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2012 Draft Prep: American League 5x5 auction

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A 12-team, AL-only Rotisserie league is about as deep as it gets in Fantasy, and as you might expect, the bidding behavior changes as a result.

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Not a single player reached the $40 threshold in this auction. In fact, the elite players all went for less than you'd generally see in a mixed league. Did we get it backward? Not really. In mixed leagues, you can afford to take a studs-and-duds approach -- shelling out $45 and $50 for the best of the best and filling out the rest of your roster with $1 and $2 sleepers -- because you know that if those sleepers don't pan out, you'll still find plenty of fallback options on the waiver wire.

But in a league this deep, there are no fallback options. What you draft is what you get, which means you're better off not taking so many chances. The more evenly you spread your money, the better you'll be able to survive whatever misfortunes come your way over the 162-game grind.

As usual, the dollar values here don't necessarily match up with the rankings. Timing and shortages (either at a position or within a category) explain why Brett Gardner went for $28 while Josh Hamilton only went for only $24. In general, steals were in short supply in this auction, leading to inflated price tags for players like Gardner, B.J. Upton ($30), Alejandro De Aza ($17) and Ben Revere ($13).

Scoring for Batting Categories

BA - Batting Average
HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases

Pitching Categories

ERA - Earned Run Average
K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning

The owners ...

1. Tom Kephart, Baseball HQ
2. Mike Gianella, Patton & Co.
3. Jeff Boggis, FantasySportsEmpires.com
4. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
5. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
6. Jamey Eisenberg, CBSSports.com
7. Scott White, CBSSports.com
8. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
9. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
10. Derek Carty, Baseball Prospectus
11. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
12. Dean Peterson, Stats LLC

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

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2012 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
276Fausto Carmona, CLEP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
275Nick Blackburn, MINP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
274Brian Duensing, MINP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
273Magglio Ordonez, DETOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
272Brandon Inge, DET3B$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
271Greg Holland, KCP$1Patton & Co
270Julio Borbon, TEXOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
269Joel Peralta, TBP$1Patton & Co
268Sam Fuld, TBOF$1Mastersball.com
267Don Kelly, DETOF$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
266Yuniesky Betancourt, KCSS$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
265Glen Perkins, MINP$1Patton & Co
264Endy Chavez, BALOF$1Mastersball.com
263Tsuyoshi Wada, BALP$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
262Casper Wells, SEAOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
261Ronny Paulino, BALC$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
260Jake Arrieta, BALP$1Patton & Co
259Nick Punto, BOS2B$1Baseball HQ
258Vladimir Guerrero, BALDH$1FanDuel.com
257Ryan Lavarnway, BOSC$1Mastersball.com
256Manny Ramirez, OAKDH$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
255Jason Marquis, MINP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
254Brett Anderson, OAKP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
253Hank Conger, LAAC$1Patton & Co
252Jeff Keppinger, TB2B$2Mastersball.com
251Trayvon Robinson, SEAOF$1FanDuel.com
250Vinnie Pestano, CLEP$1Mastersball.com
249Hisashi Iwakuma, SEAP$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
248Jack Hannahan, CLE3B$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Francisco Cordero, TORP$4Yahoo! Sports
246Jonathan Broxton, KCP$1Patton & Co
245Hisanori Takahashi, LAAP$1Baseball HQ
244Andy Dirks, DETOF$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
243Matt LaPorta, CLE1B$1Mastersball.com
242Dallas Braden, OAKP$1CBSSports.com (White)
241Leonys Martin, TEXOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
240Robert Andino, BAL2B$2Yahoo! Sports
239Lou Marson, CLEC$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
238Tommy Milone, OAKP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
237Derek Lowe, CLEP$1Patton & Co
236Ramon Santiago, DET2B$3Baseball HQ
235Hector Noesi, SEAP$1FanDuel.com
234Jacob Turner, DETP$2Baseball HQ
233Chris Parmelee, MIN1B$1CBSSports.com (White)
232Cody Ross, BOSOF$2Baseball HQ
231John Jaso, SEAC$1Yahoo! Sports
230Craig Gentry, TEXOF$3Mastersball.com
229Mike Adams, TEXP$2Baseball HQ
228Jesse Crain, CHWP$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
227Raul Ibanez, NYYOF$4Baseball HQ
226Jonny Gomes, OAKOF$1FanDuel.com
225Luke Scott, TBOF$3Baseball Prospectus
224Mark Melancon, BOSP$2Yahoo! Sports
223Joey Devine, OAKP$2Yahoo! Sports
222Andruw Jones, NYYOF$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
221Brian Matusz, BALP$4FanDuel.com
220Scott Downs, LAAP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
219Brett Cecil, TORP$2CBSSports.com (White)
218Alfredo Aceves, BOSP$2Yahoo! Sports
217Scott Sizemore, OAK3B$4Baseball HQ
216Zach Britton, BALP$6Stats LLC
215Joaquin Benoit, DETP$2Baseball HQ
214Mike Carp, SEA1B$14Baseball Prospectus
213Brendan Ryan, SEASS$7Razzball
212David Robertson, NYYP$5Razzball
211Jarrod Parker, OAKP$3Stats LLC
210Kyle Seager, SEA3B$2Stats LLC
209Danny Duffy, KCP$2Baseball HQ
208Danny Valencia, MIN3B$7CBSSports.com (White)
207Hideki Matsui, OAKOF$2Fantasy Sports Empires.com
206Bartolo Colon, OAKP$3CBSSports.com (White)
205Freddy Garcia, NYYP$1Baseball HQ
204Tyler Flowers, CHWC$3Stats LLC
203Chris Getz, KC2B$2Fantasy Sports Empires.com
202Grant Balfour, OAKP$5Baseball Prospectus
201Jose Molina, TBC$3Razzball
200Alexi Ogando, TEXP$4Mastersball.com
199Travis Hafner, CLEDH$1CBSSports.com (White)
198Ryan Sweeney, BOSOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
197Octavio Dotel, DETP$1Yahoo! Sports
196Jamey Carroll, MIN2B$9FanDuel.com
195Yorvit Torrealba, TEXC$4CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
194Jason Vargas, SEAP$7Baseball Prospectus
193Maicer Izturis, LAA2B$4Yahoo! Sports
192Jason Hammel, BALP$1Stats LLC
191Rick Porcello, DETP$4FanDuel.com
190David Murphy, TEXOF$5Baseball Prospectus
189Eduardo Nunez, NYYSS$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
188Philip Humber, CHWP$5Patton & Co
187Fautino De Los Santos, OAKP$3Stats LLC
186Kelly Shoppach, BOSC$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
185Aaron Crow, KCP$3Razzball
184Brad Peacock, OAKP$4Razzball
183A.J. Pierzynski, CHWC$6Yahoo! Sports
182Josh Tomlin, CLEP$4Baseball Prospectus
181Brian Roberts, BAL2B$4FanDuel.com
180Josh Reddick, OAKOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
179Bruce Chen, KCP$2Yahoo! Sports
178Nolan Reimold, BALOF$9Yahoo! Sports
177Alexi Casilla, MIN2B$9Razzball
176Travis Snider, TOROF$5Stats LLC
175Kevin Slowey, CLEP$2Baseball HQ
174Wade Davis, TBP$5CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
173Felipe Paulino, KCP$4Stats LLC
172Trevor Plouffe, MINSS$6FanDuel.com
171Jake Peavy, CHWP$8Razzball
170Brian Fuentes, OAKP$6Razzball
169Salvador Perez, KCC$5CBSSports.com (White)
168Jeff Niemann, TBP$6CBSSports.com (White)
167Luke Hochevar, KCP$6Patton & Co
166Gavin Floyd, CHWP$8Baseball Prospectus
165Eric Thames, TOROF$8Razzball
164Colby Lewis, TEXP$14Baseball Prospectus
163Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$14CBSSports.com (White)
162Chris Iannetta, LAAC$9Razzball
161Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$13Razzball
160Justin Smoak, SEA1B$11Stats LLC
159Russell Martin, NYYC$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
158Addison Reed, CHWP$7CBSSports.com (White)
157J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12Stats LLC
156Seth Smith, OAKOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
155Casey Kotchman, CLE1B$5Patton & Co
154Miguel Olivo, SEAC$7Baseball Prospectus
153Mitch Moreland, TEX1B$9Baseball Prospectus
152Brent Lillibridge, CHWOF$4Baseball Prospectus
151Franklin Gutierrez, SEAOF$7Yahoo! Sports
150Henderson Alvarez, TORP$9Mastersball.com
149John Danks, CHWP$14Baseball Prospectus
148Wei-Yin Chen, BALP$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
147Brennan Boesch, DETOF$21Mastersball.com
146Carl Pavano, MINP$2Mastersball.com
145Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$17FanDuel.com
144Brent Morel, CHW3B$11Stats LLC
143Alberto Callaspo, LAA3B$4Razzball
142Vernon Wells, LAAOF$8Patton & Co
141Chone Figgins, SEA3B$5Mastersball.com
140Chris Davis, BAL1B$10FanDuel.com
139Jonathan Sanchez, KCP$9Mastersball.com
138Bobby Abreu, LAAOF$4Baseball Prospectus
137Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$10FanDuel.com
136Cliff Pennington, OAKSS$10Patton & Co
135Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$19Baseball HQ
134Daniel Bard, BOSP$11FanDuel.com
133Phil Hughes, NYYP$7CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
132Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$10Patton & Co
131Chris Sale, CHWP$12Razzball
130Colby Rasmus, TOROF$12Patton & Co
129Matt Joyce, TBOF$16Stats LLC
128Kurt Suzuki, OAKC$9Baseball HQ
127Mike Aviles, BOS3B$8Yahoo! Sports
126Ivan Nova, NYYP$8Razzball
125Scott Baker, MINP$14Baseball HQ
124Edwin Encarnacion, TOR3B$14Baseball Prospectus
123Justin Masterson, CLEP$13Razzball
122Adam Dunn, CHW1B$11Baseball Prospectus
121Carlos Pena, TB1B$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
120Sean Rodriguez, TBSS$9CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
119Denard Span, MINOF$14FanDuel.com
118Alcides Escobar, KCSS$12Stats LLC
117Kendrys Morales, LAA1B$9Stats LLC
116Max Scherzer, DETP$16Baseball Prospectus
115Rajai Davis, TOROF$5CBSSports.com (White)
114Doug Fister, DETP$13CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
113Josh Willingham, MINOF$16Baseball HQ
112Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$12Yahoo! Sports
111Clay Buchholz, BOSP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
110Alex Avila, DETC$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
109Adam Lind, TOR1B$16CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
108Torii Hunter, LAAOF$16Fantasy Sports Empires.com
107Matt Thornton, CHWP$13FanDuel.com
106David Ortiz, BOSDH$18Fantasy Sports Empires.com
105Nick Markakis, BALOF$19Razzball
104Jim Johnson, BALP$12Razzball
103Ben Revere, MINOF$13CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
102Mike Moustakas, KC3B$15CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
101Francisco Liriano, MINP$10Yahoo! Sports
100Derek Holland, TEXP$15CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
99Kyle Farnsworth, TBP$15Baseball Prospectus
98Brandon McCarthy, OAKP$13Mastersball.com
97Mark Reynolds, BAL3B$19Razzball
96Matt Capps, MINP$13Mastersball.com
95Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$12FanDuel.com
94Yunel Escobar, TORSS$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
93J.J. Hardy, BALSS$18CBSSports.com (White)
92Ervin Santana, LAAP$14CBSSports.com (White)
91Erick Aybar, LAASS$19CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
90Neftali Feliz, TEXP$14Stats LLC
89Ricky Romero, TORP$21Fantasy Sports Empires.com
88Jesus Montero, SEAC$18CBSSports.com (White)
87Chris Perez, CLEP$14CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
86Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$14Yahoo! Sports
85Alex Rios, CHWOF$16Mastersball.com
84Brandon League, SEAP$16CBSSports.com (White)
83Michael Brantley, CLEOF$13Razzball
82Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$15Baseball HQ
81Michael Young, TEX3B$22Mastersball.com
80Joakim Soria, KCP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
79Matt Harrison, TEXP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
78Adam Jones, BALOF$29Baseball HQ
77Nick Swisher, NYYOF$20Razzball
76Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$19Yahoo! Sports
75Jose Valverde, DETP$19Mastersball.com
74C.J. Wilson, LAAP$20CBSSports.com (White)
73Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$17Stats LLC
72Joe Nathan, TEXP$17Fantasy Sports Empires.com
71Grady Sizemore, CLEOF$8FanDuel.com
70Alex Gordon, KCOF$23CBSSports.com (White)
69Derek Jeter, NYYSS$18Baseball Prospectus
68Michael Pineda, NYYP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
67Austin Jackson, DETOF$17Yahoo! Sports
66Delmon Young, DETOF$20CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
65Brandon Morrow, TORP$18CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
64Matt Wieters, BALC$26Baseball HQ
63Josh Beckett, BOSP$17FanDuel.com
62Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$30Yahoo! Sports
61Brett Gardner, NYYOF$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
60Kelly Johnson, TOR2B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
59Ryan Doumit, MINC$14FanDuel.com
58Coco Crisp, OAKOF$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
57Ichiro Suzuki, SEAOF$23Baseball Prospectus
56Paul Konerko, CHW1B$21Patton & Co
55Mike Trout, LAAOF$7Stats LLC
54Kevin Youkilis, BOS3B$20Baseball HQ
53Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$30Fantasy Sports Empires.com
52Mark Trumbo, LAA1B$7Mastersball.com
51Jon Lester, BOSP$22FanDuel.com
50Mariano Rivera, NYYP$21Baseball Prospectus
49Shin-Soo Choo, CLEOF$25CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
48Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$9Stats LLC
47Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$25Mastersball.com
46Desmond Jennings, TBOF$26Stats LLC
45Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$22Fantasy Sports Empires.com
44James Shields, TBP$21CBSSports.com (White)
43Jordan Walden, LAAP$19Stats LLC
42Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$24FanDuel.com
41Carlos Santana, CLEC$27Mastersball.com
40Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$15Patton & Co
39Justin Morneau, MIN1B$7Razzball
38Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$22Patton & Co
37B.J. Upton, TBOF$30Baseball HQ
36Ryan Raburn, DETOF$11Baseball Prospectus
35Billy Butler, KCDH$19Yahoo! Sports
34David Price, TBP$26CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
33Dan Haren, LAAP$25Patton & Co
32Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$15Patton & Co
31Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$17CBSSports.com (White)
30Ben Zobrist, TB2B$24CBSSports.com (White)
29Eric Hosmer, KC1B$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
28Felix Hernandez, SEAP$25Mastersball.com
27Mike Napoli, TEXC$21Baseball Prospectus
26Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$25Stats LLC
25Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$21Razzball
24Johnny Giavotella, KC2B$8Baseball Prospectus
23Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$29Yahoo! Sports
22Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$28Stats LLC
21Jered Weaver, LAAP$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
20Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$32CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
19Wilson Betemit, BAL3B$3CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
18Prince Fielder, DET1B$31CBSSports.com (White)
17Matt Moore, TBP$17Baseball HQ
16Evan Longoria, TB3B$33Razzball
15Joe Mauer, MINC$16Patton & Co
14Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$36CBSSports.com (Melchior)
13Jose Bautista, TOROF$38CBSSports.com (Melchior)
12Andrew Bailey, BOSP$17Stats LLC
11Adrian Gonzalez, BOS1B$36Yahoo! Sports
10Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$35Patton & Co
9Justin Verlander, DETP$30CBSSports.com (Melchior)
8Yu Darvish, TEXP$18FanDuel.com
7Sergio Santos, TORP$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
6Josh Hamilton, TEXOF$24Patton & Co
5Carl Crawford, BOSOF$23Patton & Co
4Robinson Cano, NYY2B$33Mastersball.com
3Miguel Cabrera, DET1B$39Baseball HQ
2Albert Pujols, LAA1B$39FanDuel.com
1CC Sabathia, NYYP$24Yahoo! Sports

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Astros C Hank Conger homers twice in career night on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:33 am ET) Astros catcher Hank Conger had a huge night at the plate in the 9-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Conger went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs, his first career multi-home run game of his career.

Conger feasted on the pitching of Jeremy Hellickson on Saturday. He launched a solo shot in the third inning, and then blasted his first-career grand slam in the fourth inning.

Conger now has eight home runs on the year, which represents a new career-high.

He has been sharing time behind the plate with Jason Castro. But Conger is 8 for 26 with three homers and eight RBI over his past eight games.


Giants' Hunter Pence hits 11th home run in 11th inning on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:29 am ET) Giants right fielder (and Texas-native) Hunter Pence came through with the biggest hit of the night on Saturday. Pence drilled a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning, en route to the 9-7 win over the Rangers. 

Pence, who was born in Fort Worth and went to Arlington High School, went 2 for 5 in the game with his 11th home run of the season.

Of Pence's 191 career home runs, 74 were of the go-ahead variety. Over his past 10 games, Pence is batting .342 with two homers and seven RBI.


Giants' Buster Posey homers among three hits in win Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:22 am ET) Giants catcher Buster Posey--who served as the designated hitter on Saturday--went 3 for 5 with a double and a home run in the 9-7 win over the Rangers. 

Posey hit a solo home run--his 15th of the year--off Cole Hamels in the seventh inning to cut the Rangers' lead to one run. Then, after the Rangers had tacked on a couple of runs, Posey added an RBI double in the eighth to once again bring the Giants within one. He score the tying run later in the inning, and the Giants won the game in 11 innings.

Posey has been scorching at the plate recently. Over his past eight games, Posey is batting a robust .438 with three doubles, a home run and five RBI. He continued his ownership over Hamels, as he is now 13 for 27 with two home runs against the left-hander.


Athletics RP Pat Venditte throws Triple-A rehab game Saturday
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:17 am ET) Athletics relief pitcher Pat Venditte played in a rehab game for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.

Venditte tossed 2/3 of an inning and allowed one hit. He is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.


Giants 1B Brandon Belt slugs two solo home runs in win Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:14 am ET) Giants 1B Brandon Belt had a big night at the plate in the 9-7 win over the Rangers. The Texas-native went 2 for 4 with a pair of solo home runs in the extra-innings victory.

Belt bookended the Giants' scoring on Saturday. He got the Giants on the board with a solo home run in the third inning, cutting the Rangers' lead to one. Then, after the Giants took a 9-8 lead in the 11th, he delivered his second solo dinger of the night, giving him 12 homers on the year.

Both of Belt's home runs on Saturday came off of left-handers--he had not homered off of a southpaw this season prior to Saturday. 

After Saturday's performance, Belt is batting .306 with three home runs and nine home runs over his past 10 games.


Indians SP Cody Anderson picks up third loss of the season
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:11 am ET) Indians starting pitcher Cody Anderson didn't have his best stuff during his start against the Athletics on Saturday.

Anderson allowed four runs, three of them earned, on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. He gave up two walks and a home run while earning his third loss of the season.

With the loss, Anderson dropped tp 2-3 on the year with a 3.38 ERA.


Giants RP Santiago Casilla gets 27th save on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:08 am ET) Giants closer Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday to claim his 27th save of the season. Casilla, who gave up one hit in the inning, needed just 12 pitches to preserve the 9-7 extra-innings win over the Rangers. 

Casilla has now converted seven consecutive save chances, and his 27 saves represent a career-high for the 12-year veteran.


Giants' Chris Heston can't go five innings on Saturday vs. Rangers
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:05 am ET) Giants starter Chris Heston labored in his outing against the Rangers on Saturday. The young right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits, but was unable to get out of the fifth inning. He lasted 4 2/3, walking two and striking out two. He threw 93 pitches, with just 51 going for strikes. 

Heston took a no-decision, as the Giants won the game 9-7 in extra innings. He got off to a shaky start, giving up two runs in the first inning. He got through the next two frames unscathed, despite a couple of baserunners.

But he allowed a third run in the fourth, and was never really able to get anything going in this one. Still, Heston is 3-0 with a very solid 1.64 ERA over his past five starts.


Athletics' Aaron Brooks looks dominant in first start
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:01 am ET) Athletics pitcher Aaron Brooks didn't look like someone making their first start of the season on Saturday against the Indians, he looked like an ace.

Brooks allowed just one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. He struck out five batters and didn't give up any walks.

With the win, Brooks improved to 1-0 on the year with a 3.09 ERA.


Rangers' Cole Hamels gives up five runs in team debut
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:00 am ET) Making his Rangers debut, starter Cole Hamels battled on Saturday against the Giants, but was left with a no-decision. Hamels allowed five runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six, throwing 61 of his 97 pitches for strikes. The Rangers wound up losing 9-7 in extra innings.

The Rangers gave Hamels a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but he allowed three runs to score in the third, including a solo home run by Brandon Belt. 

Hamels settled in after that, putting up zeroes over the next four frames. But he gave up another solo home run in the seventh--this time to Buster Posey. He started the eighth, but was pulled after putting a runner on second with two outs. That run (and two more) would end up scoring.

This was Hamels' first start since tossing a no-hitter against the Cubs last weekend. Despite the shaky outing on Saturday, he received a standing ovation from the home crowd as he departed the game.


 
 
 
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