1 – Mike Adams, one of the top relievers in the Padres pen, has appeared in 53 games and has a WHIP of 1.000.
2 – Curtis Granderson hit two homers for the Yanks yesterday. It was the sixth two-homer game in his career and his second as a Yankee.
3 – Seattle lost to the Indians yesterday, 6-3. When the Mariners score 3 runs this season their record is 8-15, when they allow 6 runs, their record is 0-16.
4 – The Mets topped the Braves, 4-2, last night. Johan Santana (11-9) picked up the win and avoided losing four straight starts for the first time since May 18-June 3, 2004 with Minnesota. Tim Hudson (15-6) took the loss. Hudson had beaten the Mets in four straight starts.
5 – As the Cardinals prepare to host the Reds tonight for the start of a weekend set, they probably have to forget about catching Cincinnati, who they trail by 8, and focus on the Wild Card race where they trail the Phils by 5.5.
6 – Boston scored a 6-4 win over the Orioles last night and moved within 6.5 games of idle Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race. They open a six-game homestand tonight against Manny B Manny and the Chicago White Sox, weather permitting.
7 – Pitchers Dan Haren, Bronson Arroyo, and Chris Narveson all have 7 RBI this season.
8 – When you watch Josh Hamilton play you see greatness in action. Don’t be fooled, even though Hamilton has stolen just 8 bases each of the last two seasons, he is a terrific base runner.
9 – Chase Utley hit a grand slam as the Phils scored 9 times in the 7th inning to beat the Colorado Rockies, 12-11, in a makeup of a May rainout. Utley drove in six runs.
10 – There are many who say that Adrian Gonzalez is the most underrated star in the game. Because so many say it, in my book, he is no longer underrated. That’s why I go with Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies. In the Rox bad 12-11 loss to the Phils last night, Cargo homered to become just the 13th player since 1952 to collect extra-base hits in 10 straight games.
11 – Ryan Rowland-Smith, Randy Wolf, and Scott Kazmir have all had games this season in which they gave up at least 11 earned runs.
12 – Japanese baseball will standardize the balls used by the 12 teams from next season. Currently, 12 teams in Nippon Professional Baseball all have independent contracts with their suppliers. Major League Baseball uses one official ball.
13 – Number 13 on your scorecard, Alex Rodriguez can come off the DL on Sunday. A-Rod will be eligible, but probably won’t be ready for a few days after that to play. This further jeopardizes his quest for his 13th straight season of 30+ homers; he has 21.
14 – Both the Dodgers and the Royals have 14 different players who have homered for them this season.
15 – Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-4) picked up the win last night against Baltimore. He gave up four runs in 5.2 innings. He has allowed four runs in each of his last four outings. This is the 15th time in 20 starts that he hasn’t reached the 7th inning.
16 – Seth Smith of the Rockies has 16 homers and 16 doubles.
17 – Tim Wakefield now has 12 seasons of at least 10 losses, which still pales in comparison to Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, and Warren Spahn who each had 17
18 – Perhaps not noticed, because Hiroki Kuroda only gave up one hit against the Phillies in 7.2 innings, but Kuroda picked up his first hit of the season. He had been is 0-for-45 this season with 18 strikeouts. In 1962, Bob Buhl was 0-for-70 with 36 whiffs.
19 – CC Sabathia became the majors’ first 19-game winner yesterday as he permitted the Athletics just one hit in eight innings of work. This is the third time that Carsten Charles has won 19 games; he has never won 20.
20 – Since 1998, four players have hit at least 20 doubles every season: Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, and Chipper Jones.
21 – CC Sabathia is undefeated in his last 21 starts at home, matching Whitey Ford for the most consecutive home starts without a loss in Yankees history.
23 – CC Sabathia, Tim Hudson, and Chris Carpenter all have 23 Quality Starts this season. Only King Felix Hernandez, with 26, has more.
25 – Twenty-three players have hit 25+ homers this season, nine of whom have hit over 30, but only Jose Bautista has hit over 40. He has 43 Bautista Blasts this season.
26 – Miguel Tejada led the majors with 29 double play grounders last season after hitting into 32 in 2008. Jim Rice holds the record hitting 36 in 1984 and then setting the record for most in two seasons when he hit into 35 in 1985. The Royals’ Billy Butler is this year’s challenger to Rice with 26 in 108 opportunities this season.
29 – Nationals shortstop, Ian Desmond, has made 29 errors this season.
30 – Congratulations to 30-year old Justin James, who was playing for the independent Kansas City T-Bones in June, but made his big-league debut at Yankee Stadium yesterday in the 8th inning. He did give up a run, but he will always have with him the memory that he also struck out the first batter he faced, Robinson Cano, and then, with the bases loaded, he got Derek Jeter swinging to end the inning.
32 – Rodrigo Lopez may have given up the most home runs in the majors this season, but his 32 still pales in comparison to the 50 Bert Blyleven gave up in 1986.
34 – A.J. Burnett has now allowed 34 stolen bases this season, matching the franchise record set by Roger Clemens in 2001.
35 – Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 35th save last night and became the first pitcher in major league history to record at least 35 saves in each of his first five seasons.
42 – Evan Longoria leads the AL with 42 doubles. He had 44 last season.
52 – Both last year and this year, the Padres have drawn 52 intentional walks.
53 – Juan Pierre leads with majors with 53 stolen bases. Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio was the last member of the White Sox to lead in that category. Pierre has 512 in his career and needs two more to tie Barry B*nds.
157 – Adrian Gonzalez has moved to second on the Padres all-time home run list. His 157 dingers leave him trailing only Nate Colbert, the Padres all-time homer leader, who had 163.
908 – Overall, the Tampa franchise has a record of 908-1166 since they started as the Devil Rays in 1998. Since they dropped the “Devil” they are 263-194.
998 – Adrian Beltre has 998 career RBI.