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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Apr 28, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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After getting a win in relief Monday night against the Twins, Daniel Bard delivered the strongest start of his major league career in a 10-3 win over the White Sox last night.

Bard allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over a career-high seven innings while striking out six and walking just one. After surrendering a fifth inning solo homer to Paul Konerko, he responded by retiring 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. Bard’s command and control won’t be this precise every time out, as we have already seen this season, but an outing like this functions as a reminder that he has a chance to be much more valuable as a starting pitcher than a reliever.

As for the Red Sox, they have now won five in a row to move to 9-10 on the season. Funny what some games against some lesser competition will do. They’ll go for their sixth straight this evening when Jon Lester takes on the undefeated Jake Peavy.

Your Friday box scores:

Athletics 5, Orioles 2

Cubs 5, Phillies 1

Astros 6, Reds 4

Angels 2, Indians 3

Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 0

Tigers 6, Yankees 7

Pirates 1, Braves 6

Mariners 9, Blue Jays 5 (10 innings)

Brewers 1, Cardinals 13

Rays 8, Rangers 4

Mets 9, Rockies 18

Nationals 2, Dodgers 3

Royals 7, Twins 6

Padres 5, Giants 3

  1. Old Gator - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    In dropping their sixth straight, this time to the Snakes, the Feesh seem intent on commemorating last year’s midseason collapse. Their current losing streak mirrors in most respects the epic ten game losing streak that sent them splattering into the divisional septic tank where they whiled away the remainder of the season like Abbot and Costello at the bottom of their well – and all this before the month of April is even over.

    This year, they’re proving that the injuries to the pitching staff they blamed for last year’s implosion weren’t as key as their spinners made it sound. They’re doing it with the same wretched situational hitting that left them 28th in the majors in RISP (.149), except that this season they’re not even getting on base enough to strand many runners in the first place. They’re collectively batting – yes – .149 over their current six-game skid that has left the strange attractor glimmering in the distant sky with not much more panache than Venus in the morning. After an unaccustomed offseason splurge that saw them bring in a high-priced starting pitcher whose solid efforts they are consistently wasting, a high-priced reliever who has proven about as reliable as the irreproducible results of cold fusion experiments, and a high-priced leadoff hitter with a subatomic OBP and a marked affection for dogpaddling in Rio Mendoza, not to mention an irremediable moron of a manager who opened the year by insulting the core fan base they moved to their garish new palace in Little Havana to ingratiate in the first place, an offseason in which they utterly failed to address their godawful run production problems, the Feesh find themselves still the division doormat they were at the end of last season.

    Their overall play, with the exception of their starting rotation and the play of Omar Infante, who has been wriggling so mightily that he seems to be trying to do the job of that single magic sperm, has been a study in bonelessness. It’s a little surprising that some of the other teams in the division aren’t visibly embarrassed about wiping their cleats with this team. I’m an animal rights activist and I’d be less self-conscious about kicking the neighbor’s beagle puppy when he wasn’t looking.

    • jwbiii - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Well done as always, Old Gator, but you need to update your analogies:

      the irreproducible results of cold fusion experiments

      All the cool kids are talking about superluminal neutrinos these days.

  2. aceshigh11 - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    In an effort to contrast OG’s verbosity:

    The Red Sox are playing well. Hooray.

    • spudchukar - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      Verbosity? You are a contrast though.

  3. APBA Guy - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Don’t look now, the A’s are over .500. How are they doing it? Weak schedule and once again, starting pitching. Oakland is now 3rd in the MLB in team pitching ERA at 2.68, led by Tommy Milone at 2.00.

    Things are due for a change, however. After this weekend against the Showalters, the face Boston, Tampa, Toronto and Detroit in the next 12. It could get ugly.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    With all due respect to the parties involved, here’s what happened in the Yanks-Tigers game:
    It was 42 degrees at game time and not getting any warmer. Neither Verlander nor SuperNova had their best stuff and yada-yada-yada we go into the 9th tied.
    Selfless as always, Mo goes 1-2-3 then Valverde in typical fashion, demurs because it was a non-close situation so Leyland sends in a decapitated MudHen who proceeds to throw the ball in the general direction of River Ave.Our Super Star Sharp Shooter Short Stop proceeds to third and start daydreaming of the night’s conquest when another ball was errantly hurled at ARod, who, after many pleas, finally convinces our SSSSS to score the winning run with no hits having been achieved in the inning.
    No pies were hurt during the filming of this spectacular win, mainly because Beep-beep prefers ice cream and it was too cold for that.

  5. uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    The Yankees got back on track with the win. Well almost nothing else needs be said about that game. Who would have imagined that after what 20 games the Tigers would be just 10-10.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      You mean the best offense ever, that’s currently on pace to score 689 runs this year? Amazing all the tiger fans who appeared during spring training have suddenly disappeared just as fast..

      • uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        Yes, that offense.

  6. petey1999 - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM


    • rodgersmvp - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:57 AM

      Check back in a week.

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