Monday, April 30, 2012

Dirtbags in the Majors: (April 23-29)

Danny Espinosa - Washington Nationals #8 2B
- Second Baseman Danny Espinosa finished sixth in the Rookie of the Year voting, playing 158 games and hitting 21 home runs
- 2012 Update: Espinosa opens the year as the starting 2B for the Washington Nationals

Marco Estrada - Milwaukee Brewers #41 RHP
- Marco Estrada returns to the Milwaukee Brewers rotation in his fourth season in the majors
- 2012 Update: Has pitched out of the bullpen and spot started for the Brewers, currently holds a 3.71 ERA on the season

Jason Giambi - Colorado Rockies #23 1B
- Jason Giambi, who at 41 years-old extends his own record with the longest Major League career for a former Dirtbag, entering his 18th season of service.
- The 2001 AL MVP is a five-time All-Star and hit .260 with 13 home runs last season for the Rockies
- 2012 Update: Pinch hitter and veteran presence on Rockies bench

Evan Longoria - Tampa Bay Rays #3 3B
- 2012 Update: Longoria had a 4 RBI night. Including a 3-run HR April 27 vs. Texas.
- Batting .319 with four home runs and 18 RBI through the first 20 games of the season

Bryan Shaw - Arizona Diamondbacks #39 RHP
- Bryan Shaw made 33 appearances out of the bullpen for the Arizona Diamondbacks, compiling a 2.54 ERA with 24 strikeouts
- 2012 Update: Shaw picked up his second save of the year Sunday, getting the final four outs of the game, one of them coming on a strikeout. (Sun Apr 15)

Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies #2 SS
- 2012 Update: Tulo has hit safely in six of his last seven games with two home runs and four RBI
- Tulowitzki went 2-for-6 with a home run, two runs scored and one RBI during Friday's win over the Mets. (Fri Apr 27)

Jason Vargas - Seattle Mariners #38 SP (Starting Pitcher)
- 2012 Update: Vargas started the second official game of the 2012 season, throwing 6.1 innings for Seattle as the Mariners faced Oakland in Japan in a two-game series
- Vargas took the loss despite a quality start Sunday, April 29 allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over six innings, striking out four.
- 3-0, 3.38 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 27 strikeouts

Jered Weaver - Los Angeles Angels #36 (Starting Pitcher)
- 2012 Update: Weaver tossed six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and walking four while striking out eight, but was left with a no-decision against Cleveland Friday night. (Fri Apr 27)
- 3-0, 2.02 ERA, .95 WHIP, 36 strikeouts

Vance Worley - Philadelphia Phillies #49 (Starting Pitcher)
- 2012 Update: Currently he holds a 2.16 ERA and a 2-1 record, he earned his second win with another quality start allowing just one run over six innings Tuesday against Arizona (April 24)

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