1. We don’t give enough love to Mike Scioscia. Maybe it’s because his name is hard to type or maybe it’s just because he’s simply so understated. Yesterday Mike picked up win # 1,000 beating Cleveland 6-5 and the players, led by another one of the great guys of the game, Torii Hunter, dumped a Gatorade bucket of ice water on his head during a post-game interview.
Scioscia is the 56th manager with a thousand wins and the 23rd manager in major league history to reach 1,000 with one team. Scioscia’s first victory was on April 5, 2000, when the Angels beat the Yankees. Sosh has a 1,000-817 record (.550) in 12 seasons and is the longest tenured manager in the American League.
The Angels took two-of three from the Tribe who are still tied with the Phillies for the best record in baseball at 22-11 (.667).
2. The Tampa Bay Rays swept the Orioles this weekend outscoring them 19-7 winning with good pitching and good hitting. The Rays have won eight straight on the road and are 20-8 after starting 0-6. The last-place Orioles have lost four straight to fall a season-high five games under .500 (14-19).
3. He lives! For those of you who were writing Derek Jeter‘s obituary, hold off a bit. The Yankee captain went 4-for-6 yesterday, hit his first two homers of the season and stole his first base. Jeter raised his batting average from .256 to .276. He had gone 259 at-bats without a homer since last Aug. 24.
CC Sabathia (3-2) picked up the win tossing six innings giving up five runs but only three earned which makes it a Quality Start. The Yankees have won a major league leading 50 games started by Sabathia since he arrived in 2009.
The Yanks won two of three in Texas. Texas has won consecutive games only once since its 9-1 start, losing 16 of 25 games and seven of eight series.
4. Braves take two-of-three from the Phils. The NL East race will be a good one before this season is over. The Braves took the series from the Phils in Philadelphia with a 5-2 win last night. Each team had a shutout victory in the first two games. Jair Jurrjens (4-0) was the victor last night and he has a 1.50 ERA to go with his perfect record.
Kyle Kendrick and four relievers combined on a five-hitter and the Phillies beat the Braves 3-0 Saturday night.
Here’s a quick look at the NL East:
5. Don’t forget the Fish. Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the 7th inning and struck out a career-high 11 to help the Florida Marlins salvage the final game of their three-gamer against Washington, 8-0. The Marlins (20-13), off to the best start in franchise history, broke a three-game losing streak and head to Philly tonight.
The Nats took two-of-three despite striking out 38 times in the series.
NL team hitting:
6. Giants sweep. Friday night, Freddy Sanchez hit a walkoff single to drive home the winning run and give the Giants a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Mike Fontenot‘s walkoff sacrifice fly gave the Giants to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, the second walk-off win at AT&T Park in two nights. That was three straight walkoff losses for Colorado.
Sunday, the Giants used Ryan Vogelsong and two relievers to three-hit the Rox and complete the Giants first series sweep of the season with a 3-0 victory. San Francisco is 5-1 against Colorado this season and 9-2 versus the Rockies including last season.
Brian Wilson earned his 11th straight save after he blew his first opportunity against St. Louis on April 8.
7. Yo, Adrian, happy birthday! Adrian Gonzalez is making the adjustment to Fenway Park. The Red Sox first baseman celebrated his 29th birthday by hitting his fourth homer of the season and going 3-for-5 as Boston topped the Twins, 9-5 . Gonzalez now has three homers in his last six games.
Check out A-Gon with runners on base:
|on 1st, lt 2 out||34||32||13||5||0||0||7||2||5||.406||.441||.563||1.004|
|on 3rd, lt 2 out||6||5||3||2||0||0||5||1||1||.600||.667||1.000||1.667|
|on 3rd, 2 out||6||6||2||0||0||0||3||0||0||.333||.333||.333||.667|
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. The BoSox have taken the first two-of-three of this four game set.
8. Two of three so far for Detroit. The Tigers and Jays are playing a four-game set and after Adam Lind led the Jays to a 7-4 win Friday night, the Tigers have taken center stage. Justin Verlander was close to perfect Saturday night as he threw his second career no-hitter defeating the Jays, 9-0. Verlander barely missed a perfect game only allowing a one out in the 8th inning walk to J.P. Arencibia on a full count. Verlander (3-3) struck out four and threw just 108 pitches, 74 for strikes. Prior to Verlander, the last Detroit pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Jack Morris, who did it at Comiskey Park against the Chicago White Sox on April 7, 1984.
George Mullin pitched the first Tigers’ no-no on July 4, 1912, Here are the last six:
|1||Justin Verlander||2011-05-07||TOR||W 9-0||9.0||1||4|
|2||Justin Verlander||2007-06-12||MIL||W 4-0||9.0||4||12|
|3||Jack Morris||1984-04-07||CHW||W 4-0||9.0||6||8|
|4||Jim Bunning||1958-07-20 (1)||BOS||W 3-0||9.0||2||12|
|5||Virgil Trucks||1952-08-25||NYY||W 1-0||9.0||1||8|
|6||Virgil Trucks||1952-05-15||WSH||W 1-0||9.0||1||7|
Jose Valverde struck out the side in the 9th for his seventh save and the 200th of his career, becoming the 41st player in major league history to reach the mark, as the Tigers defeated the Jays yesterday, 5-2.