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Jason Grilli posted by Angels Fan

Born November 11, 1976, Jason Grilli plays Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Angels as their pitcher. Grilli played college baseball, even though he was drafted by New York Yankees in MLB draft of 1994. He played for Seton Hall University, where he was credited with striking out 18 batters in a single game, which broke the Big East record held by Charles Nagy.

In 1997, Jason Grilli was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in their first round draft. He was already popular for his good deliveries, and since he was a pick in the high draft, he quickly became the top prospect. In 1998, Grilli started playing professional baseball with Shreveport Captains, a Double-A team, and with Fresno Grizzlies, which is a Triple-A team. Pitching in 123 1/3 innings for the Captains, Grilli managed 100 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.79. Pitching for the Grizzlies in eight games, Grilli had a 2-3 record and 5.14 ERA. In 1998, he was named All-Star in Texas League.

In 1999, Grilli was traded to the Florida Marlins, and made his MLB debut in May 2000. In 2002, he missed the entire minor league season due to elbow surgery, and returned the next year to pitch for Albuquerque Isotopes, a Triple-A team. In 2003, Chicago White Sox got Grilli through Rule 5 draft. Subsequently he was released in 2005, when he signed up with Detroit Tigers for pitching in minor league. After that, Grilli has pitched for Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2013, Grilli made 54 appearances, pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he struck out 74 batters in 50 innings and had an ERA of 2.70. In June 2014, Grilli was traded by the Pirates to Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Ernesto Frieri, a relief pitcher.

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Richard Kagan

Rios Hits HR in 10th to Beat LA posted by Richard Kagan

Read the Alex Rios hit a blast in the 10th to beat LA Angels 8 to 6 last night in Chicago.  The White Sox, or the Cubs, for that matter rarely win these kind of games.  A sudden shot for a Home Run to win the game.  But the White Sox won one and now move 11 over .500 and lead Detroit by 2 1/2 games.  This Division probably won't be settled until late September so get ready it may be nail-biting time.  The Sox are playing well, but in order to win a Divsion you have to play very well.  The Sox have to step it up a notch if they want to see post-season play.  Guys are having terrific seasons: Adam Dunn hitting 31 HR's, Peavy with an ERA close to 3.00, Humber's perfect game, Pierzynski having a great year at plate, Konerko solid at the plate, and Ramirez, always good in the clutch.  Oh, Chris Sale's 13 wins in early August.  With all of those top performances, the Sox have a slim lead.  They have to find a way to go on a tear, to do what needs to be done.  It can be done. Continue reading "Rios Hits HR in 10th to Beat LA"

Michael McGauley

"Tim Lincecum Captures Second Cy Young" posted by Michael McGauley

 Just sheer domination that didn't necessarily show up in the win column! Fifteen victories equals a Cy Young?  Let's look at ALL of the numbers to really appreciate how great Tim Lincecum has been through his first two-full seasons with the Giants (he did throw 146-plus innings in 24 starts in 2007). Back-to-back Cy Young Awards do not come around very often (see: N.L. stand-outs RJ and Maddux, each with four straight, and Sandy Koufax with three of four; Clemens, Palmer, McClain, and Pedro each went back-to-back in the A.L. ([Clemens did it twice; ten years apart]). The difference? Lincecum has done it twice in two full years by the age of 25! So how do you follow up a CY YOUNG AWARD WINNING SEASON??? You work even harder to improve (by perfecting a third pitch), and that's exactly what Lincecum did after winning his first CY in 2008 with an 18-and-5 record, and 265 strikeouts in 227 innings. Lincecum worked 225 and one-third innings this year, and went 15-and-7 with 261 strikeouts. No, that doesn't sound any better until we delve deeper. Check this out - in roughly the same number of innings pitched, Lincecum allowed fourteen fewer hits (182 down to 168); sixteen fewer walks (84 to 68); four fewer earned runs (66 to 62), and an opponent's batting average of .206, down from .221 in '08. He also doubled his complete games (up to four); doubled his shutouts (two); lowered his ERA (2.48 from 2.62), and his WHIP (1.05 from 1.17). That is thirty fewer base runners which is certainly reflected in his walks- and hits-to-innings-pitched. Among his many double-digit strikeout performances this season, I was fortunate enough to see Lincecum dust 15 Pirates in a complete game victory on a Monday night in late July. Just unbelievable, even if it Continue reading ""Tim Lincecum Captures Second Cy Young""

Joe Gunderson

Angels' Scioscia, Rockies' Tracy win Manager of the Year awards posted by Joe Gunderson

Hey all,

Managers Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Jim Tracy of the Colorado Rockies were named the Managers of the Year in the American and National Leagues respectively today.  Ron Gardenhire of the Twins and Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals finished second in the voting in the respective leagues.

Of course I wish Gardy would have won the award in the AL but I don't have a huge problem with this.  Mike Scioscia is a great manager and his team plays much like the Twins are supposed to play, not a lot of stars, just a bunch of good players with low to no egos who do things the right way and win most of the time.  Also remember that his team went through a really tough situation earlier this year when rookie Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver after his firt major league win this year.  To guide a team, after an event such as that, to the ALCS can't be an easy thing.  

If you're wondering how close the voting was you can check that out here:

If you are wondering why Gardenhire did not win the award and what he needs to do to potentially do so soon, I would suggest reading a fellow blogger's blog which you can find here:

I must get going back to my real job here in a second but I did want to also put out there that there are reports that former Seattle, Anaheim and Detroit lefty Jarrod Washburn is drawing interest from the Twins as well as a few other clubs.  I feel that if this were to happen that it would be a solid signing for the Twins.  They are in need of some veteran leadership in their rotation and all the better that he's a lefty.  He's not a great pitcher but he's solid and would be able to win us a few ball games that other pitchers on the staff currently, I don't believe, can.  Here were Washburn's stats last season:

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Colin Linneweber

Andy Pettitte is a Hall of Fame Pitcher posted by Colin Linneweber

Lefthander Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-2 Sunday night in the Bronx to capture their 40th American League Pennant.


Pettitte, 37, a two-time All-Star selection who has accumulated the most victories of any MLB pitcher since 1995, allowed only seven hits and one earned run in 6 1/3 innings.


“He did what he has done his whole career,” said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter of the 2001 ALCS MVP.


The native of Texas is set to make his eighth appearance in the World Series when the Yankees host the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday evening.


Many onlookers have long considered Pettitte to be a serviceable pitcher who is not among baseball’s elite hurlers.


Those skeptics are simply incorrect.


Andy Pettitte, who has a career record of 228-133 and owns a .629 winning percentage, is a spectacular talent and he should garner serious Hall of Fame consideration when he eventually retires.


With his victory Sunday, Pettitte passed John Smoltz for the most postseason wins in history and he also established the record for the most series-clinching victories with five.


Additionally, Pettitte, a four-time World Series champion, has twice been a 20-game winner and he has never endured a losing season in his entire professional career.


Last September, Pettitte started the last game for the Yankees at the old Yankee Stadium.


Don’t be surprised if Pettitte is the pitcher that leads New York to their first World Series championship at the New Yankee Stadium.

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Joe Burgmeier

Boston Red Sox to MISS Playoffs in '09 posted by Joe Burgmeier

Sunday August 16, 2009 following their 4-3 loss at Texas, is the first time since April 21st that the Red Sox do not have a share of the wild-card or AL East lead.  Does this mean that Red Sox nation should give up hope for the playoffs or a world series birth this year?  Probably not.  However, they should.  Sorry Red Sox fans and band wagoners, your team simply is not going to make the playoffs this year with the emergence of the Rangers pitching staff and the dominance of the Yankees offense.

Now I assume most of the Boston fans are screaming and their faces are steaming with team colors and pride.  But we have to look at match ups in the remaining schedule.  The Red Sox have a tougher remaining schedule than the Wild Card leader Texas Rangers and the only other team with an outside chance in Tampa Bay, has a tougher remaining season schedule than either and it would be one of the more amazing stretch runs if they make it.  The Red Sox have 20 games left against teams that are trying to make the playoffs, this of course comes with 6 games against all of Boston's beloved Johnny Damon and the New York Yankees, 6 games against newly acquired division rival Tampa Bay, who play tough at home, and 3 games with the Angels.  Out of the 20 playoff type team games left, there are 8 interesting games between the White Sox and Red Sox.  I'm not going to predict any winners from these games {insert 2005 playoff flashback here} but will be some of the most intriguing match ups of the season as Chicago has bolstered their hitting and pitching with the addition of Alexei Rios and SP Jake Peavy.  Peavy has been rumored for a late August return or early September return and could be a factor.  The White Sox are doing everything they can to try to win the Central this season.

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Robert Karpeles

The Los Angeles Dodgers numbers are Misleading!!! posted by Robert Karpeles

Baseball is a game of numbers.

When it comes to the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, their impressive numbers seem to indicate why they have the best record in baseball thus far. But when looked upon closer inspection, my instincts tell me that the Dodgers impressive numbers fail to tell the whole truth.  

Additionally, some of the unorthodox numbers, the numbers that are usually swatted away like a fly, reveal that the Blue Crew may be in a bit of trouble come October.  

In terms of hitting, the Dodgers numbers are solid. They have some of the most talented young hitters in the league. With players like James Looney, Russell Martin, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, the young guns have a 279 batting average, good enough for second in the league. Add in Manny Ramirez to the mix and the Dodgers are also seventh in the majors in runs and sixth in RBI’s.

However, my instincts tell me their youth may be their biggest question mark.

Outside of Manny Ramirez, can guys like Loney, Kemp, Martin, Blake and Ethier really be relied upon to produce in the postseason? Outside of Ramirez none of those names hit well against the Phillies last October.

While their batting average may be top notch the number rarely nobody ever discusses is that fact that the Dodgers have only have two players, Kemp and Ramirez, in their everyday lineup batting over 300.

The Dodgers hitting also lacks power. There 25th in the league in homeruns and 15th in slugging percentage.  Note: The last five World Series teams were 2nd, 18th, 12th, 5th and 5th in home runs and 6th, 6th, 15th, 9th and 1st in slugging percentage during their championship seasons.

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Greg Archuleta

Your Worst Face-to-Face Experience With a Sports Celebrity? posted by Greg Archuleta

LeBron James' alleged confiscation of a tape in which Xavier sophomore basketball player Jordan Crawford executed a two-hand dunk on him took on a larger life of its own than it would have had the tape been made public.

The story of James getting dunked on during a pickup game at the LeBron James Skills Academy by now has made the rounds several times over -- not to mention piqued the interest of basketball fans of what that scene might've looked liked.

Hmm. ... My first thought that comes to mind is Michael Jordan reversing course baseline against Patrick Ewing and throwing down in a classic Bulls-Knicks confrontation. My second thought is of Nate Robinson using Dwight Howard as a prop and jumping over him in the NBA Slam Dunk competition in February.

In any case, I began to wonder what the cameramen recording the event must have thought of The Chosen Brat after he reportedly dispatched a Nike official to take possession of the tapes.

Boo!Which got me to thinking about my worst encounter with a famous athlete: Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson. Do these cameramen now see James the way I remember the Orioles' great?

At this point, please allow me the privilege of doing some name-dropping -- it's pertinent to this blog. I promise. And it's not like I have an extensive list.

In my years as a writer as well as a sports fan, I've talked to such luminaries as legendary college basketball coaches John Wooden UCLA), Bobby Knight (at both Indiana and Texas Tech), Don Haskins of Texas-El Paso (or the more famous Texas Western that was the subject of a major motion picture); tennis star Andre Agassi, former NBA player Charles Barkley, former NFL great Tony Dorsett, current NFLers Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) and Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams). I have a minor relationship with Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and am fairly confident he'd know my name if he saw me at any random event.

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Erick Pacheco

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Erick Pacheco

Belisario arrested on DUI suspicion posted by Erick Pacheco

Ronald Belisario was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of possible DUI. I guess this guy hasnt learned that drinking and driving do not mix everyone knows how a human is put on jeoperdy when someone who is drunk steps into a car. Just this April we lost an Angel player due to a drunk driver. This guy lost my respect, hopefully he understands and does not allow this to happen again. 

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Astros-Diamondbacks Preview (The Associated Press)

Maybe the latest turn through the Houston Astros' rotation will be the one that fixes the top end. Houston (22-29) is amidst its best stretch of the season after sweeping Baltimore and taking the final two games of three against the Los Angeles Angels. Ace Dallas Keuchel ended his lousy stretch with seven quality innings in Saturday's 4-2 win, and the Astros won the series with Sunday's 8-6, 13-inning victory. [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Madison Bumgarner does it all in win against Cubs (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.   Eight players took the field behind San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Sunday, but he was the only one who mattered. Bumgarner did everything during a 1-0 win against the Chicago Cubs. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Bumgarner was masterful against a tough Cubs offense, limiting the club to just three hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings. Bumgarner walked two and struck out six during the outing.  That wasn't all. Bumgarner also contributed with the bat. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Bumgarner drove in a run on a double against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. It wound up being the only run of the game. Bumgarner was the sole reason for the Giants win. It didn't look like things would be that easy early. Bumgarner actually loaded the bases in the first inning after hitting a batter, giving up a single and issuing a walk. With the bases loaded, Bumgarner managed to strike out Addison Russell on a 3-2 fastball.  From there, he mostly cruised. David Ross would single in the second, but then the Cubs failed to muster anything offensively. At one point, Bumgarner set down 16 straight Cubs hitters. With the win, Bumgarner improved to 6-2 on the year.  TOP PERFORMERS   David Ortiz: Is Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz sure he wants to retire? The 40-year-old turned in another fantastic game Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. Ortiz was a perfect 4-for-4 during the 5-2 win. He finished a triple shy of the cycle, belting a single, two doubles and his 11th home run of the season. Ortiz also walked in his only other plate appearance, reaching base all five times he stepped to the plate. He's hitting .329 during his final season. [Elsewhere: Yasiel Puig's base-running blunder drew the ire of one teammate ] Cole Hamels: Yu Darvish's return may have been the big news for the Texas Rangers, but Cole Hamels stole some of Darvish's spotlight Sunday against the Houston Astros. Hamels gave up two runs, one earned, over eight strong innings. He allowed five hits and two walks during the contest. Hamels also managed 11 strikeouts. With the 9-2 victory , Hamels improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season. Carlos Perez: No Mike Trout, no problem. The Los Angeles Angels exploded for 10 runs against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, mostly without their star outfielder. Catcher Carlos Perez picked up the slack after Trout left the game, going 3-for-5, with two singles and a home run. Perez finished the 10-2 win with one run scored and five RBI. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT   Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar deserves a cape to go with his uniform . He was up to his usual antics Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, laying out for another diving catch on what looked to be a sure extra base hit off the bat of Brian Dozier. Pillar's grab kept the Twins off the board, allowing the Blue Jays to pull off the eventual 3-1 victory . THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD   Tigers 9, Rays 4: Jordan Zimmermann and Miguel Cabrera lifted the Tigers early, but both eventually left the contest due to injuries.  Mariners 5, Reds 4: Leonys Martin went 4-for-5 at the plate, while Robinson Cano drove in two runs in the victory. Mets 3, Brewers 1: Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 Brewers over seven innings. Michael Conforto added his eighth home run of thr season in the win. Nationals 8, Marlins 2: Anthony Rendon smacked a double and a triple, and drove in three runs, helping Max Scherzer pick up his fifth win of the season. Phillies 5, Braves 0: Jerad Eickhoff tossed seven scoreless innings and Maikel Franco drove in two during the win. White Sox 3, Royals 2: Melky Cabrera delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth, keeping the Royals from completing the sweep. Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 2: Zack Greinke allowed just one run over eight strong innings. He struck out seven and gave up one walk to earn his fifth victory of the year. Yankees 5, Athletics 4: Michael Pineda picked up a quality start over six solid innings. Then, the Yankees three-headed monster preserved the lead, giving New York its fifth win in a row.  Dodgers 9, Padres 5: Ross Stripling picked up the win in the 17th inning while coming on in relief. Yasiel Puig knocked in a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the frame and Stripling held on in the bottom of the 17th for the win. Rockies, Phillies: PPD:  This game has been postponed. It will be made up Monday, May 23 at 12:35 p.m. ET. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: The StewPod: A baseball podcast by Yahoo Sports Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Angels chase Kenta Maeda early in win versus Dodgers (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.   Though it's only been eight starts, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda has looked pretty strong during his rookie season. While his fastball isn't overwhelming, Maeda has been able to pitch smart and mix pitches well to keep teams off balance during at-bats. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] That wasn't the case Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. Maeda was tagged by the Angels for four runs in just four innings, giving him the shortest outing of his young major-league career.  All of the damage came in the third inning. Maeda allowed a leadoff double to Carlos Perez to open the frame. Perez would come around to score on a one-out single by Gregorio Petit after a Matt Shoemaker groundout.  With a man on first, Maeda gave up a single to Yunel Escobar, and then walked Kole Calhoun to load the bases for Mike Trout. Unsurprisingly, Trout delivered, knocking a two-run single that gave the Angels a 3-2 lead. Albert Pujols followed that up with a run-scoring single of his own, ruining any chance at a quality start for Maeda.  Maeda didn't carry those struggles with him the following inning. He worked around a one-out walk, striking out the side during the frame.  Despite that rebound, manager Dave Roberts opted to pinch-hit for Maeda with the lead down to just one run in the bottom of the fourth. Initially, it looked like the right move, as Enrique Hernandez singled, but he was stranded on base following a Chase Utley ground out. The Dodgers would come close to completing their comeback a couple times, but eventually fell to the Angels 7-6. After picking up three wins in his first four attempts, Maeda has now lost three of his past four starts. TOP PERFORMERS Ian Kinsler: Kinsler managed to pick up two hits before the first inning ended during the Detroit Tigers' 10-8 win over the Minnesota Twins. After leading off the game with a home run, Kinsler delivered an RBI double later in the frame. His contributions helped the Tigers get out to an 8-0 lead. They would eventually blow that lead, but fought back to win 10-8 . Kinsler finished 3-for-5, with two runs scored and two RBI. Sean Manaea: Manaea's promotion to the Oakland Athletics came with a fair amount of excitement, but he didn't deliver on that promise until Monday's game against the Texas Rangers. In his fourth career start, Manaea picked up his first career win. The big lefty allowed one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked just one and struck out three during the 3-1 victory. [Elsewhere: Stephen A. Smith challenged former ESPN colleague Curt Schilling to a debate ] Jake Lamb: Lamb's breakout season with the Arizona Diamondbacks continued Tuesday against the New York Yankees. While a number of D-Backs did damage, Lamb's bat spoke the loudest. The 25-year-old went 3-for-4, with a home run and a double, during the 12-2 win . He scored one run and drove in three during the contest. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT Manaea's first win didn't come without some help from his defense. In the sixth inning, outfielder Billy Burns was there to ensure the Rangers remained off the board against his rookie pitcher. With two outs, rookie Nomar Mazara hit a line flare out to shallow center. Burns, who was playing deeper, came charging in and dove at the last second in order to make the catch. The play ended the inning, and earned Burns a round of applause from his pitcher. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Indians 15, Reds 6: Yan Gomes and Marlon Byrd homered during the rout as Cleveland managed seven runs against Reds starter John Lamb. Marlins 5, Phillies 3: Adam Conley allowed just one run over six hits, while Marcell Ozuna extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a first-inning home run. Pirates 8, Braves 5: Matt Joyce filled in admirably for Starling Marte, going 3-for-4, with a home run in the win. Rays 13, Blue Jays 2: Jays starter J.A. Happ was tagged for eight earned runs in just two innings. He picked up his first loss of the season, falling to 5-1. Red Sox, Royals: PPD: This game was postponed and will be made up as part of a double-header Wednesday. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Clayton Kershaw continues historic run (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about. The Los Angeles Dodgers jumped out to an early lead and Clayton Kershaw took over from there. When Kershaw took the mound in the top of the second inning Thursday night, the Dodgers were already up 4-0 after pelting New York Mets starter Bartolo Colon for four runs, including a three-run home run by Yasmani Grandal. That was more than enough for Kershaw. Chase Utley's solo shot in the bottom of the second would have been enough. Kershaw pitched a complete game shutout, allowing three hits and one walk and striking out 13 in a 5-0 win for the Dodgers. Juan Lagares was the only player not to strike out for the Mets, and that includes the two pinch-hitters who went to the plate. For most pitchers, that would most likely be a career-best outing. For Kershaw, it was the latest in what's been an incredible early-season run. A three-time NL Cy Young award winner and former MVP, Kershaw continues to add to his lofty resume. The Dodgers left-hander has made five straight starts with 10 or more strikeouts and one or zero walks, which is a major-league record. He has 77 strikeouts compared to four walks this season and a 1.74 ERA. That's four walks in eight starts, which is absurd. Thursday's victory improved Kershaw's record to 5-1 and it was his 65th win at Dodger Stadium, passing Don Drysdale for fifth on the all-time Dodger Stadium wins list. Fernando Valenzuela (69), Orel Hershisher (76) and Claude Osteen (79) are next on that list for Kershaw to catch while Don Sutton is on top with 126 wins. Kershaw showed again with his gem against the Mets that when he's on the game, there's nobody better in baseball. TOP PERFORMERS David Price: Price looked like his Cy Young caliber self, striking out 12 over 6 2/3 innings in the Boston Red Sox’s 11-1 win over the Houston Astros. That’s one way to quell concerns about the uneven start to his Red Sox career. There are no concerns about Boston’s offence, as they scored more than 10 runs for the fourth straight game, eight of them coming against reigning AL Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel. Odubel Herrera: The Philadelphia Phillies leadoff hitter reached base five times in a 7-4 extra innings win against the Atlanta Braves, going 4-for-4 with a walk. Through 35 games Herrera is hitting .339/.450/.460 and is a big reason the Phillies are exceeding expectations. Matt Holliday: In a game where both starters were off – Adam Wainwright gave up seven runs, six of them earned, in five innings and Jered Weaver allowed eight in four innings – Holliday led the way offensively for the St. Louis Cardinals, going 4-for-5 with two home runs in a  12-10 win  over the Los Angeles Angels. [StewPod: How well do we really know what baseball fans think? ] MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT When he connected with the ball and he watched it sail over the left field fence, it must have been the ultimate relief for New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley.  The second inning home run scored two runs for New York as they beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 , but it meant more than just two RBIs for Headley. It’s May 12. Headley has been healthy, playing in 29 games. The home run was his first extra-base hit this season, highlighting how much he’s struggled at the plate. If the Yankees are going to work their way out of last place in the AL East, they need Headley to step up. It’s a start. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Orioles 7, Tigers 5:  Manny Machado and Chris Davis each had two hits to help Baltimore rally and erase a 5-0 Detroit lead. Padres 3, Brewers 0:  James Shields pitched seven scoreless innings for San Diego, striking out nine, while Melvin Upton Jr. went 3-for-4 with a home run. Giants 4, Diamondbacks 2:   Johnny Cueto came out on top in a battle against Zack Greinke, giving up two runs over seven innings and striking out nine. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Israel Fehr is a writer for Big League Stew  on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter. Follow @israelfehr [read full article]

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