- First baseman Chris Davis of the
Orioles took the first American League Player of the Week honors of the
season after amassing four home runs, driving in 17 runs, and leading the majors
in OPS (1.636).
- Kevin Kernan of the New York Post examines C.C. Sabathia's second start of the season here. The lefty's velocity was still down around 90-91 miles per hour, but Sabathia befuddled Tigers hitters to the tune of seven scoreless innings. The ace will alleviate concerns over his drop in velocity as long as he maintains this type of success.
- Cue the ‘A-Roid' jokes. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reported that a representative of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez attempted to buy records from Biogenesis in an effort to destroy documents that held his name in connection with the purchase of performance-enhancing drugs. A spokesman for Rodriguez immediately denied the reports. MLB, in turn, conducted a similar transaction of its own with Biogenesis. Stay tuned.
- Stephen Drew made his first start at
shortstop for the Red Sox on Wednesday, taking the place of Jose Iglesias
in the lineup. According to the Boston Herald,
- The AL East will be a tight enough race as is. An injury to a significant piece of a team could drastically alter the projected standings. The Blue Jays suffered a potentially crippling loss when shortstop Jose Reyes severely sprained his ankle in a sliding attempt at second base on Friday night. Reyes could be out for up to three months. Watch out for friends sneaking alterations to their AL East predictions.
- Closer Addison Reed's first year as closer of the White Sox last season didn't go as smoothly as he would have liked. This year, Reed is perfect in three opportunities, as he hasn't surrendered a run over five innings. Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times likens his success this year to an improved slider.
- Two weeks into the season,
- Indians starting pitcher
Carlos Carrasco made his first start since August 3rd, 2011. Carrasco had just finished serving a
five-game suspension he had incurred in July of 2011 for throwing over the head
-Manager Jim Leyland recently told the
Detroit Free Press that he is
comfortable using Joaquin Benoit in the closer role, though he did not rule out
using other pitchers in that role should the need arise. Meanwhile, former closer Jose Valverde
worked out in
- So, what has the storyline been in
- Angels fans cringed upon the
announcement that ace Jered Weaver would miss four to six weeks following a
broken bone in his elbow. The
right-hander suffered the injury awkwardly falling on his left arm after dodging
a line drive.
- Left-hander Matt Harrison of the
Rangers landed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.
- Want some more Justin Upton
records? If the answer was no, then
too bad. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that
- Evan Gattis has been a welcome addition to the Braves lineup. Gattis blistered the ball in spring training and is now doing it on the major league level. The Braves will seek plenty of opportunities to shift the power hitter to multiple positions in attempt to get him in the lineup. Gattis has smacked four home runs through the first two weeks of the season while covering for injured catcher Brian McCann.
- There is a silver lining with the poor start for the Phillies pitching staff. Roy Halladay earned his 200th career victory with a solid start against the offensively challenged Miami Marlins on Sunday. Halladay surrendered one run on five hits in eight innings.
- Anybody who thought the Astros would have the worst offense in baseball might want to think again. The Miami Marlins have scored 20 runs through their first 12 games, by far the lowest in the majors behind the Tampa Bay Rays at 33. Their team OPS is dead last at .539, as their best hitter in Giancarlo Stanton is homer-less through 30 at-bats and now injured.
- Reds starter Johnny Cueto was removed in the fifth inning of his start against the Pirates on Saturday with pain in his right triceps. Cueto was seen visibly rubbing his right arm in discomfort and was subsequently taken out of the game. The Reds ace is going on the 15-day disabled list.
- Carlos Marmol shouldn't feel too bad, as he was not the only closer to lose his role before the first week of the season had ended. The Brewers announced on Monday that closer John Axford would be replaced by set-up man Jim Henderson. Axford surrendered six runs in 2 2/3 innings and coughed up four home runs in the role.
- Axford may have lost his spot as the closer, but that did not stop the Brewers from putting him in a high-leverage situation on Tuesday night against the Cubs. The right-hander loaded the bases in the eighth inning before being taken out of the game. Alfredo Figaro allowed all three runs to score, as Axford took the loss for the Brewers. Much to the chagrin of Brewers fans, the bullpen issues remain.
- Cardinals fans were dealt troubling news when a MRI revealed a tear in Jason Motte's ligament on Tuesday. If Motte doesn't show significant improvement by May 1st, he will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2013 season.
- What comes to mind when thinking about the Cubs? Ok, besides losing. The curse of the Billy Goat is synonymous with the Cubs as hot dogs are to baseball. On Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs received a package that was supposed to be delivered to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. The package turned out to be a severed head from a goat. Needless to say, the Cubs staff never delivered the package to Ricketts.
- Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw won NL Player of the Week with two nearly perfect starts, though he also contributed with his bat by belting a home run. The lefty absolutely dominated over 16 scoreless innings by issuing only one walk while fanning 16 batters. Kershaw's name has popped up more often next to Sandy Koufax, and it's conceivable, even likely, that will continue long after his career is over.
- You made history, Matt Cain. I doubt anybody actually told this to his face, however. Cain became the first Giants pitcher in 111 years to surrender nine runs in an inning when he did it against the Cardinals on Sunday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
- The scene that captured the second week in baseball was a charging Carlos Quentin taking on Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke on the mound following a hit-by-pitch, which led to a benches-clearing brawl. The Padres outfielder had been hit 96 times since 2008, the most in the majors, preceding yesterday's game. The 97th time set him off in the worst way after he took a fastball on the left arm on a 3-2 pitch in a one-run game. Quentin charged the mound after Grienke said something to him, as the pitcher threw down his glove and took him head on. The biggest blow in the whole ordeal was the broken collarbone Greinke suffered, putting him out for at least the next month or two, though the right-hander could be out until sometime in July. The loss of Greinke is a major blow to the Dodgers, who needed every start out of their number two starter to top the Giants in the division.
- MLB announced an eight-game suspension for Quentin following the brawl, one in which he immediately appealed. The Padres face the Dodgers again on Monday, which likely contributed largely to Quentin dropping the appeal on Sunday.
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