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Friday, December 9th, 2016

Good Morning, MLB Fans

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As much as I want the Cubs to win, I’d rather see the Cardinals at full strength and watch an epic battle for the NL Central. Last night, the red-hot Cardinals took a major blow. Chris Carpenter left the game after 3 innings against the D’Backs because of a left rib-cage/oblique strain. More about the injury here. Arizona made an awesome comeback and won it in the 10th on an Eric Byrnes walk-off single. They took the lead in the 8th on Conor Jackson’s 3-run, pinch-hit homer.

Mariners fans should be happy this morning. The M’s won their 5th straight game and got an excellent start from embattled pitcher Carlos Silva. Silva allowed only 4 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings. Roy Corcoran ended up with the W, but Silva pitched great.

The Red Sox used 7 pitchers as Daisuke Matsuzaka lasted only one inning in a 6-5 loss to the A’s. He has the ‘Line of the Night’:

IP H R ER BB K PIT
1 5 5 5 2 0 43

Boston came back in the game but the A’s won it in the 12th on a Travis Buck infield single. Dice-K has lasted only 6 1/3 in his 2 starts, giving up 14 hits and 9 runs.

It must have been “Extra-Inning Tuesday”. The Twins got another outstanding outing from Glen Perkins but needed extra frames to down the Blue Jays 3-2 in 11. Perkins has pitched 8 innings in each of his first 2 starts. Ricky Romero also went 8 for the Jays, but Joe Crede doubled home Justin Morneau for the game-winner.

Javy Vazquez struck out 12 in 6 innings but was bested by Chris Volstad as the Marlins beat the Braves 5-1. Volstad has allowed only one run in each of his starts. Dan Uggla had 2 hits and 3 RBI for the Marlins.

The Indians pitchers were drilled yet again, this time for 9 runs against the Royals. Carl Pavano had a decent start (6 IP, 4 R, 8K) but Rafael Perez gave up 4 runs in just 1 1/3. Perez has given up 10 runs in 5 relief outings in 2009. He has issued 6 walks against zero Ks. He was one of the better relievers in the AL last year, so you have to wonder if he isn’t entirely healthy. John Buck powered the Royals with 2 homers and 5 RBI.

In another extra-inning affair, The Orioles scored 4 times in the 10th and notched a 7-5 victory over the Rangers. Luke Scott and Adam Jones each had a homer and 3 RBI for the 6-2 Orioles. Texas has dropped 5 straight.

The Yanks and Rays are both 4-4 now after AJ Burnett smoked the Rays. He allowed only 3 hits and 2 runs in 8 innings while K’ing 9. Brian Bruney struck out the side in the 9th. Nick Swisher doubled and hit his 4th homer of the year. Derek Jeter also homered for the Yanks.

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