Spring Fever

Padres 24, Rangers 7

That's not a typo. The Texas Rangers actually allowed the San Diego Padres to score 24 runs on Tuesday.

Greg Maddux looks as ready as he'll ever be to begin the season, after his longest outing of the spring. The veteran gave up four hits and struck out five over six innings, while the Padres nailed a spring-high 25 hits.

Texas' pitching might need some work, however. With 30 mph gusts of wind, your starters better have some control and location. Kevin Millwood gave up 12 hits and nine earned runs over 4.1 innings and reliever Eric Gagne allowed four runs and five hits in one 20-pitch inning. Lefty reliever Ron Mahay got just one out while getting roughed up for seven runs of his own.

Russell Branyan had four hits and five RBIs for San Diego, including his fourth and fifth homers of the spring. Adrian Gonzalez and Terrmel Sledge each had three hits, with Gonzalez hitting his fifth spring homer and driving in three runs.

Twins 4, Yankees 3

Carl Pavano allowed two runs, six hits and a walk, inducing four double-play grounders over six innings in the New York Yankees' 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins, possibly making Joe Torre's Opening Day starter decision a bit easier.

If Pavano gets the ball against Tampa Bay on April 2nd, it will complete a huge comeback, as the righty hasn't pitched in the big leagues since June of 2005 due to a laundry list of injuries.

The Yankees led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but Matt Tolbert tied it with an RBI single and scored the winning run from second when Yankees second baseman Chris Basak misplayed a Toby Gardenhire grounder for an error. Toby is, of course, the son of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Starter Boof Bonser gave up two runs and four hits in six innings for Minnesota, striking out seven and walking two. Bonser has buckled down since his March 3rd outing where he gave up three runs and five hits in one inning, lowering his spring ERA to 2.86 Tuesday.

Bobby Abreu hit a solo shot for the Yanks and Josh Phelps, a possible backup first baseman, had a home run and an RBI single. Andy Phillips, competing with Phelps, went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Phillips, here is your honorary Golden Sombrero. You suck.

Astros 8, Indians 7

Morgan Ensberg went 1-for-3 with a homer to help the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings. Adam Everett drove in two runs and Lance Berkman went 2-for-4 for the Astros, who finished with 11 hits.

Right-hander Chris Sampson, still in the mix for Houston's final rotation spot, allowed one run and three hits in five innings. After letting the first two batters reach base, Sampson settled down, retiring the next ten that he faced. That gives him a 5.62 ERA this spring, a number inflated by a March 22nd start against Washington where he allowed six earned runs in just 2.1 innings.

Sampson is competing with Matt Albers, Fernando Nieve and Brian Moehler for the fifth spot in the rotation, as manager Phil Garner has yet to make a decision.

Paul Byrd, Cleveland's #4 starter, pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four earned runs and seven hits. Casey Blake and Luis Rivas both homered for the Tribe.

Reserve catcher Humberto Quintero smoked the game-winning, three-run double to center field in the bottom of the 10th inning.

In other news out of Cleveland, right-handed pitcher Matt Miller will miss three to four weeks due to a muscle strain in his right forearm, an injury that seems unrelated to the elbow that kept him out much of the past two seasons.

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MCBias said...

So much for Paul Byrd supposedly turning things around this season...I'm off the bandwagon, and throwing him under the bus as we speak.

Jason McAdams said...

I even had a couple of RBI's in that Padres/Rangers game.

Sooze said...

MCBias - That's probably the best thing for everyone.

Jason - The bat boy went 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs as well.

Jason McAdams said...

Since my last name is McAdams and my website is called My Baseball Bias, shouldn't I call myself McBias?

Just a though.