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Orioles Knock Hanrahan Sox Off

With a 5-3 lead heading into the 9th inning, the Boston Red Sox felt pretty good about taking the first two games against the Baltimore Orioles.  Ryan Dempster pitched 5 solid innings of 3 run (1 earned) ball striking out 7 Orioles and bullpen backed him up with 3 innings striking out 5 more Birds.  Hanrahan took the mound at Fenway, making his 5th appearance of the season, and had already closed the door on 3 games.  Hanrahan gave up a lead off home run to the RBI King, Chris Davis, struck out Matt Wieters and got J.J Hardy to pop up to third.  Up a run with 2 outs, the Red Sox closer gave up a single, a stolen base, a walk, a walk, a wild pitch scoring a run, and then a 3 run homer to Manny Machado.  Orioles now lead 8-5.  Jim Johnson set the Sox down in order, picking up his 3rd save and the Orioles beat the Red Sox.

Mike Napoli, who went 0fer, is now 6 for 34 with 12 strike outs and 1 walk.  I still like him playing home games at Fenway though.

Mark Buehrle got knocked around again as the Detroit Tigers scored 6 runs (5 earned) off the veteran lefty.  Buehrle now has pitched 9.2 innings over two starts allowing 14 hits & 12 runs (11 earned).  He only allowed more than 4 earned runs in 3 starts all of last season, so I think there is nothing to worry about here with Buehrle.  Toronto is just trying to figure somethings out. 

Mark DeRosa hid a pinch hit 2 run double and walked with the bases loaded giving him 3 RBI last night.  J.P. Arencibia also added 3 RBI on a bases loaded double.

Casey Janssen picked up his second save of the season and now has 5 strike outs in 3 innings pitched allowing just a single hit and no walks.

Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen pitched a 5 hit shutout against the Texas Rangers.  Moore lasted just 5 innings as he walked 6 but he only allowed one hit while striking out 5.  Derek Holland pitched well for the Rangers going 8 strong, in a losing effort.  Fernando Rodney picked up his first save.

Desmond Jennings hit his 5th double of the season, which is a great sign considering he hit just 19 of them in 505 ABs last season.

The Kansas City Royals continue to be the best team in the American League Central, shutting out the Minnesota Twins.  Wade Davis picked up his first win in a Royals uniform and struck out 6 Twins over 5 innings.  Bruce Chen pitched 3 innings out of the bullpen before Kelvin Herrera, not Greg Holland, shut the door in the 9th, earning his second save of the season and striking out the side.

Not only are the Oakland Athletics sitting in first place in the American League West, they own the American Leagues best record at 7-2.  Only the Atlanta Braves (8-1) have a better record in all of baseball. 

Brandon Moss lead the A's over the Angels as Moss hit a triple and a home run while driving in 5 runs.  Seth Smith added 2 doubles and 2 RBI.

Tommy Milone improved to 2-0 and dating back to last season the Athletics are 10-1 in his last 11 regular season starts. 

Albert Pujols did his best to help adding 4 hits, 2 doubles, but didn't drive in any runs

The Houston Astros scored another 8 runs last night, and J.D. Martinez, who is finally getting ABs has 5 RBI in the last two games.  Chris Carter has 3 home runs and 5 RBI during the Astros barrage. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and St Louis Cardinals all scored 10 runs last night.  They out scored their opponents 30-2 as the Giants and Cardinals shut out their opponents.

For the DBacks A.J. Pollack hit a double and 2 home runs scoring 3 times and driving in 4 runners.

For the Cardinals it was Matt Adams and Matt Carpetner doing most of the damage.  Both Matt's had a double and a home run combing for 5 RBI.  Carlos Beltran and Jon Jay also hit home runs. 

Jake Westbrook pitched a complete game shutout to improve to 2-0.  That's impressive stuff against a Cincinnati Reds lineup.

Jeff Francis never made it out of the second inning as the Giants beat up on the Rockies.  Barry Zito improved to 2-0 pitching 7 shutout innings.  Buster Posey hit a double and a triple to plate 3 runs while scoring twice himself.  Andres Torres added 3 hits, including a double, driving in 2 runners.

The New York Mets lost 2 of 3 in Philly but John Buck now had 5 home runs and homered in all 3 games.  Lucas Duda and Jordanny Valdespin added 3 hits a piece in a losing effort.  Duda hit 2 home runs.

Chase Utley, Domonic Brown and Laynce Nix each hit home runs for the Phillies and tallied all 7 of the teams RBI.

The Atlanta Braves continue to dominate the league, improving to 8-1 as they shut out the Miami Marlins 8-0.  Mike Minor improved to 2-0 after pitching 5.2 innings.  Rookie catcher Evan Gattis hit his 3rd home run of the season and drove in 3 hitting clean up.  Jordan Schafer added 4 hits filling in for B.J. Upton who got the night off.  Juan Francisco added 3 hits including a two run homer.

Brandon League nearly blew the save for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the San Diego Padres scored twice on him in the 9th inning.  Leagued picked up his 3rd save.

Carl Crawford added two more hits, a triple and a home run, to raise his batting average to .464.  This is a great sign for those of you who were brave enough to draft him.

Nick Hundley was 4 for 4 in a losing effort.

Jordan Zimmermann improved to 2-0 going 7 strong innings against the Chicago White Sox.  Rafael Soriano picked up his 4th save of the season.

Bryce Harper added his 4th home run of the season, and the Nationals middle of the infield went 5 for 8 scoring 3 runs.  Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa each hit doubles and Desmond added a triple as well.

The New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians & the Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs games were postponed due to rain.