Twenty-four more days! Twenty-four more days! With that scroll yet written, let's look at the scribbles that were made in Spring Training games today:
- The Angels beat the Cubs, 8-2. The Chicago's Gaudin was maudlin after getting mauled for six runs in an inning and two thirds. Kendry Morales, who is having a great spring and is hoping to make people forget about Mr. Teixeira, hit a homer and drove in four. Ryan Theriot, the Cajun affectionately known as "The Riot," is quietly having a super spring and is batting .444.
- Another squad of Cubbies beat the Mariners, who apparently can't even beat half a team. Sean Marshall had another great start and has a sparkling 0.68 ERA this spring. Mark Lowe, who is supposed to be the Mariner closer this year, did his best Todd Jones impression and gave up four baserunners in one inning of work.
- The Giants beat the Rockies, 7-3, in ten innings. Kevin Pucetas had a good, solid start for the Giants. Eugenio Valez had three hits while leading off for the Giants.
- In Manny's first game, the Dodgers beat the Rangers, 4-3. Manny had two walks and a base hit in three appearances. Both starters didn't fare well for the teams. All those who pitched after did well. Josh Hamilton hit his third homer of the spring and is batting .400. Ausmus had another hit and is still batting .444. The Rangers fielded four double plays with Elvis Andrus involved in all four.
- Aaron Laffey threw no hit ball for four innings and the Indians beat Oakland. Victor Martinez played first base and Shoppach caught the game. Get used to a lot of that this summer.
- Zack Greinke got cuffed around as the Royals lost to Milwaukee. Gallardo had a great start for the Brewers and Fielder and Weeks both homered. The Royals only got four hits in the game.
- The White Sox pounded San Diego, 15-4. The first four pitchers for the Padres got torched including Chris Young. Konerko hit his third homer of the spring and had three ribbies. Jayson Nix went 0-3 for the White Sox and is still batting .500.
- The Braves beat the Marlins, 9-2 as phenom, Tommy Hanson got the win and Parr was great after Hanson. Johnson had another good start for the Marlins, but then Sean West came in and blew it up with six runs given up. Omar Infante is batting .385 for the Braves. How does Bobby Cox DO that?
- Pittsburgh got another great start from a starter (Duke this time) and beat the Phillies. Jeff Salazar had a three run homer in his only at bat for the Pirates. The Pirates have a kid at second named, Brian Bixler, who is batting .391. He got three more hits today. Ryan Howard hit is fifth spring homer for the Phillies.
- The Cardinals beat the Orioles, 5-4, and got a good start from McClellan. Eaton got the start for the Orioles and only gave up two runs in three innings. Pretty good for him. Khalil Greene keeps pounding the ball and hit a homer for the Cardinals. Matt Wieters had two more hits. Are you listening, McPhail?
- Toronto beat the Bay Rays by the score of 3 to 1 and David Purcey pitched four fantastic innings. Some kid named, Bradley Emaus, had a double and a triple for the Blue Jays.
- Edwin Jackson was brutal for the Tigers, who lost to the Mets today, 9-3. Jose Valentin hit a homer. Freddy Garcia did not have a good start for the Mets, but he was followed by Parnell who pitched very well. Daniel Murphy had three hits for the Mets and is having a great spring.
- Micah Owings had a terrific four-inning start for the Reds who won the game, 1-0, over the Twins. Liriano pitched great too, but got the loss as he gave up the lone run on a homer by Gomes.
- Boston got first blood against the Yankees and won, 8-4. Wang got winged, but six of his seven runs given up were unearned. That rule doesn't make sense. Wang gave up two homers. He earned those runs pretty good, no? Red Sox Nation has to be happy that the trio of David Ortiz, Mike Lowell and J. D. Drew all had good games. Brett Tomko had five strikeouts in 3.1 innings of shut out ball. Interesting. And Igawa hasn't given up a run for the Yankees all spring. Imagine that! Papelbonhead had a great inning as did Daniel Bard (again).
- The Astros and Nationals played to a 2-2 tie in ten innings. Mike Hampton had a great start, going four innings without giving up a run. Comeback player of the year?
And that's the skinny on games for Friday. See you all tomorrow.