Red Sox 6, Indians 4: What do you do when you're head-to-head with the World Champs and you're clinging to a one-run lead entering the ninth inning? You call in your shutdown closer, that's what you do. Unfortunately Cleveland doesn't have one of those, so they let Joe Borowski pitch (.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, game losing homer with two out in the ninth to Manny Ramirez). Adding insult to injury, Manny tells the AP reporter that he couldn't tell if the pitch he ripped was a fastball or a changeup, which has long been the signature of your better closers.
Royals 5, Mariners 1: The Royals' starters continue the domination we all expected of them before the season started (Greinke: CG, 5 H, 1 ER). Um, we did all expect this, right?
A's 2, White Sox 1: Something called Greg Smith gives up 1 run over 7 innings to win a pitchers' duel over Mark Buehrle. The backup catcher on my Diamond Mind sim league team goes 4-4, making me wish it was a fantasy team instead.
Yankees 8, Rays 7: Ian Kennedy allows ten base runners in six innings, but only gives up three runs in what passes for the best start of the season from New York's young duo. Having A-Rod (4-5, HR), Damon (2-3, HR, 3 RBI), and Cano (1-1, PH homer to put the Bombers ahead to stay) in your corner helps an awful lot. Al Reyes (.2 IP, gave up Cano homer and hung with the loss) continues to have an utterly forgettable week.
Tigers 11, Twins 9: Detroit finds themselves down 5-0 in the 6th inning, but thankfully encounters a bullpen more wretched than their own (2.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER) to pull off the come from behind victory in what, based on the box score anyway, looks like it was a profoundly ugly game.
Pirates 6, Dodgers 4: There are blown saves, and then there are BLOWN SAVES. Takashi Saito experiences the latter (1 IP, 4 H, 3ER, gives up game winning homer with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth). Wait, Saito is on my Diamond Mind team too, so I guess I'm cool with it being a sim instead of a roto thing. In other news, Andruw Jones (.114, 0 HR, 2 RBI) has picked up where he left off last season.
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4: Randy Johnson makes his first start since last June. He wasn't the Big Unit we all know and, well, admire with detachment, but he did strikeout 7 over 5 innings in a losing effort.