2012 Season News

March 30 - At 49 age, Jamie Moyer became the oldest starting pitcher ever on an Opening Day roster. Moyer joined the Colorado Rockies on this date, which was the 20th anniversary of his being released by the Chicago Cubs. At that time, he had been released three times in three years. He will be 50 in November.

April 20 - Fenway Park celebrates its 100th birthday, with about 200 former Boston Red Sox players, managers and coaches coming out for the pre-game introduction. The New York Yankees, however, spoil the party and defeat the Red Sox 6-2 on five home runs, all off starter Clay Buchholz. One of the home runs is Alex Rodriguez' 631st and puts him past former teammate Ken Griffey, Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list. In the first game at Fenway exactly 100 years earlier, the Red Sox had defeated the Yankees' forerunner, the New York Highlanders, 7-6 in 11 innings.

April 21 - At Safeco Field, Philip Humber pitched the first perfect game in the majors in almost two years, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4–0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. It was the 21st perfect game in major league history and first since Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay threw one against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010. It was also the third in White Sox's history, joining Mark Buehrle against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23, 2009, and Charles Robertson against the Detroit Tigers on April 30, 1922.

June 1 - After 50 seasons and 8,020 games, the New York Mets record their first no-hitter as Johan Santana performs the deed in the Mets' 8-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Santana is assisted in the sixth inning by a foul ball call on a Carlos Beltrán line drive over third base that appears to land on the chalk line (Beltrán eventually grounds out to third baseman David Wright) and by Mike Baxter's seventh-inning catch to rob Yadier Molina of a possible extra-base hit. The no-hitter leaves the San Diego Padres, who began play in 1969, as the only remaining team without a no-hitter, and is the first against a defending World Series champion since Nolan Ryan no-hit the Oakland Athletics on June 11, 1990.

August 15 - At Safeco Field, Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners strikes out 12 batters en route to the 23rd perfect game in Major League history, the third of this season, and the first in franchise history as the Mariners defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0. With Philip Humber having pitched his perfect game against the Mariners at Safeco on April 21 of this season, the Mariners become the first team to be on both ends of a perfect game in one season. Safeco also joins Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as stadiums with two perfect games pitched in them. The perfect game is the third in four seasons to be pitched against the Rays; they were also on the losing end of Mark Buehrle's perfect game in 2009 and Dallas Braden's perfect game in 2010. Along with their combined no-hitter on June 8, the Mariners become the first team with two no-hitters on the same season since the 1973 California Angels, Nolan Ryan having pitched both.

September 14 - At Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees moves into the top 10 on the all-time hits list, beating out an infield single in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The hit gives him 3,284 for his career, passing Willie Mays for 10th place. In the eighth inning of the same game, Alex Rodriguez hits his 647th career home run, which gives him 1,889 career runs scored, passing Lou Gehrig for ninth place on the all-time list.

2012 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 95-67 -
Baltimore Orioles 93-69 2.0
Tampa Bay Rays 90-72 5.0
Toronto Blue Jays 73-89 22.0
Boston Red Sox 69-93 26.0
2012 American League Central
Team Record GB
Detroit Tigers 88-74 -
Chicago White Sox 85-77 3.0
Kansas City Royals 72-90 16.0
Cleveland Indians 68-94 20.0
Minnesota Twins 66-96 22.0
2012 American League West
Team Record GB
Oakland Athletics 94-68 -
Texas Rangers 93-69 1.0
Los Angeles Angels 89-73 5.0
Seattle Mariners 75-87 19.0
2012 National League East
Team Record GB
Washington Nationals 98-64 -
Atlanta Braves 94-68 4.0
Philadelphia Phillies 81-81 17.0
New York Mets 74-88 24.0
Miami Marlins 69-93 29.0
2012 National League Central
Team Record GB
Cincinnati Reds 97-65 -
St. Louis Cardinals 88-74 9.0
Milwaukee Brewers 83-79 14.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 79-83 18.0
Chicago Cubs 61-101 36.0
Houston Astros 55-107 42.0
2012 National League West
Team Record GB
San Francisco Giants 94-68 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 86-76 8.0
Arizona Diamondbacks 81-81 13.0
San Diego Padres 76-86 18.0
Colorado Rockies 64-98 30.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HR/A AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 95 67 0.586 804 4.96 668 4.12 245 190 0.265 0.337 0.453 3.86 431 1318 0.987 135
Oakland Athletics 94 68 0.580 713 4.40 614 3.79 195 147 0.238 0.310 0.404 3.50 462 1136 0.982 136
Texas Rangers 93 69 0.574 808 4.99 707 4.36 200 175 0.273 0.334 0.446 4.02 446 1286 0.986 136
Baltimore Orioles 93 69 0.574 712 4.40 705 4.35 214 184 0.247 0.311 0.417 3.90 481 1177 0.983 150
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 697 4.30 577 3.56 175 139 0.240 0.317 0.394 3.19 469 1383 0.981 154
Los Angeles Angels 89 73 0.549 767 4.73 699 4.31 187 186 0.274 0.332 0.433 4.02 483 1157 0.984 138
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 726 4.48 670 4.14 163 151 0.268 0.335 0.422 3.77 438 1318 0.983 127
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 748 4.62 676 4.17 211 186 0.255 0.318 0.422 4.02 503 1246 0.988 154
Seattle Mariners 75 87 0.463 619 3.82 651 4.02 149 166 0.234 0.296 0.369 3.76 449 1166 0.988 153
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 716 4.42 784 4.84 198 204 0.245 0.320 0.411 4.64 574 1142 0.984 168
Kansas City Royals 72 90 0.444 676 4.17 746 4.60 131 163 0.265 0.317 0.400 4.30 542 1177 0.981 169
Boston Red Sox 69 93 0.426 734 4.53 806 4.98 165 190 0.260 0.315 0.415 4.72 529 1176 0.983 159
Cleveland Indians 68 94 0.420 667 4.12 845 5.22 136 174 0.251 0.324 0.381 4.79 543 1086 0.984 156
Minnesota Twins 66 96 0.407 701 4.33 832 5.14 131 198 0.260 0.325 0.390 4.77 465 943 0.983 187
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HR/A AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Washington Nationals 98 64 0.605 731 4.51 594 3.67 194 129 0.261 0.322 0.428 3.34 497 1325 0.985 134
Cincinnati Reds 97 65 0.599 669 4.13 588 3.63 172 152 0.251 0.315 0.411 3.34 427 1248 0.985 113
Atlanta Braves 94 68 0.580 700 4.32 600 3.70 149 145 0.247 0.320 0.389 3.42 464 1232 0.986 146
San Francisco Giants 94 68 0.580 718 4.43 649 4.01 103 142 0.269 0.327 0.397 3.68 489 1237 0.981 134
St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 0.543 765 4.72 648 4.00 159 134 0.271 0.338 0.421 3.71 436 1218 0.983 149
Los Angeles Dodgers 86 76 0.531 637 3.93 597 3.69 116 122 0.252 0.317 0.374 3.35 539 1276 0.984 137
Milwaukee Brewers 83 79 0.512 776 4.79 733 4.52 202 169 0.259 0.325 0.437 4.22 525 1402 0.983 132
Philadelphia Phillies 81 81 0.500 684 4.22 680 4.20 158 178 0.255 0.317 0.400 3.86 409 1385 0.983 118
Arizona Diamondbacks 81 81 0.500 734 4.53 688 4.25 165 155 0.259 0.328 0.418 3.94 417 1200 0.985 144
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 0.488 651 4.02 674 4.16 170 153 0.243 0.304 0.395 3.91 490 1192 0.982 126
San Diego Padres 76 86 0.469 651 4.02 710 4.38 121 162 0.247 0.319 0.380 4.01 539 1205 0.980 97
New York Mets 74 88 0.457 650 4.01 709 4.38 139 161 0.249 0.316 0.386 4.09 488 1240 0.983 135
Miami Marlins 69 93 0.426 609 3.76 724 4.47 137 133 0.244 0.308 0.382 4.10 495 1113 0.983 154
Colorado Rockies 64 98 0.395 758 4.68 890 5.49 166 198 0.274 0.330 0.436 5.22 566 1144 0.980 138
Chicago Cubs 61 101 0.377 613 3.78 759 4.69 137 175 0.240 0.302 0.378 4.51 573 1128 0.982 148
Houston Astros 55 107 0.340 583 3.60 794 4.90 146 173 0.0.3 0.302 0.371 4.57 540 1170 0.981 131