Price is Right, Masterson is Wrong, Astros win again, Pirates lose again

1. Price is Right

There is every reason to believe that the Rays are the best in team in baseball right now and with David Price now having success to match his confidence it is fair to say that the rest of baseball should fear this team. Price (3-1) threw a four-hit shutout in his first complete game as the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0. He struck out nine and walked one. Brandon Morrow (1-2) gave up with two runs on three hits and eight strikeouts but allowed six walks in six innings for Toronto.

Price has a 2.20 ERA in four starts this season and is now 9-1 in his career against the AL East. “Now I know what it takes,” Price said, according to the Associated Press. “I’ve been there and I’ve done that now. I’ve got that first little taste in my mouth. Now I want more. On this staff, five or six innings isn’t enough. We want to go seven, eight or nine, and that’s what these guys have been doing all year.”

Jason Bartlett and John Jaso each drove home two.  Toronto catcher Jose Molina threw out a baserunner in each of the first four innings, including Carl Crawford twice. The Jays have lost three of four.

2. South Side Sweep

The leading home run hitter in baseball, Paul Konerko hit his eighth of the year in the 8th inning yesterday to give the White Sox a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners and a three-game sweep of their series. John Danks (3-0) allowed two runs and eight hits over eight innings for the win. Danks now has a 1.55 ERA. Bobby Jenks worked the 9th for his fourth save in four opportunities striking out pinch-hitter Ken Griffey Jr. to end the game with runners on first and second.

Konerko homered against losing pitcher Brandon League (2-1). Franklin Gutierrez homered for the Mariners.

3. Nats Score One, Win One

Scott Olsen (1-1) pitched seven shutout innings for his first victory since last July 5 as the Nationals topped the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1-0 win. Olsen, who had shoulder surgery last July, allowed six hits, walked one and struck out eight in his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on April 15. Matt Capps picked up his major league-leading eighth save. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley (1-1) was the hard luck loser allowing a 1st inning run on an Adam Dunn RBI groundout in the 1st and gave up just four hits over six innings.

4. Mets Score One, Win One

Mike Pelfrey (4-0) extended his scoreless streak to 24 innings as New York and Mother Nature finished a three-game sweep of the Braves with a 1-0 win that was stopped by rain after 5.5 innings following a 98-minute delay. Tommy Hanson (1-2), in his first career complete game took the loss. Pelfrey matched a career high with five walks but will finished April with an ERA of 0.69 tying the 1970 version of Nolan Ryan for the best Mets April on record.

Chipper Jones made a 1st inning throwing error that allowed Jose Reyes to score the only run of the game. Larry hurt his hip on his first swing Saturday, his 38th birthday, and left the game in the 3rd following a pair of called strikeouts. Atlanta has lost five straight.

5. On Tap Today, Monday, April 26, 2010

AL

Red Sox (8-11) @ Blue Jays (10-9), 7:10pm

BOS: Josh Beckett (30, RHP, 1-0, 5.26)

TOR: Dana Eveland (26, LHP, 2-0, 1.93)

Tigers (10-9) @ Rangers (8-10), 8:05pm

DET: Jeremy Bonderman (27, RHP, 1-1, 7.20)

TEX: Matt Harrison (24, LHP, 0-1, 4.24)

Mariners (9-10) @ Royals (7-11), 8:10pm

SEA: Felix Hernandez (24, RHP, 2-0, 2.15)

KCR: Kyle Davies (26, RHP, 1-1, 4.82)

Indians (8-10) @ Angels (10-10), 10:05pm

CLE: David Huff (25, LHP, 1-2, 3.00)

LAA: Jered Weaver (27, RHP, 2-0, 2.77)

NL

Padres (11-6) @ Marlins (10-9), 7:10pm

SDP: Mat Latos (22, RHP, 1-1, 3.57)

FLA: Josh Johnson (26, RHP, 1-1, 4.09)

Dodgers (8-10) @ Mets (10-9), 7:10pm

LAD: Hiroki Kuroda (35, RHP, 2-0, 2.18)

NYM: Oliver Perez (28, LHP, 0-2, 3.71)

Nationals (10-9) @ Cubs (9-10), 8:05pm

WSN: John Lannan (25, LHP, 1-1, 5.82)

CHC: Carlos Silva (31, RHP, 2-0, 0.95)

Pirates (7-11) @ Brewers (8-10), 8:10pm

PIT: Zach Duke (27, LHP, 2-1, 4.13)

MIL: Yovani Gallardo (24, RHP, 1-2, 4.30)

Braves (8-10) @ Cardinals (11-7), 8:15pm

ATL: Tim Hudson (34, RHP, 1-1, 2.89)

STL: Kyle Lohse (31, RHP, 0-1, 7.31)

Diamondbacks (8-10) @ Rockies (10-9), 8:40pm

ARI: Dan Haren (29, RHP, 2-1, 5.19)

COL: Jason Hammel (27, RHP, 0-1, 8.04)

Phillies (11-7) @ Giants (10-8), 10:15pm

PHI: Roy Halladay (33, RHP, 4-0, 0.82)

SFG: Jonathan Sanchez (27, LHP, 1-1, 1.86)

6. Cards Score Two, Win One

Brad Penny (3-0) combined with two other St. Louis pitchers on a nine-hit shutout giving the Cardinals a 2-0 win over the Giants. Penny gave up eight hits over 7.2 innings, and lowered ERA to 0.94. Albert Pujols had three hits off losing pitcher Matt Cain (0-1) including his seventh homer of the year.

The Giants took two of three in the series.

7. A’s Score 11, Win Two of Three

The Oakland A’s continue to play well and Justin Masterson (0-3) continues to pitch poorly as the Oakland topped the Tribe, 11-0 to take two of three in the series. Eric Chavez hit a two-run double and singled in a run, Kevin Kouzmanoff had a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double and Eric Patterson homered and hit a two-run triple to help Gio Gonzalez (2-1) pick up the win.

The A’s threw their third shutout and second of the series and Cleveland was blanked for the fourth time this season.

8. Astros Sweep Bucs

After losing their first eight games of the season, Houston has now have won eight of 10 after completing a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 10-3 victory. Lance Berkman hit his first home run, and Carlos Lee and Pedro Feliz drove in two runs apiece.

Brett Myers (1-1) allowed 11 singles and struck out six in six innings for the win and

Charlie Morton (0-4) gave up five runs and five hits in three innings for the loss.

The Pirates have lost six in a row during which they have been outscored … wait for it … 55-9.

9. Padres finally lose

San Diego’s eight-game winning streak is history as the Reds edged the Padres, 5-4 with a pair of 8th inning runs. Jay Bruce had three hits and Scott Rolen hit his fifth homer for Cincinnati Adrian Gonzalez hit his sixth homer of the season for SD and is hitting .317 with 14 RBI.

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