This and every Monday morning, let's rise and shine together to review the weekend's top stories around the baseball-o-sphere. Roll Call starts in Dodger Stadium, where the visiting team gets handed an "L" just by showing up.
LA sets club record for best start at home
The formula is simple: Road team + Dodger Dogs = Defeat. It's happened every game so far at Dodger Stadium, where the home field advantage has never been greater. Not ever, in the past 125 years — no matter what they've been called* — have the Dodgers started this well at home.
Further, 10-0 is the best start for any team at home since Joe Torre's Braves did the same at Fulton County Stadium in 1983. The 1970 Cubs and 1918 Giants also went 10-0.
The Dodgers, who are off to their best start overall in 25 years, have wiped the floor with the Padres, Giants and Rockies. (At a combined 31-36 so far, they're not exactly playoff-caliber opponents.) The recent Padres series, a four-game sweep, included a super-intense 1-0 victory that started as a classic duel between Jake Peavy and Clayton Kershaw, plus a 2-1 victory that took 10 innings on Saturday.
Orlando Hudson, who hit for the cycle in the home opener, put the streak into perspective.
"It's great. I don't think I've ever done that," Hudson said. "It couldn't have happened to me in Toronto because we had to face Boston and New York so much, and I don’t think we did it in Arizona because we had to face the Dodgers a lot. So it definitely feels great."
*The Dodgers have been called a lot of different things. I'm not even talking about "Bums" or what Giants fans have called them. The team didn’t simply appear as the "Dodgers" when it was established in the 19th century. The club’s first season, it was known as the "Atlantics," which is agreeable when compared with some of its other monickers:
• Atlantics (1884) • Grays ('85-87) • Bridegrooms ('88-90) • Grooms ('91-95) • Bridegrooms ('96-98) • Superbas ('99-1910) • Dodgers ('11-13) • Robins ('14-31)
• Dodgers ('32-present)
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Zimmerman's hit streak reaches 21
Ryan Zimmerman has hit in 21 games in a row. Well, raise my rent! The Nats usually cloak themselves in nonsense — sometimes literally — but this is actually good news. Only 35 more to go to tie Joe DiMaggio's record, kid.
"When you have a 21-game hitting streak, you realize how unbelievable the record and all that stuff is," Zimmerman said. "I really don't worry about that kind of stuff. We are not even halfway there. [DiMaggio's streak] makes me realize how unbelievable that really is."
'Natinals' jersey fetches $8,000 at auction
Speaking of which, the sale of Adam Dunn's misspelled home jersey benefited Nationals charities Saturday. The unique piece of history was good for some laughs. Now it's good for the kids. But whatever happened to Zimmerman's "Natinals" whites?
Jays reliever has four victories already
Strange statistical anomaly seen up North, gang. Zack Greinke and Roy Halladay lead the AL in victories with five. Among those tied for second, with four victories, are Halladay's teammates Scott Richmond and Jason Frasor. Richmond is a 29-year-old rookie in the Jays starting rotation and Frasor's a reliever who has 10 appearances, covering 10 1/3 innings, and a save. That's wack-a-doo!
Two other middle men have accrued three victories so far. San Diego's Cla Meredith (who still can't save up enough for the "Y") and Oakland's Andew Bailey (who saved the lives of every man on that transport!) are victory vultures, too.
Greg Maddux, Ferguson Jenkins so honored
Have two better pitchers ever worn the same number and had it retired by the same team? No, but it's a trick question. Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra had been the only two players to share a retired number — No. 8 — until Maddux and Jenkins got their day at Wrigley Field on Sunday.
Zambrano injured beating out a bunt single
Carlos Zambrano loves the extra-curriculars, but sometimes falls behind in the core subject — pitching — because of them. He legged out a beautiful push bunt Sunday, sometimes pitchers rarely try let alone accomplish, and came up lame at first base. Lou Piniella, who also uses Zambrano as a pinch hitter because he's so skilled at it, got defensive about his ace at the plate.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Piniella was in no mood to criticize what some would consider a hazardous move for a pitcher. "My gosh, what are we supposed to do?" Piniella said. "He laid down a perfect bunt to start an inning. He hurts his hamstring. But what can you do? I don't know what else. "
Tampa's Crawford steals six bases
Carl Crawford went Willie Mays Hayes on the Red Sox, stealing six bases in the Rays victory. Crawford later said he was oblivious to the record he tied (also belonging to Eddie Collins, Otis Nixon and Eric Young).
"I found that out late. I wish I had known during the game," said Crawford, who picked up No. 6 in the eighth inning. "I probably would have broken it if I knew. I'd have definitely tried. I didn’t even try. I don't know if that will ever happen again."