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Brandon McCarthy pitched in only 5 games last year and John Danks — one of the players he was traded for — helped the Sox get into the playoffs. But McCarthy got the W yesterday for the Rangers, who are 3-0. He did give up 2 homers in just 5 innings, but he struck out 7. The bad news is he needed 105 pitches in his 5 innings.
In that same game, Carl Pavano lasted just one inning, giving up 9 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. 2 of the hits were homers. Nothing like taxing that bullpen in early April.
Kerry Wood made his appearance of the year in that game too. He pitched one inning and allowed 2 hits, a walk and a run while striking out the side.
Matt Garza shut down the Red Sox as the Rays jacked 3 homers off Dice-K. Evan Longoria hit his 2nd of the year. The Rays took the series.
Aaron Rowand is off to a hot start and the Giants took their opening series against the Brewers. Rowand was 6-11 in the series with 3 doubles and a homer.
Can you tell it wasn’t exactly baseball weather in Chicago? The Royals and White Sox combined for 11 runs in 3 games, with the Royals taking 2 of the 3. The Sox have gone hitless from the leadoff spot in the lineup: DeWayne Wise in games 1 & 2 and then Chris Getz in the loss yesterday. Alexei Ramirez had a rough series at the plate: 0-10 with 4 Ks.
Dusty Baker’s starting pitchers all threw 100 or more pitches in their first three games: Aaron Harang 114, Edison Volquez 107, Bronson Arroyo 100. I’m not going to look it up, but I’m guessing there weren’t any other managers that did that in their opening series.