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AROUND THE BASES 2009-04-26


AROUND THE BASES  2009-04-26
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

MLB: St. Louis 1B Albert Pujols

Does Pujols ever get off to a slow start? He is leading the National League with seven home runs, 25 runs batted in, 48 total bases and a 1.184 OPS (on-base plus slugging).

Brewers : RHP Dave Bush

Bush came within five outs of a no-hitter Thursday in Philadelphia, a bid finally foiled on pinch-hitter Matt Stairs' home run. Bush's stellar effort allowed the Brewers to win their first series of the year. And kudos to Yovani Gallardo for pitching his first complete game Friday in Houston.

WEEK AHEAD

Monday-Wednesday: Mariners at White Sox. Mariners look much-improved.

Monday-Wednesday: Cardinals at Braves. St. Louis off to strong start.

Thursday-Friday: Red Sox at Rays. Rematch of ALCS tussle.

Thursday-Friday: Marlins at Cubs. Florida's young rotation is tough.

Brewers THIS WEEK

The Brewers return home from a three-city trip to take on Pittsburgh and Arizona. The Pirates were the Brewers' personal whipping boys in 2008, winning just one of 15 meetings. But this Pittsburgh team is making some early and unexpected noise.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cleveland's Aaron Laffey became the first pitcher in 39 years to get an opposing team to ground into a double play in five consecutive innings Tuesday night. The Indians actually got the Kansas City Royals to ground into DPs in six consecutive frames, from the third through the eighth.

Before Laffey, the last pitcher to induce double plays in five consecutive innings was Detroit's Les Cain against Minnesota on May 6, 1970. The major-league record for most double plays in a nine-inning game is seven, by the Yankees on Aug. 14, 1942, against the Athletics, and Houston on May 4, 1969, against the Giants.

YOU FIGURE IT OUT

In a 7-6 loss to Class AAA Louisville Monday night, Columbus shortstop Wilson Valdez came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the tying run on third. With two strikes on him, Valdez attempted a bunt and fouled it off for a game-ending strikeout.

A walk-off foul ball, if you will.

quot;It was something he was comfortable attempting, but he didn't get the job done,quot; said Columbus manager Torey Lovullo, who admitted he never had seen a game end that way.

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Added: April 26, 2009

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