One is the loneliest number

  1. Josh Beckett pitched the first one-hitter of his career as only Reid Brignac‘s 3rd inning infield single stood between Beckett and perfection as the Sox topped the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-0. Kevin Youkilis hit a 7th inning three-run homer for the win.
  2. The Phillies held the Marlins to one run in the first game of day/night double header defeating them 8-1. In game two, they scored two in the 9th and one in the 10th on Carlos Ruiz‘s walkoff RBI single to give Philadelphia a 5-4 win and a sweep for the day. The Marlins have lost six straight and 16 of 18.
  3. Here’s one for the books: this one from our brilliant friends at Elias: All four of the Yankees infielders homered last night in their 12-4 victory over the Rangers. First baseman Mark Teixeira hit two-run drives from each side of the plate, second baseman Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter-shortstop replacement Eduardo Nunez and third baseman Ramiro Pena each hit one homer. For Pena it was homer number one of the season. Teixeira now has 21.  The last time this happened was July 28, 2010 by the Red Sox infield of Kevin Youkilis, Bill HallMarco Scutaro, and Adrian Beltre. The last time the Yankees did it was on August 22, 1939, when Babe Dahlgren, Joe Gordon, Frankie Crosetti, and Red Rolfe all went deep.
  4. Another strong game from Ricky Romero as he tied a career high with 12 strikeouts and held Baltimore to just one run as the Blue Jays defeated the Orioles, 4-1. The Jays have won 16 straight games over the Orioles at the Rogers Centre since Aug. 7, 2009. Until the 9th inning, Romero allowed only one runner to reach second base.
  5. Carl Pavano (4-5) held the White Sox to one run in a six-hit complete game win as Minnesota defeated Chicago, 4-1. Pavano is 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA over his last three starts. The Twins have won 10 of 12.
  6. Oakland Athletics racked up home game win number one under new manager Bob Melvin, a starting pitcher won one for the first time in 16 attempts as the A’s defeated the Royals, 2-1.
  7. Erik Bedard threw seven shutout innings in the Mariners 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Greg Halman hit major league homer number one for the victors.
  8. The Mets (34-34) reached .500 for the first time since May 20, when they were 22-22 as they defeated the Braves, 4-0. The Mets have won nine of 13. The Braves have lost three straight. According to Forbes.com, David Einhorn is paying $200 million for a minority stake in the Mets, however he could gain majority control of the team for just one dollar more. If the Wilpon family does not pay back Einhorn’s $200 million investment in three years, Einhorn can obtain a 60 percent stake in the team for an additional $1. So his total investment for control of the team that some have valued at more than $1 billion would be $200,000,001. I’d still ask for change on that $1.
  9. Pie number one for Livan Hernandez. Hernandez (4-8) struck out six and walked none for his ninth career shutout as the Nationals topped the Cardinals, 10-0. It was Hernandez’ 50th career complete game but the first time he got a pie in his face in his 16 major league seasons. “He’s so old, they probably weren’t doing pies in the face when he started,” Nationals outfielder Michael Morse joked. The Cardinals lost their season-worst fifth in a row and the Nationals won their season-best fifth in a row.

Finally, congratulations today to the Boston Bruins and their fans on winning the Stanley Cup. It was one helluva season.