Nationals 5, Orioles 4: Add Shairon Martis to the short list of folks who could round out the Washington rotation. The 21-year-old righty from Curacao allowed just two runs on two hits in five solid innings, while Anderson Hernandez scampered home for the winning run on an Oriole error. Martis didn't appear in the most recent WBC for the Netherlands but memorably no-hit Panama three years ago in a game shortened by the mercy rule. Seven-ninths of a no-hitter in metric is still a no-hitter.
Phillies 5, Marlins 1: Country Joe Blanton did his best yesterday to help Phillies fans forget about Cole Hamels' questionable elbow, going six strong innings and allowing just one silly hit. Ryan Howard and Marcus Giles provided the offense with RBI dubbles, and Brad Lidge sowed his royal oats in a scoreless seventh. In other Phillies news, J.C. Romero returned to Clearwater from his stint in the WBC and will enjoy soaking up the springtime sunshine for a bit.
Cardinals 9, Rays 7: Perhaps you heard a bit of this game yesterday when you switched on the Purdue-Northern Iowa college hoops tilt on the March Madness on Demand video site. Seems that CBS somehow had the baseball audio feed with the basketball video feed, a mashup that's about one-tenth as delicious as chocolate and peanut butter. The hoops audio got restored within five minutes. Oh, and Scott Kazmir got smacked around, allowing ding-dongs to Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick.
Mets 12, Astros 1: Holy crap, the Astros are 1-16-3 this spring. No wonder Mike Pelfrey threw six innings, giving up just one run. Heck, I think Walter Johnson himself could beat this year's Astros and he's been dead for decades! Even Livan Hernandez could beat this year's Astros and he's out of baseb...what's that? He's the Mets' fifth starter? Bwahahhaah!
Dodgers 3, Rockies 2: Clayton Kershaw spent his 21st birthday facing the minimum fifteen batters over five shutout innings, then went out for a nice dinner with his girlfriend and her parents. He claims to have never had a drink in his life, but tonight, Andre Ethier will take him to the local Mexi-Japanese fusion joint in Phoenix for some really good sipping Añejo and some ahi ancho taco hats.