Good morning/afternoon/evening, fellow baseball fans. Here we are once again to go through yesterday's games and see who was on, who was off and who got kicked off their team in a move almost everyone considered long overdue (his name rhymes with Nilton Dradley).
Road team standouts are listed first, followed by home team standouts.
Sidebar before getting started: If this is the first you're hearing about Milton Bradley's dismissal and were crazy enough to have him on your fantasy team, then A.)Where have you been? B.)What were you thinking? C.)...Ok, there isn't actually a C, instead I'll just refer you back to points A & B.
W: Jose Veras (1-1)
L: Chad Billingsley (2-2)
S: Joel Hanrahan (11)
Juan Uribe, 1-for-3, BB, RBI
Garrett Jones, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI
Lyle Overbay, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
Neil Walker, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
Ryan Doumit, 3-for-4, 2B, RBI
The Pirates took down the Dodgers Monday night after a one-all tie was broken with three runs in the eighth. Los Angeles' pitching gave up a walk and three straight doubles in the eighth, allowing Pittsburgh to pull away. Chad Billingsley was tagged for three of the four runs, pitching seven innings. Jeff Karstens got the call for the Pirates, and went five and two-thirds, holding L.A. to one run.
Ryan Doumit's last three games: 6-for-10, two HR, eight RBI. In case you're wondering who Ryan Doumit is, I was thinking the same thing a couple days ago. I'm fairly certain he's a catcher...Fairly certain.
W: Max Schrezer (6-0)
L: Brandon Morrow (1-2)
Victor Martinez, 3-for-4, HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Austin Jackson, 1-for-6, 2B, 4 RBI
Don Kelly, 2-for-3, RBI, R, SB
Alex Avila, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
Brandon Boesch, 0-for-4, BB, 2 R
Blue Jays Standouts
Yunel Escobar, 2-for-3, 2 BB, HR,
Jose Bautista, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Corey Patterson, 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R
The Tigers put up six runs in the fourth inning on route to their third straight win over the Blue Jays. Max Schrezer took the mound for Detroit, and gave up two runs over five innings. Brandon Morrow started for the Jays and allowed five runs through just three and one-third.
This should be a main concern for teams playing the Tigers—never forget that at any time, Victor Martinez might show up and make your day go south in a hurry. Martinez, by the way, is currently riding a nine-game hit streak.
W: Hideki Okajima (1-0)
L: Jim Hoey (0-1)
Denard Span, 2-for-3, BB, R
Red Sox Standouts
Jason Varitek, 2-for-4, 2B, R
Carl Crawford hit a walk-off double to lead the Red Sox to an extra-inning victory over the Twins. Most of the day consisted of a pitcher's duel between Nick Blackburn and Josh Beckett. Nick Blackburn allowed just one run through six and a third, while Beckett got the better end, tossing seven shutout innings. Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the year, giving up an RBI single to Jason Kubel. Hideki Okajima pitched two shutout innings for the win.
Josh Beckett has had a couple of rough outings, but for the most part he's returned to ace-like status. His ERA is 1.99, his WHIP is .88 and he has a BAA of .174. Can't ask for much more than that.
W: Joe Blanton (1-1)
L: Javier Vazquez (2-3)
S: Ryan Madsen (4)
Jimmy Rollins, 2-for-5, HR, 2 R
Shane Victorino, 1-for-4, BB, 3B, R, SB
Placido Polanco, 1-for-4, SF, RBI, R
Ryan Howard, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R
Ross Gload, 2-for-3, 2 RBI
Gaby Sanchez, 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI
Craig Coghlan, 3-for-3, BB, RBI, R, SB
In a battle of NL East contenders, the first place Phillies took the first of their three-game set with the second place Marlins. Joe Blanton got the start for Philadelphia, going five innings and giving up three. Javier Vazquez had a bit rougher time for Florida, lasting only four and one-third and giving up six.
I'm still not entirely sold on the Marlins' hot start to begin the season. This series should provide a decent indication of how long they're going to stick in the race.
W: Travis Wood (2-3)
L: Aneury Rodriguez (0-1)
Travis Wood, 6.2 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K; 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI
Chris Valaika, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R
Ryan Hanigan, 3-for-4, R
Ramon Hernandez, 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
Hunter Pence, 2-for-4, HR, 3B
Travis Wood did all the work himself on Monday's victory over the Astros. Wood pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings and also hit a three-run homer in the third. Aneury Rodriguez started for Houston and surrendered five runs over as many innings.
All you can really say about this game is that Travis Wood was on. You can make the argument that the shutout innings could be accounted for by a weak Astros offense, but that myth is debunked by the fact that they're currently ranked sixth in the league in BA (.264) and fourth in hits (310). Wood just had himself a good day. And pitchers hitting home runs is always a good time.
W: Trevor Cahill (6-0)
L: C.J. Wilson (4-2)
Josh Willingham, 2-for-4, HR, 5 RBI
Daric Barton, 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R
Conor Jackson, 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R
Mitch Moreland, 2-for-4, HR
Josh Willingham hit a three-run blast in the third, which was all the offense the Athletics needed to defeat the Rangers. Trevor Cahill posted another quality start, going seven innings and allowing just one, and was rewarded with his sixth win of the season. C.J. Wilson started for Texas, pitching seven innings and giving up five.
Partnered with an Angels' loss, the A's are now a mere game out of first in the AL West. The Rangers have been hit or miss since Josh Hamilton's injury, so it should be intriguing to see how the rest of this series turns out.
W: Zach Greinke (1-1)
L: Mat Latos (0-5)
S: Jon Axford (6)
Jason Bartlett, 2-for-4, RBI, R
Will Venable, 2-for-4, 3B, R
Chase Headley, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
Rickie Weeks, 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
Carlos Gomez, 1-for-4, 3B, R
Jon Lucroy, 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, R
Zach Greinke got his first win as a Brewer as Milwaukee sneaked by the Padres. Greinke allowed two runs over six innings, striking out nine. Mat Latos got the start for San Diego, pitching five and two-thirds and giving up four.
Greinke's start was far more consistent than his first outing of the year. He threw about the same percentage of strikes but was making batters miss more frequently. The Brewers could use the help, as this was just their third win in 11 games.
W: Matt Belisle (3-2)
L: Chris Capuano (2-4)
S: Huston Street (12)
Carlos Beltran, 0-for-2, 2 BB, R
Dexter Fowler, 1-for-1, 2 BB, RBI
Chris Ianetta, 2-for-3, HR, 2B, R
A pitching duel in Colorado led to a Rockies victory against the Mets. Jhoulys Chacin began the game on the mound for Colorado, and pitched six innings, giving up just one unearned run. Chris Capuano's day involved two runs—both Chris Ianetta's—through six and two-thirds. This was the Rockies second victory in the past eight games.
Ianetta is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, raising his average 72 points during a 9-for-20 ride with two home runs.
W: Edwin Jackson (3-4)
L: Ervin Santana (1-4)
White Sox Standouts
Aramis Ramirez, 2-for-4, HR, 2 R
Gordon Beckham, 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
Carlos Quentin, 3-for-4, HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI
Adam Dunn, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R
Edwin Jackson pitched seven shutout innings to lead the White Sox past the Angels. His opposition, Ervin Santana, lasted six innings and gave up five. Carlos Quentin provided more than enough offense for Chicago, driving in five runs.
Chicago has now one three of four and are hoping their poor start is at an end. This game provided proof for why so many had them as contenders for the AL Central title, receiving production from the bats of Quentin, Adam Dunn, Alexi Ramirez and Gordon Beckham.