|Monday 5/13/1986: Milwaukee's Lynn wins Player of the Week award|
The AMERICAN LEAGUE's best player of the week was Milwaukee's Fred Lynn, who wins the award for the 4th time in his career. Lynn helped his team with an average of .478 and 5 RBI in 23 at bats. This year Lynn drove in 19 and scored 27 runs while batting .317 with 6 longballs. Robin Yount from Cincinnati wins his 7th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the NATIONAL LEAGUE. Robin was on fire, hitting .419 with 4 HR and 9 RBI. Robin has gone 50 for 147 (.340) this season, hitting 11 taters and driving in 33 runs. He has scored 30 runs on his own. He's 10th in the NATIONAL LEAGUE in batting, 4th in homeruns and 3rd in RBI!
|Friday 5/10/1986: Juan Berenguer out for full season|
MINNESOTA - Minnesota's right-hander Juan Berenguer will not pitch again this year, suffering a serious injury in the game against Detroit on Friday. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Ruptured Disc Back. Surgery will be performed next week. This season Berenguer compiled an ERA of 4.20, going 3-0 in 8 starts. He fanned 38 while giving up 41 hits in 45 innings.
|Friday 5/10/1986: Chicago(A)'s Stanhouse out for 4-5 weeks|
CHICAGO(A) - Chicago(A)'s right-hander Don Stanhouse suffered a severe injury on Friday and will be out for at least 4-5 weeks. In the 2nd of the game against Baltimore he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to leave the game. After being taken to a local hospital, Stanhouse was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Bone Chips Shoulder. This season Stanhouse compiled an ERA of 4.38, going 1-2 in 7 starts. He fanned 27 while giving up 37 hits in 37 innings.
|Monday 5/6/1986: Leonard (NYY) and Sax (LA) win P.O.W. award|
Jeffrey Leonard from New York (A) wins his 2nd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the AMERICAN LEAGUE. He hit .524 with 8 RBI and slugged 1.095 in 21 at bats. This year Leonard drove in 21 and scored 16 runs while batting .260 with 3 homeruns. It's the 1st time that the NATIONAL LEAGUE Player of the Week award goes to Los Angeles' shortstop Steve Sax. He hit .526 with 4 RBI and slugged 1.053 in 19 at bats. Sax has hit for a .304 average this season. He has 14 extra base hits along with 54 total bases, resulting in a .482 slugging percentage.
|Thursday 5/2/1986: Terry Forster (SDP) will miss 7 weeks|
SAN DIEGO - San Diego's pitcher Terry Forster was part of a scary incident that saw the lefty being hit by a line drive in the 1st inning of the game between San Diego and San Francisco. Team trainers immediately rushed onto the field after the frightening scene. Forster will miss about 7 weeks. Doctors examined him after the game and diagnosed a Broken Finger which will require surgery. Opposing players hit .179 against Terry this season. While posting an ERA of 0.84 he went 3-0 in 6 starts, fanning 15 and walking 4 hitters.
|Wednesday 5/1/1986: Ken Dayley fires 2-hitter against Pittsburgh|
MONTREAL - Ken Dayley had an unexpectedly great performance against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, pitching a 2-hitter for his 1st shutout of the season. 'That was one of the best games of my career. I had my stuff working very well today.' Dayley (2-3) struck out 9 and walked 2, throwing 67 of 116 pitches for strikes. Rickey Henderson helped Dayley at the plate, he went 2 for 3. The final score of the game was 6-0.
|Wednesday 5/1/1986: Pitcher of the Month award winners announced|
The best month of April in the AMERICAN LEAGUE certainly had Chicago(A)'s lefty Randy Lerch, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He started 5 games in April, going 4-0 and compiling an ERA of 1.36 in 33 innings. Randy fanned 21 hitters. Randy also fired a shutout. Terry Forster couldn't have pitched much better than he did in April, and the NATIONAL LEAGUE thought so as well, naming the lefty Pitcher of the Month. He started 5 games in April, going 3-0 and compiling an ERA of 0.86 in 31.1 innings. Terry fanned 15 hitters.
|Wednesday 5/1/1986: Red hot Strawberry and Hayes win Batter of the Month award|
Darryl Strawberry of Toronto wins his 2nd Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the AMERICAN LEAGUE. Darryl was on fire, hitting .351 with 14 homeruns and 28 RBI. Von Hayes of Philadelphia wins his 2nd Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the NATIONAL LEAGUE. In 93 at bats he hit .398 with 11 HR and 32 RBI.
|Monday 4/29/1986: San Diego's Esasky wins Player of the Week award|
Thad Bosley wins his 2nd Player of the Week award. AMERICAN LEAGUE pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Bosley helped his team with an average of .481 and 13 RBI in 27 at bats. The NATIONAL LEAGUE's best player of the week was San Diego's Nick Esasky, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. Nick went 13 for 22 (.591), while hitting 4 HR and collecting 8 RBI. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 9 game hitting streak right now.
|Sunday 4/28/1986: Nick Esasky pounds three dingers|
ST. LOUIS - Hitting a homerun is fine, but hitting three of them in one game is something special. San Diego's third baseman Nick Esasky accomplished that feat in a 5-2 win over St. Louis. His 1st shot, off Ross Grimsley in the 4th inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in left field. A 389 foot drive to left field marked his 2nd bomb, a two-run homerun off Ross Grimsley in the 6th inning. His 3rd blast, a solo homerun off Bill Dawley in the 8th inning, landed an estimated 390 feet from home plate. Nick went 3 for 4, scoring three runs with 4 RBI. So far this season he is batting .429 with 9 homers and 19 RBI.
|Saturday 4/27/1986: Mike Mason (Cin) will miss 7 weeks|
CINCINNATI - When it rains, it pours. Cincinnati's lefty Mike Mason will not pitch for at least 7 weeks, handing the team a huge setback. He suffered a serious injury in a game against New York(N) where he left the field in the 2nd inning. Mason was rushed to an hospital near the ballpark, where doctors took x-rays. Those revealed the serious injury, Pulled Rotator Cuff Muscle. This season Mason compiled an ERA of 5.91, going 1-2 in 3 starts. He fanned 6 while giving up 14 hits in 10.2 innings.
|Monday 4/22/1986: Player of the Week honors go to Ready and Valenzuela|
Randy Ready from Cleveland wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the AMERICAN LEAGUE. Randy was on fire, hitting .379 with 4 HR and 12 RBI. While compiling an on base percentage of .387, Randy hit .333 and slugged .596. He has collected 15 runs batted in this year. Atlanta's pitcher Fernando Valenzuela had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the NATIONAL LEAGUE Player of the Week. He was in a zone all week, compiling an ERA of 0.00 while going 2-0. He hurled a shutout as well.
|Sunday 4/21/1986: Fernando Valenzuela fires 2-hitter against Cincinnati|
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati's offense is good, but Atlanta's Fernando Valenzuela was even better. The lefty fired his 1st shutout of the season, a 2-hitter. 'Pitching a great game is always a good thing. And it doesn't get much better than today.' Valenzuela (2-1) struck out 7 and walked none, throwing 64 of 102 pitches for strikes. Jim Rice provided Atlanta with the offense Valenzuela needed as he finished 1 for 4, hitting a homerun. Atlanta scored 2 runs on 4 hits.
|Saturday 4/20/1986: Jerry Mumphrey (SF) will miss 7-8 weeks|
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's players were scared when they had to watch Jerry Mumphrey suffer a serious injury when he dove for a ball in the game against St. Louis. He collapsed in pain and was helped off the field. Mumphrey will probaby miss 7-8 weeks. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Fractured Hip. Jerry is hitting .313 this year, with 20 hits in 64 at bats. He has driven in 12 runs, slugging .641.
|Wednesday 4/17/1986: Steve Farr out for full season|
CLEVELAND - Cleveland's right-hander Steve Farr experienced probably the worst case scenario for a pitcher, a season ending injury. After pitching in the 3rd inning of the game against Oakland, Farr complained about serious pain in his throwing arm. He had to leave the game. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Torn Bicep Muscle. Surgery will be performed next week. In 4 starts this year Steve struck out 25 batters in 20 innings of work. His ERA is 3.60, his record 2-0. He's 4th in the AMERICAN LEAGUE in wins!
|Tuesday 4/16/1986: Randy Ready clubs five hits in a game|
OAKLAND - Cleveland's second baseman Randy Ready once again displayed his tremendous ability to make contact with that little white ball. He tore up Oakland's pitching staff with a 5 hit performance on Tuesday. His 1st hit, off Jeff Robinson in the 2nd inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in right field. Number 4 in the 6th inning, a shot estimated at 391 feet, cleared the wall in left-center. He collected singles in the 3rd inning (one RBI) , in the 5th and in the 7th inning (two RBIs). Randy scored 2 runs, and he collected 7 RBI as well! This season has been a good one for him so far, as he has 15 hits in 39 at bats, resulting in a .385 batting average. Cleveland scored 13 runs on 21 hits.
|Tuesday 4/16/1986: Pat Zachry fires 1-hitter against Baltimore|
MILWAUKEE - Baltimore's hitters were dominated by Milwaukee's Pat Zachry. He gave up just one hit in recording his 1st shutout of the season. Zachry (1-0) struck out 1 and issued 2 BB, throwing 55 of 106 pitches for strikes. 'They took some ugly cuts at my breaking stuff, so I kept throwing it. Fortunately they were not able to adjust in time.' Fred Lynn provided Milwaukee with the offense Zachry needed as he finished 1 for 3, blasting a homerun. The final score of the game was 3-0.
|Monday 4/15/1986: Player of the Week honors go to Cooper and Hayes|
Cecil Cooper from Milwaukee wins his 7th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the AMERICAN LEAGUE. In 18 at bats he hit .611 with 1 HR and 12 RBI. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 8 game hitting streak right now. The NATIONAL LEAGUE Player of the Week award goes to Von Hayes, Philadelphia's starting centerfielder. Von pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .481 with 4 HR and 13 RBI while slugging 1.185. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
|Tuesday 4/9/1986: Pittsburgh's Mcgaffigan out for full season|
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh's right-hander Andy Mcgaffigan will not pitch again this year, suffering a serious injury in the game against Chicago (N) on Tuesday. Torn Rotator Cuff Muscle was the diagnosis after x-rays were taken in a nearby hospital. The message shocked teammates and team officials.
|Monday 4/8/1986: Morrison and Woods win Player of the Week award|
The AMERICAN LEAGUE's best player of the week was Kansas City's Jim Morrison, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. Jim was on fire, hitting .500 with 1 HR and 10 RBI. The Player of the Week award in the NATIONAL LEAGUE goes to Cincinnati's Al Woods this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .579 with 8 RBI and slugged .947 in 19 at bats. Al managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week.
|Tuesday 4/2/1986: Jeff Burroughs (CHI) will miss 9 weeks|
CHICAGO (N) - Chicago (N)'s players were scared when they had to watch Jeff Burroughs suffer a serious injury when he dove for a ball in the game against New York(N). He collapsed in pain and was helped off the field. Burroughs will probaby miss 9 weeks. Burroughs was rushed to an hospital near the ballpark, where doctors took x-rays. Those revealed the serious injury, Broken Wrist.