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MLB Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yesterday's Results:

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
RESULTWINLOSSSAVEATT.
at Baltimore 6, Toronto 5Eyre (1-0) Tallet (0-1) 10,756
at Cleveland 6, Oakland 2Gomez (1-2) Cahill (9-13) 20,372
at Detroit 2, Kansas City 1Benoit (4-3) Crow (3-4) 34,866
NY Yankees 5, at Boston 2Sabathia (18-7) Lackey (12-10) Rivera (35) 37,773
Washington 9, at Atlanta 2Hernandez (8-12) Jurrjens (13-6) 16,674
Philadelphia 9, at Cincinnati 0Halladay (16-5) Arroyo (8-11) 19,317
Florida 6, at NY Mets 0Vazquez (8-11) Pelfrey (7-11) 30,806
at Texas 2, Tampa Bay 0Feldman (1-0) Hellickson (11-10) Feliz (26) 23,069
at Houston 8, Pittsburgh 2Sosa (2-2) Morton (9-8) 21,750
at Chicago White Sox 8, Minnesota 6Ohman (1-3) Swarzak (3-5) Santos (28) 21,632
St. Louis 2, at Milwaukee 1Jackson (4-2) Marcum (11-5) Salas (23) 42,384
at Arizona 9, Colorado 4Miley (2-1) Cook (3-8) 20,231
LA Angels 13, at Seattle 6Williams (2-0) Vasquez (1-1) 15,536
at LA Dodgers 8, San Diego 5Kuroda (11-14) Stauffer (8-11) Guerra (12) 36,589
Chicago Cubs 5, at San Francisco 2Garza (7-10) Vogelsong (10-5) Marmol (31) 41,165


Today's Games:

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
TEAMSTIME (ET)NAT TVRESOURCESPITCHERS
Kansas City at Detroit1:05 PM StubHubPaulino vs Porcello
Minnesota at Chicago White Sox2:10 PM StubHubDiamond vs Peavy
San Diego at LA Dodgers3:10 PM StubHubLeBlanc vs Lilly
Chicago Cubs at San Francisco3:45 PM StubHubLopez vs Bumgarner
NY Yankees at Boston7:00 PMStubHubHughes vs Beckett
Toronto at Baltimore7:05 PM StubHubAlvarez vs Reyes
Oakland at Cleveland7:05 PM StubHubHarden vs Jimenez
Washington at Atlanta7:10 PM StubHubLannan vs Lowe
Philadelphia at Cincinnati7:10 PM StubHubLee vs Willis
Florida at NY Mets7:10 PM StubHubVolstad vs Capuano
Tampa Bay at Texas8:05 PM StubHubShields vs Ogando
Pittsburgh at Houston8:05 PM StubHubMcDonald vs Happ
St. Louis at Milwaukee8:10 PM StubHubWestbrook vs Wolf
Colorado at Arizona9:40 PM StubHubRogers vs Collmenter
LA Angels at Seattle10:10 PM StubHubHaren vs Hernandez
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American League
EASTWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRADIFFSTRKL10
Boston8252.612-40-2642-26720560+160Lost 16-4
NY Yankees8152.609.541-2640-26727529+198Won 35-5
Tampa Bay7361.545935-3138-30571510+61Lost 25-5
Toronto6768.49615.533-3434-34627623+4Lost 13-7
Baltimore5479.40627.532-3722-42567693-126Won 17-3
CENTRALWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRADIFFSTRKL10
Detroit7461.548-38-2836-33609604+5Won 17-3
Chicago Sox6865.511531-3637-29538539-1Won 57-3
Cleveland6765.5085.538-2929-36561573-12Won 25-5
Minnesota5679.4151829-3927-40516665-149Lost 21-9
Kansas City5680.41218.533-3723-43592652-60Lost 15-5
WESTWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRADIFFSTRKL10
Texas7759.566-43-2734-32688587+101Won 24-6
LA Angels7362.5413.538-2835-34551526+25Won 17-3
Oakland6075.44416.535-3025-45533572-39Lost 44-6
Seattle5777.4251933-3624-41468554-86Lost 14-6
National League
EASTWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRADIFFSTRKL10
Philadelphia8546.649-46-2239-24596429+167Won 26-4
Atlanta7955.5907.541-2638-29551489+62Lost 27-3
NY Mets6469.4812228-3636-33589605-16Lost 14-6
Washington6370.4742337-2826-42513545-32Won 13-7
Florida6074.44826.525-4135-33522599-77Won 13-7
CENTRALWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRADIFFSTRKL10
Milwaukee8155.596-50-1731-38602543+59Lost 17-3
St. Louis7164.5269.535-3136-33626588+38Won 25-5
Cincinnati6768.49613.537-3230-36629590+39Lost 26-4
Pittsburgh6273.45918.531-3731-36519575-56Lost 33-7
Chicago Cubs5977.4342232-3727-40553655-102Won 23-7
Houston4690.3383525-4221-48526674-148Won 34-6
WESTWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRADIFFSTRKL10
Arizona7759.566-41-2636-33608571+37Won 88-2
San Francisco7165.522638-3033-35456483-27Lost 34-6
LA Dodgers6470.4781235-3529-35520518+2Won 27-3
Colorado6472.4711335-3329-39624638-14Lost 26-4
San Diego6076.4411728-3832-38512525-13Lost 64-6
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Look out Milwaukee and Atlanta, St. Louis is making a move.
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Look out. Here comes Ryan Howard's September surge in HR and RBI!
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The Twins are really making a push in the draft, if only we played Houston in September.
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Phils magic number is 23.
for the playoffs I think it's 13 or 14.

I know that Phils are having an amazing season but I looked at 2001 and saw that Seattle was 96-39 on this date and were 71 games over .500 at one point.

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Phils magic number is 23.
for the playoffs I think it's 13 or 14.

I know that Phils are having an amazing season but I looked at 2001 and saw that Seattle was 96-39 on this date and were 71 games over .500 at one point.
The A's won 102 games that year and finished 14 games behind.

There was an article talking about that team and its crazy numbers. I tried to search for it on the Seattle Times site and instead found this article about how the Mariners were projected to draft Troy Tulowitski because he was the "safe" pick and they couldn't afford to miss. For the record, they took Jeff Clement and Tulo went 7th. I know it's ancient history but I like this kind of stuff.

http://community.seattletimes.nwsour...07&slug=mari07

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Expect M's to make safe pick in draft
By Bob Condotta

Seattle Times staff reporter

Richie Sexson has never been afraid to take a big swing. So when the topic of today's Major League Baseball draft was broached the other day, he hacked away with some unsolicited advice for Mariners execs.

"Get a college pitcher that will be ready in a year," said Sexson, the Mariners' first baseman. "Make sure you write that."

That doesn't appear to be the way the Mariners will go today.

Instead, almost all draft projections have the Mariners ready to take Troy Tulowitzki, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound shortstop from Long Beach State.

That's assuming the top two picks go according to plan — high-school shortstop Justin Upton to Arizona at No. 1 and Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon to Kansas City at No. 2.

Should either Upton, who many project as a center fielder with the talent to be an impact player along the lines of a young Ken Griffey Jr., or Gordon, who is regarded as the best college position player available slip, the Mariners will surely take one of them.

Several other players have also been mentioned as possible Mariners targets, notably right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfry of Wichita State, generally regarded as one of the top two college pitching prospects available; Stanford first baseman John Mayberry Jr., Seattle's first-round pick in 2002 who opted for college instead; and USC catcher Mike [sic] Clement .

But the Mariners know they can't botch this pick, which is why most analysts figure they will take Tulowitzki.

"Tulowitzki is regarded as a safe pick who almost certainly will return the investment a team makes in him," wrote Baseball America magazine.

That would be good news for the Mariners, who haven't had a first-rounder reach the majors since Matt Thornton in 1998, though there is obviously still hope for players such as Adam Jones, taken in the first round in 2003. (As well as Matt Tuiasosopo, the team's first pick a year ago, though he was selected in the third round).

That Jones and Tuiasosopo are each shortstops has led to the question of whether the Mariners really need to take another one. But Tuiasosopo may project elsewhere long-term and Tulowitzki may simply be too good of a player to ignore.

Getting a return on the first-round pick is critical since the Mariners won't select again until the fourth round with the 113th overall pick, having lost their second- and third-round picks as compensation for signing Sexson and Adrian Beltre.

The last Mariners first-round pick to really make an impact is Gil Meche in 1996.

Tulowitzki is regarded as a similar prospect to Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby, the 2004 American League rookie of the year. Like Tulowitzki, Crosby played shortstop at Long Beach State.

But as the Mariners clubhouse itself vividly illustrates, the baseball draft is far from an exact science. In fact, it's probably more of a crapshoot than either the NFL or NBA drafts.

Meche, Thornton and Ron Villone (1992) are the only players on the current 25-man roster whom the Mariners drafted in the first round. The only other first-rounder on the active roster is Aaron Sele, taken first by Boston in 1991.

There are a number of other high picks — Jeremy Reed and Dave Hansen were second-round selections, Mike Morse and Willie Bloomquist third-rounders and Bret Boone a fifth-rounder, for instance.

But there are also a number of late-round picks, notably Sexson (24th round by Cleveland in 1993), Raul Ibanez (36th round by Seattle in 1992) and Eddie Guardado (21st round by Minnesota in 1990).

Asked why he thinks he went so low, Sexson said, "It's probably because of the area I grew up in," referring to his high-school days in Brush Prairie near Vancouver, Wash. "I probably would have been a higher pick if I played down in California, but it rained every day and we were lucky to get the game in."

But Sexson also immediately proved to be a can't-miss player.

That's what the Mariners will look for today, as well, though being a high-round pick brings with it not only instant riches — the average signing bonus for a first-round pick last year was $1.8 million — but the pressure to prove they are worth the money.

"If you are taken in the top three rounds, they are really expecting you to turn into something," said Thornton, who joked that he knows the Mariners might be wondering still if he has turned into something.

Sexson, though, thinks the first-rounders have it made.

"If anything, it should be easier," he said. "You're getting paid, you've got all the money you're ever going to need before you step on the field. If that's not easy, I don't know what is.

"He will get every chance to fail. He can fail forever before they will let him go. If you're a late-round pick, you've got one or two chances to stay around and that's it."

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The Twins are really making a push in the draft, if only we played Houston in September.
We'll lock down the best slap-hitting middle infielder in the draft! Or maybe a reliable strike-throwing pitching prospect that tops out at 89 on the gun.
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Outfielder Aaron Rowand and infielder Miguel Tejada have been designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants, a major shake-up for the stumbling defending World Series champions.
http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/69...and-designated
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MLB tv lowered the price to $25/$19

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Go Cubs!
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I already gave up on the season but WTF is ozzie thinking putting in adam bumm in the bottom of the 9th with 2 on down by 3. OF COURSE HE'S GOING TO STRIKE OUT.
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Giants beat the Cubs.
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So if the Dbacks played .500 ball the rest of the season, the Giants would have to go 20-6 the rest of the season to win the division.
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Some deadlines deals happening. Friend said Jack Wilson is going to the Braves for a PTBNL.
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Just like last night, Milwaukee has suddenly started playing like St. Louis has most of the season. Ryan Braun falls down halfway to home on a certain inside-the-park home run and is tagged out. Then the Brewers give up a grand slam to...Jake Westbrook.

I can feel the momentum shifting in the NL Central.
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Good win for the Giants today.

Now going into the D-Backs series at home being 5.5 behind. Ugh!

I'm still pretty happy about Tejada/Rowand being put on Designated Assignment.
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Now going into the D-Backs series at home being 5.5 behind. Ugh!
It's either going to be 5 games (with a Dbacks loss tonight) or back up with 6 (with a Dbacks win).
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Just like last night, Milwaukee has suddenly started playing like St. Louis has most of the season. Ryan Braun falls down halfway to home on a certain inside-the-park home run and is tagged out. Then the Brewers give up a grand slam to...Jake Westbrook.

I can feel the momentum shifting in the NL Central.
Yeah, this has me worried. I think the Brewers peaked too soon. They haven't looked like the same team in the last half dozen games or so, even though they swept the Cubs during that time. Guess all we can do it wait and see but the Cards are certainly still alive.
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It's either going to be 5 games (with a Dbacks loss tonight) or back up with 6 (with a Dbacks win).
My bad. Looks like SF is going into the D-Backs series this weekend being 6 games down
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Dbacks win 2 of 3 this weekend and it's all over but the shouting out west.
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Dbacks win 2 of 3 this weekend and it's all over but the shouting out west.
I only think they need to win one. doing that will only gain the giants a game in the standings.
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So if the Dbacks played .500 ball the rest of the season, the Giants would have to go 20-6 the rest of the season to win the division.
Go Diamondbacks!
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I only think they need to win one. doing that will only gain the giants a game in the standings.
More than likely you are correct. But a 7 game lead with 22 games left is much more of a sure thing than a 5 game lead with 22 left.
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