Ryan Braun (Brewers) had his usual solid week, going 6-18 with home run number 22 (his first since July 28), three runs batted in, and two stolen bases, moving him closer to the 30-30 club. Braun is second in the National League in batting, sixth in RBIs, ninth in stolen bases, and 12th in homers.
Sam Fuld (Rays) had a great week in one game. On Aug. 10, he came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with Tampa Bay trailing the Kansas City Royals, 6-5. The Rays had already scored three runs and had a runner on first base when Fuld blasted a triple to drive in the tying tally. When the relay got by the third baseman, “Super Sam” doggedly got up and dashed for the plate, barely beating the throw to score the winner. It was the capper for the evening, in which Fuld was 2-2 with three walks. He appeared in two other games, going 1-5 with a double.
Ian Kinsler (Rangers) finally showed some rebound after a prolonged slump. He was 8-26 with two doubles and two home runs (18 on the season), nine runs batted in, and four walks. It would take an incredible hot streak, but Kinsler could join Braun with 30 home runs and 30 steals.
Danny Valencia (Twins) was 5-18 with a double and three runs scored.
Scott Feldman (Rangers) made just one appearance, tossing a scoreless ninth in the Rangers’ 9-1 win on Aug. 12.
Craig Breslow (A’s) has hit a bit of a rough patch. He appeared in three games, giving up four runs on five hits. His ERA has jumped more than a full run since July 20 (3.18 to 4.32).
John Grabow (Cubs) appeared in two of the three games against the Braves over the weekend. He picked up his third win of the season yesterday, even though he allowed the run (unearned) that gave the Braves a 5-4 lead before the Cubs scored two in the seventh and held on for the victory. This is what’s known as a “vulture win,” when the reliever enters the game with his team ahead, gives up the go-ahead run(s), but is the beneficiary of enough tallies by his own mates to give him the decision. Those were his only games of the week, for a total of three innings, four hits, three runs (one earned), and two strikeouts.
Jason Marquis (Diamondbacks) sustained a broken bone in his shin off a ball hit in Sunday’s game against the Mets. He is expected to be out four to six weeks, which may just end his season.
Ike Davis (Mets) remains on the disabled list.
Mardy Fish lost to Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the final round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday.
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