Jermaine Dye has hung it up. Oh, you didn’t realize he was still holding out for a phone call?
You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain the J-Hey Kid! Jason Heyward has now had two great Opening Days by going yard off Livan Hernandez on Thursday AGAIN in his first at bat of the season. He also walked and struck out, so look for 162 walks this year.
Derek Lowe looked sharp by only allowing 3 hits in 5.2 innings in his final spring tune-up, er, against the Nats. He also K’d 6. The last time he looked this good on OD was in 2009 when he went 15-10/3.24/1.13/147. Yahtzee!
In an amazing come-from-behind victory, the Reds spoiled a Yovani Gallardo win after Ramon Hernandez hit a WALK-OFF against John Axford. Gulp. Trevor, pick up the phone! Edinson Volquez was shaky early on, but settled down. If he can keep the walks down, I love him in 2011.
Look out, Mark Teixeira is in for a monster champagne-campaign after taking Justin Verlander deep for a 3-run bomb. Someone told Big Teixy it was July. The HR was Verlander’s only mistake in an otherwise nice April start. Guess someone told him it was May?
Wainwright who? Ace Chris Carpenter shut the Friars down, giving up just two hits in 7, but…Ryan Franklin blew the fancy start by giving up a Cameron Maybin long ball in the 9th. Aye caramba. Albert Pujols was 0-5 with 3 GIDP. Sorry, MVP days are over. Sell, sell, sell!
Jered Weaver picked right back up where he left off in 2010 by going 6.2 innings against the Royals and striking out 6 while only allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. This is why you selected him early. Fernando Rodney got the first crack at a Halo save, but not without giving up a hit and a walk to get Angel fans nervous.
Alex Gordon went 0-5 with 3 K. Spring tease.
Clayton Kershaw outdueld Tim Lincecum by going 7 strong and striking out 9 while only allowing 5 baserunners. Wanted him this year, but he eluded me.
Brandon Belt went 1-3 with a walk and a punch out. Had a chance to be a hero in the 9th, but he got Broxton-ed.
Matt Kemp loves Davey Lopes. He went 1-1 with THREE walks and a stolen base and he was NOT caught stealing!
See you tomorrow…