Baseball Shots Of The Week – August 19, 2013

Atlanta Braves (76-48)
Atlanta Braves (76-48)
The Braves entered the weekend farther from the Nationals than the Nationals are from the Marlins. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)<br><br>Jason Heyward helped the Braves tie the Nationals in the ninth inning with a home run, but it took six more innings to decide a winner. The Braves lost to Nationals 8-7 in 15 innings and caused the team to adjust their rotation the next day.
Los Angeles Dodgers (72-51)
Los Angeles Dodgers (72-51)
It's not quite Atlanta's lead, but the Dodgers have opened up a sizable division lead. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>The Dodgers lost to the Phillies over the weekend 3-2 ending their 10-game win streak.
Boston Red Sox (73-53)
Boston Red Sox (73-53)
Somehow Koji Uehara's season hasn't been discussed enough.. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)<br><br>Red Sox backup catcher David Ross returned to the roster after two months off after suffering from his second concussion of the season.
Pittsburgh Pirates (72-51)
Pittsburgh Pirates (72-51)
It's mid-August and the Pirates are still in first place. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)<br><br>Francisco Liriano struck out 13 batters and Pedro Alvarez hit his league leading 31st home run against the Padres as the Pirates win 3-1.
Detroit Tigers (73-51)
Detroit Tigers (73-51)
Detroit remains division favorites, but it is fun for these games against Kansas City to mean something. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)<br><br>Max Scherzer is having a Cy Young year, earning his 18th win of the season when he pitched eight innings against the Royals giving up 2 runs in the Tigers 6-3 win.
Texas Rangers (71-53)
Texas Rangers (71-53)
Manny Ramirez's release likely ends any chance he had at returning to the majors some day. (Photo credit Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)<br><br>The Rangers are not expecting Lance Berkman to return to the roster until September 1, when the rosters expand. Berkman has been on the 15-day DL since July 7th.
Tampa Bay Rays (70-52)
Tampa Bay Rays (70-52)
Alex Cobb pitched well in his return. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)<br><br>The Rays rallied for two runs in the ninth inning against the Mariners on Wednesday to win 5-4 and end their six-game losing streak.
Cincinnati Reds (70-54)
Cincinnati Reds (70-54)
Alfredo Simon's career turnaround since joining the Reds is remarkable. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)<br><br>The Reds closer Aroldis Chapman gave up a walk-off home run to the Brewers and lost 7-6, ending their five game win streak.
St. Louis Cardinals (71-52)
St. Louis Cardinals (71-52)
Kolten Wong could be a starter in this league for a long time. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)<br><br>Matt Holliday hit an RBI single in the 12th inning, to give the Cardinals a 6-5 win over the Pirates and gave them their first series win against the Pirates this year.
Oakland Athletics (70-53)
Oakland Athletics (70-53)
John Jaso won't return from his concussion for at least another few weeks. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)<br><br>Bartolo Colon will be placed on the 15-day DL with a left groin strain. The A's called up Tommy Milone to take Colon's place on the roster.
Baltimore Orioles (67-56)
Baltimore Orioles (67-56)
Henry Urrutia's first big-league stint ends after 52 disappointing plate appearances. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)<br><br>The Orioles snapped their four game losing streak by beating the Rockies 8-4, which included seven runs in a single inning.
Kansas City Royals (64-59)
Kansas City Royals (64-59)
Miguel Tejada's season is over, and his career could be, too.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)<br><br>The Royals swept the doubleheader against the Tigers on Friday night, but lost the other three in the series to Tigers.
Cleveland Indians (66-58)
Cleveland Indians (66-58)
Michael Bourn's first season in Cleveland hasn't gone as desired. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)<br><br>The Indians moved starter Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen for now, but the don't have plans of keeping him there forever.
Arizona Diamondbacks (64-58)
Arizona Diamondbacks (64-58)
Wil Nieves is having an amusing, and improbable, late-career surge at the plate. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)<br><br>It took a single in the 14th inning for the Diamondbacks to win Wednesday's game 5-4 against the Orioles and complete the three game sweep.
New York Yankees (64-59)
New York Yankees (64-59)
Nothing like a beanball to get the Yankees-Red Sox juices flowing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)<br><br>One highlight out of the A-Rod soap opera is newly acquired Alfonso Soriano was named the American League Player of the Week for driving in 18 runs during the week.
Washington Nationals (60-63)
Washington Nationals (60-63)
Jayson Werth keeps hitting. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)<br><br> After already hitting Justin Upton in the first inning, Stephen Strasburg threw three wild pitches in the bottom of the second inning against the Braves and was ejected by home-plate umpire.
Toronto Blue Jays (57-67)
Toronto Blue Jays (57-67)
Kevin Pillar isn't a toolsy player, but he's earned the reputation as a gamer. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)<br><br>Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.
Colorado Rockies (58-67)
Colorado Rockies (58-67)
Whether the Rockies exercise Jorge De La Rosa's option or not will be an interesting offseason dilemma. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)<br><br>The Rockies reinstated right-hander Rafael Betancourt as closer and optioned righty Manuel Corpas to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
New York Mets (56-66)
New York Mets (56-66)
Eric Young Jr. has been a pleasant surprise for the Mets. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)<br><br>Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler struck out 12 Padres in six innings and the Mets ended their three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win.
Seattle Mariners (57-66)
Seattle Mariners (57-66)
Brad Miller's bat has impressed. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)<br><br>King Felix had a rough outing against the Texas Rangers, only lasting five innings giving up 5 hits, 5 earned runs, 5 walks and striking out 4 in the 15-3 loss.
San Diego Padres (56-68)
San Diego Padres (56-68)
Andrew Cashner's been up and down at times, and durability concerns aren't going away, but overall he's been solid as a starter. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)<br><br>Padres outfielder Will Venable extended his hitting streak to 15 games and earned his first career National League Player of the Week Award.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (55-68)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (55-68)
Quietly, the Angels have received solid production out of their catchers. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>Albert Pujols will miss the remainder of the season rehabing his partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot in hopes of being ready for Spring Training.
San Francisco Giants (55-68)
San Francisco Giants (55-68)
It's unfortunate that Madison Bumgarner's good year will get overshadowed by his team's struggles. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)<br><br>The Giants reached season highs in runs and hits against the Marlins last week, recording 19 hits and 14 runs in the 14-10 win.
Minnesota Twins (54-68)
Minnesota Twins (54-68)
How about Andrew Albers? (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)<br><br>After being reportedly placed on waivers, Justin Morneau has cleared waivers.
Milwaukee Brewers (54-70)
Milwaukee Brewers (54-70)
Jonathan Lucroy is a quality player. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)<br><br>USA Today is reporting that Ryan Braun will break his silence on the Biogenesis scandal sometime this week, MLB suspened him for the remainder of the season.
Philadelphia Phillies (54-69)
Philadelphia Phillies (54-69)
Charlie Manuel's exit is disappointing given what he did for the Phillies. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)<br><br>Phillies new manager Ryne Sandberg earned his first win as a manager when the Phillies beat the Dodgers 3-2 to end the Dodgers 10-game win streak.
Chicago Cubs (53-70)
Chicago Cubs (53-70)
Jake Arrieta with a nice start. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)<br><br>The Cubs made a trade on Monday, sending outfielder David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later.
Chicago White Sox (49-74)
Chicago White Sox (49-74)
Alejandro De Aza has continued to be a good find for the White Sox. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)<br><br>White Sox placed reliever Ramon Troncoso on the disabled list with pericarditis, a swelling of the lining of the heart, the team called up Jake Petricka to replace him.
Miami Marlins (47-75)
Miami Marlins (47-75)
The Marlins' young, promising pitching doesn't stop with Jose Fernandez. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)<br><br>Despite feeling better after getting hit in the head, Placido Polanco started to feel woozy again and the Marlins placed him on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Houston Astros (41-82)
Houston Astros (41-82)
L.J. Hoes' first few weeks with the Astros have been a pleasant surprise. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)<br><br>The Astros ended their five-game win streak when they gave up a walk-off home run to Josh Hamilton, losing to the Angels 6-5.
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