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.
It’s not exactly fourth and ten, but to the Atlanta Braves it may feel like that. Just when it looked like the Braves were a shoe-in for a playoff berth, along came a sweep by Philadelphia and some untimely losses to lowly Washington.
The Texas Rangers have not been playing well as of late but were still coming closer to clinching the American League West title.
This week there were a few moves made that could impact playoff contending teams (and that is precisely why these moves were made). Derek Lee of the Chicago Cubs agreed to be traded to the Atlanta Braves, who are currently in first place in the National League East.
Tuesday was the day of two long awaited arrivals. In Washington DC, 2009’s first overall pick Stephen Strasburg made his Major League debut versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. With a sellout crowd at Nationals Park (around 44,000), fans arrived early to get a glimpse of the highly touted pitcher warming up.
The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals were matched up in another pitcher’s duel on Sunday afternoon. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo allowed two runs on six hits in eight innings while striking out five.
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.
Felipe Paulino of the Houston Astros has yet to win a game this season.
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.
With the Detroit Tigers return home, the team and the fans honored the late Ernie Harwell. The long-time and great broadcaster of the Tigers passed away from cancer last Tuesday.