Baseball Shots Of The Week – June 24, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals (47-29)
St. Louis Cardinals (47-29)
Only the Cardinals could get swept and remain at the top spot. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)<br><br>Chris Carpenter has been cleared to resume his throwing program, after a setback due to back tightness.
Texas Rangers (44-32)
Texas Rangers (44-32)
A sweep of the Cardinals propels the Rangers back to the second spot. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)<br><br>Ian Kinsler stole his fourth base of the season which tied him for the most in team history with 161.
Pittsburgh Pirates (46-30)
Pittsburgh Pirates (46-30)
Remember when Travis Snider was playing well? His seasonal OPS+ is now below his career mark. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)<br><br>Pedro Alvarez's performance at the plate this week earned him his third career National League Player of the Week Award.
Boston Red Sox (45-33)
Boston Red Sox (45-33)
David Ortiz just keeps hitting. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)<br><br>Andrew Bailey has lost his job as the Red Sox's closer, in his place Koji Uehara will now fill the closer roll.
Cincinnati Reds (45-32)
Cincinnati Reds (45-32)
Don't overlook Homer Bailey's season. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)<br><br>Zack Cozart ended his hitting streak at seven when he went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Pirates.
Atlanta Braves (44-33)
Atlanta Braves (44-33)
Andrelton Simmons' defense is still great. Yet his offense hasn't lived up to last season. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)<br><br>Brian McCann started Sunday's game off with a bang, hitting a grand slam in the first inning against the Brewers, and won the game 7-4.
Oakland Athletics (44-34)
Oakland Athletics (44-34)
Texas' recent rough patch combined with Oakland's good play has changed the look of the division. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)<br><br>Bartolo Colon won his seventh game as the A's beat the Mariners 6-3.
(Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
Arizona Diamondbacks (41-34)
Zeke Spruill is an interesting prospect who, in the past, drew Derek Lowe comparisons. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)<br><br>Jason Kubel hit a bases-loaded single off Reds closer Aroldis Chapman to give Arizona a walk-off win over Cincinnati, 4-3.
(Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers (42-32)
Detroit Tigers (42-32)
So much for Jose Valverde's second stint in Detroit. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)<br><br>Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run walk-off home run against the Red Sox to give the Tigers a 4-3 win.
Toronto Blue Jays (38-36)
Toronto Blue Jays (38-36)
Eleven wins in a row pushes Toronto way up the list. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)<br><br>On Monday the Blue Jays ended their 11-game losing streak with a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Baltimore Orioles (42-34)
Baltimore Orioles (42-34)
Chris Davis and Manny Machado have played fantastically. Don't lose sight of J.J. Hardy's offensive contributions, either. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)<br><br>The Orioles found some offense against Justin Verlander and scored five runs to beat the Tigers 5-2.
New York Yankees (38-31)
New York Yankees (38-31)
It's nearing July and Chris Stewart has a better offensive line than (the injured) Kevin Youkilis. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)<br><br>Alex Rodriguez took five simulated at-bat as he continues to make his way back from hip surgery.
Tampa Bay Rays (39-37)
Tampa Bay Rays (39-37)
The Rays should get David Price back within the next week and a half. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)<br><br>The Rays hit three consecutive home runs in the second inning beating the Blue Jays 4-1 and ending their 11-game winning streak.
San Francisco Giants (38-37)
San Francisco Giants (38-37)
Chad Gaudin has 50-plus innings and a better ERA than every Giants starter. It's a weird world. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)<br><br>Angel Pagan will undergo surgery on his left hamstring that could sideline him up to 12 weeks or if not the rest of the season.
Colorado Rockies (39-38)
Colorado Rockies (39-38)
Who had Roy Oswalt striking out 11 batters in a single game in 2013? (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)<br><br>The Rockies ended their five-game losing streak over the weekend by beating the Nationals, 7-1.
San Diego Padres (38-38)
San Diego Padres (38-38)
The Padres' injury woes are ridiculous at this point. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)<br><br>Carlos Quentin returned to the Padres' lineup, hitting fourth and playing left field for the first time in a week after recovering from a sore shoulder.
Kansas City Royals (35-38)
Kansas City Royals (35-38)
Mike Moustakas continues to have a horrible season. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)<br><br>The Royals' Jeremy Guthrie had a bad night against the White Sox, allowing six runs over 2 1/3 innings in a 9-1 loss.
Cleveland Indians (38-36)
Cleveland Indians (38-36)
Remember Mark Reynolds' hot start? (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)<br><br>Scott Kazmir struck out seven and allowed just one run in seven innings as the Indians beat the Twins, 5-1.
Washington Nationals (37-38)
Washington Nationals (37-38)
Anthony Rendon's good play raises questions about what the Nationals will do with Danny Espinosa. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)<br><br>The Nationals have lost one of their starting pitchers to the disabled list. Dan Haren will be on the 15-Day DL with a sore right shoulder.
Philadelphia Phillies (36-40)
Philadelphia Phillies (36-40)
Michael Young continues to provide the Phillies with average and on-base percentage. Just not much pop. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)<br><br>Chase Utley returned to the Phillies' lineup this week after about a month on the DL.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (33-42)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (33-42)
Jason Vargas has turned in the kind of season the Angels were hoping for when they acquired him. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)<br><br>Trailing 7-0, the Angels rallied against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners to beat the King 10-9.
Minnesota Twins (34-38)
Minnesota Twins (34-38)
Glen Perkins continues to roll. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)<br><br>The Twins hit four homers in the final game of the three-game series against the White Sox and earned their first series sweep this season.
Seattle Mariners (34-43)
Seattle Mariners (34-43)
Mike Morse hit eight home runs in April. He's hit three since. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)<br><br>The Mariners released catcher Kelly Shoppach this week to make room for Henry Blanco on the roster.
Los Angeles Dodgers (32-42)
Los Angeles Dodgers (32-42)
The Dodgers entered the weekend as the NL's least likely last-place team. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)<br><br>Matt Kemp made his first rehab assignment this week, but it didn't go well at the plate as he finished the night with four strikeouts.
Chicago White Sox (31-42)
Chicago White Sox (31-42)
For a moment it looked like the White Sox might get into the race. Now? Not so much. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)<br><br>Adam Dunn tied Billy Williams for 46th place on the MLB all-time home run list with 426.
Chicago Cubs (31-43)
Chicago Cubs (31-43)
The Cubs say they're open for business. They'll be one of the most intriguing sellers in the league. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)<br><br>Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs in 8 1/3 innings in the Cubs 4-2 win over the Cardinals.
Milwaukee Brewers (31-43)
Milwaukee Brewers (31-43)
Milwaukee should have some interesting bullpen pieces to move at the deadline. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)<br><br>Francisco Rodriguez earned his 300th career save when he closed out the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves.
New York Mets (30-42)
New York Mets (30-42)
Zack Wheeler's addition means two-fifths of the Mets' games are now watchable. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)<br><br> The Mets placed both Lucas Duda and Jon Niese on the 15-day disabled list this week. Niese tore his rotator cuff and Duda has a rib injury.
Houston Astros (29-48)
Houston Astros (29-48)
Jordan Lyles was having a real nice season before Sunday. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)<br><br>Astros placed right-fielder Trevor Crowe on the 15-day disabled list after he sprained his right shoulder running into the wall against the Brewers.
Miami Marlins (25-50)
Miami Marlins (25-50)
As the trade deadline nears keep an eye on Justin Ruggiano. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)<br><br>Marcell Ozuna busted out of his slump this week with two game winning hits against the San Francisco Giants on the road.
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