Nocturnal Omissions: AL
Quote of the Night
"Don't use Nick, man. Yeah, we had a tragic week. And a rough week. But ... that was blatant."
-- Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter, accusing Boston's Josh Beckett of intentionally throwing at Bobby Abreu's head.
We had our first bench-clearing brouhaha of the season Sunday thanks to Boston pitcher Josh Beckett. Beckett buzzed Bobby Abreu's tower in the first inning and, following a stare down and Beckett walking to home plate, dugouts were emptied - twice. When it was all said and done, four Angels were ejected including centerfielder Torii Hunter and Manager Mike Scioscia. Oddly enough, no punches were thrown yet four were still tossed while Beckett -- who started it all -- was allowed to remain in the game. Beckett took the loss, giving up four runs in six innings while Angels starter Dustin Moseley collected the W despite giving up back-to-back home runs to Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew in the second inning.
Adam Eaton turned in Baltimore's first clunker from a starting pitcher and reliever Brian Bass again imitated a turnstile as the Orioles again failed to complete a three-game sweep against one of the league's elite. Eaton, making his first start for the O's, gave up four runs in four innings but managed six strikeouts. In his second appearance of the season, Bass got torched for seven runs (including four homers) in 3 1/3 innings. Unfortunately for Bass, that's pretty much how his first appearance went as well when he gave up five runs in two innings of work against the Yankees. Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria continues his hot start, closing out the first week by hitting his fifth home run of the still young season.
The Indians notch their first win of the season thanks to two-run homers from Mark DeRosa and Travis Hafner. The man they call Pronk already has three home runs this year as he attempts to bounce back from a disastrous 2008 campaign. Hafner had just five home runs in an injury-plagued season where he played in just 57 games. Toronto starting pitcher David Purcey failed to make it out of the fifth inning but still managed to ring up an impressive 10 strikeouts in his first loss of the season.
Erik Bedard pitched 8 1/3 innings of three hit ball to get the win for Seattle but was nearly overshadowed by Oakland rookie Trevor Cahill. Pitching in just his second major league start, Cahill carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up the game's only run. The win was the Mariners' fourth in a row; in last year's debacle of a season, Seattle had just one four-game winning streak.
Texas ace Kevin Millwood pitched seven scoreless innings but watched the win disappear as reliever C.J. Wilson gave up six runs in 1/3 of an inning. The Tigers completed a three-game sweep of Texas after the Rangers mauled the Cleveland Indians for a season-opening sweep.
Mark Buehrle allows just two hits in 6 1/3 innings, hanging in the game long enough for the White Sox to get four runs off of Minnesota's Nick Blackburn to get his first win of the year. The Twins have now lost seven of their past eight games in Chicago. After opening with two series at home, the White Sox now hit the road for a 10-game swing.
Joba Chamberlain made his first start of the season, unfortunately for him, the Yankees have yet to find his replacement in the bullpen. Chamberlain gave up three runs in six innings but watched as reliever Phil Coke gave up two runs in 1/3 of an inning as the Royals, despite a league-low .201 average, manage to pull out the victory.
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