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And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

May 25, 2010, 5:50 AM EDT

Youkilis home run.jpgFour games? That’s it? Blimey.

Sox 6, Rays 1
: Clay Buchholz continues Boston’s string of nice
starts as the Sox (a) beat the Rays for the first time in five tries;
and (b) move to four games over .500 for the first time all season.
David Ortiz homered for the fifth time in his last nine games.

White Sox 7, Indians 2: John Danks allowed two runs and six hits in five innings for the Sox. Justin Masterson lost his 11th straight start dating back to last August. Cleveland: you may want to go with another plan. Omar Vizquel tied Luis Aparicio for second on the all-time hit list for shortstops. I’ll have more on that later this morning.

Blue Jays 6, Angels 0: Brett Cecil allows zippo on two hits in seven and a third as the Jays shut out the Angels. Cecil is 4-1 on the road with a 2.67 ERA. He’s 0-1 at home with a 10.13 ERA at home. Which raises the question: why does Brett Cecil hate Canada?

Reds 7, Pirates 5: Aaron Harang scored from first on an Orlando Cabrera double. That is, 6’7″ 260 pound — officially anyway — Aaron Harang lumbered in from first. Watching the video of it is much improved if you do a bunch of Curly “whoop whoops!” as he’s running. Yeah, that’s kind of Chris Bermany, but it really does work here. The Reds are once again tied for first place.

A real slate of ballgames tonight, thank goodness.

  1. Moses Green - May 25, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    A little ATH is better than none at all.
    Scary thought of the day for Yanks/RedSox/Jays fans: The Rays are 32-13 and they’ve gotten little or no offense from the following positions: 1B, DH and SS. What if they solve 2 or all of those problems?
    The Rays are really really good.

  2. Julian - May 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    I’m sad that it looks like Justin Masterson is turning into what pretty much everyone thought he was: a good option in middle relief. By all accounts he’s a super, super, super nice guy. Would have been fun to see him really take off.
    recaptcha: lengthy wedding (I’ve been to a few of those. oy.)

  3. RobRob - May 25, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    David Ortiz is slugging .787 in the month of May. Just sayin’…

  4. Jonny5 - May 25, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    I’m kinda glad for the light baseball schedule for Monday. There was no conflict between watching the Phills, or watching the Flyers, who I must add clinched the Eastern conference championship last night. Now it’s onto Lord Stanley’s cup. Nice… :>)
    Captcha: winnings believed

  5. Old Gator - May 25, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Well, Craig, your boys arrive in town tonight, and we get our first protracted look at the Heyward Child – since the Braves were more interested in winning games and putting fans in their seats. Scrooge McLoria, of course, took the long view – why pay Mike Stanton a penny more than we have to? – and so we won’t get to see the already fabled confrontation between Big Worm and the Heyward Child this round. In a few more weeks Stanton will be less expensive so I guess we’ll finally get to see King Kong versus Ghidra (I respect Hideki Matsui and will never take his name in vain).
    In any case, I gotta think you’re feeling a little better about the Braves this week than you were on that radio show last week. Boy, that was a confession to rival Ser Cepperello’s.
    Of course, I wasn’t fooled for a moment.
    reCaptcha: manager cremates. Keep your eyes on Baltimore.

  6. Andrew - May 25, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    The Rays have a crazy run differential, but part of that is due to being insanely better with runners in scoring position. That just isn’t going to continue, so even when they start getting more production from 1B/DH/SS, I bet they’ll still score fewer runs per game.

  7. JBerardi - May 25, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Rays pitching also has an ERA nearly a full run lower than their xFIP (that’s an ERA predictor, kids). Not saying the Rays aren’t a great team, but I’m not sold on them being clearly the best team in baseball.

  8. JBerardi - May 25, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Masterson is a very interesting player. He’s got a 8.81 K/9 ratio (8th among AL starters), and a 60.7% Groundball rate (first among AL starters). Those are the kinds of numbers a starter should be able to build a real career on. But then he’s got a 4.98 BB/9 (worst among AL starters) and lefties are hitting .386/.483/.545 off him (I’m just going to assume this is league-worst). Anyway, I hope he figures it out, because he’s one of my favorite players…

  9. APBA Guy - May 25, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Buchholz and Lester are doing their best to keep the Bosox (that’s for you, Craig) relevant in the East. The Rays are an amazing team, but in addition to the sustainability questions from the other commentators, you have to ask about their depth. This year is better than past years with Brignac and Sanchez at middle infield and the ability to move Zobrist in either an IF or OF role, but their pitching depth is very suspect. I’m not sold on their bullpen holding up in August and September.

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