Baseball Shots Of The Week – April 15, 2013

Atlanta Braves (11-1)
Atlanta Braves (11-1)
The best record in baseball and a sweep of the Nationals is enough for Atlanta to gain the top spot. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Braves have won 9 straight games to start the season and could extend that with their upcoming schedule.
San Francisco Giants (9-4)
San Francisco Giants (9-4)
Brandon Crawford continues to hit after a better-than-expected second half last season. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

The Giants completed the series sweep of the Rockies with a 10-0 win on Wednesday.
Washington Nationals (7-5)
Washington Nationals (7-5)
Mike Trout took round one. So far Bryce Harper is leading round two. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Ryan Zimmerman became the first player in Nationals history to play 1,000 games in the Nats uniform.
Oakland Athletics (9-4)
Oakland Athletics (9-4)
Oakland's nine-game winning streak propels them up the list. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)The A's earned their ninth straight win with a walk-off home run in the 12th inning over Tigers.
Arizona Diamondbacks (8-4)
Arizona Diamondbacks (8-4)
Through the early stages of the season Aaron Hill is rewarding Arizona's confidence in him. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

D-backs placed Jason Kubel on the 15-day DL with a strained left quad muscle and activated Cody Ross to take his place.
Los Angeles Dodgers (7-5)
Los Angeles Dodgers (7-5)
Losing Zack Greinke for eight weeks is a miserable break for the Dodgers. On the bright side: Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford are looking vintage. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ted Lilly will make another start in the Minors before coming up to the Majors. Lilly is rehabing from shoulder surgery.
Detroit Tigers (7-5)
Detroit Tigers (7-5)
Victor Martinez's return is not going as planned so far. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Prince Fielder earned AL Player of the Week honors for his four doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs over six games last week.
Texas Rangers (8-5)
Texas Rangers (8-5)
Expect Julio Borbon—a speedy outfielder—to be moved this week. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Rangers have decided to keep Derek Lowe in the bullpen and call up Justin Grimm to take the spot in the starting rotation.
Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images
St. Louis Cardinals (7-5)
The Cardinals' rotation is just rolling right now. Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller, and Jake Westbrook are leading the way. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

Adam Wainwright threw his second career shutout against the Brewers which extended the Cardinals pitching staff's string of scoreless innings to 32 innings.
Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images
Boston Red Sox (7-4)
Boston Red Sox (7-4)
Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester are off to hot starts and the Red Sox' bullpen looks good—even with a closer controversy brewing. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Clay Buchholz carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning of the Red Sox's 5-0 win over the Rays.
Cincinnati Reds (5-7)
Cincinnati Reds (5-7)
A rough week for the Reds, who followed up a series loss to the Cardinals with another to the Pirates. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Bronson Arroyo had a perfect game through five innings before it all fell apart, and the Cardinals rallied past the Reds, 5-1.
New York Yankees (6-5)
New York Yankees (6-5)
Remember how Robinson Cano wasn't hitting and the Yankees weren't winning during the first week? Scratch that. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Could this be a look into the future? Robinson Cano played shortstop for one inning in the team's loss to the Orioles.
Baltimore Orioles (6-6)
Baltimore Orioles (6-6)
It's nice seeing Nick Markakis healthy and productive. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Chris Davis and Manny Machado hit home runs as the Orioles rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to secure an 8-5 win over the Red Sox.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (4-8)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (4-8)
The biggest disappointment in the league thus far. It's not just that they were losing, but how they were losing. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Erick Aybar and Kevin Jepsen were added to the disabled list along with Jared Weaver this week.
Toronto Blue Jays (5-7)
Toronto Blue Jays (5-7)
Jose Reyes' injury is a big blow to a team that was off to a less-than-desired start. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Reyes received a second opinion and confirmed that he will likely be out at least 3 months.
Cleveland Indians (5-6)
Cleveland Indians (5-6)
Offseason additions Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, and Mark Reynolds are having a big early-season impact for Cleveland. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Mark Reynolds, hit a grand slam as the Indians beat the White Sox 9-4 on Saturday.
New York Mets (7-4)
New York Mets (7-4)
Matt Harvey could not complete a no-hitter, he did however reaffirm his status as one of the most exciting young pitchers in the game. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Mets used their fourth different leadoff hitter in five games, this tme putting Jordany Valdespin atop the lineup.
Kansas City Royals (7-5)
Kansas City Royals (7-5)
James Shields threw his first complete game of the season on Saturday night, and suffered the loss anyway. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Royals reached a four-game winning streak with a series sweep of the Twins.
Colorado Rockies (8-4)
Colorado Rockies (8-4)
Dexter Fowler has six home runs already—his career-high is 13. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

The Rockies will experience Opening Day twice as they will have a doubleheader against the Mets after Monday's game was postponed by snow.
Philadelphia Phillies (6-6)
Philadelphia Phillies (6-6)
Somehow Michael Young's hot start is flying under the radar. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Roy Halladay earned his 200th career win with 2-1 victory over the Marlins.
Seattle Mariners (6-8)
Seattle Mariners (6-8)
The Aaron Harang acquisition won't be a difference-maker but it will allow Seattle's bullpen a breather every fifth day. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Harang will make his first start for the Mariners against the Tigers on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay Rays (4-7)
Tampa Bay Rays (4-7)
Lost in Sunday's near no-hitter is the hot start from Desmond Jennings. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Matt Moore yielded just one hit over five-plus frames, as the Rays beat the Rangers 2-0.
Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6)
Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6)
Russell Martin is off to a horrible start. He entered Saturday's game 2-for-31 with one extra-base hit and four walks. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Pirates scored 10 runs in the 7th and 8th inning against the Reds to complete a early season sweep.
Chicago White Sox (5-7)
Chicago White Sox (5-7)
Gordon Beckham's injury is another tough break for the former first-round pick. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

White Sox ace Chris Sale gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Indians last week.
Minnesota Twins (4-7)
Minnesota Twins (4-7)
A five-game losing streak spoiled the Twins' 4-2 start. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Left-hand pitcher Scott Diamond rejoined the rotation after completing his rehab from elbow surgery in Florida.
Chicago Cubs (4-8)
Chicago Cubs (4-8)
The Cubs are on their third closing solution as we enter the third week of the season. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Steve Clevenger, was placed on the 60-day disabled list for a strained left oblique and is expected to miss at least six weeks.
Milwaukee Brewers (3-8)
Milwaukee Brewers (3-8)
It's hard for a team to win when its infield corners are manned by Yuniesky Betancourt and Alex Gonzalez most nights. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Aramis Ramirez remains a few weeks away from returning from a sprained left knee.
Houston Astros (4-8)
Houston Astros (4-8)
Bud Norris is having a strong start to the season. He could become trade bait at the deadline. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Astros hit five homers, and scored 16 runs in a rout against the Mariners.
San Diego Padres (2-10)
San Diego Padres (2-10)
The Padres will get a boost with Chase Headley returning to action this week. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Pitcher Casey Kelly, returned to San Diego, where he will continue his rehabilitation Tommy John surgery.
Miami Marlins (2-10)
Miami Marlins (2-10)
Jose Fernandez hasn't earned a decision, yet he's pitched well through his first two career starts. (Photo by Jason Arnold/Getty Images)

Juan Pierre is moving closer to his 600th career steal as he stole a base against the Braves giving him 592 for his career.
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