Nocturnal Omissions: AL
Quote of the Night
"After the fifth or sixth or seventh one, I was kind of giggling out there."
-- Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon on his ninth-inning battle with Howie Kendrick, who fouled off seven straight pitches before making the final out.
Baltimore got another quality start from Jeremy Guthrie, a first-inning grand slam from Melvin Mora and a drama-free evening from the bullpen as the Orioles won their second straight series by taking Game 2 of a three-game set against the Rays. The Orioles will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon but will likely need a strong outing from Adam Eaton, who will be making his Orioles debut. To make way for Eaton (who is being called up for his Sunday start), the Orioles sent down reliever Matt Albers, who pitched two-thirds of an inning in Saturday night's win.
Cleveland remains one of two teams without a win (if you can guess the other you likely know where MASN2 is on your cable system). Reigning Cy Young winner Cliff Lee pitched better against Toronto than he did in the team's opener against Texas but still got touched up for four runs over five innings in his second straight loss. Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay did what he always does in putting the clamps to the Indians. Cleveland mounted a late rally against Toronto closer B.J. Ryan, putting up three runs in the ninth inning, but couldn't get over the hump.
CC Sabathia keeps the struggling Royals bats silent as New York's $161 million man struck out six and pitched into the eighth inning in a dominant second start. Sabathia, who got shelled in his Yankees debut on Opening Day, took out any frustrations he had on a Kansas City team that has just one everyday hitter with a batting average over .250 (Coco Crisp's .364). The Royals apparently could use a guy like New York's Nick Swisher, who went 2 for 3 with two walks, three runs, three RBI and seven total bases.
Oakland knocks around Seattle ace Felix Hernandez to the tune of five runs in five innings but can't put away the Mariners, who rally twice in the game to come away with the win. A four-run eighth inning keyed by catcher Kenji Johjima's two-run single proved to be the key for Seattle.
Jason Bay still isn't Manny Ramirez but he does have two more home runs than Man-Ram after blasting his first two of the year in Boston's win. Angels catcher Mike Napoli also gave back to the fans, hitting two solo home runs of his own in a losing effort. In his first start for the Red Sox, Brad Penny went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits in what was also his American League debut.
Chicago dismantled Minnesota in several facets of the game Saturday. Six different Chicago players drove in at least one run while Bartolo Colon, in his return to Chicago, and three White Sox relievers combined to shutout the Twins. Minnesota's Francisco Liriano picked up his second loss of the season after failing to make it out of the fifth inning.
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