The Braves and Yankees are both at .500 and both won yesterday despite each losing a future Hall of Fame third baseman to a quadriceps injury. Coincidence? Actually, yes it is.
Reds 4, Brewers 3: Ned Yost trots Eric Gagne out for the fourth day in a row, and he promptly gives up back to back home runs to the immortal Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Bako in the bottom of the 10th. Word is that Yost hits on 19 if the dealer is showing a face card too. BTW: Votto still hasn't walked yet.
Braves 6, Dodgers 1: According to Jair Jurrjens' Wikipedia page, Jair is "known for his fun-loving demeanor and devil-may-care attitude." As of right now, he's also the best baseball player from Curacao, as he struck out countryman Andruw Jones three straight times and gave up one earned in seven as the Braves swept the Dodgers.
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3: The Tigers -- with a team ERA of 6.22 entering play yesterday -- could use a young flamethrower with a fun-loving demeanor and devil-may-care attitude about now. Too bad they traded him to Atlanta over the winter. As for the Jays, benching and then releasing Frank Thomas may or may not have been inspired by cheapness, but starting a guy with a career .288 OBP in his place at DH is downright insulting. To his credit, Thomas was a total pro when interviewed about it all last night. I doubt I would have been.
Phillies 5, Mets 4: When last we saw Eric Bruntlett on national TV vs. the Mets, he was busy booting two balls in one six-run inning, helping the Phillies lose the game. Last night he saved theday in the ninth with a nifty play on a hot shot up the middle. Given how badly he was booed earlier, he'd better either (a) do that a couple of times a game; or (b) start hitting some more as he takes over short for the disabled Jimmy Rollins, lest he get run out of town on a rail. Of course if Chase Utley continues like this (3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI) maybe no one will notice.
Yankees 7, Orioles 1: One of the two effective members of the Yankees' rotation goes seven innings without giving up a run. Pettitte and Wang and trade for Harang?
Marlins 6, Nats 1: Hanley Ramirez hits two 400+ foot homers from the leadoff slot and Scott Olsen (7 IP, 1 ER) turns in another strong outing. In other news, my Ryan Zimmerman man-crush is quickly turning into a source of embarrassment (he's at .215/.244/.342 now). Look, it was opening day. I was a little drunk. These things happen.
Cubs 13, Pirates 6: The Cubs had 18 hits, 7 walks, and a dude reached on an error. If anything, they probably should have scored more than 13 runs.
A's 7, Royals 1: And thus endeth the Royals brief era-of-good feelings. In case any of you "this could be just like 2003" optimists are still clinging to hope, Kansas City was 16-3 nineteen games in that year. In 2008 they are 9-10.
Giants 8, Cardinals 2: I'm as guilty as the next guy for perpetuating the jokes about San Francisco's offense. But really, the wisecracks are getting old and the whole meme is getting tired. How about looking at the positive for once? How about trying to find something nice to say for a change? Look, the G-Men laid 8 runs on the NL's hottest team yesterday! How about that?! Oh . . . really? Well, yes, I suppose it is worth noting that they're still last in runs scored in all of baseball. Sigh.
Padres 9, Diamondbacks 4: The line (5.2 IP, 6H, 4ER) suggests that the Big Unit doesn't have it anymore, but the bigger story here seems to be the pitch count. He was cruising until the 6th inning and then ran out of gas and got smacked around. Query: why is Bob Melvin letting Johnson throw 104 pitches as he's still trying to shed the rust from his injury and rehab? The D-backs are playing really well, are getting great pitching from everyone else, and already have a decent lead in their division, Why not let Johnson ease into things with 75-80 pitches and leave the game on a high? That extra inning or two from him is going to be much more valuable in September than it is now.
White Sox 6, Rays 0: Evan Longoria is 1-10 with 1 RBI since Friday. It's always the same with these guys. The minute they sign that big deal they lose that edge and hunger that served them so well early in their careers.