Baseball Shots Of The Week – July 1, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates (51-30)
Pittsburgh Pirates (51-30)
A prolonged winning streak pushes Pittsburgh up as far as they can go. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

This marked the first time in Pirates history they have reached 50 wins while in the month of June and the Pirates history dates back to 1887.
Boston Red Sox (50-34)
Boston Red Sox (50-34)
John Lackey is living up to his contract at long last. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Stephen Drew remained out of the lineup as he tries to battle back from a right hamstring injury.
St Louis Cardinals (49-32)
St Louis Cardinals (49-32)
Carlos Beltran continues his tremendous season. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Adam Wainwright has four complete games this season and is tied with Jordan Zimmermann for the National League lead in wins with 11.
Texas Rangers (48-34)
Texas Rangers (48-34)
David Murphy is having a rough contract year. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Lance Berkman, has missed his third straight game on Sunday, but he hopes to return to the lineup on Tuesday after the Rangers' off-day.
Atlanta Braves (48-34)
Atlanta Braves (48-34)
Atlanta entered the weekend with the league's best home record. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

The Braves hit three home runs to beat the D-backs 6-2 and complete the three-game home sweep.
Oakland Athletics (48-36)
Oakland Athletics (48-36)
Josh Donaldson deserves a spot in the All-Star Game. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Bartolo Colon threw eight innings of one-run ball for his 11th win of the season and eighth straight win as the A's beat St. Louis 6-1.
Cincinnati Reds (46-36)
Cincinnati Reds (46-36)
The Reds rotation: Still very good. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Reds' Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Reds a 6-4 win over the Rangers.
Baltimore Orioles (47-36)
Baltimore Orioles (47-36)
Adam Jones is one of those rare players who might homer more than he walks. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Orioles closer Jim Johnson earned his 100th career save shutting the door on the Yankees in a 4-2 victory to complete the O's three-game sweep.
Tampa Bay Rays (43-39)
Tampa Bay Rays (43-39)
David Price should return this week. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Rays' relief pitcher Alex Torres has allowed no runs and just four hits with 24 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings.
Arizona Diamondbacks (42-39)
Arizona Diamondbacks (42-39)
One Eric comes, another goes: Chavez is back, Hinske is out. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

J.J. Putz returned to the D-backs' active roster and back in his closer's role. Putz had been on the disabled list with a strained elbow.
Detroit Tigers (43-37)
Detroit Tigers (43-37)
The record doesn't indicate it just yet, but the Tigers might be the American League's best team on paper. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Max Scherzer is having an amazing season, becoming the first pitcher to start a season 12-0 since 1986 when Roger Clemens started the season 12-0 and finishing 24-4.
Cleveland Indians (44-38)
Cleveland Indians (44-38)
Trevor Bauer's latest start didn't go so hot, which is becoming a theme. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Nick Swisher hit a solo home run in the ninth inning which capped a four-run ninth to give the Indians a 9-8 win and a sweep of their doubleheader against the White Sox.
New York Yankees (42-39)
New York Yankees (42-39)
Mark Teixeira's season is over before it ever really got started. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Yankees announced that third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday.
Toronto Blue Jays (40-41)
Toronto Blue Jays (40-41)
Melky Cabrera's having a disappointing season. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis late last week.
Colorado Rockies (42-41)
Colorado Rockies (42-41)
Colorado has the majors' worst interleague record. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer extend his club-record hitting streak to 27 games, which is also the longest hitting streak in the Majors this season.
San Diego Padres (40-42)
San Diego Padres (40-42)
The most impressive aspect of the Padres' season? They're doing this with Chase Headley having a so-so season by his standards. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

San Diego Padres' Kyle Blanks was batting .284 with five home runs, 18 RBIs, seven doubles and 16 runs scored in 26 games in June and the team is 26-19 with him in the starting lineup and 14-22 without him.
Kansas City Royals (38-41)
Kansas City Royals (38-41)
The Royals are going to have to find a second-base solution before long. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Royals have designated for assignment Right fielder Jeff Francoeur and recalled second baseman Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.
Washington Nationals (41-40)
Washington Nationals (41-40)
Jordan Zimmermann has walked 1.3 batters per nine innings pitched this season. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

After spending time on the disable list with a bursitis in his left knee, Bryce Harper returned to the lineup on Monday, and in his first at-bat hit a solo home run.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (39-43)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (39-43)
Unfortunately Tommy Hanson's injuries are expected nowadays. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

C.J. Wilson struck out 10 Astros in seven innings as the Angels completed the series sweep of Houston.
Los Angeles Dodgers (38-43)
Los Angeles Dodgers (38-43)
Yasiel Puig's theatrics continue. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Josh Beckett is done for the season for the Dodgers after he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. He will have surgery to remove an upper rib to relieve pressure on the nerve in his neck area.
San Francisco Giants (39-42)
San Francisco Giants (39-42)
The Giants have been one of the worst teams in the National League over the past four weeks. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Giants catcher Buster Posey earned the National League Player of the Week honors for the first time since 2010.
Minnesota Twins (36-42)
Minnesota Twins (36-42)
The Twins have baseball's top prospect in Byron Buxton, according to various pundits. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Pelfrey was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore back and will start his rehab assignment on at Class A Cedar Rapids this week.
Philadelphia Phillies (39-44)
Philadelphia Phillies (39-44)
Will the Phillies trade Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and Chase Utley? (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a 6-1 loss to the Dodgers, which left him hitless in his last 20 at-bats. He has not gone longer than 23 at-bats without a hit in his career.
Seattle Mariners (35-47)
Seattle Mariners (35-47)
Led by some talented kids the Mariners are suddenly interesting to watch. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Mariners sent outfielder Eric Thames to the Orioles for Minor League player after being designated for assignment last week.
Chicago Cubs (35-45)
Chicago Cubs (35-45)
Entering the weekend no NL team had a worse record in one-run games than the Cubs. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney has a fractured left rib, suffered when he crashed into the outfield wall and will not be able to play basball for four to six weeks.
New York Mets (33-45)
New York Mets (33-45)
New York's midseason highlight? Hosting the All-Star Game. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Matt Harvey struck out 11 batters against the Washington Nationals in just seven innings. The Mets also announced they will monitor Harvey's inning count and could shut him down early this season to protrect his arm for the future.
Milwaukee Brewers (32-48)
Milwaukee Brewers (32-48)
Things keep getting worse for the Brewers: Corey Hart is lost for the year. (Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

Aramis Ramirez became the 15th active player to record 2,000 career hits, his 2,000 hit was a solo home run.
Chicago White Sox (32-47)
Chicago White Sox (32-47)
The White Sox have been one of the worst teams in the American League over the past four weeks. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Chicago scored five runs in the first inning, but the Indians scored then next 14 runs to win, 19-10, in the early game of a doubleheader.
Houston Astros (30-52)
Houston Astros (30-52)
Houston might make some moves around the deadline, but they don't have big pieces to deal. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Astros scored four runs in the fourth inning against the Cardinals and received a good outing from Erik Bedard to beat the first place Cardinals 4-3.
Miami Marlins (29-51)
Miami Marlins (29-51)
Believe it or not Miami has played well recently. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff Mathis's hit a walk-off grand slam against the San Diego Padres to give the Marlins a 6-2 victory on Sunday.
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