Baseball Shots Of The Week – May 20, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals (28-15)
St. Louis Cardinals (28-15)
To date no team has played better on the road than St. Louis. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)<br><br>The Cardinals' home field is being turned into a soccer field for an international exhibition game between Manchester City and Chelsea on Thursday.
Texas Rangers (29-15)
Texas Rangers (29-15)
Before his Sunday start Derek Holland was going step-for-step with Yu Darvish this season. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)<br><br>Elvis Andrus went 5-for-5 against the Tigers and was a home run shy of cycle. The Rangers beat the Tigers 7-2 in that game.
New York Yankees (27-16)
New York Yankees (27-16)
Curtis Granderson is back. Now if the Yankees can get Mark Teixeira back they should be in even better shape. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)<br><br>Teixeira said he had his first at-bats since March at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla. and hopes to return by the end of May.
Cincinnati Reds (26-18)
Cincinnati Reds (26-18)
Alfredo Simon's turnaround since arriving in Cincinnati is still one of the least-talked-about aspects of the Reds bullpen. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)<br><br>Bronson Arroyo and the Reds shutout the Phillies 10-0.
Arizona Diamondbacks (25-19)
Arizona Diamondbacks (25-19)
Didi Gregorius has been every bit as good as the D'Backs hoped. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)<br><br>Brandon McCarthy went the distance against the Marlins on Saturday to earn his first victory as a Diamondback, 1-0.
Cleveland Indians (25-17)
Cleveland Indians (25-17)
The most surprising aspect of the Indians season? Mark Reynolds, Mike Aviles, and Carlos Santana combine for more stolen bases than Michael Brantley and as many as Michael Bourn. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) <br><br> The Tribe beat the Mariners on Monday in 10 innings to complete the four-game sweep at home.
Pittsburgh Pirates (26-18)
Pittsburgh Pirates (26-18)
Remember when Russell Martin got off to a slow start? So much for that. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) <br><br> The Pirates are on the verge of overtaking the Reds for the league lead in strikeouts with 330 so far this season.
Boston Red Sox (27-17)
Boston Red Sox (27-17)
This is not the kind of contract year start Jacoby Ellsbury wanted. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)<br><br>Jon Lester gave up five earned runs on seven hits in 6 inning for his first loss of the season against the Chicago White Sox.
Atlanta Braves (25-18)
Atlanta Braves (25-18)
While Justin Upton has cooled off (relatively), the Braves are still waiting on B.J. Upton to get going. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)<br><br>The Braves' Eric O'Flaherty will meet with Dr. Andrews to determine if he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery that will end his season.
Tampa Bay Rays (23-20)
Tampa Bay Rays (23-20)
The only team with a worse record in one-run games than the Rays? The Astros. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)<br><br>David Price went on the 15-day disabled list with a left triceps strain and is expected to make a healthy return.
Baltimore Orioles (23-20)
Baltimore Orioles (23-20)
Jason Hammel's poor start continues. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)<br><br>Orioles closer Jim Johnson blew his third straight save attempt and the Orioles have lost six straight games.
San Francisco Giants (24-20)
San Francisco Giants (24-20)
An interesting storyline to watch as the season progresses: Will the Giants attempt to upgrade their bench? (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)<br><br>Trailing 6-0 in the fourh inning, the Giants rallied with eight unanswered runs to beat the Rockies 8-6.
Washington Nationals (23-21)
Washington Nationals (23-21)
Ian Desmond is showing last year wasn't a total fluke. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and recalled catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A.
Detroit Tigers (23-19)
Detroit Tigers (23-19)
Miguel Cabrera's three-home run performance highlighted an otherwise disappointing Sunday night loss. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)<br><br>Justin Verlander allowed eight runs on six hits in just 2 2/3 innings in a 10-4 loss to Texas.
Colorado Rockies (24-20)
Colorado Rockies (24-20)
Concerning trend or small-sample fluke? The Rockies have played well against sub-.500 teams, but were 8-16 entering the weekend versus better-than-.500 teams. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)<br><br>Rockies right fielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer could rejoin the major league roster by the end of the week if all things go well at extended spring training.
Oakland Athletics (23-22)
Oakland Athletics (23-22)
Playoff teams typically fatten up at home. The A's haven't so far. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)<br><br>The Oakland A's rallied for the third straight time to beat the Royals and sweep the series.
Philadelphia Phillies (21-23)
Philadelphia Phillies (21-23)
Delmon Young hasn't played well, but the interesting thing is a beefed up walk rate from a player not known for taking free passes. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)<br><br>The Phillies Cole Hamels struck out 10 Marlins batters, but that wasn't enough as the Marlins beat the Phillies 5-1.
Kansas City Royals (20-20)
Kansas City Royals (20-20)
The Royals continue to slide, in part because they haven't scored enough runs for James Shields. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)<br><br>In addition to Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar the Royals have now tried David Lough in the leadoff batting order spot this season.
Seattle Mariners (20-24)
Seattle Mariners (20-24)
The Mariners took heat for signing Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay. So far both are producing at modest costs. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) <br><br>Brendan Ryan, Raul Ibanez and Justin Smoak each hit a home run late in the game against the Indians, but the Mariners lost the game on a walk-off home run.
Minnesota Twins (18-22)
Minnesota Twins (18-22)
Minnesota's bullpen has been the bright spot of their pitching staff. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)<br><br>Pedro Hernandez and the Boston Red Sox ended Joe Mauer's 15-game hitting streak as the Twins lost 5-1.
San Diego Padres (20-23)
San Diego Padres (20-23)
Burch Smith's second big-league start lasted longer than his first but included three home-runs allowed. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)<br><br>The Padres offense broke out against the Nationals with a four-run fifth and a five-run seventh as the Padres easily defeat the Nationals, 13-4.
Los Angeles Dodgers (17-25)
Los Angeles Dodgers (17-25)
We're entering late May and Juan Uribe has more home runs than Matt Kemp in fewer plate appearances. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)<br><br>The Dodgers actived pitcher Ted Lilly and hope he can return to the pitcher he was earlier in the season.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (17-27)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (17-27)
The Angels entered the weekend with the third-worst home record in the league, ahead of only Houston and Miami. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)<br><br>The Angels claimed infielder Chris Nelson off waivers from the Yankees and the team optioned Luis Jimenez back to Triple-A.
Toronto Blue Jays (17-26)
Toronto Blue Jays (17-26)
J.P. Arencibia's strikeout-to-walk rate remains something to behold. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)<br><br>Melky Cabrera had an MRI and results showed that Cabrera had irritation in his right quadriceps and left hamstring. He will continue to play through the injury.
Chicago Cubs (18-25)
Chicago Cubs (18-25)
Luis Valbuena seems to be finally making the most of an opportunity. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)<br><br>Matt Garza returned to the Cubs' rotation and make his first Major League start since last July.
Chicago White Sox (19-23)
Chicago White Sox (19-23)
Suddenly the White Sox are sniffing around .500 (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)<br><br>White Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out 12 and gave up just three hits over 7 2/3 innings to defeat the Angels 3-0.
Milwaukee Brewers (17-25)
Milwaukee Brewers (17-25)
Milwaukee entered the weekend with a 4-12 record versus left-handed pitching. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)<br><br>The Milwaukee Brewers activated pitcher Francisco Rodriguez after spending four weeks in the minor league getting ready to join the major league team.
New York Mets (17-24)
New York Mets (17-24)
Ike Davis' poor start continues. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)<br><br>The New York Mets earned their first series win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field since 2007.
Houston Astros (12-32)
Houston Astros (12-32)
Chris Carter is embracing his destiny as a three-true outcomes player. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)<br><br>The Houston Astros named Nolan Ryan's son Reid Ryan as President of Business Operations earlier this week.
Miami Marlins (12-32)
Miami Marlins (12-32)
Nothing like a prolonged losing streak to retake the bottom spot. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)<br><br>Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco struck out 11 batters in eight innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks
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