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Archive for June, 2006

Overnight Dispatches

From Rotoworld, Rotowire:

Manager Bob Melvin said a determination could be made today on whether Juan Cruz will be activated from the DL to start Monday, according to the Arizona Republic. Cruz made a rehab start Wednesday but felt tired after 60 pitches. The D’backs would like him to be able to throw at least 85 pitches if he started Monday. The team will likely make a decision after Cruz throws a bullpen session today. Cruz has been out since June 1 with shoulder soreness.

To replace Oliver Perez on their 25-man roster, the Pirates recalled Tom Gorzelanny from Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, according to the AP. He will start Saturday night against Detroit. Gorzelanny was 6-5 with a 2.35 ERA for Indianapolis.  He probably should be kept reserved in NL-only leagues for that outing, but we expect him to have a fair amount of value over the rest of the season.

Matt Wise returned to action on Thursday and allowed two runs in two innings of relief. Wise missed a couple of games with a cut on the middle finger of his right hand.

Armando Benitez (elbow) felt great a day after his Wednesday bullpen session. Benitez will have another bullpen session on Friday and could be used by the Giants this weekend.

June 30th – Standings and Statistics

Standings: 6TH - 62 points - 28.5 out of first
Gained 1 points and 0 standings place since yesterday

Cover Zero 90.5 / GOK 87 / X 71 / SJ 70 / 10PK 68 / AARR / Pi 59

HR    AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S   S
--    ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---  ---
128  .2688  467  468  74   42   4.43  1.408  453  16
3RD   7TH   3RD  5TH  1ST  6TH  6TH   7TH    10TH 10TH
---   ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ---   + 1    ---  ---

BOX SCORE FOR 06.29
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Ronny Paulino        Pit  C    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .304
Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    4  1  1   0 |  0  1   .287
Jose Reyes           NYM SS    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .293
Adrian Gonzalez       SD 1B    6  1  2   1 |  0  3   .278
Khalil Greene         SD SS    6  0  0   0 |  0  2   .223
Adam Dunn            Cin OF    5  1  2   2 |  0  1   .228
Jeff DaVanon         Ari OF    0  0  0   0 |  1  0   .275
Geoff Jenkins        Mil OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .253
Rich Aurilia         Cin 2B    2  0  0   0 |  2  1   .269
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        35  3  7   3 |  3 10   .200
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RBI: AGonzalez 1(28), ADunn 2(48)
2B: ADunn 1(13)
HR: AGonzalez 1(11), ADunn 1(25)
GIDP: PFielder 1(4), AGonzalez 1(13), GJenkins 1(7)
CS: JReyes 1(9)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Chad Cordero                     1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3    0.00 0.00
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Totals                           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
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RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Matt Wise         Ho(10)         2.0  4  2  2  0   0  0 10    9.00 2.00
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Totals                           2.0  4  2  2  0   0  0 10    9.00 2.00
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Overnight Dispatches

From Rotoworld, Rotowire:

The Contra Costa Times reports that the Giants probably will activate Moises Alou from the disabled list on Monday. He was in the original starting lineup Wednesday until he experienced more tightness in his strained lower back after batting practice, at which point he was placed on the DL, retroactive to June 18.

Recovering from a strained left hip, Mike Lieberthal still isn’t 100 percent, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. It’s beginning to look like the catcher might not be activated from the disabled list until after the All-Star break. “We’re not optimistic he’s going to be back before that,” Phillies assistant general manager Ruben Amaro said.

Padres manager Bruce Bochy said that Dave Roberts “moved around pretty well” in batting practice on Wednesday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. On the disabled list with a bruised right knee, he could return to action later next week or after the All-Star break.

Armando Benitez said his sore right elbow felt better after throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday, according to the Contra Costa Times. He probably won’t pitch in a game until at least this weekend, though. “I want to be completely healed to try to do my job,” Benitez said. He’s slated to toss another side session on Friday.

Matt Wise hasn’t been available the past three days because he cut the middle finger of his pitching hand on a pair of salad tongs Sunday, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “That’s right where (the ball) comes off (the finger),” Wise said. He tried to warm up last night but couldn’t get a proper grip on the ball. “I’ll be available (today) no matter what,” Wise said. “I don’t care how it feels. I’ll be ready to go.

Clay Hensley combined with two relievers on a six-hitter as the Padres beat the A’s 8-1 on Wednesday. Hensley gave up five of the hits and the run while working seven innings. Brian Sweeney and Scott Cassidy finished up. The victory was Hensley’s first in five starts this month. At 5-6 with a 4.14 ERA, he remains a decent play in NL-only leagues.

Adrian Gonzalez singled four times in four at-bats and scored a pair of runs in the Padres’ win on Wednesday. Still no RBI. Gonzalez is batting .326 with five homers this month, but that’s only netted him seven runs batted in.

Juan Cruz (shoulder) allowed one run and four hits over 3 1/3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Tucson on Wednesday. He struck out four. Cruz could come off the DL to start for the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Doug Davis was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday with a sore lower back. Davis has a history of minor back troubles. He only expects to miss one turn because of the problem. Jeremi Gonzalez will take his place tomorrow against the Cubs.

Carlos Marmol surrendered just one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Brewers. David Bush matched him, so Marmol wasn’t involved in the decision. However, he did show enough to keep his rotation spot through the All-Star break. Marmol isn’t recommended in NL-only leagues.

June 29th – Standings and Statistics

Standings: 6TH - 61 points - 29 out of first
Gained 1.5 points and 0 standings place since yesterday

Cover Zero 90 / GOK 86 / X 72 / SJ 70 / 10PK 68 / AARR / Pi 58

HR    AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S   S
--    ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---  ---
126  .2695  464  465  74   42   4.43  1.410  452  16
3RD   7TH   3RD  5TH  1ST  6TH  6TH   8TH    10TH 10TH
---   ---   ---  ---  ---  +.5  ---   + 1    ---  ---

BOX SCORE FOR 06.28
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Johnny Estrada       Ari  C    4  0  2   0 |  0  0   .307
Ronny Paulino        Pit  C    3  0  2   0 |  1  1   .305
Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    3  0  0   0 |  0  1   .288
Jeff Kent            LAD 2B    3  0  0   0 |  1  1   .271
Chipper Jones        Atl 3B    6  1  3   0 |  0  0   .288
Jose Reyes           NYM SS    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .293
Adrian Gonzalez       SD 1B    4  2  4   0 |  0  0   .276
Khalil Greene         SD SS    4  0  2   3 |  0  0   .228
Adam Dunn            Cin OF    1  1  0   0 |  3  0   .225
Jeff DaVanon         Ari OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  2   .275
Joe Borchard         Fla OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .230
Geoff Jenkins        Mil OF    3  1  1   0 |  1  2   .257
Rich Aurilia         Cin 2B    4  2  2   2 |  0  1   .272
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        44  7 16   5 |  6  8   .364
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RBI: KGreene 3(40), RAurilia 2(31)
2B: CJones 1(14), KGreene 1(17)
HR: RAurilia 1(10)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Clay Hensley      W(5-6)         7.0  5  1  1  0   0  3 26    1.29 0.71
Carlos Marmol                    6.3  3  1  1  2   0  8 23    1.43 0.79
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Totals                          13.3  8  2  2  2   0 11 49    1.35 0.75
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Scott Thorman        Atl 3B    0  0  0   0 |  1  0   .120
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Totals                         0  0  0   0 |  1  0   .120
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RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Danys Baez                       1.0  0  0  0  1   0  1  4    0.00 1.00
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Totals                           1.0  0  0  0  1   0  1  4    0.00 1.00
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Overnight Dispatches

From Rotoworld, Rotowire:

Padres manager Bruce Bochy said Dave Roberts appears likely to return to action within a few days after July 4, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. However, Bochy said if there’s any doubt about the status of Roberts’ bruised right knee, they’ll hold off activating the outfielder until after the All-Star break.

If all goes well with Juan Cruz in his rehab start tonight, he’ll come off the disabled list to start Monday’s game, according to the Arizona Republic. He’s recovering from a sore shoulder. Cruz will rejoin the Diamondbacks’ rotation and start against the Dodgers if he is pain-free following the rehab start. Edgar Gonzalez will be sent to Triple-A when Cruz returns.

The Phillies had hoped to have Mike Lieberthal, who is on the disabled list with a strained left hip, catch Jon Lieber’s rehab start on Tuesday night, but Lieberthal has experienced some discomfort in the hip and didn’t play, according to the AP. It no longer seems likely that he’ll return this week.

Manager Dusty Baker said that Carlos Marmol will get the nod on Wednesday as originally planned after flirting with the idea of having Angel Guzman take his place, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Marmol has given up 11 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker said the team is very encouraged by the side session Kerry Wood threw in Cincinnati on Monday, according to the AP. Wood was diagnosed with a muscle imbalance in his surgically repaired right shoulder and won’t pitch another side session for several days.

Tom Gorzelanny pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday night. With a 2.35 ERA and a 94/27 K/BB in 99 2/3 innings, Gorzelanny seems ready. Gorzelanny is expected to be called up from the minors to start Saturday’s game against Detroit in place of Oliver Perez, according to the AP. Gorzelanny is 6-5 with a 2.35 ERA at Triple-A Indianapolis. Zach Duke and Kip Wells have been moved up to Thursday and Friday respectively, creating the need for a fifth starter on Saturday. That just happens to be when Gorzelanny is due to pitch. He’ll almost certainly be called up, and he’s worth grabbing in NL-only leagues.

Mark Mulder has been exercising and taking anti-inflammatory medication for his ailing pitching shoulder, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Mulder, who is suffering from shoulder impingement syndrome, will be examined on Saturday to determine how a week off has helped the irritated joint.

Moises Alou missed his eighth straight game on Tuesday with lower back trouble, according to the AP. He was expected to return Tuesday night but experienced stiffness after working out Sunday and was given a cortisone shot during Monday’s off day. He could play Wednesday

Brandon Webb surrendered seven runs in seven innings Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Mariners. Webb was very good after a five-run first, but this is still three straight mediocre outings for him. After ending May with a stretch of 25 straight scoreless innings, Webb finishes June 0-3 with a 5.08 ERA. He was the favorite to start the All-Star Game for the NL a month ago. If he doesn’t pitch better next time out, there’s a chance he could be left off the roster entirely.

Making just his fourth appearance as a No. 2 hitter, Adam Dunn went 2-for-4 with a walk on Tuesday. If Dunn so frustrates the Reds with his strikeouts with RISP, batting him second permanently would be a good idea. However, if Jerry Narron really liked the idea, he would have tried it long before now. Dunn is currently batting .226/.368/.541.

Jose Reyes had his 13-game hitting streak ended when he went 0-for-5 against the Red Sox on Tuesday. We’re still not sure exactly what happened to Reyes that had him rolling around on the ground in pain in the fifth inning tonight. Reyes was hurt on a collision with Jason Varitek at home plate in the top of the fifth. As he went in awkwardly, his left arm got caught in between his body and Varitek’s. He was in a lot of pain initially, but he was able to walk off under his own power and he came back out for the bottom of the fifth inning. He remained in the contest and declined to leave even after the Red Sox took a commanding lead.

June 28th – Standings and Statistics

Standings: 6TH - 59.5 points - 30 out of first
Gained .5 points and 0 standings place since yesterday

Cover Zero 89.5 / GOK 86.5 / X 73.5 / SJ 72.5 / 10PK 65.5 / AARR / Pi 58.5

HR    AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S   S
--    ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---  ---
125  .2682  459  458  74   41   4.49  1.423  441  16
3RD   7TH   3RD  5TH  1ST  T-6  6TH   9TH    10TH 10TH
---   ---   ---  ---  ---  +.5  ---   ---    ---  ---

BOX SCORE FOR 06.27
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Johnny Estrada       Ari  C    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .303
Ronny Paulino        Pit  C    2  0  0   0 |  1  0   .299
Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    3  0  1   0 |  1  0   .291
Jeff Kent            LAD 2B    3  1  1   1 |  0  1   .275
Chipper Jones        Atl 3B    4  0  1   1 |  1  1   .283
Jose Reyes           NYM SS    5  0  0   0 |  0  1   .297
Adrian Gonzalez       SD 1B    4  0  1   0 |  0  2   .265
Khalil Greene         SD SS    3  0  1   0 |  1  0   .223
Adam Dunn            Cin OF    4  1  2   1 |  1  2   .226
Jeff DaVanon         Ari OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .282
Joe Borchard         Fla OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .231
Geoff Jenkins        Mil OF    4  0  0   1 |  0  2   .256
Rich Aurilia         Cin 2B    5  1  2   0 |  0  1   .267
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        43  3  9   4 |  5 11   .209
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RBI: JKent 1(40), CJones 1(38), ADunn 1(46), GJenkins 1(45)
2B: CJones 1(13), RAurilia 1(13)
HR: JKent 1(9)
GIDP: KGreene 1(10)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Dan Wheeler                      0.7  1  1  0  0   0  0  4    0.00 1.43
Brandon Webb                     7.0  9  7  7  2   0  5 32    9.00 1.57
Aaron Cook        W(6-7)         7.0  8  3  3  0   0  2 28    3.86 1.14
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Totals                          14.7 18 11 10  2   0  7 64    6.12 1.36
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Scott Thorman        Atl 3B    1  0  1   0 |  1  0   .120
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Totals                         1  0  1   0 |  1  0   1.00
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DID NOT PLAY: VDiaz, DRoberts, MLieberthal, SDrew, CQuentin

From Rotoworld, Rotowire:

Manager Dusty Baker said that Carlos Marmol will get the nod on Wednesday as originally planned after flirting with the idea of having Angel Guzman take his place, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Marmol has given up 11 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts.

Mark Mulder has been exercising and taking anti-inflammatory medication for his ailing pitching shoulder. Mulder, who is suffering from shoulder impingement syndrome, will be examined on Saturday to determine how a week off has helped the irritated joint

Prince Fielder hit his 15th and 16th homers Monday in the victory over the Cubs. Both were solo shots. Fielder’s last nine homers have come with the bases empty. He’s hitting .242 with one homer in 66 at-bats with RISP this season, something that should be a factor when it comes to determining the NL Rookie of the Year.

While hooked up to a motion-analysis device, Kerry Wood threw a side session in front of Dr. Tim Kremchek on Monday. A small imbalance between the anterior and posterior muscles in his shoulder was found. “Basically, there’s a slight imbalance there and it’s something we need to work on — that we have been working on — and that’s where his soreness is coming from,” trainer Mark O’Neal said. Wood will be shut down for four to five days, and concentrate on correcting the imbalance and then begin to do side work. It sounds like he’ll miss a month if all goes perfectly. Another setback could see him shut down for the season.

June 27th – Standings and Statistics

Standings: TIED FOR 6TH - 59 points - 33.5 out of first
Lost .5 points and 0 standings place since yesterday

Cover Zero 90.5 / GOK 86.5 / SJ 73.5 / X 72 / 10PK 65 / AARR / Pi

HR    AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S   S
--    ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---  ---
124  .2690  455  455  74   40   4.46  1.424  434  16
3RD   7TH   3RD  5TH  1ST  7TH  6TH   9TH    10TH 10TH
+.5   + 1   ---  ---  ---  ---  ---   ---    ---  ---

BOX SCORE FOR 06.26
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    4  2  2   2 |  0  0   .290
Jeff Kent            LAD 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .274
Chipper Jones        Atl 3B    4  1  3   2 |  0  1   .283
Joe Borchard         Fla OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .233
Geoff Jenkins        Mil OF    4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .260
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Totals                        17  4  7   4 |  0  2   .412
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RBI: PFielder 2(42), CJones 2(37)
HR: PFielder 2(16), CJones 1(8)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Danys Baez                       1.0  3  2  2  0   0  0  6   18.00 3.00
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Totals                           1.0  3  2  2  0   0  0  6   18.00 3.00
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Overnight Dispatches

From Rotoworld, Rotowire:

There’s a chance that Kerry Wood could begin throwing bullpen sessions as soon as today, according to the Daily Southtown. He remains on the disabled list due to his ailing shoulder and has no timetable for a return. Wood  played catch on Saturday and may have a bullpen session on Monday. The Cubs should know soon if Wood is going to continue to attempt a comeback this season or if he will shut it down.

If all goes well for Juan Cruz in his rehab start Wednesday, he appears likely to return to the Didamondbacks’ starting rotation on July 3, sending Edgar Gonzalez back to the minors. He’s recovering from a stiff shoulder.

Moises Alou (back) wanted to play Sunday, but manager Felipe Alou decided to give him an additional day off. Barring a setback on the off day, Alou will play on Tuesday.

An MRI on Armando Benitez‘s shoulder revealed a slight sprain. He’ll likely test the injury on Tuesday. It currently looks like he’ll avoid the DL, though that could change if the injury fails to respond Tuesday. Tim Worrell would be the top candidate for saves if Benitez needs additional time off.

Chuck James picked up a win in his first big league start by limiting the Devil Rays to just one run over eight innings of work on Sunday. Today was pretty much James in a nutshell. He struck out eight, walked four, and posted a 2/13 GB/FB ratio. By allowing just three hits, none of which ended up on the wrong side of the outfield fence, James was able to keep the opposition’s runs to a minimum. That his command may not be completely ready combines with his frequent flyball tendencies to limit his short-term potential, but James is worth picking up in NL-only formats anyway. He can be used against the Orioles next time out.

Jose Reyes collected four hits, including a homer, in a 7-4 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. The other three hits were singles for Reyes, who also went 1-for-2 on the basepaths in the game. Today was his third four-hit game in his last five outings, and Reyes has now raised his season average to .302 thanks to batting an insane .430 this month. That he also has 14 steals and 17 extra-base hits in June means he’s pretty much locked up NL Player of the Month.

Mark Mulder has rotator cuff inflammation and irritation in his left shoulder, an MRI revealed. The Cardinals should consider themselves fortunate if those are his only problems. We wouldn’t surprised if there’s some real damage in there. The plan is for Mulder to be reexamined in a week. If he’s feeling better then, the club will likely aim for a return not long after the break.

June 26th – Standings and Statistics

Standings: 7TH? 7TH! - 57.5 points - 34.5 out of first
Lost .5 points and 0 standings place since yesterday

Cover Zero 93.5 / GOK 82.5 / SJ 74 / X 70.5 / 10PK 64.5 / Pi 62.5 / AARR

HR    AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S   S
--    ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---  ---
121  .2682  451  451  74   40   4.44  1.422  434  16
T-3   8TH   3RD  5TH  1ST  7TH  6TH   9TH    10TH 10TH
+.5   ---   ---  ---  ---  -.5  ---   ---    ---  -.5

BOX SCORE FOR 06.25
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Ronny Paulino        Pit  C    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .303
Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    4  0  0   0 |  0  2   .287
Chipper Jones        Atl 3B    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .275
Jose Reyes           NYM SS    5  2  4   2 |  0  0   .302
Adrian Gonzalez       SD 1B    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .265
Khalil Greene         SD SS    4  1  1   1 |  0  0   .222
Adam Dunn            Cin OF    4  1  1   2 |  0  3   .221
Joe Borchard         Fla OF    5  0  1   0 |  0  2   .235
Rich Aurilia         Cin 2B    4  1  2   0 |  0  1   .263
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Totals                        38  5 10   5 |  0  9   .263
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RBI: JReyes 2(36), KGreene 1(37), ADunn 2(45)
HR: JReyes 1(8), KGreene 1(10), ADunn 1(24)
SB: JReyes 1(34)
CS: JReyes 1(8)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Dan Wheeler                      1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3    0.00 0.00
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Totals                           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3    0.00 0.00
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Jeff DaVanon         Ari OF    3  1  1   1 |  1  1   .284
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Totals                         3  1  1   1 |  1  1   .333
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RBI: JDaVanon 1(24)
SB: JDaVanon 1(7)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Kip Wells         L(0-2)         5.0  9  5  5  2   0  0 25    9.00 2.20
Chuck James       W(1-0)         8.0  3  1  1  4   0  8 30    1.12 0.88
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Totals                          13.0 12  6  6  6   0  8 55    4.15 1.38
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