Baseball Before Bedtime: Working Class Hero

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Here's what happened in baseball yesterday while they made you feel small:

Red Sox 3, Phillies 1: Jon Lester is in one-quarter season form, throwing five solid innings and allowing just one run despite putting ten men on base. The Phillies only run was scored on a bases-bloated walk, which would have been so much more exciting in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game. Chris Carter hit his sixth tater tot of the spring proving once again that something is out there.

Tigers 5, Braves 4: Jeff Francouer hit his first ding-dong of the spring; he and Casey Kotchman chased Jeremy Bonderman from the game after just four outs and a whopping 54 pitches thrown. He's probably next on the list of Tigers pitchers heading for the disabled list, most likely with a bruised ego. Javy Vazquez pitched well.

Orioles 5, Mets 1: While their new stadium was busy getting its cherry popped with a silly college game, the Mets got shut down by a parade of seven Orioles pitchers, including a perfect one inning start by rookie Koji Uehara. Uehara was done after one inning because of torrential downpours. Life in Florida...sounds like fun without retractable roofs! O's outfielder Luke Scott hit his fourth tater tot of the spring.

Rays 11, Reds 2: Scott Kazmir gave up a two-run happy jack to Jay Bruce but made up for it by driving in three runs of his own. A two RBI double off a troubled Bronson Arroyo and an RBI single later basically told his teammates, "no, I don't need the other eight runs, chaps." Or something to that effect. Matt Joyce and Gabe Kapler added two RBI.

Marlins 5, Nationals 2: All you need to know about this game: "Julian Tavarez started for the Nationals because the scheduled starter Daniel Cabrera developed neck spasms overnight after taking part in bunting and hitting drills on Saturday in Viera, Fla." It sucks to be a Nationals fan, y'all.

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