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Nocturnal Omissions: NL

Why do you start with quotes? Sometimes they tell the entire story, as was the case with a series of lines from the Mets pitcher not propping up the back of their bullpen, Billy Wagner.

"I do exactly what I'm told," Wagner said. "But I'm going to break the rules by getting back before they expect it. ... With no big setbacks, I'm kinda shooting for late in July or August. But we'll see. I know I have a lot of hurdles. I told Omar [that] everybody doubting me is my motivation. ... that, and getting a ring.

"I'm going to get back. I'm not going to get any saves. But I'd like to help. That could be some bullpen."

Let's see, Wagner, J.J. Putz, Francisco Rodriguez? That would be a pretty strong bullpen, no?

Marlins 6, Nationals 4
Another game, another loss for the Nats. Only 161 more to go for the first 0-fer season in baseball history! On the upside, Daniel Cabrera's start was a significant upgrade over John Lannan and Scott Olsen's. Much more detail can be found here, here and here.

Phillies 12, Braves 11
Nats, take note: This is the way to get a first win. Trailing by seven runs in the seventh, the Phillies captured a little of their 2008 magic on the day the received World Series rings. Then, just to make things even more dramatic, closer Brad Lidge worked his way out of a pretty serious jam. Strong stuff from a team that may finally be waking up after two lackluster losses to start the season.

Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 2
On the day ace Brandon Webb was temporarily put on the shelf, Arizona got another setback with a 9-2 loss to a Rockies team starting a pitcher who was immediately sent back to AAA after the game. There was an interesting late game cameo, however: Arizona pitcher Billy Buckner gave up consecutive drives to the Rockies' Yorvit Torrealba and Ian Stewart. Who is Billy Buckner, you ask? Well, he's the son of another famous major league Buckner. You can probably figure out the rest.

Mets 9, Reds 7
Who needs Billy Wagner when J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez are getting the job done? Well, Wagner could still help, particularly when the Reds still mounted a late rally in this game, which finished with a deep drive and the bases still loaded. At the end of the day, it's still another win for the Mets and a disappointing start from Cincinnati young gun Edinson Volquez.

Cubs 11, Astros 6
Bottom line: If the Cubs hit like this, they aren't going to lose many games. Despite a lackluster start from Ted Lilly, Chicago absolutely demolished every pitch Brian Moehler tried to deliver over the plate. Russ Ortiz wasn't much better, all of which shows just how weak the back end of Houston's rotation may be.

Pirates 7, Cardinals 4
Pittsburgh has a winning record. There's no way this can last. For the moment, however, Zach Duke looks like the guy who was once among the most promising young pitchers in the game, and both Freddy Sanchez and Nate McLouth hit like potential NL All Stars. That's the best possible start for a team expected to spend another year in the NL Central basement.

Dodgers 5, Padres 2

Well, Manny Ramirez is making an impact again. He delivered with the tie-breaking two run double in the seventh to lift the Dodgers past the Padres again, helping them win the teams' season-opening series at Petco Park. One side note worth mention for the Padres: Rookie shortstop and highly ranked prospect Everth Cabrera earned his major league debut.

Brewers 4, Giants 2

Milwaukee pitcher Yovani Gallardo upstaged Randy Johnson's big Giants debut, stealing the show with a three-run homer off the future Hall of Famer while pitching into the seventh inning himself in Milwaukee's win in San Francisco. There was an upside: Johnson only allowed four hits. Unfortunately, the downside was that two of those four hits were homers.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 9, 2009; 8:36 AM ET
 
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Comments

"Only 163 more to go for the first 0-fer season in baseball history!" It's nice that we're gettting a 166 game season rather than the boring old 162 game variety. ;-)

Posted by: reglsg | April 9, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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