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The Wrap: Hump Day Harumph

It's a Wednesday, but do baseball players ever have real weekends? It doesn't seem like it. In fact, by far, the most common day off during the season is Monday, which is kind of the anti-weekend isn't it? What does that make Wednesday? Just another day at the office.

  • Giants 10, Dodgers 8 -- Box -- The Gist: Manny wasn't at camp yet, but the Dodgers and Giants did plenty of slugging without him, combining for four homers (TWO more of which were from Pablo Sandoval! Break up the Giants, Sandoval is a machine!). Neither L.A.'s Clayton Kershaw or Barry Zito were very effective, a realization that is probably a lot easier for the Dodgers to take. Something about salaries.
  • A's 7, White Sox 2 -- Box -- The Gist: Carlos Quentin and Jim Thome aside, nearly every player the White Sox trotted out there was not an everyday regular in 2008 in the front end of a split-squad day. On the upside, Cuban prospect Dayan Viciedo went 1-for-3 with a 2-RBI double and is hitting .364 this spring while playing third base. GM Ken Williams may have been on to something when the White Sox signed Viciedo despite an existing glut of infielders.
  • Indians 5, Cubs 4 -- Box -- The Gist: So much for Carl Pavano's great start. The former Yankees bust gave up three runs on four hits in just two innings. On the other hand, Chad Gaudin -- the other Oakland pitcher the Cubs landed in the Rich Harden trade -- was equally woeful, giving up four hits and three runs in three innings. Victor Martinez, Derek Lee and Joey Gathright all had hits, among potential regulars for the two teams. There's more Cub regulars playing tonight against the White Sox in the second part of both teams' split squad days.
  • Rangers 5, Royals 3 -- Box -- The Gist: Don't look now Red Sox fans, but Coco Crisp is back hitting .400 with a .733 slugging percentage after a two-hit day. His performance was somewhat tempered by Brian Bannister's struggles, with the starter and owner of a professional photography studio allowing two runs and three hits in two innings. Kevin Milwood pitched three scoreless for Texas.
  • Braves 3, Yankees 2 -- Box -- The Gist: After Alex Rodriguez praised fellow Dominican and crosstown rival Jose Reyes as a leadoff man, Johnny Damon went out and had a vintage afternoon, highlighted by an RBI-triple in New York's loss to the Braves. Also worth noting: Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami is 2-0. So is Koji Uehara, as C.J. explained in much greater detail. It's early, but should we start wondering if the Japanese pitchers' success is legitimate or the product of a less traditional windup and approach?
  • Pirates 2, Twins 1 -- Box -- The Gist: The big news was about Francisco Liriano, who worked three scoreless innings, but this was a sad day for fans of strange knuckleball pitchers and those hoping for a professional baseball career without an ulnar collateral ligament: Twins pitcher R.A. Dickey took the spring training loss. Remember, Dickey is the former fastball pitcher who has resuscitated his career without an ulnar collateral ligament by learning a mean knuckleball. The good news is that he only gave up two runs. The bad news is that the Twins only scored once.
  • Nationals 6, Mets 4 -- Box -- The Gist: Why read me when you can get a firsthand take on the budding brilliance of Jordan Zimmerman from a man named Chico? Want to know what it felt like in the moment? Here, try this.

By Cameron Smith  |  March 4, 2009; 7:27 PM ET
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In the Royals - Rangers game, you did not mention the 3 run dinger by Justin Smoak, who the Nats passed on to take Aaron Crow.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 5, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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