2012 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.