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Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria doubles during second inning baseball action in Miami, Friday, May 22, 2009 as he drove in one run against the Florida Marlins. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

"If you weren't around to see the 1962 Mets, here's a reminder."

—Dodgers announcer Vin Scully

Describing the play on Monday night when the Dodgers were playing the Mets, who made five errors that night. The reference, of course, is to the team that still holds the record with 120 losses.

131Runs batted in for Rays third baseman Evan Longoria in his first 162 games in the big leagues. It's a total that only Ryan Braun (134) and Albert Pujols (133) have beaten among active players.

Perfect prospect

Cleveland Indians prospect Jeanmar Gomez had been nearly perfect since being promoted to Double-A Akron.

On Thursday, he was.

Gomez pitched the first perfect game in franchise history, shutting down Trenton 3-0 in the Eastern League.

With his pitches breaking in every direction, the 21-year-old righty retired all 27 batters without much trouble and struck out eight. He is 4-0 with an 0.31 ERA since moving up from Class A earlier this season.

"It was a great experience," Gomez said through interpreter and pitching coach Ruben Niebla. "The ball hit by the last batter, I didn't see until I turned around and he had it in his glove. I've never experience this before. It's beautiful."

Left fielder Matt McBride made a diving catch on Kevin Smith's liner leading off the ninth inning.

"I was going to dive no matter what, even if it was 20 feet away," McBride said.

Missing Manny

How much difference can one bat make in a lineup?

Well, before Manny Ramirez was suspended, Andre Ethier was batting .317 with a .996 OPS. Since then, he's hitting .125 with a .319 OPS and 14 strikeouts in 11 games.

Coincidence? You make the call.

Birthday suit

There's no gentle way to say this. Free-spirited Orioles first baseman Aubrey Huff likes to take his clothes off.

"I like shock value," he explained. "I like messing with people. If I don't feel like doing an interview that day, I'll just get buck naked and most (reporters) won't come up to me."

—Combined wire reports


Despite changing the traditional separation of the American and National Leagues, interleague play's biggest success is pitting geographical rivals (Cubs-White Sox, Mets-Yankees, Dodgers-Angels, Cardinals-Royals) against each other.

But that's not how the first game was on June 12, 1997. Interleague play started with the AL's Texas Rangers hosting the NL's San Francisco Giants — not exactly natural rivals — in that first match-up.

The first five years of interleague play was limited to playing teams in a corresponding division (AL East vs. NL East, etc.). By 2002, MLB had worked out the kinks, creating a rotation among the different divisions. They also played all interleague games before the All-Star game.

The best interleague team: The New York Yankees at 123-87 have the best winning percentage (.586); the worst: Pittsburgh Pirates (.380).

Overall, the American League has had the better record in the last five seasons and has won eight of the 12 interleague seasons.

Source: mlb.com

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter (oblique) is expected to return from the DL today, but owners beware. Carp is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts this year but has made only six starts since 2006 due to Tommy John surgery and shoulder trouble, making him unreliable in your rotation. ... With Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado on the DL for an indefinite period of time, Gary Sheffield and Fernando Tatis figure to benefit the most. ... A rookie worth taking a peak at is the Orioles' Nolan Reimold, who hit .394 with nine homers and 27 RBIs in 31 games at Class AAA before being recalled last week.

—New York Times Service

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

Record: 29-14 Last Week: 1

Ethier just 6-52 since Manny susp.

2. Boston Red Sox

Record: 25-17 Last Week: 3

Oritz homered! Ortiz homered!

3. Milwaukee Brewers

Record: 26-16 Last Week: 4

Loss of 2B Weeks troublesome

4. Toronto Blue Jays

Record: 27-18 Last Week: 2

Swept by Red Sox

5. New York Yankees

Record: 24-18 Last Week: 17

9 straight Ws move bombers up

6. Detroit Tigers

Record: 24-16 Last Week: 11

Crushed A's and Rangers

7. St. Louis Cardinals

Record: 25-17 Last Week: 7

Return of Carpenter welcome sign

8. Philadelphia Phillies

Record: 23-17 Last Week: 14

4 days 4 HRs for Ibanez

9. Texas Rangers

Record: 24-17 Last Week: 6

Team needs Hamilton healthy

10. New York Mets

Record: 22-19 Last Week: 5

K-Rod back hurting

11. Tampa Bay Rays

Record: 22-22 Last Week: 18

+35 run diff. in spite of record

12. Anaheim Angels

Record: 22-19 Last Week: 10

Hunter leads team in RBIs and runs

13. Kansas City Royals

Record: 21-21 Last Week: 12

Just three wins in last 13 games

14. Chicago Cubs

Record: 21-19 Last Week: 8

One 4 top teams in NL Central

15. Atlanta Braves

Record: 21-20 Last Week: 16

Jurrjens 1.96 ERA is 4th in MLB

16. Cincinnati Reds

Record: 22-19 Last Week: 9

See No. 14

17. Pittsburgh Pirates

Record: 19-23 Last Week: 25

16 straight losing seasons

18. Minnesota Twins

Record: 20-23 Last Week: 15

Morneau's OPS: 1.068

19. San Francisco Giants

Record: 19-22 Last Week: 13

Dropped eight of last nine games

20. San Diego Padres

Record: 20-22 Last Week: 29

Wins the close ones

21. Florida Marlins

Record: 19-24 Last Week: 19

Injuries have plagued once hot start

22. Seattle Mariners

Record: 20-23 Last Week: 21

Struggling after hot start

23. Arizona D-backs

Record: 18-24 Last Week: 28

2 ppd. to start week led to 4-1 record

24. Cleveland Indians

Record: 16-27 Last Week: 24

Played only 18 games at home

25. Houston Astros

Record: 18-22 Last Week: 22

Pence continues to flourish

26. Colorado Rockies

Record: 16-25 Last Week: 26

Losing the close games

27. Chicago White Sox

Record: 18-23 Last Week: 20

20-1 loss to Twins worst ever for Sox

28. Baltimore Orioles

Record: 17-25 Last Week: 23

O's have won 2 straight vs. Nats

29. Oakland Athletics

Record: 15-24 Last Week: 27

When does Beane start dealing

30. Washington Nationals

Record: 12-29 Last Week: 30

Dead last in ERA (5.70)