2009 July

1st      The Dodgers shut out the Rockies, the Reds down the Diamondbacks, and the Mets edge the Brewers, all by scores of 1-0. It is the first time there have been three 1-0 games on the same day since September 19, 2004.

At Camden Yards, the Red Sox score 4 runs in the 9thto tie Baltimore, then plate a run in the 11thto win. Jason Bay strikes out 5 times to join Alex Rios of the Blue Jays and Chase Headley of the Padres as the only players this season to whiff five times.

Twenty-one-year-old Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman defects from the Cuban team during a tournament in Holland.  Chapman, who has hit 100 mph on the radar gun will sign with the Reds in January.

2ndThe St. Louis Cards sign 16-year-old Dominican prospect Wagner Mateo to a $3.1 million contract, while the Yankees ink 16-year-old Dominican catcher Gary Sanchez to a $3 million contract. July 1st kicked off the signing period for Latin American players.

The Houston Astros, who once featured a lineup over Killer B’s, beat the host Padres, 7-2, despite a 52-minute delay in the top of the 9thdue to a swarm of bees in left field. A bee expert was called to take the swarm away.

Derrek Lee powers a grand slam and 3-run homer to lead the Cubs to a 9-5 win over Milwaukee to open their 11-game home stand. The Brewers are dead even in first place with the Cardinals. The Cubs also acquire infielder Jeff Baker from the Rockies for minor league righty Al Alburquerque.

According to a report on Yahoo.com, the Rangers have borrowed millions of dollars from MLB.  The league declined to provide details but said, “There is no problem about making payroll.”

San Diego State P Stephen Strasburg is selected as the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball’s player of the year.

3rdIn Cincinnati, Albert Pujols hits homer #350, a 10thcareer grand slam and fourth this year, to put the Cards on the board in 8th. Pujols then drives in another run in the Birds 3-run 9thas they top the Reds, 7-4.

At the Metrodome, the Tigers outlast the Twins, 11-9, in 16 innings. The two teams combine for 35 hits with Denard Span collecting 5 for Minnesota.

Tim Wakefield sets a Red Sox record for starts with his 383rd.  He goes 8+ innings as the Red Sox lose, 7-6 in 11 innings.  Rob Johnson’s 11th-inning double drives in 2 runs.

In his first game back after a 50-game suspension, Manny Ramirez is 0-for-3 with a walk as the Dodgers double the host Padres, 6-3.

The Indians go on the warpath downing the Athletics, 15-3. Chin-Soo Choo leads the way with 4 hits, including 2 homers and a double, scores 4 runs and drives in 7.

The Indians rout the A’s, 15-3. Shin-Soo Choo hits 2 homers, a double and single and drives in 7 runs and scores 4 times for Cleveland. Ben Francisco scores 4 times for the Tribe.

High Desert OF James McOwen hits in his 40thconsecutive game for the Seattle Mariners Class-A affiliate. High Desert loses to Rancho Cucamonga, 6-4.

4thAt Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Blue Jays, 6-5, in 11 innings on Jorge Posada’s RBI single. Roy Halladay and Chien-Ming Wang are the starters, but for Wang this is his last appearance until late July 2011. He will undergo shoulder surgery.

Two cricket players who signed contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates after taking the top two spots on “The Million Dollar Arm,” a reality television show in India, make their rookie ball debuts in Florida. Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh pitch an inning each for the Bradenton Pirates of the Gulf Coast League. Singh pitches the 7th and allows a run and two hits but did strike out a batter while throwing 19 pitches. Patel pitches a scoreless 8th needing just eight pitches to record three outs, including a strikeout. They are the first Indian-born players in professional baseball in North America.

5thThe Nationals defeat the Braves, 5-3, as Adam Dunn hits the 300thHR of his career. Only Babe Ruth, Ralph Kiner, Harmon Killebrew and Mark McGwire have reached that plateau in fewer at bats than Dunn.

The Padres trade OF Scott Hairston to the Athletics for minor league pitchers Ryan Webb and Craig Italiano, and a player to be named. Before he was traded, Hairston of the Padres joined Tony Gwynn, Jr., and Will Venable to become the first starting outfield since 1969 made up entirely of sons of former major-leaguers.

6thThe Phillies score 10 runs in the 1stinning and go on to trounce the Reds, 22-1. It is their largest margin of victory since 1894. Jason Utley and Shane Victorino each have 4 RBIs and Jayson Werth has a grand slam and 5 RBIs.  Victorino scores 5 times. Reds infielder Paul Janish, Dusty Baker’s go-to guy in blowouts, makes his second mound appearance this year.

The Mariners shut out the Orioles, 5-0. Jarrod Washburn tosses a 1-hitter for Seattle. Nick Markakis’ 4th-inning single accounts for Baltimore’s only baserunner.

The Royals acquire utilityman Ryan Freel from the Cubs for a player to be named, but will release the veteran on August 13th.

7thThe White Sox trounce the Indians, 10-6. Paul Konerko hits 3 homers for Chicago and drives in 7 runs.

The Orioles beat the Mariners, 12-4, as Luke Scott drives in 7 runs for Baltimore. He has a single, triple and a 3-run homer.

The Rockies edge the Nationals, 5-4, and Alan Embree gets the victory for Colorado without throwing a single pitch. After entering the game in the 8thinning, he picks Austin Kearns off 1stbase to end the inning, then is removed for a PH as the Rockies take the lead.

Brian Campeau-Laurion, a baseball fan who was removed by police from Yankee Stadium on August 26, 2008, because he left his seat during “God Bless America” last year settles his lawsuit with New York City for $22,000. Of the amount, he will receive $10,001, and the remainder will cover the legal fees of the ACLU lawyer who represented him. In addition, the team has publicly declared that it has no policy prohibiting fans from moving about during the playing of the patriotic song, which the team began playing during games after 9/11.

8thThe Rangers trounce the Angels, 8-1, as Andruw Jones slugs 3 homers and drives in 4 runs. Vincente Padilla is the winning pitcher.

Carl Crawford singles in the 9th, steals 2B and 3B, and scores on Ben Zobrist’s 4thRBI to give Tampa Bay a 10-9 win over the Blue Jays. Scott Rolen has 3 hits to run his consecutive game-hitting streak to 25 games.

At Coors Field, Alan Embree throws no pitches to pick up the win as the Rockies trip the Nationals, 5-4. Embree enters the game in the 8thwith 2 outs and Austin Kearns on 1B. He promptly picks Kearns off and the Rox score in the bottom of the frame.

9thAnyone else wanna hit? The Marlins score 10 runs in the 8thinning on their way to a 14-7 win over the Diamondbacks. Brett Carroll’s pinch 3-run homer is the inning’s big blow. Carroll is up twice that inning as are pinch hitters Ross Gload, who is 1-for-2 with 2 RBIs, and Andy Gonzalez, who draws a walk and goes 1-for-1. Pinch hitter Henley Ramirez is 1-for-1 in the inning.

Tony Gwynn, Jr. breaks up Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter to lead off the 7thas the Padres score 3 runs to knock out the ace. But it is too little as the Giants beat the Padres, 9-3, giving Lincecum his 10thwin. It was the sixth time that a Gwynn had broken up a no-no in the seventh inning or later; Gwynn Sr. broke up five such no-hit bids. The Pads score 3 in the 7th, the first runs allowed by Lincecum after 30 scoreless innings pitched.

At Fenway, David Ortiz bangs his 300thhomerun but David DeJesus hits a 2-run homer in the 6thoff Justin Masterson for Kansas City as the Royals win, 8-6, over the Red Sox. Big Papi joins Ted Williams (1951), Carl Yastrzemski (1974), Jim Rice (1984), Don Baylor (1986), Dwight Evans (1987), Jose Canseco (1995) and Manny Ramirez (2002) as the only players to hit their 300th while with the Sox. The Red Sox and Yankees are tied for 1stplace in the AL East with 51-34 records.

10thThe Giants defeat the Padres, 8-0, as Jonathan Sanchez hurls a no-hitter. The only SD player to reach base does so on an error by Juan Uribe in the 8thinning.

At Miller Park, Matt Kemp clubs a grand slam in the Dodgers’ 6-run 10thas they defeat the pesky Brewers, 12-8. Kemp’s homer is the fifth in the game for LA.

The Mets and Braves exchange outfielders, as NY sends Ryan Church to Atlanta in exchange for Jeff Francoeur.

The Mariners trade SS Yuniesky Betancourt to the Royals in exchange for minor league pitchers Danny Cortes and Derrick Saito.

The High Desert Mavericks loses to Modesto in a Class A league game. High Desert’s Jamie McOwen fails to get a hit, ending his 45-game hitting streak, the 8th-longest streak in minor league history.

11thThe Nationals stroke 21 hits in a 13-2 victory over the Astros. Nick Johnson, Josh Willingham and Adam Dunn hit homers in consecutive at bats in the 6thinning for Washington.

The Pirates light up Cole Hamels for 5 runs in 6 innings, but the Phils come back with 5 runs in the 9th, all off Matt Capps. Matt Stairs starts the scoring with his 4thpinch homer of the year and Ryan Howard adds a 3-run homer as the Phils win, 8-7.

12thJason Bay has a zero at bat day, walking 3 times and getting hit twice. He joins Brady Clark (2005), Craig Biggio (2000), Bob Horner (1982) and Harmon Killebrew (1959) as the only big-leaguers since 1954 to receive at least three walks and two hit by pitches in five or more plate appearances in a game.

At Wrigley, the Cubs take the first of two from the first-place Cardinals, winning 7-3. Micah Hoffpauer hits a 3-run homer and winning pitcher Carlos Zambrano hits a solo, both off Kyle Lohse. In game 2, the Cards load the bases in 9thleading 4-2 with Sean Marshall pitching and Brendan Ryan at bat. Marshall moves to LF with Aaron Heilman taking the mound to strike out Ryan. Marshall then comes back in to record a strikeout and fly ball.  The move fails as Cards closer Ryan Franklin then strikes out the side as St. Louis wins, 4-2.

The World team defeats the United States, 7-5, in a rain-shortened Futures Game at Busch Stadium.

13thThe Nationals fire manager Manny Acta, and name Jim Riggleman as interim skipper. Acta won’t be out of work long. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Riggleman is the first manager since Jimmy Dykes to become a replacement manager for at least two different teams in consecutive years; Riggleman took over the Mariners midway through last season and Dykes was a replacement for the 1958 Reds, 1959 Tigers and 1960 Indians.

Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder wins the 2009 Home Run Derby with a total of 23 round-trippers.

14thThe American League edges the National League, 4-3, in the All-Star Game. Carl Crawford is named MVP for his game-saving catch in the 7thinning.

San Diego P Stephen Strasburg is voted the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in the U.S.

16thThe Phillies shut out the Marlins, 4-0, as Jamie Moyer, Ryan Madson, and JC Romero combine on a 1-hitter. Jorge Cantu’s 5th-inning single is Florida’s only hit. Ryan Howard hits the 200thHR of his career for Philadelphia. He reaches the milestone in 658 games, fewer than any player in ML history. Ralph Kiner did it in 706 games, previously the fewest games.

17thThe Pirates edge the Giants, 2-1, in 14 innings. Garrett Jones hits a pair of HRs to account for Pittsburgh’s runs, one in the 1stinning and one in the 14th. He is the only the 2ndplayer in ML history to his a walkoff HR in the 14thinning or later after homering in the 1stinning of the same game. Vern Stephens did so for Boston on May 30, 1951.

The White Sox beat the Orioles, 12-8. Jim Thome hits a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 7 runs for Chicago.

The Braves shut out the Mets, 11-0, as 4 pitchers allow just two hits. Jair Jurrjens (8-7) allows 2 hits in 6 innings while Mike Pelfrey gives up 9 runs in 4+ innings. Prior to the game, Atlanta retires Greg Maddux’s number.

18thIn a 3-1 loss to the Rockies, the Padres Edgar Gonzalez is beaned by Jason Hamel and is on the ground for five minutes. He’ll be out of action until early September and not start a game until September 9. Hamel plunks 2 other batters in his 5+ innings.

19thAt Dodger Stadium, Matt Kemp scores all 4 runs for Los Angeles as the Dodgers trip the Astros, 4-3. His homer in the 8thsnaps a tie. The last time a player scored all 4 runs in a win was July 31, 1968 when Detroit’s Dick McAuliffe did it.

Ian Kinsler hits bookend homers to pace Texas to a 5-3 win over the Twins in 12 innings. Kinsler homers off Francisco Liriano to lead off the game and finishes with a 2-run walkoff homer off R.A. Dickey. He joins Billy Hamilton (1893), Vic Power (1957), Darin Erstad (2000) and Reed Johnson (2003) as the only major-leaguers to lead off a game with a home run and end it with a walkoff homer. Andruw Jones has a 4thinning homer taken away from him after a television review. Umpire Gary Cederstrom rules it a foul ball.

At Land Shark Stadium, the Phils gaff the Marlins, 5-0, as rookie J.A. Happ runs his record to 7-0 with 7 shutout innings.

Ichiro Suzuki has 3 hits and 2 runs, including one in the 9th  after a steal of 3B, as the Mariners beat the host Indians, 5-3. For Ichiro, it is his 20thsteal of the year and he becomes just the ninth big-leaguer to steal 20 or more bases in each of his first nine seasons. Rickey Henderson owns the record swiping 20 bases in each of his first 23 seasons.

At Oakland, John Lackey (9 IP) and Brett Anderson (8 IP) match zeros. Lackey emerges the winner when Bobby Abreu homers with one out in the 10thand the Angels win, 1-0.

The Padres obtain IF Oscar Salazar from the Orioles in exchange for P Cla Meredith.

The Brewers acquire 2B Felipe Lopez from the Diamondbacks for minor leaguers Cole Gillespie (OF) and Roque Mercedes (P).

20thThe Athletics come back from a 10-run deficit to defeat the Twins, 14-13. Justin Morneau hits 2 homers and drives in 7 runs for Minnesota, and Matt Holiday hits a pair of homers and drives home 6 runs for Oakland. It is the 4thtime in ML history that a player on each team hits at least 2 homers and has at least 6 RBIs. A’s starter Gio Gonzalez becomes just the second starting pitcher in modern history to avoid a loss in a game in which he gives up at least 11 runs in fewer than 3 innings. Scott Feldman of the Rangers did so last year.

At PNC Park, Delwyn Young bangs a 3-run homer in the 1stand the Pirates defeat the Brewers, 8-5, after 17 straight losses to Milwaukee dating back to last year. During their 17-game winning streak, the Brewers outscored the Bucs, 111-49, and Brew Crew pitchers held Pirate hitters to a .224 average; conversely, Pirate hurlers posted a 6.49 ERA against the Brewers and allowed them to bat .286.

22ndOn Manny Ramirez bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium, Manny belts a pinch grand slam in the 6thto break a 2-2 tie and the Dodgers beat the Reds, 6-2.

In the Angels 9-6 win over the Royals, Chone Figgins has 4 hits, Macier Izturis collects 4 RBIs,  and Kendry Morales has 2 hits to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 20 games.

The Red Sox obtain 1B Adam LaRoche from the Pirates for minor league SS Argenis Diaz and minor league P Hunter Strickland. The Sox also acquire OF Chris Duncan from the Cardinals in exchange for SS Julio Lugo and cash.

23rdMark Buehrle hurls the 17thregular-season perfect game in ML history as the White Sox defeat the Rays, 5-0. It is the 2ndno-hitter of Buehrle’s career.

The Indians send P Rafael Betancourt to the Rockies for minor league P Connor Graham.

University of Tokyo professor Masatoshi Ishikawa develops a pair of baseball-playing robots that can pitch and hit. The Pirates are interested.

24thThe Cardinals acquire OF Matt Holliday from the Athletics in exchange for minor leaguers Brett Wallace (3B), Shane Peterson (OF), and Clayton Mortensen (P). Holliday makes his debut with St. Louis by going 4-for-5 in the Cards’ 8-1 win over the Phillies.

The Rockies sign veteran Jason Giambi, released by the A’s on September 7.

25thLuke Hochevar (5-3) strikes out 13 in 7 innings as his Royals defeat the Rangers, 6-3.

26thRickey Henderson, Jim Rice and Joe Gordon are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

27thThe Nationals pound the Brewers, 14-6, as Josh Willingham becomes the 13thplayer in ML history to hit a pair of grand slams in the same game, doing so in the 5thand 6thinnings. Willingham drives in 8 runs to tie the franchise record. The last to hit a pair of grand slams in a game was Bill Mueller on July 29, 2003.

The Giants defeat the visiting Pirates, 4-2, as Tim Lincecum goes the distance striking out 15. He allows 4 hits.

At Wrigley, Alfonso Soriano belts a walkoff grand slam in the 13thto give the Cubs a 5-1 victory over Houston.

The Indians score 4 runs in the 9thinning to edge the Angels, 8-6. Juan Rivera, Kendry Morales and Mike Napoli hit successive homers in the 2ndinning for the Angels.

The Giants acquire 1B Ryan Garko from the Indians for Class-A minor league pitcher Scott Barnes.

Fritz Peterson’s autobio “Mickey Mantle Is Going to Heaven” is published. Sports editor and author Maury Allen blurbs, “Fritz’s book is even better than Bouton’s Ball Four.”

28thThe Red Sox and White Sox exchange veteran outfielders, with Mark Kotsay going to Chicago and Brian Anderson coming to Boston.

The Athletics edge the Red Sox, 9-8 in 11 innings. Adam Kennedy gets 5 hits for the A’s, including a double, and drives in 3 runs. Prior to the game, the Sox retire new Hall of Famer Jim Rice’s number.

The Twins defeat the White Sox, 5-3. Mark Buehrle hurls perfect ball through 5 2/3 innings to extend his streak to a ML record 45 consecutive batters retired. The White Sox ace got 22 on ground outs, 14 on fly balls and nine on strikeouts.

Yankee ace Chien-Ming Wang (1-6) undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery.

29thIn a 7-3 win over the Orioles, the Royals become the 10th major-league team to field an entire game without racking up an assist. There are 24 unassisted putouts by KC in the contest.

The Pirates clear the decks trading SS Jack Wilson and P Ian Snell to the Mariners in exchange for SS Ronny Cedeno, C Jeff Clement, and minor league pitchers Nathan Adcock, Brett Lorin and Aaron Pribanic.

The Giants obtain All-Star 2B Freddy Sanchez from the Pirates for minor league P Tim Alderson. After a great 2008 season, Alderson’s velocity is diminished and he will go back to A ball.

The Reds send P Robert Manuel to the Mariners in exchange for OF Wladimir Balentien.

The Phillies acquire Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee and OF Ben Francisco from the Indians. Philadelphia send minor league prospects Carlos Carrasco (P), Lou Marson (C), Jason Donald (IF), and Jason Knapp (P).

The Padres score 5 runs in the 1stinning and go on to defeat the Reds, 7-1. Mat Latos, Greg Burke and Mike Ekstrom combine on a one-hitter for San Diego. Jerry Hairston’s 4th-inning homer is Cincinnati’s only hit.

30thThe Dodgers acquire P George Sherrill from the Orioles in exchange for minor leaguers Josh Bell (3B) and Steve Johnson (P).

The Pirates send pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to the Cubs for pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, and minor league IF Josh Harrison.

In a good trade for Baltimore, the Orioles send pitcher Koji Uehara to Texas for pitcher Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis. Hunter will be a .500 pitcher before being swapped, while Davis will blossom as a slugger in Baltimore.

31stThe Red Sox obtain all star catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez from the Indians for pitchers Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Bryan Price.

The Blue Jays send 3B Scott Rolen to the Reds for 3B Edwin Encarnacion, P Josh Roenicke, and a minor leaguer to be named.

The Mariners trade P Jarrod Washburn to the Tigers for pitchers Luke French and Mauricio Robles.

The Twins get SS Orlando Cabrera from the A’s for minor league IF Tyler Ladendorf and cash.

The White Sox obtain pitcher Jake Peavy from the Padres for pitchers Clayton Richard, Aasron Poreda, Dexter Carter and Adam Russell. Peavy is on the DL right now.

The Nationals send pending free agent 1B Nick Johnson and cash to the Marlins in exchange for minor league P Aaron Thompson. Johnson was the last holdover from the Expos before they became the Nationals.

The Brewers reacquire P Claudio Vargas from the Dodgers for minor league C Vinny Rottino.

The Nationals trade P Joe Beimel to the Rockies for minor league pitchers Ryan Mattheus and Robinson Fabian.

The Red Sox and Braves exchange first basemen, with Adam LaRoche going to Atlanta and Casey Kotchman to Boston.

The Yankees obtain IF Jerry Hairston Jr. from the Reds for minor league C Chase Weems.