This summer, LongBeachState.com will be posting weekly updates for all LBSU alumni playing in Major League Baseball. Earning top player of the week recognition is Rockies short stop Troy Tulowitzki, who had a monster game against the Reds, going 5-5 from the plate.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, Washington Nationals
Danny Espinosa was placed on the 15-day Disabled List (DL) on June 6, with a right wrist fracture. Espinosa received a cortisone shot in his injured right wrist this week and is expected to resume baseball activities in four or five days. He has played in 44 games this year for the Nationals and is currently batting .158 with three home runs and 12 RBI.
Marco Estrada, P, Milwaukee Brewers
Marco Estrada fell to (4-4) on the season following a 10-2 defeat to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. Estrada left the game in the 5th inning with a strained left hamstring. After the game, Estrada was placed on the 15-day Disabled List (DL). Estrada has started 12 games for the Brewers this year with a 5.32 ERA.
Jason Giambi, 1B/DH, Cleveland Indians
Jason Giambi returned to the Bronx on Tuesday to face his former team, the New York Yankees. Giambi went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk in a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. On Friday, Giambi went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a 7-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers. On Saturday, Giambi pinch-hit in the ninth inning and flied out as the Indians fell to the Tigers, 4-1. For the season, Giambi is batting .193 with six home runs and 20 RBI.
Jared Hughes, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
Jared Hughes pitched one inning of relief, allowing only one hit in a 7-2 loss against the Atlanta Braves on Monday evening. Hughes also pitched an inning and two-thirds of relief on Wednesday, giving up two runs on two hits while recording one strikeout and one walk. Following the game on Wednesday, Hughes was placed on the 15-day Disabled List (DL) with right shoulder inflammation. He has appeared in 15 games this year for the Pirates as a reliever with a (1-2) record and 4.96 ERA.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
On Wednesday, Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 3-0 Rays victory over the Detroit Tigers. During a three game series with the Baltimore Orioles, Longoria led the Rays going 3-for-10, with two runs scored and an RBI. He also made several key plays in the field to help the Rays take two out of three games from Baltimore this week. For the season, Longoria is batting .306 and is tied for the team lead in home runs and RBI with 10 and 36 respectively.
Shane Peterson, 1B, Oakland Athletics
Shane Peterson recorded his first Major League hit and RBI this year going 1-for-3 in a 7-5 A's victory over the Houston Astros. Peterson only appeared in two games for the A's, and has been reassigned to their Triple-A affiliate the Sacramento River Cats.
Cesar Ramos, P, Tampa Bay Rays
Cesar Ramos appeared in two games this week for the Rays. Ramos pitched two innings of relief in a 10-1 loss at Detroit. He allowed one hit, one walk and struck out two batters. On Sunday, Ramos pitched four innings of relief in a 10-7 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He allowed one run, four hits, and struck out four batters. The left handed hurler has appeared in 22 games for the Rays this season notching an (1-1) record with one save and 3.95 ERA.
Bryan Shaw, P, Cleveland Indians
Bryan Shaw made three relief appearances this week against the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, and Detroit Tigers. Last Sunday, in an 11-3 loss to Tampa, Shaw pitched a clean top of the 7th inning for the Indians. On Tuesday, Shaw pitched a third of an inning walking two batters in a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. He closed out the week by pitching an inning and a third at Detroit, allowing one run, one hit and striking out one batter. Shaw has appeared in 25 games for the Indians this year with a (0-0) record and 3.41 ERA.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki went 5-for-5, with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBI in a 12-4 Rockies win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Tulowitzki followed up that performance going 3-for-4, with two runs scored and a RBI in a 10-9 Rockies victory over the San Diego Padres. For the week Tulowitzki was 12-for-25 (.480), with eight runs scored, four home runs and eight RBI. Tulowitzki is currently second in the National League with a .351 batting average. To date, he has collected 74 hits, scored 40 runs, hit 16 home runs, and has 51 RBI.
Jason Vargas, P, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
On Wednesday, Jason Vargas was the starting pitcher for the Angels against the Chicago Cubs. Vargas pitched five innings, allowing five runs and 11 hits while walking one and striking out four. Vargas recorded a no-decision in the Angels 8-6 defeat to the Cubs. Vargas has started 12 games for the Angels this year and has a (5-3) record with 3.71 ERA. He has pitched two complete games including a complete game shut out earlier in the year in a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on May 3.
Jered Weaver, P, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
On Tuesday, Jered Weaver got a no-decision in the Angels 4-3 come from behind victory against the Chicago Cubs. Weaver pitched six quality innings of work, allowing only one earned run, giving up six hits and striking out five. Weaver has started four games for the Angels this season and is (1-1) with a 3.13 ERA.
Vance Worley, P, Minnesota Twins
Vance Worley started 10 games for the Minnesota Twins during the 2013 season with a (1-5) record and 7.21 ERA. Worley last appeared in the Major Leagues on May 22 in an 8-3 loss in Atlanta versus the Braves. Worley has been reassigned to the Twins Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings.
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