Outside the Bronx: MLB Notebook – May 18, 2012

Outside the Bronx is a weekly bullet-point style notebook covering each MLB team outside of Yankee Stadium. Each team’s record is in parenthesis prior to today’s games.

Yes, there is baseball outside of the Bronx!

AL East

Baltimore Orioles (25-14) – The rest of the AL East needs to take this team seriously!

Boston Red Sox (18-20) – Josh Beckett bounces back; Red Sox for all their troubles only 6.5 back.

Tampa Bay Rays (24-15) – Streaky team; won 6 in-a-row, then lost 5-of-6 followed by winning 4-of-5.

Toronto Blue Jays (21-18) - Sweep struggling Yankees by hitting six homers in two-game series.

AL Central

Chicago White Sox (18-21) – Chris Sale continues strong start; seven straight starts with three or fewer earned runs.

Cleveland Indians (22-16) – Healthy four game lead over the Tigers.

Detroit Tigers (18-20) – Hardly where we or Jim Leyland expected the Tigers to be this far into the season.

Kansas City Royals (15-22) – Royals are 12-8 since their 3-14 start; Felipe Paulino fantastic in last start (7 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 9 K)

Minnesota Twins (14-) – Justin Morneau homers with three RBIs in second game off DL.

AL West

Los Angeles Angels (17-22) – Albert Pujols showing signs of life, homering in back-to-back games.

Oakland A’s (20-19) – Hanging with Rangers, but need to put together win streak to make real noise.

Seattle Mariners (16-24) – Fall into last place after losing 8 of last 10.

Texas Rangers (24-19) – Something is wrong (not really) with Josh Hamilton…no homers in last five days.

NL East

Atlanta Braves (24-15) – In first place after Brandon Beachy’s first shutout of season.

Miami Marlins (20-18) – Ozzie Guillen sends last tweet.

New York Mets (21-17) – Best record in New York, subway series in June could mean something.

Philadelphia Phillies (20-19) – Above .500 after winning five straight. Only 4 games back.

Washington Nationals (23-15) – Bryce Harper tries to break bat with face.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs (15-23) – Kerry Wood to retire after next appearance.

Cincinnati Reds (19-18) – Putting pressure on defending World Champs.

Houston Astros (17-21) – Silver Boot series with Texas begins tonight with Wandy Rodriguez on the mound for ‘Stros.

Milwaukee Brewers (16-22) – John Axford is having a difficult year; 5.56 ERA and 1.94 WHIP.

Pittsburgh Pirates (18-20) – Andrew McCutchen finding power stroke, 5 homers in last 10 games.

St. Louis Cardinals (22-16) – Injuries are starting to mount, Jon Jay to DL, Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran & Kyle McClellan all next?

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks (17-22) – Much different team so far in 2012, than 2011.

Colorado Rockies (15-22) – Jorge De La Rosa makes four-inning appearance in second rehab start coming off Tommy John surgery.

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-13) – Matt Kemp hits the DL, time to see if Andre Ethier can carry the team.

San Diego Padres (14-25) – Released veteran Orlando Hudson, owe him about $6.25 million.

San Francisco Giants (19-19) – Bay Series kicks off tonight with Barry Zito facing former team.

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