Toronto Blue Jays 6, Detroit Tigers 2
This game marked the first time in Major League history that two former 1st round picks made their MLB debut going head to head. Ricky Romero was fabulous as he went 6 innings allowing 7 hits and only 2 earned runs striking out 5. Rick Porcello was decent for Detroit going 5 and striking out 3 while only walking one. Adam Lind continued his hot start by collecting 3 hits and homering. Curtis Granderson homered in the losing effort for the Tigers.
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Chris Carpenter carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning and only allowed one hit, which is all the Pirates could muster to close out the series in St. Louis. The Cardinals scratched two runs across to take the game and earn a home split. Carpenter’s performance was a very encouraging sign for the Cardinals who cannot take the central without a real ace. Carpenter is their only hope.
The Cleveland Indians aren’t getting anything out of their starting staff. Carl Pavano topped the efforts of Cliff Lee and Fausto Carmona by allowing 9 earned runs and 3 walks with 6 hits in an inning of work. Marlon Byrd homered and drove in 5 runs, and Ian Kinsler got his first home run of the season. The Indians offense showed signs of life, getting 2 home runs from Grady Sizemore, and also one from Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, and Kelly Shoppach. The Indians open up their home ballpark tonight after getting swept to begin the season in Texas.
Nick Swisher (5 RBI, HR) and Robinson Cano (HR, 4 runs) had huge games for the Yankees to give them their first victory of the season and avoid a sweep in Baltimore. AJ Burnett and Mark Teixeira (2 hits, HR) also paid big dividends. Burnett struck out 6 and allowed only 2 earned in 5 and 1/3 innings. The Yankees hung the loss on Baltimore’s Alfredo Simon.
Kansas City showed some early signs of life, getting to White Sox closer Bobby Jenks. Coco Crisp hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 9th inning to put the Royals up 2-0. The Royals got a sparkling start from Kyle Davies who fanned 8 hitters and allowed only 3 hits in 7 innings of shutout baseball. Joakim Soria hung on for the save in the 9th.