Baseball Before Bedtime: Black Diamond Bay

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Here's what happened in baseball yesterday while you were watchin' old Cronkite on the seven o'clock news.:

Red Sox 7, Tigers 6: Brandon Lyon is picking up right where retired Tigers closer Todd Jones left off, allowing four straight ding-dongs to the Red Sox hitters in the sixth inning. Mike Lowell, Jason Bay, Chris Carter, and Ivan Ochoa all went deep off the former Red Sock and yet the Tigers only lost by one mere run. Brad Penny threw three strong innings for Boston.

Angels 10, Dodgers 4: Manny Ramirez DH'ed and went 0-for-3 in his gallant return from a hamstring injury. Life can't be all peaches and cream for Dodgers manager Joe Torre, though, as team ace Chad Billingsley left the game early with a strained groin. Whoopsie-doo!

Phillies 8, Yankees 3: Chien-Ming Wang and J.A. Happ dueled for five innings and then the Phils opened up a run assault on the Yankees pen. Brian Bruney and Dandy Don Giese gave up five runs in two combined innings, while Happ got a little bit closer to winning the fifth rotation spot with his solid outing.

Rockies 7, Brewers 1: Yovani Gallardo, who threw five no-hit innings against the D-backs in his last start, failed in his second test this spring by allowing a happy jack to Sal Fasano. Gallardo ended up giving up six runs in five innings. Ubaldo Jimenez was super sweet and I hope you got him in your fantasy leagues, dear reader.

Cubs 20, A's 5: Well that's just embarrassing, people. Paul Bako notched four hits and three RBI despite not entering the game until the sixth inning. That's what happens when you use a TomTom GPS to get to the park instead of a Garmin.

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Edgar Gonzalez of the A's coughed up seven runs (all earned) in two-thirds of an inning. Dude racked up an ERA of 94.50 for the day. That's some mighty fine pitching work, there, Lou...

Chris Carter is king of the spring dongs

In Lyon's defense, that's really the first bad inning he's had in a couple of weeks. I'll take one blow-up per two weeks. That's like 10X a better ratio that the TJE provided.

Wow. The self-defense mechanism is kicking in early this year.

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