Monday, April 25, 2011

Major League Baseball Regular Season 2011: My Brief Interesting Thoughts

By Evan Troxel
Another regular season of Major League Baseball is finally here  The only thing that really sticks out in my mind right now is some really great catches by outfielder Sam Fuld of the Tampa Bay Rays (of the American League).  Now I will share with you all my thoughts from each day’s action.
Friday, April 15, 2011
This day April 15th every year is slated as Jackie Robinson Day.  Why?  The reason is, that is the day Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and it was his Major League Debut in 1947.  Also, on this day’s action if you happened to watch only some highlights you saw that all the players, managers, coaches, and umpires wore the #42 on their uniform because that was Jackie Robinson’s uniform number.  Number 42 was a permanently retired number by Major League Baseball on April 15, 1997.  This means that no player (on any team) can ever wear #42 again on their uniform (except on April 15th to honor Jackie Robinson).
In the American League: The Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2.  The Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees 5-3.  The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2.  The Boston Red Sox lost again this time to the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6.  The Red Sox have Major League Baseball’s worst record at two wins and ten losses which I don’t like because the Red Sox are my favorite Major League Baseball team.  The Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Seattle Mariners 6-5.  The Detroit Tigers won against the Oakland Athletics in ten innings 8-4.
In the National League: The Florida Marlins and the Washington Nationals beat their respective opponents the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 4-3.  The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1.  The Houston Astros lost to the San Diego Padres 4-2.  The Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball’s best team beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 for a record of 11-2.  The defending World Champion San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2.  The St. Louis Cardinals destroyed the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-2.  The New York Mets at Atlanta Braves was postponed because of rain.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
In the American League: The New York Yankees won over the Texas Rangers 5-2.  The Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 7-0.  The Boston Red Sox won 4-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays for their third win of the season and Boston’s starting pitcher Josh Beckett picked up his team leading second win of the season.  The Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2.  Cleveland Indians 8 Baltimore Orioles 3, Los Angeles Angels 7 Chicago White Sox 2, and Tampa Bay Rays 4 Minnesota Twins 3.
In the National League: The Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-2.  The Atlanta Braves won the doubleheader over the New York Mets 4-2 and 4-0.  The Houston Astros defeated the San Diego Padres 5-3.  The Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 and improved with a record of 7 wins and 7 losses.  The San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2.  The Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals and the Florida Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies was postponed because of rain.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
In the American League: The Red Sox won back-to-back games for the first time all season by beating the Blue Jays 8-1 for a record of 4 wins and 10 losses.  The Twins beat the Rays 4-2 for a record of 5-10 and former Nebraska baseball pitching standout Brian Duensing picked up his first win of the season for the Twins.  The Mariners beat the Royals 3-2 and the Royals have 10 wins and 5 losses.  Cleveland Indians 4 Baltimore Orioles 2, Los Angeles Angels 4 Chicago White Sox 2, Oakland Athletics 5 Detroit Tigers 1, and New York Yankees 6 Texas Rangers 5.
In the National League: The Pirates defeated the Reds 7-6.  The Philadelphia Phillies won 3-2 over the Florida Marlins.  The Washington Nationals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 and 5-1 in a doubleheader.  Both the Nationals and Brewers now have a record of 7-7.  The Mets beat the Braves 3-2 and the Padres won over the Astros 8-6.  The Colorado Rockies improved their record to 12-3 by defeating the Chicago Cubs 9-5.  Finally, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers had walk-off game winning hits against the Giants and Cardinals respectively.
Monday, April 18, 2011
In the American League: The Kansas City Royals lost to the Cleveland Indians 7-3 in 10 Innings.  The Boston Red Sox continued their winning streak by winning their third straight game over the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1.  The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-0.  The Minnesota Twins beat the slumping Baltimore Orioles 5-3.  The Texas Rangers won over the Los Angeles Angels 7-1.  The Detroit Tigers won over the Seattle Mariners 8-3.
In the National League: The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3.  The Pittsburgh Pirates won over the Cincinnati Reds 9-3.  The Reds’ pitcher Aroldis Chapman threw a 106 mile per hour pitch.  Unfortunately, the pitch was a ball and not a strike.  Tyler Colvin of the Chicago Cubs hit a walk-off double and the Cubs’ baserunner scored all the way from first base for a 1-0 Cubs win over the San Diego Padres.  The defending champion Giants downed the Rockies 8-1 and Tim Lincecum pitched really well.  The Dodgers beat the Braves 4-2.

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