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Home Runs of April 14, 2008

Batter Team (B) Inning Pitcher Team (P) Situation
Kevin Youkilis (1) Red Sox 8th Rafael Betancourt (2) Indians 0 on, 0 out, 2-4
Manny Ramirez (3) Red Sox 9th Joe Borowski (2) Indians 1 on, 2 out, 4-4
Ivan Rodriguez (1) Tigers 7th Matt Guerrier (1) Twins 0 on, 0 out, 4-9
Alexis Rios (1) Blue Jays 9th George Sherrill (1) Orioles 1 on, 1 out, 1-4
Kevin Millar (2) Orioles 5th Dustin McGowan (1) Blue Jays 1 on, 2 out, 1-1
Johnny Damon (1) Yankees 1st Andy Sonnanstine (3) Rays 0 on, 0 out, 0-0
Alex Rodriguez (3) Yankees 1st Andy Sonnanstine (4) Rays 0 on, 2 out, 1-0
Morgan Ensberg (1) Yankees 2nd Andy Sonnanstine (5) Rays 0 on, 0 out, 2-0
Robinson Cano (1) Yankees 8th Al Reyes (1) Rays 0 on, 1 out, 7-7
Carl Crawford (1) Rays 7th Billy Traber (1) Yankees 1 on, 1 out, 2-7
B.J. Upton (2) Rays 7th Brian Bruney (1) Yankees 1 on, 1 out, 4-7
Evan Longoria (1) Rays 7th Brian Bruney (2) Yankees 0 on, 1 out, 6-7
Mike Napoli (4) Angels 2nd Jason Jennings (5) Rangers 0 on, 0 out, 2-3
Hank Blalock (2) Rangers 1st Ervin Santana (1) Angels 1 on, 2 out, 1-2
Billy Butler (1) Royals 2nd Jarrod Washburn (2) Mariners 0 on, 0 out, 0-0
Miguel Olivo (1) Royals 2nd Jarrod Washburn (3) Mariners 1 on, 1 out, 1-0
Jose Bautista (1) Pirates 2nd Hiroki Kuroda (2) Dodgers 1 on, 2 out, 0-0
Nate McLouth (2) Pirates 9th Takashi Saito (1) Dodgers 2 on, 2 out, 3-4
Conor Jackson (1) Diamondbacks 1st Jonathan Sanchez (2) Giants 1 on, 2 out, 0-0

For the people who have not been introduced to the "Home Runs of the Day" yet, let me just clarify a couple of things: * The "situation part" (the part that states the score) is the score after the home run is it. ** And, on a second note, the first part of the score is the score of the home run hitter's team. The second number represents the opponent's team.

Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays still leads the Majors in home runs (6). Mark Reynolds (Arizona Diamondbacks), Mike Jacobs (Florida Marlins), Justin Upton (Arizona Diamondbacks), Raul Ibanez (Seattle Mariners), and Bill Hall (Milwaukee Brewers) are all tied for second place with 5 homers; no one hit their 6th homer yesterday.

Jeff Francis of the Colorado Rockies is still in the lead for the most home runs surrendered so far this season with 6. Bronson Arroyo (Cincinnati Reds), Brett Myers (Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Oswalt (Houston Astros) Jason Bergmann (Washington Nationals), and Todd Wellemeyer (St. Louis Cardinals) are all tied for second place with 5, along with Andy Sonnanstine (Tampa Bay Rays) and Jason Jennings (Texas Rangers), who surrendered their 5th home runs on the 14th to be added to the pitchers in 2nd place for the most home runs surrendered.

Remember, you can always have the privilage to cast a vote for the "Homer of the Day" in the comments section down below. Feel free to discuss who should win today or who should've won yesterday.

Homer of the Day (April 14, 2008)

You don't have to wait anymore. The voting has closed, and I am about to tell you all of the winners of the "Homer of the Day" from April 13 - April 21.

And the Homer of the Day of April 14, 2008, belongs to...

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Rickie Weeks! (3 votes)

There was one key problem about the Brewers going in two weeks into the season: many players were slumping. It was time that at least one of the players got out of that little slump they had. Other than Gabe Kapler and Jason Kendall, the Brewers do not have one player in their starting lineup batting over .244, which is why people find it surprising that they had a decent start of the season at 7-4. The Mets were leading 6-2 by the end of the 3rd inning, but the Brewers battled back, eventually tying the game at 6, in what had appeared to be a game where the Mets would walk away with the victory. With the score still tied at 6-6, Rickie Weeks was up to start off the top of the 6th. Jorge Sosa was on the mound trying to keep the Brewers at 6. With 2 straight fastballs for balls, Weeks knew that he was going to get the next one over the plate because he was behind in the count. He was right, as drove Sosa's next (90 mile per hour) fastball over the left field wall to make the score 7-6. They kept the lead for the rest of the game, and ended up winning the game thanks to Weeks and Kapler's 3 combined runs in the 6th and 7th innings. After Weeks' homer, a few wild pitches put Gabe Kapler on third base, and he eventually scored off of a Corey Hart single. The last run scored after a missed catch by Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado to put Weeks on base; he eventually stole second base, and Kapler drove him in with a double. Eric Gagne actually got the save and the Brewers won the game, 9-7.

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Gabe Kapler slides in safely past Mets' catcher Brian Schneider.


The others who received votes were:
Joe Crede of the Chicago White Sox (1)
Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves (1)
Gabe Kapler of the Milwaukee Brewers (1)
Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox (1)
B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays (1)

Sorry guys, for the late article. Thanks for your patience. I'll be sure to catch up. It's my weekend, and I'm free, so... you'll be sure that I'll be working for the next couple of days.


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