2006 July

stThe Orioles down the Braves, 7-4. Baltimore’s Miguel Tejada plays in his 1,000thconsecutive game, the longest active streak in the ML.

The Red Sox hook the Marlins, 11–5, as David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez each hit two homers and drive in nine of the 11 runs. Mike Lowell has three doubles. The Sox make two errors, however, ending their ML record streak of 17 straight games without an error. They will have 108 games without errors for the season, a ML mark, and field .9891, also a record.

2ndThe Red Sox edge the Marlins, 4-3. The win gives Boston a 16-2 mark against the NL this season, tying the highest victory total in interleague history. The Twins match that mark with an 8-0 win over the Brewers.

The Angels beat the Dodgers, 4-0. Orlando Cabrera reaches base safely in his 59thstraight game for the longest such streak since 1960. Ted Williams holds the all-time mark at 84 games in a row.

At Wrigley Field, the Cubs outslug the White Sox to win, 15-11, in a game featuring nine homeruns. Winning pitcher Carlos Zambrano hits his 3rdof the year, off loser Mark Buerhle. In a birthday present to Angel Pagan, Sox reliever Cliff Politte serves up two gopher balls.  Juan Uribe has 4 RBI for the Sox, including a 3-run homer.

At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers belt the Mets, 16-7. Carlos Beltran has four hits and a pair of homers for the Mets, while Alex Rodriguez hits a pair, including a grand slam, for the Yanks to drive in 7 runs.

The Nationals sign 16-year-old Dominican prospect Esmailyn Gonzalez for $1.4 million.  In 2009, it will be revealed that Gonzalez is really Carlos Alvarez, 20 years of age at the time of signing.  Under either name he barely makes it out of short season ball.  In May 2013 the Nats will file a lawsuit against their insurance company alleging fraud about his age, including a $300,000 kickback to Jose Rijo, who ran the Latin American scouting in 2006.  The team will also claim that Jose Baez, the Nats director of D.R. operations was also involved in the kickback scheme. Rijo was also charge by the D.R. government in 2012 of money laundering in connection with a well-known drug trafficker.

Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, and Francisco Liriano are named the AL’s player, pitcher, and rookie of the month for June. It is the 1sttime that all 3 players have come from the same team.

The Republicans defeat the Democrats, 12-1, in the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at RFK Stadium. The Republican victory is their sixth straight and their eighth out of the last 10 contests. Illinois Congressman John Shimkus, pitches a seven-hit complete game for the Grand Old Party. Roll Call, the congressional newspaper, began sponsoring the game annually in 1962 and, since then, the Republicans have dominated the Democrats going 31-13 with one tie. The game was originally organized in 1909 by former major-leaguer John Tener, a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, but was played only intermittently until Roll Call stepped in.

3rdThe Dodgers rout the Diamondbacks, 10-4, as Nomar Garciaparra ties a ML record by being hit by pitches 3 times.

The Giants defeat the Rockies, 9-6, giving Felipe Alou his 1,000thwin as a manager.

The Devil Rays shut out the Red Sox behind Scott Kazmir, 3-0. Kazmir becomes the youngest pitcher to reach 10 wins this early in a season since John Smoltz did it for Atlanta in 1989.

4thThe Mets down the Pirates, 7-6, as Billy Wagner records his 300thcareer save.

The Indians score 9 runs in the 5thinning en route to a 19-1 thrashing of the Yankees. Victor Martinez gets 5 hits for Cleveland, including a double and HR.

5thBehind a four-hit complete game by Bartolo Colon, the Angels shut out the Mariners, 4-0.  Robb Quinlan and Orlando Cabrera hit 5thinning homers off Jamie Moyer for all the scoring.  For Colon, a 21-game winner last year, this will be his only victory in 2006. He’ll finish 1-5.

6thAt Tropicana Field, David Ortiz has a pair of homers, including a 9thinning grand slam off Shawn Camp, to lead the Red Sox to a 12-5 win over the Rays. Papi drives in 6.

The Reds acquire pitcher Eddie Guardado, who lost his closer’s role, from the Mariners in exchange for minor league pitcher Travis Chick and cash. Guardado’s elbow will go out in August and he won’t appear after August 19.

7thThe Indians shut out the Orioles, 9-0. Travis Hafner hits his 5thgrand slam of the season for Cleveland becoming the first player in ML history to hit 5 before the All-Star break. Only 3 other players have hit 5 in a season.

The Angels defeat the Athletics, 3-0, on John Lackey’s one-hitter. Lackey surrenders a leadoff double to Mark Kotsay in the 1stinning, then retires the next 27 batters in a row. The last pitcher to retire 27 in a row following a leadoff hit was Jerry Reuss in 1982. Orlando Cabrera goes 0-for-4 for LA, ending his streak of reaching base safely in 63 consecutive games—the longest run in the majors since at least 1960. Cabrera’s is the 6thlongest in history according to historian Herm Krabbenhoft [the SABR Baseball List & Record Book has it 5th: Williams, in 1949, 1941; DiMaggio, 1941 & Bill Joyce, 1891].

David Ortiz hits his 30thHR, the first Sox to reach that number before the All-star break.  Big Papi will hit #31 tomorrow in a 9-6 win over the White Sox.

Cubs starter Kerry Wood goes on DL and will be diagnosed with torn rotator cuff. The oft-injured Wood had 66 IP last year, just 19 2/3 IP this year.

8thThe Mets and Marlins split a doubleheader, with Florida winning the opener by a score of 3-2 and New York taking the nightcap, 17-3. The starting pitchers in the twinbill are Jason Johnson and Ricky Nolasco for the Marlins and John Maine and Mike Pelfrey for the Mets. It is the first time since 1977 that all 4 starting pitchers in a doubleheader are rookies. Nolasco lasts just 1 1/3 innings in game 2, allowing 9 runs.  The Mets coast as Jose Valentin has a grand slam and bases-loaded triple to drive in 7 runs in the first two innings, tying a NL mark. Hitting a bases-loaded triple and a bases-loaded homer has only been accomplished 4 times in the NL since 1900: Robin Jennings did it in 2001.  Cliff Floyd has a homer and 3 RBI, and Carlos Beltran scores 4 runs and also goes deep. Pelfrey goes 5 innings in his ML debut to record the win; he’ll lose his next 8 decisions to the Marlins.

Dodger closer Eric Gagne undergoes surgery for a herniated disk in his back and will miss the rest of the season. He made just 16 appearances this year.

Albert Pujols hits a homer, off Roy Oswalt’s 2ndpitch, in the 10th, to lift the Cards to a 7-6 win over the Astros. The game goes into extra innings after Brad Lidge allows 2 runs in the top of the 9th, one on a solo HR by Scott Spezio.  Houston starter Roger Clemens allows 2 earned runs in 6 innings.

If anyone left after Craig Counsell’s homer in the 8thties the game at 1 apiece, they missed a barn burner as Arizona scores 7 runs in the top of the 9thand the Rockies roar back with 6 runs. Chad Tracy hits a grand slam for Arizona as they win, 8-7.  The 13 runs by the two teams falls short of the record by two teams for the 9thinning: 17, in 1912 by Boston and New York.

9thThe White Sox beat the Red Sox, 6-5, in 19 innings, hitting 4 singles in the last frame off Rudy Seanez. Jermaine Dye hits a 2-out solo HR in the 9thto tie, and both teams plate 2 runs in the 11thto keep the marathon going. Red Sox 3B Mike Lowell has 3 hits (1 HR), while 2B Mark Loretta (2 H, 2 HBP), CF Coco Crisp (2 H (2 2B), 2 BB, 1 SB) and 1B Kevin Youkilis (4 BB—also 0 for 5) reach base safely 4 times, Trot Nixon is 0 for 9 and Jason Varitek is 0 for 8.

10thRyan Howard of the Phillies outslugs David Wright of the Mets to win the All-Star Home Run Derby.

11thThe American League edges the National League, 3-2, in the annual All-Star Game. MVP Michael Young’s 2-run double with 2 outs in the top of the 9thinning is the deciding blow.

83-year-old Jim Eriotes becomes the oldest person ever to play in a professional baseball game. Eriotes strikes out on 4 pitches for the Sioux Falls Canaries in their game against the St. Joe (Mo.) Blacksnakes. He’ll hold the record for a week as Negro League veteran Buck O’Neill will best it.

12thThe Devil Rays trade 3B Aubrey Huff to the Astros for minor league prospects Mitch Talbot and Ben Zobrist.

13thThe Reds and Nationals complete a controversial (to Reds fans) eight-player trade that sends OF Austin Kearns, SS Felipe Lopez, and pitcher Ryan Wagner to Washington in exchange for pitchers Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and Daryl Thompson, SS Royce Clayton, and IF Brendan Harris. It will be revealed that Majewski had taken a cortisone shot days before the trade and had been on anti-inflammatories since March. The Reds will feel that the Nationals GM Jim Bowden, formerly with the Reds, withheld information, which the Nats deny. Majewski will struggle before going on the DL on August 7.

The Rangers rout the Orioles, 15-1, as Mark Teixeira connects for 3 homers and drives in 7 runs.

14thThe Yankees edge the White Sox, 6-5, ending Jose Contreras’ streak of 17 consecutive wins that had extended over 2 seasons. It was the 2nd-longest streak in the majors over the last 40 years. Contreras’ last loss came on August 15 of last season.

15thFor the first time in nearly 3 decades, a full day of ML games are played without a save being recorded. There are 6 blown saves in the 15-game slate. The last time such an event occurred was on September 15, 1978.

Nashville pitchers Carlos Villanueva, Mike Meyers, and Alec Zumwalt combine to pitch a no-hitter, a 2–0 win over the cross-state rivals the Memphis Redbirds.

16thThe Yankees defeat the White Sox, 6-4, as Mariano Rivera records his 400thcareer save. Only Trevor Hoffman, Lee Smith and John Franco have more saves.

The Mets score a franchise-record 11 runs in the 6thinning on their way to a 13-7 victory over the Cubs. They tie a ML mark by hitting 2 grand slams in the frame—by Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran—then add another 2-run shot by David Wright.

The Braves beat the Padres, 10-5. Chipper Jones homers in the contest giving him an extra-base hit in 14 straight games to tie a ML record set by Paul Waner in 1927.

18thThe Mets defeat the Reds, 8-3. Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam for New York, becoming the 23rdplayer in history to hit a slam in consecutive games.

The Red Sox edge the Royals, 1-0, as rookies Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon combine on a 1-hitter. Mark Teahen’s 2ndinning single is KC’s only safety in Lester’s 8 innings.

The Braves rout the Cardinals, 14-5. Atlanta becomes the first team since the 1930 Yankees to score 10 or more runs in 5 straight games. Andruw Jones goes 5-for-5 for the Braves, including a pair of homers and a double.

94-year-old Negro League player Buck O’Neil draws 2 walks in the Northern League All-Star Game to become the oldest man ever to play professional baseball.

19thThe Phils trip the Padres, 5–4, as Bobby Abreu drives in 3 runs and Phils catcher Chris Coste drives in 2 with a double and homer. At 33, Coste is the third-oldest major-leaguer to hit his first homer since 1963; the only players older were Alan Zinter (34 in 2002) and So Taguchi (34 in 2003). Geoff Geary (6-0) wins in relief.

20thJimmy Rollins and David Bell each have 4 hits to pace the Phils to a 6-5 victory over the Braves. Chipper Jones has a hit to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. The Braves and Phils are each 13 games behind the Mets in the NL East.

     The Class A Oneonta Tigers beat the Brooklyn Cyclones 6-1 in 26 innings in the longest game in New York-Penn League history, and one of the longest games in the history of pro baseball.

The Braves obtain veteran reliever Bob Wickman from the Indians in exchange for minor league C  Max Ramirez.

21stThe Blue Jays defeat the Yankees, 7-3. Alex Rodriguez hits career #450, a 3-run homer for New York, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the plateau. A.J. Burnett goes 7 1/3 innings for the win, and Troy Glaus hits a homer and drives in 4 runs for the Jays.

The Blue Jays send 3B Shea Hillenbrand and pitcher Vinnie Chulk to the Giants for relieve Jeremy Accardo.

The Phils top the Braves, 6–5, as Cory Lidle goes 8 innings for the win. Chipper Jones has a hit to run his hit streak to 20 games.

Detroit beats the visiting A’s, 7–4, behind Justin Verlander (12-4). Verlander wins his 12thgame and is the first pitcher since Alex Kellner of the 1949 Athletics to win 12 by his team’s 96thgame.

22ndThe Devil Rays score 10 times in the 5th inning against the Orioles, as Julio Lugo hits two homers in the frame and Russ Branyan adds a homer and double. Baltimore comes back with 9 runs of their own in the 7thinning, but falls short as Tampa Bay holds on to win, 13-12. Baltimore strokes 22 hits in a losing cause, including 5 by Corey Patterson. The last time two teams scored 9 or more runs in an inning in the same game was June 3, 1933. According to Retrosheet, the Orioles, are the first team since 1957 to bat over .500 collectively in a game and lose; the O’s bat .537 (22-for-41).

Alfonso Soriano has three doubles and a triple to pace the Nationals to a 7-3 win over the Cubs. Soriano scores twice but is thrown out at the plate twice also. He joins Grady Sizemore of the Indians as the only players this season to be thrown out at the plate twice in a game; Sizemore was thrown out twice on May 9 by the Royals. Aramis Ramirez has a pair of homers for the Cubs. With four extra-base hits in two games in a season, Soriano becomes the 11thmajor leaguer to accomplish the feat. Henry Larkin, in 1885, was the first.

23rdJered Weaver becomes the first rookie in 25 years to win his first 7 starts as he leads the Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Royals.

The Twins defeat the Indians, 3-1. Cleveland sets a franchise record for a 9-inning game by having 17 batters strike out.

24thThe White Sox obtain pitcher Mike MacDougal from the Royals for minor league pitchers Tyler Lumsden and Daniel Cortes.

The Tigers score 5 runs in the 1stinning on their way to a 9-7 win over the Indians. Detroit becomes the first team in 115 years to score 5 or more runs in the first inning of 3 consecutive games.

25thAt Safeco Field, John McDonald hits a 9thinning grand slam and drives in 5 runs as Toronto beat the Mariners, 12-3.

The Dodgers send pitcher Odalis Perez and minor league pitchers Blake Johnson and Julio Pimental to the Royals for pitcher Elmer Dessens.

The Brewers acquire 2B Tony Graffanino from the Royals in exchange for pitcher Jorge De La Rosa.

The Diamondbacks edge the Phillies, 6-5, in 11 innings. Philadelphia starter Ryan Madsen ties a ML record with 4 wild pitches in the 4th inning. He also hits two batters and allows 5 earned runs, though he doesn’t figure in the decision.

26thThe Indians send 1B Ben Broussard and cash to the Mariners for OF prospect Shin-Soo Choo and a player to be named (Shawn Nottingham). Baseball America ranks Choo the 7thbest prospect in Seattle’s system.

28thThe Diamondbacks edge the Astros, 8-7. Luke Scott hits for the cycle for Houston, becoming the first Astros rookie ever to do so. Scott ground out his first at bat, but hits a HR in the 4th, a triple in the 5th, and a double in the 7th. His single comes in the 11thinning.

At Baltimore, White Sox first baseman Ross Gload hits a 9thinning grand slam, off Chris Ray, as the White Sox come back to beat the O’s, 6-4. Gload took over 1B in the 6thwhen Konerko hurt his foot.

The Red Sox release veteran reliever Rudy Seanez who in 3 days will sign with the Padres.

The Dodgers obtain IF Wilson Betemit from the Braves for IF Willy Aybar and pitcher Danys Baez.

The Phillies send 3B David Bell to the Brewers for pitcher Wilfrido Lauren.

After Carlos Lee rejects a contract extension of 4 year $48 million, the Brewers trade him and OF Nelson Cruz to the Rangers for a pair of Corderos–pitchers Francisco and Julian, and outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix. After the season Lee will sign with the Astros for $100 million for 6 years. Rangers GM Jon Daniels, knowing the club would not have Lee after this season, asked for an outfielder they could retain, and that turned out to be Cruz.

The Giants obtain veteran pitcher Mike Stanton from the Nationals in exchange for pitcher Shairon Martis.

29thAt Yankee Stadium, the Devil Rays pound the Yankees, 19-6. Tomas Perez ties a ML record with 4 doubles as he goes 5-for-5. The Devil Rays will win just more road games this year.

In a game marked by 37 hits, the White Sox defeat the Orioles by, 13-11. Jim Thome scores 4 runs, and AJ Pierzynski goes 5-for-5, including a HR, for Chicago. Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada each have 4 hits for the O’s.

30thBruce Sutter is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with 17 honorees from the Negro Leagues.

In the Mets 10-6 win over the Braves, Carlos Beltran hits his 3rd grand slam this month to tie a ML record. He is the 9thplayer in history to do so. The Mets’ 6thslam of the month also ties a mark set by the Expos in 1996 and matched by the Indians 3 years later.

The Cardinals and Indians swap second baseman as the Birds acquire Ronnie Belliard and the Indians get Hector Luna.

The Yankees obtain All-Star OF Bobby Abreu and pitcher Cory Lidle from the Phillies in exchange for 4 minor league prospect—P Matt Smith, SS C.J. Henry, C Jesus Sanchez and pitcher Carlos Monasteries.

The Reds send pitcher Justin Germano to the Phillies in exchange for pitcher Rheal Cormier. Cincinnati also gets pitcher Kyle Lohse from the Twins for pitcher Zach Ward.

The Tigers acquire 1B Sean Casey from the Pirates for pitcher Brian Rogers.

In Cleveland’s 7-3 loss to Seattle, Indians reliever Tom Mastny makes his ML debut and becomes the first player born in Indonesia to play in the majors. Mastny was born on the island of Borneo in 1981.

31stDavid Ortiz hits two homers, the second a walkoff blast, to give the Red Sox a 9-8 win over Cleveland. “Big Papi” has four RBIs and surpasses the previous pre-August high for the Sox of 104 set by both Ted Williams and Vern Stephens in 1949. Both finished in a dead heat atop the majors that season with 159 ribbies. Just six batters reached 100 RBIs by the end of July from 1940 through 1993, with Stephens doing it twice in back-to-back seasons. Ortiz will end with 137 ribbies this year, below his mark for the previous two seasons.

Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez injures his shoulder in a taxi accident ending his 2006 season. A broken shoulder will sideline him for the 2007 season as well and result in season-ending surgery.

The Dodgers load up sending minor leaguers Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedroza to Tampa Bay to obtain SS Julio Lugo. They also get 4-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux from the Cubs for IF Cesar Izturis.

The Padres get 2B Todd Walker from the Cubs for pitcher Jose Ceda and cash.

The Rockies acquire pitchers Jeremy Affeldt and Denny Bautista from the Royals for pitcher Scott Dohmann and 1B Ryan Shealy.

With Pittsburgh cleaning house, the Mets send OF Xavier Nady to the Pirates for pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez. Nady will have his best seasons in Pittsburgh. The Pirates also send pitcher Kip Wells to the Rangers for pitcher Jesse Chavez, and trade OF/1B Craig Wilson to the Yankees for pitcher Shawn Chacon.

The Braves trade pitcher Jorge Sosa to the Cardinals for pitcher Rich Scalamandre.

The Rangers trade pitcher Joselo Diaz to the Royals for 1B/OF Matt Stairs.