Around the Majors: Cardinals take 2-0 lead

1) Yesterday’s score–

Cardinals 6, Astros 4 (Cardinals lead the series, 2-0)

2) Today’s schedule–

Yankees (Kevin Brown, 4.09) at Redsox (Bronson Arroyo, 4.03), 8:15 (Yankees lead the series, 2-0)

3) Yesterday’s HRs–

Scott Rolen–2
Carlos Beltran
Morgan Ensberg
Larry Walker
Albert Pujols

5) The Pirates removed P Mark Corey from the 40 man roster and he became a free agent when he refused his assignment to the minors.

Corey has a 6.02 ERA/-18 RSAA in 81 career games, including a 4.54 ERA/-2 RSAA in 31 games in 2004.

6) The Brewers declined their 2005 option on SS Craig Counsell and released C Gary Bennett.

After -15 RCAA/.699 OPS and -19 RCAA/.631 OPS seasons, Counsell hit .315 SLG, .330 OBA, .645 OPS, -21 RCAA in 140 games. It was the 4th time in the past 5 years in which he had a double digit negative RCAA and he has a .689 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -81 RCAA in 798 games.

After -23 RCAA/.668 OPS and -15 RCAA/.602 OPS seasons, Bennett had a .329 SLG, .297 OBA, .626 OPS, -16 RCAA in 75 games. He has a .645 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -71 RCAA in 390 games.

7) The Brewers claimed P Derrick Turnbow off waivers from the Angels.

Turnbow has a 3.17 ERA/10 RSAA in 39 career games, including a 0.00 ERA/3 RSAA in 4 games in 2004.

8) The Angels removed OF Curtis Pride from the 40 man roster and he became a free agent when he refused his assignment to the minors.

Pride has -11 RCAA/.736 OPS in 388 career games, including a .325 SLG, .268 OBA, .593 OPS, -3 RCAA in 35 games (42 PA) in 2004.

9) According to the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins want to trade 3B Mike Lowell before November 1.

May I Have Your Autograph, Please?
The payoff of being polite.

According to his contract, if the team doesn’t make a deal for a new stadium by that date, he can become a free agent.

10) An autopsy on John Cerutti showed he died of a heart arrhythmia. He had a history of irregular heartbeat, but a cardiologist had examined him and determined it wasn’t a cause for concern.

11) According to, the preliminary results on Ken Caminiti’s autopsy showed a drug overdose. According to the Houston Chronicle, the medical examiner’s office denies it, saying that no cause of death has been determined yet.

Correction from yesterday–Scott Williamson’s surgery had started as arthroscopic elbow surgery, with the expectation that it might turn into Tommy John surgery, which was what then happened.

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