Touch 'Em All: Stanton is living up to homer prediction

Posted: May 30, 2012

When Giancarlo Stanton was a rookie named Mike in 2010, he hit 22 home runs in the football stadium the Florida Marlins called home. Last season, he raised that total to 34 and pundits predicted he would lead the league in 2012 when the team moved into its new bandbox called Marlins Park.

Both team and player were re-named for the move. Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton acknowleged his mother's wish that he go by his first name. The Marlins decided to be Miami's team in their new park.

And the prediction is looking good. Stanton belted his 11th homer of the month and 12th overall on Monday. Only Carlos Beltran (15) and Ryan Braun (13) have more in the NL.

Around the bigs

A's manager Bob Melvin says there is a "50-50" chance Manny Ramirez will join the team when his 50-game drug ban expires Wednesday. The team wants the slugger to get more work, but Melvin said his struggling offense might require the immediate arrival of the man with 555 career home runs.

Major League Baseball suspended Marlins pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo for eight weeks for age and identity fraud. Oviedo was caught playing under the fake name of Leo Nunez.

Chris Sale struck out 15 batters in 71/3 innings on Monday - one shy of the White Sox team record. Jack Harshman struck out 16 against Boston on July 25, 1954.

Josh Hamilton was out of the Texas Rangers' lineup on Monday because of what the team says is an upper respiratory problem that has been bothering him for more than a week.

The slugger leads the majors with 20 homers and 53 RBIs in 45 games played.

The Red Sox honored former rightfielder Trot Nixon, an integral part of their 2004 World Series champion, before Monday's game.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman didn't start for the third straight day due to vision problems. He said prescription sports goggles are due to arrive Tuesday.

Elsewhere: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina started on Monday after leaving Sunday's game early due to dehydration. . . . Outfielder Carlos Quentin was activated from the 15-day disabled list (right knee) by San Diego. . . . The Red Sox activated Ryan Sweeney from the seven-day concussion disabled list. He was injured on May 19 making a diving catch against the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park. . . .

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This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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