Nine to Know: MLB Headlines 4/10/12


Break up the Mets! – The Mets are baseball’s only 4-0 baseball team after defeating the Nationals last night 4-3 on Daniel Murphy‘s walkoff single. It’s the first time since 2007 that the Mets started 4-0. Edwin Jackson blew an early three-run lead in his Nationals debut and was pulled for a pinch-hitter after five. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his first major league homer for the Mets.


Mr. Shutout, Barry Zito

The first shutout of the season went to who?!?Barry Zito last tossed a complete game shutout on April 18, 2003, that is until he and the Giants dominated the Rockies, 7-0. Zito allowed three singles and a double and didn’t walk a batter while striking  out four in tossing his fifth career shutout.  Zito started 274 games between shutouts. The Giants avoided their first 0-4 start since 1950.

Red Sox spread their bullpen disease – Boston picked up their first win of the season, 4-2, last night in the Toronto home opener by scoring three times in the 9th off Jays’ closer Sergio Santos, who blew his second save in three chances. The Sox avoided starting 0-4 for the second consecutive year by getting a strong (but very s-l-o-w start) from Felix Doubront and outstanding relief from “Old Man” Scott Atchison and closer Chicken Alfredo Aceves. Santos pitched two-thirds of an inning allowing three runs on two hits, three walks, a wild pitch, and a passed ball. His ERA is now 15.43. Dustin Pedroia  homered and led off the 9th with a double.

The Yankees win! Thhhhhhe Yankees win! – Okay, the Yankees moved to 1-3 on the season behind strong pitching from Ivan Nova and four hits by Derek Jeter as they handed the Orioles their first loss of the season, 6-2. Andruw Jones homered for the Yankees and Matt Wieters went 4-for-4 with a homer for the O’s.

Newbie gets his first win Pt.1 – Well it certainly wasn’t impressive, but it was a win for Yu Darvish as he gave up four runs while throwing 42 pitches in the 1st inning, then allowing another run in the 2nd. However, Darvish (1-0) settled down and the Rangers came away with a big 11-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Darvish allowed four hits in the 1st and four over the next 4.2. Nelson Cruz hit huge three-run homer to tie the game in the 3rd.  Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton went deep in the 4th and Ian Kinsler hit a three-runner in the 8th.

Newbie gets his first win Pt.2 –  C.J. Wilson made his Angels debut by pitching seven innings allowing one run on  three hits while striking out five as the Angels topped the winless Minnesota Twins, 5-1. The only fly ball Wilson allowed was a home run by Josh Willingham. The Twins last started 0-4 in 1969. They haven’t held a lead yet and have been outscored 20-6 and are hitting .165.

Newbie gets his first win Pt.3 – Tom Milone was brilliant in his debut with the Oakland Athletics by allowing just three hits over a career-high eight innings as the A’s beat the Kansas City Royals, 1-0. The A’s acquired Milone from the Nationals in December, sending All-Star Gio Gonzalez to DC. Coco Crisp stole his first base of the season and has been successful in his last 24 steal attempts.

Will September, 2011 never end?– The Braves are still losing and looking lousy. They lost last night to the Hapless Astros, 8-3. Meanwhile the Astros fans are having a moment of joy moving to 3-1, their best start since 2006. They started 0-5 last season and lost eight in a row to start the 2010 season. Justin Maxwell hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the 8th for the Astros in his first at-bat after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Sunday. The Braves are hitting .165 to start the season and have a .236 OBP.

Phillies go Pffft– The Phillies opened their home season yesterday with a 6-2 loss to the MMarlins as the Fish scored single runs in six of nine innings. Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs and six hits in 6.1 innings while Omar Infante hit a pair of solo homers.  The Phils’ Cole Hamels (0-1) went 5.1 allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. The Phillies have four extra base hits and a total of eight runs in four games this season and are hitting .197 with a .244 slugging pct.  Freddy Galvis, Chase Utley‘s replacement, hit a two-run double for his first major league hit; he had been 0-for-12. Meanwhile, MMarlins mmanager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games for telling Time magazine last week that he loves Fidel Castro and respects him for staying in power for so long. Ozzie headed back to Miami and Guillen apologized to the city, its Cuban-American community and all Latin Americans for the comments.

“I feel like I betrayed my Latin community,” Guillen said, according to ESPN’s translation of his comments in Spanish. “I am here to say I am sorry with my heart in my hands and I want to say I’m sorry to all those people who are hurt indirectly or directly.”

“I’m sorry for what I said and for putting people in a position they don’t need to be in. And for all the Cuban families, I’m sorry,” he said, according to ESPN’s translation. “I hope that when I get out of here, they will understand who Ozzie Guillen is. How I feel for them. And how I feel about the Fidel Castro dictatorship. I’m here to face you, person to person. It’s going to be a very difficult time for me.”

As for me, I’ve learned from Ozzie’s mistake and I won’t even say anything positive about Cubstein shortstop, Starlin Castro.