|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.