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Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins: Stanton's homer off Jamie Moyer had the highest velocity ever recorded by ESPN's Home Run Tracker, which began...
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins: Stanton's homer off Jamie Moyer had the highest velocity ever recorded by ESPN's Home Run Tracker, which began in 2006: 122.4 mph.
Gaby Sanchez, Marlins: An All-Star last year, Sanchez was optioned to the minors when his average dropped to .197. Sanchez is hitting .219 his past 117 games since June 26, when he was hitting .301.
Ex-Mariner of the week
Travis Blackley, A's: Once a touted pitching prospect with the Mariners, Blackley has re-emerged in the majors after a five-year absence. He appeared in six games with the Mariners in 2004 before being traded to San Francisco in '07.
"He said, 'That's just the way I do things.' I said, you've got 10 home runs in the big leagues — what do you mean that's the way you do things?" — Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, unhappy with Juan Francisco's bat flip and slow trot.