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Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: April 27, 2011 Edition

Jay PrestonContributor IIIApril 27, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: April 27, 2011 Edition

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 26:  Bill Hall #22 of the Houston Astros hits a walk-off single in the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
    Bob Levey/Getty Images

    Time once again for the morning dose of fantasy standouts and recaps.

    Road team standouts are listed first, followed by the home team.

Orioles 4, Red Sox 1

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    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: Pitcher Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers to a Boston Red Soxbatter during the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 26, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
    Rob Carr/Getty Images

    W: Zach Britton(4-1)
    L: Clay Buchholz(1-3)
    S: Kevin Gregg(3)

    Red Sox Standouts
    Dustin Pedroia, 1-for-3, BB, R

    Orioles Standouts
    Matt Wieters, 2-for-4, RBI
    Adam Jones, 0-for-1, 2 SF, BB, 2 RBI
    Vladimir Guerrero, 3-for-4, R
    Derrek Lee, 2-for-5, 2 R
    Mark Reynolds, 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

    Recap:

    Zach Britton held the Red Sox to one run over six innings and the bullpen did the rest.  Clay Buchholz had a rough outing for Boston, allowing four runs off of 12 hits by Baltimore.  Adam Jones had two sac flys and Vlad Guerrero had three hits as the Orioles took the first of their three-game set with the BoSox.

    Commentary:

    Britton has four quality starts this year, all against teams that should be in the playoff hunt towards the end of the season(Boston, Texas, Tampa, Minnesota).  There's no guarantee he'll be able to maintain such a grueling pace, but he's definitely someone to keep an eye on in the future.

Indians 9, Royals 4

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 20:  Jack Hannahan #9 of the Cleveland Indians throws toward first during the game against the Kansas City Royals on April 20, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    W: Justin Masterson(5-0)
    L: Luke Hochevar(2-3)

    Royals Standouts
    Melky Cabrera, 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Alex Gordon, 1-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R

    Indiand Standouts
    Jack Hannahan, 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
    Shin-Soo Choo, 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, SB
    Grady Sizemore, 3-for-4, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Asdrubal Cabrera, 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Matt LaPorta, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R

    Recap:

    The Indians broke out the bats against the Royals on Tuesday, blasting five home runs and clubbing their division rivals 9-4.  Shin-Soo Choo had a three-run shot in the seventh and Jack Hannahan added two solo blasts of his own.  Justin Masterson pitched over six strong innings and allowed only three runs in the victory, while Luke Hochevar lasted six-plus innings and allowed 11 hits in the loss.

    Commentary:

    Grady Sizemore is playing like a bat out of hell this season and currently has an .875 SLG and already has three home runs despite only playing in eight games.

Mariners 7, Tigers 3

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    DETROIT - APRIL 26:  Justin Smoak #17 of the Seattle Mariners hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 26, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    W: Felix Hernandez(3-2)
    L: Phil Coke(1-4)

    Mariners Standouts
    Justin Smoak, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Miguel Olivo, 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R
    Chone Figgins, 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI
    Jack Wilson, 2-for-4, 2B, R
    Ichiro Suzuki, 1-for-5, RBI, R

    Tigers Standouts
    Brandon Inge, 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI
    Brennan Boesch, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R

    Recap:

    Detroit fans were treated to a rare glimpse of offense by Seattle as the Mariners walked away with a 7-3 win over the Tigers.  Justin Smoak and Chone Figgins each had two RBI, and Felix Hernandez went six innings and allowed two runs.   For the Tigers, Phil Coke went only four-plus innings and allowed seven runs—all earned.

    Commentary:

    It must've been strange for King Felix.  His team usually doesn't score when he pitches.

White Sox 3, Yankees 2

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 21:  Infielder Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 21, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo b
    J. Meric/Getty Images

    W: Gavin Floyd(3-1)
    L: Rafael Soriano(1-1)
    S: Sergio Santos(2)

    White Sox Standouts
    Paul Konerko, 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
    Gordon Beckham, 1-for-3, BB, RBI
    Floyd: 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB 10 K
    Alex Rios, 1-for-4, R, SB

    Yankees Standouts
    Robinson Cano, 1-for-4, HR
    Brett Gardner, 1-for-3, HR

    Recap:

    Ivan Nova had a nice outing for the Yankees(1 ER in 6 IP), but Rafael Soriano gave up a two-run blast to Paul Konerko as the White Sox took their second straight from New York.  Gavin Floyd kept the Yankees bats at bay, allowing only two runs off of four hits through eight innings.  The only runs for the Yanks came off of home runs by Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner.

    Commentary
    Soriano's ERA is just below eight for the year—not good when you're touted as a prime offseason acquisition.

Mets 6, Nationals 4

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26:  Josh Thole #30 of the New York Mets bats in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 26, 2011 in Washington, DC.  New York won the game 6-4. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
    Greg Fiume/Getty Images

    W:  Ryota Igarashi(1-0)
    L: Jordan Zimmerman(1-4)
    S: Francisco Rodriguez(5)

    Mets Standouts
    Ike Davis, 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R
    Daniel Murphy, 2-for-4, 2B, R
    Josh Thole, 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI
    Jason Bay, 2-for-4, 2 R
    Carlos Beltran, 1-for-5, 3B, RBI

    Nationals Standouts
    Wilson Ramos, 3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
    Jayson Werth, 1-for-4, HR
    Rick Ankiel, 1-for-4, R, SB

    Recap:

    Josh Thole had three runs batted in as the Mets won their fifth straight game against division rival Washington.  Ike Davis had three hits and Carlos Beltran added an RBI-triple in the third.  For the Nats, Wilson Ramos had two home runs and Jayson Werth added a solo shot of his own.  Chris Young started for the Mets, pitched 4.2 innings and gave up 3 ER.  Jordan Zimmerman lasted 5.1 and gave up five runs while taking the loss.

    Commentary:

    Ramos is looking more and more like a prize pickup for the Nationals.  His big day Tuesday brought his average for the season up to .378.

Giants 3, Pirates 2, F/10

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24:  Aaron Rowand #33 of the San Francisco Giants hits a two run double to give the Giants a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on April 24, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    W: Sergio Romo(1-0)
    L: Joel Hanrahan(0-1)
    S: Brian Wilson(6)

    Giants Standouts
    Aaron Rowand, 2-for-4, 2B, R
    Freddy Sanchez, 2-for-5, RBI
    Aubrey Huff, 0-for-3, SF, BB, RBI
    Buster Posey, 0-for-2, SF, BB, RBI

    Pirates Standouts
    Garrett Jones, 1-for-3, HR
    Matt Diaz, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R

    Recap:

    Darren Ford scored on a Freddy Sanchez groundout in the tenth inning as the Giants stole one from the Pirates in the extra frame.  Matt Cain and Charlie Morton started the day for their respective teams, and each went six innings—Cain allowed two runs, Morton one.  Garrett Jones had a solo shot for Pittsburgh in the second.

    Commentary:

    Brian Wilson's beard got the save after his last outing ended in a loss.

Marlins 4, Dodgers 2

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 26:  Gaby Sanchez #15 of the Florida Marlins is congratulated by Mike Stanton #27 after hitting a HR during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Sun Life Stadium on April 26, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike E
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    W: Chris Volstad(2-1)
    L: Clayton Kershaw(2-3)
    S: Leo Nunez(7)

    Dodgers Standouts
    Andre Ethier, 1-for-3, 2B, RBI
    James Loney, 4-for-4

    Marlins Standouts
    Mike Stanton, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
    Gaby Sanchez, 1-for-2, 2 BB, HR
    Hanley Ramirez, 2-for-4, 2 R

    Recap:

    Chris Volstad pitched seven tough innings and Mike Stanton singled in the go-ahead runs in the sixth as the Marlins took control of first place in the NL East.  Clayton Kershaw pitched only five innings and gave up four runs.  Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a double in the first inning.

    Commentary:

    Kershaw is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA over his last three starts.  More likely than not, it's merely a few rough outings, but it might be something to keep watch over.

Blue Jays 10, Rangers 3

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    DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Infielder Adam Lind #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Detroit Tigers February 26, 2011 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
    Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

    W: Jesse Litsch(2-1)
    L: Matt Harrison(3-2)

    Blue Jays Standouts
    Adam Lind, 3-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
    Corey Patterson, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R
    Jose Bautista, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2B, 2 R
    Juan rivera, 2-for-4, BB, RBI, R
    J.P. Arencibia, 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R

    Rangers Standouts
    Yorvit Torrealba 3-for-3, RBI, R
    Julio Borbon, 2-for-4, 2 RBI
    Chris Davis, 2-for-4, 2 2B, R

    Recap:

    Toronto took their second straight game against the Rangers, as Adam Lind drove in five, including two home runs.  Jesse Litsch went six innings for the Jays, allowing three runs on seven hits.  His counterpart, Matt Harrison, lasted only three innings and was tagged for seven runs.

    Commentary:

    Lind only had one home run to this point in the season, and this is the output the Jays are going to need from Lind if they're going to remain competitive.

Rockies 4, Cubs 3

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 20:  First baseman Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies looks on from second base after hitting a double against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on April 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    W: Jorge De La Rosa(4-0)
    L: James Russell(1-3)
    S: Huston Street(9)

    Rockies Standouts
    Todd Helton, 2-for-5, 2 HR
    Ty Wigginton, 3-for-4, HR
    Troy Tulowitzki, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

    Cubs Standouts
    Darwin Barney, 2-for-4, R
    Alfonso Soriano, 1-for-4, HR
    Jeff Baker, 2-for-4, RBI
    Starlin Castro, 1-for-5, R, SB

    Recap:

    Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven strong innings to gain his fourth win of the year, and Todd Helton provided two solo home runs as the Rockies took another game from the Cubs.  James Russell started for Chicago, but gave up four runs in as many innings.

    Commentary:

    Between Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies don't really need any more offensive production, but just in case, there's always Helton.

Astros 6, Cardinals 5

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 26:  Hunter Pence #9 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by third base coach Dave Clark after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bo
    Bob Levey/Getty Images

    W: Brandon Lyon(2-1)
    L: Mitchell Boggs(0-1)

    Cardinals Standouts
    Daniel Decalso, 3-for-3, BB, 3B, 2 2B, 3 RBI
    Matt Holliday, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, R
    Lance Berkman, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI
    Yadier Molina, 2-for-4, 2 R, SB
    Nick Punto, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R

    Astros Standouts
    Hunter Pence, 3-for-5, HR
    Angel Sanchez, 2-for-4, R
    Brett Wallace, 3-for-4, RBI
    Bill Hall, 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, R
    Chris Johnson, 2-for-4, 2 RBI

    Recap:

    The Cardinals went ahead 5-4 in the top of the ninth, but the Astros rallied in the bottom of the frame and ended the game on a Bill Hall walk-off single.  Jaime Garcia went just over five innings for the Cards, allowing three runs.  On the other side, Bud Norris gave up three runs, but none of them were earned.  This was also Lance Berkman's return to Houston and he belted out two hits including an RBI double.

    Commentary:

    Exciting back-and-forth game.  Nice reception for Berkman in his first game back in Houston.

Brewers 3, Reds 2

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17:  Rickie Weeks #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers slides safely into third base during the first inning against the Washington Nationals during game one of a doubleheader at Nationals Park on April 17, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo b
    Rob Carr/Getty Images

    W: Kameron Loe(2-1)
    L: Logan Ondrusek(2-2)
    S: Jon Axford(5)

    Reds Standouts
    Brandon Phillips, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Joey Votto, 0-for-2, 2 BB, R

    Brewers Standouts
    Rickie Weeks, 2-for-4, HR, 3B
    Ryan Braun, 1-for-4, HR
    Prince Fielder, 1-for-4, HR

    Recap:

    The Brewers only needed three solo home runs—one by Rickie Weeks, one by Ryan Braun, and one by Prince Fielder—to get by the Reds on Tuesday, as Marco Estrada pitched seven innings and gave up only two runs on two hits.  Mike Leake was equally strong for the Reds, giving up only two over seven in the no decision.

    Commentary:

    Fielder and Braun are currently numbers one and two in the league for most runs batted in.  I wouldn't be surprised if it looks that way at the end of the season, too.

Rays V. Twins Postponed

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 24: Justin Morneau #33 of the Minnesota Twins reacts after being tagged out at home plate for the final out of the third inning against the Cleveland Indians during their game on April 24, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minne
    Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

    The Rays-Twins game was postponed due to weather.  It will be made up on April 28th as part of a doubleheader.

Diamondbacks 7, Phillies 5

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 26:  Ryan Roberts #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks steps up to the plate during the Major League Baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Chase Field on April 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks defeated the Philli
    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    W: Daniel Hudson(1-4)
    L: Roy Oswalt(3-1)

    Phillies Standouts
    Ben Francisco, 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Ryan Howard, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, R
    Shane Victorino, 2-for-5, 3B, R
    Placido Polanco, 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R

    Diamondbacks Standouts
    Ryan Roberts, 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Kelly Johnson, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 SB
    Gerardo Parra, 2-for-3, RBI, R
    Stephen Drew, 1-for-3, BB, RBI, R

    Recap:

    Daniel Hudson pitched six innings and notched his first win of the season as the Diamondbacks outclubbed the Phillies 7-5.  Roy Oswalt started for Philly, but lasted only three innings, giving up five runs along the way.  Ben Francisco brought the Phils to within two in the ninth with a two-run blast, but David Hernandez retired Raul Ibanez to end the game.

    Commentary:

    Good bounce back by the D-Backs so far after being swept by the Mets.

Angels 8, Athletics 3

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 24:  Second baseman Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws out runner in the game with the Boston Red Sox on April 24, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Red Sox won 7-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/
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    W:Tyler Chatwood(2-1)
    L: Brandon McCarthy(1-2)

    Athletics Standouts
    Conor Jackson, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI
    Kevin Kouzmanoff, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
    David DeJesus, 0-for-3, BB, RBI, R

    Angels Standouts
    Howie Kendrick, 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 R
    Peter Bourjos, 3-for-4, 2 3B, RBI, 2 R
    Alexi Amarista, 1-for-3, SF, 2B, 3 RBI
    Hank Conger, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
    Torii Hunter, 3-for-5, 2B, R
    Erick Aybar, 2-for-5, SB

    Recaps:

    The Angels bats were on fire Tuesday, amassing 16 hits in the 8-3 win over Oakland.  Peter Bourjos had two triples and Howie Kendrick added two doubles.  Torii Hunter, Erick Aybar, and Hank Conger added multi-hit games of their own.  Tyler Chatwood was decent enough for the win, allowing three runs in just over five innings pitched.  For the A's, Brian McCarthy gave up seven runs over five-plus innings in the loss.

    Commentary:

    14 hits allowed by McCarthy.  Ouch.

Braves 8, Padres 2

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21:  Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on April 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    W: Jair Jurrjens(2-0)
    L: Aaron Harang(4-1)

    Braves Standouts
    David Ross, 2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
    Chipper Jones, 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Alex Gonzalez, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, R
    Jason Heyward, 1-for-4, BB, R
    Jair Jurrjens, 9 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 4 SO

    Padres Standouts
    Ryan Ludwick, 2-for-4, 2 2B
    Brad Hawpe, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
    Orlando Hudson, 1-for-3, 3B, RBI
    Jorge Cantu, 2-for-4, R

    Recap:

    Jair Jurrjens pitched a complete game as the Braves handed the Padres their seventh loss in nine games.  Aaron Harang started for San Diego and had his roughest outing of the season to date, allowing eight runs in six innings.  David Ross belted two four-baggers for the Braves and Chipper Jones added on of his own in the route.

    Commentary:

    Jurrjens complete game wasn't exactly pretty(9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB), but it got the job done.

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