2013 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.