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Batter Team (B) Inning Pitcher Team (P) Situation
Manny Ramirez (4) Red Sox 2nd Mike Mussina (4) Yankees 0 on, 0 out, 0-0
Manny Ramirez (5) Red Sox 3rd Mike Mussina (5) Yankees 1 on, 2 out, 2-0
Melky Cabrera (3) Yankees 9th Jonathan Papelbon (1) Red Sox 0 on, 2 out, 7-4
Miguel Tejada (3) Astros 4th Brett Myers (6) Phillies 0 on, 1 out, 0-4
Carlos Lee (4) Astros 9th Clay Condrey (1) Phillies 0 on, 0 out, 1-10
Chase Utley (4) Phillies 4th Brandon Backe (3) Astros 1 on, 0 out, 4-1
Ryan Howard (4) Phillies 6th Oscar Villarreal (5) Astros 0 on, 0 out, 6-1
Pat Burrell (6) Phillies 6th Oscar Villarreal (6) Astros 0 on, 0 out, 7-1
Chris Coste (2) Phillies 8th Jose Valverde (4) Astros 1 on, 2 out, 8-1
Prince Fielder (1) Brewers 10th Brad Thompson (1) Cardinals 1 on, 0 out, 3-3
Ryan Ludwick (4) Cardinals 2nd Manny Parra (1) Brewers 0 on, 0 out, 0-0
Joey Votto (2) Reds 6th Ted Lilly (4) Cubs 1 on, 1 out, 3-1
Ken Griffey Jr. (3) Reds 7th Jon Lieber (1) Cubs 2 on, 0 out, 5-2
Ryan Garko (2) Indians 5th Justin Verlander (4) Tigers 1 on, 1 out, 3-0
Travis Hafner (3) Indians 6th Zach Miner (2) Tigers 1 on, 0 out, 6-1
Carlos Quentin (3) White Sox 7th Jeremy Guthrie (4) Orioles 0 on, 0 out, 2-2
Carlos Quentin (4) White Sox 8th Dennis Sarfate (1) Orioles 0 on, 2 out, 4-2
Joe Crede (5) White Sox 7th Jeremy Guthrie (5) Orioles 0 on, 0 out, 3-2
Nick Markakis (3) Orioles 6th Gavin Floyd (2) White Sox 1 on, 2 out, 0-2
Chipper Jones (3) Braves 3rd Ricky Nolasco (3) Marlins 0 on, 1 out, 2-0
Chipper Jones (4) Braves 5th Ricky Nolasco (4) Marlins 0 on, 2 out, 3-0
Mark Teixeira (3) Braves 5th Ricky Nolasco (5) Marlins 0 on, 2 out, 4-0
Brian McCann (4) Braves 5th Ricky Nolasco (6) Marlins 0 on, 2 out, 5-0
Kelly Johnson (2) Braves 6th Lee Gardner (2) Marlins 1 on, 1 out, 6-0
Nick Johnson (2) Nationals 4th Nelson Figueroa (1) Mets 1 on, 1 out, 0-1
Eric Hinske (4) Rays 2nd Boof Bonser (2) Twins 0 on, 1 out, 1-0

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.


Milwaukee Brewers' Bill Hall and Philadelphia Phillies' Pat Burrell became the fourth and fifth players to hit 6 homers as of April 17th, joining Derrek Lee (Chicago Cubs), Mike Jacobs (Florida Marlins), and Carlos Pena (Tampa Bay Rays) for the lead in home runs  in the MLB. Mark Reynolds (Arizona Diamondbacks), Justin Upton (Arizona Diamondbacks), Raul Ibanez (Seattle Mariners), and Chris Young (Arizona Diamondbacks) are still stuck with 5 homers, but Manny Ramirez (Boston Red Sox), who hit two home runs on the 17th, and Joe Crede (Chicago White Sox) became 9th and 10th players to hit 5 home runs this season. *10 players now have 5+ home runs: 7 are from the National League, and 3 are from the American League.

Brett Myers (Philadelphia Phillies) surrendered his 6th homer on the 17th, tying Jeff Francis (Colorado Rockies) and Scott Baker (Minnesota Twins) for first place for the player with the most home runs surrendered. Oscar Villarreal (Arizona Diamondbacks) surrendered his 5th AND 6th home runs, making him the first relief pitcher to surrender 5 (and 6) jacks. He is also the first reliever to lead the MLB in home runs surrendered since Huston Street of the Oakland Athletics in the first game of the season in Japan against the Boston Red Sox. And if you thought that was bad, check this out: Ricky Nolasco (Florida Marlins) surrendered 4 homers, tying the players mentioned above for the lead in this "prestigious" category (""s = sarcasm).

Mike Mussina (New York Yankees) and Jeremy Guthrie (Baltimore Orioles) surrendered their 5th home runs on the 17th as well, tying Bronson Arroyo (Cincinnati Reds), Roy Oswalt (Houston Astros) Jason Bergmann (Washington Nationals), Todd Wellemeyer (St. Louis Cardinals) Andy Sonnanstine (Tampa Bay Rays), Jason Jennings (Texas Rangers), and C.C. Sabathia (Cleveland Indians) for second place (or third place, depending on how you look at it) in this category with 5. *14 pitchers have surrendered 5 or more homers: 6 are from the American League and 8 are from the National League.

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 16, 2008)

And the Homer of the Day of April 16, 2008, belongs to...

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Edgar Renteria (4 votes)!

The Detroit Tigers defeated the Cleveland Indians in a blowout 13-2. However, there's usually that one player that helps his team boost their confidence in order to score more runs and to never look back at their opponents. It was an all around perfect game for the Tigers, as they were able to get great pitching by rookie Armando Galarraga, as well as great offense and defense by the starting lineup. C.C. Sabathia, who has really been slumping since the beginning of the season, gave away that home run that put the Tigers on top 9-1, giving up a towering, 400 foot grand slam to Edgar Renteria; that grand slam was C.C.'s last pitch of the game, as it should be.

Could this cause a dramatic change for the Tigers? Could this cause a dramatic change for the Indians? I know it's early on in the season, but games like these matter as much as they do in September. We'll find out how well they do by the end of the regular season. Congrats to Renteria for winning his first "Homer of the Day".

Others who received votes:
Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays (1 vote)
Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees (1 vote)

On Another Matter:

I'd like some sort of a logo for the "Homer of the Day". Since I'm not great with pictures and stuff like that, I'm going to have to ask AGM for help. If it's all right with one of you guys, I'd like to have a logo. What would I like on the picture? Well, whatever you want, as long as it says "Homer of the Day" on there somewhere. Thanks a lot in advance.

Also, what do you guys think if I put the players in alphabetical order? What about inning by inning? Or do you guys like it just the way it is? I'd appreciate it if you guys could give me feedback on what I should do.

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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