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White Sox 3, Blue Jays 1

Moving the Needle: Juan Pierre singles, but Juan Riveras error costs the Jays, +.405 WPA. This is the type of thing that probably wouldnt happen if the Jays had a real first baseman playing first. With runners on second and third within the the surface of the ninth, Pierre slapped one down the first base line. Rivera, playing behind the bag, fielded it cleanly, but clearly did not have a play on Pierre. Yet he still to sed it underhand to Marc Rzepczynski, who was running to pay for. It had been a bad throw, and it caused Rzepczynski to crash in to the bag. More importantly for the games outcome, it caused the ball to roll away and allow the runner from second to score. That made it 3-1, and also the Sox held on towards the bottom half to win it.

Notables

Brandon Morrow: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K. He ran into trouble from time to time, but he worked out from it. It was the very first time hes finished seven innings this year.

Phil Humber: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. The White Sox have six men within the rotation, and surprisingly Humber probably isnt the guy who gets knocked towards the pen when they pare down to five.

Also within this i sue: As 4, Angels 3 | Cubs 9, Mets 3 | Orioles 6, Royals 5 | Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3 | Red Sox 14, Tigers 1 | Phillies 10, Reds 4 | Marlins 1, Giants 0

As 4, Angels 3

Moving the Needle: Andy LaRoche doubles home some, +.191 WPA. After driving inside a run in the second on the ground out, LaRoche came to the plate again within the fourth, with runners on first and third with two outs. This time around he hit one on the third base line, also it went all the way into the corner. The hitallowed Mark Ellis to attain from first, which makes it a 3-0 game. Cliff Pennington then singled to make Nike Air Footscape Magista SP it 4-0. Actually, the As would want those runs.

Notables

Mark Trumbo: 1 for 4, 1 HR. With two on and two outs towards the bottom from the ninth he took a Grant Balfour pitch for any ride. Unfortunately, that still left the Angels having a deficit. Balfour retired the following batter to complete the win.

Brett Anderson: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 11 GB. He had just eclipsed the 100-pitch mark after the eighth. Think he was a bit disappointed about not being released for that ninth?

Cubs 9, Mets 3

Moving the Needle: Carlos Pena puts the Cubs ahead with a homer, +.201 WPA. The Mets took a lead in the third inning, however in your fourth the Cubs charged ahead. Pena first got it began with a crisp, clean blast over the wall in right. The house rundrove in 2, giving the Cubs a 2-1 lead. They went on to attain another pair within the inning before scattering another five runs the rest of the way.

Notables

Kosuke Fukudome: 3 for 4, 1 HR, 1 BB. And there it's, his first homer of 2011. That he just five extra base hits in 147 PA with a wOBA over .360 is very, quite impre sive.

Jose Reyes: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB. A man with this kind of speed and a .370+ OBP? He may only be accommodations, but he surely can fetch the Mets something nice at the deadline if they choose to go down that path.

Orioles 6, Royals 5

Moving the Needle: Matt Wieters ends the 11th with a double play, -.334 WPA. This isn't what Id call the defining moment from the game, but Moving the Needle describes the biggest WPA swing, and for the Orioles that arrived the 11th when they loaded in the bases with none out. You are aware how a walk-off hit often isnt the largest WPA swing, because the home team was established to score it? The Orioles were set up to win it here, so an inning-ending double play is actually likely to kill the WPA. Ill save the biggest positive swing for the Notables section. Vladimir Guerrero supplied the walk-off hit, a bouncer in the middle.

Notables

Nolan Reimold: 4 for 4, 1 Nike Free Powerlines Ii 2B, 2 HR, 1 BB. Its been an eventful four games back for Reimold. He has 12 PA, and has homered inside a quarter of these. Good to see hes at the office proving his 2010 was the anomaly. His three-run shot within the third gave the Os a 5-4 lead.

Phillies 10, Reds 4

Moving the Needle: Raul Ibanez puts the Phils up big having a three-run homer, +.221 WPA. Let alone the Phils being tired after last nights marathon. They picked up a run within the first, after which three more in the third when Ibanez went way deep to right. They continued the onslaught through the game, accumulating six runs after the Reds tied it at four in the sixth.

Notables

Cliff Lee: 8 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. OK, therefore it wasnt Lees best outing. But while at bat he was 2 for 4 having a double and three RBI. To ensure that kind of comprises for this, no?

Chase Utley: 1 for 5, 1 HR. Thats just his second hit, first for extra bases, since returning the 2009 week.

Jay Bruce: 2 for 4, 1 HR. Clearly, Bruce is using their own Wonder Bat.

Red Sox 14, Tigers 1

Moving the Needle: Drew Sutton starts the party within the second with an RBI double, +.136 WPA. No, the Red Sox didn't mercy rule the Tigers. The weather cut that one short, however that didnt stop the Sox from piling it on. Suttons double within the second place the Sox on top, however a follow-up hit by Josh Reddick and, two batters later, a homer from Jacoby Ellsbury sent the Sox to a huge lead. Theres very little else to explain.

Notables

Carl Crawford: 4 for 5, 2 3B. He didnt get one in his breakout on Wednesday, so he doubled the effort yesterday.

David Ortiz: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 BB. If theres anyone on as big a warm streak as Crawford, its Ortiz.

Alfredo Aceves: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K. You cant ask for much more from a fill-in though with Matsuzaka out for perhaps the rest of the year (you never know at this time?), he turn into a more permanent Nike Zoom Speed Trainer fixture within the Boston rotation.

Marlins 1, Giants 0

Moving the Needle: Freddy Sanchez starts a threat within the ninth, +.164 WPA. Im really sorry relating to this one. I have no idea how the games only run which was inside a higher leverage spot than Sanchezs didnt top the WPA board. Actually, it had been just +.095, which just doesnt appear to jibe using the preponderance of instances where the first run accounts for +10% or more to the win expectancy. Regardle s, Sanchez doubled with one out in the foot of the ninth, together with his team down just by one. Nothing came of it, because the final score indicates. But something did come of Logan Morrisons single in the sixth. It brought home Chris Coghlan, which turned out to be the difference.

Notables

Anibal Sanchez: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Thats three scorele s appearances in the last four outings, which span 31 innings.

Ryan Vogelsong: 8 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 9 GB. Its hard to not be impre sed with what the journeyman has done so far this year, after you have not pitched within the majors since 2006. Everythings working, in the ground ball towards the strikeouts towards the lack of walks.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3

Moving the Needle: Miguel Montero gets things began with a three-run homer, +.190 WPA. Leadoff walks could be killers. A leadoff walk followed by another walk? Thats just asking for a multi-run inning. Montero delivered three of them as he took Clay Mortensen from the park and into the bullpen within the fourth inning. The Rockies would battle back, however they wouldnt get close enough.

Notables

Chris Young: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB. Hes fallen off a bit following a strong start, though hes still hitting for power (.230 ISO and .230 BA).

Kelly Johnson: 1 for 5, 1 HR. His two-run shot in the ninth provided insurance against a Rockies comeback. Unfortunately for Johnson, 2011 to date continues to be more 2009 than 2010.