One week into the 2009 baseball season, arms -- both good and bad -- a rookie and two sophomores take center stage in the first regular season installment of Diamond Digits.
Harang shut down the Pirates, allowing just three hits while walking none and striking out nine en route to his sixth career shutout. Against the Astros, Lohse also allowed just three hits and also avoided walking a batter in his fifth career blanking. Coincidentally, Lohse's last shutout came as Harang's teammate in 2007, when he also shut out the Pirates, 4-0, on May 28. Last season, two pitchers notched shutouts on the same day only three times, and it's almost unheard of for the feat to occur this early in the season. In fact, it's been 17 years since two pitchers threw shutouts on the same day during the first week of the season, though during that first stretch of the 1992 season it happened twice. Atlanta's
The Nats' promising pitching went south in three road loses to the Marlins and three to the Braves. The rotation's top two starters,
Braves rookie center fielder
The 2008 AL Rookie of the Year came out of the gates looking like he's got his sights set on the 2009 AL MVP award. Longoria went wild last week, batting .481 (13-for-27), with a major-league leading five home runs, 1.185 slugging percentage, 10 RBIs and five runs scored in six games. Longoria wasn't the only player who got off to a blazing hot start, however. Toronto's
The Pirates have to be concerned that LaRoche, who batted a paltry .166 last year, has gotten off to an 0-for-14 start and committed three errors. His starting spot is hanging by a thread, which earns him this weekly dishonor over Texas'