Nocturnal Omissions: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It's not going to be like this the whole season."
-- Kansas City third baseman Alex Gordon on the Royals' .194 team batting average. The Royals, picked to finally compete in the AL Central this season, have scored just seven runs in four games.
More of the same from the Orioles: early lead and surprisingly effective starting pitching followed by a near collapse thanks to a shaky bullpen. The formula seems to be working as Baltimore moves to 3-1 on the season.
Kris Benson was rudely welcomed back to the big leagues by Detroit as the Texas Rangers got a taste of their own medicine by being on the receiving end of a bludgeoning. The Rangers put up 29 runs in three games against the Cleveland Indians but had no answer for Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga in Detroit's home opener. Galarraga struck out eight over seven innings while Benson gave up eight runs (seven earned) over five cringe-worthy innings in his first appearance since Sept. 27, 2006.
Toronto moves one step closer to a pennant. The AL East-leading Blue Jays laid the wood to the reeling Indians in a game that featured a nearly four-hour rain delay. Cleveland has now given up 42 runs in four games. This is a problem. When's that Rick Vaughn Bobblehead Night, again?
Andy Pettitte refuses to age. Pettitte, who will turn 37 this year, dominated the Royals on Friday, giving up just one run over six innings while striking out six. Former two-time Yankee Sidney Ponson was in a far more giving mood, allowing four runs in six innings as the Royals opened a renovated Kauffman Stadium with a loss.
Minnesota third baseman enjoyed being back in Chicago, hitting his first home run of the season against the only team he'd previously played for. Justin Morneau also hit a homer for the Twins who scored at least two runs off of each of the four White Sox pitchers they faced.
The Angels prevail in their first game since the tragic death of starting pitcher Nick Adenhart. Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver struck out eight while throwing off a mound that featured the number 34 (Adenhart's number) written in red on it. Here's more about how the Angels honored Adenhart courtesy of the Associated Press.
Seattle scored all of its runs in the second inning as the Mariners got six straight batters on base. Oddly enough, if you take away that inning, 21-year-old Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson pitched fairly well in his major-league debut. Anderson gave up zero runs and just two hits in his other five innings of work. Which is of course something for him to build on, but won't change the fact he took the loss Friday.
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