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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 30, 2014, 6:18 AM EST

Derek Jeter Robinson Cano AP

Mariners 6, Yankees 3: Robinson Cano made his return to Yankee Stadium and got booed, which is no biggie. This is hilarious, though. From the AP gamer:

Cano got a mock cheer when he struck out to end the inning, then was met with chants of “You sold out!” from the Bleacher Creatures when he took his spot at second base.

Yankee Bleacher Creatures ripping someone for selling out while they do the silly roll calls thing or whatever it is to Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and any number of other dudes the Yankees have bought over the years is very, very special. But then again, the world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self-awareness.

Athletics 9, Rangers 3: Martin Perez‘s scoreless innings/shutout streak ended pretty abruptly as Derek Norris hit a two-run double in the first and the A’s never trailed. Norris had another RBI double later. Perez allowed eight runs he had only allowed six total through his first five starts. Mama said there’d be days like this.

Red Sox 7, Rays 4: A five-run rally in the sixth put this one away. Shane Victorino went 4 for 4 and drove in two. Five games into this road trip, the Rays are 1-4.

Mets 6, Phillies 1: The Mets have won seven of nine. An hour and a half rain delay and then temperatures in the low 40s made this one unpleasant otherwise. Certainly for Cole Hamels, who said he was “truly embarrassed” after the game for not giving his team a chance. Jon Niese helped with that of course, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings.

Tigers 4, White Sox 3: Bryan Holaday‘s RBI bunt single in the top of the ninth won it for Detroit. He went 2 for 4 overall. Jose Quintana struck out 10 in six innings, but got the no-decision. Effing Quintana. That creep can roll, man. 

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Nationals 4, Astros 3: Adam LaRoche hit the game-tying double in the eighth inning and the go-ahead single in the ninth. LaRoche his hitting .312 with four homers, 17 RBI and 16 walks so far this year. Not bad for a guy who is traditionally a slow starter.

Marlins 9, Braves 0: The Braves got shellacked, but my man-crush Jose Fernandez tossed eight shutout innings Thus:

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Royals 10, Blue Jays 5: Sal Perez homered and drove in four. The Royals sent 10 men to the plate in the eighth. The Jays’ pen gave up seven runs in two innings after Dustin McGowan left with a lead.

Reds 3, Cubs 2: Billy Hamilton was 3 for 4 with a homer, two infield singles and a walk. He also stole a base and made a diving catch in center. Sort of the platonic ideal of a Billy Hamilton game.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 4: Two games against the Cards, two extra innings wins for the Brewers. Khris Davis hit an RBI triple and started the winning rally in the 12th with a leadoff double. He came home on Lyle Overbay‘s RBI single. An RBI single he hit after failing four times to get a bunt down to move Davis over. This should be taken as a lesson from the cosmos that bunting is bad. Well, unless you’re Bryan Holaday in that Tigers game, but that’s just an instance of the cosmos testing our faith. 

Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4: The Diamondbacks have lost 22 games. A couple of teams in the majors have only played 22 so far this year. Just a tire fire.

Giants 6, Padres 0Matt Cain was scratched after cutting his right index finger on a kitchen knife in the Giants clubhouse before the game. Yusmeiro Petit took the mound instead and if you think he couldn’t cut it, well, you’re wrong, as he tossed six shutout innings. Really carved the Padres up. God, please help me.

Angels 6, Indians 4: Howie Kendrick — leading off for the first time this year — had a two-run single. Chris Iannetta hit a pair of RBI singles. The Indians have lost five straight.

Pirates vs. Orioles; Dodgers vs. Twins: POSTPONED: Sadly we don’t get to see the 1965, 1971 and 1979 World Series rematches thanks to rain. But then again: Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.

  1. kiwicricket - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    A.J. Pierzynski really does seem to have an unusual amount of grip on his ‘slider’…

  2. renaado - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Guh…..

    • aresachaela - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:35 AM

      /Pats back…

      LOL XD!! Guess were even.

  3. cur'68 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Lousy effin Beaver bullpen!!!! Again and again they get handed a lead and again and again they eff it up. Its enough to make a fella want to threaten them on the internet…or not. Because that would be CRAZY….

    Anyhow, another wet and miserable day in KC coming up. The young fireball pitcher Yordano Ventura gets to try his luck on a cold wet day with really patient power hitting…unless its rained out…or tornado’d away…which are possibilities…

    Well, luck can’t be all bad, or so they tell me.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:50 AM

      That was the second really terrible performance by Santos and the pen this season. The first was in below freezing weather in Minnesota and it was raining yesterday. Lets hope that they have gotten it out of their system. McGowan pitched well and retained his starting gig for now.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:01 AM

        P. S. Down on the farm, Stroman is clearly ready for a promotion. He went 6 innings (80 pitches), struck out 10, walked 1 and gave up 0 hits. His era is currently 1.69.

    • nbjays - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:38 AM

      Man, I feel for McGowan. He pitched through a rough 2nd inning (33 pitches!), held the Royals to a pair of runs until the 7th and then the Jays’ Blow Pen again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. McGowan pitched well enough to keep his spot in the rotation but I’m ready to send the whole friggin’ bullpen down to Buffalo to get their crap together.

      On the upside, Melky set a new franchise record for hits before May 1st, and keeps his second decent hitting streak alive at 11 games. Through 26 games he has hit streaks of 14 and 11, failing to get a hit in just one game. He’s making a nice case so far for an All-Star berth.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        Down in Buffalo, Stroman, Nolin and Hendricks all have era’s below 2.0. Both Nolin and Hendricks are on the 40 man roster. Hendricks was a waiver wire claim late in spring training. he is 3 & 0 with a 1.25 era.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Even Smiley Rogers got into the act. I feel your pain, that was an epic meltdown. No reliever finished an inning, and none of them got more outs than they allowed hits. Yikes.

    • sportsdrenched - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Even Royals fans were chocked at the bullpen implosion. But, Sal Perez was back to doing Sal Perez things so we got over it.

      I was disappointed the Gibbons went with his Closer in the 8th inning on the road, and he blew the lead. Now Ned Yost has all the ammunition he needs to never use Holland in that situation. Thanks Blue Jays!

      Anyway, Ventura had a rough outing last time so look for him to throw fire tonight.

      Here’s to Fire! Not the fire that burns and brings down shantees. But the fire that yearns and brings down panties! (drinks, and closes HBT)

    • moogro - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      It’s weird not seeing obligatory Beaver Trolls after what you post. But I don’t miss it.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    El Keed did it all yesterday. Lowered his ERA to 1.59, made a great play – fielded Pena’s dribblechop near the third base line, faked a throw to first that baited Pastornicky at third to break for home, then flipped to Saltalamacchia at home to tag the clueless Brave – who had that “good grief am I stupid” look on his face when he realized that he’d been suckered. Adeiny Hechavarria made another terrific play at short in the eighth, flying belly first to his left to stop a really hard hit grounder, scramble to his feet and throw the runner out at first. The Iron Giant dinked a ball the other way into the right field boolpen – yeah, when you’re that ridiculously ripped, you can dink it over the fence – for a two run gopher, his eighth. On one hand it’s always a thing of beauty when he shows orf like that; Tommy seems to sing and dance more enthusiastically for the Giant than for the plebes around him. On the other hand, his average is down to .269 on what was still a one for four and he seems to be reverting, for the moment at least, to the all or nothing approach that has always held him back from being the more consistent offensive threat he had been through spring training and for the first few weeks of the season when he was singling and doubling in many more runs that he was jacking in. And then there are those snapping turtle lunges at the low and away breaking peetches. I remember that comment between the rival sisters in A League of their Own: “She can’t hit them and she can’t lay off them.” For awhile there it looked like the Giant had learned how to lay orf of them. But he has relapsed.

    El Keed hasn’t given up an earned run in 24 eenings of work now. On the other hand, the Feesh got gifted by a discombobulated Alex Wood, whose quirky delivery wasn’t working right and who kept leaving stuff up and down the middle for them. The last matchup between Wood and El Keed was an alltime classic, a 1-0 notch in the collective Feesh pelvic fin. I don’t remember exactly how many frames it has been but one of the announcers mentioned that the Braves haven’t scored a single run for Wood in four freaking games now. Talk about Sisyphean.

    • indaburg - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      El Keed is Must Watch TV. If I had any sense, I would have changed channels to the Feesh.

      The Braves haven’t scored for Wood in how long? Sounds almost Samardzijaian.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        Funny, I found last night’s Rays game to be totally riveting. Tonight’s pitching matchup means the local tv forecast is probably calling for Unk channel surfing, but last night was tremendous.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Last time was April 12th.

    • pkers - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Not that it takes anything away from what Fernandez did, but Fredi did pretty much concede the game by not starting half of his regulars (the brothers Upton, Chris Johnson, and Uggla). Justin was probably the only one who might have had a chance to do anything against Jose; doubtful the other 3 would have altered the outcome.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      After two masterful eight inning, one-run outings in which his offense did dick-all against an ace pitcher, Wood saw he was matched uo with Fernandez again and figured “why bother?”

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      No one was more relieved than Pastornicky when MLB changed the “fake throw to first with a guy on third” rule, got him every time.

    • moogro - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      That Hechavarria dive was very Simmons-like. Really great.

  5. johnnysoda - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    1. I find it hilarious that the guy who always complains about guys who say “respect the game”, is now calling the Bleacher Creatures roll call “silly”. Gimme a break.

    2. Both real interleague games were rained out, plus the Nationals were in Houston. Just like the good ol’ days.

    3. The Brewers, with that win, became the fourth team in history to win 20 games before May 1. The other three are the 2001 Mariners, the 2003 Yankees, and the 2008 Diamondbacks.

    4. Speaking of the Diamondbacks, their 22 losses in April is the most in MLB history. Even the 2003 Tigers lost “only” 21 games (however, they did play only 24 games that month).

    • pnakotic - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:10 AM

      I was absolutely positive you had missed the ’84 Tigers, then I looked at their schedule. They only played 20 games in April that year and went 18-2. I mentioned them only because I’d much rather think about ’84 than ’03.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      This is fun – it’s always good to see a smart guy defend a bunch of indefensible morons. More please.

      The roll call is not just silly, it’s obnoxious and brain dead. Even the Captain hates and begrudgingly recognizes those imbeciles. Why aren’t those Mensa members chanting “you sold out” to Tanaka, Ellsbury and McCann?

      The “bleacher creatures” aren’t just a bunch of front-running idiots, they’re loud about it. Please take some cheap shots at me because I insulted your dunce cap brigade.

      Also it would be fun to see you defend McCann for being such a staunch “defender” of the games “traditions.” While you explain how he’s not just as big a “sell out” as Cano.

  6. renaado - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    I saw Billy Hamilton’s homerun in the recaps and it sure was a bomb. But judging from his power numbers in the minors we could all say this is probably the only homerun he will have this season if not I’m positive he won’t even past the 5 hr mark.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:23 AM

      We’re still waiting for Ben Revere’s first.

      • renaado - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:31 AM

        Dude, If I were you… Don’t.

      • dluxxx - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        As a Twins fan, I can tell you that Revere will probably hit one. But it won’t leave the park. That kid has wheels, but no power whatsoever…

      • moogro - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        I saw Revere get one out in batting practice once.

    • pkers - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      Waiting for some inside-the-park jobs by him. Those should be fun to watch.

    • metalhead65 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      doesn’t matter, he is not in big leagues to hit homers. his job is to get on base and he is starting to get better at that plus he plays a much better center field than he gets credit for. guess you must have to play for the cardinals to get your defensive highlights shown as he dives and get to balls with the best of them.

      • renaado - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        Exactly, just as long he gets on base and the power bats in the lineup do the rest. He and his team should be fine.

  7. doncorleone17 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Them Mets tho looking tough to beat….

  8. thedoubleentandres - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    You said it man…nobody effs with the Jose

  9. chill1184 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Great outing by Niese and going for 7 innings. However I am curious if it was just a normal game in which the team beats up on Hamels or is he still hurt?

  10. chip56 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Craig accusing others of not being self-aware enough to recognize their own hypocrisy is just the laugh I needed to start my day.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      You’re just about the last of the obnoxious troll brigade, Are your arms getting tired waving that flag without the help of your pals?

      • chip56 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Pointing out that some of Craig’s posts are hypocritical doesn’t make me a troll. Unless by “troll” you mean “correct”?

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        No, you’re a troll because that’s all you ever do. Non-trolls don’t read writers that they don’t like solely for the opportunity to make stupid comments. That’s your job.

        You have entirely failed in your self-appointed mission here. Why don’t you just leave and take your mean-spiritedness with you?

        P.S. – you’re only pointing out hypocrisy when you give examples. Another total failure on your part. Then again, trolls aren’t too particular about facts or logic.

      • chip56 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        Actually, I don’t dislike Craig’s posts. I think many of them are good. I think some of them aren’t and I think some of them are hypocritical.

        If you would like an example of the latter, here you go:

        During the Biogenesis/Alex Rodriguez investigation, suspension and subsequent appeal, Craig would often post columns ripping writers for using their columns to vilify PED users. What Craig was doing in those columns is essentially saying, “it’s wrong for writers to use their vehicles to express their opinions about PED users. I, however, can continue to use my columns to say that PED use isn’t a big deal.” That sir, is hypocritical.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        All you’ve done is prove my point on your logic deficiencies. He never said that writers shouldn’t express their opinions about PED users, and he has never argued that PED use isn’t a big deal.

        He has, however, pointed out many specific instances of bad and hysterical writing.

        All you’re doing is spinning, you aren’t arguing. Also, you shouldn’t use quotation marks when you’re (totally inaccurately) paraphrasing. I asked you for one specific example of Craig’s hypocrisy, and you gave a broad and inaccurate sweeping generalization. That is just so feeble-minded of you.

        And don’t call me sir.

      • chip56 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        And this is where I call you a sycophant fan-boy. Craig has not pointed out bad and/or hysterical writing. He has pointed out writers who feel as strongly as he does about the issue, just on the other side, and called it bad or hysterical and many here have lapped it up like a stray cat takes to a saucer of milk.

        If you do not like my posts I suggest you take your own advice and move along. Boards like this are about a free exchange of ideas and thought. You are free to post your unyielding loyalty to Mr. Calcaterra all you wish, just as I am free to be critical when I want to be.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        I disagree with Craig all the time. I just have yet to find a single example of him being hypocritical. My personality-type is the polar opposite of sycophant.

        When you have to resort to such sad non-arguments, you expose yourself as an empty vessel. You continue to have absolutely nothing to say, and you like to shout about it. I do not like your posts, and I never have. Where would you have me move along to, Chip56?

        The day you actually make a decent case for your totally unsupported claims I will listen. But until then, you will remain a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

        Even when I disagree with Craig, which as I mentioned, is often, I still respect him. His opinions come with explanations and facts to buttress them. Your opinions are unsupported and unsupportable. And as such, I have zero respect for you.

      • chip56 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        I can’t begin to tell you how personally wounded I am by the notion that someone I do not know and will never meet doesn’t respect me.

        I stand behind my argument. That Craig railing against writers for using their vehicles to espouse a passionate argument while he uses his vehicle to espouse a passionate argument of the same topic from the other side, is hypocrisy.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        You don’t have an argument. You never have.

        And as a person who has never met me, allow me to point out just how brave it is for you to call me a “sycophant fan-boy” who laps up writing like a stray cat with a saucer of milk. You are an absolute paragon of decency & bravery.

      • chip56 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Didn’t you open this dialogue with the suggestion that if I don’t like the posting of the author I move along?

        Doctor, heal thyself.

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        chip56: “During the Biogenesis/Alex Rodriguez investigation, suspension and subsequent appeal, Craig would often post columns ripping writers for using their columns to vilify PED users. What Craig was doing in those columns is essentially saying, “it’s wrong for writers to use their vehicles to express their opinions about PED users. I, however, can continue to use my columns to say that PED use isn’t a big deal.” That sir, is hypocritical.”

        That is one of the dumbest things I have ever read.

      • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Let’s understand something before we lump Chip in with some of the lowlifery that got nuked the other day: he may be irritating, compulsively negative and logically deficient, and he may annoy quite a few of us the way he knows he annoys me, but fair is fair: he has never to my knowledge crossed any of the lines that Craig drew in the sand on Monday. When he argues, whatever you or I might think of the internal consistency of his arguments, he stays on point are rarely if ever tries to move the goal posts the way some of the trolls Craig pithed often did.

        He’s in the same category, more or less, as babyfark, though I would have to call babyfark much funnier and more entertaining. If Chip would grow hisself a sense of humor he’d be worth arguing with in the first place.

      • chip56 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        Old Gator –

        Thanks, I think.

        I do have a sense of humor. I take none of this seriously, though I do enjoy a good debate.

      • clemente2 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Agree with moses—chip, you post what you claim are statements about Craig’s posts that strike me as unfounded and exhibiting an alarming reading comprehension issue. Your latest example is, first, not an example, but a straw man you erected to knock down, and, second, appears to me to bear no resemblence to Craig’s comments on PEDS writers.

        Talk about what Craig really says.

      • grumpyoleman - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        “Your latest example is, first, not an example, but a straw man you erected to knock down, and, second, appears to me to bear no resemblence to Craig’s comments on PEDS writers.”

        I think I better grab a cup of coffee and weave my way back through that sentence again.

      • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        You should practice with the opening sentence of Finnegan’s Wake first….

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Heh heh – I’ll start with the last sentence instead.

        I do, however, plan to someday leap from my coffin bawling for whiskey.

  11. detroitr1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    A squeeze play in the 9th? This ain’t Leyland’s Tigers anymore (note to other Tigers fans: I was never a member of the ‘FIAR’ Leyland! society)

  12. stevietimmy - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Egads! The “Bleacher Creatures” did what now??? They threw bananas at opposing players? Taunted them with chants using words that deride the developmentally disabled? Horrible! Oh wait…

    Yawn.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      If the Bleacher Creatures really had thrown a banana at Robbie, I really hope he would have handled it Dani Alves style.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      So, poor sportsmanship that falls short of racism or discriminating against the disabled is okay with you? Well, don’t be surprised if others don’t share that view and call you out for acting like ding-dongs about things. You’re lucky he didn’t make fun of them for being so dumb about it.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Hey, they don’t chant “Why are you gay?” during the YMCA anymore. How much do you want from neanderthals?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Pom-pons…and maybe a dance number?

  13. TigerTorrey - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    “You sold out!”

    Seriously yankees fans? Most of your players this past decade sold out to play for NYY money.

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Mrs. Carolyn Presky, you’ve soo-o-o-o-llllld OUT! Now let’s see what you’ve won here on your fifth day on Hawaiian Sellout! George, what’s Miz Presky’s heave so far?

      – Right Jack! So far, a set of broken cullet bars for Mrs. P’s new home. Some leveled mung skis and water rollers for that fun filled open season! A goodbye standup pre-heater with a smoked window and now….THREE HUNDRED POUNDS of Chef Aintoine’s southern fried gligs, toasted to a gold perfection, re-heated and returned to water before you’re ready Miz P! And inside, lookit that, two shelves where none are needed, close the door and the light….stays on!

      • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        *cubed, reheated and returned to water….

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        All right Gator, I know this has been done before but I confess not to know where it’s from. Clue?

      • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        (Aghast) Firesign Theater, Don’t Crush that Dwarf; Hand me the Pliers

        Oh come on now….you of all people….

  14. historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    And THAT, you pitcherwannabehitter ball folks, is how the bunt is done. It’s not a throwaway gimmick for a guy who has no business hitting to use to fill space like a guitar solo in a Katy Perry song. It had the element of surprise. It was risky. It was fantastically done. It involved no strategy from dugout generals pouring over their maps, each side knowing what the other would do — each side praying to the same God. Victory by bunt. It is good.

  15. sdelmonte - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    The REAL story in the Yankees game is that one a day when the rotation just got thinner still, the former ace regressed against a weak hitting team. Weather may have played a factor, but it still can’t be encouraging to see that CC is as likely to throw a dud as a quality start. Might be a longer season in the Bronx that it seems just two weeks ago. Or it might not, given how flat the whole division’s been.

    Meanwhile, let’s give it up for Niese! But Craig, if someone wins six in a row, will you link to a photo of Six? If they win eleven in a row, will you link to Matt Smith?

  16. ptfu - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    The Mets have seven of nine? No wonder Matt Harvey wanted to stay in New York.

  17. happytwinsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    This is news. The Twins, even though their pitching staff has been sitting for the last three days, is bringing up Kris Johnson from triple A, to start the second game of the makeup double header they hope to get in on Thursday. This must mean that they’re seriously thinking of bumping somebody from the rotation. My first guess is Pelfry, who is starting the first game. If so, that’s a rather Machiavellian maneuver that I wouldn’t have expected from my milk and cookies Twins.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      Here you go, Mike. These are fresh baked Toll House cookies, here’s some cold milk, and here’s your ticket to Rochester.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Here you go Jimmy Pohlad, a nice fresh 10 million dollar contract to eat.

    • dluxxx - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      I think it’ll be news if the Twins are actually able to get their double header in. It’s been a miserable month here and we already have like 2 or 3 games to make up. It’s going to be a lot of day/night double headers in our future.

      Also, if they aren’t able to get all three games in with the Dodgers, when in the world are they supposed to make them up? Especially if there’s more than one game to make up?

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        I don’t know when they make them up, but it will be the Californee boys who’ll have to fly cross country and play two. Hee hee hee.

  18. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Pirates vs. Orioles may end up being a problem, because the rain still hasn’t stopped and doesn’t appear to have any end in sight. If tonight’s game is washed out, and they aren’t able to get a doubleheader scheduled on Thursday, I’m not sure when they’ll reschedule this 3 game set. Mother nature doesn’t appear to be a fan of interleague play.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Man, you aren’t kidding. What the heck are they going to do?

      I have this fantasy from my APBA days that we are going to have such a shift in weather patterns that several games a year simply can’t be made up, and the games will get decided by managers getting together in the clubhouse and rolling dice. If they televised this, I would absolutely watch.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Lookit the pouting thumbers. Don’t their bitter tears taste oh, so sweet? We drink your tearshake, anonymous little trolls.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Sad, illiterate thumb-harpies – I slake my thirst on their tongue-tied trollish tearshakes. I drink deeply of their inarticulate rage and spit back eloquent fire.

      • APBA Guy - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Your APBA days should never end. We have guys in our league that have played for 50 years. Some of us kids never grow up :)

      • renaado - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        I really don’t mind this harpy thing though, but it happenin almost everyday now is kinda…. Creepy. Could these be the guys who Craig has banned a long time ago?

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        All of my posts so far today have exactly six downies. Let’s see how many this one gets.

        I like apple pie but I prefer blueberry. If you prefer apple, I don’t mind.

      • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Here’s their big wooden bunny back. I evacuate my nostrils in their direction.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      It’s not just interleague play. The Tigers are behind like 3 games now between snow-out and rain-outs. We are cold because we can’t get into a rhythm of playing regularly. ‘Tis the rainy season. April showers….

    • clydeserra - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      meh, its not like the Mariners and marlins or the padres and blue jays.

      it’ll work out

  19. mvp43 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    The Brewers taking the first 2 games in StL without Braun, Segera & Ramirez….. is amazing. Their pen is awesome.

  20. nbjays - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Oh, good, the harpy finally showed up. I was starting to worry…

    • renaado - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      I’m gettin the feeling we probably knew who these guys are…

      • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        We do. They need to hire some coyotes to get them back inside. I know of a portal into the NBCverse along the border in Arizona.

  21. APBA Guy - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Actually kind of a boring game in Arlington last night, as Texas was never in it, and the A’s seemingly had complete control. Quite a contrast again from the last two games at Houston. Last night was another good example of patience and plate discipline as the A’s kept the bats on their shoulder for pitches out of the zone. When they did get pitches to hit, their swings-even Donaldson’s-were solid, not wild. Very nice for the beloved A’s, who need to win again today to bring the season record against Texas to .500.

    • clydeserra - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      I liked the use of doolittle in the 9th to get him back on track.

      • APBA Guy - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        He’s been prone to that blow-up inning this year and last, it seems when he can’t keep the ball down. He just seems to have a night or two-or three-in a row when it isn’t working for him, then all of a sudden he’ll turn the corner for a week or 2. I’m sure Curt Young is working on it.

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