This week's Diamond Digits looks at a speedy rookie and his impact on the playoff race, a first-ballot Hall of Famer reaching the pinnacle of his position and a hitter who hasn't been as advertised, yet still has gained a lofty honor, reserved solely for his countrymen.
Texas took over the AL Wild Card lead from Boston partly by running wild on the base-paths in a pivotal second game of the three-game series. Rookie outfielder
This game also marked the second time this season that Boston catcher
Jeter's base put him past longtime White Sox and Orioles Hall of Famer
The former Japanese All Star had 1,433 safeties in his native country, and now has 567 for the Mets, Rockies and Astros. He became the fifth player from Japan to reach 2,000 hits and 400 stolen bases, joining
With the trade deadline behind him, Gonzalez, who entered last week batting just .251 following a six-week slump, got scorching hot. In 30 at-bats over six games, Gonzalez reached base via a hit 19 times. His .633/.645/1.100 averages each led everyone for the week and raised his season numbers back up to .279/410/.570. He also led the majors in runs scored (10) while falling one off the pace in home runs (three) and three behind the top in RBIs (eight). Unfortunately, even Gonzalez's tear couldn't produce many wins for the reeling Padres, who dropped four of the six games they played, including a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals.
I try not to make a habit of picking the recipient of worst stats title to a pitcher based simply on one start, but in