Billy-Ball Daily: 2007-9-26

9/26/2007
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Top of the 1st
I’M A BASEBALLAHOLIC
My name is Billy-Ball and I’m a baseballaholic.

I’m addicted to baseballahol.

Most of the time I can control it, but these past couple of weeks, I feel like it’s out of control. Last night it kept me awake as I kept checking scores on my laptop and thinking through the permutations of the results and standings. I think about team makeup with the expanded roster, schedules of teams, health of teams, temperaments of team, the weather, travel, numbers and numbers and numbers – magic and otherwise.

People on the street ask me if I’m ready for the playoffs and I try to explain to them I’m trying to get through this week. They ask me if the Sox will win the division and I keep telling them it doesn’t matter unless they end up playing the Angels in LA without home field advantage and they look at me like, “Dude, why are you telling me all this?”

I see glazed looks when I start talk about how well the Rays are playing and how the Twins want to finish above .500 and that’s why they may be tough the rest of the way. Why don’t they care about the Orioles when they ask me about the Yankees? Why? Why?

It’s because they are normal. They don’t have bags underneath their eyes the way I do that look as if they are carrying a dozen bats. They don’t watch the president of Columbia University and the whacko from Iran and wonder why they aren’t debating the NL Wild Card race.

Around Boston they don’t even think about the Mets collapsing and the Phils driving and the Braves who are not yet eliminated. They don’t really care about the Cubs and Marlins, or the Brewers who are not nearly done yet. I think about the Padres, honestly I do. I lie in my bed thinking how the Diamondbacks keep winning; it makes no sense to me. Losing to the Pirates seems right. Will the Rockies ever lose again? Am I the only person in all of New England who thinks about that?

People around me are talking football; I don’t blame them, even if the football season doesn’t begin until November. I guess the Patriots are really good. What difference does it make it now? I’m focused on Adam Dunn getting his knee cleaned out and Dontrelle Willis breaking the records for most strikeouts by a Marlins pitcher.

Please don’t tell me I just wrote that.

You see? You see that’s what baseballahol does to you. You lose perspective on what’s important.

Okay, Dontrelle’s record is not important. Prince Fielder becoming the youngest player ever to hit 50 homers in a season, that’s important. Right? Don’t answer that. I know that’s not right. It’s important that Orioles reliever Danys Baez will undergo elbow ligament replacement surgery and will probably miss the 2008 season. No, that’s wrong too. I know it’s not important. Fortunately, I know I’m not too far gone to think that hiring Neal Huntington as the new Pirates general manager is important. Nothing the Pirates do is important.

I got it. I know what’s important. In seven days and six hours from the time this was written, the post-season begins. It begins, it ends, and then I dry out.

My name is Billy-Ball and I’m a baseballaholic.

I’m addicted to baseballahol.

Top of the 2nd
POST HASTE
As we hurry to the end of the season, we rush to judgment:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
TEAM W L PCT GB
y–Red Sox 92 64 .590 –
Yankees 90 66 .577 2
e–Blue Jays 79 77 .506 13
e–Orioles 67 89 .429 25
d-Devil Rays 64 92 .410 28

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
TEAM W L PCT GB
x–Indians 92 63 .594 –
d–Tigers 85 72 .541 8
e–Twins 77 79 .494 15.5
e–White Sox 68 88 .436 24.5
e–Royals 67 89 .429 25.5

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
TEAM W L PCT GB
x–Angels 92 65 .586 –
d–Mariners 83 72 .535 8
e–A’s 75 82 .478 17
e–Rangers 73 84 .465 19

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
TEAM W L PCT GB
Mets 87 69 .558 –
Phillies 85 71 .545 2
Braves 82 74 .526 5
e–Nationals 70 87 .446 17.5
e–Marlins 66 90 .423 21

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
TEAM W L PCT GB
Cubs 83 73 .532 –
Brewers 80 76 .513 3
e–Cardinals 73 83 .468 10
e–Reds 71 85 .455 12
e–Astros 68 88 .436 15
e–Pirates 66 90 .423 17

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
TEAM W L PCT GB
Diamondbacks 88 68 .564 –
Padres 85 71 .545 3
Rockies 84 72 .538 4
d–Dodgers 80 76 .513 8
e–Giants 70 87 .446 18.5

x–clinched the division title
y–clinched a postseason berth
d–mathematically eliminated from winning the division title
e–mathematically eliminated from the postseason

Major League Baseball Wild Card Standings
(Through Tuesday, September 25th)
National League
Team W L PCT GB
San Diego 86 71 .548 —
Colorado 85 72 .541 1.0
Philadelphia 85 72 .541 1.0
Atlanta 83 74 .529 3.0
Milwaukee 81 76 .516 5.0
American League
Team W L PCT GB
New York 90 67 .573 —
Detroit 86 72 .544 4.5

IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY
Los Angeles would have to play at Boston in the division series, as the Angels, Red Sox and Indians jockey for the league’s best record.

GAME OF THE DAY:
Braves (RHP Tim Hudson, 16-9, 3.34 ERA) at Philadelphia (RHP Kevin Lohse, 8-12, 4.71 ERA), 5:05 p.m.
* Hudson: Is 1-2 with a 2.28 ERA in his past three starts, at New York and Washington and against Milwaukee, allowing six earned runs in 23 2/3 innings. He is 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 16 road starts and has allowed nine home runs in 218 1/3 innings, two to Philadelphia against whom Hudson is 0-1 with a 4.39 ERA in four starts.
* Lohse: Pitched one perfect relief inning in Washington on Sunday, when he was due to throw in the bullpen but instead pitched in a game to help Philadelphia’s overworked bullpen. He was available for relief duty because he threw two innings (37 pitches) Thursday at Washington, where he allowed six runs and six hits but escaped without a no-decision as the Phillies won 7-6.

NL KEY GAMES REMAINING:
* Mets (5 home): Nationals (1), today; Cardinals (1), Thursday; Marlins (3), Friday-Sunday.
* Phillies (5 home): Braves (3), today, Thursday; Nationals (3), Friday-Sunday.
* Diamondbacks (5 away): At Pittsburgh, today, Thursday; at Colorado, Friday- Sunday.
* Padres (5 away): At Giants, today; at Brewers, Thursday-Sunday.
* Rockies (2 away, 3 home): At Dodgers, today, Thursday; Diamondbacks, Friday-Sunday.

IF THERE IS A TIE:
* If the Rockies tie with Philadelphia or San Diego, Colorado would host a one-game playoff Monday at Coors Field, with the winner advancing to a National League Division Series.
* If the Rockies, Philadelphia and San Diego tie for the wild card, the Phillies, who lost four of seven to the Rockies, would play at San Diego, which went 8-10 against the Rockies, on Monday. The Rockies would play at the home park of the team that wins that game on Tuesday, with the winner advancing.

DIVISION MAGIC NUMBERS
The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here’s where the leaders stand:
AL EAST
x-Red Sox 3
AL CENTRAL
x-Indians Won division
AL WEST
x-Angels Won division
NL EAST
Mets 4
NL CENTRAL
Cubs 4
NL WEST
D-backs 4
x-clinched playoff spot

AL EAST
New York Yankees lose 7-6 to the Devil Rays in Tampa Bay.
Red Sox please home crowd with a 7-3 victory over Oakland.

RED SOX
* Manny Ramirez singled in his first at-bat after missing 24 games, Kevin Youkilis came back from a seven-game absence and Curt Schilling won for the first time in more than a month as the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-3. Curt Schilling allowed one run and left after six innings with a 3-1 lead. He struck out six and allowed six hits and no walks in his first win since Aug. 24. Schilling’s six strikeouts gave him 3,116 for his career, one behind Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, who is 13th in major-league history.The only run Schilling allowed was Daric Barton’s third homer of the season in the first. Schilling (9-8) pitched for the first time in nine days as Francona sets up his post-season rotation.
* Boston’s magic number is three to win the AL East for the first time in 12 years.
* In his previous four starts, the Red Sox scored a total of five runs while Schilling was in the game. He had a 3.38 ERA in that span but was 0-3. In his last 50 2/3 innings, Schilling has issued four walks
* Oakland reliever Ruddy Lugo faced his brother, Julio, for the first time and walked him.
* Manny Ramirez was put in the No. 2 spot in the order, a place he had occupied just six times in his previous 1,994 major league games over 15 seasons. He has hit fourth in most of those games. Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a walk before being replaced in left field as planned by rookie Jacoby Ellsbury. Ramirez was injured on Aug. 28 in a game against the Yankees in New York. The Red Sox were 80-52 after that game with a seven-game lead in the AL East over the second-place Yankees. In the 24 games without him, they were 12-12 and their lead dropped to two games.
YANKEES
* Jorge Velandia hit a grand slam for his first career homer and Dioner Navarro added a solo shot in the 10th inning to lift Tampa Bay over New York, 7-6. Velandia’s grand slam off Brian Bruney finished a six-run 6th and offset an Alex Rodriguez slam that gave New York a 5-0 lead in the 3rd. Navarro, who had an RBI double in the 6th, hit the winner off Jeff Karstens (1-4). Gary Glover (6-5) pitched one scoreless inning for the victory. Eight Yankees pitchers yielded a total of five hits, but hurt themselves with 11 walks.
* A-Rod’s homer was his major league-leading 53rd, a shot that ended his longest homerless drought (55 at-bats) in more than a year. He has 151 RBIs, the most by a Yankee since Joe DiMaggio’s 155 in 1948.
* The grand slam was the 16th of Rodriguez’s career and third this year.
* Johnny Damon was 5-for-5 and scored two runs.
* Roger Clemens was scratched from his start for the Yankees because of a lingering left hamstring injury. He won’t pitch the rest of the regular season.
* The Yankees magic number to clinch a playoff berth for the 13th consecutive year remained at one.

AL CENTRAL
Indians top Mariners, 4-3 in 12.
Tigers defeat Twins, 8-0.

* The American League Central champion Indians blew a 3-1 lead in the 9th, but pulled out a 4-3 win in the 12th when Kenny Lofton’s sacrifice fly brought home Asdrubal Cabrera with the game-winning run. Adrian Beltre’s 26th homer tied the game with two out in the 9th. Beltre had three hits, including the game-tying two-run homer.
* The loss eliminated Seattle’s post-season chances.
* Ichiro Suzuki, second in the AL batting race, went 2-for-6.
TIGERS
* Magglio Ordonez homered and doubled and Yorman Bazardo threw seven scoreless innings against the Twins, who didn’t score for a baseball-high 14th time — tying the franchise record they matched last year.
* Ordonez’s double marked the Tigers’ 2,550th total base, surpassing the previous franchise record set by the 1987 team that went to the AL championship series.
* Curtis Granderson hit his major league-leading 23rd triple, the most by a Tigers player since Ty Cobb had 24 in 1917 and three short of Sam Crawford’s record set in 1914.
* The Tigers drew 31,394 fans — putting them over the 3-million mark for the first time in franchise history.

AL WEST
Hank Blalock singled in the go-ahead run as the Texas Rangers beat Los Angeles 3-1.

NL EAST
* The Mets lost to Washington, 10-9, at Shea.
* Atlanta tops the Phils with a 10-6 victory in Philadelphia.

METS
* The Mets actually showed some interest in winning a game last night, but it was too little too late. They scored six runs in the 9th inning but still fell short by one to the Nationals.
* Tom Glavine was hit hard and the Mets dropped their fifth straight home game. “It doesn’t mean a thing. I don’t care if you lose by eight runs or one, it’s still a loss,” Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca said. “We’ve got to fix it. We’ve got to fix it quick.” Glavine (13-7) gave up homers to Austin Kearns, Tony Batista and rookie Justin Maxwell while falling behind 6-2 and losing for the first time since July 2 at Colorado. Jason Bergmann (6-5) held the Mets in check for 5 2-3 innings and singled twice on his 26th birthday, improving to 5-0 since a loss at Pittsburgh on June 30. He is 4-0 in his past five starts.
* Moises Alou extended his team-record hitting streak to 29 games.
* Shawn Green picked up his 2,000th hit.
* New York grounded into four inning-ending double plays.
* The Mets fell to 1-4 over the past nine days against fourth-place Washington. New York has allowed 48 runs in those five meetings with the Nationals, who began the day with the fewest runs in the majors.
* The Mets biggest 9th inning rally for a victory was on July 17, 1973, when they overcame a 7-1 deficit by scoring seven times in the 9th to beat Atlanta, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
* The Nationals (71-87) equaled their win total from last year.
PHILLIES/BRAVES
* Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and Chipper Jones had a two-run shot, helping the Atlanta Braves keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a 10-6 victory over Philadelphia. Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer to become the second player in team history with 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in the same season. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Chase Utley also connected for the Phillies.
* Rollins is the first player in major league history to have at least 200 hits, 15 triples, 25 homers and 25 steals in the same year. Rollins, who has 37 steals, joins Bobby Abreu as the only Phillies to have 30-30 seasons. Abreu did it in 2001 and 2004. Rollins also is only the third shortstop with a 30/30 season joining Alex Rodriguez and Barry Larkin.
* Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
* Mark Teixeira has 52 RBIs in 50 games with the Braves.
* Atlanta (83-74) has won nine of 11.
* Tim Hudson and John Smoltz, Atlanta’s starters today and tomorrow in Philadelphia have a 30-16 combined record with a 3.15 ERA. The other eight starters the Braves have combined to go 27-38 with a 5.57 ERA.

NL CENTRAL
* The Cubs lose to the Marlins, 4-2.
* Milwaukee Brewers topples the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-1.

CUBS
* Dontrelle looked like the Willis of old as the Cubs managed only two hits in eight innings against him and lost to the last-place Florida Marlins, 4-2. Willis (10-15) struck out seven to set a franchise career record, and won for only the third time in 15 decisions since May 29. Taylor Tankersley got pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd on a flyout for his first save, completing a three-hitter. Florida bunched together four consecutive singles, including the bloopers by Willis and Hanley Ramirez, and took a 4-0 lead in the 2nd. It was the only bad inning for Ted Lilly (15-8), who left for a pinch-hitter after five trailing 4-0.
* The Marlins have eight consecutive wins against Chicago over the past two seasons.
* Chicago’s magic number for clinching the division remained four.
* The Cubs had won 10 of their past 12 games and four in a row.
* The Marlins set a team record with 762 runs.
* Willis increased his career strikeout total to 755, breaking A.J. Burnett’s club record of 753.
* Lilly established a career high with 173 strikeouts this season.
BREWERS
* Prince Fielder hit two home runs in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 9-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Brewers starter Jeff Suppan (11-12) worked eight innings to beat his former team for the third time this year. Braden Looper (12-12) gave up three home runs in five innings to take the loss.
* Fielder said he wants to hit 52 homers in a season and win the MVP because his father, Cecil Fielder with whom he is estranged, never accomplished either. Doing that, Prince Fielder said, would “shut him up.” “That’s why I’m so passionate about playing,” Fielder said. “I don’t mind them comparing me, but I’m totally a different player. Hopefully one day, whenever they mention my name, they won’t have to mention his.” Cecil hit 51 home runs for Detroit in 1990.
* Albert Pujols started his second straight game at first base for the Cardinals despite a lingering left calf muscle strain. Pujols was 2-for-3 with a walk, and still needs one more RBI to become the first player to reach 100 in his first seven seasons.

NL WEST
* The Pirates defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-5 in Pitsburgh.
* The Padres defeat the San Francisco Giants, 6-4 in San Fran.
* The Rockies defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-7 at Dodger Stadium.

ARIZONA
* Pinch-hitter Josh Phelps singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 8th after Pittsburgh blew a four-run lead in the top of the inning, and the Pirates halted a nine-game losing streak by topping the Diamondbacks 6-5. The Diamondbacks trailed 5-1 going into the 8th but scored four runs against three relievers to tie it. John Grabow(4-1) got the victory despite allowing three inherited runners to score. Adam LaRoche doubled with one out and in the bottom half and scored when Phelps, in a 3-for-25 slump, singled into left field against Brandon Lyon (6-4), the Diamondbacks’ sixth pitcher. Matt Capps finished with a perfect 9th for his 18th save in 21 chances.
* The Pirates avoided their second double-digit losing streak in as many seasons under manager Jim Tracy. They had a modern-era club record 13-game losing streak in June 2006. Poor finishes are nothing new for the Pirates, who took an eight-game losing streak into the final week of last season but ended it by winning their final two games.
* Arizona is 4-3 against Pittsburgh this season.
* The Pirates are 36-40 at home.
SAN DIEGO
* Brian Giles hit a go-ahead three-run homer with two outs in the 9th, and the Padres ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Giles, who was in a 4-for-52 slump, hit his 12th home run of the season off closer Brian Wilson (1-2). Joe Thatcher (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for his first major league win in his 18th career appearance. Trevor Hoffman finished for his 41st save in 46 chances.
* They fans chanted “Barry! Barry!” in the 8th inning but Barry Zito is slated to start Sunday’s season finale for the Giants in Los Angeles.
* The Padres called up OF Drew Macias and switch-hitting INF Chase Headley from Double-A San Antonio. Both players joined the team, along with OF Jason Lane a day after he was acquired in a trade with Houston for a player to be named or cash.
COLORADO
* The Rockies won their 9th straight game defeating Los Angeles. For the third time in a row against the Rockies, Brad Penny left early with a lead that the Dodgers bullpen let get away. Mark Hendrickson took over a 5-4 lead in the 6th, gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Spilborghs and with two out, Troy Tulowitzki turned an 0-1 pitch into his 23rd home run and a 6-5 Rockies lead.
* The Rockies also had a nine-game winning streak from Aug. 26 to Sept. 5, 1997. They have had winning streaks of seven and nine games this season, the first time they had won more than six in a row since that nine-game streak in 1997. The Rockies were the only major league team without a winning streak of more than four games in each of the last two seasons.

Top of the 3rd
PONDER THIS
If the Rockies win their final five games – against the Dodgers tonight and Thursday, then a three-game series against the Diamondbacks at Coors Field this weekend – they would finish no worse than in a tie for the wild card with Arizona, if the Diamondbacks wins the next two games in Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, if the Phillies win out.

San Diego would win the division if it matched the Rockies in winning the final five regular-season games (tonight in San Francisco, then four in Milwaukee).

Top of the 4th
COLORADO LOVES SMOLTZIE
Braves right-hander John Smoltz has been named the winner of the 2007 Branch Rickey Award by the Rotary Club of Denver. Smoltz, 40, will be inducted as the 16th member of the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame during a banquet Nov. 17 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in downtown Denver. Created in 1991, the Branch Rickey Award honors individuals in baseball who contribute to their communities.

Top of the 5th
OH, IT’S A HOLLIDAY
In 1971, Yankees manager Joe Torre was playing for the Cardinals. Yes youngsters, that kindly gentleman who looks lik everybody’s uncle was a baseball player, and a damn good one. In fact in 1971, Torre was the NL MVP hitting .363 with 230 hits and 137 RBI.

Since then, only two NL players have finished a season hitting .300-plus with at least 200 hits and 130 RBI, and both were Colorado Rockies – Larry Walker in ’97 and Todd Helton in 2000. After last night’s action, Colorado’s Matt Holliday had 207 hits including 36 homers and 131 RBI and was batting .338. No Joe Torre, but he compensates with by being good looking.

Top of the 6th
NO MORGAN AND NO REMY – POSTSEASON BONUSES
ESPN, for the first time in more than a dozen years, won’t be involved in the playoffs, which begin Oct. 3. Baseball has a new $3 billion, seven- year deal with TBS cable and Fox for exclusive postseason action. Exit Jon Miller, Joe Morgan and unfortunately, Peter Gammons. Enter a TBS announcing team that includes Chip Caray, Joe Simpson and Steve Stone.

For the first time, a regular broadcast network won’t be involved in first-round coverage.
TBS has all National and American League Division Series games. Also, for the first time, a cable network will cover all contests of the National League Championship Series, with Fox covering the American League Championship Series and the World Series.

On other piece of news, TBS began offering a high-definition channel to cable systems in this month. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable system and the dominant system in Eastern Massachusetts, will pick up the signal on Tuesday, a day before Major League Baseball’s playoffs start.

Top of the 7th
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AL
LA Angels of Anaheim at Texas Rangers, 2:05 pm
(L) Joe Saunders (8-4) vs. (R) Luis Mendoza (1-0)
Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox, 5:00 pm
(R) Joe Blanton (14-10) vs. (L) Jon Lester (4-0)
Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers, 7:05 pm
(L) Johan Santana (15-13) vs. (R) Jair Jurrjens (3-1)
Seattle Mariners at Cleveland Indians, 7:05 pm
(L) Ryan Feierabend (1-5) vs. (R) Fausto Carmona (18-8)
Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 pm
(R) Roy Halladay (15-7) vs. (R) Victor Zambrano (0-2)
New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 7:10 pm
(R) Chien-Ming Wang (18-7) vs. (L) JP Howell (1-5)
Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox, 8:11 pm
(R) Zack Greinke (7-6) vs. (R) Jon Garland (9-13)
Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners, 10:05 pm
(L) Jeremy Sowers (1-6) vs. (L) Jarrod Washburn (10-15)
NL
Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 pm
(R) Tim Hudson (16-9) vs. (R) Kyle Lohse (8-12)
Chicago Cubs at Florida Marlins, 7:05 pm
(R) Jason Marquis (12-8) vs. (R) Daniel Barone (1-3)
Arizona Diamondbacks at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 pm
(R) Livan Hernandez (11-10) vs. (R) Matt Morris (9-11)
Houston Astros at Cincinnati Reds, 7:10 pm
(L) Wandy Rodriguez (9-13) vs. (R) Tom Shearn (3-0)
Washington Nationals at New York Mets, 7:10 pm
(L) Mike Bacsik (5-8) vs. (R) Philip Humber (0-0)
St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers, 8:05 pm
(R) Brad Thompson (7-6) vs. (R) Carlos Villanueva (8-4)
Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 pm
(R) Josh Fogg (9-9) vs. (R) Derek Lowe (12-13)
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants, 10:15 pm
(R) Jake Peavy (18-6) vs. (L) Patrick Misch (0-3)

Top of the 8th
DID YOU KNOW?
Here are the youngest to 50 homers:
Yrs Days
1. Prince Fielder 23 139
2. Willie Mays 24 137
3. Jimmie Foxx 24 317
4. Ralph Kiner 24 326
5. Mickey Mantle 24 334

Top of the 9th
AT LEAST THEY LEAD IN SOMETHING
The Atlanta Braves lead the majors in ejections this season with 16 –
Atlanta Braves (16)
April 22 – Bobby Cox, manager
Bottom 6th by home plate umpire Paul Emmel for arguing balls and strikes

May 6 – Bobby Cox, manager
Bottom 7th by third base umpire Bob Davidson for arguing a check-swing

May 6 – Chipper Jones, third base
Bottom 7th by third base umpire Bob Davidson for arguing a check-swing

May 25 – Bobby Cox, manager
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Paul Emmel for arguing balls and strikes

May 25 – Edgar Renteria, shortstop
Bottom 4th by home plate umpire Paul Emmel for arguing balls and strikes

May 26 – John Smoltz, pitcher
Bottom 3rd by first base umpire Ron Kulpa for arguing a foul ball call

May 26 – Bobby Cox, manager
Bottom 3rd by first base umpire Ron Kulpa for arguing a foul ball call

June 23 – Brian McCann, catcher (1)
Bottom 9th by home plate umpire Chad Fairchild for arguing balls and strikes

June 23 – Bobby Cox, manager (5)
Bottom 9th by home plate umpire Chad Fairchild for arguing balls and strikes

July 16 – Jeff Francoeur, right field
Bottom 5th by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez for arguing balls and strikes

August 14 – Bobby Cox, manager
Bottom 5th by home plate umpire Ted Barrett for arguing balls and strikes

August 15 – Bobby Cox, manager
Top 3rd by first base umpire Angel Hernandez for arguing a balk call

August 23 – Bobby Cox, manager
Top 3rd by home plate umpire Jerry Lane for unsportsmanlike behavior

August 23 – Terry Pendleton, hitting coach
Top 6th by home plate umpire Jerry Lane

August 28 – Jeff Francoeur, right field
Top 11th by home plate umpire Doug Eddings for arguing balls and strikes

September 4 – Brayan Pena, catcher
Bottom 9th by first base umpire Alfonso Marquez

Bottom of the 9th
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