Angels rise to the top. Tonight is the night.

Look who is in first in AL West

Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer, Scott Kazmir won for the third time in four starts and the Angels won their sixth straight beating the Oakland Athletics, 4-2.

Cliff Lee threw a seven-hit complete game to help the Seattle Mariners snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers.

AL West standings

Angels 32 28 .533
Rangers 30 27 .526 0.5
A’s 30 29 .508 1.5
Mariners 23 34 .404 7.5

Look who is in first in NL West

Adrian Gonzalez broke up a Cole Hamels (5-5) bid for a no-hitter with one out in the 7th with the first of two solo homers and the San Diego Padres beat the Phillies 3-1. Wade LeBlanc (3-4) pitched seven impressive innings for the win.

Blake DeWitt hit his first home run of the year and drove in a career-high five runs in a 12-4 Dodger win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

NL West standings

Padres 34 23 .596
Dodgers 34 24 .586 0.5
Giants 31 25 .554 2.5
Rockies 30 27 .526 4
D-backs 23 35 .397 11.5

Still in first in the NL East

Stephen Drew drove in four runs, Mark Reynolds hit his 13th home run, and the Diamondbacks beat Atlanta 7-4. The Braves have lost three of four but the Phillies are 4-11 since May 21.

NL East standings

Braves 33 25 .569
Phillies 30 26 .536 2
Mets 30 27 .526 2.5
Marlins 28 30 .483 5
Nationals 27 31 .466 6

Getting close in the AL East

Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-2) pitched eight shutout innings and pushed his scoreless streak to 15 in Cleveland, leading the Red Sox to a 4-1 win over the Indians. In their last nine road games, Red Sox starters are 8-0 with a 0.70 ERA.

AL East standings

Rays 37 20 .649
Yankees 35 22 .614 2
Red Sox 34 25 .576 4
Blue Jays 33 25 .569 4.5
Orioles 16 41 .281 21

All tied in the NL Central

Carlos Silva (8-0) extended the best start by a Cubs pitcher in 43 years by allowing one run over seven innings, Ryan Theriot scored four times and Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1. Silva became the first Cubs starter to go 8-0 since left-hander Ken Holtzman was 9-0 in 1967.

NL Central standings

Reds 33 25 .569
Cardinals 33 25 .569
Cubs 26 31 .456 6.5
Pirates 23 34 .404 9.5
Brewers 23 34 .404 9.5
Astros 22 36 .379 11

Not much excitement in the AL Central

The miserable Indians were the only division team to play yesterday.

AL Central standings

Twins 33 24 .579
Tigers 29 27 .518 3.5
White Sox 24 32 .429 8.5
Royals 24 34 .414 9.5
Indians 21 35 .375 11.5

Close the door, there is a draft in here

Here are the selections as listed by

Pick            Team

1.            Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper, OF, College of Southern Nevada

2.            Pittsburgh Pirates

Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands (Texas) HS

3.            Baltimore Orioles

Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private, Miami, Fla

4.            Kansas City Royals

Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton

5.            Cleveland Indians

Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss

6.            Arizona Diamondbacks

Barrett Loux, RHP, Texas A&M

7.            New York Mets

Matt Harvey, RHP, North Carolina

8.            Houston Astros

Delino DeShields Jr., CF, Woodward Academy, College Park, Ga.

9.            San Diego Padres

Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley (Fla.) HS

10.            Oakland Athletics

Michael Choice, OF, Texas-Arlington

11.            Toronto Blue Jays

Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech

12.            Cincinnati Reds

Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami

13.            Chicago White Sox

Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University

14.            Milwaukee Brewers

Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha HS, Pasadena, Calif.

15.            Texas Rangers  (for unsigned 2009 draft pick Matt Purke)

Jake Skole, OF, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.

16.            Chicago Cubs

Hayden Simpson, RHP, Southern Arkansas University

17.            Tampa Bay Rays

Josh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchet HS, Seattle, Wash.

18.            Los Angeles Angels  (for Type A free agent Chone Figgins (Seattle))

Kaleb Cowart, SS, Cook County HS, Adel, Ga.

19.            Houston Astros  (for Type A free agent Jose Valverde (Detroit))

Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Minooka (Ill.) Community HS

20.            Boston Red Sox  (for Type A free agent Billy Wagner (Atlanta))

Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State

21.            Minnesota Twins

Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State

22.            Texas Rangers

Kellin Deglan, C, Langley HS, B.C., Canada

23.            Florida Marlins

Christian Yelich, OF, Westlake HS, Westlake Village, Calif.

24.            San Francisco Giants

Gary Brown, CF, Cal State Fullerton

25.            St. Louis Cardinals

Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas

26.            Colorado Rockies

Kyle Parker, OF, Clemson

27.            Philadelphia Phillies

Jesse Biddle, LHP, Germantown Friends HS, Philadelphia, Pa.

28.            Los Angeles Dodgers

Zach Lee, RHP, McKinney (Texas) HS

29.            Los Angeles Angels  (for Type A free agent John Lackey (Boston))

Cam Bedrosian, RHP, East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, Ga.

30.            Los Angeles Angels

Chevez Clarke, CF, Marietta (Ga.) HS

31.            Tampa Bay Rays  (for unsigned 2009 draft pick LeVon Washington)

Justin O’Conner, C, Cowen HS, Muncie, Ind.

32.            New York Yankees

Cito Culver, SS, Irondequoit HS, Rochester, N.Y.

Comp Round A

Los Angeles Angels (18, 29, 30, 37, 40) had five of the first 50 selections; Texas Rangers (15, 22, 45, 49) and Toronto Blue Jays four (11, 34, 38, 41)

Pick            Team

33.            Houston Astros  (for Type A free agent Jose Valverde (Detroit))

Michael Kvasnicka, C, Minnesota

34.            Toronto Blue Jays  (for Type A free agent Marco Scutaro (Boston))

Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Barstow (Calif.) HS

35.            Atlanta Braves  (for Type A free agent Mike Gonzalez (Baltimore))

Matthew Lipka, SS, McKinney (Texas) HS

36.            Boston Red Sox  (for Type A free agent Jason Bay (New York Mets))

Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee State

37.            Los Angeles Angels  (for Type A free agent John Lackey (Boston))

Taylor Lindsey, SS, Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.

38.            Toronto Blue Jays  (for unsigned 2009 draft pick James Paxton)

Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

39.            Boston Red Sox  (for Type A free agent Billy Wagner (Atlanta))

Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU

40.            Los Angeles Angels  (for Type A free agent Chone Figgins (Seattle))

Ryan Bolden, OF Madison (Miss.) Central HS

41.            Toronto Blue Jays  (for Type B free agent Rod Barajas (New York Mets))

Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, The Citadel

42.            Tampa Bay Rays  (for Type B free agent Gregg Zaun (Milwaukee))

Drew Vettleson, RHP, Central Kitsap HS, Silverdale, Wash.

43.            Seattle Mariners  (for Type B free agent Adrian Beltre (Boston))

Taijuan Walker, Yucaipa (Calif.) HS

44.            Detroit Tigers  (for Type B free agent Brandon Lyon (Houston))

Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

45.            Texas Rangers  (for Type B free agent Marlon Byrd (Chicago Cubs))

Luke Jackson, RHP Calvary Christian, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

46.            St. Louis Cardinals  (for Type B free agent Mark DeRosa (San Francisco))

Seth Blair, RHP, Arizona State

47.            Colorado Rockies  (for Type B free agent Jason Marquis (Washington))

Peter Tago, RHP, Dana Hills HS, Dana Point, Calif.

48.            Detroit Tigers  (for Type B free agent Fernando Rodney (Los Angeles Angels))

Chance Ruffin, RHP, Texas

49.            Texas Rangers (for Type B free agent Ivan Rodriguez (Washington))

Mike Olt, 3B, Connecticut

50.            St. Louis Cardinals  (for Type B free agent Joel Pineiro (Los Angeles Angels))

Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, Henderson (Texas) HS


Pirates (Jeff Karstens) at Nationals (Steven Strasburg), 7:05

In other action


Yankees (Phil Hughes) at Orioles (Kevin Millwood), 7:05

Red Sox (Tim Wakefield) at Indians (David Huff), 7:05

Blue Jays (Brian Tallet) at Rays (Jeff Niemann), 7:10

Mariners (Felix Hernandez) at Rangers (Colby Lewis), 8:05

Tigers (Armando Galarraga) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd), 8:10

Royals (Zack Greinke) at Twins (Kevin Slowey), 8:10

Angels (Jered Weaver) at A’s (Vin Mazzaro), 10:05


Marlins (Chris Volstad) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick), 7:05

Giants (Matt Cain) at Reds (Sam LeCure), 7:10

Padres (Clayton Richard) at Mets (Mike Pelfrey), 7:10

Cubs (Ted Lilly) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo), 8:10

Astros (Brian Moehler) at Rockies (Jeff Francis), 8:40

Braves (Kris Medlen) at Diamondbacks (Edwin Jackson), 9:40

Cardinals (Chris Carpenter) at Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda), 10:10