Baseball Shots Of The Week – June 17, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals (44-25)
St. Louis Cardinals (44-25)
It doesn't feel like St. Louis is going to lose the top spot anytime soon. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)<br><br>Adam Wainwright outdueled Matt Harvey, throwing seven scoreless innings in the Cardinals' 2-1 victory over the Mets.
Cincinnati Reds (42-28)
Cincinnati Reds (42-28)
The Reds' rotation has been very good. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)<br><br>The Reds placed right-hander Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day disabled list.
Boston Red Sox (42-29)
Boston Red Sox (42-29)
Jacoby Ellsbury is coming on strong.(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)<br><br>Jon Lester lost for the first time in 10 career starts at Camden Yards as the Red Sox dropped three of four games to the Orioles.
Atlanta Braves (41-28)
Atlanta Braves (41-28)
B.J. Upton has showed some signs in June of turning things around at the plate. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)<br><br>After allowing only three runs through 7 1/3 strong innings, Tim Hudson was unable to secure the win against the Padres and extend his winless streak to seven games.
Oakland Athletics (42-29)
Oakland Athletics (42-29)
Josh Donaldson keeps on hitting. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis /Getty Images)<br><br> The A's completed the series sweep against the Yankees after a walk in the 18th inning led to the winning run in the 3-2 win.
Pittsburgh Pirates (40-28)
Pittsburgh Pirates (40-28)
It seems like Gerrit Cole has been hyped for so long that it's surreal to see him in the majors. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)<br><br>Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer off Zack Greinke to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth and give the Pirates a 6-3 win over the Dodgers.
Texas Rangers (38-31)
Texas Rangers (38-31)
Neal Cotts' impressive comeback continues. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)<br><br>Yu Darvish struck out nine Blue Jays, but the Rangers were unable to muster any offense and lost 3-1 loss.
Baltimore Orioles (40-30)
Baltimore Orioles (40-30)
Nate McLouth is setting himself up for a multi-year deal this winter. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)<br><br>Brian Roberts might begin a rehab assignment next week in hopes of returning from the 60-day disabled list.
Detroit Tigers (38-29)
Detroit Tigers (38-29)
Drew Smyly has been fantastic out of the pen this year. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)<br><br>The Tigers placed pitcher Anibal Sanchez and catcher Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list.
New York Yankees (38-31)
New York Yankees (38-31)
Kevin Youkilis is looking like the player Boston dumped last season. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) <br><br>Youkilis is returning to the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season with a back ailment and Mark Teixeira could be joining him soon too.
Arizona Diamondbacks (37-32)
Arizona Diamondbacks (37-32)
Entering the weekend Paul Goldschmidt was tied for the team lead in stolen bases. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)<br><br>Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy dropped his appeal and will begin his 10-game suspension.
Colorado Rockies (37-33)
Colorado Rockies (37-33)
The Rockies entered the weekend leading the majors with five players in double-digit home runs. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)<br><br>Carlos Gonzalez hit three homers last week to earn National League Player of the Week honors.
Tampa Bay Rays (36-33)
Tampa Bay Rays (36-33)
The Rays should get a boost by getting back David Price in the coming weeks. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)<br><br>Rays placed Alex Cobb on the seven-day concussion disabled list, a day after he sustained a mild concussion when he was struck in the right ear by a line drive.
San Francisco Giants (35-33)
San Francisco Giants (35-33)
Chad Gaudin couldn't pitch well enough to hold onto a steady bullpen job in recent years. So far this season he's started two games and pitched very well in the process. Baseball is weird. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)<br><br>Ryan Vogelsong expects to remove two of the five pins holding his hand together which could accelerate his recovery.
Kansas City Royals (33-34)
Kansas City Royals (33-34)
James Shields and Ervin Santana continue to pitch well. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)<br><br>The Royals gave ups four home runs to the Rays in a 5-3 loss that snapped Kansas City's three-game win streak.
San Diego Padres (35-34)
San Diego Padres (35-34)
Since the start of June the Padres have lost three starters to the DL. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)<br><br>Kyle Blanks hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning and the Padres went on to beat the Diamondbacks, 4-1 and earn the team's sixth straight win.
Washington Nationals (34-34)
Washington Nationals (34-34)
Adam LaRoche has recovered from a bad start. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)<br><br>Bryce Harper met with the team medical director, and Harper was cleared to begin strengthening activities, such as walking and jogging.
Cleveland Indians (34-34)
Cleveland Indians (34-34)
Jason Giambi entered play on Friday with more home runs than singles. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)<br><br>Corey Kluber outdueled Stephen Strasburg, striking out eight over eight innings as the Indians beat the Nationals 2-0.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (30-39)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (30-39)
Imagine your reaction if you were told two years ago Mark Trumbo would top Albert Pujols in on-base percentage. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)<br><br>The Angels announced that Joe Blanton will start against the Mariners.
Toronto Blue Jays (32-36)
Toronto Blue Jays (32-36)
Toronto's issue isn't power: They entered the weekend leading the AL with four batters having 10-plus homers. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)<br><br>Brandon Morrow and Jose Reyes suited up for Toronto's Class A Dunedin Blue Jays as they begin their minor league rehab assignment.
Philadelphia Phillies (33-37)
Philadelphia Phillies (33-37)
Erik Kratz doesn't get a lot of hits, but when he does he usually hits the ball hard. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)<br><br>Phillies racked up 16 hits against the Twins and rallied to score two runs in the eighth to pick up a 3-2 win and snapping a five-game losing streak.
Seattle Mariners (27-38)
Seattle Mariners (27-38)
Mike Zunino is up, giving the Mariners an entirely new look behind the plate compared to their opening day situation. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)<br><br>The Mariners fell to the Oakland A's on Sunday, 10-2 and failed to earn their first series sweep of the season.
Minnesota Twins (30-36)
Minnesota Twins (30-36)
Joe Mauer remains really good at hitting. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)<br><br>Justin Morneau has just two homers in 57 games entering last week's game against the Phillies.
Chicago White Sox (28-38)
Chicago White Sox (28-38)
Chicago entered the weekend with one batter, regardless of plate appearance total, that had an OPS+ of 100 or better. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)<br><br>White Sox announced that they have signed 27 of their 40 selections from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Los Angeles Dodgers (29-39)
Los Angeles Dodgers (29-39)
Carl Crawford is still in the midst of a nice bounceback season. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)<br><br>Major League Baseball announced that the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks will open the 2014 season at Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney, Australia.
Chicago Cubs (28-39)
Chicago Cubs (28-39)
The Cubs keep adding arms with upside. Henry Rodriguez is the latest. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)<br><br>Cubs suspended 3B Ian Stewart for 10 games after he tweeted frustrations with the team and manager Dale Sveum.
Milwaukee Brewers (28-40)
Milwaukee Brewers (28-40)
Alfredo Figaro has started three games and has a 14:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in those games. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)<br><br>Yovani Gallardo threw six shutout innings against the Reds to win 6-0 and earn their first shutout win of the season.
Houston Astros (26-44)
Houston Astros (26-44)
Jason Castro continues to have a nice season. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)<br><br>Astros scored six runs in the ninth to beat the Mariners 6-1 and avoid the series sweep and end their six-game losing streak.
New York Mets (25-39)
New York Mets (25-39)
Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda could be interesting trade chips if the Mets decide they're going all-out to add pieces for the future. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)<br><br>Mets' Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a three-run walk-off home run against the Cubs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win.
Miami Marlins (21-47)
Miami Marlins (21-47)
Here's something to consider: The Marlins might finish with a larger games deficit from first place than wins. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/Getty Images)<br><br>The Marlins received a good outing from Ricky Nolasco to secure their fourth series win of the year, beating the Cardinals 7-2.
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