2010 – 2019

2010

JANUARY

4th The Rockies agree to a one-year contract with free agent C Miguel Olivo.

Los Angeles Angels sportscaster Rory Markas dies at the age of 54 at his home in Southern California. He had been with the Angels for eight seasons. From 1994-97, he was the lead announcer for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers on the Clippers radio network.

5thThe Phillies sign free agent P Danys Baez to a two-year $5.25 million contract. The much-traveled Baez last pitched with the Orioles.

The Cardinals sign Matt Holliday to a long-term contract that includes so much deferred compensation that the club will be paying him until 2029.

6thAndre Dawson is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The Hall will decide that he will wear an Expos cap on his plaque. Bert Blyleven finishes second in the voting missing out on election by just 5 votes.

The Nationals sign free agent P Matt Capps to a one-year contract.

7thThe Braves reach an agreement on a one-year contract with free agent IF/OF Eric Hinske.

The Red Sox sign free agent 3B Adrian Beltre to a one-year contract worth $9 million. Hindered by left shoulder woes and a sensitive injury due to not wearing a protective cup, Beltre hit just .265 with eight homers and 44 RBIs in 111 games and 477 at-bats. The Sox also send 1B Casey Kotchman to the Mariners in exchange for OF Bill Hall, a player to be named, and cash.

8th The Royals reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent OF Scott Podsednik.

The Astros reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent P Brett Myers.

10th In a solid move, the Giants reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent 1B Aubrey Huff.

At a press conference, slugger Mark McGwire surprises no one by admitting that he took steroids while setting his home run records more than ten years ago. McGwire apologizes for his acts. Cardinal chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. says, “On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I believe Mark McGwire today did the right thing by telling the truth and openly acknowledging his past mistakes. No one condones what Mark did more than 10 years ago, but we hired him as our hitting coach because we know there are many contributions that Mark can and will make to our team and to this game.”

11thThe Rangers sign free agent OF Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year contract. They also reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent SS Khalil Greene.

12thThe Pirates reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent OF Ryan Church.

15thThe Diamondbacks sign free agent 1B Adam LaRoche to a one-year contract.

The Tigers reach agreement on a two-year contract with free agent P Jose Valverde.

16thThe Padres send 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff and minor league IF Eric Sogard to the Athletics in exchange for outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham. It is Hairston’s second tour of duty with the Padres.

20thThe Brewers agree to terms with free agent P Doug Davis on a one-year contract.

The Angels agree on a two-year contract with free agent P Joel Pineiro, 15-12 last year with the Cardinals.

21stThe Pirates reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent P Octavio Dotel.

22ndThe Royals reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent OF Rick Ankiel.

The Mets obtain OF Gary Matthews Jr. from the Angels in exchange for P Brian Stokes.

23rd The Orioles bring back free agent SS Miguel Tejada signing him to a one-year, $6 million contract. It won’t last the year.

26thThe Cubs sign free agent OF Xavier Nady to a one-year contract. Nady missed most of last season with an injury.

The Athletics sign free agent P Ben Sheets to a one-year contract. Sheets was 13-9 in 2008 and sat out last year following surgery.

27thThe Twins agree to a one-year contract with free agent 1B/DH Jim Thome. Thome will hit 25 homers to lead the Twins.

The Padres agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Jon Garland.

The Yankees reach agreement on a one-year $2 million contract with free agent OF Randy Winn, effectively shutting out Johnny Damon from returning to the Yankees.

28th  The Brewers sign CF Jim Edmonds to a minor league contract. Edmonds, 40, last played in 2008 when he hit .284 with 20 homers.

The Phillies sign free agent P Jose Contreras to a one-year contract. Contreras, listed as 39 years old, was 6-13 last season pitching for the White Sox and the Rockies.

The Nationals sign free agent P Tyler Walker to a one-year contract.

29thThe Brewers sign free agent OF Eric Byrnes to a one-year contract.

FEBRUARY

1st The Athletics trade Aaron Miles and a player to be named to the Reds for Willy Taveras and much-needed utility infielder Adam Rosales. Taveras is immediately designated for assignment but in a week the A’s will release the speedster. They are responsible for his $4 million salary, which will be reduced by $400,000 if he signs with another team. He will sign with the Nationals.

The Reds sign free agent SS Orlando Cabrera to a one-year contract.

The Rockies agree to a one-year contract with free agent 3B Melvin Mora.

The Mariners agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent 1B Ryan Garko.

Announcer Jon Miller is announced as recipient of the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award. Winners have their own wing in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

2ndThe Dodgers agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent OF Reed Johnson.

The Blue Jays reach an agreement on a one-year contract with free agent P Kevin Gregg.

4thAccording to AP, the Tigers re-sign P Justin Verlander to a five-year, $80 million contract. The Tiger ace, who was 19-9 in 2009, will go 18-9 in 2010.

The Mariners re-sign recently acquired 1B Casey Kotchman to a one-year, $3,517,500 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

The Twins agree to a one-year contract with free agent 2B Orlando Hudson.

5thThe Nationals reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent 2B Adam Kennedy.

6thThe Athletics trade P Dana Eveland to the Blue Jays for a player to be named or cash.

7thThe Dominican Republic defeats Venezuela, 7-4, to win the Caribbean Series. It’s the 3rdtitle for a team from the Dominican Republic.

8thThe Padres sign free agent C Yorvit Torrealba to a one-year $1.5 million contract. Torrealba had turned down a $6 million two-year contract to play with Colorado where he claimed he wanted to stay.

15thTampa Bay signs a one-year contract with free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, who pitched the last eights seasons for Texas.

16thThe Nationals sign free agent P Chien-Ming Wang to a one-year contract. Wang was just 1-6 last year with New York and did not figure in the Yankees plans.

19thThe Blue Jays agree to terms with free agent C Jose Molina on a one-year contract.

20thThe Tigers reach agreement on a one-year $8 million contract with free agent OF Johnny Damon. Damon had balked at a two-year $14 million offer from the Yankees.

The Mets reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent C Rod Barajas.

22ndThe Yankees sign free agent P Chan Ho Park to a one-year contract.

24thThe Indians sign free agent 1B Russell Branyan to a one-year contract.

25thThe Rangers released SS Khalil Greene, who was unable to show up at spring training. Greene has battled anxiety problems that resulted in him going on the DL twice in 2009.

27thThe Cardinals sign free agent IF Felipe Lopez to a one-year contract.

MARCH

3rd Justin Upton, 22, with two full major league seasons already behind him, signs a $51.25 million, six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the second-largest deal in franchise history.

9thThe Rangers acquire P Edward Ramirez from the Yankees for cash.

17thIt is revealed that Rangers’ manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine during the 2009 season. Washington is the first manager or coach known to have tested positive for cocaine or any recreational drug.

24thCatcher Joe Mauer turns his back on free agency and re-signs with the Twins for an 8-year, $184 million dollar contract.

26thThe Red Sox acquire IF Kevin Frandsen from the Giants in exchange for a player to be named.

Minnesota’s all-star closer Joe Nathan undergoes reconstructive elbow surgery and will not pitch until 2011.

30thThe Marlins obtain P Nate Robertson from the Tigers for P Jay Voss. The Tigers will pick up $9.6 million of Nate’s $10 million salary, but it won’t stop the Marlins from cutting him in mid-July to make room for younger pitchers.

Ambidextrous P Pat Venditte hurls 1 1/3 innings for the Yankees in a exhibition game against the Braves. Venditte gives up 2 hits, a walk, and an earned run. Greg Harris is the only pitcher to throw as both a left-hander and right-hander in the ML.

APRIL

1stThe Cardinals trade IF Julio Lugo to the Orioles for the player to be named or cash.

4thThe Red Sox overcome a 5-1 deficit and go on to defeat the Yankees, 9-7, to open the 2010 MLB season. Jorge Posada, off the LF foul pole, and Curtis Granderson hit 2nd-inning HRs off Josh Beckett.

5thPresident Obama throws out the ceremonial first pitch to start the baseball season before the Phillies-Nationals game. The tradition was started by President Taft exactly 100 years ago. Philadelphia goes on to defeat Washington, 11-1, as Placido Palenco has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 6 RBIs.

The Braves trounce the Cubs, 16-5, as blue chip rookie Jason Heyward hits a 3-run HR, off Carlos Zambrano, in his first ML plate appearance, on his first swing. The Braves become the first team in ML history to open a season at home with a pair of 6-run innings, scoring that many runs in the 1stand 7thinnings. Heyward drives in 4 runs while Yunel Escobar drives in 5.

Stephen Drew and Mark Reynolds clout two-run homers as Arizona downs San Diego, 6-3. Drew joins Johnny Groth (1949), Frank Lary (1956), Jim Gilliam (1956), Bill Skowron (1962), Carl Yastrzemski (1968) and Emilio Bonifacio (2009) as the only major-leaguers since 1949 to hit inside-the-park homers on Opening Day. Matt Stairs pinch hits for the D’Backs to become the fourth big leaguer to play for 12 different teams in his career. The others who played for a dozen different clubs in the majors were Jim “Deacon” McGuire, Mike Morgan and Ron Villone.

The Rockies down the Brewers, 5-3, as Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0) pitches 6 innings, allowing a run. Rox 2B Ian Stewart becomes the first player in ML history to hit a HR in his first at bat of the season, in his team’s opener, on his birthday. He drives in 2 runs. Todd Helton is 2-for-5 for Colorado. He and Andres Galarraga (1993-97) are the only starting first basemen the Rockies have used in their Opening Day lineups since the team began playing in 1993.

Paul Konerko and Alex Rios homer for the White Sox and Mark Buehrle pitches 7 innings as the White Sox shut out the Indians, 6-0. Buehrle makes the highlight reels in the 6thinning when a sharp grounder by Lou Marson deflects off his leg into foul territory. Buehrle chases the ball down and flips it between his legs to 1B for the out. Buehrle will lead AL pitchers in fielding and pickoffs and win the Gold Glove at his position.  He’ll later say this one play won it for him. Jake Westbrook allows 5 runs in taking the loss and his 4 wild pitches, all on change-ups, doesn’t help.

Albert Pujols has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and scores 4, and Yadier Molina adds a 9thinning grand slam, off Nick Masset, as the visiting Cardinals beat the Reds, 11-6.  St. Louis scores 5 in the 9thand the Reds answer with 2 runs.  The press box is briefly evacuated when mop heads catch fire in a dryer.

Casey Kotchman has 4 RBIs, 2 in the 9th, as the Mariners defeat the Athletics, 5-3, in Oakland.  Felix Hernandez gives up 3 runs in 6+ innings and doesn’t figure in the decision.  Milton Bradley debuts for the M’s and goes 0-for-3 with 2 walks. He is the 23rd left fielder the Mariners have used on Opening Day in their 34-year history.

6thThe Twins edge the Angels, 5-3. The estimated crowd of 45,000 in Los Angeles receive complementary red fleece blankets honoring Hideki Matsui. At the end of the 4thinning, fans wear the blankets for 5 straight minutes, setting a Guinness World Record for “the largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets of one color in one place.”

The Rays down the Orioles, 4-3, on Carl Crawford’s 2-run double in the bottom of the 9thinning. Crawford becomes the only player in the last 40 years to have more than one game-ending hit in season-opening games, having also performed the feat with a walk-off HR in 2003. Miguel Tejada, who finished last season with a 21-game hit streak, goes 0-for-5.

Pads pitcher Chris Young (1-0) pitches a brilliant 6 innings allowing one hit and no runs as San Diego stops the Diamondbacks, 6-3. Young, who had orthoscopic shoulder surgery last August, will be shut down until September 18 and finish at 1-0. Arizona’s Chris Young is 0-for-2 against SD’s Chris Young and is now 0-for-16 against him.

The commissioner’s office announces that the percentage of MLB players born outside the 50 states on opening day rosters is down slightly from last year’s 28 percent. The Dominican Republic leads with 86 players, followed by Venezuela with 58 and Puerto Rico with 21. The Mets have the most foreign-born players with a record high of 18. The commissioner also announces that opening day baseball salaries went up 1.8 percent to an average of $3.3 million per player.

7thThe visiting Giants defeat the Astros, 10-4, scoring 7 runs in the last 3 innings. Shortstop Edgar Renteria goes 5-for-5 to lead SF’s 19-hit attack. Shades of last year’s “Natinals” misspelling, Eugenio Velez enters the game in the 7thwearing a “San Francicsco (sic)” jersey. It is his first appearance of the year, but the Giants’ third game.

At Fenway, the Yankees edge the Red Sox, 3-1, in 10 innings as Curtis Granderson homers off Jonathon Papelbon. It is the 17thconsecutive win for New York in games that were tied entering the 8thinning, for a new ML record. Before the game, West called the AL East rivals “embarrassing” and “a disgrace to baseball” for slowing the pace of their games to a crawl, according to the Bergen (N.J.) Record. “They’re two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest? It’s pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play.” During the game, home plate umpire Angel Hernandez denies a number of requested timeouts in the batter’s box. West did not allow Hernandez to comment, according to the report. “All of baseball looks to these two clubs to pick up the pace,” West said, according to the report. “[Hernandez] did everything he could. The players aren’t working with us.” Today’s game goes 3:21 minutes. The team’s season opener on Sunday took 3:46 to play; Tuesday night’s game went 3:48.

9thAt Chase Field, the Diamondbacks crush the Pirates, 9-1, as Chris Young has a grand slam and 5 RBIs.

Drew Stubbs hits a triple and a grand slam to pace the Reds to a 5-4 win over the visiting Cubs.

10thThe Cardinals defeat the Brewers, 7-1. Rookie Jamie Garcia gets the win for St. Louis, ending a string of 586 consecutive games without a win by a left-handed starting pitcher for the Cardinals. It is the 3rd-longest such streak in ML history.

11thThe Diamondbacks score 13 runs in the 4thinning and go on to trounce the Pirates, 15-6. Chris Young’s 3-run homer is one of three the D’Backs hit in the 4th.  Chris Snyder has a HR and 5 RBIs for Arizona.

In his professional debut, Reds pitcher Mike Leake pitches out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, settles down and tosses` 6 2/3 innings, allowing only one run against the Chicago Cubs. The Reds win, 3-1, as Leake walks 7. The number 1 pick in the 2009 draft, he is just the 21st player in major league history (and the 7th Reds player) to be drafted and skip the minor leagues en route to a major league debut. He also has no problem with ML pitching as he goes 2-for-2.

Roy Halladay and the Phillies defeat Roy Oswalt and the Astros, 2-1, in a match-up pairing the players with the highest career-winning percentages among active pitchers with at least 250 starts. It is the first such duel of such pitchers, both with a winning percentage of .658 or higher and at least 250 career starts since July 15, 1913, when Christy Mathewson defeated Mordecai Brown.

At Citi Field, Josh Willingham connects for a 1stinning grand slam off Johan Santana as the Nationals beat the Mets, 5-2. Willingham has 5 RBI.

At Detroit, the Indians take a 5-run lead in the 1stas Luis Valbuena connects for a grand slam off Justin Verlander. But Detroit scrambles back, scoring 2 in the 8thand 3 in the 9thto win, 9-8. Carlos Guillen scores the winning run on a wild pitch by Chris Perez.

Scott Feldman allows a run in 7 innings and the Rangers total 16 hits in sinking the Mariners, 9-2. The Rangers’ David Murphy reaches base twice consecutively on catcher interference, joining Ben Geraghty (1936), Pat Corrales (twice in 1965), Dan Meyer (1977) and Bob Stinson (1979) as the players to reach base on catcher’s interference in consecutive at bats.

12thThe Twins open Target Field with a 5-2 win over the Red Sox.

The Padres score 10 runs in the 4thinning and go on to rout the Braves, 17-2, in their home opener. Kyle Blanks leads the way with 3 hits, 3 runs, and 5 RBIs.

13thAt Yankee Stadium, Andy Pettitte pitches 6 shutout innings as the Yankees beat the Angels, 7-5. David Robertson serves up a g rand slam in the 9thto Bobby Abreu, but Mariano Rivera closes it out.

14thBefore 10,071 fans, the lowest in Progressive Field history, the Rangers defeat the Indians, 6-2. Nelson Cruz hits his 6thHR of the year for Texas, becoming the first player in ML history to hit a HR in 6 of his team’s first 8 games of a season.

Carlos Quentin hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs as the White Sox paste the Blue Jays, 11-1. John Danks and Tony Pena combine to allow 2 hits.

Jose Guillen homers in his 4thstraight game, and adds two singles as the Royals beat the Tigers, 7-3. It is Guillen’s 200thcareer HR. Jason Kendall has 4 hits as the Royals collect 17. Johnny Damon of the Tigers collects his 1,000th RBI.

Chase Utley has 2 homers and 4 RBI, and Shane Victorino has 4 hits and 5 RBI as the host Phillies kick the Nationals, 14-7. Utley will homer in his first 4 home games of the year, a ML first, that Matt Kemp will also match.

15thJorge Can do. Jorge Cantu continues his hot hitting with a double, two runs and an RBI as the Marlins rip the Reds, 10-2. Cantu is the first player in ML history to have at least one RBI in each of his team’s first 10 games of a season. George Kelly of the 1921 Giants did it for 8 games to set the record. Cantu has posted a hit and a ribbie in 14 straight games dating back to last season, two shy of the NL record set by Mike Piazza in 2000. After the Marlins trade him to Texas on July 29, Cantu will have just one game (out of 30) with an RBI.

16thThe Red Sox and Tampa Bay suspend play in the middle of the 9thinning, finishing up tomorrow with the Rays winning, 3-1, in 12 innings on Pat Burrell’s 2-run homer. As noted by Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, it is probably the first time that two teams begin a game wearing one set of uniform numbers and finish it wearing a different set. The Sox were celebrating a belated Jackie Robinson Day on April 16, and all the players on both teams were wearing number 42.

Andre Ethier hits a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs, and Matt Kemp homers in his 4thstraight home game, as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 10-8. San Francisco scores 5 runs in the 9thto make it close.  Kemp homering in his first 4 home games of the year is a ML first, but matched today by Chase Utley.

17thUbaldo Jimenez hurls the first no-hitter of the season as the Rockies defeat the Braves, 4-0. It is also the first no-hitter in the history of the Colorado franchise. He walks 6 and strikes out 7 to run his record to 3-0.

In St. Louis, the Mets edge the Cardinals, 2-1, in 20 innings. The game is scoreless through the first 18 innings. Utilityman Joe Mather takes the loss in relief for St. Louis, with teammate IF Felipe Lopez also seeing duty on the mound. They are the fifth pair of position players to pitch since 1952. New York has only one hit through the first 11 innings. The last time that the Cardinals played a 20-inning game at home was 1898.

18thThe Orioles down the Athletics, 8-3, for only their 2ndwin of the season. Brian Matusz has been the winning pitcher both times, making him only the 2ndpitcher in the last 94 years to earn the first 2 victories of the season for a team that started the year with a record of 2-11 or worse. Rick Wise did so for the Cardinals when they started the year 2-15 in 1973. The O’s have won 15 games since August 4 of last year, and Matusz has won 7 of them.

The Pirates overcome a pair of homers by Jay Bruce and beat the Reds, 5-3, to sweep the series with Cincinnati. The Bucs are 5-1 in their first six home games, the first time since 1992 that they have started the season by winning two series. The Bucs stop here, however, as they will lose their next 7 games.

The Brewers score 10 runs in the 1stinning on their way to an 11-7 win over the Nationals. Seven of the runs are charged to Jason Marquis, who records no outs. Reliever Miguel Batista then serves up a grand slam to Craig Counsell.

Manny Ramirez belts a 2-run pinch HR in the 8thinning, off Sergio Romo, as the Dodgers edge the Giants, 2-1. It is #548 for Manny.

Shin-Soo Choo hits a grand slam and drives in 5 as the Indians defeat the White Sox, 7-4.

At Turner Field, rookie Jason Heyward lines a 2-run single in the 9thto give the Braves a 4-3 win over the Rockies. Heyward drives in 3.

Alberto Callaspo bangs a pair of 3-run homers as the Royals rough up Carl Pavano and the Twins, 10-5.

19thAt Fenway, Tampa tops the Red Sox, 8-2, in a morning game on Patriot’s Day (the holiday is also recognized in Maine & WI). It is the Rays seventh road win in a row and its first sweep at Fenway in a series of 3+ games.

In the Blue Jays 8-1 win over the Royals, Jose Bautista hits a pair of homers. The crowd of 10,314 is the lowest in the two-year history of the Rogers Centre and breaks a 3-day old record.

20thThe Red Sox bounce back from a 6-2 deficit to defeat the Rangers, 7-6. Rookie Darnell McDonald hits a 2-run pinch HR in his first ML AB in the 8thinning to tie the game, then drives in the winning run the next inning with a walk-off single. He is the first player in Red Sox history with a walk-off RBI in his debut with the team. Led by Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus, each with 3, the Rangers steal 9 bases in 9 tries in the contest in a losing effort. All the steals come with Tim Wakefield (6 IP) on the mound and Victor Martinez behind the plate. The nine swipes in a game sets a Rangers club record and the nine steals allowed matches a Sox team record set on October 3, 1913, against the Washington Senators. Cruz and Andrus became just the ninth pair of big-league teammates since 1952 to each steal at least three bases in the same game.

The Mets shut out the Cubs, 3-0. Mike Pelfrey gets the win, becoming only the 2ndpitcher in ML history to record 3 wins as a starter plus a save in his first 4 games in a season.

The Reds score a pair of runs in the bottom of the 8thinning to edge the Dodgers, 11-9. The team ties a modern ML record by having won each of its first 6 victories of the season in its final turn at bat. The 1970 Giants also performed the feat.

The Braves edge the Phillies, 4-3, in 10 innings, using three homeruns to do it. Nate McLouth’s homer in the 10thwins it. Jason Heyward homers and ties Ted Williams for most RBIs posted by a player under the age of 21 through his first 13 games; Williams had 16 in his rookie season in 1939 (Elias Sports Bureau).

The Padres defeat the Giants, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. Chase Headley’s 4th-inning single is SD’s only safety. The last time the Giants lost a one-hitter was in 1917 against the Pirates.

21st At Fenway, the Red Sox edge the Rangers, 8-7, in 12 innings when Kevin Youkilis doubles home the winning run. J.D. Drew has a grand slam for Boston while Josh Hamilton has 3 hits, including a 3-run homer for Texas.

New York’s Phil Hughes (2-0) has a no-hitter through 7 innings, but gives up a leadoff single to Eric Chavez that bounces off his forearm to leadoff the 8th. Two relievers allow 2 hits as the Yankees win, 3-1, at Oakland.

22ndFor the 4thstraight game, Milwaukee jumps to an 8-0 lead, a ML first. They pound out 25 hits, including 11 extra base hits, in crushing the Pirates, 20-0. It marks only the 2ndtime in modern ML history that an NL team wins a shutout by 20 or more runs. The Pirates routed the Cubs, 22-0, in 1975. The last game to end exactly 20-0 was in 1889. Jim Edmonds has a single, pair of doubles and a 3-run homer, while Ryan Braun clubs a 3-run homer and drives in 5 runs.  On the 26th, Milwaukee will beat the Bucs again, 17-3.

The Athletics edge the Yankees, 4-2, as Kurt Suzuki hits a 3-run homer in the 1stoff C.C. Sabathia. New York turns its first triple play in 42 years in the 6thinning when Suzuki hits a 5-4-3 grounder. Alex Rodriguez manages to find a new way to piss off opponents, when, after hitting a foul ball, he wanders back across the infield and touches the pitching rubber.  This infuriates the A’s starter Dallas Braden, who yells at A-Rod.  A-Rod responds by cupping his hand to his ear.

23rdThe White Sox defeat the Mariners, 7-6. Andruw Jones hits 2 HRs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the 9thinning to celebrate his birthday. Jose Lopez has a grand slam for the M’s and 1B Casey Kotchman plays his 200th consecutive game without an error. He joins the Red Sox’ Kevin Youkilis (238) as the only two first sackers in ML history to reach that milestone.

Joba Chamberlain gives up 2 runs in the 8thand the Yankees lose to the Angels, 6-4. The loss ends New York’s 17-game winning streak with the score tied after seven, the longest in the ML since 1900 (Elias Sports Bureau). The Yanks do turn a triple play, their first since June 3, 1968, a stretch of 6,632 regular season games.

In Arlington, the Tigers score two runs in the 9th, off Neftali Feliz, to tie the Rangers 4-4, but Texas plates a run to win in the bottom of the frame.  Justin Smoak has a pair of walks in his debut game for Texas, while Tiger DH Brennan Boesch has two hits in his debut. In a little-noted sidebar, this was the first time in the AL since 1962 that opposing teams each had a non-pitcher make his major-league debut as a starter in a game that was neither on Opening Day nor in September.

At Chase Field, Cole Hamels gives up 4 homers to the Diamondbacks as the Phillies lose, 7-4. Kelly Johnson has two homers, one off Hamels. In the 7th, Jayson Werth scores on a four-base error by CF Chris Young, who gets a glove on the ball but drops it transferring the ball to his throwing hand. Umpire Dale Scott rules Young did not have possession long enough to record the out.

24thThe Twins beat the Royals, 9-7, in 12 innings. Joe Mauer goes 5-for-6 for Minnesota, including a double and triple.

The White Sox edge the Mariners, 5-4, on Alex Rios’ walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9thinning, as the Six plate 3 runs. The M’s score 2 runs in the top of the 9thwhen the have runners on 1B and 2B. Casey Kotchman hits a bounding ball down the 1B line where a fan interferes with the play. The umps rule both runners would have scored and award Kotchman second base. Rios’ homer marks only the second time in White Sox history that the team has won 2 consecutive games with game-ending HRs. Before Rios hits his four bagger, off David Aardsma, Paul Konerko homers. On the bench for the Chisox is SS Omar Vizquel who turns 43, becoming the first ML player since the Sox’ Luke Appling in 1950 to play shortstop at that age. He went 0-for-4 yesterday.

25thThe Cubs rout the Brewers, 12-2. Ryan Theriot goes-5-for-6 for Chicago, including a double.

The Rangers defeat the Tigers, 8-4. Detroit’s rookie OF Austin Jackson becomes the first player in ML history to strike out at least once in each of the first 18 ML games in which he comes to the plate.

After 17 games with the Orioles, Justin Turner is placed on the waiver list. The Mets will claim the red head.

He’s a much better 1-0 hitter. With 2 on in the 7th, the Yankees start to intentionally walk Kendry Morales, but Joe Girardi changes his mind and has Damaso Marte pitch to him instead. Big mistake as Morales hits a 3-run homer. The Angels win, 8-4.

26thJosh Johnson strikes out 12 and allows just 3 hits in the Marlins 10-1 victory over the Padres. Johnson also has 3 hits and drives in 3 runs. Hitting .300 now, he’ll finish at .085. Johnson joins Dazzy Vance (1925), J.R. Richard (1976) and Steve Carlton (1977) as the only big-leaguers to strike out 12 or more batters and knock in at least three runs in the same game (Elias Sports Bureau).

27thThe Mets sweep the Dodgers in a doubleheader, 4-0 and 10-5. New York becomes the first team in history to face managers who have won 1,500 games in their careers in 4 successive series—Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox, Lou Piniella, and Joe Torre.

The Pirates score 5 runs in the 9thinning, highlighted by a grand slam by Ryan Doumit, to defeat Trevor Hoffman and the Brewers, 7-3. It is the first slam allowed by Hoffman, who had faced more batters with the bases loaded (135) without allowing a slam than any current closer.

28thThe Tigers defeat the Twins, 11-6. Minnesota rookie Luke Hughes hits a HR in his first ML AB, becoming the first Australian player to accomplish the feat.

The Phillies edge the Giants, 7-6, in 11 innings. Nate Schierholtz gets 5 hits for SF, including a pair of doubles.

29thThe Buck stops here. The Blue Jays beat the A’s, 6-3, as catcher John Buck hits 3 homers, his first 3-homer game. On May 2, he’ll have his first 3-double game.

Colby Rasmus scores 4 runs and David Freese drives in 6 runs as the Cardinals stop the visiting Braves, 10-4. Jair Jurrjens allows 3 runs in the 1stbefore leaving with an injured leg. He won’t pitch for two months.

30thThe Tigers pound the Angels, 10-6. Blue-chip rookie OF Austin Jackson goes 5-for-5 for Detroit and Scott Sizemore and Brennan Boesch each hit their first career HRs in the 8-run 4thinning.

MAY

1st      The Tigers defeat the Angels, 3-2, on Johnny Damon’s walk-off HR. Detroit is the 4thteam Damon has hit a walk-off homer for, tying a ML record. He also turned the trick for the Royals, Red Sox and Yankees.

2ndThe Twins pound out 20 hits and beat the Indians, 8-3. Minnesota C Wilson Ramos goes 4-for-5 in his first ML game, becoming the 1stC in modern ML history to get 4 or more hits in his debut.

3rdThe Twins down the Tigers, 10-4, as Wilson Ramos gets 3 more hits for Minnesota. He becomes the first MLer in 68 years to have at least 7 hits in his first 2 ML games. Nanny Fernandez of the Boston Braves last performed the feat in 1942.

4thThe Cards Adam Wainwright and the Phils Cole Hamels live up to their advance bill as each allows a run in 8 innings. The Phils win it, 2-1, in the 10thon Carlos Ruiz’s walkoff homer.

5thAfter the Brewers score a pair in the 9thto tie the Dodgers at 3-3 in the 9th, LaTroy Hawkins loads the bases for Andre Ethier, who belts a walkoff grand slam. The Dodgers win, 7-3. It is the second 9thinning grand slam served up by Brewers relievers in the past 8 days.

7thThe Cubs trounce the Reds, 14-7. Chicago SS Starlin Castro hits a HR in his first ML at bat and also slams a bases loaded triple. He sets an ML record by driving in 6 runs in his first game.

The Phillies defeat the Braves, 7-0. Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher in ML history to throw a shutout as he hurls a 2-hitter, as well as the first hurler to throw shutouts in four different decades: the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010’s.

8thThe Yankees rout the Red Sox, 14-3. Mark Teixeira hits 3 homers for New York. Tex drives in 5 runs as does Francisco Cervelli.

The Brewers drown the Diamondbacks, 17-3. Jody Gerut hits for the cycle for Milwaukee, as he and Ryan Braun each drive in 4 runs.

At Safeco Field, the Angels edge the Mariners, 4-3, in 10 innings. Ken Griffey, Jr. sits out the game and later says he was available for pinch-hitting despite reports he was in the clubhouse taking a nap. The Tacoma News Tribunequotes two Mariners anonymously. Griffey contends he was available to hit, but when asked if he was asleep, replied, “Anything else you want to ask?”

9thOakland P After nine winless starts, Dallas Braden hurls the 18thregular season (19thoverall) perfect game in ML history as he sets down all 27 Tampa batters in the A’s 4-0 win over the Rays. He becomes the first to hurl a perfecto against a team that started the day with the best record in the majors. After the game, Braden gives a Mother’s Day hug to his grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, who raised him after his mother died. When she met with reporters, Lindsey says, “Stick it, A-Rod,” referring to the criticism her grandson made last month after Alex Rodriguez crossed the mound after a foul ball. When apprised of Lindsey’s remarks, A-Rod throws up his hands and says, “uncle, uncle” to reporters.

Bombed in Boston. The Red Sox light up A.J. Burnett for 9 runs in topping the Yanks, 9-3. Burnett’s ERA at Fenway is 12.68 in 5 starts. Alex Rodriguez hits his 546thhomer in the 4thfor New York, ending a 61 at-bat homerless skein.

Josh Willingham homers in the 8thinning and the Nationals edge the struggling Marlins, 3-2. The win goes to reliever Tyler Clippard. Since May 6, Clippard has made 7 appearances, earning 7 decisions.

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers stop Ubaldo Jimenez (6-1) and the Rockies, 2-0. It is the Rox ace first loss.

The lackluster Mariners fire their hitting coach Alan Cockrell, then snap an 8-game losing streak with an 8-1 win over the visiting Angels.

10thAt Coors Field, the Phillies score 4 in the 9thto top the Rockies, 9-5. The big blow is Ross Glaud’s 3-run pinch homer. Carlos Ruiz also homers in the game, one of his 4 hits. Afterwards, the Rockies hit back, accusing the Phillies of sign stealing by methods that violate baseball’s rules: bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer of using binoculars from the bull pen. TV cameras showed Billmeyer twice using binoculars in the 2ndinning and also showed Shane Victorino on the dugout phone during the same inning.  MLB said that Billmeyer can no longer use binoculars in the bullpen. On the 12th, several baseball people acknowledge that two of 2009 post-season opponents of the Phils also expressed concerns: the Yankees and the Dodgers.  Los Angeles expressed concerns that the Phils were using video equipment to steal signs. The Mets expressed concerns about the Phils in 2007. Former manager Ken Macha, commenting on the sign stealing, said the A’s spotted Randy Velarde, a former A’s player, stealing signs at 1B and relaying them to Alex Rodriguez at the plate when both played for Texas. “We caught that on tape, but it was shame on us because we allowed them to get our signs.” He also added, according to The NewYork Times, that the Cubs stole signs when Macha was coaching for the Expos between 1986 and 1991. Chicago stole them off television images, he said. “They’d go in and look at the monitor and they’d see what the signs were—second sign, sign after two, whatever it was. Then the guy would go out to second base and look in and relay the signs.”

The Red Sox edge the Blue Jays, 7-6, scoring 6 runs in the first two innings off Brandon Morrow. Morrow faces 14 batters, strikes out 4, walks 6 and allows 6 hits.

11thCincinnati’s Johnny Cueto hurls a one-hit shutout, defeating Pittsburgh, 9-0. Ronny Cedeno’s 3rd-inning single is the Pirates’ only safety. It is Cueto’s first CG.

Daric Barton hits a 2-out single in the 13thas visiting Oakland beats Texas, 7-6. Barton homered in the 11th.

12thThe Rockies edge the Phillies, 4-3, in 10 innings on Miguel Olivo’s walk-off HR. OIivo goes 5-for-5 in the contest, including a double.

Homer Bailey shuts out the Pirates, 5-0, for the Reds second straight shutout of the Bucs. The last Reds hurlers to pitch consecutive shutouts were Jose Rijo and Tom Browning in 1989.  Neither Bailey nor Cueto walk anyone, a feat last done by Reds in consecutive shutouts in 1925 (Jakie May and Dolf Luque).

13thThe Royals end their 7-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over Cleveland, then fire manager Trey Hillman. Former Brewers manager Ned Yost takes over the reins of the team.

The Padres edge the Giants, 1-0, behind Mat Latos’ one-hitter. Eli Whiteside’s RBI-single in the 6thinning, which deflects off of Latos, is San Francisco’s only hit.

14thThe Pirates defeat the Cubs, 10-6. Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each have 5 hits in the game, including a HR. McCutcheon scores 5 runs for the Bucs.

At Yankee Stadium, the Twins lead 4-3 and hand out an intentional walk to Mark Teixeira to load the bases and pitch to Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod answers with a grand slam as New York prevails, 8-4.

The Blue Jays come back from a 9-3 deficit to outslug Texas, 16-10 as Aaron Hill, Travis Snider and Vernon Wells all hit 3-run homers. Doug Mathis allows 8 runs in 1+ innings for Texas. Lyle Overbay is 3-for-3 with 2 walks and 3 RBIs for the Jays.

15thGot relief? At Camden Yards, the Orioles waste a 7-inning shutout effort by Brian Matusz when they cough up 8 runs in the top of the 9thto lose to Cleveland, 8-2. Austin Kearns and Trevor Crowe homer for Cleveland.

In Detroit, Ramon Santiago provides a walkoff bases-loaded walk in the 12thto give the Tigers a 7-6 win over the Red Sox. After receiving the walk, Santiago takes a few steps towards 1B, then turns to join the celebration at home.  But Magglio Ordonez, the runner on 3B, yells for him to touch 1B, thus avoiding an embarrassing tie (as noted by Rich Marazzi). No slouch in the base on balls department, Kevin Youkilis walks 5 times for Boston.

16thThe Yanks lose, 6-3, to the Twins when their bullpen fails them. Mariano Rivera, in relief of Joba Chamberlain in the 8th, walks Jim Thome with the bases loaded and then serves up a grand slam to Jason Kubel. It is Rivera’s first grand slam since 2002, his first bases-loaded walk since 2005, and his first blown save at home since 2007.

19thThe Nationals defeat the Mets, 5-3. Angel Pagan hits an inside-the-park HR for the New Yorkers and also starts a triple play. He is the first player to do both in the same game since Ted Kazanski did so for Philadelphia in 1955 (Elias Sports Bureau).

At Chase Field, the Diamondbacks hit 6 homers, 2 by Dave LaRoche, to down the Giants, 13-1. Ian Kennedy gets the victory.

Adrian Gonzalez drives in 6 runs as San Diego beats the Dodgers, 10-5, to move to 1.5 games ahead of the Giants. Will Venable has a single, 2 doubles and a triple and scores 4 runs for the Pads.

20thPinch hitter Brooks Conrad connects for an ultimate grand slam, a 9thinning, game-winning 4-run walkoff homer as the Braves rally for 7 runs to defeat the Reds, 10-9. Francisco Cordero serves up the salami.  Joey Votto has a grand slam of his own for the Reds.

At Nationals Park, David Wright drives in 4 runs to pace the Mets to a 10-7 win over the Nationals. The win goes to Raul Valdez who takes over for John Maine in the 1stinning. Maine is lifted after throwing 5 pitches, then gets into an argument with Jerry Manual about the condition of his shoulder. Pitching coach Dan Warthan calls Maine “a habitual liar” for not revealing the condition of his shoulder. Maine is through for the year and will have shoulder surgery in July, not returning to the ML until 2013.

21stThe Blue Jays lose to the Diamondbacks, 8-6, despite hitting 6 solo HRs in the contest, tying a ML record for most runs scored by a team in one game, all on solo HRs. The 1991 Athletics also turned the trick, also in an 8-6 loss. Edwin Encarnacion hits 3 of the round-trippers for the Blue Jays.

In a 9-5 win over the Angels, Cardinals starting pitcher Brad Penny belts a grand slam in the 3rdinning off Joel Pineiro.  But it is a costly hit as Penny tears a muscle hitting the pitch and leaves the game, his last game of the season.

The Orioles top the Nationals, 5-3, as David Hernandez (1-5) wins his first game after 11 straight losses over two seasons. He’ll finish at 8-8.

22ndThe Red Sox down the Phillies, 5-0, as Daisuke Matsuzaka and Daniel Bard combine on a one-hitter. Juan Castro’s two-out single in the 8thinning is Philadelphia’s only hit.

23rdThe Pirates edge the Braves, 3-2, in 10 innings. Akinori Iwamura snaps an 0-for-34 streak with a single. The ML record for most at bats in one season without a hit, excluding pitchers, is 35 by Hal Finney in 1936.

24thThe Texas Rangers file for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. Team owner Thomas Hicks said he is simply trying to shield the Rangers from additional claims while he finalizes a deal to sell the team for $575 million to a group of investors led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. Alex Rodriguez is listed as the top unsecured creditor with the team owing him $25 million. “I did not want to put the baseball future of the Texas Rangers in jeopardy or uncertainty for an extended period of time,” Hicks said.

25thThe Red Sox shut out the Rays, 2-0, as Jon Lester, Manny Delcarmen, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon combine on a one-hitter. Willy Aybar’s 4th-inning single is Tampa Bay’s only hit. It is Boston’s 2ndone-hitter in the past 4 days.

Rookie Mitch Talbot (6-3) goes 7 innings as the Indians top the visiting White Sox, 7-3. Luis Valbuena has 2 RBIs on a sac fly and a sac bunt. His bunt to score Austin Kearns is first successful squeeze bunt for the Indians since May 17, 2003. Previous manager Eric Wedge thought the squeeze unmanly.

27thThe Mets defeat the Phillies, 3-0, for their 3rdconsecutive shutout against the league leaders. It is just the third time in ML history that a team has swept 3 or more games from a 1st-place team without allowing any runs. The Orioles turned the trick against the Red Sox in 1974, and the Washington Senators over the Philadelphia Athletics in 1913.

28thThe Tigers lose to the A’s, 5-4, despite 3 homers by Miguel Cabrera.

The Giants shut out the Astros, 5-0, as Matt Cain hurls a 1-hitter. Mark Reynolds’ 2-out double in the 2ndinning is Houston’s only safety.

The Cardinals come-from-behind to trip the Diamondbacks, 6-5. Arizona takes a 5-2 lead in the top of the 8thon Mark Reynolds’ 2-run homer that pops out of RF Randy Winn’s glove and goes over the fence. Birds manager Tony LaRussa argues a strike call in the 9thand the continued discussion results in LaRussa being ejected.  Later, starter Dan Haren, who is lifted in the 9thafter allowing 2 singles, accuses LaRussa of deliberately trying to delay the game and throw off his rhythm.  It works. The Birds plate three, including PH Adam Wainwright and pinch runner Jaime Garcia.  It is the first time that two pitchers have scored in the same inning since Ken Brett and Dock Ellis did it for the Pirates in 1974.

29thThe Phillies down the Marlins, 1-0, as Roy Halladay hurls the 20thperfect game—and 2ndthis month—in ML history. Halladay fans 11 in his masterpiece.

Whoops! At Anaheim, Kendry Morales belts a walkoff grand slam in the 10thinning to give the Angels a 5-1 victory over Seattle. But in the post-game celebration at home plate, Morales breaks his fibula and will be out for this season as well as 2011. He’ll return in 2012.

30thThe Cardinals rout the Cubs, 9-1, as Albert Pujols clouts 3 homers for St. Louis.

The Tigers trounce the Athletics, 10-2. Detroit P Max Scherzer strikes out 14 batters in 5 2/3 innings of work to set a ML record for the most Ks for a pitcher hurling fewer than 6 innings. KC’s Kevin Appier held the previous mark with 13, set on May 25, 1994.

The Twins defeat the Rangers, 6-3. Minnesota sets a ML mark for fewest errors in a team’s first 50 games of the season with 12. The 2006 Red Sox and 2009 Phillies held the previous mark with 17.

JUNE

1st  The Red Sox defeat the A’s, 9-4. Victor Martinez goes 5-for-5 for Boston, including 4 doubles.

The Blue Jays send P Dana Eveland to the Pirates for minor league P Ronald Uviedo.

The Tigers trade P Dontrelle Willis to the Diamondbacks for P Billy Buckner.

At Chicago, the Rangers mount a 19-hit attack to down the White Sox, 9-6. Omar Vizquel has 2 runs, 2 hits and a stolen base for Chicago, joining Ted Williams, Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines as the only big-leaguers to steal a base in four different decades. On the 10thhe will become the 24th batter in MLB history to register 10,000 career at bats.

2ndThe Tigers shut out the Indians, 3-0. Armando Galarraga hurls a 1-hitter for Detroit, the only hit coming on a blown call by umpire Jim Joyce with 2 outs in the 9thinning. Galarraga does not allow another base runner, and, as Joyce later admits, should have been credited with a perfect game.

At Toronto, the Rays score 6 runs in the top of the 9thto come back and defeat the Blue Jays, 7-3. The big blow is a brand slam by Carl Crawford, off Scott Downs.

At San Diego, the Padres whip the Mets, 5-1, on an 11thinning grand slam by Adrian Gonzalez, off Raul Valdes. It is his 4thhit of the game.

The Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 1-0, in 14 innings. The Dodgers won by the same score yesterday in 10 innings. It is only the 2ndtime in the last 35 years that 2 teams play consecutive games that were tied at 0-0 going into extra innings. The Diamondbacks and Giants performed the feat in 2001.

3rdFormer all-star Chris Capuano makes his first pitching appearance for the Brewers in three years, giving up 3 runs in 3+ innings as the host Marlins edge Milwaukee, 3-2. Capuano has now lost 13 straight going back to 2007. He missed the 2008 and 2009 seasons with two Tommy John surgeries.

4thThe Orioles fire manager Dave Trembley. Third base coach Juan Samuel is appointed interim manager.

In LA, the Dodgers edge the Braves, 5-4. Rookie Jason Hayward gets fitted for a sombrero, striking out 5 times, three against starter Clayton Kershaw.

At Oakland, the Twins beat the A’s, 5-4, in 11 innings.  Justin Morneau starts the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st, off Dallas Braden, and scores the winning run in the 11thafter hitting a double. Twins rookie Danny Valencia has his first ML steal in the 2ndwith Braden pitching. It is the only stolen base anyone will have against Braden this year (2 runs will be thrown out).

5thFlorida International SS Garrett Wittels extends his hitting streak to 56 games as the Golden Panthers lose to Dartmouth, 15-9, and are eliminated in the NCAA Coral Gables regional. Wittels will have to wait until next year to try to break the Division I record of 58 consecutive games set by Robin Ventura in 1987.

The Phillies defeat the Padres, 6-2. Jamie Moyer earns the 264thwin of his ML career, and the 100thsince turning 40 years of age. Only 2 other pitchers recorded 100 wins in their 40s—Phil Niekro (121) and Jack Quinn (104).

Aaron Hill’s RBI single in the 14thdrives in the winner as the Blue Jays edge the Yankees, 3-2.  Mark Teixeira goes hitless, striking out 5 times. The Yankees are now 2 games in back of the Rays and a game and a half ahead of Boston and Toronto. They will win 7 of their next 8.

6thEleven ML games are decided by a one-run margin, tying an ML record done twice before, on July 4, 1918, and April 14, 2001.

7thIn the first day of the MLB Draft, the Nationals pick consensus number one Bryce Harper with the first choice. The 17-year-old is considered to have the most raw power in the draft for years. Picking second, the Pirates select Texas prep pitcher Jameson Tallion, whose Rice commitment did not scare off scouts. With their next pick they take the other great arm in the draft, Stetson Allie. The Orioles take prep SS Manny Machado, former cover boy of Baseball America. Picking 6th, the Diamondbacks take Barret Loux, then decide not to sign him after a physical. The White Sox take 21-year-old lanky lefty Chris Sale with the 13thpick. He’ll be the first of this draft to make the majors in early August. Picking 18th, the Angels take Kaleb Cowart, the first of three Georgia high schoolers they select in the first round. The Astros take Delino DeShields, a prep second baseman from Georgia, with the 8thpick. The Braves take Texas prep shortstop Matt Lipka with the 35thpick in the first round. Lipka’s older sister Tonya Butler owns the college football scoring record for women; she was a field goal kicker at Western Alabama. In the 4thround, the Rockies pick NC State outfielder Russell Wilson, who had been picked by the Orioles in 2007. Wilson will play parts of 2010 and 2011, hitting just .229 but compiling an intriguing .710 OPS. He will continue to flirt with baseball even after he becomes the starting quarterback for the NFL Seahawks.

8thThe Nationals defeat the Pirates, 5-2, in the much-anticipated debut of Stephen Strasburg. He doesn’t disappoint as he walks none and fans 14 batters in his 7 innings, falling one short of the ML record for a debut held by Karl Spooner and JR Richard. Strasburg strikes out the last 7 batters he faces, becoming the first pitcher in 32 years to fan 7 in a row in his debut. Sammy Stewart turned the trick for Baltimore in 1978. The Tuesday game draws 40,315 fans.

The Phillies down the Marlins, 10-8, as Florida OF Giancarlo Stanton, 21, gets 3 hits in his ML debut. He is the youngest player to get 3 or more hits in his first game since Danny Ainge in 1979.

At Citi Field, Ike Davis belts a walkoff homer in the 11thto give the Mets a 2-1 win over the Padres. The Mets thought they had the game won in the 10thwhen Angel Pagan hit an apparent homer, but the ruling was that a fan touched it and Pagan settled for a triple.

At Camden Yards, Nick Swisher has a double and homer and 5 RBIs, and Curtis Granderson adds a grand slam to pace the Yankees to a 12-7 victory. Phil Hughes goes to an 8-1 record.

9thThe Astros beat the Rockies, 6-2, on Carlos Lee’s 10th-inning grand slam, off Matt Belisle. Lee becomes the first player in ML history to have 3 extra-inning slams.

10thThe Mets shut out the Padres, 3-0, as Jonathan Niese hurls a one-hitter, Chris Denorfia, who leads off the 3rdinning with a double, is the only Padre to reach base against the lefty, who is making just his 2ndappearance since coming off the DL.

The Orioles edge the Yankees, 4-3, as Jake Arrieta wins his ML debut. Arrieta is the first starting pitcher to beat the defending WS champions in his debut since Kyle Davies accomplished the feat in 2005.

11th At Dodger Stadium, the Angels drop the Dodgers, 10-1, as Joel Pineiro wins his 5th. He also scores 3 runs and is the first A.L. pitcher to score three runs in a game since Cal Eldred did it in 2000.

12th The Red Sox pound the Phillies, 10-2. Boston C Daniel Nava hits a grand slam on the first pitch he sees in the ML, and later doubles. He becomes the first player in ML history to hit a grand slam and another extra-base hit in his debut. He is also just the second player in history to hit a grand slam on the first pitch he sees in the ML. Kevin Kouzmanoff did it for Cleveland on September 2, 2006.

Derek Jeter has a pair of homers and 4 RBIs and Jorge Posada belts a grand slam as the Yankees trim the Houston Astros, 9-3. Javier Vasquez (7-6) goes 7 innings for the win.

13thOn a night when the NHL champ Blackhawks are saluted at Wrigley, the Cubs edge the White Sox, 1-0, as Ted Lilly and Carlos Marmol combine on a one-hitter. Pinch hitter Juan Pierre’s single leading off the 9thinning is the Chisox only hit. Lilly then left to a standing ovation. Fans booed when Gordon Beckham tried to bunt for a hit in the 8th. Gavin Floyd does not allow a hit for the Sox until Alfonso Soriano doubles with 2 outs in the bottom half of the 7th. It is the first time 2 teams are both held hitless through 6 1/3 innings since July 13, 1980, when the Yankees met the Sox.

In his second start, Stephen Strasburg has more trouble with Cleveland’s mound than their lineup, as he allows 2 hits and strikes out 8 in 5+ innings. The Nationals win 9-4.

For the second day in a row, Jorge Posada hits a grand slam as the Yankees pound the Astros, 9-5, and move into a first-place tie in the AL-East with the Rays. Phil Hughes gives up 5 runs in 5+ innings but pushes his record to 9-1.

14thThe Cardinals defeat the Mariners, 9-3. Luis Pujols gets 3 singles for St. Louis and Ichiro Suzuki hits a HR and double for Seattle. The game is the first in 68 years featuring 2 players (Pujols and Suzuki) with at least 5,000 career ABs and a lifetime BA of .330 or higher. The last time it happened was in 1942 when Joe Medwick of the Dodgers faced off against Paul Waner and the Braves.

15thThe Dodgers shut out the Reds, 12-0. Rafael Furcal leads LA’s 19-hit attack with 5 hits, including a double.

The A’s acquire Conor Jackson from the Diamondbacks along with cash for Sam Demel.  Jackson, the one-time budding star, hit just .182 in 30 games in 2009 before going on the DL and being diagnosed with Valley disease in the early part of the season.  The fungus disease, which infects the lungs and leaves a person weak, seems to still be with Jackson. He’ll end the season with Boston.

17thI’ll sweep out the dugout when I’m through here, Skip. Bronson Arroyo (6-3) allows a run in 7 innings as the Reds beat the Dodgers, 7-1. He also bangs a 3-run homer and participates in three double plays. Don Newcombe was the last to do it, in 1955.

18thThe White Sox edge the Nationals, 2-1, in 11 innings. Pheenom Steven Strasburg hurls 7 innings for Washington, striking out 10 without walking a batter. His 32 Ks in his first 3 starts is the most for any pitcher in the modern era, breaking the mark of 29 set by J.R. Richard in 1971. Strasburg also becomes the first pitcher in the modern era to have a pair of 10-strikeout, no-walk games in his first 3 ML starts.

19thThe Twins rally from five runs down in the 9th inning to beat the Phillies, tying the game on Joe Mauer’s two-run, two-out home run. Both teams score in the 10thon homers, and then the Twins score three runs in the 11th to win, 13-10. Nine different players hit homers in the contest, tying the ML record (9 is the record in each league).

Something’s gotta give. The Yankees’ Phil Hughes squares off against the Mets’ Mike Pelfrey, just the second time in major-league history that both starters have at least nine wins and a .900 winning percentage; the first such matchup occurred on June 22, 1900, when Joe McGinnity of the Giants opposed Bill Bernhard of the Phillies and each entered the contest with a 12-1 record. Hughes and Pelfrey each go 7 innings as Hughes emerges with a 5-3 win. Jose Reyes has a pair of homers off Hughes to drive in the 3 runs.

At PNC Park, Lastings Milledge is a homer shy of the cycle as he drives in 4 runs and the Pirates top the Indians, 6-4. The win snaps the Bucs’ losing streak of 12 games.

20thThe Rangers beat the Astros, 5-4, in 10 innings. Josh Hamilton has 5 hits for Texas, including a double. He drives in the tying run in the 9thinning and has the game-winning single in the 10th.

After the conclusion of the Mariners 3-2 win over the visiting Diamondbacks, M’s bullpen catcher Jason Phillips, a former catcher for the Mets and Jays, was married to Molly Ray.  Ms. Ray’s nephew bore the ring in a catcher’s mitt.  The two met in May of 2009 when Ms. Ray caught the eye of Phillips and he tossed her a ball with his phone number on it.

21stThe Reds edge the Athletics, 6-4, in 10 innings. Ramon Hernandez, Joey Votto and Scott Rolen hit HRs in the 10thfor Cincinnati, the first time a ML team hits 3 HRs in an extra inning since 2006.

22ndThe Mets outslug the Tigers, 14-6. Detroit rookie Jay Sborz becomes the first pitcher in 8 years to hit the first two batters he faces in his ML debut.

Carlos Quentin has a 3-run homer to pace the White Sox to a 9-6 win over Atlanta. Alex Rio has a pair of hits, including an “inside the jersey” single—a ground ball that gets stuck in the jersey of 3B Brooks Conrad.

23rdThe Marlins fire manager Fredi Gonzalez and Edwin Rodriguez takes over the position on an interim basis.

The Orioles obtain utility player Jake Fox from the Athletics in exchange for minor league P Ross Wolf and cash.

24thThe Rockies defeat the Red Sox, 13-11, in 10 innings. Dustin Pedroia goes 5-for-5 for Boston, including a double and 3 HRs.

The Orioles trounce the Marlins, 11-5. Baltimore P Kevin Millwood sets a modern ML record by allowing at least 2 runs in the first inning of his 7thconsecutive start.  He’ll get a shutout 1st inning in his next start, then reel off another 4 starts in which he gives up 2 or more runs in the 1st.

25thThe Braves beat the Tigers, 3-1. Billy Wagner earns his 400thcareer save, becoming the fourth pitcher to reach that level.

Edwin Jackson hurls a no-hitter as the Diamondbacks edge the Rays, 1-0. Jackson walks 8 in the game, and throws 149 pitches—the most in the majors in 5 years. The Rays become the first team in history to be no-hit 3 times in the span of one year.

At U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox score 4 runs in the 1stagainst Carlos Zambrano, and the Cubs veteran reacts between innings by between innings by tossing a Gatorade cooler and angrily yelling 1B Derrek Lee. Zambrano was upset that Lee did not grab a double by Juan Pierre to start the inning: Lee was playing in for a bunt.  Cubs manager Lou Piniella separates the two players and sends Zambrano home. After the game, a 6-0 loss to the Sox, the Cubs suspended Zambrano. GM Jim Hendry saying: “we’ll play with 24 before we tolerate that kind of behavior.” Zambrano won’t start another game until August 9th.

In Philadelphia, the Phillies blast the Blue Jays, 9-0, as Roy Halladay pitches 7 innings for the win. The three-game series was scheduled to be played in Toronto, but a scheduled meeting of the G20 summit meeting, and the expected disruption by protesters, prompted Bud Selig to announce the move last month. The Blue Jays batted last and wore their home uniforms.

26thThe Giants lose to the Red Sox, 4-2. Prior to the game, the team retires the uniform number of Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, the 11thplayer to be so honored by the team.

The Red Sox acquire IF/OF Eric Patterson from the Athletics for minor leaguer P Fabian Williamson.

The Indians trade 1B Russell Branyan and a player to be named or cash to the Mariners for minor leaguers Ezequiel Carrera (OF) and Juan Diaz (SS).

The Reds beat the Indians, 6-4. Cincinnati P Arthur Rhodes hurls a scoreless 7thinning, making 33 consecutive appearances in which he has not allowed a run. That ties the ML mark, set by Mike Myers in 2000 and matched by Mark Guthrie 2 years later.

At Citi Field, the Twins score 4 in the 1stagainst Johan Santana as they top the Mets, 6-0.  Twins starter Carl Pavano is the first A.L. pitcher to throw a shutout and get two hits in the same game since Clyde Wright did it for the Angels in 1972.

27thThe Orioles edge the Nationals, 4-3. Baltimore becomes the first ML team since the 1901 Tigers to win four games in a row in which it trails by at least 3 runs in each game.

The Phillies rout the Blue Jays, 11-2, behind Jamie Moyer’s ninth win. Moyer surrenders a homer to Vernon Wells, the 506thHR of Moyer’s career to pass Robin Roberts as the all-time leader.

Jason Kendall has a pair of doubles and 4 RBIs for the Royals as they beat their cross-state rivals the Cardinals, 10-3. Jose Guillen has 2 hits and an RBI to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 21 games. Colby Rasmus and Albert Pujols each hit their 16thhomers for the Cards.

28thThe Pirates snap a 17-game road losing streak by edging the Cubs, 2-1, behind Paul Maholm (5-6), who allows one run in 8 innings. Octavio Dotel saves his 15th. Cubs rookie Brian Schlitter make his Major League debut in the seventh inning replacing injured John Grabow with the count 2-1 against Maholm. Schlitter struck out Maholm and then K’s Jose Tabata to end the inning. During the losing streak, the Pirates batted .231 and had an ERA of 6.15.

The Tigers beat the Twins, 7-5, at Target Field but lose hard-throwing reliever Joel Zumaya, who breaks a bone near his elbow. Zumaya won’t pitch this year and will miss next year when he undergoes surgery in June 2011.

29thThe Twins trounce the Tigers, 11-4, as Denard Span ties a modern ML record by hitting three triples. Span drives in 5 runs for Minnesota.

South Carolina wins the College World Series with a 2-1, 11-inning win over UCLA.

30thAt Fenway, Jason Bartlett belts a 3-run homer to pace Tampa Bay to 9-4 win over the Red Sox. It is Bartlett’s first non-solo homer since September 9, 2006.  He had hit 21 solos in a row (Curtis Granderson has the record streak of solos with 23). Boston stays in 2ndplace in the AL East, a game behind the Yankees, 7-0 losers to Seattle, and a game ahead of Tampa Bay.

At Camden Yards, Orioles DH Luke Scott sets the season-record for slowest homerun trot when he belts a 7thinning homer and tears his hamstring rounding 1B.  Scott, who was hustling because he didn’t know if it was a homer or not, takes 35.76 seconds (wezan-ball.com) to reach home. He scores 3 runs as the O’s beat Oakland, 9-6.  Scott will be out three weeks.

Vlad Guerrero strokes a single, double and two homers, one a grand slam, to lead Texas to a 6-4 win over the Angels.  Josh Hamilton has a double to extend his hitting streak to 23 consecutive games. Texas now leads the Angels by 4.5 games in the AL West.

The Royals take a 7-1 lead over the White Sox after 7 innings, then hold on as Chicago scores 5 runs in the 8th. Brent Lillibridge hits a bases-loaded triple for Chicago in the 8thas they lose, 7-6.  Lillibridge will finish the year with 8 pinch hitting appearances, and collect three doubles, a triple and homer. Collectively, the AL pinch hitters will hit .206.

JULY

1st  The Red Sox acquire C Kevin Cash from the Astros for minor league IF Angel Sanchez.

The Giants send veteran backstop Bengie Molina and cash to the Rangers in exchange for P Chris Ray and minor league P Michael Main.

The Diamondbacks, last in the NL West, fire manager A.J. Hinch. Bench coach Kirk Gibson takes over the reins on an interim basis.

In a financial footnote, Bobby Bonilla begins a five-year stint on the Mets’ payroll at an annual salary of $1.19 million; the Mets signed the pick-for-life deal with Bonilla in January 2000 in order to buy out the final year of the ex-outfielder’s contract.

2ndDown 3-0 in the bottom of the 6th, the Indians load the bases with 2 outs. Catcher Mike Redmond hits an apparent RBI-single to RF but is thrown out at 1B in a 9-3 putout by RF Ryan Sweeney. The out nullifies the run from third. A’s win, 3-0. It happens again August 9th.

3rdThe Yankees score all 11 runs in the 3rdinning on their way to an 11-3 victory over the Blue Jays. Brett Gardner’s grand slam is the big blow.  Andy Pettitte (10-2) is the winner.

At Chase Field, the Dodgers are the recipients of some loose play and some bizarre moves as Los Angeles clips the D’Backs, 14-1. Arizona makes 6 errors, including 3 by SS Tony Abreau. The tone is set in the 6-run 2ndwhen Xavier Paul is awarded a walk on three balls. With 2 on, Arizona CF Chris Young tries for an over-the-shoulder catch on Rafael Furcal but drops the ball, though no error is called. Running hard, Furcal passes base runner Clayton Kershaw and is called out. Matt Kemp follows with a homer.

4thRosters are announced for the July 13 All-Star Game. Minnesota C Joe Mauer is the top vote-getter among fans, with 5,372,606 votes while the Yankees land six players on the team. Evan Meek is the first Pirate reliever to make the All-Star team since Mace Brown in 1938.

At the Friendly Confines, the Reds trounce the host Cubs, 14-3, as 9 homers are hit. Cincinnati hits 7 homers in the contest, including 3 by OF Drew Stubbs, who collects 5 RBIs, while Tyler Colvin has 2 for the Cubs.

In the Giants 3-run 8thinning against the Rockies, Nate Schierholtz and Angel Torres combine for a pinch-hit homer and an inside-the-park round-tripper in successive plate appearances. It was the first time in major-league history that back-to-back homers were hit this way. It goes for naught as the Rockies load the bases in the 10th, 13thand 14thinnings, finally pushing across a run in the 15thto win, 4-3. Dexter Fowler scores his 3rdrun of the game after hitting his second triple of the contest.  Colorado strands 20 runners to set a team record.

Torii Hunter has 3 hits, including a pair of homers, to drive in 7 runs as the Angels paste the visiting Royals, 11-0. Joel Pineiro (9-6) pitches 7 innings for the win.

Marcus Thames drives in the winning run in the 10thas the Yankees overcome a poor start by Phil Hughes and three runners thrown out at the plate to beat the Jays, 7-6. Halfway through the season, New York has the best record in baseball.

The Diamondbacks designate Dontrelle Willis for assignment. He was 1-1 in 6 games.

5thJonathan Sanchez (7-6) allows a run in 6 innings as the Giants whip the Brewers, 6-1. The Giants (42-40) are in 4thplace in the NL West.  Corey Hart has a single for the Brewers to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 20 games.

In a 9-3 win over Texas, Cleveland’s Jason Donald is 4-for-4 with two steals and Austin Kearns is hit by pitches three times—by three different pitchers.

6thThe Rockies score a record (at least as far back as 1918) 9 runs in the bottom of the 9thinning to defeat the visiting Cardinals, 12-9. Chris Ianetta and Seth Smith hit 3-run homers in the frame. It is only the 3rdtime in ML history that a team scores 9 or more runs in the last inning of a walk-off win. The other two occasions were back in 1901 when Detroit and Cleveland did it.  It is a far cry from their last for the Rocks, who stranded a team-record 20 on the 4th.

At Citi Field, the Mets Johan Santana is as hot as the temperature (a record 103 in New York’s Central Park), firing a 3-hitter to stop the Reds, 3-0, and also hitting his first ML homer. It comes on the 12thpitch to him from Matt Maloney. Jason Bay has the other 2 RBIs and also makes his first error since August 17, 2008 (263 games) when he loses a ball in the lights.

At Tropicana, the Rays edge the Red Sox, 3-2, pinning the loss on rookie starter Felix Doubront. Doubront has the unique occurrence of pitching in the Bigs to his former minor league manager, Gabe Kapler, Kapler was Doubront’s manager three years earlier at Greenville in the Sally League (A). Kapler has two walks and a line out against his former player.

Alex Rodriguez hits 2 homers, including a grand slam, as the Yankees beat Oakland, 6-1. C.C. Sabathia wins his seventh straight beating Trevor Cahill (8-3), the A’s lone All-star representative. It is the Yanks 9thgrand slam, one shy of the team record set in 1987.

7thThe Nationals edge the Padres, 7-6, as Adam Dunn slugs 3 homers and drives in 5 runs for Washington. Matt Stairs hits his 20th pinch homer, tying the career record set by Cliff Johnson.

In a see-saw match the Rockies defeat the Cardinals, 8-7, on Chris Iannetta’s walk-off HR off rookie P Evan Maclane, who is making his ML debut. Maclane is only the second pitcher in the last 40 years to surrender a game-ending homer to the first batter he faces in the majors. The other was JJ Trujillo of the Padres in 2002.  Helped by a homer by Matt Holliday, the Birds had a 5-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings, only to lose.

Tim Lincecum (9-4) gets plenty of run support and strikes out 10 in 7 innings as the 4th-place Giants belt the Brewers, 15-2. Buster Posey is 4-for-4—all singles—as he drives in 6 runs. Chris Narveson allows 10 runs in 3+ innings.

In the Twins 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, Justin Morneau sustains a season-ending concussion sliding into the knee of second baseman John McDonald. It is his second concussion in 5 years. Morneau is second in the AL in hitting at .345. He will play just 69 games next season, hitting .227 with 4 homers.

8thThe Astros defeat the Pirates, 2-0, behind Roy Oswalt’s one-hitter. Neil Walker’s 1st-inning single is Pittsburgh’s only hit. Lance Berkman hits a pair of homers for the tallies, both off Ross Ohlendorf.

The Rockies beat the Cardinals, 4-2, as Ubaldo Jimenez extends his record to 15-1. His .938 winning percentage is the highest ever by a pitcher with 15 or more decisions before the All-Star break. He’s the first pitcher since David Wells in 2000 to win 15 by the All-star break.

Mat Latos throws 7 shutout innings, and has two hits, one a homer, in the Padres, 7-1, win over the host Nationals. The Pads lead the NL West by 3 games.

9thThe Phillies rally from a 7-1 deficit to defeat the Reds, 9-7, in 10 innings. The game is the third this season in which a team won after trailing by at least 6 runs going into the bottom of the 9thinning—the most ever in an ML season. Cincinnati becomes the first team in ML history to lose 2 such games in a season. Rookie P Mike Leake started both of those games, making him the first pitcher in ML history to start more than one game in his entire career in which his team lost in such a fashion. Leake has 3 hits today but on the mound he serves up a 3-run homer to Greg Dobbs in the 9th. Cody Ransom adds a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th, off Francisco Cordero, and Ryan Howard finishes the game with a 2-run homer in the 10th, off Arthur Rhodes.

The Mariners trade pitchers Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe to the Rangers for blue-chip 1B Justin Smoak and minor leaguers 2B-OF Matt Lawson and pitchers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke. The M’s turned down the Yankees after reaching an agreement in principal in the morning. Given the starting job in Seattle, Smoak will struggle, going 2-for-36 before going to the minors on July 31.

Ian Stewart has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Rockies come from behind to defeat San Diego, 10-8. The Rockies and Dodgers trail the Pads by 2 games.

The host Rangers blow a 6-2 lead in the 9thwhen Baltimore’s Corey Patterson connects for a grand slam off Neftali Feliz. It is his 4thhit of the game. Jake Fox hits a solo homer in the 10thfor the Orioles 7-6 victory.

10thThe Phillies edge the Reds, 1-0, in 11 innings. Cincinnati rookie P Travis Wood, making just his third ML start, hurls 8 perfect innings before giving up a leadoff double to Carlos Ruiz in the 9th. It is the only hit he allows in his 9 innings. It is Philadelphia’s third straight extra-inning win over the Reds.

11thThe Orioles defeat the Rangers, 4-1, to complete a 4-game sweep. It is only the second 4-game sweep on the road in ML history in which the winning team entered the series more than 30 games below .500 and the losing team entered the series more than 15 games above .500. The other occurred in 1950 when the Browns swept the Indians at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

The Phillies edge the Reds, 1-0. Jimmy Rollins drives in the game’s only run, becoming the first player since 1971 to have an RBI in each of his team’s back-to-back 1-0 wins. Minnesota’s Steve Braun performed the feat in 1971.

The White Sox rout the Royals, 15-5, as Andruw Jones hits his 400thcareer HR.

For the first time since the ML adopted the 6-division in 1994, no team has a division lead of 5-or-more games at the All-Star break.

12thDavid Ortiz becomes the oldest player ever to win the All-Star Home Run Derby. Ortiz defeats Hanley Ramirez by slugging 11 homers in the final round.

Bryce Harper of the College of Southern Nevada wins the Golden Spikes Award as the country’s top amateur baseball player.

13thThe National League wins the All-Star Game with a 3-1 victory over the American League. Brian McCann’s bases-loaded double accounts for all 3 NL runs and earns him MVP honors. Matt Capps gets the win in relief while Phil Hughes takes the loss.

The Boss dies at 80.  George Steinbrenner, the principal owner and managing partner of the New York Yankees suffers a heart attack and dies in Tampa. The outspoken Steinbrenner was the owner for 37 years, the longest in team history. During his ownership, the Yankees earned 7 World Series titles and 11 pennants. He retired to Tampa in 2005 and his sons Hank and Hal had taken over his responsibilities with the team.

14thThe Braves obtain SS Alex Gonzalez, minor league P Tim Collins, and minor league SS Tyler Pastornicky from the Blue Jays in exchange for SS Yunel Escobar and P Jo-Jo Reyes.

15thThe Braves edge the Brewers, 2-1. Corey Hart’s 1st-inning HR accounts for Milwaukee’s only run. Hart becomes the first MLer in 43 years to hit a walk-off HR in his team’s final game before the All-Star break, and a 1st-inning HR in his club’s first game after the break. The last player to perform the feat was Philadelphia’s Tony Gonzalez in 1967.

16thThe Rangers defeat the Red Sox, 8-4. Texas C Bengie Molina becomes only the 9thplayer in ML history to hit a grand slam as part of hitting for the cycle.

The Yankees edge the Rays, 5-4. It is the 9thconsecutive season in which the New Yorkers have won their first game after the All-Star break to tie a ML record.

In the Tigers 8-2 loss to the Indians, All-Star Miguel Cabrera collects a hit to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.

17thAt Petco, the Padres defeat the Diamondbacks, 8-5, as Tony Gwynn Jr. hits his second inside-the-park homer in 5 weeks. He matches the career mark of his father. Yorvit Torrealba has 3 hits, including a homer, and 4 RBI.

18thC.J. Wilson strikes out 10 and visiting Texas beats the Red Sox, 4-2. Julio Borbon steals home when C Dusty Brown tries to throw out Elvis Andrus on a double steal. The injury-depleted Sox lose for the 8thtime in 11 games.

     The Yankees score 7 runs off David Price (12-5) in 5 innings as the pound the Rays, 9-5.  Andy Pettitte serves up a 3-run homer in the 1stto Carols Pena, and then leaves in the 3rdinning after aggravating a pulled groin muscle. He’ll be on the DL for two months. The Yankees lead the Rays by 3 games and the Red Sox by 6.5 games.

Yunel Escobar clubs a grand slam in the Blue Jays 10-1 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards. The Jays sweep the series.

Jhonny Peralta’s long fly ball sends Ryan Rayburn crashing through a bullpen door and the slow-footed Peralta scores on an inside-the-park homer in Cleveland’s 7-2 win over Detroit. Jeanmar Gomez is the winner in his ML debut as the Indians sweep the 4-game series.

The Pirates top the Astros, 9-0, as Paul Maholm throws a 3-hit shutout. For the second day in a row, the Bucs tally a season high in hits.

Brian McCann hits a grand slam in the Braves 5-run 3rdas Atlanta tops the Brewers, 11-6. McCann finishes with 5 RBIs and Matt Diaz has 3 RBIs on 3 hits, including a homer. For the second time this month a Brewer chucker gives up 10 runs as Manny Parra allows that in 5+ innings.

19thTrevor Crowe has 4 hits to lead a 20-hit attack by the Indians in a 10-4 win over the Twins. Jim Thome hits his 11thhomer for Minnesota, scoring his 1500thrun. He joins Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Mike Schmidt and Barry Bonds as the only players to have more than 500 homers, 1,500 RBIs, 1,500 runs and 1,500 walks.

20thThe Cubs rout the Astros, 14-7, as Aramis Ramirez clouts 3 HRs and drives in 7 runs for Chicago.

The Pirates defeat the Brewers, 11-9. Pittsburgh 2B Neil Walker goes 5-for-5, including a double, while rookie Pedro Alvarez hits two homers, one a grand slam, and both off David Bush. Bush allows 10 runs, 5 earned in the loss. Jim Edmunds has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer for the Brewers.

Cardinals rookie David Freese, on the DL since the end of June with a sprained right ankle, drops a weight that fractures his left big toe. He’ll be out the rest of the season.

21stDelwyn Young drives in 5 runs and, for the second day in a row, Pedro Alvarez has a pair of homers. He adds 3 runs and 3 RBIs as the Pirates swamp the host Brewers, 15-3. Randy Wolf hands out most of the damage, giving up 12 runs,  a day after David Bush surrenders 10 runs. With Chris Narveson (July 7) and Manny Parra (July 18), the Brewers have four pitchers who have given up 10 runs or more in a month. This hasn’t happened since the 1936 Athletics (as noted by Jayson Stark).

22ndThe Angels acquire IF Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for pitchers Sean O’Sullivan and Will Smith.

MLB implements random blood testing for human growth hormone in the minor leagues. It is the first pro sports league to take this step.

The Phillies edge the Cardinals, 2-1, in 11 innings. Cole Hamels and 4 relief pitchers combine on the one-hitter for Philadelphia. St. Louis’ only hit is Matt Holliday’s leadoff single in the 4th. It is only the third time since 1900 that a game goes past the 10thinning with one club allowing just a single hit. In 1959, Harvey Haddix went 12 perfect innings for the Pirates before losing on Joe Adcock’s base hit. Three years later, the Yankees edged the Angels, 2-1, in the other contest.

23rdThe Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 7-4. Arizona’s Kelly Johnson hits for the cycle and drives in 3 of the Diamondback runs.

24thThe Braves score 8 runs in the 8thinning to defeat the Marlins, 10-5. The key blow for Atlanta is a PH grand slam by Brooks Conrad. It is the rookie’s 2ndpinch slam of the season, tying an ML record held by Dave Johnson (1978), Mike Ivie (1978), Darryl Strawberry (1998) and Ben Broussard (2004). Conrad is the only rookie to accomplish the feat.

In a 10-2 win over the White Sox, Jack Cust of the A’s, has a perfect day at the plate as he has three walks and two home runs. Mark McGwire did that three times in his career. Vin Mazzaro and two relievers hold the Sox to 4 hits.

25thBeware of pies.  The Marlins top the Braves, 5-4, in 11 innings as Wes Helms’ third RBI of the game drives in Ramirez with the game-winner. In the ensuing celebration, Chris Coghlan tears the mediscus in his right knee trying to hit Helms in the face with a shaving cream pie.  It finishes the season for the reigning Rookie of the Year. His .268 batting average will drop to .230 and .140 in the next two seasons.

On umbrella day at Yankee Stadium, there is a rain delay of 2 hours: 32 minutes. Undeterred, the first-place Yankees finish off the Royals, 12-6, as Phil Hughes goes to 12-3. Curtis Granderson has a pair of homers for New York, while Scott Posednik matches him for the Royals.

Something’s gotta give.  The Ranger play the Angels, with Trevor Bell (0-2 vs. Texas with an ERA of 9.82) against Tommy Hunter (0-2 vs. California with a 9.82 ERA).  Hunter wins, 6-4.

Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog, and umpire Doug Harvey are inducted in the Hall of Fame.

The Angels obtain ace Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks in exchange for pitchers Joe Saunders, Rafael Rodriguez, Patrick Corbin, and a player to be named (Tyler Skaggs). Haren leaves his .364 batting average in the National League, but his 20 hits will still lead ML pitchers.

26thTampa Bay pitcher Matt Garza hurls the 5thno-hitter of the season as he sets down the Tigers, 5-0. Garza allows only a walk in the 2ndinning, and faced the minimum 27 batters. It is the first no-hitter in Rays history. Garza throws 99 fastballs, 10 curves, eight sliders and three changeups to post his no-hitter.

The Twins rout the Royals, 19-1. Joe Mauer goes 5-for-5 for the second time this year, including a double and HR, and drives in 7 runs, joining Walker Cooper (1949) and Victor Martinez (2004) as the only catchers to record at least five hits and seven RBIs in a game. Delmon Young has 4 hits and Danny Valencia goes 4-for-4 with a grand slam, and scores 4 times. Jason Kendall of the Royals, who watches the scoring, joins Ivan Rodriguez, Carlton Fisk, Bob Boone and Gary Carter as the only players to catch 2,000 games in the majors.

27thFor the second day in a row, the Twin pummel KC, banging out 19 hits on their way to an 11-2 win over the Royals. It is the third consecutive game in which Minnesota gets at least 10 runs and 19 hits. They are only the third team in the last 100 years to perform the feat. The 1933 Giants and 1928 Pirates also did so. Rookie Danny Valencia gets 4 hits in the contest, giving him 4 straight games with 3 or more hits. He is 14-for-19 including a grand slam off Zack Greinke. The last rookie to do so was Jim Davenport of the Giants in 1958.

At Miller Park, the Reds unload 19 hits in downing the Brewers, 12-4. Brandon Phillips, Joe Votto and Scott Rolen lead the way with 4 hits apiece as Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo (9-5) gives up 10 hits and 5 runs in 2+ innings. Gallardo does hit his 4thhomer of the year and will finish the season with a .254 batting average and a .508 slugging average. He will win The Sporting News NL Silver Slugger for pitchers. Brewers infielder Joe Inglett throws a perfect 9thinning, the sixth position player to pitch this year.

28thThe Giants edge the Marlins, 10-9, in 10 innings as Andres Torres and Juan Uribe combine for 7 hits and 7 RBIs. Rookie Buster Posey has a single and a run scored and extends his batting streak to 21 games. He is the 21stcatcher to have a streak of 20 games or more.

Trevor Cahill (10-4) allows 2 hits and no runs in stopping first-place Texas, 3-1. A’s teammate Rajai Davis has 3 hits and steals his 30thbase. He’s also thrown out stealing by Bengie Molina, making him the only player this year to be thrown out by all three Molina brothers, Bengie, Jose and Yadier.

The Dodgers get OF Scott Podsednik from the Royals in exchange for C Lucas May and P Elisaul Pimentel.

The Indians send 3B Jhonny Peralta to the Tigers for P Giovanni Soto and cash considerations.

29thThe Astros trade veteran ace Roy Oswalt to the Phillies for pitcher J.A. Happ, OF Anthony Gose, and SS Jonathan Villar. Houston then sends Gose to Toronto for minor league INF Brett Wallace.

The Orioles name Buck Showalter as manager.

The Rangers acquire IF Jorge Cantu from Florida for minor league pitchers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda.

The Twins obtain All-Star closer Matt Capps from the Nationals for C Wilson Ramos and P Joe Testa. Capps who had 26 saves with the Nationals, will pick up another 16 in Minnesota, joining Bob Wickman (2000, 2006) and Octavio Dotel as the only closers to record at least 10 saves in each league in the same season.

The Orioles send 3B Miguel Tejada to the Padres for P Wynn Pelzer.

The Marlins shut out the Giants, 5-0, as Anibal Sanchez hurls a one-hitter. Pablo Sandoval’s 5th-inning single is SF’s only hit.

30thThe Rockies score 12 runs in the 8thinning as they bat around twice on their way to a 17-2 win over the Cubs. Colorado strokes 11 consecutive hits in the frame for a new ML record. Two walks follow the 11 hits.

At Fenway, Jhonny Peralta has a pair of homers and drives in 3 runs to help propel the Tigers to a 6-5 win over the Red Sox. David Ortiz makes it close with a 9thinning grand slam off Jose Valverde.

The Diamondbacks send All-Star P Edwin Jackson to the White Sox for pitchers Dan Hudson and David Holmberg.

The Yankees obtain OF Austin Kearns from the Indians for a player to be named (Zach McAllister).

31stThe Yankees collect 6 hits—all for extra bases—in edging the Rays, 5-4. Mark Teixeira (21), Robinson Cano (21) and Nick Swisher (20 hit homers, while Cano adds a pair of doubles. It is the fourth time in Yankee history that all their hits are for extra bases. New York is now 2 games ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East. Boston is 7.5 games back.

Vlad the impaler. Vladimir Guerrero takes revenge on his former team, the Angels by belting a 2-run homer as Texas wins, 2-1. Vlad joins Ed Kirkpatrick (1969) and Bobby Bonds (1978) as the only major-leaguers to hit at least five homers against their former team the season after leaving.

The Mariners use a different lineup for the 26thconsecutive game and lose for a team-record 22ndtime this month.  Kevin Slowey allows 4 M’s hits in 8 innings as the Twins win, 4-0.

Carlos Gonzalez hits for the cycle in the Rockies 6-5 win over the Cubs. His homer ends the contest leading off the bottom of the 9th. This is just the fourth time in history that a player has hit for the cycle and ended it with a walk off homer. Dwight Evans, in 1984, was the last.

The Diamondbacks send P Chad Qualls to the Rays for a player to be named (Matt Gorgen). Arizona then trades C Chris Snyder, SS Pedro Ciriaco and cash to the Pirates for SS Bobby Crosby, OF Ryan Church and pitcher D.J. Carrasco.

In a 3-team deal, the Cardinals obtain pitcher Jake Westbrook and cash from the Indians and send OF Ryan Ludwick to the Padres. St. Louis also gets pitcher Nick Greenwood from SD, while the Tribe gets P Corey Kluber from the Pads. A news source in San Diego calls Kluber a “fringe fifth starter” but he will develop a devastating two-seamer in May 2012 and become an all-star.

In a trade that will sputter for New York, the Yankees get 1B Lance Berkman from the Astros for two minor league blue chippers, pitcher Mark Melancon and IF Jimmy Paredes. The Bombers also get P Kerry Wood from the Indians for two players to be named or cash (after the season, New York sends Andrew Shive and Matt Cusick to Cleveland). With the acquisition of Berkman, Austin Kearns and Wood, the Yankees’ roster now includes 10 former first-round draft picks.

The Dodgers get pitcher Ted Lilly, IF Ryan Theriot and cash from the Cubs for IF Blake DeWitt and minor league pitchers Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach. LA also gets pitcher Octavio Dotel from the Pirates in exchange for P James McDonald and OF Andrew Lambo.

The Orioles send pitcher Will Ohman to the Marlins for P Rick VandenHurk.

The Royals trade pitcher Kyle Farnsworth and OF Rick Ankiel to the Braves for P Jesse Chavez, OF Gregor Blanco, and minor league P Tim Collins.

The Giants get pitcher Javier Lopez from the Pirates for P Joe Martinez and OF John Bowker. San Francisco also picks up pitcher Ramon Ramirez from the Red Sox for minor league P Daniel Turpen.

The Red Sox get C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the Rangers for P Roman Mendez, 1B Chris McGuiness, a player to be named and cash. Saltalamacchia, a former first-round pick, played in just two games this year, and will appear in just 10 for the Sox in the next two months.

From July 1 through the non-waiver trading deadline on July 31, major-league clubs made deals that involved 48 major-leaguers, 37 minor-leaguers, four players to be named later and seven cash considerations.

AUGUST

1stAdam Wainright wins his 15thas the Cardinals pummel the Pirates, 9-1. Matt Holliday hits his 20thand Albert Pujols hits his 25th. However, Pujols’ batting average is now .298, the first time since 2002 that he had hit below .300 in the month of August. LaRussa is not worried.

2ndThe Brewers pound out 26 hits on their way to an 18-1 thrashing of the Cubs. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder each go 5-for-7 in the game, including a double by Fielder who also drives in 5 runs. It is the most hits given up by the Cubs since 1957. Braun and Fielder match teammates Al Zarilla and Johnny Pesky (1950 Red Sox) and Don Johnson and Phil Cavarretta (1945 Cubs) as the only pairs of teammates since 1920 to each have at least five hits in seven at bats in a nine-inning game. The Brewers join the 1922 Giants, 1930 Cubs and 1936 Cubs as the only N.L. teams since 1920 to score 17 or more runs in a game four or more times in a season; the 1930 Cubs hold the record having scored 17 or more six times.

The Reds shut out the Pirates, 4-0. Travis Wood hurls 7 scoreless innings, followed by one each for Russ Springer and Arthur Rhodes. It is the first game in ML history in which a rookie starting pitcher and two 40-something relievers combine on a shutout (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).

The Cubs call up Casey Coleman who follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to make the Colemans the first family to have three generations of ML pitchers. Granddad Joe pitched from 1942-55 and father Joe from 1965-79. The other three-generation big-league families are the Bells (Gus, Buddy, Mike and David), the Boones (Ray, Bob, Bret and Aaron) and the Hairstons (Sam, Jerry, John, Jerry, Jr., and Scott). His debut is inauspicious as he gives up 6 runs in 2+ innings as the Brewers deck the Cubs, 18-1. Cecil Fielder has 5 hits and 5 RBIs and Casey McGehee has a homer and 4 RBIs. Yovani Gallardo (10-5) is the winning pitcher.

At Fenway, Shelley Duncan has 4 hits as the Indians are victorious over the Red Sox, 6-5. Tim Wakefield pitches 2 scoreless innings for Boston to celebrate his 44thbirthday.

3rd  Alexei Ramirez has 4 hits and Juan Pierre has a double and homer to lead the White Sox to a 12-2 victory in the first of two games against the Tigers. Pierre’s four-bagger ends a homer drought of 905 plate appearances, dating back to 2008. Detroit rebounds in the nightcap, winning, 7-1.

At Busch Stadium, the Astros spot the Cardinals a run, then lay on 22 hits to clip the Birds, 18-4. Houston is led by rookie SS Angel Sanchez who has 4 hits and 6 RBIs. Only Travis Jackson (1922) and J.J. Hardy (2005) as rookie shortstops since 1920 posted at least 4 hits and 6 RBIs in a game.

4thThe Yankees defeat the Blue Jays, 5-1, as Alex Rodriguez hits his 600thcareer HR, off Shaun Marcum. He becomes the 7th—and youngest—player to reach the milestone. The ball is caught by a Yankee security guard, Frankie Babilonia, who was near the netting at monument park.

Michael Young hits a grand slam and David Murphy adds a 3-run homer as the Texas Rangers outshoot the Mariners, 11-6, at Safeco. Ichiro Suzuki steals 4 bases for the M’s.

The Mariners trade five-time All-star Mike Sweeney to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Edwin Jsckson, acquired by the White Sox on July 30th, wins his first game for Chicago by allowing one run in 7 innings. He also shows his fielding dexterity when he records an assist on a 3rdstrike that bounces off the glove of catcher A.J. Pierszynski. He throws out Don Kelly at 1stas the Sox beat Detroit, 4-1.

5thIn St. Petersburg, the Twins Jason Kubel hits a pop-up that clanks off a catwalk and drops between two fielders near the pitcher’s mound for a single. The hit scores the winning run as the Twins plate two in the 9thfor an 8-6 win. The Rays score all their runs in the eighth, 5 on a BJ Upton homer and a grand slam by pinch hitter Jason Bartlett. After the game, Rays manager Joe Maddon said, “To lose a game in a pennant situation like that because of a roof really indicates why there is a crying need for a new ballpark in this area. There was a time when it was cute. It was not cute today.” Today’s pop-up will lead to changes in the rules at Tropicana Park by the division series.

6thBefore the start of today’s game at Turner Field, the Braves retire the uniform of former ace Tom Glavine, He is the seventh Brave to have his uniform number retired joining Henry Aaron (44), Warren Spahn (21), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Greg Maddux (31) and Phil Niekro (35); Glavine’s number was 47.  The Giants then edge the Braves, 3-2, in 11 innings, using three walks and a sac fly to plate the winner. The Braves remain a game ahead in the NL East, while the Giants are a game off the pace in the NL West.

Before the start of today’s game at Camden Yards, Baltimore presents Jim Gentile, 76, with a belated $5,000 check for leading the AL in RBIs in 1961.  For years, Roger Maris had been credited with leading the AL in 1961 with 142 RBIs, but work by SABR discovered that Maris was erroneously credited with knocking in a run in July 5 game; the run had scored on an error. With the change, Maris and Gentile tied for the RBI lead with 141. The Orioles then beat the White Sox, 2-1, in 10 innings.

At Dodger Stadium, Adam Dunn belts 2 homers and drives in all the runs for Washington as the Nationals double the Dodgers, 6-3. John Lannan allows 3 runs in 6 innings in the win.

7thThe Blue Jays crush 8 homers as they beat the Rays, 17-11.  Coming off an MVP-PCL season, J.P Arencibia hits a HR in his first ML at bat and on his first ML pitch,  and adds another homer along with a single and double before fouling out. Arencibia becomes just the 2ndplayer in ML history to have 4 hits and 2 homers in his first game. The other player to do so was Charlie Reilly for Columbus of the American Association in 1889. Things will go downhill for J.P. as he will go 1-for-31 from here.

Hours after he gets the word that his playing time will be limited, Jeff Francoeur hits a homer off Cole Hamels and the Mets beat the Phils, 1-0. Johan Santana struggles through 7+ innings for the win. Santana allows no hits into the 6th.

Rookie Pedro Alvarez hits a 2-out, 3-run walkoff homer in 10thto give the Pirates an 8-7 win over the visiting Rockies.

8thBrandon Morrow loses a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9thinning as Evan Longoria singles for Tampa Bay’s only hit in the Blue Jays 1-0 win over the Rays. Morrow strikes out 17 batters in the 1-hitter.

9thThe Mariners fire manager Don Wakamatsu. Triple-A manager Daren Brown takes over the position on an interim basis. Seattle goes on to win its first game under Brown, defeating the Athletics, 3-1. The Mariners turn a triple play in the contest, marking the first time in ML history that a team turns a TP under a manager making his ML debut.

The Astros rout the Braves, 10-4, breaking a tie with a 6-run 7th. The Braves could have taken a 3-0 lead in the 3rdbut pitcher Mike Minor is thrown out 9-3 at 1B on an apparent RBI single. Jason Heyward celebrates his 21stbirthday with a HR for Atlanta, just the 6thplayer since 1900 to homer on their birthday at age 21 or younger. Buddy Lewis and Aramis Ramirez did so on their 20thbirthday, while Ted Williams, Frank Robinson and Alex Rodriguez did so on their 21st.

At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox edge the Yankees, 2-1, as Jon Lester and Phil Hughes each go 6 innings.  Jacoby Ellsbury steals 4 bases for Boston.

The Reds obtain veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds from the Brewers in exchange for OF Chris Dickerson.

10thThe Rays defeat the Tigers, 8-0, behind rookie P Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson becomes just the sixth pitcher since 1900 to throw at least 7 innings and allow 3 or fewer hits in each of his first two ML starts. Others to accomplish the feat were George Dumont, Lew Krausse, Jr., Mike Norris, Robert Person, and Brandon Webb.

The Orioles beat the Indians, 14-8. Buck Showalter becomes the first manager in ML history to win at least 7 of his first 8 games after taking over a team in midseason that is at least 20 games under .500. They will go 21-14 in the first 35 games under Buck.

11thThe Diamondbacks tie an ML record by hitting 4 consecutive HRs in the 4thinning of their 8-2 win over the Brewers. Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew connect with one out in the inning. The Diamondbacks are the 7thteam to connect for four homers in a row.

The visiting Braves stay atop the NL East with a 10-inning, 8-2, win over the Astros. Omar Infante drives in the go-ahead run and Brian McCann adds a grand slam in the 10thinning. In relief, Billy Wagner (6-2) allows 2 of the 4 Astros hits for the win.

The Marlins defeat the Nationals, 9-5, as Florida rookie Mike Stanton gets 5 hits, including a pair of doubles and a HR, and drives home 4 runs.

The Giants stay 2 1/2 games in back of San Diego by beating the visiting Cubs, 5-4, when Pat Burrell hits a homer in the 8thinning off Justin Berg. Before the game, they acquire Mike Fontenot from Chicago, two days after putting Edgar Renteria on the DL. The Cubs receive OF prospect Evan Crawford. Carlos Zambrano makes an appearance for Chicago, but as a pinch hitter.

You still want this guy? Down 6-1 against Cliff Lee, the Yankees score in each of the last 4 innings to beat the Rangers, 7-6. Marcus Thames has a homer and drives in the winning run. The AL-leading Yanks strike out 17 times, tying a franchise mark set on September 10, 1999.

At Citi Field, Melvin Mora hits an 8th-inning grand slam as the Rockies down the Mets, 6-2.  David Wright strikes out 4 times for the slumping Mets, the second time this season he’s worn the Golden Sombrero. Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, who did not play in the game, is arrested after he assaults the father of his girl friend in the family lounge in front of members of players’ families. Rodriguez sustains a torn thumb ligament in his punching hand that will end his season. Authorities issue a restraining order against Rodriguez Thursday for his girlfriend and her father, Carlos Peña.

Behind Homer Bailey’s 6 shutout innings, the Reds down the visiting Marlins, 2-0. Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera, sidelined since the beginning of August with an oblique strain, serves as one of the team’s batboys.

12thThe Brewers down the Diamondbacks, 8-4. Casey McGehee goes 4-for-4 for Milwaukee, giving him a franchise record 9 straight hits.

13thThe Giants obtain OF Jose Guillen from the Royals for a player to be named and cash considerations.

The Mets defeat the Phillies, 1-0, on R.A. Dickey’s one-hit shutout. Opposing P Cole Hamels gets Philadelphia’s only hit. It is New York’s 4thconsecutive shutout over the Phillies at Citi Field.

14thThe Yankees beat the Royals, 8-3, as Alex Rodriguez slugs 3 homers.

Carlos Zambrano (4-6) makes his return to the mound a success as the Cubs edge the Cardinals, 3-2. The Z man will go undefeated the rest of the year, winning 8 games including today and finishing 11-6.

Houston’s Bud Norris (5-7) pitches 7 innings, allowing a 2-run homer to Garrett Jones, but striking out 14 as the Astros beat Pittsburgh, 3-2.

15thThe Twins edge the Athletics, 4-2. Minnesota P Kevin Slowey hurls 7 hitless innings before being removed. He left his left start with elbow tendonitis and manager Ron Gardenhire takes no chance. Slowey is the first pitcher to be removed from a game in the 8thinning or later with a no-hitter intact and his team in the lead since 1996.

The Rays top the Orioles, 3-2. Rookie P Jeremy Hellickson becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to hurl at least 6 innings and allow no more than 3 hits in each of his first 3 games in the ML.

Former number one draft pick Bryan Bullington allows just two hits in 8 innings as the Royals edge the Yankees, 1-0. This is Bullington’s lone ML victory as he will finish his career this year at 1-9.

The Padres move to 3.5 games in front in the NL West with an 8-2 win over the San Francisco. Tim Lincecum is the loser and has now lost 3 straight starts for the first time in his career.

Travis Hafner comes off the DL list to hit a grand slam and Michael Brantley drives in 3 runs as the Indians score 7 in the 7thto beat the Mariners, 9-1.

Before the start of today’s game the Cardinals option reliever Fernando Salas to Class AAA Memphis to create roster room for starting pitcher Kyle Lohse, who was activated before the game following a three-month stay on the disabled list. The Cubs waste no time in welcoming Lohse back, scoring 7 runs in 3 innings off him. Derrek Lee has a pair of homers off Lohse as the Cubs win, 9-7. Albert Pujols blasts his 30thhomer to straightaway CF and is the first player to hit 30 homers in each of his first ten seasons.

17thThe Twins edge the White Sox, 7-6, in 10 innings on Jim Thome’s walk-off HR. It is the 12thwalk-off homer of his career tying the ML record shared by Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson and Babe Ruth.

Behind Clay Buchholtz’s 7 shutout innings, the Red Sox defeat the Angels, 6-0. Ryan Kalish smacks a grand slam and Darnell McDonald hits a solo shot. McDonald’s homer clears the Green Monster and goes through the windshield of a car parked in garage across the street on Lansdowne Avenue.

18thNeeding a potent bat in the lineup after losing Chipper Jones to an ACL tear 8 days ago, the Braves obtain 1B Derrek Lee from the Cubs in exchange for minor leaguer pitchers Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris and Jeffrey Lorick. The Los Angeles Angels proposed a trade to the Cubs for Lee, according to a major league source, and Hendry approached Lee on July 21, when he was ready to make a trade. But Lee turned down the deal. He then told the team he wanted to play out the last year of his Cubs contract, but changed his mind.

The Yankees defeat the Tigers, 9-5. Kerry Wood records his 1,500thcareer strikeout. He does so in his 1,303rdinning of work, becoming the fastest P in ML history to reach the mark. Pedro Martinez had held the record previously, reaching 1,500 Ks in 1,337 innings.

19thThe White Sox crush the Twins, 11-0. Paul Konerko gets 5 of Chicago’s 21 hits, including a double and HR. Twins pitcher Carl Pavano allows 15 hits and Mark Buerhle allows 5 hits in 7 innings of work.

The Cardinals obtain 3B Pedro Feliz from the Astros for minor league P David Carpenter.

20thThe Mets defeat the Pirates, 7-2. The loss assures Pittsburgh of its 18thconsecutive losing season, extending their own North American pro sports record.

At Fenway, the Blue Jays batter Jon Lester (13-8) for 9 runs in 2 innings and score at least a run against each of the next four Boston pitchers to win 16-2. Toronto totals 20 hits to back Brett Cecil’s 10thwin.  Lyle Overbay has 4 hits, including two 3-run homers off Lester, and drives in 7 runs. John Buck has 4 hits and 4 runs and John McDonald has a 3-run homer.

21stThe Brewers edge the Padres, 6-5. SD’s Matt Stairs hits the 21stpinch HR of his career to break the record he previously shared with Cliff Johnson. His 21 pinch dingers have come off 19 different pitchers with Huston Street and Matt Capps the only hurlers against whom he has two.

The White Sox and Royals split a pair of extra-inning contests with the Royals taking game 1 in 11 innings, 6-5 and the Sox returning the favor, 7-6, in 10 frames. Yunieski Betancourt hits his third grand slam of the season in game 1, then records the game-winning RBI in the 10th.  He is the first player to hit a tying/go ahead grand slam in the 7thor later, then drive in the winning run in extra innings.

Ichiro Suzuki hits a pair of homers, including one leading off, and scores 3 runs but his Mariners fall to the Yankees, 9-5. Casey Kotchman has 3 hits and makes an error ending his record streak of 274 consecutive errorless games at first base; he fielded 2,379 straight chances without a miscue since making 2 errors on June 20, 2008. It’ll be Casey’s only error of the year.

22ndThe Cubs lose to the Braves, 16-5. Following the game, Chicago manager Lou Piniella announces his retirement, effective immediately to tend to his ailing mother. Piniella finishes eighth in the majors on the all-time ejection list with 76 during his 18-year playing and 23-year managerial careers. Third base coach Mike Quade takes over as interim skipper.

The Mets send C Rod Barajas to the Dodgers for cash.

23rdThe Blue Jays edge the Yankees, 3-2. Jose Bautista, who hit only 13 HRs last years, hits his 39thand 40thof the season. That sets an ML record for the earliest calendar date for a player to hit his 40thHR after hitting fewer than 20 the previous year.

The Cubs crush the Nationals, 9-1. P Casey Coleman earns his first ML win and collect his first career hit to help Mike Quade win his first game as Chicago manager. The only other game in the past 85 years in which a pitcher recorded both his first career win and hit, while his manager got his first career win was on April 14, 1961, when P Joe McClain and manager Mickey Vernon of the Senators turned the trick against Cleveland.

The Rangers one-hit the Twins, 4-0, behind Rich Harden, Matt Harrison, Darren O’Day, and Neftali Feliz. Minnesota’s only hit is Joe Mauer’s one-out single in the 9thinning off Feliz.

Ross Ohlendorf gives up 2 runs before leaving in the 1stinning with a season-ending injured right shoulder in Pittsburgh’s 10-2 loss to the Cardinals. Ohlendorf finishes with a record of 1-11, and a 4.07 ERA. According to Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the last pitcher with so few wins and a low ERA was Anthony Young, pitching for the Mets in 1993.

In Tampa Bay’s 4-3 win over the Angels, Rafael Soriano becomes the 13th reliever and 41st pitcher in big-league history to strike out the side on nine pitches. With the win, the Rays move into a tie for first in the AL East.

24thThe Astros beat the host Phillies, 4-2, in 16 innings.  Ryan Howard is tossed in the 14thfor protesting a 3rdstrike call, a checked swing. The same thing happened on the second strike. Supporting Howard is teammate Ross Gload, who gets thumbed because he is on the DL.  Raul Ibanez plays the last 2 innings at 1B, while pitcher Roy Oswalt takes over in LF for two innings and grounds out for the last out of the game.

25thThe Mariners defeat the Red Sox, 4-2. At age 24, Felix Hernandez becomes the 4th-youngest P to reach 1,000 strikeouts for his career. Bob Feller, Bert Blyleven and Dwight Gooden did so at a younger age.

In a barn burner at AT&T Park, the Reds edge the Giants, 12-11, in 12 innings.  Joey Votto has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, for the Reds. Juan Uribe has a 3-run homer in the Giants 6-run 8th.

Every starter for the Braves records an extra base hit and Atlanta jumps to a 10-1 lead after 3 innings at Coors Field.  But the Rockies rally to win, 12-10, behind 14 hits and the shutout efforts of 3 relievers.

26thThe Nationals edge the Cardinals, 11-10, in 13 innings. Despite receiving 3 intentional walks, Albert Pujols hits his 400thcareer HR, becoming the 3rd-youngest player to reach the mark. Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. reached it sooner. Ian Desmond has 4 hits and 3 RBIs for the Nats.

27thThe Phillies edge the Padres, 3-2. SD P Mat pitcher allows one run. Over his last 20 games, he has allowed 3 or more runs only once. Only 2 other pitchers in ML history have allowed no more than 2 runs 19 times in 20 starts. Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens accomplished the feat, but Latos is the only one to do so within the course of a single season. Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard strikes out for the 1,000thtime in his career in his 843rdML game. The only player to reach the 1,000-K plateau in fewer games was Rob Deer who did so in 828 contests.

The Reds defeat the Cubs, 7-1, as Jay Bruce hits 3 HRs for Cincinnati.

The Twins acquire P Brian Fuentes from the Angels for a player to be named. It will turn out to be 7’1″ Dutch right-hander Ludovicus Jacobus Maria Van Mil; he goes by the nickname of “Loek.”

Washington’s bluechip rookie Stephan Strasburg undergoes Tommy John surgery and is out for the 2011 season.

28thAdam Dunn has a homer and 5 RBIs as the Nationals club the visiting Cardinals, 14-5. Washington scores 6 in the 8thand might have scored more. Willie Harris cracks an apparent 3-run double but Nyjer Morgan, the runner on 1B, misses home plate when he tries to knock down catcher Bryan Anderson. Ivan Rodriguez, the previous runner, pushes Morgan towards home, violating the rules and causing Morgan to be called out.

29thReplay wins game. Against the Marlins, Braves C Brian McCann hits a 9thinning fly ball to RF that hits the second wall and caroms back into play.  McCann is initially awarded a double but after the umpires huddle and review the replay, he is awarded a homer, giving the Braves a 7-6 victory. It is the first time a game-ending homer has been reviewed. Matt Diaz’s pinch 2-run homer in the 9thhad tied it an out before McCann’s homer.

30thThe White Sox beat the Indians, 10-6, in 11 innings. Alex Rios gets 5 hits for Chicago, including a double and HR.

Baserunning 101 in Cincinnati.  In the Reds 5-4 win over the Milwaukee, some unusual baserunning occurs. In the 2ndinning, the Brews Lorenzo Cain is doubled off 1B on a line drive to the pitcher. In the 3rd, Ryan Braun steals 2B and then is picked off. Jay Bruce tries to go from 1B to 2B on a fly ball and is gunned down. In the 4th, Drew Stubbs tries to go from 1B to 3B on a single and is thrown out. In the 5th, Chris Valaika tries to score from 3B on a grounder and is thrown out. On the plus side, Brewers pitcher Randy Wolf steals 2B, the first pitcher in franchise history to steal. “So does this mean I’m going to have a bobblehead?” he quips.

31stThe Blue Jays score 10 runs in the 6thinning on their way to a 13-5 win over the Rays.

The Rockies finally acquire P Manny Delcarmen from the Red Sox, sending cash and minor league P Chris Balcom-Miller to Boston. In January 2007, Todd Helton had agreed to be traded, but only to Boston, and a deal had been worked out to swap him for Mike Lowell, pitcher Julian Taveras, and pitching prospects Craig Hansen and Delcarmen. When Boston balked at including Delcarmen the deal fell through.

There’s a favor. The Mets trade OF Jeff Francoeur to the Rangers for IF Joaquin Arias. Francoeur will hit .340 for the Rangers, while Arias will fill the utility role played by Alex Cora, who was released August 7. Ironically, the Rangers had just cut Arias from their roster to make room for Cora. When Sandy Alderson takes over as Mets GM in October he will waive goodbye to Arias.

SEPTEMBER

1stJon Lester goes to 13-0 lifetime over the Orioles as the Red Sox beat Baltimore, 9-6. Lester (15-8) gives up 5 runs in 6 innings, but strikes out 10 with no walks.  J.D. Drew, Marc Scutaro and Adrian Beltre connect for the Sox. Boston trails 2ndplace Tampa Bay by 7 games and the leading Yankees by 8 games.

2ndAt Coors Field, the Phillies plate 9 runs in the 7thand need all of them as the edge the Rockies, 12-11.  Chase Utley drives in 6 runs, including 5 in the 7thon a single and a grand slam. Colorado outhits the Phillies, 20 to 15. With Atlanta losing to the Mets, the Phils are 2 games back in the NL East.

At Turner Field, Johan Santana pitches 5 innings to earn a 4-2 victory over Tim Hudson (15-6) and the Braves.  But Santana tears the interior capsule of his left shoulder, shelving him for the rest of this season and all of 2011.

4thThe Reds defeat the Cardinals, 6-1. Rookie P Travis Wood holds St. Louis to a lone unearned run in 7 innings and also homers as he leads the Reds to a victory over the 2nd-place Cards. He becomes the first rookie in modern ML history pitching for a first-place team to win a September game in which he does not allow an earned run and also hits a HR himself.

Led By Jim Thome and Matt Tolbert the Twins whip the Rangers, 12-4. Thome has a pair of homers and a pair of walks, to move into the 9thspot all time in both categories. Tolbert has a pair of triples and 5 RBI.

5thTroy Tulowitzki hits a 2-run homer and the Rockies beat the Padres, 4-2, sending SD to its 10thstraight defeat. That ties the ML record for consecutive losses by a first-place team, set by the Pirates in 1932. Despite the loss, the Pads remain in first place by a game.

The Marlins edge the Braves, 7-6, in 10 innings when Scott Cousins drives in Emilio Bonifacio with his first ML hit. Bonifacio hit a triple after first fouling a ball off the cheek of on-deck hitter Logan Morrison. Cousins then pinch hits for the injured Morrison, who exits with two doubles and a triple.

At Wrigley Field, the Mets total 21 hits, their most in 10 years, as the pound the Cubs, 18-5. Ike Davis leads with 4 hits while Ruben Tejada collects 5 RBIs.

In a bizarre game-ending play, Texas 3B coach Dave Anderson is called for interfering with runner Michael Young for the final out, giving the Minnesota Twins a 6-5 win over the Rangers. Down 6-2 in a matchup of AL division leaders, the Rangers plate 2 runs in the 9th, and load the bases with two outs. Vladimir Guerrero grounds an RBI single up the middle fielded by second baseman Orlando Hudson. Young comes around third and, in the view of third base umpire Alfonso Marquez, briefly taps hands with Anderson. Young then stops and makes a dive back to 3B and appears to beat Hudson’s throw. But Marquez makes the interference call for the third out.

6thThe Nationals trounce the Mets, 13-3. Washington rookie SS Danny Espinosa gets 4 hits, including 2 HRs, and drives in 6 runs in only his 5thML game. He is the first player since the ML began tracking RBIs to have 2 homers and 6 RBIs in one of his first 5 games in the majors. He is the third rookie this season to have a 4-hit, 2-HR, 6-RBI game, joining Gaby Sanchez and Buster Posey.

At Wrigley, the Cubs win, 5-4, over Houston on Geovany Soto’s 8thinning homer onto Waveland Avenue. Interim manager Mike Quade benches rookie Starlin Castro after yesterday’s game for lapses of concentration. Castro forgot how many outs there were and wandered off 1B. He also made a mental error in Friday’s game allowing the Mets to pull off a delayed double steal.  Castro, now with enough at bats to qualify for the title, entered today’s game third in the NL in hitting.

The Orioles beat the Yankees, 4-3. Alex Rodriguez drives in 2 runs and reaches 100 RBIs for the 14thtime in his career to set an ML record. He had been tied with Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig at 13 such seasons.

David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre homer in the 1stoff Jeff Niemann as the Red Sox belt the Rays, 12-5, at Fenway. Rookie Ryan Kalish adds a grand slam to back Jon Lester’s 16thwin. For Beltre, it is his 26thhomer. He’s the first Sox third baseman to reach 25 homers since Butch Hobson, in 1979. Tampa Bay is 2.5 games in back of New York.

7thThe Padres edge the Dodgers, 2-1. Mat Latos allows only 1 run for SD giving him 15 consecutive starts with 2 or fewer runs allowed. He is the first pitcher since Al Benton in 1945 to accomplish the feat. He is also the first pitcher in modern ML history with 15 consecutive starts of 5 or more innings and 2 or fewer runs allowed.

The Brewers defeat the Cardinals, 4-2 as Casey McGehee has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Trevor Hoffman records the 600thsave of his career.

Mets call-up pitcher Dillon Gee pitches no-hit ball through 5 innings as he wins his ML debut, beating the Nationals, 4-1. The loss goes to Cuban defector Yunesky Maya, a 29-year-old who was signed 5 weeks ago and is making his ML debut. It is the first time in Mets history that a Mets pitcher has made his ML debut against another rookie debuting, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Orioles foil CC Sabathia’s bid for his 20thwin and stop his 16-game win streak at Yankee Stadium with a 6-2 win. The Yanks lead the AL East by 1.5 games

At home, the Phils overtake the Braves in the NL East with an 8-7 win over the Marlins. Manager Charlie Manuel remarks, “It’s always good to be in first. That’s the only way to live.”

8thRyan Howard has 3 hits, including a homer, and drives in 6 runs as the Phillies gaff the Marlins, 10-6. Howard will total 108 RBIs this year and joins Sam Thompson (1892-96) and Chuck Klein (1929-33) as the only Phillies to drive in 100 or more runs in five consecutive seasons.

Cory Luebke records his first ML win as the Padres shut out the Dodgers, 4-0, on three hits. For the Dodgers, career-minor leaguer John Lindsay gets in the record books the hard way as he is announced as a pinch hitter. But when the Pads change pitchers, the 33-year-old Lindsay is replaced by Andre Ethier.

9thAt Coors Field, the Rockies trip the Reds, 6-5.  Rookie Chris Nelson’s first career steal of home is the go-ahead run in the 8th inning. Reacting to a call that Nelson was running, pitcher Nick Masset turned to second base. The Reds still lead the NL Central by 5 games.

10thThe Rangers outlast the Yankees, 6-5, in 13 innings. Texas ties a ML record by using 11 pitchers in the game.

The Giants edge the Padres, 1-0, and tie for first place in the NL West with San Diego. Brian Wilson picks up his 42ndsave and grounds into an unusual 1-2-3 DP in the 9th. Juan Uribe is called out at home when he hooks his leg into the catcher and Wilson is also called out.

11thThe Padres, Cubs and Twins all win games by 1-0 scores. In each contest, the only run came on a HR. It is the first time in ML history that there are 3 such games on the same day.

Brad Hawpe hits a grand slam and Wade Davis wins his 12thas Tampa Bay belts the Blue Jay, 12-1. The win puts the Rays a half game behind the Yankees in the AL East race.

At Texas, Mariano Rivera blows a lead for the Yankees in the 9th, giving up 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs and hitting Jeff Francoeur with a pitch with the bases loaded. Texas wins, 7-6. It is the first time that Rivera has ever ended a game with a HBP and it is the first time that the Rangers have won that way.

12thIn Cincinnati, Andrew McCutchen doubles in 3 runs in the 9thas the Pirates trip the Reds, 3-1. Neil Walker collects a hit in his 18thstraight game. His 18-game hitting streak is the longest by a Pirate rookie since Rennie Stennett did it in 1971; Jimmy Williams posted the longest streak by a Pirate rookie hitting in 27 straight in 1899.

At Petco Park, the Giants down the Padres, 6-1, and move into a tie for 1stplace in the NL West.  Tim Lincecum strikes out 9 in 7 innings for his 14thwin. He joins Amos Rusie (1890-93), Christy Mathewson (1903-05) and Juan Marichal (1963-66) as the only Giants pitchers to record three or more consecutive seasons with at least 200 strikeouts.

In the PCL Championship Series, a two-base error is charged to first baseman Tommy Everidge after he unwittingly tosses the ball into the crowd allowing the go-ahead run to score as Tacoma advances to the finals with a 4-1 triumph over the Sacramento River Cats. With the score tied in the 7th inning, 1-1, Everidge, thought a DP had been completed, and tossed the ball into the seats behind the first-base dugout.

13thThe Mets defeat the Pirates, 1-0, in 10 innings. It is the Mets 10thconsecutive win, dating back to 1995, in games that were scoreless through 9 innings, setting a new ML record. The Red Sox (1914-18) and Reds (1909-17) had 9 such wins in a row.

The Phillies pound the Marlins, 11-4. Dan Uggla hits his 30thHR of the season for Florida and becomes the first second baseman in ML history to hit 30 or more homers as a for four straight years.

Starter Jeff Samardzija throws 5.2 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win in the Cubs, 5-1, victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. It is better than his last outing when he was with Iowa: he was cuffed around for 7 runs in 6 innings by the AAA Memphis Redbirds.

Against the Mariners, the Red Sox start an all-rookie outfield (Daniel Nava, Ryan Kalish and Josh Reddick) and they combine for 4 RBIs in a 5-1 victory. The last time the Sox started 3 rookie outfielders was when Mike Greenwell, Ellis Burks and Todd Benzinger took the field on the last day of the 1987 season.

Bobby Cramer, 30, who 4 years ago was teaching math in high school, wins his ML debut for visiting Oakland going 5+ innings in beating the Royals, 3-1. Cramer gives up 4 hits.

14thThe Dodgers edge the Giants, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. Matt Kemp’s 2nd-inning single off Barry Zito is their only safety off 5 Giants pitchers. Clayton Kershaw allows 4 hits for the Dodgers.

Livan Hernandez clubs a homer and pitches 8 shutout innings as the Nationals beat the Braves, 6-0, at Turner Field. Hernandez ties Phil Niekro for most consecutive seasons (13) with 30 or more starts and at least 10 losses.

15thAt Coors Field, Troy Tulowitzki has a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs to pace the Rockies to a 9-6 win over the Padres. Adrian Gonzalez has a pair of homers, a double and 5 RBIs for the Pads.

Dan Johnson clubs a pair of 2-run homers off Phil Hughes as Tampa Bay edges the Yankees, 4-3, and moves back in first place in the AL East by a half game. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter tries for an Oscar when batting in the top of the 7th inning with one out, and the Yankees down a run.  He squares to bunt on the first pitch and the ball hits the end of the bat.  Jeter shakes his hand as though hit and ump Lance Barksdale sends him to 1B.  Manager Joe Girardi and trainer Gene Monahan, in supporting roles, come out to eye the injury. An unconvinced Joe Maddon comes out to protest and is ejected for his efforts. Curtis Granderson then clocks a 2-run homer to put New York up, 3-2.

John Lannan (8-7) allows 2 runs in 6 innings and Justin Maxwell provides the scoring with a grand slam as the Nationals top the Braves, 4-2. For Maxwell, it is his 3rd career grand slam in 4 opportunities (.750).

Texas tops Detroit, 11-7, as Colby Lewis wins his 11th, allowing 2 earned runs in 6 innings. David Murphy has a homer and 4 RBIs and Ian Kinsler has a homer and 3 RBIs for Texas.  Ryan Raeburn has 2 doubles and a homer to drive in 4 for Detroit, while Johnny Damon has a triple, 2 runs and an RBI. Damon now has 100 career triples and 200+ homers, just the 19thplayer to accomplish that (as noted by Bill Deane).

17thThe Indians trounce the Royals, 11-4. Shin-Shin Choo hits 3 HRs and drives in 7 runs for Cleveland.

Joe Torre announces he will retire as Dodgers manager at the end of the season. Coach Don Mattingly will take over the reins at LA. Throwing a bit of cold water on the Mattingly household, on the 26ththe Dodgers trade Don’s son Preston to the Indians.

18thThe Padres defeat the Cardinals, 8-4. Matt Stairs hits a 9th-inning pinch HR. It is his ninth pinchhit homer over the last 2 seasons to set an ML record.

Led by Troy Tulowitzki, who has a double and two homers, Colorado rocks the Dodgers, 12-2. By hitting 14 homers over his last 15 games Tulowitzki equals the modern-day marks of Barry Bonds from 2001 and Albert Belle from 1995 (Elias Sports Bureau).

Tim Hudson wins his 16thand the Braves beat the Mets, 4-2. Luis Hernandez hits a homer for the Mets, one pitch after breaking his foot with a foul ball. He staggers around the bases in 33.08 seconds (wezen-ball.com). “It was his Kirk Gibson moment,” observes Hudson. As noted by WSJ’s Mike Sieleski, this is the only homer hit by a Mets second baseman all year. Hernandez will have foot surgery and miss the 2011 season before the Mets release him. He’ll have two at bats for Texas in 2012.

19thDerrek Lee’s grand slam leads the Braves to a 6-3 win over the Mets. The Mets have allowed 16 slams since the last time one of their players hit one to set an ML record.

In Chicago, the Tigers score two in the 11thto whip the White Sox, 9-7. It is manager Jim Leyland’s 3,000th game he’s managed. The Tiger skipper joins Connie Mack, Bucky Harris and Gene Mauch as the only men to manage that many games in the bigs while posting a losing record.

The Phillies rally to win their 7thstraight, beating the Nationals, 7-6.  Jayson Werth follows Ryan Howard’s 2-run single in the bottom of the 9thwith a 2-run homer. The Phillies lead Atlanta by 3 games going into a 3-games series against the Braves.

Wellington Castillo homers and drives in 3 runs as the Cubs beat the Florida Marlins, 13-3, despite losing Tyler Colvin to a season-ending freak injury. Colvin is on 3B in the 2ndwhen a piece of Castillo’s shattered bat punctures his chest. Colvin scores on Castillo’s double but then leaves the game and is taken to a hospital.

The Royals come back to beat the Indians, 6-4, scoring 4 runs in the 2ndto tie. Yuniesky Betancourt steals home in the 2nd, his first steal in 208 games for the Royals.

20th  In Oakland, Gavin Floyd is the announced pitcher for the White Sox, but he leaves the game with an injured shoulder in the 1stwithout throwing a pitch. Tony Pena is pressed into service and gives up 3 runs in the 7thas the A’s win, 3-0. Rookie Chris Carter singles in the 6thfor his first hit. His 0-for-33 streak to start a career threatened Vic Harris’s 0-for-36 streak in 1972, a record for a position player.

The Phils lead Atlanta by 4 as they beat them, 3-1, behind 8 strong innings by Cole Hamels. An error by Jason Heyward helps. In the 7th, Braves OF Matt Diaz tackles a costumed fan who runs onto the field. Philadelphia has now won 8 straight and improved to 42-15 since July 15 when they trailed Atlanta by 7 games.

21stThe Twins defeat the Indians, 6-4, to become the first ML team to clinch a division title. It is their 6thAL Central title in 9 years.

Roy Halladay wins his 20thas the Phillies defeat the Braves, 5-3.  Jason Werth has a 3-run homer off Mike Minor and Raul Ibanez has 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Pheenom Freddie Freeman hits his first ML homer, off Halladay, a 450-fit shot.

22ndThe Phillies win their 10thstraight as they edge the Braves, 1-0. Roy Oswalt, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine to hold Atlanta to one hit. Martin Prado’s 4th-inning double off Oswalt is the Braves’ only safety as the Phils sweep the series with Atlanta.

The Mariners defeat the Blue Jays, 6-3, as Jose Lopez clouts 3 HRs for Seattle. He had hit 7 this year in over 500 at bats, just the second player (Mike Lansing) in history to hit 3 homers after starting the day with less than 10 in 500 at bats.

At Wrigley, the Cubs shut out the Giants to win, 2-0. Randy Wells (8-13) pitches 7.2 innings and Carlos Marmol picks up his 34thsave by striking out 4 in 1.1 innings. Marmol will end the season with a impressive 138 strikeouts in just 77.2 innings.

Charlie Morton allows 2 runs in 6 innings and picks up his 2ndwin as the Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 11-6. Pedro Alvarez has a homer and 4 RBIs.  Morton runs his record to 2-11 and will finish the season at 2-12, with an ERA of 7.57. He is the first pitcher with an ERA that high and a winning percentage that low since Ed Holley in 1934 (1-11, 8.12 ERA).

23rdDespite making just two hits, the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 1-0, as Jose Bautista hits his 50thhomer of the season. Shawn Hill and four relievers combine on the shutout. With a 3rd-inning double, Ichiro Suzuki extends his own ML record by recording 200 hits for the 10thconsecutive season. Pete Rose is the only other player to record 10 seasons with at least 200 hits. Dutch-born CF Greg Halman debuts with the M’s and goes 0-for-4. He is the 9thDutch player in the majors.

A day after losing to the Cubs, 2-0, the Giants crush Chicago, 13-0. Juan Uribe hits 2 homers in SF’s 9-run 2ndinning, driving home 6 runs in the process.

Albert Pujols hits his 40thand 41sthomers to pace the Cardinals to a 9-2 win over the visiting Pirates.

The Athletics shut out the Rangers, 5-0, as Dallas Braden and Brad Ziegler combine on a one-hitter. Nelson Cruz’s 2-outs single in the 1stinning is Texas’ only hit.

The Rays trounce the Yankees, 10-3. Javier Vazquez ties an ML record by hitting 3 straight batters in the 7thinning.

24thThe Blue Jays defeat the Orioles, 6-4, as Jose Bautista hits his 51stand 52ndhomers of the season. The total is 39 more than he hit last year, setting an ML record for the largest increase in homers from one season to the next for a player with at least 300 at bats the previous season. Davey Johnson held the previous record with 38.

The Cards Adam Wainwright wins his 20thbeating the Cubs 7-1, with some help from reliever Kyle McClellan, who pitches 2 scoreless innings. Last season, Wainwright left his last start with a 2 on and a 6-1 lead in the 7thand a good chance to win his 20th, only to see McClellan give up the 2 inherited runners plus 4 more runs to lose. The Cardinals will shut Wainright down for the season because of arm pains the ace is feeling. The pain will portend something worse and Wainright will undergo Tommy John surgery in March 2011.

In what will prove to be his final ML appearance, Andy Pettitte gives up 10 hits and 7 runs in 3+ innings as the Red Sox outslug the Yankees, 10-8. Jed Lowrie has a 3-run homer off Pettitte in the 2ndas he goes 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored. Bill Hall contributes a 3-run homer in the 5th. Mark Teixiera and Alex Rodriguez each hit two homers for New York. Tampa Bay is a half game ahead of New York and 7 ahead the Red Sox.

25thThe Rangers edge the Athletics, 4-3, to clinch the AL West crown for their first division title since 1999. Jorge Cantu hits a 2-run homer for his only RBIs with Texas since coming over July 29.

At Comerica Park, the Tigers outlast the Twins, winning 11-10, in 13 innings. Danny Valencia has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, for the Twins, while Austin Jackson has 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 26thstolen base for the Tigers. He joins Joe Jackson (1911), Roy Johnson (1929), Evar Swanson (1929), Barney McCosky (1939), Minnie Minoso (1951), Juan Samuel (1984), Nomar Garciaparra (1997) and Hanley Ramirez (2006) as the only rookies since 1901 to score 100 runs, tally 170 hits, hit 30 doubles, clout 10 triples and steal 20 bases in a season.

The Giants lose 10-9 to Rockies, snapping their streak of 18 straight games in which they’ve held their opponents to 3 or fewer runs. The record is 20 straight set by the White Sox in 1917. Troy Tulowitzki has 4 hits, including a homer, and drives in 5 runs.

26thCarlos Beltran belts two homers and the Mets beat the Phillies, 7-3.  The loss goes to Cole Hamels, the only loss in September by the trio of Roy Halladay, Hamels and Roy Oswalt (known to the Phillie faithful as “H2O”). They combine for a 14-1 record in September.

The Cubs use seven rookie pitchers against the Cardinals, and almost come away with a win, losing 8-7. Jeff Samardzija gives up runs in 4+ innings, including a 3-run homer to Albert Pujols in the 1st, his 42nd. Samardzija walks 7.

27thThe Phillies shut out the Nationals, 8-0, behind Roy Halladay to clinch their 4thconsecutive NL East title.

The Royals score 6 runs in the 2ndand hold on to beat the Twins, 10-8. Jason Kubel has 5 RBIs for the Twins and KC’s Jarrod Dyson has his first ML homer and 2 RBIs. Dyson was called up in early September; the outfielder was a 50th round draft pick in 2006.

28thBehind David Price (19-6), who pitches 8 innings, the Rays shut out the Orioles, 5-0, to clinch a playoff berth. Carlos Pena belts his 28thhomer. He’ll finish with 84 RBIs and a batting average of .196, the lowest ever for a player with 28 homers and 80+ ribbies. The Orioles Nick Markakis hits his 45thdouble to join Tris Speaker and Joe “Ducky” Medwick as the only players to record 43 or more doubles in at least four consecutive seasons.

The playoff-bound Twins lose to the Royals, 10-1, as Kila Ka’aihue coconuts a pair of homers off Nick Blackburn.

The Yankees defeat the Blue Jays, 6-1, to clinch a playoff berth.

The Reds edge the Astros, 3-2, on Jay Bruce’s walkoff homer to win the NL Central division.

Tim Hudson allows a run in 6 innings, but the win goes to Craig Kimbrel (4-0) who pitches the 7thwhen the Braves score 3 runs, 2 on an Eric Hinske pinch homer. Atlanta beats the Marlins, 3-2. Kimbrel strikes out all 3 batters he faces and will finish the year with 40 K’s in 20.2 innings, allowing just one earned run.

29thThe Rangers edge the Mariners, 6-5, when Mitch Moreland scores from 1B in the 9thon a third strike wild pitch to Nelson Cruz.  Dan Cortes takes the loss.

The Brewers pepper Jon Niese for 10 hits and 6 runs in 2+ innings, then hold on to beat the Mets, 8-7, in the first of two. Niese finishes his season with 30 starts and no steals against him. Four are caught stealing.  Milwaukee takes the 2ndgame, 3-1.

30thThe Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-1. SF finishes the month of September with a 1.78 team ERA, the lowest for any club in any month of 20 or more games since the Indians had a 1.42 ERA in May of 1968.

The Marlins beat the Pirates, 11-9. Rookies Mike Stanton and Pedro Alvarez each have 5 RBIs in the game. It is only the 3rdgame since RBIs were first officially recorded in 1920 that each team had a rookie with at least 5 ribbies.

The Cardinals best the Rockies, 6-1, as Chris Carpenter throws his first complete game of the season in his 35thstart. It ties an ML record for most starts into a season at the time of a pitcher’s first complete game, set by SD’s Bob Shirley in 1977.

OCTOBER

1st  In the Brewers 4-3 win over the Reds, Rickie Weeks gets hit by a pitched ball for the second game in a row. His 25 HBPs leads the NL. Weeks and teammate Prince Fielder (21 HBP) are the first pair of teammates since 1911 to reach the 20 HBP mark. The black and blue duos are Curt Welch and Pete Gilbert of the 1891 Orioles, Hughie Jennings and Dan McGann of the 1898 Orioles, McGann and John McGraw of the 1900 Orioles, Charlie Babb and Billy Gilbert of the 1903 Giants and Kid Elberfeld and Doc Gessler of the 1911 Senators.

Kansas City’s Bruce Chen allows 2 hits as he shuts out the Rays, 7-0. Chen strikes out 7, including Kelly Shoppach twice. Shoppach is the first ML player to strike out 70 times with fewer than 160 at bats.

2ndThe Cardinals edge the Rockies, 1-0. It is the 62nd1-0 game of the year, the most ending in that score since 1976, when there were 72 such contests.

The Rays beat the Royals, 4-0. TB uses 8 pitchers in the game, tying an ML record for most pitchers used to throw a shutout. The AL record is 8 in 10 innings when Boston won 1-0 over Baltimore on October 3, 1999. The Rays remain a half-game behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Jay Bruce has a pair of homers to pace the Reds to a 7-4 win over the visiting Brewers. For  Bruce it is his 23rdand 24thof the year. Frank Robinson is the only other Reds player to clout at least 20 homers in each of their first three seasons in the bigs.

The Yankees and Red Sox split a pair of 10-inning games. New York takes the opener, 6-5, with Phil Hughes winning his 18thin relief. Boston takes game 2 by a 7-6 score. New York and Tampa Bay finish with identical 95-66 records. According to MLB’s unofficial timekeeper Philip J. Lowry, this is the seventh longest doubleheader in terms of time: the first game goes 4:18 and the second game lasting 4:00. Andy Pettitte, the starter in game 1, had no decision in his 4+ innings of work and finishes with an 11-3 record. Pettitte has never had a losing season in 16 years—his only .500 year was 2008 when he went 14-14—and he heads that unique club (10 or more seasons) of Deacon Phillippe, Urban Shocker, Dave Foutz, Spud Chandler, Jay Powell, Joe McGinnity and Babe Ruth.

The Mets beat the Nationals, 7-2, and for the second day in a row the loss goes to reliever Tyler Clippard. His 11 wins in relief still leads the staff in victories (as noted by Keith Barnes).

3rdBehind Jonathan Sanchez, the Giants shut out the Padres, 3-0, to clinch the NL West title. Sanchez strikes out 5 in 5 innings to finish with 205 K’s. He and Tim Lincecum are the first right-handed/left-handed Giants tandem to each post at least 200 K’s in the same season since Juan Marichal and Ray Sadecki did it in 1968.

The Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 3-1, as Matt Kemp hits a HR for LA, giving him a homer in each of the team’s last 5 games of the season. He becomes the first player in ML history to do so.

The Braves edge the Phillies, 8-7, to clinch the NL wildcard spot in the playoffs. But the Phillies end the season at 97-65, the best record in the majors. It is the first time in their 128-year club history that they have had the best record in baseball.

The Rays trim the Royals, 3-2, in 12 innings to clinch the AL East title.

The Yankees fall to the Red Sox, 8-4, but clinch the AL wildcard spot.

Seattle loses to Oakland, 4-3 and finishes the year with 101 losses.  The Mariners score just 513 runs on the year, 100 fewer than the next AL low scorer, the Orioles. Emblematic of the team’s scoring woes is Ichiro Suzuki, who is 2-for-5 today with a run scored. Ichiro ends the year with a league-high 214 hits but scores just 74 runs: in the NL, Mark Reynolds has the fewest hits (99) of anyone qualifying for the batting title but he outscores Ichiro with 79 runs.

At Shea, the Nationals walk across a run in the 14thto defeat the Mets, 2-1. In what will be his last appearance as a Met, Oliver Perez (0-5) hits a batter and then walks three forcing in a run.

4thFormer ML Matt Murton breaks Ichiro Suzuki’s record for most hits in a season in Japanese Baseball. Murton’s 2-run single in the 2ndfor the Hanshin Tigers against the Yakult Swallows is his 211thhit. Ichiro hit 210 in 1994 when the season consisted of 130 games. Murton was playing in his 142nd.

The Baseball Hall of Fame admits to New York and Chicago newspapers that its Joe Jackson jersey is a fake and the Sox emblem is polyester. Brad Horn, spokesman for the Hall, confirmed what Haulsofshame.com had revealed in an investigative report released in August. Famed collector Barry Halper claimed to have acquired the “Shoeless Joe” items from his widow in the 1950’s including: Jackson’s 1919 jersey; his ”Black Betsy” bat; Jackson’s glove; and a 1919 Pennant gold pocket watch. He sold these items to MLB in 1998 as part of a $7 million dollar transaction.

The Wilpons drop the other shoe and fire Mets GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manual. Even Minaya agrees saying, “I think we need a change here.”

The Milwaukee Brewers fire manager Ken Macha after two losing seasons.

The Pirates fire manager John Russell after three seasons in which the Bucs lost 299 games.

MLB changes the grounds rules for Tropicana Park. From now on ball that hit the upper two catwalks are dead balls and no longer in play. Balls that hit the lower two cat walks in fair territory will continue to be homers.

The Angels fly the most miles (50,509) in the majors this season; the White Sox fly the fewest (22,832).

5thAtlanta P Tim Hudson and Minnesota P Francisco Liriano are voted the comeback players of the year in the NL and AL, respectively.

6thThe Rangers defeat the Rays, 5-1, in the opener of their ALDS series. Cliff Lee gets the win for Texas, while Nelson Cruz and Bengie Molina clout HRs. Ben Zobrist’s homer accounts for TBs only run.

Roy Halladay becomes the 2ndpitcher in history to toss a no-hitter in the postseason as he shuts down the Reds, 4-0, in the opener of their NLDS series. He walks only 1 batter in setting down the best-hitting team in the NL without a safety. Shane Victorino drives in a pair of runs for Philadelphia.

The Yankees come from behind to beat the Twins, 6-4, in the first game of their ALDS series. CC Sabathia gets the win with Mark Teixeira’s 2-run HR in the 7thinning the big blow. Michael Cuddyer connects for Minnesota. The Twins have now lost 10 straight post-season games.

7thThe Giants shut out the Braves, 1-0, in the opener of their NLDS. Tim Lincecum hurls a 2-hitter while striking out 14 Braves. Cody Ross drives in the game’s only run, following a controversial safe call by umpire Paul Emmel on Buster Posey’s steal of second.

The Yankees down the Twins, 5-2, to take a 2-games-to-none lead in their ALDS. Andy Pettitte gets the win for NY and Lance Berkman hits a double and a homer. Orlando Hudson homers for Minnesota.

The Rangers shut out the Rays, 6-0, to take a 2-0 lead in their ALDS. CJ Wilson gets the win, backed by HRs from Michael Young and Ian Kinsler.

8thThe Phillies rally from a 4-0 deficit and defeat the Reds, 7-4, to take a 2-0 lead in the NLDS. Jose Contreras gets the win in relief for Philadelphia. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce homer in a losing cause for Cincinnati.

The Braves bounce back from a 4-0 deficit to edge the Giants, 5-4, in 11 innings on Rick Ankiel’s HR. Kyle Farnsworth gets the win in relief.

9thThe Yankees defeat the Twins, 6-1, to sweep their ALDS series and move on to the ALCS. Phil Hughes gets the win for NY, backed by HRs from Nick Swisher and Marcus Thames.

The Rays beat the Rangers, 6-3, to stay alive in their ALDS. Texas leads the series, 3-games-to-1. Joaquin Benoit gets the win in relief. Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena homer for TB, while Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler connect for the Rangers.

10thThe Rays top the Rangers, 5-2, to force a Game 5 in their ALDS. Wade Davis gets the win for TB, backed by a HR from Evan Longoria. Nelson Cruz blasted his 3rdhomer of the series for Texas. By getting a triple and double in his first 2 ABs, Carlos Pena becomes the first player in ML history with a single, double, triple and homer in 4 consecutive ABs. He homered and singled in his last 2 ABs on Saturday.

The Giants score a pair of runs in the 9thinning to edge Atlanta, 3-2, and take the lead in their ALDS. The Braves pulled ahead on Eric Hinske’s pinch HR in the bottom of the 8th, but Brooks Conrad’s postseason-record tying 3rderror of the game allows the winning run to score in the 9th. Sergio Romo gets the win in relief for SF.

Cole Hamels hurls a 5-hit shutout as the Phillies beat the Reds, 2-0, to sweep their NLDS and move on to the NLCS. Chase Utley homers for Philadelphia.

11thThe Giants edge the Braves, 3-2, to take their NLDS and move on to the NLCS. Rookie Madison Bumgarner gets the win, backed by a HR by Cody Ross. Brian McCann homers for Atlanta in Bobby Cox’s farewell game.

12thThe Rangers win the first playoff series in their history as the defeat the Rays, 5-1, behind Cliff Lee to move on to the ALCS. Ian Kinsler hit his 3rdHR of the ALDS for Texas.

13thThe Braves hire Fredi Gonzalez as manager, replacing retiring Bobby Cox.

15thThe Yankees score a run in the 7thand 5 runs in the 8thto overcome a 5-0 deficit and defeat the Rangers, 6-5, in the opener of the ALCS. Dustin Moesley gets the win in relief. Robinson Cano homers for NY, while Josh Hamilton connects for Texas in a losing cause.

16thThe Rangers bounce back to tie the ALCS with a 7-2 win over the Yankees. Colby Lewis gets the win for Texas, aided by a HR by David Murphy. Robinson Cano hits his 2ndhomer of the series for NY.

The Giants take the opener of the NLCS, edging the Phillies, 4-3. Tim Lincecum out-duels Roy Halladay for the victory. Cody Ross hits a pair of homers for SF, while Dennis Werth and Carlos Ruiz connect for Philadelphia.

17thThe Phillies defeat the Giants, 6-1, to even up the NLCS at a game apiece. Roy Oswalt gets the win for Philly and Jimmy Rollins drives in 4 runs. Cody Ross hits his 3rdHR of the Series for SF.

18thThe Mariners sign Eric Wedge as their new manager.

The Rangers rout the Yankees, 8-0, behind Cliff Lee to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Lee allows only 2 hits while fanning 13 in 8 innings of work. Josh Hamilton hits his 2ndHR of the Series for Texas.

19thThe Giants shut out the Phillies, 3-0, behind Matt Cain to take a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. Cody Ross drives in the game-winning run for the 4thtime in SF’s 6 postseason games.

The Rangers trounce the Yankees, 10-3, to take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS. Derek Holland gets the win in relief. Josh Hamilton hits his 3rdand 4thHRs of the Series, while Bengie Molina and Nelson Cruz also connect for Texas. Robinson Cano hits his 3rdHR of the Series for NY.

20thThe Yankees defeat the Rangers, 7-2, to avoid elimination in the ALCS. CC Sabathia gets the win, aided by HRs from Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Curtis Granderson. Cano’s is his 4thto tie the record for a single LCS. Matt Treanor homers for Texas.

The Giants edge the Phillies, 6-5, to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the NLCS. Juan Uribe’s sacrifice fly in the 9thbrings home the winning run and gives Brian Wilson the win in relief. Buster Posey gets 4 hits and 2 RBIs for SF.

21stThe Phillies beat the Giants, 4-2, to cut SF’s lead in the NLCS to 3-games-to-2. Roy Halladay gets the win, with backing from a HR by Jayson Werth.

22ndThe Rangers defeat the Yankees, 6-1, to win the franchise’s 1stAL pennant. Colby Lewis gets the win, with help from Nelson Cruz’s HR. Josh Hamilton is named the ALCS MVP.

23rdThe Giants edge the Phillies, 3-2, on Juan Uribe’s 8th-inning HR to win the NLCS and move on to the WS. Javier Lopez wins the game in relief for SF. Cody Ross is named the NLCS MVP.

25th  In the first fallout from the Yankees playoff loss, GM Brian Cashman fires pitching coach Dave Eiland, insisting it was not for the pitching staff’s MLB-highest ERA in September. Cashman gives a clear impression that the dismissal is related to Eiland’s missing the month of June due to personal problems.

Toronto hires Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their new manager. He succeeds Cito Gaston who retired after the season. Farrell was player development director for Cleveland before working for Boston.

27thThe Giants take the opener of the WS with an 11-7 win over the Rangers. Tim Lincecum defeats Cliff Lee for the win, backed by a  3-run HR from Juan Uribe. Freddy Sanchez gets 4 hits, including 3 doubles, and also drives in 3 runs.

28thThe Giants score 7 runs in the 8thinning and go on to shut out the Rangers, 9-0, behind Matt Cain. Edgar Renteria homers for SF and drives in 3 runs.

30thMatt Moreland hits a 3-run HR to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Giants in Game Three of the WS. SF now leads, 2-games-to-1. Colby Lewis gets the win. Josh Hamilton also homers for Texas, while Andres Torres and Cody Ross connect for SF.

31stThe Giants shut out the Rangers, 4-0, behind Madison Bumgarner to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the WS. Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey hit HRs for SF. Bumgarner and Posey form the 1stall-rookie starting battery in a WS game since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra did so for the 1947 Yankees.

NOVEMBER

1st  Edgar Renteria’s 3-run 7th-inning HR leads the Giants to a 3-1 win over the Rangers, and their first World Series championship in 56 years. Tim Lincecum out-duels Cliff Lee to get the win for SF. Nelson Cruz homers for the Texas run. Renteria is named Series MVP. The Giant’s full share for a player is $317,631.29.

4thThe Rockies trade C Miguel Olivo to the Blue Jays for a player to be named.

The Brewers name longtime coach Ron Roenicke as their new manager.

9thThe AL Gold Gloves are announced. Ichiro Suzuki wins his 10thstraight to tie the record for an AL OF. Other winners are P Mark Buehrle, SS Derek Jeter, 1B Mark Teixeira, 2B Robinson Cano, 3B Evan Longoria, outfielders Carl Crawford and Franklin Gutierrez, and C Joe Mauer.

10thThe NL Gold Gloves are announced. 3B Scott Rolen wins for the 8thtime. Other winners include 1B Albert Pujols, 2B Brandon Phillips, SS Troy Tulowitzki, outfielders Carlos Gonzalez, Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn, C Yadier Molina, and P Bronson Arroyo.

The A’s acquire OF David DeJesus from the Royals in exchange for pitchers Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks.

11thThe 2010 Silver Slugger Awards are announced. Winners in the NL are 1B Albert Pujols, 2B Dan Uggla, 3B Ryan Zimmerman, SS Troy Tulowitzki, OFs Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Holliday and Ryan Braun, C Brian McCann and P Yovani Gallardo. AL winners are 1B Miguel Cabrera, 2B Robinson Cano, 3B Adrian Beltre, SS Alexei Ramirez, OFs Carl Crawford, Josh Hamilton and Jose Bautista, C Joe Mauer and DH Vladimir Guerrero.

12thThe Red Sox obtain P Andrew Miller from the Marlins for P Dustin Richardson.

13thThe Padres acquire OF Cameron Maybin from the Marlins in exchange for pitchers Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb.

13thThe Philadelphia Phillies hire Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg to manage their Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Sandberg had managed the Cubs triple-A franchise and had been a leading candidate for the Cubs skipper’s job.

15thThe Pirates name Clint Hurdle as their new manager.

Buster Posey beats out Jason Heyward for the NL Rookie of the Year award in the NL. In the AL, Neftali Feliz beats out Austin Jackson for the prize.

The Dodgers ink veteran Mark Ellis to a 2-year contract worth $8.75M.

The Diamondbacks sign free agent IF Geoff Blum. Blum becomes the first of the 166 free agents to switch teams.

16thPhiladelphia’s Roy Halladay is the unanimous winner of the NL Cy Young Award. He becomes the fifth P to win the award in both leagues, having won in the AL with the Blue Jays in 2003.

The Marlins trade 2B Dan Uggla to the Braves for IF Omar Infante and P Mike Dunn in the first deal of the general managers’ meetings.

17thSan Diego’s Bud Black and Minnesota’s Ron Gardenhire are named Manager of the Year in the NL and AL, respectively. Cincinnati’s Dusty Baker and Texas’ Ron Washington were runners-up.

The Buck stops here.  Catcher John Buck signs a 3-year contract with the Marlins for $18M.

The Blue Jays acquire OF Rajai Davis from the Athletics for minor league pitchers Trystan Magnuson and Daniel Farquhar.

18thSeattle’s Felix Hernandez wins the AL Cy Young award. He easily outpaces David Price and CC Sabathia for the prize.

The Rockies trade IF Clint Barmes to the Astros for P Felipe Paulino.

The Yankees send 1B Juan Miranda to the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Scott Allen.

19thThe Tigers sign free agent P Joaquin Benoit to a three-year contract worth $16.5M. He will be setting up for closer Jose Valverde.

22ndThe Mets hire former Astros and Angels manager Terry Collins as their new skipper.

Cincinnati 1B Joey Votto is named NL Most Valuable Player. Albert Pujols, who won the award the two previous seasons, is runner-up for the 4thtime.

23rdTexas OF Josh Hamilton is the runaway winner of the AL Most Valuable Player award receiving 22 of the 28 first-place votes (358 points). Miguel Cabrera is runner-up in the voting with 262 points, followed by Robinson Cano with 229 points.

24thThe Pirates send P Zach Duke to the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later (RH Cesar Valdez). Among NL pitchers with 150+ innings, Duke ranked last in ERA, in opponents’ batting average, and OPS. He’ll win just 3 games in Arizona.

26thThe Dodgers sign free agent P Jon Garland to a contract.

28thThe Marlins agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Javier Vazquez.

29thThe Rangers sign free agent C Yorvit Torrealbna to a two-year contract.

30thThe Dodgers sign free agent IF Juan Uribe to a three-year contract worth $21M. They also sign free agent P Brian Tallet to a one-year deal.

The Dodgers send IF Ryan Theriot to the Cardinals for P Blake Hawksworth.

A judge in LA declares an impasse in the efforts to settle who owns the Dodgers. Frank and Jamie McCourt, who bought the team six years ago and are now engaged in a bitter divorce, could not agree to a settlement proposed by Superior Court judge Peter Lichtman. Lichtman reported to stalemate to Superior Court judge Scott Gordon, who had presided over a trial regarding the couples’ postnuptial marital agreement.

The Rockies reach agreement with Troy Tulowitzki to pay him an additional $132 million over seven seasons through 2020.

Vet rotation. The Giants sign shortstop Miguel Tejada for $6.5 million. Tejada will replace Edgar Rentaria, who was not offered a contract, and Juan Uribe, who signed with the Dodgers.

DECEMBER

1stThe Giants agree on a one-year deal with free agent SS Miguel Tejada.

2ndThe White Sox reach agreement on a four-year deal with free agent DH/1B Adam Dunn, who has hit at least 38 homers and driven in at least 92 runs over the past seven years.  He’ll hit just .159 with 11 homers in his first season with the Sox.

The Mariners trade IF Jose Lopez to the Rockies for minor league P Chaz Roe.

3rdBeloved Cubs player and announcer Ron Santo dies after a battle with bladder cancer. The nine-time all-star helped raise more than $40 million for the treatment of diabetes, an illness he revealed to the Cubs when he made his first all-star team. A member of the Cubs for 50 years, Santo’s saw his number 10 retired on September 28, 2003.

The Blue Jays acquire P Carlos Villanueva from the Brewers for a player to be named.

The Braves obtain P Scott Linebrink from the White Sox in exchange for minor league P Kyle Cofield.

4thThe Cardinals sign free agent 1B/OF Lance Berkman to a one-year contract. Berkman turned down an offer from the A’s for two years at $2 million.

5thThe winter meetings open with a signing surprise as the Nationals announce the inking of Jayson Werth to a seven-year $126 million deal.  Last season, Werth hit .296 with 27 homers and 85 RBIs for the Phillies.  Werth is represented by Scott Boras, who engineered deals with Washington for the last two Number one overall picks—Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.

The Padres trade All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox for minor league blue-chip prospects Casey Kelly (P), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Reymond Fuentes (OF), and a player to be named. Padres manager Bud Black, commenting on Gonzalez playing in Fenway, “It will be unbelievable what he does in that park. He’ll play pepper with the Green Monster.”

6thVeteran general manager Pat Gillick is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

The Orioles obtain strike-prone slugger Mark Reynolds from the Diamondbacks in exchange for pitchers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio and a player to be named. Reynolds hit .198 last season while striking out 211 times.

The Diamondbacks sign free agent 3B Melvin Mora to a one-year contract.

The Blue Jays send P Shaun Marcum to the Brewers for IF prospect Brett Lawrie. Marcum was 13-8 with a 3.64 ERA for the Jays.

The Padres sign free agent P Aaron Harang to a one-year contract.

7thThe Dodgers reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent OF Tony Gwynn Jr.

The Diamondbacks sign free agent closer JJ Putz to a two-year contract worth $10 million. He’ll have a career-high 45 saves in his first season.

The Rockies reach agreement on a two-year deal worth $7.5 million with free agent IF Ty Wigginton. Wigginton, who had 22 homers and 76 RBIs, will replace Melvin Mora.

The Pirates reach agreements on a two-year $8 million deal with free agent pitcher Kevin Correia (10-10) and a one-year deal with free agent pitcher Scott Olsen. Correia will come into camp as the only 10-game winner.

8thThe Cubs reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent 1B Carlos Pena, who hit 144 homers over the past 4 seasons.

The Red Sox reach agreement on a 7-year deal with free agent OF Carl Crawford. The all-star speedster stole 47 bases this year, won his first gold glove, and had career highs in RBIs (90) and homers (19).

The Royals agree to a one-year $2.5M contract with free agent OF Jeff Francoeur. Despite some criticism about Francoeur being finished, he will have a solid season in Kansas City, then slide.

The Mariners reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent OF Jack Cust.

The Pirates agree to a two-year deal with free agent OF Matt Diaz.

The Dodgers sign free agent C Dioner Navarro to a one-year contract.

9thThe Orioles obtain SS JJ Hardy, IF Brendan Harris, and $500,000 from the Twins in exchange for minor league pitchers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson. Hardy was an all-star with Milwaukee in 2007.

     Free agent pitcher Vicente Padilla signs a one-year $2 million deal to return to the Dodgers. He was the opening day starter last season.

The Mets finalize a two-year contract with free agent pitcher DJ Carrasco and a one-year contract with free agent C Ronny Paulino.

The Royals reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent OF Melky Cabrera.  The Braves released Cabrera after a season in which he hit just .255 with 4 homers.  “In 2010, I was really fat,” Cabrera will later say.

The Mariners reach agreement on a two-year deal with free agent C Miguel Olivo.

10thThe Braves sign free agent P George Sherrill to a one-year contract.

The Angels sign free agent P Scott Downs to a three-year contract.

11thThe Cardinals trade IF Brendan Ryan to the Mariners for minor league P Maikel Cleto.

13thIn a surprise move, the Phillies reach agreement on a five-year contract with free agent P Cliff Lee. The deal is worth more than $120 million but it is far short of the $150 million, 7-year deal the Yankees offered Lee. The Rangers offered Lee a 6-year deal to stay with them.

14thThe Athletics sign free agent 1B/DH Hideki Matsui to a one-year contract worth $4.25 million.

The Pirates agree to a one-year deal with free agent 1B Lyle Overbay.

The Cardinals reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent C Gerald Laird.

The Yankees agree to a one-year deal with free agent catcher Russell Martin. Martin’s season ended August 3rdwhen he sustained a hip injury. The Yankees are aware that he will have surgery for it.

15thThe Rockies agree to a two-year contract with free agent IF Ty Wigginton.

The Marlins agree to a two-year $2.5 million contract with free agent P Randy Choate. Choate led the AL in appearances last season.

The Athletics agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent P Rich Harden.

MLB raises the minimum wage from $400,000 to $414,000.

16thThe Red Sox continue to load up, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract with free agent P Bobby Jenks, and a one-year deal with free agent P Matt Albers.

The Athletics obtain OF Josh Willingham from the Nationals in exchange for P Henry Rodriguez and OF Corey Brown.

The Dodgers sign veteran reliever Matt Guerrier to a 3-year contract worth $12M.

17thThe Diamondbacks sign free agent OF Xavier Nady and C Henry Blanco to one-year contracts.

The Rays agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent P Joel Peralta.

The Orioles agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent P Jeremy Accardo.

The Cubs agree to terms with free agent P Kerry Wood on a one-year contract, worth $1.5 million.  Wood turns down a $3 million offer from both the Yankees and White Sox.  “I’m a North sider.”

The Padres reach agreement on a two-year contract with free agent 2B Orlando Hudson.

The Yankees reach agreement on a two-year $8 million contract with free agent P Pedro Feliciano. When the reliever starts the season on the DL, Brian Cashman will declare that Feliciano was “abused” through overuse by the Mets, for whom he made 266 appearances in the past three years, leading the NL in that category each season.  After Cashman’s statement, Mets pitching coach will retort, “They didn’t know that when they signed him? He (Feliciano) was asked whether he was able to pitch, He said ‘yes’ every day—every day—and wanted to pitch even more than we pitched him. That was part of the reason we decided not to re-sign him. We knew we had used him 270-some times in the past three years.” The lefty will stay on the Yankee payroll for two years, availing himself of their medical expertise, but never pitch an inning for them.  He will re-sign with the Mets in January 2013.

The Rays trade SS Jason Bartlett and a player to be named to the Padres for pitchers Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos, and minor leaguers Brandon Gomes (P) and Cole Figueroa (IF). Reid Brignac is expected to be the shortstop for the Rays in 2011.

18thThe Red Sox sign free agent P Dan Wheeler to a one-year deal.

19thThe Royals trade 2009 Cy Young winner Zack Greinke, SS Yuniesky Betancourt and $2 million to the Brewers for OF Lorenzo Cain, SS Alcides Escobar, and pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress. The taciturn Greinke was 10-14 this past season and waived his no-trade clause to go to the Brewers. He has two years and $27 million left on his contract. Greinke left baseball for most of 2006, and is under medication for social anxiety disorder.

20thThe Nationals agree to a one-year deal with free agent OF Rick Ankiel.

The Indians agree to a one-year deal with free agent OF Austin Kearns.

Houston signs veteran infielder Bill Hall to a one-year contract worth 3.25M. Hall is expected to play second base but it is not a good fit for the 31-year-old.  The Astros will release him in June and he will sign with the Giants.

The White Sox ink reliever Jesse Crain to a 3-year contract for $13M. Crain pitched for the Twins for 7 years.

21stThe Mariners trade C Rob Johnson to the Padres for a player to be named or cash considerations.

23rdThe Brewers sign free agent P Sean Green to a one-year contract.

The Rockies obtain P Matt Lindstrom from the Astros in exchange for minor league pitchers Wes Musick and Jonathan Aristil.

The Rangers reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent P Arthur Rhodes.

24thThe Padres reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent OF Brad Hawpe.

26thThe Rangers agree to a one-year deal with free agent P Brandon Webb.

27thThe Brewers agree to a one-year deal with free agent P Takashi Saito.

31stThe Orioles reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent 1B Derrek Lee.

  • 2011

JANUARY

3rdThe Mets sign free agent pitchers Chris Capuano, a former all-star with Milwaukee, and Taylor Buchholz to one-year contracts. Milwaukee declined to sign Capuano who pitched effectively after returning from a two-year layoff.  The Mets give him a $1.5 million contract and he will reward them by going 11-12. He’ll then sign a 2-year $10 million contract with the Dodgers.

The Yankees sign Mets lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano, but he won’t pitch an inning for the pin stripers. In April, Brian Cashman will accuse the Mets of “abuse” for overusing the pitcher, who appeared in 266 games in the past three years. To which Dan Warthen, Mets pitching coach, answers incredulously, “They didn’t know that when they signed him?”

4thThe Blue Jays sign free agent pitcher Octavio Dotel to a one-year contract. Dotel will have a solid year and appear in four World Series games.

5thThe Nationals sign free agent 1B Adam LaRoche to a two-year contract.

The Orioles agree to a two-year deal with free agent pitcher Kevin Gregg.

The Rangers agree to a 6-year deal with free agent 3B Adrian Beltre. Michael Young, the longest tenured Ranger, initially agrees to give up the third-base position and become the DH and utility player, but he will have a change of heart and in early February demand a trade.  Doesn’t happen, at least not till Dcember 2012. Beltre hits .296 his first year and drives in 105 runs, while Young hits a career-high .338 and leads the AL in hits. He plays all infield positions and DH.

Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

8thThe White Sox agree to a two-year deal with free agent pitcher Will Ohman.

The Rays trade P Matt Garza, OF Fernando Perez and pitcher Zachary Rosscup to the Cubs for pitcher Chris Archer, SS Hak-Ju Lee, C Robinson Chirinos, and outfielders Sam Fuld and Brandon Guyer. Garza will pitch solidly and will tie Ryan Dempster for most wins on the Cubs with 10. The speedy little Fuld will be an instant fan favorite in Tampa, hitting .300 in April before fading.

10thThe Reds sign free agent SS Edgar Renteria and free agent OF Fred Lewis to one-year deals.

11thThe Tigers reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent pitcher Brad Penny. It will prove to be a penny well spent as the veteran goes 11-11 in 182 innings.

13thThe Yankees agree to terms on a three-year deal worth a generous $35 million with free agent pitcher Rafael Soriano, who led the AL in saves last year with 45 while with the Rays. At the press conference to announce the signing, Yankee GM Brian Cashman tells reporters that he “didn’t recommend” the deal, that it was Hal Steinbrenner’s call. Cashman will prove correct as Soriano will go 2-3 with 8 saves.

14thThe Athletics agree to terms on a two-year deal with free agent P Grant Balfour.

The Royals sign free agent pitcher Jeff Francis to a one-year contract. Tomorrow they ink veteran Bruce Chen to a 2-year contract worth $9M.

15thThe Rays sign free agent pitcher Kyle Farnsworth to a one-year deal.

17thThe Blue Jays reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent P Jon Rauch.

Pitcher Chris Young signs a one-year deal with the Mets.  The 6’10” Young, who was 2-0 in 4 starts with San Diego, will prove just as fragile in New York, going 1-0 in 4 starts.

18thRoyals pitcher Gil Meche announces his retirement, walking away from a guaranteed $12.4M on the fifth year of a 5-year contract. Meche had been battling shoulder and arm problems.

19thThe Athletics sign free agent P Brian Fuentes to a two-year contract.

The Padres sign free agent P Chad Qualls to a one-year contract.

The Nationals acquire pitcher Tom Gorzelanny from the Cubs for minor leaguers Michael Burgess and pitchers AJ Morris and Graham Hicks. Gorzelanny will go 4-6.

The Nationals sign free agent UT Jerry Hairston Jr. to a one-year contract.

20thTampa’s David Price wins the Warren Spahn Award as baseball’s top left-handed pitcher.

The Dodgers reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent OF Marcus Thames, who had a good year with the Yankees.

The Yankees agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent OF Andruw Jones, who will play reserve outfield.

21stThe Angels acquire OF Vernon Wells and the $86 million left on his contract from the Blue Jays in exchange for C Mike Napoli and OF Juan Rivera.  With catcher J.P. Arencibia waiting to be promoted, Napoli is expendable.  Wells, who signed a 7-year $126 million contract with the Jays, has an opt out clause after the 2011 season. But Wells will hit .218 with a 660 OPS and decide not to exercise his option.

The Cardinals agree to a one-year contract with free agent 3B Nick Punto.

The Rays agree to terms on one-year contracts and reunite free agent Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez.

24thThe Tigers send pitcher Armando Galarraga to the Diamondbacks for minor league hurlers Kevin Eichorn and Ryan Robowski.

25thThe Rangers send P Frank Francisco to the Blue Jays in exchange for recently acquired C Mike Napoli. Napoli will have an injury-plagued first half of the season, then break out in the second half.

26thThe Padres reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent IF Jorge Cantu.

FEBRUARY

4thAndy Pettitte announces his retirement, the first of the “Core Four” to hang up his spikes.  Pettitte pitched 16 years, 13 of them with the Yankees, and never had a losing season. His only .500 year was 2008 when he went 14-14. He heads up a small club (10 or more seasons) of pitchers with no losing seasons that includes Deacon Phillippe, Urban Shocker, Dave Foutz, Spud Chandler, Jay Powell, Joe McGinnity and Babe Ruth. Ruth is the only one who never had a .500 season.  Pettitte will come back in a year.

9thThe Brewers sign free agent Johnny Marcum to a one-year contract for $3.95 million.

Ross Ohlendorf (1-11) gets a W, winning his arbitration case against the Pirates. His salary jumps from $439,000 to $2,025,000.

10thThe Indians sign free agent IF Orlando Cabrera to a one-year deal.

15thCardinals’ Hall of Famer Stan Musial receives the nation’s highest civilian honor, the presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

18thThe Orioles sign free agent OF/DH Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year contract.

26thBud Selig announces that Joe Torre will become executive vice president of baseball operations. The post was previously held by Jimmie Lee Solomon from 2007 to June 2010, when his title was changed to executive vice president of baseball development. John McHale and Frank Robinson took over the title on an interim basis.

MARCH

1stBud Selig announces that respected author John Thorn will serve as the official historian of major league baseball. Thorn takes over for the late sportswriter Jerome Holtzman, who was baseball’s historian from 1999 until his death in 2008.

The Indians sign free agent P Chad Durbin to a one-year contract.

18thFormer player, manager and scout Charlie Metro dies at age 92 in Buckingham, VA.  Metro changed his last name from Moreskononich after a sportswriter told him it was too long to fit in a printed box score.

The Mets release veteran second baseman Luis Castillo. The team was miffed because Castillo was the last veteran to report to camp.  He will sign a minor league deal with the Phillies next week but will be cut.

21st  The Mets release pitcher Oliver Perez, eating most of the $12 million it still owes him. Suffering with a painful knee, Perez refused to go to the minors last year and the Mets refused to use him for a month. He appeared in just 17 games with a 0-5 mark. He will hook on with the Nationals.

25thThe Yankees send pitcher Sergio Mitre to the Brewers for OF Chris Dickerson. Milwaukee will sell him back to the Yankees on June 29thbut after 5+ innings with New York, the veteran’s ML days are over.

The short Cubs career of Carlos Silva is over as Jim Hendry announces that the fifth starter in the rotation is prize rookie Andrew Cashner. As expected, Silva rejects an offer to go to Triple-A and is handed his release, though the Cubs are responsible for his $11.5 million salary. Silva got off on the wrong foot when he got into a shoving match with teammate Aramis Ramirez after the first inning in his first spring training outing. The Cubs made three errors but Silva allowed 2 homers and gave up six runs. Silva had a 1-2 record and a 10.90 ERA in five spring appearances and his ML career is through. Cashner beat out both Silva and Braden Looper for the fifth starter spot. Upon hearing the news that he wouldn’t make the team’s big league roster, Looper announced his retirement.

27thThe Nationals trade OF Nyjer Morgan to the Brewers for minor league prospect Cutter Dykstra and cash. Morgan was suspended twice this past year, the first time for throwing a ball into the stands that hit a fan in Philadelphia (the penalty was dropped on appeal). Morgan also angered the Marlins when he crashed into catcher Brett Hayes, separating his shoulder, and the next day by stealing two bases when the Nationals were up by 11 runs.  The excitable Morgan will hit .304 this year and become a fan favorite with his alter ego, Tony Plush.

28thThe Royals obtain C Matt Treanor from the Rangers for cash.

The Padres acquire IF Alberto Gonzalez from the Nationals for P Erik Davis and cash.

31stThe Brewers become the first team in 42 years to open their season with back-to-back homers as Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez connect off Edinson Volquez of the Reds. Cincinnati comes back with 4 runs in the bottom of the 9thand wins the game, 7-6, on a walk-off HR by Ramon Hernandez. It is also the first opening day game in 25 years in which the first and last batter in the game hit a HR.

The Dodgers edge the Giants, 2-1. Don Mattingly becomes the first rookie manager to defeat the World Series champions on opening day since Lou Piniella accomplished the feat in 1986.

The Braves shut out the Nationals, 2-0. Jason Heyward hits a HR in his first at bat of the year, becoming just the second player in history to hit a homer in his first at bat in his first 2 ML seasons. Kaz Matsui accomplished the feat in each of his first three seasons for the Mets in 2004-2006.

The Padres defeat the Cardinals, 5-3, in 11 innings. Cameron Maybin homers in the top of the 9thto tie the game, then singles in the go-ahead run in the 11th. Albert Pujols is 0-for-5 and grounds into 3 double plays, the first player ever to hit into 3 double plays in a season opener.

APRIL

1stThe White Sox score 14 runs in the first 4 innings and hang on to defeat the Indians, 15-10. It is the most runs scored in the first 4 innings of a season opener by any team in modern ML history. Buffalo, of the Players League, scored 16 runs in the first 4 frames of their opener in 1890.  Fausto Carmona takes the loss for Cleveland, allowing 10 runs in 3 innings of work. He is the first pitcher in history to allow at least 10 runs while throwing no more than 3 innings in an opener.

On Opening Night in Oakland Seattle tops the Athletics, 6-2. As a tribute to Dave Niehaus, the long-time Mariners radio and TV broadcaster who passed away during the off season, the bottom of the 3rd is broadcast without a word spoken by the M’s television announcers.

At Kauffman Stadium, the Royals down the Angels, 2-1 when Hawaiian-born Kila Ka’aihue hits a walk-off homer.

In the Opener at Wrigley Field, Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker hits a grand slam off Ryan Dempster to power the Pirates to a 6-3 win over the Cubs. The Pittsburgh native joins Clemente as the only Pirate to hit a grand slam on opening day.

2ndThe Orioles defeat the Rays, 3-1. Baltimore starter Chris Tillman hurls 6 hitless innings, but is removed after throwing 101 pitches. Brian Roberts hits a 3-run homer in the 8thto snap a scoreless tie.

The Blue Jays defeat the Twins, 6-1, on a one-hitter. Rookie Kyle Drabek allows just a single to Denard Span in 7 innings. Shawn Camp and Marc Rzepczynski spell Drabek each with a hitless inning of relief.

At Dodger Stadium, Giants starter Matt Cain and three relievers combine to whitewash to the Dodgers, 10-0. Aubrey Huff has 3 RBIs as does Freddy Sanchez, who has a single, double and homer. Andre Ethier has three hits for LA to start a 30-game hit streak.

At Kansas City, Mike Treanor hits a walkoff 3-run homer in the 13thto give the Royals a 12-9 victory over the Angels. It is the 8thhomer hit in the game. Alex Gordon has 4 hits and scores 4 for KC, while Bobby Abreu has 5 hits and 2 walks for the Haloes.

3rdThe Rangers beat the Red Sox, 5-1, as Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz each hit a HR for the 3rdstraight game. They become the first set of teammates to homer in each of the first three games in a season. Kinsler becomes the first player in history to homer in his first official AB in each of his team’s first three games of a season.

The Indians top the White Sox, 7-1. Carlos Santana, playing in his first ML game at first base, starts a triple play for Cleveland. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has participated in each of the last three triple plays turned by the Tribe; he turned an unassisted TP in 2008 and took part in one in 2007.

At Wrigley, Pedro Alvarez’s third hit of the game, a single to deep shortstop in the 9th, drives in 2 runs as the Pirates beat the Cubs, 5-4. Matt Garza, in his debut for Chicago, allows 12 singles (no extra base hits) and strikes out 12 in the no-decision.

4thThe Orioles defeat the Tigers, 5-1. They tie the ML record of 4 straight wins from the start of the season, allowing not more than a run in each game.

The Rangers beat the Mariners, 6-4. Nelson Cruz homers for the 4thconsecutive game, becoming the 3rdplayer in ML history to start a season in that manner. Willie Mays (1971) and Mark McGwire (1998) also turned the trick.

5thThe Royals trip the White Sox, 7-6, in 12 innings. It is KC’s 4thconsecutive win in its last AB. Only 2 other AL teams—the 1901 Tigers and 1989 Royals—started seasons in that way.

At Miller Park, Milwaukee edges the Braves, 1-0. Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers becomes the first pitcher since Mark Davis (1983 Giants) to throw a shutout on two hits or less and score his team’s only run. Starter Derek Lowe allows the run in his 6 innings.

Jered Weaver strikes out 6 in 6+ innings as the Angels beat Tampa Bay, 5-3.  Weaver is the first pitcher to twice strike out Manny Ramirez three times in a game.

6thAt Kauffman Stadium, the White Sox score 3 unearned runs in the 12thinning and beat the Royals, 10-7. The Sox are led by Carlos Quentin who hits a single, two doubles and a homer. For the Royals, it is their third straight game of 12 innings or more and they join the 1969 Red Sox, 1962 Orioles and 1952 Browns as the only teams since 1950 to do that.

Tim Lincecum strikes out 13 in 7 innings as the Giants double the Padres, 8-4. Buster Posey has 3 hits, including a homer to drive in 4 runs.

7thThe Indians shut out the Red Sox, 1-0, as Fausto Carmona hurls 7 scoreless innings. He becomes the first pitcher in 106 years to allow 10 or more runs in his first start of the season and then no runs in his next one, without a relief appearance between those 2 games. Rookie Dick Harley turned the trick for the 1905 Boston Beaneaters.

The White Sox down the Rays, 5-1. Tampa Bay becomes the second team since 1900 to start a season with 6 consecutive games in which they never hold a lead. The 1992 Tigers also did it.

8thAt Fenway, the Red Sox finally win a game after starting the season 0-6. Boston tops New York, 9-6, jumping on Phil Hughes for 6 runs in 2 innings. Dustin Pedroia leads the offense with 3 hits, including a HR, and 3 RBIs.

After six straight loses to open the season, Tampa Bay finally wins one, but it takes a 5-run 9thto do it. Dan Johnson’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the 9th, as the Devil Rays beat the White Sox, 9-7.  The Rays will still finish April with a winning record, an ML first after 6 straight loses to being a campaign.

Reports that he had tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance and will face a 100-game suspension causes Manny Ramirez to abruptly announce his retirement. He was 1-for-17 in 5 games with the Rays. In December, MLB will reduce the fine to a 50-game suspension, and in February Manny will sign with the A’s.

10thThe Angels defeat the Blue Jays, 3-1. Jered Weaver fans 15 as he wins his third game of the young season.

11thTampa Bay pounds Daisuke Matsuzaka for 7 runs in the first 2 innings as the beat the host Red Sox, 16-7. Ben Zobrist, Sam Fuld and John Jaso each have two doubles for the Rays. Johnny Damon’s 1st inning homer is the first of five game-winning hits in a row to tie a ML record.  Tampa Bay hitters only strike out 4 times, after having 7 or more in each of the first 9 games of the season, a ML record.

12thThe Angels’ Dan Haren hurls a one-hit, 2-0 shutout over the Indians, ending Cleveland’s 8-game winning streak. He is the first pitcher to earn three wins in a week since Bob Walk accomplished the feat in 1991; Haren registered the W’s with two starts and one relief appearance against the Rays, Blue Jays and Indians. Shin-Soo Choo’s single in the 4thinning is Cleveland’s only safety. Cleveland is the first ML team to post an 8-game winning streak after losing their first 2 games of the season (Elias Sports Bureau).

Alexei Ramirez hits his second homer of the game in the 10thinning to give the White Sox a 6-5 win over the visiting Athletics. Six days after having an emergency appendectomy, Adam Dunn returns to the Sox lineup and goes 1-for-4.

13thThe Cubs defeat the Astros, 9-5. Chicago P Carlos Zambrano ties an expansion-era record by hitting a HR for the 9thconsecutive season. The only other pitcher to accomplish the feat in that time was Gary Peters.

In Detroit, Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge hangs a Red Wings uniform in his locker to bring his the hockey team luck during the Stanley Cup playoffs. It brings Inge luck as he belts a walkoff homer in the 9thas the Tigers beat the Rangers, 3-2.

15thLance Berkman and Albert Pujols each hit two homers as the Cards beat the Dodgers, 11-2, at Dodger Stadium. Colby Rasmus chips in with 3 doubles and Yadier Molina has 4 hits. Kyle Lohse goes 7 innings for the win, while starter Jon Garland takes the loss. Garland also makes the first balk of his career allowing a run to score. It ends Garland’s balk-less string at 2,029.1 innings that had been the longest career-long streak among active major-leaguers.

     At Yankee Stadium, Matt Harrison (3-0) allows an earned run in 8 innings as Texas tops the Yankees, 5-3. The Rangers turn six double plays to help Harrison; First baseman Mike Moreland ties an A.L. record when he is involved in all six and SS Elvis Andrus ties an AL record by starting 5.

18thTim Lincecum strikes out 10 in 7.2 innings and the Giants hit three homers to stop the Rockies, 8-1, at Coors Field. It is the 28th10-strikeout game for Lincecum, which ties him with Christy Mathewson for most 10-strikeout games by a Giants pitcher.

Milwaukee scores 3 runs in the top of the 12thto beat the Phillies, 6-3, as seven consecutive Brewers bat in the frame without being charged with an at bat: the seven register a walk, a sacrifice, a sacrifice fly, a hit-by-pitch, an intentional walk, another sac fly and another IBB.

Detroit’s Max Scherzer (3-0) and 4 relievers stop the Mariners, 8-3 at Safeco Field. The Tigers Ryan Raburn, becomes the first player in the 12-year history of Safeco to hit a ball off its retractable roof when he hits a foul ball into the rafters.

At Dodger Stadium, Brandon Beachy allows 2 hits and no runs in 6 innings to earn his first win of the year, a 10-1 Atlanta blowout of the Dodgers. Brooks Conrad is the first Braves number nine hitter this year to collect a hit when he bats for Beachy in the 6thhitting a single; before Conrad’s safety, the team’s ninth-place hitters had gone 0-for-56. Atlanta has 4 homers in its 14-hit attack.

20thBud Selig announces that he will appoint a MLB representative to oversee all business aspects of the team’s day-to-day operations.

21stBud Selig announces that 904 players who appeared in the ML for less than 4 years from 1947 through 1979 will receive payments of up to $10,000 each in each of the next 2 years in an agreement reached between MLB and the players’ association.

At Citi Field, the Mets hit three homers and stop the Astros, 9-1. Chris Capuano (2-1) allows a run in 7 innings for the win. Jason Bay circles the bases on a 4-base error by Hunter Pence in the 8th, just the 20th four-base error since 1950.

22ndThe Marlins defeat the Rockies, 4-1, as Anibal Sanchez hurls a 1-hitter. Dexter Fowler’s broken-bat single leading off the 9this Colorado’s only safety.

The Rangers beat the Royals, 11-6, and tie an AL single-game record by hitting a homer in 5 consecutive innings. The feat was last accomplished by the Athletics in 2003.

23rdThe Yankees rout the Orioles, 15-3, as Alex Rodriguez hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs. It is the 14thtime in his career that he driven home 6 runs in a game to tie Lou Gehrig’s ML mark. CC Sabathia allows 3 run in 8 innings as he coasts to his first win of the year in New York’s 15-3 win over the Rangers. Russ Martin hits 2 homers and drives in 4 runs, while Jorge Posada and Brett Gardner homer.

At Arlington, the Rangers pound the Royals, 11-6, hitting homers in five consecutive innings to tie the AL record. Mike Napoli starts the barrage in the 3rd, followed by Kinsler, Murphy, Beltre and Moreland.

24thAt Wrigley, the Dodgers roll Carlos Zambrano like an Easter egg, scoring 5 runs in the 1ston their way to a 7-3 win. It is Zambrano’s first loss after 10 straight wins going back to last year. The Cubs drop to a 10-11 mark after setting an odd ML record of going 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, etc. up to 10-10. When they reached 9-9 they matched a mark last accomplished in 1928. Prize rookie Starlin Castro has a RBI but goes hitless. Castro has 35 hits in first 20 games, the most for a Cub since 1936 when Frank Demaree had 36 and Billy Herman had 35.

26thJorge de la Rosa (4-0) pitches the Rockies to a 4-3 win over the host Cubs, helped by a pair of homers by Todd Helton. Kosuke Fukudome, who went 5-for-5 in yesterday’s loss to the Rox, doesn’t start but is hitless as a pinch hitter.

27thThe Padres lose to the Braves, 7-0. It is the 7thtime this season the Padres have been shut out, setting a record for the month of April. No team has been shut out 7 times before May 1.

28thThe Rays sweep the Twins in a DH, winning the first game by a score of 15-3 and the nightcap, 6-1. Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist gets 4 hits and drives in 8 runs in the opener and adds 3 more hits and 2 more RBIs in the nightcap. He becomes just the third ML to have at least 7 hits and 10 RBIs in one day. Jim Bottomley turned the feat in 1929, Pete Fox in 1935, and Nate Colbert in 1972.

Jon Lester improves to 14-0 against the Orioles as the Red Sox beat the Birds, 6-2. The win averts a sweep by Baltimore.

What’s she doing in a bar? A St. Petersburg bar & grill holds a Sam Fuld look-alike contest and the winner is an 8-year-old girl.

29thJason Marquis improves to 3-0 with a 3-0 shutout of the Giants. The Nationals get all their runs off Tim Lincecum, who goes 7 innings.  SF’s Pablo Sandoval is 0-for-3 and will not play again for 6 weeks because of a broken right hand.  Pablo thinks he suffered the injury on a slide into 2B against the Pirates.

At Cleveland, the Indians score 3 in the 7thon 2 homers to tie the Tigers at 5 apiece, and win in in the 9thwith a walkoff grand slam by Carlos Santana off Joaquin Benoit.  The final is 9-5.

30thThe Padres defeat the Dodgers, 5-2. Andre Ethier gets a pair of hits for LA to extend his hitting streak to 26 games, the longest ever for the month of April.

In Cleveland, the Indians bullpen holds the Tigers scoreless for 7 innings before the Indians score in 13thto beat the Tigers, 3-2. Before the game the Indians honor John Adams, who has been pounding a bass drum at Indians games for 37 years. On Wednesday, Price logged his 3,000th game. The club honors his achievement with a special celebration that includes an on-field drumline composed of 300 Tribe fans. Joe Charboneau then throws out a ceremonial first pitch that Adams drums down the 3B line for a bass hit.

May

1st  The Mets edge the Phillies, 2-1, in 14 innings. Ronny Paulino gets 5 hits for the Mets, including a double, in his first start of the season.

At Fenway, the Red Sox’s Jed Lowry scores the winning run in the 9thafter tripling and the Sox win over Seattle, 3-2. Tim Wakefield is the starter for Boston, going 5.1 innings and giving up a run. The knuckler joins Red Faber, Jesse Haines, Mel Harder, Walter Johnson, Ted Lyons, Phil Niekro, Warren Spahn and Don Sutton as the only big-league pitchers to start a game in at least 17 consecutive seasons.

At Turner Field, the Braves push across a run in the bottom of the 9thto beat the Cardinals, 6-5.  In the 8thinning, LaRussa shifts all his infielders except shortstop, and Albert Pujols plays third base for the first time in his ML career. The first play is a 5-3 putout. David Freese breaks his left hand when is hit by a pitch from Scott Linebrink. He will miss nearly two months of play.

2nd  Dustin Pedroia fouls off 9 pitches before lining a 2-run go-ahead single to help the Red Sox defeat the Angels, 9-5, at Fenway. Jered Weaver takes the loss.  Weaver (6-1) was trying to become the first pitcher since 1891 (Sadie McMahon) to go 7-0 before the second day in May.

3rdMinnesota’s Francisco Liriano hurls the first no-hitter of the season with a 1-0 blanking of the White Sox. It is the first complete game of Liriano’s career. He is the first left-hander to throw a no-hitter against the White Sox since Jesse Tannehill did it for the Red Sox in 1904. Liriano has a first-pitch strike mark of just 36.7 percent (11-for-30) as he walks 6 and fans 2.

At Petco Park, the Padres edge the Pirates, 6-5. San Diego takes the lead in the 3rdwhen Eric Patterson and Matt Latos hit homers. Latos is the first Padre hurler to homer at the team’s home field.

4thThe Braves sweep a pair from Milwaukee, winning the opener, 8-3 before crushing the Brewers, 8-0. Atlanta wins game 2 behind Tim Hudson’s one-hitter, ruining the Brewer debut of Josh Greinke. Rickie Weeks’ leadoff double in the 4this Milwaukee’s only hit.

At Fenway, the Angels finally beat the Red Sox, 5-3, in a five-hour, 13-inning rain delayed game that ends early Thursday morning at 2:45 a.m. The two teams use 14 pitchers who combine to throw 446 pitches (275 strikes and 171 balls). Trevor Bell earns the win with 4 shutout innings.

Ryan Doumit’s grand slam highlights a 6-run 3rdinning and the Pirates beat the Padres, 7-4.  Two errors precede the salami, making all 6 runs unearned.

The Orioles edge the Royals, 3-2, as Kansas City loses a 2-run homer in the 8thby Alcides Escobar. Escobar’s drive past CF Adam Jones wedges under the fence in plain view and Escobar circles the bases. But the ump rules it a ground-rule double and the Royals plate a single run.

The Rangers sign Cuban defector and speedy center fielder Leonys Martin to a $15.5 million contract. They will call him up in September.

5thThe Indians edge the A’s, 4-3, in 12 innings. Ryan Sweeney gets 5 hits for Oakland, including a double.

6thThe Braves shut out the Phillies, 5-0, behind Derek Lowe 7 shutout innings. Cliff Lee strikes out 16 Braves in 7 innings in a losing cause for Philadelphia. He is the third pitcher to meet that unfair fate.

The Rays beat the Orioles, 6-2. Tampa Bay OF Brandon Guyer becomes the first Ray ever to hit a HR in his first ML at bat when he connects in the 2ndinning.

7thJustin Verlander hurls his 2ndcareer no-hitter as the Tigers defeat the Blue Jays, 9-0. The Tiger ace strikes out 4 and walks one as he finishes in 2 hours: 35 minutes.

Yovani Gallardo and John Axford combine on a one-hitter as the Brewers beat the Cardinals, 4-0. Daniel Descalso’s 8thinning single is the only St. Louis hit.

The Mets down the Dodgers, 4-2, and hold Andre Ethier hitless, ending his 30-game hitting streak.

8thThe Angels defeat the Indians, 6-5, for the 1,000thwin of Mike Scioscia’s managerial career. He is the first manager since Tom Kelly to reach the plateau in his first managerial position.

The White Sox edge the Mariners, 5-2, in 10 innings. Paul Konerko gets 5 hits, including a double, for Chicago.

10thMike Pelfrey’s 2-run double in the 4thbreaks a 2-2 tie as Mets win it at Colorado, 4-2. Pelfrey leaves in the 7thfollowing a 50-minute rain delay. The Mets lose Ike Davis for the season when the first baseman collides with teammate David Wright as both pursue a pop up near the mound. Though the injury initially seems innocuous, the collision leaves Davis with a bone bruise and cartilage damage to his ankle and ends his season. The leg will heal but a routine exam in spring training will reveal the presence of valley fever.

11thThe Padres crush the Brewers, 13-6. Prince Fielder hits his 200thcareer HR for Milwaukee. He and his father, Cecil, join the Bonds (Bobby and Barry), the Alous (Felipe and Moises), and the Bells (Gus and Buddy) as the only father-son duos to each reach that level.

12thThe Mets defeat the Rockies, 9-5, as Carlos Beltran hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs for New York.

14thThe Diamondbacks edge the Dodgers, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. Stephen Drew’s leadoff double in the 2ndinning is Arizona’s only safety off Chad Billingsley in 8 innings. He eventually scores on a sac fly, after Billingsley throws the ball into CF on a pickoff attempt at 2B.

At Yankee Stadium, Jorge Posada is dropped to 9thin the order and the proud veteran refuses to play. It will end in an apology from Posada, but for today, Andruw Jones DHes in the 9thspot. It is all for naught as Josh Beckett and two Red Sox relievers shut out the Yanks, 6-0, with the loss going to CC Sabathia.

15thThe Blue Jays crush the Twins, 11-3, as Jose Bautista clouts 3 consecutive homers and drives in 4 runs. Bautista leads the AL in homers with 16.

At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox finally reach .500 as they top the Yankees, 7-5. Kevin Youkalis hits a 3-run homer in the 3rdas the Bosox tie the game, and they add two more homers. Adrian Gonzalez has no ribbies but joins Ted Williams (1948), Jim Rice (1978) and Manny Ramirez (2001) as the only Red Sox hitters to have at least 65 hits and 40 RBIs in the team’s first 40 games.

At Turner Field, Dan Uggla scores three runs as the Braves edge the Phils, 3-2. Uggla, hitting .196, hits a tie-breaking homer in the 8thinning off Phillies ace Roy Halladay to offset a 2-run homer by John Mayberry off Tim Hudson.

16thBad day at the office. The Indians trounce the Royals, 19-1, collecting 20 hits as  Matt LaPorta and Michael Brantley each have 4 RBIs. KC’s Vin Mazzaro gives up 11 of the hits and becomes the first pitcher since 1900 to allow 14 runs in a game in less than 3 innings (2.1 innings). All 14 of the runs are earned. The last relief pitcher to give up 14 runs in a game was Tommy Warren of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944. Manager Ned Yost says, “I’ve got two options. With the rainout (Sunday), everybody is pitching on an extra day of rest. When you’ve got to find nine innings in your bullpen, it can decimate it. My thinking was I could get through two or three innings with Adcock, bring Mazzaro in there and, hopefully, get five innings out of him and keep us in the ballgame. Then go to the back-inning guys. But it didn’t work out that way.”

At Fenway, Adrian Gonzalez hits a 2-run double in the 9thto end the game against the Orioles, 8-7, for Boston. It is his third hit of the game. His RBIs give him the AL lead with 37.  Brian Roberts is 1-for-5 for the game, but this is his last of the season. He has not been able to shake the dizziness from a concussion that forced him to miss the last six games of the 2010 season. He got the injury when he struck out and in frustration hit himself in the helmet with the bat.

At the Great American Ball Park, Carlos Zambrano takes a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the 6th, but the roof falls in as he gives up 6 hits and 6 runs. The Reds score 7 times to win, 7-4. Zambrano had won his last 10 starts on the road, two short of the franchise record.

17thThe Braves beat the Astros, 3-1, on Brian McCann’s walkoff HR in the 11thinning. McCann had tied the game earlier with a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 9th. He is just the 2ndplayer in ML history to hit a pinch-hit, game-tying homer in the 9thand an extra-inning walkoff homer in the same game. Jeff Heath turned the feat for the Braves in 1949.

18thAt Kansas City, the Royals lose, 5-4, to Texas in 11 innings.  Both teams score a run in the 9th, but the Royals royally screw up a chance to score more. After Eric Hosmer leads off with a homer off Neftali Feliz, the reliever walks the next two batters. Each is pinch run for and Feliz picks both runners off first (Mike Aviles and Jarrod Dyson).

19thThe Rockies beat the Phillies, 7-1, as Jason Giambi drives in all the runs on 3 homers. It is his first 3-dinger game and at age 40, he becomes the 2nd-oldest player in ML history to hit 3 homers in a game. Stan Musial did so at age 41 in 1962. Following the game, Colorado sends P Franklin Morales to the Red Sox for future considerations.

At Fenway, the Cubs rally to score 8 runs in the 8thand whip the Red Sox, 9-3. The Sox help with 3 errors in the 8th, two on throws. Cubs CF Marlon Byrd is hit in the face with a pitch by Alfredo Aceves in the 2ndinning and he is taken to the hospital with multiple broken facial bones. He will return to play in early July. David Ortiz homers in the 4thoff Carlos Zambrano and joins the Rockies’ Todd Helton, the White Sox’s Paul Konerko, the Braves’ Chipper Jones and the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols as the only active major-leaguers to have 300 or more homers for their current team.

20thThe Nationals paste the host Orioles, 17-5. Jason Werth has a pair of homers and drives in 4 runs, Wilson Ramos scores 5 times, and Danny Espinosa has a homer and 5 RBIs.

21stWily Mo Pena hits his first ML homer in nearly three years to pace the Diamondbacks to a 7-2 win over the Royals. Pena was just promoted from Reno, where he was leading the PCL with 21 homers. He’ll hit four more for the D’Backs, return to Reno and resurface in early August with Seattle.

In an 8-6 Boston win over the host Orioles, David Ortiz hits his 300thcareer homer. CNN news anchor John King catches the ball and agrees to exchange it with Big Papi for a signed bat.

22ndThe Indians down the Reds, 12-4, as Asdrubal Cabrera goes 5-for-5 with 5 RBIs. His hits include a pair of homers. Cleveland is playing without Travis Hafner who strained a side muscle on May 20th.

The Yankees score 8 runs in the 7thinning and go on to defeat the Mets, 9-3. Curtis Granderson has a 1st-inning homer and Alex Rodriguez has 4 hits.

At Kansas City, the Cardinals outlast the Royals by scoring 2 runs in the 10thfor a 9-8 victory. Yadier Molina has 4 hits, including a double and triple, while Colby Rasmus draws 5 walks.  The Cards have one homer to the Royals three.

Gaby Sanchez has two of the three hits allowed by James Shields as he shuts out the Marlins, 4-0. Shields ties former teammate Scott Kazmir for Tampa Bay’s K record as he strikes out 13.

23rdThe Brewers trounce the Nationals, 11-3. Corey Hart hits his first 3 homers of the season and drives in 7 runs for Milwaukee.

     At Yankee Stadium, Juan Batista homers and J.P. Arencibia drives in 4 runs to lead the Blue Jays to a 7-3 victory over the Yankees. Yunel Escobar lays down a sac bunt as the Jays score 5 in the 6th; he is the first cleanup hitter to execute a sacrifice bunt for the Jays since Dave Winfield in 1992. Robbie Cano drives in all the Yankee runs.

Well, they got their money’s worth. The attendance is 330 for a 23-inning Class-A Florida State League game in which the Jupiter Hammerheads defeat the Clearwater Threshers, 2-1, in five hours and 37 minutes.

24thThe White Sox beat the Rangers, 8-6, as Carlos Quentin belts 3 homers and drives in 5 runs.

Carlos Gonzalez has a pair of homers and 4 RBIs to pace the Rockies to a 12-4 win over the Diamondbacks at Coors.  In the first of a spate of fan accidents, Robert Seamans reportedly loses his balance and strikes his head while sliding down a stairway railing. He dies on the 26th.

25thThe Yankees defeat the Blue Jays, 7-3. Mariano Rivera pitches the 9thinning, becoming the first pitcher in ML history to make 1,000 appearances with the same team. Toronto P Jo-Jo Reyes ties an ML record with his 28thconsecutive start without a win.

In a marathon, the Phillies edge the Reds, 5-4, in 19 innings, as the teams combine to leave 33 men on base and the pitchers throw a total of 600 pitches. Philadelphia IF Wilson Valdez gets the win in relief, becoming the first position player to earn a win since Colorado C Brent Mayne in 2000. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first position player since Babe Ruth in 1921 to start a game in the field and then move to the pitching mound later and earn a win.

In an eventful game in San Francisco, the Giants lose to the Marlins, 7-6, in 12 innings and lose their young star Buster Posey for the season when Scott Cousins runs into him scoring the winning run. Posey sustains a fracture of his left leg and tears ligaments. Posey goes on the DL with the third-longest active hit streak in the majors will begin next season with a 13-game streak. He also leads the NL with 13 runners caught stealing. Freddy Sanchez and Mike Stanton each have 4 hits in the game.

26thThe Red Sox trounce the Tigers, 14-1, behind Alfredo Aceves. The win raises Aceves’ career record to 16-1, tying him with Whitey Ford and Howie Krist as the only pitchers in ML history to win 16 of their first 17 decisions.

27thThe Giants edge the Brewers, 5-4, with the aid of Brandon Crawford’s 7th-inning grand slam. Crawford becomes only the 6thplayer in ML history to his a grand slam in his first big-league game.

The Royals clout 3 homers in the 14thinning to defeat the Rangers, 12-7. They become the first team in ML history to hit 3 or more homers in the 14thinning or later, and just the 9thteam to hit three homers in extra innings.  Going deep are Melky Cabrera, Eric Hosmer and Brayan Pena.

At the Rogers Centre, the Jays outhit the White Sox 12-5 and top Chicago, 4-2. Adam Dunn, who struck out 4 times in 4 at bats yesterday, goes 0-for-0 with 4 walks. Since 1950, only Jim Thome (2000) and Dick Allen (1968) have worn the golden sombrero one game and walked four times in the next.

28thThe Twins shutout the Angels, 1-0, in 10 innings. Anthony Swarzak, Matt Capps and Alex Burnett hold the Angels to just one hit, a one-out double in the 8thinning by Peter Bourjos.

The Blue Jays edge the White Sox, 9-8, in 14 innings. Corey Patterson gets 5 hits for Toronto, including a walk-off homer.

29thThe Braves Jair Jurrjens (7-1) bests Johnny Cueto of the Reds, 2-1, at Turner Field. The Braves pull of an unusual DP in the 4thwith the play going 2-5-4 (as noted by Trent McCotter).

At the Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays collect 18 hits in downing the White Sox, 13-4. Corey Patterson has 4 hits, including a homer, and Aaron Hill adds a grand slam. Jayson Nix has 2 hits and 2 RBIs for the Jays to snap a hitless skein for Toronto third basemen: between May 15-29, Jay’s hot corner players went cold at the plate going 0-for-44; Nix (0-22), John McDonald (0-15), Edwin Encarnacion (0-4) and Matt McCoy (0-3) all chipped in.  Nine of the runs come off Sox starter John Danka who goes to 0-8,  the worst start for a Sox pitcher since Eddie Smith did it in 1942. Roy Wilkinson has the record for the worst start in Chicago history, going 0-10 in 1921.

The Dodgers spank the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco for 15 hits in 5 innings and hand him his first loss of the year after 4 wins. LA wins, 8-0, behind Doug Kershaw’s 2-hitter. Kershaw strikes out 10. Nolasco is the 10th big-league starter in the last 71 years to give up 15 or more hits in five or fewer innings.

30thThe Pirates beat the Mets, 7-3. Justin Turner drives in a run for NY, giving him at an RBI in 13 of the last 15 games. He becomes just the 3rdrookie in ML history to drive in at least one run in at least 13 games over a 15-game span. Pinky Whitney turned the trick in 1928 and Buster Chatham in 1930.

At Seattle, Justin Smoak smokes a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8thand the Mariners clip the Orioles, 3-2, before the smallest crowd (11,692) in Safeco Field history. it’s the first game at the ballpark, which opened in mid-season 1999, to draw fewer than 12,000 fans.

At Wrigley, Hunter Pence and Jeff Keppinger each have a double and homer to pace the Astros to a 12-7 win. Pence scores 4 while Keppinger drives in 4. Tony Campana has 4 stolen bases for Chicago.

31stToronto’s Jose Bautista finishes the month of May with 11 HRs, making it the 5thstraight month he has led the AL in homers. The last player to lead a league—or tie for the lead—in HRs for 5 consecutive months was Jimmie Foxx in 1933-34.

The Yankees trounce the A’s, 10-3, as Curtis Granderson hits his 17thHR of the season. He also has 5 triples so far this year, making him just the 2ndperson in ML history with 17 HRs and 5 triples before June 1. Babe Ruth turned the trick back in 1928.

St. Louis stays 2.5 games ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central with a 4-3 win over the visiting Giants. The Birds score 3 in the 8thto give reliever Ryan Franklin the victory. For the first time since 1930, St. Louis has four hitters (Lance Berkman, Allen Craig, Matt Holiday and Jon Jay) each batting .330 or better with at least 100 plate appearances after the first 56 games of the season.

JUNE

 

1stThe Pirates defeat the Mets, 9-3, behind Kevin Correia (8-4), who now leads the majors in wins. He is the first Pirate pitcher to lead the majors in wins through games of June 1 since Vern Law in 1960. New York ties a ML record with its 5thstraight home loss in games that they led in the 7thinning or later. The last team to reach that level was the 1998 Astros. Conversely, the Pirates have now won 17 road games; last year they didn’t win their 17th until October 1.

2ndThe Giants beat the Cardinals, 12-7, as Aubrey Huff clouts 3 homers and drives in 6 runs.

3rdThe Mets fall to the Braves, 6-3. They become the first team in ML history to blow a lead in the 7thinning or later in six straight home losses.

4thAt Anaheim, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano each hit homers off Ervin Santana, and CC Sabathia wins his 7thas New York beats the Angels, 3-2. Mariano Rivera records the second one-pitch save of his career. Bobby Abreau is 3-for-3 with a stolen base for the Angels.

Dillon Gee (6-0) outperforms Jair Jurrjens (7-2) as the Mets stop the Braves, 5-0 at Citi Field. The Mets do all their scoring in the 7th, topped by a 3-run triple by Jose Reyes.

Albert Pujols’ second homer of the game, a 2-out solo shot, gives the Cardinals a 5-4 win over visiting Chicago.

Mark Reynolds wraps his first career grand slam and Jake Arrieta goes 6 innings as the Orioles beat the Blue Jays, 5-3.

After striking out 4 straight times, J.D. Drew singles in the 14thto lift the Red Sox to a 9-8 win over the Athletics. Carl Crawford had 4 hits and 3 RBIs. The Sox rallied after closer Jonathon Papelbon blows a 4-run lead in the 9th.  Papelbon and Jason Varitek are thumbed out in the 9thby plate ump Tony Randazzo.

5thThe Cardinals edge the Cubs, 3-2, in 10 innings on Albert Pujols’ walkoff HR. It is Pujols’ 2ndconsecutive game-ending HR in extra innings. He is the 11thplayer to hit walkoff homers in consecutive games

In Anaheim, the Yankees beat the Angels, 5-3, as Mark Teixeira has a single and two homers to drive in 3 runs, and Nick Swisher adds a solo shot. Haloes outfielder Torii Hunter, goes 0-for-5 and is hitting .229, a fact not lost on the fans.  They shower him with dollar bills to express their displeasure. Unperturbed, Hunter picks up the bills and gives them to a youngster.

6thThe Pirates select UCLA P Gerrit Cole, previously drafted by the Yankees in 2008, with the first pick in the amateur draft. Cole struck out more than one an inning but was just 6-8 for the Bruins. He’ll sign in early August for an $8 million signing bonus. Virginia P Danny Hultzen is the surprise pick at 2ndby the Mariners. Trevor Bauer, Cole’s teammate at UCLA and the Golden Spikes Award winner, goes to the Diamondbacks at #3; high school hurler Dylan Bundy is taken by the Orioles at #4; and two-sport HS star Bubba Starling is picked by his hometown Royals. Starling is represented by Scott Boras who will get him a $7.5 million signing bonus. Dropping to the 6thspot is the highest rated player in the draft, Anthony Rendon, selected by the Nationals, who ink the Boras client to a four-year ML contract and a $7.4 million signing bonus. Using the pick that they got from the Yankees for signing Rafael Soriano, the Rays take LSU centerfielder Mike Mahtook with the 31stpick. The Mets take Brandon Nimmo, a high schooler from Wyoming, with the 13thpick. Nimmo did not play HS ball as Wyoming is one of three states without it. Second-rounder Josh Bell turns down a Texas scholarship to sign a $5M contract with the Pirates; Texas also lost the 16thoverall pick catcher Blake Swihart who signs with Boston for $2.5M. The Yankees take Dante Bichette Jr. with the 51stpick, while the Jays take Dwight Smith, son of the former Cub, with the 53rd. The Cubs counter by taking Wayne Gretzky’s son, Trevor, in the 7thround, and Shawon Dunston, Jr, four rounds later. Boston takes 5’9” prep Mookie Betts in the 5thround. Betts was Tennessee bowler of the year. Texas takes Nick Martinez in the 18thround. Martinez, an infielder at Fordham, will make the ML roster in 2015. Historian Bill Carle notes that the Royals’ first-round picks from 2003 through 2009 are all regulars on the team: Mitch Maier (2003), Billy Butler (2004), Alex Gordon (2005), Luke Hochevar (2006), Mike Moustakas (2007), Eric Hosmer (2008) and Aaron Crow (2009).

The Tigers defeat the Rangers, 13-7. Brennan Boesch gets 5 hits for Detroit, including a double and a pair of homers, and drives in 5 runs.

7thThe Braves shut out the Marlins, 1-0. Florida’s Brad Hand allows only one hit in 6 innings in his ML debut, but unfortunately it is a solo homer by Alex Gonzalez. Hand becomes just the 2ndpitcher in modern ML history to lose his debut despite allowing just one hit in at least 3 innings. Mike Thompson did so for the Senators in 1971.

Lance Berkman and Albert Pujols homer as the Cardinals beat host Houston, 7-4. Ryan Theriot has an RBI-single to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.

9thAfter a rain delay of over three hours at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox are held scoreless for 6 innings before exploding for 7 runs in the 7th.   David Ortiz, who was hit with a Sabathia pitch in the 4th, starts the 8-hit rally with a single in the 7th. It is the first time a Yankee pitcher has plunked the popular Big Papi. Boston beats the Yankees, 8-3.

The Athletics fire manager Bob Geren and replace him with Bob Melvin on an interim basis.

10thAnibal Sanchez (6-1) pitches into the 7th, allowing 3 runs and the Florida offense collects 10 hits—8 for extra bases—in beating the Diamondbacks, 6-4.  For the hapless Marlines it is their first win in 9 games and their only win during a 1-19 run.

The Giants use three walks and a single in the bottom of the 9thto beat the Reds, 3-2.  Freddy Sanchez leaves in the 5thinning with a dislocated shoulder and will not play the rest of the season.

11thAt the Rogers Centre, the first-place Red Sox unload 18 hits on the Blue Jays to win, 16-4, doing most of their damage against Brandon Morrow. Jason Veritek and David Ortiz club 3-run homers, and Dustin Pedroia has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Edward Encarnacion hits his second homer of the year, off Sox starter John Lackey, in the 6th. Utility player Mike McCoy pitches a scoreless 9thfor the Jays.

Paced by 4 hits apiece from Casey Kotchman and Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay beats host Baltimore, 7-5. Zobrist has 3 doubles and a triple and scores 4 runs: he is the first player in at least 93 years to post that line (Baseball.reference.com). Mark Reynolds has a pair of homers off starter David Price.

12thAt Angel Stadium, the Royals crush the Angels, 9-0. Picking up his only win of the year, starter Vin Mazzaro pitches 7 scoreless innings, walks 5 and records no strikeouts. That has never been done in ML history.

13thAt Minute Maid Park, the Astros squeeze the Braves for an 8-3 victory. Hunter Pence has 3 hits, including a homer, to drive in 4 runs and run his consecutive game hit streak to 23.

Miguel Montero hits 3 doubles and has 4 RBIs and pitcher Zach Duke pokes a 2-run homer as the visiting Diamondbacks gaff the Marlins, 12-9.  The Marlins finish a 1-10 homestand.

15thThe Red Sox shut out the Rays, 3-0, on Josh Beckett’s one-hitter. Reid Brignac’s 3rd-inning infield single is TB’s only hit. No other Ray reach base against Beckett. The Rays trail the first-place Sox by 4.5 games.

16thAt Turner Field, the Braves edge the Mets, 9-8, winning on a walkoff balk by BJ Carrasco.  Chipper Jones has a homer and 5 RBIs, Jordan Schafer has 5 hits and Brooks Conrad belts a 2-run pinch homer in the 9thto tie.  The walkoff balk will happen again in three weeks.

17thThe Orioles pound out 18 hits, but fall to the Nationals, 8-4. Derek Lee goes 5-for-5 for Baltimore, including a double.

Frank and Jamie McCourt, owners of the Dodgers, reach a settlement in their contentious divorce case. The deal is contingent on approval of the proposed TV contract between the Dodgers and Fox. But Bud Selig will nix the 17-year deal because $150 million of the $385 million McCourt would receive would be diverted from the Dodgers to pay for legal fees and other debts. McCourt will take the Dodgers into bankruptcy on June 27.

At Citi Field, the Angels edge the Mets, 4-3, as Joel Pineiro records his 100thwin, the fourth Puerto Rican pitcher to do so.  Jaime Navarro, Juan Pizarro and Javier Vazquez also did it.

18thThe Brewers defeat the Red Sox, 4-2. Rickie Weeks hits a leadoff HR for Milwaukee after getting a second life when his foul pop is dropped by Adrian Gonzalez for an error. Boston’s Jon Lester thus becomes the first pitcher since 1979 to allow an unearned run on a first-inning leadoff HR.

19thMarlins’ manager Edwin Rodriguez resigns and coach Brandon Hyde takes over on an interim basis, which will turn out to be one game.

At Busch, Skip Schumaker cracks a walkoff homer in the 9thto give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Royals. It is his second career walkoff homer, both in games he didn’t start. However, the Cards lose Big Bird in the 6thwhen Wilson Betemit plows into Albert Pujol’s outstretched arm and the first sacker suffers a fracture. Pujols, who had been 3-for-3 in the game, will not play until July 6.

20thJack McKeon takes over as Marlins’ manager. At age 80, he is the second-oldest manager in ML history, trailing only Connie Mack who skippered the Athletics at age 87 in 1950. It’s the fifth time “Trader Jack” has replaced another manager in mid-season and his second stint as a replacement skipper for the Marlins.

The Red Sox score 10 runs in the 7thinning on their way to trouncing the Padres, 14-5. They become the second team in modern ML history to score 14 or more runs at least 6 times in a single-season span of less than 30 games. The 1930 NY Yankees also turned the trick.

21stA bum. The Twins tie a ML record as they begin the game with 8 straight hits (four singles and four doubles) off Madison Bumgarner and score 8 runs in the 1stinning on their way to a 9-2 win over the Giants. The other teams who have done this are the 1973 Cubs (5 singles, 1 double and 1 home run), the 1975 Phillies (4 singles, 2 doubles and 2 home runs), the 1975 Pirates (7 singles and 1 triple), the 1981 A’s (8 singles), the 1990 Yankees (6 singles and 2 home runs) and the 2009 Cubs (6 singles and 2 doubles).

At Busch Stadium, the Phillies score 10 runs—9 in one inning—without tallying an extra base hit, beating the Cardinals, 10-2. Carlos Ruiz is 4-for-4 for the Quakers.

At Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers score 6 runs in 6 innings off Max Scherzer (9-3) and whip the visiting Tigers, 9-3. Chad Billingsley (6-6) is the winner. Andre Ethier has a 2-run homer in the 5thand Matt Kemp swipes his 20thbase of the year.  It gives him 20 steals and 20 homers before the All-star break, the first player in four years to do that.

I shut ‘em down, Skip. In Miami, Javier Vasquez allows 10 hits in 5.1 innings but doesn’t allow a run as the Marlins whip the Angels, 5-2. He is just the third starter since 1900 to pitch less than 6 innings, allow 10 hits, but no runs.

At Fenway, the Red Sox outhit the Padres, 13 to 7, but end up on the short end of a 5-4 decision. Alfredo Aceves puts his name in the Sox record book by walking 5 straight Padres in the 2ndinning.

22ndIn game 2 at Cincinnati, the Reds crush the Yankees, 10-2, as Chris Heisey clouts 3 homers and drives in 5 runs. He is just the 20thleadoff batter to club three homers. In game 1, Freddie Garcia allows 3 hits in 7 innings as New York wins, 4-2.

23rdIn a stunning move, Nationals’ manager Jim Riggleman resigns his post following his team’s 1-0 win over the Mariners. Riggleman had requested the team pick up his option for 2012 and the team declined. Bench coach John McLaren is named interim manager.

24thThe Nationals defeat the White Sox, 9-5, in 14 innings. Washington pitchers blow 3 save opportunities as the Nationals become the first ML team in 35 years to win a game after losing the lead 3 times in the 9thinning or later.

The Rockies defeat A.J. Burnett and the Yankees, 4-2. Burnett fans 4 Rockies in the 6thinning as he becomes just the second pitcher in ML history to strike out 4 batters in an inning at least twice in his career. Chuck Finley turned the trick 3 times.

In San Francisco, the Indians lose, 4-2, to the Giants and lose Shin-Soo Choo when he fractures his thumb when he is hit by a pitch from Jonathan Sanchez. The slugger will be out until mid-August.

25thA walk’s as good as a hit. At Arlington, Lucas Duda has a single and 3 doubles to drive in 4 runs as the Mets pound the Rangers, 14-5. Nelson Cruz draws a ball four on a 3-2 count but doesn’t take first. He strikes out on the following pitch. He does have a single a double.

Cleveland reliever Tony Sipp balks home the game’s only run in the 7thas the Indians lose to the Giants, 1-0. Two errors in the inning by 2B Cord Phelps helps pin the loss on starter Justin Masterson.

26thThe Nationals name Davey Johnson as their new manager hours after a 2-1 win over the White Sox. Danny Espinoza hits a 2-run homer to send off interim manager John McClaren. It is the fifth managerial stop for Johnson.

27thAfter Bud Selig turns down the contract between Frank McCourt and Fox TV, McCourt takes the team into bankruptcy. McCourt’s estranged wife Jamie joins MLB and Fox in asking that the bankruptcy court to reject McCourt’s bid to auction the television rights.

In a related story at Target Field, the Dodgers take aim at the Twins, winning 15-0, amassing 25 hits.  Tony Gwynn Jr., Matt Kemp and Trent Oeltjen each have 4 hits to pace the offense. Six other players have 2 or more hits, including rookie Dee Gordon. He has a pair, which is two more than his father had in 21 years in the majors. His father Tom had only two at bats though he appeared in 893 games. Each starter in the lineup has a hit, a run and a RBI, a first in LA Dodger history. Chad Billingsley allows 4 hits in 6 innings as he and four relievers combine on the whitewash.

Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez each homer twice as the Cubs top the Rockies, 7-3, at Wrigley Field. Carlos Gonzalez homers twice for the Rox, but off Matt Garza.

In Game 1 of the College World Series between Florida and South Carolina, the Peacocks throw out two runners at the plate in the 9thand one in the 10thbefore winning in the 11th, 2-1.

28thThe Mets clout a pair of grand slams, tying the NL record for most in a game, on their way to a 14-3 rout of the Tigers. New York had gone 299 games without hitting a slam before Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran connect in consecutive innings, both coming off Daniel Schlereth. In that period of time the Mets had given up 18 grand slams, a ML mark. Jose Reyes goes 4-for-4, with a triple and stolen base, in his 1000thML game, giving him 98 triples and 360 stolen bases for his career. Ty Cobb is the only other player in modern ML history with that many triples and steals in his first thousand games (106 triples, 291 steals).

At Wrigley, the Giants win two from the Cubs, 13-7 and 6-3, as they amass 30 hits in the two games. Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito are the winning pitchers. Miguel Tejada has 3 hits, including a homer in the opener. A Cubs fan catches the ball and fires it back on the fly almost hitting Tejada as he circles the bases. The ball is scooped up and tosses to Tejado who stuffs it into his back pocket.

The Athletics shut out the Marlins, 1-0, as Gio Gonzalez (8 innings) and Andrew Bailey (1 inning) combine on a one-hitter. Emilio Bonifacio’s leadoff single is Florida’s only safety.

Cliff Lee fires a 2-hitter against the Red Sox for his third shutout in a row as the Phillies win, 5-0. Josh Beckett takes the loss. After a 4-5 start, Lee is 5-0 for the month with a 0.21 ERA.

Alex Presley has left the house. Presley hits his first career homer and the Pirates hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-6, for their first interleague road win in more than two years. Edward Encarnacion has 2 of the Jays’ 4 homers.

South Carolina defeats Florida, 5-2, to win its second straight College WS title.

29thThe Mets pound out 20 hits and crush the Tigers, 16-9. It is only the 2ndgame in ML history in which a team hits no homers, surrenders at least 5, and wins by a margin of at least 7 runs. The Dodgers turned the trick against the Cardinals in 1953. The Mets -5 HR differential ties the ML record for a winning team. Despite losing by 7 runs, the Tigers score more runs (9) than were scored by both teams in any of the other 14 games played today. Tiger Jack-of-all-trades Don Kelly makes his pitching debut recording two outs. On July 2 he will make his catching debut after Victor Martinez is hit by foul balls.  Kelly is the only current major leaguer to play all nine positions, and he’ll play seven different ones this year.

30thAt Wrigley, Aramis Ramirez puts the Cubs on the scoreboard with a one-out game-tying solo shot in the 9thbut the Cubs strike again in the 13thafter the Giants plate a run. Chicago ties it on a Barney RBI single, and Geovany Soto belts a walk-off 3-run pinch homer for a 5-2 Cubs victory. Carlos Zambrano leaves in the 2ndwith a pain in his back and will be out 16 days.

JULY

1st  The Braves top the Orioles, 4-0, as Jair Jurrjens hurls a 1-hitter. Adam Jones’ one-out single in the 7this Baltimore’s only hit.

At Anaheim, the Dodgers Hiroki Kuroda and two relievers combine on a 5-0 whitewash of the Angels.  Fleet rookie Dee Gordon swipes second, third and then, on the front end of a double steal, takes home in the 7th. Initially, his steal of 3B was ruled an advancement on a throw to first to try and nab Tony Gwynn, but Gwynn retreats to 1B successfully. On June 5, the day after Gordon is sent down, his advancement will be ruled a steal. Aaron Miles also has a steal in addition to 4 hits.

Ten of the 15 winning pitchers in today’s games were born outside the U.S. It is the highest one-day total in ML history.

2ndDoesn’t seem fair. Due to an ump’s miscount, Mariners reliever Doug Fister walks the Padres’ Cameron Maybin on three balls. He then scores the game’s only run in the Padres’ 1-0 win.

At Detroit, Miguel Tejada hits a grand slam, one of three homers by the Giants, as San Francisco rolls by the Tigers, 15-3. In the 4thinning Detroit catcher Victor Martinez injures his shoulder and leaves the game. Don Kelly replaces him and becomes the only active player to have played all 9 positions.

The Dayton Dragons of the Single-A Midwest League, tie the record for most consecutive sellouts (814) by a North American professional sports team. The record was set by the 1977-95 Portland Trail Blazers.

3rd  In a 5-3 win over the Rockies, Atlanta’s Dan Uggla has two hits, including his 13thhomer, to start a hitting streak of 33 straight games. Uggla is hitting .178.

Jose Batista bangs his 27thhomer of the year, one of three Toronto homers in the 4-run 8thagainst Cliff Lee, as the Blue Jays beat the Phillies, 7-4. Lee’s consecutive scoreless streak ends at 34 innings as the Jays score all 7 runs against him, and his skein of 49 innings without serving up a homer goes with a bang.

Melky Cabrera hits a pair of homers as Kansas City ties a team record with 12 extra base hits as they double the Rockies, 16-8. Carlos Gonzalez has a homer and 6 RBIs for the Rox, but leaves the game in the 7thafter injuring his wrist.

The Pirates score 8 runs in the first two innings to help Kevin Correia win his 11thgame, a 10-2 pasting of the Nationals. He is the first Buc to win 11 games before the All-star break since Jim Bibby in 1980.

At Atlanta, Mark Reynolds hits a 2-run homer in the 7thand Nick Markakis has 5 hits as the Orioles beat the Braves, 5-4.

The Yankees Double-A team the Trenton Thunder sets an attendance record of 9,212 fans thanks to the presence of Derek Jeter, who is rehabbing there. Five of Trenton seven attendance records involve Derek’s rehabbing visits there.

4thLightning strikes again.  At U.S. Cellular Park, the Royals tie the White Sox at 4 apiece on a homer by Eric Hosmer in the 9th.  Initially ruled a triple, the call is overturned to a homerun upon replay. But the Sox win in the bottom of the 9thwhen Royals reliever Aaron Crow balks home A.J. Pierzynski with the winning run. Pierzynski had reached 3B on a wild pitch. It is the second game-ending balk in three weeks.

At Miller Park, Brewers starter Shaun Marcum pitches 6 innings and allows 4 hits, and also belts a 4thinning grand slam, the only slam this year for Milwaukee and Marcum’s only career homer. He leaves with a  6-4 lead, but the Diamondbacks score runs off each of 3 relievers to win, 8-6.

5thThe Pirates batter three Houston pitchers—all named Rodriguez—and win, 5-1.

7thAt Arlington, a tragedy occurs in the Rangers game when 39-year-old firefighter Shannon Stone falls over a railing in left-center field. She dies from her injuries. The club will make the decision to raise all railings to 42 inches by Opening Day 2012. Derek Hamilton throws a 4-hit shutout and Josh Hamilton has 4 RBIs as the Rangers top the Angels, 6-0.

Travis Hafner belts a walkoff grand slam off Luis Perez in the bottom of the 9thto cap a 5-run rally as Indians defeat the Jays, 5-4. It is Hafner’s 12thgrand slam and Cleveland’s second walkoff grand slam this season.

At Fenway, the Red Sox go deep as Dustin Pedroia hits a 3-run homer in the 3rd, Adrian Gonzalez hits a 2-run homer in the 5th, Jacoby Ellsbury a 2-run shot in the 6th, and then they add three consecutive homers in the 7thfor a 10-4 win over the Orioles.  Connecting in the 7thare David Ortiz, Josh Reddick and Jarrod Saltamacchia.

The Rangers’ Derek Holland pitches a 6-0 shutout over the A’s and is aided by Josh Hamilton who drives in a run in each of his 4 at bats.

Joe Mauer has 3 hits and plays flawlessly in his first game at first base as the Twins top the Tigers, 3-1.

8thArizona’s Kelly Johnson hits his second grand slam of the season, against Kyle Lohse in the 7th, and the D’Backs hold on to beat the Cardinals, 7-5. Ian Kennedy wins his 9th.

9thThe Yankees edge the Rays, 5-4, as Derek Jeter becomes the first Yankee with 3,000 hits in his career. Jeter goes 5-for-5 in the contest, with hit # 3,000 a HR off David Price coming in the 3rdinning. Jeter also hits a double and drives home the winning run in the contest.

San Diego’s Aaron Harang and 4 relief pitchers hold the Dodgers hitless until 2 outs in the 9thinning. Juan Uribe then hits a double and Dioner Navarro brings him home with a single for the game’s only run in LA’s 1-0 win. Rubby De La Rosa and 3 relievers combine to hold the Padres to only one hit, a 5th-inning single by Cameron Maybin.

10thRaul Ibanez drives in 6 runs as the Phillies rout the visiting Braves, 14-1. All-star Cole Hamels (11-4) allows 3 hits. The Phils now lead the Braves by  3.5 games in the NL East.

Anaheim scores 2 in the 8thto trip the visiting Marines, 4-2, and remains a game in back of Texas.  In the 3rdinning, the Haloes Bobby Abreu draws a walk on three balls as ump Gerry Davis loses track of the count. On July 2, Cameron Maybin was walked on three balls.

11thRobinson Cano wins the 2011 Home Run Derby, edging out Adrian Gonzalez, 12-11, in the final round. He is the 3rdYankee to win the Derby. Tino Martinez was victorious in 1997 and Jason Giambi in 2002. An accident is averted when a fan Keith Carmickle falls over a railing attempting to catch a Prince Fielder HR ball. Carmickle grabs a railing and dangles in the air before being hauled in by his brother and a friend. Ironically, it occurs on the same evening that there is a memorial service for Texas Rangers fan Shannon Stone, who died in a fall at the ball park on July 7.

12thThe NL, powered by a 3-run HR from Prince Fielder, defeats the NL, 5-1, in the All-Star Game. Tyler Clippard is the winning pitcher despite facing only one batter and allowing a hit. Jose Bautista is thrown out at the plate on the play. Prince Fielder is named the Game’s MVP.

The Blue Jays trade Juan Rivera to the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

The Mets send P Francisco Rodriguez and cash to the Brewers for two players to be named (Dany Herrera and Adrian Rosario).

14thRyan Spillborghs has 4 hits, including a homer, and drives in 4 runs as the Rockies squash the Brewers, 12-3. Ryan Braun has a pair of hits for the Brewers to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 23 games.  After 2B ump Brian O’Nora injures his back and is helped off the field, minor-league ump Corey Blaser, who lives in Colorado, enters the game in the 4thinning. That same inning, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder decides he needs sun glasses and calls time out.  He can’t find the glasses in the dugout and when booing starts over the delay, Fielder accepts the offer of sunglasses from a fan at the end of the dugout.

The Blue Jays trounce the Yankees, 16-7, collecting 20 hits. But the only homers hit are 2 by the Yankees Andruw Jones. The loss ends New York’s streak of 9 straight seasons in which they won the first game played after the All-Star break. It ties the mark for the longest such streak by any ML team. The Yanks had a 9-game streak from 1940 through 1949, and Montreal from 1984 through 1992.

The Giants score 5 unearned runs in the top of the 12thto beat the Padres, 6-2. Pablo Sandoval has a pair of hits for San Francisco to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 22 games.

15thPitcher Trevor Bauer of UCLA wins the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player of the year.

In the 50th annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., the Democrats defeat the Republicans, 8-2. Rookie Congressman Cedric Redmond of Louisiana tosses a complete-game one-hitter and goes 4-for-4; Redmond played college ball at Morehouse College.

16thAt Wrigley, the Marlins unload on the Cubs to win, 13-3. Hanley Ramirez leads with 3 doubles and scores 3, while Mike Stanton hits homers in the 4thand 5thoff Carlos Zambrano. Z gives up 8 earned runs in 4+ innings. Chris Hatcher makes his pitching debut in relief of winning pitcher Javier Vasquez, who goes 7 frames and strikes out 10, Hatcher tosses a scoreless inning. He is the first pitcher since Art Doll in 1935-36 to play his first season in the majors as a catcher and come back the next as a pitcher. Hatcher caught four games for the Braves last year. He might hold on to the catcher’s glove as he will finish the season with a 6.97 ERA.

17th  The Red Sox edge Tampa Bay, 1-0 in 16 innings. This is just the 24th 1-0 game of 16-plus frames in the majors since 1920.

Jim Thome’s 6thinning homer, a three-run shot off Felipe Paulino, is the difference as the Twins top the Royals, 4-3. It is his 7thof the year as he heads toward #600.  Since homer #445, Thome has managed to acquire every home run ball he’s hit.

18thThe Cubs top the Phillies and Roy Halladay, 6-1. Halladay wilts in the high heat and snaps his streak of 63 consecutive road starts in which he lasted at least 6 innings. It was the longest such streak since Walter Johnson made 82 in a row from 1911 to 1915.

At Minnesota, the Indians sweep a pair from the Twins, winning 5-2 and 6-3 to move into first place in the AL Central ahead of the Tigers. With the help of a 3-run homer by Asdrubul Cabrera, David Huff (1-0) wins the opener, pitching 7 shutout innings. Fausto Carmona is the victor in game 2 going 6 innings. According to Indians Paul Hoynes, beat writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it is so hot during the second game Carmona sweats through six caps, six undershirts and two jerseys.

Luis Mendoza of the I-Cubs throws his second PCL no-hitter, beating Memphis, 4-0. But it won’t last.  On the 20th, league officials will overturn a no out call in the 9thwhen LF David Lough is given an error on a ball hit by Tyler Greene that bounces of his glove. Greene gets a double and Mendoza gets a one-hitter. Pitching for Oklahoma City in 2009, Mendoza no hit Salt Lake City.

19thThe Astros trade SS Jeff Keppinger to the Giants for minor league pitchers Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel. The division-leading Giants lost 2B Freddie Sanchez to a dislocated right shoulder in early June, and a backup, Bill Hall, is on the DL with a cut on his leg.

Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen hit 2-run homers in the Tigers 6-run 5thas Detroit beats the A’s, 8-3.  It is Guillen’s first homer since last August 14th, just before a knee injury ended his season.

At PNC Park, James MacDonald and 4 relievers combine to give the Pirates a 1-0 win over the Reds. The Pirates are in first place in the NL Central, but starting tomorrow they will lose 13 of 16 and drop 8.5 games.

Danny Valencia hits a 2-run walkoff single in the 9thto give the Twins a 2-1 win over the Indians. the hit comes against Indians closer Chris Perez,  Valencia’s college teammate and roommate. Perez has been staying at Valencia’s house in Minneapolis during the series.

At Tropicana, rookie Jeremy Hellickson gives up a 2-run homer to Robinson Cano, but that’s all the Yankees can muster as they lose to Tampa Bay, 3-2. The Yankees are the last team this season to lose to a rookie starter.

20thThe Tigers obtain 3B Wilson Betemit from the Royals in exchange for minor leaguers Antonio Cruz (P) and catcher Julio Rodriguez.

Medic! Milwaukee scores 3 in the 10thto beat Arizona, 5-2, but Arizona’s Stephen Drew and Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez are successive plays in the 4th. Drew runs through the 3B coach’s stop sign and when he slides across home plate he snaps his ankle, finishing his season. He is also out at home.  On the next play CF Gomez attempts to make a diving catch on a soft liner and breaks his collarbone. Ryan Braun says he could hear the bone snap.  Amazingly, Gomez will be back in action in two weeks.

22ndThe Rangers pound the Blue Jays, 12-2. Nelson Cruz has 4 hits, including a double and 3-run homer, and drives in 8 runs for Texas. Teammate Michael Young has 4 hits and scores 4 runs, while the Jays scores come on two solo homers by J.P. Arencibia. Colby Lewis wins his 10th.

Vernon Wells plumps the cushion for Anaheim by crushing a grand slam in the top of the 9thas the Angels beat the Orioles, 6-1. Kevin Gregg serves up the homer.

On the hottest day on record (104 degrees) in New York, the Yankees are hotter, beating the visiting A’s, 17-7. New York scores 5 in the 2ndand 9 in the 3rd. Swisher, who finishes with 5 RBI, has a 3-run homer in the 3rd, while Mark Teixeira hits a grand slam. Trevor Cahill allows 10 runs in 2 innings for the loss, while Phil Hughes surrenders 7 in 4+. The win goes to Hector Niesi. The heat wave envelops the East as Philadelphia records the hottest July 21stwith a 103 degrees and Boston has its hottest day in the past 85 years

23rdThe Red Sox edge the Mariners, 3-1, giving Terry Francona his 1,000thcareer win as an ML manager.

24thThe Yankees defeat the Athletics, 7-5. Hideki Matsui goes 5-for-5 against his former teammates, including a pair of doubles.

Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and executive Pat Gillick are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

At Baltimore, the Angels break the game open in the 8thwhen teenager Mike Trout hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot and Torii Hunter adds a 2-run homer, both off Todd Worrell, as the Angels top the Orioles, 9-3. Jeremy Guthrie (4-14) takes the loss.

Xavier Paul races home with the winning run in the 10thas the Pirates top the Cardinals, 5-4. Joe Beimel (1-1) then retires the Cardinals in order to win his first victory as a Pirate in 8 years. Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and the Cards are now tied for first place in the NL Central. The Reds are just 3 games behind.

Tim Wakefield (6-3) wins his 199thas the Red Sox win, 12-8, to extend the Mariners losing streak to 15 games. Jarrod Saltamacchia drives in 4 runs and Kevin Youkilis hits a 2-run homer. Wakefield joins Roger Clemens as the only Boston pitchers to strike out 2,000.

25thThe Rangers pound out 27 hits as they trounce the Twins, 20-6. They become just the third AL team in history to have 7 different players get 3 or more hits in a 9-inning game. The 1939 Yankees and 1955 White Sox also accomplished the feat. They are also the third ML team to score 3 runs or more in each of the first 5 innings. “The first five innings looked like a zip code. . . 33354.” quipped Twins manager Ron Gardenshire. “I think that’s Florida. Ft. Lauderdale.” (he is right). The Twins are just the eighth team since 1920 to give up 25 hits or more twice in a season. The 1922 and 1930 Phillies each gave up 25-plus three times. Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli lead the way with 4 apiece. Starter Mike Blackburn allows 11 of the hits and 9 runs in 2+ innings. Michael Cuddyer finally takes the mound in relief, pitching a scoreless inning though leaving 3 on base.

26thCC Sabathia hurls a one-hitter as the Yankees down the Mariners, 4-1. Mariner batters fan 18 times in the contest. Brendan Ryan’s one-out single in the 7thinning is Seattle’s only safety. Sabbathia walks the first 3 in the 8thand Robertson takes over, fanning Kennedy. It is the 10thstrikeout in a row with the bases loaded for Robertson. Figgins then grounds into a forceout ending his streak.

The Braves edge the Pirates, 4-3, in 19 innings. The winning run comes on a controversial play at the plate when Julio Lugo is called safe despite replays that appear to show that he was tagged out before touching the plate. The game logs in at 6 hours and 39 minutes, topping the 6-hour-11-minute contest between the Reds and Phillies on May 25 that also went 19 frames.

At Fenway, the Red Sox drub the Royals, 13-9. David Ortiz drives in 5 runs as he and Dustin Pedroia each have 4 hits. Ortiz has 3 doubles, while Pedroia extends his hit streak to 19 games. Kansas City finally stops the bleeding when outfielder Mitch Maier pitches a scoreless 8th.

27thWith 17 hits, the Mariners defeat the Yankees, 9-2, to snap their franchise-record 17-game losing streak. The streak began July 5, when the M’s were 43-43 and just two-and-a-half games out of first place in the A.L. West. Mike Carp has 4 hits and 4 RBIs and Ichiro adds 4 hits.

The Angels edge the Indians, 3-1, as Ervin Santana hurls the third no-hitter of the 2011 season. Santana fans 10 and walks 1, surrendering only an unearned run in the 1stinning. He uses 68 fastballs, 35 sliders and two change-ups. He is the 16th major-league pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter but give up a run.

Mike Stanton homers and Mike Cameron doubles that as the Marlins top the host Nationals, 7-5. Washington plates 4 in the 9thto make it respectable.

The Athletics score 9 runs in the 4thinning to beat Tampa Bay, 13-4. Hideki Matsui hits a 3-run homer in the frame and Ryan Sweeney a 2-run homer, both off starter James Shields. Shields surrenders 10 earned runs for the third time in his career. The Rays do set a record, breaking the Washington Senators’ A.L. record of 704 consecutive games started by a pitcher under 30 The last 30-something Rays starter was Jae Sao in 2007. The Senators set their record from 1913 to 1917. The ML record is 879 games set by the Detroit Wolverines of the NL from 1881 to 1888.

David Ortiz bangs a grand slam and Dustin Pedroia extends his hitting streak to 24 games with a homer as the Red Sox beat the visiting Royals, 12-5.

In his first at bat of the season for the White Sox, Alejandro De Aza hits a 2-run homer as the White Sox defeat the visiting Tigers.

The White Sox send pitcher Edwin Jackson and UT Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays in exchange for Jason Frasor and minor league pitcher Zach Stewart. Toronto then sends Jackson, relief pitchers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski, OF Corey Patterson and 3 players to be named or cash to the Cardinals for budding OF star Colby Rasmus and pitchers PJ Walters, Trever Miller and Brian Tallet. For Dotel it will be his 12thML team, tying a record. Cards GM Mozeliak later says that as Rasmus became more expensive he would become a “ declining asset.” The Cards also have Jon Jay in the wings.

The Marlins defeat the Nationals, 7-5. Mike Cameron sets an ML record by having a multiple homer game for his 8thteam.

The Giants shore up their weak offense obtaining OF Carlos Beltran from the Mets in exchange for blue-chip pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.

Former major leaguer Hideki Irabu, 40, hangs himself at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Irabu had been contemplating a comeback attempt.

28thAndrew McCutcheon has three hits, including a homer, and drives home 3 as the Pirates beat the Braves, 5-3 at Turner Field. Dan Uggla singles to run his consecutive game batting streak to 19. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that he is the first player since 1900 to reach that mark and still have a batting average under .225.

The Marlins top the Nationals, 5-2, as Emilio Bonifacio has a pair of hits and a steal for the Fish. He has now hit in 26 straight games, a batting streak that started exactly a month ago.

Bill Butler bangs a 3-run homer in the Royals 4-run 6thas they beat the Red Sox, 4-3, at Fenway. Luke Hochevar is the winning pitcher. Dustin Pedroia hits his 15thhomer in the 8thinning to run his batting streak to 25 consecutive games.

At Oakland Alameda County Stadium, the A’s use a natural cycle to score 5 runs in the 1stinning as their 3rdthrough 6thbatters hit a single, double, triple and homer in that order. But the Rays shrug it off, scoring 7 runs in the 7thto win, 10-8.

The Cubs send OF Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians for minor leaguers Carlton Smith (P) and Abner Abreu (OF). The Tribe had been in the hunt for Beltran.

The Brewers obtain IF Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash.

29thGavin Floyd goes 7 innings to earn the victory as the White Sox edge the Red Sox, 3-2. A.J. Pierzynski hits a 2-run homer off Tim Wakefield for the difference. Wakey goes 7 innings and strikes out 5 to top 2000 strikeouts as a Red Sox. He and Roger Clemens are the only Red Sox pitchers to register 2,000. Dustin Pedroia is hitless ending his consecutive-game hitting streak at 25.

Emilio Bonifacio ends his consecutive-game hitting streak of 26 games as the Marlins lose to Atlanta, 5-0. Brandon Beachy allows 2 hits in 7 innings.

     With their offense sputtering, the Phillies acquire OF Hunter Pence from the Astros in exchange for P Jarred Cosart, 1B/OF Jonathan Singleton, P Josh Zeid and a player to be named.

30thThe Brewers obtain UT Jerry Hairston Jr. from the Nationals for minor leaguer Erik Komatsu.

The Mariners send pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for OF Casper Wells, IF Francisco Martinez, P Charlie Furbush and a player to be named.

The Red Sox get IF Mike Aviles from the Royals for IF Yamaico Navarro and P Kendal Volz.

The Nationals send pitcher Jason Marquis (8-5) to the Diamondbacks for minor league IF Zachary Walters.

The Rangers obtain P Koji Uehara from the Orioles for P Tommy Hunter and IF Chris Davis.

The Orioles trade veteran 1B Derrek Lee to the Pirates. In return, Baltimore gets minor league 1B Aaron Baker.

The Giants acquire IF Orlando Cabrera from the Indians for minor league OF Thomas Neal.

Eliezer Alfonso hits a 6thinning grand slam, off Luke Gregerson, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Rockies to a 10-6 win over the Padres. Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez walks 4 in the 1stand gives up 2 hits as the Padres score 4 runs. They get 2 hits the rest of the way off 4 relievers.

The Indians obtain P Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies for minor leaguers Alex White (P), Joe Gardner (P), 1B/OF Matt McBride, and a player to be named.

In game 2 of a doubleheader, the Yankees set a franchise record by scoring 12 runs in the 1stinning on their way to a 17-3 win over the Orioles. Baltimore pitcher Zach Britton becomes the first player in ML history to allow 8 or more runs while lasting less than an inning in each of 2 consecutive starts. New York collects 24 hits, led by Robinson Cano, who goes 5-for-5, including a pair of doubles, and drives in 5 runs. Nick Swisher has a homer, hitting one in the first game as well, an 8-3 win.

31stThe Tigers edge the Angels, 3-2, as Justin Verlander (15-5) and Jose Valverde combine on a one-hitter. Maicer Izturis’ 2-out single in the 8thinning is the only LA hit surrendered by Verlander as he makes a bid for his second no-hitter of the season. Jered Weaver is tossed in the 7thafter throwing a pitch over the head of Alex Avila. Avila follows Carlos Guillen, who hit a homer and then showboated. Manager Mike Scioscia is also ejected and will earn a one-game suspension. Weaver will be suspended for 6 games.

The Marlins defeat the Braves, 3-1, handing Atlanta the 10,000thloss in franchise history. The Phillies are the only other club to have reached that number, doing so in 2007.

The host Reds whitewash the Giants, 9-0, behind Johnny Cueto’s 3-hit shutout. Cueto lowers his ERA to 1.72.  Joey Votto drives in 5 runs, 3 on his 17thhomer.

Coco Crisp has 2 hits and 3 stolen bases as Oakland beats visiting Minnesota, 7-3. Jim Thome hits his 597thfor Minnesota.

The Blue Jays retire new Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar’s number in a ceremony prior to Toronto’s 7-3 win over the Rangers. It is the first number retired by the Jays.

The Athletics trade submariner Brad Ziegler to the Diamondbacks for minor leaguers Jordan Norberto (P) and Brandon Allen (1B).

The Braves obtain speedy outfielder Michael Bourn from the Astros in exchange for OF Jordan Schafer and minor league pitchers Juan Abreu, Paul Clemens and Brett Oberholtzer. Bourn is leading MLB with 39 stolen bases.

The Pirates acquire OF Ryan Ludwick from the Padres for a player to be named or cash. Ludwick was leading the Pads in homers with 11.

A day after obtaining Koji Uehara from the O’s, the Rangers obtain setup man Mike Adams from the Padres for minor league pitchers Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland. Adams is 3-1, with a 1.13 ERA. The Rangers lead the AL West but their bullpen has 19 losses and 15 blown saves. To make room for Adams the Rangers designate 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes (3-3), an all-star last season, for assignment.

The Dodgers trade veteran SS Rafael Furcal to the Cardinals for minor league OF Alex Castellanos.

The Red Sox send minor league pitchers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez and C Tim Federowicz to the Dodgers for OF Trayvon Robinson. They then trade Robinson, together with minor league OF Chih-Hsien Chiang, to the Mariners for a much needed starter Erik Bedard and Josh Fields, a 2008 first-round draft choice. The oft-injured Bedard, who missed most of 2009 and all of 2010 after surgery to his left shoulder, became attractive after the Sox failed to pry Rich Harden from Oakland.

At Yankee Stadium, Freddy Garcia wins his 10thas the Yankees top the Orioles, 4-2. When the O’s Felix Pie bats in the 4th, the scoreboard shows the Greek letter pi and 3.141592653589793, the constant carried to 15 decimal places. For the first time since 1998, the Yankees make no trades in July.

AUGUST

1stRick Ankiel hits a pair of homers, one leading off, to pace the Nationals to a 5-3 win over the visiting Braves. Ankiel joins Wes Ferrell as the only major-leaguers to hit two or more homers in a game five times and give up two or more five times; Ferrell posted five multi-homer games as a batter and allowed 22 as a pitcher.

At Citi Field, Florida’s Mike Stanton connects for a grand slam in the 10thoff Jason Isringhausen as the Marlins top the Mets, 7-3.  It is his 25thhomer of the year. Lucas Duda had tied the game with a 2-out 2-run homer in the 9th. It is the second game in a row that the Mets tie a game with a 2-out homer in the 9th, only to lose it in the 10th.

2ndBehind Phil Hughes, the Yankees shut out the White Sox, 6-0, in a rain-shortened contest. Mark Teixeira homers from both sides of the plate for an ML record 12thtime, breaking a tie with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis.

In an 11-6 win over Pittsburgh, the Cubs club six homers in the first four innings.  The last time they accomplished that feat was in 1954. Alfonso Soriano has a pair of four baggers in the power outage.

Rick Ankiel belts a grand slam to pace the Nationals to a 9-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. The Braves (63-48) are 9 in back of the Phillies.

3rdThe Red Sox edge the Indians, 4-3. Cleveland rookie Jason Kipnis homers for the fourth consecutive game and becomes the first player in ML history to hit homers in 4 consecutive games within 2 weeks of his debut.

The Yankees clobber the White Sox, 18-7. Derek Jeter goes 5-for-6, including a double. He becomes the 2ndplayer in modern ML history to have a pair of 5-hit games in the same season at age 37 or older. Dave Winfield accomplished the feat at age 39 in 1991. Curtis Granderson has 4 hits and drives in 5 runs, and Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez each have 4 RBIs on 3 hits.

The Brewers defeat the Cardinals, 10-5, as Casey McGhee clouts 3 HRs and drives in 5 runs. Rafael Furcal has a 3-run homer and sac fly for the Birds. The Brewers now lead the Cardinals by 3.5 games in the NL Central.

At PNC Park, Matt Garza and Charlie Morton throw 7 inning shutouts before Starling Castro homers in the 8thoff Chris Resopp as the Cubs beat the Pirates, 1-0.

4thThe Yankees beat the White Sox, 7-2, to sweep their 4-game series. NY pitchers did not walk a single batter in the series, becoming just the third team in modern ML history to sweep a 4-game series and not issue a free pass.

The Rays edge the Blue Jays, 7-6, in 12 innings, scoring in the 10th, 11thand 12thto win. The game is only the third in ML history in which a team scored runs in the 10th, 11thand 12thinnings.

Justin Masterson strikes out 9 in 6 innings—including 4 in the 2nd—as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 7-3 at Fenway. The game draws a crowd of 38,477, the 687thsellout at Fenway.

The Nationals release pinch-hitting specialist Matt Stairs, who will announce his retirement. Stairs played for 12 different teams.

5thThe Brewers trounce the Astros, 8-1. Craig Counsell’s pinch single in the 9thends his streak of 45 consecutive ABs without a hit. It tied him with Bill Bergen (1909) and Dave Campbell (1973) for the longest such streak by a position player. The Brewers have now won 9 of 10.

In a 4-3 win over the Reds, Cubs speedster Tony Campana lines a standup inside-the-park 2-run homer, his first pro four bagger, down the left field line. Ryan Dempster pitches 6 innings to earn his 9th win.

In a 5-3 loss to the Nationals, rookie pitcher Juan Nicasio has his neck broken when he is hit by a line drive in the 2ndoff the bat of Ian Desmond. He is on the ground for 5 minutes before being placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. Tomorrow he will have surgery to stabilize the fractured vertebra in his neck. Nicasio will return to win his first two starts in 2012 before finishing out the second half of the season on the DL.

6thAt Citi Field, the Mets belt four homers off Tommy Hanson—two by Justin Turner—to beat the Braves, 11-7. This will turn out to be Hanson’s last appearance of the year as he suffers a small tear in his rotator cuff. Dan Uggla has 3 hits and 3 runs and Freddie Freeman has a single to run his consecutive hits streak to 20 games. He and Uggla are the first teammates in 31 years to each have a hit streak of 20 games or more. Mickey Rivers and Al Oliver did it for the 1980 Rangers.

Brandon McCarthy throws 8 shutout innings as Oakland trims the Rays, 8-0.  David DeJesus has a pair of homers and Coco Crisp steals 4 bases.

Kyle Blanks hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Padres whip the Pirates, 13-2, sending Pittsburgh to its 9thstraight loss.

Carlos Zambrano hits his second HR of the year as the Cubs beat the Reds, 11-4.  It is Chicago’s seventh win in a row, their longest win streak in three years.

7thTexas spots the Indians 3 runs before scoring 5 times in the bottom of the 8thto win, 5-3. In the 7thMichael Young records his 2,000thhit. He does it in 1,621 games, the third fewest for a right-handed hitter since 1900: Al Simmons needed 1,390 and Rogers Hornsby 1,462.

At Citi Field, the Mets lose the game to the Braves, 6-5, and lose two star players as well.  Jose Reyes tweaks a hamstring for the second time this season; the injury caused him to miss 12 games in July and he will be out three weeks this time. Daniel Murphy injures his knee in the 7thand will miss the rest of the season.

The Pirates drop their 10thin a row at home, finishing up their worst home stand in 125 years, losing to the Padres, 7-3.  They are the first team since the 1885 Buffalo Bisons to lose at least 7 home games in a row, each to teams with losing records.

The Royals edge the Tigers, 4-3, as rookie Johnny Giavotella hits a double and his first ML homer. He is 5-for-11 after being promoted from AA Omaha, where he hit .338 in 110 games.

8thCharlie Morton (9-6) and Jose Veras (one inning) combine to shut out the Giants, 5-0, and hand Ryan Vogelsong (9-2) his second loss of the year.

At Target Field, David Ortiz and Jerrod Saltalamachia each have a double and homer as the Red Sox edge the Twins, 8-6, with 2 runs in the top of the 9th.  The win goes to Alfredo Aceves (8-1) in relief of Tim Wakefield. Scott Baker gets a no-decision as he goes 5 innings in what will be his last start for the next two years. Tommy John surgery will sideline him for 2012.

The Rangers release lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes, 41, and keep veteran lefty reliever Darren Oliver. The Cards will sign Rhodes.

9thSan Francisco stops the Pirates, 6-0, behind Madison Bumgarner and two relievers. Chris Stewart hits his first ML homer and Aubrey Huff adds a solo shot.  Since July 7, the Giants have hit 18 homers—all solo. The record is 19, held by the 1914 Phillies, a mark the Giants will tie tomorrow when Pablo Sandoval solos in a loss to the Bucs.  Giants reliever Sergio Romo gives up a leadoff double in the 8th, stopping his streak of 31 straight outs over 10 1/3 innings.

Chien-Ming Wang wins for the first time in more than two years, allowing one hit in 6 scoreless innings as the Nationals beat the Cubs, 3-1.

In LA, the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 2-1, as Cliff Lee fires 8 scoreless innings. He strikes out 10 as the Phils win for the 11thtime in 12 games.

The Braves edge the Marlins, 4-3, in 11 innings on Martin Prado’s go-ahead single, his 4thhit of the game. Dan Uggla has an infield single in the 5thto extend his hitting streak to 30 games.

10thAt Dodger Stadium, the Phillies spot the Dodgers a 6-run lead, then score all their runs in the middle three innings to win, 9-8. The Phillies go 9-1 on their 10-game road trip, the first time the club has gone 9-1 on a 10-game road trip in its 129-year history.

11thThe Yankees hold on to defeat the Angels, 6-5. Despite surrendering a 3-run HR to Russell Branyan, Mariano Duncan gets credit for the save. In doing so, he sets a new ML mark for consecutive 30-save seasons with 9.

12thIn a 10-4 loss to the Braves, the Cubs Carlos Zambrano (9-7) serves up five homers—two by Dan Uggla–and is ejected after firing two pitches in close to Chipper Jones.  Zambrano cleans out his locker and talks about retiring, then says he will be at the ball park the next day.  His agent Barry Praver says not to “because we are in the middle of discussions with the union and the Cubs.” The Cubs will place Zambrano on the disqualified list and say he will receive no pay and would have no part of team activities for 30 days.

In a 2-1 loss to Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins, Pablo Sandoval homers for the Giants—the 20thsolo homer in a row for SF. This breaks the record held by the 1914 Phillies for solo shots.

13thThe Cubs get 4 hits apiece from their first two hitters, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney, and defeat the Braves, 8-4. Dan Uggla has a single and his 27thHR to extend his hitting streak to 33 games. In doing so, he ties the ML record for most homers for a player during a hitting streak of any length with 15. Joe DiMaggio (56 games), Willie McCovey (24 games), and Alex Rodriguez (23 games) also hit 15 round-trippers in their streaks.

At the Great American Ball Park, the Reds clout 7 home runs to rout the Padres, 13-1.  The lone Padre tally is a four-bagger by Kyle Blanks off, appropriately, Homer Bailey. Tim Stauffer serves up 5 homers and 9 runs in 3 innings for the loss. Of the seven Cincy homers, Miguel Cairo has 2 for 4 RBIs and Ryan Hanigan has 2 for 5 RBIs.

Milwaukee wins its 15thin 17 games as Marco Estrada and four relievers combine on a 1-0 win over the Pirates. Yuniesky Bentancourt hits a solo homer for the lone score.

Toronto’s Adam Lind clubs a grand slam for his 100thhomer as Toronto chases Jered Weaver with a 5-run 5th. The Jays beat the Angels, 11-2.

14thThe Cubs edge the Braves, 6-5, ending Dan Uggla’s hitting streak at 33 games. Despite the streak he is hitting .231. Carlos Pena has a homer and 3 RBIs and John Grabow (3-0) wins in relief.

At Camden Yards, Jo-Jo Reyes allows a run in 6 innings and Nick Markakis drives in 4 runs as the Orioles beat the Tigers, 8-5. Detroit scores 4 in the 9th.  O’s Mark Reynolds makes two errors at third to set the team’s season record at third. Previous holder? Brooks Robinson, who had 22 his rookie year. With the mark in hand, Reynolds will play first base the rest of the year where he can concentrate on leading the AL in strikeouts (196). Reynolds led the NL in striking out the past three seasons.

After a ML-record string of 21 straight solo homers, the Giants get a 2-run homer in the 3rdfrom Cody Ross as San Francisco beats the Marlins, 5-2. the other three runs come on—yes–solo homers. Ryan Vogelsong (10-2) strikes out 8.

15thThe Twins down the Tigers, 9-6, as Jim Thome hits a pair of opposite field HRs for Minnesota, the 599th and 600thof his career. He becomes the 8thplayer in ML history to reach that number. Of the 8, only Babe Ruth reached 600 in fewer ABs. Ruth did so in 6,920 and Thome in 8,167. The Twins trade OF Delmon Young to the Tigers for minor league P Cole Nelson and a player to be named. Young homers in his first at bat against his old team.

With the help of five double plays and a triple play, the Brewers shut out the Dodgers, 3-0. Milwaukee hits 3 solo homers to back Randy Wolf’s 8 shutout innings.

The Mets edge the Padres, 5-4, in 10 innings. Jason Isringhausen gets his 300thsave of his career. He becomes the 23rdpitcher to reach that mark, and the fourth oldest.

16thAt Fenway, division rivals Tampa Bay and Boston split a pair, with the Red Sox taking the opener, 3-1. John Lester allows 3 hits and a run in 7 innings. Jeff Niemann follows suit with a complete game 3-hitter in game 2, as the Rays win, 6-2.  Boston pulls off a triple play in the 4thto keep the game at 2-1, but then the Rays score 3 in the 8th. Ben Zobrist steals 3B, then steals home on the front end of a double steal. The split leaves the Red Sox a half game behind the Yankees in the AL East, with Tampa Bay a distant 9.5 games back.

At Citizens Bank Park, Roy Halladay strikes out 14 but his Phillies lose to Arizona, 3-2. Lyle Overbay has 3 hits and drives in all the D-back runs. The last pitcher to whiff 14 in a complete game defeat was Pedro Martinez, in 2000.

At Houston, the Astros Brian Bogusevic belts an ultimate grand slam—a walkoff four bagger with the sacks full, a term coined by Herm Krabbenhoft—as he takes Carlos Marmol deep for a 6-5 Houston win over the Cubs.

17th David Price pitches 8 solid innings and the Devil Rays hold the Red Sox to three hits for the third straight game, winning, 4-0, in Boston. It is the first time in the 99-year history of Fenway that the Sox have been hold to 3 hits in three straight games. The Yankees lead the Sox by a half game and the Rays by 8.5 games.

18thThe Yankees defeat the Twins, 8-4. Curtis Granderson hits his 10thtriple of the season to become just the 10th player in ML history to record at least 30 homers, 20 steals and 10 triples in a season.

19thThe Nationals score 6 runs in the bottom of the 9thto defeat the Phillies, 8-4. Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off grand slam caps Washington’s rally. Zimmerman becomes the first player in ML history to have 8 walk-off HRs in his first seven seasons.

The Mets lose to the Brewers, 6-1. In doing so, they tied their own ML record for consecutive losses in home stand openers during a season with 10.

20thThe Rockies edge the Dodgers, 7-6, in 13 innings, overcoming a pair of homers by Los Angeles in the 11th. One is an inside-the-park shot by Trent Oeltjen. Todd Helton hits a HR off Ted Lilly in the 2ndinning. It is the 5thbirthday HR of his career tying him for most such homers in ML history. Al Simmons and Derrek Lee also did so 5 times.

At Target Field, the Twins take aim at A.J. Burnett, who surrenders 7 runs in less than two innings. The Twins beat the Yankees, 9-4. Russell Martin catches and plays second base in the game, joining Rick Cerrone and Aleck Smith as the only Yankees to do so, (According to Trent McCotter).

At Minute Maid Park, the Astros beat the Giants, 7-5. J.D. Martinez drives in 4 runs with a double and a homer, both off starter Madison Bumgarner. Jose Altuve, listed generously at 5’7”, leads off the game with his first ML dinger, an inside-the-park homer.

The Nashville Sounds (PCL) turn an odd triple play against the Omaha Storm Chasers when outfielder Logan Schafer catches a ball that tipped off his glove and bounced off his head. He then fires a strike to 2B Eric Farris who relays to 1B Mat Gamel to nab two base runners.

21st  The Padres defeat the Marlins, 4-3, when Nick Hundley leads off the 9thwith his second triple of the game and scores on a Venable single. He is the first catcher since Fred Kendall in 1973 to collect two triples in a game. It is also his fourth in six games; according to Retrosheet, the only other catcher to do that was Bubbles Hargrave. Prior to the game, SD retires all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman’s uniform, #51.

The Blue Jays shut out the Athletics, 1-0. Toronto pitcher Luis Perez allows just 1 hit in 6 innings in his first ML start. Casey Janssen hurls 3 hitless innings in relief to complete the 1-hitter. Jemile Weeks’ 6th-inning single is Oakland’s only hit.

At Coors, Seth Smith cracks a 2-run homer in the 7th, off Dodger starter Chad Billingsley, to give the Rockies the lead as the beat Los Angeles, 5-3. The win snaps a streak of 17 losses in a row on Sunday, a ML record.

At Tropicana, Johnny Damon belts a walkoff homer in the 9thto give the Devil Rays an 8-7 win over the Mariners. Damon was deprived in the 7thof a grand slam when his long fly hits the top of the wall on the yellow line and bounces back onto the field. It is initially ruled a grand slam although Damon completes his homerun trot only after stopping at second base. After viewing the play, crew chief Mike Winters overturned the call giving Damon a double and allowing all three runners to score. Damon is stranded at 2B. The M’s Mike Carp has a double to extend his consecutive game hit streak to 20 games.

22nd  In the 8thinning of a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers, Matt Holliday gets kayoed by a moth and has to leave the field with LA batting. Corey Patterson replaces Holliday as the Birds medical staff works to remove the moth lodged deep in his ear, which they do. When asked to describe the moth’s final moments, Holliday replies, “He died from the overflow of wisdom inside my head” (Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

Jair Jurrjens (13-5) combines with 4 relievers to shut out the Cubs, 3-0, for the Phillies. Second baseman Dan Uggla hits his 30thhomer, the 5thyear in a rown he’s reached that mark

Cliff Lee allows 3 hits in 7 innings and the Phillies cuff around Dillon Gee to beat the Mets, 10-0. Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey echoes his teammates’ opinions when he admires the Phils: “I would want to see us in it (World Series) but if we can’t be there, I think that (Phils-Boston) would be a really neat matchup, because Philly has enough offense and Boston has enough pitching. It’s a real even matchup.”

23rd  In the Rockies 8-6 win over Houston at Coors Field, Houston rookie pitcher Wesley Wright enters in the 8thinning and retires a batter, then moves to RF and David Carpenter takes his place. Carpenter retires Troy Tulowitzki and leaves and Wright returns to the mound to strike out Todd Helton. It is the first time the Astros have ever used this switch.

Ian Kennedy pitches 7 innings in a 2-0 Arizona win over Washington. Kennedy is now 16-4. Sean Burroughs, out of the majors for 5 years, hits a 2-run homer to supply the runs. It is his first homer since April 30, 2005, and it will prove to be his last ML homer.

24thThe Mets defeat the Phillies, 7-4. The game is the 1,000thof Phillie 1B Ryan Howard’s career. His total of 279 HRs is the most in ML history through 1,000 games. Ralph Kiner held the old record with 277. Howard’s 1,179 strikeouts are 2nd-most at the 1,000-game mark, trailing only Rob Deer’s 1,206.

At Cleveland, the Mariners sink the Indians, 9-2, pinning the loss on Josh Tomlin (12-7). Felix Hernandez (12-11) strikes out 10 and walks none in 7 innings. Tomlin (12-7) is touched for 11 hits, including 3 doubles by Kyle Seager, and 6 runs and leaves with two outs in the 4th, the first game in his ML career when he hasn’t pitched at least 5 innings. He had made 37 starts before today of 5 innings or more, which ties George Winter of the Red Sox who did it in 1901-02. Oscar “Flip Flop” Jones went 5 or more innings in his first 51 games for the 1903-04 Brooklyn team. The Indians shut down Tomlin for the rest of the year.  He finishes with 165.1 innings pitched with no steals, the first pitcher since 1969 to qualify for the ERA title and not allow a base stealer.

You guys look familiar. In a 4-2 win against the Nationals, Arizona uses the same starting infield that started for Toronto on May 27, 2007: Lyle Overbay (1B), Aaron Hill (2B), John MacDonald (SS), Ryan Roberts (3B). (as noted by SABR’s Record Committee).

25thThe Yankees crush the Athletics, 22-9, as the Bronx Bombers become the first team in ML history to clout three grand slams in a game. Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson all connect with the bags full. Martin goes 5-for-5, with a pair of homers, a double and two singles. He also drives home 6 runs. The Yankees go the plate 16 times with the bases loaded, tying a post-1950 mark set by the Red Sox on April 7, 2006. Setting records, the Yankees also tie a ML mark by posting a winning margin of 13 runs after trailing by 6 runs in the game. They also become just the 4thteam in history to score at least 4 runs in each of 4 consecutive innings.  The Orioles finish the game with a record: the two teams combine for three grand slams to tie the AL and ML mark.

The Twins send Jim Thome to the Indians for $20,000 and a player to be named. Thome wants to finish out his career with the team he started with.  In two days, he homer for the Tribe, his first for them since 2002.

Brian McCann hits a pair of homers and Michael Bourn has 4 hits to back Brendon Beechy’s (7-2) pitching as the Braves win, 7-2, over the Cubs at Wrigley. The Cardinals stay 10.5 games behind the Braves in the wild card race with an 8-4 win over the Pirates. St. Louis is 7 in back of Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Doug Fister allows 5 hits in 7 scoreless innings and Austin Jackson homers as the Tigers top the Rays, 2-0. Jeremy Hellickson strikes out 4 batters in the 3rd, the first Rays pitcher to do that.

26thAt Progressive Field, the Indians edge the Royals, 2-1, behind Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1). The Tribe’s Kosuke Fukudome scores one of the runs and is thrown out at home by Alex Gordon. For Gordon, who will win a Gold Glove, it is his 20thoutfield assist of the year; ten of those caught runners at the plate.

27thThe Indians edge the Royals, 8-7. Jim Thome hits a homer for Cleveland on his 41stbirthday. He ties Darrell Evans as the oldest player to homer on his birthday.

The Red Sox blanks the Athletics, 4-0, with Alfredo Aceves earning the win. Aceves boosts his career mark to 23-2, thereby setting an ML record for most wins by a pitcher in his first 25 decisions. The old record of 22-3 was set by Larry Corcoran back in 1880.

28thCalifornia’s Ocean View Little League (Huntington Beach) edges Japan, 2-1, to win the Little League WS.

29thAt AT&T Park, the Cubs jump on Tim Lincecum, who gives up three homers and 5 runs in 6 innings. The Cubs win, 7-0, as Randy Wells allows 2 hits in the shutout. For Lincecum, it is his first 3-dinger game.

30thWith a little help from Tim Stauffer, the Dodgers defeat the Padres, 8-5. The SD pitcher walks 6 batters in the 2ndinning, including three with the bases loaded.

On the verge of losing a fourth game to Boston, CC Sabathia bends but doesn’t break as the host Red Sox total 10 hits off him in 6 innings, but score just twice in a 5-2 Yankee victory. The only Yankee pitchers to lose four to Boston in a season were Joe Bush (1922), Johnny Murphy (1942), Spud Chandler (1946), Vic Raschi (1951), Sparky Lyle (1973), Jim Bouton (1965), Mel Stottlemyre (1967) and Pat Dobson (1975).

The Nationals pound Jairs Jurrjens for 6 runs in 6 innings and beat the Braves, 9-2. Jurrjens (13-6) suffers a knee injury and is done for the year, joining Tommy Hanson on the DL. The injuries portend a difficult September for the Braves (71-55).

31stThe AL West-leading Rangers acquire reliever Mike Gonzalez from the Orioles for a player to be named. Gonzalez has made 13 straight scoreless appearances since July 22. They also re-acquire C Matt Treanor from the Royals for cash.

The Phillies get OF John Bowker from the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.

The Braves re-acquire right–handed hitting OF Matt Diaz from the Pirates for a player to be named and cash considerations. Diaz played five years for the Braves but left after the 2010 season to sign a two-year deal with the Bucs. Atlanta also obtains IF Jack Wilson from the Mariners for a player to be named.

The Red Sox get 1B/OF Conor Jackson from the Athletics for minor league P Jason Rice.

SEPTEMBER

1stAt Milwaukee, Albert Pujols blasts two homers, one a grand slam, to lead the Cardinals to an 8-4 win over the Brewers. Right Fielder Corey Hart loses his glove over the fence trying for the slam. Rafael Furcal leads off with a homer for the second day in a row and Matt Holliday hits his career 200thhomer. Before the game two crime-scene bodies appear between 2B and 3B, the scene of Ryan Braun falling twice yesterday as he tried to beat out a triple. The Cards sweep all three games in Milwaukee.

Gio Gonzalez pitches 7 innings as the A’s shut out the Indians, 7-0. Gonzalez allows 4 singles as he improves to 5-0 over the Tribe with an 0.72 ERA in six starts.

2ndThe Cubs say that Carlos Zambrano will sit out the rest of the season after his 30-day suspension ends after games of September 11.  The team says that they will pay him for the rest of the season, but that there’s insufficient time for him to get ready to pitch again. The Cubs say that the grievance filed by Zambrano’s agent will be processed by the players union and MLB after the season. This is the 9thyear in a row that Z has made 20 starts and had a winning season. Only other 3 active pitchers to match that are Sabathia (11 in a row), Tim Hudson (1998 – 2007) and Roy Oswalt (2001-2009).

The Red Sox host their 700th consecutive sellout at Fenway Park but the fans leave disappointed as Texas pounds the Fenmen, 10-0. Derek Holland allows 2 hits in 7 innings for the victory. The Sox sell-out streak began on May 15, 2003.

3rd  The Nationals edge the Mets, 8-7, with 2 runs in the 9thinning. Washington rookie pitcher Tom Milone hits a 3-run HR on the first pitch he sees in the ML, becoming just the 8thpitcher to accomplish the feat. Milone leaves in the 5thand does not figure in the decision, an 8-7 win for the Nats over the Mets.  Ryan Zimmerman singles with 2 on in the 9thand both runs score when RF Lucas Duda dives for the ball and comes up short.  .

The Brewers defeat the Astros, 8-2. Milwaukee backup C George Kottaras hits for the cycle for the Brewers, the first cycle this year.

The Rockies edge the Padres, 5-4, send San Diego to its 9thloss in a row. Dexter Fowler has 3 hits for the Rox, including two doubles, and scores twice. Since being recalled from AAA Colorado Springs on July 15, Fowler has 26 extra base hits in 47 games.

Boston scores 8 times in the 4thinning, including a grand slam by Carl Crawford, to roll past the visiting Rangers, 12-7. Josh Reddick has 2 of his 4 hits in the 4thand Adrian Gonzalez ties a ML mark with two unassisted double plays at 1B. With the win The Sox’ odds of reaching the playoffs peak at 99.6 percent. They hold a 9-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays with 24 games to play.

The Cardinals top the Reds, 6-4, as Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker manage against each other in the majors for the 200th time; the last two managers to oppose each other 200 times were Chuck Tanner and Dick Williams in 1984.

At Wrigley, Derrek Lee has 5 RBI, 4 on a go-ahead grand slam in the 9thoff Cub closer Carlos Marmol. Pittsburgh wins, 7-5.

4thHey, Skip, you’re ruining my WHIP! David Herndon is the losing pitcher for the Phillies, in a 5-4 loss to the Marlins in 14 innings. The reliever gives up 7 walks, 5 intentionally, in 3.2 innings.

Miguel Cabrera homers and drives in 4 runs and Max Scherzer pitches 7 scoreless innings as the Tigers pound the White Sox, 18-2.  Detroit leads the AL Central by 6.5 games.

Shaun Marcum (12-5) allows one hit in 7 innings as Milwaukee beats the Astros, 4-0, to sweep the 3-game set with Houston.

5thThe White Sox shut out the Twins, 4-0, on rookie pitcher Zach Stewart’s 1-hitter. Danny Valencia’s leadoff double in the 8this the only baserunner for Minnesota as Stewart, acquired in a trade July 27, strikes out 9 and walks none.  He’ll lose his next three starts.

The Yankees edge the Orioles, 11-10, as Robinson Cano belts a grand slam and rookie Jesus Montero hits 2 homers. Mariano Rivera gets the save for NY, the 69thof his career against Baltimore, setting an ML record for most saves by a pitcher against a single team.

6thThe Giants defeat the Padres, 6-4, as rookie Brett Pill hits a HR in his first ML at bat in the 2ndinning. Pill is the eighth Giant batter in franchise history to hit a homer on his first at bat. The last to do it was Will Clark, in 1986.

Patriots? The Red Sox take an 11-0 lead after 5 innings as they roll to a 14-0 whitewash of the Jays.  Jon Lester allows 3 hits in 7 innings as he wins his 15th. Marco Scutero has 4 hits, including 3 doubles.

The White Sox spoil the debut of Aussie Liam Henriks, scoring 3 runs in his 7 innings to beat the Twins, 3-0. Jake Peavy and 4 relievers apply the whitewash.

Playing in his last game of the year, Andre Ethier has a double and drives in 4 runs as the Dodgers whip the host Nationals, 7-3. Ethier has now hit 30 doubles in five consecutive seasons, joining Jackie Robinson as the only Dodgers to accomplish that.

7thAt PNC Park, the Pirates edge the Astros 5-4, scoring the go-ahead run in the 8thon three straight pinch singles. The third single results in an usual 9-2-6-9 double play. RF Brian Bogusevic gets two assists and a putout on the play. Andrew McCutchen drives in the first four runs for the Bucs with a pair of homers.

At Yankee Stadium, the Orioles push across a run in the 11thto top the Yankees, 5-4. Until that innings, all the scoring was in the first 4 frames. You guys need a large in golden sombreros? Mark Reynolds strikes out 4 times for the O’s while Chris Davis strikes out 5 times as the Yankee pitchers total 15 K’s.

8thIan Kennedy (19-4) strikes out 11 as the Diamondbacks top San Diego, 4-1. Arizona is now 7.5 games ahead of the idle Giants, who once lead the N.L. West by four-and-a-half-games.

9thThe Cardinals score 2 runs against reliever Craig Kimbrel and another off Scott Linebrink to edge the Braves, 4-3 in 10 innings. The 2 runs off Kimbrel are the first the rookie has allowed in 39 straight innings.

10thThe Athletics edge the Rangers, 8-7. Yoshinori Tateyama surrenders a grand slam to Scott Sizemore, the first batter he faces. In his last game, he gave up a grand slam to the last batter he faced. He becomes only the second pitcher in ML history to surrender grand slams to consecutive batters faced. Seattle’s Greg McCarthy performed the feat in 1998.

The Marlins shut out the Pirates, 3-0, on Anibal Sanchez’s second 1-hitter of the season. Neil Walker’s 1-out single in the 2ndinning is Pittsburgh’s only hit.

Evan Longoria hits a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11thas the Rays top the Red Sox, 6-5. The Rays blow 9th-inning lead as Jarrod Saltamachia and Jacoby Ellsbury hit consecutive home runs off closer Kyle Farnsworth.

In Denver, the Reds and Rockies combine for 9 homeruns as the Rockies win, 12-7. Nick Heisey has 2 of the dingers and the last of the homers, Jordan Pacheco’s first in the majors, breaks a 7-7 tie in the 5th.  Alex White gets the win despite giving up 5 homers. He is the 10thpitcher in history to do that.

The Cardinals edge the Braves, 4–3, to move within 5.5 games of Atlanta in the wild card race. Lance Berkman has a single, RBI double and a walk, reaching base 7 straight times in two games.

Alex Rios hits a walkoff grand slam off Chris Perez in the bottom of the 10thas the White Sox stop the Indians, 7-3.

At Miller Park, the Phils are victors over the Brewers, 3-2, in 10 innings. The win goes to Michael Stutes (6-1), in relief of Cliff Lee who allows 2 runs (one earned) in 6 innings. The scores snap Lee’s consecutive scoreless innings at 32. Earlier in the year he threw 34.1 consecutive scoreless innings.

11thThe Nationals pound the Astros, 8-2. Ian Desmond, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive homers in the 3rdinning for Washington.

The Devil Rays knock out Jon Lester (15-7) after 4 innings and pound 3 relievers for a 9-1 win over the Red Sox.  B.J. Upton hits his 20thhomer, a 5th inning grand slam off Matt Albers. B.J. joins his brother Justin of the Diamondbacks as the first pair of brothers to each post 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in the same season.

At Citi Field, the Cubs score 6 runs in the top of the 11thto beat the Mets, 10-6.  Jason Pridie narrows the margin with a 2-run homer in the 11th.

The Tigers score a pair in the 1stinning and Doug Fister and two relievers make it hold up as the Tigers edge the Twins, 2-1. Victor Martinez should have stayed in bed as he ties a ML record (Joe Toree was the last, in 1975) by hitting into four double plays. The first three are on the ground and the last is a line drive.

Nick Hundley hits a homer and the Padres hold on for a 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks, ending Arizona’s club-record 15 game winning streak.

The Rockies top the Reds, 4-1, as prize rookie Drew Pomerantz debuts with 5 shutout innings.

Stephen Strasburg allows a run in 3 innings in his second start back from Tommy John surgery. He finishes with 6 straight outs. Ian Desmond, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive homers in the 3rdinning, all of Henry Sosa.

Converted pitcher Adam Loewen hits his first ML homer to pace the Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Orioles. Loewen was 8-8 over three seasons (2006-08) with the O’s.  Baltimore has lost 29 of 34 in Toronto.

13thThe Yankees edge the Mariners, 3-2. Mariano Rivera gets the 600thsave of his career, moving him one behind Trevor Hoffman for the all-time ML career mark.

The Red Sox rout the Blue Jays, 18-6, as Tim Wakefield gets the 200thwin of his ML career. He becomes the 2nd-oldest pitcher to reach that milestone, joining Jack Quinn. Dustin Pedroia leads the offense with two doubles and two homers as he drives in 5 runs, while Jacoby Ellsbury has 4 hits, including a double and a HR.  With the Rays losing to Baltimore, 4-2, the Sox are now up by 4 games.

The surging Cardinals overcome three errors by 1B Albert Pujols to beat the Pirates, 6-4. Nick Punto bangs a go-ahead double in the 9th.

Bruce Chen and Louis Coleman combine on a 3-hitter as Kansas City shuts out the visiting Twins, 4-0.  Melky Cabrera hits his 40thdouble of the year and joins Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur as the first outfield in ML history to each hit 40 doubles in the same season (as noted by Rany Jazayerli). The only other teams to have two 40-double outfielders were the 1932 Phillies and the 1998 Angels.

14thThe Phillies’ Roy Halladay shuts out the Astros, 1-0, as Philadelphia becomes the first team to clinch a playoff berth

Rockies backup catcher Eliezer Alfonzo is suspended for 100 games as he becomes the first player suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs under the MLB testing program.

Mike Napoli hits a 2-run homer in the 4thand Josh Hamilton adds a grand slam in the same inning, both off David Huff, as Texas whips the Indians, 9-1. Hamilton’s first slam since May 2008 cost the insurer for CC Carpet & Flooring Design of Dallas an estimated $500,000 for a promotion the store is running. Approximately 200 of CC’s customers will get refunds on flooring or countertops they had purchased if Hamilton hit a slam.

15thThe Giants beat the Rockies, 8-5. Pablo Sandoval hits for the cycle for San Francisco, getting all his hits off starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. He is the first player to record a cycle against a single pitcher since Chris Singleton did so against Jeff Suppan on July 6, 1999.

The Nationals crush the Mets, 10-1. Ian Desmond gets 5 hits for Washington, including a double.

16thThe Tigers edge the Athletics, 3-1, to clinch their first division title since 1987.

Ryan Braun hits his 29thand 30thhomers as the Brewers top the Reds, 6-3. Braun is the second Brewer to record 30 homers and 30 steals in the same year.

17thThe Dodgers trounce the Pirates, 15-1. James Loney gets 5 hits for LA, including a double.

The Phillies clinch their 5thstraight NL East division title with a 9-2 win over the Cardinals.

Behind Tim Hudson, the Braves edge the Mets, 1-0. Chipper Jones lines an RBI-single in the 8thoff hard-luck hurler, A.J. Dickey.

Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers wins his 17thand strikes out 13 batters in 6 innings. Four of the strikeouts come in the 4thinning. Gallardo allows two hits and three relievers follow with hitless innings for a 10-1 win over the reds.

18thThe Giants hit 4 homers in the 4thinning, 3 off Esmil Rogers, and score 8 runs as they beat the Rockies, 12-5. In the frame, Brandon Belt belts one of the homers, Pablo Sandoval hits two, tying a ML record, and pitcher Matt Cain adds insult with a 2-run homer.

In an 8-5 loss to Tampa Bay, Boston’s Tim Wakefield surpasses the 3,0000 innings pitched mark for the Red Sox. No other Sox pitcher has done that. Wakey pitches 5 innings and takes the loss as the Sox are just two games in front of the Rays in the AL East.

Erick Aybar has 4 hits, including 2 homers and 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, and scores 5 runs to pace the Angels to an 11-2 victory over the visiting Orioles.

19thThe Yankees defeat the Twins, 6-4. Mariano Rivera saves the 602ndgame of his career to move past Trevor Hoffman and become the all-time leader.

The Padres pound the Rockies, 8-2. Corey Luebke and Ernesto Frieri combine on the 1-hitter. Mark Ellis’ 2-run HR with 2 outs in the 6thinning is the only SD hit.

Mike Carp hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Mariners to a 12-6 win over the Cleveland Indians. Teammate Alex Liddi, Italian born and raised, hits his first ML homer. He joins Reno Bertoia, raised in the US, as the only Italian born players to hit homers.

20thThe Royals pound the Tigers, 10-2. Rookie Eric Hosmer goes 5-for-5 for KC, including a HR.

The Mariners edge the Twins, 5-4, handing the Twins their 10thloss in a row. Rookie Mike Carp goes 5-for-5 for Seattle, including a double. It is the first time in modern ML history that 2 rookies went 5-for-5 or better on the same day.

Ivan Nova (16-4) wins his 12thin a row as the Yankees shut out the Rays, 5-0. The 12 straight victories by a rookie ties the post-1900 rookie record of Hooks Wiltse (1904), Russ Ford (1910) and Atley Donald (1939). Nova allows 6 hits in 7.2 innings. Curtis Granderson hits two homers, and Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher hit one apiece.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says that he is seeking a contract extension and that he doesn’t want to be a lame duck manager going into 2012.

21stThe Yankees whip the Rays, 4-2, to clinch their 16thplayoff spot in the past 17 years. The win goes to Dave Robertson who enters the game in the 8th, throws one pitch which is hit into a double play, and then he is lifted for the 9th.

Javier Vazquez of the Marlins allows 2 hits over 7 innings as host Florida plays the spoiler role in beating the Braves, 4-0. Atlanta is now just 1.5 games ahead of the Cardinals in the wild card race as St. Louis beats the Mets, 6-5. The Braves lose for the 13thtime in 20 games.

22ndThe Blue Jays squeak past the Angels, 4-3, in 12 innings. In doing so, they tie the ML record for consecutive wins in extra-inning home games with 14 in a row.

23rdThe Rangers beat the Mariners, 5-3, to clinch their 2ndconsecutive AL West division title. Craig Gentry hits his first ML homer, off Javier Vasquez, one of three Vasquez serves up. It is an inside-the-park liner in the 4thinning.

Paul Goldschmidt bangs a 2-run triple and the Diamondbacks edge the Giants, 3-1, to clinch the NL West division title.

The Brewers defeat the Marlins, 4-1, to clinch the NL Central division title 20 minutes after the game when the Cubs defeat the Cardinals, 5-1. Ryan Braun hits a 3-run homer in the 8th.

The Braves defeat the Nationals, 7-4, as Dan Uggla has 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Atlanta is three games up on the Cardinals for the wild card.

Brandon Morrow allows 2 hits in 7 innings to even his record at 11-11 in the Blue Jays 5-1 win over the Rays. He also induces his first GIDP of the season after 170.1 innings pitched and after a total of 173.1 IP since August 10, 2010; the last pitcher to go longer was Charlie Leibrandt who threw 178.2 innings between 1991 and 1992 without inducing a double-play grounder.

24thThe Brewers defeat the Pirates, 6-4, as Prince Fielder hits 3 HRs and drives in 5 runs. His father, Cecil, and he become the 2ndfather-son combo to connect for 3 round-trippers in a game. Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. also did so.

Kick ‘em when they’re down. The Yankees jump on Jon Lester for 6 runs in the 2ndand two more in the 3rdto drive Lester from the game and beat the Red Sox, 9-1.  The Sox lead shrinks to 1.5 games over the Rays.

Johnny Damon’s third hit of the game, a 3-run homer in the 8th, gives the Rays a 4-run lead as they clip the visiting Blue Jays, 6-2. Rookie reliever Alex Torres pitches 5 shutout innings for his first ML win.

Cubs closer Carlos Marmol forces home the tying run in the 9thwith a bases-loaded walk, then follows with a wild pitch and the Cardinals edge the Cubs, 2-1.  St. Louis is now 2 behind the Braves with 4 games to play.

25thThe Phillies down the Mets, 9-4, as Roy Halladay wins his 19thgame against only 6 losses. He becomes just the 6thpitcher in ML history to finish at least 7 games over .500 in each of 7 or more consecutive seasons. The others to accomplish the feat are Hall of Famers Tim Keefe, John Clarkson, Kid Nichols, Christy Mathewson and Lefty Grove.

Texas and Seattle each hit four homers as Texas triumphs, 12-5. Yorvit Torrealba has a pair, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs to help his batterymate Derek Holland win his 16th. Esteban German contributes a 4-base score as he circles the bases in the 5thon an error by CF Trayvon Robinson. His fly scores Kinsler.

The punchless Braves lose to the Nationals, 3-0, as their first four batters go 0-for-16. Nats pitchers retire the last 15 batters in a row.  Wilson Ramos hit a solo shot in the 4thand Michael Morse blasted a towering homer with a man on in the 7th.

The Cubs keep Albert Pujols off the bases for the first time in 41 straight games, but the Cardinals edge the Cubs, 3-2. Pujols gets a 45-second standing ovation during his first at bat.

In Cleveland’s 6-4 loss to the visiting Twins, Jim Thome plays third base for one pitch in the 9thinning. The Indians have three more games in Detroit.

Clayton Kershaw earned his 21stwin, taking a 2-hitter into the 8thinning as the Dodgers defeat the Padres.

Tim Lincecum allows 5 hits in 5 innings to the Diamondbacks as his Giants lose, 5-2.  Lincecum finishes the year at 13-14 and 220 strikeouts, the first year in the last four he has not led the NL in K’s.  His ERA is 2.75. Lincecum joins Dupee Shaw (1884), Amos Rusie (1890), Ed Walsh (1910), Gaylord Perry (1967) and Ben Sheets (2004) as the only pitchers in MLB history to finish a season with a losing record, an ERA under 2.75 and at least 220 strikeouts (as noted by Giant beat writers Henry Schulman and Andy Baggarly)

Brian Matusz (1-9) closes out a dismal season with another poor performance as the Tigers light him up for 2 homers and 6 runs in 5 innings as they beat the Orioles, 10-6. In 12 starts he breaks the ML record for the worst ERA in 10 starts or more with a 10.69 ERA. At least he’s in good company; Mark Halladay set the mark in 2000 with a 10.64 ERA.

26thThe White Sox release manager Ozzie Guillen from his contract. Pitching coach Pitching coach Don Cooper takes over the reins for the final 2 games of the season.

The Red Sox stagger, losing to the Orioles, 6-3, and are now tied with the Rays at 89-71. The O’s batter ace Josh Beckett.

The Rays top the Yankees, 5-2 as New York looks forward to the playoffs.

The Marlins re-sign Omar Infante to a two-year $8 million contract.

27thThe Phillies down the Braves, 7-1, handing Derek Lowe his fifth loss in a row. Lowe (9-17) last just 4 innings as he loses his NL-high 17thgame. This is the first year in the last 10 that Lowe has failed to win 12 games or more. The winner is Roy Oswalt (9-10), who tosses a 3-hitter.

At Minute Maid Park, the Cardinals spot the Astros 5 runs before roaring back for a 13-6 victory. Matt Holliday leaves the game with an injured hand and his replacement  Allen Craig has a homer, double and 4 RBIs. Nick Punto has 4 hits, including a homer, and starts a DP, the 169thfor the Cards this year to set a NL record.

If any fans left Chase Field after 9 innings, they missed a fistful of records. In the 10th, the Dodgers score 5 runs to take a 6-1 lead. The lead is not safe for the Dodgers as they watch as the Diamondbacks score 6 to win the game. Ryan Roberts’ walk off grand slam, off Javy Guerra, is the coup de grace. Roberts mimicks Dodger manager Kirk Gibson’s famous fist pump as he rounds the bases. It is only the 2ndtime in ML history that a team comes back from a 5-run deficit in an extra inning. The Pirates turned the trick against the Cubs on April 21, 1991. Micah Owings (8-0) gets the win and becomes the 2ndpitcher in ML history to earn a victory after allowing 5-or-more runs while recording 3-or-fewer outs. Jack Knott did so in 1934. Roberts also goes into the record books, too, joining Babe Ruth (1925), Roger Freed (1979) and Jason Giambi (2002) as the only major-leaguers to hit walk-off grand slams with their teams trailing by three runs in extra innings.

At Camden Yards, the Red Sox use the long ball to defeat the Orioles, 8-7. Yale grad Ryan Lavarnway has a pair of homers to drive in 4 runs and Jacoby Ellsbury and Marco Scutero add 2-run homers. Ellsbury has now hit in 35 straight games against Baltimore.  He’ll extend it to 36 games tomorrow. Boston and Tampa Bay each have 90-71 records.

Mathew Joyce belts a 3-run homer in the 7th, off Rafael Soriano, and the Rays top the visiting Yankees, 5-3. Russell Martin grounds into a bases loaded triple play in the 6thfor New York that bounces off pitcher Jeremy Hellickson to 3B Evan Longoria.

At AT&T Park, Madison Bumgarner strikes out 9 and allows 2 hits in 7 innings as the Giants shut out the Rockies. Conor Gillaspie hits his first ML homer, a 2-run inside-the-park dinger in the 7thoff Esmil Rogers.

At Citi Field, Juan Francisco triples and scores on a sac bunt in the 13thas the Reds edge the Mets, 5-4.  Jose Reyes has a pair of homers for New York, both off starter Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo has now served up 46 homers, tops in the NL, while walking 45.

28thWho would’ve called this one! The Rays bounce back from a 7-0 deficit after 7 innings to defeat the Yankees, 8-7, in 12 innings and earn a playoff berth.  The last time the Yankees blew a 7-run lead in the 8thinning was August 18, 1953. The Yanks use a ML-record tying 11 pitchers in the extra-inning game. Mark Teixeira has 2 homers to reach 39, one a grand slam and both off David Price, and 5 RBIs for New York. The Bombers have now hit 10 grand slams this year.  Evan Longoria hits a pair of four baggers, including a celebratory walkoff homer, and drives in 4 runs for the Rays.  Longoria, with 401 RBIs and 113 homers in his first four seasons, joins a select group of players to reach 400 and 100 in their first four years: Teixeira, Earl Averill, Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera, Orlando Cepeda, Joe DiMaggio, Ralph Kiner, Chuck Klein, Bob Johnson, Albert Pujols, Hal Trosky and Ted Williams.

In Baltimore, the Red Sox are one out away from defeating Baltimore when Jonathan Papelbon gives up consecutive doubles and an RBI game-winning single to Robert Andino and the Orioles improbably defeat Boston, 4-3. It is Andino’s 7thRBI against Boston in the last 9 days of the season (as noted by Jayson Stark in Wild Pitches) Papelbon had not blown a save since May 9.  The loss leaves the sagging Sox a game in back of Tampa Bay and shuts them out of the wild card.

     Gio Gonzalez allows 2 hits in 8 innings as he wins his 16th, a 2-0 victory for the A’s over the M’s.

The Cardinals shut out the Astros, 8-0, to clinch the wild card spot in the NL playoffs. Chris Carpenter allows 2 hits and strikes out 11.

In Detroit’s 5-4 win over Cleveland, Detroit CF Austin Jackson strikes out 3 times to finish with a 2-year total of 351 K’s, the most in the AL.

Stephen Strasburg (1-1) allows one hit and no runs and strikes out 11 in 6 innings to win his first of the year, a 3-1 Nationals win over the Marlins. Four relievers finish up.

Mike Napoli clubs 2 homers and drives in all 3 runs as the Rangers finish the season with a 3-1 win over the Angels.

At Miller Park, the Brewers hit 3 homers to back Zack Greinke’s (16-6) pitching in a 7-3 win over the Pirates. Greinke strikes out 4 to total 201 strikeouts for the season. He joins Bill Singer, David Cone, Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Nolan Ryan, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers since 1950 to strike out at least 200 batters in a season in each league; Greinke struck out 242 for the Royals in 2009.

Miguel Bautista surrenders two hits as he shuts out the Reds, 3-0, for the Mets.  Jose Reyes leads off with a bunt single and then exits for a pinch runner in a time-honored tradition of batting leaders protecting their lead in their last game. Reyes, with a .337 average, tops Ryan Braun (.332) who goes 0-for-4 today.

The Marlins announce Ozzie Guillen as their new manager. The fiery Guillen once served as a 3B coach for the Marlins but the transaction with the White Sox also involves sending prospects Jhan Marinez and Osvaldo Martinez to Chicago.

Ted Lilly pitches 7 scoreless innings to earn the win as the Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 7-5. Cole Gillespie hits a 9thinning grand slam for the D’Backs to narrow the losing margin. Dodger IF Eugenio Velez grounds out as a pinch hitter. He breaks a modern day ML record for a non-pitcher by going hitless in his final 46 at bats over two season; the record at bats belonged to Bill Bergen, Dave Campbell and Craig Counsell. Velez also in 0-for-37 for this season, also a ML record for non-pitchers. Jamey Carroll has a one-out triple in the 4th, one of 5 triples hit on the last day of the regular year. During the 2011 season, there were 300 two-out triples, 299 one-out triples and 299 no-out triples.

Boston’s Jon Lester, going for his 15thstraight win over Baltimore, leaves in the 6thwith a 3-2 lead, but after an hour and a half rain delay, the Orioles score a pair in the 9thon 3 hits to win, 4-3.

Held to two hits by Phillip Humber and Matt Thornton, the Blue Jays score 2 in the 9thto beat the host White Sox, 3-2. Interim Sox manager Don Cooper shows some mercy by holding Adam Dunn out of the game, thus allowing him to miss breaking Rob Deer’s major-league record for lowest batting average (.179) for a qualifying hitter. Dunn misses by just six plate appearances, finishing the year with a .159 average in 496 PAs. He has a .292 OBP and a .277 SLG.

30th     The Rays shut out the Rangers, 9-0, in the opening game of their division series, as Kelly Shoppach belts 2 HRs and drives in 5 runs. Matt Moore hurls 7 innings of 2-hit ball while making just his 2ndML start. Moore becomes the youngest hurler in AL history to start his team’s first game of the postseason.

Game 1 of the Tigers-Yankees division series is suspended due to rain. The game is tied, 1-1, in the second inning.

The Red Sox announce that Terry Francona will not return as their manager in 2012. Francona and Bill Carrigan (1915-1916) are the only Red Sox managers to win two World Series with the team. Francona’s Sox won just 7 games in September; the ’62 Mets have the September record with 6 wins.

OCTOBER

1stThe Rangers even their divisional series against the Rays with an 8-6 win. Derek Holland gets the win for Texas, backed by a HR from Mitch Moreland. Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homer for TB.

The Yankees take the opener of their divisional series with a 9-3 win over the Tigers. Ivan Nova gets the win in relief for the Yanks and Robinson Cano clouts a grand slam. Delmon Young homers for Detroit.

Yovani Gallardo hurls the Brewers to a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Prince Fielder homers for Milwaukee and Ryan Roberts connects for Arizona.

The Phillies open their divisional series against the Cardinals with an 11-6 victory behind Roy Halladay. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez homer for Philadelphia and Lance Berkman connects for St. Louis.

2ndThe Tigers edge the Yankees, 5-3, to even their division series at one game apiece. Max Scherzer picks up the win with the aid of a homer by Miguel Cabrera. Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson homer for New York.

The Brewers beat the Diamondbacks, 9-4, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in their division series. Takashi Saito gets the win in relief. Ryan Braun homers for Milwaukee, while Chris Young, Justin Upton and Paul Goldschmidt all connect for Arizona.

The Cardinals even their series with the Phillies, defeating Philadelphia by a 5-4 score. Octavio Dotel gets the win in relief for St. Louis.

3rdThe Rangers edge the Rays, 4-3, to take the lead in their division series. Colby Lewis gets the win, backed by a Mike Napoli HR. Napoli adds a stolen base and throws out a runner, the first catcher to do all 3 in one post-season game. Rookie Desmond Jennings hits a pair of homers for TB.

The Tigers defeat the Yankees, 5-4, on Delmon Young’s 7th-inning HR to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their division series. Justin Verlander gets the win for Detroit.

4thThe Yankees trounce the Tigers, 10-1, to tie their division series at 2 games apiece. AJ Burnett gets the win for New York while Victor Martinez homers for Detroit.

The Rangers edge the Rays, 4-3, to win their division series and move on to the ALCS. Matt Harrison gets the victory, aided by 3 homers by Adrian Beltre and another by Ian Kinsler.

Ben Francisco’s 3-run, pinch HR carries the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Cardinals and a 2-games-to-1 lead in their division series. Cole Hamels gets the win for Philadelphia.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Brewers, 8-1, to stay alive in their division series. Paul Goldschmidt hits a grand slam in rookie Josh Collmenter’s win. Corey Hart homers for Milwaukee.

5thThe Cardinals defeat the Phillies, 5-3, to even their division series at 2 games apiece. Edwin Jackson gets the win for St. Louis, with help from David Freese’s HR and 4 RBIs. Also helping is one of the furry denizens of Busch Stadium, the rally squirrel.  After making an appearance in yesterday’s game, the squirrel (or squirrels) dashes onto the field in the 5thinning and crosses the plate with Skip Schumacker at bat. Roy Oswalt’s pitch is called a ball and the distracted Oswalt protests that it should be a do-over., but to no avail. “I was wondering what size of animal it needed to be for it not to be a pitch,” he said.  After the season four squirrrels will be caught at Busch and released in the wild. But it will not be their last appearance. When the Cardinals win the World Series, the commemorative rings will have a small rally squirrel engraved on the side.

The Diamondbacks even their series with the Brewers at 2 games apiece with a 10-6 victory. Micah Owings gets the win for Arizona, who get a pair of homers by Chris Young, a 1st-inning grand slam from Ryan Roberts and a solo from Aaron Hill. Carlos Gomez connects for Milwaukee. For Roberts, it is his second grand slam in a little over a week. Arizona has now hit a grand slam in four consecutive home games, the only team in ML history to accomplish the feat.

6thThe Tigers edge the Yankees, 3-2, to move on to the ALCS. Doug Fister gets the win for Detroit. Don Kelly and Delmon Young hit back-to-back homers in the 1stinning for the Tigers while Robinson Cano connects for NY.

The White Sox name Robin Ventura, who has not managed or coached at any level, as their new manager.

7thThe Brewers edge the Diamondbacks, 3-2, in 10 innings to take their division series and move on to the NLCS. John Axford gets the win in relief after blowing his first save in six months for Milwaukee. Justin Upton homers for Arizona.

Chris Carpenter allows 3 hits and defeats Roy Halladay to give the Cardinals a 1-0 win over the Phillies. St. Louis moves on to the NLCS. Skip Schumaker drives home the game’s only run. Ryan Howard ruptures his left Achilles tendon making the final out for the Phils, and will not return to action until next July.  Howard, with a five year $125M contract extension will start a deep decline in production.

8thThe Rangers edge the Tigers, 3-2, to take Game 1 of the ALCS. Alexei Ogando gets the win in relief, backed by a homer from Nelson Cruz.

9thThe Brewers take the opener of the NLCS with a 9-6 win over the Cardinals. Zach Greinke gets the victory as Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Yuniesky Betancourt homer for Milwaukee and David Freese connects for St. Louis.

10thHector Cruz hits a pair of homers, including a walk-off grand slam in the 11thinning, to lead the Rangers to a 7-3 win over the Tigers, and a 2-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. Mike Adams gets the win in relief while Ryan Raburn homers for Detroit.

The Cardinals rout the Brewers, 12-3, to even the NLCS at a game apiece. Albert Pujols hits a HR and 3 doubles, and drives in 5 runs for St. Louis, which also gets a homer from David Freese. Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks homer for Milwaukee. Lance Lynn gets the win in relief.

11thThe Tigers defeat the Rangers, 5-2, behind Doug Fister. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta all homer for Detroit. Texas stills leads the ALCS, 2-games-to-1.

12thThe Rangers defeat the Tigers, 7-3, in 11 innings to take Game 4 of the ALCS. Victor Cruz’s 3-run HR is the big blow, helping Scott Feldman to the victory. Brandon Inge homers for Detroit.

The Cardinals score 4 runs in the 1stinning and go on to hold the lead and edge the Brewers, 4-3, in Game 3 of the NLCS. Chris Carpenter gets the win for St. Louis while Mark Kotsay homers in a losing cause for Milwaukee.

13thThe Tigers defeat the Rangers, 7-5, to cut Texas’ ALCS lead to 3-games-to-2. Justin Verlander gets the win for Detroit aided by a pair of homers by Delmon Young and solo blasts by Ryan Raburn and Alex Avila. Hector Cruz homers for Texas.

The Brewers edge the Cardinals, 4-2, to even the NLCS at 2 games apiece. Randy Wolf gets the victory for Milwaukee. Allen Craig and Matt Holliday go deep for St. Louis.

Lance Berkman and Jacob Ellsbury win the NL and AL Comeback Player of the Year awards.

14thThe Cardinals defeat the Brewers, 7-1, to take the lead in the NLCS. Octavio Dotel gets the win in relief.

15thThe Rangers score 9 runs in the 3rdinning and go on to trounce the Tigers, 15-5, to win the ALCS and move on to the WS. Alexei Ogando gets the win in relief. Michael Young and Nelson Cruz homer for Texas. Miguel Cabrera hits a pair of HRs for Detroit, while Austin Jackson and Jhonny Peralta also connect. Cruz is named ALCS MVP. He sets records for a postseason series with 6 HRs and 13 RBIs.

16thThe Cardinals clinch the NL pennant and move on to the WS with a 12-6 victory over the Brewers. Marc Rzepczynski gets the win in relief, backed by HRs from Rafael Furcal, Albert Pujols and David Freese. Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks and Jonathan Lucroy all connect for Milwaukee in a losing cause. Freese is named NLCS MVP.

17thFrank McCourt and his estranged wife Jamie reach a settlement in their long-running and ugly divorce case. Both sides have racked up legal fees in excess of $20 million, making it the most expensive divorce in California history. Jamie will receive $130 million, while McCourt retains ownership of the Dodgers. Terms of the agreement call for payment to be completed by April 2012. MLB has been running the team since April when Selig appointed Tom Schieffer, the former president of the Texas Rangers, to run the team because he was concerned about how the finances were being managed.

19thThe Cardinals edge the Rangers, 3-2, in Game 1 of the World Series. Allen Craig’s PH single drives in the deciding run. Chris Carpenter gets the win, while Mike Napoli hits a HR for Texas.

20th  The Rangers score 2 runs in the 9thinning to edge past the Cardinals, 2-1, and even the World Series at a game apiece. Mike Adams gets the win in relief. Michael Young’s sac fly brings home the winning run.

David Ortiz wins the Roberto Clemente Award, given to a player who excels on the field and also gives back through community service.

The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw wins the Warren Spahn Award as the ML’s top left-handed pitcher.

22ndThe Cardinals clobber the Rangers, 16-7, to take the lead in the World Series. Albert Pujols gets 5 hits, including 3 homers, to lead St. Louis. He joins Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players to hit 3 homers in a WS game. His 5 hits and 6 RBIs also tie Series records as is his 4 hits in consecutive innings. Yadier Molina, who is the third brother to play in the last three World Series, has 4 RBIs for the Birds. Allen Craig also homers for the Cardinals. Michael Young and Nelson Cruz connect for Texas.  Lance Lynn gets the win in relief. In the third inning, a fan in the front row throws out a wiffle ball that almost hits Matt Holliday as he is about to catch a fly ball. The fan is ejected.

23rdDerek Holland and Neftali Feliz combine on a 2-hit shutout to defeat the Cardinals, 4-0, and tie the World Series at 2 games apiece. Mike Napoli’s 3-run HR is the big blow for Texas. Lance Berkman gets both of St. Louis’s hits.

24thMike Napoli’s 2-run double off Rzepcyznski in the 8thinning provides the winning margin in the Rangers 4-2 win over the Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series. Darren Oliver gets the win in relief. Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland homer for Texas. The Rangers lead the series, 3-games-to-2. The game is tied in the 8thinning when not one but two phone calls to the Cardinal bullpen by Tony LaRussa are misheard and the wrong pitcher comes to the mound.

Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp are announced as the winners of the 2011 Hank Aaron Award as the most outstanding offensive performers of the year. Bautista, Carlos Pena and Wes Helms were the only ML hitters to receive bases-empty intentional walks this season (as noted by Trent McCotter).

The Cubs announce the hiring of Theo Epstein to a five-year $18.5 million contract to be president of baseball operations. The deal will cost them a player to be named: righty reliever Chris Carpenter will be assigned in February. Carpenter will end up having unforseen elbow surgery in April, curtailing his 2012 season.  Also, as compensation in the complicated deal, the Cubs will receive from the Red Sox first baseman prospect Jair Bogaerts from the Red Sox at the end of March. Bogaerts, from Aruba, is just 19 years old. He hit .288 in the Dominican Summer League last year.

The Red Sox announce that Theo Epstein’s successor as General Manager will be Ben Cherington, Epstein’s lieutenant. Cherington says, “he’s incredibly honored” during his press conference, twice using the word “multifactorial.” He also says that John Lackey will miss the 2012 season because of Tommy John surgery. Lackey finished the year at 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA, the highest ever for a Sox pitcher with 25 starts. He was one of the pitchers who fell into disfavor when it came out the he and others enjoyed a “rally brew” during games they were not pitching.

26thGame 6 of the World Series is postponed due to rain.

27thIn a game marked by six lead changes, the Cardinals bounce back to defeat the Rangers and even the World Series with a 10-9 win in 11 innings. There are a record three blown saves in the game. David Freese ties the game with a 2-out, 2-strike triple in the bottom of the 9th, then he homers to win it in the bottom of the 11th. Texas gets homers from Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton. Lance Berkman and Allen Craig also homer for St. Louis. Jake Westbrook gets the win in relief.

28thThe Cardinals defeat the Rangers, 6-2, to win the 2011 World Series. Chris Carpenter gets the win in the clincher while Allen Craig hits a HR for St. Louis. David Freese is named Series MVP. Former Cardinal pitcher Bob Forsch throws out the ceremonial first pitch: Forsch, 61, will be found dead in his home in less than a week.

31stThe Indians acquire Derek Lowe from the Braves for minor league P Chris Jones. Lowe is the first major-leaguer to have led a league in wins, losses and saves; he led the N.L. in losses this season and in wins in 2006 (with the Dodgers) and the A.L. in saves in 2000 (with the Red Sox).

Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa announces his retirement, a decision he had told the Cardinals in August. He becomes the first manager in ML history to win a WS in his final year at the helm.

NOVEMBER

1st     Three Dodgers—Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier—and three Red Sox—Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury—are named as 2011 Gold Glove winners.

The Cubs introduce Theo Epstein at a press conference along with Jed Hoyer as the new executive veep, and Jason McLeod as senior veep/scouting player development. All three come from the Red Sox.

2ndThe Cubs fire Mike Quade as their manager and state that they want a manager with ML experience.

7thThe Royals trade OF Melky Cabrera to the offense-starving Giants for starter Jonathan Sanchez and minor league P Ryan Verdugo. After fading in Atlanta, Cabrera had a turn-around year in 2011, collecting 201 hits and batting .305.

9thNationals rookie catcher Wilson Ramos is kidnapped by gunmen from his home in Venezuela. He will be rescued by Venezuelan police in two days and three of his abductors will be arrested.

10thThe Pirates sign free agent C Rod Barajas to a one-year contract.

11thThe Twins sign free agent IF Jamey Carroll to a two-year $6.5M contract. The 37-year-old hit .290 for the Dodgers last year.

The Phillies agree to a four-year $50 million contract with free agent closer Jonathan Papelbon.

On 11/11/11, the Florida Marlins officially change their name to the Miami Marlins, and introduce their new uniforms.

13thThe Cardinals hire ex-catcher Mike Matheny as their new manager. Matheny has not managed at any level.

14thThe Braves Craig Kimbrel and the Rays Jeremy Hellickson win Rookie of the Year awards in the NL and AL respectively. Kimbrel set a rookie record with 46 saves.

15thJustin Verlander is the unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young Award. He won the AL pitching triple crown.

16thKirk Gibson of the Diamondbacks and Joe Maddon of the Rays win Manager of the Year honors in the NL and AL respectively.

17thClayton Kershaw is named winner of the NL Cy Young Award.

The Cubs hire Brewers 3B coach Dale Sveum as their new manager. Sveum had been courted by the Red Sox, but the Cubs choose him over former Cub great Ryne Sandberg, manager of the Phillies triple A affiliate, who was named minor league manager of the year by Baseball America.

MLB approves the sale of the Houston Astros, and their move to the AL West in 2013. The sale was conditional on accepting the move.

20thThe Phillies acquire utility player Ty Wigginton from the Rockies for either a player to be named or cash.

21stTigers P Justin Verlander is named winner of the AL MVP award.

The Pirates agree to terms on a two-year contract with free agent SS Clint Barmes.

Promising Mariners outfielder Dutch-born Greg Halman is stabbed to death in the Netherlands by his younger brother.

The Rangers agree to a two-year contract with free agent P Joe Nathan.

22ndBrewers OF Ryan Braun wins the NL MVP award with the Dodgers Matt Kemp finishing second. Kemp, with better numbers but a worse team, says about the sports writers’ vote, “You all have created a monster. Next year I’m gonna hit 50 homers and steal 50 bases.” Kemp wins every other honor including Baseball America’s major league player of the year.

23rdThe Padres send P Wade LeBlanc to the Marlins in exchange for C John Baker.

26thThe Blue Jays acquire 2B Luis Valbuena from the Indians for cash considerations.

27thThe Rays obtain P Josh Lueke and a player to be named or cash from the Mariners in exchange for C John Jaso.

28thThe Rays sign free agent C Jose Molina to a one-year deal.

29thThe Royals agree to a one-year $4M contract with free agent P Jonathan Broxton.

30thThe Cubs reach agreement on a two-year $10M contract with free agent OF David DeJesus.

The Red Sox announce that veteran manager and baseball commentator Bobby Valentine is the team’s new manager for 2012. Valentine last managed in Japan in 2009.

The Angels acquire C Chris Iannetta from the Rockies in exchange for P Tyler Chatwood.

DECEMBER

1st     The Dodgers sign free agent IF Adam Kennedy to a one-year contract.

The Rangers send C Taylor Teagarden to the Orioles for minor league P Randy Henry and a player to be named.

2ndThe Dodgers agree to a two-year deal with free agent P Chris Capuano.

The Marlins agree to a three-year $27M deal with free agent P Heath Bell.

3rdThe Angels send C Jeff Mathis to the Blue Jays for P Brad Mills.

5thFormer Cubs great 3B Ron Santo is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

The Marlins agree to terms on a 6-year contract with free agent SS Jose Reyes worth an eye-popping $106M.

6thThe Twins send P Kevin Slowey to the Rockies for a player to be named. They also ink closer Matt Capps for one year at $4,750,000, but his best years are behind him.

The White Sox trade P Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays for Toronto’s top pitching prospect Nestor Molina, a surprise move to the Sox new manager Ventura.

The Mets send OF Angel Pagan, who reportedly had become unpopular in the clubhouse, to the Giants for OF Andres Torres and P Ramon Ramirez, two players who were key to the Giants in 2010. The team also reaches agreements with free agent pitchers Frank Francisco (1-4, 3.55, for Toronto), for $12 million for two years, and Jon Rauch, at $3.5 million for a year.

7thThe Marlins reach agreement on a four-year $58M deal with free agent P Mark Buehrle.

The Rockies send P Huston Street to the Padres for a player to be named and cash.

The Pirates agree to one-year deals with free agent P Erik Bedard and OF Nate McLouth.

Tim McCarver wins the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence.

8thIn a surprise, the Angels agree to terms with free agent 1B Albert Pujols on a 10-year contract, and pitcher C.J. Wilson on a five-year deal. The Cardinals had upped their offer to the slugger, while the Marlins had offered him a 10-year $220 million contract. He’ll ink it on December 11. As compensation, the Cardinals will receive a minor leaguer who will turn out to be Michael Wacha.

The Dodgers agree to terms on a two-year contract with free agent P Aaron Harang. They also send P Dana Eveland to the Orioles for minor leaguers Jarret Martin (P) and Tyler Henson (OF).

The Brewers agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent SS Alex Gonzalez.

The Astros make Mets’ minor league P Rhiner Cruz the top pick in baseball’s Rule 5 draft.

The Phillies sign free agent OF Laynce Nix to a two-year deal.

The Cubs obtain 3B Ian Stewart and P Casey Weathers from the Rockies for OF Tyler Colvin and IF D.J. LeMahieu.

9thThe Diamondbacks acquire pitchers Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow from the Athletics for pitchers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook, and OF Collin Cowgill.

The Tigers reach an agreement with free agent P Octavio Dotel on a one-year contract. The Tigers will be Dotel’s record-tying 13thML team. The Tigers also send P Ryan Perry to the Nationals for P Collin Balester.

12thThe Brewers reach agreement on a deal with free agent 3B Aramis Ramirez.

The Phillies trade OF Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays in exchange for P Frank Galley.

The Rockies agree to a two-year deal with free agent C Ramon Hernandez.

The Brewers send 3B Casey McGehee to the Pirates for P Jose Veras. McGehee hit just .223 in Milwaukee last season.

The Rays obtain P Burke Badenhop from the Marlins for minor league C Jake Jefferies.

13thThe Red Sox reach agreement with free agent C Kelly Shoppach on a one-year contract.

The Phillies agree to a one-year deal with free agent P Dontrelle Willis, but he won’t make it out of spring training before being released.

14thThe Red Sox acquire P Mark Melancon from the Astros for IF Jed Lowrie and P Kyle Weiland. They also sign free agent IF Nick Punto to a two-year contract.

The Twins agree to terms with free agent OF Josh Willingham on a three-year contract worth $21M.

The Diamondbacks reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent P Takashi Saito.

16thThe Rockies reach agreement on a three-year deal with free agent OF Michael Cuddyer. The deal is worth $31.5M.

The Cardinals reach agreement on a one-year contract with pitcher J.C. Romero.

The Indians obtain OF Aaron Cunningham from the Padres in exchange for minor league P Cory Burns.

17thThe Reds send three ML-ready prospects, Brad Boxberger, IF Yonder Alonso and C Yasmani Grandal plus star pitcher Edinson Volquez to the Padres for pitcher Mat Latos, 9-14 with a 3.47 ERA last season. Volquez will lead the Padres in K’s in 2012 while Latos will shine, going 14-4. The Havana-born Grandal, a former first-round pick, will blossom, going .297/.394/.469 but end the year by testing positive. His 50-game suspension will start in 2013.  The Reds keep another first-round catcher pick Devin Mesoraco over Grandal.

18thThe Orioles reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent OF Endy Chavez.

19thThe Diamondbacks reach agreement on a two-year deal with free agent OF Jason Kubel.

21stThe Royals sign free agent P Jose Mijares to a one-year contract.

The Padres send C Luis Martinez to the Rangers for minor league P Ryan Kelly.

22ndThe Cardinals agree to a two-year $25M deal with free agent OF Carlos Beltran.

The Twins agree to a one-year deal with free agent vet Jason Marquis. Marquis pitched 11+ innings for Arizona this past year, after being traded from the Nationals where he was 8-5.

23rdThe Cubs send reliever Sean Marshall to the Reds for P Travis Wood, OF Dave Sappelt, and IF Ronald Torreyes. Marshall had a stellar 2.26 ERA in 75+ innings in 2010.

The Nationals obtain A’s ace Gio Gonzalez (16-12) and pitcher Robert Gilliam from the Athletics in exchange for C Derek Norris and pitchers A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock and Tommy Milone.

28thThe Red Sox obtain All-Star relief P Andrew Bailey and OF Ryan Sweeney from the Athletics for OF Josh Reddick, IF Miles Head and P Raul Alcantara.

30thThe Mariners sign free agent P George Sherrill to a one-year contract.

31stThe Padres acquire OF Carlos Quentin from the White Sox for minor league pitchers Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez. Quentin hit 24 homers this past year with the Sox along with a .254/.340/.499 batting, OBP and slugging.  He also set a franchise record with 24 HBPs, and he will set a San Diego franchise record in 2012.

  • 2012

JANUARY

1stThe White Sox send P Jason Frasor to the Blue Jays for minor league pitchers Muyles Jaye and Daniel Webb.

4thThe Rays sign free agent P Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract.

5thZambrano is reunited with Ozzie Guillen. The Cubs end their relationship with fiery pitcher Carlos Zambrano trading him to the Marlins for former first-round pick Chris Volstad. Zambrano last pitched August 12thwhen he was ejected from a game. The Cubs will pick up $16 million of Z’s $18 million contract.

The Reds sign free agent P Andrew Brackman to a one-year deal.

6thThe Cubs trade former first-round pick Andrew Cashner and minor league OF Kyung-Min Na to the Padres for blue chip first-base prospect Anthony Rizzo and minor league P Zach Cates. Cates and Na are considered non-prospects. For Theo Epstein, it is a re-acquire as Boston on his watch had traded Rizzo to the Padres.

The Mets agree to a one-year deal with free agent SS Ronny Cedeno.

9thThe Blue Jays sign free agent P Darren Oliver to a one-year contract.

On his third try, Barry Larkin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

10thRyan Madson signs a one-year deal worth $8.5 million with the Reds. Madson, a Scott Boras client, nearly re-signed with the Phils in November but a 4-year $44 million deal collapsed. Madson will spend 2012 on the sidelines following Tommy John surgery.

11thThe Cubs agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Paul Maholm. Maholm will post a 9-6 record before being swapped to the Braves at the trading deadline.

12thThe Rays agree to a one-year contract with free agent 1B/OF Luke Scott.

Baseball owners vote to give Commissioner Bud Selig a 2-year extension.

13thThe Yankees trade good-hitting young catcher Jesus Montero and P Hector Noesi to the Mariners for pitchers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. The highly regarded Pineda was 9-10 his rookie year, but will spend the 2012 season on the sidelines. New York also reaches a deal for a one-year contract with free agent P Hiroki Kuroda.

16thThe Rockies trade OF Seth Smith to the Athletics for pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman.

17thThe Tigers announce that Victor Martinez tore the ACL in his left knee last week during offseason conditioning. An MRI at the Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Fla., revealed the torn ACL. The slugger will miss the 2012 season.

18thThe Astros sign free agent OF jack Cust to a one-year contract.

The Twins sign free agent P Joel Zumaya to a one-year contract.

The Rangers agree to a 6-year deal worth $60M with Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish.

20thThe Rockies trade P Kevin Slowey to the Indians for minor league P Zach Putman and cash considerations.

The Astros agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent C Chris Snyder.

Fausto Carmona apologies to the Cleveland fans and issued a tearful apology to the fans, his team and the American government. Carmona is arrested in his native D.R. for theft identity when he went to get his visa renewed and it is revealed that his real name is Roberto Hernández Heredia, three years older than his stated 27. He has been paying off the real Fausto Carmona. The same thing happened last month to Florida Marlins pitcher Leo Núñez, who is now known as Juan Carlos Oviedo. He, too, was arrested. In July, MLB will hand Fausto—er—Roberto a three-week suspension.

21stThe Rockies acquire Marco Scutero from the Red Sox and send RHP Clayton Masterson, 26, in return.  The move paves the way for prize prospect Jose Iglesias to take over as Boston’s shortstop. The 36-year-old Scutaro hit .299 last season.

24thIn need of a big bat to replace Victor Martinez’s, the Tigers reach agreement on a 9-year $214M deal with free agent 1B Prince Fielder.

The Blue Jays sign free agent P Francisco Cordero to a one-year deal.

The Orioles agree to a 2-year contract with free agent IF Wilson Betemit.

The Athletics reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent P Bartolo Colon.

Tim Lincecum agrees to a 2-year $40.5 million contract with the Giants.  The ace had been making $13.1 million with them in 2011.

25thNew York Yankee catcher Jorge Posada announces his retirement.

The Reds obtain IF Wilson Valdez from the Phillies for minor league P Jeremy Horst.

26thThe Red Sox reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent OF Cody Ross.

The Nationals reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent P Brad Lidge.

Clayton Kershaw wins the Warren Spahn Award as the best left-handed pitcher in baseball.

The Giants reach terms on a one-year deal with free agent P Clay Hensley.

27thThe Giants reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent UT Ryan Theriot.

28th The Rays sign free agent IF Jeff Keppinger to a one-year contract.

31st The Phillies sign free agent P Chad Qualls to a one-year contract worth $1.15 million.

The Indians obtain versatile OF/IF Russ Canzler from the Rays for cash. Canzler was the MVP in the International League last year.

The Diamondbacks agree to a pair of one-year contracts, giving C Miguel Montero $5.9 million and INF Ryan Roberts $2,012,500.

The Yankees hire former Cubs GM Jim Hendry as special assignment scout.

FEBRUARY

1st  The Blue Jays finalize a one-year contract with free agent P Francisco Cordero.

2nd The Nationals reach agreement with Edwin Jackson on a one-year deal worth $9 million to $12 million.  The pitcher was 12-9 with the White Sox last year. Also today, the Nationals win their arbitration case with pitcher John Lannan. The lefty had wanted $5.7 million and the club had offered $5 million.

The Indians agree to terms on a one-year deal with free agent 1B Casey Kotchman and also re-sign lefty Rafael Perez for one year at $2,005,000 and avoid arbitration.

Tampa Bay defeats P Jeff Niemann in salary arbitration and the pitcher will receive $2.75 M this year.

The Cubs re-sign Matt Garza for one-year at $9.5 million.

The Padres agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Micah Owings.

4thThe Nationals sign free agent Rick Ankiel.

5thIt’s Brad Yen. Veteran P Brad Penny inks a one-year contract with the Softbank Hawks in Japan’s Pacific League. It won’t work out well for Penny and he’ll sign with the San Francisco Giants at the end of July.

6thMiami’s Anibal Sanchez wins his salary arbitration with the Marlins, receiving $8M, not $6.9 M.

The Pirates acquire A.J. Burnett from the Yankees for a pair of minor leaguers. The Yankees agree to pay $20 million of the veteran Burnett’s remaining $33 million salary.  Tomorrow, Burnett states enthusiastically, “It’s going to be fun. I’m going back to the National League where I can hit and bunt and get the joy back into the game.”

To anchor their young pitching staff the Rockies acquire veteran righty Jeremy Guthrie from the Orioles for reliever Matt Lindstrom and righty Jason Hammel.

8thThe Giants sign free agents Ryan Theriot, Guillermo Mota and Clay Hensley.

10thThe Orioles sign free agents Greg Burke, Nick Johnson and Luis Ayala.

14thThe White Sox reach agreement on a one-year contract with free agent OF Kosuke Fukudome. Fukudome played most of his career on the North Side.

19thThe Yankees trade pitcher AJ Burnett to the Pirates for minor leaguers Exicardo Cayones (OF) and Diego Moreno (P).

20thThe Yankees agree to a one-year contract with free agent OF Raul Ibanez and tomorrow they will sign Eric Chavez.

The Oakland A’s sign Manny Ramirez as a free agent.

23rdRyan Braun’s 50-game suspension for a drug-related offense is overturned by arbitrator Shayam Das on a technicality. Braun challenged the chain of custody from the time the sample was collected until it was sent to the testing center. Braun becomes the first player to have his suspension overturned.

After waiting until spring training and failing to land a job to his satisfaction, free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt tells major league clubs that he might not return until midseason. He will keep on throwing and staying shape, says a baseball source.

MARCH

2nd  Major League baseball makes if official, expanding the post-season playoff format to ten teams. A wild card is added in each league in the first switch in post-season play since 1995, when the wild card was added. The new format means that if the World Series goes to seven games, the final match will be played November 1.

In Florida, the Nationals whip cross-town rival Georgetown University, 3-0, but the Hoyas hold Bryce Harper hitless.

In bunting drills, the Pirates newly acquired pitcher A.J. Burnett fouls a ball off his face breaking the orbital bone near his right eye.  He will be sidelined two to three months.

3rdBring on Harvard. At the new JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, the Red Sox thump Northeastern University, 25-0, then beat Boston College, 6-3, in 6 innings. In the second game, aspiring shortstop Mike Aviles hits a pair of doubles off the replica of the Green Monster, and David Ortiz plays first base.

4thThe Tigers bomb Teheran, Juan that is, dinging the Atlanta pitcher for six homers in an 18-3 rout in Lakeland, FL. Prince Fielder homers and Ryan Raburn hits two homers, including a grand slam.

The Cardinals Yadier Molina gets a signing bonus of $1 million as part of a new contract, which adds 5 seasons and $75 million.

5thNice work, son.  In a 6-4 Dodgers win over the White Sox in Glendale, AZ, four Dodger players, all sons of former major leaguers, combine on a natural cycle in a 5-run 6th: Tony Gwynn singles, Justin Sellers doubles to bring Gwynn in. Ivan De Jesus triples to score Sellers, and Scott Van Slyke then homers (as noted by Andy McCue).

9thThe Dodgers sign NFL free safety Jaren Page to a minor league contract.  Page, who played 11 games for the Eagles and Vikings last season, last played baseball in 2004 when he hit .233 with 3 homers for UCLA.  Page was drafted three times by ML teams.

10thThe Chicago Cubs sign Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion to a 5-year $3 million contract. The 20-year-old defector was rookie of the year in the Cuban National League with a 3.36 ERA.  He is destined for the minors where he will struggle.

12thDesmond Jennings and B.J. Upton are OK following a 4th-inning collision that saw them carted off the field during a 4-2 loss to the Marlins at Charlotte Sports Park. Austin Kearns hits a ball to the gap in deep left-center field, and both Jennings and Upton collide on the drive. Both outfielders remain down while Kearns rounds the bases for a three-run inside-the-park homer.

16thThe Yankees sign veteran Andy Pettitte.

20th In a nice pickup for Houston, they acquire hard throwing minor leaguer Kevin Chapman in a trade with the Royals, who acquire Jason Bourgeois and needed catcher Humberto Quintero. Houston also receives a player to be named (d’Andre Toney).

26thThe Cubs sign veteran reliever Shawn Camp, 36, released by the Mariners last week. Camp was with Toronto the past 4 seasons. He’ll appear in a league-high 80 games this season.

28thIn a season opening game, televised only in Seattle, the Mariners edge the A’s, 3-1, in 11 innings in Japan. Ichiro is 4-for-5 and Ackley hits a homer and drives in 2 runs.

The Cleveland Indians unveiled their revolutionary wind turbine, the first of its kind to sit atop a ballpark. After three years of work planning, designing and building the innovative corkscrew-shaped turbine in partnership with Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering, the Indians secure the turbine on top of the southeast corner of Progressive Field.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt announce an agreement under which Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) will acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.15 billion, the highest price ever paid for a sports franchise. The purchasing group includes Mark R. Walter as its controlling partner, as well as Magic Johnson, Peter Guber, Stan Kasten, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly. McCourt and certain affiliates of the purchasers will also be forming a joint venture, which will acquire the Chavez Ravine property—essentially the parking lots–for an additional $150 million.

The Reds reach an agreement with their star Joey Votto on a 12-year contract worth $251 million.

APRIL

1st  In the first game between ML teams in the new Marlins Park, the Yankees win, 10-8, over the Marlins.  CC Sabathia shakes off a rough spring outing, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in 3 innings.

The Reds scoop up RHP J.J. Hoover from the Braves, sending 3B Juan Francisco to Atlanta.

2ndThe Giants sign pitcher Matt Cain for another 5 years as he inks a contract worth $112.5 million.

4th  The Cardinals defeat the Marlins, 4-1, in the opening game at Miami’s new Marlins Park as a crowd of 36,601 are on hand. Kyle Lohse holds Miami hitless until the 7thinning to pick up the victory. David Freese gets 3 hits and 2 RBIs for St. Louis. He becomes just the 2ndreigning World Series MVP to get at least 3 hits and 2 RBIs in his team’s opener the next season. Pete Rose duplicated the feat in 1976.

5thJP Arencibia hits a 3-run HR in the 16thinning to send the Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the Indians. At 16 innings, the game is the longest opening-day game ever in the ML.

6thThe Rays edge the Yankees, 7-6. Carlos Pena hits a 1st-inning grand slam for Tampa Bay, off nemesis CC Sabathia, becoming only the 5thplayer in ML history to do so in his team’s first game of the season. Others to accomplish the feat were Brian Downing, Terry Steinbach, John Jaha, and Juan Encarnacion. Pena ends the game with an RBI single off another nemesis Mariano Rivera.

7thIn Detroit, Josh Beckett serves up 5 homers—2 each by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder—as the Tigers smack the Red Sox, 10-0. Fielder, playing in his 1,000thgame, now has a total of 232 homers, the same number his father hit in 1,000 games. Doug Fister leaves a win on the table when he exits in the 4thinning with a pain in his side.

The Orioles collect 3 homers and Tommy Hunter allows 2 earned runs in 7 innings as Baltimore tops the Twins, 8-2. In his O’s debut Ronny Paulino goes 4-for-4 making him a collective 13-for-17 in his initial game for the four teams he’s played for.

Lucas Harrell pitches 7 shutout innings and Houston beats Colorado, 7-3. Jordan Schafer, who was not even born when Jamie Moyer served up his first leadoff homerun, hits a leadoff homer off Moyer.

8thThe Mets defeat the Braves, 7-5, to sweep their opening series. Frank Francisco saves all 3 games for NY, becoming just the 3rdpitcher in ML history to record a save in every game of a season-opening series of at least 3 games. Derrick Turnbow (2006) and Salomon Torres (2007) are the others who turned the trick.

9thThe Rangers’ Yu Darvish wins his ML debut despite surrendering 4 runs in the 1stinning of Texas’ 11-5 victory over the Mariners. He is the first pitcher since Bill Steele in 1910 to win his ML debut in a start in which he allowed 4 or more runs in the 1stinning.

     Tom Milone throws 8 shutout innings and the A’s top the Royals, 1-0, scoring the run on a wild pitch.

Pablo Sandoval hits a 2-run homer in the 1stat Coors Field and Barry Zito throws his first shutout since 2003 as the Giants beat the Rockies, 7-0. His 274 starts between shutouts is the longest in MLB history, according to NY Times reporter Tyler Kepner.  Zito’s shutout is just the second thrown by a visiting pitcher in 13 years (Roy Oswalt, 2008).

10thThe Yankees edge the Orioles, 5-4, in 12 innings. Mariano Rivera gets the save for NY. It is his 39thcareer save at Camden Yards, tying Trevor Hoffman’s record for most saves by a visiting player at a particular ballpark. Hoffman had 39 at Dodger Stadium. Freddy Garcia tosses 5 wild pitches in the game for the Yankees, just one shy of the ML record, and ties the AL mark of Charlie Wheatley (1912) and Jack Morris (1987).

At Oakland, KC’s Danny Duffy (6 IP) and Aaron Crow combine on a one-hitter, beating the A’s, 3-0, in 8 innings in a game called because of rain. Cliff Pennington’s 3rd-inning double is the lone hit.

11thThe Rays score 4 runs in the 9thto defeat Justin Verlander and the Tigers, 4-2. Verlander becomes just the second pitcher in ML history to toss shutout ball over the first 8 innings in each of his first 2 starts of a season, and not get a win in either game.

At Coors Field, the Rockies pound out 22 hits and score in each of the first 5 innings as they stop the Giants, 17-8. Each team has a 7-run inning. Carlos Gonzalez has a pair of triples, scores 4 runs and knocks in 4. Five Rox have 3 hits apiece, including Michael Cuddyer with 3 doubles.

12thThe Tigers defeat the Rays, 7-2, to improve their record to 5-1. All 5 of Detroit’s wins have been credited to the bullpen. The Tigers are the first team in ML history to win at least 5 of their first 6 games of the season, without a single win being recorded by a starting pitcher.

The A’s edge the Royals, 5-4, in 12 innings with some help from KC reliever Jonathon Broxton, who hits a batter to load the bases and then adds another HBP on the next batter to force in the winning run. Broxton also walks two in the frame.

13thThe Giants shut out the Pirates, 5-0, behind Matt Cain’s one-hitter. Pittsburgh pitcher James McDonald is the Pirates’ only runner, singling with 2 outs in the 6thinning.

The Dodgers edge the Padres, 9-8. Aaron Harang fans 9 Padres in a row in the early innings to fall one short of the ML record held by Tom Seaver.

The Yankees shut out the Angels, 5-0, in their home opener. Alex Rodriguez hits the 630thHR of his career to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for 5thplace on the all-time list.

15thIt is an eventful 9thfor the Dodgers who trip the Padres, 5-4.  They turn a triple play in the top of the inning, with the help of home plate ump Dale Scott.  With 2 on in the 9th, Jesus Guzman bunts the ball down and Scott puts his hands up as if to signal timeout, freezing the runners at their bases. The ball then dribbles fair and, when Scott signals fair ball, catcher A.J. Ellis picks it up and fires to 3B to start a triple play.  The Padres protest vehemently and manager Buddy Black gets ejected.  The Dodgers win in the bottom of the 9thwhen Dee Gordon singles with the sacks full.

16thAt Chicago, the Orioles explode late in the game to beat the White Sox, 10-4.  Matt Wieters hits an 8thinning homer and adds a grand slam in the 6-run for the Birds.  Adam Jones homers in the 9thand Nolan Reimold hits a homer in the 9thand adds a RBI in the 10th. Zach Stewart gives up 5 hits and 6 runs in the 10thto take the loss for Chicago.

17thThe Rockies defeat the Padres, 5-3, as 49-year-old Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a ML game. The oldest pitcher to previously have won a game was Brooklyn’s Jack Quinn in 1932.

At Fenway, Texas unloads 21 hits, including 6 homers, 2 by Mike Napoli, in whipping the Red Sox, 18-3. Napoli has 4 RBI while Josh Hamilton drives in 5.

Johnny Damon signs a minor league deal with the Indians and will join the team May 1. Hideki Matsui also signs a minor league deal with the Rays.

18thThe Athletics shut out the Angels, 6-0, behind Bartolo Colon (3-1). In his 8 innings of work, Colon throws 82 of 108 pitches for strikes, including 38 in a row at one point. Yoenis Cespedes has a 3-run homer off Ervin Santana (0-3).

Matt Cain (9 IP) and Cliff Lee (10 IP) match goose eggs before the Giants edge the Phillies, 1-0, in 11 innings. Melky Cabrera’s third hit of the game scores the winner.  The first 9 innings took just 1 hour and 49 minutes.

At Toronto, the Rays put the game away with a 6 spot in the 9thto beat the Blue Jays, 12-2.  Luke Scott clubs a 9thinning grand slam, off Carlos Villanueva to finish the scoring.

19thCurtis Granderson strokes 5 hits, including 3 homers, to lead the Yankees to a 7-6 win over the Twins. Granderson drives in 4 runs, as does Ryan Doumit for the Twins, to help offset a woeful start by Phil Hughes.

The Angels sign a 4-year $35 million deal keeping Erick Aybar with the team.

20thIn St. Louis, a rare Honus Wagner 1909 baseball cards sells for $1.2 million in an online auction.

The Tigers obtain P Zach Miner from the Royals for cash.

With both teams wearing throw-back uniforms, the Yankees blow out the candles on Fenway Park’s 100thbirthday celebration, defeating the Red Sox, 6-2. The Yanks hit 5 homers off Clay Buchholtz, 2 by Eric Chavez. Ivan Nova (3-0) wins his 15thstraight game, second highest for a Yankee since 1920 (Roger Clemens won 16 in a row). On hand are 240 former players, including Doerr and Pesky, who come out one by one to take their positions. The biggest hand is for former manager Terry Francona. Accompanying the players is music by John Williams that he wrote for Fenway.

The Reds beat the Cubs, 9-4, for the 10,000thwin in franchise history. The Reds join the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers, Braves and Cardinals as the only teams to have reached the milestone.

With the help of a 3rd-inning 3-6 triple play, the Blue Jays turn back the Royals, 3-2. It is their first triple play since 1979.

21stPhilip Humber of the White Sox tosses the 21stperfect game in ML history, downing the Mariners, 4-0.

After trailing 9-0 through 5 innings, the Yankees score 7 runs in the 7thand 7 more in the 8thto defeat the Red Sox, 15-9. Most of the damage is done by Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira who each drive in 6 runs, with Swish hitting a grand slam and Tex hitting a homer from each side of the plate.  The comeback ties a club record for biggest deficit overcome, equaling a mark achieved 4 times. The Sox are now 4-10.

The Red Sox obtain OF Marlon Byrd from the Cubs for blue-chip prospect Michael Bowden and a player (Hunter Cervenka) to be named. The Sox will also assume Byrd’s 2012 contract of $6.5 million. The Sox designated infielder Nate Spears for assignment to make room for Byrd. Byrd, 34, has just three singles and one walk in 47 plate appearances this season. He hit .276/.324/.395 in 482 plate appearances last season while missing time with multiple fractures after taking a pitch to the face, an injury that occurred in Fenway Park.   Byrd will hit .270 in 34 games but will be suspended for 50 games when he tests positive for a performance-enhancing drug.  The Sox hand him his release on June 12 and he will sign with the Mets for 2013.

22ndThe White Sox defeat the Mariners, 7-4. Adam Dunn’s 1stinning strikeout makes him the first player to fan at least once in each of his team’s first 15 games of the season since 1910.

Gerardo Parra’s first career grand slam, off Randall Delgado in the 2ndinning, propels Arizona to a 6-4 win over Atlanta.

Jordan Schafer hits his first grand slam, the ball glancing off the mitt of Andre Ethier, and Wandy Rodriguez pitches 3-hit ball through 7 innings, as Houston wallops the Dodgers, 12-0.

23rdThe Blue Jays beat the Royals, 4-1. The loss finishes a 0-10 homestand for KC. The Royals become just the third team in ML history to go 0-10 or worse on a homestand.

24thThe Mets edge the Marlins, 2-1. The tying run scores in the 7thinning when New York draws 4 straight walks from 4 different Miami pitchers. It is the first time in ML history that 4 different hurlers walk 4 straight batters in an inning.

     Yu Darvish has a season-high 10 strikeouts pitching into the ninth inning and working out of a couple of jams for the Texas Rangers in a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees and countryman Hiroki Kuroda. It is only the seventh MLB matchup ever of Japanese starters,

The Braves send Jair Jurrjens, an All-Star last season, to Triple-A Gwinnett after he lasted only three-plus innings Monday night in a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bud Norris strikes out 4 batters in the 3rd, but also allows 7 runs in 5+ innings as Houston loses to the Brewers, 9-6.

25thThe A’s edge the White Sox, 5-4, in 14 innings. Paul Konerko hits the 400thHR of his ML career for Chicago.

The Pirates split with the Rockies, losing 2-1 and winning, 5-1. In the first game every Pittsburgh starter gets exactly one hit. With the twinbill split, the Pirates break the record of the 1943 Tigers by starting the season with 18 straight games in which they neither score nor allow more than five runs.

26thThe Mets beat the Marlins 3-2, while starting an entirely home-grown lineup for the first time since 1971, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jon Niese is the winner with 7 solid innings.

Kevin Youkilis hits a grand slam and Jerrod Saltalamachia homers twice as the Red Sox humble Phillip Humber by scoring 9 earned runs off him. The Red Sox beat the White Sox, 10-3. Humber’s 9 earned runs following his perfect game is a record, topping 8 allowed by Catfish Hunter in 1968.

The Tigers release Brandon Inge who will sign on with the A’s.

27thThe Yankees rally to beat the Tigers, 7-6, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th.  They hit two homers off Tiger starter Justin Verlander before the rally. Miguel Cabrera drives in the 1,000thrun of his ML career, making him the 6thyoungest player to reach that milestone. Only Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Lou Gehrig did so at a younger age. Delmon Young does not play for the Tigers today, having been arrested last night after getting into a pushing fracas in his hotel lobby. A drunk Young made anti-Semitic remarks, according to police, but before tonight’s game said that “he apologizes to everyone.”

The Rockies score 11 runs in the 5thinning and go on to trounce the Mets, 18-9. Carlos Gonzalez drives home 5 of the runs in the inning, 3 on a homer, for Colorado. He has 6 RBIs altogether. Ramon Martinez has 5 RBIs, and Marco Scutero has 4 hits and scores 4. Scott Hairston hits for the cycle for New York in a losing cause, as the Mets total just 2 hits fewer than the Rox.

James Shields (4-0) allows 11 hits in 6 innings, but beats the Rangers, 8-4.  For the second game in a row, Rays catcher Chris Gimenez is called for catcher’s interference. He’ll be flagged a third and last time.

At the Rogers Centre, Michael Saunders of Seattle breaks a 5-5 tie with a 10thinning grand slam as the Mariners sink the Blue Jays, 9-5.  His slam, off Luis Perez, is his second homer of the game.

Eric Sogard and Josh Reddick hit homers as the A’s trip the Orioles, 5-2. Ryan Cook, in relief of A’s starter Brandon McCarthy, strikes out 4 in the 8th.

Chase Headley is 4-for-4 as the Padres top the host Giants, 5-3. Pablo Sandoval extends his consecutive game-hitting streak to 20 games.

28thMatt Kemp homers in the 10thinning to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the visiting Nationals. For Kemp it is his ninth homer in 15 games, a Dodger record.

29thThe White Sox defeat the Red Sox, 4-1. Chicago’s Adam Dunn ties an ML record by striking out in his 26thconsecutive game.

In a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee’s Josh Greinke, Cards pinch runner Tyler Greene is cut down at home on a double steal attempt to end the game, the play going 2-6-2. It is the first time since 1989 that an out on a steal attempt of home ends a game.  For Greene, it is his first unsuccessful steal attempt in the majors: He has stolen 16 bases over the past three seasons.

At Denver, the Mets squander a stellar start from Johan Santana when reliever Tim Byrdak serves up a grand slam to pinchhitter Todd Helton in the 8thto tie the game at 4-4. The Mets push across a run in the 10th, but the Rockies counter with a solo shot from Carlos Gonzalez. In the 11ththe Mets finally go ahead to stay on Ike Davis’s third hit of the game. Mets win, 6-5.

30thThe Brewers down the Padres, 8-3, as Ryan Braun blasts 3 straight homers and then settles for a triple. He drives in 6. He joins Les Bell (1928) and Wes Westrum (1950) as the only NL players to hit three homers and a triple in a game. It is the first time any player has hit 3 homers in a game at Petco Park.

Juan Nicasio pitches 6 solid innings and Troy Tulowitzki hits a tie-breaking 2-run double as the Rockies top the NL-leading Dodgers, 6-2.  For Nicasio, it is his second straight win after sustaining a broken neck last August, but he will lose 3 in a row and go on the DL in early June for the remainder of the season.

The Astros edges the Mets, 4-3. At one point in the game, Houston uses different pitchers to face 7 consecutive Mets batters, the first time it has ever occurred in ML history. Time of the game: 2:53.

The Rays announced that they signed Hideki Matsui to a minor league contract. Matsui, who turns 38 in June, will report to extended spring training on Wednesday. Alas, Matsui will hit just .147 and be released on August 1.

Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish (4-0) strikes out nine Blue Jays while giving up a run in seven innings in the 4-1 Rangers win over the Jays. Yu allows his first homer, to the hot Edwin Encarnacion, who has gone long in four straight games. He hits the homer two innings after getting hit by Darvish.

MAY

1st      The Orioles defeat the Yankees, 7-1, for Buck Showalter’s 1,000thcareer win as an ML manager. Nick Johnson drives in 3 runs with a pair of doubles, his first hits of 2012. With his groundout in the 3rdinning, Johnson sets a record for most at bats without a hit to start an Orioles career as he goes 0-for-26 to start the season; the old record was 25 set by Ron Hansen from 1958-60.

At Fenway, Jarrod Parker goes 6 innings to notch his first ML win as the A’s down the Red Sox, 5-2. The A’s rub salt in the wound, as four players steal 3B in the win. They are the first team since the Expos in 1968 to steal third base four times in a game (as noted by David Feldman).

2ndJered Weaver hurls the second no-hitter of the season as the Angels blank the Twins, 9-0. Weaver fans 9 and walks only one batter. According to pitch tracking company Inside Edge, Jered Weaver throw s75 fastballs, 17 sliders, 15 changeups and 14 curveballs in the no-hitter.

The Cardinals trounce the Pirates, 12-3. Pittsburgh’s AJ Burnett allows all 12 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, becoming the first pitcher to allow 12 or more earned runs in less than 3 innings.

The Phillies stake Roy Halladay to a 6-0 lead but the ace hands it back when the Braves score 6 in the 6thto tie. Brian McCann’s grand slam is the big blow. The Phils take a 12-8 lead, then watch as the Phils tie that. It is tied at 13 apiece going into extra innings, and the Phils win it, 15-13, on Chipper Jones 2-run walkoff homer in the 11th.

The Orioles shut out the Yankees, 5-0, ending Ivan Nova’s 15-game winning streak, stretching back to last season.

3rdJeff Keppinger has a 2-run homer and a 2-run triple in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 win over Seattle. The victory gives the Rays a sweep of the 4-game series and a 18-8 record, the best in the ML.

Erik Bedard strikes out 11, including 7 straight, as Pittsburgh tops the host Cardinals, 6-3. Pedro Alvarez has a 2-run homer for the Bucs.

Kansas City beats the Yankees, 4-3, but New York’s biggest loss comes before the game even starts. Playing in the outfield during batting practice, Mariano Rivera tears his ACL chasing a ball hit by Jayson Nix, and is carted off. The injury ends his season.

4thMaybe try a box of candy in the clubhouse. The Blue Jays shut out Ervin Santana (0-6) and the Angels, 4-0, making Santana the first pitcher in ML history to lose five straight shutouts in 5 consecutive starts. Santana gives up 3 runs in 8 innings.

A baseball signed by the Beatles after their concert at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965, is auctioned off for $65,725.

5thFelix Hernandez and Steve Delabar combine to one-hit Minnesota as the Mariners down the Twins, 7-0. Minnesota has totaled just 9 hits over their last 4 games, the fewest for any team over a 4-game stretch in modern ML history.

Geezers grumble. The Braves overcome a 1st-inning grand slam by Michael Cuddyer and two homers by Wilin Rosario to beat the Rockies, 13-9. Jamie Moyer and Chipper Jones get into an argument in the 5thwhen the 49-year-old soft tosser accuses Chipper of stealing signs when he is a baserunner at 2B. Chipper calls him “paranoid” and later says in a tweet from Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution “I mean, dude, we don’t need signs, especially for him. I mean, my goodness, every pitch is 78. Come on.” Jones drives in 5 runs on 3 hits.

6thI’ll take it from here, Skip. The Orioles defeat the Red Sox, 9-6, in 17 innings on a 3-run homer by Adam Jones off outfielder Darnell McDonald. Chris Davis strikes out 5 times and also hits into a double play but he hurls the final 2 innings in relief to get the win. The Sox put 2 runners on in the 17th, but Davis strikes out Adrian Gonzalez and McDonald hits into a DP. The game is the first since 1902 where both pitchers of decision were regular-position players. J.J. Hardy is 5-for-8, including 2 homers off Clay Buchholtz, with 3 runs scored.

The Twins get 5 hits in their 5-2 loss to the Mariners. Minnesota has accumulated just 14 hits over their last 5 games, tying the ML record for fewest hits over a 5-game span.

The Angels edge the Blue Jays, 4-3, as Albert Pujols hits his first homer of the year. He had gone homerless in 33 games and 139 at bats dating to last year.

In the Phillies 9-3 win over the host Nationals, Cole Hamels (4-1) drills Bryce Harper with a pitch in the 1st. Hamel admits to it after the game and says, “It’s just, `Welcome to the big leagues.'” The old-school Hamel thinks that there is over-protection of star rookies in the league, but it will earn him a 5-game suspension. Harper retaliates by taking 3B on a single and then stealing home when Hamel throws to 1B. Philadelphia scores 6 in the 9thagainst Ryan Perry to ice it. Washington loses right fielder Jayson Werth who breaks his left wrist trying to make a sliding catch on Palenco’s line drive.  Steel plates will be inserted in his wrist tomorrow and the outfielder will be out of action until August 2nd.

.    The Giants edge the Brewers, 4-3, in 11 innings as Angel Pagan has a pair of hits for San Francisco to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 20. He was hitting .111 before the streak started, Matt Cain strikes out 10 in 7 innings and walks a batter.

Guillermo Mota, a relief pitcher for the Giants, is given a 100-game suspension for testing positive for clenbuteral, banned by MLB. This is his second offense; he received a 50-game suspension in 2006 for testing positive, two weeks after the Mets were eliminated by the Cards.

7thIn Philadelphia, Mets rookie Jordany Valdespin gets his first ML hit, a 3-run pinch homer in the 9thoff ace closer Jonathon Papelbon and the Mets top the Phils, 5-2.

Brandon Snyder homers and drives in 6 runs to pace the Rangers to a 14-3 win over the Orioles.

Will Middlebrooks homers down each line and David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia also leave the yard as the Red Sox end a 5-game loss streak by beating Kansas City, 11-5. Middlebrooks is the first player in Sox history to have an extra-base hit in each of his first 4 games

8thThe Rangers trounce the Orioles, 10-3, as Josh Hamilton becomes the 16thplayer in ML history to hit 4 homers in a game. Hamilton adds a double, going 5-for-5 with 8 RBIs. His 18 total bases sets a new AL record, falling one shy of Shawn Green’s ML mark.

Ryan Dempster tosses seven innings of one-run ball against the Braves, and actually raises his MLB-leading ERA to 1.02. Kerry Wood relieves and allows 2 runs to take the loss as the Cubs lose, 3-1.

At Oakland, the Blue Jays cough up a one-run lead in the 9thas the A’s plate 5 runs to win, 7-3. The newly signed Brandon Inge hits a walkoff grand slam, off Francisco Cordero.

9thThe Reds edge the Brewers, 2-1, to give Dusty Baker his 1,500thcareer win as manager. He becomes only the 4thperson in ML history to amass 1,500 victories as well as 1,500 hits as a player. The others to do so were Fred Clarke, Lou Piniella and Joe Torre.

10thThe Orioles edge the Rangers, 6-5, in the first game of a twinbill. Baltimore becomes the first AL team—and just the 4thML team—to ever start a game with 3 consecutive homers. Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis all connect in the bottom of the 1stinning. Adam Jones and Wilson Betemit also homer as the Orioles become the third team in history to have 5 or more hits in a game, all of them homers. Colby Lewis surrendered all 5 blast for Texas, becoming the first pitcher in ML history to give up 5 or more homers while recording 10 or more strikeouts in a game. Lewis fans 12 Orioles in his 7 innings of work. Texas wins game 2 by a 7-3 score. Josh Hamilton hits his 15thhomer.

11thThe Athletics clobber the Tigers, 11-4. Brandon Inge knocks in 4 runs for the 4thtime in the last 5 games, becoming just the second player in ML history to accomplish the feat. Lou Gehrig did so in 1931.

The Rangers defeat the Angels, 10-3, with the help of Josh Hamilton’s 2 homers. Hamilton has hit 8 homers over the last 5 games, one shy of the mark for a 5-game span set by Shawn Green in 2002.

In a 7-5 loss to the Red Sox, the first 31 Cleveland batters hit left-handed. Manager Manny Acta has a batting order of seven lefties and two switch-hitters against righty starter Clay Buchholz, who pitches into the seventh inning. When reliever Rich Hill enters the game, Cleveland sends up switch-hitter Carlos Santana, who bats right.

The Reds release veteran reliever Ron Mahay, who had been signed in January to a minor league contract. He is the last of the 1995 replacement players.  Mahay’s last ML appearance was August 2010 with Minnesota.  Mahay came up to the majors as an outfielder for the Red Sox in 1995 and returned in 1997 as a pitcher.

12thIn an 8-2 Brewers victory at Milwaukee, little-used Eddie Maysonet lights the fireworks with his second ML homer, a grand slam off Chicago reliever Chris Volstad. Volstad grades the sinker “not a terrible pitch.” The Cubs are 0-7 when Volstad pitches, 13-13 when he does not.

13thThe Reds defeat the Nationals, 9-6, on Joey Votto’s walk-off grand slam off Henry Rodriguez. Votto clobbers 3 homers and a double and drives in 6 runs.

The Red Sox rout the Indians, 12-1. Boston’s rookie 3B Will Middlebrooks has an RBI single and a solo HR to give him 4 homers and 13 ribbies in his first 10 ML games. He is the 3rdplayer in history to do so, joining Mark Quinn (1999) and Alvin Davis (1984).

At Marlins Park, the Mets score 2 in the 9thto take a 4-2 lead, but the Marlins come back with 6 runs to win, 8-4. Mike Stanton clubs a walkoff grand slam, off Manny Acosta, for the win.

15thAfter Alfredo Soriano ties the game at 6 apiece with a 9thinning homer, his first of the year, the Cards plate the winning tally when Matt Holliday scores his third run on Molina’s single to give St. Louis a 7-6 victory.

Zach Greinke shuts down the Mets as the Brewers win, 8-0. After Rickie Weeks hits a solo HR in the 7th, D.J. Carresco hits Ryan Braun with a pitch.  Mets manager Terry Collins then removes his star David Wright from the game, saying afterwards, “One of the unwritten rules is if you hit my guy, I’m hitting your guy. They’re not hitting my guy tonight.”

Austin Jackson and Ryan Raburn each hit 3-run homers and Miguel Cabrera adds a 2-run shot as the Tigers whip division rival White Sox, 10-8. A.J. Pierzynski is 5-for-5 for Chicago.

Following a pre-game “Thank You, Wake” tribute to retiring knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, Josh Beckett throws 7 scoreless innings as the Red Sox 5-0 win over the Mariners. Beckett hasn’t pitched in 18 days after being scratched from a start because of soreness in his shoulder. He played golf the next day, incurring the wrath of Red Sox Nation, but they are quiet today.

16thThe Rockies defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-1. Colorado pitcher Jamie Moyer drives in a run, becoming the oldest player in ML history to do so at age 49.

At Wrigley, the Phillies put the game away with a 6-run explosion in the 9thto beat the Cubs, 9-2. A pinch grand slam by Hector Luna, off Michael Bowden is the big blow.

17thDrew Hutchison allows one run in 6 innings as the Blue Jays trip the visiting Yankees, 4-1. Rookie Yan Gomes starts at 3B in place of the suspended Brett Lawrie, and has two hits. He is the first Brazilian to play ML baseball. With the loss, the Yankees and Red Sox find themselves as the two worst teams in the AL East, a position they have not held since October 1, 1992, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The buzz at Coors Field was less about the Rockies game and more about the swarm of bees that settled into the camera bay next to the Rockies dugout in the 5thinning. They remain there until a beekeeper arrives an inning later and vacuumed them up. Meanwhile, the Rockies blow a 4-1 lead to lose to the Diamondbacks, 9-7, when Justin Upton hits a 2-run, 2-out homer off closer Rafael Bentencourt in the 9th. A Diamondback fan is ejected from the game in the 5thfor tossing Jordan Pacheco’s homer back onto the field.

Brandon Beachy throws his first shutout as the Braves whip the Marlins, 7-0. He lowers his league-leading ERA to 1.33.

18thJustin Verlander comes within 2 outs of his third no-hitter as he hurls a one-hitter against the Pirates, winning, 6-0. Josh Harrison’s single with one out in the 9this Pittsburgh’s only safety.

At Wrigley, Gordon Beckham hits a tie-breaking solo homerun in the 8th, off starter Jeff Samardzija to give the White Sox a 3-2 win over the Cubs.  Kerry Wood relieves and strikes out Dayan Viciedo, the only batter he faces. He is then replaced and is hugged by his son as he comes off the field. After the game the popular Wood announces his retirement.

Kevin Millwood tosses his first shutout in nearly 9 years, allowing 2 hits, as Seattle beats the Rockies, 4-0.

In Toronto, J.P. Arencibia belts 2 homers and drives in 6 runs, and the Jays 9thspot hitter Rajai Davis knocks in 4 runs as the Blue Jays belt the Mets, 14-5.

20thThe Tigers edge the Pirates, 4-3. Detroit hurler Max Scherzer fans 15 Pittsburgh batters.

     The Nationals beat up Bruce Chen (4-1) and top the Orioles, 9-3. In the 4thinning, the Nationals battery of Jesus Flores and Stephen Strasberg hit back-to-back homers off Chen. For Strasberg it is his first ML dinger.  He goes to 4-1, striking out 8 in 5 innings.

A jersey worn by Babe Ruth sells at auction for $4.4 million. It is a record for any item of sports memorabilia.

21stThe Reds beat the Braves, 4-1. Mike Leake, Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs homer in succession for Cincinnati in the 4thinning.

22ndThe Angels shut out the Athletics, 5-0, on a combined one-hitter by CJ Wilson and Ernesto Frieri. Cliff Pennington’s one-out single in the 5this Oakland’s only safety.

Boston reclaims sole possession of the basement in the AL East, losing, 4-1, to the Orioles. Steve Tolleson and Wilson Betemit each hit 2-run homers for the AL East leaders.

25thThe Rangers trounce the Blue Jays, 14-3. Nelson Cruz drives in 8 runs for the victors. It is the 2ndtime in his career that he has had 8 RBIs in a game. Only 3 other players in ML history have accomplished that feat: Jimmie Foxx, Dave Kingman and George Selkirk.

In Boston,  Red Sox pitching great Luis Tiant and Jim Lonborg each conduct the Boston Pops orchestra during “Red Sox Night” as part of the Pops “City of Champions” series.

26thThe Rangers edge the Blue Jays, 8-7, in 13 innings. Nelson Cruz, Yorvit Torrealba and Mitch Moreland hit consecutive four baggers for Texas in the 6thinning.

27thThe Rockies clout 5 homeruns off Reds P Mat Latos and Cincinnati hits 4 of Jamie Moyer in the Reds 7-5 win. It is the first time in ML history that one pitcher allows 5 or more homers in a game while another surrenders at least 4.

Yadier Molina starts the scoring with a 1stinning grand slam off Roy Halladay as St. Louis defeats the visiting Phillies, 8-3. It is the second grand slam that Halladay has served up this year.

The Dodgers defeat the Astros, 5-1, as Jerry Hairston Jr. goes 5-for-5 including a double.

28thThe White Sox edge the Rays, 2-1. Chris Sale fans 15 Tampa Bay batters in just 7 1/3 innings of work.

In the middle of a 10-3 loss to the Mariners, the Rangers announce the signing of free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt to a minor league contract.

The Cubs snap a 12-game losing streak by beating the Padres, 11-7, at Wrigley. The Bruins get 3 RBIs each from Ian Stewart, Starlin Castro and Alfonso Soriano, while the Pads get a pair of homers from Chase Headley.  The 12-game losing streak was only the seventh of 12 games or more for the franchise since 1876.

29thAt Target Field, Josh Willingham hits a three-run walkoff homer for a 3-2 Twins win over the Athletics.

Chicago’s Phillip Humber wins for the first time since his perfect game in April, beating the Rays, 7-2. Hideki Matsui homers in his debut game with the Rays.

Brett Lawrie is 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 8-6.  Adam Jones does the same for the Bird, counting among his hits a pair of homers. He extends his consecutive game hitting streak to 20.

30thThe Mariners score 8 runs in both the 2ndand 3rdinnings on their way to a 21-8 win over the Rangers. Seattle becomes the 7thteam in ML history—and the 4thsince 1900—with consecutive 8+ run innings. Former Ranger Justin Smoak has a pair of 3-run homers and a double, Jesus Montero has a homer and scores 4 runs, and Kyle Seager plates 4 runs.

The Rockies trounce the Astros, 13-5, as Carlos Gonzalez clouts 3 homers in his last 3 at bats for Colorado, and Michael Cuddyer adds a grand slam. Gonzalez’s feat is the 17th time it has happened at Coors Field since the park opened in 1995, more than any other major-league ballpark in that span; Wrigley Field is next with 15 three-homer games.

The Rockies part company with Jamie Moyer designating the 49-year-old for assignment. Moyer will be signed and released by Baltimore, then signed and released by the Blue Jays without appearing in a game for either.

31stThe Rockies defeat the Astros, 11-5. Carlos Gonzalez’s 1st-inning homer is his 4thhomer in consecutive plate appearances, tying the ML mark for consecutive four baggers. He is intentionally walked in the 2nd, doubles in the 4th, and singles in the 8th.

The Orioles announce that Nick Markakis will have surgery on his right wrist for an injury that they believe occurred when he slid into a base more than a week ago.  He will miss six weeks of action.

JUNE

1stJohan Santana hurls the third no-hitter of the season as the Mets defeat the Cardinals, 8-0. It is the first no-no in the history of the Mets, coming in the club’s 8,020thgame. It is the most games a franchise has gone from its start without a no-hitter. Lucas Duda hits a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs. Left fielder Mike Baxter makes a great running catch in the 7thinning to preserve the no-hitter but crashes into the wall and breaks his collarbone.  Baxter will miss 8 weeks of play.

.It is family night as the Dodgers start five sons of former major-leaguers against the host Rockies: four are part of the first all-son infield with Scott Van Slyke (son of Andy) at first, Jerry Hairston, Jr., (son of Jerry, Sr.) at second, Dee Gordon (son of Tom) at short and Ivan De Jesus, Jr., (son of Ivan, Sr.) at third and, for good measure, Tony Gwynn, Jr., (son of Tony, Sr.) is in center. It is a first in major-league history. Colorado is unimpressed, banging 4 homers and winning, 13-3.

2ndAt U.S. Cellular Field, the Mariners go toe-to-toe with the White Sox as the two teams combine for 8 homers, 4 apiece, in a 12-inning barnburner. The M’s win, 10-8. The White Sox use nine pitchers, the most they have used since September 14, 1997.

At Denver, the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 6-2, as Tony Gwynn Jr. scores half the runs for Los Angeles.  He has no hits.

The Padres beat the Diamondbacks, 6-2, as Alexi Amarista drives in 3 runs on 3 hits. Amarista falls a triple shy of hitting the Padres first cycle.

… Game On Dude, a horse co-owned by Joe Torre, wins the $147,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park.

3rdPhil Hughes bests Justin Verlander as the Yankees use a pair of homers to beat the Tigers, 5-1. Magglio Ordonez, struggling at the plate last season announces his retirement. He has not played this year.  As noted by streakmeister Trent McCotter, Ordonez ends his career with an 18-game hitting streak.  The next longest is Ed Delahanty, who retired in 1903 with a 16-game hitting streak.

4thThe Astros select Puerto Rican SS Carlos Correa with the first pick in the MLB draft. With the 2ndpick, Minnesota takes Brian Buxton, Baseball America’sHS Player of the Year: he will be BA’s Minor League Player of the Year. Mike Zunino goes to Seattle on the 3rd pick.  The Pirates pick Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the 8thpick, but he will be the only first-rounder not to sign, opting to return to college. Pittsburgh is unwilling to offer more than $3.8 million, and if they had gone over $4.8 million they would have to forfeit a first round pick. The Bucs get an additional first round pick in 2013. University of Florida pitcher Paco Rodriguez is picked in the 2ndround by the Dodgers and he will be the first to debut in the majors, doing so on September 9. The Mets take Purdue catcher Kevin Plawicki with the 35thoverall pick. He was the Big 10 player of the year.

5thThe Blue Jays beat the White Sox, 9-5. Colby Rasmus goes 5-for-5 for Toronto, including a double and a homer.

Russell Martin has 3 hits, including a grand slam off James Shields, in the Yankees 7-0 whitewash of Tampa Bay.  Andy Pettitte pitches into the 8th, allowing 2 hits.

Bruce Chen (7 IP) bests Francisco Liriano (6 IP) as the Royals top the Twins, 1-0. Liriano strikes out 4 batters in the 4th.

6thThe Brewers shut out the Cubs, 8-0, behind Zack Greinke. He records 12 strikeouts. Greinke is now 15-0 in home games since joining Milwaukee and he ties Kenny Rogers for the longest home winning streak for a pitcher beginning his career with a team since 1900.

7thThe Pirates edge the Reds, 5-4, in 10 innings, scoring the winner on a pair of doubles off Aroldis Chapman. It is the first earned run off Chapman this year and the first he has given up in 29 innings.

David Freese connects for a grand slam and a 2-run homer, and rookie pitcher Lance Lynn (9-2) strikes out 11 as the Cardinals swamp the Astros, 14-2. Shane Robinson and Carols Beltran also supply homers. The Cards are tied for 2ndin the NL Central, 2 games behind the Reds.

Clay Buchholtz allows 4 hits in shutting out the Orioles, 7-0, for Boston.  It is his third shutout, all against the O’s.

8thSix Mariner pitchers combine on a no-hitter as Seattle defeats the Dodgers, 1-0. Kevin Millwood hurls 6 hitless innings. He’s followed by Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen. Pryor gets the win, his first in the ML.

Matt Harrison allows 5 hits as he shuts out the Giants, 5-0.  Craig Gentry is 5-for-5 for Texas.

12thThe Yankees score 6 runs in the 8thinning and go on to defeat the Braves, 6-4. The key blow is Alex Rodriguez’s grand slam. It is the 23rdof his ML career, tying him with Lou Gehrig for first place on the all-time list.

Injured Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis is suspended 50 games after testing positive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance. In a statement, Galvis claimed that “a trace amount of a banned substances was detected in my urine sample” and that he’d never knowingly take a banned substance. His last game of the season was June 6.

13thMatt Cain hurls the 10thperfect game in ML history as he shuts down the Astros, 10-0. Cain’s 14 strikeouts ties Sandy Koufax for the most ever in a perfecto. He is the first pitcher in the 130-year history of the franchise to fire a perfect game. He went to a 3-2 count four times, and struck out three. His pitches included 65 fastball, 23 sliders, 21 changeups and 16 curveballs.

RA Dickey hurls a one-hitter as the Mets defeat the Rays, 9-1. Dickey has his Mets’ record streak of 32 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings end in the 9thas Houston scores an unearned run on an error, 2 passed balls, and a ground out.

15thThe Rays trounce the Marlins, 11-0, as Matt Moore, Burke Badenhop and Brandon Gomes combine to hold Tampa to only one hit. Donovan Solano’s 1st-inning single off Moore is the Rays only safety.

The Rockies score 8 runs in the 10thinning and go on to beat the Tigers, 12-4.

16thJason Hammel hurls a one-hitter as the Orioles beat the Braves, 5-0. Jason Heyward’s 2-out single in the 7this Atlanta’s only hit. Brandon Beachy takes the loss, giving up a run and leaving in the 4thinning with an injured elbow.  He will need reconstructive surgery on the elbow and will miss the rest of the season.

The Angels defeat the Diamondbacks, 2-0, on Ervin Santana’s one-hitter. Justin Upton’s 2-outs single in the 7this Arizona’s only safety.

A.J. Burnett wins his 6thstraight, the first Pirate pitcher since 1990 to win six straight starts. The Pirates beat host Cleveland, 9-2, and stop Michael Brantley’s consecutive game hitting streak at 21.

17thThe Tigers shut out the Rockies, 5-0. Rookie OF Quintin Berry goes 5-for-5 for Detroit and steals a base.

18thAaron Hill hits for the cycle as the Diamondbacks defeat the Mariners, 7-1.

RA Dickey hurls his 2ndconsecutive one-hitter as the Mets shut out the Orioles, 5-0. Wilson Betemit’s 5th-inning single is Baltimore’s only hit. Dickey’s single in the 6thstarts a rally that ends with a grand slam by Ike Davis. He also becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to throw back-to-back complete games while striking out 10-or-more batters and allowing one or fewer hits in each game. In addition, he has not allowed an earned run in 42 2/3 innings and is the first pitcher in history to make 5 starts of at least 7 innings each with 8 strikeouts and no earned runs.

CC Sabathia pitches his first CG of the year, striking out 10, as the Yankees down the visiting Braves, 6-2. Derek Jeter is 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. New York has now won 10 straight and 15 out of 17.

Roger Clemens is acquitted on all 6 charges of obstruction and lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

19thThe Blue Jays edge the Brewers, 10-9. Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion hit consecutive homers in the 6thinning off Tyler Thornburg, who is making his ML debut. Rasmus and Bautista then hit back-to-back homers again in the 9thoff closer John Axford to give the Jays the win.

In a 5-4 Tampa Bay win over the Nationals, Rays setup man Joel Peralta is ejected in the 8thwithout tossing a pitch. When he comes in from the bullpen, Nationals manager Davey Johnson requests the umpires to take a look at his glove. Under the flap of the glove is pine tar and Peralta is tossed. Peralta played for the Nationals in 2010. In a tit for tat, the Rays counter in the 9th inning, asking to see the hat of Nats reliever Ryan Mattheus. It is clean.

MLB suspends Phils infielder Freddie Galvin for 50 games for testing positive.

20thThe Diamondbacks beat the Mariners, 14-10. Seattle’s Jason Vargas becomes only the second pitcher in modern ML history to surrender 10 or more hits and at least 5 homers in an outing of fewer than 5 innings. The only other man to do so was Frank Pastore of the Reds in 1979. Ryan Roberts has an inside the park homer, one of 6 homers for Arizona.

David Ortiz clubs a grand slam, one of 4 Boston homers, as the Red Sox roll to a 15-5 gaffing of the Marlins.

Host Milwaukee has 4 homeruns, including one by Ryan Braun, to beat the Blue Jays, 8-3. Braun extends his hitting streak to 15 games—25 in interleague play.

Stephen Strasburg strikes out 10 to win his 6thstraight as the Nationals edge the Rays, 3-2.

With the temperature near 100, the Yankees and Braves combine for 9 homers—the most hit in a game at the new Yankee Stadium—as the Braves win, 10-5. Both starters, Phil Hughes and Tommy Hanson, give up four homers. The Yankees honor Chipper Jones when Andruw Jones and Derek Jeter present him with third base. The Reds also gave him a base, and he collected a Stan Musial autographed jersey in St. Louis and a Braves banner that used to fly above Wrigley in his last game in Chicago.

21stRays P Joel Peralta is suspended for 8 games for having pine tar on his glove in Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. He contends it is a mitt he uses in practice.

23rdCash on the barrelhead. Steamed over his first blown save of the year, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon offers $5,000 to any teammate who would hit a homer against Tampa Bay’s reliever Jake McGee. Jim Thome delivers, sending a 97-mph fastball by McGee over the LF fence at Citizens Bank Park to make Papelbon a winner, 7-6. Papelbon immediately writes a $5,000 check to Thome. It is the 13thwalk-off homer in Thome’s career, setting a ML record. Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson had been tied with him at 12 apiece. Rays infielder Jeff Keppinger comes off the DL to collect 5 hits.

At Marlins Park, the Blue Jays snap a 1-1 tie with 6 runs in the 9thto defeat the Marlins, 7-1. Juan Encarnacion solos and Colby Rasmus connects for a grand slam, off Edward Mujica.

24thThe Red Sox send Fenway favorite Kevin Youkilis and cash to the White Sox for P Zach Stewart and UT Brent Lillibridge. He is taken out in the 7thinning of a 9-4 win over the Braves and receives a standing “Youk.” Cody Ross has 2 homers and 5 RBIs as Boston wins for the 9thtimes in 11 games.

Oakland catcher Derek Norris crushes a 3-run 2-out walkoff homer to give the A’s a 4-2 win over the Giants. It is his first ML homer.

Matt Wieters hits a 2-run homer in the 8th, then guns down a base stealer in the 9thto seal the 2-1 Orioles win over the Nationals.

The A.L. bested the N.L. in interleague play for the ninth straight year going 142-110 this season.

25thThe University of Arizona wins the College World Series with a 4-1 victory over South Carolina. Arizona joins Texas (1949) and LSU (1991) as the only teams to win the CWS without trailing in a single game they played in the tournament.

Travis Wood (2-3) pitches 7 shutout innings as the Cubs down the visiting Mets, 6-1. Mets reliever Jon Rauch gives up 4 unearned runs on zero hits and walks one in his third of an inning outing. Only Slim Love of the 1916 Yankees has done that (as reported by Bill Arnold. There is a question on this).

In complete-game performances, Luke Hochevar of the Royals outpitches the Rays Alex Cobb, to win 8-0. Cobb allows 13 hits and 8 earned runs, the first pitcher in 32 years to complete a game while giving up at least 8 earned runs and that many hits.

26thThe White Sox release OF Kuske Fukadome, who will sign a minor league contract with the Yankees.

27thThe Mets crush the Cubs, 17-1. David Wright (5), Ike Davis (4), Scott Hairston (4) and Daniel Murphy (4) drive in all of the runs. It is only the 4thtime in ML history that 4 teammates drive in at least 4 runs each.

Well, that’s a first.  For the first time in their 123-year old rivalry the Dodgers lose three shutouts in a row to the Giants, losing today, 3-0.  Tim Lincecum goes 7 innings to win just his 3rd.

28thThe Giants shut out the Reds, 5-0, on Madison Bumgarner’s 1-hitter. Ryan Hanigan’s leadoff single in the 6thinning is Cincinnati’s only safety. It is the Giants 4thconsecutive shutout. They become the 17thteam since 1918 to have 4 or more shutouts in a row.

In the 4thinning of Seattle’s 1-0 home victory over the Red Sox, Franklin Gutierrez sustains a concussion when he is hit in the face by a pickoff throw. Gutierrez has had a series of foot and chest problems and was sidelined last season with a stomach ailment. Felix Hernandez strikes out 13 as the M’s win it in the 9thon John Jaso’s pinch single.

Alexi Amarista hits his first ML homer, a grand slam, to cap a 6-run 9th-inning rally for the Padres as they beat the host Astros, 7-3.

29thThe Diamondbacks defeat the Brewers, 9-3. Aaron Hill hits for the cycle for Arizona for the second time in 11 days. He also hit for the cycle on June 18. Hill is just the fourth player in ML history to accomplish the feat twice in the same season, and the second to do so within a calendar month. John Reilly (1883), Tip O’Neill (1887) and Babe Herman (1931) are the only other players to do so.

The Dodgers show they are serious about signing international talent as they ink 21-year-old Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a 7-year $42 million deal. Under the cost-cutting ownership of Frank McCourt, the Dodgers had cut back on the signing of international players. This is a record for a Cuban defector, exceeding the $36 million for 4 years the A’s gave to Yoenis Cespedes in February.

Paul Maholm allows 4 hits, pitching into the 9th, and the Cubs supply three homers, in beating the Astros, 4-0.

30thThe Phillies send slugger Jim Thome to the Orioles in exchange for minor leaguers Kyle Simon (P) and Gabriel Lino (C).

The Yankees shut out the White Sox, 4-0, as Derek Jeter becomes the first player in ML history to play in 1,500 winning games before he plays in 1,000 losses. In his 2,501 games, he has played in 1,500 wins, 999 losses and 2 ties.

The Padres defeat the Rockies, 8-4. Rookie C Yasmani Grandal hits a pair of homers for SD, his first two ML hits. He becomes the first player ever to do so, with the 2 homers, in the same game, coming from each side of the plate.

The Mets defeat the Dodgers, 5-0. LA ties an ML record by being shut out for the fifth time in the team’s last 6 games.

The Indians beat the Orioles, 11-5, as Jose Lopez collects 5 hits for Cleveland.

JULY

1stThe Yankees obtain P Chad Qualls from the Phillies for a player to be named or cash.

2ndThe Padres defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-2, as rookie Yasmani Grandal hits his third ML homer. He becomes the 7thplayer since 1900 whose first three ML hits are homers.

3rdThe Braves down the Cubs, 10-3. For the first time in a decade, Chipper Jones gets 5 hits for Atlanta, including a pair of doubles. He drives in 4 runs.

Ian Desmond homers and the Nationals beat up on Tim Lincecum (3-9) to whip the Giants, 9-3. Seven of the runs off Lincecum are earned. Lincecum will lose 15 this year, tops in the NL.

At Dodger Stadium, Luis Cruz breaks up a 1-1 tie with a steal of home in the 7thand the Dodgers beat Johnny Cueto and the Reds, 3-1. It is Cruz’s first steal since 2008 and the only steal this season off Cueto, who picks off 9 runners and gets 9 trying to steal.

Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios homer in the 1stinning as the White Sox roll to a 19-2 win over the Rangers. Chris Sale goes to 10-2 for Chicago.

Orioles rookie Wei-Yin Chen has a perfect game through six innings, but Casper Wells of the Mariners homered off him with one out in the seventh. Chen exits in the 8thand the Orioles rally in the 9thto win, 5-4.  Darren O’Day (5-0) wins in relief.

Aramis Ramirez connects for a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 10thoff Heath Bell to give the Brewers a 13-12 victory over the Marlins. Ramirez finishes with 4 RBI, while Ryan Braun adds a 3-run homer.

4thThe Marlins acquire 1B Carlos Lee from the Astros for minor leaguers Matt Dominguez, a good-fielding third baseman, and Rob Rasmussen (P).

The Athletics edge the Red Sox, 3-2, as Boston’s David Ortiz hits the 400thHR of his career.

The Padres down the Diamondbacks, 8-6. Padres rookie C Yasmani Grandal hits a homerun to become just the fourth player in ML history to clout 4 homers through his first 6 ML games.

Former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee wins his first game this season as the Phillies down the Mets, 9-2. His 13 starts without a victory are the longest for a Cy Young winner since Greg Maddux went 14 starts without a win in 2008.

The Pirates spot the Astros two runs, then come back to win, 6-4, to move into first place in the NL Central, a game ahead of the Reds, losers to the Dodgers.

6thAt Citi Field, the Mets score 3 in the 9thbut come up short as the Cubs win, 8-7.  Anthony Rizzo has 3 RBI and 4 hits and Reed Johnson has 4 hits including a homer and double off Johan Santana.  He also steps on Santana’s foot as he covers first on an infield grounder. Santana will not be the same in his next 4 starts, not making it past the 5thinning. His last start for the Mets is August 12.

8thAt PNC Park, Neil Walker has 5 hits, including a double and a HR, and scores 4, while Andrew McCutcheon has 2 homers and drives in 4 as the Pirates stop the Giants, 11-2. The Pirates chase Tim Lincecum (3-10) in the 4thas A.J. Burnett goes to 10-2.

Blue chipper Trevor Bauer, brought up June 28 and who got lit up in his last start, pitches 6 innings and allows 2 hits and no runs as the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers, 7-1.

9thPrince Fielder defeats Jose Bautista to win the All-Star Home Run Derby. He becomes the 2ndplayer to win multiple titles, joining Ken Griffey Jr.

10thThe NL shuts down the AL in the All-Star Game by a score of 8-0 for its 3rdstraight win in the Midseason Classic. Melky Cabrera takes MVP honors, leading the way with a HR and 1B.

13thThe Athletics defeat the Twins, 6-3, despite a 15-strikeout performance by Francisco Liriano.

In a marathon at Kauffman Stadium, the White Sox outlast the Royals, 9-8, in 14 innings. Dylan Axelrod gets the win with 2 shutout innings, the eighth rookie hurler the Sox use in the game.

Alfonso Soriano collects two doubles and a pair of homers to pace the Cubs to an 8-1 win over the Diamondbacks.  He drives in 5 runs. It is the third game in his career he has four long hits.

14thIn a 4-1 victory over Arizona, Cubs starter Ryan Dempster matches the team record of 33 consecutive shutout innings with 6 shutout frames. Dempster leaves after 89 pitches having tied the team mark of Ken Holtzman in 1969. He leads the NL with a 1.86 ERA.

Felix Hernandez allows 3 singles and strikes out 12 as the Mariners stop the Rangers, 7-0.

With the Padres down 7-6 with 2 outs in the 9th, Everth Cabrera swipes home on a 2-2 count when Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen has his back turned to home. Jansen throws wildly to his catcher A.J. Ellis, but Ellis plays as if he caught the ball, and tags Cabrera. Umpire Greg Gibson initially calls out. Cabrera and then changes his ruling to safe. Trailing Padres runner Will Venable rounds 3B and comes to the plate, scoring the eventual winning run when he beat the return throw from the catcher to Jansen who doesn’t cover the plate.

16thThe Astros shutout the Padres, 2-0, behind J.A. Happ, who had lost his last 11 decisions as a visiting pitcher. It is the first time in 116 years that a visiting hurler with a road losing streak of more than 10 games posts a victory for a club that had lost more than 10 straight on the road. Unimpressed, the Astros will trade Happ in 4 days

The Red Sox defeat the White Sox, 5-1. David Ortiz has a hit and walk for the 10thconsecutive game for Boston, tying the modern ML record previously accomplished by Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Stanky twice, Bobby Murcer, and Victor Martinez.

17thThe Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 6-1, as CC Sabathia notches his 10thwin of the year. He becomes just the third pitcher over the past 80 years to register double-digits in wins in each of his first twelve ML seasons. Don Sutton and Tom Seaver also accomplished the feat.

18thThe New York Yankees blank the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 in a rain-shortened game as Hiroki Kuroda pitches the seven-inning shutout. The Yankees are cruising, having won nine of 11 and 16 of 22 games, and are leading the American League East by 10 games, on pace for 95 wins. Print the playoff tickets.

At Boston, Kevin Youkilis belts a 3-run homer in the 8th, off Jon Lester, for the White Sox as they beat the Red Sox, 7-5. Adam Dunn has a stolen base for the White Sox, his first since 2008.

19thThe Padres shut out the Astros, 1-0, on Edinson Volquez’s one-hitter. Matt Downs’ infield single in the 4thinning is Houston’s only safety.

Georgia native Buster Posey drives in 5 runs as the Giants win their fourth straight, beating the host Braves, 9-0.

Cody Ross belts a 3-run walkoff homer with one out in the 9thas the Red Sox emerge victorious over the White Sox, 3-1.. It is his third career walkoff hit.

Johnny Cueto throws 6 shutout innings to pace the Reds to a 4-0 win over the Diamondbacks.  Cincinnati wins its first game without Joey Votto, who has surgery today to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

20thThe Astros and Blue Jays complete a 10-player trade. P Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco and minor leaguers Joe Musgrove (P), Asher Wojciechowski (P), David Rollins (P) and Carlos Perez (C) go to Houston along with a player to be named. Toronto acquires pitchers Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter.

In a trade of damaged goods, the Royals obtain pitcher Jeremy Guthrie from the Rockies in exchange for P Jonathan Sanchez.

The Cardinals score 3 runs in the 1stinning and go on to defeat the Cubs, 4-1. The runs end Ryan Dempster’s scoreless innings streak at 33 in a row. He becomes the first P in modern ML history to have separate scoreless streaks of 30-or-more innings as both a starter and reliever.

Tom Milone strikes out 10 and allows no runs in 7 innings as the A’s edge the visiting Yankees, 3-2. Cespedes has 4 hits, including a homer. New York’s streak of 43 straight games of scoring 3 or more runs comes to a halt. They will lose tomorrow, 2-1. Robinson Cano’s hitting streak of 23 straight games will end tomorrow as well. Cano is the 23rdYankee since 1918 to compile a batting streak of 20 straight games or more.

After trailing 9-0 through 5 innings, the Braves edge the Nationals, 11-10 in 11 frames.

21stNeeding bullpen help, the White Sox acquire pitcher Brett Myers from the Astros in exchange for minor league pitchers Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters, and a player to be named.

The Giants nip the Phillies, 6-5, as starting pitchers Matt Cain and Cole Hamel each homer in the 3rdinning. It is the 4thtime in the last 20 years (May 14, 1990) that pitchers on both teams hit homers in the same game.

The Cardinals score 12 runs in the 7thinning to defeat the Cubs, 12-0. St. Louis ties  ML records by stroking 7 doubles in the frame and collecting 8 extra-base hits. The Cubs also lose starter Matt Garza who pitches 3 innings and leaves with a season-ending elbow injury. The injury prevents Garza from being traded this year. As noted by Trent McCotter, the Cubs turn an unusual 3-4-5 double play in the 3rdwhen Schumaker bunts Furcal to 2B, and Schumaker is thrown out at 1B, 3-4.  Furcal keeps running and tries to make it to 3B, but the second baseman Barney fires to third base to tag Furcal out.

The Diamondbacks beat the Astros, 12-3, as Jason Kubel clouts 3 homers and drives in 6 runs.

A.J. Burnett wins again at home as the Pirates beat the Marlins, 5-1. The Bucs score 4 runs against Carlos Zambrano in the 4thwithout getting a hit. Three walks, 2 HBP, and a throwing error do it.

Tim McCarver and Bob Elliott are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. McCarver receives the Ford C. Frick Award for his contributions to baseball in broadcasting, and Elliott of the Toronto Sun is given the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for sports writing.

22ndBarry Larkin and Ron Santo are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

     At Fenway, Toronto lights up starter John Lester for 11 runs in 4 innings en route to a 15-7 Jays win.  The loss will prompt Adrian Gonzalez, texting on behalf of himself and some teammates, to air their dissatisfaction with Bobby Valentine for embarrassing Lester by leaving him in. It was the latest incident in a season’s worth of bad relations bubbling between Red Sox players and Valentine. Valentine uttering “Nice inning, kid” to rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks after he made a defensive blunder—an episode to which Valentine admitted on WEEI radio—only furthered the animus toward the 62-year-old. Despite the pummeling, Lester joins Dutch Leonard and Bruce Hurst as the only Red Sox left-handed pitchers to strike out at least 100 batters in five seasons or more when he struck out Travis Snider in the 2nd inning.

Johnny Cueto (12-5) stops the Brewers, 2-1, as the Reds remain atop the NL Central by a half game. The Reds won at least eight games in a home stand of 10 games or fewer when as they go 8-2 in the home stand; the team previously accomplished the feat in 1912, 1924, 1966 and 1975.

23rdThe Yankees obtain OF Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners for minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar.

The Tigers acquire 2B Omar Infante and P Anibal Sanchez from the Marlins in exchange for P Jacob Turner and minor leaguers Rob Brantley and Brian Flynn (P).

24thThe Angels defeat the Royals, 6-3. Super rookie Mike Trout becomes the first player in ML history with at least 100 hits, 15 HRs and 30 steals in his first 75 games of a season. Trout’s totals are 109, 15 and 31, respectively.

The Nationals beat the Mets, 8-2, in 10 innings. New York becomes just the third team in ML history to lose consecutive games by 5 or more runs, both in extra innings. The Astros did so in 1973 and the Angels in 1994.

Down 6-1 going into the bottom of the 8th, the Phillies rally for 6 runs to defeat the Brewers, 7-6, taking Phils starter Cliff Lee off the hook for the loss.  Lee allows 4 homers, including one to opposing starter Zack Greinke. The lefty Lee does pick a runner off 3B.

The Red Sox edge the Rangers, 2-1, behind Clay Buchholtz and Vincente Padilla (4-0). Adrian Beltre of the Rangers has a double to join Wade Boggs, Gary Gaetti, Chipper Jones, Brooks Robinson and Scott Rolen as the only big-league third basemen to register at least 14 seasons of 20 or more doubles. In the 2ndinning, Buchholtz and 1B Adrian Gonzalez each tie ML records as Buchholtz records 3 putouts and Gonzalez has 3 assists.

Felix Hernandez pitches in to the 8thinning as the Mariners beat the Yankees, 4-2.  King Felix loses his control in the 8th, hitting Derek Jeter, throwing a wild pitch and then hitting Alex Rodriguez on the wrist, breaking his left hand. A-Rod will be sidelined until early September. Before being hit with the pitch, Rodriguez struck out for the 2,000thtime in his career, joining Reggie Jackson, Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa and Andres Galarraga as the only major-leaguers to strike out 2000.

The Indians obtain UT Brent Lillibridge from the Red Sox for minor league P Jose De La Torre.

The Pirates obtain P Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros in exchange for minor leaguers Rudy Owen (P), Colton Cain (P), and Robbie Grossman (OF).

25thThe Marlins send 3B Hanley Ramirez and P Randy Choate to the Dodgers for P Nathan Eovaldi and minor league P Scott McGough.

A day after she is kidnapped, Cal Ripken’s mother is found bound but unharmed.  No ransom note or motive is given.

26thThe Mets beat the Diamondbacks, 3-1. Matt Harvey gets the win in his ML debut for New York, striking out 11 in 5 1/3 innings. He also lines a single and double, becoming the first pitcher since 1900 to fan 10 or more and get a pair of hits in his first ML appearance.

Call me Star. The Pirates defeat the Astros, 5-3, as Pittsburgh rookie OF Starling Marte hits a four bagger on the first pitch he sees in his first ML at bat.

27thThe Angels load up, obtaining ace Zack Greinke from the Brewers for SS Jean Segura, who made his ML debut three days ago, and minor league pitchers Ariel Pena and Johnny Hellweg. Segura will make the 2013 all-star team.  While Greinke was Milwaukee’s best pitcher, the Brewers will go 38-25 the rest of the way.

The Giants get veteran infielder Marco Scutaro from the Rockies in exchange for minor league IF Charlie Culberson.

Rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal hits his first ML triple, with the bases loaded, to pace the Padres to a 7-2 win over the Marlins.

28thThe White Sox acquire pitcher Francisco Liriano (3-10) from the Twins for IF Eduardo Escobar, hitting .207, and P Pedro Hernandez. Liriano, who threw a no-hitter last season, had reconstructive surgery.

The Mets lose to the Diamondbacks, 6-3, despite 3 homers from Ike Davis. Davis becomes the 8thplayer in ML history to hit 3 or more homers, all solo, which account for all his team’s runs.

In his first start since being acquired from Miami, Anibal Sanchez gives up three home runs and the Tigers lose, 5-1, to the Blue Jays.

Down 6-4 to the Red Sox, Mark Teixeira takes a 51-MPH lollipop for a strike, then cranks the next pitch for a 2-run homer off nemesis Vincente Padilla to tie the game in the 8th.  Boston scores 2 in the 9thwhen Curtis Granderson misjudges Pedro’s Ciriaco’s drive for a triple. Sox win, 8-6.

29thAt Minute Maid Park, the Astros beat the Pirates, 9-5, for their third win in their last 28 games. The win breaks a 12-game losing streak. But Houston will go 1-9 in their next 10.

The Diamondbacks acquire 3B Chris Johnson from the Astros for minor leaguers Bobby Borchering (IF) and Marc Krauss (OF).

Michael Morse hits a 2-run homer in the 9thto tie, and then delivers a 2-run double in the 11thas the Nationals beat the Brewers, 11-10.

Clayton Kershaw pitches a 5-hit shutout to win, 5-0, over the Giants and give the Dodgers a 3-game sweep of their rivals. LA is now a percentage point behind the Giants.

Houston trades third baseman Chris Johnson to the Diamondbacks for minor leaguers Bobby Borchering and Marc Krauss.

30thThe Braves obtain P Paul Maholm (9-6) and OF Reed Johnson and cash from the Cubs for minor league hurlers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.

The Dodgers acquire P Brandon League from the Mariners for minor leaguers Leon Landry (OF) and Logan Bawcom (P).

Oakland edges Tampa Bay, 4-3, in 15 innings despite having 21 batters strike out. Rays starter David Price K’s 11 in 7 innings.

The Mariners send P Steve Delabar to the Blue Jays in exchange for Eric Thames.

The Blue Jays send OF Travis Snider to the Pirates for P Brad Lincoln (4-2/2.73).

Both teams lose their starting rookie catchers in the Padres 11-5 win over the Reds in Cincinnati.  Yasmani Grandal strains an oblique muscle and leaves the game to go on the DL, while Reds C Devin Mesoraco gets tossed in the 3rdinning for arguing a call with plate ump Chad Fairchild. After the thumbing, Mesoraco jabs his finger into the ump’s chest, earning him a three-game suspension.

The Angels score 9 runs in the 6thinning and go on to defeat the Rangers, 15-8. Kendrys Morales becomes the third player in ML history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning: one is a grand slam. Carlos Baerga and Mark Bellhorn previously performed the feat. Morales joins Jim Lemon (1959 Senators), Mark McGwire (1996 A’s) and Alex Rodriguez (2009 Yankees) as the only A.L. players to hit two homers in an inning with one being a grand slam; N.L. batters have turned the trick 10 times.

31stThe Phillies send OF Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for P Josh Lindblom and minor league P Ethan Martin. Philadelphia also sends OF Hunter Pence to the Giants in exchange for OF Nate Schierholtz, and minor leaguers Tommy Joseph and Seth Rosin. Joseph, a blue-chip catching prospect, will be stalled by injuries.

The other shoe drops. In the final hour before the trade deadline ends, the Rangers obtain P Ryan Dempster from the Cubs for minor league hurler Kyle Hendricks and IF Christian Villanueva. Dempster had been the object of trade discussions with the Braves but nixed a deal, hoping that the Dodgers would take him. The blue chip prospect Hendricks is out this year with Tommy John surgery.

The Reds get P Jonathan Broxton from the Royals for minor league hurlers Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran.

The Pirates acquire 1B Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins for minor leaguers Gorkys Hernandez (OF) and Kyle Kaminska (P).

The Yankees get veteran 1B/3B Casey McGehee from the Pirates for P Chad Qualls, whom the Yanks acquired on July 1.  McGehee, hitting .230 with Pittsburgh, will drop to .151 for the Yanks.

The Cardinals acquire P Edward Mujica from the Marlins for minor leaguer Zack Cox.

The Red Sox send 1B Lars Anderson to the Indians in exchange for P Steven Wright.       Boston obtains P Craig Breslow from the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Matt Albers and OF Scott Podsednik.

The Cubs send C Geovany Soto, a former Rookie of the Year, to the Rangers for P Jake Brigham and a player to be named or cash.

The Pirates shut out the Cubs, 5-0, on A.J. Burnett’s one-hitter. Chicago’s only hit is a single with 2 outs in the 8thinning by rookie Adrian Cardenas, called up earlier in the day. Burnett gestures angrily at the ump for not calling a third strike on an outside curve.

AUGUST

1stAn intern with the Daytona Cubs is ejected from the game after he plays “Three Blind Mice” on the PA system following a questionable call.  It’s not the first time: In a 1985 Florida State League game, after a disputed call at first base, Clearwater organist Wilbur Snapp was ejected by the first base umpire for playing the tune.

2ndThe Royals score 6 runs in the 1stinning and go on to beat the Indians, 7-6 in 11 innings. They become just the 2ndwinning team in ML history to score 6 or more runs in the 1stinning, then not score in the next 9 or more innings. The 1931 Yankees performed the trick against the Browns.

3rdThe Phillies trade Joe Blanton to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash after the right-hander was claimed off revocable waivers by Los Angeles. Leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline Blanton was said to be on the verge of being traded to the Orioles, but the remaining $3 million or so the impending free agent is owed this season reportedly held that deal up. Blanton has had a tough time keeping the ball in the ballpark, serving up an NL-high 22 homers on the way to a 4.59 ERA, but has the league’s best strikeout-to-walk ratio this season at 115-to-18 in 133 innings.

The Athletics send C Kurt Suzuki to the Nationals for minor league blue chipper David Freitas. Suzuki will be back.

The Giants score 15 runs in the last three innings to defeat the host Rockies, 16-4. Angel Pagan scores 4 times and Buster Posey has 4 hits. Rockies pitchers walk 7 and toss 5 wild pitches.

The Athletics edge the Blue Jays, 5-4, in 15 innings. They become the first team in AL history to win a pair of 15+ inning games in one home stand. They defeated the Rays in 15 innings earlier in the week.

Brothers Justin and B.J. Upton each hit their 100thcareer HRs, becoming the first pair of brothers ever to accomplish the feat. Justin connects for the Diamondbacks in the 2ndinning of their 4-2 win over the Phillies. About an hour later, B.J. then homers in the 4thinning of the Rays 2-0 win over the Orioles.

4thThe Rangers defeat the Royals, 4-2, behind Scott Feldman. Feldman becomes the second pitcher in ML history to win 6 straight decisions immediately after starting a season by losing his first 6 or more games. Doyle Alexander performed the feat in 1983, losing his first 8 decisions before winning his last 7.

The Nationals beat the Marlins, 10-7. Bryce Harper hits his 10thHR of the season, becoming the sixth player to hit 10 or more as a teenager. The other five to do so were Tony Conigliaro, Mel Ott, Ken Griffey Jr., Mickey Mantle and Ed Kranepool.

The Mets beat the Padres, 6-2, as Mike Baxter, back in action after 8 weeks on the DL, walks 5 times. Dan Murphy is 4-for-4.

5thA.J. Pierzynski homers in his fifth straight game to lead the White Sox to a 4-2 over the Angels. It is his 21sthomer.

The Red Sox obtain 3B Danny Valencia from the Twins for minor league OF Jeremias Pineda.

Miguel Cabrera’s 2-run homer caps a stunning rally by the Tigers, who score five runs after two are out in the 10th. Detroit wins, 10-8, to send the Indians to their 9thstraight loss.

Taylor Teagarden hits an RBI-double in the 10thto give Baltimore a 1-0 win over the host Rays. It is the O’s 10thstraight win in one run games dating to June 22nd.  Meanwhile, Oakland loses, 6-5, to the Blue Jays, stopping their streak of 10 wins in one-run games.

Actor Charlie Sheen, a Reds fan, pledges $50,000 to the team’s community fund. This matches the amount raised by broadcaster Marty Brennaman raised for having his head shaved on the field. Sheen and his father were at a recent game when Brennaman got shaved.

6thThe San Francisco Giants claim short reliever Jose Mijares off the waiver list from the Royals.  Mijares was 2-2 with a .256 ERA for KC. He has never recorded a save in his 237 ML appearances.

7thA group headed by former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley and including pro golfer Phil Mickelson makes a bid to buy the San Diego Padres from John Moores. The purchase price is believed to be around $800 million. O’Malley is the son of Walter O’Malley, who bought the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 and moved them to Los Angeles before the 1958 season.” Major League baseball will give speedy approval to the sale, agreeing on August 16th.

Jose Reyes extends his hitting streak to 25 games as he helps the Marlins beat his old team the Mets, 4-2. Reyes’ streak will stop tomorrow at 26.

Chris Johnson homers in the 8thand 9thinnings, giving him 5 in 8 games since being acquired as Arizona tops the Pirates, 10-4.

Adam Jones singles with the bases loaded in the 14thto give the Orioles an 8-7 win over the Mariners. Matt Wieters adds a pair of homeruns. For Jones it is the third time this season that he has had three go-ahead hits in the 14th inning or later. The Oriole center fielder had a solo shot in the top of the 15th against the Royals on May 16 and his three-run homer in the top of the 17th against the Red Sox on May 6.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s sac fly in the 9thdrives in the go-ahead run as Minnesota wins 7-5 to send Cleveland to its 11thstraight loss. Ben Revere has a hit to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 22.

8thThe Athletics defeat the Angels, 9-8. The Angels become the first team since 1900 to hit at least 5 homers and strike out at least 14 times in a 9-inning game.

The Giants defeat the Cardinals, 15-0, and the Marlins blank the Mets, 13-0. It is only the second time in ML history that there were 2 shutouts, on the same day, in which the winning team scored at least 13 runs. It also happened on June 9, 1915. In the Giants win, it is Ryan Vogelsong who applies the calcamine, while Marco Scutero supplies the power with a grand slam and 7 RBIs.  Nathan Eovaldi of the Marlins combines with two relievers to white wash the Mets. Mike Stanton has 4 hits, including 2 homers, and 4 RBIs.

Tampa Bay edges the Blue Jays, 3-2, as Alex Cobb strikes out 6 in 7 innings for the win.  Fernando Rodney surrenders a homer to David Cooper in the 9thbut still picks up the save.  It is the last run he allows as he will set a ML record for the lowest ERA for a pitcher with 50+ innings: Rodney’s ERA for 74 innings will be 0.60.

The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 6-4. Eric Young Jr. begins the game with an inside-the-park HR for Colorado. It is only the 5thtime since 1961 that the first batter of a game has hit an inside-the-park homer.

9thBehind A.J. Dickey’s 4thcomplete game, the Mets trim the Marlins, 6-1, in an afternoon game at Citi Field. It is the Mets first win at home in a month.

At Comerica, Mark Teixiera and Eric Chavez hit solo homers in the 8thinning off Joaquin Benoit to give the Yankees a 4-3 win over the Tigers.  Since the All-star break, Benoit has given up 9 hits, 7 for homeruns.

10thThe Orioles defeat the Royals, 7-1. Manny Machado hits a pair of homers for Baltimore in his second ML game. He becomes the youngest player in ML history to have a multiple HR game in either his first or second ML contest. Manny Ramirez was the previous youngest player. Both home runs are caught by the same fan, a 15-year-old from the United Arab Emerites.

Following a hammering in his last appearance, when he gave up seven runs on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings against the Royals, the Indians release veteran Derek Lowe. He has an 8.80 ERA and 26/27 K/BB ratio over his last 12 outings. The Yankees will quickly sign him. Lowe has never been on the DL in his career.

In Cleveland, Cody Ross hits tie-breaking 2-run homer in the 6thand the Red Sox beat the Indians, 3-2. In the 9th, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks breaks his right wrist when he is hit by a pitch.  It finishes the season for the promising rookie.

After three weeks on the disabled list because of a sprained ankle and fatigued arm, Johan Santa records just 4 outs as the Braves punish him for 8 hits and 8 runs as they beat the Mets, 9-3.

11thBuster Posey hits a 2-run homer to help the Giants beat the Rockies, 9-3, and take over first place in the NL West by a game over the Dodgers.

Jason Marquis (8-10), released by Minnesota in May, allows no hits through 6 innings and finishes with a 2-hitter as the visiting Padres beat the Pirates, 5-0. Travis Snider breaks up the no-no bid with a hit off the mound in the 7th.

12thThe Pirates clobber the Padres, 11-5, overcoming a 5-0 deficit. Neil Walker goes 5-for-5 for Pittsburgh, including a double and HR, and Clint Barmes hits a grand slam in the 9-run 4th.

In Houston, the Brewers snap a string of 11 straight road losses as they whip the Astros, 5-3. Yovani Gallardo gets the win and has now won 10 straight decisions against Houston.

Jon Lester strikes out 12 in 6 innings and Carl Crawford collects 3 of Boston’s 7 doubles in the Red Sox 14-1 win over the Indians.

Jered Weaver (15-2) is stopped by the Mariners in his attempt at win #16 as the Angels fall, 4-1. Jesus Montero goes deep twice off Weaver to drive in three runs.

13thThe Orioles acquire pitcher J.C. Romero from the Indians in exchange for minor league IF Carlos Rojas.

The Blue Jays edge the White Sox, 3-2, in 11 innings. Steve Delabar becomes the first pitcher in ML history to notch 4 strikeouts in an extra inning in one game when he fans 4 in the 10th, needing 16 pitches to do it.  He is also the first Toronto pitcher to K four in a frame. Delabar comes back out for the 11th inning and proceeded to strike out another two batters. That made him the 46th pitcher in history, all of which have taken place since 1947, to finish a game with exactly two innings and six strikeouts.

14thThe Mets obtain C Kelly Shoppach from the Red Sox for a player to be named (Pedro Beato).

15thThe Mariners defeat the Rays, 1-0, as Felix Hernandez hurls the 3rdperfect game—and 6thno-hitter—of the season.

The Giants’ All-star outfielder Melky Cabrera is suspended for 50 games for testing positive for testosterone. Cabrera’s .346 will lead the NL in hitting, but he will not be put on the post-season roster. Cabrera will ask MLB to suspend Rule 10.22(a) for this season so that he wouldn’t be declared the batting leader. He is five plate appearances short of the title. MLB agrees to the request. Rule 10.22(a) was put in effect after the 1954 season in which Ted Williams had a higher average than Bobby Avila but fell short of the number of at bats. Adding at bats without hits would have brought him up to the minimum where he would still have had a higher average than Avila.

Garrett Jones belts a pair of three-run homers to pace the Pirates to a 10-6 win over the Dodgers. A.J. Burnett runs his record to 15-4 and joins Todd Ritchie (1999) and Doug Drabek (1992) as the only Pirate pitchers in the last 21 years to post 15 wins or more in a campaign.

17th At Safeco, the Mariners beat the Twins, 5-3, but a leadoff double in the 5th by Justin Morneau ends a streak by the M’s staff of 42 consecutive batters retired.

18th The Royals defeat the White Sox, 9-4. Adam Dunn hits his 400thcareer HR, less than 4 months after teammate Paul Konerko also did so. They are the first teammates in ML history to reach that milestone for the same team in the same season.

The Marlins edge the Rockies, 6-5, with the help of a HR by Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton becomes the first player in ML history to homer in each of his first 6 games at any ballpark. He has done so in his first 6 games at Coors Field.

At Yankee Stadium, John Lester allows a Curtis Granderson home run in 7 innings as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4-1. When reliever Craig Breslow takes over in the 8th, he and catcher Ryan Lavarnway form the first all-Yale-alumni battery in the majors since Al Hubbard caught Jack Jones in 1883.

Mike Moore wins his fourth straight, shrugging off homers by Albert Pujols and Mike Trout.  Visiting Tampa beats the Angels, 8-2 to complete a 4-game sweep.

Michael Young hits a 3-run homer and a 2-run triple to power Texas past the host Blue Jays.

19th Brad Mills is fired as manager of the Astros by first-year owner Jim Crane. Tony DeFrancesco is hired in an interim capacity to take his place.

The Pirates beat the Cardinals, 6-3, in 19 innings. Pedro Alvarez hits a leadoff homer in the 19thand the Bucs add two more on three hits. The two teams trade runs in the 17th. The game takes 6 hours and 7 minutes. Kevin Correia tosses two shutout innings for the Bucs then start and throw four-and-a-third frames tomorrow. He is the first pitcher since Dave Beard in 1982 to pitch at least two innings in relief one day and start the next.

20th Madison Bumgarner allows no runs and strikes out 10 in 8 innings while walking none as the Giants edge the Dodgers, 2-1. He is the first Giant pitcher since 1900 to pitch three games in a season striking out 10 and walking none. A walk in a 10-strikeout game at Milwaukee stopped him from a fourth.

The Athletics acquire SS Stephen Drew from the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league IF Sean Jamieson.

21st Minnesota loses 4-1 to Anaheim and leaves zero men on base. The A’s help the LOB total in the 5thwhen they turn a 5-4-3 triple play. It is the 690th triple play in the majors since 1876.

Cincinnati minor league SS Billy Hamilton sets a professional BB record by stealing his 146thbase of the season. Vince Coleman held the previous mark of 145, set in 1983. Hamilton has 4 steals for Pensacola.

Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin (5-4) undergoes Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of next season. He will make a brief appearance in September 2013 before coming back in 2014.

 22nd Maybe do this more often. The Diamondbacks host their first-ever doubleheader and sweep the Marlins, 3-2 and 3-0. The D’Backs double up in order to avoid playing more than 20 straight days without an off day; the day-night twin bill against the Marlins combines games that were originally scheduled for August 22 and 23.

The Rangers trounce the Orioles, 12-3, as Adrian Beltre hits 3 HRs. He becomes the 5thplayer in ML history to have a 3-HR game in both the regular season and postseason, joining Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, George Brett and Albert Pujols.

Athletics P Bartolo Colon is suspended 50 games for testing positive for testosterone.

23rdThe Rockies shut out the host Mets, 1-0. Collin McHugh hurls 7 scoreless innings for NY, allowing no runs and 2 hits while walking just 1 and striking out 9. He becomes just the fifth pitcher in modern ML history to record 9 or more Ks while surrendering 0 runs and 2 or fewer hits in his first ML game. The others to do so were Elmer Myers (1915), Juan Marichal (1960), Steve Woodard (1997) and Kazuhisa Ishii (2002). The winner is Rex Brothers (8-2), the third of five Rockies pitchers. His 8 wins will lead Colorado.

The Angels edge the Red Sox, 14-13, in 10 innings. Mike Trout steals two bases and becomes the youngest player in ML history to hit 20 or more HRs and steal 40 or more bases in a season. He has 3 hits as the Haloes amass 20. Seven have 2 or more hits, while Pedro Ciriaco has 4 hits and 4 runs for the Fenman. Dustin Pedroia has 4 hits and 5 RBIs.

24thThe Rangers shut out the Twins, 8-0, as Adrian Beltre hits for the cycle for the second time in his career. He becomes the first player since 1900 to do so in a particular ballpark for both the visiting team and the home team. Matt Harrison goes 8 innings for his 15thwin. Starting today, Beltre will hit .500 in 10 straight games, going hitless in 4 of them.

The Orioles beat the Blue Jays, 6-4, as Chris Davis slams 3 HRs. He becomes just the 4thplayer in ML history to have a pitching victory and a 3-HR game in the same season. The others who have done so are Guy Hecker (1886), Babe Ruth (1930), and Jim Tobin (1942).

The Blue Jays send P Jesse Chavez to the Athletics.

25thThe Dodgers and Red Sox complete one of the largest trades in recent memory. LA gets 1B Adrian Gonzalez, P Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford and IF Nick Punto, with Boston obtaining 1B James Loney, P Allen Webster, IF Ivan DeJesus Jr., and 2 players to be named. In October, the Sox will receive pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and OF Jerry Sands.

The Reds retire Hall of Fame SS Barry Larkin’s No. 11 prior to their game against the Cardinals.

     The Diamondbacks trade P Joe Saunders to the Orioles for P Matt Lindstrom and cash considerations or a player to be named.

The Marlins defeat the Dodgers, 6-2. Mark Buehrle fans Andre Ethier in the 1stinning to end Ethier’s streak of hits in 10 consecutive at bats, just 2 shy of the ML record.

26thAt Wrigley, Chris Volstad wins his first in 25 starts going back to last July as he pitches 6+ innings in the Cubs 4-0 win over the Rockies. He improves to 1-9.

27thThe Mariners edge the Twins, 1-0, for Felix Hernandez’s third 1-0 win since August 4. He is only the third pitcher in ML history to record third such wins within a calendar month. Carl Hubbell (1933) and Dick Rudolph (1916) previously turned the trick.

The Brewers score 9 runs in the 9thinning and go on to defeat the Cubs, 15-4. Milwaukee pitchers combine to fan 15 Cubbies to give the Brewers a modern ML record 7 straight games with 10 or more strikeouts. Infielder Joe Mather closes out the game with a third of an inning becoming the 10th position player this year to pitch. Mather is the first Cubs position player to take the mound since Gary Gaetti in 1999. Mather also made a pitching appearance two years ago for the Cardinals.

Lew Ford hits his first homer since 2007 and Nate McLouth connects for a 2-run homer as the Orioles rally for a 4-3 win over the White Sox.  It is their 12thstraight one-run win, a franchise record. They are 24-6 in one-run games.

The Blue Jays take a 9thinning lead, blow it, and then win it in the 11th, 8-7, over the Yankees. Colby Rasmus hits a 3-run homer in the top of the 9th, off Soriano, but Derek Jeter answers with a run-tying solo homer in the bottom of the 9th.  A bigger blow to the Yankees is a calf injury sustained by Mark Teixeira in the 4thwhen he injures himself running out of the batter’s box.

The Yankees obtain OF Steve Pearce from the Astros in exchange for cash.

28thESPN extends its MLB rights for $5.6 billion from 2014 to 2021.  This averages out to $700 million a year, twice the current payment.

Chris Tillman allows one hit in 7 innings as the Orioles beat the White Sox, 6-0. Lew Ford and Adam Jones homer and Nick Markakis drives home 3.

Dodger P Chris Capuano gives up 10 hits in 6 innings in losing to the Rockies, 8-4.  Rockie rookie DJ LeMahieu becomes the 10th major-leaguer to record 12 assists at second base in a nine-inning game; Lave Cross holds the record for a game of any length with 15 in a 19-inning affair in 1897.

Jeff Bianchi hits a 3-run homer in the 2ndand the Brewers beat the Cubs, 4-1. Yovani Gallardo strikes out 9 in 7 innings, and John Axford adds two K’s as the brewers run their streak to 8 straight games of striking out 10 or more batters, a ML record. Milwaukee has won 7 of their last 8 games.

Ian Kinsler’s homer in the 4th, off James Shields, is the games only run as Yu Darvish pitches Texas to a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay.  For the Rays it is their 4th1-0 loss of the month; not since the 1955 White Sox has a team lost four 1-0 games in a calendar month.

30thIn a barnburner on the Northside, the Cubs score 3 runs in the 9thto edge the Brewers, 12-11. Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single caps the 3-run frame.  Jonathan Lucroy hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs for Milwaukee, while Rickie Weeks scores 4 runs on a 5-for-5 performance.

Edwin Jackson allows an unearned run in 8 innings as the Nationals beat the Cardinals, 8-1. St. Louis shortstop tries to force Jason Werth in the 6thand feels his elbow pop, ending his season. Furcal will have Tommy John surgery and miss the 2013 season, coming back with the Marlins in 2014.

31stThe Orioles slash the Yankees lead to 2 games in the AL East with a 6-1 win at Yankee Stadium, with the win going to journeyman starter Miguel Gonzalez. He strikes out 9 in 7 innings.

The Mets R.A. Dickey (17-4) strikes out 7 as he shuts out the Marlins, 3-0.

The host Athletics swamp the Red Sox, 20-2. Brandon Moss has 4 hits, scores 4 and drives in 4, while J.J. Redick hit a grand slam in the 9run 7th.  George Kottaras has a pair of homers and 5 RBI.

Delmon Young’s 3-run double breaks a 4-4 tie and gives host Detroit a 7-4 win over Chicago. The Tigers are now two games behind the Sox in the AL Central.

The Rays obtain OF Ben Francisco from the Astros for a player to be named.

SEPTEMBER

1stTit for tat.  A day after the Blue Jays win, 2-1, on a game-ending play at the plate on an outfielder’s throw, Tampa Bay returns the favor with a 5-4 win. B.J. Upton ends the game with a throw home.

2ndThe Rangers defeat the Indians, 8-3, as 19-year-old rookie Jurickson Profar hits a homer in his first ML at bat. He becomes the third teenager in ML history to do so, following Whitey Lockman and Ted Tappe.

4thThe Brewers defeat the Marlins, 8-4. Giancarlo Stanton hits his 30thHR of the year for Miami, becoming just the 5thplayer in ML history with back-to-back seasons with at least 30 homers before his 23rdbirthday. Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Mathews, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera also turned the trick.

The Nationals pound out 19 hits against seven rookie pitchers put up by the Cubs, as Washington wins, 11-5. Alfonso Soriano has a triple, homer and 3 ribbies for Chicago but the Cubs muster little else. Ian Desmond has a double, homer and 4 RBIs, and Adam LaRoche has 4 hits, including two of the Nats 6 homers.  The seven rookie pitchers is not even a Chicago city record as the White Sox used 8 rookie hurlers in a 14-inning game in July.

In a slugfest, the Twins thump the White Sox, 18-9. The Sox finally throw in the towel and call in left fielder DeWayne Wise, who records a scoreless 9th. Wise also has two of the Sox franchise-record 10 doubles. Wise joins Josh Wilson as the only position players to pitch for two teams in the same season since 1950. He pitched scoreless relief for the Yankees in June before they released him at the end of July.

Chris Parmalee homers to cap a 10-run 5thas Minnesota routs the host White Sox, 18-9. The Twins also plate 7 in the 2nd.  The Sox remain a game ahead of Detroit in the AL Central.

Mark Reynolds has a 3-run homer and Zach Britton (5-1) pitches 7 innings as the Orioles stomp on the Blue Jays, 12-0. The win moves the O’s into a first-place tie with the Yankees, losers to the Rays.

For the first time since June 11, the Yankees are not alone at the top of the AL east as they lose to Tampa Bay, 5-2. With the Orioles winning, the O’s and Yanks are tied for first. The Yankees had a 10-game lead on July 18.

The Giants use 11 pitchers in their 8-6 loss to the Diamondbacks in 11 innings. This ties the record for most pitchers used in an N.L. game since 1876, which was set by the Cardinals in a 14-inning defeat in 2007. Aaron Hill’s 5thhit of the game leads to 2 runs in the top of the 11th.

5thThe Nationals become the third team in ML history to hit 6 HRs in each of 2 consecutive games as they do so in their 9-1 win over the Cubs. Bryce Harper hits 2 of the 6 to become the 3rdplayer in ML history to have a pair of 2-HR games as a teenager. Mel Ott and Ken Griffey Jr. are the others.

In the A’s 7-1 win over the Angels, Haloes pitcher Brandon McCarthy is struck in the head by a line drive by Erick Aybar in the 4th. McCarthy suffers an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture ending his season.  After two hours of surgery on the 8th, he tweets, “the good news in all this is that I set my fantasy lineups beforehand, so there shall be no excuses at this point.” McCarthy will recover, sign with the Diamondbacks, and pitch next year, despite occurring seizures.

6thFor the second day in a row, the Braves edge the Rockies, 1-0, on an unearned run scoring in the 2ndon an embarrassing play.  Juan Francisco races home from 3B when Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin drops a routine throw back to the mound from his catcher. Tim Hudson tosses 7 scoreless innings.

7thAlex Liddi goes hitless in his ML debut as his Mariners manage just one hit—a 6thinning homer by Trayvon Robinson—in losing to the Angels, 3-1. Jerome Williams (3-0) goes 8 innings for the win. The Italian-born Liddi is the first graduate of MLB’s International European Academy to make it to the Majors. Donald Lutz will be the next.

8thJosh Hamilton hits his 40thhomer and rookie Jurickson Profar drives in 2 runs in the 10thas the Rangers beat the Rays, 4-2.

9thThe Rays shut out the Rangers, 6-0, led by BJ Upton’s 3 solo homers.

Jonathon Papelbon picks up a win and a save as the Phillies sweep the Rockies, 3-2 and 7-4. In game 1, Wilin Rosario of the Rockies became the 20th big-league catcher since 1962 to record four passed balls in a game. Two come in the 9thwhen the Phils plate the winning run.

11thThe Astros edge the Cubs, 1-0. The 2 teams combine to use 11 pitchers in the game, setting an ML record for most pitchers used in a 9-inning 1-0 game.

In a 4-3 Mariner win against Toronto, Mariner center fielder Franklin Gutierrez makes an error, snapping a ML record streak of 307 straight games without an error in CF. Gutierrez missed much of 2012 due to a severe left-oblique strain, and played sparingly this year. His last error was in 2009.

The Nationals top R.A. Dickey and the Mets, 5-3, sending Dickey’s record to 18-5.  The Mets punch across two runs in the 5th, ending their string of 110 innings without scoring multiple runs.  Only the 1909 Senators produced a lengthier streak: 119 innings.

In a barnburner at Coors, the Giants beat the Rockies, 9-8. Madison Bumgarner hits a 3-run homer but is lifted in the 5thafter giving up 3 singles and his replacement George Kontas gets the win. Brandon Belt collects a double and HR and 4 RBI.  After Rob Scahill pitches a scoreless 9th, Tyler Colvin hits a pinch 2-run homer to make it close. In his ML debut, Scahill becomes the 27thpitcher used by the Rockies this year. Jeff Francis is the only one to hurl more than 100 innings and reliever Rex Brothers is the staff leader in wins with 8, a rare instance of a reliever leading his team in victories [In the AL, John Hiller, with the 1974 Tigers, won 18, and, in 1976, Bill Campbell matched it with the Twins to lead their teams. They are co-holders of the AL record for the most wins in relief.] Francis is the next high in wins for Colorado with 6.

12thThe Athletics defeat the Angels, 4-1, behind rookie pitcher AJ Griffin. With a record of 6-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his first 11 big-league starts, Griffin becomes just the second MLer to be undefeated in his first 11 appearances, all starts, with an ERA under 2.00. The other pitcher to accomplish the feat was Jered Weaver in 2006.

The streaking Phillies top the Marlins, 3-1, to pull 3 games behind the Cards in the wild card race. Given up for dead, the Phils are 15-4 since August 23.

In Jupiter, FL, Team Israel, managed by former big-league catcher Brad Ausmus and including former major-leaguers Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler, plays its first game in the qualifying rounds of the World Baseball Classic defeating Team South Africa, 7-3. Meanwhile,  former Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne is serving as Team France’s pitching coach in the qualifying rounds.

13thMets knuckler RA Dickey wins the 2012 Branch Rickey Award for his work distributing baseball equipment and medical supplies in Central and South America.

14thThe Marlins shut out the Reds, 4-0, behind rookie pitcher Jacob Turner. He becomes the youngest ML pitcher ever to win a game for both an AL team and an NL team in the same season, having won for the Tigers earlier in the year.

Clayton Kershaw pitches 5 shutout innings to earn his 19thwin, but is ejected after he hits Arizona’s Gerardo Parra with a pitch in the 6th. Parra had the only hit, a double, off Kershaw but it was his homer yesterday, which he stopped to admire, that drew the ire of the Dodgers. Kershaw yelled at Parra from the dugout and both managers were warned about retaliation. The commissioner called both managers about the issue. Josh Lindblom replaces Kershaw and records 5 strikeouts in 2 innings. Arizona pushes across 2 runs but the Dodgers win, 3-2. Arizona leads by 7.5 games in the NL West.

16thThe Brewers defeat the Mets, 3-0, as Ryan Braun hits a pair of homers, going back to back with Aramis Ramirez in the 4thoff Chris Young. Braun reaches the combination of 200 homers and 100 stolen bases faster than anyone else in ML history at 5 years and 114 days after his ML debut. Only Jose Canseco and Vladimir Guerrero reached those levels within 6 years of their debuts. The good news for Young is he reaches 100 innings pitched in the 4th, triggering a bonus clause of $250,000.

The Cubs beat the Pirates, 13-9. Pedro Alvarez and Anthony Rizzo become the first pair of opposing players in ML history to both hit homers in the same inning in each of 2 consecutive innings of a game, doing so in both the 5thand 6th.

17thThe Phillies defeat the Mets, 3-1. Cliff Lee becomes just the 3rdpitcher in modern ML history to hurl 6 or more innings in 14 consecutive starts without issuing more than one walk in any game. Christy Mathewson (1908) and Greg Maddux (1997) also turned the trick. RA Dickey fans 8 Phils in the contest to become the 4thpitcher in modern ML history to record his first 200-strikeout season after his 37thbirthday. Others to do so were Charlie Hough (1987), Phil Niekro (1977) and Cy Young (1904).

18thThe Orioles edge the Mariners, 4-2, in 18 innings, scoring on two singles and two walks in the top of the frame. Miguel Olivo is given three intentional walks.

The Blue Jays suspend SS Yunel Escobar for three games for wearing eyeblack tape in a game on September 15 on which he had written a gay slur in Spanish.  His forfeited $83,000 will be donated to the You Can Play project.  Escobar says the slur has a different meaning in Spanish and he did not intend to be disrespectful.

Despite Max Scherzer leaving after two innings with a stiff shoulder, the second-place Tigers roll to a 12-2 win over the A’s. Miguel Cabrera has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta go long. Cabrera is now at 40 homers, two behind Josh Hamilton in the AL.

The NL West-leading Giants thump the Rockies, 6-3, as Tim Lincecum (10-14) earns the win. Russ Francis (5-6) is the losing hurler but reaches 100 innings pitched, the only Rockie pitcher to do so in 2012.

19thThe Yankees win a pair from the Blue Jays, by scores of 4-2 and 2-1. Ichiro Suzuki gets 7 hits and 4 steals in the DH, becoming just the 3rdplayer in the modern era to do so. Ty Cobb (1907), Johnny Neun (1927) and Maury Wills (1960) also accomplished the feat.

Adam Jones connects for a 2-run homer in the top of the 11thto give the Orioles a 3-1 over the Mariners in Seattle. It marks the 15thstraight win in extra-innings and leaves the Birds a half game behind the Yankees in the AL East.

In his ML debut, Matt Harvey pitches 5.3 shutout innings and strikes out 11 as the Mets beat the host Diamondbacks, 3-1. The 23-year-old fireballer sets the Mets record for K’s in a debut, beating Tom Seaver and Bill Denehey’s franchise mark of 8. He also goes 2-for-2, with a double, and is the first Met hurler to debut with a pair of hits since David West in 1988. According the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first pitcher since 1900 to debut with 2 hits and 10 or more strikeouts.

20thThe Phillies score 8 runs in the 1stinning and 7 in the 9thas they rout the Mets by a score of 16-1. They become the first team in ML history to score at least 7 runs in the 1stand 9thinnings of a game. Ryan Howard has a grand slam in the 9th, off Josh Edgin, while Chase Utley has 4 hits and 4 RBIs. Juan Pierre collects 5 of the Phils 21 hits.  For the woeful offense of the Mets, it is the 16th straight home game that they have failed to score 4 runs, the longest streak by an NL since 1908.

The Nationals defeat the Dodgers, 4-1, to clinch their first postseason appearance since 1933.

Ichiro has a double and homer and Nick Swisher adds a grand slam as the Yankees outslug the Blue Jays, 10-7. Phil Hughes gives up 4 runs in 5 innings but wins his 16th. He strikes out four Jays in the 4th. New York leads the idle Orioles by a game in the AL East.

The Reds score 5 in the 7thto edge the Cubs, 5-3, to clinch a playoff spot. Cubs starter Jason Berken allows no runs in 6 innings and strikes out 4 in the 2nd.

21stThe Blue Jays trade C Yorvit Torrealba to the Brewers for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Melky Cabrera voluntarily disqualifies himself from the NL batting race. Cabrera, who was suspended for 50 games for using testosterone, has the league’s highest batting mark. In order to approve his request, MLB and the players’ association reach an agreement on a one-season-only change in the rules governing the batting champion.

The Orioles stay a game behind the Yankees by beating the Red Sox, 9-6 in 12 innings. It is their 6thstraight win in extra innings. The Yankees win today in extra innings, beating the A’s 10-9 in 14 innings.

The Rays defeat the Blue Jays, 11-5, as BJ Upton hits his 25thHR of the season. Together with his brother Justin, the Uptons become the third pair of brothers in ML history to both reach the 25-HR mark in at least one season. The others to accomplish the feat were Aaron and Bret Boone, and Clete and Ken Boyer.

Chris Carpenter comes of the DL today after spending six months on the sidelinea, and goes 5 innings against the Cubs, allowing 2 runs. David DeJesus, with his 4thhit of the game, drives in the winning run for Chicago in the 11thas the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 5-4. Darwin Barney scores 2 and drives in 3.

Doug Fister throws his first shutout and Miguel Cabrera belts his 42ndhomer as the Tigers whip the Twins, 8-0. Detroit cuts Chicago’s lead in the AL Central to a half game.

The Royals beat the Indians, 5-3, as Billy Butler drives in his 100thrun. He is the first Royal in 10 years to drive in 100.

The Braves trounce the Phillies, and Roy Halladay 8-2, despite Ryan Howard’s 300thcareer homer. Howard reaches the mark in his 1,093rdgame to become the 2nd-fastest player to the mark. Ralph Kiner did so in 1,087 games.

Gio Gonzalez wins his 20thas the Washington Nationals beat the Brewers, 10-4.

22ndThe Giants down the Padres, 8-4, to clinch the NL West division. Padres reliever Bruce Boxberger makes an error on a pickoff attempt, his third error on pickoff and steal attempts (as noted by Bill Deane).

Not so fast. At Yankee Stadium, the A’s hit three homers in the 13thand score 4 runs, only to watch the Yankees tie it up with 4 runs in the bottom of the 13th.  New York wins it, 10-9, with an unearned run in the 14th.

24thThe Orioles defeat the Blue Jays, 4-1. Baltimore rookie P Steve Johnson becomes the fifth pitcher in modern ML history to win each of his first 3 career starts and strike out at least 6 batters in each of them. Others to accomplish the feat were Larry Cheney, Russ Ford, Juan Marichal and Randy Wolf.

25thFreddie Freeman hits a 2-run walkoff HR to give the Braves a 4-3 win over the Marlins, and clinch a playoff spot for Atlanta.

The Angels defeat the Mariners, 5-4. Zach Greinke fans 13 batters in 5 innings, including 4 in one inning, to get the win. He becomes the first pitcher since 1900 to fan 13-or-more batters while pitching 5-or-fewer innings in a game. The previous mark was 11 by 13 different pitchers. Angels hurlers strike out 20 Mariners in the contest to tie the ML record for a 9-inning game. Seattle ties the ML record also with the 20 K’s.

Paul Maholm wins his 13thand the Braves shut out the Marlin, 3-0. Craig Kimbrel picks up his 40thsave, throwing a scoreless 9thand striking out 4 batters.  He is the eighth pitcher this year to strike out four in an inning, and the fourth to do so this week.

27thThe Indians fire Manny Acta as their manager.

The Astros hire Bo Porter as their manager.

The Mets edge the Pirates by a score of 6-5. At age 37, RA Dickey becomes the third oldest pitcher to record the first 20-win season of his career. Only Mike Mussina (39) and Jamie Moyer (38) did so when they were older.

The Tigers nip the Royals, 5-4. Detroit P Doug Fister sets an AL record by striking out 9 Royals in a row. Tom Seaver holds the ML mark with 10. The Tigers nearly waste Fister’s effort but score the winning run in the 9thon Alex Avila’s grounder. Detroit leads by 2 games.

Gio Gonzalez becomes the first 21-game winner in the majors as the Nationals beat the Phillies, 7-3. Bryce Harper has a homer and Michael Moore clubs a pair.

28thHomer Bailey hurls the 7thno-hitter of the season as the Reds edge the Pirates, 1-0.

The Orioles crush the Red Sox, 9-1, on a combined one-hitter tossed by Chris Tillman (8 innings) and Troy Patton (1 inning). Boston’s only hit is a bunt single by Scott Podsednik leading off the game.

At Chase Field, the Cubs lose 8-3 to Arizona to fall to 0-17 against National League West teams, lose their 98th game for the first time since 2000, and set a franchise record with 57 road losses. And Darwin Barney loses his errorless streak at second base at 141 games in the eighth inning, leaving him tied with Placido Polanco for the single season record instead of breaking it. Barney’s off-balanced throw to Anthony Rizzo at 1B is wide, allowing Aaron Hill to score from second on an infield hit and error. Barney ends with four NL second base records: most consecutive errorless games in a season and career (141) and most consecutive errorless chances in a season and career (679).

29thIn Detroit’s 6-4 win over the Twins, Jason Verlander wins his 17th, striking out 8 in 7 innings. Rookie Quintin Berry steals his 21stbase without being thrown out to set an AL record. Kevin McReynolds holds the NL mark with the same mark.

With three on, Mike Morse clubs a unique grand slam in the 1stinning at Busch and the Nationals ride it to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Morse’s fly hits a sign just above the RF fence and bounces back onto the field, and the ball is ruled in play; Bryce Harper scores from 3B, Ryan Zimmerman ran from 2B and stops at 3B; Adam LaRoche, running from 1B, rounds 2B and seeing that Zimmerman stopped, heads back to 2B; Morse is almost to second and tries to run back to 1B but is tagged out. 1B umpire Chris Guccione, who had ruled the ball in play, confers with acting crew chief Jeff Nelson, who views the replay and overturns the call to a home run. This is where the fun begins. Nelson sends all runners back to their original places and has them run the bases; Morse runs the bases backwards, retouching 2B and 1B on his way back to home.  When he reaches home, his teammates in the dugout yell for him to swing an imaginary bat and all four runners score on the recreated home run. Nationals TV play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter calls the ‘homer’ with his signature ‘See-You-Later!’ as Morse’s imaginary ball clears the wall (with help from Retrosheet).

Toronto edges the Yankees, 3-2, as Shawn Hill makes his first appearance in 2 years, throwing three hitless innings for the win. The loss leaves New York ties with Baltimore for first place in the AL East.

30thThe Yankees defeat the Blue Jays, 9-6, to clinch a playoff berth.

The Orioles down the Red Sox, 6-3, to clinch a playoff berth.

The Braves beat the Mets, 6-2, behind Kris Medlen, who finishes the year with a 9-0 mark in 12 starts, tying the record for most wins in an undefeated season by a starting pitcher. Tom Zachary (1929), Whitey Ford (1950) and Ken Holtzman (1967) also turned the trick. The game is the 23rdstraight start by Medlen that the Braves have won, setting an ML mark. Only two other teams since 1921 won 22 straight starts by a pitcher.

After losing 5-4, the Rangers earn a split with the Angels, winning 8-7. behind Mike Napoli’s 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  The win keeps the Rangers a game ahead of the Yankees and the Orioles.

At Arizona, Chris Rusin and 4 relievers stop the Diamondbacks as the Cubs win, 7-2, for their first road win versus 18 road losses against NL West teams.

OCTOBER

1stThe Nationals fall to the Phillies, 2-0, but still clinch the NL East Division title. Davey Johnson becomes the second manager in ML history to lead 4 ML teams to 1st-place finishes. The only other manager to do so was Billy Martin.

The Tigers clinch the AL Central title with a 6-3 win over the Royals. Miguel Cabrera has 4 hits, including a homer in the 5-run 6th. The win eliminates the White Sox, 11-0 winners over Cleveland.

The Yankees win in a rout, stopping the Red Sox, 10-2. New York takes a one-game lead in the AL East. New York takes the tension out of the game with 4 homers in the 2ndinning, just the third time in Yankee history (1977, 2005) they have collected 4 homers in a frame.

At Progressive Field, the White Sox pile on with 6 runs in the 9thto beat the Indians, 11-0.  Hector Santiago (4-1) allows one hit in 7 innings. Dayan Viciedo connects for a 4-run homer in the 9th, off Scott Maine.

The Cards deal a 4-2 loss to the Reds, clinching the second NL wild card.

Andre Ethier hits his 20thhomer, off Matt Cain, as the Dodgers edge the playoff-bound Giants, 3-2, with a run in the 9th.

The Athletics defeat the Rangers, 4-3, to clinch their first playoff berth in 6 years.

The Astros shut out the Cubs, 3-0, handing Chicago its 100thloss of the year.  The last time they lost 100 was in 1966.

2ndIn his last game for Tampa Bay, James Shields fans 15 batters while hurling a 2-hitter against the Orioles, but loses, 1-0, on Chris Davis’ homer. It is the 6thstraight game in which Davis has homered for Baltimore.

The Athletics defeat the Rangers, 3-1. Travis Blackley earns the win for Oakland as the A’s set a ML record with their 53rdwin by a rookie pitcher.

After his extra-inning RBI single wins yesterday’s game, Raul Ibanez belts a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th, off Boston’s Andrew Bailey, to tie the Sox and the Yankees win it, 4-3, in the 13thwhen Cervelli scores after reaching base on a walk. Boston manager Bobby Valentine sustains injuries in the morning while reading a text from Pedroia while bike riding in Central Park. He tumbles down a ravine but has only minor injuries and is at the Stadium by game time.

Miguel Cabrera has 2 hits and 2 runs before leaving the game in the 5thand the Royals rally to beat the Tigers, 4-2.

Rookie Martin Maldonado hits a grand slam and the Brewers beat the Padres, 4-3.

The Marlins edge the Mets, 4-3, in 11 innings, and in a poignant moment, Adam Greenberg strikes out as a PH for Miami. His only other ML appearance came on July 9, 2005, when he was hit in the head by the first pitch he saw in the majors. The Marlins signed him to a 1-day contract to give him another chance to get an official at bat. Throwing out the first pitch today is Fred Van Dusen, who was hit by a pitch in 1955 in his only plate appearance.

The Cardinals lose to the Reds, 3-1, but clinch a playoff berth when the Dodgers lose to the Giants. Chris Carpenter, in just his third game this year, takes the loss. The win goes to Mat Latos (14-4). Joey Votto ties a Canadian—and ML record—by collecting his 44thdouble of the year, doing in it in 374 at bats. He and Larry Walker (in 395 at bats in 1994) are the only players with 40+ doubles in fewer than 400 at bats (as noted by Bill Deane).

3rdThe Athletics trounce the Rangers, 12-5, to win the AL West title.

The Tigers edge the Royals, 1-0, as Miguel Cabrera wraps up the first Triple Crown in 45 years.

At PNC Park, the Braves use 8 pitchers to shut out the Pirates, 4-0.  The 8 pitchers in a shutout is a record. The only pitcher going 2 innings is Julio Teheran. Randall Delgado and Craig Kimbrel each strike out the side.

The Rays defeat the Orioles, 4-1, aided by Evan Longoria’s 3 homers. Longoria has now hit 6 last-game homers, tying Stan Musial for the most in ML history.

The White Sox shut out the Indians, 9-0, as Dan Johnson hits 3 HRs. Gavin Floyd (7 IP) and two relievers combine on the whitewash.

Seattle’s Blake Beavan pitches 8 innings as the Mariners shut out the Angels, 12-0. Casper Wells hits a 3-run homer and drives in 5 runs.

At Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers defeat the Giants, 5-1. Marco Scutero scores the only Giants run and extends his consecutive game hitting streak to 20.

Edwin Jackson (10-11) pitches into the 7thinning and the Nationals defeat Cliff Lee (6-9) and the Phillies, 5-1. Mike Morse has 2 doubles and an 8thinning homer off Phils reliever Jonathon Papelbon. Lee strikes out 7 in 6 innings of work to finish with 207, but his 6 wins is the fewest by any pitcher striking out 200+ (as noted by Bill Deane). As Bill notes, the only previous pitchers with fewer than ten wins and 200+ K’s are Toad Ramsey (8 W, 228 SO in 1888), Sam McDowell (9, 225 in 1966), Bob Johnson (8, 206 in 1970), Nolan Ryan (8, 270 in 1987), and Anibal Sanchez (8, 202 in 2011).

4thThe Red Sox fire Bobby Valentine as their manager.

5thThe Cardinals defeat the Braves, 6-3, in the wild card playoff game to move on to the League Division Series against the Nationals. Kyle Lohse gets the win for St. Louis, aided by a HR by Matt Holliday. David Ross homers for Atlanta in a game that is delayed when fans throw garbage on the field after a controversial infield fly ruling goes against Atlanta.

The Orioles beat the Rangers, 5-1, to move on to the League Division Series against the Yankees. Joe Saunders gets the win for Baltimore.

6thThe Indians hire Terry Francona as their new manager. Francona was briefly an announcer for ESPN after managing the Red Sox.

The Tigers beat the Athletics, 3-1, behind Justin Verlander to take the first game of the AL Division Series. Coco Crisp’s leadoff HR is the only run scored off Verlander. Alex Avila connects for Detroit.

The Reds win the opener of their NL Division Series against the Giants by a score of 5-2. Sam LeCure gets the win in relief after starting P Johnny Cueto is forced to leave due to back spasms after throwing only 9 pitches. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce homer for Cincinnati while Buster Posey connects for SF.

7thJim Tracy resigns as manager of the last-place Colorado Rockies. Tracy was the 2009 manager of the year in the NL.

Don Kelly’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9thinning gives the Tigers a 5-4 win over the Athletics and a 2-0 lead in the ALDS. Al Alburquerque gets the win in relief foer Detroit while Josh Reddick homers in a losing cause for the A’s.

Tyler Moore’s 2-run 1B in the 8thinning leads the Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Cardinals in the opener of their NLDS. Ryan Mattheus gets the victory in relief for Washington.

The Yankees score 5 runs in the 9thinning on their way to a 7-2 win over the Orioles in the opener of their ALDS. CC Sabathia gets the win for NY, aided by a HR from Russell Martin.

Bronson Arroyo allows just 1 hit in 7 innings as he leads the Reds to a 9-0 win over the Giants and a 2-0 lead in their NLDS. Ryan Ludwick homers for Cincinnati.

8thThe Cardinals clout 4 HRs on their way to a 12-4 win over the Nationals to tie their NLDS at 1 game apiece. Carlos Beltran connects twice and Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso once each, while Lance Lynn gets the win in relief.

Wie-Yin Chen outpitches Andy Pettitte and leads the Orioles to a 3-2 win over the Yankees to tie their ALDS at a game apiece. Chris Davis drives in a pair of runs for Baltimore.

9thDespite being held to just 1 hit over the first 9 innings, the Giants edge the Reds, 2-1, in 10 innings to stave off elimination in their NLDS. The winning run scores on a Scott Rolen error. Sergio Romo gets the win in relief.

The Athletics shut out the Tigers behind Brett Anderson, 2-0, to avoid elimination in their ALDS. Seth Smith hits a HR for Oakland.

10thThe Cardinals shut out the Nationals, 8-0, behind Chris Carpenter to take a 2-1 lead in their NLDS. Rookie Pete Kozma’s 3-run HR in the 2ndinning was a key blow.

The Giants even their NLDS at 2 games apiece with an 8-3 win over the Reds. Tim Lincecum gets the win in relief, with the help of HRs by Angel Pagan, Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco.

The Athletics score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9thinning to come from behind and edge the Tigers, 4-3, and tie their ALDS at 2 games apiece. Seth Smith’s 2-run double ties the game and Coco Crisp’s 2-out 1B brings home the winning run. Ryan Cook gets the win in relief for Oakland. Prince Fielder homers for the Tigers.

The Yankees edge the Orioles, 3-2, in 12 innings. Raul Ibanez hits a pinch HR in the bottom of the 9thinning to tie the game for New York. He then hits a walkoff homer in the 12thto give the Yankees a 2-1 lead in their ALDS. David Robertson gets the win for New York in relief. Ibanez is the first player to collect two post-season homers in a game in which he did not start.

11thThe Giants score 6 runs in the 5thinning and hang on to defeat the Reds, 6-4, to move on to the NLCS. Buster Posey’s grand slam is the big hit for SF. Matt Cain gets the win for the Giants while Ryan Ludwick homers for Cincinnati.

Jayson Werth’s leadoff HR in the bottom of the 9thgives the Nationals a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals to even their NLDS at 2 games apiece. Adam LaRoche also homers for Washington as Drew Storen gets the win in relief.

JJ Hardy’s double in the 13thinning gives the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Yankees, tying their ALDS at 2 games apiece. Nate McLouth homers for Baltimore as Pedro Strop gets the win in relief.

Justin Verlander fans 11 Athletics in shutting out Oakland, 6-0, to move the Tigers into the ALCS. Austin Jackson drives in a pair of runs for Detroit.

12thThe Yankees edge the Orioles, 3-1, behind CC Sabathia, to take their ALDS and move on to the ALCS. Sabathia gets by the O’s in the 8th, who load the bases with one out. Curtis Granderson hits a HR for New York.

Trailing 6-0, the Cardinals cap a comeback by scoring 4 runs in the 9thinning to defeat the Nationals, 9-7, and move on to the NLCS. Pete Kozma’s 2-outs, 2-run 1B is the deciding blow. Daniel Descalso homers for St. Louis and Jason Motte gets the win in relief. Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse all homer for Washington. The 6-run deficit is the largest ever overcome by a team in a winner-take-all postseason game.

13thTrailing 4-0, the Yankees score 4 runs in the bottom of the 9thinning, highlighted by Raul Ibanez’s HR, to tie the Tigers and send their ALCS opener into extra innings. But Detroit bounces back with a pair of runs in the 12thto defeat New York, 6-4. Delmon Young’s double drives in the winning runs. Young also homers for the Tigers as Drew Smyly gets the win in relief. Ichiro Suzuki also homers for the Yankees.

14thThe Cardinals jump out to the lead in the NLCS with a 6-4 win over the Giants in Game 1. Carlos Beltran and David Freese hit HRs for St. Louis and Edward Mujica gets the win in relief.

15thThe Giants defeat the Cardinals, 7-1, to even the NLCS at a game apiece. Ryan Vogelsong gets the win for SF and Angel Pagan hit a HR.

16thJustin Verlander leads the Tigers to a 2-1 win and a 3-games-to-0 lead over the Yankees in the ALCS. Delmon Young hits a HR for Detroit, becoming the first player in ML history to have a game-winning RBI in 3 consecutive games in one postseason. Eduardo Nunez’s 9th-inning homer accounts for New York’s only run.

17thThe Cardinals defeat the Giants, 3-1, to take the lead in the NLCS. Matt Carpenter’s 2-run HR is the key blow for St. Louis, while Kyle Lohse gets the win.

Game 4 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Yankees is postponed due to the threat of bad weather.

18thThe Tigers pound the Yankees, 8-1, to sweep the ALCS and move on to the WS. Max Scherzer gets the win, backed by a pair of HRs by Jhonny Peralta. Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera also connect for Detroit, while Delmon Young wins the series MVP award by becoming the first player in ML history to record 4 game-winning RBIs in any postseason series.

The Cardinals defeat the Giants, 8-3, to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the NLCS. Adam Wainwright gets the win for St. Louis. Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence homer in a losing cause for SF.

19thBarry Zito leads the Giants to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals in the NLCS. Pablo Sandoval hits a HR for SF, cutting St. Louis’ lead in the series to 3-games-to-2.

Buster Posey of the Giants and Fernando Rodney of the Rays are selected as comeback players of the year for 2012.

20thThe Diamondbacks obtain IF Cliff Pennington and minor league IF Yordy Cabrera from the Athletics in exchange for OF Chris Young and cash. They then send Cabrera to the Marlins for P Heath Bell and cash.

The Red Sox hire Blue Jays’ manager John Farrell as their new manager. They obtain his rights, together with P David Carpenter, in exchange for SS Mike Aviles. For Farrell, it is a return home to the team where he was pitching coach.  Farrell is the seventh manager hired where compensation to another team is made.

21stThe Giants defeat the Cardinals, 6-1, to tie the NLCS at 3 games apiece. Ryan Vogelsong gets the win as Marco Scutaro drives in a pair of runs.

22ndThe Giants trounce the Cardinals, 9-0, to win the NLCS and advance on to the World Series against the Tigers. Matt Cain gets the win for SF, sparked by 3 hits from series MVP Marco Scutaro.

23rdAfter one year, the Marlins fire Ozzie Guillen as their manager.

Adam Dunn is named the AL Comeback Player of the Year.

24thPablo Sandoval hits 3 homers to lead the Giants to an 8-3 win over the Tigers in Game 1 of the WS. He is only the fourth player in ML history to hit 3 homers in a Series game, joining Babe Ruth (twice), Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols. Barry Zito gets the win for the Giants while Jhonny Peralta homers for Detroit.

25thMadison Bumgarner hurls 7 innings of 2-hit shutout ball as the Giants defeat the Tigers, 2-0, to go up 2-games-to-0 in the WS. Gregor Blanco gets a pair of hits for the Giants.

26thThe Sporting Newsnames Miguel Cabrera its Player of the Year for 2012.

27thMiguel Cabrera and Buster Posey are announced as winners of the Hank Aaron Award as the top offensive players in their league.

The Giants defeat the Tigers, 2-0, to take a commanding 3-games-to-none lead in the WS. Ryan Vogelsong gets the win for SF, with Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford driving in the game’s only runs. Doug Fister is struck on the head by a vicious line drive in the 2ndinning hit by Gregor Blanco, but he pitches brilliantly into the 7thinning.

28thThe Giants edge the Tigers, 4-3, in 10 innings to win their 2ndworld championship in 3 years. Marco Scutaro drives in the winning run giving Santiago Casilla the win in relief. Buster Posey hits a homer for SF, while Miguel Cabrera and Delmon Young homer for Detroit. It marks the first time in ML history that each league’s batting champion homer in the same Series game. Pablo Sandoval is named the Series MVP. Losing P Phil Coke sets a Series record by extending his strikeout streak to 7 consecutive batters.

Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw wins the Roberto Clemente award, given annually to a ML player who gives back through community service in addition to excelling on the field.

30thGold Glove winners are announced, with 9 players being honored for the first time. St. Louis C Yadier Molina and Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira are each named for the fifth time, while Texas 3B Adrian Beltre, Philadelphia SS Jimmy Rollins and Miami P Mark Buehrle become 4-time winners.

31stThe Angels trade P Ervin Santana to the Royals for minor league P Brandon Sisk. Santana set a ML record this year by losing five straight shutouts.

NOVEMBER

2ndThe Marlins introduce former C Mike Redmond as their new manager.

3rdThe Indians trade P Esmil Rogers to the Blue Jays for infielders Mike Aviles and Brazilian-born catcherYan Gomes. Gomes will win the catching job in spring training when he declines to play for Brazil in the WBC. Regular catcher Carlos Santana elects to play for the Dominican Republic in the WBC, opening the door for Gomes. Gomes will hit .294 with 11 homers in 88 games.

5th  Miguel Cabrera is honored as player of the year by his fellow major leaguers.

7thThe Rockies hire former SS Walt Weiss as their new manager. He had been coaching at a local Jesuit high school, but has maintained his ties with the Rox.

Oakland’s Billy Beane is named Executive of the Year by The Sporting News.

8thThe Blue Jays sign free agent IF Maicer Izturis to a 3-year contract.

12thThe Angels’ Mike Trout and the Nationals’ Bryce Harper win Rookie of the Year awards in the AL and NL respectively. Trout becomes the youngest AL winner ever, and the league’s 8thunanimous pick. Harper edges out Diamondbacks P Wade Miley for NL honors.

13thThe Athletics’ Bob Melvin and the Nationals’ Davey Johnson are named Manager of the Year in the AL and NL, respectively. The two become the 5thand 6thmanagers to win the award in each league.

The Marlins pull the plug—again–and complete a 12-player trade with the Blue Jays. The Fish move major contracts, sending SS Jose Reyes, pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, C John Buck and UT Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto, while SS Yunel Escobar, P Henderson Alvarez, C Jeff Mathis and prospects Adeiny Hechevarria (SS), Anthony DeSclafani (P), Jake Marisnick (OF) and Justin Nicolino (P) move on to Miami. Buehrle pitched 202 innings this season and became the 23rd major-leaguer to record 12 straight campaigns with 200 or more innings pitched. The Marlins nine minor league teams had the best overall winning percentage this year and the trade can only help that.

The Cubs sign free agent P Scott Baker to a 1-year deal worth $5.5 million. Baker, who last started a game on August 8, 2011, for the Twins, had Tommy John surgery and missed 2012.  He will finally make a start for the Cubs on September 8.

14thKnuckleballer RA Dickey of the Mets and David Price of the Rays are named Cy Young Award winners in the NL and AL, respectively. Price edges out Justin Verlander of the Tigers in the 2nd-closest AL race in history.

The Red Sox finalize a 2-year deal with free agent catcher David Ross. It is his second tour of duty in Boston for the premier backup catcher.

15thThe Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera and the Giants’ Buster Posey are named winners of the Most Valuable Player award in the AL and NL, respectively. It is only the 3rdtime that both league batting champions also won the MVP award. Charlie Gehringer and Joe Medwick turned the trick in 1937, followed by Jimmie Foxx and Ernie Lombardi the next year.

16thThe Cubs announce the signing of a 1-year deal with free agent C Dioner Navarro.

The Athletics send P Tyson Ross and minor league first sacker AJ Kirby-Jones to the Padres in exchange for IF Andy Parrino and P Andrew Werner.

The Braves agree to a 2-year deal with free agent C Gerald Laird.

The Tigers finalize a 2-year deal with free agent OF Torii Hunter.

Got Melk. The Blue Jays sign free agent OF Melky Cabrera to a 2-year contract for $16M.. Cabrera has finished his 50-game suspension for testing positive for drugs, but was not activated for the post-season by the Giants.

20thThe Blue Jays hire John Gibbons as their manager. Gibbons previously skippered Toronto from 2004-2008.

The Mariners acquire IF Robert Andino from the Orioles for OF Trayvon Robinson.

22ndThe Red Sox sign free agent OF Jonny Gomes to a 2-year deal.

27thThe Cubs sign free agent P Scott Feldman to a 1-year contract.

28thThe Red Sox trade P Zach Stewart to the Pirates, P Sandy Rosario to the Athletics for players to be named, and 3B Danny Valencia to the Orioles for cash considerations.

The Royals send P Vin Mazzaro and 1B Clint Robinson, one-time Texas League Triple Crown winner, to the Pirates for minor league pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico.

The Rangers acquire P Cory Burns from the Padres for a player to be named or cash.

The Angels sign free agent P Ryan Madson to a 1-year deal.

29th The Nationals obtain a needed centerfielder acquiring Denard Span from the Twins for 6’9” minor league P Alex Meyer.

      In a flatout bad deal the Braves reach agreement on a 5-year $75,250,000 contract with free agent outfielder BJ Upton. BJ will change his name–to Melvin Upton–and his team before the five years are up.

      The Pirates agree to terms on a 2-year $17M contract with free agent C Russell Martin, who turned down the Yanks offer for a one-year deal. Meyer is a former first-round pick of the Nationals.

30thThe Braves send P Tommy Hanson to the Angels for P Jordan Walden.

The Athletics acquire P Chris Resop from the Pirates for minor league P Zach Thornton.

DECEMBER

1stThe Rays trade P Burke Badenhop to the Brewers for minor league OF Raul Mondesi Jr.

3rdJacob Ruppert, Hank O’Day and Deacon White are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Halls pre-integration panel.

The Rays reach agreement on a 1-year deal with free agent 1B James Loney.

The Rangers reach agreement on a 2-year deal with free agent closer Joakim Soria (A.K.A. the Mexicutioner). The Royals declined to re-sign Soria, who missed the 2013 season because of Tommy John surgery.

4thThe Diamondbacks agree to a 1-year deal with free agent IF/OF Eric Hinske.

Paul Hagen is announced as winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.”

The Red Sox agree to a 3-year deal worth $39M with free agent CF Shane Victorino. The Flyin’ Hawaiian will move to right field.

The Astros trade P Wilton Lopez and a player to be named to the Rockies for pitchers Alex White and Alex Gillingham. White, a former first-round pick by Cleveland, had fizzled in Denver. Lopez gives the Rocks some protection if 38-year-old closer slows down.

The Marlins send SS Yunel Escobar to the Rays for minor league IF Derek Dietrich.

5thThe Mariners reach agreement on a 1-year deal with free agent OF Jason Bay.

The Diamondbacks agree to terms on a 1-year contract with free agent IF Eric Chavez, who played with the Yankees last season.

The Cardinals reach agreement on a 3-year deal with free agent P Randy Choate.

The White Sox reach agreement on a 3-year contract with free agent IF Jeff Keppinger.

Former Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek is announced as the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

The Angels agree to a 2-year contract with free agent P Sean Burnett. They also agree to terms on a 2-year deal with free agent P Joe Blanton.

6thThe Red Sox reach agreement with free agent P Koji Uehara on a one-year contract for $4.25 million.  The agreement calls for an extension for 2014, which the Sox happily agree to before the year is over.

The Twins send speedy OF Ben Revere and pitching prospect Trevor May to the Phillies for pitcher Vance Worley. Worley will go 1-5 in 10 starts before being optioned to Rochester.

7thThe Nationals agree to a 1-year  $13M contract with free agent P Dan Haren.

The Diamondbacks reach agreement with free agent P Brandon McCarthy on a 2-year deal worth $15.5M.

The Cubs ink a deal with Japanese pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa for 2 years at $9.5 million.  He’ll win one game in 2 years for the Cubs.

9thThe Phillies acquire IF Michael Young from the Rangers in exchange for pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.

The Indians agree to a 1-year deal with free agent/free swinger 3B Mark Reynolds.

The Rays trade pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals for prize minor leaguers Wil Myers (OF) and Jake Odorizzi (P), Mike Montgomery (P), and Patrick Leonard (3B). Myers was BaseballAmerica’s player of the year.

11thThe Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks complete a 3-team deal that sees Cleveland sending OF Shin-Soo Choo, IF Jason Donald and cash to the Reds, and P Tony Sipp and 1B Lars Anderson to Arizona. The Indians acquire pitchers Trevor Bauer, a BaseballAmericaCollege player of the year in 2011, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the Diamondbacks, and OF Drew Stubbs from Cincinnati. Arizona also gets SS Didi Gregorius from the Reds.

The Yankees reach agreement on a 1-year deal with a former nemesis, free agent 1B/3B Kevin Youkilis for $12M. The Yankee fans don’t like the deal and they are right. Youk will play just 28 games for the Bronx Bomber before his recurring back problems force him to retire.

12thThe Dodgers acquire IF/OF Skip Schumaker for the Cardinals for minor league SS Jake Lemmerman. The move rreflects the Cardinals need for a shortstop heir to Rafael Furcal.

13thThe Angels agree to terms on a 5-year contract worth $125M with free agent OF Josh Hamilton.

The Red Sox agree to terms with free agent 16-year veteran Ryan Dempster on a 2-year contract worth $26.5 M.

The Giants agree to terms on a 1-year contract with free agent OF Andres Torres.

14thThe Twins sign free agent P Kevin Correia to a 2-year contract.

The Cardinals agree to a 2-year deal with free agent Ty Wigginton.

The Phillies agree to contracts with free agent pitchers Mike Adams (2 years $12M) and John Lannan (1 year).

16thThe Twins reach an agreement on a 1-year contract with free agent P Mike Pelfrey.

17thThe Mets trade Cy Young Award winner RA Dickey, along with his favorite catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas, to the Blue Jays for two catchers, blue chipper Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck, as well as pitchers Noah Syndergaard, and OF Wuilmer Becerra. It is the second time htat d’Arnaud has been traded for a Cy Young winner.

The Astros sign veteran 1B/DH Carlos Pena to a 1-year $2.9M contract.

18thThe Mets obtain OF Collin Cowgill from the Athletics in exchange for minor league IF Jefry Marte.

The Red Sox reach agreement on a 1-year $9.5 million contract with free agent SS Stephen Drew.  Drew’s last two seasons have been marred by injuries and the A’s declined a $10M option.

The Rays sign free agent P Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, to a 1-year deal worth 3,250,000.

19thThe Yankees re-sign Ichiro Suzuki to a $13 million 2-year deal, leaving Nick Swisher and Raul Ibanez out in the cold. Ichiro is scheduled to platoon in RF.

The Angels swap Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for lefty Jason Vargas (14-11). Morales became more expendable when the Angels acquired Josh Hamilton last week. He hit .273 with 22 homers while missing the 2011 season after breaking his leg in early 2010.

Coming off a strong first-half season with the Cubs, Ryan Dempster signs a 2-year $26.5M contract with the Red Sox.  He will go 8-9 with 2 innings of post-season work, but will announce his retirement before the 2014 season and forfeit the second half of his contract.

The Dodgers trade P John Ely to the Astros for minor league P Rob Rasmussen.

20thThe Cubs reach agreement on a 4-year deal with free agent P Edwin Jackson, and tomorrow agree to terms on a 1-year contract with free agent OF Nate Schierholtz.

The Marlins agree to a 1-year contract with free agent 3B Placido Polanco.

The Rangers reach agreement on a 1-year contract with free agent C AJ Pierzynski.

21stThe Brewers sign free agent P Tom Gorzelanny to a 2-year contract.

The Pirates sign free agent P Francisco Liriano to a 2-year contract.

The Astros sign free agent P Jose Veras to a 1-year contract.

22ndThe Mariners agree to a 1-year contract with free agent OF Raul Ibanez.

The Diamondbacks agree to a 3-year $26M deal with free agent OF Cody Ross.

Ryan Freel, who played for eight seasons, mostly with the Reds, dies at the age of 36 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Freel suffered a number of concussions when he played. A year from now an autopsy will reveal that Freel had second stage CTE, a similar effect to that suffered by football players. This likely caused his bouts of depression and memory loss.

23rdMerry Christmas, Swish. The Indians reach agreement on a 4-year deal worth $56M with free agent OF Nick Swisher, an Ohio native.  When Swisher was with the Yankees he would salute the Indian fans in Cleveland by spelling out OHIO with his arms.

26thThe Red Sox obtain All-Star reliever Joel Hanrahan and IF Brock Holt from the Pirates in exchange for pitchers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, IF Ivan DeJesus Jr., and 1B/OF Jerry Sands. Hanrahan will log just 7.1 innings for the Sox before heading for Tommy John surgery and his release. Several ailments, including a second Tommy John operation, will end his career.

  • 2013

JANUARY

1stThe Indians agree to terms with free agent pitcher Brett Myers on a one-year $7 million contract. He’ll go 0-3, go on the DL in April, and get his release at the end of August.

3rdThe Rangers sign free agent pitcher Jason Frasor to a one-year contract.

7thThe Rangers sign free agent 1B/OF Lance Berkman to a one-year contract for $10M.

8thThe Brewers finalize a one-year contract with free agent pitcher Mike Gonzalez.

The Dodgers ink a one-year contract with free agent pitcher J.P. Howell.

9thThe Pirates obtain P Jeanmar Gomez from the Indians in exchange for minor league OF Quincy Latimore. Latimore will play for minor league Akron but Cleveland will release him in mid season.  Pittsburgh will re-sign him to a minor league contract in February 2014.

11thThe Blue Jays agree to terms with free agent C Henry Blanco on a one-year contract.

Tampa Bay signs veteran Jamey Wright for 2013, which will be his 18th year in the majors and make the Rays his 10th franchise. Wright has pitched for the Rockies (twice), Milwaukee, Kansas City (twice), the Giants, Texas, Cleveland, Seattle, and the Dodgers.

15thThe Nationals reach agreement on a two-year contract with free agent P Rafael Soriano.

16thThe Mariners acquire OF Michael Morse from the Nationals in a three-team trade. The Nationals receive pitcher AJ Cole and Blake Treinen from the Athletics, along with a player to be named. The Athletics get C John Jaso from the Mariners.

17thIn a solid move, the Red Sox agree to a one-year deal with free agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli. The deal is worth $13 million.

22ndThe Phillies sign free agent OF Delmon Young to a one-year contract.

The Blue Jays sign veteran Mark DeRosa to a one-year contract.

Tampa Bay signs free agent Shelley Duncan, who played the last three seasons with Cleveland. Duncan had 11 homers in each season along with 29 runs scored in each season. He’ll play just 20 games for TB.

24thFamily reunion. The Braves obtain star right fielder Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from the Diamondbacks in a trade for former All-star infielder Martin Prado, top pitching prospect Randall Delgado and three minor leaguers; pitcher Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed, and 1B Brandon Drury. Justin joins his brother B.J., who signed a five-year $75.25 million contract with the Braves in November.

The Mets reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent P Shaun Marcum.

The Cubs agree to terms on a two-year contract with free agent OF Scott Hairston.  He will barely make it till July before the Cubs trade him.

25th  The White Sox agree to a one-year deal with free agent P Matt Lindstrom.

26thThe Cubs agree to terms on a two-year contract with free agent P Carlos Villanueva. He’ll go 7-8 for Chicago.

28thThe Phillies sign free agent P Chad Durbin to a one-year contract.

The Cardinals sign free agent IF Ronny Cedeno to a one-year contract.

FEBRUARY

4thThe Astros trade Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez to the A’s for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock and Max Stassi.  Lowrie will take over the shortstop spot and hit .249. Carter will lead the AL in strikeouts.

24thIn a 2-0 spring training loss to the Tigers, their first game of the spring, the Yankees Curtis Granderson breaks his arm when he is struck by a pitch from A.J. Happ.  Granderson won’t play until mid-May.

MARCH

4thThe latest Yankee casualty occurs when GM Brian Cashman sustains a broken fibula and a dislocated right ankle jumping out of a U.S, Army plane in Florida.  Cashman was jumping for charity. On the 6th, Milwaukee GM Bob Melvin will be bitten by a scorpion in Arizona.

9thThe U.S. eliminates Mexico in the WBC with a 5-2 win. David Wright provides the margin with a grand slam.

The Yankees are rumored to be pursuing Derrek Lee to play 1B for the injured Mark Teixeira. Lee, retired, last played in 2011 for the Orioles and Pirates.  No deal will occur.

10thTrailing by a run in the 8th, the U.S. team rallies to beat Canada, 9-4, in the WBC. The U.S. advances to the next round and will play Puerto Rico.

The defending champion Japan advances in the WBC with a 16-4 win over the Netherlands in Tokyo. Japan has 6 homers in the game, stopped in the 7thbecause of the 10-run disparity.

13thThe White Sox agree to a 5-year contract extension worth $32.5 million with 23-year-old ace Chris Sale. Sale went 17-8 last season.

17thRuth Ann Steinhagen dies at age 83. She was the woman who shot Phillies 1B Eddie Waitkus in 1949, inspiring a similar incident in Bernard Malamud’s novel, The Natural.

19thThe Dominican Republic defeats Puerto Rico, 3-0, to win the World Baseball Classic. Jose Reyes hits a triple in the 7thfor the unbeaten  D.R. team. Robinson Cano is named the Most Valuable Player of the Classic.

At Clearwater, Derek Jeter is scratched from the lineup because he can’t get his injured ankle loose. An ominous sign as the Yankees lose, 4-1, to the Phillies.

20thThe Diamondbacks send SS John McDonald to the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.

25thThe Brewers sign free agent P Kyle Lohse to a 3-year contract. The 35-year-old veteran posted a stellar 16-3 record last season with the Cardinals. Lohse is used to late signings, having inked his contract with St. Louis on March 13 of 2008.

26thThe Yankees obtain OF Vernon Wells from the Angels in exchange for minor leaguers Esircado Cayones (OF) and Kramer Sneed (P). The Angels will eat most of Wells’ salary.

28thThe Mets announce that Johann Santana has suffered a re-tear in his anterior capsule in his pitching arm and will undergo season-ending surgery. The 34-year-old is in his final year of his $137.5 million contract with New York.

29thIn their first game in the newly renovated Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers beat the Angels, 9-8, in the second of a three-game Freeway Series. A.J. Ellis belts a grand slam to center field in the 1st, but Mike Trout clouts a 3-run homer in the 4thto cut the Dodger lead to 8-7. Angels starter Jason Vargas struggles in his final outing of spring training, allowing up eight runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.

30thThe Yankees, 14-18 in the Grapefruit League, close out their exhibition season with a 10-5 victory over West Point. Andy Pettitte sits in the Army dugout and gives tips on how to get the Yankee batters out. The Royals were the top finishers in the Cactus League with a record of 25-7, while Baltimore topped the Grapefruit League with a 19-9 mark.  Bryce Harper was the top spring hitter with a .478 mark (32-for-67).

31stThe Astros open the 2013 MLB season with an 8-2 win over the Rangers. Astro CF Justin Maxwell has a pair of triples in Houston’s first game as an AL team, having switched leagues for the new season. Bud Norris gets the win for Houston and Rick Ankiel hits the first HR of the season.

APRIL

1stThe Nationals shut out the Marlins, 2-0, behind Bryce Harper’s 2 homers. Harper becomes the first player in ML history under the age of 21 to hit 2 or more homers in his team’s season opener. Don Money was the previous youngest to do so.

The Dodgers shut out the Giants, 4-0, behind Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw becomes the second pitcher in ML history to hit a homer and throw a shutout in his team’s season opener, joining Bob Lemon who did so for the Indians in 1953.

The White Sox shut out the Royals, 1-0, as Tyler Flowers powers a homer. He becomes the fourth player in ML history to homer in a 1-0 game in a season opener. Others to do so were Bob Bailey (1965), Frank Fernandez (1968) and Gary Sheffield (2001).

The Angels defeat the Reds, 3-1, in 13 innings. The 2 teams set an ML record by striking out 30 times, most ever in a season opener. Seventeen Angels fan, as do 13 Reds. Starter Jared Weaver contributes 2 of the strikeouts at bat as he allows a run in 6 innings. He is the first A.L. pitcher since Pat Dobson and Mel Stottlemyre, Sr., in 1972 to start on Opening Day and make at least one plate appearance in the game. Weaver will get 2 more at bats this year and strike out each time.  The Reds have now gone 60 opening day games without being shut out (as noted by Bill Arnold).

At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees open against the Boston Red Sox Yankee opener as 6 players debut in the lineup for the Bombers, the most since 1903 when the team started. Boston jumps on CC Sabathia for 4 runs in the 2ndand beat the Yankees, 8-2, behind Jon Lester.

2ndThe Rangers shut out the Astros, 7-0. Yu Darvish retires the first 26 Houston batters to face him before losing his perfect game bid to Marwin Gonzalez’s 2-out single through Darvish’s legs in the 9thinning. The game marked the 11thtime a perfect game has been broken up by the 27thhitter, the most recent being Armando Galarraga’s bid in 2010. The Astros have never been no hit at home.

3rdThe Rangers shut out the Astros, 4-0, behind Alexei Ogando. Texas becomes the first team since 1900 to register back-to-back shutouts while recording 15 or more strikeouts in each game.

Roy Halladay, who had a miserable spring (21 hits and 9 walks in 16 1/3 innings) struggles through 3 1/3 innings against the Braves, giving up 2 homers and 5 runs as the Phillies lose, 9-2. The 36-year-old star missed two months of last season with various ailments. He does strike out 9 batters, the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out that many in such a short span, according the Elias Sports Bureau.

4thThe Baltimore Orioles defeat the Rays, 6-3. Baltimore’s Chris Davis has a homer and 4 RBIs and becomes the just the second player in ML history (since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920) to have at least 3 homers and 11 RBIs in his team’s first 3 games of a season. Dolph Camilli of the Phillies was the first to do so in 1935.  The O’s suffer a loss in the 8thwhen Brian Roberts steals second but ruptures a tendon behind his right knee and will not return till June 30th.

The Nationals beat the Marlins, 6-1, to sweep their 3-game series. They become the fourth team in ML history to allow no more than one run over its first 3 games of a season, joining the 1963 Cardinals, 1969 Padres and 1979 Astros. The hapless Marlins went 7-for-57 in three games against the Nationals, with 3 extra base hits and one run.

5thThe Astros fall to the Athletics, 8-3. In doing so, they become the first team ever to strike out at least 13 times in each of 4 consecutive games in a season. Brett Wallace sets a ML record with 11 K’s for Houston, the most ever in a team’s first 4 games of a season. Not far behind is Rick Ankiel, who strikes out 4 times today. Between April 2 and April 10, Ankiel will strike out 10 straight times, a ML record for position players(as noted by author Joe Taxiera). The former pitcher breaks the record shared by Steve Balboni, Eric Davis, Bo Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Adolfo Phillips and Mark Reynolds. Astros pitcher Xavier Cedeno relieves starter Brad Peacock and gives up 6 runs without recording an out and allowing just two hits, just the fifth pitcher in ML history to do so.  The Astros will waive Cedeno in two weeks and Washington will pick him up.

The Orioles defeat the Twins, 9-5, as a red-hot Chris Davis hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs. He is the fourth player to homer in each of his team’s first 4 games of a season, and the first player to hit a homer and drive home at least 3 runs in each of 4 consecutive games. His 16 RBIs smashes the record for most runs batted in through 4 games of a season. The previous mark was 12.

In a rare interleague home opener, the Phillies lose to Kansas City, 13-4. Alex Gordon and Chris Getz hit bases-loaded triples for KC.

Not a great day for Emilio. The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 6-4, as Toronto’s Emilio Bonifacio becomes just the second player in the last 100 years with 4 strikeouts and 3 errors in a single game. Ryan Zimmerman also did so in 2007.

Wilson Rosario and Dexter Fowler homer to back Jeff Francis as the Rockies beat San Diego, 5-2, in the home opener at Coors. Francis goes 6 sharp innings and the soft-tossing lefty almost becomes the first Rockies pitcher to throw 100 pitches since June 6, 2012.

In San Francisco, the Giants raise their 2012 world champion banner, then get to work with a 1-0 win over the Cardinals. Barry Zito and 2 relievers allow 3 hits. It is the Giants 15th consecutive win when Zito starts, including the post-season.

6thThe Braves edge the Cubs, 6-5, as B.J. and Justin Upton hit game-tying and game-winning homers in the 9thinning, off Chicago’s faltering closer Carlos Marmol. The Uptons become the fourth pair of brothers to homer as teammates in the same inning, joining the Waners, Aarons and Ripkens.

The Yankees fall to 1-4, their worst start in 7 years, as Detroit whips them, 8-4.  Detroit carves up Yankee pitching for 17 hits.

Shoulda made it three intentionals. Texas pitchers intentionally walk Albert Pujols 3 times, but the other 2 times he hits homers as the Angels win, 8-4.

The Dodgers send P Aaron Harang to the Rockies in exchange for C Ramon Hernandez and cash. He will be in Denver less than a week.

7thThe Red Sox shut out the Blue Jays, 13-0, as Will Middlebrooks clouts 3 homers, two off reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey.

Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall hits 3-run homers off reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price as visiting Cleveland belts the Rays, 13-0. Masterson (7 IP) and 2 relievers combine on the shutout.

The Marlins 20-year-old rookie Jose Fernandez looks good in his debut striking out 8 batters in 5 innings. He is the youngest pitcher to strike out eight in his Ml debut since 18-year-old David Clyde did it for the Rangers in 1973. However, the Marlins fall to the Mets, 4-3, when Marlon Byrd hits a 2-run single in the bottom of the 9th.

The Cardinals trounce the Giants, 14-3, scoring 9 runs in the 4thinnings against Matt Cain.

The Athletics defeat the Astros, 9-3. Oakland pitchers fan 14 Astros, giving Houston a total of 74 strikeouts. It is the most Ks for an ML team through its first 6 games of the season in the modern era.

For the second time in 5 days, Atlanta batters strike out 16 times, but again they win, beating the Cubs, 5-1. Justin Upton leads the swishers with 4 K’s.

Kansas City’s Billy Butler hits a 5thinning grand slam off Cole Hamels, and drives in 7 runs, as the Royals edge the Phillies, 9-8. Butler’s hit caroms off the cement backing and rebounds onto the field. Initially, the umps call it a double before viewing the replay and changing it to a homer. Jimmy Rollins hits a 3-run homer in the 9thfor Philadelphia as they score 4 runs but leave 2 on base.

Three pitchers for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, (Class A Midwest League), combine to throw a no-hitter against the Beloit Snappers.

8thThe Red Sox edge the Orioles, 3-1. Boston becomes the fourth team in ML history to win at least 9 consecutive home openers. Daniel Nava hits a 3-run homer in the 7thand Adam Jones solos in the 9th.

Tied going into the frame, the Reds score 9 runs in the 9thinning on their way to a 13-4 victory over the host Cardinals. Four other teams have done that before: the 1939 Indians, 1950 Braves, 2001 Tigers and 2002 Mets.

10thAt Fenway, Chris Davis solos in the 9thand Manny Machado hits a 3-run homer as the Orioles score 5 to win, 8-5. The sellout streak at Fenway ends after 794 regular season games stretching back to May 15, 2003.

The Phillies score 5 runs in the 1stinning off Jeremy Hefner, and hold on for a 7-3 win over the visiting Mets. Including a start last year, Hefner puts 13 straight Phillies bsatters on base.

The Orioles send P Luis Ayala to the Braves in exchange for minor league P Chris Jones.

11thThe Mariners acquire P Aaron Harang from the Rockies for minor league P Steven Hensley. Harang will go 5-11 for Seattle before they release the vet at the end of August. The Yankees will rent him for a month.

12thThe Mets crush the Twins, 16-5. John Buck hits a grand slam for New York, giving him 19 RBIs through the first 10 games of the season. He is the fourth player in history to accomplish the feat, joining Lou Gehrig (1927), Manny Ramirez (1999) and Chris Davis (2013). Murphy has 4 RBIs on 4 hits and David Wright has a single, double and triple and 4 RBIs.

For those who like numbers, the Yankees turn the first 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play in history, against the Orioles. Manny Machado hits a line drive to Cano who fields it on a short hop and tosses to SS Nix. Nix throws to Youkilis at 3B and after an exchange of throws, tags out Casilla. A throw to Overbay at 1B and a toss to Cano completes the tri-killing. The Yankees are outhit, 9 to 6, but come away with a 5-2 win over the Orioles.  CC Sabathia goes a solid 8 innings and Rivera cleans up with a save.

13thAdam Wainwright of the Cardinals shuts out the Brewers, 8-0, and collects 2 hits in the 7-run 7th. He becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to toss a shutout with at least 12 strikeouts and no walks allowed, while also getting 3 or more hits.

The Mets defeat the Twins, 4-2, behind their young ace Matt Harvey. Harvey becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to win each of his first 3 starts of a season, with at least 25 strikeouts and 6 or fewer hits allowed. Justin Morneau’s homer in the 7thhalts Harvey’s bid for a no-hitter.

Mark Reynolds hits a grand slam and Yan Gomes adds a 2-run homer as the Indians scalp the White Sox, 9-4. The two homers come in the 6thinning. Nick Swisher hits one in the 1stfor Cleveland.

Tim Hudson pitches 7 innings as the Braves beat Stephen Strasburg and the Nats, 3-1. It is Atlanta’s 8thstraight win. They will win tomorrow, 9-0, to go to 11-1.

14thThe Phillies edge the Marlins, 2-1. Roy Halladay records the 200thvictory of his ML career to become the 109thhurler to reach the milestone.

The Cubs have their pitching problems against the Giants at Wrigley Field. Edwin Jackson and Michael Bowden combine to throw a ML record-tying 5 wild pitches in the 6th inning and Shawn Camp gives up a tying run in the 9thand 3 in the 10th. San Francisco wins, 10-7.

15thIn a morning Patriot’s Day game, the Red Sox edge the Rays, 3-2, as Mike Napoli’s double in the 9thoff the Green Monster drives in Dustin Pedroia from 1B. The game concludes at 2.10 p.m., about an hour before the explosion at the Boston Marathon. Most of the players had left the park when it occurred.

At Dodger Stadium, Padres starter Eric Stultz hits his first ML homer, connecting for a 3-run shot in the 2ndinning off Chad Billingsley.  It is the margin of difference as San Diego wins, 6-3.  It is the only score off Billingsley in 6 innings, but it is his last appearance of the year. He will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014.

16th  The visiting Red Sox jump on Ubaldo Jimenez for 7 runs in the 2ndinning as they whip the Indians, 7-3. They don’t do much after Jimenez departs as Cleveland relievers set a franchise record with 15 strikeouts.

After Jeremy Guthrie leaves with a 2-2 tie, the Braves jump on KC reliever Kelvin Herrera for 4 runs to win, 7-3. Herrera had pitched a MLB-high 82.1 innings without allowing a homerun, but allows 3 to his first 4 Braves hitters.

17th  The Tigers edge the Mariners, 2-1, in 14 innings. Starting pitchers Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer each record 12 strikeouts, marking only the 5thtime since 1900 that opposing starting pitchers each had 12 or more Ks while allowing one run or less in the same game. The 2 teams combine for a total of 40 strikeouts. It is only the second time in ML history that both teams have more than 18 Ks apiece. Helping the total is Prince Fielder, who strikes out 5 times.

The Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 5-0, as AJ Burnett, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Jason Grilli combine on a one-hitter. Carlos Beltran’s 7th-inning double is St. Louis’ only safety.

18th  The Cardinals edge the Phillies, 4-3, behind Adam Wainwright. Wainwright becomes the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out 25 or more batters, without issuing a walk, in his first 4 starts of a season.

19th  The Mets defeat the Nationals, 7-1. Matt Harvey continues to post stellar numbers as he becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to win his first 4 starts of a season while allowing no more than 10 hits in the 4 games combined.

Hey, rook! Do you know who Babe Herman is? At Milwaukee, Ryan Braun gives the Brewers a lead with a 3-run homer in the 1stagainst the Cubs and Milwaukee wins, 5-4. Milwaukee has a chance to cushion the lead in the 8thwhen Jean Segura walks and steals 2B, and Braun follows with a walk.  With cleanup hitter Rickie Weeks up, Segura is caught off second by pitcher Shawn Camp, who starts a rundown between 2B and 3B. With that, Braun goes to 2B, but Segura is run back to 2B and both Brewers encamp there. Braun is called out. Segura heads to the dugout but, when informed that he was not tagged, reaches 1B safely. After Weeks strikes out and Lucroy is up, Segura takes off for 2B but this time is tagged out on the attempted steal.

20th  The Indians score 8 runs in the 1stinning, all off Philip Humber who records one out, and 6 more in the 2ndon their way to a 19-6 win over the Astros. They collect 22 hits.  Leading the offensive highlights are 4 hits, including 3 doubles by Nick Swisher, a 3-run homer and 5 RBIs by Jason Giambi, and a 3-run homer by Mark Reynolds.

The Angels score 9 runs in the 1stinning, all off Rick Porcello, on their way to a 10-0 whitewashing of the Tigers. Mike Trout clubs a grand slam off Porcello who does not finish the inning. Garrett Richards allows 2 hits in 7 innings for his first win of the year.

At Boston, the Royals sweep Red Sox, 4-2 and 5-4, the Sox 7-game win streak. Until today Sox starters had allowed 3 or fewer runs in their first 16 games, to tie AL record. The Royals take the second game in the 10thinning, scoring a run on 2 hits and 2 walks off Andrew Miller. Greg Holland gets 2 saves, pitching the last inning in each game and striking out 5 of the 6 batters he faces.

The Rays Jeremy Hellickson (7 IP) and 2 relievers combine on a 1-0 whitewash of the Athletics. Center fielder Desmond Jennings helps preserve it with an unassisted double play in the 3rdinning, the first by a CF since 2003.  Jennings catches a soft liner by Coco Crisp and keeps running towards 1B to catch Eric Sogard for the DP.

21st  At Arlington, the Rangers gun down the Mariners, 11-3. Nelson Cruz hits a grand slam in the 5thoff Aaron Harang. It is Cruz’s 5thgrand slam, all coming at home. Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre add 2-run homers while Leonys Martin triples and homers.  Texas has a half game lead on Oakland.

At Anaheim, Mark Trumbo belts a leadoff walkoff homer in the bottom of 13th, as the Angels beat the Tigers, 4-3. Phil Coke serves up the four bagger.

22nd  You might want to go back to Cleveland. Reds OF Chin Soo Choo, who was twice hit by pitches yesterday, gets plunked again today, the 10thtime this month, setting a club record. With a leg up like that, Soo Choo will lead the NL with 26 HBPs this year.  Ron Hunt, who led the NL 6 straight years in the category, had his best/worst month in July 1971 when he got drilled 11 times. Meanwhile, the Cubs bullpen lets them down again as they fail to capitalize on Valbuena’s 2-run homer in the top of the 13that Cincinnati. The Reds plate 3 runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the inning to win, 5-4. The Reds lead the Cardinals by a half game in the NL Central.

At Fenway, Will Middlebrooks hits a 3-run homer and Mike Napoli connects for a grand slam, as the Red Sox beat the A’s, 9-6. Napoli totals 5 RBIs and his 25 RBIs now leads the AL.

Matt Moore (4-0) allows 2 hits—an infield single and a home run by Robinson Cano–in 8 innings as Tampa Bay beats the Yankees, 5-1. CC Sabathia takes the loss. CC has registered 3 wins in 20 starts against Tampa Bay.

At Houston, the M’s hit 3 homers off Houston starter Brad Peacock and Felix Hernandez allows no runs in 6 innings as the Mariners beat the Astros, 7-1. For King Felix, it is his 100thwin as he joins Randy Johnson (130) and Jamie Moyer (145) as the only 100+ winners for Seattle.

The Athletics obtain OF Casper Wells from the Blue Jays for cash. Wells, signed two weeks ago, will get 5 at bats for the A’s before moving on to the White Sox in a week. He’ll finish up with the Phillies in August.

23rd  The Cardinals shut out the Nationals, 2-0, behind Adam Wainwright and take the lead in the NL Central. Wainwright pitches into the 9thand fans 7 batters before issuing his first walk of the season, giving him 35 strikeouts since the start of the year. No other pitcher since 1900 has struck out more than 30 batters before his first walk of the season.

In the first of 2 at Denver, the Braves slug 3 homers to beat the Rockies, 4-3, in the coldest (23 degrees) game ever played at Coors Field. Justin Upton hits one of the homers and then in game 2 goes back-to-back with his brother BJ, the first time that has happened since the Waner brothers did it on September 15, 1935. The Braves complete the sweep with a 10-4 victory.

In a rain-shortened 7-inning game at Fenway, Bartolo Colon and the A’s wallop the Red Sox, 13-0. Oakland takes advantage of 8 walks, 2 balks and 2 errors.

24thThe Blue Jays edge the Orioles, 6-5, in 11 innings. The victory snapped Baltimore’s streak of 17 consecutive extra-inning wins, which tied the 1949 Indians for the longest such streak in ML history.

At Citi Field, Jordany Valdespin connects for a walkoff grand slam in the 10th, off Josh Wall, to give the Mets a 7-3 win over the Dodgers. Matt Harvey is just mortal as he strikes 8 batters in 6 innings, but allows 3 runs.

25thThe Nationals one-hit the Reds, 8-1, behind Gio Gonzalez. Joey Votto’s 4th-inning solo shot is Cincinnati’s only hit.

26thThe Nationals shut out the Reds, 1-0, on Jordan Zimmermann’s one-hitter. Xavier Paul’s leadoff single in the 3rdinning is Cincinnati’s only hit.

The Tigers shut out the Braves, 10-0, behind Anibal Sanchez, who fans 17 Atlanta batters in his 8 innings of work to set a record for an interleague game. With his 17 K’s he breaks a 44-year-old team record set by Mickey Lolich on May 23, 1969.

27th  At Yankee Stadium, CC Sabathia goes 8 innings to beat Tampa Bay, 5-4. It is CC’s fourth win in April, the best start of his career.  Joba Chamberlain picks up the save, his first since 2010, and just the 5thof his career.

28th  Rookie Jeff Locke allows 3 hits in 7 innings as the Pirates shut out the Cardinals, 9-0, to move into first place in the NL Central.

The Reds Tony Cingrani strikes out 11—including 4 in one inning—while pitching a 2-hitter through the 6thas Cincinnati tops the Nationals, 5-2.

29th  At Marlins Park, the Mets score a run in the 15thto take a 3-2 lead on Miami, but Shawn Marcum can’t hold the lead and the Marlins win, 4-3.  Nick Green, who hit a game-tying sac fly in the 9th, does it again in the 15th to win it.

Brandon Moss’s second homer of the game, a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 19thinning, gives Oakland a 10-8 win over the Angels. Moss also strikes out 4 times as the two teams combine to K 35 times in the 6 hour: 32 minute contest.

30thThe Braves pound the Nationals, 8-1, behind Tim Hudson who wins the 200thgame of his career. Hudson also hits a homer and a double for Atlanta.

MAY

1stThe Indians shut out the Phillies, 6-0, behind rookie Trevor Bauer. Cleveland OF Ryan Raburn gets 4 hits to become the fourth MLer in the last 75 years to get at least 11 hits and 4 HRs in a 3-game span. Duke Snider (1955), Kirby Puckett (1987) and Shawn Green (2002) are the others.

2ndThe Tigers defeat the Astros 7-3, in 14 innings. A total of 18 batters strike out for each team, marking only the 3rdtime in ML history—and the 2ndtime this season—that each club has fanned that many times in a game.

The Phillies beat the Marlins, 7-2, as Juan Pierre becomes the 14thplayer in ML history to reach 600 stolen bases for his ML career.

4thIn a mismatch at the Minute Maid, the Tigers roll over the Astros, 17-2. Miguel Cabrera has 4 hits, including two homers, and drives in 6 runs, while Victor Martinez has a double and homer to drive in 4.  The Tigers collect 21 hits and score in every inning but the 3rd.  Max Scherzer goes to 4-0.

Jose Fernandez strikes out 9 and allows one hit in 7 innings to win his first game as the Marlins top the Phils, 2-0. The 20-year-old is lifted in the 8thand two relieves complete the one-hitter.

5thIn just 2.1 innings, Phils starter Roy Halladay gives up 9 earned runs on just 4 hits, but 4 walks and a hit batter do him in. Two of the hits are a bases-loaded triple and grand slam by Adeiny Hechavarria, who drives in 7 runs. Justin Ruggiano has a pair of homers as the Marlins bomb the Phillies, 14-2. Halladay will go on the DL and have shoulder surgery and not return to action for three months. Hechavarria’s feat has been accomplished 8 times since 1900; the last time was in 2006.

Yu Darvish strikes out 14 in 7 innings and Adrian Beltre singles in the winning run in the 9thas the Rangers beat Boston, 4-3. The win over the visiting Sox completes a 3-game sweep.

Happy Cinco de Mayo. Mexican-born Jaime Garcia pitches 8 innings and Allen Craig drives in 4 runs as the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 10-1. Taking the loss is fellow Mexican Marco Estrada, who is pounded for 8 runs in 3+ innings. The Birds complete a 4-game sweep of the Brewers, their first against Milwaukee in franchise history.

6thAt AT&T Park, Cliff Lee scatters 5 hits in 8 innings as the Phillies whip the Giants, 6-2. Hunter Pence has 3 of the hits, a single, double and homer, as the Giants leave zero runners on base.

7thThe Mets one-hit the White Sox, 1-0, in 10 innings as prize rookie Matt Harvey hurls 9 innings for New York, surrendering just a 7thinning infield hit to Alex Rios. The Mets become the third team in modern ML history to allow only one base runner on a hit, walk or HB in an extra-inning game.  They win it in the 10thwhen Ike Davis walks, is bunted to 2B and single home.

At Dodger Stadium, Paul Goldschmidt hits a 2-run homer in the 9thto give the Diamondbacks a 5-3 victory over the last-place Dodgers (13-19).  In the 8thinning, Eric Chavez catches the Dodgers napping as he steals 2B, his 48thcareer steal. He stole his 47thbase on June 24, 2007.

At Tampa Bay, Blue Jays pitcher A.J. Happ is struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings.  Happ suffers a fractured skull and is carried off the field on a stretcher and will be out of action till early August. Jennings gets a 2-run triple on the carom as the Rays take a 4-0 lead.  Toronto inches back in to the game and score 2 in the 9thto win, 5-4.

8thThe Twins crush the Red Sox, 15-8. Minnesota scores 4 runs in the top of the 1st, Boston answers with 5 in their half of the inning, then the Twins score 7 more in the top of the 2nd. It is only the 2ndgame in ML history in which a team scores at least 4 runs in the top of the 1st, the home team then scores more runs in the bottom of the inning, and the visitors then top that in the top of the 2nd. The only other time that it happened was on September 9, 1894, in a game between Brooklyn and St. Louis. Jonny Gomes has 5 RBI for Boston, tops in the game, and David Ortiz is hitless ending his 2013 consecutive-game hitting streak at 15. Big Papi had an injury-interrupted 2012 season, but finished the year with a 12-game-hitting streak, so combined, he has a 27-game skein.

What appears to be a game-tying 9thinning homerun by the A’s Adam Rosales is ruled a double by the umps. Asked to review the homer, crew chief Hernandez chooses to uphold the decision on the field. A’s manager Bob Melvin strongly disagrees and is ejected. The A’s lose, 4-3, to Cleveland. Tomorrow, MLB will admit that “the umpires made an improper call.”  Exec vice-president Joe Torre says the judgment decision is final.

9thIn a game between Houston and the Angels, Astros manager Bo Porter reacts to a pinch-hitter announcement by trying to remove reliever Wesley Wright, who had yet to pitch.  Angles manager Mike Scioscia protests saying that Wright can’t be removed except for illness or injury.  Scioscia is overruled by ump Fieldin Culbreth. The protest is moot as the Angels win, 6-5.  Tomorrow, MLB will suspend Culbreth for two days for misinterpreting the rules.

The Astros release veteran Rick Ankiel, hitting just .194.  The Mets will sign him in two days, but after a month they will hand him his release.

10thJon Lester of the Red Sox hurls a one-hitter as he shuts out the Blue Jays, 5-0. Maicer Izturis’ 6th-inning double is Toronto’s only hit—and base runner.

The Cardinals shut out the Rockies, 3-0. Shelby Miller allows a leadoff single in the 1stinning to Eric Young, then retires the next 27 batters in hurling a one-hitter. Shelby becomes the second youngest ML pitcher since 1900 to hurl a complete-game, 1-hit shutout in which he has 13 or more Ks and no walks. Kerry Wood did so at a younger age, in his 20-strikeout game, in 1998. It is Miller’s first career shutout.

The Rays defeat the Padres, 6-3. Tampa P Alex Cobb fans 13 batters in only 4 2/3 innings, setting a ML record for most K’s in less than 5 innings. He also becomes the first pitcher to strike out every batter he faces in an inning, but allowing a run in the frame. He fans 4 Padres in the 3rdinning, but Will Venable reaches base on a wild-pitch strike three. He then steals 2B and 3B and scores on a balk. Cobb is the first pitcher to allow a run in an inning despite striking out all batters (4) he faces.

11thThe Cardinals defeat the Rockies, 3-0, on Adam Wainwright’s 2-hit complete game. Wainwright retires the first 13 Rockies before walking Helton in the 5th, and carries a no-hitter into the 8thbefore Arenado singles. When added to the final 27 batters retired in a row by Shelby Miller yesterday, it gives St. Louis pitchers 40 batters retired in a row and 48 batters retired without a hit.  The record of 42 batters retired in a row was set last August by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.

In an 8-7 win over the Astros, Texas scores 6 runs in the 6thinning, 5 off reliever Phillip Humber, 0-8 in 9 appearances. His next appearance will be mid-August.  Nelson Cruz belts a game tying homer off Humber, his third game-tying homer of the week, all coming in the 6thinning. All led to Rangers victories.  Against Yu Darvish, Houston’s Matt Dominguez has a pair of homers.

Jay Bruce has 2 doubles and a homer off Brewers starter Hiram Burgos, as the Reds top Milwaukee, 13-7. Burgos serves up 11 hits and 12 runs in 3 innings.

Dominant early, Stephen Strasburg collapses after Ryan Zimmerman’s error, the first of 2, and the Cubs beat the Washington ace, 8-2. It is Strasburg’s 5thloss in a row.

Andre Ethier has 4 hits to pace the Dodgers to 7-1 decision over Miami and snaps LA’s losing streak of 8 games. All three Marlins outfiedlers record an assist.

12thThe White Sox beat the Angels, 3-0, as Chris Sale hurls a 1-hitter. Mike Trout who singles in the 7thinning is LA’s only base runner. Sale is the fourth pitcher in the last 6 days to throw at least 9 innings and allow no runs and no more than one base runner. This the first month in the modern era (since 1900) in which this has occurred.

14thFor just the fourth time in history, seven Cy Young Award winners start games on the same day. The magnificent seven are Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw, Jake Peavy, CC Sabathia and Barry Zito.

The Rockies defeat the Cubs, 9-4. Carlos Gonzalez goes 5-for-5 for Colorado, including a pair of homers and a double.

Matt Moore (7-0) remains unbeaten as Tampa Bay beats the Red Sox, 5-3. David Ortiz hits a 3-run homer in the 1stfor Boston’s scores.

15thAt the Stadium, Raul Ibanez unloads a grand slam in the 1st, off Phil Hughes, as the Mariners score 7. Ibanez adds a 2-run homer in the 5thand drives in 6 runs as the M’s beat the Yankees, 12-2. Hughes will go 1-10 at the Stadium this season.

17thI can’t do it alone, boys. At Busch, Aramis Ramirez hits a pair of 3-run homers off Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, but St. Louis prevails, 7-6.  David Freese has a 1st-inning grand slam off Wily Peralta.

18thThe Rangers defeat the Tigers, 7-2. Elvis Andrus goes 5-for-5 for Texas, including a double and triple, and steals a pair of bases.

At Yankee Stadium, Robinson Cano belts a pair of 2-run homers, and Travis Hafner adds a 2-run homerun as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 7-2. New York (27-16) trails the Rangers (28-15) for the best record in the A.L.

Don’t give up the condo. The Yankees acquire IF/OF Reid Brignac from the Rockies for cash. Brignac will bring his glove, but not his bat (he’ll hit .114) and the Yanks will release him in June when he will re-sign with Colorado.

In Miami, Diamondback leadoff hitter Gerardo Parra homers on the first pitch of the game from Tom Koehler for the only score as Arizona beats the Marlins, 1-0. Parra, a gold glove outfielder, also throws out a runner at the plate. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last man to homer on the game’s first pitch for the only score of a regulation game was Pete Rose, on September 2, 1963. Carlos Garcia did it, also against the Marlins, in a rain-shortened game in 1993. Brandon McCarthy allows 3 hits in the shutout, his first in 2 years.

At Target Field, David Ortiz has 3 hits, 2 for homeruns, and drives in 6 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 12-5 victory over the Twins. Daniel Nava has a homer and 3 RBIs.

Matt Joyce hits a go-ahead 2-run double in a 6-run 9th, as Tampa Bay beats the Orioles, 10-6. The loss snaps the O’s streak of 109 wins when leading after 7 innings.

19thThe Rangers beat the Tigers, 11-8, despite 3 homers and 5 RBIs by Miguel Batista. David Murphy has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs for Texas, while Adrian Beltre adds 4 hits.

The Rays down the Orioles, 3-1, with a little help from O’s skipper Buck Showalter.  In the 6th, TB’s Mike Joyce hits a fly down the RF line that is ruled a fair ball and Joyce ends up at 2B. Showalter protests that the ball was foul. The umpires review it and rule th ball hit the foul pole and therefore it isn’t a double—it is a homer.

21stThe Angels shut out the Mariners, 12-0, as Mike Trout hits for the cycle. At age 21, he is the youngest AL player ever to do so.  He adds a stolen base and 5 RBIs, the first tiem in 81 years of cycling that that has happened.

Miguel Cabrera hits a 2-run homer and Max Scherzer (6-0) retires 22 straight batters to lead Detroit to a 5-1 win over the AL- Central-leading Indians.

The host Orioles do all their scoring on homers as they beat the Yankees, 3-2, in 10 innings.  Chris Dickerson has a pair of homers, and Nate McLouth goes deep off rookie Vidal Nuno, signed 3 days ago, in the 10th.

Travis Snider hits a pinch grand slam in a 5-run 6thas the Pirates beat the visiting Cubs, 5-4.

22ndRookie Evan Gattis hits a grand slam and Atlanta completes a sweep of the visiting Twins, winning, 8-2. Vince Worley (1-5) gives up all the Atlanta scoring in 3 2/3 innings and after the game is demoted to the minors. Minnesota has lost 8 straight.

Bryce Harper, still recovering from a crash into the wall at Dodger Stadium a week ago, makes a diving catch on Hunter Pence’s line drive to keep the score at 1 apiece in the 8th. Harper, who had homered for the Nats lone score, starts a rally in the 10thwith a double and scores the winning run for the 2-1 victory over the Giants.

25thAt AT&T Park, the Rockies score a run in the top of the 11thto take a lead, but the Giants get a two-run inside-the-park run-off homer from Angel Pagan to win, 6-5.  The last player to hit a game-ending inside-the-park homer was Rey Sanchez for Tampa Bay on June 11, 2004.

At Marlins Park, Luis Valbuena connects for a solo HR in the 9thas the Cubs gaff the Marlins, 4-3.  Juan Pierre has a pair of stolen bases to pass the 600 stolen bases mark for his career. He’s the 14thplayer to do so.

27thThe Orioles down the Nationals, 6-2, as Manny Machado gets 3 hits for the 7thtime this month. He reaches 75 hits in his 51stgame of the season. It is the fewest games needed to reach that level by any player younger than 21 since 1900. Al Kaline did so in 52 games in 1955.

Justin Verlander strikes out 13 in 7 innings and Jhonny Peralta has 4 hits as the Tigers trim the Pirates, 6-3.

In the Rays 10-6 win over the visiting Marlins, Tampa Bay’s Kelly Johnson hits a pair of 3-run homers.

The Cubs beat their crosstown rivals the White Sox, 7-0, as Jeff Samardzija tosses a 2-hitter.

Colby Rasmus hits a 2-run homer off Braves starter Tim Hudson, then doubles off his brother Cory Rasmus in Toronto’s 9-3 win over Atlanta.  Edward Encarnacion has a 3-run HR off Rasmus and drives in 5 runs.

28thThe Mets get 3 straight hits and score 2 runs off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the 9thto defeat the Yankees, 2-1. It is the first time in his 19-year ML career that Rivera did not record an out in a loss or blown save opportunity. It is also the 2ndgame in ML history in which each starter—Matt Harvey and Hiroki Kuroda—goes at least 7 innings, allows no more than 1 run, doesn’t walk a batter, and fans at least one batter per inning. The other occasion this occurred was in 1976 when Jerry Koosman and Gary Nolan turned the trick.

Rookie Tony Cingrani (2-0) strikes out 11 in 6 innings—including 4 in the 4th–as the Reds beat the Nationals, 5-2.

The Twins edge the Brewers, 6-5, in 14 innings, despite 6 hits for Milwaukee SS Jean Segura.

29thAt Wrigley, the Cubs defeat the White Sox, 9-3, as C Dioner Navarro hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs. Scott Feldman (5-4) goes 6 innings for the win. Along with Zimmerman’s homers, it is the 14thtime that two players have hit 3 homers on the same day.

At Dodger Stadium, the Rockies blast the Dodgers, 12-2, collecting 19 hits in the game. The last 2 hits come in a scoreless 9thinning against Skip Schumaker, normally an outfielder.

Four straight beats three aces at Camden Yards as the Orioles beat the Nationals, 9-6, despite 3 HRs by 3B Ryan Zimmerman. Roger Bernadina also homers for the Nats. But the Orioles answer with thunder of their own: Chris Davis has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and Nick Markakis and Steven Pearce go deep. Jordan Zimmermann (8-3) serves up 3 of the O’s homers. Johnson & Johnson combine on the win.

Randy Choate gets the win as the Cardinals edge the Royals, 5-3. It is Choate’s first decision since 2011, ending a streak of 103 straight appearances without one. It is the third longest such streak in ML history. Only Trever Miller (121 games) and Bobby Seay (116 games) had gone longer without a decision. Beltran’s HR sparks a four-run 8th to stun the Royals.

Jered Weaver, a 20-game winner last year, notches his first win this year with 7 K’s in 6 IP to beat the Dodgers, 4-3. Mike Trumbo has a homer and 3 RBIs for the Angels.

30thThe Cubs defeat the White Sox, 8-3, as pitcher Travis Wood hits a grand slam. Cubs pitchers have driven in 19 runs for the month of May, the most for any NL team in a calendar month since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920.

The Mets beat the Yankees, 3-1, as Dillon Gee strikes out 12 without walking a batter. The Mets become the third team since 1900 to have 3 different pitchers hurl games with at least 12 strikeouts and no walks in a season. Matt Harvey and Shaun Marcum also performed the feat. The 1968 Indians and 1998 Braves previously turned the trick.

The Pirates shut out the Tigers, 1-0, in 11 innings, as Russell Martin’s RBI-single off the LF wall with the bases loaded ends it. It is their fourth 1-0 win in their last 11 games,  the first team since the 1918 Senators to have 4 such victories in an 11-game span. Detroit starter Tiger Doug Fister strikes out 12 in 7 innings. Tiger pitchers have now struck out 10 or more for five straight games tying an AL record going back to 1921 (STATS). The ML record (8 games) was set by Brewers last August.

The Red Sox top the Phillies, 9-2, getting homers from David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes. Jacoby Ellsbury sets a team record with 5 stolen bases.

Nick Franklin hit his first 2 ML homers to pace Seattle to a 7-1 victory over host San Diego. Seattle also has homers from Kendrys Martin, Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez.

JUNE

1stAfter striking out Dustin Pedroia in the top of the 3rdinning, Phil Hughes intentionally walks David Ortiz to face Mike Napoli, who hits a grand slam. The Red Sox roll to an 11-1 win over the Yankees. Daniel Nava has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer off Adam Warren, as Boston pounds out 18 hits.

The Marlins 20-year-old rookie Jose Fernandez pitches 7 scoreless innings and has 2 hits as Miami beats the Mets, 8-1. Fernandez retires his final 11 batters and strikes out the side in the 7th.

3rdThe Brewers obtain 3B Juan Francisco from the Braves for minor league P Thomas Keeling.

4thThe Phillies defeat the Marlins, 7-3, in 11 innings on John Mayberry Jr.’s grand slam. Mayberry also homered in the 10thto tie the game. He becomes the first MLer in history to hit a pair of HRs in extra innings in the same game.

Behind Samuel Deduno and 4 relievers, the Twins beat the host Royals, 3-0, sending Kansas City to its franchise-record 11thstraight home loss.  From here on out the Royals will blaze to a 43-27 in the second half of the season, but they will start from too far back to make the playoffs.

At Busch Stadium, Paul Goldschmidt lines a single in the 14thto drive in the go-ahead run as the Diamondbacks beat the Cardinals, 7-6. Willie Bloomquist and Allen Freese each have 4 hits, while Matt Carpenter has 2 hits and is hit by pitches 3 times. A.J. Pollock has a 3-run homer for Arizona.

The Red Sox score in each of the first 7 innings as they roll to a 17-5 win over the visiting Rangers. The Sox score in every inning except the one pitched by outfielder David Murphy. Ryan Dempster pitches 7 innings for the win.

Omar Infante and Prince Fielder each homer as they combine to drive in 7 runs in Detroit’s 10-1 win over the Rays. Miguel Cabrera has 2 hits but strikes out once after running the count to 3-0.  The K ends a streak of 2,457 at bats where he’s reached a 3-0 count without striking out.

Didn’t get the memo aboutthe new balk rule? Rockies’ pitcher Edgmer Escalona balks in the go-ahead run in a 5-4 loss to the Reds. With runners on 1B and 3B, he fakes a throw to third and whirls to check the runner at 1B. Legal last year, umpire Gary Cederstrom promptly calls the new MLB balk rule on Escalona.

5thThe Rockies crush the Reds, 12-4, as Carlos Gonzalez hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs. His teammate, Troy Tulowitzki, goes 5-for-5 with a pair of homers. For those keeping track, it is the first time in ML history that a player has a 3-HR game, while a teammate has at least 5 hits, including 2 homers. Todd Helton adds a 2-run homer for Colorado and Xavier Paul hits a 3-run homer for the Reds.

The White Sox edge the Mariners, 7-5, in 16 innings. The teams are scoreless through 13 innings before Chicago scores 5 runs in the 14th. Seattle answers with 5 runs in their half of the inning, highlighted by a grand slam by Kyle Seager. He becomes the first player in ML history to hit a game-tying slam in extra innings. Addison Reed serves up the grand slam and allows 5 runs in 3 innings but comes away with the win. According to historian Richard Zitrin, there have been four instances where teams scored 4 runs in the top and bottom of extra innings, but this is the first time that 5 runs are plated in each half. The 10 runs is a record for the inning. It is also the first time that both teams score at least 5 runs in a game that is scoreless through 9 innings. The 12 runs scored in extra innings ties an AL record, and the 10 runs in the 14this a ML record for the frame. The previous mark was 8 runs in the 14th, made by the Giants and Pirates, June 15, 1929. Kelly Shopach is 2-for-7 with 5 strikeouts.

The Braves shut out the Pirates, 5-0. Pittsburgh manages just one hit—a 2-out single by Brandon Inge in the 8thinning—in 8 innings off Julio Teheran. David Carpenter completes the 1-hitter for Atlanta.

Houston defeats visiting Baltimore, 11-7, as 8 different players hit homeruns, 6 for the Astros. This is one shy of the mark tied set many times.

Cody Ransom hits a double and 3-run homer to pace the ubs to a 8-6 road win over the Angels. Howie Kendrick has 4 hits, including a homer, and Mark Trumbo has a pair of solos for the Haloes.  Angels rookie J.B. Shuck loses his first ML homer when a TV replay turns the hit against Matt Garza into a foul ball.  He will have to wait 54 days to notch is first homer and it will come against the Rangers—with Matt Garza on the mound (as noted by Jayson Stark).

6thPicking first in the MLB draft, the Astros take Stanford senior righty Mark Appel. Appel turned down a $3.8 million offer from the Pirates after being selected 8thin the 2012 draft. Appel will never make it to the majors, retiring in 2018. The Cubs pick Kris Bryant with the second choice. The U of San Diego third baseman led all college players with 31 homers and won Baseball America’s College Player of the Year Award. The Rockies take Oklahoma flamethrower Jonathan Gray with #3, while the Twins take Houston prep pitcher Kohl Stewart at #4. Cleveland selects another prep player, outfielder Clint Frazier, at #5. Four of the next six selections are high school players.  D.J. Peterson goes 12thoverall to Seattle while his brother Dustin is chosen 50thby the Padres. The Orioles take Hunter Harvey, son of for MLB pitcher Bryan, with the 22ndpick, while in the 4thround the Dodgers take Cody Bellinger, son of former Yankee Clay. Clay also played on the Greek Olympic team in 2004. The University of Arkansas leads the colleges with 11 players taken: LSU is next with 9.  In announcing the first round picks, commissioner Bud Selig repeatedly calls it the “2000” draft.

7thThe Dodgers edge the Braves, 2-1, in 10 innings. Yasiel Puig hits a HR for LA, giving him 4 homers and 10 RBIs in his first 5 ML games. Mike Jacobs is the only other player in ML history to hit 4 HRs in his first 5 games, and Jack Merson and Danny Espinosa are the only others to drive in 10 runs over that span.

8thIn a game lasting 6 hours: 25 minutes, the Marlins edge the Mets, 2-1, in 20 innings. Jose Fernandez and Matt Harvey, the 2 starting pitchers, also started a 15-inning game between the 2 clubs on April 29. This marks the third time in ML history—and the first since 1884—that 2 starting pitchers match up in a pair of games lasting 15 or more innings in the same season. Hoss Radbourn and Jim Whitney did so in 1884, and Bobby Mathews and Jim Devlin in 1876, the first year of the NL. In a worrisome note, Harvey leaves the game in the 8thinning because of tightness around the right hip.

The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 4-3, in 18 innings. Rajai Davis, who entered the game in the 8thas a defensive replacement, drives in the winning run with a 2-out single. Today marks the first day in ML history in which there is one game of 20-or-more innings and another of 18-or-more.

At Seattle, Andy Pettitte wins his 250thcareer victory as he beats the Mariners, 3-1, pitching 7 1/3 innings and allowing 3 hits.  It is his 501stcareer start.  After the game, he hugs his son, Josh, who informs him that the Yankees have just selected him on the 37thround of the draft.  He is expected to attend Baylor.

10thAt Wrigley, Brandon Phillips hits a 3rdinning grand slam, off Scott Feldman, and drives in all 6 runs as the Reds win over the Cubs, 6-2.  Homer Bailey gives up a run in 8 innings.

11thIn a headhunter’s ball at Dodger Stadium, Arizona’s Ian Kennedy gets the festivities started by hitting Yaseil Puig on the nose in the 6th inning with a 92-mph fastball. Andre Ethier follows with a 2-run homer to tie the score a 2 apiece.  In the 7th, Dodger starter Zach Greinke needs a few pitches but finally hits Miguel Montero on the back with a pitch.  Both benches are warned about retaliation. Apparently Kennedy does not get the word as he hits Greinke with a pitch to start the 7thinning brawl. Kennedy is tossed along with manager Kirk Gibson as well as Puig, Dodger coach Mark McGwire, Ronald Belisario, D’Backs coach Turner Ward. Joining the ball are Dodger players who are on the DL, which is specifically forbidden. The Dodgers plate 3 in the 8thon 3 walks and a bases-clearing double by Tim Federowicz. And there is another HBP, though everyone stays calm. Los Angeles wins, 5-3, but loses the first and third games in the series when Arizona scores 4 runs in the final innings.

At Citi Field, lanky rookie Michael Wacha wins his first ML game as the Cardinals belt the Mets, 9-2.  Wacha allows 2 runs in 6 innings. Allen Craig has a 3-run homer before resting and his replacement Craig Robinson hits a solo homer in the 9th. David Freese has 2 hits to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 20.

12thBrandon Moss has a pair of homers and 3 RBIs to lead the A’s to a 5-2 win over the visiting Yankees. Moss now has 5 hits, all homers, in his last 40 at bats.

At Dodger Stadium, the Diaomondbacks score 4 in the top of the 12thto take the lead, but almost hand it back when the hosts score 2 in the bottom of the frame. The first comes on a homer by Ramon Hernandez on his last at bat in the majors. Arizona wins, 8-6.

13thAt Oakland, Robbie Cano belts a 2-run homer for New York in the 1st, and Oakland answers with a pair in the 3rd. And that is all the scoring until the bottom of the 18thwhen the A’s push across a run on 3 hits and a walk to win, 3-2. Mariano Rivera relieves in the final frame but allows 2 hits and the IBB. He throws the 510th pitch of the game, which goes 5 hours: 35 minutes. The Yankees reach a ML-record level of ineptitude in the game when their 4ththrough 7thhitters (Teixeira, Hafner, Youkilis and Wells) combine to go 0-for-28. The loss goes to Claiborne as the A’s sweep the series.

At Coors Field, the Rockies lose to the Nationals, 5-4, and then find out after the game that Troy Tulowitzki will be out four weeks with a broken rib. He was 1-for-3 in the game before leaving in the 8thfor a pinch hitter. The Nationals tie the game with a run in the 7thwhen reliever Wilton Lopez gives up a single to Johnny Desmond, who has 4 hits. After Desmond steals 2B, Lopez balks him to 3B, and then balks him home.  When the next batter grounds out, 3-1, Lopez has words with the 1B umpire and gets thrown out of the game.  At the end of the inning, Rox pitching coach Jim Wright follows Lopez after he stands on the dugout steps and makes a circular movement with his finger next to his head. He was undoubtedly signaling to the batter, but he gets thumbed for the gesture.

At a rainy Citi Field, the Cards Adam Wainwright (10-3) pitches 7 scoreless innings to outshine Mets phenom Matt Harvey as St. Louis beats the Mets, 2-1.  Harvey allows 5 hits in 7 innings.

Cliff Lee (8-2) picks up a win in the Phillies 3-2 victory over the Twins. Ben Revere has 4 hits as the Phils outhit the Twins, 16-3. It is the second time in franchise history that the Phillies have collected 16 hits or more and scored just 3 runs (July 6, 1954).

Chris Davis singles home the winning run in the 13thto give the Orioles an exhausting 5-4 win over the Red Sox. The O’s move into 2ndplace behind Boston with the win.  T.J. McFarland pitches the 13thfor his first ML victory.

14thAfter taking batting practice, Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo jumps the team and the Marlins will place him on the restricted list. Olivo tells the Miami Herald he was unhappy with his playing time, “I told them I wanted to be released, and they wouldn’t give it to me.” Olivo has 15 at bats in the last month. The Marlins will grant his wishes on July 5.

15thAt Oakland, Felix Hernandez (8-4) goes 7 innings as Oakland beats the A’s, 4-0. King Felix strikes out 8 and walks none. Batterymate Henry Blanco, signed yesterday, supplies the runs with a grand slam in the 6thoff A.J. Griffin. At age 41, Blanco, with his 11thteam, is the second Ancient Mariner to hit a grand slam this season. Raul Ibanez, 40, hit one on May 15.

Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cole is struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of KC’s Eric Hosmer in the 5thinning and suffers a mild concussion. He is carried off the field on a stretcher and will be out of action for two months.  The Rays hit 3 homers off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie in winning, 5-3, ending the Royals streak of 13 games in which they had allowed opponents 3 runs or less. This is a club record (as noted by Bill Carle).

16thThe Pirates defeat the Dodgers, 6-3, as Gerrit Cole defeats Zack Greinke. Cole becomes the first pitcher ever to defeat former Cy Young Award winners in his first two ML decisions. Cole beat Tim Lincecum in his debut.

At Oakland, the Mariners stake Hisashi Iwakuma (7-2) to a 2-0 lead but the A’s tie it up in the 4thand then roar to a 10-2 win. Bartolo Colon pitches 7 innings to go 9-2. J.J. Reddick has 4 hits, including a triple and homer, to pace the offense.  But the Mariners escape Oakland with 2 wins in 3 games and escape the post-game event at the Coliseum of bursting pipes sending untreated sewage into the clubhouse.

17thThe Tigers beat the Orioles, 5-1, as Max Scherzer improves his record to 10-0. He becomes the first starting pitcher in ML history to begin a season 10-0 with no complete games. Roger Clemens went 11-0 for Toronto in 1997 and Tiger pitcher George Mullin was 11-0 in 1909, but one of his wins was in relief (Elias Sports Bureau).

18thThe Rockies trade speedster Eric Young to the Mets for pitcher Collin McHugh. In two seasons, McHugh was winless (0-5) with New York, will match that record (0-3) in Colorado. Young will lead the NL in steals with 46 this year. He and his father will join Maury and Bump Wills and Bobby and Barry Bonds as the only father-son duos to each swipe 40 or more bases in a year.

Pawtucket? Again? A week after beating Tampa Bay and getting demoted to Triple A, it happens again to Alfredo Aceves. The rookie gives up a run in 5 innings as Boston beats the Rays, 4-1.

19thThe Yankees and Dodgers split a day-night doubleheader with the Yankees winning the opener, 6-4 before losing, 6-0. New York manages 3 singles against Chris Capuano and 2 relievers. Hanley Ramirez has 4 hits, including a homer, in the opener. Rookie OF Yasiel Puig gets a pair of hits in each game, giving him 27 hits and 5 HRS in his first 15 ML games. He is the first player in modern ML history to reach those levels in his first 15 games.

20thCarlos Pena’s 3-run HR in the bottom of the 10thinning gives the Astros a 7-4 win over the Brewers. It is the 6thwalkoff homer of Pena’s career, coming for 5 different teams. He ties the ML record, which was set by Johnny Damon who also hit walkoff HRs for 5 different teams.

At Anaheim, the Mariners give Felix Hernandez a 7-0 lead after 2 ½ innings, but King Felix surrenders 12 hits and 7 runs in 5 innings before leaving with an 8-7 lead. Mark Trumbo hits a 3-run homer in the 5-run 5thand Mike Trout is 4-for-4 with a walk. Four relievers fail to hold the lead as the Angels prevail, 10-9.

In his Rockies debut, Roy Oswalt strikes out 11 in 5 innings, but is touched for 9 hits and 4 runs as Colorado loses to Washington, 5-1. Jordan Zimmermann allows an unearned run in 8 innings to go to 10-3.

At Detroit, Jhonny Peralta’s 2-run walkoff homer, off Andrew Bailey, lifts the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

At Yankee Stadium, Evan Longoria homers twice as Rays whip the Yankees, 8-3, to move up in AL East. The Rays are 5 games behind first place Boston.

With a game-ending play at plate, Texas closes in on the A’s, 4-3.  Josh Donaldson hits a 2-out single off Joe Nathan in the 9th, and tries to score from 1ston a single by Seth Smith. The relay from Andrus nails him. Tanner Scheppers (5-0) picks up the win.

In an escalating game of legal hardball, MLB dismisses another defendant from its lawsuit against Biogenesis, the Florida anti-aging clinic. The lawyer for Biogenesis accuses MLB of bullying his client.

21stThe Athletics beat the Mariners, 6-3, behind 40-year-old Bartolo Colon. Colon is the only pitcher in ML history to win each of his first 6 starts in his 40s.

22ndVictor Martinez connects for a 1st-inning grand slam, off rookie Allen Webster, and the Tigers roll to a 10-3 win over the visiting Red Sox.  Martinez has 5 RBIs to help Max Scherzer improve to 11-0.

Toronto beats the Orioles, 4-2, on tie-breaking homer by Jose Batista in the 8th. The win is Toronto’s 10thin a row, and they are now tied for 4thin the AL East with Tampa Bay, both 6 games out.  They will extend it to a team record-tying 11 straight wins tomorrow.

23rd   Matt Harvey of the Mets loses a bid for a complete game when a rain delay in the 7thinterrupts the Mets- Phillies game.  New York wins, 8-0, when play is resumed. David Wright ties a club record with 4 extra base hits: 2 doubles, a triple and a homer.

Ryan Sweeney hits a 3-run homer and drives in 6 runs to lead the Cubs to a 14-6 win over visiting Houston. Alfonso Soriano has a single, double and triple and Anthony Rizzo has 3 hits and 4 RBIs.

In a hard-fought battle, the Pirates win, 10-9, in 10 innings over the Angels. Pedro Alvarez hits a homer in his 4thstraight game and the Bucs score 3 runs in the 9thto tie and 4 runs in the 10th. It is Pittsburgh’s first interleague sweep on the road.

24thThe Rays defeat the Blue Jays, 4-1. James Loney, Wil Myers and Sam Fuld hit consecutive HRs off Esmil Rogers in the 2ndinning.

25thThe Orioles score 5 in the 7thagainst Cleveland starter Justin Masterson to win, 6-3. Chris Davis has a 2-run homer, his 28thof the year, and Alexi Casilla bangs a 3-run homer, his first of the year. His first ML homer came last year and was also off Masterson.

28thThe Tigers defeat the Rays, 6-3. Miguel Cabrera goes 4-for-4 with 2 HRs for Detroit, the third time this season he has gone 4-for-4 with multiple homers in a game. He becomes the first player in the modern era to have 3 such games in the same season.

The Nationals edge the Mets, 6-4. Matt Harvey hurls 7 innings for New York, striking out 11 without issuing a walk, but does not get a decision. He joins Vida Blue (1971) as the only pitchers in modern ML history to have 3 games in a season in which he fans 10 or more batters, does not issue a walk, and does not get credit for a win.

Delmon Young drives in 6 runs to lead the Phillies to a 16-1 pasting of the Dodgers. The Phillies collect 21 hits, 3 by winning pitcher John Lannan (1-2).

Chipper Jones’ number 10 is retired by the Braves and he is inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

Two position playeers each throw scoreless innings of relief. Casper Wells takes the mound for the White Sox for a scoreless 9thas th Sox are blown out, 19-10, in game 1 against the Indians. Cleveland collects 21 hits, including 3 doubles by Jason Kipnis. Skip Schumaker matches Wells in the 9thinning of the Dodgers’ 16-1 loss to the Phillies.  The Phils also amass 21 hits, including 3 by Delmon Young, who drives in 6 runs.  John Lannan wins his first of the year for the Phils.

30thAt Coors, Madison Bumgardner allows a run in 7 innings as the Giants beat the Rockies, 5-2. Michael Cuddyer’s single in the 8thextends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 27 games.

Stephen Fife hurls 7 shutout innings and Carlos Puig drums 2 singles, a double and a triple to lead the Dodgers to a 6-1 win over the visiting Phillies. The Dodgers (38-43) enter July in last place in the NL West.

JULY

1stWith their policy of not trusting anyone over 30, the Cubs send P Scott Feldman and backup C Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for pitcher Jake Arrieta, the O’s opening day starter in 2012, and righty reliever Pedro Strop. Feldman made 15 starts for Chicago and will make another 15 for Baltimore with almost identical results, then sign with the Astros. The Orioles give up on Arrieta: With a 5.46 ERA in a Baltimore uniform, he was the worst starting pitcher since the franchise began in Baltimore in 1954 (minimum 60 starts).  In another move, Chicago trades fallen closer Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers in exchange for veteran reliever Matt Guerrier.

2ndReds pitcher Homer Bailey hurls the first no-hitter of the season, setting down the Giants, 3-0. Bailey also threw the last no-hitter of the 2012 season, thereby becoming the sixth pitcher in history to account for consecutive no-nos—meaning no pitcher threw one between his two. Nolan Ryan (twice), Addie Joss, Johnny Vander Meer, Allie Reynolds and Warren Spahn also turned the trick.

At Arlington, Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales hit back-to-back homers in the 1stto jump start the Mariners to a 9-2 win over the Rangers. Morales drives in 6 runs.

The Mets, who set a rNL record by going 30 consecutive home games without scoring more than 5 runs, plate 7 in the 7thto beat the Diamonbacks, 9-1.

The Cubs sign Baseball America’snumber two international prospect Venezuelan SS Gleyber Torres. On August 2 they will ink Dominican OF Eloy Jimenez to a $2.8 million signing bonus contract. He is rated the top international prospect. Both players are 16.

The Class A Lansing Lugnuts get a walkoff hit but still lose their game. When Chris Hawkins hits a 2-out single to drive in the winning run in the 9th, the runner chooses to join the team celebration rather than run to 2B.  A toss to the bag turns the hit into a forceout. Poetic justice as the Lugnuts lose in the 10th(noted by Jayson Stark).

3rdThe Yankees edge the Twins, 3-2, as CC Sabathia records the 200thwin of his ML career.  Mariano Rivera records a save and before the game receives a gift from the Twins: a rocking chair made from all the broken bats his cutter sawed off. Rivera is delighted with the gift.

4thWilson Ramos has a 3-run homer and 5 RBIs as the Nationals beat the visiting Brewers, 8-5.  Jean Segura almost registers his third stolen base in the 9thwhen he and Aoki advance a base on the same play.  It is ruled defensive indifference.

5thAt AT&T Park, Juan Uribe has a double, triple and homer and 7 RBIs to lead the Dodgers to a 10-2 win over the Giants.  The Dodgers lose Matt Kemp when the star injures his shoulder. He will be out till July 21, and when he returns with a 3-hit game, he’ll injure his ankle.

6thAlfonso Soriano hits two-run homers in consecutive innings and the Cubs beat the visiting Pirates, 4-1.

The Dodgers acquire P Ricky Nolasco from the Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Steve Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez.

7thAt Cleveland, the Tigers score 3 in the 8thto tie, but the Indians score 3 of their own to beat Detroit, 9-6.  Michael Brantley has 2 homers and 5 RBIs for the Tribe. His second homer, in the 8thinning, is served up by Al Albuquerque, his first dinger in 72 ML games. He’ll tee up another in his next appearance.

8thThe Cubs send veteran OF Scott Hairston to the Nationals for minor league pitcher Ivan Pineyro, 21.

The Mets edge the Giants, 4-3, in 16 innings. Buster Posey goes 5-for-8 for SF, including 2 triples and a homer. On the other hand, a golden sombrero with a belt? Brandon Belt goes 0-for-8 with 5 strikeouts.

9thThe Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-1. Yasiel Puig (.407) and Hanley Ramirez (.404) become the first teammates since 1931 to have batting averages of at least .400 at least 100 ABs into a season.

The White Sox trounce the Tigers, 11-4, as Alex Rios goes 6-for-6, including a triple.

Wily Peralta of the Brewers shuts out the Reds, 2-0, ending Milwaukee’s record streak of 407 consecutive regular-season games without a complete game. The next-longest streak is 301 by the Marlins from 2006 to 2008.

10thThe Red Sox defeat the Mariners, 11-4. David Ortiz hits a double in his first AB to pass Edgar Martinez for the most career hits for a designated hitter.

11thThe Giants win their third in the last 17 games, beating the Padres, 4-2. Madison Baumgarner has all three of the wins during the period. The Padres are 7.5 games in back of the leading D’Backs; the Gisnts still 6.5 out.

12thHouston’s Jarred Cosart hurls 6 1/3 hitless innings in his ML debut as the Astros edge the Rays, 2-1. He is the first pitcher in 40 years to take a no-hit bid this far in his debut. Bill Slayback did it for the Tigers in 1972.

The Red Sox acquire P Matt Thornton from the White Sox for minor league OF Brandon Jacobs. The durable lefty is the only pitcher to appear in 60 games every year for the last 8 seasons, but he will most of August with a strained oblique muscle and not be named to Boston’s post-season roster.

13thThe Giants shut out the Padres, 9-0, as Tim Lincecum hurls a no-hitter. Lincecum throws 148 pitches in the game while striking out 13 batters.

At Comerica, Max Scherzer allows 4 runs in 6 innings against Texas and that is all that Derek Holland (8-4) needs as the Rangers beat Detroit, 7-1. For Scherzer, it is his first loss after 13 straight wins.

14thThe Athletics edge the Red Sox, 3-2, in 11 innings. Boston P Brandon Workman hurls 6 innings of no-hit ball in his first ML start. He is the third pitcher  in 4 days days to accomplish the feat (Jarred Cosart and Danny Salazar). That equals the same number of hurlers to do so over the past 15 years.

15thYoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics wins the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field.

16thThe American League defeats the National League in the 84thAll-Star Game by a score of 3-0. Mariano Rivera is named the game’s Most Valuable Player in his last appearance in the classic.

19thThe Mariners beat the Astros, 10-7. Houston rookie Brandon Barnes goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle.

20thThe Mariners manage only one hit, but defeat the Astros, 4-2. Eric Bedard hurls 6 1/3 hitless innings (he allows 3 runs) for Houston before being removed. Michael Saunders’ 2-run double off Jose Cisnero is Seattle’s only safety. It is the 4thtime in ML history that a team has scored 4 or more runs while getting only 1 hit. Bedard becomes the 10thpitcher in history to lose a game in which he pitches at least 6 innings and doesn’t allow a hit.

A day after being benched for not hustling, Alex Rios hits a grand slam and collects 5 RBIs as the White Sox beat the Braves, 10-6. Jake Peavy pitches 6 innings in his first start since June 4.

21stMike Napoli hits a 3-run homer off CC Sabathia in the 3rd, then finishes the long evening with a 2-run walkoff homer in the 11thas the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 8-7. Napoli’s homer comes at 12:54. The Yanks now trail Boston by 7 games.

At Citi Field, Matt Harvey (8-2) throws 7 scoreless innings as the Mets roll by the Phillies, 5-0. The young ace strikes out 10.  Cliff Lee (10-4), making his 300thcareer start, gives up 3 homers and 5 runs in 6 innings.

Caleb Gindl hits his first career homer in the bottom of the 13thand the host Brewers shut out the Marlins, 1-0. The Fish have gone 37 straight innings without a run, the longest drought in the majors in 20 years. They will score 2 in the 1sttomorrow against the Rockies.

At Anaheim, Bartolo Colon fires his third shutout of the season as Oakland beats the Angels, 6-0. In his previous ten seasons Colon has totaled 2 shutouts.  His three whitewashes will lead AL pitchers.

Nick Franklin’s grand slam highlights a 7-run 2ndas the Mariners cruise to a 12-5 win over the Astros. Felix Hernandez scatters 4 hits over 6 shutout innings for the win.

22ndThe Rangers obtain veteran Matt Garza from the Cubs in exchange for pitchers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards, IF Mike Olt, and a player to be named. Olt was the Rangers top prospect before suffering a concussion in winter ball last year and Edwards has dominated single A this season.

In a startling move, Brewers’ slugger, and former NL MVP, Ryan Braun is suspended for the remaining 65 games of the 2013 season for his ties to performance-enhancing drugs.  Not disputing it, Braun says, “As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.” Near the end of his suspension, Braun will telephone season ticket holders, partial season ticket holders and single seat buyers to offer his apologies.

Joe Blanton (2-13) coughs up 4 runs in 3+ innings as his Angels lose, 4-3, to the visiting Twins. Clete Thomas belts a leadoff homer in the 4thoff Blanton, the 10thstraight game in which Blanton has served up a homer. He had a similar streak last year to match Bert Blyleven as the only pitchers to do it in consecutive years.

At Boston, the Rays tighten the AL East race with a 3-0 victory over the Red Sox.  Matt Moore allows 2 hits.  The win is the 18thin last 20 games for Tampa Bay and moves them a half game behind the Sox.

23rdThe Dodgers come back to win their 5thstraight, defeating the Blue Jays, 10-9, in Toronto. Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Mark Ellis each drive in 3 runs.

The Orioles bolster their bullpen by acquiring Francisco Rodriguez from Milwaukee for minor leaguer Nick Delmonico. Rodriguez has a 1.09 ERA in 25 appearances.

24thNate Schierholtz lines a two-out double into the left-field corner in the top of the 12th inning to drive in the go-ahead run and the Chicago Cubs hold on to defeat the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6. For Schierholtz, it is his 5thRBI of the game. Hector Rondon (2-0) pitches the 11th and 12th innings for the win. The Diamondbacks strand 16 runners and fall 1 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West behind the Dodgers. Junior Lake doubles in the 1st inning and adds an RBI double in the 5th, raising his hit total to 14 in his first six games in the majors: the previous Cubs rookie mark was 13 hits in first 6 games, set by Andy Pafko in 1943.

At Minute Maid Park, catcher John Jaso has a double and homer for the A’s as they beat the Astros, 4-3. But Jaso leaves in the 8thinning when a foul tip hits his mask causing a concussion. He won’t play the rest of the season.

25thAngel Pagan’s lines a walk-off inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the 10th to give the Giants a 6-5 win over the Rockies. Colorado had scored in the top of the frame. This is the third inside the park walk off extra inning homer for the franchise, the last coming in August 1923 by Ross Youngs.

26thThe Yankees get IF/OF Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs in exchange for 21-year-old minor league pitcher Corey Black. The veteran Soriano and his large contract do not fit in with the Cubs plans.

Edwin Encarnacion hits a pair of homers in the 7thinning, leading the Blue Jays to a 12-6 victory over the Astros.

27thFor only the 2ndtime in ML history, 4 games played today are decided by scores of 1-0: the Rays over the Yankees, the Royals over the White Sox, the Indians over the Rangers, and the Cubs over the Giants. It also happened on September 2, 2001. Tomorrow, there will be 7 shutouts, including two more 1-0 games.

In his first at bat since returning from a hip injury, Miguel Cabrera homers as the Tigers trim the Phillies, 10-0. It is Philadelphia’s 7thloss in a row. Max Scherzer allows one hit in 6 innings before leaving.  Cabrera has 3 RBIs on the day to reach 99.

Dr. Frank Jobe is honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame for his impact on the sport. Paul Hagen accepts the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, and late Toronto Announcer Tom Cheek is honored with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting.

28thFormer Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert Jr., umpire Hank O’Day, and catcher James “Deacon” White are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Pitcher Travis Wood and catcher Welington Castillo hit solo homers as the Cubs edge the host Giants, 2-1. Losing pitcher Tim Lincecum has 2 hits and strikes out 10 and has now struck out 1,454 in his first 7 seasons: only Tom Seaver (1,655), Bert Blyleven (1,546), Ferguson Jenkins (1,466) and Walter Johnson (1,461) struck out more in their first seven (as noted by Bill Arnold).  Lincecum will K another 56 before the year is out, giving him 1,510. For the first time in 50 years, the only players today with multi-hit games are the pitchers.

29thJason Giambi hits a walk-off HR to give the Indians a 3-2 win over the White Sox. He becomes the oldest player ever to hit a walk-off homer, doing so 45 days older than when Hank Aaron hit one.

The Rays obtain P Jesse Crain from the White Sox for future considerations.

The Braves acquire P Scott Downs from the Angels in exchange for minor league P Cory Rasmus.

The Tigers get P Jose Veras from the Astros for minor league OF Danry Vasquez and a player to be named.

30thThe Red Sox obtain ace P Jake Peavy in a three-team deal with the Tigers and White Sox. In addition to Peavy, Boston also gets P Brayan Villarreal. Detroit gets SS Jose Iglesias, and Chicago winds up with top outfield prospect Avisail Garcia, minor league pitchers Jeffrey Wendelken and Francellis Montas, and minor league SS Cleuluis Rondon.

The Orioles edge the Astros, 4-3, as Chris Davis clubs his 38thhomer. Astros rookie Jonathan Villar swipes home with the bases loaded in the 3rd, the first Houston rookie to do so since Craig Biggio in 1989.

The A’s acquire IF Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for IF Grant Green.

I’d like to buy a vowel, please. The Indians get Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals for IF Juan Herrera.

Rookie Brandon Workman notches his first ML victory, pitching the Red Sox to an 8-2 win over Seattle. Workman strikes out 9. Boston stays a half game behind Tampa Bay in the AL East, as the Rays win for the 21sttime in 25 games.

Alex Avila hits a tie-breaking grand slam in the 6th, off Stephen Strasburg, as the Tigers beat the Nationals, 5-1.

Toronto’s Mark Buehrle goes 7 innings as he combines with Steve Delabar and Darren Oliver to shut out the A’s, 5-0. Delabar strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 8th.

White Sox pitcher Andre Rienzo, a Brazilian-born righty, debuts with 7 innings against the Indians, allowing 3 runs, and no decision. Cleveland uses a 4-run 8thto win, 7-3. Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes, the first Brazilian-born player in the ML, is 1-for-2 with a walk off Rienzo. Gomes is 2-for-3 in the game with 3 RBI.

The Dodgers sign reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract.  The Beard has not pitched since April 2012 when he had Tommy John surgery.

31stThe Rangers edge the Angels, 2-1, on Adrian Beltre’s walk-off HR. Texas becomes the 2ndteam in ML history to complete a 3-game sweep with a walk-off four baggers in each game. It was also accomplished by the Diamondbacks against the Expos in 1999.

The Dodgers acquire C Drew Butera from the Twins for either a player to be named or cash.

The Diamondbacks send pitcher Ian Kennedy to the Padres for P Joe Thatcher, minor league P Matt Stites, and a draft pick. Kennedy, 21-4 in 2011 and 15-8 in 2012, had slumped to 3-8 this year.

The Astros trade P Bud Norris to the Orioles for OF L.J. Hoes and P Josh Hader.

The Royals acquire OF Justin Maxwell from the Astros for minor league P Kyle Smith.

AUGUST

1stThe Rangers defeat the Diamondbacks, 7-1, as Yu Darvish strikes out 14. That gives him 407 career strikeouts in his first 50 ML starts, the second-most for any pitcher since 1900 in his first 50 starts. Only Dwight Gooden (418) had more.

At Boston, the Red Sox score 6 runs in the 9thinning to edge the Mariners, 8-7.  Boston uses 6 hits and 2 walks to score.  Henry Blanco hits a 5thinning grand slam, off Ryan Dempster, for Seattle, just his second hit for Seattle. His first was also a grand slam, coming on June 15th. He will total 12 hits for the M’s, three round trippers.

One pitch, one strikeout. The first pitch to Midland RockHounds (Texas League AA) player Vinnie Catricala in the 6this called a strike, and Teague steps out of the box and starts barking at the ump. When he does not step back in, the ump invokes the rarely-used rule 6.02c to call strikes two and three.  When Catricala keeps arguing, he gets ejected.

2ndThe Braves score 5 runs in the 5thinning on their way to a 6-4 win over the Phillies. They become just the 4thteam since 1900 to have 5 consecutive games in which they score at least 5 runs in a single inning. The feat was also accomplished by the 1920 Indians, the 1929 Cubs and the 2007 Tigers.

Jose Fernandez pitches 8 innings and strikes out 14 as the Marlins beat Cleveland, 10-0. With 13 K’s in his last start, Fernandez is the first rookie to have consecutive games with at least 13 strikeouts since Kerry Wood, in 1998.

Chris Davis clubs his 38thhomer and Nate McLouth adds a grand slam in the 6thto power the host Orioles to an 11-8 win over the visiting Mariners. Davis hit his 37thyesterday, a solo to drive in his 100thrun, tops in the AL.

3rdPlaying again without Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers beat the White Sox, 3-0, for their 11thwin in 12 games. The Sox lose their sixth straight. Max Scherzer takes a shutout into the 8thinning to win his 16th, tops in the majors.

At Wrigley, the NL-West leading Dodgers shut out the Cubs, 3-0, for their 13thstraight road win, eclipsing a team record set by the 1924 Dodgers: the ML record is 17 road wins in a row, held by the 1916 Giants and the 1984 Tigers. The Dodgers will win two more before losing at St. Louis on the 6th.

4thPitching for the Red Sox, Felix Doubront and 3 relievers combine to shut out the Diamondbacks, 4-0. The Sox get to Brandon McCarthy for 2 runs in the 5th, knocking the big righty out of the game. McCarthy was making his first start since May 1, going on the DL for shoulder problems. It was his 11th visit to the DL.

At Detroit, Torii Hunter slaps an RBI single in the bottom of the 12thto give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the hapless White Sox. Sox are 0-7 on their road trip, the first winless road swing of seven or more games in the team’s history. With 3 losses in Chicago preceding the road trip, the Sox have lost 10 straight.

The Cardinals rack up 19 hits and get RBIs from each of their first 8 hitters as they pummel the host Reds, 15-2. Lance Lynn wins his 13thwith 8 innings of work. It is the second time in 4 days that the Cards have gotten ribbies from their first 8 hitters..

5thJeremy Guthrie (12-7) scatters 4 hits as the Royals roll to a 13-0 whitewash of the Twins.  Eric Hosmer has a 3-run homer and 5 RBIs.  The Twins turn to infielder Jamey Carroll in the 9thwho retires the side on 9 pitches.

Major League Baseball suspends 13 players for their connections to the Biogenesis clinic. Among those players is Alex Rodriguez, who is suspended for an unprecedented 211 games, but will be allowed to play as he appeals the ruling. The other 12 players accept 50-game bans as first-time offenders under the Joint Drug Agreement. Those players are Antonio Bastardo, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli, Nelson Cruz, Jesus Montero, Jhonny Peralta, Cesar Puello, Jordany Valdespin, Sergio Escalona, Fautino De Los Santos, Fernando Martinez and Jordan Norberto.

6thThe Red Sox outslug the Astros 15-10. Boston C Ryan Lavarnway ties an ML record with 4 passed balls in the 1stinning while catching rookie knuckleballer Steven Wright, who is making his first ML start. Wright contributes a wild pitch and hits a batter before exiting after one inning. Brandon Workman, relieving Wright, is the winner despite giving up 9 hits and 6 runs in 4+ innings. Ellsbury, with a pair of homers, and Victorino each score 4 runs for Boston.

Pitching for AA Tennessee Smokies, Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch pitches a no-hitter, striking out 8 and walking 4 in 9 innings against Jacksonville.

7thAt Anaheim, the Rangers down the Angels, 10-3 as Adrian Beltre scores 4 runs and knocks in 3. Let by 3 steals today and 3 yesterday by Leonys Martin, Texas steals 13 bases in their last two games against the Angels. Iannetta  was behind the plate yesterday, Hank Conger today.

8thThe Phillies claim Casper Wells off waivers from the White Sox, and to make room for him, will send Delmon Young to the minors.

9thThe White Sox continue to shed veterans, sending OF Alex Rios to the Rangers for a player to be named.

Justin Morneau has a pair of late-game homers, including a grand slam in the 7th, to lead the Twins to a 7-3 win over the White Sox.

The Athletics defeat the Blue Jays, 14-6. OF Josh Reddick hits 3 homers for Oakland.

The Nationals beat the Phillies, 9-2, as Dan Haren becomes the 13thpitcher to have a victory against each of the 30 current ML franchises.

No Mercy Rule? The High Desert Mavericks (California League) whip the visiting Lancaster JetHawks, 30-9, after taking a 20-1 lead after 2 innings.

10thThe Blue Jays edge the Athletics, 5-4, in spite of a pair of HRs by Josh Reddick. Reddick ties a ML record with 5 homers over 2 games.

The Braves 14-game winning streak ends as they lose at home to the lowly Marlins, 1-0. The lone run scores in the 9thon a wild pitch by Jordan Walden.

At Coors, the first 4 hitters for the Pirates collect a hit, but the Bucs fail to score a run. The Rockies take advantage of the lapse, scoring 10 runs off start Nelson Liriano, who fails to finish the 3rd.

A night after hitting a game-tying homer off Mariano Rivera, Miguel Cabrera crushes a Phil Hughes fastball for a homer. Hughes goes 4+ innings as the Yanks lose, 9-2 to the visiting Tigers. Hughes is 2-9 in his last 15 starts. Austin Jackson hits a leadoff triple and a homer off Hughes and Joba Chamberlain is touched for a 3-run homer by Torii Hunter.

Zack Greinke allows 6 hits in 6 innings as the Dodgers beat the visiting Rays, 5-0.  Tampa Bay keeps the scoring down with a hidden-ball trick in the 4thafter A.J. Ellis hits a bases-loaded sac fly moving up the runners. When Juan Uribe lifts his foot off 3B while chatting with coach Tim Wallach, Evan Longoria tags him out. It’s the furst successful hidden-ball trick since 2007.

In St. Louis, Jack Clark and his co-host are fired from his radio show on WGNU after Clark accuses Albert Pujols of taking performance-enhancing drugs. Pujols says he is taking legal action following the charges.

11thThe Royals edge the visiting Red Sox, 4-3, to win their seventh series in a row. James Shields picks up the win, his first home win since April 30th. With 2B Miguel Tejada out with a strained right calf, the Royals move quickly to fill the gap, acquiring IF Jamey Carroll from the Twins for a player to be named or cash.

Stephen Strasburg pitches a 4-hitter and strikes out 10 in his first complete game for Washington. The Nationals beat the visiting Phillies, 6-0.

Felix Hernandez (12-5) pitches the Mariners to a 2-0 win over the Brewers.  King Felix allows 4 hits in 8 innings, lowering his AL-leading ERA to 2.28.

12thYu Darvish strikes out 15 batters and allows just 1 hit in 8 innings as the Rangers top the Astros, 2-1. Carlos Corporan’s 8thinning homer is Houston’s only hit. For Darvish, it is the 5thtime this year he has struck out 14 or more.

Twins rookie Andrew Albers (2-0) stifles the Indians on 2 hits as he shuts them out, 3-0. He walks none and strikes out 2 in winning his second straight game. He pitched 8.2 innings of shutout ball in his debut on August 6 against Kansas City. He is the first pitcher since Tom Phoebus in 1966 to throw at least 8 innings of shut out ball in his first two starts.  The fanfare will quiet a bit as Albers loses his next 5 games.

Cole Hamels pitches a complete game 5-1 victory over the Braves, presenting Charlie Manual with his 1,000th career win as a major league manager. It will turn out to be Charlie’s last as the Phillies let him go on the 16th.

13thSix extra-inning games are played, tying the mark for 3rd-most such contests in a single day. Seven extra-innings games were played on July 4, 1918 and August 15, 1998.

The Mariners edge the Rays, 5-4. Leadoff hitters Brad Miller (Seattle) and Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay) each hit 2 homers. It is only the 3rdtime in ML history that each team’s leadoff hitter hit multiple homers in the same game. It was also accomplished by Milwaukee’s Felipe Alou and Houston’s Joe Morgan on July 8, 1965, and Detroit’s Tony Phillips and Minnesota’s Chuck Knoblauch on June 5, 1994.

The Yankees trounce the Angels, 14-7, as CC Sabathia earns his 10thwin of the season. He becomes the 5thpitcher since 1900 to win 10 or more games in each of his first 13 seasons. Don Sutton, Eddie Plank, Tom Seaver and Carl Hubbell also turned the trick. Leadoff hitter Eduardo Nunez has 4 RBIs and the number 2 hitter Alfonso Soriano hits a pair of homers a drives in 6 runs.

Matt Harrison, the Rangers opening day starter, has not recovered well from back surgery and will not pitch any more this year.

14thThe Yankees defeat the Angels, 11-3, as Alfonso Soriano hits 2 HRs and drives in a career-high 7 runs. He set his previous high of 6 RBIs in yesterday’s game. Mark Reynolds, signed two days ago, homers in his first at bat as a Yankee.

Miguel Cabrera belts a towering 3-run homer to pace the Tigers to a 6-4 win over the White Sox, ending Detroit’s 3-game skid. The AL-Central leading Bengals had lost 4 out of 5 after winning 12 in a row.

The Twins fall to the Indians by a score of 9-8 in 12 innings. Joe Mauer goes 5-for-7 for Minnesota, including a game-tying homer in the 10th. Cleveland wins for the third time in 10 games.

The Astros trade 30-year-old lefty Travis Blackley to the Rangers for a player to be named.

The Blue Jays sell veteran Emilio Bonifacio to the Royals.

15thMLB proposes the introduction of instant replay.  Under the proposal, managers would get one replay challenge in the first six innings and two from the 7thinning on.  If the challenge is successful, the manager retains its. Umpires viewing the game in New York would make the final call. Former GM Dan Duquette, now an ESPN analyst, says that he tried to get replays put on the rules committee agenda in 2004 and it was rejected.

16thThe Phillies fire manager Charlie Manuel and hire Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg in his place.

The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 10-3. A red-hot Alfonso Soriano gets 3 hits, including a 3-run homer over the RF wall at Fenway, and drives in 4 runs, giving him 13 hits and 18 RBI over his last 4 games. He becomes the 6thplayer in ML history to drive in 18 runs over 4 consecutive games, joining Jim Bottomley (1929), Lou Gehrig (1930), Tony Lazzeri (1936), Joe DiMaggio (1939) and Sammy Sosa (2002). He also is the 1stplayer to get at least a dozen hits and 18 RBIs over a 4-game span. The win reduces Boston’s lead to 7.5 games with 41 to play.

17thThe Dodgers shut out the Phillies, 5-0, to give them their 42ndwin in their last 50 games. It matches the best record for a 50-game single-season span over the past 100 years. The all-time record is 45-5 for the 1906 Chicago Cubs. Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg becomes the 3rdskipper in ML history to have his team shut out in his first 2 games at the helm. The others were Miami’s Mike Redmond earlier this year, and Jack Champman of Louisville in the NL’s maiden season of 1876.

In a wild 15-inning match at Turner Field, the Braves outlast the Nationals to win, 8-7. Dan Haran pitches the last inning to earn his first career save. Jason Heyward starts the scoring with a leadoff homerun off Stephen Strasburg, who promptly plunks the next batter, Justin Upton. Both dugouts are warned about close pitches: Bryce Harper was hit twice yesterday. That doesn’t stop Strasburg: in the 2ndhe walks leadoff batter Jordan Schafer, then throws a wild pitch outside to Andrelton Simmons, sending Schafer to 2B. A wild pitch behind Simmons puts Schafer at 3B, and another pitch behind Simmons sends Schafer home and Strasburg and manager Davey Johnson to the showers, thumbed out by umpire Marvin Hudson. Washington relievers are up to the task as they strike out 15 batters, including Justin Upton 5 times, equaling the mark of the Orioles against Washington, set on June 4, 1967 (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).

The Cardinals shut out the Cubs, 4-0, handing Chicago its 5thshutout loss in their last 7 home games to tie a ML record. Three other clubs also turned the trick—the 1913 Browns, 1955 Orioles, and 1963 Mets.

18thMax Scherzer becomes the fifth pitcher in history to start a season with 18 wins in his first 19 decisions as he leads the Tigers to a 6-3 decision over the Royals. The others to accomplish the feat were Rube Marquard (1912), Don Newcombe (1955), Roy Face (1959) and Roger Clemens (2001). Miguel Cabrera hits his 40thhomer and a run-scoring single.

At Fenway, in Alex Rodriguez’s first at bat in the 2ndinning, Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster throws three pitches that almost hit him, before finally plunking him. He and the Yankee bench get warnings prompting a Joe Girardi tirade on why he was not thrown out. With their juices flowing the Yankees rally and beat the Sox, 9-6.  Rodriguez punctuates the rally with a home run—off Dempster.  Dempster will be given a 5-game suspension for hitting A-Rod.

For the second time this year, Alex Cobb allows 8 runs, on 12 hits, doing so in less than 3 innings against the Angels. But the Rays score 7 in the 5thand come back to win, 10-8.

Adam Eaton hits a bloop double to drive in 2 runs and breaks a 2-2 tie in the top of the 16th. The Diamondbacks beat the Pirates, 4-2.

19thThe Nationals obtain OF David DeJesus from the Cubs for a player to be named.

The Rangers score 11 runs in the 3rdinning and go on to trounce the Astros, 16-5. In the inning, Astros catcher Carlos Corporan suffers a concussion when hit in the forehead with a foul tip. After one more pitch, he leaves the game.  Infielder Jake Elmore dons the tools of ignorance and also pitches a scoreless inning. It is his first time at either position.

In a 6-1 loss to the visiting Mets, Twins catcher Joe Mauer takes an Ike Davis foul ball off his mask, shakes it off and remains in the game.  Later, Mauer will be diagnosed with a concussion, ending his season. After seeking advice from doctors and others, including long-time teammate Justin Morneau, Mauer will announce in November that he is switching to first base for the 2014 season.  Mauer will hit just .267 from 2014-16, but bounce back in 2017.  He will play one last time behind the plate, on September 30, 2018, his final game before retiring.

The Cubs pummel the Nationals, 11-1, as Nate Schierholtz drives in 6 runs on a double and 2 homeruns. Jordan Zimmermann (14-7) gives up 8 runs in 5 innings, while Jeff Samardzija goes the distance.

Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer Joseph Tacopina appears on the Today Show and reiterates to host Matt Lauer that he’d like nothing better than to discuss his client’s drug-testing history and other related matters, but that he is prevented from doing so by the confidentiality clause in baseball’s testing program. Lauer surprises the lawyer by producing a letter that MLB hand delivered to Lauer. The letter states that the league will waive the clause. Tacopina declines and later says it is a “publicity stunt” on the part of MLB and that the offer was a “trap.”

20th  At Anaheim, Angels pitcher Joe Blanton gives up 3 runs, including a 2-run homer by Drew Stubbs, as the Indians win, 4-1, in 14 innings. Blanton (2-14) will pitch just once more this year.

21stThe Braves defeat the Mets, 4-1, in 10 innings, but it is a costly victory as they lose Jason Heyward for a month after he is hit in the jaw by a pitch from starter Jon Niese. The pitch breaks his jaw, but he will return for the playoffs. Chris Johnson wins it in the 10thwith a 3-run homer, the hit prompting an argument by Daniel Murphy on a previous call at 1B. Both Murphy and manager Terry Collins get thumbed. Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel pitches the 10thand becomes the first pitcher ever to have 40 or more saves in 3 consecutive seasons, starting as a rookie.

The Yankees edge the Blue Jays, 4-2. Ichiro Suzuki gets the 4,000thhit of his professional career. He has 2,722 hits in the AL and 1,278 hits in the Japanese League.

The Rangers edge the Astros, 5-4, on a sac fly in the bottom of the 9th. The Astros tie the game at 4 apiece in the 8thwhen rookie Max Stassi gets hit in the face with a pitch that bounces off his shoulder with the bases loaded. It is his first big league RBI.

23rdThe Braves acquire veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia from the Orioles for cash. The insurance policy will go 1-2 but not be needed for Atlanta.

24thMax Scherzer outduels Matt Harvey as the Tigers defeat the Mets, 3-0. It is the first time in ML history that the 2 starting pitchers in the All-Star Game also face each other in the same regular season. Scherzer becomes the third pitcher in history to win 19 of his first 20 decisions as he improves his record to 19-1. This is Harvey last game of the season as he experiences discomfort in his elbow.  Leading the league is strikeouts, he will undergo Tommy John surgery on October.

The Diamondbacks make 2 outs then score 5 times in the top of the frame to defeat the Phillies, 12-7, in a grueling 18 innings. This is the first game believed to have 700 pitches thrown, and umpire Cliff Fagan is behind the plate for all 712 pitches. Cliff Pennington and Al Campana set a club record when each walk 5 times for Arizona, while Paul Goldschmidt is passed 4 times. Right fielder Casper Wells takes the loss, giving up all 5 runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Wells, who pitched for the White Sox in a game in June, allows 3 hits and walks 3. The Diamondbacks will set a ML record this season by playing in 1,538 innings, one more than the 1964 Yankees.  The ML record-tying 20 pitchers used will be topped next month when 21 pitchers are used.

The Reds beat the Brewers, 6-3. Bronson Arroyo becomes just the 2ndpitcher in modern ML history to win 4 consecutive starts without walking a batter and striking out at least 6 in each game. Pat Jarvis of the Braves performed the feat in 1966.

25thThe White Sox defeat the Rangers, 5-2, behind John Danks. John’s brother, Jordan, hits a homer for Chicago making Danks the first pitcher since 1947 to win a game in which his brother homers as a teammate.

The Blue Jays score a pair in the 9th, off Chia-Jen Lo, to beat the Astros, 2-1. Starter Mark Buerhle is the winner. Buerhle allows a stolen bases to TJ Hoes, the only theft this year he gives up in 4 attempts. He picks off 4.

At Tropicana, Alfonso Soriano doubles in the 11th, steals 3B, and scores the winning run as the Yankees beat the Rays, 3-2. Robinson Cano has a double and homer, and Mariano Rivera the save. Alex Rodriguez has a pinch single in the 10th, but is out on a DP liner. For A-Rod, it is his first career pinch hit in 15 at bats.

The Orioles release 3B Wilson Betemit.

26thAt Toronto, the Blue Jays spoil Derek Jeter’s return to the Yankee lineup by beating the Bombers, 5-2.  Alex Rodriguez hits a homer as he and Jeter play the left side of the infield together for the first time this season. A solid outing by Phil Hughes (4-13) is marred by a dropped fly ball by Ichiro Suzuki that opens the door for 3 unearned runs.  R.A. Dickey allows one earned run in 6.1 innings.

27thAt PNC Park, Aramis Ramirez has 2 singles, a double and a homer to drive in 4 runs as the Brewers edge the Pirates, 7-6. Neil Walker has a 3-run homer off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, who gives up 13 hits in 5 innings. Rob Wooten (3-0), in relief of Lohse, is the winner. The homer by Ramirez is the 350thof his career: 175 have been hit at home and 175 on the road.  A bright note for the Brewers is a first-inning run, their first in 28 games.

At Fenway, the Red Sox pound the Orioles, 13-2, as Shane Victorino drives in 6 runs on 2 homers and a double. The loss leaves the Orioles in 3rdplace in the AL East, 6 ½ games behind the Sox and a game ahead of New York.

Hours before Marlon Byrd T-shirt night at Citi Field, the Mets send the veteran and C John Buck to the Pirates for minor league IF Dilson Herrera and a player to be named. They still give away the shirts.

Alfonso Soriano has a pair of homers to reach the 400 homer mark as the Yankees down the host Blue Jays, 7-1.

Tied for last place in the NL West, the Padres release Edinson Volquez (9-10, 6.11 ERA).  The fireballer will be signed by the Dodgers for the rest of the season and will sign with the Pirates in December.

28thAt Fenway, Jacoby Ellsbury has 2 hits and 2 stolen bases in a 4-3 Boston win over the Orioles. Ellsbury injures his foot in the game and exits.  Chris Davis hits his 4thhomer for the O’s.

Acquired yesterday, Marlon Byrd celebrates his arrival to the Pirates with a 3-run homer as Pittsburgh tops the Brewers, 7-1. He hits it into the CF bushes in the 7thinning.

Ricky Nolasco pitches 8 innings of 3-hit ball and the Dodgers beat the visiting Cubs, 4-0. It is their 21stwin in August, tying the LA record for most wins in a calendar month.

Brandon Moss homers twice and drives in 6 runs to lead Oakland to a 14-4 win over Detroit. The A’s collect 21 hits.

29thThe Giants agree to terms on a 5-year contract worth $90 million with their slugging outfielder Hunter Pence.

30thAt Coors, Todd Helton hits a pair of 3-run homers to pace the Rockies to a 9-6 win over the Reds. Jorge de la Rosa wins his 15th.

Who says walks will kill ya. Freddie Freeman hits a 2-run home rin the 1stand it holds up as the Braves top the Marlins, 2-1. Fo0r the 38thstraight time a Marlin reaches base on a walk and doesn’t score.

The Cardinals acquire pitcher John Axford from the Brewers in exchange for a player to be named.

The Indians get OF Jason Kubel from the Diamondbacks for a minor league player to be named.

The Orioles obtain OF Michael Morse from the Mariners for OF Xavier Avery.

31stRaise the Jolly Roger. The Pirates acquire 1B Justin Morneau from the Twins for OF Alex Presley, then regain first place with a 7-1 win over the Cardinals.  AJ Burnett scatters 4 hits over 7 innings and Russell Martin hits a 3-run homer.

The Dodgers get veteran infielder Michael Young from the Phillies for P Rob Rasmussen. The Red Sox were tempted to bid on Young, but declined and are staying with Middlebrooks at third base.

SEPTEMBER

2ndHome sick? At PetCo Park, Barry Zito allows 4 hits and 4 runs in 4 innings as the Giants pitcher loses to the Padres, 4-1.  With the loss, Zito falls to 0-9 away from home with a road ERA of 9.23.  He’ll make two more appearances at the end of the month, both at home, to finish with respectable 5-2 mark, 3.46 ERA at home.

4thThe Cardinals edge the Reds, 5-4, in 16 innings. Matt Adams homers in the 14thand also the 16thto become the first player in ML history to hit a pair of HRs in the 14thinning or later of a game.

The Red Sox crush the Tigers, 20-4, hitting 8 HRs in the process. David Ortiz has a pair and adds a double as the Sox tie an AL record by having 7 different players hitting homers in the same game. The double is Ortiz’s 2,000thcareer hit.  Will Middlebrooks homers with the bases loaded. Ryan Dempster earns his second straight win since being suspended for plunking A-Rod.

The A’s score 5 runs in 5 innings against Yu Darvish (13-7) as they beat visiting Texas, 11-4, and pull into a tie for the AL West lead. Jarrod Parker (11-6) is backed by 4 homers as he allows 2 runs in 6 innings.  He also extends his team-record unbeaten streak of 18 straight starts, eclipsing the mark set by Catfish Hunter in 1973.  Texas DH Lance Berkman goes hitless for the 2ndday in a row since his return from a left hip inflammation. He had been out since July 7.

Pablo Sandoval hits a single and 3 HRs and drives in 6 to lead the Giants to a 13-5 win over the Padres. The Giants collect 6 homeruns.

5thAt Yankee Stadium, Jacoby Ellsbury singles in the 10thoff Joba Chamberlain, then steals 2B, reinjuring his foot and will miss the next 16 regular season games. He injured in on August 28th. Chamberlain then barks at the umpire’s ball call on Victorino and is ejected, but will take the loss in the 9-8 Boston win. Ellsbury’s injury will turns out to be a nondisplaced fracture of the navicular bone. His steal continues a streak of successful stolen bases by the Red Sox, which will reach 39 successful thefts, the longest such streak in the expansion era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Sox will steal at a n 86.6 success rate, second only to the 2007 Phils (87.9) in the live-ball era.

6thThe Giants shut out the Diamondbacks, 3-0. Yusmeiro Petit retires the first 26 batters he faces before surrendering a single to pinch hitter Eric Chavez with 2 outs in the 9th. The same fate befell Yu Darvish on April 2.

The Orioles stop the White Sox, 4-0, behind Scott Feldman’s complete-game shutout, the first CG for an Oriole pitcher this year. Feldman had a CG for the Cubs in the spring.  John Danks makes his 20thstart of the season for Chicago, joining Jose Quintana, Chris Sale and Hector Santiago in reaching that plateau. The 1954 Washington Senators are the only other team in ML history to have 4 different left-handed pitchers each start at least 20 games in the same season.  Chris Davis hits his 48thhomer of the year as the O’s hand the Sox their 8thstraight loss.

The Marlins shut out the Nationals, 7-0, behind Jose Fernandez who allows one hit and strikes out 9 in 7 innings. He becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to have a pair of games in his rookie season in which he hurls at least 7 innings, allows no runs and no more than 1 hit, and strikes out at least 9 batters. Giancarlo Stanton homers and knocks in 3 runs and Logan Morrison hits a homer estimated to have traveled 484 feet.

Former Mets prospect Scott Kazmir strikes out 12 in 6 innings and Nick Swisher hits a grand slam as Cleveland tops the Mets, 7-1. A former first-rounder in 2002, Kazmir never pitched for the Mets but was traded to Tampa Bay for Victor Zambrano, one of the worst trades in Mets history.

At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox spot the Yankees an 8-3 lead before scoring 5 in the 7thand 4 in the 8thto prevail, 12-8. Mike Napoli connects for a grand slam in the 7thoff Boone Logan, and Shane Victorino toasts Claiborne (0-2) for a 2-run homer in the 8th. New York is now in 4thplace in the AL East, 10 games behind Boston.  A bright spot for the Yanks is Brett Gardner’s second triple in 3 days which gives him 10, to lead the AL.  He is the first Yankee since 1957 to lead the AL in three baggers. He is also the first pinstriper to collect 30 doubles, 10 triples and 20 steals in a season since George Stirnweiss did it in 1945.

Rookie Junior Lake hits a grand slam, off Kyle Lohse (9-9), in the Cubs 5-run 1stinning as the Chicagoans beat Milwaukee, 9-5.

The Tigers pound out 26 hits as they crush the Royals, 16-2. Royals starter James Shields allows 14 hits and 10 runs in 3.2 innings. Andy Dirks and Omar Infante each go 5-for-5 for Detroit. It is only the 4thtime since 1900 that a pair of teammates each go 5-for-5 or better in the same game. Infante has 6 RBIs and Dirks scores 4.

7thThe Reds edge the Dodgers, 4-3, in 10 innings. Reds’ rookie Billy Hamilton scores the winning run and becomes the first player since 1900 to steal a base in each of his first 4 ML games.

The Yankees and Red Sox get into a slugging match with the visiting Hubmen winning, 13-9. Boston has 4 homers, 2 by Mike Napoli and a homer by Johnny Gomes, who drives in 4 runs.  Xander Bogaerts has a homer and double and 3 RBIs. Boston applies a whoopin’ to Yankee starter David Huff, cuffing him for 9 runs in 3+ innings. John Lackey allows 7 runs in 5+ innings but emerges the winner. The Yankees have now lost three straight to the Red Sox despite score 7 or more runs in each game, a first in team history.

At Target Field, Adam Lind drives in 6 runs as the Blue Jays trip the Twins, 11-2. A.J. Happ and 6 relievers combine on the win.

8thThe Mets defeat the Indians, 2-1. Cleveland’s Jason Giambi gets the 2,000thhit of his ML career in the 9thinning to become, at age 42, the oldest player ever to reach the 2,000-hit plateau.

Making his first start in two years following Tommy John surgery, Scott Baker pitches 5 shutout innings against Milwaukee. Relievers give up 3 runs and the Cubs lose, 3-1.  Baker will make just three starts for his $5.5 million salary.

Seth Smith hits a 3-run homer and Bartolo Colon wins his 15thgame of the year as Oakland punches out the Astros, 7-2. Colon is the first pitcher in AL history to win 15 games with four different teams. Oakland maintains its game and a half lead over Texas.

9thGio Gonzalez hurls a 1-hit shutout, defeating the Mets by a score of 9-0. Pinch hitter Zach Lutz’s 7th-inning single is NY’s only safety.

The Pirates shut out the Rangers, 1-0, for their 82ndvictory of the season. It guarantees their first winning season since 1992, ending their ML record streak of 21 consecutive non-winning seasons.

The Dodgers stop the Diamondbacks, 8-1, as Ricky Nolasco wins his 13th. Juan Uribe hits three solo homers for the Blue. He is the 75thbig leaguer to do so.

10thThe Angels defeat the Blue Jays, 12-6. Mark Trumbo goes 5-for-5, with 3 doubles and a HR. He becomes the 9thplayer in ML history to go 5-for-5 or better with 4 extra-base hits and 5 runs scored in the same game. Anthony Gose hits a grand slam for the Jays.

At AT&T Park, Michael Cuddyer has 2 homers and 4 RBIs in the Rockies, 9-8 win over the Giants. His second homer, leading off the 9th, breaks a tie. Hunter Pence has a 3-run homer in the 1stand drives in 6 runs.

The Yankees obtain good field/no hit SS Brendan Ryan from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named.

12thThe Phillies score 6 runs in the bottom of the first to a take a 6-1 lead but veteran Roy Halladay struggles with his control and leaves in the 5thafter walking 4 in a row and does not get the decision. The Phils win over the Padres, 10-5.

13thThe Pirates lose to the Cubs, 5-4, despite hitting back-to-back-to-back HRs in the 4thinning. Pedro Alvarez, Russell Martin and Garrett Jones all connect in succession.

Going back to Nassau Hall.  In his ML debut, Princeton graduate David Hale strikes out the leadoff batter, fellow Princeton grad Will Veneble. Hale leaves with a 3-0 lead after 5 innings, but the Braves bullpen coughs up 4 runs and San Diego wins, 4-3.

14thThe 49ers? At Los Angeles, the Giants crush the Dodgers, 19-3. Brandon Belt gets 5 hits for SF, including a double and homer, scores 4 runs and drives in 6 runs. Hunter Pence has 7 ribbies on 3 hits, including a grand slam. The Giants are 14-for-29 with runners on 2ndor 3rd.

At Minute Maid Park, Jared Weaver gives up 2 runs in 6 innings to notch his 10thwin of the year as Anaheim beats Houston, 6-2.  Weaver has now won 10 or more games in each of his first 8 seasons, joining AL pitchers Eddie Plank, Addie Joss, George Mullin, Lefty Grove, Eddie Lopat, Bert Blyleven and Andy Pettitte.

15thAt Chicago, Zach McAllister is backed by 4 homers as Cleveland beats the host White Sox, 7-1.  Matt Carson is 3-for-3 with a solo shot, Asdrubal Cabrera hits a 3-run homer, and Nick Swisher connects from each side of the plate for the 13thtime in his career.

Former ML OF Wladimir Balentien hits his 56thand 57thhome runs of the season for the Yakult Swallows to set a new Japanese single-season record. Unlike previous contenders to break Oh’s record, pitchers did not pitch around Balentien. Known affectionately in Japan as “Coco”, he hit 15 homers in 511 at bats for the Mariners and Reds.

16thThe Pirates fall to the Padres, 2-0, as Andrew Cashner hurls a 1-hitter. Jose Tabata’s leadoff single in the 7thinning is Pittsburgh’s only base runner. He is erased on a double play as Cashner faces the minimum 27 batters. Cashner’s no-hit bid fall short, leaving the Padres as the only team never to have had a no-hitter.

17thLeadoff batter Ian Kinsler hits a first-pitch homer, off Jeremy Hellickson, and drives in 3 runs, as the Rangers beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to pull even with the Rays in the AL wld-card race. Elvis Andrus also drives in 3 runs.

Tanner Roark (7-0) throws 7 shutout innings, and host Washington completes a sweep of the Braves by winning, 4-0. He allows 2 hits and retires the final 13 batters he faces. In the first game, Denard Span hits a grounder that goes through the legs of Braves SS Andrelton Simmons for a game-ending 2-run error.  A 3-run 9thhands Craig Kimbrel his first blown save since May 7.

Jay Bruce hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Reds offense to a 10-0 win over the Astros. Mike Leake (14-6) pitches 8 shutout innings.

18thThe Reds edge past the Astros, 6-5, in 13 innings. Cincinnati rookie speedster Billy Hamilton becomes the first player since 1920 to steal 4 bases in his first ML start.

Justin Upton and Dan Uggla hit homers as the Braves whip the Nationals, 5-2. Uggla missed two weeks because of laser eye surgery, but is still hitting under .200. The Nationals (81-71) trail the Braves by 9 games in the NL East. Denard Span has a hit in the 7thfor Washington and runs his consecutive-game hitting streak to 29 games.  Three NL players will have consecutive game batting streaks of 20 games or more, but for the first time since 1977, no AL players will reach that mark (as noted by Trent McCotter).

19thThe Dodgers edge the Diamondbacks, 7-6, to become thefirst team to clinch a division title.

Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore (15-4) allows 3 homers and 4 stolen bases in 4 innings as Texas wins, 8-2. The Rangers tack on another homer and steal to seal the win. Moore had only allowed 3 steals coming in to today’s game.

20thThe Yankees defeat the Giants, 5-1, with Alex Rodriguez’s grand slam in the 7ththe deciding blow. It is Rodriguez’s 24thslam, breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig for the most in ML history. The slam comes off George Kontos, in relief of Tim Lincecum (10-14).

At Tropicana Field, the Rays and the Orioles battle till 2:05 in the morning before the Rays win, 5-4. The 18-inning game takes 6 hours 54 minutes to play, a record for each team.  David DeJesus’s fourth hit of the game, a single, scores Desmond Jennings with the game-winning run. The Orioles use 10 pitchers, the Rays 11, a new ML record. The 11 pitchers is also a record.

At Wrigley, the Braves jump on closer Kevin Gregg for 4 hits and 4 runs in the 9thto win, 9-5, over the Cubs. Rookie Junior Lake has a double in 3 at bats, but will go hitless the rest of the way to finish at .284.

The last-place Rockies connect for four homeruns, including one by starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, as they down the Diamondbacks, 9-4.  For Chacin (14-9), it is his first ML homer Cheering him on is his family, including his sister Jhoulayle and his brother Jhousberth.

The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 6-3, to clinch the AL East title.

21stTravis Wood allows a run in 7 innings, but leaves with Chicago losing, 1-0. The Cubs score 3 in the 8thon 4 hits to win, 3-1. The victory goes to Carlos Villanueva, his 5thwin in a row.

At Boston, the Blue Jays down the Red Sox, 4-2, behind Mark Buehrle, handing Clay Buchholtz (11-1) his first loss of the season.

At Detroit, the Tigers tie the White Sox with a 6-run rally in the 9th, then win in the 12th, 7-6, on Omar Infante’s infield single with the bases loaded.

The Yankees keep their faint playoff hopes alive with a 6-0 whitewash of the SF Giants. Ivan Nova goes the distance for the shutout, getting good plays behind him from SS Brendan Ryan. Alfonso Soriano hits a 6thinning homer for the final run and now has 17 homers and 50 RBIs in 52 games since returning to the Yankees from the Cubs. He is just the 5thmajor leaguer to drive in 50 runs for two different teams in the same season. David Justice (2000) was the first followed by Carlos Beltran (2004), Manny Ramirez (2008) and Matt Holliday (2009).

22ndAt Yankee Stadium, Mayor Mike Bloomberg declares it Mariano Rivera Day and the ceremony and festivities delay the start of the game with the Giants by 50 minutes. On hand are former teammates, Joe Torre, and Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow. Metallica performed Rivera’s signature song “Enter Sandman.”  The Giants then put a damper on the day and the Yankee playoff hopes with a 2-1 win. Down a run in the 8th, the Yankees have 2 runners thrown out at home. Pettitte starts and his no-hit bid ends in the 6thwhen Ehire Adrianza connects for his first career homer. Pettitte (10-11) gives up a double to Pablo Sandoval in the 7thon his final ML pitch. Sandoval scores on a Tony Abreau double off Dave Robertson. Rivera enters in the 8thand pitches the 9th, ending with a DP.

The Braves defeat the Cubs, 5-2, to clinch the NL East title.

Despite losing to the Brewers, 6-4, the Cardinals clinch a playoff spot.

Billy Hamilton has 3 hits and 2 steals to pace the Reds to an 11-3 win over Pittsburgh as the Reds tie the Pirates for the NL wild-card lead. Jay Bruce has a 3-run homer in Cincinnati’s 5-run 1st.

Justin Maxwell hits a 2-out grand slam in the bottom of the 10thfor Kansas City as the Royals top the Rangers, 4-0. Royals starter James Shields gives up 6 hits in 8 innings, while Texas starter Alexi Ogando pitches 2-hit ball for 7 innings.

With the Rangers losing, the Athletics beat the Twins, 11-7, to clinch the AL West title. Rookie Oswaldo Arcia has 3 hits, including a homer and drives in 6 runs for the A’s.

At Anaheim, a swarm of bees causes a delay of 23 minutes in the Mariners 3-2 win over the Angels.

The Phillies sign a 3-year contract with interim manager Ryne Sandburg, removing the interim from his title. The team went 20-22 under Sandburg, who replaced Charlie Manuel. Manuel was the winningest manager in Phillies history.

23rdThe Pirates edge the Cubs, 2-1, to clinch their first playoff berth in 21 seasons.

The Reds nip the Mets, 3-2, in 10 innings and clinch a playoff spot. Joey Votto is walked 5 times by Mets pitchers.

In a 4-0 loss in Miami, Phillies veteran Roy Halladay leaves the gamewith an arm injury after facing three batters, walking two. It is the last appearance for the 36-year-old ace who finishes his brilliant career with a 125-78 record until his arm gives out. He has three season with more starts than walks, joining Cy Young as the only pitcher to accomplish that. Nathan Eovaldi is today’s winner for the Marlins with 7.2 IP.

The Rangers shut out the Astros, 12-0, as Alex Rios hits for the cycle. Derek Holland (10-9) coasts to the win, his third straight year in double-figure wins.

A.J. Happ gives up 3 runs, including 2 solo homers, as the White Sox beat his Blue Jays, 3-2. Batterymate J.P. Arencibia belts his 21sthomer of the year but will set a new low mark for catchers with 20 or more homers in more than 100 games: his slugging average of .365 (.194/.227/.365) is the worst in history. Four other catchers (Campanella, Newman, Carter, McCann) hit 20 homers in 100+ games, but all their slugging averages were just below .400. (As noted by David Denomme). Arencibia is the only player in baseball history to have 20 or fewer walks and 145 or more strikeouts in a season.

24thThe Cardinals shut out the Nationals, 2-0. St. Louis rookie pitcher Michael Wacha does not allow a hit until Ryan Zimmerman scratches out an infield single with 2 outs in the 9thinning. Trevor Rosenthal comes in to get the last batter and complete the 1-hitter. Matt Carpenter hits his 55thdouble of the year, the second highest ever by a Cardinal. Joe Medwick holds the team record with 64.

After Chris Perez surrenders two solos homers and the lead in the 9th, Jason Giambi hits a 2-run walkoff homer to give the Indians a 5-4 win over the White Sox. It is the 10thwalkoff homer for the 42-year-old slugger.

25thThe Tigers clinch the AL Central crown with a 1-0 win over the Twins. Austin Jackson hits a leadoff triple off Kevin Correia and scores on Hunter’s single, and Max Scherzer (21-3) allows 2 hits in 7 innings.  Cabrera is 0-for-4 and stays tied for the RBI lead in the AL with Chris Davis. His .345 batting average is 21 points ahead of the sidelined Joey Mauer, and he will win his third straight batting title, the first right-hander to win three straight titles since Rogers Hornsby. He is only the second big leaguer (Todd Helton, 2000) in the past 75 years to hit .345 with 40 homers and 135 RBIs.

At Coors Field, the Red Sox flex their muscles, beating the Rockies, 15-5. Will Middlebrooks hits a pair of homers, one a grand slam off reliever Roy Oswalt, and has 7 RBIs, Jarrod Saltalamaccia has 4 hits and 3 RBIs, and Shane Victorino has 3 hits, including a 3-run homer.

At Turner Field, Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez hits a one-out HR in the 1stoff Paul Maholm and spends a couple of seconds admiring the hit. Braves catcher Brian McCann yells at him to run and as Gomez trots to 1B he exchanges words with Maholm on the mound about a hit by pitch Maholm gave him on June 23rd. Braves 1B Freddie Freeman adds a few words as Gomez goes by, and when Gomez passes 3B he runs into McCann blocking his way to the plate. Words, then fists are exchanged and when all the players are separated, Gomez is awarded a homer, though he never touches the plate, then he is ejected.  Freeman and Gerald Laird are both ejected as well and Aramis Ramirez leaves an inning later with an injury sustained in the brawl.  Kyle Lohse allows 2 hits in the 4-0 shutout.  BJ Upton is 0-for-3, finishing his year at .184, but none of the hits come with a runner on 3B.  He is 0-for-28 with runners on third.

In its home finale, the Indians get a 2-run homer from Nick Swisher and beat the White Sox, 7-5. It is Cleveland’s 14thstraight win over Chicago.

In his 4thstraight strong start, Daisuke Matsuzaka shuts out the Reds for 7.2 innings as the Mets win, 1-0, besting Mat Latos. The Reds remain a game behind Pittsburgh, losers today.

26thThe Rangers edge the Angels, 6-5, on Jurickson Profar’s pinchhit homer. Profar becomes just the 2ndplayer in ML history to hit a pinch walkoff homer before turning 21 years of age. Jimmie Foxx also turned the trick in 1928.

The Braves defeat the Phillies, 7-1, as Jason Heyward goes 5-for-5 for Atlanta, including 3 doubles and a homer.

The Indians edge out the Twins, 6-5, surviving a meltdown by closer Chris Perez, who gives up 4 hits and 4 runs in the 9thbefore being lifted. The Tribe will go with a committee of closers from here on out, giving up on the $7 million Perez.

27thThe Cardinals shut out the Cubs, 7-0, to clinch the NL Central title. Lance Lynn (15-10) goes 6 innings in the tune up for the playoffs.

At the Great American Ballpark, the Pirates take the first game of a 3-game series with the Reds, winning 4-1 behind AJ Burnett’s 8 solid innings. Marlon Byrd has 3 hits and 2 RBIs and Pedro Alvarez hits a 2-run homer, his 25throundtripper. Pittsburgh will win the next two to sweep Cincy.

28thThe Yankees edge the Astros, 2-1, behind Andy Pettitte’s solid 9 innings. Pettitte becomes just the 4thpitcher in ML history to win at least 250 games and hurl a complete-game win in his final ML appearance. Eppa Rixey, Christy Mathewson and Jim McCormick also turned the trick. The game was Pettitte’s 438thstart for the Yankees, tying him with Whitey Ford for most Yankee starts.  For the hapless Astros, they will finish the year on a 15-game losing streak.

Behind Adam Wainwright’s 19thwin, the Cardinals coast to a 6-2 win over the Cubs. Pete Kozma has 2 hits, including his 20thdouble. The Birds have 9 players with 20 or more doubles, matching the high set by the 1931 team.

Brad Miller has 2 homeruns, including a grand slam, to lead the host Mariners to a 7-5 win over the Athletics. With the loss the A’s lose home-field advantage in the playoffs to Boston.

In Dan Haren’s last appearance for the Nationals, he pitches 7 shutout innings in a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks. Also in his last appearance, and his last at bat in the majors, Chad Tracy hits a solo homer.

For the third straight day, the Brewers beat the Mets by the same score, 4-2. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the fourth time in 20 years that this has occurred—all involving one of these two teams.

29thThe Indians defeat the Twins, 5-1, to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Cleveland wins its last 10 games of the season.

The Rays and Rangers both win, setting up a one-game play-in to decide the final spot in the AL playoffs. Tampa Bay uses a 6-run 1stinning and a workmanlike 5+ innings by Matt Moore (17-4) to subdue the Blue Jays, 7-6.  Yu Darvish pitches 5+ innings as Texas downs Anaheim, 6-2. The win goes to Neal Cotts (8-3), but Darvish strikes 8 to finish with the AL lead at 277. With his 498 K’s in two seasons, he falls short of becoming the 3rdpitcher in history to strike out 500 in his first two years. Dwight Gooden (544) and Herb Score (508) are the only two. Mike Trout sets a record by playing in his 148thgame in the outfield without recording an assist.

Henderson Alvarez hurls a 1-0 no-hitter against the Tigers. The only run of the game comes on a walkoff wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th.

At AT&T Park, the Giants edge the Padres, 7-6, on a game-tying homer by Francisco Peguero in the 9th. It is Peguero’s only homer of the season and comes on his last at bat in the majors. He is the 52ndplayer to go deep on his final at bat. Jedd Gyorko has a grand slam for the Padres.

The Yankees score 4 runs in the 14thinning to defeat the Astros, 5-1. Newly acquired David Adams strikes out 5 times for New York.  The loss is the 15thconsecutive for Houston. It’s the longest such streak to close a season for any ML team since the Cleveland dropped their final 16 games of the 1899 season. The Astros lost 106 in 2011, 107 losses the next year and 111 this season. Going into today’s game, the Astros were 14 strikeouts shy of setting an ML team record for K’s, but they strike out 19 times to set the new mark.

30thThe Rays defeat the Rangers, 5-2, in the AL play-in game and move on to the playoffs. David Price gets the win while Evan Longoria homers for the winners. Nelson Cruz is hitless in his first game back after a 50-game suspension.

The Cubs fire manager Dale Sveum. The hard-luck Sveum had two seasons as Chicago’s manager.

OCTOBER

1stThe Pirates defeat the Reds, 6-2, in the NL wild-card game to move on to the NL division series against the Cardinals. Francisco Liriano gets the win for Pittsburgh with the help of a pair of homers by Russell Martin and another blast by Marlon Byrd. Shin-Soo Choo connects for Cincinnati. Martin is the first catcher to hit postseason homers for three different teams.

2ndThe Rays shut out the Indians, 4-0, behind Alex Cobb in the AL wild-card game to advance to the AL division series against the Red Sox. Delmon Young homers to lead Tampa.

3rdThe Cardinals take the opening game of their Division Series against the Pirates, winning, 9-1. Adam Wainwright gets the victory for St. Louis with the help of a 3-run HR by Carlos Beltran. It is Beltran’s 15thhomer in 129 at bats in post-season play, exactly the same numbers that Babe Ruth had.

Clayton Kershaw pitches the Dodgers to a 6-1 win over the Braves in the opener of their Division series. Adrian Gonzalez homers for LA. Chipper Jones throws out the first pitch, but gets miffed at the Braves when they pick the mascot to catch him. The Braves were not pleased when Chipper was interviewed on the radio and picked the Dodgers to win in 4.  He is right.  Chipper will skip spring training in 2014.

4thThe Red Sox pound out a 12-2 win over the Rays in the opener of their AL Division Series. Jon Lester gets the win for Boston, while Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez homer for Tampa Bay.

The Tigers squeak by the Athletics, 3-2, to take the opening game of their AL Division Series. Max Scherzer gets the win for Detroit. Yoenis Cespedes’ 2-run homer accounts for both Oakland runs.

The Pirates even their NL Division Series with the Cardinals with a 7-1 victory. Rookie Gerrit Cole gets the win for Pittsburgh, aided by HRs from Starling Marte and Pedro Alvarez. Yadier Molina connects for St. Louis.

The Braves edge the Dodgers, 4-3, to even their NL Division Series. Mike Minor gets the win for Atlanta, while Hanley Ramirez homers for LA.

The Reds fire manager Dusty Baker.

5thThe Red Sox take a 2-games-to-0 lead over the Rays in their Division Series with a 7-4 victory. David Ortiz hits a pair of homers for Boston as John Lackey gets the win.

The A’s even their Division Series with the Tigers, defeating Detroit by a score of 1-0. Rookie Sonny Gray hurls 8 scoreless innings for Oakland, with Grant Balfour getting the win in relief. Stephen Vogt’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 9thinning pushes across the only run of the game.

6thThe Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 5-3, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their Division Series. Mark Melancon gets the win in relief as Pedro Alvarez drives in the lead run in the bottom of the 8thinning. Carlos Beltran homers for St. Louis.

The Dodgers crush the Braves, 13-6, to take the lead in their Division Series. Chris Capuano gets the win in relief, as LA gets roundtrippers from Carl Crawford and Jose Uribe. Jason Heyward connects for Atlanta.

7thCardinals’ rookie pitcher Michael Wacha takes a no-hitter into the 8thinning before surrendering a homer to Pedro Alvarez. It is Pittsburgh’s only hit as St. Louis takes a 2-1 decision to even their Division Series at 2 games apiece. Matt Holliday homers for St. Louis and Wacha gets the win.

Jose Laboton’s walkoff homer in the bottom of the 9thgives the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. Fernando Rodney gets the win in relief as Evan Longoria also homers for Tampa Bay.

Juan Uribe’s 2-run homer in the 8thinning gives the Dodgers the go-ahead run and they hold on to defeat the Braves, 4-3, to take their Division Series 3-games-to-1. Carl Crawford hits a pair of homers for LA and Brian Wilson gets the win in relief.

Oakland gets homers from Brandon Moss, Seth Smith and Jose Reddick as the Athletics defeat the Tigers, 6-3. Jarrod Parker gets the win as Oakland takes a 2-games-to-1 lead over the Tigers in their Division Series.

9thThe Red Sox edge the Rays, 3-1, to win their Division Series and move on to the ALCS. Craig Breslow gets the win in relief as Shane Victorino’s 7th-inning infield single brings in the winning run.

The Tigers defeat the Athletics, 8-6, to tie their Division Series as 2 games apiece. Max Scherzer gets the win in relief, helped along by homers from Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta. Jed Lowrie homers for Oakland.

9thThe Cardinals defeat the Pirates, 6-1, behind Adam Wainwright, to win their Division Series and move on to the NLCS against the Dodgers. Matt Adams and David Freese hit homers for St. Louis.

10thThe Tigers defeat the Athletics, 3-0, behind Justin Verlander to win their Division Series and move on to the ALCS. Miguel Cabrera homers for Detroit.

11thThe Cardinals take the first game of the NLCS with a 3-2 win in 13 innings. Lance Lynn gets the win in relief for St. Louis. Carlos Beltran drives in all 3 of the Cardinals’ runs and also throws out a runner at the plate in the 10thinning.

12thThe Cardinals shut out the Dodgers, 1-0, behind Michael Wacha, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the NLCS. John Jay’s sac fly brings in the only run of the game for the Cardinals who manage only 2 hits.

The Tigers edge the Red Sox, 1-0, as 5 pitchers combine on a 1-hitter. Anibal Sanchez gets the win after hurling 6 hitless innings. He strikes out 4 batters in the 1stinning, becoming the second pitcher to accomplish the feat in postseason history. Orval Overall did so for the Cubs in the 1908 WS. Jhonny Peralta drives in the game’s only run for Boston. Daniel Nava’s 1-out single in the 9thinning is the Red Sox only hit.

13th   The Red Sox bounce back from a 5-0 deficit to edge the Tigers, 6-5, and tie the ALCS at 1 game apiece. David Ortiz, who will go 2-for-22 in the series, hits an 8thinning grand slam to tie the score as four pitchers are each charged with a run apiece. Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s walkoff single an inning later wins it. Koji Uehara gets the win in relief for Boston. Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homer in a losing cause for Detroit.

14thThe Dodgers defeat the Cardinals, 3-0, to move within a game of St. Louis in the NLCS. Hyun-Jn Ryu gets the win, hurling 7 innings of shutout ball. Yasiel Puig’s triple sparks the Dodgers.

15th   The Red Sox shut out the Tigers, 1-0, behind John Lackey. Mike Napoli’s 7th-inning HR accounts for the game’s only run. Boston leads the ALCS, 2-games-to-1.

The Cardinals take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead over the Dodgers in the NLCS with a 4-2 victory. Matt Holliday hits a 2-run homer for St. Louis and Shane Robinson adds a solo blast. Lance Lynn gets the win for the Cardinals.

16th   The Tigers ride a 5-run 2ndinning to a 7-3 win over the Red Sox to tie the ALCS at 2 games apiece. Doug Fister gets the win for Detroit, as Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson each drive in a pair of runs.

The Dodgers clout 4 HRs and go on to defeat the Cardinals, 6-4, in the NLCS, cutting St. Louis’ lead to 3-games-to-2. Adrian Gonzalez hits a pair of homers and Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis each adds a solo blast to back up the hurling of Zach Greinke.

17thThe Red Sox edge the Tigers, 4-3, to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Mike Napoli hits a single, double and homer to lead Boston as Jon Lester gets the win.

18thRookie pitcher Michael Wacha hurls 7 shutout innings and leads the Cardinals to a series-clinching 9-0 win over the Dodgers in the NLCS. Wacha becomes the first rookie in history to record a pair of scoreless starts in a single postseason series. He is named Series MVP.

19thShane Victorino’s 7thinning grand slam leads the Red Sox to a 5-2 win over the Tigers, and clinches the ALCS for Boston. Junichi Tazawa gets the win in relief, with Series MVP Koji Uehara getting his 3rdsave.

21stAfter eight seasons at the helm, Jim Leyland announces his retirement as Tigers manager.  Three times during Leyland’s rein, the Tigers won the AL eastern division.

In Boston, Alex Rodriguez’s attorney Joseph Tacopina tells CNN that his client has “absolutely not” taken illegal PEDs recently and challenges the notion that MLB possesses any evidence to the contrary. Rodriguez made the statement in January when the Miami New Timesfirst reported a connection between him and Biogenesis, the shuttered South Florida anti-aging clinic.  A-Rod has declined to comment since August 5th, when MLB suspended him for 211 games.  Tacopina also admits to CNN that the Yankee third sacker paid $305,000 for evidence concerning his appeal hearing, with the money allegedly going to efforts to discredit MLB investigators. Tacopina said that $105,000 was paid for “actual documentation” from two witnesses and depositing $200,000 for a videotape that hasn’t yet been received.

22ndMets young ace Matt Harvey undergoes surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow: Tommy John surgery. He is expected to miss the 2014 season.  Harvey finished the year at 9-5 in 27 starts and a 2.27 ERA. Dummy Taylor (1902) and George “Farmer” Bell (1907) are the only other pitchers with 25 starts, an ERA under 2.30 and 9 wins or fewer.

23rd   Mike Napoli his a 3-run double in the 1stinning and the Red Sox go on to trounce the Cardinals in the opener of the WS by a score of 8-1. Jon Lester gets the win for Boston and David Ortiz homers. Matt Holliday connects for St. Louis.

24th   Michael Wacha paces the Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox to tie the Series at 1 game apiece. David Ortiz homers for Boston.

26thThe Cardinals score the winning run in the bottom of the 9thon a controversial obstruction call at third base, edging the Red Sox by a 5-4 score to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the Series. Matt Holliday drives in 3 runs for St. Louis and Trevor Rosenthal gets the win in relief.

27th   The Red Sox bounce back to even the Series as Jonny Gomes hits a 3-run HR to lead Boston to a 4-2 victory. Felix Doubront gets the win in relief. The game ends on an obstruction call, a first in the WS.

28thThe Red Sox defeat the Cardinals, 3-1, to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the World Series. Jon Lester gets the win for Boston and Matt Holliday homers for St. Louis.

29thThe White Sox announce the signing of slugger Jose Abreu, who defected from Cuba in August. The deal is a 6-year $68 million contract.  In 2010/2011, Abreu hit .453/.597/.986 with 93 RBI and 33 homers in just 66 games. He missed 23 games because of bursitis in his should but still broke the homerun record.

     MLB Gold Glove winners are announced, with Yadier Molina winning his 6thstraight award. Colorado third sacker Nelson Arenado becomes just the 10throokie to earn the honor and the first rookie third baseman since Frank Malzone in 1957. The Orioles and Royals have the most winners with 3 apiece. There are 8 first-time recipients.

30thThe Red Sox defeat the Cardinals, 6-2, to win their 3rdWS championship in 10 years. John Lackey gets the victory, Shane Victorino drives in 4 runs, and Stephen Drew homers for Boston.  David Ortiz is named Series MVP.

31stThe Nationals name Matt Williams as their new manager. The former slugger has not managed before.

NOVEMBER

2ndA day after he threw 180 pitches in a complete-game loss in game 6 of the Japan World Series, Masahiro Tanaka registers a save (with 15 pitches) for the Golden Eagles in Game 7.  He faces 5 batters in the 3-0 win for Rakuten over the Yomiuri Giants.

3rdThe Tigers name former catcher Brad Ausmus as their new manager. Ausmus played parts of three seasons for the Tigers as part of an 18-year major league career. He has no managerial experience in either the majors or minors.

The NCAA Division I votes unanimously to switch to a flat-seamed ball from a raised-seam ball for the 2015 season. The switch is an attempt to inject more offense into the college game. D-II and D-III leagues are expected to follow suit.  A study by the NCAA revealed that a flat-seamed ball travels 20 feet further (367 vs. 387 feet) out of a pitching set to simulate typical home run conditions. The study was presented to coaches in October, and 87 percent of them voting approved the change.

4thMiguel Cabrera wins his 2ndconsecutive player of the year award in a vote of major league players.

5thThe Mariners name former Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McLendon as their new manager. McLendon replaces Eric Wedge who said he was not interested in returning. Wedge said he had a different vision than the Mariners’ upper management. Wedge missed 27 games in July following a mild stroke.

7thMLB’s Silver Slugger awards are announced. Boston’s David Ortiz wins his 6thaward as the top designated hitter. Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera and Joe Mauer each is selected for the 5thtime. The Orioles lead all teams with 3 winners. Half of the 18 recipients are first-time winners.

The Cubs hire Rich Renteria as their new manager to replace Dale Sveum. Renteria is the 18thCubs manager since 1986, the most in the majors.

11thThe Marlins’ Jose Fernandez and the Rays’ Wil Myers are named NL and AL Rookie of the Year. Myers led all AL rookies in RBIs despite playing less than 90 games. The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig and the Tigers’ Jose Iglesias are runners-up.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is voted The Sporting Newsbaseball executive of the year.

12thClint Hurdle of the Pirates and Terry Francona of the Indians are named Managers of the Year in the NL and AL, respectively.

The Reds reach agreement with free agent C Brayan Pena on a 2-year deal.

The Phillies agree to terms to a 2-year contract with free agent OF Marlon Byrd.

13th  Free agent IF Nick Punto agrees to a 1-year contract with the Athletics.

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Tigers are named winners of the Cy Young Award in the NL and AL, respectively, Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals and Yu Darvish of the Rangers are runners-up.

14thMiguel Cabrera of the Tigers and Andrew McCutcheon of the Pirates are named as winners of the MVP award in the AL and NL, respectively. It is Cabrera’s second straight award. Mike Trout of the Angels and Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks are runners-up. For McCutcheon, it is the second straight season he has had a BA over .300, an OBA over .400 and slugged over .500.

18thThe Giants agree to a 2-year deal with free agent pitcher Tim Hudson.

19thThe Rockies agree to a 1-year deal with free agent pitcher LaTroy Hawkins.

The Twins acquire pitcher Kris Johnson from the Pirates in exchange for minor league P Duke Welker.

The Padres agree to a 1-year $8 million deal with free agent P Josh Johnson. Johnson will strain his elbow in spring training and then undergo elbow ligament replacement surgery. He had Tommy John surgery in 2007.

20thIn a major trade, the Tigers send slugging 1B/DH Prince Fielder and cash to the Rangers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Kinsler, who missed a month of action with a strained rib muscle, will take over for Peralta, now a free agent.  His leaving clears the position for blue-chipper Juriskson Profar. Fielder will hit just 3 homers for Texas in 2014 before having season-ending neck surgery in June.

21stMichael Weiner, the popular and unassuming head of the MLB Players Association, dies after a courageous fight with brain cancer.  Weiner had been head of the union for 4 years.

The Royals sign free agent P Jason Vargas to a 4-year deal.

22nd  The Cardinals send 3B David Freese and P Fernando Salas to the Angels for OF Peter Bourjos and a future starter, minor league OF Randal Grichuk. Freese becomes expendable because the Birds have Kolten Wong ready to play 2B and will move Matt Carpenter to 3B.

The Red Sox acquire P Burke Badenhop from the Brewers in exchange for a minor leaguer.

The Mets sign free agent OF Chris Young to a 1-year deal. Young hit a dismal .200 for Oakland last season.

23rdThe Yankees sign free agent C Brian McCann to a 5-year deal worth $85 million.

24thThe Cardinals agree to terms on a 4-year contract with free agent SS Jhonny Peralta.

25thThe Indians sign free agent OF David Murphy to a 2-year deal.

The Athletics obtain P Fernando Abad from the Nationals for minor league OF John Wooten.

The Padres send P Brad Brach to the Orioles in exchange for minor league P Devin Jones. San Diego also trades pitcher Miles Mikolas and Jaff Dacker to the Pirates for Alex Dickerson. In two weeks Pittsburgh will swap Mikolas to the Rangers for Chris McGuiness.

The Dodgers sign free agent P Dan Haren to a 1-year deal.

27thThe Twins agree to terms with free agent pitcher Ricky Nolasco on a 4-year $49M deal.

DECEMBER

1stThe Twins reach agreement on a 3-year $24 million deal with free agent P Phil Hughes, 4-14 with New York this past season. He will turn it around in Minnesota in 2014 and the Twins will tear up the final two years of his contract and reward him with a 5-year deal.

2nd The Athletics reach agreement on a 2-year deal with free agent P Scott Kazmir.

The Nationals acquire P Doug Fister from the Tigers in exchange for UT Steve Lombardozzi and pitchers Robbie Ray and Ian Krol.

The Athletics obtain P Jim Johnson from the Orioles for 2B Jemile Weeks.

The Blue Jays agree to terms with free agent C Dioner Navarro on a 2-year deal.

The Pirates get veteran catcher Chris Stewart from the Yankees for a player to be named (Kyle Haynes).

In an ill-conceived move the Mets release infielder Justin Turner, who hit .280 this past season. He will sign with the Dodgers just before Spring training in 2014.

3rdThe Athletics acquire OF Craig Gentry and P Josh Lindblom from the Rangers in exchange for OF Michael Choice and IF Chris Bostick.

The Rays obtain C Ryan Hanigan from the Reds and P Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks in a 3-team deal. Tampa Bay sends minor league P Justin Choate and a player to be named to Arizona. The Diamondbacks ship P David Holmberg to Cincinnati.

The Athletics get P Luke Gregerson from the Padres for OF Seth Smith.

The Rockies send OF Dexter Fowler to the Astros, along with a player to be named, in exchange for OF Brandon Barnes and P Jordan Lyles.

The MLB Players Association appoints former ML OF Tony Clark as the head of the baseball players’ union. Clark replaces Michael Weiner who died on November 21.

The Marlins agree to a 3-year deal with free agent C Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The Phillies send C Erik Kratz and P Rob Rasmussen to the Blue Jays for P Brad Lincoln.

The Yankees reach an agreement on a 7-year deal with free agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury. In his 7 years with the Red Sox Ellsbury compiled a .297/.350/.439 with 241 stolen bases.

The Rockies sign free agent 1B Justin Morneau to a 2-year contract.

4thThe Tigers agree to terms on a 2-year deal with free agent P Joe Nathan.

The Red Sox sign free agent catcher AJ Pierzynski to a one-year deal.

Joe Garagiola is named winner of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, given to an individual for efforts to enhance baseball’s positive impact on society.

The Cubs agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Wesley Wright.

5thThe Red Sox agree to a 2-year deal with free agent P Edward Mujica.

The Phillies sign free agent C Wil Nieves to a one-year deal.

The Brewers trade OF Norichika Aoki to the Royals for P Will Smith.

6thThe Marlins agree to a deal with free agent SS Rafael Furcal. Furcal missed the 2013 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Astros sign free agent P Scott Feldman to a 3-year deal.

The Mets agree to terms on a 4-year contract with free agent OF Curtis Granderson.

In a major signing, the Mariners agree to terms on a 10-year deal with free agent 2B Robinson Cano. The M’s will pay Cano $250M.

The Rangers agree on a one-year deal with free agent catcher JP Arencibia.

The Marlins agree to terms on a 2-year deal with free agent 1B Garrett Jones.

The Yankees sign free agent IF Kelly Johnson to a 1-year deal worth $3 million. He hit 16 homers in each of his last two seasons.

The Nationals sign free agent OF Nate McLouth to a 2-year deal.

The Orioles agree on a 2-year deal with free agent P Ryan Webb.

7thThe Astros sign free agent P Chad Qualls to a 2-year deal.

9thManagers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

10thThe first trade of the winter meetings is a 3-team deal that sends slugging 1B/OF Mark Trumbo from the Angels to the Diamondbacks. Pitcher Tyler Skaggs goes from Arizona to LA, while pitcher Hector Santiago from the White Sox to the Angels, and top-100 prospect OF Adam Eaton from the Diamondbacks to Chicago.

The Athletics sent P Brett Anderson to the Rockies in exchange for pitchers Drew Pomeranz, Chris Jensen and cash.

The Tigers agree to terms on a 2-year deal with free agent OF Rajai Davis.

11thThe Mets reach agreement on a 2-year $20 million deal with free agent P Bartolo Colon. New York hopes that the vet can replace Matt Harvey this year.

The Mariners sign free agent OF Corey Hart to a 1-year deal. They also acquire 1B Logan Morrison from the Marlins in exchange for P Carter Capps.

Writer Roger Angell is announced as winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

The Athletics send lefty pitcher Jerry Blevins to the Nationals for speedster Billy Burns, the Nationals minor league Player of the Year.

The Astros get P Anthony Bass from the Padres for a player to be named or cash.

12thThe Giants agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent OF Michael Morse.

The Pirates sign free agent fireballer Edinson Volquez to a one-year deal.

13thThe Royals agree to a 4-year contract with free agent IF Omar Infante.

The Rockies sign free agent P Boone Logan to a 3-year contract.

Reward for service.  The Red Sox agree to a 2-year deal with free agent Mike Napoli, who helped win the championship for Boston this year.  The contract is for $26 million each season.

16thThe Cardinals sign free agent 2B Mark Ellis to a one-year deal.

The Indians reach agreement on a one-year deal with free agent P John Axford.

The Braves agree to a one-year deal with free agent P Gavin Floyd.

The White Sox send closer Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks for 3B Matt Davidson. Davidson spent most of 2013 at Las Vegas and played in the Futures game in New York, where he was the MVP.

17thThe Yankees add depth by signing two veterans, inking oft-injured second baseman Brian Roberts to a $2 million one-year contract, and southpaw Matt Thornton for 2 years at $7 million. Roberts, 36, gives the Yankees another option at 2B now that Cano has signed with Seattle. Playing for Baltimore, he made the last out at the old Yankee Stadium. Thornton will fill the southpaw slot held by Boone Logan, who signed a 3-year $16.5 million contract with the Rockies.

The Astros agree to terms on a one-year deal with free agent P Matt Albers.

18thThe Padres agree to terms on a 2-year contract with reliever Joaquin Benoit, giving him a deal for $15.5M, the richest in Padres history.

The Rockies send P Josh Outman to the Indians for OF Drew Stubbs. They also send IF Jonathan Herrera to the Red Sox in exchange for P Franklin Morales and minor league P Chris Martin.

The Braves obtain C Ryan Doumit from the Twins for minor league P Sean Gilmartin.

The Astros get 1B/OF Jesus Guzman from the Padres for IF Ryan Jackson.

Pitcher Roberto Fernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, puts his John Henry on a one-year $4.5 million contract with the Phillies.

The Angels sign free agent OF/DH Raul Ibanez to a one-year deal.

The Marlins agree to terms on a one-year deal with free agent 3B Casey McGehee. McGehee, 31, spent the 2012 season as a teammate of Masahiro Tanaka helping the Rakuten Eagles win the Japanese Series title. He hit .292 with 28 homers.

The Orioles send IF Danny Valencia to the Royals in exchange for OF David Lough.

In a shocker, the MLB Players Association announces that the Astros are the most frugal team in the majors with an average salary of $549.000, the lowest in 14 years. The Yankees were again the highest at $8.17 million.  The overall big league average salary is $3.339 million.

19thThe Athletics get OF Carey Brown from the Nationals for cash.

The White Sox agree to terms on a one-year deal with P Scott Downs.

The White Sox agree to terms on a one-year deal with P Ronald Belisario.

The Twins agree to terms on a one-year deal with free agent C Kurt Suzuki.

21stThe Rangers agree to terms on a 7-year deal with free agent OF Shin-Soo Choo.

23rdThe Dodgers on a 1-year deal with free agent P Chris Perez.

27thThe Angels agree to terms on a one-year deal with free agent veteran Raul Ibanez.

The Cubs agree to terms on a one-year $4 million deal with free agent P Jose Veras. Expected to be the closer, he’ll lose his job and will be gone by early June.

31stThe Astros agree to terms on a one-year deal with free agent P Jesse Crain.

  • 2014

JANUARY

2ndThe White Sox agree to terms on a one-year deal with free agent P Scott Downs.

8thGreg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association.

10thThe Texas Rangers lose pitcher Derek Holland for most of the season when he tears ligaments behind his left kneecap and undergoes surgery.  The accident happened when Holland tripped over his dog while playing with him.  He will return for 6 games in September, going 2-0 and posting a 1.46 ERA.

11thArbitrator Fredric Horowitz rules that Alex Rodriguez is suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball. His decision cuts the original suspension meted out by Bud Selig’s original of 211 games. It is the longest suspension ever handed down in ML history.

13thThe Cubs unveil their new mascot, named Clark, the first mascot in franchise history. Clark, a wide-eyed pantless bear cub, is not immediately embraced by Cubs fans, but he is the biggest signing by the team this winter. With the Cubs naming a mascot, the number of teams without one is down to three: Yankees, Dodgers and Angels.

14thThe Yankees send pitcher David Huff to the Giants for cash, but will buy him back from San Francisco on June 11.

15thThe Dodgers and P Clayton Kershaw agree to terms on a 7-year extension that will pay him $215 million. He becomes the first player ever with a $30 million average salary.

16thMLB approves the expansion of instant replay. Managers will have as many as 2 challenges to use on a wide variety of plays. The umpire crew chiefs can also call for a replay starting in the 7th inning if the challenges run out.

The Mariners sign free agent C John Buck to a 1-year deal.

22ndThe Red Sox agree to terms on a 1-year contract with free agent OF Grady Sizemore.

The Yankees agree to terms on a 7-year, $155 million contract with Japanese P Madahiro Tanaka. Initially, his team the Rakuten Eagles refused to release the ace, saying the team was against MLB’s new rule that tops the compensatory posting offer to a Japanese team at $20 million. Previously it was a bidding war. The Golden Eagles stated that they would triple Tanaka’s salary of $4 million for another year, but they backed away and relented.

23rdThe Brewers agree to terms on a 4-year contract with free agent P Matt Garza.

The Rays agree to terms on a 2-year contract with free agent P Grant Balfour.

24thMore of a rental, really. The Giants obtain P David Huff from the Yankees for cash, but sell him back to New York on June 11.

26thUnder a light snowfall at Yankee Stadium, the New York Rangers skate to a 7-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers score 6 straight goals before an announced crowd of 50,105.

28thMLB approves a padded protective cap designed to provide protection for pitchers struck by line drives. The first to don the bulky cap will be Padres reliever Alex Torres in a game against the Dodgers on June 21.

29thThe Royals obtain OF Carlos Peguero from the Mariners for a player to be named or cash.

FEBRUARY

4thThe Athletics sign free agent outfielder Sam Fuld but will waive him after seven games.  Sam will sign with the Twins on April 20th.  Fuld will hit .274 for Minnesota before being traded back to the A’s at the trading deadline.

5thSeven time NBA all-star Tracy McGrady announces that he is trying out as a pitcher with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. He says he is fulfilling a dream and that he has always loved baseball.  McGrady will make the team, start the opening day and retire after pitching in the all-star game.  The 35-year-old will start 4 games and pitch 6+ innings, finishing with an 0-2 mark and a 6.75 ERA.

6thThe Marlins sign free agent closer Carlos Marmol to a 1-year deal. He’ll last till May before the Fish cut him loose.

The Mariners sign free agent P Fernando Rodney to a 2-year $14 million deal.

Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, a Gold Glove winner in 2010, tells the Mariners he will not play this year because of a recurrence of a gastrointestinal problem that bothered him during the 2013 season. He played in just 41 games last year, one more than the previous season, and hit .248. He has a 9-year batting average of .256.

The Astros sign free agent P Jerome Williams to a 1-year deal.

The Dodgers sign infielder Justin Turner. Turner revamped his swing at the end of last year with the Mets and went 15 for 42 in September.

7thThe White Sox agree to a 1-year deal with free agent P Mitchell Boggs.

The Diamondbacks agree to terms on a 2-year deal with free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

The Brewers sign free agent P Francisco Rodriguez to a 1-year deal.

The Marlins sign free agent infielder Jeff Baker to a 2-year deal.

8thThe Dodgers sign veteran pitcher Paul Maholm to a 1-year deal.

10thThe newest Yankee, Masahiro Tanaka arrives in New York in style setting down in a rented Japan Airlines 787 at JFK Airport.  A major press conference is his next stop.

13thThe Nationals acquire C Jose Lobaton and minor leaguers Felipe Rivero (P) and Drew Vettleson (OF) from the Rays in exchange for P Nathan Karns.

14thThe Rangers sign free agent P Tommy Hanson to a 1-year deal.

16thRed Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster announces that he is taking the season off for physical reasons and to spend more time with his family. The surprise decision will free up his salary of $13.25 for the team. The popular Dempster was scheduled to be the 6thstarter for the Sox, but will end up retiring and joining the Cubs’ front office.

The Braves continue with long-term contracts to their young stars agreeing to a 4-year $42 million deal with closer Craig Kimbrel.

Pitcher A.J. Burnett and the Phillies finalize a deal that guarantees him $15 million for 2014 and $22.5 million over 2 seasons. The 37-year-old played for the Pirates the past 2 seasons.

18th The Oriole agree to terms on a 4-year deal with free agent P Ubaldo Jimenez.

19th MLB drops its suit against Biogenesis and its founder Anthony Bosch. The suit was filed last March and dropping it was not unexpected after Bosch had cooperated in baseball’s investigation into performance enhancing drugs, which resulted in 14 suspensions against players.  Only Alex Rodriguez had challenged the suspension—in his case, 211 games—and an arbitrator reduced the length to 162 games plus the post season. Earlier this month, A-Rod abruptly withdrew his suit.

22nd  The Dodgers announce the signing of Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, 23, to a 5-year $25 million contract. The infielder defected from Cuba last fall.

The Orioles sign free agent OF Nelson Cruz to a 1-year deal.

The Red Sox sign free agent P Chris Capuano to a 1-year deal.

23rd  The Yankees add a 4-year extension on to the contract of Brett Gardner. The deal is worth $52 million and will begin in 2015.

24thMLB and the MLB Players Association adopt a rule that bans “egregious collisions” at home plate for the coming season.

25thBefore nearly 8,000 fans at Tampa, the Yankees take on the University of Florida baseball team, beating them, 8-3. The buzz in the stands is not for the Yankee stars but for Heisman winner Jameis Winston, an outfielder/reliever for the collegians.  He goes 0-for-2 after entering the game in the 6th. Winston, drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2012, still hopes to play both baseball and football after college. His collegiate baseball career will end in late April when he is cited for shoplifting after ordering $32 worth of crab legs at a store and then leaving without paying. The Seminoles suspend him.

MARCH

6thDoctor Frank Jobe, inventor of the “Tommy John” surgery, dies at the age of 88.

12thWith the prospects that they will lose their ace Kris Medlen to his second Tommy John surgery, the Braves sign a one-year contract with Ervin Santana. The deal is worth $14.1 million.

14thIn Jupiter, Florida, Zack Wheeler allows 3 hits, including a homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, in 4 2/3 innings as the Mets lose to the Marlins, 1-0.  The Marlins are second in the Grapefruit League with an 11-5 record.  Tampa Bay leads with a 10-4 mark.

16thIn Panama, a day after Mariano Rivera threw out the first pitch in Panama City, and the Yankees lost to Miami, 7-0 on a no-hitter, New York turns it around and beats the Marlins, 5-0.  The Marlins make one hit against five Yankee pitchers with CC Sabathia going 5 innings.

19thReds closer Aroldis Chapman incurs a harrowing injury when he is hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of the Royals Salvador Perez during a spring training game. The fireballer sustains a fractured eye and nose and has a concussion. He will need a 3-inch titanium plate and 12 screws inserted in his head to stabilize the bones in his left eye socket. Despite the life threatening injury, he will return to action on May 11.

21stThe Dodgers open the 2014 season with a 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground (no S, mate), built in 1886, in Sydney, Australia. Significant changes were made at SCG to accommodate baseball and the field features 8-foot fences and foul poles at 328 feet. CF is 400 feet. Dirt for the pitcher’s mound was imported from the U.S. Clayton Kershaw gets the win with 6.2 innings and Scott Van Slyke hits the first HR of the season in front of a crowd announced at 38,267.

Yankee manager Joe Girardi successfully appeals an ump’s call through television replay for the first time. The appeal comes during a 5-4 spring training win over the Twins when Minnesota runner Aaron Hicks is called safe on a steal of 2B.

22nd  The Indians release veteran Jeff Francoeur, who hit .286 in spring training with 10 RBI. San Diego will sign him in 3 days and he will appear in 10 games in late July and August, hitting .083.

23rdRays pitcher Alex Colome is suspended for the first 50 games of the season for testing positive for steroids.

The Braves release veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia, who they had re-signed in January.  Freddy split the 2013 between Baltimore and Atlanta.

24thThe Tigers send UT Steve Lombardozzi to the Orioles in exchange for SS Alex Gonzalez.

25thThe Pirates obtain P Vance Worley from the Twins for cash.

An Associated Press study reveals that the Dodgers are ending the Yankees 15-year streak as baseball’s biggest spenders, with a projected payroll of $235 million. The Houston Astros are last with a payroll of $45 million.

29thMike Trout agrees to a 6-year extension on his contract with the Angels.  The deal is worth $144 million.

Anexhibition game in Montreal between the Blue Jays and Mets draws 50,229 fans making the case for reconsidering the city as a major-league venue; Last season, only 15 (0.6 percent) of 2,431 regular-season games drew a larger crowd.

31stThe Phillies defeat the Rangers, 14-10. Rookie P Seth Rosin hurls a scoreless inning in relief for Texas in his ML debut. He also likely makes history by appearing on a team’s Opening Day roster for the second time this year. He was on the Dodgers roster when they opened the season in Australia, but did not get in a game. He was then put on waivers and claimed by the Rangers prior to their opener.

In a bizarre start to the season in Anaheim, Vlad Guerrero is about to throw a ceremonial first pitch to Angels hitting coach Don Baylor who suddenly breaks his femur when he squats to catch the ball. Baylor will undergo surgery at UC-Irvine hospital and will be out of action for months. He is a survivor of multiple myeloma, a cancer that attacks bone marrow. Minutes before the accident, Guerrero had signed a one-day contract so that he could officially retire as an Angel.  The Angels then lose, 10-3, in the Opener, their ML-record 10thstraight opening day loss.

The Nationals beat the Mets, 9-7, in 10 innings. A total of 18 New York batters fan in the contest for the second-highest total for a team’s Opening Day game in ML history. The Mariners struck out 21 White Sox batters in 12 innings in their 1996 Opener. The Mets will set a record with another 13 strikeouts tomorrow.

The Cardinals edge the Reds, 1-0. It is the first Opening Day shutout suffered by Cincinnati since 1953. That streak of 60 consecutive openers scoring at least one run is second only to the Phillies run of 62 straight from 1911 through 1972.

Hoist the Jolly Roger. The Pirates defeat the Cubs, 1-0, on a 10th-inning walkoff homer by native son Neil Walker. He becomes the second player in ML history to hit an Opening Day walkoff homer in a game that was scoreless to that point. Bob Bailey turned the trick for Pittsburgh in 1965. Walker hit a grand slam against the Cubs in the Opener three years ago.

APRIL

1stIn the longest game (by time) ever played in Pittsburgh, the Pirates outlast the Cubs to win, 4-3, in 16 innings.  It is the second straight extra-inning win for the Bucs. Anthony Rizzo has a 12thinning homer for Chicago, but Pittsburgh answers with a score. Emilio Bonafacio has 5 hits in the game and 9 in his first 2 games to set a ML record. He’ll add 2 more hits tomorrow to tie the 3-game mark to start a season (Ira Flagstead, 1926; Cecil Cooper, 1982).

2nd The Braves shut out the Brewers, 1-0, as Aaron Harang and Matt Garza each make their first start for their new teams, and each take a no-hitter into the 7thinning. It is only the third time over the past 30 years that this has happened.

The Mariners defeat the Angels, 4-0, as Seattle’s James Paxson hurls 7 scoreless innings. He becomes only the second pitcher in ML history to go 4-0 or 5-0 in his first 5 games, all starts, with an ERA under 1.25. Boo Ferriss accomplished the feat for the Red Sox in 1945.

The Pirates are outhit by the Cubs, 15 to 8, but they prevail, 4-3, in 16 innings. The Cubs use a successful challenge in the 8thto score a run and Anthony Rizzo hits a 12thinning homer for Chicago. But the Bucs tie it and then use 3 singles in the 16thoff Villanueva (0-2) to win.  Emilio Bonifacio has 5 hits for the Cubs, giving him 9 hits in hisfirst 2 games for his new team. Only one other player—the Cardinals’ George “Showboat” Fisher in 1930—had as many as 8 hits in his first 2 games for a team.

The Nationals beat the Mets, 5-1, fanning 13 New York batters in the process. Washington hurlers set a ML mark with 31 strikeouts over the first 2 games of a season, breaking the previous mark of 28.

The Reds shut out the Cardinals, 1-0, after losing to them by the same score in the season opener. It is only the second time in ML history that teams traded 1-0 wins in the first 2 games of a season. The Braves and Cubs turned the trick in 1993.

After beating the Royals on opening day with a walkoff hit, the Tigers do it again, beating Kansas City, 2-1, in the 10thon Ian Kinsler’s 3rdhit of the game. It is the first time since 1901 that the Tigers have opened with two walkoff wins [the first win in the AL inaugural season used a record 10-run 9thfor the victory].

In Chicago, the White Sox beat the Twins, 7-6, with a walkoff run in the 11th. Avisail Garcia bunts safely to open the inning, then is balked to 2B and reaches 3B on a wild pitch.  After a strikeout, Abreu is intentionally walked and Dunn gets a ball 4 wild pitch, allowing Garcia to score.

4thThe Tigers defeat the Orioles, 10-4. Miguel Cabrera connects for 4 hits, including a HR which is the 2,000thhis of his ML career. At the age of 30 years and 351 days, he is the 7th-youngest player to reach the mark.

The Rockies trounce the Diamondbacks, 12-2, as Charlie Blackmon goes 6-for-6 including 3 doubles and a homer.  He will have two 5-hit games during the season.

At Citi Field, the Mets edge the Reds, 4-3, as Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda provide all the offense. The Reds score three runs on Bruce’s 2-run homerun and RBI single, while Duda hits a pair of 2-run homers off Mike Leake.  For the second game in a row, Billy Hamilton is thrown out by a Met backup catcher (Juan Centeno and Anthony Recker). Hamilton had started his career 13-for13 in steals.

5thThe Twins defeat the Indians, 7-3, to give manager Rod Gardenhire the 1,000thwin of his career.

6thThe Rangers shut out the Rays, 3-0, behind Yu Darvish. The Japanese ace strikes out the 500thbatter of his ML career in his 62ndgame. The only pitcher to reach that milestone sooner was Dwight Gooden to had 500 strikeouts in his 61stgame.

8thThe Brewers top the Phillies by a score of 10-4. Ryan Braun homers 3 times for Milwaukee and drives home 7 runs.

Slip sliding away. Sliding into 1B head first in a 5-3 loss to the Mariners, the Angels Josh Hamilton injures himself and will be out for 2 months. The Nationals Ryan Zimmerman will break his thumb later this week diving back to 2B on a pickoff attempt. And later this month, sliding into a base head first, Bryce Harper tears a ligament in thumb and will be sidelined till July.

9thThe Angels shut out the Mariners, 2-0, as Garrett Richards, Joe Smith and Ernesto Frieri combine on a 1-hitter. Abraham Almonte’s 3rdinning single is Seattle’s only safety.

10thThe White Sox defeat the Indians, 7-3, as Cuban rookie Jose Abreu hits a pair of homers. It is Abreu’s second 2-homer game of the season making him just the third player in ML history to have 2 multiple-HR games in his first 10 career games (Dino Restelli in 1949 and Mark Quinn in 1999.). White Sox starting P Danny Salazar strikes out 10 batters in his 3 2/3 innings of work, becoming the first pitcher in the modern era to fan 10 or more in less than 4 innings.

11thThe Padres shut out the Tigers, 6-0, as Andrew Cashner hurls a one-hitter. Rajai Davis’ 6th-inning single is Detroit’s only safety.

At AT&T Park, the Giants Madison Bumgarner is touched up for 4 runs in 6 innings but wields his bat for a 6-5 win over the Rockies.  Bumgarner belts a grand slam and drives in 5 runs. The big pitcher will hit over .200 for the first time and lead hitting pitchers in 4 categories: hits (17); home runs (4, including 2 grand slams); batting (.258), and slugging (.470).

Hermes, the upscale French leather goods manufacturer, introduces an expensive baseball glove and bat. The glove is made with gold swift calfskin and it takes 25 hours to stitch. The cost:  $14,100.  The company offers a matching bat for a mere $1,925.

13thThe Angels clobber the Mets, 14-2. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back-to-back round trippers  for LA in the 1stinning.

14thThe Pirates and Reds play to a 7-7 tie in a game suspended after 6 innings due to rain. The teams combine to hit 10 HRs in the contest, including 3 pair of back-to-back homers. Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez do it twice.

The Braves defeat the Phillies, 9-6, on Dan Uggla’s 9thinning grand slam. Evan Gattis, Uggla and Andrelton Simmons connect for 3 consecutive homers in the 8thinning.

Jon Jay hits a 3-run homer and Lance Lynn strikes out 11 in 7 innings as the Cardinals bounce the Brewers, 4-0, ending Milwaukee’s 9-game winning streak.

16thThe Yankees shut out the Cubs twice, by scores of 3-0 in the rescheduled afternoon game and 2-0 at night. It is the first time a team has been shut out twice in one day since 1988. Masahiro Tanaka wins the first game, hurling 8 scoreless innings and allowing two bunt singles. He becomes the second pitcher since 1900 to debut with at least 25 strikeouts more than walks (28 to 2) in his first 3 ML games.

17thIn the first of two at Target Field, Kyle Gibson (3-0) throws 8 shutout innings as the Twins top the Blue Jays, 7-0. In game 2, the Twins score 6 runs in the bottom of the 8thinning and go on to defeat the Blue Jays, 9-5. The runs come with the benefit of only one hit, as Toronto pitchers walk 8 Minnesota batters. Sergio Santos faces 3 batters and walks all three and uncorks 3 run-scoring wild pitches in the frame. He is the first to do that in 100 years.

The Yankees use 9 extra base hits and a triple play to beat host Tampa Bay, 10-2. Yangervis Solarte has 3 hits, including his first ML homer to back CC Sabathia’s win.  The last two triple plays by the Yankees—April 22, 2010 and April 12, 2013—occurred with Sabathia on the mound.

18thPirates At PNC Park, the Brewers get some help from equipment malfunction to score a run and beat the Pirates, 5-3.  With a runner on 2B, Martin Maldonado literally rips the cover off a ball dribbling a grounder to Buc 3B Pedro Alvarado. His throw flutters to 1B and Maldonado beats it out for a hit.

The Pirates and Mets finalize a deal, with New York sending 1B Ike Davis to Pittsburgh for pitchers Zach Thornton and Blake Taylor. Taylor, a second round pick last year, signed a contract on June 14, 2013 and therefore could not be traded for a year. The Mets traded Davis, keeping Lucas Duda as their starting first sacker.

The Braves shut out the Mets, 6-0, as Aaron Harang hurls 7 hitless innings before being removed after throwing 121 pitches. David Wright’s 2-out single in the 8thinning off reliever Luis Avilan is New York’s only hit. Unrelated outfielders Chris and Eric Young Jr. start for the Mets while brothers Justin and B.J. Upton start in the OF for Atlanta. It is the first time since 1965 that opposing teams each start a pair of outfielders with the same last name. Matty and Jesus Alou of the Giants and Tommy and Willie Davis of the Dodgers did so on April 29, 1965.

For the second time in 3 games, Giancarlo Stanton drives in 5 runs as he belts a walkoff grand slam to give the Marlins an 8-4 win over Seattle. It is his third hit of the game to go along with 2 intentional walks.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Dodgers, 4-2, in 12 innings. P Zack Greinke allows a run in 6 innings for LA, giving him a streak of 16 consecutive starts in which he has given up no more than 2 runs in each. Only one other pitcher to debut since 1900 has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 16 consecutive starts—Ferdie Schupp (1916-17).

At Tropicana, Tampa Bay scores 8 runs in the 7thand 8thto beat the Yankees, 11-5. Yankee reliever Cesar Cabral puts his name in the record books when he comes in with 2 outs and the bases empty in the 8th. A single, wild pitch and single scores a run; two HBP’s are followed by a 2-run single and in his final pitch. The last pitcher to allow 3 runs, hit 3 batters without recording an out was Earl Moore, in the Federal League in 1914.  Cabral is sent down after the game.

19th Max Scherzer wins his first of the year, striking out 9 in 7 innings, including Mike Trout 3 times. Trout gets fitted for a golden sombrero as he is called out on strikes in the 9th. The Tigers beat the Angels, 5-2.

Tampa Bay connects for 4 homeruns off Yankee starter Ivan Nova in a 16-1 thrashing of the Yankees. Nova is quickly lifted in the 5thafter wincing when throwing a fastball.  He is out for the year and will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Lance Lynn wins his 4thstraight and the Cards score 3 unearned runs to edge the Nationals, 4-3. Bryce Harper is lifted for what manager Matt Williams calls a lack of effort after he failed to run out a comebacker in the 6thinning.

21stAided by Ike Davis’ grand slam, the Pirates edge the Reds, 6-5. Davis hit another grand slam against the Reds while with the Mets, and he becomes the first player in history to hit slams for 2 teams in the same season before the end of April. He is also just the third player to hit slams for 2 different teams against the same opponent in the same season, joining Ray Boone (1953) and Mike Piazza (1998).

The Cubs defeat the Diamondbacks, 5-1, as winning P Travis Wood also hits a HR. He becomes just the second pitcher since the introduction of the DH to hit homers in each of his first 5 ML seasons. Dontrelle Willis (2003-07) also accomplished the feat.

22nd  The Angels defeat the Nationals, 7-2, as Albert Pujols hits a pair of HRs. The 2ndone is the 500thof his ML career, making him the 26thplayer—and third-youngest—to reach the level.

The Marlins edge the Braves, 1-0, as Jose Fernandez bests Alex Wood. Wood is the first pitcher in 34 years to pitch back-to-back games of 8 or more innings and allow one run in each and lose both. Pitchers on the two teams combine to fan 28 batters without issuing a single walk. It is the most strikeouts without a walk being issued in any ML game.

23rd   Swish. The Braves defeat the Marlins, 3-1, as the two teams continue to strike out at a record rate. They combine to set a modern NL record with 78 strikeouts over their 3-game series. The previous mark was 77 Ks by the Cubs and Astros in 2003.

Cardinals P Michael Wacha fans 10 Mets in 4 innings, but is the losing pitcher in St. Louis’ 3-2 loss to the Mets. He becomes just the 3rdstarting pitcher to strikeout 10 or more batters over 4 or fewer innings pitched, joining Danny Salazar (April 10) and Felix Hernandez (September 22, 2003).

With 2 outs, the Diamondbacks score 5 runs in the 9thinning to defeat the Cubs, 7-5, on the 100thanniversary of the first game played at Wrigley Field. Mark Trumbo hits his 7thhomer to tie for the NL lead but after the game will be diagnosed with a stress fracture in his foot and will miss three months of action.

Blow out the candles. At Tropicana, Twins infielder Chris Colabello drives in 2 runs in the 12thas the Twins defeat Tampa Bay, 6-4. In the 4thinning Colabello hits a 2-run homer while his mother is being interviewed on television.  It is her birthday.

Maybe it is hair gel? The Red Sox beat the Yankees, 5-1, as New York starting P Michael Pineda is ejected in the 2ndinning for having pine tar on his neck and will be handed a 10-game suspension. He had done the same thing in his last start against Boston without being called on it.

Hector Sanchez belts an 11thinning grand slam, his second homer of the game, at Denver as the Giants outlast the Rockies, 12-10. Michael Morse adds 2 homers and drives in 4 for San Francisco.

Not bad. The Pirates struggling Travis Ishikawa, the opening day first baseman, refuses an outright assignment to AAA Indianapolis and is granted free agency.  He will sign with the Giants in 3 days.

24thShades of Wakefield.  At Fenway, the Yankees beat up on the Red Sox to win, 14-5. Brett Gardner goes 0-for3, but scores 4 runs. In a bid for the closer’s job, Sox outfielder Mike Carp mops up in the 9thgiving up one run on no hits, but walking 5. The knuckleballer reflects, “Nobody hit the ball hard, so I feel like I did my job.” It is his only outing of the year.

25thRookie Jose Abreu belts a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Rays, 9-6, in four hours, four minutes. It is his second homer of the game, and the second walkoff homer in April by a rookie (Ron Lolich in 1973). Abreu sets a ML rookie record with his 10thhomer in April and 32 RBIs. He will have 19 extra base hits to end the month with a slugging average of.617.

26thHey, Skip, it’s a no hitter! Even though he doesn’t give up a hit, Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow is pulled after he walks 8 of the 14 Red Sox batters he faced. He allows 4 runs in 2 2/3 innings and takes the loss as the Jays fall to Boston, 7-6. Jose Bautista has a homer against Sox closer Koji Uehara, the first dinger the closer has allowed since June 30, 2013 when he gave up one to, yes, Jose Bautista.

Omar Infante drives in the first 6 runs for Kansas City on a ground out, sac fly, double and homerun as the Royals drop the Orioles, 9-3.  The first run scores after Adam Jones drops a fly ball for a 3-base error. The error snaps his streak of 142 straight errorless games.

29thLove that home cooking. At Marlins Park, the Fish gaff the Braves, 9-0, behind 8 shutout innings by Jose Fernandez. Last year’s rookie of the year allows 2 hits as he goes 12-0 at home. On the road he is 4-8.  Three other pitchers began their careers with better home records: Lamarr Hoyt (16 wins); Johnny Allen (13); David Palmer (13).

Tyler Chatwood loads the bases with no outs in the 6thbefore Chris Martin replaces him and retires the D’backs on no runs in the Rockies 5-4 win. Drew Stubbs homers in the top of the 9thfor the tie breaker. Chatwood suffers a torn UCL that will require his second Tommy John operation and he will miss the rest of 2014 and all of 2015.

30thThe Dodgers defeat the Twins, 6-4, behind Zack Greinke. It is the 10,000thwin in franchise history for the Dodgers.

MAY

2ndLed by Dustin Pedroia’s second career grand slam, off Ryan Cook, the Red Sox roast the A’s, 7-1. Clay Buchholtz is the winner.

3rdIn a 30-hit shootout at Coors, the Rockies edge the Mets, 11-10, on Charlie Culberson’s pinch walk-off 2-run homerun. Met hurlers go 0-for-4 at the plate, extending their hitless streak to 48 at bats for the season. It is the longest hitless streak to begin a season by a team’s pitching staff in the modern era, breaking the previous mark of 45 set by the 1914 St. Louis Browns. Nolan Arenado hits his second career grand slam, off starter Jennry Mejia, on the same day as the Kentucky Derby. Last season, Arenado’s first, he hit his first grand slam on May 4th, the same day as the Derby.

The Dodgers gaff the Marlins, 9-7, in 11 innings. Dee Gordon goes 5-for-6 for LA.

Jon Lester fans 15 batters and allows one hit over 8 scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the A’s, 6-3. Craig Gentry’s bloop single in the 3rd is the lone hit. Jonny Gomes hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Tommy Milone, and David Ortiz and David Ross add homers.

4thAt Progressive Field, Dayan Viciendo cracks a come-from-behind 3-run homer in the 9thas the White Sox beat the Indians, 4-3. Veteran catcher George Kottaras, just called up from the minors, hits a pair of homers for the Tribe.

Colby Rasmus has a 2nd-inning grand slam to lead the Blue Jays to a 7-2 win over the Pirates at PNC. Dustin McGowan pitches 7 innings for the win, before giving way to rookie Marcus Stroman, making his debut. At 5’8”, Stroman is the third right-handed pitcher since 1951 to be 5’8” or shorter. Richie Lewis (5’6”) and Tom Phoebus (5’8”) are the others.

Madison Bumgarner evens his record at 3-3 in stopping the Braves, 4-1. The Giants sweep the three-game series without making a hit with runners in scoring positions.

6thThe Rockies trounce the Rangers, 12-1, as Carlo Gonzalez goes 5-for-5, including a double.

7thNot to worry, Skip. The Clinton LumberKings (minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners) trail the Burlington Bees, 17-1, after 5 innings in a game between clubs based in Iowa. Nineteen runs later, the comeback is complete for Clinton, which wound up winning the Class A Midwest League game, 20-17, in 12 innings.  Second baseman Lonnie Kaupila gets the save with a 1-2-3 12th.

Iowa Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin throws the PCL’s first no-hitter in 5 years as he beats New Orleans, 3-0. Center fielder Matt Szczur makes a diving catch for the 27thout to preserve the no-no. Oklahoma City’s Luis Mendoza beat Salt Lake City on August 14, 2009 for the last PCL no-hitter, three weeks after Salt Lake City’s Sean O’Sullivan threw one against Sacramento.

8thThe Orioles edge the Rays, 3-1. TB reliever Brad Boxberger enters the game with the bases loaded and none out in the 6th inning. He proceeds to strike out Steve Pearce, Jonathan Schoop and Caleb Joseph on 9 pitches. He becomes the first pitcher to strike out the side in order, with the bases loaded, on 9 pitches since 1988 when pitch counts were first recorded.

9thThe Rangers defeat the Red Sox, 8-0, as Yu Darvish surrenders just one hit, a single to David Ortiz with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Darvish strikes out 12. It is the 2nd time that Darvish has come within a final out of a no-hitter. Papi’s single might’ve been a routine ground out to 2B except for the shift.  Ortiz also reached base in the 7thwhen a shallow fly ball drops between RF Alex Rios and 2B Roughned Odor. Rios stops suddenly and is charged with an error.

The Reds edge the Rockies, 4-3, on a walk-off four bagger by Joey Votto in the bottom of the 9th inning. Nolan Arenado goes hitless, bringing an end to his Rockies-record 28-game hitting streak. Michael Cuddyer set the mark at 27 last year.

The Padres pound Jose Fernandez (4-2) and the Marlins, winning, 10-1, behind Tyson Ross and 2 relievers.  Fernandez gives up 6 runs in 5 innings and leaves in the 6thafter giving up a second homer to Jedd Gyorko, a grand slam. This is his Fernandez’s last appearance of the year as the budding superstar will undergo Tommy John surgery.

In his second start in the majors, Masahiro Tanaka strikes out 10 in 7 innings, giving up a 3-run homer to Jonathan Schoop. He is the first Yankee rookie to strike out at least 8 in his first two starts since Allen Russell in 1915. Shawn Kelley allows 2 runs on 4 straight hits in the 9thand the Orioles edge the Yankees, 5-4.

Alexei Rodriguez hits a grand slam to fuel host Chicago’s 7-run 4thinning as the White Sox beat Arizona, 8-3. Tyler Flowers and Jose Abreu also homer for the Pale Hose.

10th   The Braves shut out the Cubs, 2-0. Chicago P Jeff Samardzija becomes the first pitcher in ML history to go winless in his first 8 starts of a season, despite not allowing more than 3 runs in any outing.

Corey Dickerson hits 2 homers and 2 doubles to lead the Rockies to an 11-2 rout of the visiting Reds. Colorado gets 11 extra base hits to make it easy for Jordan Lyles (5-0).

12th   The Mets edge the Yankees, 9-7. Alfonso Soriano’s 2nd-inning single is the 1,000th hit in the AL. He becomes the 7th player in ML history to get 1,000 hits in both the AL and NL.

13thThe Cards top the visiting Cubs, 4-3, in 12 innings on a walk off hit by pitch. Reliever Justin Grimm loads the bases in the 12th, then plunks pinch hitter Greg Garcia to bring in the winning run. It is Garcia’s only RBI of the year. This is one of three walk off hit by pitches during the 2014 season.

13thDown to their last strike, the Tigers rally to beat the Orioles, 4-1. Miguel Cabrera hits a 3-run homer off starter Tommy Hunter in the top of the 9th, and Victor Martinez follows with a solo homerun.

14thYankees’ pitcher Masahiro Tanaka shuts out the Mets, 4-0. He becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to strike out at least 60 batters while earning at least 6 wins in his first 8 ML appearances.

The White Sox defeat the A’s, 4-2. Jose Abreu becomes the second player in ML history to have at least 15 HRs and 40 RBIs in his first 42 career games. The only other player to do so was the Boston Braves’ Wally Berger, who reached those levels in his 39th game in 1930.

The Indians crush the Blue Jays, 15-4, as both David Murphy and Lonnie Chisenhall stroke 5 hits for Cleveland. Murphy has 3 doubles and drives in 5 runs.

15th   The Yankees edge the Mets, 1-0, in a game featuring a pair of starting pitchers—Chase Whitley and Jacob deGrom—making their ML debuts. It is only the 18th time in ML history that this has occurred. Both Whitley and deGrom single in their first at bats, marking the first time since 1944 that this has happened with pitchers making their debuts. The hit by deGrom’s is the first for a Mets pitcher this year, ending the ML record-breaking streak of 64 ABs without a hit for their pitchers to start a season. The old mark of 45 had been set by the Browns in 1914. DeGrom takes the loss with 7 solid IP, while the win goes to reliever Dellin Betances, who strikes out the side in the 6thand 7thinnings. Betances will strike out 135 this year, exactly half the batters he faces; it is a club record for relievers. With Rafael Montero making his debut yesterday for the Mets, it marks the first time in Mets history that starting pitchers have made back-to-back debuts (according to Elias Sports Bureau).

At Target Field, the Twins edge the Red Sox, 4-3, in 10 innings. Kurt Suzuki, who has the only assist for the Twins, throwing out a runner at 1B after a dropped 3rdstrike, scores the winning run after doubling. As noted by historian Stew Thornley, today’s victory gives the Minnesota franchise the same number of wins (4223-4263-8) they had in Washington (4223-4864-101) as the Senators.

The Reds shut out the Padres, 5-0, behind Johnny Cueto. The ace has allowed no more than 2 runs and 5 hits in any of his 9 starts this season. No other pitcher in modern ML history has started a season with a similar streak of more than 7 starts.

MLB announces that they are forming a succession committee to find a replacement for Bud Selig, who is expected to retire in January.

16thIn Arlington, Yu Darvish strikes out 11 in 8 innings, allowing 5 hits. But he gives up two runs and his Rangers lose, 2-0, to the Blue Jays. Drew Hutchison applies the calcimine as he goes the distance. Prince Fielder is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts in his last game of the year.  He will go under the knife for a neck problem, finishing with an un-prince-like .247/.360/.360. Hutchison is one of six pitchers throwing shutouts today for road teams, just the second time ever that has occurred.

18th   Justin Morneau’s walk-off 2-run HR in the bottom of the 10th gives the Rockies an 8-6 win over the Padres. The game is highlighted by a triple play recorded by an interference call. It is the first such triple play since 1905 and only the third such in ML history.

At Yankee Stadium, the Pirates and Yankees split a pair. New York wins the opener, 4-3, beating Charlie Morton (0-6), and Pittsburgh takes the nitecap, 5-2.  Starling Marte has a 2-run homer in game 2 after striking out 4 times in game 1. The last time a batter wore a sombrero in game 1 and went yard in game 2 was Larry Hisle in 1975 (June 17).

20th   At PNC Park, the Orioles top the Pirates, 9-2, as Chris Davis has 4 hits, including 3 homeruns. He scores 4 runs and drives in 5.

The Cardinals shut out the Diamondbacks, 5-0, on Adam Wainwright’s one-hitter. Paul Goldschmidt’s double with 2 outs in the 4th inning is Arizona’s only safety.

The Nationals defeat the Reds, 9-4, pinning the loss on Johnny Cueto. Denard Span gets 5 hits for Washington, including a pair of doubles.

Mike Hessman, 36, becomes the 6th player to hit 400 career homeruns in the minor leagues as he connects in Toledo’s 3-0 win over Rochester in Triple-A action.  Hessman hit 14 homers in the majors. (Note: Bob McConnell in Going For the Fencesincludes two more players from the Mexican League with 400 homeruns: Nelson Barrera, 479

Alejandro (Alex) Ortiz, 434).

Darnell Span has 5 hits to lead the Nationals to a 9-4 win over Johnny Cueto and the Reds.

The Cubs hand Masahiro Tanaka (6-1) his first ML loss in 21 months as they beat the visiting Yankees, 6-1.  Tanaka had wracked up an amazing 24-0 in Japan in 2013. His last loss was August 19, 2012.

Can you hear me now? In a dugout confrontation about who was responsible for an opponent’s successful steal of 2B, veteran catcher Miguel Olivo bites off part of the ear of Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero. Second baseman Guerrero will go on the DL and undergo surgery while Olivo will be handed his release by the Dodgers.  Guerrero, 27, is hitting .376 with 10 homers in 33 games.

21stStrange day in the majors. The Athletics edge the Rays, 3-2, despite getting only one hit. Brandon Moss’ 4th inning homer is Oakland’s only safety against 5 Tampa Bay pitchers.

Walkoff balk. The Indians edge the Tigers, 11-10, when reliever Al Albuquerque issues a balk with the bases loaded. Alex Avila’s solo shot in the top of the 13thhad given Detroit the lead.

The Cards’ Michael Wacha allows 2 hits and no runs, but is lifted in the 6thinning when a Matt Adams foul ball hits him on the elbow as he sits in the dugout. St. Louis beats the Diamondbacks, 3-2, on an unearned run in the 12thinning.

At Citi Field, the Mets outhit the Dodgers, 13-5, but lose, 4-3. Starter Jacob DeGrom (0-2) gives up 4 hits, 3 of them homers, in 6 innings.

What do I have to do, Skip? In his 10thstart without a win, the Cubs Jeff Samardzija hurls 7 scoreless innings, but the Yankees tie it up in the 9thand win it in 13 innings, 4-2, on a wild pitch. New York uses every position player and every nonstarting pitcher as they collect 12 hits, all singles. The win goes to Preston Claiborne, who lays down a perfect sac bunt in his first ML at bat. The Cubs ace now has a 1.46 ERA, the best in baseball. But no wins.

At Coors Field, the Giants use 3 homers and 6 pitchers to down the Rockies, 5-1. Two of the pitchers, starter Matt Cain and Santiago Casilla, have to be helped off the field after injuring their right hamstrings. Both require MRIs.

Mark Reynolds hits a 1st-inning grand slam and Kyle Lohse pitches 8 innings to win his 6thstraight as the Brewers beat the Braves, 6-1.  Reynolds will hit 22 homers this year but chalk up just 45 RBI (as noted by Bill Deane).

Marcell Ozuna hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to help Miami down the Phillies, 14-5.  Each teams collects 14 hits.

Stephen Drew signs a contract with the Red Sox. The shortstop had been a starter last year for the Sox, but had declined their qualifying offer of $14M, hoping to do better on the open market. With no other offers, Drew signs a pro-rated deal for $10.1M.  Missing spring training for the third straight year (injuries in 2012 and 2013) will show in his performance when he finally appears in a game on June 2. He’ll hit .176 in 39 games.

22nd  The White Sox edge the Yankees, 3-2. Chris Sale fans 10 batters while allowing just one hit for the 2nd consecutive start. The only other pitcher since 1900 to strike out 10 or more while giving up no more than a hit in 2 straight starts was R.A. Dickey of the Mets in 2012.

The Mets defeat the Dodgers, 5-3, scoring 3 runs off Zack Greinke, ending his record streak of 21 starts without allowing more than 2 runs.

Diamondbacks’ prospect Jon Griffin of the Mobile BayBears hits a homer in the 2nd inning of Southern League Mobile’s 6-5 loss to the Tennessee Smokies. Griffin had hit 4 consecutive homers in the BayBear’s 17-7 win yesterday, giving him 5 HRs in consecutive at bats.

23rdAt Tropicana, the Rays edge the Red Sox, 1-0, on a walkoff double by rookie Cole Figueroa in the 9th. Tomorrow, he will score his first run on a walkoff score. The win puts the Rays percentage points ahead of the last-place Sox in the AL East.

24thThe Orioles obtain C Nick Hundley from the Padres in exchange for P Troy Patton.

Playing for the Yankees Class A Charleston RiverDogs, Mike Ford hits 4 homeruns in a 17-10 win in Hickory. Teammate Aaron Judge has 2 singles and a homerun.

25thJosh Beckett hurls the first no-hitter of the season as he leads the Dodgers to a 6-0 win over the Phillies.

In a contentious game, Tampa Bay whips the visiting Red Sox, 8-5.  After two Red Sox players had been hit by pitches, Boston’s Brandon Workman fires an inside pitch to Evan Longoria. Longoria had homered in his previous at bat against Workman.  Workman will be fined and suspended for 6 games for his action.  The Sox have now lost 10 straight, but will win their next 7.

26thAt Turner Field, David Ortiz has a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs as the Red Sox beat the Braves, 8-6. Boston snaps a 10-game losing streak, their longest in 20 years.  They will win their next 6 games.

After 16 winless starts, the Cubs Jeff Samardzija picks up his first win of the year, as the Cubs beat the Giants, 8-4.  He strikes out 10.

The Dodgers fail to have consecutive no-hitters, as Hyun-Jin Ryo takes a no-no before the Reds Todd Frazier hits a leadoff double in the 8th. The Dodgers win, 4-3, and set a Dodger club record with 17 consecutive hitless innings. In the 7th, Justin Turner draws a 16-pitch walk (a seven-minute-and-46-second AB) against Johnny Cueto.

Derek Norris hits a grand slam, one of 5 homers by the A’s, as Oakland routs Detroit, 10-0. Tom Milone and 2 relievers apply the whitewash.

Ryan Howard has 5 RBIs and Kyle Kendrick snaps his 10-game losing streak as the Phils beat the Rockies, 9-0.  Kendrick snaps his streak of 16 straight starts without a victory.

27thThe Dodgers defeat the Reds, 6-3, as Zack Greinke allows 3 earned runs in the game. He did not allow more than 2 in any game in his previous 22 starts, for the longest such streak by a pitcher since earned runs became an official statistic (1912 in the NL, 1913 in the AL).

The Phillies lose to the Rockies, 6-2, despite a homer by Ben Revere. It is Revere’s first HR in the 1,466th AB of his ML career. It was the longest start-of-career homerless streak since Frank Taveras connected in his 1,594th AB for Pittsburgh in 1977.

28thTim Lincecum and 5 relievers combine on a 2-hit shutout as the Giants beat the Cubs, 5-0. John Baker’s single in the 7thoff George Kontos (1-0) is Chicago’s first hit.

29th   The Astros defeat the Orioles, 3-1, as rookie George Springer hits his 7th homer in his last 7 games. He becomes just the second rookie in ML history to hit 7 round-trippers over a 7-game span in one season. Rudy York did so for the Tigers in 1937.

The Blue Jays lose to the Royals, 8-6, in 10 innings despite a pair of HRs by Edwin Encarnacion. It is the 5th time this month he has hit a pair of homers in the same game, tying the ML record for most multi-homer games by a player in one calendar month. Harmon Killebrew did so in May 1959, and Albert Belle in September 1995.

30thCollege of Coaches?  In a contentious match in Boston, the Red Sox use 4 managers as they beat the Rays, 3-2, in 10 innings. AJ Pierzynski hits a slide-off RBI triple. Sox manager John Farrell is ejected in the 1stinning after David Ortiz is hit by a pitch; when Mike Carp is hit in the 4thby David Price after warnings had been issued, acting manager Torey Luvello is tossed, and Brian Butterfield becomes the acting manager. When Brandon Workman sails a pitch in the 6thbehind Evan Longoria’s back, Workman and Butterfield are thrown out of the game. Greg Colbrun becomes the 4thmanager for Boston.

JUNE

1st In a battle of the bottom two teams in the AL East Boston 1B Brock Holt bangs 4 doubles to lead the offense to a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay. Jon Lester gets the win with 7 shutout innings.

Phil Hughes makes a triumphant return to the Bronx as the Twins beat the Yankees, 7-2. Hughes looked like a hard-luck loser after allowing 3 hits in 8 innings until Josh Willingham hits a 9thinning homer off David Robertson to tie the game at 2 apiece. Robertson allows a run-scoring double to Brian Dozier, intentionally walks Mauer and Matt Daley allows a 2-run double to another former Yankee, Eduardo Nunez.

Yu Darvish throws 8 shutout innings and the Rangers stop the Nationals, 2-0. In a first in the 1st, both managers challenge the same play. With 2 on and 2 out, Rangers runner Alex Rios beats a throw to 2B on a steal, but overslides and called out. The home plate ump rules that Elvis Andrus scores on the play from 3B before the out occurs. National manager Matt Williams challenges the call at home while Rangers manager Washington challenges the call at 2B. Both are successful and the run is disallowed.

Manny Machado’s first career grand slam caps a 6-run 6thas the Orioles beat Houston, 9-4.

Pittsburgh trades reliever Bryan Morris to Miami for the 39thoverall pick in next year’s June draft.

Chicago’s Jeff Samardzija gives up 8 earned runs in 3 innings as the Brewers pound out a 9-0 win over the visiting Cubs. Samardzija’s ERA jumps from1.68 to 2.54.

2ndAt Yankee Stadium, the Mariners swamp the Yankees, 10-2, behind Kyle Seager, who collects 4 extra-base hits: a double, two triples and a 9thinning 3-run homer. Seager won’t make it back to the Bronx until June 2015, where he will belt two homers. The six extra-base hits by a visiting player against the Yankees will tie a mark set in 1903.

3rdAt Miller Park, Josh Willingham’s 3-run homer in the 3rdpushes the Twins to a 4-0 lead. Leading 6-2 going into the 8th, a fan falls into the home dugout and is carried off on a stretcher. The injury delays the start of the inning.  The Twins win, 6-4.

Scoreless after 8 innings at Comerica, the Blue Jays score 5 in the 9thonly to have the Tigers score 3 on a homer by J.D. Martinez. The 8 runs scored in the 9thafter a scoreless 8 innings is a ML record.

The Pirates beat the Padres, 4-1, at Petco but San Diego gets a fine effort from 37-year old reliever Jason Lane, who pitches 3.1 hitless innings in his pitching debut. He will notch a 0.87 ERA in his 3 appearances this year. Lane was once a promising outfielder for the Astros, hitting 26 homers in 2005.

At Yankee Stadium, Brandon Moss clubs 2 homers, the 2ndcoming in the A’s 3-run 10th, as Oakland beats the Yankees, 5-2. It is the first time in history that the Yankees have lost three straight games to three different teams. Seattle beat them yesterday and the Twins the day before.

4thThe Cardinals defeat the Royals, 5-2, in 11 innings. Matt Carpenter goes 5-for-5, including a pair of doubles.

The Padres edge the Pirates, 3-2, despite getting only one hit and 2 walks. Everth Cabrera’s 1st-inning bunt single is San Diego’s only safety.

Adam Lind doubles twice and drives in 3 runs as the Blue Jays defeat the Tigers, 8-2. For Toronto it is their 18thwin in 22 games; the Tigers are going the other way, losing 12 of 16.

5thFor a record third straight time the Houston Astros have the first pick and they select California high school P Brady Aiken to open the Major League draft. But a reported agreement to sign will hit a roadblock amid reports of an elbow problem with Aiken and the two sides will fail to reach an agreement by the deadline of July 18. It is just the third time since 1966 that a #1 will fail to sign. Not signing Aiken will earn Houston the #2 pick in next year’s draft. Aiken will throw just 12 pitches at the IMG Academy next March before tearing his UCL and need to undergo Tommy John surgery. He’ll re-enter the draft. Drafting 3rdthe White Sox take NC State’s Carlos Rodon and sign him with a $6,582,000 bonus, the largest in franchise history.  Rodon is the highest pick of a Scott Boras client by the Sox since Jeff Weaver in 1997. The Marlins use the 2ndselection to take Texas prep Tyler Kolek. Picking 4th, the Cubs take Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber. The Twins take SS Nick Gordon with the 5thpick. He is the son of pitcher Tom Gordon. Picking 9th, Toronto takes Jeff Hoffman, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in May. Hoffman signs for a full-slot $3.1M. Not to be outdone, the Nationals pick Erick Fedde with the 18th pick, two days after he undergoes Tommy John surgery. The Nats second round pick Andrew Suarez and their 9thround pick 1B Austin Byler fail to sign. The Orioles first chance to pick doesn’t come until the 3rdround and they pick prep pitcher Brian Gonzalez. The Yankees top pick (#55) is lefty Jacob Lindgren from Mississippi State.

Detroit shuts out Houston, 2-0, as Max Scherzer goes 8 innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 9.  Scherzer sets a new Tiger record by recording at least 7 strikeouts in each of his first 6 starts this season. Jarred Cosart gives up an unearned run in his 7 innings, taking the loss.

A full day at the office for Jose Bautista. He hits a home run, one of two by the Jays, records a putout in the 9thwhen a replay affirms fan interference, throws a runner out at home, and lines into a triple play. Toronto beats the Cardinals, 3-1.

7thAll four NL West home teams win on a walkoff run: The Rockies down the Dodgers, 5-4, in 10 innings; The D’Backs beat the Braves, 4-3, in 10 innings on Miguel Montero’s walkoff homer; The Padres beat the Nationals, 4-3, in 11 frames; The Giants come back to beat the Mets with 2 runs in the 9thto win, 5-4.

8thThe Twins sign free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales to a 1-year contract.

The Mariners score 5 runs in the 9thinning and defeat the Rays, 5-0. Felix Hernandez dominates, striking out 15 batters while hurling 7 scoreless innings.  Having seen his team lose 12 of their last 13, manager Joe Maddon has a 77-year-old medicine man Bobby Henry come in to expel evil Spirits from Tropicana Field. The Seminole tribal elder, known as the Rainmaker, tours the field and proclaims, “I don’t think it’s real bad.” But it is as the Rays get shut out in their next two games. Maddon tells the Tampa Tribune, “If it rains at the Trop I’ll be really impressed.”

C.J. Wilson pitches into the 8thinning, allowing 3 hits, as the Angels beat the White Sox, 4-2. David Freese is 0-for-0, walking 4 times, each on 3-2 counts. Freese had never walked more than twice in a game.

At Target Field, the Astros pound out 4 homers, including two grand slams, to beat the Twins, 14-5. Jon Singleton and Chris Carter hit the slams, just the second time in club history that teammates have hit grand slams in the same game.

9thThe Indians go on the warpath, clubbing 5 homers as they trounce the host Rangers, 17-7.  Lonnie Chisenhall has 3 of the homers and adds a single and double as he drives in 9 runs, a high for the year. Jason Kipnes has 3 hits and 4 RBI.

10thCatcher Taylor Teagarden, in his first game as a Met, hits a grand slam in the 6thinning as the Mets beat the division leading Brewers, 6-2.

The Red Sox tip the host Orioles, 1-0, behind Brandon Workman (1-0), who goes 6.2 innings.  Workman will lose his next 10 to finish 1-10.

The Angels edge the A’s, 2-1, when Collin Cowgill hits a walkoff homer in the 14thinning.  Yoenis Cespedes misplays an 8thinning drive by Mike Trout into a double, but then lasers a throw home to catch Howie Kendrick and preserve a 1-1 tie. Tomorrow, Cespedes will botch another ball into a double, then throw out Pujols trying to stretch it into a triple.  He will end the year leading all AL outfielders in assists (16) and errors (5).

11thThe Rockies Tyler Matzuk retires the first 13 batters, gives up 2 singles, then retires the next 8 in an impressive 8-2 win over the Braves. Matzuk is the third Rockie starter this week to debut, the first time this has happened since the Padres debuted a trio in September 1986. He joins Eddie Butler and Christian Bergman, who both took losses. Injuries to Rockies starters gave the three rookies a chance.

Chris Davis clubs a 2-run homer in the 1stfor the host Orioles as they beat the Red Sox, 6-0 to take 2 of the 3 games with Boston. The Red Sox won yesterday, 1-0, to score one run in the 3 games.  Not since a 3-game shutout series in April 1981 versus Texas have the Red Sox scored fewer in a 3-game set.

The Royals top the Indians, 4-1, scoring all their runs on sacrifice flies. They are the second team since 1954 (when sac flies became an official stat) to score 4 runs all on sac flies (Expos, May 28, 1980).

Yu Darvish pitches his first complete game and Shin-Soo Choo hits a 3-run double as the Rangers stop the Marlins, 6-0. Miami was bidding to break the record for interleague consecutive game wins at 12 set by the Yankees (2003-04) and Tampa Bay (2004).

12thAfter clouting two homers yesterday, Chris Carter follows with a walkoff homer in the 10thoff JJ Putz to give Houston a 5-4 win over Arizona.

13thThe Pirates defeat the Marlins, 8-6, in 13 innings. Prized rookie OF Gregory Polanco goes 5-7, including his first ML homer to drive in the go ahead run. He is the second rookie since 1900 to get 5 or more hits in a game and hit a game-winning homer in extra innings, duplicating Willie Montanez’s feat in 1971.

14thAt San Francisco, the Rockies stun the Giants for the second straight day, 5-4, scoring 2 runs in the 9thon an inside-the park homer by Brandon Barnes. Giants CF Angel Pagan misplays Barnes line drive and it skips to the fence.

Eugenio Suarez hits a leadoff homer and run-scoring double in Detroit’s 7-run 3rdinning. Leading 11-1 through 6 innings, the Tigers hold on for an 11-9 win.

The Phillies top the visiting Cubs, 7-4, as Jimmy Rollins passes Mike Schmidt as the all-time Phillies hit leader. He strokes #2,235 off Edwin Jackson in the 4th.

A.J. Reed of Kentucky is named the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as the top player in college baseball. Reed had a 12-2 record as a P and hit a nation-leading 23 homers.

15thAt Camden Yards, AJ Happ and the Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 5-2, hanging the loss on Chris Tillman (5-4). All 4 of Tillman’s losses are at home, while he is 5-0 on the road.  The home cooking will get better.

16thThe Cardinals defeat the Mets, 6-2, as Matt Holliday drives in the 1,000thrun of his ML career. DeGrom gives up 6 runs in 4 innings to take the loss. Batting 8th, he is 0-for-1, the first time a Mets starting pitcher has hit in the 8thslot.

For the second consecutive game, Justin Verlander (6-7) allows 7 earned runs as the Royals roll to an 11-8 over the Tigers. Jason Vargas (7-2) pitches the Royals to their 8thstraight win as they move to a half game behind Detroit in the AL Central.

18thClayton Kershaw strikes out 15 batters as he hurls a no-hitter against the Rockies, winning by a score of 8-0. It is the most Ks ever recorded by a pitcher throwing a no-hitter. The only Colorado player to reach base do so on an error by Hanley Ramirez in the 7thinning. Kershaw is the 7thpitcher in ML history to lose a perfect game due to a player reaching base by way of an error. It is the second complete-game no-hitter this season by a Dodger pitcher marking the first time since 1972 that has happened (Burt Hooton and Milt Pappas for the Cubs).`

The Mets Zach Wheeler fires a 3-hitter to beat the Marlins, 1-0.  David Wright’s solo homer, off Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney, provides the scoring. Heaney is making his ML debut after just 4 starts in AAA.

Nick Swisher’s 2-out walkoff grand slam in the 10th, off Ernesto Frieri, gives the Indians a 5-3 victory over the Angels.  Kyle Crockett retires the final hitter in the top of the 10thfor his first ML win.

Anibal Sanchez pitches 7 solid innings to give the Tigers a 2-1 win over Kansas City and snap the Royals 10-game winning streak. Detroit is a half game behind the Royals in the AL Central.

20thThe Reds score 8 runs in the 2ndinning of their game against the Blue Jays. Toronto bounces back, however, and takes a 14-9 decision. It is the first time since 1896 that a team wins by 5 or more runs after its opponent opens the scoring with at least 8 runs in the 1stor 2ndinning.

21stThe Rays shut out the Astros, 8-0. Jake Odorizzi, Brad Boxberger and Kirby Yates combine on a one-hitter, with Jose Altuve’s single in the 4thinning being Houston’s only safety.

At Nationals Park, Doug Fister pitches 8 shutout innings as Washington beats Atlanta, 3-0. Braves catcher Evan Gattis has a hit to run his consecutive game batting streak to 20.  The Nationals now lead Atlanta in the NL East by a half game.

In Milwaukee, the Brewers score 3 times in the 2ndinning on a bases-loaded wild pitch. Rockies lefty Christian Friedrich fires a 1-2 wild pitch to the backstop and catcher Michael McKenry retrieves the ball. His attempt to throw out the Aramis Ramirez from 3B goes awry, allowing Mark Reynolds to also score from 2B. Friedrich chases the ball down and, thinking that time has been called, walks slowly to the mound. The remaining Brewer runner Segura sprints in from 3B with the tally. Milwaukee wins, 9-4 (first noted by Steve Boren).

24thThe Braves edge the Astros, 3-2, as both Justin and B.J. Upton homer for Atlanta. It is the 4thtime they have done so, tying a ML mark for the most times that a pair of brothers have both homered in the same game as teammates. Jason and Jeremy Giambi and Vladimir and Wilton Guererro also did so 4 times.

25thTim Lincecum hurls his second no-hitter as the Giants shut out the Padres, 4-0. He retires the last 23 batters he faces. Lincecum becomes just the second pitcher (Addie Joss) in ML history to hurl a pair of no-hitters against the same team. He also no-hit San Diego on July 13 of last season.

Scooter Gennett has a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Brewers rough up Stephen Strasburg to beat the visiting Nationals, 9-2.

27thThe White Sox edge the Blue Jays, 5-4, as Jose Abreu bangs a pair of homers. The four baggers give Abreu 25 for the season in his first 67 ML games. That is the fewest games any player has ever needed to reach 25 career homers. The previous record was 72 games by Rudy York.

The Pirates obtain P Ernesto Frieri from the Angels in exchange for reliever Jason Grilli, an All-star last year.

28thThe Indians shut out the Mariners, 5-0, as Josh Tomlin hurls a one-hitter. Kyle Seager’s leadoff single in the 5thinning is Seattle’s only safety.

29thPayback is delicious.  After being one-hit yesterday by Cleveland, the Mariners return the favor and defeat the Indians, 3-0. Felix Hernandez (8 innings) and Fernando Rodney combine to hurl a one-hitter. Lonnie Chisenhall’s 5th-inning single is Cleveland’s only safety.

The Astros beat the Tigers, 6-4, as Jose Altuve goes 3-for-5 with 2 steals. He becomes the first player in modern ML history to have a 4-game streak with at least 2 hits and 2 steals in each game.

The Rays pound the Orioles, 12-7, as Matt Joyce has 5 hits for Tampa Bay, including a double and a pair of homers.

30thThe Indians play their third one-hit game in a row and lose their second successive one-hit match as the Dodgers beat them, 1-0. Dan Haren, who gives up a safety to Michael Bourn, combines with two relievers. Bourn is initially called out in the 3rdinning, but a successful challenge overturns the call.

At Coamerica Park, with the Tigers down by 3 in the 9th, Rajai Davis belts an ultimate grand slam, a walkup blast off All-star Sean Doolittle, as the Tigers beat the A’s, 5-4. It is the 28thultimate grand slam in ML history.

At Fenway, Stephen Drew has a 2-out single in the 8thfor Boston’s first hit against Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta. Arrieta is promptly lifted, but the Cubs end with a 2-0 win over the Red Sox. It is the second straight start that Arrieta has gone into the 7thinning with a no-hitter. He will do it again in September, the first Cubs pitcher since 1950 to accomplish that.

JULY

1stAt Dodger Stadium, the Indians thrash the Dodgers, 10-3.  An unusual 7-2-4 triple play occurs in the 4thafter rookie Kyle Crockett replaces Masterson with the bases loaded and “induces” Adrian Gonzalez to line into a triple play. Yasiel Puig is initially ruled safe at 2B, and Indians manager successfully challenges. Dodger skipper Don Mattingly then unsuccessfully challenges the ruling that Dee Gordon is out at home on a 7-2 play.  Retrosheet notes that this is the second time two managers have challenged parts of the same play (June 1).

The Red Sox release veteran lefty Chris Capuano, who will sign a minor league deal with the Rockies in 3 days.  The Yankees will sign him July 24thand he will go 2-3 in 12 starts in the Bronx.

4thThe Cubs finally pull the trigger and send pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics in exchange for blue-chip SS Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney and P Dan Straily.  The deal looks like a World Series ticket for the A’s, but the two stars will sputter in Oakland with a combined 7-12 mark. Both will return to Chicago in the off-season, Samardzija to the Sox and Hammel to the Cubs.  Hammel pitches 6 innings today against the Nats, leaving in the 7thwhen the trade is announced. He wins his 8thas Chicago is victorious, 7-2.

5thThe Orioles defeat the Red Sox, 7-4. Nelson Cruz goes 5-for-5 for Baltimore, including 2 doubles and a HR. He also steals a base.

The Toronto Blue Jays lose, 5-1, to Oakland and also lose the services of Edward Encarnacion, who hurts his right quad in the game.  The Jays are just a half game out of first place in the AL East, but when the slugger returns to action on August 15 they will be 7.5 back.

6thJeff Samardzija wins his Oakland debut, pitching 7 strong innings as the A’s beat Toronto, 4-2, to complete a 4-game sweep.  Samardzija was 2-7 with the Cubs.

The Yankees obtain P Brandon McCarthy from the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Vidal Nuno.

7thChris Davis hits a tie-breaking homer in the 11thas the Orioles plate 6 runs to beat the Nationals, 8-2.  Manny Machado has 5 hits, including a homer in the 11th.

8thWho you going to blame, Skip? The Cubs blow a 5-0 lead as 6 relievers each give up one run to the Reds.

9thAt Fenway, the Red Sox rally with 3 runs in the 8thand two more in the 9thto whip the White Sox, 5-4.  Mookie Betts is hit by a pitch in the 9thand scores the tying run on a double by Daniel Nava, who plates the winner on a single by Holt. Betts also scores the first Sox tally in the 8thon a double, his second of the game, to shortstop (!), a grounder that he beats out and keeps running to an uncovered 2B.

10thThe Dodgers edge the Padres, 2-1, behind Clayton Kershaw. SD’s run comes on a homer by Chase Headley, snapping Kershaw’s scoreless streak at 41 consecutive innings. Kershaw becomes the first pitcher in ML history to win 8 consecutive starts, within a single season, with at least 80 strikeouts and an ERA under 1.00 over that span.

12thThe White Sox defeat the Indians, 6-2, as rookie 1B Jose Abreu hits his league-leading 29thHR of the season. It is his 50thextra-base hit of the year, and it comes in his 81stML game. The last player to reach that plateau in fewer games was Ted Williams, who did so in 80 games in 1939.

At Coors Field, the Twins use a balanced attack to beat the Rockies, 9-3. Charles Blackmon has 5 hits for Colorado; he had a 6-hit game in April.

13thThe US defeats the World, 3-2, in the 16thAnnual Futures Game. Rangers prospect Joey Gallo is named MVP as his 2-run HR gives the US its margin of victory.

Battery up. The Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 8-4, as SF’s runs come on grand slams by C Buster Posey and P Madison Bumgarner. It is the first time in ML history that a pitcher and catcher ever his grand slams for the same team in the same game. Bumgarner is the just second pitcher in ML history to have a pair of grand slams in the same season. Tony Cloninger did so in 1966 for the Braves.

The Brewers defeat the Cardinals, 11-2, as Elian Hererra goes 5-for-5, including a double.

The Red Sox shut out the Astros, 11-0. Mike Holt gets 5 hits for Boston, including a roundtripper.

14thOakland OF Yoenis Cespedes wins his second consecutive Home Run Derby, defeating Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier in the finals by a score of 9 dingers to 1.

15thThe AL defeats the NL, 5-3, in the All-Star Game. Jeter starts the game off with a double hit off a meatball from Adam Wainright. Mike Trout is named the game’s MVP, going 2-for-3, including a triple, and driving in 2 runs.  A’s 3B Josh Donaldson is the first Oakland position player to start an All-star game since 2003.

16thThe Rangers send P Jason Frasor to the Royals in exchange for P Spencer Patton.

18thThe Padres send pitchers Huston Street and Trevor Gott to the Angels in exchange for 2B Taylor Lindsey, SS Jose Rondon, and pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris.

The Yankees edge the Reds, 4-3, as Derek Jeter starts his 2,610thcareer game at SS to set a ML record. Omar Vizquel had been the previous record holder.

The Braves defeat the Phillies, 6-4. The Braves have now won the first game after the All-Star break for 9 consecutive seasons to tie a ML mark also held by the Expos (1984-1992) and Yankees (1940-1949 and 2002-2010).

21st    The Nationals defeat the Rockies, 7-2, as Ian Desmond goes 5-for-5 for Washington, including a homer.

The Yankees lose to Texas, 4-2, with all the Rangers runs coming off starter Shane Greene.  Greene makes 3 errors in his stay, but none lead to runs (the AL record for errors in a game is 4)

22nd  The Yankees pick up veteran 3B Chase Headley from the Padres in exchange for IF Yangervis Solarte and P Rafael De Paula. Yankees GM Brian Cashman observes, “We feel like we‘re at the very least getting an average major leaguer at that position. And maybe more.” Headley lands at LaGuardia an hour before game time and reaches Yankee Stadium by the second inning. He immediately makes his presence felt with a walkoff RBI single in the 14thas New York beats Texas, 2-1.  Both teams score in the 13th.

The Athletics agree to a 10-year lease extension to remain in Oakland. Owner Lew Wolff said that after reviewing modifications made by the Oakland City Council, he agreed to keep the A’s in O.co Coliseum.

23rd   The Tigers acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Rangers in exchange for pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.

24th   The Mariners obtain slugger Kendrys Morales from the Twins in exchange for P Stephen Pryor.

The Blue Jays shut out the Red Sox, 8-0, as Marcus Stroman and 2 relievers limit the Sox to a single hit. Shane Victorino’s leadoff single in the 7thinning is Boston’s only safety.

26th   The Giants obtain former Cy Young winner Jake Peavy from the Red Sox for pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree. Peavy, in his walk year, was 1-9 this year with Boston, losing his last 9 decisions.

I’d like to buy a T. The Rockies have a promotion for Troy Tulowitzki and give away 15,000 jerseys. Only problem is: the shirts have his named misspelled as Tulowizki on the back.  The star ought to be used to it by now: the same thing happened at the 2011 All-star game.  The Rockies will apologize. Colorado wins today, 8-1, over the Pirates as Tyler Matzuk throws 7 shutout innings.

27th   Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is the first time since 1991, with Fergie Jenkins and Gaylord Perry, that two starting pitchers have been elected in the same year.

Josh Harrison paces the Pirates to a 7-5 win over the host Rockies by hitting a double, 2 singles, a homer and stealing 2 bases on the same play. In the 4thinning, he steals 2B but overslides and gets caught in a rundown. Ducking around catcher Wilin Rosario he reaches 3B safely for two thefts, one play. He then scores the go-ahead run.

28th   The Cubs send good-fielding 2B Darwin Barney to the Dodgers for a player to be named (Jonathan Martinez).

The Royals obtain P Liam Hendriks and C Erik Kratz from the Blue Jays in exchange for IF Danny Valencia.

30th   Corey Kluber hurls a complete game as the Indians shut out the Mariners, 2-0. Felix Hernandez takes the loss. Kluber becomes the first pitcher since 1914 to toss 9 innings and face no more than 1 batter over the minimum in consecutive starts. Jim Scott of the White Sox was the last man to do so. Kluber uses just 85 pitches to record the shutout, a team record.

Brain freeze. In San Francisco, the Pirates blow a 5-4 lead through 6 innings and lose to the Giants, 7-5.  In the 6thTravis Snider is on 2B when Chris Stewart is walked and trots to an open 1B. Thinking the sacks are full, Snider ambles to 3B to find it occupied by teammate Gaby Sanchez, who then leaves the bag. Seeing the jam up, Giants hurler Jean Machi tosses the ball to SS Brandon Crawford, who tags both runners for a 1-6-1-5 double play.

The Red Sox send P Felix Doubront, in their organization for 10 years, to the Cubs for a player to be named. In December they will receive Marco Hernandez, a 22-year-old minor league shortstop.

The Indians trade P Justin Masterson to the Cardinals for OF James Ramsey.

31st    The trading deadline swaps continue as the Rays trade ace David Price to the Tigers in a 3-team deal. The Mariners acquire OF Austin Jackson from Detroit in the trade, while the Rays get P Drew Smyly and SS Willy Adames from the Tigers, and IF Nick Franklin from Seattle.

The Braves obtain UT Emilio Bonifacio and P James Russell from the Cubs in exchange for 3B/C Victor Caratini.

The Astros send P Jarred Cosart and OF Enrique Hernandez to the Marlins for 3B Colin Moran, OF Jake Marisnick and P Frances Martes.

The Diamondbacks send 3B Martin Prado and his large contract to the Yankees for C Peter O’Brien and a player to be named.

The Yankees trade 3B Kelly Johnson to the Red Sox for SS Stephen Drew.

The Indians send SS Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nationals in a deal for SS Zach Walters.

The Red Sox trade P Andrew Miller to the Orioles for P Eduardo Rodriguez.

The 3rd-place Cardinals acquire pitchers John Lackey and Corey Littrell in the Red Sox’ sell off in exchange for P Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig. The struggling Craig will be replaced by Matt Adams and the Birds will go 34-22 and win the division.

The Red Sox trade P Jon Lester and OF Jonny Gomes to the Athletics for All-Star OF Yoenis Cespedes. The A’s, in first place by 2.5 games, will sputter to 22-33 without the slugger in the lineup.

The Mariners acquire OF Chris Denorfia from the Padres for P Stephen Kohlscheen and OF Abraham Almonte.

The Diamondbacks send OF Gerardo Parra to the Brewers in exchange for OF Mitch Haniger and P Anthony Banda.

The Athletics trade P Tommy Milone to the Twins for speedy outfielder Sam Fuld.

AUGUST

1st  The Padres trounce the Braves, 10-1, as rookie first sacker Tommy Medica goes 5-for-5 for SD, including a pair of homers. The only other Padre to have two homers in a five-hit game was Ryan Klesko (August 29, 2001).

Jose Abreu reaches base 5 times, including 3-for-3 at the plate and the White Sox trip the Twins, 10-8. The Sox score 4 in the 8thto take the lead.  Abreu, who was 3-for-3 yesterday, has now hit in 21 consecutive games.

At Arizona, the Pirates score 5 runs in the 9thto whip the Diamondbacks, 9-4. Paul Goldschmidt, inserted in the 9thfor defensive purposes, gets hit by a pitch on his left hand when he comes to bat. He’ll miss the rest of the season with a broken hand.

2ndWell, it’s free.  The A’s hand out 10,000 tee shirts emblazoned with the image of Yoenis Cespedes, who was traded two days ago. Under his image is “L.A. Potencia”, the power.  Oakland scores 8 in the 5thto beat Kansas City, 8-3.

In Chicago, the Twins come from behind to beat the White Sox, 8-6.  Trevor Plouffe has 4 hits, including a pair of doubles for the Twins, while Adam Eaton has 4 hits, including 3 doubles for Chicago.  Jose Abreu receives a pair of walks but goes hitless, ending his 21-game hit streak. The skein started July 6 after he had gone hitless the day before, ending an 18-game hit streak.

3rdThe Twins bomb the White Sox, 16-3. Rookie Danny Santana gets 5 hits for Minnesota, including a double and a triple. Chris Parmelee, Oswaldo Arcia and Eric Fryer cap the scoring with consecutive HRs in the 9thinning.

5thThe Nationals obtain P Matt Thornton from the Yankees.

The Tigers edge the Yankees, 4-3, in 12 innings. The game is only the 4thin the last 100 years that goes at least 12 innings with neither team drawing a walk.

The Cubs defeat the Rockies, 6-5, in 12 innings. Brett Anderson starts the game for Colorado, marking their 20thconsecutive game started by a Rox left-handed pitcher. It ties the modern ML record set by the Royals in 1982. Anderson throws 3 scoreless innings, but leaves with a broken hand sustained when he hits a double in the 2ndinning and the vibration of the bat breaks a bone.  He will be out the rest of the season and then sign with the Dodgers.

8thThe Mets defeat the Phillies, 5-4, as Bartolo Colon wins his 200thcareer game. He becomes the 3rdDominican-born pitcher to reach the mark, following in the footsteps of Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez.

The Braves edge the Nationals, 7-6, aided by HRs from Justin and B.J. Upton. It is the 5thtime the brothers have homered as teammates in the same game, a new ML record.

9thThe Angels outlast the Red Sox, 5-4, in 19 innings. Albert Pujols’ HR is the deciding blow. Dustin Pedroia steals two bases on the same play in the 14th.

At Chase Field, the Diamondbacks beat up on the Rockies, winning 14-4. David Peralta has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBI, and Mark Trumbo has a homer and 4 RBI. Nolan Arenado has a double and homer and drives in 3 runs for the Rox. The Rockies are without Carlos Gonzalez, who today is shut down for the season to have surgery on his left knee. During the season, Gonzalez had also been plagued with other injuries including an operation on his finger to remove what the doctors described as a “fatty mass with tentacles.” Gonzo speculated that “It might be a Cheeto, because I eat too many Cheetos.”

10thThe Blue Jays edge the Tigers, 6-5, in 19 innings. It is the 1sttime in ML history that games have been decided in the 19thinning or later on consecutive days. Melky Cabrera gets 3 hits and 5 walks, becoming the 1sty player in 42 years to reach base at least 8 times in a game. Rod Carew did so for the Twins on May 12, 1972.

The Red Sox defeat the Angels, 3-1. The Angels become just the 5thteam since 1900 to play a game of at least 9 innings without recording a single assist.

The Phillies claim veteran Jerome Williams off waivers from the Rangers. He’ll get 9 starts in Philley, posting a 2.83 ERA.

11thThe Royals obtain OF Josh Willingham from the Twins in exchange for P Jason Adam.

Coffee in a Go cup? In the Twins 4-2 win over the Astros, 32-year-old Houston rookie Domingo Santana ends his 6-game ML career pretty much where he started it as he strikes out 3 times. Santana strikes out 14 times in 17 at bats with no hits.

Two Rochester Red Wing pitchers combine on an odd 3-0 no-hitter. The game began on July 24thin Durham and was stopped on account of rain and finished today in Rochester. The starting pitcher Trevor May made his major league debut August 9 and is no longer with Rochester, and the win goes to Logan Darnell with 6 innings of hitless ball (as noted by Sean Lehman).

13thThe Giants defeat the White Sox, 7-1, behind Jake Peavy, who ends a streak of 18 consecutive winless starts. The only other pitcher to have a longer winless start streak after already having won 100 games in the ML was Fernando Valenzuela.

Mike Napoli drives in 3 runs and Anthony Ranaudo wins his second game since being called up this month as the Red Sox beat the host Reds, 5-4. Aroldis Chapman strikes out the side in the 9thand sets a ML record with strikeouts in 49 straight relief appearances.  He’ll go 2 appearances before his next strikeout.

14thThe Brewers beat the Cubs, 6-2. Mike Fiers fans 14 batters in 6 innings to become the 8thpitcher since 1900 to strake out as many as 14 batters in a game in which he pitched no more than 6 innings.

Rob Manfred is named Bud Selig’s successor as MLB commissioner.

15thThe Rays shut out the Yankees, 5-0, to reach the .500 mark. They are the 4thteam in ML history to get back to .500 after being at least 18 games below that mark that season.

At Arlington, Garrett Cole (13-4) pitches into the 8thinning as the Angels edge the Rangers, 5-4. Kole Calhoun has a single, double and 3-run homer for the Haloes.  The win is Richards’ last of the season. In the 2ndinning of his game on the 20thhe will trip covering 1B and require knee surgery that will keep him out until early in 2015.

A bobble. At Comerica Park, the Tigers hand out Miguel Cabrera bobbleheads that read “Most Valuable Player, National League.” Miguel shrugs it off and goes 2-for-3 but Seattle beats the Tigers, 7-2.

17thIn the second of two games the Rockies double the Reds, 10-5, as Michael Cuddyer becomes the only player this season to hit for the cycle. It is the second cycle of his career, as he becomes just the third player in history to produce cycles in both leagues. Bob Watson and John Olerud also accomplished the feat. He scores 3 and knocks in 3.  In the exciting first game, the Reds score 2 in the top of the 9thand take a 9-5 lead. Closer Aroldis Chapman then walks the first 4 batters he faces and is replaced by J.J. Hoover (1-9), who fails to clean up. A sac fly makes it 9-7 and a 3-run walkoff homer by Drew Stubbs ends it, 10-9.

Jose Altuve has 4 hits, including a grand slam, to pace the Astros to an 8-1 victory over the Red Sox. His slam follows a mental error by Xander Bogaerts that would have ended the inning.

Conor Gillaspie hits a grand slam and Jordan Danks adds a 2-run homer as the White Sox beat the Jays, 7-5.

18thThe Phillies beat the Mariners, 4-1, as Jerome Williams gets the win for Philadelphia. Williams becomes the fifth pitcher in the last 60 years to register wins for three different ML teams in one season, having previously recorded victories with the Astros and Rangers this year. The others to accomplish the feat were Ray Sadecki (1975), Dock Ellis (1977), Steve Carlton (1986) and David Weathers (2004).

19thThe Cubs apparently beat the Giants, 2-0, in a game called due to rain after 4 ½ innings. The Giants, however, protest the game, citing problems faced by the grounds crew in struggling to cover the field with the tarp.  The protest will be upheld by MLB tomorrow, becoming the first one upheld since 1986. The game is resumed on Thursday, and the Cubs go on to win by a score of 2-1.

21stThe Rays edge the Tigers, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. A 1st-inning triple by Brandon Guyer is Tampa’s only safety against David Price, who becomes the seventh pitcher since 1900 to throw a complete-game one-hitter in his first appearance against a former team. Price is the only one of the 7 to lose the game.

The Cubs and Giants play two at Wrigley, the first match an extension of their August 19ththat the Giants successfully protested in the 5th. An unexpected rain caught the ground crew by surprise and it took nearly two hours to cover the infield. Chicago was ahead, 2-0.  The Cubs win, 2-1, then lose the regularly scheduled game, 5-3.  Buster Posey has 2 doubles and a homer while Madison Bumgarner pitches 7 innings, striking out 12. Javier Baez strikes out 4 times, the second of three times this month he will wear the golden sombrero. The free-swing rookie will wear the sombrero 5 times this year to lead the league, despite going to bat just 213 times. He will strike out 40% of the time, the first batter in 50 years (200 AB) to do so.

The Nationals score an unearned run in the 9thto beat the Diamondbacks, 1-0. It is their fifth walkoff win in their last six games.

22ndThe Mariners defeat the Red Sox, 5-3. Felix Hernandez reaches the 200-strikeout mark for the 6thconsecutive season, becoming the ninth pitcher in ML history to do so.

The Twins clobber the Tigers, 20-6. Eduardo Escobar leads the offense, going 5-for-6, including a triple and homer.

23rdOn “Pups in the Park” night at Dodger Stadium, there is no dogging it from Adrian Gonzalez, who drives in 5 runs as the Dodgers beat the Mets, 7-4. Zack Greinke goes 7 innings for the win.

Mike Leake (10-11) pitches into the 7th, hits a double and scores the only run as the Reds beat the Braves, 1-0.

The Red Sox sign Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo for a whopping $72.5M. He’ll get into 10 games in September, hitting .333 with 2 homers, but he will slip after that.

25thThe Phillies edge the Nationals, 3-2. A.J. Burnett fans 12 Washington batters, becoming the first pitcher in ML history to have a 12-strikeout game for 5 different teams.

The Orioles defeat the Rays, 9-1. The Birds are paced by Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis, who hit back-to-back-to-back HRs in the 5thinning for Baltimore.

26thThe Phillies beat the Nationals, 4-3, as Jonathan Papelbon records his 100thsave with the team. He becomes the first pitcher in ML history with at least 200 saves with a team in one league (Boston) and 100 or more for a team in the other league (Philadelphia). Hard-throwing Ken Giles, in relief of Cole Hamels, picks up the win by striking out 3 in the 8th.

27thThe Reds defeat the Cubs, 7-5, using 13 hits. Catcher Devin Mesoraco has 2 hits to snap a streak of 13 hitless games by Reds catchers. Jorge Soler hits a homer for Chicago in his first ML at bat, becoming the sixth Cub to perform the feat.

After striking out the side in the 1st, getting through the 2ndwith no score, Detroit ace David Price surrenders 9 straight hits to the Yankees in the 3rd. New York wins, 8-4, behind Shane Greene. According to Elias, the last AL team with hits in 9 straight plate appearances was Detroit, in 1996 against the Jays.

Smells sweet. Roughned Odor hits a 3rdinning grand slam as last-place Texas whips Seattle, 12-4. Erasmo Ramirez allows 10 runs in 3+ innings.

28thGiants P Yusmeiro Petit retires the first 8 Rockies batters he faces in SF’s 4-1 win before giving up a single to pitcher Jordan Lyles, ending his consecutive hitless streak. The streak gives him an ML record 46 consecutive batters retired, breaking Mark Buehrle’s 2009 streak by 1. Buehrle had broken the record held by the Giants Jim Barr at 41.

29thChicago rookie Jorge Soler hits a pair of HRs in the Cubs’ 6-2 win over the Cardinals, to give him 3 homers in his first 3 ML games. His teammate Javier Baez also turned the trick earlier this season. The only other player to do so since 1900 was Joe Cunningham with the 1954 Cardinals.

The Orioles beat the Twins, 9-1. Minnesota’s only run comes on a HR by Trevor Plouffe, the 10,000thhomer hit by the Twins/Senators franchise. The team is the last of the pre-expansion franchise t o reach the mark.

The Giants trounce the Brewers, 13-2, pounding ace Wily Peralta for 6 runs in 3 innings.  Buster Posey goes 5-for-5, including a triple, while Joe Panik has 4 hits.

The Braves defeat the Marlins, 5-2, as Craig Kimbrel gets his 40thsave of the season. He becomes the 3rdML pitcher to register 40 or more save in each of 4 consecutive seasons. Trevor Hoffman and Francisco Rodriguez also turned the trick.

30thThe Blue Jays shut out the Yankees, 2-0, as Drew Hutchison and Aaron Sanchez hold the Bombers to one hit. Mark Teixeira’s 4th-inning double is the Yankees’ only safety.

The Orioles acquire OF Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. They also obtain IF Kelly Johnson and minor league IF Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox in exchange for IF/OF Jemile Weeks and minor league IF Ivan De Jesus Jr.

The Angels tie a ML record by using 8 pitchers in a 2-0 shutout win over the Athletics. Three teams previously performed the feat—the Red Sox in 1999, the Rays in 2010, and the Braves in 2012.

The Cardinals score 9 runs in the 8thinning in their 13-2 win over the Cubs. Nine runs is tops for an inning this year. It the first season since 1958 that no major-league team scores 10 runs in an inning even though clubs played over 43,000 frames during the campaign (as noted by Doug Kern). Chicago rookie Jorge Soler becomes the first player since 1920, when RBIs became an official stat, to have both an extra-base hit and an RBI in each of his first 4 ML games.

The Padres edge the Dodgers, 2-1, in 10 innings. SD ties an ML mark by recording 3 consecutive extra-inning wins.

31stThe Athletics acquire 1B/OF/DH Adam Dunn from the White Sox in exchange for minor league P Nolan Sanburn and cash. The A’s will make the playoffs but will deny Dunn his first appearance in them by not activating the big guy.

The Reds send P Jonathan Broxton to the Brewers for 2 players to be named.

SEPTEMBER

1st  The Astros fire manager Bo Porter and replace him on an interim basis with Tom Lawless.

The Phillies shut out the Braves, 7-0, as Cole Hamels (6 innings), Jake Diekman (1), Ken Giles (1) and Jonathan Papelbon (1) combine on a no-hitter It is the 11th combined no-hitter in ML history.

Detroit stays a half-game behind the Royals with a 12-1 pasting of the host Indians. The Tigers collect 20 hits, including 5 homeruns in the barrage. Miguel Cabrera has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and scores 4 to back James Price’s 13thwin. Tyler Collins pinch hits for Cabrera in the 9thand hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot.

Jason Hammel (2-5) rides an Oakland 5-run 1stinning to a 6-1 win over Seattle as the A’s move to 4.5 games behind the Angels.  Newly acquired Adam Dunn homers in his first game for the A’s: it is the third time he has homered in his first game for a new team (A’s, Nationals, White Sox).

2ndBehind the hitting of Tyler Flowers, the White Sox whip the Twins, 6-3. The catcher hits a game-tying 2-run homer in the 2ndinning, then belts a 2-run homer in the top of the 10thto give Chicago the lead.  He’ll top that effort in 6 days.

3rdAdam LaRoche comes off the bench in the 9thto drive in 5 runs as the Nationals top the host Dodgers, 8-5 in 14 innings. LaRoche hits a tying 2-run homer in the 9th, a go-ahead 2-run single in the 12thand a go-ahead grounder in the 14th.

The Cardinals sweep the Pirates, winning today, 1-0, when Peter Bourjos singles home the winning run in the 9thinning. The Pirates are now 5 games in back of the NL Central leading Cards.

Cubs rookie Jorge Solar hits a 2-run double as the Cubs beat the Brewers, 6-2. Solar is the second player in Cubs history with at least 10 RBIs in his first 7 games.

4thVictor Martinez hits a 3-run homer as the Tigers score 7 times in the 11thto beat the host Indians, 11-4.

5thRon Washington resigns as manager of the Rangers citing personal reasons. Bench coach Tim Bogar takes over as interim skipper.

Rookie Tyler Matzek, who went 7 innings in his last start, a combined shutout, needs no help today as he shuts out the Padres, 3-0, in Denver. Matzek allows 3 hits in hurling the only complete game for the Rockies staff this year.

7thThe Orioles defeat the Rays, 7-5, in 11 innings. Nelson Cruz drives in all 7 runs for Baltimore.

The Royals spoil Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium, winning, 2-0. The Captain singles in his first at bat.

Under new manager Tim Bogar, the Rangers beat the Mariners, 1-0. Adrian Beltre drives in the lone run: Beltre was a teammate of Bogar’s 13 years ago. Winning his first decision since returning from the DL, Derek Holland goes 7 innings. Holland was injured in January when he tripped over his dog.

The Braves lose to the Marlins, 4-0. Justin Upton and B.J. Upton become the first brothers in ML history to each strike out at least 1,000 times in their careers.

8thIn Chicago, Tyler Flowers provides the heroics with his second 2-homer game in a week as the White Sox edge Oakland, 5-4, in 12 innings. Flowers ties the game in the 9thwith a solo homer off Eric O’Flaherty, then wins it with a walkoff homer in the 12thoff Jesse Chavez.  He is the second catcher in history to tie a game with a homer in the 9thand hit a walkoff in extra innings (Donnie Scott, 1985).

9thThe Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 5-1, as Joe Panik goes 5-for-5.

The Athletics trounce the White Sox, 11-2, as Josh Donaldson goes 5-for-6, including a double.

Colby Lewis (9-13) gives up 2 earned runs—one on a leadoff single in the 8thbefore he is lifted—as Texas loses, 9-3, to the Angels.  The Angels score 7 runs in the 8thto break it open. Guilder Rodriguez is 0-for-3 in his Texas debut. He is the 64thplayer used by the Rangers this year, a ML record.

10thBrian McCann and Chris Young hit homers off Jake Odorizzi as the host Yankees come from behind to beat the Rays, 8-5. Young joins Dave Kingman (1977) as the only players to hit homers for both the Mets and Yankees in the same season.

The Angels win their second in a row at Arlington, beating the Rangers, 8-1. Matt Shoemaker (15-4) gets help from Albert Pujols, who is a homer shy of the cycle, and Kole Calhoun, with a double and homer. The Haloes will win tomorrow to move 10 game ahead of the A‘s in the AL West.

11thOvercoming two homers and 4 RBIs by Yunel Escobar, the Yankees triumph over the Rays, 5-4, winning on Chris Young’s dramatic 3-run walkoff homer.

The Marlins lose slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the season when he is hit on the cheek by a pitch from Brewers starter Mike Fiers. Stanton suffers multiple fractures, dental fracture and several cuts that need stitches when he is hit in the 5thinning of the 4-2 loss to Miami. Fiers then throws gasoline on the fire by hitting the next batter on the hand. Third baseman Casey McGehee and Marlins manager Mike Redmond are both ejected in the ensuing kerfuffle.  In the 6thMarlins reliever Anthony DeSciafani plunks Carlos Gomez, earning the pitcher a trip to the showers. Joining him is acting manager Rob Leary. MLB will fine Fiers for his part in the proceedings and DeSciafani will be suspended for 3 games.

12thPlaying without Chris Davis, who was suspended for 25 games because of using amphetamines, the Orioles sweep a pair from the Yankees, winning 2-1 in 11 innings, and 5-0. It is the Birds first sweep of the Yankees since 1984.  Chris Young’s 11thinning homer in game 1 is the only Yankee score. Davis tested positive for Adderall, which he previously had a therapeutic exemption to use, but it had run out and he did not have clearance at the time of the testing. His season is finished.

13thThe Dodgers rout the Giants, 17-0. Brett Bochy, son of manager Bruce Bochy, makes his ML debut for SF. He becomes the 8th MLer—and first pitcher—to be managed by his father.

14thDaniel Nava hits a grand slam and Xander Bogaerts adds a 3-run shot as the Red Sox win over the Royals, 8-4. Boston wins 3 out of 4 from Kansas City.

Josh Harrison hits a tie-breaking 2-run double and starts the Pirates first triple play in 21 years as Pittsburgh rallies past the Cubs, 7-3.

15thThe Angels crush the Mariners, 8-1, to become the first team to qualify for the playoffs.

The Marlins edge the Mets, 6-5, despite 13 strikeouts from prize rookie rookie Jacob DeGrom in 7 innings. DeGrom ties an ML record by fanning the first 8 batters he faces in the game. Jim Deshaies previously did so in 1986.

16thThe Orioles defeat the Blue Jays, 8-2, to clinch the AL East and a spot in the playoffs.

The Nationals shut out the Braves, 3-0, to clinch the NL East and a spot in the playoffs.

The White Sox come from behind to beat the Royals, 7-5. Chicago scores 3 runs in the 8thon Conor Gillaspie’s triple. The runs are charged to Kelvin Herrera (2) and Wade Davis (1), each of whom saw their consecutive scoreless inning streaks snapped: Davis at 31.2 and Herrera at 30.2.

Jake Arrieta is 5 outs away from a no-hitter before Brandon Phillips drives a double for the Reds only hit.  The Cubs win, 7-0, behind Arrieta’s (9-5) one-hitter. He strikes out 13.

Corey Kluber strikes out 14 in 7 innings as the Indians beat Houston, 3-2.

17thThe Rockies rout the Dodgers, 16-2. Charlie Blackmon goes 5-for-5 with a HR. He becomes just the 6th player in ML history to have three 5-for-5 or better games in a single season. Ty Cobb (1922), Tris Speaker (1923), Stan Musial (1948), Tony Gwynn (1993), and Ichiro Suzuki (2004) also accomplished the feat.

The Angels shut out the Mariners, 5-0, as C.J. Wilson and 2 relievers set down Seattle on just a hit. Justin Smoak’s 5th-inning single is Seattle’s only safety.

The Yankees edge the Rays, 3-2, behind 7 solid innings by Brandon McCarthy. McArthy finishes up by striking out the side in the 7thon 9 pitches.  He’s the 77thpitcher to do so.

The A’s lose to lowly Texas, 7-2, and fall a half-game behind the Royals. Sonny Gray takes the loss.

19thAt Baltimore, David Ortiz bangs a pair of homers, the second a 2-run shot in the 10th, as Boston beats the Orioles, 5-3.  For Ortiz, it is his 6th2-homer game this year and the 47thof his career. Big Papi holds the record for most 2-homer games without hitting more in a game.

The Yankees put the Blue Jays 2 games behind them in the AL East with a 5-3 win. New York does all their scoring off starter Mark Buehrle, giving the veteran a career 1-14 against the Yankees.

At Wrigley, the Dodgers score 6 runs in the 1stinning as Matt Kemp and A.J. Ellis homer. Ellis homers again in the 3rd, again off reliever Eric Jokisch, as the Dodgers prevail, 14-5. Jokisch replaced starter Edwin Jackson while his batterymate Welington Castillo departed as well with an injury, a rare case of a battery replacement in the 1st.

20thThe Phillies defeat the Athletics, 3-0. Jerome Williams becomes the first pitcher in ML history to beat the same team 3 times in one season, each time while pitching for a different team. Williams has defeated the A’s while hurling for the Phillies, Astros and Rangers.

21stThe Yankees defeat the visiting Blue Jays, 5-2. Brett Gardner hits the 15,000th HR in franchise history, and Brian McCann belts a pair of round trippers. McCann will hit another homer in 2 days to lead the Yankees with 23, 19 of them hit at the Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka (13-4) makes his first appearance since tearing his UCL in Cleveland July 8.

22nd  The Yankees shut out the Orioles, 5-0, as Michael Pineda and relievers combine on a 1-hitter. JJ Hardy’s 5th-inning single is Baltimore’s only hit.

The Cardinals Adam Wainwright joins Clayton Kershaw as the only 20-game winners in the majors, as he throws a 3-hitter to beat the Cubs, 8-0.  Wainwright’s 3 CG shutouts will tie for the ML lead in this category. In addition, he started 9 of the 18 combined shutouts by the Cards’ staff (as noted by Bill Deane).

23rd   The Pirates clinch a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over the Braves.

24th   The Twins edge the Diamondbacks, 2-1, behind Phil Hughes. Hughes finishes the year with 16 wins and just 16 walks allowed, just the third pitcher to have as many or more wins as walks while winning at least 15 games. Christy Mathewson turned the trick twice (1913 and 1914), and Slim Sallee did it once (1919). Bret Saberhagen had 14 wins in 1994, while walking 13.

The Blue Jays shut out the Mariners, 1-0, as Mark Buehrle becomes the 8th pitcher in ML history with 200 or more innings pitched in 14 or more consecutive seasons. He is the only pitcher to post a streak like that while walking 61 or fewer in any season. Cy Young had a 13-season streak.

The Marlins score a pair of runs off Phils starter David Buchanan, then plate 4 off reliever Jake Diekman to win, 6-4. Buchanan finishes the year with 16 straight starts in which he allows 3 runs or fewer. Diekman strikes out none today, but will K two in his next appearance to become the first Phillie reliever since 1983 to strike out 100.

Behind Justin Verlander’s 8 strong innings, the Tigers defeat the White Sox, 6-1, to clinch a spot in the AL playoffs.

26thThe Diamondbacks fire Kirk Gibson as their manager. Bench coach Alan Trammell is named interim manager.

27thBehind Wily Peralta’s 7 solid innings, the Brewers edge the Cubs, 2-1.  Peralta goes to 17-11.  Batterymate Jonathan Lacroy drives in the go-ahead run in the 5thwith his 53rddouble of the year, the first (primarily) catcher since 1900 to lead the majors in doubles. His 46 as a catcher is a new ML record topping Pudge Rodriguez, who hit 45 as a catcher in 1996.

At Great American Ball Park, Ramon Santiago hits a walkoff grand slam in the 10thto give the Reds a 10-6 win over the Pirates. For the 35-year-old shortstop, it is his first grand slam. He is the second player (Mickey Owen) at 35 years of age to hit his first grand slam as a walkoff. The win goes to Dylan Axelrod, snapping the Reds bullpen’s 18-game losing streak.  The 2012 Astros hold the record at 20.

John Danks evens his record at 11-11 as the White Sox beat the Royals, 5-4. Catcher Josh Phegley’s second homer of the game in the 7thproves the difference. Phegley, with 2 hits yesterday and 2 more tomorrow, raises his average to .216, 5 points higher than his OBP. Batting averages do not count sac flies while on-base percentage does.

28thThe Nationals shut out the Marlins, 1-0, as Jordan Zimmermann hurls a no-hitter. Henderson Alvarez, who takes the loss for Miami, threw a no-hitter on the last day of the season last year. Zimmerman and his catcher Wilson Ramos are the only players to play the entire game for Washington as the Nationals use 17.

In the Mets 8-3 win over the Astros, Jose Altuve goes 2-for-4 to win the AL batting title over Victor Martinez. The Tiger star goes 0-for-3 today to finish at .335, 6 points behind Altuve.  Lucas Duda has a homer and 4 RBI for New York, while Ruben Tejada, on his last at bat of the year, hits a homer. He had gone to bat 778 times at Citi Field without a home run.

The Braves edge the lowly Phillies, 2-1, getting 3 hits off Cole Hamels (9-9) in 8 innings. Hamels ends the season with 23 consecutive starts allowing 3 runs or fewer. This ties the ML record held by Clayton Kershaw and Orel Hershiser. His streak began June 1.

Matt Kemp hits a 2-run homer, and Adrian Gonzalez and Roger Bernadina add 3-run homers to power the Dodgers to a 10-5 thrashing of the visiting Rockies. Colorado has lost 39 of its last 45 road games and finishes 21-60 away from Coors.

The Athletics shut out the Rangers, 4-0, to clinch a wild-card spot in the playoffs.

At Chicago, the Royals beat the White Sox, 6-4, and stay a game behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Paul Konerko, out all month with a broken bone in his left hand, makes his final appearance for the White Sox, going 0-for-3 before being lifted. He finishes a 16-year career with the Sox.

Johnny Cueto wins his 20thas the Reds beat the Pirates, 4-1. Aroldis Chapman pitches the 9thand strikes out 3 batters.  The closer finishes with a ML record 17.67 strikeouts per 9 innings (50 innings min).

2014 was the first season since 1958 that no major-league team scored 10 runs in an inning even though clubs played over 43,000 frames during the campaign (as noted by Doug Kern).

29thThe Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons at the helm.

The Astros hire A.J. Hinch as their new manager.  Hinch had been the Padres interim GM in between Josh Byrnes and A.J. Preller, hired in August.

30thThe Royals score 2 runs in the bottom of the 12th inning to edge the Athletics, 9-8, in the AL wild-card game. Salvador Perez’s single is the winning hit, giving Jason Frasor the win in relief. KC ties a postseason record with 7 stolen bases in the game. Brandon Moss hits a pair of HRs and drives in 5 runs in a losing cause.

OCTOBER

1stMadison Bumgarner hurls a 4-hit, complete game shutout as the Giants defeat the Pirates, 8-0, in the NL wild-card game. Brandon Crawford’s 4th-inning grand slam leads the way for SF.

2ndThe Royals edge the Angels, 3-2, in 11 innings to take the 1stgame of the ALDS. Mike Moustakas’ HR is the deciding run. Danny Duffy gets the win in relief. Chris Iannetta and David Freese homer in a losing cause for LA.

The Tigers defeat the White Sox, 6-1, to clinch a spot in the AL playoffs. The Orioles score 8 runs in the 8thinning and rout the Tigers, 12-3, to take the opener of their ALDS. Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy homer for Baltimore, while Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, and Miguel Cabrera connect for Detroit. Chris Tillman gets the win for the Orioles with 5 innings of work.

3rdThe Royals win their 3rdstraight extra-inning postseason game, defeating the Angels, 4-1, in 11 innings to take a 2-0 lead in their ALDS. Eric Hosmer’s 2-run homer is the decisive blow. Brandon Finnegan gets the win in relief for KC.

The Orioles score 4 runs in the 8thinning and defeat the Tigers, 7-6, to take a 2-0 lead in their ALDS. Delmon Young’s pinch 3-run double is the deciding hit. Nick Markakis homers for Baltimore and Brad Brach gets the win in relief. J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos hit homers in a losing cause for Detroit.

The Giants edge the Nationals, 3-2, behind Jake Peavy to take the opener in their NLDS. Brandon Crawford gets 3 hits for SF, while Bryce Harper and Asdrubal Cabrera hit homers to account for Washington’s runs.

Down 6-2, the Cardinals score 8 runs in the 7thinning to shockingly knock out LA starter Clayton Kershaw and go on to a 10-9 win over the Dodgers in the opener of their NLDS. Matt Carpenter drives in 4 runs for St. Louis. Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday all hit HRs for the Cardinals, as Marco Gonzales gets the win in relief. A.J. Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez homer for LA.

4thThe Giants edge the Nationals, 2-1, in 18 innings to take a 2-0 lead in their NLDS. Trailing 1-0 with 2 outs in the 9th, SF ties the score on Pablo Sandoval’s double. They win the game on Brandon Belt’s HR 9 innings later in the longest game by time (6 hours, 23 minutes) in postseason history. Yusmeiro Petit hurls 6 scoreless innings in relief to get the victory. Giants starter Tim Hudson pitches 7 innings in the match. In the last post-season game to go 18 innings, Atlanta’s loss to Houston in 2005, Hudson was the starter.

Going to the matt. Matt Kemp’s homerun in the bottom of the 8thinning is the deciding blow in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals to even their NLDS at 1 game apiece. Matt Carpenter’s HR in the top of the frame had tied the score. Brandon League gets the win in relief for LA.

5thNelson Cruz’s 2-run HR in the 6thinning accounts for all of Baltimore’s runs as the Orioles hold on for a 2-1 victory over the Tigers, and a 3-game sweep of their ALDS. Bud Norris hurls 6 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Detroit catcher Alex Avila leaves the game when a foul tip cracks off his mask and he sustains his fourth concussion of the season. The injury occurred in the 6th.

The Royals defeat the Angels, 8-3, to sweep their ALDS and move on to the ALCS. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas homer for KC as Jamie Fields gets the win. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols homer in a losing cause for LA.

6thWashington breaks a scoreless tie with 3 runs in the 7thinning and goes on to defeat the Giants, 3-1. Bryce Harper goes deep for the Nationals and Doug Fister gets the win. SF leads the NLDS, 2 games to 1.

Kolten Wong’s 7th-inning HR is the deciding blow as the Cardinals defeat the Dodgers, 3-1, to take a 2-1 lead in their NLDS. John Lackey gets the win for St. Louis, and Matt Carpenter hits a 2B and HR. Carpenter becomes the first player in ML history to have a HR and other extra-base hit in each of 3 consecutive games.

7thMatt Adams’ 3-run, 7th-inning HR accounts for all the Cardinals’ runs as St. Louis defeats the Dodgers, 3-2, to take their NLDS 3-games-to-1 and to move on to the NLCS. Marco Gonzales gets the win in relief for the Cardinals.

The Giants edge the Nationals, 3-2, to take their NLDS 3-games-to-1 and to move on to the NLCS. The Giants score 2 in the 2ndwhen Gio Gonzalez blows a DP ball, then watches with 3B Anthony Rendon when the next batter lays down a bunt that dies in the grass.  A walk and a groundout score 2. The Giants score the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the 7thinning after Bryce Harper homers in the top half of the inning to tie the score at 2-2. Hunter Strickland gets the win in relief for the Giants.

Dodger pitcher Josh Beckett announces his retirement. Despite pitching a no-hitter this season, Beckett missed the last three months of the year with season-ending surgery for left hip impingement. He went on the DL July 8 and made two appearances after that. His 2013 season was cut short by thoracic outlet syndrome, which resulted in surgery. The surgery removed one of his ribs.

10thAlex Gordon and Mike Moustakas each homer in the 10thinning to lead the Royals to an 8-6 win in the opening game of the ALCS. Alcides Escobar also hits a HR and Gordon drives in 4 runs while Wade Davis gets the win in relief.

11thMike Moustakas homers to lead the Royals to a 6-4 victory and a 2-0 lead in their ALCS with the Orioles. Wade Davis again gets the win in relief. Adam Jones hits a HR in a losing cause for Baltimore.

The Giants shut out the Cardinals, 3-0, behind Madison Bumgarner to take the opener of their NLCS. Pablo Sandoval gets 3 hits to lead SF.

12thKolten Wong’s walk-off HR leading off the bottom of the 9thinning give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Giants o tied the NLCS at a game apiece. St. Louis also gets HRs from lefthanded Matt Adams, connecting on a curve from Kershaw, Oscar Taveras and Matt Carpenter. Seth Maness gets the win in relief.

13thGame 3 of the ALCS is postponed due to rain.

14thThe Royals take a commanding 3-0 lead in the ALCS with a 2-1 win over the Orioles. Jason Frasor gets the win in relief. Billy Butler’s sacrifice fly in the 6thinning brings home the deciding run.

Randy Choate’s throwing error allows the winning run to score in the bottom of the 10thinning to give the Giants a 5-4 win over the Cardinals, and a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. Travis Ishikawa drives in 3 runs for SF and Sergio Romo gets the win in relief. Randal Grichuk homers for St. Louis in a losing cause.

The Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman as their new president, signing him to a 5-year $35M contract. Change is a-coming.

15thThe Royals edge the Orioles, 2-1, to sweep the ALCS and move on to the WS. Both KC runs score in the 1stinning. Jason Vargas gets the win for the Royals. Ryan Flaherty’s HR accounts for Baltimore’s only run. Lorenzo Cain is named the ALCS MVP, as the Royals improve to 8-0 in the postseason.

The Giants score 3 runs in the 6thinning to come from behind and defeat the Cardinals, 6-4, and take a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. Buster Posey drives in 3 runs for SF, and Yusmeiro Petit gets the win in relief. Kolten Wong homers for the losers.

16thThe Rangers name Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager.

The Giants beat the Cardinals, 6-3, on Travis Ishikawa’s 3-run walk-off HR in the 9thinning to take the NLCS, 3-2. They move on to the WS for the 3rdtime since 2010. Madison Bumgarner hurls 8 solid innings and is named the NLCS MVP. Jeremy Affeldt gets the win in relief. Joe Panik and Michael Morse also homer for SF, while Matt Adams and Tony Cruz homer in a losing cause for St. Louis.

21stThe Giants defeat the Royals, 7-1, in the opener of the WS behind Madison Bumgarner. Salvador Perez’s solo HR in the 7thinning ends Bumgarner’s streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings, the 2ndlongest consecutive scoreless innings streak to start a WS career. He is behind only Christy Mathewson’s 28 innings from 1905 to 1911. Hunter Pence homers for SF, while Pablo Sandoval adds 3 hits.

22nd  The Royals score 5 runs in the 6thinning and go on to beat the Giants, 7-2, to even the WS at a game apiece. Kelvin Herrera gets the win in relief for KC, while Omar Infante homers. Gregor Blanco homers for SF in a losing cause.

24th   The Royals jump out to a 3-0 lead, then hold on to defeat the Giants, 3-2, and take a 2-1 lead in the WS. Jeremy Guthrie gets the win for KC, becoming the first pitcher  in ML history to get a win in the postseason without striking out or walking a single batter. Alcides Escobar gets a pair of hits to lead the Royals’ attack. KC rookie P Brandon Finnegan makes history by becoming the first to play in both the College WS and ML WS in the same year.

Jimmy Rollins and Paul Konerko are named co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a player who best represents baseball through positive contributions both on and off the field.

Joe Maddon steps down as manager of the Rays, using an opt-out clause that is triggered by the departure of GM Andrew Friedman for the Dodgers. Maddon says he had totally forgotten about it until he got a call from Matt Silverman, head of baseball operations for the Rays.  He will test free agency. But not for long.

25th   The Giants pound out 16 hits on their way to an 11-4 win over the Royals to tie the WS at 2 games apiece. Hunter Pence leads the SF attack with 3 hits and 3 RBIs, and Yusmeiro Petit gets the win in relief.

26th   Madison Bumgarner hurls a 4-hit shutout to defeat the Royals, 5-0, and give the Giants a 3-2 lead in the WS. Brandon Crawford drives in 3 of the Giants’ runs.

Promising Cardinals rookie OF Oscar Taveras is killed in an automobile accident, together with his girlfriend, in the Dominican Republic. Taveras’s first and last hits were homers, including a pinch homer in the Cardinals Game 2 victory.

28th   The Royals tie the WS at 3 games apiece as they shut out the Giants, 10-0, behind Yordano Ventura. KC scores 7 runs in the 2ndinning, and goes on to put up 15 hits in the contest. Lorenzo Cain drives in 3 runs and Mike Moustakas homers for KC.

29th   The Giants edge the Royals, 3-2, to win the WS for the 3rdtime in the last 5 years. Madison Bumgarner hurls 5 innings of shutout relief for SF and wins the MVP award. Michael Morse drives in 2 of the Giants’ 3 runs. It is Bumgarner’s third WS win in 2014, but an hour later Jeremy Affeldt is given the W after officials confer.  Rule 10.17 gives the win to Affeldt.

31stThe Cubs fire manager Rich Renteria, who had led the team for the past season.  Renteria had been given every assurance that he would be back, but with Joe Maddon available, the Cubs pull the rug from under Renteria.

NOVEMBER

1st  The Blue Jays send 1B Adam Lind to the Brewers in exchange for P Marco Estrada.

3rdThe Cubs name Joe Maddon as their new manager and give him a 5-year $25M contract.

The Twins name Paul Molitor as their new manager.

4thGold Glove Award winners are announced, with Yadier Molina winning his 7thconsecutive NL honor. The Braves, Rockies and Dodgers each have a pair of winners. The Royals and Orioles each have a trio of winners in the AL.

5thThe Astros obtain C Hank Conger from the Angels in exchange for P Nick Tropeano and C Carlos Perez. The Angels also sent P Mark Sappington to the Rays for P Cesar Ramos.

Dodger president Andrew Friedman hires Farhan Zaidi from Oakland to be his new General Manager.

The Miami Heraldreports that Alex Rodriguez admitted to federal prosecutors earlier this year on January 29ththat he used banned substances provided to him by Anthony Bosch from 2010 to 2012. Rodriguez paid $12,000 a month for the P.E.D.s.  This is at variance with several interviews and public statements by the Yankee star that he did not take drugs.

10th   The Mets sign free agent OF Michael Cuddyer to a 2-year contract worth $21M. He has turned down a one year offer from the Rockies for $15.3M.

Jose Abreu of the White Sox and Jacob deGrom of the Mets win the AL and NL Rookie of the Year Award for 2014. Abreu is a unanimous choice in the AL, while deGrom takes 26 of 30 first-place votes in the NL.

11th   Buck Showalter of the Orioles and Matt Williams of the Nats are named Manager of the Year in the AL and NL, respectively.

12th   Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Corey Kluber of the Indians are Cy Young Winners for 2014 in the NL and AL, respectively. It is Kershaw’s 3rdwin in the last 4 years.

The Yankees send C Francisco Cervelli to the Pirates in exchange for P Justin Wilson.

13th   The Tigers obtain OF Anthony Gose from the Blue Jays for 2B Devon Travis.

Mike Trout of the Angels and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers win the AL and NL MVP Awards for 2014. Trout is a unanimous winner after finishing 2ndto Miguel Cabrera in each of the last 2 years. Kershaw becomes the first pitcher to win the award since Bob Gibson in 1968.

14th   The Rays send P Jeremy Hellickson to the Diamondbacks for SS Andrew Velazquez and OF Justin Williams.

The Pirates sign free agent vet A.J. Burnett to a 1-year $8.5M deal. Burnett lost an ML-high 18 games last season with the Phillies, and declined a second year option in Philadelphia for $12.75M to return to Pittsburgh. Burnett spent 2012-13 with the Bucs.

A report from Kyodo says that the Hiroshima Carp are reluctant to post 26-year-old star pitcher Kenta Maeda after a disappointing season (11-9) by the righty.

15thIn Tokyo, the Major League All-star team is no-hit by Takahiro Norimoto and three relievers as Japan wins, 4-0, to take a three game to nothing lead in their 5-game series. Seattle’s Robinson Cano is hit on the toe in the 7thinning and suffers a fracture.

16th   The Cubs send P Arodys Vizcaino to the Braves for 2B Tommy La Stella. The Braves had originally traded Vizcaino to Chicago.

17th   The Braves new GM John Hart sends OF Jason Heyward and P Jordan Walden to the Cardinals in exchange for pitcher Shelby Miller and minor league P Tyrell Jenkins. Heyward is a free agent after the 2015 season. Miller has compiled a 26-18 record since September 2012.

The Marlins agree to terms on a record 13-year, $325 million contract with slugger Giancarlo Stanton. It is the most lucrative contract for an American athlete in history. Stanton’s season ended September 11 when he was hit in the face by a pitch.

The Blue Jays agree to terms on a 5-year $82M deal with free agent Russell Martin, who went to high school in Montreal. The catcher hit .290 last season after a career average of .255.

18thIn Sapporo, Japan, the Major League All-Stars beat Japan, 3-1, in the last game of their 5-game series. The U.S. won the final two games after Japan took the first three matches. Matt Shoemaker holds Japan to 2 hits in 5 scoreless innings for the win.

The Mets unveil their 2015 plans for new outfield fences, shortening the distances in right center field. The change comes after the team analyzes the balls hit at CitiField last season. Right field will change from 375’ to 370’, while right CF goes to 383’ to 380’.  Left field stays the same, though changes after 2011 brought those distances from 364’ to 358’ in LF and 384’ to 370’ in left CF.

Oakland signs long-time Royals slugger Billy Butler to a 3-year $30 million contract.

The White Sox sign lefty specialist  Zach Duke to a 3-year $15M contract.

20th   The Dodgers obtain pitchers Joel Peralta and Adam Liberatore from the Rays for pitchers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.

The Rangers release starter Miles Mikolas after the righty went 2-5/6.44 ERA for the season. Mikolas will star in Japan and end up signing a 2-year $15.5 million contract with the Cardinals after the 2017 season.

21stThe White Sox sign free agent 1B Adam LaRoche to a 2-year contract worth $25M. LaRoche drove in 22 runs in his final 21 games for the Nationals.

23rdOakland makes its second big signing in 5 days, acquiring Pirate 1B Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from Pittsburgh for international bonus slot 23. The Bucs acquired Davis on April 18.

25th   The Red Sox sign free agent 3B Pablo Sandoval to a 5-year deal and free agent SS Hanley Ramirez to a 4-year  $88M contract. Along with the $72.5M committed to Cuban OF Rusney Castillo, the Sox are on the hook for $255M for the three.

26thOver here but over paid? The Diamondback sign Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas to a 6-year contract worth $68.5M.  He’ll struggle in spring training, but hit .273 while playing 3B in 2015.

28th   The Royals send P Aaron Crow to the Marlins for pitchers Brian Flynn and Reid Redman.

The Athletics trade All-Star 3B Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays for IF Franklin Barreto, 3B Brett Lawrie, and pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendal Graveman.

DECEMBER

1st  The Mariners come to terms on a 4-year deal with free agent OF Nelson Cruz.

Tampa Bay trades utility player Sean Rodriguez to the Pirates for a player to be named later (minor league pitcher Buddy Borden). Rodriguez has played every position except pitcher and catcher.

2ndThe Twins agree to a 1-year  $10.5M deal with free agent OF Torii Hunter, 40.

The Dodgers obtain OF Chris Helsey from the Reds for P Matt Magill.

The Cardinals agree to a 1-year contract with free agent P Matt Belisle.

3rdLong-time Oriole Nick Markakis agrees to a 4-year contract with the Braves.  The vet batted .276 last year and is expected to fill a void left by the recent trade of Jason Heyward. Atlanta also agrees to terms on a 1-year deal with free agent P Jim Johnson.

Seattle trades outfielder Michael Saunders to the Jays for veteran lefty J.A. Happ.  Happ was 11-11 last year with a 4.22 ERA.  Saunders is expected to start, which makes Melky Cabrera’s days numbered.

The Royals agree to a 2-year $10 million deal with righty Luke Hochevar, who sat out last season following Tommy John surgery.

The Blue Jays agree to a one-year $1 million contract with free agent 1B Justin Smoak.

4thIn a three-team swap, the Yankees acquire their new shortstop, picking up 24-year-old Didi Gregorius from Arizona.  The Diamondbacks receive pitcher Robbie Ray and infield prospect Domingo Leyba from Detroit. Detroit gets starter Shane Greene from the Yankees.  Not resting, the Yankees finish the day off by agreeing to a 4-year $36 million contract with reliever Andrew Miller.  Miller reportedly spurned another 4-year offer for $40M. Miller split last season between the Red Sox and the Orioles. The signing will make it easier to let David Robertson go.

5thThe Rays name Kevin Cash as their new manager. At age 36, he becomes the youngest manager in the majors.

8thThe Indians acquire 1B Brandon Moss from the Athletics in exchange for 2B prospect Joe Wendle.

9th  Jon Lester agrees to a six-year, $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, turning down offers from San Francisco and Boston, his former team. The Red Sox had made a curious offer of four years and $70 million last March, but in the final days before the Chicago signing, had upped it to $135 million for 6 years. The Giants were in the neighborhood of $150 million for 6 years with some indication they might have added a 7thyear. According to Sports Illustrated, the Las Vegas odds on the Cubs winning the 2015 World Series drop from 50 to 1 to 12 to 1.

The White Sox bring Jeff Samardzija back to Chicago, acquiring him from the A’s for a package of four young players: P Chris Bassitt, C Josh Phegley, 1B Rangel Ravelo and IF Marcus Semien. The 30-year-old Samardzija will be a free agent after the 2015 season. The Sox also acquire Michael Ynoa in the deal.

The Cubs trade 2 minor league pitchers to Arizona for veteran All-star catcher Miguel Montero.

10th  The Astros sign free agent pitchers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek to a 3-year contract worth $18.5M and 2-year $12.5M contract, respectively.

The Marlins trade reliever Chris Hatcher and prize rookie pitcher Andrew Heaney to the Dodgers for speedster Dee Gordon. Minutes later the Dodgers swap Heaney to the Angels for vet 2B Howie Kendrick. A nostalgic Heaney tweets, “Well, @ Dodgers we had a good run! Great to be a part of such a storied franchise. #thanksforthememories”

The Phillies continue their tear down sending P Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates in exchange for P Joely Rodriguez. Bastardo appeared in 244 games over the past 4 years, averaging 11 Ks per 9 innings.

11th   The Tigers send P Rick Porcello to the Red Sox for OF Yoenis Cespedes and P Alex Wilson. They then acquire P Alfredo Simon from the Reds in exchange for P Jonathon Crawford and IF Eugenio Suarez.

Ace or ace bandage? The Marlins obtain brittle Mat Latos from the Reds for P Anthony DeSclafani and C Chad Wallach.

The Twins agree to terms on a 4-year contract with free agent P Ervin Santana worth $55M. He’ll quickly lose $6.9M of it and 80 games when he tests positive for drugs just before the season opener.

The Red Sox agree to terms on a 1-year deal worth $9.5M with free agent P Justin Masterson.

The Mets agree to terms on a 1-year deal with free agent OF John Mayberry Jr.

The Royals agree to terms on a 2-year $17M deal with free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales.

The Cardinals agree to terms on a 1-year deal with free agent 3B Mark Reynolds.

The Red Sox acquire P Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, and IF Raymel Flores. Miley won 34 games in the past 3 seasons while averaging a skosh under 200 innings a year.

12th   Here’s your old locker. The Cubs sign free agent P Jason Hammel to a 2-year contract worth $18M.

The Pirates re-sign lefty Francisco Liriano to a $39M 3-year contract.

The U.S. Senate confirms the appointment of Mark Stewart to be ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.  Stewart played 7 games for the White Sox in 1985, hitting .273 before a knee injury the following year curtailed his career. Stewart is the first major league player to become a U.S. ambassador.

13th   The White Sox come to terms on a 3-year $42M contract with free agent OF Melky Cabrera.

15th   The Astros sign free agent SS Jed Lowrie to a 3-year deal worth $23M.

The Royals reach agreement on a 1-year $11M deal with free agent of Alex Rios.

16th   The Marlins agree to a 2-year deal with free agent OF Michael Morse.

The Padres sign free agent P Brandon Morrow to a 1-year deal.

The Dodgers sign Brandon McCarthy, lately of the Yankees, to a hefty 4-year, $48M contract.

The Yankees re-sign Chris Capuano to a one-year contract worth $5 million. The lefty went 2-3 for the Yankees after signing on July 24.

The Angels trade P Kevin Jepsen to the Rays for OF Matt Joyce.

17th   The Royals come to terms with free agent P Edinson Volquez on a 2-year deal worth $20M.

The Mariners obtain OF Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs for minor league P Matt Brazis.

The Red Sox obtain P Anthony Varvaro from the Braves for minor league P Aaron Kurcz.

18th   The Athletics get P Eury De La Rosa from the Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations.

The Royals sign free agent P Kris Medlen to a 2-year deal.

The Padres obtain all-star catcher Derek Norris from the Athletics in exchange for pitchers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez.

The Dodgers trade cornerstone OF Matt Kemp and C Tim Federoiwicz along with $32M to the Padres for C Yasmani Grandal, and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Padres hesitate after a medical report shows that Kemp has arthritic hips, but the deal goes through.Wieland and Eflin are just passing through LA on their way to Philadelphia. The trade opens up an outfield spot for the much-anticipated Joe Pederson, PCL rookie of the year. Pederson had a 30/30 year at Albuquerque, the first 30-30 player in 80 years in the PCL.  Frank Demeree was the last in 1934.

19th   Busy day. The Padres acquire 24-year-old OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, and pitcher Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo from the Rays in a 3-team swap. The Rays get C Rene Rivera, 1B Jake Bauers and P Burch Smith from the Padres, and OF Steven Souza and P Travis Ott from the Nationals. The Nationals get P Joe Ross and a player to be named from the Padres (Trea Turner). Turner, a shortstop from NC State, was the Padres first round draft pick in June 2014, and because of a rule that prohibits a team from trading a player until he has spent a full year with his first organization, he will open the season with San Diego’s AA team.  He will hit .322 in 58 games before shifting to AAA Syracuse, the Nationals top minor league team.  The odd situation will prompt MLB to change the rule to allow newly drafted players to be traded immediately after the World Series.

The Padres keep dealing as they obtain OF Justin Upton and a player to be named from the Braves in exchange for blue chipper P Max Fried, infielders Jace Peterson and Dustin Peterson, and OF Mallex Smith. Upton hit 29 homers and 34 doubles last year.

The Giants re-sign pitcher Jake Peavy to a 2-year $24M contract. Peavy is the only pitcher to win games in consecutive World Series for teams in each league.  He started 32 games last year but has not had consecutive 30-start seasons since 2006-07.

Dancing? Impressions? The Cubs announce the signing of veteran reliever Jason Motte to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million plus performance bonuses.  A converted catcher, Motte, 32, only played for St. Louis.  The Cubs continue signing veterans, inking David Ross to a 2-year $5 million deal. The 38-year-old Ross was something of a personal catcher to Jon Lester in Boston. In 29 games over 2 seasons catching Lester, the lefty had a 2.77 ERA with 192 K’s in 195 innings.  Ross said last May, “When you mix his stuff with my brains, it’s awesome.”

The Dodgers get SS Jimmy Rollins and cash from the Phillies for recently acquired minor league pitchers Tim Windle and Zach Eflin. Rollins waives his no-trade clause to go to LA. The trade breaks up the 11-year double play combo of Rollins and Chase Utley, the longest tenure in NL history.

The Yankees send high-priced IF Martin Prado, P David Phelps and cash to the Marlins in exchange for pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Domingo German, and IF Garrett Jones. The hard-throwing Eovaldi led the NL in hits allowed

The Giants acquire 3B Casey McGehee from the Marlins for minor league hurlers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

22ndThe Giants sign reliever Sergio Romo to another 2-year contract, this one worth $15M.

23rd  With a $5 million bid the Pirates win the rights to negotiate with Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. They have 30 days in which to reach an agreement with the hard-hitting 27-year-old. Failing to do so would return Kang to the Nexen Heroes who would refund the posting fee to Pittsburgh. He is looking for a 4-year $5 million deal.

Veteran reliever Jason Grilli sings a 2-year $8M contract with the Braves. Grilli split his 2014 season between the Pirates and the Angels serving as the setup man for the Haloes.

Make way. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the Dodgers last week, is claimed off waivers by the Orioles. And Shane Peterson, whom the Cubs claimed off waivers from the A’s, is plucked off by the Brewers. Chicago takes SF lefty Mike Kickham off waivers, but he will be with them just two weeks.

29th   The Padres obtain P Shawn Kelley from the Yankees for minor league P Johnny Barbato.

30th   The Mariners acquire OF Seth Smith from the Padres for P Brandon Maurer.

The Rays agree to a 1-year deal with free agent SS Asdrubal Cabrera.

31st    The Dodgers sign free agent lefty Brett Anderson to a 1-year contract worth $10M. Anderson made just 5 starts after the All-star break.

The Phillies send OF Marlon Byrd and cash to the Reds for minor leaguer Ben Lively.

  • 2015

 

JANUARY

1st  The Yankees send pitcher Manny Banuelos to the Braves in exchange for pitchers David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve.

4thThe Royals sign pitcher Ryan Madsen to a minor league contract. Madsen has not pitched in the majors since 2011 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but he will have a solid year out of the bullpen.

5thFree agent signings today include: Aaron Harang to a $1 million, one-year contract by the Phillies, his ninth ML team; infielder Cliff Pennington to a $3,275M one year deal by the Diamondbacks; Emilio Bonifacio to a $4M, one-year contract by the White Sox; Nick Hundley to a 2-year $6.25M by the Rockies; A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year agreement by the Braves.

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

9thThe Cubs ink veteran OF Chris Denorfia to a 1-year $2.6M contract. He is a career .272 hitter over parts of 9 seasons, and has a career .339 average at Wrigley.  He’ll play in 103 games and hit .269.

10th    The Rays trade super utility player Ben Zobrist and SS Yunel Escobar to the Athletics for John Jaso, SS Daniel Robertson and OF Boog Powell.

13thThe Diamondbacks sign 21-year-old free agent Yoan Lopez for $8.27M, having turned down a reported $9M. The Diamondbacks will incur some stiff penalties and will have to pay the same amount of their offer to MLB. In addition, they will be unable to spend $300,000 bonuses on international players for the next signing periods.

14th    The Athletics obtain P Tyler Clippard from the Nationals in exchange for SS Yunel Escobar, whom they acquired from the Rays last week.

The Braves send C/3B Evan Gattis and P James Hoyt to the Astros for 3B Rio Ruiz and pitchers Mike Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman.

16thDavid Price and the Tigers avoid arbitration with a record-setting one-year deal worth $19.75M. The Tigers also avoid arbitration by signing one-year contracts with RH Alfredo Simon and outfielder J.D. Martinez.  Right hander Al Alburquerque is Detroit’s only player left in arbitration, and they will reach an agreement next week.

South Korean infielder Jung Ho Kang and the Pirates sign a 4-year $11M contract.  It will prove to be a solid pickup as the infielder will split his time between 3B and SS, hitting .287 his first year.  However, an injury in Septembere 2015 will slow him and a drunk driving charge in his native South Korea in December 2016 will curtail his 2017 MLB season.

The Giants reach an agreement with free agent Nori Aoki for one year at $4.7M. The outfielder is expected to start along with CF Angel Pagan and RF Hunter Pence.

The White Sox agree to a $9.8M one-year agreement with Jeff Samardzija to avoid arbitration. They also agree to a one-year deal with catcher Tyler Flowers for $2,675,000, who played for them last year.

Milwaukee reaches a one-year agreement with Gerardo Parra for $6,237,500. The Gold Glover will hit .329 for the Brewers before they send him to Baltimore at the trading deadline.

The A’s reach a one-year agreement with Josh Reddick and new third sacker Brett Lawrie to avoid arbitration.

The Dodgers avoid arbitration reaching one-year deals with Kenley Jansen, Juan Nicasio and INF Justin Turner.

Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals reach an agreement for $7.4M for one year. The Nationals also agree to one-year contract with Doug Fister ($11.4M) and Drew Storen ($5.7M).

19th    In a major move, the Nationals sign free agent P Max Scherzer to a 7-year deal.

The Cubs obtain OF Dexter Fowler from the Astros in exchange for IF Luis Valbuena and P Dan Strally.

The Brewers send P Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers for IF Luis Sardinas, and pitchers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan.

20th    The Astros agree to terms on a 1-year contract with free agent OF Colby Rasmus.

22nd   The Braves sign free agent OF Jonny Gomes to a 1-year contract.

27th    The Pirates send OF Travis Snider to the Orioles for P Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named. Snider hit .264 in 140 games last year for Pittsburgh. He will slump in Baltimore.

The Rangers acquire pitcher Anthony Ranaudo from the Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Robbie Ross Jr.

28th    The Marlins sign free agent OF Ichiro Suzuki to a 1-year contract. Ichiro hit .284 last year with the Yankees, but the team declined to pick up the vet for 2015. Ichiro will play in 153 games with the Marlins, hitting just .229.

29th    Royals’ OF Alex Gordon receives the 50thHutch Award for outstanding community service.

FEBRUARY

9thThe last ace is played as the Padres sign free agent P James Shields to a 4-year contract.

17thDéjà vu, all over again. Alex Rodriguez issues a brief, hand-written statement saying that he was sorry for his behavior. While not directly admitting to the use of PEDs, he suggested that the 162-suspension was valid. “I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point.”  The apology comes exactly 6 years to the day when Rodriguez stated during a news conference in Tampa that, “I know I am in a position where I have to earn my trust back.”

In a related story, Anthony Bosch, the former owner of a Florida medical clinic that provided PEDs to major league players and others, is sentenced to four years in prison.  He pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to distribute testosterone.

18thin a wise move, the Royals avoid arbitration with 1B Eric Hosmer by agreeing to a 2-year contract worth $13.9M. Hosmer hit 35 homers and won his second straight Gold Glove in 2014.

20th    MLB announces a series of initiatives aimed at quickening the pace of play in ML games. New rules include making the batter keep one foot in the batter’s box during an at bat and requiring managers to initiate a replay challenge from the dugout.

23rd   The Red Sox sign Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada for $31.5 million. The amount is a new bonus record for an international amateur player under the current signing guidelines. The Sox will have to pay a matching amount to MLB. Moncada will stay in the minors in 2015.

MARCH

1stThe Blue Jays sign outfielder Dayan Viciendo to a minor-league contract. The move comes after Michael Saunders tore a knee cartilage last week in spring training when he stepped on a lawn sprinkler. He is expected to be out 6 weeks. Viciendo, 25, hit 21 homers for the White Sox last season, hitting .231 with 58 RBIs, but he won’t make it out of spring training before bouncing around.

It doesn’t portend well. In Clearwater, the Phillies open their spring training schedule with a 6-2 loss to the University of Tampa. The college team rallies in the 7thagainst reliever Nefi Ogando, who issues a bases-loaded balk and then serves up a grand slam to Giovanny Alfonzo.

5thIn a split-squad 8-6 win against the Cubs, Giants outfielder Hunter Spence breaks his left forearm when he is hit by a pitch.  He will be out 6 to 8 weeks and miss the Opener, snapping his consecutive-games played streak of 383. It is the longest in the majors.

6thThe Rangers sign free agent P Joe Beimel to a 1-year contract.

7thThe Royals sign 1914’s Comeback Player of the Year in the AL, P Chris Young, to a 1-year deal.  The former Princeton basketball player will go a solid 11-6 in his season in Kansas City.

17thThe Angels trade C Jackson Williams to the Giants for cash.

Texas pitcher Yu Darvish undergoes Tommy John surgery that will keep him out of action till May 2016. Darvish last pitched August 9, 2014, and had experienced problems pitching in spring training.

21st  Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer gives up four triples in an inning during a spring training game. No pitcher has given up three in a frame during a regular season game.

22ndThe Marlins sign 23-year-old Christian Yelich to a seven-year extension worth $49.57M.  The smooth-hitting outfielder won a Gold Glove this last season while posting a .284 average with a .362 OBP. He hit .312 from June 7 on. He’ll push his average up to .300 in 2015.

The Rockies unexpectedly release pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, who had been battling shoulder problems.  Chacin was 14-10 in 2013, before slumping to 1-7 in 11 games last year. The Indians will sign and release him, and he will have a cup of coffee in Arizona before becoming a free agent in the fall.

23rdThe Reds trade B Neftali Soto to the White Sox for cash.

29thPitching deleted Texas makes a move, acquiring lefty Sam Freeman, 27, from the Cardinals for a player to be named later or cash. Freeman was 2-0 last year with 44 relief appearances.

APRIL

2ndThe Diamondbacks swap P Trevor Cahill and cash to the Braves for minor league OF Josh Elander.

4thArizona releases OF Cody Ross, who will sign in 4 days with Oakland.  He’ll be there a month before being released.  The Diamondbacks are responsible for Ross’s salary and that of Trevor Cahill, a whopping $16M.

5thIn the major-league opener at a work-in-progress Wrigley Field, the work-in-progress Cubs lose, 3-0, to the Cardinals as the game temperature is 44 degrees. Adam Wainright is the winner over Jon Lester, who becomes the ninth straight pitcher to make his Cubs debut on Opening Day and lose. The game is preceded by a touching tribute to the late Ernie Banks on the new giant video board. Jason Heyward gets 3 hits in his St. Louis debut and Matt Holliday drives in 2 runs.

6thSix teams post shutout wins to set a new mark for Opening Day contests. The Tigers, Rockies, Red Sox, Astros and Athletics all blank their opponents, adding to the Cardinals season opener white-washing of the Cubs.

A’s hurlers Sonny Gray (8 IP) and Evan Scribner co-author a one hitter 8-0 win over Texas. Ryan Rua’s leadoff single in the 8this the lone hit. The Rangers won’t get shut out again until June 11.

You thought the Padres were through trading! San Diego’s GM A.J. Preller, acting like a modern Frank Lane, pulls off another blockbuster swap, acquiring ace closer Craig Kimbrel and Melvin (the artist formerly known as B.J.) Upton from the Braves for two financial counterweights outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, plus two minor leaguers, Matt Wisler (Baseball America’s #34 prospect) and and Jordan Paroubeck. The Braves also receive the #41 draft pick in the June draft which will become prized prospect Austin Riley. The trade reunites the younger Upton with his brother Justin, though he will eventually be traded to Toronto.

The Indians lock up their ace Corey Kluber with a 5-year contract worth $38.5M. Kluber won the Cy Young last year.

7thThe Rangers beat the Athletics, 3-1. Brett Lawrie strikes out 4 times for Oakland on a total of just 12 pitches.

8thThe Dodgers defeat the Padres, 7-4, as Adrian Gonzalez hits 3 HRs. By doing so, he becomes the first player in ML history to stroke 5 homers in the first 3 games of a season.

9thThe Reds edge the Pirates by a score of 3-2. Billy Hamilton steals 2 bases for Cincinnati to become second player in history to steal 6 in his first 3 games of a season. Vince Coleman did so in 1987, the year he pilfered 109.

The Indians whip the Astros, 5-1, as Houston is limited to one hit. Trevor Bauer (6), Kyle Crockett (1) and Scott Atchison (1) hold the Astros hitless before Nick Hagadone surrenders a HR to Jed Lowrie with one out in the 9thinning. Houston’s Evan Gattis fans 4 times to become the first player since at least 1914 to strike out 4 times in each of his first 2 games of the season.

The Tigers defeat the Twins, 7-1, to sweep their season-opening series. In the process, they set an AL record by holding Minnesota scoreless for 24 consecutive innings to begin the year. It is the 3rd-longest such streak in ML history.

10thThe Red Sox defeat the Yankees, 6-5, in 19 innings (6 hours: 49 minutes), with the game featuring some dramatic homeruns: Chase Headley, with a game-tying 2-out homer in the 9th, and Big Papi and Tex matching homers in the 16th. There is a 16-minute delay in the 12thwhen there is a partial light failure. The Sox finally push the winning run across the plate in the 19thwhen Bogaerts makes his 4thhit, steals 2B, advances on a passed ball by catcher Murphy and scores on a sac fly.

The Reds edge the Cardinals, 5-4, for their 4thstraight win. They become the second team in ML history to win each of their first 4 games of the season by scoring in their last at bat. The Tigers did so in 1901, the first year of the AL’s status as an official major league.

The Blue Jays whip the Orioles, 12-5, as Mark Buehrle picks up the 200thwin of his ML career. He is the 113thpitcher in ML history to reach the mark, and the 4thactive one. He joins Roger Clemens as the only hurlers to win number 200 with the Blue Jays.

11thBefore the start of the Mets-Nationals game, a 5-3 New York loss, Commissioner Rob Manfred announces that Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia is being suspended for 80 games for testing positive to using stanozolol. The old, easily detectible steroid also showed up in positive tests for Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino, Mariners pitcher David Rollins and Twins pitcher Ervin Santana.

The Rays trip the Marlins 2-0, as Chris Archer allows one hit and one walk in 7 innings.

Archie Bradley makes a stellar debut for the Diamondbacks, allowing one hit over six innings, as he outpitches Clayton Kershaw. Arizona beat the Dodgers, 2-0.

12thThe Royals trounce the Angels, 9-2, as rookie Paulo Orlando hits a pair of triples. He becomes the first player in ML history to hit triples for each of his first 3 ML hits.

Miguel Cabrera is 4-for-4, including 2 homers and drives in 4 runs as the Tigers down the Indians, 6-0. Detroit is now 6-0 for the first time in 30 years. With Cabrera needing a triple for the cycle, Indians manager Terry Francona intentionally walks him in the 8theven though there is a runner on 1B.

13thMookie Betts paces the offense in a 9-4 victory over the Nationals, and Rick Porcello goes 8 innings to pick up his first win as a Red Sox. Betts reaches over the wall in the 1stinning to rob Bryce Harper of a HR. Then in the bottom of the inning he singles and, with an exaggerated shift on for Ortiz, steals 2B and 3B on one pitch. He swipes second, pops up and runs to an uncovered third base. Papi then singles Betts in. Betts has a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs.

The Royals win their seventh straight, beating the Twins, 12-3, as starter Danny Duffy pitches into the 7th. The Royals are the first AL team to win their first 7 games of the year by 2 or more runs.

14thLucas Duda has a pair of doubles to drive in 3 runs as the Mets tip the Phillies, 6-5. David Wright has two hits, but this will be his last game for four months as the veteran will be sidelined with spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal column.

15thThe Nationals double the Red Sox, 10-5. Pitcher Rafael Martin makes his ML debut for Washington and strikes out 5 consecutive batters over the course of his 2 innings of work.

17thThe Angels defeat the Astros, 6-3, as Mike Trout hits a pair of homers. His second homer is the 101st  of his career, to go with 104 SBs. He becomes the youngest player in ML history to reach the 100 mark in both homeruns and steals. He reached those levels in 503 games, second to only Eric Davis, who recorded 100 in both in just 459 games.

The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 7-3, as Adrian Gonzalez records 2 doubles and a single. With 13 extra-base hits and 22 total hits, he becomes the first player in ML history to produce those numbers in his first 10 games of a season.

18thThe Athletics defeat the Royals, 5-0, for their fifth shutout win in their first 12 games this season. They are the first team to perform the feat in the 140-year history of MLB. The 1913 Phillies also shut out five opponents in their first dozen games, but one resulted in a 0-0 tie, not a victory.

The Indians beat the Twins, 5-2, as Trevor Bauer fans 11 batters. Cleveland becomes the first team since 1900 to have three of their pitchers earn a victory and record 10 strikeouts in their first start of the season.

The Mets defeat the Marlins, 5-4, overcoming 5 hits by Dee Gordon.

19thThe Met do all their scoring in the 4thas they beat the Marlins, 7-6. It is a costly victory as pitcher Jerry Blevins fractures his arm after being hit by a comebacker and will be out the year, and Travis d’Arnaud breaks his right hand when hit by a pitch. He will miss six weeks.

Kansas City overcomes five ejections and beats the A’s, 4-2, on Kendrys Morales 2-run double in the 8th. Manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Dave Eiland are tossed in the 1stafter Lorenzo Cain is hit by  pitch; Kelvin Herrera is tossed in the 8thafter throwing behind Brett Lawrie, injured SS Alcides Escobar is thumbed, and bench coach Don Wakamatsu, acting as manager, is tossed.

Jon Lester gives up 3 runs as San Diego beats the Cubs ace, 5-2. Lester provides one fielding highlight in the 3rdwhen a comebacker gets stuck in the webbing of his glove and he tosses the mitt to Anthony Rizzo for the out.

Adam Jones is 4-for-5 with a 3-run double and a 2-run homer to pace the Orioles to an 8-3 win over the host Red Sox.

Yoenis Cespedes hits his first grand slam and adds a 2-run homer, both off starter Jose Quintana, as Detroit overpowers the White Sox, 9-1. Quintana allows all 9 runs in 4 innings.  In Cespedes last 4 at bats against Quintana (over three seasons) he has hit four homers.

20thThe Royals beat the Twins, 7-1. Kansas City rookie Paulo Orlando gets his fifth triple in his seventh big league game. Since 1900, no other player has had more than three triples in his first 7 games.

21stThat’s support! The Blue Jays pound the Orioles, 13-6, behind Mark Buehrle. Toronto has scored 12, 12 and 13 runs in Buehrle’s first 3 starts this season. Only one other hurler since 1900 has received at least 12 runs of support in each of his first 3 starts of the season—Nick Bierbrodt of Arizona in 2001. Buehrle is the first American League to get that kind of support.

Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each connect for grand slams off Michael Fiers, Joe Votto goes deep, and Zack Cosart hits a pair of homeruns as Cincinnati outpoints the Brewers, 16-10. The Brewers Elian Herrera drives in 5 runs, 4 on a grand slam, as the teams combine to tie the ML mark of three slams in a game. Fiers ties a ML mark by serving up two of the salamis: he is the 14thpitcher to do so (according to Lyle Spatz). Milwaukee batters strike out 15 times, just the third time in history a team as scored 10 runs and K’ed that many times in a 9-inning loss.

22ndBilly Hamilton scores in the 9thon a 2-out wild pitch and the Reds edge the host Brewers, 2-1. It is Milwaukee’s 7thstraight loss.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco reverses the 2011 conviction of Barry Bonds, stemming from an answer he gave to a grand jury in 2003. The ruling was 10-1 vote by the panel.

With the temperature in the 30s in Detroit, the Yankees jump to an early lead against the Tigers and win, 13-4. The first inning takes 52 minutes to play, includes 6 walks and an HBP. The outburst in the 1stincludes 5 hits against David Price: The last time the Yankees faced him was last August 27 when they chased him with 8 straight hits in the 3rdinning.

23rdThe Mets defeat the Braves, 6-3, to tie a team record with their 11thconsecutive win. They become the seventh team since 1900 to sweep a home stand of 10 or more games. The 1991 Twins were the most recent club to do so.

The Angels edge the Athletics, 2-0, despite only getting one hit. Kole Calhoun’s 2-run HR in the 3rdinning off Jesse Chavez is LA’s only safety. Nick Tropiano (6 IP) and three relievers combine on the shutout.

27thThe Angels send former MVP Josh Hamilton to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash considerations. Hamilton will continue to be paid by the Angels ($68M) and will appear in just 50 games, hitting 8 homers for Texas. He will miss June and then get 3 at bats between mid-August and mid-September.

Jason Marquis (2-1) allows 2 runs in 8 innings as the Reds beat the visiting Brewers, 9-6. Marquis also drives in a run with a single to snap a Reds streak of 0-for-20 with men in scoring position.

Tim Lincecum gives up 4 runs in 4 innings as the Giants lose to the Dodgers, 8-3. Joe Pedersen has a double off Lincecum and adds a 6thinning homer. His next 6 hits will all be homers.

28th At Wrigley, the Cubs use a pair of double steals in the 4thto take a 6-2 lead and win over the Pirates. Fowler and Rizzo and later Brant and Castro provide the thefts.

Panamanian pitcher Severino Gonzalez makes his major-league debut for the Phillies hooking up with  fellow countryman catcher Carlos Ruiz to form the first all-Panamanian starting battery. It is downhill from there as the Cardinals light him up for 10 hits and 7 runs in 2.2 innings as they win, 11-5.

29th Ryan Braun hits his fourth career grand slam and adds another homer to power the Brewers to an 8-3 win over the Reds in Cincinnati.

Jordan Zimmerman (2-2) wins his first game in 4 starts and hits a 3-run single as the Nationals down the visiting Braves, 13-4. Denard Span, with 5 hits yesterday, hits a 3-run homer in the 9th.

At Target Field, the Tigers rally from a 7-3 deficit to beat the Twins, 10-7. Miguel Cabrera has a double and two homers, and James McCann adds his first ML homer, a 2-run inside-the-park drive in the 6thto tie the score.

Zero attendance. After postponements on Monday and Tuesday, the Orioles defeat the White Sox, 8-2, at Camden Yards. The game is the first ever played in an empty stadium, which was closed to the public due to the civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddy Gray, a black man who was in police custody.

MAY

1st  The Yankees edge the Red Sox, 3-2, with the help of Alex Rodriguez’s 8th-inning pinch homer off Junichi Tazawa. It is the 660thhomer of his career, tying him with Willie Mays on the all-time list.

With the Orioles playing as the home team in Tampa, the Rays win, 2-0, behind Alex Colome and 4 relievers. The game was moved from Baltimore in the wake of rioting that broke out there after the funeral of Freddy Gray, who died in police custody.

Matt Harvey pitches 7 scoreless innings, outdueling Max Scherzer and giving the Mets a 4-0 win over the Nationals. Harvey is the first Mets pitcher to win his first 5 starts in a season since Pedro Martinez, in 2006. Scherzer strikes out 10, but when he leaves in the 8thDaniel Murphy hits a bases-loaded double.

2ndThe Giants defeat the Angels, 5-4, with the last out of the game being made when an Angel runner is hit by a batted ball. It is the first time a game has ended this way in nearly 5 years. Almost 6 hours later, the feat is accomplished again, this time with a Diamondbacks runner hit by a batted ball to end the Dodgers’ 6-4 win over Arizona.

At Turner Field, the Reds whip the host Braves, 8-4 behind Jason Marquis (3-1). Jay Bruce has a pair of triples and Cozart hits a 2-run homer in the 9th.  Brandon Phillips has a steal as the Reds have now stolen record 29 bases in their first 30 attempts,

3rdThe Brewers win today, 5-3, over the Rockies but it is not enough to save manager Ron Roenicke’s job. Former Milwaukee player Craig Counsell is hired as the new skipper and the Brewers will win tomorrow for him.

In Los Angeles, Yasmani Grandal hits a walkoff homer in the 13thto give the Dodgers a 1-0 win over Arizona. Grandal came into the game as a pinch hitter in the 10th, drawing a walk, and throws out a runner at the plate on an errant pitch in the top of the 13th.

The Cardinals edge the Pirates, 3-2, on Kolten Wong’s 14th-inning walkoff homerun. St. Louis becomes just the 3rdteam in ML history to sweep a series of at least 3 games with each contest going into extra innings. The 1925 Reds and 1972 Tigers also accomplished the feat.

Trevor Plouffe hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to power the Twins to a 13-3 win and a sweep of the White Sox.

Evan Gattis homers twice, his first a 3-run shot in the 1st, and his second giving the Astros a 7-6 lead and final score against Seattle. Houston has now won 10 straight.

4thThe Nationals defeat the Marlins, 6-4, as Yunel Escobar goes 5-for-5.

5thThe Angels edge the Mariners, 5-4, on rookie Carlos Perez’s walkoff HR. Perez becomes the 4thplayer in ML history to hit a walkoff homer in his first ML game. Others to accomplish the feat were Billy Parker (1971), Josh Bard (2002) and Miguel Cabrera (2003).

Bartolo Colon pitches the Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Orioles. The rotund Colon becomes the first pitcher in ML history to record wins against one team for 7 different clubs. He also defeated the Orioles while pitching for the Indians, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Yankees and Athletics.

6thThe Nationals defeat the Marlins, 7-5, as Bryce Harper clouts 3 monster homers, each on second pitches from Tom Koehler, and drives in 5 runs.  He is the youngest player to accomplish the feat in 45 years.

Eddie Rosario homers on the first pitch he sees in the majors, and Edward Escobar homers and drives in 5 runs as the Twins swamp the A’s, 13-0. Rosario is the 29throokie to homer on his first pitch.

Mark Buehrle pitches the Blue Jays to a 5-1 victory over the Yankees, racking up his first win over the pinstripers since April 10, 2004. His curious record against New York now stands at 2-14. CC Sabathia (0-5) takes the loss.

7thThe Yankees edge the Orioles, 4-3, as Alex Rodriguez hits a HR in the 3rdinning. It is the 661sthomer of his career, moving him past Willie Mays into 4thplace on the all-time list.

The Dodgers rout the Brewers by a score of 14-4. Yasmani Grandal hits a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 8 runs.

8thThe Nationals defeat the Braves, 9-2. Bryce Harper hits a pair of HRs to tie a ML record with 5 over 2 games. He becomes the youngest player to accomplish the feat.

9thThe Nationals edge the Braves, 8-6, on Bryce Harper’s walkoff homer. It is his 6thhomer over the past 3 games to tie a ML record, and he is the youngest player ever to do that.

The Pirates celebrate Mother’s Day one day early with the mother of all pitchers’ best friends­­–the triple play–but this time it is a historic one, the first 4-5-4 triple play in the Major Leagues. With Cardinals on 2B and 3B and none out in the 2nd inning of a 7-5 win at PNC Park, Pirates second baseman Neil Walker snags Yadier Molina’s liner within feet of 2B, left vacant by baserunner Jason Heyward, tags the bag and throws to 3B.

10thThe Angels one-hit the Astros, 3-1. Jason Castro’s 7th-inning single off Garrett Richards is Houston’s only safety.

Michael Pineda fans 16 Baltimore batters as the Yankees defeat the Orioles, 6-2.

The Mariners beat the Athletics, 4-3. Along the way, Felix Hernandez strikes out the 2,000th batter of his career, becoming the 4th-youngest pitcher to reach that plateau.

11thThe Nationals beat the Diamondbacks, 11-1, as Yunel Escobar goes 5-for-5. It is his second 5-hit game this month.

12thThe Cubs defeat the Mets, 6-1, to ruin Noah Syndergaard’s ML debut. The blue-chip Syndergaard, batting in the 8thspot for New York, becomes just the 3rdpitcher over the past 100 years to make his debut in a non-DH game and not bat in the 9thspot in the batting order. The others were Jack Urban in 1957 and Yoslan Herrera in 2008.

The Dodgers crush the Marlins, 11-1, as Andre Ethier goes 5-for-5 for LA, including a homer. Mike Bolsinger picks up his first win as a Dodger. He was 1-6 last year at Arizona.

13thCorey Kluber (1-5) fans 18 Cardinals and holds St. Louis to a single hit in 8 innings as the Indians shut out the Redbirds, 2-0. Kluber was pulled before the 9thhaving thrown 113 pitches. Jhonny Peralta’s single with 2 outs in the 7thinning is the Cardinals’ only safety. Kluber is the fifth pitcher (Tiant, Clemens, Randy Johnson, Kerry Wood) to strikeout 18 batters without issuing a walk. He ties Randy Johnson’s strikeout record of most strikeouts in a start lasting less than 9 innings.

Michael Taylor, who replaces Bryce Harper after the star and manager Matt Williams are ejected in the 7th, belts a grand slam in the 9thto lift Washington to a 9-6 win over Arizona. It is Taylor’s first career at bat with the sacks full.

15thThe Indians defeat the Rangers, 8-3. Adrian Beltre hits the 400thhomer of his career, becoming the 52ndplayer to reach that plateau. The 53rdtime will happen tomorrow.

The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 6-4. Kenley Jansen fans 4 Rockies in the 8thinning, the 72ndtime this has occurred in ML history. This will happen again tomorrow.

At Wrigley, the Cubs win a wild game from the Pirates, 11-10, on a botched fly ball. With one out and the bases loaded in the 11th, Matt Szczur hits a fly ball to RF Gregory Polanco who throws out Starlin Castro trying to score. The same setup occurs in the 12thbut this time Polanco stumbles and misses the routine fly ball and Castro scores. Kris Bryant has a homer and 4 RBI to help Chicago take a 10-5 lead into the 8thinning.

16thThe Mets score 10 runs in the 4thinning on their way to a 14-1 victory over the Brewers. Shortstop Wilmer Flores, batting 9th, has a grand slam in the frame and is the first NL starting position player batting 9thto hit a grand slam.

The Tigers edge the Cardinal, 4-3, in 10 innings as Miguel Cabrera hits the 400thhomer of his ML career. He now has 4 homers in 3 games.

Jace Peterson hits his first ML homer, a grand slam, and Atlanta overcomes a tape measure shot by Giancarlo Stanton to beat the Marlins, 5-3. Stanton hits his third long homer in 3 games, a solo into the upper deck in center field. A spectator makes a one hand grab 5 rows in front of the 502-foot sign.

Brandon Crawford has a grand slam and 6 RBI and Hunter Pence scores 3 runs in his first game after recovering from a broken forearm as the Giants whip the Reds, 11-2.  Pence, who broke his arm in spring training when hit by a pitch, singles in his first 2 at bats against Mike Leake.

The Rockies down the Dodgers, 7-1, though Sergio Santos fans 4 Colorado batters in the 8thinning. It is the first time in ML history that the trick has been accomplished in consecutive games.

17thMoments after the Marlins are nearly no-hit by Shelby Miller, the team fires manager Mike Redmond. General Manager Dan Jennings takes over as skipper. Miller is one out away from a no-hitter when Justin Bour singles in Miami’s 6-0 loss to Atlanta.  The Braves sweep the 3-game series.

Noel Syndergaard baffles the Brewers to win his first ML game as the Mets win, 6-1. With a few fans holding up replicas of Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer, the 6’6” Syndergaard allows one run on Ryan Braun’s single.

Seven teams record shutouts, tying for the second highest shutout total on any one day in ML history. Eight shutouts were recorded on June 4, 1972.

19thThe Cubs trade catcher Welington Castillo to the Mariners for P Yoervis Medina. Castillo will be traded again in two weeks.

Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley, who left a game on May 14thwith an elbow injury, undergoes Tommy John surgery today and will be out for the year.

The Nationals edge the Yankees, 8-6, in 10 innings on Ryan Zimmerman’s walkoff HR. Bryce Harper also homers for Washington, becoming just the third under-23-years-old player in ML history to reach 15 HRs in 40 or fewer games. Eddie Mathews hit his 15thin the Braves’ 40thgame in 1953 and Harmon Killebrew in the Senators’ 37thgame in 1959.  Nationals starter Gio Gonzales gets the Yankee batters to make their first 11 outs on grounders.

The Brewers pound the Tigers, 8-1. Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back-to-back homers for Milwaukee in the 3rdinning.

The Twins build an early 7-0 lead against Francisco Liriano (1-4) and hang on for an 8-5 win against the host Pirates. Pedro Alvarez launches a 461-foot homer that lands in a boat docked along the Allegheny River beyond the RF stands. He is just the third player to reach the river on the fly since PNC Park opened in 2001.

20thAt PNC, Joe Mauer hits his first homer of the season, a 13thinning solo shot, to give the Twins a 4-3 win over the host Pirates.

21stIn a matchup of aces, Madison Bumgarner bests Clayton Kershaw as the Giants beat the Dodgers, 4-0. Bumgarner has the game’s only homer, a 4thinning shot off Kershaw.

23rdThe Rangers score 10 runs in the 3rdinning on their way to a 15-4 win over the Yankees. After 2 scoreless innings, CC Sabathia gives up 6 runs before being lifted.  Yankee DH/1B Garrett Jones gets the last two outs in the 9thin his first-ever pitching appearance

The Dodgers shut out the Padres, 2-0, behind Mike Bolsinger. Bolsinger yields a leadoff single to Yangervis Solarte, who is erased on a DP, and doesn’t allow another baserunner in his 8 innings of work. Kenley Jansen registers a perfect 9thinning to complete the 1-hitter.

Lance McCullers induces a triple play in the 5thinning started by an Ian Kinsler grounder and he earns his first ML victory as the Astros tip the Tigers, 3-2. It is Houston’s first triple play in 11 years.

The Marlins edge the Orioles, 1-0, in 13 innings as Martin Prado knocks in the winning run. O’s reliever Brian Matusz is ejected in the 12thfor having a sticky substance on his non-pitching arm. He’ll get an 8-game suspension. Marlins manager Dan Jenkins earns his first win in 6 games.

Cincy manager Bryan Price is ejected before the first pitch and then Corey Kluber throws 8 innings as Cleveland hands Cincinnati its 7thloss in a row, 3-2.

24thThe Pirates defeat the Mets, 9-1. They become the first team in ML history–since 1900–to have starting pitchers win 3 straight games in a series, recording double digits in strikeouts in each game.

Justin Upton hits a 1st-inning grand slam and drives in 6 runs to back James Shields (6-0) as the Padres beat the host Dodgers, 11-3.

The Yanks coulda used him. The Yankees retire Bernie Williams #41 before the game, but then play starts and the Rangers sweep, 5-2. They score 30 runs on 40 hits in three games, with Prince Fielder driving in 9 runs. Dellin Betances pitches a scoreless 9thto  extend his streak to 24 scoreless innings to start the season.

25thThe Yankees trounce the first-place Royals, 14-1. Brett Gardner accounts for 4 of the New Yorkers’ eight 1st-inning runs with a 3-run homer and scoring twice. Chase Headley adds a 2-run homer in the 1stand Brian McCann finishes the scoring with a 3-run blast. Jeremy Guthrie becomes the first starting pitcher in ML history to surrender at least 4 HRs and allow 11 or more runs in a game in which he recorded 3 outs or less.

26thThe Dodgers shut out the Braves, 8-0, behind Clayton Kershaw. It is Kershaw’s 29th consecutive start at home in which he has allowed 3 or fewer runs. It is the second-longest such streak in ML history, trailing only Doc White’s 32-start streak in 1905-06.

Kyle Seager belts a grand slam in the 8thinning and follows with a game-winning four bagger off Brad Boxberger in the 10thas the Mariners beat the Rays, 7-6.

Josh Hamilton hits a 3-run HR in the 9th, off David Robertson, to cap a dominant effort and lead the Jays to a 10-9 win over the White Sox. Hamilton is 4-for-4 with a walk and 5 runs scored. His first hit is a solo homer in the 1st.

27thThe Dodgers trade 36-year-old 3B Juan Uribe to Atlanta in a six-player deal. Los Angeles includes pitcher Chris Withrow. Atlanta sends infielder Alberto Callaspo, lefties Eric Stults and Ian Thomas, and minor leaguer Juan Jaime. Uribe became expendable after losing his starting job.

It’s hammer time as Noel Syndergaard pitches 7.1 innings and is 3-for-3 at the plate in the Mets 7-0 win over the Phillies. One of his hits is a homer to dead center field, the first homer by a Mets pitcher in 3 years, Lucas Duda adds 2 homers and Michael Cuddyer one.

Curious. The Mets sell Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Angels, who will put the slugger on the waiver list in two weeks after he goes 3-for-22. The Mets will claim him back on June 12th.

28thThe Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 5-1, as Eduardo Rodriguez, 22, throws 7.2 scoreless innings to become the youngest Sox pitcher to debut with a road win since 1967. Billy Rohr won his debut on April 14, 1967 at Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez is the youngest Sox pitcher to debut on the road since Clemens in 1985.

Commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Denis Coderre, the mayor of Montreal, who is seeking to have three or four regular-season games played in his city in 2016. Coderre says a half dozen teams have expressed interest.

30thThe Angels defeat the Tigers, 8-6. Detroit’s Shane Greene becomes the first pitcher in ML history to surrender 5 homeruns in less than 2 innings of work, as Mike Trout, Cole Calhoun, Matt Joyce, Carlos Perez and Albert Pujols all go deep off him.

31st  White Sox pitcher John Danks goes the distance in shutting out the host Astros, 6-0. Each team makes 10 hits, with five of the Houston hits good for extra bases. Houston’s Jonathan Villar is thrown out at the plate in the 5thtrying to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park homer. His shot to CF goes over the head of Adam Eaton and rolls to the wall.

Martin Maldonado belts a one-out 2-run homer in the bottom of the 17thas the Brewers outlast the Diamondbacks, 7-6. Maldonado slides home as his teammates celebrate the end of a 7-game losing streak.

With the help of a three-ball walk to Joey Votto that goes unnoticed on the field, the Reds rally for 6 runs in the 7thand beat the Nationals, 8-2.  A statistician on the media level notices the walk on a 3-2 count, but it is missed by both players and umpires.

Bartolo Colon hits a run-scoring double to give the Mets a 2-1 lead as he pitches 7 innings against the Marlins in a 4-3 win. It is his second extra-base hit in his 18-year career. He wins his 8thto tie for the ML lead.

JUNE

1stThe Mets shut out the Padres, 7-0. San Diego’s Andrew Cashner becomes the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow at least 10 hits and strike out 10 or more batters in less than 5 innings in one game. Cashner surrenders 11 hits and fans 12 in 4 2/3 innings. He is the first pitcher since Curt Schilling in 2001 to have 12 or more strikeouts in a start, allow 10 or more hits and 6 or more runs.

2ndThe Padres defeat the Mets, 7-2, but New York’s Noah Syndergaard strikes out 10 and allows 11 hits in 4 innings to become the second pitcher in ML history—and second in 2 days—to allow at least 10 hits and fan 10 or more batters in less than 5 innings of work in a single game.

Joey Gallo, the Rangers top prospect, debuts with an upper-deck homer, and doubles off the top of the wall to drive in 4 runs as the visiting White Sox fall, 15-2. He is the first player since at least 1914 with at least 3 hits, 3 runs and 4 RBI in his ML debut. Gallo is filling in at 3B while Adrian Beltre is on the 15-day disabled list.

Ben Zobrist hits a grand slam in the A’s 5-run 7thas they rally to beat Detroit, 5-3. It is Zobrist’s 6thcareer slam.

3rd The Mariners obtain OF Mark Trumbo and P Vidal Nuno from the Diamondbacks in exchange for  P Dominic Leone, C Welington Castillo, and minor leaguers Gabby Guerrero and Jack Reinheimer. Trumbo will hit 13 homers in Seattle, one of 9 Mariners in double figures.

5thThe Red Sox defeat the Athletics, 4-2. A’s rookie P Pat Venditte pitches 2 scoreless innings, becoming the first full-time switch-pitcher in modern ML history. Righthander Greg Harris performed the feat in one game for Montreal in 1995. Venditte, however, has thrown from both sides of the rubber throughout his professional career. A fan. Tonya Carpenter, is struck in the head by a shattered bat in the 2ndinning and is taken to the hospital in serious condition. The accident occurs when Brett Lawrie shatters his bat hitting a grounder.

6thMadison Bumgarner strikes out 11 batters and overcomes a grand slam by Jeff Francoeur as the Giants beat the Phillies, 7-5. Bumgarner has a pair of singles and an RBI in his 8 innings.

The Cubs beat the Nationals, 4-2, behind Jason Hamel, who is now 9-0 lifetime against Washington in 11 starts.

Down 6-1 in the 7th, the Padres roar back to beat the Reds, 9-7. Yonder Alonso’s grand slam in the 7thties the match at 7 apiece, and Matt Kemp’s bases loaded single in the 8thputs San Diego ahead.

7thThe Rays edge the Mariners, 3-1, behind Chris Archer, who fans 11 batters and walks none. He becomes the first pitcher in the modern era to fan at least 10 batters without issuing a walk in each of 3 consecutive games. The 38 strikeouts are the most ever in a three-start stretch without issuing a walk.

8thIn the 50thanniversary of the first draft, the Diamondbacks take Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson with the No. 1 overall pick. He won’t last till Christmas as the D’Backs will take advantage of the rule change allowing first year players to be traded by sending Swanson to Atlanta. Yesterday, Swanson hit a homerun to lead Vanderbilt to a win against Illinois and a trip to the CWS. Shortstop Alex Bregman of LSU is selected 2ndby the Astros and the Rockies follow by selecting high school SS Brendan Rogers. After the three shortstops are taken, UCSB pitcher Dillon Tate is chosen with the 4thpick. Picking 16th, their highest position since 1993, the Yankees take UCLA junior pitcher James Kaprielian. The Astros come away with three of the top eight players, according to Baseball America’s ranking: Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Daz Cameron. Picking 9th, the Cubs select Ian Happ.

The White Sox beat the Astros, 3-1. Chris Sale strikes out 14 batters in 8 innings to become the second pitcher in modern ML history to fan 12 or more batters in each of 3 consecutive games while allowing no more than one run in each game. The only other to accomplish the feat was Sandy Koufax in his last 3 regular-season games in 1965. Carlos Correa, in his big league debut, drives in Houston’s run.

In a 3-1 Rays win over the Mariners, Chris Archer becomes the first pitcher in at least 100 years to reach double digit in strikeouts without issuing a walk in three straight games. Stats could find no pitcher in their records dating back to 1914.

The Cubs beat the Nationals, 6-3, sending Washington to its 8thloss in 10 games. Kris Bryant has a single, double and triple, while Jason Motte pitches a perfect 9thfor his first save since 2012, the year he led the NL in saves with 42.

Jay Bruce has 2 homers and drives in all 4 runs as the Reds stop the Padres, 4-0. Johnny Cueto (4-4) goes 7 innings for the win.

Ivan de Jesus, Jr. hits his first ML homer, a tie breaker in the 6th, and the host Reds beat Cole Hamels and the Phillies, 6-4. It is Hamels first loss to the Reds in 15 starts, including the playoffs.

9thThe Reds defeat the Phillies, 11-2, as Joey Votto cracks 3 HRs. Todd Frazier follows Votto’s 3rd-inning homer with his 17thof the year. Votto also score a run after walking and coming home on Zack Cosart’s 3-run homer in the 1st.

The Giants shut out the Mets, 5-0, as rookie Chris Heston  hurls the first no-hitter of the 2015 season. Heston fans 11, including the side in the 9thinning, and, though he hits 3 (going back to 1914, no one had hit 2), he does not walk a batter in his 14thML start. The Giants join the Dodgers, becoming the second team in ML history to toss a no-hitter in each of 4 consecutive seasons.

The Yankees sign pitcher Sergio Santos, whom the Dodgers just granted free agency to after signing him in January. He’ll appear twice before going on the DL and having Tommy John surgery.

11thPresident Barack Obama makes a surprise appearance at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game to cheer on the Democrats.  They need little cheering as they win their 7thin a row, besting their GOP opponents, 5-2.  The game featured the curve balls of GOP freshman Rep. Mark Walker, NC, who pitched until the bottom of the sixth inning, battling Democratic ace pitcher Cedric L. Richmond, LA.  The only woman to play in the game was Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, D-Calif., who stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, eliciting a roar from the crowd that rivaled the cheers for Obama. Sánchez delivered, firing a shot down the first base line and advancing the runner to third.

12thFelix Hernandez gives up 8 runs in the first inning and gets only one out before leaving as Houston stuns Seattle, 10-0. Luis Valbuena’s 3-run homer is one of 2 that the King gives up. Brett Oberholtzer goes 8 innings for the win.

Detroit’s David Price uses fewer than 100 pitches in shutting out the Indians, 4-0.

14thThe Nationals shut out the Brewers, 4-0, as Max Scherzer limits Milwaukee to a hit while fanning 16 batters. Carlos Gomez’s 7th-inning broken-bat single is the Brewers only safety.

Chris Sale strikes out 12 in 6.2 innings but takes the loss when Asdrubal Cabrera hits a 2-run homer in the 7thto give Tampa Bay a 2-1 victory over Chicago.  Sale joins Pedro Martinez (Boston) and Randy Johnson (Seattle) as the only ML pitchers to K 10 or more batters in five straight games. He’ll tie Martinez’s record of 8 straight on June 30.

For the second night in a row, Starling Castro drives in the winning run with a walkoff single as the Cubs nip the Reds, 2-1, in 10 innings.  The last Cub player with two consecutive walkoff hits was Ron Santo in 1966 (according to Elias Sports Bureau). Billy Hamilton scores the lone run for the Reds in the 4thand is stranded on 3B in the 10thafter stealing his 4thand 5thbases of the game. The Reds load the bases in the 9thwith no outs but can’t score.

16thThe Red Sox defeat the Braves, 9-4, as Boston’s Brock Holt becomes the first player this season to hit for the cycle.

Get out the mop. The Orioles blast a club-record 8 HRs, 5 off reliever Dustin McGowan, and go on to clobber the Phillies, 19-3. Leadoff hitter Manny Machado hits a homer in the 1stand 2ndinnings, and Chris Parmelee has 2 homers and 2 singles. Wilson Ramos has a pair of homers, both off position players Jake Elmore and Nick Francis. In his first pitching appearance, Phils outfielder Jeff Francoeur mops up the final two innings allowing 2 runs. The Phillies are winless in their 8-game road trip: it has been 132 year since the Phils had a winless road trip of at least 8 games.

17thThe Rangers beat the Dodgers, 5-3. Clayton Kershaw gives up 4 runs for LA, ending his streak of 30 straight home starts in which he surrendered 3 or fewer runs. It is the longest such streak since Doc White had a 32-game stretch from1905 to 1906.

Kris Bryant hits a grand slam, Kyle Schwarber is 4-for-5 with his first ML hit, and the Cubs romp, 17-0, over the Indians. Chicago scores 7 in the top of the 9th, prompting Cleveland to use position players Ryan Raburn and David Murphy as relievers. Schwarber, who struck out in his first ML at bat yesterday, triples in the 2ndto key a 6-run rally. Tsuyoshi Wada pitches 7 innings for his only win this year.

Former owner of the Mets Nelson Doubleday, Jr. dies. Nelson was the last president of the Doubleday publishing house before it was sold to Bertelsman in 1986. The Mets will have a moment of silence honoring Doubleday, but will decline to affix sleeve patches.

18thThe Rays defeat the Nationals, 5-3. Yunel Escobar goes 5-for-5 for Washington, including a double.

At Coors Field, Houston beats the Rockies, 8-4, as rookie Carlos Correa has 3 stolen bases. He is the second youngest player since 1900 to steal 3 bases in a game. Rickey Henderson was a month younger when he did it.

I’ll get the lights, Skip. Yankee minor leaguer Wes Wilson catches the first 15 innings against Bradenton, pitches two scoreless innings, then hits a homer in the 17thoff a Bradenton infielder.

19thThe Yankees beat the Tigers, 7-2, as Alex Rodriguez hits a homer for his 3,000thML hit. He becomes the 3rdplayer to hit a homer for his 3,000thsafety, joining Wade Boggs and Derek Jeter. The ball is caught by fan Zack Hample, who estimates he has caught 8,000 balls at MLB stadiums.

20thThe Nationals shut out the Pirates, 6-0, as Max Scherzer hurls a no-hitter. Scherzer is one pitch away from a perfect game when he hits Jose Tabata with a pitch with two outs in the 9thinning. Scherzer also becomes just the third pitcher in modern ML history to throw shutouts of 9 or more innings—both a 1-hitter and no-hitter—in consecutive starts. Howard Ehmke did so in 1923 and Jim Tobin in 1944. He has retired 54 of the 57 batters he’s faced in his last 2 starts.

The Yankees slam 5 homers, the last by Chris Young off infielder Josh Wilson, and down the Tigers 14-7. Alex Rodriguez homers and drives in 5 runs for the first time in 4 years. Preceding the game the Yankees unveil two new plaques in CF: Willie Randolph and Mel Stottlemyre. Both players wore #30. By the end of the season there will be 40 plaques in Monument Park, but some significant Yankees are missing: Hall of Famers Tony Lazzeri, Waite Hoyt, Earl Combs, Joe Gordon and Lefty Gomez.

The Diamondbacks trade pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint, a first-round pick from 2014, to the Braves for IF Phil Gosselin. The injured Arroyo has a $10M contract that Arizona is happy to move.

21stHappy Father’s Day. The Tigers trounce the Yankees by a score of 12-4, as J.D. Martinez hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs for Detroit. He is the third player to hit 3 homers on Father’s Day, joining Hank Aaron (1959) and Ben Oglivie (1982). Victor Martinez adds a homer and drives in four 2-out runs off Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka.

The Red Sox pound out 13 extra base hits to beat the Royals, 13-2. One of the hits is a homer by David Ortiz, #474, to move Big Papi ahead of Stan Musial and Willie Stargell on the career homerun list. Boston’s first 9 hits are for extra bases.

Gordon Beckham leads off the bottom of the 11thwith a homer as the White Sox beat the Rangers, 3-2. Melky Cabrera is 5-for-5 for the Sox.

Adam Morgan wins his ML debut, outpitching Michael Wacha to lead the host Phils to a 9-2 win over the Cardinals.

Jake Arrieta pitches a 4-hitter and Dexter Fowler hits a grand slam as the Cubs whip the host Twins, 8-0.

Sixteen-year-old Melissa Mayeux of France becomes the first known female baseball player to be added to MLB’s international registration list. She is now eligible to be signed by a ML team on July 2.

24thThe University of Virginia defeats Vanderbilt, 4-2, to win the College World Series. Pitcher Josh Sborz is named the Most Outstanding Player of the Series.

25thThe Blue Jays shut out the Rays, 1-0. Marco Estrada becomes the fourth pitcher in the expansion era to allow no hits through 7 innings in consecutive starts Dave Stieb (1988), Nolan Ryan (1972 and 1973) and Clay Kirby (1971) are the others to perform the feat.

For the second time in 55 years, the Giants hit four triples in a game, including two by Brandon Belt, as they beat the Padres, 13-8. They collect 19 hits, including 9 hits and 7 runs off starter James Shields.  The last time they had 4 triples, on September 15, 1960, Willie Mays had 3.

26thTired of his team’s losing ways and expecting the ax anyway, Ryne Sandberg steps down as the Phils manager. Pete Mackanin takes over the job on an interim basis, but the Phils lose, 5-2, to the Nationals.

At the Rogers Centre, Prince Fielder hits his 300thhomer in the 1stinning, but the Rangers don’t do much more against Mark Buehrle as they lose to the Blue Jays, 12-2. Edward Encarnacion has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, to pace the offense.  Fielder joins Adrian Beltre, who earlier this season hit his 400thhomer, as just the sixth pair of teammates to hit their 300thand 400thhomers, respectively, in the same season (Alex Rodriguez/Jason Giambi (Yankees 2005), Gary Sheffield/Ruben Sierra (Yankees – 2004), Fred McGriff/Greg Vaughn (Rays – 2000), Dave Winfield/Lance Parrish (Angels – 1991).

At Camden Yards, the Orioles beat the Indians, 4-1, as reliever Darren O’Day (5-0) gets the win. Cleveland hits 3 solo homers and Jason Kipnis singles to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 20.

The Brewers defeat the Twins, 10-4. Kyle Lohse becomes the 14thpitcher—and third active—to beat all 30 current ML teams. AJ Burnett and Dan Haren have also done so.

27thBrian McCann hits a grand slam in the 1stand Christ Young adds a 2-run dinger in the 2nd, but the Astros rally against Tanaka with a homer in the 4thand 2 in the 5thto make it close.  After Young’s homer off him, Brett Oberholtzer gets ejected after firing a pitch at Alex Rodriguez. New York holds on for a 9-6 victory.

28thThe Mets defeat the Reds, 7-2, as Steven Matz wins his ML debut. Matz goes 3-for-3 at the plate and drives in 4 runs and becomes the first player, let alone pitcher, since 1920—when RBIs were first recorded—to go 3-for-3 or better with at least 4 RBIs in his first game. Matz was promoted last week from Las Vegas where he was leading the PCL with a 2.19 ERA and 94 strikeouts. He also hit .304. The Mets also take a game with the Reds, suspended from yesterday with a 1-1 tie due to rain. Today’s start was also held up by rain, but the Mets win in 13 innings total, 2-1.

The Orioles win a pair from Cleveland, 8-0 and 4-0, to go atop the AL East. Ubaldo Jimenez wins his 4thstraight in the opener, allowing 4 hits through 8 innings. That win is the 5,000thfor the Baltimore franchise since moving from St. Louis in 1954.

29th Rookie Cody Anderson takes a perfect game into the 7thbefore Grady Sizemore hits a1-2 pitch for a homer. But Cleveland wins, 7-1 over host Tampa Bay. Tribe pitchers will take a perfect game into the 6thinning in the next two games.

In Los Angeles’s 10-6 loss to Arizona, Joe Pederson hits his 20thhomerun for the Dodgers. It makes him one of three rookies to reach the 20-homer mark before July. Wally Berger (1930) and Albert Pujols (2001) are the others.

Civic Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, one of the last remaining all-wood baseball parks, burns down. Built in 1938, it was last used by the Eugene Emeralds, a Class-A rookie team, in 2008 and was slated to be refurbished for youth sports.

The Phillies introduce Andy MacPhail as its president-in-waiting. A couple of hours later MacPhail watches the Phils lose 7-4 to the Brewers.

30thThe White Sox edge the Cardinals, 2-1, in 11 innings. Chris Sale strikes out 12 Cards in 8 innings for Chicago. In doing so, he joins Pedro Martinez, becoming just the second pitcher in ML history to fan 10 or more batters in 8 consecutive games. The streak will end in his next game.

JULY

1stThe Indians defeat the Rays, 8-1. Carlos Carrasco is a strike away from hurling a no-hitter when Joey Butler hits an RBI-single for Tampa’s only hit. The safety comes on an 0-2 pitch.

2ndJacob DeGrom pitches into the 6thinning, allowing 4 runs in the Mets, 6-1 loss to Jake Arrieta and the Cubs. DeGrom does hit a double and scores the first Mets run in three games against Chicago. In the three games and 29 innings, it is the first time in 97 years that the Cubs have allowed one run in a 3-game road series.

In a laugher at the Rogers Centre, Boston collects 19 hits to beat the Blue Jays, 12-6. Matt Boyd enters the AL record book as the first starter to give up 7 runs and 2 homers without retiring a batter, as Boston plates 8 in the 1st.  David Ortiz has a 3-run homer and Hanley Ramirez a solo shot. De Aza is a homer shy of the cycle as he drives in 4 runs.

3rdAt Fenway, Houston scores 4 runs in the 10thto whip the Red Sox, 12-8. Ten different Astros score runs in the game, the second time this season (April 28) the Astros have done this. No other team has done it once.

4thKris Bryant hits 2 homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs to lead the Cubs to a 7-2 win over Miami.  Both homers come off starter Jarred Cosart. Starter Clayton Richard makes his debut for the Cubs and becomes that franchise’s 2,000th player since 1876.

The hits keep coming. Reds rookie Josh Smith doesn’t last 5 innings, but he hits four batters to tie a Reds 106-year old record. He takes the loss, 7-3, against the Brewers. He also earns a trip back to the minors.

C..J. Cron has three hits, including a homer, and collects 6 RBI to pace the Angels to a 13-0 whipping of Texas. He is 14-for-29 against Texas; 13-for-96 against the rest of the league. Hector Santiago ( 7 IP) combines with 2 relievers in the shutout.

5thThe Angels trounce the Rangers, 12-6, as Albert Pujols hits his league-leading 25th HR. He becomes the first player in ML history to hit 25 or more homers in 14 of his first 15 seasons. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Frank Robinson are the only players to reach the mark in 13 of their first 15 seasons.

Don’t worry, Papi, we’ll make it easy for you. For the first time in 10 years David Ortiz starts at first base for the Red Sox and for the first time in their history there are no putouts at 1B. Mike Napoli takes over for Ortiz as the Sox win, 5-4, against the visiting Astros.

You wonder how many of the 45,180 fans were there at the end? The visiting Phillies and Dodgers play 4 hours and 13 minutes setting a Phillies team record for the longest nine-inning contest in franchise history; the game features 17 runs, 26 hits, nine walks, 10 pitchers throwing a combined 367 pitches and did not end until 11:23 pm PDT. The Dodgers 10, Phillies 7.

6th  John Lackey (7 IP) and two relievers shut out the Cubs, 6-0, at Wrigley Field as the Cardinals maintain their lead in the NL Central. Losing pitcher Jon Lester allows 2 unearned runs in 7 innings but does get his first career base hit.  He came into the game 0-for-68, a ML record to start a career.

In the Class-A Florida State League the Lakeland Flying Tigers defeat the Dunedin Blue Jays, 2-1, on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 21st. The game lasts five hours and eight minutes, and includes a total of one hour and 18 minutes of rain delays. It was played over two days when inclement weather forced a suspension in the 16th inning on July 5.

7thKansas City sweep a pair from Tampa Bay, winning 9-5 and 7-1. Paulo Orlando hits a 9thinning walkoff grand slam off Brad Boxberger, and Alex Gordon has 7 hits and 6 RBI in the 2 games. John Jaso, who injured his hand on Opening Day, returns to the Rays lineup with a pinch single in game 1 and a double and homer in game 2.

Xander Bogaerts hits a 3-run single in the 7thand Travis Shaw has the first 3 hits of his career to lead Boston past Miami, 4-3.

8thIn the Royals 9-7 win over Tampa Bay, two players hit inside-the-park homers for the first time since 1997.  Alex Gordon pulls a groin muscle and leaves the game after chasing down Logan Forsythe’s inside-the-park shot in the 4th, and Jarrod Dyson, Gordon’s replacement hits one two innings later  Sammy Sosa and Tony Womack hit inside-the-park homers in May 1997, the last time two were hit in a game.

9thThe Marlins shut out the Reds, 2-0, behind Jose Fernandez. The win gives him a streak of 22 consecutive home starts without a loss to start his career. It is the longest such streak since 1914. Fernandez also becomes the third pitcher since 1900 to win each of his first 14 home decisions, joining Johnny Allen and LaMarr Hoyt.

David Murphy drives in 2 runs in the 8thand Trevor Bauer strikes out 9 to give the Indians a 4-2 win over visiting Houston. With the 9 K’s, Bauer helps the Indians become the first team in history to have 4 pitchers notch 100 strikeouts by the All-star break.

Carlos Gonzalez has 3 doubles and Troy Tulowitzki has a hit to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 21 games in Colorado’s 5-3 win over the Braves.

12th   The Mets defeat the Diamondbacks, 5-3, as Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits three homers for New York. He is the first Mets player to accomplish the feat in a home game. He drives in 4 runs, while Daniel Murphy drives in the other with a solo HR.

The Pirates edge the Cardinals, 6-5, in 10 innings. It is the eighth time in ML history that a team has won a pair of consecutive games, each after having fallen behind in extra innings. The Pirates have accomplished the feat 3 of those 8 times.

13th   The Reds Todd Frazier wins the All-Star Game Home Run Derby, defeating rookie Joc Pederson in the final round.

14th   The AL defeats the NL, 6-3, to win its 3rd consecutive All-Star Game. All nine starters for the NL are from different teams, an All-star game first. Mike Trout hits a HR and becomes the first player to win back-to-back MVP awards in the contest. Jacob deGrom fans 3 batters on a total of 10 pitches in his first All-Star appearance.

17th Just think what he could do if he played more games there! The Yankees beat the visiting Mariners, 4-3, as Kyle Seager accounts for the M’s scoring with a pair of homers. Seager’s last appearance at the Stadium was June 2, 1914 when he collected a double, 2 triples, and a homer. The last visiting player to hit 6 extra-base hits in two consecutive games against the Yankees was Detroit’s Billy Lush in 1903 (Elias Sports Bureau).

The Blue Jays down the Rays, 6-2, with 2 homers and 5 runs in the 5thinning. Rookie Drew Hutchison (9-2) goes six innings and lowers his ERA to 5.19, the highest ERA for any pitcher since at least 1913 with 9 wins in his first 11 decisions. (Elias Sports Bureau).

The Reds Marlon Byrd is 4-for-4 including a homer, and Mike Leake and 3 relievers stop the visitingIndians in a 6-1 Cincinnati win. To preserve the field after a long in-game rain delay the Reds go ahead with a post-game fireworks show but cancel strongman Sean McCarthy’s attempt at a world-record washing machine toss.

18th   The Orioles beat the Tigers, 3-0. Ian Kinsler’s 1st-inning leadoff single of Chris Tillman is Detroit’s only hit.

The Cardinals crush the Mets by a score of 12-2, as Jason Heyward goes 5-for-5, including a double.

19th   The Mets edge the Cardinals, 3-1, in 18 innings. New York strands 25 runners on base, to tie a team record and fall just 2 shy of the ML mark.

The Dodgers shut out the Nationals, 5-0, behind Zack Greinke. He strikes out 11 and extends his scoreless streak to 43 2/3 innings, the 4th-longest such streak since 1961.

Dallas Keuchel strikes out a career-best 13 in 7 innings as host Houston whips the Rangers, 10-0. Luis Valbuena has 4 hits and Colby Rasmus and Preston Tucker hit 2-run homers.

The Indians trip the host Reds, 5-3, in 11 innings, thanks to four walks with the bases loaded and a sac fly.

20thAlbert Pujols has 3 homers for the afternoon as the Angels down the Red Sox, 11-1 and 7-3. Pujols joins the exclusive 500-homer club. His first homer, in the opener, comes off Eduardo Rodriguez, who gives up 7 runs in 1.2 innings.

At Coors, the Rockies take a 7-0 lead over the Rangers after 2 innings, then win it 8-7 in the bottom of the 9thon a walk off hit by  Ben Paulsen. Paulson atones for an earlier bonehead play when he jogged to the dugout with the ball in his mtt, thinking there were two outs. A Texas run scores during the jog.

21stThe Rays edge the Phillies, 1-0, on a homer by rookie pitcher Nathan Karns. The homer is Karns’ first ML hit and comes off Philadelphia hurler Aaron Nola, who is making his ML debut. The game is only the second in ML history in which a rookie pitcher’s HR accounts for the only run in the game. The only other time this occurred was on July 26, 1879 when Harry McCormick of the Syracuse Stars homered against the Boston Red Caps.

The U.S. Treasury Department drops its long and contentious case against Barry Bonds. The case against the slugger was started over a decade ago but resulted in no felony conviction. His only conviction, on an obstruction of justice charge, was overturned in April by an 11-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit.

Franklin Gutierrez hits a pinch grand slam in the 8thinning as the Mariners score 5 runs and beat the host Tigers, 11-9. The slam comes off Neftali Perez, whom the Tigers acquired on July 11 after he refused a minor league assignment by the Rangers.

Matt Holliday hits his 6thcareer grand slam to pace the Cardinals to an 8-5 win over the White Sox. Holliday returned to action last week after missing 31 games because of a strained right quad.

The Rangers shut out the Rockies, 9-0. Shin-Soo Choo hits for the cycle for Texas. Teammate Delino deShields collects 4 hits, missing a cycle by a homer.

22ndAt The Great American Ball Park, the Reds and Cubs split a doubleheader with the Reds winning the opener, 9-1, and Chicago taking the second game, 6-5, with a run in the 9th. They strand 3 runners in the final frame. Joey Votto  has a homer in game 1 and reaches base 9 times in the two games.

23rd   Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers shut out the Mets, 3-0. He becomes the 1st pitcher in the modern era, since 1900, to strike out at least 10 batters, with no runs or walks allowed, in 3 consecutive starts. The last pitcher to have even 2 such starts in a row was Cy Young in 1905.

The Diamondbacks beat the Brewers, 8-3. Zack Godley becomes the first pitcher in the modern era to toss at least 6 scoreless innings, with 7 or more Ks and 0 walks, in his ML debut.

The Athletics send pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Astros for C Jacob Nottingham and P Daniel Mengden.

The Brewers trade 3B Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates in exchange for pitcher Yhonathan Barrios.

24th   The Mets acquire veterans 3B Juan Uribe and UT Kelly Johnson from the Braves in exchange for minor league pitchers Rob Whalen and John Gant. Meanwhile, the visiting Dodgers, led by Justin Turner’s 2 doubles and a homer, beat the Mets’ Jon Niese, 7-2. Niese has reason to be distracted as his wife gives birth today. He is the second Met pitcher Jeurys Familia in April) to pitch on the same day his wife gives birth.

The Marlins trade P Steve Cishek to the Cardinals for P Kyle Barrachough.

The Angels obtain 3B Conor Gillaspie from the White Sox for cash.

25th   Cole Hamels hurls a no-hitter as the Phillies blank the Cubs, 5-0. It is the first time the Cubs have been no-hit in a span of 7,920 games, the longest such streak in modern ML history. The last no-hitter thrown against the Cubs was by Sandy Koufax, in 1965.

Trailing 5-0, the Yankees come back to defeat the Twins, 8-5, with the help of 3 homeruns by Alex Rodriguez.

Miguel Gonzalez (9-6) pitches shut out ball into the 8thand Chris Davis’s 3rd-inning grand slam is the margin as the Orioles beat the Rays, 5-1.

The Mets collect 21 hits and rout the Dodgers by a score of 15-2. Matt Harvey becomes the first pitcher to drive in 2 or more runs in 3 consecutive starts since Andy Messersmith did so for the Braves in 1976.

Madison Bumgarner hits a homer and pitches 7 inning as the Giants beat the A’s, 2-1. It is the first homer by a pitcher against Oakland since 1972.

26th   Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Mets edge the Dodgers, 3-2, in 10 innings. In the process, they snap Zack Greinke’s scoreless streak at 45 2/3 innings.

The Royals acquire ace Johnny Cueto (7-6) from the Reds in exchange for prospects Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. The trade receives a loud ovation when it is announced in the 3rdinning of a 5-1 Royals win over the Astros.

The Giants beat the A’s, 4-3, with Tim Hudson earning the win over the only team he had not defeated in his career. He is the 15thpitcher to defeat all 30 current teams.

David Ortiz is 4-for-5 with 2 homers and 7 RBI as the Red Sox roll over the Tigers, 11-1.

The Rockies drop 10 runs on the visiting Reds in the 3rdinning as they win, 17-7. Nolan Arenado, Ben Paulson and Carlos Gonzalez each homer in the big frame, with the first two going deep again.

27th   The Mets obtain closer Tyler Clippard from the Athletics for minor league P Casey Mesiner.

The last place Red Sox send OF Shane Victorino and cash to the Angels for 2B Josh Rutledge.

28th   Trailing 5-0 after an inning, the Yankees score 11 runs in the 2nd and go on to crush the Rangers by a score of 21-5. Chris Young has a grand slam and 5 RBI as the Yankees collect 20 hits.

The Rockies send SS Troy Tulowitzki and pitcher LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays for SS Jose Reyes and minor league pitchers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco.

The Phillies trade closer Jonathan Papelbon and cash to the Nationals for pitcher Nick Pivetta.

The Indians trade OF David Murphy to the Angels for SS Eric Stamets.

The Rays send OF David DeJesus to the Angels for pitcher Eduar Lopez.

The Royals obtain versatile infielder Ben Zobrist and cash from the Athletics for minor league pitchers Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea. Zobrist had missed more than a month of playing time following an operation at the end of April to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee.

Again! Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia is suspended 162 games for use of a prohibited substance.

29th   The Padres defeat the Mets, 7-3. New York’s runs come on three bases-empty roundtrippers by Lucas Duda.

The Royals send pitcher Joe Blanton to the Pirates for cash.

The Pirates trade pitcher Jayson Aquino to the Indians for cash.

30th   The Reds rout the Pirates, 15-5. Brandon Phillips becomes the first player in ML history (since 1920) to have at least 4 hits, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs and 2 steals in a game. Phillips has a pair of 3-run homers.

The Padres come back from a 7-1 deficit to edge the Mets, 8-7. Derek Norris goes 5-for-5, including a grand slam.

Jason Castro clubs a 2-out 3-run homer in the 9thto give Houston a 3-0 win and a sweep of the Dodgers. Scott Kazmir is the winner in his second start since being acquired.

The Mariners trade OF Dustin Ackley to the Yankees for P Jose Ramirez and OF Ramon Flores.

The Giants obtain free-agent-to-be pitcher Mike Leake from the Reds for 1B Adam Duvall and pitcher Keury Melia. Duvall, a University of Louisville grad, had 26 homers in 100 games at Sacramento this year.

The Braves send pitchers Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and Bronson Arroyo, and 2B Jose Peraza to the Dodgers for 2B Hector Olivera and pitchers Paco Redriguez and Zack Bird.

The Tigers send pitcher Joakim Soria to the Pirates for SS JaCoby Jones.

The Indians trade 1B Brandon Moss to the Cardinals for P Rob Kaminsky.

The Blue Jays get ace pitcher David Price from the Tigers for pitchers Matt Boyd, Daniel Norris and Jairo Labourt.

The Brewers send OF Carlos Gomez, P Mike Fiers and other considerations to the Astros for pitcher Adrian Houser, OF Brett Phillips, OF Domingo Santana and pitcher Josh Hader.

The Marlins swap P Mat Latos, 1B Michael Morse and cash to the Dodgers for pitchers Victor Araujo, Jeff Brigham and Kevin Guzman.

31st    The Yankees trounce the White Sox, 13-6, as Mark Teixeira hits a pair of homers, including a grand slam. The slam is the 400th in Yankees history. Teixeira’s homers come from both sides of the plate. It is the 14th time he has turned the feat, setting a new ML record.

The Mariners defeat the Twins, 6-1, as Tajuan Walker hurls a one-hitter. Miguel Sano’s 4th-inning HR is Minnesota’s only hit.

The Indians edge the Athletics, 2-1, behind Danny Salazar. Eric Sogard’s 3rd-inning single is Oakland’s only safety.

The Mets obtain OF Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers for minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. New York demotes blue chipper Michael Conforto to make room for the slugger.

The Pirates get 1B Michael Morse from the Dodgers for OF Jose Tabata.

The Rangers acquire pitcher Sam Dyson from the Marlins for C Tomas Telis and minor league pitcher Cody Ege.

The Padres get pitcher Marc Rzepczynski from the Indians for OF Abraham Almonte.

The Athletics send pitcher Ryan Cook to the Red Sox for a player to be named.

The Pirates get pitcher J.A. Happ from the Mariners in exchange for minor league P Adrian Sampson.

The Orioles send P Tommy Hunter to the Cubs for minor league OF Junior Lake.

The Cubs obtain veteran Dan Haren from the Marlins for P Ivan Pineyro and IF Elliot Soto.

The Blue Jays get OF Ben Revere from the Phillies for Ps Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.

The Athletics get pitcher Felix Doubront from the Blue Jays for cash considerations.

The Mariners send pitcher Mark Lowe to the Blue Jays for minor league pitchers Rob Rasmussen, Nick Wells and Jacob Brentz.

The Rays trade P Kevin Jepsen to the Twins for minor league pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia.

The Phillies send pitchers Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to the Rangers for pitcher Matt Harrison, and minor leaguers Jorge Alfaro C), Nick Williams (OF), and pitchers Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher.

The Cardinals get pitcher Jonathan Broxton and cash from the Brewers for minor league OF Malik Collymore.

The Brewers trade OF Gerardo Parra to the Orioles for minor league pitcher Azch Davies.

AUGUST

1st  The Rangers defeat the Astros, 12-9,  as Adrian Beltre hits for the cycle for the third time in his career. It ties him with Long John Reilly, Bob Meusel and Babe Herman for the all-time ML record.

Hank Congers has 2 homers, including a grand slam, and Carlos Correa adds 2 homers as Houston pounds the D’Backs, 9-2.

Clayton Kershaw extends his scoreless inning streak to 37 as he pitches 8 shutout innings and the Dodgers beat the Angels, 3-1. Yasmani Grandal helps with a 2-run homer.

Travis Shaw is 4-for-4 with his first two ML homers, and scores 5 runs as Boston beats the Rays, 11-7. Xander Bogaerts has 4 hits and 3 RBI and Rusney Castillo has 3 hits and 3 RBI.

The Red Sox announce that Larry Luchino, 69, is stepping down at the end of the season as team president and chief executive.

Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens hits a grand slam to become the minor league all-time HR leader. His 433rdround-tripper breaks a tie with Buzz Arlett.

4thThe Mets obtain P Eric O’Flaherty and cash from the Athletics for a player to be named.

5thThe Diamondbacks rack up 17 hits as they win on the road, 11-4, over the Nationals. Reliever Adam Barrett takes the loss, allowing 3 runs in a third of an inning. This is Barrett’s last appearance of the year as he will go on the DL and have off-season Tommy John surgery. He will also claim that he was overworked this year, appearing in 40 games (29.1 IP) while warming up and not being used in 15 other games.

Chris Davis hits a 10thinning grand slam—his second grand slam in 12 days—to give the Orioles a 7-3 win over the A’s, 7-3.

Josh Donaldson bangs a 2-run homer, Edward Encarnacion adds a 3-run homer, and Juan Batista hits a thunderous grand slam as the Blue Jays outslug the Twins, 9-7.

6thZack Greinke gives up 5 runs before recording an out but finishes with 6 runs allowed in 6 innings as the Dodgers beat the Phillies, 10-8. Greinke offsets his worst outing three years by contributing 3-for-3 at bat with a homer. Adrian Gonzalez hits a 3-run homer for the NL-West leaders.

7thThe Braves send 3B Chris Johnson to the Indians for 1B/OF Nick Swisher and OF Michael Bourn. All three players will be cut in spring training by their new teams.

The Rangers re-acquire C/1B Mike Napoli and cash from the Red Sox for a player to be named or cash. Napoli will be granted free agency in November.

8thAt PNC Park, the Pirates beat the Dodgers, 6-5, as Joe Blanton gets the victory in relief of starter Nelson Liriano. Liriano gives up 4 runs, but partly offsets that with a 3-run homer.  Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle is probably the game’s most valuable player as he is successful on three challenges on calls. Historian Bob Timmerman says this is the first time it has happened.

In his first start for the Blue Jays, David Price pitches 7 shutout innings as Toronto beats New York, 6-0. Price had given up 16 earned runs in 4.1 innings in his last two starts against New York.

Jake Arrieta pitches 4-hit ball into the 8th, and hits a triple as the Cubs beat the Giants, 2-0. Chicago has now won 10 of 11.

Jerry Sands belts a pinch grand slam and Abraham Almonte, called up before the game, has 4 hits including a 2-run homer, as host Cleveland wallops the Twins, 17-4.

Stephen Strasburg strikes out 12 in 7 innings and contributes 3 hits as the Nationals beat the Rockies, 6-1.

The Diamondbacks trade P OliverPerez to the Astros for Junior Garcial.

The Blue Jays get IF Cliff Pennington and cash considerations from the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league SS Dawel Lugo.

9thThe Diamondbacks edge the visiting Reds, 4-3, in 10 innings. David Peralta goes 5-for-5 for Arizona, including a double.

11thSeattle beats the Orioles, 6-5, in 10 innings to set an odd mark: the home team wins all 15 games on the ML schedule to set a ML record. The previous mark was 12 games on May 23, 1914 (according to Elias Sports Bureau). Home teams have gone 11-0 six times, the last occurring on Sept. 16, 1989, according to STATS. For Seattle, Nelson Cruz hits his league-leading 34thhomer and AL-high 140thhit and runs his consecutive game hitting streak to 21 games. Mark Trumbo adds a 3-run homer.

Zack Greinke and 2 relievers shut out the Nationals and Yasiel Puig supplies the firepower as Los Angeles wins, 5-0. Puig drives in all 5 runs with a homer and a triple.

12thHisashi Iwakuma hurls a no-hitter as he leads the Mariners to a 3-0 win over the Orioles. It is the first no-no tossed in the AL since teammate Felix Hernandez blanked the Rays in 2012. Since then, 12 no-hitters have been thrown in the NL.

The Mets shut out the Rockies, 3-0. Juan Uribe and Michael Cuddyer each records the 1,500thhit of their careers.

J.T. Realmuto hits a single, triple and a grand slam to drive in 6 runs and lead the Marlins to a 14-6 win over the visiting Red Sox. David Ortiz has a pair of homers for the Fenmen.

The Blue Jays defeat the Athletics, 10-3, for their 10th straight win. It’s Toronto’s 2nddouble-digit win streak of the season. Only 2 other AL teams have duplicated the feat over the last 60 years.

13thIn a 9-2 Cubs victory over Milwaukee, Jon Lester (8-8) shrugs off 5 stolen bases off him as he strikes out 10 in 6 innings. Lester will allow a MLB high 44 stolen bases this year.  The Cubs support the ace with 5 homeruns, 2 by Schwarber.

14thThe Padres defeat the Rockies, 9-5. Matt Kemp hits for the cycle, becoming the first player in the 47-year history of the SD franchise to perform the feat.

The Indians beat the Twins, 6-1, as Corey Kluber hurls a 1-hitter. Joe Mauer’s 4th-inning homer is Cleveland’s only safety.

Red Sox manager John Farrell, 53, announces that he is taking a medical leave and stepping down through the end of the season. He said that bench coach Torey Lovullo will manage the team in his absence and that he plans on being back for spring training. Farrell says that he has a “highly curable” form of lymphoma which had been discovered during hernia surgery in Detroit last week. Hours after Farrell’s announcement, the Sox beat Seattle, 15-1, as Travis Shaw hits two homers.  Boston collects 21 hits.

The Cardinals edge the Marlins, 3-1. Ichiro Suzuki’s 5th-inning single gives him 4,191 professional hits, including 2,913 in  the ML and 1,278 in the Japanese league.

15thPatriots-Seahawks? The Red Sox crush the Mariners, 22-10. The two teams combine to produce 6 half-innings scoring 4 or more runs, a feat that last happened in 1930. Jackie Bradley, Jr, batting 9thin the order, leads the Boston attack with 5 extra-base hits: 3 doubles and a pair of homers. He becomes just the 11thplayer in ML history to get 5 extra-base hits in a game, and the youngest to do so. Bogaerts and Swihart each have 4 hits as Boston amasses 26, double the M’s, and have now hit 47 safeties in 2 games. The biggest surprise is Felix Hernandez, who allows a career-high 10 earned runs.

Chris Davis poles two homers, the second a tie-breaker with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9thoff switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, to give Baltimore a 4-3 win over the A’s.

Brewers’ minor league prospect David Denson becomes the first active player affiliated with an ML organization to come out publicly, revealing that he is gay in a story that appears in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

16thThe Giants shut out the Nationals, 5-0, behind Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner becomes the second pitcher in modern ML history to throw a shutout, strike out at least 14 batters and hit a homer in the same game. The only other one to do so was Early Wynn in 1959.

The Yankees lose, 2-0, to the visiting Blue Jays, winners of eight in a row, as Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista homer. Bautista’s homer in the 4this thrown back in by a fan who hits Brett Gardner on the back of the head with the ball. Mark Teixeira also gets into a tussle with a fan when they both go for a foul ball.

The White Sox edge the Cubs, 3-1, as Chris Sale strikes out 15 batters in 7 innings. The loss stops the Cubs 9-game winning streak.

Zack Greinke lowers his ERA to 1.58 in 7 sharp innings and hits a go-ahead homer as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 2-1.

Robinson Cano has 5 hits and Nelson Cruz hits his 36thas the visiting Mariners hold on for a 10-8 win over Boston.

The Orioles swamp the A’s, 18-2, as Adam Jones has a pair of homers and Gerardo Parra has 5 of the O’s 26 hits.  A’s 1B Ike Davis pitches a scoreless 8thinning.

The Pirates defeat the Mets, 8-1, as relief P Arquimedes Caminero gets the win. Pittsburgh relievers are 16-0 since the last loss charged to them. It is the longest streak of consecutive winning decisions in a season by any team’s relief pitchers since a 22-win streak by Pittsburgh in 1909.

Ryan Braun hits a grand slam to tie Robin Yount’s Brewers homerun record of 251. Milwaukee beats the Phils, 6-1.

17thAt Yankee Stadium, the Yankees beat the Twins, 8-7, in 10 innings but lose Mark Teixeira to a freak injury.  Tex fractures his leg when he fouls off a pitch. He’ll have just 3 at bats in late August to finish his season. Brian McCann has a 3-run homer and drives in 5 runs for New York.

18thAlex Rodriguez breaks an 0-for-18 skid when he cracks a 7th-inning grand slam to give the Yankees the lead as they beat the Twins, 8-4. It is his 4thgrand slam in the 7thinning or later to tie or give his team the lead.  No other player in the last 75 years has more than two of these slams.  For A-Rod, it is his 25thhomer this season and his 25thgrand slam.

The Red Sox hire Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations, replacing Ben Cherington.  Cherington declines the offer of GM. Dombrowski was fired as Tigers GM and president earlier this month.

19thThe Phillies send 2B Chase Utley to the Dodgers in exchange for minor leaguers Darnell Sweeney (IF) and John Richy (P).

The wind is blowing out at Wrigley as the Tigers outslug the Cubs, 15-8. The teams combine for 8 homers. Detroit P Daniel Norris hits one in his first ML at bat, and Nick Castellanos has 2 homers and 2 doubles to drive in 5 runs.

At Miller Park, Khris Davis hits 2 homers and drives in 5 runs and Ryan Braun goes deep as the Brewers edge the Marlins, 8-7. For Braun, it is career homer #252 to pass Robin Yount as the Brewers all-time HR leader.

The Rangers beat the Mariners, 7-2. Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli and Elvis Andrus hit consecutive homers in the 7thinning for Texas.

20thThe Giants acquire OF Marlon Byrd from the Reds in exchange for minor league P Stephen Johnson.

The Rays shut out the Astros, 1-0, on Chris Archer’s 1-hitter. Colby Rasmus’ 5th-inning single is Houston’s only hit.

The Tigers defeat the Rangers, 4-0, on Alfredo Simon’s 1-hitter. Rougned Odor’s double in the 5thinning is Texas’ only safety.

21stThe Astros defeat the Dodgers, 3-0, as Mike Fiers (1-0 with Houston) tosses the 5thno-hitter of the season. Fiers strikes out 10, walks 3, and retires the last 21 batters he faces. Fiers, acquired from the Brewers at the trade deadline, had never before pitched into the 9thinning.

At Coors, the Mets beat the Rockies, 14-9, as the teams combine for 8 homers. Yoenis Cespedes leads the New York attack with 5 hits, including a double and 3 homers. He drives in 7 runs, scores 5 and steals a base.

22ndThe Cubs defeat the Braves, 9-7. Nick Swisher hits HRs as both a left-handed and right-handed batter for the 14thtime in his career, tying Mark Teixeira for the all-time record.

The Mets again defeat the Rockies by a score of 14-9. They become the second team in ML history to win consecutive games against the same opponent, by the same score, with more than 20 runs scored in each game. The 1927 Dodgers performed the feat, beating the Pirates in back-to-back games by scores of 11-10. And the 1934 Red Sox won two straight games by a score of 14-9, beating the Browns and the White Sox.  The teams combine for 35 hits, but only 3 homers.

23rdAt Wrigley, the Cubs whip the Braves, 9-3, to complete a 4-game sweep. It is their fourth 4-game sweep this season: the last time the Cubs did that was in 1945. Chris Bryant hits a pair of homers as the Cubs clout 5.

24thThe Mets come back from a 7-2 deficit and crush the Phillies, 16-7, hitting 8 HRs in the victory. In the process, they become the first team in ML history to have each of the first 7 batters in their lineup each hit homers. Ten different players homer in the game—7 for New York and 3 for Philadelphia—to set a new ML record. New York’s 15 extra-base hits ties NL mark by a team since 1900. The league mark of 16 was set July 3, 1883 by Chicago vs. Buffalo.

Rusney Castillo homers and drives in all five Red Sox runs as Boston edges the Chicago White Sox, 5-4.

Kris Bryant homers with 2 outs in the 9thto lift the Cubs to a 2-1 win over Cleveland. It is Chicago’s 5thstraight win. Bryant hit two homers yesterday.

26thThe Tigers shut out the Angels, 5-0, on Justin Verlander’s 1-hitter. Chris Iannetta’s double leading off the 9thinning is LA’s only safety.

27th  The Mets use 3 hits and 5 hits in the 13thto beat the host Phillies for an 9-5 win.

New York pitchers strike out 47 in the 4-game set, the most in a 4-game series since 1930. They complete a 4-game sweep of the Quakers and now lead the NL East by 6.5 games.

The Mariners send veteran reliever Fernando Rodney (2-0) to the Cubs for a player to be named.

28thThe Red Sox edge the Mets, 6-4, in 10 innings. Matt Harvey holds Boston scoreless for 6 innings, marking the 31sttime in 60 career starts that he has held his opponent to either 0 or 1 run for an ML record. Dwight Gooden held the mark previously with 30 such starts in his first 60 games.

RA Dickey goes 6.2 innings to win his 6thstraight decision as Toronto beats the Tigers, 5-3. Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back homers and Jose Bautista also goes deep.

Seattle fires GM Jack Zduriencik, with assistant GM Jeff Kingston filling in on an interim basis. Zduriencik had been GM for 7 seasons.

29thThe Blue Jays trample the Tigers, 15-1. Edwin Encarnacion clouts 3 homeruns, including a grand slam, and drives in 9 runs for Toronto. He also extends his hitting streak to 24-consecutive games.

At Turner Field, the Yankees beat the Braves, 3-1, as Luis Severino pitches 6 shutout innings. A fan named Gregory Murray, who stood up to boo Alex Rodriguez, loses his balance, falls 40 feet from the upper deck and is killed in the 6thinning.

Stephen Vogt splashes a 3-run homer into the Chase Field swimming pool as the A’s tip the Diamondbacks, 3-2.

The Dodgers score 5 runs off Jon Lester (8-1) and whip the visiting Cubs, 5-2. Los Angeles tops the three million mark in attendance today as Tampa Bay reaches one million.

30thJust a matter of time. Jake Arrieta hurls the 6thno-hitter of the season as the Cubs shut out the Dodgers, 2-0. Arrieta is the 7thpitcher in ML history to toss a no-hitter after being the losing pitcher in a no-hitter in the same season. He was the losing pitcher in Cole Hamels’ gem on July 25. Arrieta strikes out 12 and walks one in the game. Kris Bryant hits a 2-run homer for the scores. The Dodgers, who were no hit nine days ago by Mike Fiers, have never had two no-hitters thrown at them in one season.

The Yankees score 9 runs in the 7thinning and go on to crush the Braves by a score of 20-6.  Chase Headley and Stephen Drew combine for 7 of the 21 Yankee hits, and each drive in 4 runs.

Take that. After Edwin Encarnacion hits his 30thhomer off Alfredo Simon—and his 4thin two days against the Tigers—Simon retaliates by hitting Encarnacion with a pitch his next time up. The pitch is clocked at 47 mph. Toronto wins, 9-2.

Abraham Almonte hits his first career grand slam and Josh Tomlin works into the 8thinning as Cleveland downs the Angels, 9-2.

The Mets obtain P Addison Reed from the Diamondbacks, sending Matt Koch and minor leaguer Miller Diaz to Arizona. Reed will give New York two solid seasons.

31stThe Astros beat the Mariners, 8-3. Dallas Keuchel improves to 12-0 in Houston this season to become the second pitcher in the last 50 years to win his first 12 home decisions in a season. Johan Santana did it with the Twins in 2006.

Danny Salazer strikes out 10 and wins his 12thas Cleveland stop the Blue Jays, 4-2, although Edwin Encarnacion has a pair of hits to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 26. David Price drops to 11-5 as he goes 7 innings.  With Boston beating New York, the Jays stay 1.5 games ahead of the Yankees.

The Mariners send OF Justin Ruggiano and cash to the Dodgers for a player to be named. Los Angeles also acquires OF Chris Heisey from the Blue Jays for a player to be named.

Enough hangers in the closet? The Red Sox trade OF Alejandro De Aza to the Giants for minor-league pitcher Luis Ysla, making it De Aza’s third ML team this year. He started the season with the Orioles, and was traded June 3 to the Red Sox. He will sign in December with the Mets.

The Braves trade OF Jonny Gomes and cash to the Royals for SS Luis Valenzuela.

 

SEPTEMBER

4thThe Marlins edge the Mets, 6-5, in 11 innings on Martin Prado’s 5thhit of the game.

Go Dutch. The Mariners defeat the Athletics, 11-8, as Seattle rookie P Tony Zych makes his ML debut. He becomes the last player listed alphabetically of the more than 18,000 players to appear in the majors. He supplants Dutch Zwilling, who had held that distinction since his debut in 1910.

6thThe Astros beat the Twins, 8-5. Dallas Keuchel ties a modern ML record by recording his 13thconsecutive victory at home to start the season. Larry Benton (1928), Tex Hughson (1944) and Boo Ferris (1946) also performed the feat.

10thThe Mets defeat the Braves, 7-2. Bartolo Colon has his scoreless streak snapped at 31 innings. It is the longest such streak, within one season, by a pitcher aged 42 or older. The previous mark of 27 innings had been held by Cy Young (1909) and Warren Spahn (1963).

11thThe Orioles score 10 runs in the 8thinning on their way to a 14-8 win over the Royals. Nolan Reimold and Steve Clevenger each hit grand slams in the inning, marking the 8thtime in ML history that it has happened.

Colby Lewis takes a no-hitter into the 8thinning and settles for a 2-hitter as the Rangers beat the A’s, 4-0. Danny Valencia lines a leadoff double in the 8thfor the first hit.

The Cubs beat the Phillies, 5-1, behind Jake Arrieta (19-8), who becomes just the second pitcher since 1913 to go 8-0 with an ERA below 0.50 over an 8-start span within a season. Bob Gibson performed the feat in 1968. Arrieta allows a run in 8 innings as he wins his 19th. It is his 17thquality start in a row, the most by a Cubs pitcher since Lon Warneke in 1935. Chicago sweeps, winning game 2, 7-2. Kyle Schwarber has a pair of homers and Kris Bryant hits his 24th.  The Cubs are 2 games behind the Pirates and 6 behind the Cardinals.

12thThe Red Sox defeat the Rays, 10-4, as David Ortiz hits a pair of homers, the second is the 500thof his ML career. He becomes the 27thplayer in ML history to reach the mark.

The Mets beat the Braves, 6-4, with the help of a homerun and 2 RBIs from Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes becomes the second player in ML history (since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920) to switch teams in midseason and hit at least 15 homers and drive in at least 40 runs in his first 40 games with his new team. Hank Sauer did so for the Cubs in 1949.

The Giants shut out the Padres, 8-0, on Madison Bumgarner’s one-hitter. San Diego’s only hit is Melvin Upton Jr.’s single in the 8thinning.

The Royals come back from a 4-1 deficit to pound the Orioles, 14-6. Mike Moustakas drives in 9 runs with a 2-run single, a 3-run homer and a grand slam.

The Reds edge the Cardinals, 4-2. Aroldis Chapman becomes the first pitcher in ML history to save 30 games and strike out 100 or more batters in 4 consecutive seasons.

13thAdrian Beltre hits 2 homers to drive in 5 runs as the Rangers rout the A’s, 12-4) to stay in the AL race. Rougned Odor adds a 3-run homer and Shin-Soo Choo homers.

Jed Lowrie hits a pinch 3-run homer to complete a surprising 5-run 2-out rally in the 9thagainst Huston Street as the Astros trip the Angels, 5-3. Street gives up 5 straight hits.

16thThe Nationals trounce the Phillies, 12-2, as Bryce Harper hits his 40thHR of the season. He becomes the sixth-youngest player in ML history to reach the milestone, behind Mel Ott, Eddie Mathews, Johnny Bench, Joe DiMaggio and Juan Gonzalez.

Jake Arrieta allows 2 runs (one earned) in 8 innings as the Cubs edge the Pirates, 3-2, in 12 innings. Miguel Montero swipes a base for the Cubs, his first steal in 4 years.

17thThe Cubs, third place in the NL Central, beat their division rivals the Pirates, winning 9-6. The Bucs lose SS Jung Ho Kang in the 1stinning when Chris Coghlin’s late slide into 2B fractures Kang’s left leg and tears his meniscus.  He will return to action next May.

18thThe Rays defeat the Orioles, 8-6. Rookie Mikie Mahtook goes 5-for-5 for the Rays, including a pair of doubles.

19thThe Cardinals lose to the Cubs, 5-4, but still become the first team to clinch a playoff spot with the Diamondbacks’ victory over the Giants. Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant hit back-to-back homers to pace the Cubs to their fifth straight win.

The Yankees use 7 pitchers and 4 second basemen in their 5-0 win over the Mets.

20thThe Royals crush the Tigers, 10-3. Kendrys Morales hits 3 homers and a triple for KC. He is the first Royals player in 24 years to belt three homers.  His 15 total bases sets a Royals record.

The Braves defeat the Phillies by a score of 2-1 for the third straight game. In the process, they set a new ML record, with their 19thconsecutive win in home games that were decided by a single run.

Milwaukee avoids being swept by beating the Reds, 8-4. For the first time since 1894, all six starters in a three-game series are rookies.

21stThe White Sox shut out the Tigers, 2-0, on Jeff Samardzija’s 1-hitter. He uses only 88 pitches to win. Victor Martinez’s 5th-inning single is Detroit’s only safety. Chicago takes the second game, 3-2.

The Brewers hire David Stearns, 30, to be their new GM. He replaces Doug Melvin who announced last month that he was stepping down after 15 years.

22ndJake Arrieta pitches a dominant game for his 20thwin of the year, beating Milwaukee, 4-0. He is the first Cubs 20-game winner since 2001. Jake throws 108 pitches, striking out 11 and walking one, and sets the club record with his 18thstraight quality start. His ERA since the All-star break is .086 ERA in 94 1/3  IP, the lowest in that span in ML history. Kris Bryant hits his  26thhomer and breaks the Cubs rookie homerun mark set by Billy Williams in 1961. His 3 ribbies gives him the team rookie record with 98 RBI. The unfortunate Brewers rookie pitcher Tyler Cravey runs his record to 0-8.

23rdNeil Walker has 4 hits and drives in 6 runs to lead the Pirates to a 13-7 victory over the host Rockies, and their third straight playoff berth. It is the third straight year they have reached the playoffs on the 23rd.

The Blue Jays and Yankees have a minute of silence for Yogi Berra and then Maruc Stroman, 5’8”, holds the Yankees scoreless for 7 innings as the Jays win, 4-0. Russell Martin hits a 3-run homer.

24thThe Royals defeat the Mariners, 10-4, to clinch their first AL Central title.

25thThe Cubs lose to the Pirates, 4-3, but still clinch a spot in the playoffs when the Giants lose to the Athletics, 5-4. It is Chicago’s first playoff spot since 2008.

The Indians shut out the Royals, 6-0, as Carlos Carrasco hurls a one-hitter while striking out 15. Alex Rios’ 7th-inning single is KC’s only safety.

R.A. Dickey (11-11) goes 7 innings as the Blue Jays beat the Rays, 5-3, and clinch their first playoff spot since 1993. Josh Donaldson hits his 40thhomer to go with 40 doubles he’s hit, and he joins Chipper Jones (1999) and Miguel Cabrera (2012) as the only ML third basemen to collect 40 doubles and 40 homers in the same season.

26thThe Giants outslug the Athletics, 14-10. Rookie Jarrett Parker hits 3 HRs for San Francisco, one a grand slam, as he drives in 7 runs.  He is the 11thNL rookie to hit three roundtrippers.  The last Giants player with at least 3 homers and 7 RBIs was Willie Mays 54 years ago. The Say Hey kid hit 4 homers and drove in 8 runs on April 30, 1961.

The Mets defeat the Reds, 10-2, to clinch the NL East title and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

The Cardinals maintain their 3-game lead over the Pirates with a 5-1 win over the Brewers. Jaime Garcia pitches into the 8thinning. The Cards shut down 14-game winner for the rest of the season due to a strained right shoulder He will not pitch in the playoffs.

27thThe Cubs shut out the Pirates, 4-0, as Jake Arrieta pitches 7 innings, allowing one hit, for his 21stwin. Gregory Polanco’s 7th-inning single is Pittsburgh’s only safety. Jake hits a homer in the process of throwing his 20thstraight quality start. His 21 wins is the most by a Cubbie since Ferguson Jenkins in 1971. The losing pitcher is AJ Burnett, who allows 2 runs in 6 innings. With a 1st-inning strikeout, Burnett reaches 2,500 K’s.

The Astros edge the Rangers, 4-2. Dallas Keuchel sets an ML record by finishing the year with a 15-0 record in 18 starts at Minute Maid Park. He is the first pitcher in ML history to go undefeated with at least 14 wins at home in one season.

Chris Young (11-6) throws 5 hitless innings as he combines with 4 relievers in Kansas City’s 2-0 win over the Indians. It is the Royals 90thwin of the year and they are the first team since the 1919-25 Athletics to improve their win totals in seven straight seasons (65, 67, 71, 72, 86, 89, 90—eventually 95). Young leaves before the game is over to attend his father’s funeral in Dallas.

Pinchhitter Jason Rogers hits a pinch grand slam off Trevor Rosenthal and the Brewers beat the Cards, 8-4. Rosenthal had converted47 of his previous 49 save attempts.

In Washington, the Phils rally for 2 runs in the 8thand 8 in the 9thto beat the Nationals, 12-5. Jonathon Papelbon coughs up 5 of the runs (2 earned) to take the loss and then seemingly punches his ticket out of D.C. by attacking superstar Bryce Harper in the dugout. The two have words when Papelbon returns to the dugout in the 8thand then the reliever reaches out and chokes Harper. The closer, who was suspended last week for drilling the O’s Manny Machado, has one year and $11M left on his contract.  Papelbon will receive a 4-game suspension as a result of the fight, and the Players Association will appeal.

28thChris Denorfia ends a scoreless battle between the host Cubs and the Royals when he hits a pinch homer in the 11thoff Miguel Almonte to give the Cubs a 1-0 win.

The Cardinals break a scoreless tie with 3 runs in the 9thto beat the Pirates, 3-0. Mark Reynolds supplies a 2-run homer.  The Pirates have 16 runners left on base, tieing the ML record for a shutout loss. The Mariners, in 1995, were the last team to strand 16 in a shutout.

29thThe Dodgers clinch the NL West crown on Clayton Kershaw’s 8-0, one-hit shutout over the Giants. Kevin Frandsen’s 3rd-inning single is SF’s only hit. The Giant’s loss assures an ML record of 15 consecutive years without a repeat WS champion. For the Dodgers, it is their third straight time in the post-season, something they have not done since 1884.

The Athletics hire the first female coach in ML history. Justine Siegal will serve as a guest instructor for the club’s 2015 instructional league.

At Cincinnati, the Cubs whip the Reds, 4-1, as Dan Haren wins his 10thof the year.  Rookie Josh Smith (0-3) takes the loss and plunks Anthony Rizzo with a pitch, the 30thtime Rizzo has been hit by a pitch. With 30 homers, he joins Don Baylor as the only member of that particular 30/30 club.

30thThe Blue Jays crush the Orioles, 15-2, to win the AL East title. Ryan Goins goes 5-for-5 in the clincher, including a double. Edwin Encarnacion hits his 37thhomer and Jose Bautista hits his 40th. He is the second Blue Jay with 40 homers, joining Josh Donaldson. The Orioles return the favor in game 2, beating the Jays, 8-1.  Chris Davis has his 44thand 45th homers in game 2 to keep the lead in the AL. His 47 homers will win the HR title. Nelson Cruz hits his 44thhomer today, but will miss the chance of matching Babe Ruth who won the title two years in a row for different teams.

Adrian Beltre has a double and homer in the Rangers’ 6-2 victory over the Tigers. Yovani Gallardo wins his 13th. For Beltre it is his 50thand 51stextra base hits of the year, giving him 14 consecutive seasons with 50 long hits.  He tops Mike Schmidt for third basemen: Schmidt had 13 years in a row.  The Rangers are in 1stplace in the AL West, 2.5 games ahead of Houston and 3 games in front of the Angels.

At Angel Stadium, the A’s hold on for an 8-7 win over the Angels and stop their 7-game win streak. The loss drops them to 3rdplace in the AL West. Mike Trout is 2-for-3 for the Haloes, including his 41sthomer. He joins Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson as the only player to have four 25-double/25-homer seasons before age 25.

In the first of two, Pittsburgh’s Francisco Cervelli hits a grand slam and Gerrit Cole (19-8) pitches 7 solid innings as the Pirates stop the Cardinals, 8-2. Adam Wainwright makes his first appearance since tearing his Achilles tendon in April and gives up a run in one inning.  The Birds clinch the NL Central in game 2, winning their 100thgame, 11-1, as Jason Heyward hits a 3rd-inning grand slam, off Bobby LaFromboise.

At Safeco, the Astros tie the Mariners when Chris Carter belts a 3-run homer in the 6th, then they pull ahead in the 7thwhen Evan Gattis triples and his pinchrunner scores on a single. The Astros win, 7-6.  The triple by Gattis is his 11thof the year and he is the first major leaguer since the 50s to have ten or more triples in a season with no stolen bases.  Johnny Mize holds the record of 16 triples and no steals, set in 1938.

OCTOBER

1st      The Rangers edge the Angels, 5-3, to clinch a spot in the postseason playoffs.

2ndThe Cubs beat the Brewers, 6-1, behind Jake Arrieta. Arrieta becomes the fifth pitcher in the earned run era (1920) with at least 22 wins, no more than 6 losses, and an ERA under 2.00. The others are Sandy Koufax (1963), Denny McLain (1968), Ron Guidry (1978) and Dwight Gooden (1985).

The White Sox edge the Tigers, 2-1, as Chris Sale (13-11) pitches 7 innings for the win. Sale strikes out 7 to give him the AL lead with 274 whiffs. It also breaks the White Sox strikeout record held by Ed Walsh, who struck out 269 in 1908. Alfredo Simon (13-12) goes the distance in the loss.

At Chase Field, the Astros shoot down the Diamondbacks, 21-5, as Dallas Keuchel wins his 20th.  Colby Rasmus, George Springer and Jose Altuve each hit homers and score 4 runs apiece. Luis Valbuena homers and adds two doubles in the romp.

3rdThe Nationals defeat the Mets, 2-0, as Max Scherzer strikes out 17 and hurls his second no-hitter of the season. His is the first no hitter with no walks and 17 or more K’s. Scherzer becomes just the fifth pitcher to hurl a pair of no-nos in the same regular season, joining Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Virgil Trucks (1952) and Nolan Ryan (1973) in accomplishing the feat. Met hurlers fan 18 Washington batters, making the 2-team total of 35 strikeouts. This breaks the previous mark of 31 for a 9-inning game.

Zack Greinke goes 8 innings and allows one run—a homer to Austin Hedges—as the Dodgers edge the Padres, 2-1. Greinke lowers his ERA to a league-best 1.66 and breaks the Dodgers record of 1.68 set in 1904 by Ned Garvin. Garvin posted a 5-15 record that year.

At Camden Yards, the Orioles take two games from the Yankees, winning 9-2 and 4-3. Dellin Betances throws an inning in the nitecap, striking out 3 to total 131 for the year. He joins Rob Dibble (1989-90) and Dick Radatz (1962-64) as the only big-league pitchers to record 125 or more strikeouts in consecutive seasons without starting a game.

Corey Kluber (9-16) strikes out 9 in 8 shutout innings as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 2-0. Kluber is the first Indian righthander to strike out over 500 batters (505) in combined seasons since Bob Feller K’ed 521 in 1940-41.

4thBehind Cole Hamel’s 3-hitter, the Rangers whip the Angels, 9-2, to clinch the AL West title.

In the first of two, the Braves beat the Playoff-bound Cardinals, 6-0, as Shelby Miller (6-17) snaps his streak of 24 consecutive winless starts. Atlanta’s Matt Wisler follows in game 2 with a 2-0 whitewash, finishing an out shy of completing the game.

Joey Butler belts a 1st-inning grand slam to chase Mark Buerhle and the Rays whip the Blue Jays, 12-3. Butler hits another homer to drive in 6 runs. Making his second start in three days, Buerhle makes a rapid exit. It gives him a total of 198.2 innings pitched for the year depriving him of his 15thyear of reaching 200 IP. He would have been the 15thpitcher to do so: the other 14 are in the Hall of Fame.

Needing 6 strikeouts to finish with 300, Clayton Kershaw fans 7 in 3.2 innings of a 6-3 Dodger win over the Padres. The last 300 strikeout seasons came in 2002 when Johnson and Schilling did it for Arizona. The last Dodger was Sandy Koufax.

The Pirates clinch home-field advantage as the beat the Reds, 4-0, behind a solid performance by J.A. Happ and a long HR by Pedro Alvarez. The Reds end the year 64-98, their most losses since 1937.

In a 7-2 loss to the Phillies,  right fielder Ichiro Suzuki is brought in to pitch the 8th, allowing a run on a pair of doubles. Suzuki, a talented pitcher in high school, had always wanted to pitch in the Majors. He throws 18 pitches, 11 for strikes, and hits 88 MPH on the radar.

6thThe Astros shut out the Yankees, 3-0, behind Dallas Keuchel in the AL Wild Card game. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homer for Houston.

The Nationals fire Matt Williams as their manager.

7thJake Arrieta hurls a 4-hit shutout to lead the Cubs to a 4-0 win over the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game. Rookie Kyle Schwarber hits a homer and drives in 3 of the Chicago runs.

8thThe Rangers defeat the Blue Jays, 5-3, to take the opener of their ALDS. Yovani Gallardo gets the win for Texas, backed by HRs from Robinson Chorines and Rougned Odor. Jose Bautista homered for Toronto.

The Astros beat the Royals , 5-2, in Game 1 of their ALDS. Colin McHugh gets the victory, with George Springer and Colby Rasmus hitting HRs. Kendrys Morales accounts for both KC runs with a pair of homers.

9thThe Mets defeat the Dodgers, 3-1, behind Jacob deGrom, in the opener of their NLDS. deGrom hurls 7 scoreless innings and fans 13, and Daniel Murphy homers for New York.

John Lackey leads the Cardinals to a 4-0 win over the Cubs in the opener of their NLDS. Rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty hit homers for St. Louis.

Rookie Hanser Alberto drives in the go-ahead run in the 14th inning as the Rangers defeat the Blue Jays, 6-4, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in their ALDS. Leone Kela gets the win in relief for Texas. Josh Donaldson homers in a losing cause for Toronto.

The Royals edge the Astros, 5-4, to even their ALDS at a game apiece. Ben Zobrist’s 7th-inning single brings home the deciding run for KC, and Wade Davis gets the win in relief. Salvador Perez homers for KC and Colby Rasmus does the same for Houston.

10th   The Cubs beat the Cardinals, 6-3, to even their NLDS at a game apiece. Travis Wood notches the victory, aided by a HR from Jorge Soler. Solo homers by Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk account for the St. Louis runs.

The Dodgers score 4 runs in the 7th inning to defeat the Mets, 5-2, and even their NLDS at 1 game each. Zack Greinke overcomes 2nd-inning homers by Yoenis Cespedes and rookie Michael Conforto for the win. A controversial rolling hard slide by Chase Utley that injures SS Ruben Tejada is the key play. Ironically, while Tejada is taken off the field with a fractured leg, a replay shows that he had not touched the bag and Utley is ruled safe, opening the door for another 3 runs to score. Utley will receive a suspension of two games for the slide, but it will be rescinded.

11th   The Astros take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their ALDS as Dallas Keuchel remains unbeaten at home to lead them to a 4-2 win over the Royals. A red-hot Chris Carter homers for Houston while Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon connect for KC.

The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 5-1, to cut the Texas lead to 2-1 in their ALDS. Marco Estrada gets the victory for Toronto, with Troy Tulowitzki’s 3-run homer being the big blow.

12th   Down 6-2, the Royals score 5 runs in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to defeat the Astros, 9-6, and even their ALDS at 2 games apiece. Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer homer for KC, with Ryan Madson getting the win in relief. Carlos Correa gets 4 hits for Houston, including a pair of HRs and a double.

The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-4, to even their ALDS at 2 games apiece. David Price earns the win in relief, backed by HRs from Josh Donaldson, Chris Colabello and Kevin Pillar.

The Cubs pound 6 HRs and go on to beat the Cardinals, 8-6, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their NLDS. Jake Arrieta gets the victory. The top 6 hitters in the lineup—Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, Dexter Fowler and Starlin Castro—homer for Chicago, while Stephen Piscotty and Jason Hayward connect for St. Louis. The 8 round-trippers account for a postseason record.

The Mets wallop the Dodgers, 13-7, to take the lead in their NLDS. Matt Harvey gets the win for New York, aided by homers from Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud.

The 21 homeruns hit in the 4 games played today are the highest combined total for any day in postseason history. The previous record was 15.

13th   Clayton Kershaw leads the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Mets, tying their NLDS at 2 games apiece. Justin Turner’s 2-run double is the deciding blow. Daniel Murphy’s HR accounts for the only New York run.

The Cubs move on to the NLCS with a 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Trevor Cahill gets the win, backed by homeruns from Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber. Stephen Piscotty hits his 3rd homer of the postseason for St. Louis.

14th   Jose Bautista’s 3-run HR highlights a 4-run 7th inning for the Blue Jays as they goon to defeat the Rangers, 6-3, to win their ALDS and move on to the ALCS. Aaron Sanchez gets the win in relief. Edwin Incarnation also homers for Toronto while Shin-Soo Chin connects for Texas.

Trailing 2-0, the Royals score 7 unanswered runs to defeat the Astros, 7-2, and win their ALDS. Johnny Cueto gets the victory for KC, who get a HR from Kendrys Morales. Luis Valbuena’s homer accounts for Houston’s runs.

15th   Daniel Murphy’s 6th-inning dinger is the deciding blow as the Mets edge the Dodgers, 3-2, to win their NLDS and move on to the NLCS. Murphy also drives in another run and scores the 3B. Jacob deGrom gets the win for New York.

16th   Led by Edinson Volquez, 4 Royals pitchers combine to hold the Blue Jays to 3 hits in defeating Toronto, 5-0, in the opener of the ALCS. Salvador Perez accounts for one of the KC runs with a solo HR.

17th   Trailing 3-0, the Royals score 5 runs in the 7th inning and go on to defeat the Blue Jays, 6-3, and take a 2-games-to-none lead in the ALCS. Danny Duffy gets the win in relief as Mike Moustakas drives in a pair of runs for KC.

Matt Harvey hurls the Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Cubs in the opener of the NLCS. Daniel Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud homer for New York and Kyle Schwarber connects for Chicago.

18th   The first 3 Met batters in the game score, with the help of a HR by Daniel Murphy, and New York goes on to defeat the Cubs behind Noah Syndergaard, 4-1. The Mets take a 2-games-to-none lead in the NLCS.

The Cubs release Tsuyoshi Wada, 5-5 over two seasons.

19th   The Blue Jays get HRs from Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Ryan Goins to pound out an 11-8 win over the Royals. Marcus Stroman gets the win as Toronto closes the KC lead in the ALCS to 2-games-to 1. Kendrys Morales homers for the Royals.

20th   The Royals pound out 15 hits and crush the Blue Jays by a score of 14-2 to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Luke Hochevar gets the win in relief, with Ben Zobrist and Alex Rios connecting for HRs.

The Mets young pitchers continue to hold the Cubs in check, as Jacob deGrom defeats Chicago, 5-2. Daniel Murphy hits a HR in his 5th consecutive postseason game, to tie a record set by Carlos Beltran in 2004. Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler homer in a losing cause for the Cubs.

21st    Marco Estrada holds the Royals in check and the Blue Jays come out victorious by a score of 7-1 to close within a game of KC in the ALCS. Troy Tulowitzki’s bases-clearing double is the big hit for Toronto, who also gets a HR from Chris Colabello. Salvador Perez homers for the Royals.

The Mets score 4 runs in the 1st inning on back-to-back HRs by Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud and go on to defeat the Cubs, 8-3. The win gives New York a sweep of the NLCS, sending the Mets to the WS. Daniel Murphy continues his hot hitting, going 4-for-5, including his 7th HR of the postseason. Murphy becomes the first player to hit homers in 6 straight postseason games, and is named the NLCS MVP. Bartolo Colon gets the win for New York. Kris Bryant hits a HR for Chicago in a losing cause. The Mets become the 6th team in ML history to sweep a best-of-7 postseason series, without trailing in a single game.

22nd  The Dodgers announce that Don Mattingly will not return as manager next season.

23rd   The Mariners hire Scott Servais as their new manager.

The Royals edge the Blue Jays, 4-3, to win the ALCS and move on to the WS against the Mets. The lead run scores when Lorenzo Cain comes home all the way from 1B on Eric Hosmer’s single. Wade Davis gets the win in relief, and Mike Moustakas and Ben Zobrist homer for the Royals. Jose Bautista connects twice for Toronto to drive in all 3 runs. Alcides Escobar is named MVP of the ALCS.

27th   The Royals take Game 1 of the WS with a 14-inning, 5-4, win over the Mets. Alex Gordon’s 1-out HR in the bottom of the 9th ties the game, and Eric Hosmer’s sac fly wins it in the 14th. Alcides Escobar hits an inside-the-park HR on Matt Harvey’s first pitch, and Curtis Granderson connects for New York. Chris Young gets the win for KC. The game ties for the longest game by innings in WS history, and is the second-longest in terms of time.

28th   Johnny Cueto hurls a complete-game 2-hitter as the Royals defeat the Mets, 7-1, to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the WS. Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer each drive in a pair of runs for KC.

29th   With an off-day at the World Series, a number of teams announce personnel changes: The Padres hire Diamondbacks’ coach Andrew Green as their new manager. The Blue Jays announce that their GM, Alex Anthopoulis, is leaving the organization. Anthopoulis is named executive of the year by The Sporting News. His departure coincides with the arrival of Mark Shapiro as the new president. Shapiro starts next week. Not yet announced is the hiring of Don Mattingly, late of the Dodgers, as the new manager of the Miami Marlins. Miami also fires GM Dan Jennings, who had spent most o the season as manager. Michael Hill, who had been president o f baseball operations, will assume the GM’s job. The Padres have a new manager, Andy Green, who had managed in the Diamondbacks system and was most recently their 3B coach. Bud Black, who had been the Padres manager, appears to be heading to the Nationals as their manager, according to the Washington Post.

Vin Scully announces that he is eager to return to the Dodgers announcing booth. It will be his 67thyear and is widely expected to be his last.

30th   David Wright hits a HR and drives in 4 runs to power the Mets to a 9-3 win in Game 3 of the WS. Raul Mondesi, Jr. makes his ML debut and strikes out as a pinch hitter for the Royals. He is the first player to make his debut in the WS. Kansas City now leads the Series, 2-games-to-1. Noah Syndergaard gets the win for New York and Curtis Granderson adds a homer.

Andrew McCutcheon of the Pirates is named winner of the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player “who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.”

31st    The Royals rally for 3 runs in the 8th inning and defeat the Mets, 5-3, to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the WS. Ryan Madson gets the win in relief, while Michael Conforto hits a pair of HRs for New York.

Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper are named winners of the 2015 Hank Aaron Awards, given to the players with the best offensive seasons in their respective leagues.

NOVEMBER

1stAfter being held in check by Matt Harvey for 8 innings, the Royals score 2 runs in the top of the 9th, then 5 in the top of the 12th, to defeat the Mets, 7-2, and win their second World Series championship. Luke Hochevar gets the win for KC. Rookie Christian Colon drives in the winning run as a pinchhitter in his first appearance in the postseason. Salvador Perez is named MVP of the Series. Curtis Granderson hits his third HR for the Mets.

3rdThe Nationals name Dusty Baker as their new manager.

5thMatt Harvey is announced as the NL’s Comeback Player of the Year for 2015.

In a six-player swap the Mariners acquire pitchers Nathan Karns and CJ Riefenhauser, and minor-league OF Boog Powell from the Rays in exchange for 1B Logan Morrison, UT Brad Miller, and P Danny Farquhar.

9th Whoops. Turner Publishing recalls the 2016 MLB calendar for the Washington Nationals because the stadium pictured on the cover is Fenway Park.

10th   Former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson, 29, dies in Atlanta. Once a promising young talent—he was third in the 2009 Rookie of the Year voting, Hanson had been plagued with shoulder injuries. One report said that he dies of a drub overdose.

The 2015 Gold Glove Award winners are announced. The World Champion KC Royals—Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar are among those honored.

11th   The Yankees obtain OF Aaron Hicks from the Twins in exchange for C John Ryan Murphy. They also get P Ronald Herrera from the Padres for IF Jose Pirela.

12th   The Angels new GM Billy Appler makes his first deal, acquiring Braves defensive whiz SS Andrelton Simmons and C Jose Briceno in exchange for veteran SS Erick Aybar, and pitchers Sean Newcomb, a first-round pick in 2014, and Chris Ellis.

The Mariners obtain P Joaquin Benoit from the Padres for minor leaguers Enel De Los Santos (P) and Nelson Ward (IF).

The 2015 Silver Slugger Awards are announced. Brian McCann of the Yankees and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers each wins for the 6th time. Andrew McCutcheon of the Pirates wins his 4th consecutive award to lead the NL class.

The Red Sox obtain All-star reliever Craig Kimbrel from the Padres in exchange for 4 minor leaguers: OF Manuel Margot (MLB.com’s 25th best prospect), SS Javier Guerra (#76 prospect), IF Carlos Asuaje and P Logan Allen. Kimbrel has three years of service time left.

14th   The Phillies acquire P Jeremy Hellickson from the Diamondbacks for minor league P Sam McWilliams.

16th   Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Carlos Correa of the Astros are named winners of the NL and AL Rookie of the Year awards for 2015.

The Mariners acquire OF Leonys Martin and P Anthony  Bass from the Rangers in exchange for LP Tom Wilhelmsen, OF James Jones and a player to be named.

17th   Jeff Banister of the Rangers and Joe Maddon of the Cubs are named winners of the AL and NL Manager of the Year awards for 2015.

The Angels sign free agent SS Cliff Pennington to a 2-year contract.

18th   Dallas Keuchel of the Astros and Jake Arrieta of the Cubs are named winners of the AL and NL Cy Young awards for 2015. With Bryant winning rookie of the year and Joe Maddon getting manager of the year, the Cubs have three of the top award winners.

The Tigers acquire closer Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers in exchange for IF Javier Betancourt and a player to be named.

19th   Bryce Harper of the Nationals is the unanimous winner of the NL MVP award for 2-15. Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays is named winner in the AL.

20th   The Mariners trade OF Ramon Flores to the Brewers for IF Luis Sardines.

The Tigers acquire OF Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for pitchers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.

In an exchange of pitchers, the Blue Jays get Jesse Chavez from the Athletics for Liam Hendriks.

23rd   The Mariners sign free agent C Chris Iannetta to a 1-year contract.

The Dodgers name Dave Roberts as their new manager.

24th   The Angels sign free agent C Geovany Soto to a 1-year contract.

The Rockies send P Tommy Kahnle to the White Sox in exchange for minor leaguer Yency Almonte.

25th   The Athletics obtain veteran SS Jed Lowrie from the Astros for minor league P Brendan McCurry.

The Braves sign free agent P Bud Norris to a 1-year contract.

The White Sox sign free agent C Alex Avila to a 1-year contract.

The Rays send P Kirby Yates to the Indians for cash.

The Diamondbacks send P Allen Webster to the Pirates for cash.

The Astros trade OF L.J. Hoes to the Orioles for cash.

The Rockies send P Rex Brothers to the Cubs in exchange for P Wander Cabrera.

27th   The Blue Jays sign free agent P J.A. Happ to a 3-year deal.

30th   Jordan Zimmermann reaches agreement with the Detroit Tigers for a 5-year $110M contract. The pitcher had turned down an offer last year from the Nationals to extend his contract for 5 years at $105M.

The Cardinals sign free agent C Brayan Pena to a 2-year contract.

The Braves sign free agent P Jim Johnson to a 1-year deal.

DECEMBER

 

2ndThe Padres obtain pitchers Drew Pomeranz. Jose Torres and a player to be named from the Athletics in exchange for Yonder Alonso and the vowel-challenged Marc Rzepszynski.

The Red Sox reach a 2-year $13M agreement with 32-year-old outfielder Chris Young, lately of the Yankees. Young has a .344 batting average at Fenway.  Last month New York GM Brian Cashman praised Young, saying, “I can’t throw enough bouquets his way. He’s a special guy and we’d like to have him back, but I have no idea.” The next day the Yanks trade for Aaron Hicks, giving them a crowded outfield.

The Cardinals send C Tony Cruz to the Royals for minor league IF Jose Martinez.

Cowgirl up! The Indians obtain OF Collin Cowgirl from the Angels for cash considerations.

The Mariners trade OF Mark Trumbo and P C.J. Riefenhauser to the Orioles for C Steve Clevenger. They also sign free agent P Justin De Fratus to a 1-year contract.

The Astros send C Hank Conger to the Rays for cash.

3rdThe Mariners sign free agent OF Nori Aoki to a 1-year deal.

4thThe Red Sox sign free agent P David Price to a 7-year contract worth $217M. Price has an opt-out clause after the 2018 season.

The Mariners send P Jose Ramirez to the Braves for a player to be named and cash.

The White Sox sign free agent C Dioner Navarro to a 1-year contract.

The Braves sign free agent IF Gordon Beckham to a 1-year deal.

45hThe Giants add an ace, signing Jeff Samardzija to a 5-year $90M deal. He will complement Madison Bumgarner. San Francisco went after Samardzija after losing out on signing Zack Greinke.

6thThe Tigers sign free agent P Mike Pelfrey to a 2-year contract. They also sign free agent C Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a 1-year deal.

Arizona signs Dodger ace Zack Greinke. With the Dodgers negotiating a five-year deal to have Greinke remain a Dodger, the Diamondbacks burst in and offered six-year deal worth $206.5M.

7thThe Red Sox send pitchers Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro to the Mariners for pitchers Carson Smith and lefty Roenis Elias (5-8 in 20 starts). Smith, 26, had a 2.31 ERA in 70 games in his first full-season in 2015. Miley has three years remaining on his $26.75M contract (counting his 2018 club option).

Kansas City inks pitcher Chris Young to a 2-year contract worth $11.5M.

8thThe Padres trade IF Jedd Gyorko and cash to the Cardinals for OF Jon Jay.

Colorado signs free agent pitchers Jason Motte and Chad Qualls to 2-year contracts.

In a big day for the Cubs, they sign veteran free agent P John Lackey to a 2-year $32M contract. They also sign free agent 2B Ben Zobrist to a 4-year contract for $56M. Zobrist reportedly turned down a 4-year $60M offer from the Mets. The Cubs then send all-star Starlin Castro to the Yankees for starter/reliever Adam Warren and a player to be named (Brendan Ryan).

The Blue Jays sign free agent P Mark Lowe to a 2-year deal.

The Diamondbacks acquire a second ace, picking up Shelby Miller from the Braves for Georgia native Dansby Swanson, the number 1 pick in the 2015 draft. They also surrender a good outfielder in Ender Inciarte and pitching prospect Aaron Blair. Miller will make just 4 starts before needing Tommy John surgery.

The Athletics trade P Evan Scribner to the Mariners for minor league P Trey Cochran-Gill.

9thThe Phillies sign free agent P David Hernandez to a 1-year contract.

The Brewers trade 1B Adam Lind to the Mariners for minor league hurlers Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki and Freddy Peralta.

The Mets trade veterean P Jon Niese to the Pirates for Pittsburgh native 2B Neil Walker. The move ends New York’s discussions with David Murphy.

The Yankees swap P Justin Wilson to the Tigers for pitching prospects Luis Cessa and Chad Green.

The Athletics trade 3B Brett Laurie to the White Sox for pitchers Zachary Erwin and J.B. Wendelken.

The Angels sign free agent OF Craig Gentry to a 1-year contract.

10thThe Royals sign free agent pitcher Joakim Soria to a 3-year contract.

The Pirates sign free agent P Juan Nicosia to a 1-year deal.

The Nationals send IF Yunel Escobar and cash to the Angels for pitchers Trevor Gott and Michael Brady.

The Braves trade C Christian Bethancourt to the Padres for P Casey Kelly and C Ricardo Rodriguez. Bethancourt, 24, was once the future catcher of the Braves, but disappointed.

11th   The Nationals sign free agent P Oliver Perez to a 2-year contract, and free agent P Shawn Kelley to a 3-year deal.

The Athletics sign free agent P Ryan Madson to a 3-year contract, and P John Axford to a 2-year deal.

The Mets sign free agent SS Asdrubal Cabrera to a 2-year contract. The defensive-challenged former all-star will receive $18M.  With Ruben Tejada re-signed to one-year $3M contract, it is suddenly crowded in the Mets’ infield.

12th   The Astros obtain pitchers Ken Giles and Jonathan Arauz from the Phillies in exchange for Brett Oberholtzer, Harold Arauz, former first-round pick Mark Appel, Thomas Eshelman and Vincent Veleaquez.

The Pirates send P Charlie Morton to the Phillies for minor league P David Whitehead.

14th   The Mariners sign free agent P Steve Cishek to a 2-year contract.

The Nationals sign free agent P Yusmeiro Petit to a 1-year deal.

15th   In a major move the Cubs sign free agent OF Jason Hayward, who spent last season with the Cardinals, to an 8-year contract worth $184 million. Hayward has two opt-out clauses—after the 2018 and the 2019 seasons.

16th   The White Sox shore up their infield acquiring two-time All-star Todd Frazier in a three-team deal with the Reds and Dodgers. Chicago sends top pitching prospect Frankie Montas to LA along with outfielder Trayce Thompson and 2B Micah Johnson. The Dodgers ship OF Scott Schebler and infielders Jose Peraza and Brandon Dixon to the Reds.  Frazier hit 35 homers this year, 4thin the NL, and won the All-star homerun derby. He has a $7.5 salary next year and can become a free agent after the 2017 season. His arrival means that the Sox will go with the newly acquired Brett Lawrie at second base.

San Francisco sign free agent P Johnny Cueto to a 6-year contract worth $130 million. He has an opt-out clause after the 2017 season.

The Rockies sign free agent 1B Mark Reynolds to a 1-year deal.

The Angels sign free agent OF Daniel Nava to a 1-year contract.

The Braves sign free agent catcher Tyler Flowers to a 2-year contract.

17thThe Indians sign free agent OF Rajai Davis to a 1-year contract.

The Rangers sign free agent OF Justin Ruggiano to a 1-year deal.

The Brewers send 1B Jason Rogers to the Pirates for OF Keonton and P Trey Supak.

18th   The Mariners send P Tyler Olson to the Dodgers for a player to be named or cash.

The Pirates sign free agent P Ryan Vogelsong to a 1-year contract.

Detroit signs free agent IF Mike Aviles to a 1-year deal.

21stThe Pirates obtain P Kyle Lobster from the Tigers for cash.

22nd  The Cardinals sign free agent P Mike Leake to a 5-year contract.

23rd   The Mets sign free agent OF Alejandro De Aza.

The Pirates sign free agent OF John Jaso to a 2-year contract.

28th   The Reds send reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees in exchange for pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis, and infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. Chapman had first been traded to the Dodgers, but LA backed out of the deal because of off-field issues with the fireballer. Chapman will sign with the Yankees, then be slapped with a 40-game suspension.

The Athletics sign free agent P Henderson Alvarez to a 1-year contract.

30th   The Dodgers sign free agent P Scott Kazmir to a 3-year contract.

2016

JANUARY

5thThe Indians sign free agent 1B Mike Napoli to a one-year contract.

6thKen Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BWAA. Griffey sets a record by receiving 99.3% of the vote.

The Nationals sign free agent second baseman Daniel Murphy to a three-year contract as well as signing free agent second baseman Stephen Drew to a one-year deal.

7thThe Mariners sign free agent P Ryan Cook to a one year deal.

The Dodgers finalize a $25 million 8-year contract with Kenta Maeda, a deal that could be worth $106.2 million if he stays healthy.

The Royals sign former Cy Young runner-up Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league contract. The 35-year old spent last year in the minor leagues, but he will end up starting the year in Kansas City.

8thThe Braves sign free agent IF Kelly Johnson to a one year deal.

The Pirates sign free agent P Neftali Feliz to a one year contract.

The Brewers sign free agent 1B Chris Carter to a one year contact. Carter will hit 41 homers to tie for the lead in the NL, but the Brewers will cut him in November.

The Giants sign free agent OF Denard Span to a three-year contract. He will make $10.33M a year.

The Yankees obtain P Kirby Yates from the Indians for cash.

The Nationals send P Drew Storen to the Blue Jays in exchange for OF Ben Revere.

12thThe Yankees acquire P Tyler Olson and IF Ronald Torreyes from the Dodgers in exchange for IF Rob Segedin.

The Dodgers send P Joe Wieland to the Mariners for P Erick Mejia.

The Marlins sign free agent IF Chris Johnson to a one year contract.

13thThe Marlins sign free agent P Edwin Jackson to a one year contract.

14thThe Padres sign free agent P Carlos Villanueva to a one year deal.

19thThe Marlins sign free agent P Wei­ Yin Chen to a five­ year contract.

20thThe Rockies sign free agent OF Gerardo Parra to a three-year contract.

The Tigers sign Justin Upton to a 6-year contract worth $132.5 million. The agreement contains an opt-out clause for Upton after the 2017 season.

22ndThe Mets sign free agent P Antonio Bastardo to a two­ year contract. He’ll last until August.

26thThe Mets make a critical deal, signing slugger Yoenis Cespedes to a three-year contract worth $75 million. Cespedes  can opt out after 2016 if he chooses.

27thThe Tigers send 3B Jefry Marte to the Angels for IF Kody Eaves.

28thThe Astros sign free agent P Doug Fister to a one year contract.

The Rays obtain OF Corey Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo from the Rockies in exchange for pitchers Jake McGee and German Marquez. Tampa Bay also signs free agent OF Steve Pearce to a one year contract.

29thThe Royals sign free agent Ian Kennedy to a five­year contract. The workhorse pitcher will improve from 9-15 at San Diego to 11-11 in 2016.

30thThe Brewers send SS Jean Segura and P Tyler Wagner to the Diamondbacks for P Chase Anderson, IF Aaron Hill and SS Isan Diaz. Segura will open the season with five straight multi-hit games.

The Dodgers sign free agent P Joe Blanton to a one year contract. Blanton will match his 2015 record of 7-2.

The Angels sign free agent P Al Albuquerque to a one-year deal.

The Tigers sign free agent OF Justin Upton to a six-­year contract.

The Padres sign free agent SS Alexei Ramirez to a one-year deal.

FEBRUARY

2ndThe Mets send OF Darrell Ceciliani to the Blue Jays for a player to be named or cash.

4th The Orioles obtain P Odrisamer Despaigne from the Padres in exchange for P Jean Cosme.

6th The Blue Jays sign free agent P Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract.

8thThe Diamondbacks sign free agent P Tyler Clippard to a two-year contract.

9th The White Sox sign free agent P Mat Latos to a one-year contract.

11th The Brewers send OF Khris Davis to the Athletics for pitcher Bubba Derby and  C Jacob Nottingham. Davis will hit 42 homers this year, the first A’s player to reach 40 since 2000.

The Indians sign free agent P Tommy Hunter to a one-year deal.

Former Mets closer Jenrry Mejia becomes the first player in MLB history to earn a lifetime ban following his third positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. He won’t go without a fight.

25thIn a surprise move, CF Dexter Fowler re-signs with the Cubs for $13M. Fowler had been linked with the Orioles but at the last minute spurned their offer. In a related move, the Cubs trade OF Chris Coghlan to the Athletics for P Aaron Brooks. The versatile Coughlin will see more playing time in Oakland than he was expected to see in Chicago.

The Orioles sign free agent P Yovani Gallardo to a two-year contract. He will win 6 games in 2016, his worst total in his 10 years.

MLB and the Players Association agree on a new rule defining how a player can slide into a base while protecting the infielder.

28th The Indians sign veteran free agent IF Juan Uribe to a one-year contract. He’ll end up splitting his year between Cleveland and Baltimore.

29th    The Rangers sign free agent SS Ian Desmond to a one-year deal worth $8 million. Desmond will make the switch to the outfield and be the Opening Day left fielder.

MARCH

1stAroldis Chapman becomes the first ML player to be disciplined for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. He will be suspended for the first 30 games of the regular season.

6thThe White Sox sign free agent OF Austin Jackson to a one-year contract.

10thThe Orioles sign free agent 1B Pedro Alvarez to a one-year contract.

11th    The Pirates sign free agent 3B David Freese to a one-year contract.

17th    The Reds sign free agent P Alfredo Simon to a one-year contract.

19th    The Cardinals sign free agent SS Ruben Tejada to a one-year contract.

21st     In an historic meeting between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a Cuban all-star team at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana, the major leaguers prevail, 4-1.  With President Obama and Raul Castro in attendance, along with baseball luminaries Derek Jeter, Dave Winfield and commissioner Rob Manfred, James Loney supplies the power with a 3-run homer. The Cubans are shut out until the 9thinning when Ruby Reyes homers. It is a festive crowd who cheer when Obama and Castro join in doing ‘the wave,’ but both are gone by the 3rdinning.  Luis Tiant and long-time Cuban star Pedro Luis Lazo throw out the first balls. In a symbolic gesture, Tampa Bay RF Dayron Varona leads off and flies out. Varona defected from Cuba in 2013.  It is the first time since 1999 that a MLB team has played on the island.

26th  The Brewers lose  reliever Will Smith for two months when he tears a ligament in his right knee taking off his spikes after a game. He won’t make an appearance till June and then get traded on July 31stto the Giants.

27th    The Pirates send P Eric O’Flaherty to the Braves for cash.

28thThe Reds claim the 26-year-old second baseman Cincy born Scooter Gennett off of waivers from the Brewers. He had been replaced by Jonathan Villar at second base for the Brewers, who placed Gennett on waivers despite the fact he still had an option. By claiming Gennett, the Reds are responsible for his $2.525-million contract in 2017. He is under team control for two more years. Last season Gennett played 136 games for the Brewers, including 121 starts at second base. He will hit .295 with 27 homers, second on the Reds, while Villar will clock in with a .241 average and 11 homers.

The Lake County Captains of the Class A Midwest League are selling a $20 fish sandwich at Classic Park this season called “The Moby Dick;” it features a 15-inch sesame seed bun, five quarter-pound fish fillets, eight slices of cheese, six ounces of clam strips, one-third pound of french-fries, one cup of coleslaw all topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and tartar sauce (as noted by food critic Bill Arnold).

29th    The Rangers swap Bobby Wilson and Myles Jaye to the Tigers for Bryan Holaday.

APRIL

3rdTampa Bay releases James Loney, who will sign next week with the Padres. San Diego will sell the vet to the Mets in late May and he will have a solid season in New York.

4thQuite a story. At Chase Field, rookie Trevor Story hits homers in the 3rdand 4thinnings off Zach Greinke as the Rockies double the Diamondbacks, 10-5.  Story is just getting started.

Cole Hamel hands Felix Hernandez his first opening-day loss as Texas defeats the M’s ace with just one hit. Prince Fielder’s bloop single scores a run in the Rangers 3-run 5ththat includes 3 walks and 2 errors.

Ouch! The Dodgers score 15 runs to beat the Padres, 15-0, in the opener at San Diego. This sets a ML record for most runs in a shutout on opening day. Clayton Kershaw allows one hit and strikes out 9 in 7 innings. With no walks.

After a series of defections, there are 23 Cubans on opening day rosters.

5thAt Chase Field, Trevor Story hits another homer, but his Rockies fall, 11-6. He will hit another tomorrow, his 4thof the year.  His first four hits going for homers is a ML record.

After a washout yesterday, the Yankees fall to Houston, 5-3 in the season opener. Dallas Keuchel, who beat New York three times last year in 22 scoreless innings, continues his domination, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings.

6th  In the Nationals 3-1 win over the host Braves, center fielder Michael Taylor throws out two runners at 2B in the 4thinning for Washington.

Trevor Story hits his 4thhomer in 3 games, the first time in history that’s happened, as the Rockies edge the host Diamondbacks, 4-3. Story is the first player in history to hit a HR for each of his first four hits.

The Yankees score 12 runs in the first three innings and roll to a 16-6 thrashing of the visiting Houston Astros.  Michael Pineda struggles through 5 innings to record his first win of the year. Starlin Castro has 4 hits including a 3-run homer, to drive in 5 runs, and Mark Teixeira also hits a 3-run homer. Pineda gives up the first grand slam of his career, a 3rdinning blast by George Springer, and two homers by Carlos Correa. The Yanks pin the loss on Collin McHugh, who leaves the game after recording one out. This is the first game in New York following a ban on smokeless tobacco signed by mayor Bill DeBlasio.

Jarrod Saltalamaccia homers and drives in 4 runs as Detroit wins at Miami, 7-3. The loss is the first at home after 27 starts for Marlins ace Joe Fernandez. He had been 17-0 at Marlins Park, the most consecutive home wins to start a career in ML history.

Kenta Maeda makes his ML debut for the Dodgers and it is a good one. He throws 5 shutout innings against San Diego and also homers in his first ML at bat to tie a ML record. The Dodgers win at Petco Park, 7-0.

7th  Hunter Pence hits an 8thinning grand slam and Joe Panik drives in 3 runs and ignites a Giants comeback as they beat the Dodgers in their home opener, 12-6. Three innings earlier the Dodgers’ pitchers 31-inning scoreless streak to start the season ended, one inning shy of the 1963 Cardinals’ record to start a season.

Jay Bruce homers twice and drives in 5 runs and Eugenio Suarez hits his first grand slam to lead the Reds to a 10-6 win over the Phillies. The Reds score 8 times in the 4th. The Reds top pitching prospect, Robert Stephenson, makes his ML debut and allows 3 earned runs in 5 innings.

At Chase Field, Anthony Rizzo hits his second homer of the year and drives in 6 runs as the Cubs roll to a 14-6 win over the Diamondbacks.  John Lackey wins his first despite giving up 6 runs.

8th  In Toronto, Josh Donaldson clubs a grand slam, off Joe Kelly, as the Jays score 6 runs in the 3rdinning. It is not enough, however, as the Red Sox win, 8-7.

At Arizona, Yasmany Tomas breaks a 2-2 tie with the Cubs by hitting a 9th-inning RBI single. The Diamondbacks win, 3-2. The loss snaps the Cubs streak of 4 straight road wins to start the season. They have not done that since 1934, when they started with five road wins. Chicago will win their next five.

At San Diego, Rockies rookie Trevor Story homers in his 4thstraight game to start the season, but Colorado loses, 13-6. Story now has 6 homers in 4 games to begin the season, a rookie and regular ML record.  Matt Kemp has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, to lead San Diego.

What’s a boy gotta do? In his ML debut Dodger pitcher Ross Stripling takes a no-hitter into the 8th, but gets lifted after a one-out walk. His replacement Chris Hatcher then serves up a 2-run homer to Giants catcher Trevor Brown. After another walk Hatcher is upset about the umpiring and A.J. Ellis tries to placate him. Manager Dave Roberts comes out to show his support and is thumbed out.  Brandon Crawford ends the game, 3-2, with a homer in the bottom of the 10thoff Joe Blanton.

Aledmys Diaz hits two homers off Bronson Arroyo as the Cards top the Reds, 10-4. The 40-year-old Arroyo was just called up to start the game today, becoming the oldest pitcher called up by the Reds since Hod Lisenbee was brought up from the minors on June 8, 1945, at age 46.

9thThe Giants Madison Bumgarner hits another homer off Clayton Kershaw, but neither pitcher is around when the Dodgers win, 3-2, in the 10th.

Atlanta releases veteran Michael Bourn, who will sign with the Diamondbacks.

At Coors Field, the Padres enjoy themselves, winning 16-3. Matt Kemp has a pair of homers off Jorge de la Rosa to drive in 6 runs, and Cory Spangenborg hits a 3 run homer.

10th At Anaheim, rookie Nomar Mazara homers in his first at bat to tie a ML record. He adds two more hits but the Angels shrug it off to beat Texas, 3-1. Jered Weaver is the winning pitcher.  It is Weaver’s 139th career win as he moves into second place on the franchise wins list behind Chuck Finley.

Coco Crisp hits a 2-out homer in the 10thas the A’s edge the Mariners, 2-1. Felix Hernandez strikes out 10 in 7 scoreless innings for the M’s.

Trevor Story hits his 7thhomer in six games to help the Rockies beat the Padres, 6-3. Story’s homer is one of five solo homers for Colorado. Carlos Gonzalez hits a pair.

Brandon Moss and Matt Carpenter each hit 3-run homers to lead the Cardinals to a 12-7 win over the winless Braves. The Braves also lose starter Dan Winkler, who suffers a fractured right elbow while throwing a pitch in the 7th. He will miss the rest of the season.

13th At Coors Field, the Rockies pummel Giants starter Jake Peavy and win, 10-6. Peavy gives up 11 hits in 4 innings, 9 for extra bases. Rookie Nolan Arenado has a pair of homers and 7 RBIs, while Trevor Story has a pair of triples for the Rox.

Small ball. The Phils use three bunt singles and a suicide squeeze by Jeremy Hellickson to beat the Reds, 3-2. Hellickson (3-2) allows 2 unearned runs in 7 innings. Tyler Goeddel has a 2-run triple for the Phils.

14th  Mike Foltynewicz tosses 8 shutout innings as the Braves stop the Royals, 5-0.  Mallex Smith has 3 hits, including Atlanta’s first triple of the year. They are the last team to collect one. They are also looking for their 10thhomer: every other team has hit at least 29.

15th  Down 5-1 in the 7that Arlington, the Orioles hit 4 homers and score 9 runs in the inning to beat the Rangers, 11-5. Two of the homers in the 7thare hit by Mark Trumbo to tie the ML record. Jonathon Schoop homers in the 7thand adds another in the 8th.

16th  Doesn’t portend well. At Yankee Stadium, New York drops its second in a row, 3-2, to Seattle. And, for the second game in a row, the Yankees go 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

The Tigers stake Jordan Zimmermann (6-2) to an 8-run lead after one inning and the veteran takes full advantage, allowing 8 runs and striking out 9 in Detroit’s 10-8 victory over the Twins. Zimmermann goes 7 innings. He is the first pitcher since Lefty Grove on May 30, 1927 to allow that many runs, strike out 9 or more, and walk away with a win.

17th  The Mets score 3 runs in each of the first two innings against Corey Kluber (0-3) to beat the host Indians, 6-0. Stephen Matz goes 7 innings for the win. Mets relievers Jerry Blevins and Addison Reed each strike out 2 batters in the 9th.

18th  Jeremy Hellickson, helped by a rare thing—a Phillie homerun—beats the Marlins, 4-2.  It is the 15thstraight Phillie win by 3 runs or less.

20th  It takes the Phillies 16 games to reach double figures in hits, and they need extra innings to do it. Two hits, a walk and a wild pitch plate the winning run in the 11th, as the Phils (7-9) top the Mets, 5-4.

21st  An embarrassment of riches. Jake Arrieta (4-0) throws a no-hitter, walking 4 and striking out 9, as the Cubs roll by the  host Reds, 16-0.  Kris Bryant has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, one a grand slam. He scores 4. Zobrist, Ross and Rizzo also homer as the Cubs go to 12-4.

Entering the 7thinning with the score tied 2-2, Yankee reliever Chasen Shreve is jolted when his first two pitches are hit for homeruns. Khris Davis and Coco Crisp do the damage. Oakland wins, 7-3, over the Yankees.

22ndThe White Sox use 7 shutout innings by Jose Quintana and a triple play to beat the Rangers, 5-0.  The Sox pull off the triple killing in the 7thinning, the play going 9-3-2-6-2-5, a first in ML history.

The Mets beat the Braves in Atlanta,  6-3, to start an 8-game win streak that will end May 1. Curtis Granderson supplies the offense with a grand slam and a solo homer.

Wil Myers is 3-for-3 including a homer, to drive in 3 runs in support of Andrew Cashner, as the Padres beat the Cardinals, 4-1. Myers also does not strike out, snapping a streak of 16 straight games with a K. He will end the season with 160 K’s, not even in the top five.

In Florida, Max Scherzer goes 8 innings for the Nationals as they beat the Marlins, 8-2. Giancarlo Stanton strikes out twice but has a hit.  He has struck out 17 times in his last 20 at bats. He ties a record for a 6-game span.

The Yankees tie the game with the Rays in the 5thinning on Jacoby Ellsbury’s straight steal of home with 2 out in the 5thinning. Brian McCann’s RBI single in the 6thputs the Yankees ahead. The final is 6-3. Ellsbury’s theft is the first straight steal of home by a Yankee since May 5, 2001 when Jeter did it. Ellsbury did it once while a Red Sox in 2009 against the Yankees.

Toronto first baseman Chris Colabello is suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. The former Independent league player hit .321 with 15 homers last year.

23rdJose Abreu hits a bases-loaded single in the 11thinning to give the White Sox a 4-3 win over the visiting Texas Rangers.

Tanner Roark strikes out 15 and allows just 2 hits in 7 innings to propel the Nationals past the Twins, 2-0. Two relievers add 3 strikeouts as the 18 K’s is the most for the franchise since arriving from Montreal in 2005.

Jose Fernandez (1-2) allows 4 runs in 7 innings as the Marlins lose to the Giants, 7-2.  Jake Peavy pitches a solid 7 innings for the win and Gregor Blanco supports him with a pair of triples.

Colby Rasmus hits a tie-breaking grand slam in the 5thto pace the Astros to an 8-3 win over the visiting Red Sox. Rasmus drives in 5.

24thBryce Harper delivers a pinch homer in the 9thto tie the game, pitcher Oliver Perez lays down a bunt in the 15th to keep the game going, and Chris Heisey homers in the 16th as the Nationals top the Twins, 6-5. The game takes 5 hours and 56 minutes.

A group of baseball documents from 1857, including “The laws of base ball” by Doc Adams is auctioned for $3.26 million. “Laws” was auctioned once before, in 1999, by Sotheby’s, and sold for $12,850.

26thAt Coors Field, the Pirates belt 5 homeruns, 3 by Andrew McCutcheon, to beat the Rockies,  9-4. McCutcheon drives in 5 runs.

Robinson Cano leads the Mariners to an 11-1 victory over the Astros. Cano hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs.  Starter Nathan Karns allows 2 hits and no runs in his 7 innings.

27thAt Fenway, Dustin Pedroia has a grand slam and a solo homer and David Ortiz bangs three doubles as the Red Sox beat the Braves, 9-4. Freddie Freeman homers for Atlanta, their first four bagger in 16 games.

Brandon Belt is a homer shy of the cycle as he drives in 5 runs in San Francisco’s’ 13-9 win over the Padres. Winner Jeff Samardzija (3-1) breaks a tie with a 2-run single.

28thJake Arrieta’s bid for a second no-hitter ends on his 5thpitch and his Wrigley Field scoreless streak is stopped at 52.2 innings. But he wins his 16thconsecutive decision, 7-2 over the Brewers, the longest streak in over a decade. His streak of consecutive quality starts also ends at 24, two shy of Bob Gibson’s mark set in 1967-68.

Manny Machado has a grand slam and a career-high 5 RBI to lead the Orioles to a 10-2 win over the visiting White Sox.  Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo add back-to-back dingers in the 3rd.

29thAt Citi Field, the Mets trounce the Giants, 13-1, using a franchise-record 12-run 3rdinning to do it. Yoenis Cespedes hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs in the big frame, a Mets record, and sets another franchise mark with his 9thstraight game with an extra-base hit. Steven Matz (3-1) is the winner with 6 scoreless innings.

At Miller Park, Miami pitcher Adam Conley is lifted in the 8thinning despite not allowing a hit. Conley walked a batter in the 8thbut, with 2 outs and a 5-0 lead, his is lifted for Jose Urena ending his no-hit bid. Urema gets the final out in the 8th, but is nicked for 3 runs and relieved in the 9th. Miami wins, 6-3.

MAY

1stMiami’s Tom Koehler gives up 8 runs in 2+ innings as the Brewers trounce the Marlins, 14-5. Milwaukee’s Wily Peralta bends but doesn’t break as he allows 13 hits in 5.2 innings with no strikeouts as he earns the win. The last pitcher with so few outs and allowing so many hits with no K’s was Pittsburgh’s Erv Brame, in 1931 (May 24).

3rdThe Braves limit the Mets to one hit in their 3-0 victory. Matt Wisler hurls 8 shutout innings, allowing only a 5th-inning single to Asdrubal Cabrera.

Jake Arrieta (6-0) dominates the Pirates, allowing 2 hits in 7 innings, as the Cubs win, 7-1, in Pittsburgh. He lowers his ERA to 0.84. The Cubs have won each of Arrieta’s last 19 starts.  He is the first Cubs pitcher to win each of his first six starts since Three-Fingered Brown won his first 11 in 1908.

The Giants Jeff Samardzija goes 8 innings to win his 3rdstraight, beating the Reds, 3-1, as the Giants score 2 runs in the 8th. The Reds bullpen allows a run for the 21stconsecutive game, topping the mark set by the 2013 Rockies (Elis Sports Bureau). Their scored-upon streak will reach 23 games.

The Tigers trade C Bobby Wilson back to the Rangers for minor leaguer Chad Bell. Wilson will move on to Tampa Bay on waivers in August.

Pablo Sandoval undergoes shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and will miss the rest of the Red Sox season.

4thThe White Sox cut pitcher John Danks, who had been with the team for 10 years.

5thColorado scores 13 runs in the 5th inning on their way to a 17-7 victory over the Giants. San Francisco had been victim to the Mets 12-run inning only 6 days previously. The Giants become only the third team in ML history to allow innings of 12 or more runs twice in a season. The 1894 Boston Beaneaters and 2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays also were victimized in this fashion.

7thThe Mets defeat the Padres, 6-3, behind Bartolo Colon. To the delight of fans and teammates, Colon also homers to become the oldest player in ML history to hit his first career homer.

The Brewers score 7 runs in the top of the 10th inning and go on to beat the Reds, 13-7. Aaron Hill hits 3 HRs, including a 10th-inning grand slam, for Milwaukee and drives in 7 runs.

Clayton Kershaw strikes out 7 without issuing a walk in the Dodgers 6-2 win over the Blue Jays. It is his third straight start with 10 or more Ks and no walks. The only other pitchers to accomplish the feat are Kershaw himself and Chris Archer, both in 2015.

8thThe Cubs edge the Nationals, 4-3, on Javier Baez’s walk-off HR in the 13th inning. Jake Arrieta surrenders 3 runs in the contest, extending his streak of starts without allowing more than 3 runs to 27 games in a row. It is the longest such streak in the ML since 1893. Bryce Harper sets a modern ML record in the game by making 7 plate appearances without an at bat. He walks 6 times and is also hit by a pitch. His streak of 12 straight plate appearances without an at bat is also a modern record. With Harper walking six times, Ryan Zimmerman leaves ML record 14 men on base and makes the final out in four innings.

The Orioles beat the visiting A’s, 11-3, as Manny Machado has a 2-run homer and a grand slam.

9thAt Fenway, Jackie Bradley, Jr. hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 14-7 drumming of the Athletics. He’s not through yet.

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto loses a homerun when he passes a runner on the basepath in Miami’s 4-1 win over the Brewers. The play occurs in the 2ndinning when Realmuto hits a drive that just clear the CF fence. Teammate Marcell Ozuna, a runner at 1B, returns to the bag in case Realmuto’s fly is caught. Realmuto passes Ozuna, though no call is made. Upon review, the HR is nullified.

At Arlington, Todd Frazier has 4 hits, including a solo homer and a 12th-inning tie-breaking grand slam, as the White Sox win over the Rangers, 8-4. Frazier has 6 RBIs.

10thThe Yankees defeat the Royals, 10-7, despite 3 HRs by Lorenzo Cain and a 2-run shot by Cheslor Cuthbert. New York has 13 hits but no homers.

Travis Shaw homers and drives in 5 runs as the host Red Sox continue to beat up on the A’s, winning, 13-5.

11thThe Angels acquire P Jhoulys Chacin from the Braves for minor league P Adam McCreery.

At Fenway, Jackie Bradley, Jr. has his second 6-RBI game in three days as he connects for two homers to beat the A’s, 13-3. He has 13 RBIs in the 3-game set with Oakland.

Max Scherzer ties the record for strikeouts in a 9-inning game by fanning 20 in the Nationals 3-2 victory over the Tigers.

Houston edges the Indians, 5-3, when Marwin Gonzales hits a walkoff 2-run homer in the 16th.

The Mets edge the Dodgers, 4-3, behind Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard accounts for all of New York’s runs with a pair of homers. Thor is the first pitcher to homer twice in a game since Micah Owings for the Diamondbacks in 2007.

13th    The Rays trade P Jhan Marinez to the Brewers for cash.

14th    The Twins trade reliever J.R. Graham to the Yankees for a player to be named.

15th    The Athletics edge the Rays, 7-6. The tying and winning runs come on Danny Valencia’s third HR of the day, in the 9th inning. Valencia drives in 5 runs.

In a brawl-filled game at Arlington, Ian Desmond hits a go-ahead 3-run homer in the 7thto give the Rangers a 7-6 win over the Blue Jays.  Earlier, Jays coach Tim Lieper and manager John Gibbons are each thumbed in separate arguments, but the real fireworks start in the 8thafter Jose Bautista is hit by a pitch. A hard and late slide into 2B by Bautista provokes a fight with Roughned Odor and the gloves drop. In all, 14 players will be disciplined, including Odor who gets an 8-game suspension and a $5,000 fine for punching Bautista in the jaw. Jays pitcher Jesse Chavez gets a 3-game suspension for hitting Prince Fielder with a pitch following the brawl. Gibbons gets 3 games for inciting a riot after returning to the field after he had been thumbed out. Bautista gets a 1-game suspension for post-game remarks.

17th    The Athletics beat the Rangers, 8-5, as Khris Davis hits 3 HRs, including an ultimate walkout grand slam. He has 6 RBIs.

The Dodgers defeat the Angels, 5-1, as Clayton Kershaw strikes out 11 without walking a batter. It is the sixth consecutive start in which Kershaw has fanned at least 10 batters without issuing a walk for a modern ML record.

The Braves fire Fredi Gonzalez as their manager. He was in his 6thseason. Brian Snitker is hired as his interim replacement.

The Rangers announce plans for a new retractable-roof stadium to be opened in 2021. The $1 billion project will be built in partnership with the city of Arlington and it will replace Globe Life Park, built in 1994.

19thSt. Louis leadoff hit Matt Carpenter has 2 doubles and a 3-run homer to drive in 6 runs in the Cards 13-7 win over the Rockies.

21stIn a 5-4 loss to the Tigers, Tampa Bay CF Kevin Kiermaier breaks his glove hand trying to make a diving catch in the 5thinning. The Gold Glove outfielder will be out of action till mid July but will still win his second straight Gold Glove.

Making his first start in a month, Joe Kelly pitches no-hit ball into the 7thas the Red Sox pound the visiting Indians, 9-1. Kelly gets support from Mookie Betts, who has a grand slam and solo homer, and Jackie Bradley, Jr., who extends his consecutive game hitting streak to 26 games.

22nd   The Dodgers defeat the Padres, 9-5, in 17 innings. Yasiel Puig’s 2-run single with the bases loaded breaks a tie in the 17th. In the bottom of the 17th, the Padres put a runner on when, with 2 outs, the sprinklers come on in right field. Wil Myers then makes the last out.

The Mets edge the Brewers, 3-1, behind Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard strikes out 11 Brewers without allowing a walk or earned run. He becomes the 4th P in the earned run era to have consecutive starts without allowing an earned run or walk, and fanning at least 10 batters. Others to accomplish the feat are Nolan Ryan (1987), Jose Fernandez (2014), and Clayton Kershaw (3 in a row in 2015).

Madison Bumgarner pitches into the 8thand has a run-scoring double as the Giants edge the Cubs, 1-0.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends his consecutive game batting streak to 27 games as the Red Sox beat the Indians, 5-2. David Ortiz is 4-for-4 and almost has his first cycle when he lines a hit in the 8th. He said he had been thinking about a triple to complete a cycle as he rounded 1B but the ball bounced into the bullpen for a ground-rule double.

23rd   The Royals defeat the Twins, 10-4, as Salvador Perez goes 5-for-5 for KC, including a double and triple.

Pirate starter Ryan Vogelsong is carted off the field after being struck in the face with a pitch from Rockies starter Jordan Lyles in a 6-3 Pittsburgh home win. Vogelsong will be out of action till August 4.

Bartolo Colon allows one run in 7 innings and the Mets club three homers, including a 3-run homer by David Wright to beat the Nationals,7-1. Gio Gonzalez, who came into the game with a streak of 44 start in which he allowed no more than one homer, serves up all three dingers, including back-to-back four baggers in the 5th.

Albert Pujols hits a 2-run homer in the 3rdas the Angels beat the Rangers, 2-0.  For Pujols, his 569thhomer ties him with Rafael Palmiero for 12thplace on the career list.

The Orioles trade P Brian Matusz, who was with the club for 8 years, to the Braves for pitchers Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek. Atlanta will release Matusz in a week and he will sign two weeks later for a cup of coffee with the Cubs.

25th    The Mets shut out the Nationals, 2-0, behind Steven Matz. Matt becomes just the 4th pitcher since 1920 to win at least 7 consecutive starts while surrendering no more than 2 runs in any one. Others to accomplish the feat were Fernando Valenzuela (8 straight starts in 1981), Cal Eldred (7 in 1992) and Jered Weaver (7 in 2006).

The Cubs edge the Cardinals, 9-8, behind Jake Arrieta. Chicago has won the last 23 regular-season games started by Arrieta, tying the record for the longest such streak. The Braves won 23 consecutive games in which Kris Medlen was the starter from 2010 to 2012.

At Target Field, the Twins top the Royals, 7-5, with the win going to starter Tyler Duffey (2-3). Duffey becomes the first Twins hurler to win two games. He’ll finish the year with 9 wins, tops on the team.

Adam Lind has a single, double and 2 homers to lead the Mariners to a 13-3 drubbing of the Athletics. Lind has 6 RBIs.

26th    The Rockies defeat the Red Sox, 8-2. Jackie Bradley Jr. goes hitless in 4 ABs, snapping his hitting streak at 29 games.

The Astros edge the Orioles, 4-2. Houston hurlers strike out 52 batters in the series against Baltimore, marking the highest total for a 3-game series since 1893. The previous high, set by Washington earlier this season, was 47.

27thJacob DeGrom pitches 7 strong innings and the Mets survive a Dodger 4-run rally in the 9thto beat Los Angeles, 6-5. Granderson, Lagares and David Wright homer for New York as the Mets tie for first place with the Nationals.  For Wright, this is his last game of the season as he will be diagnosed with a herniated disk, requiring surgery.

At the Rogers Centre Josh Donaldson has 5 RBIs on a single, double and two homers to lead the Jays to a 7-5 win over the Red Sox. All of Donaldson’s hits knock in the go-ahead runs, something no batter has done in 51 seasons, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

28thLed by Buster Posey’s 6 RBIs, the Giants double the Rockies, 10-5. Posey has a pair of 3-run homers.

29th    The Yankees edge the Rays, 2-1, on Starlin Castro’s 2-run HR off Odorizzi in the 7th inning. It is the Bombers only hit in the game and the first Yanks win on a one-hitter since 1914, when they took a 6-inning game from Cleveland.

30th    The Cubs one-hit the Dodgers, winning, 2-0. Chicago starter Jason Hammel allows a single to Justin Turner in 2 innings of work before being removed due to hamstring cramps. Cubs relievers retire the last 21 LA batters in a row, becoming the first bullpen since 1917 to hurl at least 7 perfect innings in a game [In 1917, Babe Ruth was ejected after he walked one batter and Ernie Shore completed the no-hitter.]

At Marlins Park, the Pirates swamp the Marlins, 10-0, behind Jeff Locke’s 3-hitter.  Gregory Polanco locks up the win with a grand slam and Sean Rodriguez adds a 2-run homer. The two game series with the Pirates was originally scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico, but concerns about the Zika virus caused to game to be moved.

31st     The Dodgers shut out the Cubs, 5-0, on a one-hitter. Dexter Fowler’s single in the 3rd inning off Scott Kazmir is Chicago’s only safety. Jake Arrieta hurls 7 scoreless innings for the Cubs, without getting a decision. It ends a streak of 23 straight wins for Chicago in games Arrieta started.

The Giants shut out the Braves, 4-0, with 5 hurlers holding Atlanta to one hit. Tyler Flowers’ 5th inning single off Jake Peavy is the Braves only safety.

The Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 6-2, as Mookie Betts hits 3 HRs and drives in 5 runs.

The Rockies pound out a 17-4 win over the Reds. Colorado’s 1.205 slugging percentage for the night is the highest for one game for any ML team since 1900. Blackmon and Arenado each have 2 of the Rox 7 homers.

At Safeco, the Padres and Mariners combine for 8 homers as the M’s sail to a 16-4 win. Seth Smith has a pair for Seattle.

At Anaheim, the Angels outslug the Tigers to win, 11-9.  C.J. Cron’s second homer of the game breaks a 9-9 tie in the 9th. The two teams combine for 9 round trippers.

The Braves trade P Jason Grilli and cash to the Blue Jays for P Sean Ratcliffe.

JUNE

1stCleveland OF Marlon Byrd receives a 162-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Drug and Prevention Program for the second time in his career. He joins Alex Rodriguez and Jenrry Mejia as the third ML player to receive a 162-game ban.

The Orioles best the Red Sox, 13-9, despite a pair of HRs by Mookie Betts. Betts becomes the first player in ML history to hit homers in both the 1st and 2nd innings of back-to-back games.

Zach Davies throws 8 shutout innings as the Brewers beat the Cardinals, 3-1. Milwaukee reliever Jeremy Jeffress surrender a 9thinning homer to pinch hitter Brandon Moss, the 10thpinch homer for the Birds this season. They didn’t hit 10 pinch dingers in the last 4 seasons combined.

At Citi Field, the Mets score only one of their 20 baserunners as they leave 14 runners on base in a 13-inning 2-1 loss to the White Sox.  Chunky Matt Albers doubles for the first hit by a Sox pitcher in 11 years, reaches 3B on a wild pitch, then scores on Jose Abreu’s sac fly.  The Sox turn 5 double plays.

The Blue Jays send 3B Jimmy Paredes to the Phillies for cash.

2ndWith the help of a 9-run 7th, the Mariners come back from a 10-run deficit to defeat the Padres, 16-13. It is the 21st time in ML history that a team has overcome a double-digit deficit to win. Jon Jay has 5 hits for the Pads, while Kyle Seager has 5 RBI for the M’s.

3rdThe Dodgers defeat the Braves, 4-2, as Corey Seager becomes the first rookie shortstop in ML history to hit 3 HRs in a game. All are solo shots.

The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 5-2. Boston’s Xander Bogaerts goes hitless in three at bats to end his 26-game hitting streak.

4thThe White Sox obtain P James Shields fro the Padres in exchange for P Erik Johnson and IF Fernando Tatis Jr.

At Minute Maid Park, Carlos Correa hits an RBI single in the 12th, his third hit of the day, to drive in the winning run as Houston beats the A’s, 6-5. It is Correa’s third game-winning hit in the 12th inning or later in the past 12 days.

5thJose Fernandez and the Marlins shut out the Mets, 1-0, striking out 14 Mets, without issuing a walk or allowing a run. He becomes the fourth pitcher since 1893 to fan at least 14 batters, without issuing an walk or allowing a run, while hurling 7 or fewer innings. Mike Mussina did so in 2000, Brad Penny in 2007, and Yu Darvish in 2013.

The Diamondbacks edge the Cubs, 3-2. The loss ends Jake Arrieta’s regular-season winning streak at 20 games.

7thStill got your old uniform? The Braves trade 2B Kelly Johnson and cash to the Mets in exchange for P Akeel Morris. Johnson was with the Mets last year after being traded by Atlanta. He is the first player to play for the same two teams in order two years in a row since Chad Kreuter (White Sox –Angels) in 1997-98 (Elias Sports Bureau).

9th The 2016 draft opens in New Jersey with the Phillies using the #1 overall on La Costa Canyon HS outfielder Mickey Moniak. Nine of the first 15 picks will be prep players. The Reds use the second pick on Tennessee outfielder Nick Senzel. The Braves pick New York high schooler Ian Anderson while Kansas prep fireballer Riley Piat goes to the Rockies with the 4thpick. He has hit 102 on the speed gun. The Tigers take lanky Matt Manning with number 9; he is the son of NBA player Rick.

Three months after being traded from Chicago to the A’s, the Athletics trade Chris Coghlan back to the Cubs for 2B Arismendy Alcantara.

12thThe Tigers defeat the Yankees, 4-1. Detroit P Michael Fulmer extends his scoreless streak to 28 1/3 innings. He becomes the first rookie to have a streak of 4 starts without allowing a run since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1911.

13thIn Chicago, the Tigers take a 7-2 lead after 3 innings against James Shields, but the Sox crawl back to win, 10-9 in 12 innings. Shields is the first pitcher since 1894 to allow 7 or more runs in the first three innings of three consecutive games. This is his second start this season: he got lit up in 2+ innings on May 31stof last season, his last appearance that year.

15th    The Braves edge the Reds, 9-8, in 13 innings. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman becomes the first player to hit for the cycle this season. His single comes in extra innings.

Logan Morrison draws a walk with the bases loaded in the 13thto give Tampa Bay a 3-2 win over the Mariners. For the M’s, it is their 17thloss in their last 19 games of 13 innings or more.

16th    The Tigers defeat the Royals, 10-4. Victor Martinez clouts 3 solo homers for Detroit to make a winner out of Justin Verlander (7-5).

17thThe Royals beat the Tigers, 10-3. Michael Fulmer’s scoreless streak ends at 33 1/3 innings. It is the longest such streak by a ML rookie starter since Fernando Valenzuela hurled 35 straight scoreless frames in 1981.

The Blue Jays trounce the host Orioles, 13-3, as Michael Saunders smacks 3 HRs for Toronto and drives in 8 runs. It is the third straight game against the Orioles that the Jays have scored in double figures.

At Fenway, Franklin Guiterrez hits a pair of homers and drives in 6 runs to pace the Mariners to an 8-4 win over the Red Sox.

The Marlins defeat the Rockies, 5-1, as Adam Conley, Nick Wittgren, Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps and Dustin McGowan hold Colorado to one hit, a 2-out double by Carlo Gonzalez in the 6th inning.

18th    The Indians clobber the White Sox by a score of 13-2. Chicago starting P James Shields allows 8 runs while recording only 5 outs. He becomes the first pitcher in ML history to surrender 7 or more runs in 5 or fewer innings in each of 4 consecutive starts.

19th    The Braves shut out the Mets, 6-0, on Julio Teheran’s one-hitter. Michael Conforto’s 3rd-inning single is the Mets only safety.

The Cubs defeat the Pirates, 10-5. Chicago rookie Willson Contreras hits a 2-run HR on the first pitch he sees in his first ML at bat. Baez, Bryant, Rizzo and Russell also contribute homers.

You’d think the name would help. The Nationals bow to San Diego, 6-3, as the Padres win their first game on Sunday in 11 tries. Drew Pomeranz is the winner over Gio Gonzalez. The Nats Michael Taylor is 4-for-4 with two homers and a double.

The Mariners trade light-hitting infielder Chris Taylor to the Dodgers for P Zach Lee. Taylor will find a homerun swing in LA.

20th    The Rockies defeat the Marlins, 5-3, with all 8 runs scoring on solo HRs, a first. There has never been another game in which more than 5 runs scored, all on solo homers.

21stIt is target practice at Target Field as the Twins outgun the Phillies, 14-10. The Quakers hit 4 homeruns but the Twins answer with Kurt Suzuki’s 6 RBIs on two doubles and a homerun. The loss adds to the Phillies 7-game losing streak in which they score a total of 12 runs.

22nd  I’ve had better days. Washington CF Michael Taylor strikes out 5 times and commits a 9thinning error to allow 2 runs to score. Los Angeles wins, 4-3.

24th    The Astros score 9 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 13-4 win over the Royals. George Springer hits a triple and grand slam in the frame, becoming the first ML player to do so in the 1st inning of a game. Edinson Volquez surrenders 12 of Houston’s runs to become the first hurler in over 120 years to allow at least a dozen runs in a game while getting no more than 3 outs. John Gilroy of the Washington Senators did so in 1895.

The Diamondbacks edge the Rockies, 10-9, on Yasmany Tomas’s 9thinning dinger, his second 2-run homer of the contest. The game lasts 4 hours and 30 minutes to set a new record for the longest 9-inning game in NL history.

25thThe Blue Jays defeat the White Sox, 10-8, despite 7 Chicago HRs. The Sox become the first team in ML history to lose a game in which they out-homer their opponent by at least 6. They join the 1995 and 2004 Tigers as the only teams to hit 7 homers and lose.

26th    The Twins defeat the Yankees, 7-1. Minnesota hits 6 homers, including back-to-back-to-back shots in the 6th inning by Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler.

The Giants edge the Phillies, 8-7, for manager Bruce Bochy’s 800th victory as SF’s skipper. He becomes the second manager in ML history to win 800 games for each of 2 different teams. Sparky Anderson is the other.

27th    The Cubs beat the host Reds, 11-8. Kris Bryant goes 5-for-5 and becomes the first player in modern ML history (since 1913) to hit 3 HRS and notch 2 doubles in one game. Jake Arrieta (11-2) struggles through 5 innings for the win.

28th    The Cubs score 5 runs in the 15th inning to defeat the Reds, 7-2. Javier Baez becomes the third player in ML history to his a grand slam in the 15th inning or later. It was also accomplished by Clyde Vollmer (16h inning, 1951) and Tino Martinez (15th inning, 1996).

30th    The Giants defeat the Athletics, 12-6. In more than 2,500 regular-season interleave games played under A.L. rules, San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner becomes the first pitcher to be written into the starting batting order. His double sparks the Giants’ 6-run 3rd inning.

The Nationals bash the Reds, 13-4, as SS Danny Espinoza drives in 7 runs. Espinoza drills a grand slam in the 3rdinning and adds a 3-run homer in the 4th.  Ryan Zimmerman contributes a 3-run homer in the 1stoff Brandon Finnegan, who gives up 8 runs.

The Padres trade P Fernando Rodney to the Marlins for P Chris Paddock.

The Dodgers obtain P Bud Norris, OF Dian Toscano, and player to be named later and cash from the Braves for pitchers Philip Pfeiffer and Caleb Dirks.

JULY

1stThe Indians edge the Blue Jays, 2-1, in 19 innings for their franchise-record 14th straight victory. Carlos Santana connects for a homer in the top of the 19th, off Darwin Barney, the Jays tenth pitcher who had just switched from second base to the mound. The Tribe uses nine hurlers as the two teams combine to run out 19 pitchers, two off the ML record.

But, Skip, wasn’t that a pretty hit! For the second time in a week Bryce Harper stays home t