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We’re going to start doing these a lot more often. Here were some of the highlights of last night’s action:

Washington Nationals 7, Chicago White Sox 4
The Washington Nationals finished out their second straight home sweep and are now 6-0 at home on the season. Danny Haren recorded his first win, Rafael Soriano earned the save for the third straight ballgame, and Bryce Harper had another multi-hit night with two walks. Adam Dunn played left field, too.

Los Angeles Dodgers 3, San Diego Padres 2
The infamous Carlos Quentin-Zack Greinke brawl game. Yonder Alonso had a couple of knocks for the Fathers, and Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run home run for the Dodgers. Important to note that Kenley Jansen logged his first save of the season for the Dodgers. Or maybe it won’t be that important to note, but we’re noting it anyways.

Texas Rangers 4, Seattle Mariners 3
Felix Hernandez’s fastball spent most of the night in the low-90′s. I think we’re going to see a different King Felix than we have in the past. One that picks corners and doesn’t walk people and relies less on blowing guys away. He allowed 10 hits including a home run to A.J. Pierzynski. The Mariners have lost three straight.

Detroit Tigers 11, Toronto Blue Jays 1
Don’t bet against Doug Fister right now! Fister has struggled with his control all spring but managed 8 strong innings of one run baseball, while striking out five and walking one. Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, and Prince Fielder have begun the season in a fiesty fashion.

Oakland Athletics 8, Anaheim Angels 1
This might finally be the year that Mike Scioscia gets fired. Really. Things are not going well in Anaheim. Mike Trout fantasy owners are expecting a triple-double every night and forget this is not the NBA. Albert Pujols looks ancient as ever before. Josh Hamilton pulled his average to .200, though. The A’s are everything inverse of the Angels. They use guys like Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, and Eric Sogard. Eric Sogard looks like a scientist or biologist.

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Cincinnati Reds 4, Atlanta Braves 1
This will forever be known as the game where the same guy caught back-to-back home run balls hit by the Reds. Mike Leake was solid for eight innings and also homered. Drew Stubbs went deep twice. The Reds have won three games in a row and are just a half game back in the NL Central race behind the Cardinals.

Washington Nationals 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Bryce Harper goes into Philly and comes away 1-0 in his first attempt. Harper went 2 for 4 with a stolen bag and a run. Gio Gonzalez was electric, and although Henry Rodriguez tried to blow things for the Nationals in the 9th, Sean Burnett came on and got the final two outs for the save.

Seattle Mariners 6, Texas Rangers 1
Ichiro had a decent ballgame, and Felix Hernandez did what Felix Hernandez is supposed to do. Yu Darvish was a bit shaky with six free passes. Josh Hamilton went 0 for 4, while little-known Kyle Seager is OPSing at a .792 clip through last evening.


Oakland A’s 2, Anaheim Angels 1
The Angels just aren’t good. Albert Pujols isn’t coming out of anything. Mike Trout drove in the Angels lone run last night, and Tommy Milone improved to 6-3 by going seven strong innings. The Angels fall to 18-25 on the season.

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Colorado Rockies 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
In a game that took two hours and twenty-eight minutes to complete, Ubaldo Jimenez earned his first victory of the season in throwing a shutout at Dodger Stadium. He struck out seven hitters and gave up four hits. I figured that Jimenez was due for a good outing, especially when I hear his lack of performance isn’t injury-related but rather 100% due to poor mechanics. If that’s true, he’ll find his way. Old man Todd Helton also hit a solo home run in this game. It was the 340th of his big league career.

Cleveland Indians 13, Toronto Blue Jays 9
Josh Tomlin picked up his 7th win of the year for the Tribe, but he wasn’t spectacular. The Indians jumped out to a 13-0 lead that almost shrunk to a save opportunity for Chris Perez by the time this one ended. Asdrubal Cabrera had four hits, while Matt LaPorta and Travis Buck each had three hits. Adam Everett, Grady Sizemore, and Micheal Brantley all added two hits a piece. Rajai Davis tripled, homered and drove in four runs for the Jays in a losing effort, and wrecked my fantasy stats on Tomlin.

Chicago White Sox 7, Boston Red Sox 4
The Chicago White Sox swept the Red Sox at Fenway Park in a three game series. Paul Kornerko and Alexei Ramirez each had three hits, with Konerko hitting his 12th bomb of the season in this one. Don’t look now, but little Brent Lillibridge has six home runs. David Ortiz had two hits including his 13th home run and Jacoby Elsbury extended my Beat the Streak to 3 games on MLB.com, yeah!

San Francisco Giants 7, St. Louis Cardinals 5 (11 innings)
Cody Ross (4 hits), Nate Schierholtz (3 hits, game tying RBI), and Freddy Sanchez (3 hits) had big offensive nights for the Giants as they rallied to win a game in which Tim Lincecum allowed 5 runs. The win went to Sergio Romo and the save went to Brian Wilson. Fernando Salas blew the save for the Cardinals and Ryan Franklin picked up his fourth loss of the year. The Cardinals lead is down to four games over the Reds in the NL Central with the Brewers sandwiched in between.


Pittsburgh Pirates 9, New York Mets 3

Times are no good for the Mets right now. The Pirates however, are surging a little bit under Clint Hurdle. Kevin Correia picked up win number eight on the season with the bottom half of the lineup doing all the dirty work. Andrew McCutchen had three hits and Brandon Wood had a double and an RBI in this one. Chris Capuano lost his sixth game of the season and in the battered Mets lineup Carlos Beltran had a couple of knocks to go along with the same from Daniel Murphy.

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San Diego Padres 1, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Is this not the type of game that always seems to be played at PETCO Park? Yuck. Ryan Braun left the game with an injury, and he’s now day to day. The Brewers couldn’t get a run in 8 innings off Aaron Harang, so their punishment was facing Heath Bell in the 9th. The lone run in this game was driven in by Orlando Hudson, and he didn’t have a hit. It was his first game back from the disabled list.

St. Louis Cardinals 4, Houston Astros 2
The Cardinals beat up on the sisters of the poor, the Houston Astros. This was the 5th win in a row for the Cardinals since being swept by the Reds. Kyle Mclellan is now 6-1 on the season. Allen Craig homered and had three hits off J.A. Happ. Gerald Laird and Colby Rasmus added big hits for the Cards who took back first place from the Redlegs.

Chicago White Sox 8, Cleveland Indians 2
The Indians have had real problems with the Chicago White Sox this season. Carlos Quentin hit his 9th home run of the year, and Alexei Ramirez had two hits and drove in two while scoring two runs. Juan Pierre, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn also got in on the act. Carlos Santana is hitting .222, lets hope he doesn’t get hot against the Reds. Matt LaPorta hit home run number five. The win to Gavin Floyd, and the loss was hung on Fausto Carmona.

San Francisco Giants 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have allowed their averages to slip all the way down to .319 and .318 respectively. Madison Bumgarner out-dueled Chad Billingsley by going 8 and 2/3 innings for his first win of the year. Freddie Sanchez drove in two runs with Miguel Tejada collecting two hits.


New York Yankees 13, Baltimore Orioles 2

CC Sabathia was rock solid in improving his record to 4-3. Mark Teixeira hit his 10th home run of the season and Eduardo Nunez hit his first for the Yankees. Nick Swisher drove in four runs and Brett Gardner had two hits. Derek Jeter is still hitting .257 for the year. My buddy Tyler’s old teammate Jake Fox had an RBI double in this one off Sabathia.

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Cleveland Indians 7, Kansas City Royals 3 (10)
The Cleveland Indians are 12-4. They waited out the Royals 10 innings and then put four runs on them in the top of the 10th inning. Grady Sizemore had 3 more hits. Matt LaPorta had two hits and a run batted in. Joe Smith earned his first win. Billy Butler was the only royal with multiple hits in this game that Kyle Davies started for Kansas City.

Minnesota Twins 5, Baltimore Orioles 3
Danny Valencia, Micheal Cuddyer, and Drew Butera supplied all of the offense the Twins needed last night; each collecting multiple hits. Butera drove in three runs filling in for Joe Mauer. Francisco Liriano had his best start of the year going 6 and 1/3 inning, allowing only two earned runs to earn his first win. Chris Tillman picked up the loss for Baltimore. Matt Wieters homered for the second time this season and Adam Jones hit his third.

Tampa Bay Rays 5, Chicago White Sox 0
David Price and the Rays blanked the White Sox behind 8 innings from Price. He struck out nine and walked only two. Sam Fuld, Felipe Lopez and Ben Zobrist had really nice offensive ballgames for the Rays. Fuld had four hits, while Lopez and Zobrist added home runs. Edwin Jackson was the loser for the Sox.

Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Atlanta Braves 2
Ted Lilly threw seven shutout innings to earn the victory and struck out six. Tim Hudson was the victim of a rough first inning that the Braves would mount some minor rallies against but never recover fully from. Jerry Sands made his MLB debut with a hit and an RBI. James Loney had a couple of hits and a couple of runs batted in.

Milwaukee Brewers 6, Philadelphia Phillies 3 (12)

This game was on ESPN and was pretty entertaining from what I saw of it. Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun had three hits each. Braun missed a home run by a few feet at the end of the game, but the Brewers scored three times in the top of the 12th off Kyle Kendrick to gain the victory at Citizens Bank. John Axford blew another save. Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard had two hits each for the Phillies.

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Florida Marlins 6, Atlanta Braves 5
I watched this game in its entirety on MLB.tv, and the Braves are struggling mightily. On nights when they get pitching, they’re not getting much offense. The nights they string together some hits, like last night, they’re just not getting enough outs. Chris Coghlan‘s catch of a Brooks Conrad bases loaded line drive saved the game for the Marlins. Hanley Ramirez went 3 for 3, getting on base five times. Brian McCann hit a 3-run home run and Gaby Sanchez hit his first.

New York Yankees 6, Baltimore Orioles 5
Kevin Gregg blew the save for the Orioles in the 9th, and the Yankees won the game in the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Nick Swisher to give Mariano Rivera his first win of the young season. Joba Chamberlain had a crucial 1 and 2/3 of scoreless baseball that he threw to set up the game for Rivera. Jorge Posada hit his 5th home run of the season while Nick Markakis hit his second.

Kansas City Royals 5, Seattle Mariners 1 (8)
Bruce Chen improved to 2-0 while Doug Fister dropped to 0-3 on the season. Wilson Betemit homered on this rainy night, and Alex Gordon got another big hit driving in two with a double. Both pitchers got credit for the complete game. The Mariners ran out Adam Kennedy as their clean-up man, and he had the lone RBI for the now 4-9 M’s.

Houston Astros 1, San Diego Padres 0
Micheal Bourn plated the only run of this ballgame in the 6th inning, scoring Humberto Quintero on an RBI single. Bud Norris threw six innings of shutout baseball, walking three and striking out seven. He was just a little bit better than Dustin Moseley, who went 6 and 2/3 striking out one and walking two. The Padres had only three hits on the day, one belonging to Orlando Hudson who stole his 6th base of the season.

Detroit Tigers 3, Oakland Athletics 0
The A’s continue to lack offensive firepower, getting blanked by Phil Coke over his 7 innings of work and collecting only three hits on the day. Ramon Santiago had two hits for the Tigers, driving in a run and scoring a run. The Tigers collected only four hits, with the other two belonging to Ryan Raburn and Casper Wells.

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Arizona DiamondBacks 13, St. Louis Cardinals 8
A lot went on in this one. Justin Upton hit a three run bomb off Chris Carpenter to get the Dbacks rolling early. Did anyone see Kirk Gibson’s first ejection as a big league manager? He went absolutely nuts. I think the Dbacks have found their skipper. Albert Pujols got three hits–so he may be heating up. Juan Miranda went big fly, as well as Colby Rasmus and Lance Berkman.

Chicago White Sox 6, Oakland Athletics 5 (10)

These two teams are battling one another really tough. Adam Dunn returned from his appendicitis injury with a 1 for 4 performance. Daric Barton had four hits, and Hideki Matsui added three with two RBI’s. Old man Omar Vizquel had three more to add to his career total, now standing at 2,804. The whole damn show was Alexei Ramirez, who homered twice and drove in four including a walk-off job in the 10th.

Anaheim Angels 2, Cleveland Indians 0
The Cleveland Indians ran into a buzzsaw finally that was hot enough to snap their 8-game winning streak in Dan Haren. Haren went the distance, firing a one-hitter that saw .190 hitting Shin-Soo Choo get the only hit for the Tribe. Mark Trumbo homered for the Angels, and Peter Bourjos had two hits including a home run. Fausto Carmona pitched really well in the loss for the Indians who continue to get quality outings out of their staff.

San Francisco Giants 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 4
Brian Wilson looked good in the 9th in this one. He struck out the side, locking down his first save. Buster Posey had three hits and drove in two. Aaron Rowand had two hits, two runs scored and a RBI on a triple in the leadoff spot for the Giants. Tim Lincecum started but wasn’t at his best. Matt Kemp is on fire, getting on base four times and raising his average to .472 for the season.

Tampa Bay Rays 3, Boston Red Sox 2
Boston is 2-9 ladies and gents. Carl Crawford went hitless again. Sam Fuld and Johnny Damon were the ignition at the top of the lineup once again, accounting for three hits and all three runs batted in. David Price out-dueled Jon Lester, which is quite an accomplishment for this frail Rays lineup. Kyle Farnsworth earned his second save, and Darnell McDonald homered in the losing effort for the Sox.

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Cleveland Indians 4, Anaheim Angels 0
The Cleveland Indians have won 8 games in a row. This is about as unlikely of an occurrence as you’ll see in baseball all season long, but they’re doing it. Matt LaPorta and Asdrubal Cabrera homered again, and Mitch Talbot threw eight shutout innings resulting in his second win of the year. Last night was little Tyler Chatwood‘s MLB debut for the Angels, and it didn’t go great.


Los Angeles Dodgers 6, San Francisco Giants 1

When Clayton Kershaw pitches against the Giants, it’s the Clayton Kershaw show. There’s just no two ways about it. He’s absolutely nasty. He went 6 and 2/3 striking out 7, including making Buster Posey look silly a few times. Madison Bumgarner was less than average once again. Before the game the two teams gave a heartfelt speech for the fan who was injured in the attack by anonymous Dodger fans. The champs are reeling right now, getting their lone run on a Pat Burrell home run in the 9th, his fourth of the season.

Oakland Athletics 2, Chicago White Sox 1 (10)
Kurt Suzuki hit the game winning home run in the top of the 10th, made possible by a mis-played fly ball in the top of the 9th by Juan Pierre. Dallas Braden and Mark Buerhle locked up in a really nice duel and the South Siders wasted a good outing by their ace. Matt Thornton has now blown three saves. Jesse Crain picked up the loss and Brian Fuentes picked up the save for the A’s. The A’s pitching has been spectacular in the first 10 games of the season, leaving them at only 5-5.

Tampa Bay Rays 16, Boston Red Sox 5
Just when you think the Red Sox are about to get momentum going, they lay an egg on national television again. I watched a lot of this game on ESPN, but it wasn’t much of a contest. Johnny Damon and Sam Fuld were all the Red Sox could handle, and Fuld nearly hit for the cycle but decided to double one more time than he needed two in laying out a four hit attack and making a great diving catch in the outfield. Ben Zobrist, John Jaso, and Reid Brignac got in on the act for the Rays–and the Red Sox even threw Tim Wakefield out there for a couple of innings. Carl Crawford has his average up to .163 now. Jeremy Hellickson was not spectacular, following up his 10 K performance with only one strikeout but earning his first win to even his record at 1-1.

St. Louis Cardinals 8, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Ageless Lance Berkman homered twice, and Jon Jay hit a pinch hit bomb following up one of Berkman’s, while Albert Pujols went 1 for 5 and saw his average rise. Kyle McClellan earned his first victory of the year going six innings. Melvin Mora and Justin Upton had multi-hit games in the losing effort.

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Philadelphia Phillies 3, Atlanta Braves 0
Cole Hamels was very strong, going 7 innings, striking out 8 and walking one. Jose Contreras earned his second save of the year. Shane Victorino homered and had three hits in the lead off spot for the Phils. The Braves mustered only 5 hits all day long and Derek Lowe pitched pretty well (7IP, 2 ER) in earning the loss.

Cleveland Indians 6, Seattle Mariners 4
Josh Tomlin is 2-0 to start his season and the Cleveland Indians have won 7 games in a row. Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits and a home run while Jack Hannahan hit his second of the season for the Tribe. Erik Bedard picked up the loss for the Mariners.

Milwaukee Brewers 6, Chicago Cubs 5
Ryan Braun hit his fourth home run of the young season, a two-run blast; and Prince Fielder had three hits and two RBI as the Brewers took their second game in a row over their division rivals. Yovani Gallardo started but Kameron Loe actually got the win with John Axford earning his third save in the 9th. Aramis Ramirez had three hits and three RBI in the loss while Marlon Byrd had two hits and three runs scored in the losing effort.

Chicago White Sox 6, Tampa Bay Rays 1
Gavin Floyd went 8 innings, allowing zero earned and striking out eight Rays. Jeff Nieman was the opposite of Floyd’s effectiveness, going only 2 and 2/3 innings in picking up the loss. Gordon Beckham homered for the second time this season and Paul Konerko went long ball twice. The Sox are 6-3 to begin their season under Ozzie Guillen.

St. Louis Cardinals 6, San Francisco Giants 1
The Cardinals rebounded from the night before when Colby Rasmus dropped a fly ball in center to lose the game out in the Bay. David Freese had a nice day, collecting three hits and homering. Skip Schumaker had two hits and two RBI. Albert Pujols went 0 for 5 but Matt Holliday returned from injury with a hit and RBI. Kyle Lohse went eight strong innings–with Freddy Sanchez being the only Giant that collected more than one hit. Buster Posey was given the day off.

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Cleveland Indians 1, Boston Red Sox 0
Asdrubal Cabrera squeezed home Adam Everett with the game’s lone run in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Red Sox are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history at 0-6. Fausto Carmona and Jon Lester really locked up in a duel. Rafael Perez gets the win as Chris Perez locks down the save.

Milwaukee Brewers 4, Atlanta Braves 2
The Brewers won their third in a row over the Braves, with Shaun Marcum going six innings to earn his first victory as a Brewer. Ryan Braun hit his 3rd home run of the year in the 1st inning of Tommy Hanson. He added another hit later in the game. George Kottaras and Carlos Gomez both added multiple hit games. John Axford notched save number two in a game that saw the two Braves runs be driven in my Martin Prado.

Baltimore Orioles 9, Detroit Tigers 5

Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Jones both homered, and Mark Reynolds drove home three runs (he didn’t strike out, either) as the Orioles leap out to a 5-1 start. The win goes to Jim Johnson, as Chris Tillman didn’t fare quite as well as he did in his first start of the year. Brad Penny was again not all that sharp for the Detroit Tigers, who got a home run from Alex Avila and multi-hit games from Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch.

Philadelphia Phillies 11, New York Mets 0
Roy Halladay went seven shutout innings striking out seven and walking only one hitter as he earned his first win of the year over Jonathon Niese and the Mets. The Phillies got a four hit game out of Wilson Valdez, a home run from Raul Ibanez, four RBI from Placido Polanco to help them to their 5-1 start. The win arrived with the news that Brad Lidge could be out until the All-Star break.

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Milwaukee Brewers 5, Atlanta Braves 4
Jason Heyward hit a rocket 3-run homerun, the 20th of his big league career. Prince Fielder collected three hits and three RBI to help the Brewers build a 5-0 lead. Brian McCann had three hits in the loss, which was charged to Mike Minor. It was the second straight home win for the Brewers after opening the season with four straight losses.

San Francisco Giants 8, San Diego Padres 4
Tim Lincecum was dominating last night–striking out 13 Padres in 7 innings–allowing only three hits. Buster Posey had his first huge game of the year, driving in four runs and homering with 3 hits by the end of the night. This was the Giants second win of the season; Brian Wilson made his season debut in the 9th fresh off the DL and allowed three runs in a non-save situation.

Cleveland Indians 8, Boston Red Sox 4
Carl Crawford finally had a multi-hit game, but the Indians got home runs from Shin-Soo Choo, Matt LaPorta, and Asdrubal Cabrera to hang the 5th straight loss on the Red Sox. Adrian Gonzalez hit his first home run as a Red Sox player with Rafael Perez getting the win in relief for the Tribe. Does anyone realize that Travis Hafner is hitting .368? The same as vaunted Tribe young stud Carlos Santana.

Pittsburgh Pirates 3, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Neil Walker (also homered), Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, and Lyle Overbay combined as the heart of the order to all collect 2-hit ballgames and the Pirates got another great start out of Kevin Correia to sneak past the Cardinals for the second straight day. The Cardinals are in a bad way right now; mustering only seven hits and one run. Albert Pujols went 1 for 4. This looks like an old lineup who is really struggling right now. Colby Rasmus went 0 for 4.

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Cleveland Indians 3, Boston Red Sox 1

Josh Tomlin went 7 innings, out-dueling Josh Beckett and the struggling Red Sox. The Indians took the lead for good on a Jack Hannahan RBI-single that scored Orlando Cabrera. Carlos Santana added a sac fly and Chris Perez earned his first save and Tony Sipp earned his first hold. The Red Sox are winless after four games and Carl Crawford had another tough ballgame in which he was hitless.

Milwaukee Brewers 1, Atlanta Braves 0

The Brewers only run came on a Ryan Braun single that plated one run and was just out of the reach of a diving Chipper Jones. Yovani Gallardo was the whole damn show, going the complete 9-innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out just 2 for his first win of the year and to get the Brewers in the win column. Nyjer Morgan had three hits including a triple.

Minnesota Twins 5, New York Yankees 4 (10)

Rafael Soriano picked a bad day to have an off night, and it cost the Yankees the game. Mark Texeira homered for the fourth time on the year, and C.C. Sabathia went 7 shutout innings; but it wasn’t enough to propel the Yankees past the upstart Twins who got a solid 9th inning out of Joe Nathan for his first save and a bases clearing double by Delmon Young to tie the game at 4. Joe Mauer singled in the top of the 10th with what would drive in the game-winning run.

Colorado Rockies 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 0

Clayton Kershaw was good, but the Rockies were better on this night. Kershaw fanned 8 Rockies, but Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Ianetta touched him for home runs and the Rockies got a quality outing from Jhoulys Chacin who went 7 innings, striking out four and only walking two.

Kansas City Royals 7, Chicago White Sox 6 (12)

The Royals got another big game out of Alex Gordon to begin the year on a roaring 4-1 start. Melky Cabrera singled to score Chris Getz in the bottom of the 12th and the Royals had another late inning win. Adam Dunn had emergency appendectomy surgery following the game, so he’s going to miss some time. The win went to Jeremy Jeffress, the first of his Major League career.

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Los Angeles Dodgers 7, San Francisco Giants 5
The Dodgers took 3 out of 4 to open the season–on the strength of a Matt Kemp home run and a big 7th inning off Giants reliever Dan Runzler. The Giants fought valiantly, battling back from deficits a couple of times on home runs by Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand, and a run scoring single by Buster Posey (who wasn’t supposed to play). Jonathan Broxton got his 3rd save of the year on this, the Sunday Night Baseball game of the week.

Atlanta Braves 11, Washington Nationals 2
Brian McCann had his first big game of the year, collecting 3 hits and driving in 4 runners. Jason Heyward had a couple of hits and drove in a runner, while Tim Hudson worked seven innings allowing 3 hits and one earned run for his first victory of the season. Martin Prado had three hits in the lead-off spot for the Bravos.

Kansas City Royals 12, Los Angeles Angels 9 (13)
This was a wild and wacky contest that saw Alex Gordon go 4 for 6 on the day, and Bobby Abreu went 5 for 5 with two walks. Howie Kendrick continued his hot start by homering twice. Billy Butler added his first home run of the year and Fernando Rodney had the big blown save for the Angels that allowed a furious comeback by the Royals in the 9th. Matt Treanor‘s big three run walk-off job in the 13th sent the Royals fans home happy from Kauffman Stadium.

Baltimore Orioles 5, Tampa Bay Rays 1
How about those Baltimore Orioles? Zach Britton was called up to make the start and ended up going 6 innings allowing only one earned run to get his first win of the year. Matt Wieters, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds all had multi-hit games. The Orioles begin the season with a sweep of the division rival Rays.

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Seattle Mariners 6, Oakland Athletics 2
The A’s got a 2-run home run in the first inning by Josh Willingham, but nothing for the remainder of the ballgame. Felix Hernandez roared out to a 1 and 0 start on the year by going the distance, striking out five and walking no one. Ichiro stole two bases and was caught trying to swipe a third. Chone Figgins got his possible rebound year started off on the right foot with a solo blast.

Arizona DiamondBacks 7, ColoradoRockies 6 (11)
Ubaldo Jimenez had a tough start, only striking out one. Justin Upton and Miguel Montero took Jimenez deep, and Gerardo Parra scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 11th to set J.J. Putz up for his first save of the season. Carlos Gonzalez had three hits in a losing effort.

Los Angeles Dodgers 4, San Francisco Giants 3
Brandon Belt hit a three run home run off Chad Billingsley–the first of his career–to put the Giants up 3 to 1 early. A costly error by Pablo Sandoval again allowed the Dodgers to reclaim the lead and the Giants would not recover as Jonathan Broxton picked up his second save in as many tries. The Dodgers are 2-0 to start the season for Don Mattingly.

Florida Marlins 6, New York Mets 2
Josh Johnson had a no-hitter through 6 innings until Willie Harris doubled. Johnson would hold on to get the win by going 6 and 2/3 innings and only allowing 3 hits and 2 runs. Mike Stanton left the game early with a tight hamstring. The big offensive blast of the game was a grand slam by John Buck off Mike Pelfrey.

Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Chicago Cubs 3
Neil Walker hit a grand slam and doubled, Andrew McCutchen had a couple of hits and 2 RBI; and at least for a day everything went as it should for the Pirates as they opened the season with a win at Wrigley. Kevin Correia was solid in out-dueling Ryan Dempster, going 6 innings and allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits allowed.