Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 2: Jayson Werth showed that he doesn't need his beard to be productive at the plate. Dude hit two homers in the game, including the game-winner in the top of the ninth inning to give the Fightins a victory over the Snakes. Raul Ibanez also awoke from a deep slumber to hit his first homer of the year.
Giants 2, Cardinals 0 : Umm, what? This game turned into quite the pitchers' duel as both starters went eight innings. However, SMALL SAMPLE SIZE Zito got the better of last year's Cy Young candidate, scattering three hits and striking out 10 (!) Cardinals enroute to his 3rd victory on the year. Better late than never on that massive contract, I suppose.
Rays 9, Blue Jays 3: Ricky Romero continued the trend of strong pitching from the Jays' rotation while doing his best Brett Cecil impersonation and then some to limit the Rays to two runs in seven innings. The Jays bullpen was also quite happy to continue its own recent trend. Unfortunately for Jays fans this involves a horrible inability to throw strikes and overall gut-wrenching pitching performances. The team from Canada entered the eighth inning with a 3-2 lead only to see the Rays score seven runs in the bottom of the frame. Scott Downs and Casey Janssen took most of the lumps as Kevin Greggggg likely looked on with ironic amusement. Raypril hasn't ended just yet, apparently.
Twins 9, Royals 7: Both of the Twins major long-term commitments showed they were worth the money in this game. Joe Mauer had five hits and Justin Morneau hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the seventh as the Twins overcame a 5-1 deficit against their division rivals to win in twelve innings. It's not all bad for the Royals though, as Jose Guillen continues to swing a
steroid-fueled ridiculously hot bat. I'm sure general manager Dayton Moore will find a way to minimize his value on the trade market sooner or later.
White Sox 5, Mariners 3: Apparently yesterday was "AL Central Comeback Day" as the White Sox also got key hits to catalyze their victory over the scuffling Mariners. The Pale Hosiery entered the bottom of the ninth down by a run before benefiting from a game-tying tater off the bat of Paul Konerko. The resurgent Alex Rios then scorned the concept of extra innings and his own decline by hitting a walkoff two-run homer to guarantee victory.
Generic roundup: The Nationals and Dodgers also played extra innings yesterday but the smart folks left the snoozefest early. Either way, the Dodgers won in the thirteenth. Andy Pettitte continues to drink from the Fountain of Youth as the Yankees rolled over the Angels by a score of 7-1. The Tigers won despite Dontrelle Willis having to leave the game early due to
being raped by a wallaby illness. Ted Lilly won his season debut with the Cubs in a turn of events that will give manager Lou Pinella further validation in his inexplicable decision to move Carlos Zambrano to the 'pen. Brian Matusz pitched well, but the Red Sox overcame the hapless Orioles in a slugfest that saw both teams hit a combined five homers. Well hey, look at that, the Mets won again.