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Beyond Busch: MLB Notebook


Beyond Busch is a weekly bullet-point style notebook covering each MLB team outside of St. Louis. Each team’s record is in parenthesis prior to today’s games.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs (9-16) – Carlos Marmol loses closer job

Cincinnati Reds (12-12) – Joey Votto beginning to heat up?

Houston Astros (11-14) – Swept the Mets, winners in 6 of last 10

Milwaukee Brewers (11-14) – Mat Gamel out for extended period after tearing right knee ligament

Pittsburgh Pirates (11-14) – Pedro Alvarez goes 6-for-11 with 6 R, 2 HR and 6 RBI in St. Louis

NL East

Atlanta Braves (15-11) – Brian McCann; 2 HR & 5 RBI in series against Philadelphia

Miami Marlins (11-14) - Sweep San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park for second straight season

New York Mets (13-12) - David Wright; .392, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 3 SB, 1.077 OPS

Philadelphia Phillies (13-13) – Joe Blanton‘s ERA is 2.83, Roy Halladay‘s is 3.40

Washington Nationals (16-9) – Bryce Harper called up and makes immediate impact; 6-for-16, 4 (2B), 3 RBI

NL West

Arizona Diamonbacks (13-13) – Wade Miley; 3-0, 1.29 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, .133 BAA

Colorado Rockies (12-12) – Jhoulys Chacin sent down to Triple-A

Los Angeles Dodgers (17-8) – Andre Ethier, not Matt Kemp, leads team with 27 RBIs

San Diego Padres (9-17) – Cory Luebke to 15-day DL with strained left elbow

San Francisco Giants (12-13) – Pablo Sandoval to 15-day DL with broken hamate bone in left hand

AL East

Baltimore Orioles (16-9) – Trying to keep pace with Tampa Bay

Boston Red Sox (11-13) – Kevin Youkilis to 15-day DL with back problems

New York Yankees (13-12) – Mariano Rivera tears ACL and meniscus shagging flies; return in doubt

Tampa Bay Rays (18-8) – Evan Longoria to 15-day DL with partial tear of left hamstring, out 6-8 weeks

Toronto Blue Jays (15-11) – Edwin Encarnacion; .307, 16 R, 9 HR, 24 RBI, 1.016 OPS

AL Central

Chicago White Sox (12-13) – Jake Peavy – American League Pitcher of the the Month (April); 3-1, 1.67 ERA, 33Ks in 37.2 IP

Cleveland Indians (13-10) – Sign Johnny Damon to one-year deal

Detroit Tigers (12-12) – Not quite the start the Tigers were looking for, but only 1.5 games back

Kansas City Royals (8-16) – Posted first home victory of the season last night and it still wasn’t the story there.

Minnesota Twins (6-18) – No-hit by Weaver as they hit low point

AL West

Los Angeles Angels (10-16) – Jered Weaver‘s no-hitter removes spotlight from Albert Pujols for one night

Oakland A’s (13-13) – Bartolo Colon having his second straight successful start to the season; 3-2, 2.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, .214 BAA

Seattle Mariners (11-16) – Swept in tough four-game series by Rays; coming home after 10-game road trip

Texas Rangers (17-8) – Josh Hamilton wins AL Player of the Month (April) and Yu Darvish wins AL Rookie of the Month (April)

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