Sunday, April 15, 2007

Stealing Signals: The Sandman Gives One Up.

A's 5, Yankees 4 - Oakland SS Marco Scutaro knocks one out on Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera (the last player grandfathered in when #42 was retired league-wide) for a three-run walk-off homer. Scutaro was hitting .050 and wrecked a quality start from the Yanks' Andy Pettitte, and it will be the last quality start the Bronx Bombers will see for a while, as both Carl Pavano and Mike Mussina join Chien-Ming Wang on the DL.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 4
- Arizona 1B Tony Clark hits two homers while filling in for Conor Jackson and wearing #42. 2B Orlando Hudson, also decked out with Robinson's number, goes 2-for-3 to up his early batting average to .412, and like any ballplayer worth his salt, refuses to talk about his hot start -- "I ain't talking about no hitting."

Indians 2, White Sox 1 - Wearing the #42 for the Indians, C.C. Sabathia mows down the Pale Hose for eight innings. Errors by the White Sox infield plus walks from Jose Contreras didn't help, especially seeing that the only Indian hit came from Grady Sizemore to lead off the game.

Cardinals 10, Brewers 2 - Someone awakened Mt. Pujols, as Albert tees off twice with 5 RBIs as the Cards demolish Milwaukee ace Ben Sheets.

Reds 1, Cubs 0
- We may be able to count Kyle Lohse as yet another mediocre AL pitcher whose numbers get better after moving to the NL, as he struck out 12 over eight innings. Ted Lilly may also be in that category, but it won't help him if the Cubs' bats don't produce. Piniella probably needs to rant again about the lack of pop in the bats.

Dodgers 9, Padres 3 - With all of the Dodgers wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, the team stole five bases and knocked Chris Young around early. I turned this game off midway not only due to a 5-1 score in the 2nd, but also because ESPN, Jon Miller, and Joe Morgan did everything in their power to NOT call the game in order to talk about Robinson for the whole telecast. Much as I appreciate the tribute as a fan, call the fucking game. I switched to Versus simulcasting the CBC coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and I didn't miss much.

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