Billy-Ball Daily: 2007-8-6

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Top of the 1st
Here are 50 things you can talk to people about when discussing the weekend in which Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th homer, Barry B*nds hit his 755th homer, and Tom Glavine won his 300th game.

1. B*nds hit the tying homer off a former Giants draft pick Clay Hensl*y.
2. In April 2005, H*nsley was one of four Padres farmhands who were suspended for 15 games for using performance-enhancing substances, either steroids or steroid precursors.
3. “I did something I shouldn’t have and I paid the price,” H*nsley said. “It’s in the past. That’s all I really have to say about it.”
4. The San Diego Padres right-hander was optioned to Triple-A Portland on Sunday.
6. It took B*nds eight days from the time he hit his 754th home run to get No. 755, 18 at-bats and 28 plate appearances between them. He drew 10 walks during that span.
7. The home run came at 7:29 p.m. PDT
8. B*nds, like Aaron in 1974, tied the record on the road.
9. The homer came on a 2-1 pitch, a 91-mph fastball.
10. Hens*ly is the 445th pitcher to allow a homer to B*nds.
11. “This is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my entire career,” B*nds said. “I had rashes on my head, I felt like I was getting sick at times.”
12. B*nds has hit 87 homers against the Padres, his most against any team, and 43 in San Diego, his most in any road city.
13. The ball clanged off an advertising sign attached to the upper deck and fell into the left-field seats below and caught by 33-year-old plumber Adam Hughes of La Jolla, California.
14. B*nds didn’t acknowledge Hughes when their paths crossed at a post-game news conference, even though he walked right by the plumber.
15. “No matter what anyone thinks of the controversy surrounding this event,” Bud Selig said, “Mr. B*nds’ achievement is noteworthy and remarkable.”
16. B*nds walked a half-dozen steps after connecting, clapped his hands and rounded the bases with no hint of a smile.
17. After B*nds crossed the plate, he lifted his batboy son, Nikolai, and carried him several steps in an embrace.
18. “The guy’s chasing history. Whoop-de-do,” Dmitri Young of the Washington Nationals said. “If it was Ken Griffey Jr., it would be a little more exciting.” The Giants host the Nats starting tonight.
19. The tying homer just his fourth in 78 at-bats at Petco Park, which opened in 2004.
20. B*nds broke Mark McGw*re’s mark of 70 homers in a season, hitting 73 homers in 2001.
21. B*nds spoke to pal Ken Griffey Jr. and received a congratulatory message from Alex Rodriguez, who hit his 500th homer earlier Saturday. B*nds’ Hall of Fame godfather, Willie Mays, also left a greeting on his voicemail.
22. As promised, Giants slugger Barry B*nds presented the batting helmet he was wearing when he hit his 755th home run on Saturday night to a representative of the National Baseball Hall of Fame after the game (as well as one of his syringes).
23. Dodger Stadium organist Nancy Bea Hefley accompanied the graphic of B*nds with a couple of choruses of the Tony Bennett classic, “(I left my heart in) San Francisco” as the homer was announced.
24. Alex Rodriguez joined Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth as the only players to hit their 500th as Yankees and when that company was brought up to him, he told the New York Daily News, “It means the world.
25. Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th home run two years and five months younger than Hank Aaron was when he hit No. 500. Two years and four months younger than Willie Mays was when he hit No. 500. Three years and 10 months younger than Mark McGw*re was when he hit No. 500. Four years and eight months younger than B*nds was when he hit No. 500.
26. Rodriguez went 28 at-bats between Nos.499 and 500, tying Mantle for the third-longest lead-up – is the 22nd slugger to reach the mark.
27. Rodriguez homers by ballpark: Yankee Stadium 98; Rangers Ballpark 96; Kingdome 60; Safeco Field 39; SkyDome 30; Angel Stadium 26; Camden Yards 20; Fenway Park 19; Metrodome 19; McAfee Coliseum 18.
28. A-Rod has hit 7 game-ending homers.
29. He has hit 94 homers in the 1st inning, the most of any inning.
30. He has hit 6 in extra innings.
31. At 32 years and eight days old, A-Rod beat Jimmie Foxx by 330 days to be the youngest member of the 500 club. Babe Ruth was 34 years, 186 days old when he hit his 500th; Hank Aaron 34 years, 160 days old.
32. He has hit only one each when batting sixth and seventh in the lineup.
33. The homer was Rodriguez’s 36th of the season, tops in the majors and one more than he had all last season.
34. He’s hit 55 against the Angels, the most of any club.
35. Rodriguez has hit 376 against righties and 124 against lefties.
36. A-Rod homers by team: Mariners 189; Rangers 156; Yankees 155.
37. He’s hit 8 homers each against Bartolo Colon, David Wells, and Ramon Ortiz, the most against any pitcher.
38. Tom Glavine left with a five-run lead after 6 1/3 innings, and New York’s bullpen held on for an 8-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs giving Glavine his 300th victory.
39. “I guess it would be pretty cool to be the last one to do something in the history of the game,” Glavine said.
40. The 41-year-old Glavine is only the fifth left- hander to win 300.
41. Glavine also has 14 postseason victories.
42. Glavine never led the league in ERA.
43. Glavine became the 23rd pitcher with 300 victories, the first since former teammate Greg Maddux reached the milestone in 2004 while with the Cubs.
44. Glavine was the third pitcher looking for his 300th win at Wrigley Field in the last five seasons. Roger Clemens (June 7, 2003) and Greg Maddux (Aug. 1, 2004) both failed.
45. Glavine won his first game with the Braves on Aug. 22, 1987.
46. Glavine won the NL Cy Young Award in 1991 and 1998, was the MVP of the 1995 World Series and is a 10-time All-Star.
47. Before Glavine, no pitcher had won his 300th game in a Mets uniform.

Top of the 2nd
Brandon Webb outpitched Brad Penny, throwing his fifth career shutout YESTERDAY and leading the NL West-leading Diamondbacks to a 3-0 victory that polished off a three-game sweep of the Dodgers. Arizona won for the 13th time in 15 games overall, while the Dodgers lost for the 12th time in their last 16.

The Yankees who wrapped up a 5-1 homestand by sweeping the Kansas City Royals and improved to 18-7 since the All-Star break. They have scored 102 runs in their last eight games at Yankee Stadium and moved 11 games over .500 for the first time this year. “Right now we’ll be glad to get out of here,” Royals manager Buddy Bell said. “These guys are as hot as any team we’ve played all year.”

All six of the White Sox hits went for extra bases, including three RBI doubles, as Chicago beat reeling Detroit 3-1 yesterday to complete a three-game sweep. Detroit, which had the best record in baseball on July 21, has gone 3-12 since and has lost nine of its last 10. The three-game sweep was Chicago’s first in Detroit since April 10-13, 2006.

Toronto won its eighth consecutive home game and swept a three-game series from the Rangers for the first time since August 3-5, 2000. Texas lost its fourth straight, and has lost seven of nine following a season-high four-game winning streak. The Rangers head home after going 2-7 on a nine-game road trip to Kansas City, Cleveland and Toronto. The Blue Jays have outscored opponents by a 54-15 margin over their eight-game home winning streak. Toronto’s last home defeat was a 4-2 loss to Seattle on July 20.

Top of the 3rd
Red Sox Pitchers GP W L SV ERA
Josh Beckett 21 14 5 0 3.31
Daisuki. Matsuzaka 23 13 8 0 3.70
Tim Wakefield 22 13 9 0 4.55

Top of the 4th
San Diego 60 50 .545 –
Chi. Cubs 58 52 .527 2
Atlanta 59 53 .527 2
L.A. Dodgers 58 53 .523 2