Friday, May 24, 2013

Around the League: Thursday's action

It was a slow day in Major League Baseball with only 5 games on the schedule, but there were still plenty of headlines. 

-Terry Francona returned to Boston and led his new team to a 12-3 victory over his former team at Fenway Park. The Tribe used a 6 run 6th inning to pull away and take the first of the four game set. Francona won two World Series while managing for the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. He was fired after the 2011 season due to the Red Sox's epic collapse at the end of the season.
 -Kevin Gausman, the #4 pick in last year's first player draft, pitched in his first major league start last night. He gave up 4 runs in 5 innings but when he left, the Baltimore bullpen imploded. They gave up 8 runs and the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 12-6. Edwin  Encarnacion hit a grand slam and J.P. Arencibia also tacked on 4 RBI's. 

-The Pirates finished off a sweep of the  Cubs 4-2 after a 1 hour47 minute rain delay. Andrew McCutchen went 3-4 with 2 RBI's to lead the Pirates to their 4th straight win. 

-Miguel Cabrera homered in his 4th straight game and the Tigers made a late rally to edge the Twins 7-6. Detroit trailed 6-3 after the 7th inning stretch, but they scored 3 in the bottom of the 7th to tie it and Prince Fielder drove in the eventually game winning run in the bottom of the 8th. 

-Former Phillie Joe Blanton finally got his first win as an Angel. 0-7 to start the season, Blanton pitched well enough to recieve the win as the Angels beat the Royals 5-4. The Royals made it interesting though. Down 5-2 in the 9th, Kansas City rallied and scored 2 but was unable to tie it and fell one run short. 

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