Mavericks in the majors

Houston Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is currently fourth in the National League in batting average.

June 15, 2011

ARLINGTON, Tex. - Former UT Arlington players are making bids for All-Star Game appearances through the first half of the Major League Baseball season.

Hunter Pence is currently fourth in the National League in batting average, hitting .320 with nine home runs and 50 RBI. The Houston Astros outfielder had a 23-game hitting streak entering Tuesday's game.

Another former Maverick, Dillon Gee has made an impact on the New York Mets starting rotation. Entering his start Wednesday night in Atlanta, he has started the season 7-0 with a 3.05 ERA. The Mets have won all nine of his starts. Opponents are hitting just .215 against Gee and he has 44 strikeouts in 62.0 innings.

Ryan Roberts is finally getting an opportunity to play every day under the direction of new Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. Roberts has moved around, but is getting the majority of his playing time at third base. So far this season, he has hit .256 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI. He also has nine doubles.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey got off to a rough start this season, but is still 4-5 to start the year. He spent a stint on the 15-day disabled list and recently came back to earn wins in each of his previous two starts. Lackey struck out eight Toronto Blue Jays over 6.0 innings in his most recent start.

Mark Lowe has made 19 appearances coming out of the Texas Rangers bullpen. He has gone 1-1 with five holds and a save to go along with his 3.71 ERA. The right-hander has struck out 13 batters in 17.0 innings.

Seattle Mariners catcher Adam Moore appeared in just two games before suffering what is likely a season-ending knee injury. He had one double in the two games.




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