MLB Daily Balk Morning Rundown 4/19
Best of Yesterday April 18
Dice-K shuts out the Blue Jays for 7 innings (1H, 1 BB, 3 K) and Jed Lowrie goes off again (4 for 5, HR, 4 RBI) for the Red Sox on Patriot’s Day at Fenway. Lowrie is now hitting .516 on the season.
David Price and the Rays shut out the White Sox. Price went 8 innings with 9 Ks and 2 BBs. Cult hero Sam Fuld went 4 for 4 to raise his average to .396.
Tim Lincecum was filthy on the mound for the Giants as he didn’t give up a hit through 6 1/3 until Carlos Gonzalez singled in the seventh. The Freak had 10+ strikeouts for the 29th time in his career. That ties Christy Mathewson for the most in Giants history.
The Giants Nate Schierholtz blasted a homer into the 3rd deck at Coors Field on Monday night. His brother, who is a cadet at the Air Force Academy, was at the game and tracked down the 467 foot blast.
Brewers rookie Brandon Kintzler got his first career win by pitching two scoreless innings as the Brewers win 6-3 in 12 innings. John Axford blew the save in the 9th for the Brewers, but manager Ron Roenicke feels that Axford’s control problems are fixable.
Joe Blanton finally pitched well for the Phillies as he went 7 innings and gave up 2 earned runs. His success will make it easier for the Phillies to trade him later in the season to free up money.
Kevin Correia of the Pirates pitched a complete game (3R, 2ER) to claim his third win of the season as the Pirates beat the Reds in 3 of 4 to win their weekend series.
CJ Wilson gave up 1 run over 7 innings as the Rangers beat the Angels 7-1. Wilson overpowered the Angels with 9 Ks and only walked one to go to 2-0. Adrian Beltre hit his 5th HR for the Rangers and is now tied for the AL lead in RBI with 16.
More inches of snow in Chicago on Monday, 1.2 inches, than runs scored at Wrigley during the Cubs 1-0 win over the Padres.
Carlos Zambrano has 10 Ks and only 1 walk in 8 inning of shutout ball for the Cubs. Tim Stauffer went 7 innings for the Padres. Tyler Colvin provided the walk off double for the Cubs.
Tigers Ryan Raburn alledgedly became the first player to hit the roof at Safeco Field in Seattle. He did it on a foul ball.
Ted Lilly threw 7 scoreless innings for the Dodgers in their win over the Braves 4-2. Lilly got his first win of the season.
The A’s reacquired pitcher David Purcey from the Blue Jays. Purcey had been traded from the A’s to Jays in the offseason and was designated for assignment last week.
The Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez is heading to the Mayo Clinic for tests to help figure out why his stomach is continuing to be an issue.
The Angels are trying to do everything to get lefty starter Scott Kazmir back on track. Now he’s off to Arizona for extended spring training.
Jason Bay could return to the Mets on Thursday. Bay is scheduled to play in minor league rehab games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
After his leadoff homer on Sunday, the Pirates Andrew McCutchen now has seven leadoff homers in his career.
The Brewers aren’t ready to activate setup reliever LaTroy Hawkins yet despite rejoining the team in Philly. He might be activated on Wednesday or Friday. Also, RF Corey Hart is beginning an AAA rehab assignment on Tuesday and could be back in a week or so.
The Giants could activate OF Cody Ross on Tuesday if everything went well during his rehab start at AAA Fresno on Monday night. Rookie 1B Brandon Belt could be sent down when Ross returns according to manager Bruce Bochy.
The Braves reliever Peter Moylan has a bulging disc in his back and is looking to avoid surgery. The Braves finally moved Jason Heyward to the 2 hole in the lineup and dropped Nate McLouth to 8th in the order.
The Phillies lefty reliever JC Romero strained his right calf and could be heading to the DL. That will make fellow lefty Antonio Bastardo even more important in the Phillies bullpen going forward.
Dodgers rookie OF/1B Jerry Sands debuted with a double against Tim Hudson and the Braves. Manager Don Mattingly said that Sands, who started in LF, could see time at first base if James Loney struggles.
Streak of the Day
The Baltimore Orioles have now lost 8 straight games after starting the season 6-1.
Top Tuesday Matchups
6:40 EDT White Sox (Danks 0-1, 3.15) at Rays (Shields 0-1, 3.98)
7:05 EDT Brewers (Wolf 1-2, 4.32) at Phillies (Halladay 2-0, 1.23)
7:07 EDT Yankees (Burnett 3-0, 4.67) at Blue Jays (Drabek 1-0, 1.93)
8:40 EDT Giants (Sanchez 1-1, 3.24) at Rockies (Jimenez 0-0, 7.50)
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