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American League Week 7
« on: 17 May 2010 8:50:42 AM »
American League Week 7 in Review:  

AL East                          
Baltimore Orioles    24 21 (1-6) ---
Boston Red Sox     20 25 (2-5) 4.0
New York Yankees 18 26 (5-2) 5.5
Toronto Blue Jays  16 30 (4-3) 8.5
Tampa Bay Rays    15 29 (3-4) 8.5

Baltimore lost 6 of its 7 games this week.  The Orioles offense struggled to score runs, scoring just 18 in Week 7 (t-last AL).  Kelvim Escobar delivered two quality starts, going 1-0, and allowed just 2 earned runs in 14 innings (1.29 ERA).  The Red Sox picked up a game in the standings, despite a tough 2-5 week.  Outfielder Rick Ankiel hit .400/.520/.750 for Boston with a pair of homers.  The Yankees posted the best Week 7 record in the AL East with a 5-2 mark, and ended the week with a 3-game sweep at the cross-town rival Mets.  New York led the American League with 13 homers, which included 5 from Dan Uggla.  Toronto also had a winning week at 4-3.  Blue Jays' pitchers had the second-best cumulative ERA in the American League at 2.95.  Matt Diaz led Toronto regulars with his .433 batting average (13-for-30).  The Rays are behind the Jays by percentage points in the standings after a 3-4 week.  Ryan Garko reached base in 14 of his 30 plate appearances (.467 OBP) for Tampa Bay.
AL Central                          
Chicago White Sox 33 11 (5-2) ---
Kansas City Royals 28 17 (7-0) 5.5
Minnesota Twins    21 23 (3-4) 12.0
Detroit Tigers        19 27 (1-6) 15.0
Cleveland Indians   17 26 (2-5) 15.5

Chicago had a 5-2 week, which included taking both games in a 2-game series against division rival Detroit.  The White Sox led the AL with a .318 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, and 11 stolen bases (in 13 attempts).  Mike Napoli led Chicagoís offense with his .478.500/.826 week that included 5 doubles, 1 homer, and 6 runs scored.  The Royals posted a perfect 7-0 record, led the American League with a .901 OPS, and led the DMBO with a 1.29 ERA.  First baseman Carlos Pena hit .458/.567/1.292 with 6 homers, 11 RBI, and 13 runs scored for Kansas City.  The Twins are still trying to get into a groove here in the early part of the season.  Minnesota outfield Matt Holliday has his act together though, and clubbed 5 homers, 2 doubles, and drove in 13 runs.  Detroit had a difficult 1-6 Week 7, and its pitching struggled to a DMBO-high 6.49 team ERA.  Cleveland dropped 5 of its 7 games.  Tribe starter Randy Wolf picked up one of the teamís wins in his complete game, 8-hit shutout against the Rays.
AL West                          
Los Angeles Angels 28 18 (2-5) ---
Texas Rangers       26 19 (5-2) 1.5
Oakland Athletics   24 21 (3-4) 3.5
Seattle Mariners     21 23 (3-4) 6.0

Los Angeles lost 5 of its 7 games, and went 1-3 in one run contests.  Shortstop Alexei Ramirez collected hits in 11 of his 26 at-bats, good for a .423 batting average, and scored 4 runs for the Angels.  Texas took advantage of Los Angelesí losing week with a 5-2 record, and beat the Halos in each game of a brief 2-game series.  The Rangersí 3.14 team ERA was good for 3rd in the American League.  Starter Tim Lincecum hurled two quality starts, going 1-0, and struck out 17 batters across 15 innings of work.  Oakland went 3-4, but sits just 3.5 games out of first place.  Third baseman Miguel Tejada hit .429/.455/.810 with 2 doubles and 2 homers for the Athletics.  The Seattle Mariners are a model of consistency, if nothing else, this season.  The Mís have tallied 3 wins in each week of the 2010 season.  Lefty Dallas Braden tossed a 7-hit shutout against the Athletics, but was routed in his second start of Week 7.

AL Hitter of the Week: Carlos Pena, Kansas City Royals
Pena hit .458 (2nd)/.567 (1st)/1.292 (1st) with 6 homeruns (1st), 11 RBI (2nd), 13 runs (1st), 6 walks (t-3rd), a 1.858 OPS (1st), and 17.4 Runs Created (1st) to walk away with the Week 7 Hitter of the Week Award. 

AL Pitcher of the Week: Bronson Arroyo, Kansas City Royals
Kansas City swept through Week 7 at 7-0 and sweeps the American League weekly awards as well.  Arroyo was 2-0 with quality starts in each outing, and had a 1.80 ERA (9th) in 15 innings (t-5th). 
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