Twins 8, Red Sox 0
Liriano was strong over 7 innings of work with no earned runs on 8 K’s against 4 hits and 2 walks. It could be good news(he’s on my fantasy team) that in his first two starts his fastball is back up in the 93 mph range where he was in 2006. Hopefully he can stay healthy.
Astros 5, Cardinals 1
The murdered row(season OPS in parenthesis) of Feliz(.668), Lee(.197), Pence(.344) and Matsui(.211) stepped up their game today and went a combined 2-16, with a double and single(Pence added in an always effective caught stealing). Another good effort from the starting pitching(Norris 5IP, 0ER, 9K, 3BB) kept the Cardinals at bay and the rest of the Astro’s lineup managed 5 runs for the first victory of the season.
Nationals 7, Phillies 5
Classic start from JA Happ, who walked 6 batters and gave up 3 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Of course the Nationals were 0-5 with RISP, Left 6 men on base and grounded into 2 double plays in the first 6 innings. Trailing 4-1, the Nationals put up six runs from the 7th inning on and the bullpen scared everyone, but held on to pick up a win and a sloppy save.
Padres 2, Braves 6
Hudson had a pretty terrible start walking 5 and allowing 6 hits(1 HR to Will Venable) while striking out no one in 5 2/3. He only let up two runs, though, and that was enough to take down the Padres.
Orioles 2, A’s 6
Orioles had no chance in this game after falling behind early.
Season to date: 3-4, +.47
Run Differential: 32-34, .470
Today: I’m not as thrilled with the games today. A couple of the decent sized favorites with their aces are getting less attention than normal, but I’m not really into that. The Royals are okay with Grienke on the hill against the hot Twins. The Astros won yesterday, but they probably won’t be too popular this afternoon against the Cubs.