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Batter Team (B) Inning Pitcher Team (P) Situation
Chad Moeller (1) Yankees 7th Daniel Cabrera (5) Orioles 0 on, 0 out, 1-8
Nate McLouth (3) Pirates 8th Carlos Marmol (1) Cubs 0 on, 0 out, 1-3
Hank Blalock (3) Rangers 6th Daisuke Matsuzaka (3) Red Sox 1 on, 1 out, 1-9
David Ortiz (2) Red Sox 3rd Luis Mendoza (1) Rangers 3 on, 2 out, 0-1
Dustin Pedroia (1) Red Sox 4th Josh Rupe (1) Rangers 1 on, 1 out, 7-1
Chase Utley (5) Phillies 7th Johan Santana (5) Mets 0 on, 0 out, 0-2
Greg Dobbs (1) Phillies 8th Aaron Heilman (3) Mets 2 on, 0 out, 1-5
Edgar Renteria (2) Tigers 7th Scott Downs (1) Blue Jays 1 on, 1 out, 5-4
Rod Barajas (1) Blue Jays 2nd Kenny Rogers (2) Tigers 0 on, 1 out, 0-1
Jim Thome (4) White Sox 3rd Jeff Niemann (2) Rays 2 on, 1 out, 0-0
Paul Konerko (3) White Sox 3rd Jeff Niemann (3) Rays 0 on, 1 out, 3-0
Bill Hall (6) Brewers 3rd Bronson Arroyo (6) Reds 1 on, 2 out, 2-0
Josh Willingham (4) Marlins 6th Tim Redding (3) Nationals 1 on, 2 out, 2-3
Chipper Jones (5) Braves 5th Derek Lowe (1) Dodgers 2 on, 0 out, 2-0
Chipper Jones (6) Braves 7th Chan-Ho Park (2) Dodgers 0 on, 0 out, 5-1
Garrett Atkins (2) Rockies 8th Wesley Wright (1) Astros 1 on, 2 out, 9-4
Casey Blake (1) Indians 7th Juan Rincon (2) Twins 0 on, 0 out, 3-0
Albert Pujols (4) Cardinals 3rd Matt Cain (2) Giants 1 on, 0 out, 1-1
Chris Duncan (2) Cardinals 4th Matt Cain (3) Giants 2 on, 2 out, 5-1
Conor Jackson (3) Diamondbacks 2nd Greg Maddux (4) Padres 0 on, 1 out, 6-0
Bobby Crosby (2) Athletics 8th Hideo Nomo (3) Royals 2 on, 2 out, 10-2
Richie Sexson (3) Mariners 2nd Joe Saunders (2) Angels 0 on, 1 out, 0-3
Richie Sexson (4) Mariners 7th Joe Saunders (3) Angels 2 on, 1 out, 1-5
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Richie Sexson hit 2 homers on April 18th, and collected all 4 RBI's in Seattle's 5-4 loss to the Angels.

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.


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Chipper Jones has really been tearing it up since April 17th.

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones hit his fith and sixth home runs on the 18th, making him the sixth player to hit 6 homers. He is red hot now, hitting four home runs in two games (two in each game). He has now joined Derrek Lee (Chicago Cubs), Mike Jacobs (Florida Marlins), Carlos Pena (Tampa Bay Rays), Bill Hall (Milwaukee Brewers), and Pat Burrell (Philadelphia Phillies) for the lead in home runs in the MLB.

  • Out of the 6 players who have hit 6 homers, Carlos Pena is the only one who is in the American League.
  • Pena was the also the first player to hit 6 home runs this season. It has been six days since then, and no American Leaguer has been able to join him.

After 13 day home run drought, Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies connected on a pitch for his fourth home run of the season. On the 18th, Utley hit another dinger for his fifth of the season, joining Mark Reynolds (Arizona Diamondbacks), Justin Upton (Arizona Diamondbacks), Raul Ibanez (Seattle Mariners), Chris Young (Arizona Diamondbacks), Manny Ramirez (Boston Red Sox), and Joe Crede (Chicago White Sox) as the players who have 5 homers (as of April 18th).

  • 7 players now have 5 home runs: 4 are from the National League, and 3 are from the American League.

Bronson Arroyo (Cincinnati Reds) is the newest pitcher added to the "6 home runs surrendered" club, joining Jeff Francis (Colorado Rockies) Scott Baker (Minnesota Twins), Brett Myers (Philadelphia Phillies), Oscar Villarreal (Arizona Diamondbacks), and Ricky Nolasco (Florida Marlins) as the players with the most home runs surrendered so far in the '08 season.

  • Out of the 6 pitchers who have surrendered 6 home runs, Scott Baker is the only American Leaguer out of the bunch.

Guess who gave up that home run to Chase Utley: New York Mets offseason addition Johan Santana. And you know what? It was his fifth home run given up of the season. After giving up 33 last season (3rd in the MLB, and 4 more than anyone in the American League) is starting to disappoint baseball fans with the amount of home runs he's giving up. He is now a home run away from first place in the "HRs surrendered" category, and is currently tied with Roy Oswalt (Houston Astros) Jason Bergmann (Washington Nationals), Todd Wellemeyer (St. Louis Cardinals) Andy Sonnanstine (Tampa Bay Rays), Jason Jennings (Texas Rangers), C.C. Sabathia (Cleveland Indians), Mike Mussina (New York Yankees), and Jeremy Guthrie (Baltimore Orioles) for second place (or sixth place, depending on how you look at it) in this category with 5. Daniel Cabrera gave up his 5th home run on the 18th as well, I just wanted to make the Johan Santana surrendered home run a bigger deal for a number of reasons.

  • 10 pitchers have surrendered 5 homers: 6 are from the American League and 4 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 17, 2008)

And the Homer of the Day of April 17, 2008, belongs to...

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Prince Fielder (5 votes)!

Boy, did Prince Fielder break out at the right time. After 14 games without having a single homer, he finally connected at the right time, as he eventually hit a homer in the top of the 10th inning, as he won the game for the Milwaukee Brewers in extra innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3.

After hitting the homer, he broke through at the top of the dugout steps after Fielder rounded the bases. He did a little dance as teammates waited to deliver high-fives.

"I couldn't hold it," Fielder said. "I was trying to act tough. I couldn't hold it. It's like Little League."

Fielder, who led the National League with 50 homers last season but wasn't able to drive a ball over an outfield wall in his first 53 at-bats in 2008, finally came through in the top of the 10th inning, as he sent a two-run shot to the right-field seats. Fielder was also credited for tying the ballgame with a blooper to left field that Skip Schumaker dove for, but couldn't grab. The Brew Crew was down 3-0 in the top of the eighth, but they were able to score 3 runs in that frame, giving manager Ned Yost a sigh of relief.

The joy and relief of homer #1 is out of the way now. Let's see if Fielder can hit some more home runs during the course of these next 147 games.

Others who received votes:
Pat Burrell of the Philadelphia Phillies (1 vote)
Manny Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox (1 vote)

On Another Matter:

I would like some to take this time to thank Trizz for creating the amazing "Homer of the Day" logo above. Thanks so much. I'm truly grateful.

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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