Nocturnal Omissions: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"He didn't have much today."
-- Cleveland Indians Manager Eric Wedge with perhaps the understatement of the night in summing up starter Carl Pavano's performance. Pavano gave up nine runs while recording just three outs.
Texas completes an opening series sweep of the Indians that featured the Rangers absolutely dismantling Indians pitching to put up 29 runs in three games. Marlon Byrd led Thursday's assault, driving in five runs as the Rangers throttled Cleveland starter Carl Pavano for nine runs in just one inning of work. The Indians put up a fight at the plate but couldn't overcome Pavano's folly as Grady Sizemore hit two of the team's five home runs in the loss.
The Orioles came back to reality after taking it to the Yankees in the first two games of the season. A.J. Burnett had the pleasure of being the first New York starter this season to record a strikeout, tallying seven in 5 1/3 innings.
Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels
This game was postponed due to the tragic death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart. Adenhart, who pitched six scoreless innings Wednesday against Oakland, died Thursday morning after the car he was riding in was struck by a minivan that ran a red light.
In the first matchup of former first round picks making their debuts against each other, Toronto's Ricky Romero outdueled Detroit's Rick Porcello. Romero, who was selected in 2005, allowed two runs over six innings to earn the win. Porcello, who was selected in 2007, also pitched well, giving up four runs in five innings to take the loss. For the first time this season, Detroit third baseman Brandon Inge failed to homer; he had hit one in each of the Tigers' previous three games (all against the Blue Jays) this season.
Seattle prevailed in an early afternoon pitchers' duel. Jarrod Washburn and Glen Perkins each threw eight strong innings but it was Washburn who came away with the victory -- his first since July 27. Mariners closer Brandon Morrow got his first save of the season as he bounced back from a disastrous season debut where he gave up three runs in the ninth and took the loss.
Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, Matt Joyce and Shawn Riggans each homered off of Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka as the Rays handed the Red Sox their first home opening series loss since 1988. Tampa Bay starting pitcher Matt Garza continued his dominance of Boston by improving to 6-1 against the Red Sox for his career after allowing just one run and four hits over seven innings.
Kyle Davies picked up where Zach Greinke left off as the Royals dropped the White Sox in another pitcher's duel. Davies struck out eight while pitching seven scoreless innings. Chicago's John Danks was no slouch either, refusing to allow a run to Kansas City in six innings of work. The turning point came in the ninth inning when Royals outfielder Coco Crisp launched a two-run shot off of White Sox closer Bobby Jenks. Chicago would tack on a run in the bottom half of the inning but it was too little too late.
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