2009 Season News

January 1 - Major League Baseball launches the MLB Network at 6 PM ET. Commissioner Bud Selig greets viewers at the channel's official inception.

May 3 - Carl Crawford ties the modern-day Major League record by stealing six bases in the Tampa Bay Rays' 5–3 win over the Boston Red Sox in front of 32,332 at Tropicana Field. Catcher Michel Hernandez and shortstop Jason Bartlett also stole a base each to give the Rays a club-record eight stolen bases. Crawford was 4 for 4 with an RBI and joined Eddie Collins (twice, in 1912), Otis Nixon (1991), and Eric Young (1996) as the only players to steal six bases in a game.

April 9 - In the early morning hours after pitching six shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics, rookie Angels starter Nick Adenhart and two others are killed when the car in which they are travelling is struck by a drunk driver. The series finale with Oakland that evening is subsequently postponed.

June - 28 The Tampa Bay Rays became the fastest team in major league history to reach 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases by the All-Star break when B. J. Uptons's homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the third off Andrew Miller of the Florida Marlins. It was the Rays’ 100th this season. Tampa Bay, which started the game with 116 steals, accomplished the feat in 77 games. The previous fastest were the 1977 Cincinnati Reds and 1994 Cleveland Indians, who both did it in 84 games.

July 23 - At U. S. Cellular Field, the Chicago White Sox's Mark Buehrle pitches a 5-0 perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. DeWayne Wise, brought into the game in the ninth inning for defensive purposes, makes a spectacular catch to rob Gabe Kapler of what would have been a home run leading off the ninth. The perfect game is Buerhle's second career no-hitter and the second perfect game in White Sox history. Charlie Robertson pitched the first in 1922. Buehrle becomes the sixth pitcher to hurl both a perfect game and another no-hitter (which occurred in 2007), joining Cy Young, Addie Joss, Jim Bunning, Sandy Koufax & Randy Johnson.

September 11 - With a single off Chris Tillman to lead off the third inning, Derek Jeter collected his 2,722th career hit to pass Lou Gehrig as the all-time Yankees hit leader.
2009 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 103-59 -
Boston Red Sox 95-67 8.0
Tampa Bay Rays 84-78 19.0
Toronto Blue Jays 75-87 28.0
Baltimore Orioles 64-98 39.0
2009 American League Central
Team Record GB
Minnesota Twins 87-76 -
Detroit Tigers 86-77 1.0
Chicago White Sox 79-83 7.5
Cleveland Indians 65-97 21.5
Kansas City Royals 65-97 21.5
2009 American League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Angels 97-65 -
Texas Rangers 87-75 10.0
Seattle Mariners 85-77 12.0
Oakland Athletics 75-87 22.0
2009 National League East
Team Record GB
Philadelphia Phillies 93-69 -
Florida Marlins 87-75 6.0
Atlanta Braves 86-76 7.0
New York Mets 70-92 23.0
Washington Nationals 59-103 34.0
2009 National League Central
Team Record GB
St. Louis Cardinals 91-71 -
Chicago Cubs 83-78 7.5
Milwaukee Brewers 80-82 11.0
Cincinnati Reds 78-87 13.0
Houston Astros 74-88 17.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 62-99 28.5
2009 National League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 95-67 -
Colorado Rockies 92-70 3.0
San Francisco Giants 88-74 7.0
San Diego Padres 75-87 20.0
Arizona Diamondbacks 70-92 25.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 103 59 0.636 915 5.65 753 4.65 244 181 0.283 0.362 0.478 4.28 574 1260 0.986 131
Los Angeles Angels 97 65 0.599 883 5.45 761 4.70 173 180 0.285 0.350 0.441 4.45 523 1062 0.986 174
Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 872 5.38 736 4.54 212 167 0.270 0.352 0.454 4.35 530 1230 0.987 119
Texas Rangers 87 75 0.537 784 4.84 740 4.57 224 171 0.260 0.320 0.445 4.38 531 1016 0.983 166
Minnesota Twins 87 76 0.534 817 5.01 765 4.69 172 185 0.274 0.345 0.429 4.50 466 1052 0.988 133
Detroit Tigers 86 77 0.528 743 4.56 745 4.57 183 182 0.260 0.331 0.416 4.34 594 1102 0.985 164
Seattle Mariners 85 77 0.525 640 3.95 692 4.27 160 172 0.258 0.314 0.402 3.87 534 1043 0.983 150
Tampa Bay Rays 84 78 0.519 803 4.96 754 4.65 199 183 0.263 0.343 0.439 4.36 515 1125 0.984 135
Chicago White Sox 79 83 0.488 724 4.47 732 4.52 184 169 0.258 0.329 0.411 4.16 507 1119 0.982 156
Oakland Athletics 75 87 0.463 759 4.69 761 4.70 135 156 0.262 0.328 0.397 4.29 523 1124 0.983 153
Toronto Blue Jays 75 87 0.463 798 4.93 771 4.76 209 181 0.266 0.333 0.440 4.47 551 1181 0.988 167
Cleveland Indians 65 97 0.401 773 4.77 865 5.34 161 183 0.264 0.339 0.417 5.07 598 986 0.984 169
Kansas City Royals 65 97 0.401 686 4.23 842 5.20 144 166 0.259 0.318 0.405 4.83 600 1153 0.982 159
Baltimore Orioles 64 98 0.395 741 4.57 876 5.41 160 218 0.268 0.332 0.415 5.16 546 933 0.985 151
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 0.586 780 4.81 611 3.77 145 127 0.270 0.346 0.412 3.41 584 1272 0.986 134
Philadelphia Phillies 93 69 0.574 820 5.06 709 4.38 224 189 0.258 0.334 0.447 4.16 489 1153 0.988 132
Colorado Rockies 92 70 0.568 804 4.96 715 4.41 190 141 0.261 0.343 0.441 4.24 528 1154 0.986 144
St. Louis Cardinals 91 71 0.562 730 4.51 640 3.95 160 123 0.263 0.332 0.415 3.66 460 1049 0.984 167
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 657 4.06 611 3.77 122 140 0.257 0.309 0.389 3.55 584 1302 0.986 138
Florida Marlins 87 75 0.537 772 4.77 766 4.73 159 160 0.268 0.340 0.416 4.32 601 1248 0.983 129
Atlanta Braves 86 76 0.531 735 4.54 641 3.96 149 119 0.263 0.339 0.405 3.57 530 1232 0.985 158
Chicago Cubs 83 78 0.516 707 4.39 672 4.17 161 160 0.255 0.332 0.407 3.84 586 1272 0.982 144
Milwaukee Brewers 80 82 0.494 785 4.85 818 5.05 182 207 0.263 0.341 0.426 4.84 607 1104 0.984 150
Cincinnati Reds 78 84 0.481 673 4.15 723 4.46 158 188 0.247 0.318 0.394 4.18 577 1069 0.986 161
San Diego Padres 75 87 0.463 638 3.94 769 4.75 141 167 0.242 0.321 0.381 4.37 603 1187 0.985 144
Houston Astros 74 88 0.457 643 3.97 770 4.75 142 176 0.260 0.319 0.400 4.54 546 1144 0.988 161
New York Mets 70 92 0.432 671 4.14 757 4.67 95 158 0.270 0.335 0.394 4.46 616 1031 0.985 134
Arizona Diamondbacks 70 92 0.432 720 4.44 782 4.83 173 168 0.253 0.324 0.418 4.44 525 1158 0.979 132
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 99 0.385 636 3.95 768 4.77 125 152 0.252 0.318 0.387 4.59 563 919 0.989 169
Washington Nationals 59 103 0.364 710 4.38 874 5.40 156 173 0.258 0.337 0.406 5.02 629 911 0.977 154