MLB Roundup: Jason Kubel's Game-Winning Granny Completes Cycle

Tom FroemmingCorrespondent IApril 18, 2009

Hitter of the Day: Jason Kubel, Minnesota Twins

Twins 11, Angels 9

Jason Kubel's eighth inning grand slam completed the cycle and gave the Twins a comeback win.

Kubel was 4-for-5 with five RBI. He became the ninth Twins player to hit for the cycle and third player in the majors to accomplish the feat this week. Minnesota entered the eighth inning trailing 9-4, but Jose Arredondo, Scot Shields, and Jason Bulger combined to give up seven runs in the inning.

Angles starter Dustin Moseley lasted just three innings due to elbow stiffness, but is considered day to day.

Pitcher of the Day: Paul Maholm, Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates 3, Braves 0

Paul Maholm has been one of the best pitchers in baseball so far this season.

Though he wasn't exactly dominant, Maholm improved to 2-0 after holding Atlanta scoreless over seven innings. He gave up four hits, walked three and struck out two.

While the stats would suggest he was extremely lucky yesterday, there's no questioning his 0.87 ERA through three starts is impressive. Maholm didn't establish himself in the majors until last season, when he went 9-9 with a 3.71 ERA while pitching over 200 innings.

Brandon Moss hit a triple and scored on a ground out in the second inning, and Nate McClouth hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

Game of the Day: New York Mets 5, Milwaukee Brewers 4

The pressure is off.

After sitting on 499 all winter, and being forced to switch teams just before the start of the season, Gary Sheffield joined the 500 home run club. He became the first player to hit his 500th as a pinch hitter.

The laser beam was hit on a full count, tied the game at 4-4, and came against the team Sheffield first broke into the bigs with. It was his second pinch-hit home run, the first came nearly 15 years ago.

Luis Castillo slapped a walk-off infield single to give the Mets their first win at Citi Field.

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