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The Wrap: Friday Fun Games

No intro here folks, it's a Friday and we've all got places to be and things to do. Let's just get to the action, shall we?

  • Dodgers 5, Cubs 4 -- Box -- The Gist: No, Manny didn't bat. He's taking it slow, remember? But Doug Mientkiewicz, somewhat shockingly, had his second homer of spring training. Randy Wolf also impressed in a second start, throwing three innings while allowing only one hit.
  • Rockies 13, Padres 11 -- Box -- The Gist: If you say you saw this scoreline coming, you're lying. But the biggest news didn't come from the bats, it came from Colorado reliever Huston Street -- one of the biggest pieces of the Matt Holliday deal -- who gave up five runs on three hits in only 1/3 of an inning. Ouch.
  • Angels 5, Giants 4 -- Box -- The Gist: Ho hum. Three innings, all scoreless from Tim Lincecum. If you thought Lincecum couldn't get any better, just watch him pitch motivated for an entire season, pushed on by the memory of his fallen friend, John C. Odom, who committed suicide last week, partly pushed on by the knowledge that he'd once been traded for 10 maple bats. Here's what he said about Odom after the tragic suicide: "It really is sad," Lincecum said. "He was a fun-loving guy. I mean, just high energy all the time," he said. "I stayed on his couch just because he was on the same team I was on. I asked around a couple guys who I could stay with until I could find a place." There you go, Angels fans. Now you know who to blame: A minor league GM who traded a pitcher recovering from Tommy John surgery for 10 bats.
  • A's 12, Mariners 1 -- Box -- The Gist: Sure, spring training results never count, but has anyone else noticed that the A's keep winning? They did again on the day that the Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra deals were made official, even though Jason Giambi got hit ... three times. Gio Gonzalez looked good on the hill, Jarrod Washburn looked awful.
  • Brewers 17, Indians 7 -- Box -- The Gist: One year wonder? In his first start since winning the AL Cy Young, Cliff Lee gave up three hits and two runs in a single inning.
  • Royals 8, Rangers 7 -- Box -- The Gist: Andruw Jones must really, really want to make the Rangers' roster. He batted 10 times on Friday, heading to the plate five times in the early "B" game (he was 3-for-5 with a homer) before walking over to the main field and putting up a 2-for-4 performance with a walk. That has to be the most memorable line of the spring so far.
  • Rays 8, Pirates 5 -- Box -- The Gist: He may not earn one of the starting slots, but lefty Carlos Hernandez is making an impression at Rays' camp. He threw another 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Friday, pushing his spring total to 7 2/3. Carlos Pena also had two RBI doubles in a strong afternoon.
  • Mets 5, Cardinals 4 -- Box -- The Gist: Jonathan Niese is just not looking like a potential major league starter this spring. Today's line? Two innings, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, spring ERA of 9.00. That's not going to cut it, even with Livan Hernandez and Freddy Garcia struggling mightily, too. They have pedigree on their side, and Niese most definitely doesn't.
  • Orioles 6, Nationals 2 -- Box -- The Gist: Oh, don't pay attention to us about this stuff. Go check out Amy Shipley on Daniel Cabrera. Much more insightful.
  • Twins 3, Reds 0 -- Box -- The Gist: That Jason Kubel deal is starting to look like a decent idea. He's 3-for-7 in spring training, and it was his RBI single in the first that stood out in this Friday win for Minnesota.
  • Red Sox 5, Marlins 3 -- Box -- The Gist: Three scoreless innings from Josh Beckett has to make Red Sox fans feel good. One really bad inning from Hideki Okajima has to give them flashbacks of horrors at Camden last spring. Equally significant: J.D. Drew was 1-for-2 with a single and looked a lot better after a back injection to reduce inflammation.

By Cameron Smith  |  March 6, 2009; 7:07 PM ET
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Neftali Feliz (BA's #10 prosepct) lit up in his 2 innings for the Rangers.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 7, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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