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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Bartolo Colon won his seventh game as the A's beat the Mariners 6-3.
Arizona Diamondbacks (41-34)
Arizona Diamondbacks (41-34)
Zeke Spruill is an interesting prospect who, in the past, drew Derek Lowe comparisons. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Jason Kubel hit a bases-loaded single off Reds closer Aroldis Chapman to give Arizona a walk-off win over Cincinnati, 4-3.
Detroit Tigers (42-32)
Detroit Tigers (42-32)
So much for Jose Valverde's second stint in Detroit. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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