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Friars' Gonzalez homers in fifth straight - MLB.com
By Corey Brock / MLB.com SAN DIEGO -- Adrian Gonzalez homered in his fifth consecutive game on Friday when he hit a solo shot in the first inning against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aaron Harang. Gonzalez, who leads the Major Leagues with 15 big flies,...
Play by play - USA Today
None on with two outs and Aaron Harang due up. Out: Aaron Harang grounded out short to first to end the inning. Out: David Eckstein popped out to third. None on with one out and Adrian Gonzalez due up. Out: Adrian Gonzalez struck out swinging....
Ribbon cut on Miracle League Field - Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang spends some time with a young Miracle Leaguer on Saturday afternoon. (Cincinnati Reds) By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com CINCINNATI -- Instead of real grass or dirt, the playing surface is a synthetic rubber. But the games that will be played...
Braves 4, Diamondbacks 3 - USA Today
Gonzalez hit a solo shot in the first off Aaron Harang (3-4), his major league-leading 15th homer. He has six homers in his five-game streak. Kevin Correia (1-2) allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings. Heath Bell picked up his ninth save....
Reds Take On Marlins - WHIOtv.com
The Reds' ace Aaron Harang is looking to get back in the win-win column. Harang is matched up against Josh Johnson who's perfect so far on this young season. The Marlins are in the middle of a three-game losing streak. A dominating performance Sunday...
Harang hung with loss - Cincinnati Reds
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com CINCINNATI -- Drawing the Astros as his opposition this season hasn't been so much a short straw for Reds ace Aaron Harang as it's been a source of endless frustration. The kind of madness that makes you want to throw,...
Baseball: Dodgers stretch win streak to three - Coos Bay World
Gonzalez hit a solo shot in the first off Aaron Harang (3-4), his major league-leading 15th homer. He has six homers in his five-game streak. Mets 8, Giants 6: Gary Sheffield scored the go-ahead run on closer Brian Wilson's throwing error in the ninth...
Hernandez helps young hurlers - Cincinnati.com
Not with Aaron Harang so much, or Bronson Arroyo. Veteran pitchers know what they know. With Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto? No question. As a 24-year-old kid catcher in Oakland in 2000, Hernandez handled a pitching staff that included Mark Mulder,...
Mets extend winning streak to six games - Los Angeles Times
at New York 10, Pittsburgh 1: The Mets won their sixth straight despite the absence of Manager Jerry Manuel, suspended one game for making contact with an umpire Thursday night. at Cincinnati 8, St. Louis 3: Aaron Harang pitched seven innings and had a...
Harang strikes out nine in seven frames - Rotoworld.com
Aaron Harang tossed seven innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Marlins on Monday night. Harang fanned nine and walked while allowing seven hits. It's the first time this year he's struck out more than a man per inning in a start....

Aaron Harang

Aaron Michael Harang (born May 9, 1978 in San Diego, California) is a right-handed starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in Major League Baseball.

Harang graduated from Patrick Henry High School then went on to San Diego State University. He was first drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round of the 1996 amateur draft, but did not sign with the team. After college, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 6th round of the 1999 draft and signed with them. In 2000, he was traded with minor leaguer Randy Cullen to the Oakland Athletics for Randy Velarde. He played sparingly with the Athletics, appearing in 23 games in 2002 and 2003, mostly as a starter. During the 2003 season, he was traded to the Reds along with Joe Valentine and minor leaguer Jeff Bruksch for José Guillén.

In 2004, he went 10-9 with a 4.83 ERA for the Reds.

In 2005, Harang led the team in wins (11), quality starts (19), innings pitched (211⅔), and strikeouts (163), all of which were career highs. He became the first Reds pitcher with 200 innings in a season since right-hander Elmer Dessens led the staff with 205 innings pitched in 2001. He received votes for NL Pitcher of the Month in May after going 3-1 with 1.93 ERA over five starts.

In the 2006 season, Harang pitched on Opening Day for the Reds on April 3 against the Chicago Cubs and allowed 9 runs (6 earned) over 5 innings. In his third start of the season, 11 days after Opening Day, Harang pitched 7 shutout innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, who were starting 2005 Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter. Harang would give up 4 hits, get 4 strikeouts, and also had the only RBI of the game as the Reds won 1-0. Harang also pitched a complete game shutout against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 23, allowing five hits as the Reds won 11-0.

In the 2006 season, Harang led the National League in complete games with six and strikeouts with 216, surpassing Jake Peavy's strikeout total of 215 in his final regular season game.

Harang was also the most consistent pitcher on the 2006 Reds staff. Harang has had great success for the Cincinnati Reds while flying under the radar for the last two years. He hides the ball well during his motion, has a "creeping" fastball, a slider that breaks out of the zone, and at least two other pitches (a curve and a changeup) that he regularly throws for strikes.

According to Reds.com, Harang was only the ninth pitcher since 1960 to lead the National League in both wins and strikeouts (it has occurred 12 times in baseball history). However, he did not receive any votes for the National League Cy Young Award (Brandon Webb won the award in 2006). All previous pitchers that led the National League in both categories have won the award.

On February 6, 2007, Harang signed a four-year, $36.5 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

On July 23, 2007, Harang threw ten innings for the Reds (throwing 121 pitches), becoming the first Reds pitcher to do so since 1989. However, he received a no-decision because the Reds did not win the game until the 12th inning.

On September 3, 2007, he became the 3000th strikeout recorded by the New York Mets' Pedro Martínez.

Stats as of January 10, 2009.

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2006 Major League Baseball season pitching leaders

Johan Santana, starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, had 245 strikeouts, 19 wins, and an ERA of 2.77 leading the league.[1]

This is a list of leading pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the 2006 MLB season. The National League's St. Louis Cardinals defeated the American League's Detroit Tigers to win the World Series with the lowest regular-season victory total of any Series champion. The American League (AL) won the All-Star Game for a fourth straight year; the AL won nine of the previous 10 contests (the 2002 game was a tie). In the 2006 season, the Atlanta Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 1990. Individual achievements included Barry Bonds who, despite questions surrounding his alleged steroid use and involvement in the BALCO scandal, surpassed Babe Ruth for second place on the career home runs list.

Salomon Torres, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, led the major leagues in games pitched with a total of 94. John Smoltz started 35 games for the Atlanta Braves, leading the majors in games started, while Bronson Arroyo topped the majors by pitching over 240 innings for the Cincinnati Reds. Zach Duke gave up 255 hits pitching for the Pirates, while Jason Marquis of the Cardinals gave up 136 runs and 130 earned runs, leading both categories. Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs led the league in walks with 115. Johan Santana, starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, had league-leading statistics in strikeouts (245), wins (19), and earned run average (ERA), with 2.77. Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Rodrigo López led the league with 18 losses. Aaron Harang and C. C. Sabathia led the majors with six complete games each. Francisco Rodriguez, a closer for the Los Angeles Angels, had a league high of 47 saves.

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Jake Peavy

Jacob Edward Peavy (pronounced /ˈpʰiːvi/) (born May 31, 1981 in Mobile, Alabama) is a Cy Young Award-winning starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the San Diego Padres. He bats and throws right-handed. Peavy stands 6'1" tall (1.85 m) and weighs 182 pounds (83 kg).

Peavy was developed by the San Diego Padres minor league system after being drafted out of high school, where he attended St. Paul's Episcopal School. Peavy declined an offer to pitch for Auburn University in order to accept the Padres' contract offer. In 2001, Jake was promoted to the Padres' Class Double-A team, the Mobile BayBears of Alabama. He spent parts of both the 2001 and 2002 seasons playing for the BayBears.

During his third year of major league experience in 2004, Peavy emerged as the Padres' ace starting pitcher and one of the best pitchers in baseball. He compiled a 15-6 record, struck out 173 in 166 innings and led the Major Leagues with a 2.27 ERA. He became the youngest pitcher to win an ERA title since Dwight Gooden in 1985.

On March 5, 2005 he signed a four-year 14.5 million contract and holds a club option for 2009 extension with the Padres.

During the 2005 season, Peavy was selected for the National League All-Star team and ended the regular season leading the National League in strikeouts with 216 (in 203 innings). He was second in the majors to Minnesota's Johan Santana who had 238 strikeouts. In addition he finished the season with a 13–7 record, 2.88 ERA, a strikeout-to-walk ratio of over 4:1 and WHIP of 1.044.

After the Padres won the National League West in 2005, Peavy was widely considered the key to upsetting the St. Louis Cardinals, whom they faced in the National League Division Series. However, Peavy gave up eight runs in the first game, and afterwards it was announced that he would miss the rest of the season with a broken rib, which he apparently suffered while celebrating the Padres clinching the NL West Championship .

Peavy was the captain of Team USA in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He started the opening game for the U.S., a 2–0 win over Mexico, giving up just one hit and no runs over three innings. He did not factor in the decision in the second round game against Japan, as he gave up three runs in five innings in a game that the U.S. won, 4–3.

In 2006, Peavy got off to a rocky start, in part due to mechanical adjustments brought on by various off-season injuries. Although Peavy would go only 11–14 with a 4.09 ERA, he still managed to finish second in the National League in strikeouts with 215, one shy of both his 2005 league-leading total and of the 2006 NL strikeout leader, Aaron Harang who logged 32 more innings than Peavy. In the playoffs, the Padres again faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round. As the game one starter, Peavy had a much stronger outing than his 2005 playoff game, but the Padres again lost to the Cardinals.

On July 1, 2007, for the second time in his career, Peavy was named to the 2007 NL All-Star Team (along with Trevor Hoffman and Chris Young). On July 9, he was named as the starting pitcher for the NL.

On August 2, 2007 Peavy struck out Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jeff DaVanon, for his 1000th career strikeout.

Peavy won the pitching Triple Crown in 2007, leading the National League with 19 wins, 240 strikeouts, and a 2.54 ERA. Since the divisional play era started in 1969, Peavy is only the eighth player to accomplish this feat . On October 23, Peavy won the Players Choice Award for Outstanding NL Pitcher. He added the NL Cy Young -- as a unanimous choice -- on November 15, becoming just the 10th National League player in history to win the Cy Young Award in a unanimous vote (Sandy Koufax was unanimously selected three times).

The completion of the 2007 campaign represented Peavy's sixth year in the league. Over that six-year period Peavy collected two strikeout champion awards, two major league ERA titles, and a unanimous, triple-crown Cy Young Award.

On December 12, 2007, he signed a 4 year extension, worth $52 million with the Padres. At the time the contract was the largest in Padres history. The contract includes a $22 million option for 2013.

On April 5, 2008, Peavy pitched a two-hit complete game over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The following day, still-images from FOX sports video feed from the game showed a dirty, brown substance on the index and middle fingers, along with his thumb. Manager Bud Black defended Peavy saying that "it was a mixture of dirt and rosin". In the two games immediately following the report, Peavy posted a 1–0 record with a 1.92 ERA. In May he went on the DL with a sore throwing elbow. He returned on June 12 and pitched six shutout innings with four strikeouts. He ended 2008 with only a 10-11 record, but had one of the lowest run support per start of any pitcher in the league, and finished the season with a 2.85 ERA.

Peavy has been the subject of numerous trade rumors during the 2008 offseason, amidst reports that the Padres were looking to reduce salaries and build on young players for the future. In November 2008, Peavy added the New York Yankees to the list of teams he would accept a trade to. The list includes several teams from the NL including the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros. Peavy prefered to be in the NL, so the Yankees would not be involved. The Astros and Cardinals decided they wouldn't pursue Peavy after talking with GM Kevin Towers on what they would have to give up. However, there were in fact two teams who were in deep talks of acquiring Peavy: the Cubs and the Braves.

In November 2008, the Padres were working with the Braves on a Peavy trade, in which Peavy would be traded to Atlanta for SS Yunel Escobar, OF Gorkys Hernandez, P Blaine Boyer and one of P Charlie Morton or P Jo-Jo Reyes. The Padres also wanted the two top prospects in the organization as well: P Tommy Hanson and OF Jordan Schafer, but after a few weeks, the Braves decided to move on to bring in a few free agents.

Peavy was almost perfect in spring training, pitching 14 total innings with no runs allowed, 10 strikeouts, no walks and ERA of 0.00.

Peavy's repertoire includes the command of a cut fastball (94-97 mph) two-seam fastballs (88-90 mph) and a four-seam fastball (93-97 mph), a hard slider (83-88 mph), a changeup (80-84 mph), and sports an occasional curveball (74-76 mph).

In his most successful games, Peavy most comfortably uses his two-seam fastballs, throwing an occasional slider. With the idea of the two-seam fastball, Peavy can control and run his fastball to both sides of the plate, cut it in and away from hitters, and make the fastball sink or fade, all in the high 80s-low 90s and can keep the hitters honest by spotting a four-seam fastball at 95 mph.

Since 2004 Peavy has posted the lowest WHIP of any major leaguer . Peavy's two-seam fastball acts primarily as a sinker and induces many ground balls . This can allow Peavy to induce many double plays when runners are on base. Peavy likes to run his fastballs in on lefties and make the pitch break back into the zone, similar to a power version of Greg Maddux's technique.

The natural movement of Peavy's pitches creates a heavier ball which helps to limit the number of home runs Peavy gives up, having allowed only 13 in over 220 innings in 2007 .

It has recently been speculated that the Chicago Cubs will once again attempt to trade for Peavy by giving up several young prospects acquired in earlier trades.

Peavy and wife Katie have two children: Jacob Edward II, born on June 20, 2001 and Wyatt, born on May 24, 2004.

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Complete game

In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game himself, without the benefit of a relief pitcher. A complete game can be either a win or a loss.

As demonstrated by the charts below, in the late 1800s, it was common for most good pitchers to pitch a complete game almost every start. Pitchers were expected to complete games they started and to be relieved was seen by many as a mark of failure. As the 20th century went on, complete games became less and less common, to the point where a good pitcher typically achieves only 1 or 2 complete games a season today. To put this in perspective, as recently as 15-20 years ago, 10-15 complete games a year by a star pitcher was not unheard of, and in 1980, Oakland Athletics pitcher Rick Langford threw 22 consecutive complete games.

This change has been brought about by strict pitch counts and new pitching philosophies in general. Most pitchers now try primarily to get strikeouts, which leads to more pitches being thrown and more stress on the pitching arm. Many have come to believe that the risk of arm injuries becomes far more prevalent after a pitcher has thrown 100 to 120 pitches in a single game. Though Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan once threw well over 200 pitches in a single game (a 1974 contest in which he pitched 13 innings), it is now rare for a manager to allow a pitcher to throw more than 120 pitches in a start.

Given this, sabermetricians generally regard Cy Young's total of 749 complete games as the career baseball record most unlikely to ever be broken.

CC Sabathia threw a total of 10 complete games in the 2008 season for the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the first pitcher to reach double digits in a single season since Randy Johnson threw twelve complete games for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1999. The last pitcher to throw as many as 15 complete games in a single season was Curt Schilling, who accomplished that feat for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1998. The last pitcher to throw 20 complete games in a single season was Fernando Valenzuela, who did so for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1986. The last pitcher to throw 25 complete games in a season was Rick Langford, who had 28 for the Oakland Athletics in 1980. The last pitcher to throw 30 complete games in a season was Catfish Hunter, who did so for the New York Yankees in 1975.

In 2006, Aaron Harang of the Cincinnati Reds led the NL with six complete games, and CC Sabathia of the Cleveland Indians led the AL, also with six. In 2007, Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays led the MLB with seven complete games. In 2008, Halladay led the AL with nine complete games, and Sabathia led the NL with seven.

All pitchers above are right-handed, except for Eddie Plank.

Johnson and Glavine are left handed.

All pitchers right-handed except Matt Kilroy and Toad Ramsey.

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Joe Valentine

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Joseph John Valentine (born December 24, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a Major League Baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He is a 1997 graduate of Deer Park High School in Deer Park, New York, where he led the Falcons to the State championship title game. He married his high school sweetheart. He is 6'2" tall, weighs 195 pounds and bats and throws right-handed.

Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round of the 1999 amateur draft out of Jefferson Davis Community College, Valentine began his professional career that year. Splitting time between the Arizona League White Sox and Bristol White Sox, Valentine went a combined 0-0 with a 5.57 ERA in 14 relief appearances.

He missed the entire 2000 season.

On December 13, 2001, Valentine was drafted in the Rule V Draft by the Montreal Expos. That very same day, the Detroit Tigers purchased him. On April 5, 2002, he was returned to the White Sox by the Tigers.

Valentine greatly improved in 2001, going a combined 7-3 with a 1.79 ERA in 57 relief appearances. He split time between the Kannapolis Intimidators and Winston-Salem Warthogs, saving 22 total games and striking out 83 batters in 75 1/3 innings of work. His time with the Warthogs was especially impressive - with them, he appeared in 27 games, saving eight games and posting a 5-1 record with a 1.01 ERA.

In 2002, Valentine was a Double-A All-Star, Baseball America 1st team Minor League All-Star, and Southern League All-Star. He spent that entire season with the Birmingham Barons, making 55 relief appearances, posting a 4-1 record with a 1.97 ERA and saving 36 games. He also struck out 63 batters in 59 1/3 innings of work.

Following his outstanding 2002 season, Valentine was involved in a major trade that sent Keith Foulke, Mark Johnson, cash and himself to the Oakland Athletics for players to be named later and Billy Koch. The players to be named later ended up being Neal Cotts and minor leaguer Daylan Holt.

Pitching for the Sacramento RiverCats, Valentine slumped to a 1-3 record and 4.82 ERA, and was traded to the Cincinnati Reds with minor leaguer Jeff Bruksch and Aaron Harang for Jose Guillen. In nine games with the Louisville Bats, he went 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA, prompting his promotion to the majors. Facing the Houston Astros on August 24, Valentine appeared in his first big league game, allowing one run in one inning of work. He appeared in two games in the majors in 2003, posting an ERA of 18.00. Overall in the minors, he went 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA.

2004 was the first season in which Valentine had ever started a game professionally. He made 24 appearances for the Reds that year, making one start (which he lost) and posting a 2-3 record with a 5.22 ERA. In 30 minor league appearances (nine starts), all with the Bats, he went 5-5 with a 5.01 ERA.

Valentine had a poor year in 2005. In 16 major league appearances with the Reds, he went 0-1 with a 8.16 ERA. In 49 relief appearances with the Bats, he went 0-7 with a 5.70 ERA. Combined, he went 0-8 with a 6.22 ERA. He was granted free agency in December.

Signed by the Houston Astros, Valentine made 20 appearances with their Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express. With them, he went 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA. In June, he was released, and in early July he was picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers. In 22 games with their Double-A affiliate the Huntsville Stars, he went 2-0 with a 2.97 ERA, saving 13 games. Combined, he went 3-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 61 innings that season.

Despite pitching well during the second half of the 2006 season, Valentine was granted free agency by the Brewers. He was not picked up by any major league baseball team, so he went to pitch in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons (he never actually pitched for them; he pitched for their farm team). They released him in June, and the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League picked him up. In 37 relief appearances with them, he went 4-2 with a 1.54 ERA, striking out 37 batters in 35 innings of work.

Valentine started the 2008 season with the Ducks, making 14 appearances with them, saving six games and posting a 2-1 record and 1.62 ERA. In May, the Phillies signed him and assigned him to their Double-A affiliate, the Reading Phillies. After his release in June, Valentine re-signed with the Ducks, but on August 4 his contract was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds, where he was assigned to Double-A Chattanooga. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

So far in his big league career, Valentine is 2-4 with a 6.70 ERA.

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2006 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2006 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Reds making a bid to win the NL Central division, although just falling short, finishing in third place.

In the offseason before the season started, the Reds changed their ownership and their general manager. One key pickup was pitcher Bronson Arroyo. The Reds finished in third place in the NL Central division, just 3½ games behind the division winner and eventual World Series champion, the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds also finished 2 games ahead of the second place team, the Houston Astros. They finished five games ahead of the fourth place team, the Milwaukee Brewers. They finished thirteen games ahead of the fifth place team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and fourteen games ahead of the sixth place team, the Chicago Cubs.

Aaron Harang led the team in wins with 16, and National League All-Star Bronson Arroyo was second with 14.

The Reds finished in 12th out of 16 teams in the National League in attendance.

Scott Hatteberg led the team in batting average and on-base percentage, with .289 and .389, respectively. Adam Dunn led the team in slugging percentage, games played, at bats, plate appearances, runs, total bases, home runs, runs batted in, walks, intentional walks, strikeouts, extra-base hits, and times on base. Edwin Encarnacion led the team in doubles (with 33) and hit by pitch (13 times). Ryan Freel had more stolen bases and times caught stealing than anyone else on the team, with 37 and 11, respectively.

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2005 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2005 season consisted of the Reds finishing in fifth place in the National League Central Division. The Reds were managed by Dave Miley for most of the season, and after being fired, was followed by Jerry Narron.

The Reds finished with an overall record of 73-89, 16 games under .500, and in 5th place behind the division winner, the St. Louis Cardinals. They were 27 games behind the Cardinals in their division, and 16 games behind the second place team, the Houston Astros, the eventual National League champions. The Reds finished 8 games behind the third place team, the Milwaukee Brewers, and 6 games behind the fourth place team, the Chicago Cubs. The Reds were six games ahead of the last place team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sean Casey led the team in batting average with an average of .312. Adam Dunn led the team in both home runs and RBI, with 40 and 101, respectively. Aaron Harang led the team in wins with 11. Felipe López was the only Red to make the National League All-Star team.

The Reds finished in 13th out of 16 teams in the National League in attendance. The Reds scored 820 runs and allowed 889 runs. Ken Griffey, Jr. led the team in season salary.

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