Yankees 7, Reds 1: Looks like a few innings against the Reds lineup was all Joba Chamberlain needed to get aboard the express train to a sub-7.00 ERA. Joba struck out three and reached 96 MPH on the speed-o-meter and was supported on the offensive side by Shelley Duncan's three-run tater tot. Alex Gonzalez played shortstop for the Reds for the first time since September of 2007, having spent all of last season recovering from a borkened knee.
Rays 11, Blue Jays 4: David Price, the Barack Obama of baseball, made his spring debut with two shutout innings in relief and new Rays DH Pat Burrell hit a king dong to lead Tampa to a convincing win over Toronto. It wasn't all peaches and cream for Joe Maddon's squadron; outfielder and inordinate Rob Iracane mancrush Fernando Perez left the game with an ouchie wrist when diving to catch a liner and missing in the first inning. Matt Joyce was seen tenting his fingers and muttering, "Excellent" while paging through the book How To Get Ahead of Guys Named Gabe.
Cubs 8, Mariners 1: Rich Harden threw for the first time this spring in a real live competitive situation, unless you count the time last week that he played an impromptu round of beer pong with a saguaro cactus (he lost). Harden went two innings and gave up two hits, while So Taguchi provided a two RBI single for the Chicago offense. Ken Griffey went 0-for-3 but he did it with style, consarnit.
Braves 7, Astros 4: New Braves pitcher Derek Lowe threw four hitless 'n' scoreless innings and struck out six Astros. This still counts despite the low organizational ranking for Houston. Omar Infante had two RBI and a triple for the Braves.
Netherlands 2, Dominican Republic 1 (11): One of the best games I have ever seen, hands down. From Ubaldo Jimenez' record setting 10 strikeouts in just four innings to the Dutch bullpen's bending-without-breaking to the Dominican bats going absolutely cold with runners on (14 LOB)to Hanley Ramirez watching two would-be-tots fall just short of the warning track to Carlos Marmol's pickoff attempt going just wide of Willy Aybar to set up the winning run, I enjoyed every high and every low of this contest. Long live the orange.