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Red Hot Divisional Battles

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May 1st has arrived and baseball fans are dreaming for pennants for their favorite teams, and it certainly looks promising at least for now, for the Texas Rangers 16-11, Cleveland Indians 18-8, New York Yankees 15-9, Tampa Bay Rays 15-12, LA Angels 15-12, Philadelphia Phillies 18-8, Florida Marlins 16-9, St Louis Cardinals 16-11, Colorado Rockies 17-8 and the Cincinnati Reds 14-13. But, please don’t count out the other 20 teams – especially our hometown favorites.


A Rootin! and a Tootin! For our guys!  


Still and all, no one knows for sure what in store for your favorite teams.


The Philadelphia Phillies 18-8 in the NL East have a .692 winning percentage and the Cleveland Indians 18-8  of the AL Central have a .692 pct have the best record in the majors (as of May 1 2011). The Colorado Rockies of the NL West are close behind with 17-8 with a .680 pct.


May 1 2011 – by staff at baseball historian – Internet Newspaper


Home Runs flying, but pitching still dominates the old ball game!


Following is of May 1st


NL West … Colorado is in the lead. The LA Dodgers are 4 games in back of the Rockies. Last season’s World Series winners, the San Francisco Giants are off to a so-so start. They’re playing .500-baseball (13-13) but are just 4.5 games off the pace in the NL West. ============================ On Saturday, the last day of April, Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta lined a 3 run, 2nd inning homer to pace Colorado to a 4-1 win over the Pirates (12-15 record). It was the 3rd homer of year for Chris Iannetta. Starting pitcher Jason Hammel improved to 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA, with a solid pitching effort thru 7 innings – 6 hits, 1 run, 2 bb, 2 so. The Pirates managed only 7 hits, two by leadoff hitter, 24-year-old Andrew McCutchen, who led off the game with a home run. ============================================ The surprise team in the majors, the Cleveland Indians, defeated the Detroit Tigers (12-15) in back-to-back games – April 29-30. In the first game, Cleveland won when catcher Carlos Santana hit a grand slam with one out in the last of the 9th off Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit (0-1). In the following game – Orlando Cabrera lined a bases loaded single in the 13th giving the Indians a 3-2 win. It was the Indians 12th consecutive home win, the most since 13 in ’96.Reliever Tony Sipp pitched 2 scoreless innings and is 1-0. Applause from 26,433 happy fans in Cleveland! Clap their hands!  ====================


Andre Ethier lined two singles to keep his hitting streak alive – 26 games. That’s a major league record for April. Willie Davis had longest Dodgers streak, 31-games back in 1969. However the Dodgers (14-14) lost 5-2 to San Diego Padres (10-17). ============================= Philadelphia Phillies moundmaster Roy Holliday pitched his 60th complete career game to lead team to a 2-1 win over NY Mets (11-16). The Phils victory was the most ever for Aprils 18. Third baseman Placido Polanco hit sac-fly in 7th breaking a 1-1 tie. Roy Holliday surrendered 7 hits, 1 run in 9 innings, and struck out 8 and improved his 2011 record to 4-1. The day before game’s result – first baseman Ryan Howard hit 2 homers, including a grand slam (bases loaded) to highlight a Philadelphia 10-3 win over New York. Phillies pitcher Vance Worley yielded just 2 hits, no runs in 6 innings and picked up his first win of 2011 (1-0 with a 0.00 ERA). Vance Worley, born in Sacramento Calif, debuted in majors on July 24 2010. =================

The Tampa Bay Rays were 15-12 in April, and were first team ever to lose its first 6 games and still have a winning record for the month. Wow!

============================================== Reds edge Marlins 4-3 on April 30 Edgar Renteria lined a base hit in last of 13th giving Cincinnati the win. Teammate Paul Janish had a RBI single to tie the game in the 8th inning. ==================== Pirates placed pitcher Evan Meek on disabled list (0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 11 relief games) and recall pitcher Daniel Moskos, the number 1 pick of ’07 baseball draft == Chicagoian Dan Migala who advised the White Sox to start their home games at 7:11 pm so to tie in with 7-11 stores sponsor, now is a vice president for the San Diego Padres. He designed a giant TaylorMade golf driver that was attached to rightfield foul pole at San Diego’s Petco Park, giving a San Diego company a creative way to advertise.


A pitching duel in Arizona – Chicago Cubs beat Diamond backs 5-3. Cubs pitcher Matt Garza and Arizona’s Ian Kennedy gave the 27,652 fans their money’s worth. Both pitchers work quickly between pitches to keep up interest for fans. Matt Garza (6 hits, 3 runs in 8 innings) kept his fastball high and always over the plate. His heater hit the radar at 85-88 mph and when everything is working his curve is hard to hit. He struck out 10 to set a Cubs record with 51 strikeouts for April, breaking Kerry Wood with 46 in ’01.


Garza leads the majors with 51. Ian Kennedy (6 hits, 3 3 runs in 7.2 innings) works low over the plate, and doesn’t try to nibble at the corners – which induces a lot of infield ground balls. Alfonso Soriano hit his major league leading 10th homer.The game was knotted at 3-3 when Cubs scored 2 in 9th on RBI singles by a pair of rookies – Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro. With reliever JJ Putz pitching Darwin Barney’s hard liner hit in front of the mound and rolled into left field, scoring the go-ahead run.


====================================Things not going A.J. Pierzynski way lately. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Chicago White Sox catcher “took responsibility for the two-day spate of wild pitches and passed balls that resulted in three runs for the Orioles 13-13 for 2011). Included were three batters reaching first base after strikeouts, one against John Danks on Friday (April 29) and one each against Phil Humber and Matt Thornton.” A.J. Pierzynski said, “It was a rough spell. Everyone has bad days. I felt like I was in a good spot and it was like the balls went through my glove.” =========================================== Also White Sox (10-18) outfielder Brett Lillibridge hit 3 home runs in 139 games from 2008-10, and he has already lined 3 in 17 games in ’11, includes one on May 1 vs Baltimore. ============= Atlanta  (13-14) comes close but still losses to St. Louis (15-11) in 11 innings. Braves leading 3-2 going into top of 9th and then Stl Cards catcher drives in the tying run with a single to tie game at 3-3. in the top of 11th Cardinals second baseman who was batting .200 for 2011 singled off Braves reliever and loser Cory Gearrin (0-1 with a 3.86 ERA). Cory Gearrin yielded a hit, walk, struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. ======================


Los Angeles Dodgers Update – as was reported every day for the last 2 weeks, Major League Baseball has taken control of the Dodgers’ franchise. The news of April 29 was this – Dodgers owner Frank McCourt met for the first time with Tom Schieffer, the person appointed by MLB to oversee the Dodgers’ daily operations. Tom Schieffer said he got a look at the financial records and approved the team’s latest payroll. General manager Ned Colletti was scheduled to meet with LA mansager Don Mattingly and his players to give a brief of his duties on behalf of baseball commissioner Bud Selig.


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