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A’s Matsui recent A.L. Player of the Week

 

Hideki Matsui (file photo)

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui was named a recent American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 24th.

Matsui will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

In five games during the honored period, Matsui batted a Major League-leading .571 (12-for-21) with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI’s and four runs scored en route to winning his fourth career A.L. Player of the Week Award, his first since June 20, 2005.

Matsui becomes the second Athletic to win the award in July, joining teammate Gio Gonzalez, who won co-honors with Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista on July 5th. In addition to leading MLB in batting average, the 37-year-old led both leagues with a .591 on-base percentage and finished second with a .592 slugging percentage.

Among A.L. leaders, Matsui tied for first in hits, was tied for second in RBI’s and finished third with 20 total bases. In Detroit, the left-handed slugger went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI as he blasted his 500th career homer in pro baseball to lead the A’s over the Tigers in Comerica Park. Matsui’s sixth-inning solo shot snapped a 24-game homerless streak, his longest in four seasons, and became the first player to combine for 500 homers in the Major Leagues and Japan.

A native of Ishikawa, Japan, Matsui has 169 homers in nine MLB seasons and compiled 332 homers in 10 years with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League from 1993-2002.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Two wins in a row for National League; Fielder, pitching stars

 

(courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks & MLBpressbox.com)

The National League, the past two All-Star Games, have show the same formula it displayed in the 1970′s and 80′s, pitching, speed, defense and power-hitting.

Prince Fielder supplied the power with a three-run homer, Roy Halladay and the relief corp shut the AL on a six-hitter to lead the National League to a 5-1 win at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

This is the first two-game winning streak by the National League since the mid-1990′s. The National League’s best run since taking three in a row from 1994-96. They had lost 12 straight games before winning 3-1 at Anaheim in 2010.

The senior circuit claimed home-field advantage in the World Series.

Adrian Gonzalez supplied the only A.L. run with a homer off of Cliff Lee to give the American League a 1-0 lead that didn’t last long.

The home runs by Fielder and Gonzalez were the first in the All-Star Game since 2008 when J.D. Drew belted one at Yankee Stadium.

Tyler Clippard earned the win despite giving up a single to the only batter he faced, Adrian Beltre, which got Jose Bautista thrown out at the plate. He was followed by Clayton Kershaw, Jair Jurrgens, Craig Kimbrall, Jonny Venters, Heath Bell, Joel Hanrahan and Brian Wilson who turned out the lights on the junior circuit.

Texas’ lefty C.J. Wilson, who gave up the home run to Fielder, which bounced off the yellow line in left-center field and out of the park, was the loser.

Fielder, who always seems to have a frown on his face, was all smiles during the game. He won the MVP award after becoming the first Brewers player to hit a home run in an All-Star Game.

With players on both sides dropping out due to various injuries, the total was 16.

 

compiled from MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks & Milwaukee Brewers news

 

Reds can’t solve Blue Jays jinx, fall 4-0

Brandon Morrow was unhittable (negasportsnews.com photo)

Brandon Morrow (file photo)

CINCINNATI, OHIO – The Cincinnati Reds may be the National League’s top offensive team, but if they played in the American League. they’d be in trouble.

The Reds fell to 0-5 against the junior circuit after a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Joey Votto’s team growing up in the Ontario province.

The Blue Jays are 8-3 overall against the Reds and 4-1 at Great American Ballpark. They have now won all four series played between the two clubs in franchise history.

For the second straight night, a struggling starting pitcher shutdown the Reds. Brandon Morrow threw an assortment of slow curves, changeups, occasional fastball and slider to keep the high-powered offense off the board. He threw 22 of 26 first pitch strikes in 6.2 innings of work.

Morrow received offensive support from Jose Bautista, who was 2 for 4 and notched his 18th multi-hit game of the year and has hit in 60 of his 63 games this season.

The Jays received an unexpected power lift from catcher Jose Molina, who hit a high-towering homer to left-field in the fourth inning and also contributed a double to go 2 for 3 on the night. Molina had had his best games against Reds starter Edinson Volquez, he is 3 for 6 lifetime with two home runs.

Speaking of Volquez, he did not have the command issues in the game that has plagued him in the past, but he made bad pitches in certain spots. At times, he looked like the Volquez of old, striking out eight batters in 5 innings of work.

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47 292 Edinson Volquez Reds lose to Jays 4-0

 

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Blue Jays’ star Bautista named Budweiser A.L. Player of the Month for April

 

Jose Bautista (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for April.

Bautista will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment.

The power-hitter hit an A.L.-leading .366 (30-for-82) with five doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 15 RBI’s in 24 games during April.

The right-handed slugger led the Majors in runs scored (25), walks (28), on-base percentage (.532) and slugging percentage (.780), and finished third overall (first in the A.L.) in home runs.

The 30-year-old reached base safely in 23 out of 24 games played in April, and reached safely 65 of his last 75 games through April 30th dating back to last season. Bautista enjoyed six-game hitting streaks on two different occasions in April.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Jose Bautista clubs 50th homer as Jays beat Mariners, 1-0

Thursday’s game between Seattle and Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada saw a couple of milestones.

Jose Bautista belted his major-league leading 50th home run, connecting off Felix Hernandez and helping the Blue Jays beat Seattle, 1-0.

Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki also became the first player with 10 straight 200-hit seasons, breaking his own record with a fifth-inning single.

Jose Buatista (MLB)

Bautista has 26 homers since the All-Star break, a Blue Jays record.

Bautista became the 26th player in major league history to reach the 50-home run plateau with his first-inning at bat off of Hernandez, who is now 12-12.

What is interesting about all of Bautista’s homers, they’ve been hit to either left or left center all year.

His home run on Thursday, was the 31st at home, a major-league high, breaking Carlos Delgado’s team record set in 2000.

Prince Fielder of Milwaukee with 50 and Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees were the last players to hit 50 homers, both in 2007.

compiled from staff, MLB & Toronto Blue Jays news

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