AL - Hot Pitcher -- Scott Feldman (Houston Astros)
Feldman is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in two starts to begin the season. The right-hander has allowed five hits and struck out four in 13 2/3 innings. The lone run allowed came in a victory over the Los Angeles Angels on April 6. This is an encouraging start for Feldman. Last season, the 10-year veteran went 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 combined starts with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs. He has finished with a sub-4.00 ERA just three times in his career during years in which he has had more than eight appearances (in 2006, '11 and '13). -- Statistics through Thursday.
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AL - Hot Hitter - Alexei Ramirez (Chicago White Sox)
Ramirez hit .421 with two home runs and nine RBI in 10 games from March 31-April 10. He produced six multi-hit games, and has yet to be held hitless in a start. The seven-year veteran has shown patience at the plate. He has just two strikeouts, none of which happened in his three most recent games from April 8-10 against the Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians. He has also drawn three walks. -- Statistics through Thursday.
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AL - Hot Team - Oakland Athletics
Oakland posted a four-game winning streak from April 6-10. The run included one victory over the Seattle Mariners and three-game sweep at the Minnesota Twins. The Athletics scored at least six runs each time in the stretch. At 6-3, they lead the American League West and own the AL's second-best record, behind the Detroit Tigers' 5-2 mark. The A's have yet to lose consecutive games. -- Statistics through Thursday.
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AL - Cold Pitcher - Erik Johnson (Chicago White Sox)
Johnson is 0-1 with a 9.58 ERA in two starts to begin the season. The right-hander has allowed 11 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings, including four in a no-decision against the Colorado Rockies on April 9. Johnson has failed to last beyond the sixth inning in both his starts. He went 5 2/3 innings against the Rockies and 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Kansas City Royals on April 4. Perhaps some adjustment are needed: He only made five starts last year with the White Sox during his first season in the major leagues. -- Statistics through Thursday.
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AL - Cold Hitter - Mike Moustakas (Kansas City Royals)
Moustakas hit .038 in seven games from March 31-April 9. His lone successful at-bat was a single in a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8, snapping a five-game hitless streak to begin the season. Simply put, Moustakas has not seen the ball well. He struck out seven times compared to three walks from April 2-9, a stretch of six games. His on-base percentage is a dismal .138. -- Statistics through Thursday.
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AL - Cold Team - Minnesota Twins
The Twins lost three consecutive games to the Oakland Athletics from April 7-10. Minnesota was outscored 21-8 in the series at Target Field, and allowed at least six runs in each game of the three-game set. At 3-6, the Twins own the worst record in the American League. They are tied with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres for the worst record in the major leagues. Their three-game losing streak is the longest in the AL. -- Statistics through Thursday.
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NL - Hot Pitcher - Aaron Harang (Atlanta Braves)
Harang is 1-1 with a 0.71 ERA in two starts to begin the season. The right-hander has struck out 12 and allowed just one earned run in 12 2/3 innings. Harang has given up a pair of hits in each of his starts, a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on April 2 and a loss to the New York Mets on April 8. The lone run allowed came in the start against the Mets, when he struck out nine batters. -- Statistics through Thursday.
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NL - Hot Hitter - Michael Cuddyer (Colorado Rockies)
Cuddyer hit .415 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 10 games from March 31-April 9. He hit safely in each game during the span and produced six multi-hit contests. Cuddyer's best day came in a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 4, when he went 3 for 5 with an RBI. He has struck out six times, but he has also drawn three walks. He's one of eight players in the National League with at least 10 RBI. -- Statistics through Thursday.
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NL - Hot Team - Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers won a major-league-best six straight games from April 4-10. They swept the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies in their first road trip. At 7-2, Milwaukee is tied with the Washington Nationals for the top record in the majors. The Brewers rank third in the NL in hits (94) and sixth in runs (46). Their 1.95 ERA is the best in the majors. -- Statistics through Thursday.
McCarthy is 0-1 with a 7.82 ERA in two starts to begin the season. The right-hander has allowed 11 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings. McCarthy has lasted at least six innings in both starts, but hitters have enjoyed success against him. He has allowed a combined 13 hits, four home runs and two walks. -- Statistics through Thursday.
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NL - Cold Hitter - Zack Cozart (Cincinnati Reds)
Cozart hit .038 with one RBI in seven games from March 31-April 9. His only successful at-bat resulted in a single in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on April 7. Cozart has struck out five times, and has yet to draw a walk. No other Reds player with at least 26 at-bats has fewer than five hits. -- Statistics through Thursday.
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NL - Cold Team - Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies lost four consecutive games from April 6-10. They were outscored a combined 33-13 in the stretch against the Chicago Cubs (one game) and Milwaukee Brewers (three). At 3-6, Philadelphia is last in the National League East. The Phillies' four-game losing streak is tied with the Miami Marlins for the majors' longest active slide. -- Statistics through Thursday.
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Tweet of the Week
The start of the baseball season is a tribute to nostalgia. Traditions are rekindled. Memories are relived. The game is loved again. So what better way to begin than with a hat tip to one of the sport’s proudest moments? Hank Aaron became baseball's home run king with his 715th shot on April 8, 1974, passing Babe Ruth. Yes, Barry Bonds broke Aaron's mark of 755 home runs with 762 of his own. But PED suspicions have clouded Bonds' legacy. To many, Aaron remains the king, now and forever.