Friday, April 12, 2013

The Athletics Sweep and Thursday’s Box Scores

The popular story from Thursday was the Dodger-Padres brawl, as Zack Greinke broke his collarbone and Matt Kemp and Carlos Quentin will likely be suspended. The less discussed story was the Athletics sweeping the Angels, outscoring the Halos 28-11. Chris Davis reclaimed his share in the home run lead, with his 6th, while Michael Morse fractured his pinkie finger.

Blue Jays 1 v Tigers 11: Josh Johnson gives up 6 runs in 1.1 innings, while Doug Fister pitches 8 strong.  Miguel Cabrera showed off his speed by stealing a base and hitting a triple. Prince Fielder is batting .355 and has the lowest average of the Tigers top 4 hitters. (Detroit won the series 2-1)

Giants 7 v Cubs 6: The Giants won despite Ryan Vogelsong giving up 4 ER in 6 innings. Sergio Romo picked up his 6th save. Anthony Rizzo hit his third home run of the year. (San Francisco leads the series 1-0)

White Sox 4 v Nationals 7: Dan Haren came away with a win and Rafael Soriano picked up his 5th save. Alex Rios clubbed two doubles for the White Sox. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman had two RBI and Jason Werth and Denard Span both stole their first base. (Washington swept the series 3-0)

Orioles 3 v Red Sox 2: Alfredo Aceves stepped back into a starting role for the Red Sox and pitched good enough to keep the team in contention. However, Adam Jones would have none of it, hitting the tying and go ahead RBI. Chris Davis hit his sixth home run of the season. Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli had multi-hit games for the Red Sox.  (Baltimore won the series 2-1)

Athletics 8 v Angels 1: The original news of the day was Mike Trout batting second for the first time since 2011. The switch did not spark any offense and the As outhit the Halos 16-5, including 8 XBH to 1 XBH.  AJ Griffin pitched 8 innings for the As while striking out two.  (Oakland swept the series 3-0)

Rangers 4 v Mariners 3: Felix Hernandez gives up 10 hits and 4 runs in 6.2 innings. Michael Morse was struck in the hand and has a broken pinky, likely sidelining him for a short period of time.  Franklin Gutierrez hit his fourth home run and AJ Pierzynski hit his second. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his third save. (Texas leads the series 1-0)

Dodgers 3 v Padres 2: Carlos Quentin charged the mound and Zack Greinke broke his collarbone. That news overshadowed that Adrian Gonzalez hit his first homerun of the season and Kenley Jansen registered his first save. Pay close attention to MLB press releases as suspensions will surely be coming. (Los Angeles won the series 2-1)

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