Returning To The Fold - The Sunday Morning Post

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Holy cow did you see Mickelson's two eagles yesterday? FIGJAM! Oh, right, baseball blog. Here's what you missed while you regretted leaving your mind.

Yankees 10, Rays 0: On the backs of three ridiculous defensive plays by Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia took a no-hitter into the 8th inning before a Kelly Shoppach single broke it up prompting two different WoWies to make the exact same joke within mere hours of each other. The real winner in this game last night? Michael Kay.

Braves 7, Giants 2: As predicted yesterday the Giants lost their first game of the season. Jason Heyward had the best game of his young career, going 3-3 with two walks and hitting his second career homer in the process. The state of Georgia has a lot going for it right now.

Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 3: Color me surprised. The normally feastly Dan Haren was battered around by our new Pirates overlords. Zach Duke was impressive on the mound and the Diamondbacks didn't even get on the board until this absolute moonshot (!!!) by Mark Reynolds in the 7th frame. Duke is now 2-0 on the season so fire up the Cy Young chatter!

Red Sox 8, Royals 3: Boston clubbed five homers in this game including 2 by the reanimated corpse of Jason Varitek. Josh Beckett looked a lot better than in Game 1 of the season; facing the Royals will do that for you, I hear. On the other hand, Zack Greinke was positively not himself, allowing half of Boston's runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. The lowest point for Greinke was surrendering homers to Varitek and Jeremy Hermida on consecutive pitches in the fifth inning. Yeesh.

Marlins 7, Dodgers 6 / Angels 4, Oakland 3: Couple of wild finishes in these two games. The Marlins scored three runs in the ninth to walkoff against the Dodgers, who had to deal with another terrible performance from Vincente Padilla to start the game. Jorge Cantu provided the clinching blow with a sac fly. Meanwhile the other LA team had a better go of it with the newly-acquired Hideki Matsui driving in three runs including the game winner with one out in the ninth.

Elsewhere! It took 14 innings but the Padres beat the Rockies. Ryan Howard is a very good hitter. Dana Eveland showed off the power of his own girlish name in shutting down the Orioles. Jeremy Bonderman looked pretty darn sharp in a Tigers win. The Mets lost to the NationaLOLs. Minnesota squeaked by the White Sox. Homers abounded in a Cubs win over the Reds.

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Allow me to gush for a second.
Heyward was in an 0-11 streak with 6 or 7ks. He said before the game he was going to make some adjustments and he goes 3-3 with 2 walks and a HR.

That's what Frenchy and Schafer didn't do. they didn't make adjustments. Heyward went up to the plate with a plan and he executed it, he took the first pitch the first 2 AB and was more patient. It's fascinating to watch.

I know someone who typed a comment with one hand.


1. Heyward looked good last night. Even so, we're gonna have to start calling you matt_T-boner.
2. I swear the Giants have the fattest infield in baseball.
3. Hate the Braves' away unis.

since Sunday is catch a buzz and talk about your hometeam day
NESN just did a poll asking which pitcher to ditch (#6 starter) out of Bucholtz, Wakefield, and DiceK
DiceK took 70% - OUCH!

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