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.