team with an average of .464 and 8 RBI in 28 at bats. Yuji has hit 17 bombs this year while batting .285. He adds 25 doubles, along with 76 runs scored.
 
Friday 9/7/2076: Los Angeles (N)'s Vassar severely injured, out for season
LOS ANGELES (N) - Los Angeles (N)'s right-hander Wayne Vassar will not pitch again this year, suffering a serious injury in the game against San Francisco on Friday. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Torn Rotator Cuff Muscle. In 31 starts this year Wayne struck out 103 batters in 198.1 innings of work. His ERA is 4.08, his record 12-12.
 
Thursday 9/6/2076: Albert Brunson out for 9 weeks
CHICAGO (N) - Chicago (N)'s catcher Albert Brunson will miss at least 9 weeks after he got hurt seriously in a collision at home plate. He laid on the ground without movement for several minutes and had to be carried off the field. Fractured Socket Eye was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. Albert has gone 144 for 441 (.327) this season, hitting 16 longballs and driving in 72 runs. He has scored 94 runs on his own. He's 10th in the National League in batting!
 
Thursday 9/6/2076: Paul Callaway on fire, hits for cycle
DETROIT - Paul Callaway led Texas to a 13-5 win over Detroit by squeezing four hits out of his bat. That's not the best part, though. He hit for the cycle as well! A single in the 3rd off David Izquierdo accounted for his 2nd hit. His 3rd hit, a three-run homerun off Duane Letourneau in the 7th inning, cleared the fence in left field. His 4th hit was a two-run double off Duane Letourneau in the 9th inning. That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! Paul scored one run, and he collected 9 RBI as well! He's having a very good season so far, batting .307. 264 players in league history have so far hit for the cycle, including Paul. On 6/2/2076, James Cross was the last player to hit for the cycle.
 
Wednesday 9/5/2076: Robert Mutch NO-HITS Milwaukee
NEW YORK (N) - New York (N)'s right-hander Robert Mutch made some history today, firing a no-hitter against Milwaukee. Their hitters found out the hard way that he is among the leagues top pitchers, never having a chance against his overpowering stuff. Mutch (11-10) struck out 5 and issued 1 BB, throwing 56 of 96 pitches for strikes. 'Wow, what a nice day. I guess I had a good breakfast today. That's a dream coming true for me!' The hitting star for New York (N) was designated hitter Craig Broaddus, he collected 2 hits in 4 trips to the plate. New York (N) improved its record to 71-66, scoring 1 run on 8 hits.
 
Tuesday 9/4/2076: Brent James nabs five hits against Oakland
BROOKLYN - On Tuesday, Brooklyn's centerfielder Brent James displayed his sensational ability to handle the bat against Oakland, punishing their pitchers with five hits. His 4th hit, a two-run homerun off Len Mundell in the 6th inning, cleared the fence in right field. His 5th hit was a RBI triple off Dion Vizcarrondo in the 8th inning. He had singles in the 1st (one RBI) , in the 2nd inning (one RBI) and in the 4th inning (one RBI). Brent did drive in 6 while scoring 3 runs on his own. His 5 hit performance increases his batting average to .319. Brooklyn scored 13 runs on 15 hits.
 
Monday 9/3/2076: Toronto's Baque severely injured
TORONTO - Toronto's catcher Dalcio Baque will miss about 6 weeks after being knocked unconscious in a collision at home plate, in the 8th inning of the game between Toronto and Oakland. He was helped off the field after the incident. Baque will miss at least 6 weeks. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Broken Cheekbone. This year Baque drove in 97 and scored 95 runs while batting .303 with 31 longballs. He's 6th in the American League in RBIs and 1st in homeruns!
 
Monday 9/3/2076: Player of the Week honors go to Derose and Vassar
Juan Derose from Texas wins his 3rd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. Derose helped his team with an average of .556 and 8 RBI in 18 at bats. The National League's best player of the week was Los Angeles (N)'s Wayne Vassar, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Vassar was overpowering all week long, going 2-0 with an ERA of 2.38. Along the way he struck out 8 in 11.1 innings. This season Vassar compiled an ERA of 4.14, going 12-12 in 30 starts. He fanned 102 while giving up 197 hits in 195.2 innings.
 
Sunday 9/2/2076: Ronald Crespo out for 7 weeks
NEW YORK (N) - New York (N) is without its ace Ronald Crespo for at least 7 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Damaso Val in a game against Arizona. His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. Strained Tricep Muscle was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. Opposing players hit .276 against Ronald this season. While posting an ERA of 3.03 he went 15-6 in 25 starts, fanning 50 and walking 43 hitters. He has 4 complete games and 2 shutouts. He's 6th in the National League in ERA and 3rd in wins!
 
Saturday 9/1/2076: Philadelphia's Garica out for 9 weeks
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's players were scared when they had to watch Diego Garica suffer a serious injury when he dove for a ball in the game against Minnesota. He collapsed in pain and was helped off the field. Garica will probaby miss 9 weeks. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Broken Foot. Diego has gone 135 for 467 (.289) this season, hitting 24 taters and driving in 71 runs. He has scored 92 runs on his own.
 
Saturday 9/1/2076: Milwaukee's Delvalle named Pitcher of the Month
Winner of this months American League Pitcher of the Month award is Chicago (A)'s Derek Smith. He started 6 games in August, going 5-1 and compiling an ERA of 1.21 in 52 innings. Derek fanned 38 hitters. Derek fired THREE shutouts! This season Smith compiled an ERA of 1.90, going 10-3 in 19 starts. He fanned 89 while giving up 120 hits in 142 innings. He has 6 complete games and 4 shutouts. Samuel Delvalle pitched like a legend in August, and the National League named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He went 4-1 in August and finished the month with an ERA of 1.34. He struck out 37 in 40.1 innings. This season Delvalle compiled an ERA of 3.23, going 12-6 in 30 starts. He fanned 142 while giving up 159 hits in 186.2 innings.
 
Saturday 9/1/2076: Atlanta's Daniels named Batter of the Month
The Batter of the Month award in the American League goes to Kansas City's Cristopher Harris this time, as the leftfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .368 with 34 RBI and slugged .698 in 106 at bats. Cristopher is hitting .333 this year, with 158 hits in 474 at bats. He has driven in 103 runs, slugging .559. He's 6th in the American League in batting, 7th in homeruns and 2nd in RBI! The Batter of the Month award in the National League goes to Atlanta's Bill Daniels this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Daniels helped his team with an average of .327 and 26 RBI in 104 at bats. Daniels has walked 85 times this year and posts a .418 OBP. While batting .315, 157 for 499, he has driven in 106 runs. He's 2nd in the National League in RBIs and 1st in homeruns!
 
Wednesday 8/29/2076: Julius Dehn fires NO-NO against St. Louis
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati's right-hander Julius Dehn made some history today, firing a no-hitter against St. Louis. Their hitters found out the hard way that he is among the leagues top pitchers, never having a chance against his overpowering stuff. Damon Eells spoiled the bid for a perfect game when he walked with no outs in the 9th inning. 'I felt early that I was on top of my game. Fortunately I was able to keep that feeling the entire game.' Dehn (13-9) struck out 4 and issued 1 BB, throwing 56 of 93 pitches for strikes. Cincinnati's second baseman Anthony Reeser finished 4 for 5, scoring two runs with 4 RBI. That was enough to support the brilliant performance of Dehn. Cincinnati improved its record to 74-57, scoring 12 runs on 15 hits.
 
Monday 8/27/2076: James and Miller win Player of the Week award
Brent James from Brooklyn wins his 11th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. Brent pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .407 with 6 HR and 7 RBI while slugging 1.074. The National League's best player of the week was Pittsburgh's Bret Miller, who wins the award for the 7th time in his career. Bret was on fire, hitting .556 with 5 HR and 10 RBI. Bret is hitting .282 this year, with 78 hits in 277 at bats. He has driven in 47 runs, slugging .466.
 
Thursday 8/23/2076: Chicago (A)'s Casillas severely injured, out for season
CHICAGO (A) - Chicago (A)'s left-hander Alberto Casillas will not pitch again this year, suffering a serious injury in the game against Minnesota on Thursday. Doctors examined him after the game and diagnosed a Torn Tricep Muscle which will require surgery. Alberto has a record of 9-8 this season, with an ERA of 4.83. In 167.2 Innings he was able to strike out 100 batters.
 
Monday 8/20/2076: Smith and Daniels win Player of the Week award
The American League's best player of the week was Chicago (A)'s Derek Smith, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. He was in a zone all week, compiling an ERA of 0.00 while going 2-0. He pitched two shutouts! The Player of the Week award in the National League goes to Atlanta's Bill Daniels this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. In 26 at bats he hit .423 with 7 HR and 15 RBI. He has hit 38 bombs while batting .317 this season. His 146 hits and 79 walks add up to a .421 on-base percentage. He's 1st in the National League in RBIs and 1st in homeruns!
 
Sunday 8/19/2076: Bill Daniels found the stroke, smashes three homers
ATLANTA - Bill Daniels can hit'em a long way, and Cincinnati pitchers couldn't smile about that today. Atlanta's first baseman unloaded three bombs, adding to his reputation of being one of the best power hitters in the game. In the 2nd inning he unloaded a three-run homerun off Nathanial Innes. His 2nd blast, a solo homerun off Joey Gato in the 4th inning, landed an estimated 390 feet from home plate. His 3rd shot, a three-run homerun off Andy Daniels in the 5th inning, cleared the fence in right field. Bill finished with 3 hits in 3 AB, scoring FOUR runs with 7 RBI. Jimmy Marenco was the last player to hit 3 homeruns in a game, doing it 8/6/2076. The final score of the game was 15-4.
 
Saturday 8/18/2076: Baltimore's Castillo out for 8 weeks
BALTIMORE - Baltimore's centerfielder Norberto Castillo hurt himself in the 6th inning while diving for a batted ball. He got up slowly and had to leave the game. Norberto Castillo will miss at least 8 weeks. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Broken Foot. Surgery will be performed next week. His season features a batting average of .272 (106 hits in 389 AB), 7 doubles, 3 triples and 4 longballs. Castillo collected 43 RBI and 59 runs as well.
 
Monday 8/13/2076: Brooklyn's Richard Vanbrunt gets milestone hit
TAMPA BAY - Brooklyn's leftfielder Richard Vanbrunt already had some highlights in his career, and today he added another one, getting his 2000th career hit. His hit in the 4th inning was a single off Trey Bassett. In 11 years of big league action so far, Richard has compiled a batting average of .318, along with 180 homeruns and 1039 RBI. 'I still remember my first hit. But the one today is something special. I'll definitely keep that ball!'
 
Monday 8/13/2076: Player of the Week honors go to Poyner and Quinn
It's the 1st time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to Oakland's centerfielder Thomas Poyner. Thomas was on fire, hitting .500 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. While compiling an on base percentage of .369, Thomas hit .310 and slugged .482. He has collected 75 runs batted in this year. The National League Player of the Week award goes to David Quinn, Washington's starting first baseman. David pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .500 with 4 HR and 8 RBI while slugging 1.100. Quinn has walked 65 times this year and posts a .388 OBP. While batting .279, 114 for 408, he has driven in 75 runs.
 
Thursday 8/9/2076: Toronto's Revis severely injured
TORONTO - Toronto is without its southpaw Bob Revis for at least 5 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Adelardo Martinez in a game against Chicago (A). His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. Revis was rushed to an hospital near the ballpark, where doctors took x-rays. Those revealed the serious injury, Herniated Disc Back. Bob has a record of 12-5 this season, with an ERA of 4.85. In 144.2 Innings he was able to strike out 76 batters. Bob has pitched one shutout and 2 complete games. He's 2nd in the American League in wins!
 
Monday 8/6/2076: Luis Paredes shuts out Washington on 2 hits
CINCINNATI - It was a great day for Cincinnati's right-hander Luis Paredes. The 24-year old recorded his first career shutout, a 2-hitter, against Washington on Monday. 'I was able to keep´em off balance. That certainly helped.' Paredes (9-10) fanned 4 and walked 3, throwing 108 pitches. The hitting star for Cincinnati was rightfielder William Tilson, he went 2 for 3, hitting a homerun, with 3 RBI. Cincinnati scored 6 runs on 9 hits.
 
Monday 8/6/2076: Jimmy Marenco slams 3 HR
KANSAS CITY - Kansas City's first baseman Jimmy Marenco showed the world why he is one of the most amazing sluggers in a 12-6 win over Detroit. He almost knockes the cover off the ball, resulting in three homeruns. A 446 foot drive to center field marked his 1st bomb, a solo homerun off Floyd Rueb in the 3rd inning. In the 7th inning he unloaded a two-run homerun off Melchor Botella. His 3rd shot, a GRAND SLAM off James Simcox in the 8th inning, cleared the fence in center field. Jimmy stroked 3 hits in 5 AB, scoring three runs and collecting 7 RBI. So far this season he is batting .293 with 20 homers and 80 RBI. The final score of the game was 12-6.
 
Monday 8/6/2076: Player of the Week honors go to Root and Pessoa
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Robert Root, Brooklyn's starting catcher. He had an on base percentage of .571 and hit .455, while driving in 12 runs. Robert is hitting .335 this year, with 117 hits in 349 at bats. He has driven in 69 runs, slugging .487. He's 6th in the American League in batting! San Diego's first baseman Samuel Pessoa had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. Pessoa helped his team with an average of .481 and 14 RBI in 27 at bats. Pessoa has hit for a .300 average this season. He has 25 extra base hits along with 169 total bases, resulting in a .437 slugging percentage.
 
Sunday 8/5/2076: Brooklyn's Fontaner out for the season
BROOKLYN - Brooklyn's ace Tony Fontaner experienced probably the worst case scenario for a pitcher, a season ending injury. After pitching in the 1st inning of the game against Baltimore, Fontaner complained about serious pain in his throwing arm. He had to leave the game. Torn Tricep Muscle was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. This season Fontaner compiled an ERA of 2.64, going 12-6 in 25 starts. He fanned 94 while giving up 139 hits in 153.1 innings. He's 2nd in the American League in ERA and 2nd in wins!
 
Wednesday 8/1/2076: Wolfgram (BNY) and Crespo (NYN) win monthly pitcher award
Lemuel Wolfgram couldn't have pitched much better than he did in July, and the American League thought so as well, naming the lefty Pitcher of the Month. He had an ERA of just 1.35 in 26.2 innings of work in which he struck out 11 hitters. His record in July is 3-0. His ERA of 3.68 helped him to a 9-5 record this year. He struck out 68 and walked 20 in 134.2 innings. Lemuel has pitched one shutout and one complete game. New York (N)'s Ronald Crespo had a terrific July, and it earned him the National League Pitcher of the month award. He struck out 12 hitters in his 5 starts, putting together a record of 5-0 while pitching 12 innings. His ERA in July was 1.35. Ronald also fired a shutout. Ronald has a record of 11-5 this season, with an ERA of 3.05. In 138.2 Innings he was able to strike out 38 batters. He has 4 complete games and 2 shutouts. He's 6th in the National League in ERA and 7th in wins!
 
Wednesday 8/1/2076: San Francisco's Storer named Batter of the Month
Thomas Poyner of Oakland wins his 1st Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the American League. Thomas pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .429 with 6 and 25 RBI while slugging .714. Thomas is hitting .297 this year, with 109 hits in 367 at bats. He has driven in 63 runs, slugging .460. The Batter of the Month award in the National League goes to San Francisco's Harlan Storer this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Storer helped his team with an average of .400 and 18 RBI in 85 at bats. Harlan is hitting .360 this year, with 139 hits in 386 at bats. He has driven in 76 runs, slugging .580. He's 1st in the National League in batting, 6th in homeruns and 8th in RBI!
 
Tuesday 7/31/2076: Toronto's Ramirez severely injured
TORONTO - Toronto is without its lefty Jonah Ramirez for at least 4-5 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to James Rayborn in a game against Kansas City. His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Inflamed Rotator Cuff Muscle. Jonah has a record of 9-6 this season, with an ERA of 3.97. In 136 Innings he was able to strike out 63 batters.
 
Monday 7/30/2076: Anthony Stine pitches his 1st shutout of the season
TORONTO - Kansas City's hitters were dominated by Toronto's Anthony Stine. He gave up just 2 hits in recording his 1st shutout of the season. Stine (2-2) fanned 2 and walked 2, throwing 103 pitches. 'I was able to keep´em off balance. That certainly helped.' The hitting star for Toronto was Toronto scored 1 run on 5 hits.
 
Monday 7/30/2076: Alvarado (LAA) and Montoya (STL) win P.O.W. award
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Angelo Alvarado, Anaheim's starting second baseman. He hit .500 with 11 RBI and slugged .731 in 26 at bats. Bernardo Montoya wins his 1st Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Montoya helped his team with an average of .480 and 10 RBI in 25 at bats.
 
Saturday 7/28/2076: Rodney Quint out for 5-6 weeks
FLORIDA - When it rains, it pours. Florida's lefty Rodney Quint will not pitch for at least 5-6 weeks, handing the team a huge setback. He suffered a serious injury in a game against Atlanta where he left the field in the 1st inning. After being taken to a local hospital, Quint was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Strained Rotator Cuff Muscle. This season Quint compiled an ERA of 3.71, going 9-6 in 23 starts. He fanned 72 while giving up 157 hits in 145.2 innings. He has one complete game and one shutout.
 
Friday 7/27/2076: Bernardo Montoya has 2000th career hits
ST. LOUIS - Bernardo Montoya got a standing ovation from 37697 fans in St. Louis, who witnessed his 2000th career hit. His hit in the 3rd inning was a two run homerun off Danny Tarango. Along with his 2000 hits, Bernardo collected 255 homeruns and 1038 RBI in 11 seasons. 'It's hard to believe that I did it. I want to thank my family, my friends and my teammates!'
 
Wednesday 7/25/2076: Bill Daniels stars with 2000th career hit
ATLANTA - Atlanta's players had every reason to congratulate Bill Daniels, who reached a milestone today, collecting his 2000th career hit! He hit a single in the 3rd off Glenn Jones for number 2000. In 11 years of big league action so far, Bill has compiled a batting average of .317, along with 410 homeruns and 1301 RBI. 'Good things happen when you put the bat on the ball.'
 
Monday 7/23/2076: Donald Pham out for 5 weeks
BROOKLYN - Brooklyn's season has taken a hit after one of their best players, first baseman Donald Pham, injured himself while rounding a base. He is likely to miss 5 weeks. Brooklyn wasted no time and rushed him to an hospital. Team officials were informed later that Pham had suffered a Torn Groin Muscle. Donald is hitting .274 this year, with 98 hits in 358 at bats. He has driven in 86 runs, slugging .556. He's 1st in the American League in RBIs and 1st in homeruns!
 
Monday 7/23/2076: 's Gallego wins Player of the Week award
Roberto Gallego wins his 1st Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Gallego helped his team with an average of .500 and 9 RBI in 20 at bats. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 8 game hitting streak right now. Colorado's third baseman Jinkurou Shiba had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. In 21 at bats he hit .476 with 2 HR and 7 RBI.
 
Monday 7/16/2076: Player of the Week honors go to Harris and Dayu
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Cristopher Harris, Kansas City's starting leftfielder. Cristopher went 14 for 28 (.500), while hitting 4 HR and collecting 10 RBI. Cristopher is hitting .332 this year, with 108 hits in 325 at bats. He has driven in 61 runs, slugging .548. He's 6th in the American League in batting! Yasutarou Dayu from Milwaukee wins his 3rd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. He had an on base percentage of .444 and hit .444, while driving in 8 runs.
 
Thursday 7/12/2076: Isreal Lahey collects 2000th hit against Toronto
CLEVELAND - Cleveland's Isreal Lahey showed a smile on his face after he got his 2000th career hit against Toronto on Thursday. With one out in the 1st inning, Isreal drilled a double, causing a standing ovation from the crowd. Along with his 2000 hits, Isreal collected 301 homeruns and 1235 RBI in 14 seasons. 'I guess I'll celebrate a bit today. But the most important thing is winning, and my whole career I gave everything I could to help my team.'
 
Wednesday 7/11/2076: Karl Lombardo (DET) will miss 4 weeks
DETROIT - Detroit's season took a blow when Karl Lombardo suffered a serious injury in the game against Baltimore. He hurt his arm throwing a strike to first base. Lombardo will probaby miss 4 weeks. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Ruptured Bicep Tendon. Lombardo has hit 7 homeruns this year while batting .332. He adds 10 doubles, along with 53 runs scored. He's 8th in the American League in batting!
 
Monday 7/9/2076: Lahey (CLE) and Lusher (WSH) win P.O.W. award
Isreal Lahey from Cleveland wins his 3rd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. Isreal was on fire, hitting .412 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. Lahey has walked 31 times this year and posts a .385 OBP. While batting .316, 95 for 301, he has driven in 43 runs. The National League Player of the Week award goes to William Lusher, Washington's starting shortstop. In 19 at bats he hit .421 with 3 HR and 8 RBI. William is hitting .272 this year, with 85 hits in 313 at bats. He has driven in 50 runs, slugging .454.
 
Sunday 7/8/2076: Richard Johnson clubs three rockets
OAKLAND - Richard Johnson powered Brooklyn to a 9-7 win over Oakland. He did it in style by homering three times. A 401 foot drive to left-center marked his 1st bomb, a solo homerun off Danilo Lantigua in the 4th inning. The game was tied, 2-2, after the blast. His 2nd shot, a three-run homerun off Danilo Lantigua in the 5th inning, cleared the fence in left field. His 3rd blast, a solo homerun off James Spieker in the 7th inning, landed an estimated 386 feet from home plate. Richard finished 3 for 5, scoring three runs and driving in 5 runs. In 4457 career at bats, he has hit 107 homeruns and collected 686 RBI. On 5/14/2076, Lynn Ballard was the last player to hit 3 dingers in a single game.
 
Monday 7/2/2076: Cincinnati's Fischer wins Player of the Week award
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Juan Derose, Texas' starting leftfielder. He hit .500 with 6 RBI and slugged .955 in 22 at bats. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 16 game hitting streak right now. The National League Player of the Week award goes to Daniel Fischer, Cincinnati's starting first baseman. Daniel went 10 for 18 (.556), while hitting 3 HR and collecting 12 RBI. While compiling an on base percentage of .421, Daniel hit .311 and slugged .549. He has collected 52 runs batted in this year.
 
Sunday 7/1/2076: Gross (MIN) and Aliff (PHI) win monthly pitcher award
Minnesota's Jeffrey Gross had a terrific June, and it earned him the American League Pitcher of the month award. His ERA of just 0.96 helped him to a 1-1 record in June. He worked 18.2 innings, striking out 17 hitters while walking 3. This season Gross compiled an ERA of 2.74, going 4-5 in 15 starts. He fanned 74 while giving up 84 hits in 92 innings. Jeffrey has pitched one shutout and one complete game. The best month of June in the National League certainly had Philadelphia's right-hander Ronnie Aliff, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He struck out 13 hitters in his 5 starts, putting together a record of 4-1 while pitching 13 innings. His ERA in June was 1.93. Ronnie fired two shutouts! Opposing players hit .219 against Ronnie this season. While posting an ERA of 2.36 he went 11-4 in 16 starts, fanning 44 and walking 32 hitters. He has 4 complete games and 2 shutouts. He's 1st in the National League in ERA and 1st in wins!
 
Sunday 7/1/2076: Brooklyn's Pham earns Batter of the Month award
Donald Pham of Brooklyn wins his 5th Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the American League. Donald went 38 for 98 (.388), while hitting 12 HR and collecting 32 RBI. Pham has walked 48 times this year and posts a .386 OBP. While batting .286, 85 for 297, he has driven in 74 runs. He's 1st in the American League in RBIs and 1st in homeruns! San Diego's rightfielder John Classen had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Batter of the Month. He hit .344 with 35 RBI and slugged .785 in 93 at bats. John has gone 82 for 296 (.277) this season, hitting 20 homeruns and driving in 63 runs. He has scored 63 runs on his own. He's 5th in the National League in RBIs and 3rd in homeruns!
 
Wednesday 6/27/2076: Houston's Kohlmeier out for 5 weeks
HOUSTON - Houston's right-hander Phillip Kohlmeier suffered a severe injury on Wednesday and will be out for at least 5 weeks. In the 7th of the game against Washington he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to leave the game. After being taken to a local hospital, Kohlmeier was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Ruptured Bicep Tendon. His ERA of 2.60 helped him to a 2-1 record this year. He struck out 23 and walked 23 in 45 innings.
 
Wednesday 6/27/2076: Merle Olds (OAK) will miss 4-5 weeks
OAKLAND - When it rains, it pours. Oakland's right-hander Merle Olds will not pitch for at least 4-5 weeks, handing the team a huge setback. He suffered a serious injury in a game against Boston where he left the field in the 6th inning. After being taken to a local hospital, Olds was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Ruptured Elbow Ligament. Merle has a record of 3-9 this season, with an ERA of 4.94. In 114.2 Innings he was able to strike out 66 batters.
 
Monday 6/25/2076: Root (BNY) and Ramirez (CHN) win P.O.W. award
It's the 3rd time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to Brooklyn's catcher Robert Root. Robert was on fire, hitting .647 with 2 HR and 6 RBI. Bernard Ramirez from Chicago (N) wins his 3rd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Bernard was on fire, hitting .500 with 3 HR and 6 RBI.
 
Tuesday 6/19/2076: Luciano Gonzalez collects 3000th hit against Washington
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh's players had every reason to congratulate Luciano Gonzalez, who reached a milestone today, collecting his 3000th career hit! With no outs in the 4th inning, Luciano drilled a double, causing a standing ovation from the crowd. In 18 years of big league action so far, Luciano has compiled a batting average of .293, along with 413 homeruns and 1718 RBI. 'It's hard to believe that I did it. I want to thank my family, my friends and my teammates!' The Hall of Fame already has reserved a place for this great player.
 
Monday 6/18/2076: New York (N)'s McKinstry wins Player of the Week award
Shawn Johnson wins his 2nd Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Shawn went 12 for 28 (.429), while hitting 1 HR and collecting 11 RBI. Brandon McKinstry wins his 3rd Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He hit .500 with 7 RBI and slugged 1.000 in 22 at bats. McKinstry has hit for a .303 average this season. He has 23 extra base hits along with 122 total bases, resulting in a .467 slugging percentage.
 
Sunday 6/17/2076: Placido Mota nabs five hits against Washington
WASHINGTON - Placido Mota is among the best pure hitters in the game, but his 5 hit performance seemed to surprise even himself. A 360 foot drive to left field marked his 3rd hit, a solo homerun off Gaspar Diaz in the 4th inning. His 4th hit, a two-run homerun off Pio Oliva in the 6th inning, landed an estimated 399 feet from home plate. He had singles in the 1st , in the 2nd inning (two RBIs) and in the 8th inning . Placido did drive in 5 while scoring 4 runs on his own. This season has been a good one for him so far, as he has 73 hits in 220 at bats, resulting in a .332 batting average. Cincinnati scored 14 runs on 14 hits.
 
Saturday 6/16/2076: Season ending injury strikes Atlanta's Carswell
ATLANTA - Atlanta's second baseman Domenic Carswell will miss the rest of the season. He injured himself running the bases in the game between Atlanta and Milwaukee. The injury didn't seem to be serious the moment it happened. But suddenly Carswell collapsed in pain and had to be carried off the field. Atlanta wasted no time and rushed him to an hospital. Team officials were informed later that Carswell had suffered a Torn Hamstring Muscle. Carswell has hit for a .267 average this season. He has 13 extra base hits along with 87 total bases, resulting in a .352 slugging percentage.
 
Saturday 6/16/2076: Donald Steele (CHA) will miss 7 weeks
CHICAGO (A) - Chicago (A)'s season took a blow when Donald Steele suffered a serious injury in the game against Philadelphia. He was hurt when ge got bowled over in a scary collision at home plate. Steele will probaby miss 7 weeks. After being taken to a local hospital, Steele was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Broken Ribs. Steele has walked 11 times this year and posts a .320 OBP. While batting .277, 52 for 188, he has driven in 33 runs.
 
Thursday 6/14/2076: Cleveland's Chigema Saionji gets milestone hit
CLEVELAND - Chigema Saionji got a standing ovation from 17734 fans in Cleveland, who witnessed his 2000th career hit. Along with his 2000 hits, Chigema collected 167 homeruns and 944 RBI in 15 seasons. 'It's hard to believe that I did it. I want to thank my family, my friends and my teammates!' With one out in the 4th inning, Chigema drilled a double, causing a standing ovation from the crowd.
 
Monday 6/11/2076: Atlanta's Sharp wins Player of the Week award
The Player of the Week award in the American League goes to Toronto's Dalcio Baque this time, as the catcher displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Dalcio went 12 for 20 (.600), while hitting 2 HR and collecting 8 RBI. Dalcio managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week. The Player of the Week award in the National League goes to Atlanta's Wes Sharp this time, as the centerfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Sharp helped his team with an average of .522 and 10 RBI in 23 at bats.
 
Saturday 6/9/2076: Chicago (A)'s Timothy Pogue laces 2000th career hit
BROOKLYN - Chicago (A)'s catcher Timothy Pogue already had some highlights in his career, and today he added another one, getting his 2000th career hit. He hit a single in the 9th off Richard Carmouche for number 2000. His best year so far was 2074 where he hit .329 with 12 homeruns and 97 RBI. 'I still remember my first hit. But the one today is something special. I'll definitely keep that ball!'
 
Monday 6/4/2076: Ronnie Aliff blanks Texas with a 2-hitter
PHILADELPHIA - With his best stuff going, Philadelphia's Ronnie Aliff overmatched the opposing hitters all day long. Texas had no chance, collecting just 2 hits against the right-hander. Aliff (8-3) struck out 3 and issued 1 BB, throwing 65 of 107 pitches for strikes. 'Well, the ball went where I wanted it. I was able to hit the corners with all of my pitches.' The hitting star for Philadelphia was third baseman Jimmie Jobe, he stroked 3 hits in 4 AB, homering once, and driving in 2 runs. The final score of the game was 5-0.
 
Monday 6/4/2076: Cross (TOR) and Milsap (PHI) win P.O.W. award
The American League's best player of the week was Toronto's James Cross, who wins the award for the 3rd time in his career. James pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .524 with 3 HR and 8 RBI while slugging 1.143. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 7 games. It's the 3rd time that the National League Player of the Week award goes to Philadelphia's rightfielder Clyde Milsap. He hit .500 with 9 RBI and slugged 1.182 in 22 at bats. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 7 game hitting streak right now.
 
Saturday 6/2/2076: Toronto's James Cross gets the cycle
TORONTO - James Cross hits 'em where they ain't. Seattle certainly agrees as Toronto's shortstop unloaded four hits and hitting for the cycle. A single in the 1st off Mathew Middendorf accounted for his 1st hit. Hit number 2 followed in the 3rd inning, a RBI triple. A pitch from Mathew Middendorf in the 5th inning left his bat for a double. A 383 foot drive to right-center marked his 4th hit, a two-run homerun off Robert Keener in the 8th inning. That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! James did drive in 4 while scoring one run on his own. This season has been a good one for him so far, as he has 74 hits in 222 at bats, resulting in a .333 batting average. He's now the 263rd player in league history to hit for the cycle! Gines Pizarro was the last player to hit for the cycle, doing it 5/22/2076.
 
Friday 6/1/2076: Toronto's Tokutomi earns Pitcher of the Month award
Winner of this months American League Pitcher of the Month award is Toronto's Haranobu Tokutomi. He started 6 games in May, going 5-0 and compiling an ERA of 1.99 in 45.1 innings. Haranobu fanned 20 hitters. Haranobu pitched a shutout as well. Opposing players hit .208 against Haranobu this season. While posting an ERA of 2.48 he went 6-1 in 11 starts, fanning 40 and walking 21 hitters. Haranobu has pitched 2 shutouts and 3 complete games. He's 2nd in the American League in ERA and 4th in wins! The best month of May in the National League certainly had Washington's right-hander David Nation, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He started 6 games in May, going 4-1 and compiling an ERA of 1.50 in 48 innings. David fanned 29 hitters. David fired two shutouts! Opposing players hit .231 against David this season. While posting an ERA of 2.89 he went 4-2 in 12 starts, fanning 59 and walking 37 hitters. David has pitched 2 shutouts and 2 complete games.
 
Friday 6/1/2076: Batter of the Month award winners announced
It's the 1st time that the American League Batter of the Month award goes to Cleveland's shortstop Shawn Johnson. Johnson helped his team with an average of .367 and 27 RBI in 120 at bats. He has hit 11 bombs while batting .310 this season. His 66 hits and 10 walks add up to a .339 on-base percentage. The Batter of the Month award in the National League goes to Philadelphia's Clyde Milsap this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .322 with 21 RBI and slugged .793 in 87 at bats. Milsap has hit for a .269 average this season. He has 28 extra base hits along with 116 total bases, resulting in a .637 slugging percentage.
 
Monday 5/28/2076: Pittsburgh's Miller out for 7 weeks
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh's season took a blow when Bret Miller suffered a serious injury in the game against Florida. He was hurt when ge got bowled over in a scary collision at home plate. Miller will probaby miss 7 weeks. Dislocated Shoulder was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials. While compiling an on base percentage of .362, Bret hit .262 and slugged .429. He has collected 24 runs batted in this year.
 
Monday 5/28/2076: Huge blow for Chicago (N)'s Sanchez, career over
CHICAGO (N) - It was one of baseball saddest days. Chicago (N)'s right-hander Gerardo Sanchez fell victim to a career ending injury in a game against Los Angeles (N) on Monday. He complained about pain after throwing a pitch to Juan Oubre, then suddenly collapsed. Doctors examined him after the game and diagnosed a Torn Bicep Muscle which will require surgery. Opposing players hit .265 against Gerardo this season. While posting an ERA of 4.32 he went 7-3 in 12 starts, fanning 57 and walking 37 hitters. He has 2 complete games and one shutout. He's 2nd in the National League in wins! His career featured a record of 80-73 with an ERA of 4.89. Baseball will certainly miss this great player.
 
Monday 5/28/2076: Brookes (CHA) and Acosta (PIT) win P.O.W. award
It's the 9th time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to Chicago (A)'s shortstop Billy Brookes. He hit .450 with 6 RBI and slugged 1.050 in 20 at bats. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 12 game hitting streak right now. Silvio Acosta from Pittsburgh wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Silvio pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .450 with 2 HR and 9 RBI while slugging .950. His season features a batting average of .314 (59 hits in 188 AB), 8 doubles, 4 triples and 5 homeruns. Acosta collected 30 RBI and 33 runs as well.
 
Sunday 5/27/2076: Philadelphia's Gwin severely injured
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia is without its right-hander Howard Gwin for at least 7 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to William Johson in a game against Seattle. His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. After being taken to a local hospital, Gwin was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Bone Chips Shoulder. His ERA of 4.62 helped him to a 4-5 record this year. He struck out 25 and walked 10 in 64.1 innings.
 
Wednesday 5/23/2076: Oakland's Roby out for 5 weeks
OAKLAND - Minnesota's Carlos Lobo drilled Oakland's first baseman James Roby in the 6th inning. He was slow getting up and had to leave the game. James Roby will miss at least 5 weeks. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Fractured Hand. Surgery will be performed next week. James is hitting .277 this year, with 23 hits in 83 at bats. He has driven in 10 runs, slugging .446.
 
Wednesday 5/23/2076: Derek Smith (CHA) will miss 7 weeks
CHICAGO (A) - Chicago (A) is without its ace Derek Smith for at least 7 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Katsuzi Norihide in a game against Tampa Bay. His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. Smith was rushed to an hospital near the ballpark, where doctors took x-rays. Those revealed the serious injury, Pulled Rotator Cuff Muscle. Derek has a record of 3-2 this season, with an ERA of 2.38. In 56.2 Innings he was able to strike out 28 batters.
 
Tuesday 5/22/2076: Gines Pizarro punishes Florida with four hits, cycle
WASHINGTON - Gines Pizarro led Washington to a 7-6 win over Florida by squeezing four hits out of his bat. That's not the best part, though. He hit for the cycle as well! Number 1 in the 1st inning accounted for a RBI double. A pitch from Myron Innes in the 3rd inning left his bat for a triple. A single in the 7th off Ronnie Boudreau accounted for his 3rd hit. His 4th hit, off Howard Townsend in the 9th inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in center field. That one even won the game for his team! That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! Gines scored 4 runs, and he collected 2 RBI as well! He's having a very good season so far, batting .357. He becomes the 262nd player in league history collect at least a single, double, triple and a homerun in a single game. Lance Stradford was the last player to hit for the cycle, doing it 5/15/2076.
 
Monday 5/21/2076: Chicago (N)'s Ballard wins Player of the Week award
Charles Piazza from Toronto wins his 8th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. Charles was on fire, hitting .560 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. The National League Player of the Week award goes to Lynn Ballard, Chicago (N)'s starting leftfielder. Lynn went 10 for 25 (.400), while hitting 4 HR and collecting 9 RBI.
 
Saturday 5/19/2076: David Graham out for 5 weeks
HOUSTON - Houston's third baseman David Graham will miss at least 5 weeks after he got hurt seriously while running hard toward second base. He began limping and then fell down, causing a scary moment for his teammates. He had to be carried off the field. Graham was rushed to an hospital near the ballpark, where doctors took x-rays. Those revealed the serious injury, Strained Back Muscle. David is hitting .279 this year, with 43 hits in 154 at bats. He has driven in 26 runs, slugging .435.
 
Friday 5/18/2076: Herbert Kresge blanks Houston with a 2-hitter
LOS ANGELES (N) - Los Angeles (N)'s right-hander Herbert Kresge is a great pitcher. And he once again showed his stuff, blanking Houston on just 2 hits. It's his 1st shutout this season, and the 4th time he has done it in his career. Kresge (5-3) was overpowering, fanning 11 while walking 2, throwing 111 pitches. 'I felt early that I was on top of my game. Fortunately I was able to keep that feeling the entire game.' Larry Caldwell provided Los Angeles (N) with the offense Kresge needed as he finished 2 for 4. Los Angeles (N) scored 2 runs on 8 hits.
 
Tuesday 5/15/2076: Lance Stradford on fire, hits for cycle
SEATTLE - Boston's rightfielder Lance Stradford accomplished a difficult feat in a game against Seattle, hitting for the cycle to improve his career batting average to .275! A RBI triple off Fred Kramer in the 2nd inning, accounted for his 1st hit. A pitch from Russell Noble in the 6th inning left his bat for a double. A single in the 7th off Balta Perez accounted for his 3rd hit. His 4th hit, a two-run homerun off Balta Perez in the 9th inning, cleared the fence in left field. That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! Lance did drive in 4 while scoring 2 runs on his own. He is hitting .296 this season, with 4 HR and 24 RBI. 261 players in league history have so far hit for the cycle, including Lance. On 9/20/2075, Marcos Sepulveda was the last player to hit for the cycle.
 
Monday 5/14/2076: Lynn Ballard punishes St. Louis with three dingers
CHICAGO (N) - Hitting a homerun is fine, but hitting three of them in one game is something special. Chicago (N)'s centerfielder Lynn Ballard accomplished that feat in a 14-1 win over St. Louis. His 1st shot, off John Menjivar in the 1st inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in right-center. It tied the ballgame at 1. His 2nd blast, a two-run homerun off John Menjivar in the 2nd inning, landed an estimated 376 feet from home plate. Number 3 in the 3rd inning, a shot estimated at 409 feet, cleared the wall in right-center. Overall he collected 4 hits in 4 trips to the plate, scoring FOUR runs and driving in 5 runs. So far this season he is batting .354 with 5 homers and 18 RBI.
 
Monday 5/14/2076: Player of the Week honors go to Johnson and Herrero
Cleveland's shortstop Shawn Johnson had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Player of the Week. Johnson helped his team with an average of .478 and 9 RBI in 23 at bats. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 10 game hitting streak right now. The National League's best player of the week was Pittsburgh's Paulino Herrero, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. In 20 at bats he hit .550 with 2 HR and 8 RBI. Herrero has hit for a .304 average this season. He has 8 extra base hits along with 47 total bases, resulting in a .409 slugging percentage.
 
Friday 5/11/2076: Magglio Hernandez (NYN) will miss 7 weeks
NEW YORK (N) - New York (N)'s pitcher Magglio Hernandez was part of a scary incident that saw the right-hander being hit by a line drive in the 3rd inning of the game between New York (N) and Colorado. Team trainers immediately rushed onto the field after the frightening scene. Hernandez will miss about 7 weeks. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Fractured Hand. In 5 starts this year Magglio struck out 25 batters in 29.2 innings of work. His ERA is 2.12, his record 2-1.
 
Friday 5/11/2076: Kansas City's Yount severely injured
KANSAS CITY - Kansas City is without its ace Larry Yount for at least 6 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to James Hays in a game against Boston. His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Strained Bicep Muscle. Surgery will be performed next week. In 9 starts this year Larry struck out 35 batters in 50.1 innings of work. His ERA is 2.86, his record 3-0.
 
Friday 5/11/2076: Minnesota's Hammers out for 5 weeks
MINNESOTA - When it rains, it pours. Minnesota's ace Brian Hammers will not pitch for at least 5 weeks, handing the team a huge setback. He suffered a serious injury in a game against Baltimore where he left the field in the 4th inning. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Inflamed Rotator Cuff Muscle. Opposing players hit .250 against Brian this season. While posting an ERA of 3.91 he went 1-5 in 9 starts, fanning 31 and walking 18 hitters.
 
Tuesday 5/8/2076: Carlos Comas dominates Brooklyn, throws NO-HITTER
BROOKLYN - Seattle's left-hander Carlos Comas is a really great pitcher. And he once again showed his stuff while making history, blanking Brooklyn on no hits. 'My catcher called a very good game. I have to give credit to him. He was the main reason I accomplished this feat.' Comas (5-3) struck out 6 and walked none, throwing 77 of 119 pitches for strikes. William Johson helped Comas at the plate, he stroked 2 hits in 4 AB. Seattle scored 2 runs on 10 hits.
 
Monday 5/7/2076: Player of the Week honors go to Swick and Bazan
Marty Swick wins his 1st Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Swick helped his team with an average of .750 and 5 RBI in 16 at bats. This year Swick drove in 30 and scored 16 runs while batting .431 with 5 taters. He's 2nd in the American League in batting and 3rd in RBI! Pedro Bazan from Florida wins his 2nd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Pedro was on fire, hitting .448 with 3 HR and 9 RBI. Pedro managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week. He has hit 4 bombs while batting .317 this season. His 26 hits and 10 walks add up to a .398 on-base percentage.
 
Sunday 5/6/2076: Bob Revis fires 1-hitter against Philadelphia
TORONTO - Philadelphia's hitters were dominated by Toronto's Bob Revis. He gave up just one hit in recording his 1st shutout of the season. 'They took some ugly cuts at my breaking stuff, so I kept throwing it. Fortunately they were not able to adjust in time.' Revis (6-1) struck out 5 and issued 3 BB, throwing 55 of 97 pitches for strikes. Charles Piazza helped Revis at the plate, he collected 1 hit in 3 trips to the plate, blasting a homerun, with 2 RBI. Toronto improved its record to 24-9, scoring 5 runs on 10 hits.
 
Tuesday 5/1/2076: Toronto's Butler earns Pitcher of the Month award
The best month of April in the American League certainly had Toronto's right-hander Thomas Butler, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. His record of 4-0 in 6 was among the leagues best this month. In 44.1 innings of work he allowed just 25 hits while striking out 39, compiling an ERA of just 1.62. Fernando Morales pitched like a legend in April, and the National League named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He went 5-1 in April and finished the month with an ERA of 1.62. He struck out 37 in 44.1 innings.
 
Tuesday 5/1/2076: Batter of the Month award winners announced
James Cross of Toronto wins his 1st Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the American League. He hit .394 with 26 RBI and slugged .721 in 104 at bats. Colorado's first baseman David Senters had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Batter of the Month. Senters helped his team with an average of .376 and 24 RBI in 101 at bats.
 
Monday 4/30/2076: Rafael Lobo out for 5 weeks
LOS ANGELES (N) - Los Angeles (N)'s centerfielder Rafael Lobo will miss at least 5 weeks after he got hurt seriously while running hard toward second base. He began limping and then fell down, causing a scary moment for his teammates. He had to be carried off the field. After being taken to a local hospital, Lobo was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Torn Calf Muscle. Rafael has gone 39 for 120 (.325) this season, hitting 2 homeruns and driving in 12 runs. He has scored 24 runs on his own.
 
Monday 4/30/2076: Peavy and Craig win Player of the Week award
Lee Peavy from Chicago (A) wins his 7th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. In 29 at bats he hit .483 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Peavy has walked 8 times this year and posts a .398 OBP. While batting .355, 38 for 107, he has driven in 20 runs. The National League's best player of the week was San Francisco's Jan Craig, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Jan pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .400 with 3 HR and 12 RBI while slugging .800. This year Craig drove in 26 and scored 18 runs while batting .299 with 7 bombs. He's 2nd in the National League in RBIs and 4th in homeruns!
 
Wednesday 4/25/2076: Fred Jenning (STL) will miss 6 weeks
ST. LOUIS - When it rains, it pours. St. Louis' right-hander Fred Jenning will not pitch for at least 6 weeks, handing the team a huge setback. He suffered a serious injury in a game against Washington where he left the field in the 7th inning. St. Louis wasted no time and rushed him to an hospital. Team officials were informed later that Jenning had suffered a Inflamed Rotator Cuff Muscle. This season Jenning compiled an ERA of 4.68, going 1-1 in 5 starts. He fanned 19 while giving up 31 hits in 32.2 innings.
 
Monday 4/23/2076: Player of the Week honors go to Rahm and Cabrera
Willie Rahm from Detroit wins his 2nd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. He hit .700 with 8 RBI and slugged 1.150 in 20 at bats. Rahm has hit for a .527 average this season. He has 8 extra base hits along with 45 total bases, resulting in a .818 slugging percentage. He's 1st in the American League in batting and 4th in RBI! The National League Player of the Week award goes to Pedro Cabrera, St. Louis' starting centerfielder. Cabrera helped his team with an average of .560 and 7 RBI in 25 at bats. Cabrera has hit one bomb this year while batting .296. He adds 5 doubles, along with 6 runs scored.
 
Sunday 4/22/2076: Los Angeles (N)'s Joshua Bratten ropes five hits
LOS ANGELES (N) - Joshua Bratten hits 'em where they ain't. Arizona certainly agrees as Los Angeles (N)'s rightfielder unloaded five hits, adding to his reputation of being one of the best pure hitters in the game. A pitch from Kirk McNicholas in the 3rd inning left his bat for a solo homerun, landing 352 feet from home plate in right field. In the 8th inning he unloaded a solo homerun off John Due. He collected singles in the 1st inning , in the 4th (one RBI) and in the 6th . Joshua did drive in 3 while scoring 3 runs on his own. This season has been a good one for him so far, as he has 24 hits in 77 at bats, resulting in a .312 batting average. Los Angeles (N) scored 11 runs on 14 hits.
 
Saturday 4/21/2076: Arizona's Gobin severely injured
ARIZONA - Arizona's rightfielder Alan Gobin will miss at least 7 weeks after he got hurt seriously while running hard toward second base. He began limping and then fell down, causing a scary moment for his teammates. He had to be carried off the field. Doctors examined him after the game and diagnosed a Strained Anterior Cruciate Ligament which will require surgery. His season features a batting average of .265 (18 hits in 68 AB), one double, 3 triples and one homerun. Gobin collected 6 RBI and 11 runs as well.
 
Monday 4/16/2076: Carlos Dediego (ATL) will miss 7-8 weeks
ATLANTA - Atlanta is without its ace Carlos Dediego for at least 7-8 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Terry Solley in a game against Anaheim. His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. Dediego was rushed to an hospital near the ballpark, where doctors took x-rays. Those revealed the serious injury, Pulled Tricep Muscle. This season Dediego compiled an ERA of 3.91, going 1-2 in 4 starts. He fanned 23 while giving up 25 hits in 25.1 innings.
 
Monday 4/16/2076: Rubino and Akers win Player of the Week award
Alberto Rubino of Detroit wins his 2nd Player of the Week award for dominating American League's hitters the entire week. Alberto went 2-0 with an ERA of 1.06, while fanning 1 in 17 innings of work. He hurled a shutout as well. Anthony Akers from Chicago (N) wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. He hit .588 with 7 RBI and slugged 1.000 in 17 at bats.
 
Thursday 4/12/2076: Cincinnati's Eisele out for 8 weeks
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati's players were scared when they had to watch Timothy Eisele suffer a serious injury when he dove for a ball in the game against Washington. He collapsed in pain and was helped off the field. Eisele will probaby miss 8 weeks. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Broken Wrist. Surgery will be performed next week. Eisele has hit for a .333 average this season. He has 6 extra base hits along with 24 total bases, resulting in a .571 slugging percentage.
 
Monday 4/9/2076: Donald Pham has 2000th career hits
BROOKLYN - Brooklyn's Donald Pham showed a smile on his face after he got his 2000th career hit against Tampa Bay on Monday. In 12 years of big league action so far, Donald has compiled a batting average of .298, along with 339 homeruns and 1427 RBI. 'It's hard to believe that I did it. I want to thank my family, my friends and my teammates!' He hit a single in the 2nd off Matthew Vasbinder for number 2000.
 
Monday 4/9/2076: Los Angeles (N)'s Yuji wins Player of the Week award
The American League's best player of the week was Kansas City's Martin Dehaven, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. Martin was on fire, hitting .400 with 3 HR and 14 RBI. The Player of the Week award in the National League goes to Los Angeles (N)'s Ryuuji Yuji this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Ryuuji went 13 for 30 (.433), while hitting 3 HR and collecting 16 RBI. Ryuuji managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week.
 
Sunday 4/8/2076: Michael Kellison ropes 2000th career hit
FLORIDA - Florida's catcher Michael Kellison joined some elite company today, collecting his 2000th career hit! His best year so far was 2066 where he hit .348 with 7 homeruns and 89 RBI. 'I'm out of words. I'll probably realize it tomorrow, but for now I'm done.' His hit in the 8th inning was a single off Kenneth Palomino.
 
Sunday 4/8/2076: Tobias Thomas out for 5 weeks
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's players were scared when they had to watch Tobias Thomas suffer a serious injury when he dove for a ball in the game against Arizona. He collapsed in pain and was helped off the field. Thomas will probaby miss 5 weeks. Broken Finger was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials.
 
Thursday 4/5/2076: Richard Vanbrunt (BNY) will miss 5 weeks
BROOKLYN - Brooklyn's leftfielder Richard Vanbrunt will miss at least 5 weeks after he got hurt seriously while running hard toward second base. He began limping and then fell down, causing a scary moment for his teammates. He had to be carried off the field. Brooklyn wasted no time and rushed him to an hospital. Team officials were informed later that Vanbrunt had suffered a Torn Thigh Muscle.
 
Tuesday 4/3/2076: Richard Oquendo dominates St. Louis, gives up just 2 hits
HOUSTON - It was a great day for Houston's right-hander Richard Oquendo. The 30-year old recorded his first career shutout, a 2-hitter, against St. Louis on Tuesday. 'I felt early that I was on top of my game. Fortunately I was able to keep that feeling the entire game.' Oquendo (1-0) struck out 4 and issued 2 BB, throwing 63 of 101 pitches for strikes. Roberto Albano helped Oquendo at the plate, he finished 1 for 3, blasting a homerun, with 2 RBI. Houston scored 5 runs on 6 hits.
 
Sunday 4/1/2076: Luciano Ali out for 5 weeks
TAMPA BAY - Tampa Bay's ace Luciano Ali suffered a severe injury on Sunday and will be out for at least 5 weeks. In the 6th of the game against Detroit he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to leave the game. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Pulled Rotator Cuff Muscle.
 

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