MLB Roundup: Jarrod Washburn Pitches First-Place Mariners to Victory

Tom FroemmingCorrespondent IApril 22, 2009

Pitcher of the Day: Jarrod Washburn, Seattle Mariners

Mariners 4, Rays 2

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Jarrod Washburn appears to have reinvented himself after going 23-43 with a 4.55 ERA in his first three years in Seattle. The 34-year-old lefty improved to 3-0 after striking out nine Tampa Bay hitters over seven innings, allowing just one run in the process.

Opponents are hitting just .184 against Washburn, who has a 1.71 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.

Mike Sweeney went 3-for-3 with an RBI single in the first and Rob Johnson hit a two-run triple in the fourth before he was tripled in by Yuniesky Betancourt.

Click here to watch highlights of Washburn's masterful performance.

Hitter of the Day: Edgar Renteria, San Francisco Giants

Giants 8 Padres 3

One swing erased much of the criticism surrounding Edgar Renteria.

Giants fans had been critical of the 13-year veteran after the former Tiger was hitting .200 through 11 games. Renteria became the first ever hitter to slug a grand slam off Jake Peavy, finishing the game 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored.

Matt Cain improved to 2-0 after holding the Padres to two runs over six innings while striking out five.

Click here to view the highlights from this game, which included one of the craziest plays at the plate you'll ever see.

Game of the Day: Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Florida Marlins 2

The Marlins may have entered this series as the surprise team of the early season, but after winning the first two games the Pirates are starting to steal some headlines.

Jeff Karstens pitched the Bucs to victory, giving up just one run off three hits over six innings. Middlemen Tyler Yates and John Grabow held the lead before Matt Capps came on four his fourth save of the season.

Pittsburgh scored a run in each of the first three innings, as Freddy Sanchez headlined the offensive effort, going 3-for-4 with a home run. The Pirates have the lowest ERA in the NL (3.00) and are off to an 8-6 start.

Click here to check out highlights of "Bark in the Park" night in Pittsburgh, which featured some typical great fielding plays from Jack Wilson.

Click here to read about the rest of yesterday's games.

Click here to read a preview of today's matchups.