Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista was the leading vote-getting for the 2011 All Star Game, breaking a record with over 7 million votes received. He celebrated by going 2-4 with a HR and 2 runs scored. Bautista is on a roll of late hitting home runs in 3 straight games, and 5 in his last 10 games. He is now hitting .331-.471-.688 with 27 HRs. 56 RBIs, and a Bonds-like K/BB rate of 50-70. Bautista tells his naysayers 2010 was no fluke.
After throwing 3 consecutive complete game shutouts, Phillies starter Cliff Lee returned to earth and got hit around on Sunday. He gave up 7 runs, 6 earned, in 7+ innings, 10 hits, 3 of which were home runs.
Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal returned from the DL on Sunday, one day than I originally thought. Fortunately for Dee Gordon owners, he was not sent down to AAA, as the Dodgers decided to DL Casey Balke instead. Manager Don Mattingley stated the if Gordon is up in the big leagues, he will play. I am not sure how that will play out, but maybe Furcal will eventually move to second base.
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Indians rookie third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall went 1-4 with a run scored on Sunday, and is now hitting a very good .300-.300-.400 in his first 20 at bats of his big league career. Chisenhall may not hit for power right away, but he will hit for a solid BA.
Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis went 5-5 with a run and and RBI on Sunday, and is now hitting .296-.343-.391 with 7 HRs, 33 RBIs and 7 SBs thus far. He owns a solid K/BB rate of 34-22 and I wonder if he will ever hit 20 HRs again.
Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds went 1-3 with a HR and 3 RBIs on Sunday, and is hitting .229-.354-.492 with 18 HRs, 46 RBIs, and an improved K/BB rate of 84-50 thus far in 2011. Reynolds has hit 3 HRs in his last 2 games, and 4 in his last 4 games.
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 3-5 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. For the season, he is hitting .294-.393-.498 with 12 HRs, 45 RBIs and 15 SBs. He seems to like playing against the Nationals as he went 9-16 in the 4 games series with a HR, 4 runs and 4 RBIs.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes will be activated and start on Wednesday as the team optioned starter Ivan Nova to AAA on Sunday. Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter will be activated on Monday after playing two games at AA Trenton this weekend.
Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman celebrated his getting voted as an All Star starter by hitting his 22nd home run of the season. He is having an amazing season, one that I did not see back in the offseason. He is hitting .297-.409-.61- with 22 HRs and 61 RBIs. After hitting .393 in April, he hit just .261 in May and .222 in June, so he has come back to earth. It will be interesting to see how he hits in the second half of this season.
Royals rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer went 4-6 with a HR and 4 RBIs on Sunday and is hitting .274-.319-.420 with 6 HRs, 31 RBIs and a 37-14 K/BB rate.
Hosmer's teammate Melky Cabrera had a huge game on Sunday as well, as he went 4-5 with 2 HRs, 4 runs scored and 5 RBIs. Cabrera is enjoying an excellent season at the plate as he is hitting .283-.322-.450 with 11 HRs, 48 RBIs and 10 SBs.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is starting to make his pre-season doubters look bad as he went 2-4 with a HR, 2 runs and 6 RBIs on Sunday. He raised his triple slash line to .296-.363-.497 with 13 HRs, 51 RBIs and 14 SBs in 18 attempts.
Red Sox starter Josh Beckett rebounded from a rough start earlier in the week to allow just one run in 8 innings, allowing just 5 hits, and striking out 11 Astros. He is now 7-3 with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.