Opening Day Part 2 was a tough day to be an ace. In Cleveland, Indians ace Fausto Carmona lasted into the fourth inning, while allowing ten runs on 11 hits.
The Minnesota Twins became the first team to clinch a playoff spot as they defeated the Cleveland Indians while the second place Chicago White Sox lost their 8th straight game, this time losing to the Oakland A’s.
The NY Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays battled into extra innings on Saturday afternoon. Both teams’ starters were solid. For the Yankees, Andy Pettitte allowed two runs on five hits in 7.2 innings while striking out ten.
Even though MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced he would not reverse the call to give Armando Galarraga a perfect game, Galarraga was presented with a red Chevy Corvette before the game.
MLB almost had their second perfect game of the week (Roy Halladay completed one on Saturday), though according to most, there was a perfect game achieved Wednesday in Detroit.
Memorial Day was celebrated throughout baseball with a moment of silence at 3 o’clock throughout the country, pre-game celebrations of veterans and current armed forces members, and the annual wearing of commemorative baseball hats (with this year being white hats with a red brim).
There were just four games on the MLB slate for Monday. The Chicago White Sox, who were battered on Sunday against the Florida Marlins, jumped all over Cleveland Indians starter Justin Masterson for four runs in the first inning.
The big matchup of these two-game series throughout baseball was the Tampa Bay Rays visiting the NY Yankees.
It was a rainy night in Baltimore as the two worst teams in the American League faced off. Kyle Davies for the KC Royals (who struggles on the road) matched up against the O’s Brad Bergesen (who was 9-2 at Camden Yards so far in his career).
The NY Yankees decided to skip Javier Vazquez in the rotation again and went with Sergio Mitre to make the spot start. Mitre allowed just one run (on a homerun by Justin Morneau) in 5+ innings.
In Baltimore last night, the Orioles and Cleveland Indians threw rookie pitchers and both were stellar.