While the biggest news of this interleague week was the turnover in managers, there was some good news, especially for the Cubs who contribute a duo of dazzling digits to this week's edition.
Wins this year at Wrigley Field for Cubs starter
Consecutive home games won within the Friendly Confines by those same Cubs, the most for the storied franchise since
This week three managers:
Just when his team needed him most as an ace with the foot injury to ace
Proving that baseball is a game of averages, Varitek, the first ever Diamond Digits best player of the week, is now saddled with the dubious distinction of having the worst stats for last week. The Red Sox captain went hitless in 19 at bats, reached base just twice on walks and saw his batting average drop from .254 to .230.
It was a big week for Buscher, called up to take regular reps at third base in place of struggling veteran Mike Lamb. Buscher batted .389 in 18 at bats and was productive in doing so, driving in a major league rookie high eight runs for the week (spread out over four games in which he drove in two runs each). This is Buscher's second season manning third in Minnesota, after spending parts of July, August and all of September in Minneapolis last year when he hit .244 with a pair of bombs and 10 RBIs. He's not a power hitter by any means (32 home runs in more than 1,500 minor league at bats) but sprays the ball around enough to give the Twins offensive production they've lacked at third base since the departure of Corie Koskie in 2004.