2007 May

1st  The Yankees trounce the Rangers, 10-1. Robbie Cano has 4 hits, including a pair of doubles, and 3 RBIs. Making his 2ndML start, rookie pitcher Phil Hughes carries a no-hitter into the 7thinning before being forced to leave the game with a hamstring injury sustained when throwing a curve ball to Mark Teixeira. He’s the fourth Yankee pitcher to  go on the DL with  a hamstring injury. He’ll earn his first ML win, but the frustrated Yankees will fire strength coach Marty Miller tomorrow.

Zach Greinke gives up 10 hits in 5 innings, including a 1stinning grand slam to Vlad Guerrero, as the Royals lose to the Angels, 7-5. Gary Mathews chips in with 2singles, a double and triple for the Haloes.

At Boston, the A’s score two runs off Jonathon Papelbon in the 9thto tie, then Mike Piazza and Dan Johnson greet Brendan Donnelly in the 10thwith back-to-back doubles and Oakland beats Boston, 5-4. Manny Ramirez becomes the 14th major-leaguer to garner 1,000 hits with two different teams when he reaches a grand with the Boston Red Sox. Ramirez posted 1,086 hits with the Cleveland Indians. The Sox outfielder joins Jake Beckley, Joe Cronin, Carlton Fisk, Jimmie Foxx, Frankie Frisch, Tris Speaker and Joe Torre in the double-grand club.

At Pittsburgh, the Cubs-Pirates match is halted in the bottom of the 7thinning because of rain and completed tomorrow. In the top of the 7thCliff Floyd splashes a two-run homer into the Alleghany River to give the Cubs a 6-5 lead.  They win, 8-6. Derrek Lee has 4 hits, including two doubles, for Chicago: He is in the middle of 8 consecutive games with at least one double (as noted by Ed Hartig). Lee will reach base in his first 26 games this season, something no other Cub has done in the last 50 years.

2ndThe Braves beat the Phillies, 4-3. Rookie C Jarod Saltalamacchia makes his debut for Atlanta, and in doing so claims the distinction of having the longest last name—14 letters—in baseball history.

The Nationals trade OF Chris Snelling to the Athletics for OF Ryan Langerhans, who is dealt for the 2ndtime in a week. Langerhans will play for three different teams in four games.

3rdThe Red Sox edge the Mariners, 8-7, as Manny Ramirez has a pair of homers for the Bosox. Wily Mo Pena is 4-for-4. Ichiro Suzuki steals a base in the 2ndinning to set an AL record with his 41ststraight successful steal. Tim Raines held the old mark.

The Mets lay a six spot in the 9thinning and down the host Diamondbacks, 9-4. Damion Easley and David Wright each hit 3-run homers in the 9th.

Mike Mussina wins his first of the year as the Yankees top the Rangers, 5-2. Doug Mientkiewicz has a homer and 2 RBIs and Derek Jeter has 3 hits and 2 RBIs as he extends his hitting streak to 20 games. According to historian Trent McCotter of SABR, Jeter is just the second major-leaguer since 1900 to get a hit in at least 59 of 61 consecutive games. Joe DiMaggio was the other.

4thAt Yankee Stadium, the Bombers score 5 runs in the 1stbut the Mariners counter with 8 runs in the 5thinning on their way to a 15-11 win over the Yankees. The M’s outhit New York, 20-16, with 7 batters having two or more hits: Raul Ibanez has 4. The loss goes to Colter Bean who gives up 4 runs in the 5thwithout retiring a batter.

5thThe Tigers score 3 in the 8thto down the Royals, 7-5, but it could’ve been worse as RF Mark Teahen throws out one Tiger at 3B and two at home. He joins Mark Kotsay (2000), Brandon Inge (2004), Craig Monroe (2006) and Endy Chavez (2006) as the only outfielders since 2000 to have three assists in a game.

At AT&T Park, the Giants top the Phillies, 9-4.  Barry Bonds belts his 10thhomer in the 2ndand the Phillies walk him three times (one IBB) after that. Phils speedster Shane Victorino, the Flyin’ Hawaiian, swipes a pair of bases, the first N.L. player since Deion Sanders (1995) to post three consecutive multi-steal games. Eliezer Alfonzo is the SF catcher today; Bengie Molina was behind the plate the last two games.

In St. Louis, the Astros pound the Cardinals, 13-0, as Matt Albers allows 3 hits in 7+ innings of work. Mark Loretta has 4 hits and Hunter Pence hits his first ML homer, connecting for a grand slam off the Birds’ Dennis Dove. It is Dove’s last ML appearance.

6thThe Indians defeat the Orioles, 9-6, as C.C. Sabathia (5-0) allows 3 runs in 7 innings.  Trot Nixon strokes 5 hits for the Tribe, including a double, to drive in 4 runs.

Rocket’s re-entry. During a 5-0 win over Seattle at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees announce the signing of Roger Clemens. Darrell Rasner pitches 5 2/3 innings for the victory.

7thBrad Penny (4-0) pitches 7 innings and strikes out 14, as the Dodgers gaff the host Marlins, 6-1. Penny also drives in two runs with a single.  Penny is the ninth Los Angeles Dodgers to strike out 14 or more: Sandy Koufax did it 14 times.

In San Francisco, the Giants score all of their runs in the 5thinning to beat the Mets, 9-3.  Rich Aurilia has a homer and 3 RBIs and Benjie Molina ties the ML record with two homers in the frame. He drives home 5.

Devil Rays reliever Juan Salas is suspended for 50 games, becoming the first player this year to flunk a drug test under MLB’s testing program.

8thThe Mariners edge the Yankees, 3-2. Rookie Matt DeSalvo makes his pinstripe debut as the Yankees become the first team in ML history to use 10 starting pitchers in their first 30 games. New York also becomes the first team since the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys to start 6 rookie pitchers in their first 30 games.

The Astros defeat the Reds, 5-4. Roy Oswalt gets the win for Houston, bringing his career mark against Cincinnati to an dominating 19-1.

The Giants down the Mets, 9-4, scoring all 9 of their runs in the 5thinning. Bengie Molina hits two homers in the frame, the 51stmajor leaguer to accomplish the feat.

9thThe Phillies trounce the Diamondbacks, 9-3. Starting pitchers Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson set a new mark for oldest starting pitchers in a game, the 3rdtime the record has been broken this season. Ryan Howard chips in with a pinch grand slam for the Phils, the second pinch salami this season.

Alfonso Soriano hits a leadoff homer, off Tom Gorzelanny, as the Cubs beat Pittsburgh, 1-0. Jason Marquis is the complete-game winner.

10thThe Angels drop 5 runs on the Indians in the 4thinning, 3 coming home on Gary Mathews’ homer, then plate another run in the 4thwhen Jose Molina surprises the Tribe by stealing home on the front end of a double steal.  Kelvim Escobar goes the distance in the shutout.

11thRandy Wolf throws 7 shutout innings, striking out 11, as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 2-0. Catcher Russ Martin drives in both runs. When Wolf is on the mound, MLB has barred umpire Jim Wolf from working the plate. The ruling would apparently also require Jim to switch with another umpire if he were calling balls and strikes when Randy entered a game in relief.

The Blue Jays placed P Roy Halladay on the 15-day DL. Halladay has an emergency appendectomy and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

12thThe Braves trounce the Pirates, 9-2. The win is the 2,195thof manager Bobby Cox’s career, moving him past Sparky Anderson into 4thplace on the all-time ML list.

Can I pitch tomorrow, Skip?  In his only outing against Texas this season, the Angels Bartolo Colon (4-0) is victorious, 6-3, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings pitched. It is Colon’s 12thstart against the Rangers and his 12thstraight win against them, tying a ML record.

The Cubs and Phils each have 16 hits and each scores 6 runs in the 7th, but the Phillies prevail, 11-7. Greg Dobbs and Derrick Lee each have 4 hits, while Alfonso Soriano has a pair for Chicago to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. He’s the first Cub to do so in 18 years.

For the second time in three weeks, Ryan Zimmerman belts a 9thinning grand slam against Florida.  This time it is a walkoff winner as the Nationals win, 7-3. It is Zimmerman’s third walkoff homer in less than a year (as noted by Retrosheet). Austin Kearns hits a 6thinning inside-the-park homer for the Nats and scores standing up after Reggie Abercrombie thinks he caught the ball at the fence in CF.

13thThe Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 6-5, as SS Miguel Tejada plays in his 1,118thconsecutive game. It is the 5thlongest such streak in history.

The Giants trounce the Rockies, 15-2. San Francisco rookie OF Fred Lewis hits for the cycle, and becomes the 4thplayer in history to hit his first ML homer as part of the feat. Lewis gets 5 hits in just his 16thgame in the majors. Kevin Frandsen has 4 hits.

At Shea, Damion Easley has 3 hits and 4 RBIs as the Mets pummel the Brewers, 9-1. Milwaukee ace Chris Capuano (5-1) is tagged for 4 runs in 4 innings. Capuano’s season will go in the trash as he goes 0-12 with a 6.08 ERA the rest of 2007. Today’s game marks the beginning of 26 consecutive Brewers losses in games in which Capuano pitches.  He’ll miss all of 2008 and 2009 before returning in 2010.

At Minnesota, the Twins clip the Tigers, 16-4, as Torii Hunter has 3 hits and drives in 7 runs. Two of the hits are homers. Michael Cuddyer also has 3 hits and drives in 4 runs.

In Arlington, in a game that features 8 homeruns by both teams, Nelson Cruz hits a walkoff homer in the 9thas the Rangers edge the Angels, 7-6.  After a hit batsman in the 7thinning, Angels manager Mike Scioscia protests too much and is ejected. Ranger pitcher Hector Carrasco is also tossed. Brad Wilkerson hits into a fly out DP when Sammy Sosa leaves 1B too early tagging up.

The Mariners acquire P Jason Davis from the Indians for a player to be named: the player will be Gregorio Rosario. The M’s will give Davis his release in July.

The Rockies and Marlins exchange pitchers, with Jorge Julio going to Colorado and Byung-Hyun Kim to Florida.

14thThe Cardinals down the Dodgers, 8-4, for the 9,000thwin in franchise history. Only four other teams have won 4,000 or more games.

15thThe Devil Rays edge the Rangers, 4-3, in the 1stML regular season game played in Central Florida. The contest is played in the 9,500-seat minor league park at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex. The game is played in hopes of raising the franchise’s profile in the Orlando area and bolstering TV ratings across Central Florida.

Alexis Rios, from Coffee, AL, jolts the Orioles Daniel Cabrera with a leadoff homer and Jesse Litsch, in his ML debut, pitches 8 2/3 innings for a 2-1 Toronto win. Litsch was a former bat boy for the Devil Rays in 2001-02. As an 8-year-old in Pony League, he went 46-for-46 at bat and pitched 14 no-hit innings.

Ichiro Suzuki’s 5-hit game, the 6thof his career, paces the Mariners to a win over the Angels, 11-3. Jose Lopez has a homer in the M’s 6-run 3rdagainst Kelvim Escobar. Felix Hernandez returns from a stint on the disabled list to pitch 3 2-3 innings, but the win goes to rookie Sean White, in his first ML decision.

The Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 9-7. Rafael Furcal gets 4 hits for the 3rdstraight game, becoming the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat since Marcus Giles in 2003. Milt Stock holds the record of four consecutive four-hit games.

16thHunter Pence is 4-for-4 with a homer as the Astros edge the Giants and Noah Lowry, 2-1. Chris Sampson is the winning pitcher.

At Safeco Field, Oakland’s John Lackay combines with two relievers to stop the Mariners on four hits for a 5-0 win. Ichiro Suzuki has half the hits and steals a base for his AL-record 45thsteal without being caught.

Cole Hamels (6-1) strikes out 11 in 8 innings as the Phillies down the Brewers, 6-2. J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer off Hamels is the only score for the Brew Crew. Aaron Rowand has a three-run homer off Jeff Suppan.

The White Sox and Yankees split a rare doubleheader in Chicago, with the Sox taking the opener, 5-3, and the Yankees coming back to win, 8-1. Wang (2-3) is the winner in the nightcap as he is backed by Hideki Matsui, who has 4 hits and 3 RBIs.  Melky Cabrera and Jorge Posada hit 9thinning homers off Andy Sisco. Derek Jeter has a hit in each game and has now hit in 92 of his last 100 games. According to streak historian Trent McCotter, Jeter is the first to do it since Wee Willie Keeler hit safely in 93 of 100 games in the 19thcentury.

17thThe Angels defeat the Mariners, 7-3. Ichiro Suzuki is caught stealing in the 7thinning to end his AL record streak of 45 consecutive steals.

A scoreless pitching duel between the Twins’ Johan Santana and the Indians’ Fausto Carmona ends in the 7thinning when Victor Martinez and Ryan Garko hit back-to-back homers to pace the Tribe to a 2-0 victory.  Each team makes just 4 hits. Santana (4-4) strikes out 11 in 7 innings, while Carmona (5-1) goes the distance and stops Torii Hunter’s 23-game hit streak.

18thThe Cubs Angel Pagan’s two-run triple helps turn a 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 win over rival Chicago White Sox.

The Rangers placed 3B Hank Blalock on the 60 day DL and called up 3B Travis Metcalf. Blalock will have a rib removed from his upper chest, which qualifies as “shoulder surgery.” He will miss 10-12 weeks.

Lake Elsinore of the Class A California League trounces Lancaster by a score of 30-0. Lancaster’s Aaron Bates will answer tomorrow with 4 homers against the Storm and the day after Lancaster’s Yordany Ramirez will hit for the cycle. The three-game series will feature a dizzying 83 runs, 95 hits and 23 homers.

19thAt Wrigley Field, Derrek Lee cracks a pinch-hit grand slam off Boone Logan in the 6-run 8thto pace the Cubs to an 11-6 win over the White Sox. Starter Jason Marquis does not get the win but he does contribute a 2-run homer. Javier Vazquez goes seven innings, the 24th consecutive start of six innings or more made by White Sox pitchers. (between April 21 and May 19) This is the longest such skein for Sox hurlers since the club’s staff posted 40 straight six-inning outings in 1940.

20thThe Yankees beat the Mets, 6-2, as rookie Tyler Clippard wins in his ML debut. Clippard is the 5thYankee pitcher this season to make his ML debut with a start. The only other team ever to do that in the first 42 games of the season was Kansas City of the Union Association in 1884.

At Fenway, the Red Sox down the Braves, 6-3. Kevin Youkilis is 3-for-3 while Matt Diaz has 4 hits for the Braves.  Andruw Jones strikes out 5 times for Atlanta.

Andy MacPhail is named the President of Baseball Operations of the Baltimore Orioles by owner Peter Angelos. MacPhail had been with the Cubs since 1994 and with the Twins as GM before that.

A Forbes Magazine report estimates the 2006 operating income (earnings before interest, debt and taxes) for all 30 major-league clubs. It shows 11 teams made at least $20 million, 14 at least $10 million and four less than $10 million while only the Yankees lost money; Major League Baseball disputes the accuracy of the report.

23rdThe Royals down the Indians, 11-7. Grady Sizemore and Casey Blake hit homers as the first 2 batters of the game, the third time the Indians have performed the feat in franchise history. Sizemore’s blast was the 11,000thin team history.

24thThe Devil Rays edge the Mariners, 13-12. Ichiro Suzuki, playing in his 1,000thML game, gets 3 hits, giving him 1,414 for his career. It is the 2ndmost hits since 1900 by a player in his first 1,000 games, trailing only Al Simmons who had 1,443.

The Braves defeat the Mets, 2-1, as John Smoltz wins his 200thML game. Smoltz becomes the first pitcher in history to post 200 wins and 150 saves.

25thThe Diamondbacks trounce the Astros, 13-3, as rookie 3B Mark Reynolds goes 5-for-5, including a triple and a pair of homers. He also scores 4 times.

27thIn Los Angeles, the Dodgers garner just 4 hits but beat the Cubs, 2-1 in 11 innings on a walkoff hit by pitch. After three batters walk, one IBB, in the 11th,Carlos Marmol pops Juan Pierre with a pitch driving in pinch hitter Ramon Martinez.

28thAt Angels Stadium, the Mariners clip the Angels 12-5 as Adrian Beltre has four extra base hits, two homers and two doubles.

It’s all in the numbers. Wearing number 28 and pitching in the Reds’ 28thgame. Kyle Lohse tosses a complete game shutout, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0. The win breaks the Red’s six-game losing streak. Reds centerfielder Ryan Freel collides with teammate Norris Hopper in the 2ndinning and his head hits Norris’ elbow. Freel sustains a concussion and leaves the field in an ambulance. He won’t return to action until early July.

The Long Beach Armada of the independent Golden Baseball League change their name to make it the longest in professional sports. The team’s new name is the Long Beach Armada of the Los Angeles of California of the United States of North America Including Barrow, Alaska. The team’s caps have the new initials, LBALACUSNAIBA.

29thAt Tropicana Park, the Tigers connect for 22 hits as they gaff the Rays, 14-2.  Four players have three hits apiece. Gary Sheffield has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs. Jason Bonderman, who won a 12-0 game his last time out, is the winner. For the month the Tigers bat .309 and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time Detroit batted over .300 for an entire month since September 1956, when the club batted .305 in 27 games.

At Toronto, the Yankees lose, 3-2, for their 5thloss in a row. Andy Pettitte gives up one earned run in 7+ innings and takes the loss.  He and Jorge Posada are victimized by a straight steal of home by Aaron Hill in the 7ththat gives the Jays a 2-1 advantage. New York’s record is now 21-29, matching the terrible starts of just five Yankee teams (1905, 1912, 1913, 1914, and 1990), all of which finished in 6thplace or worse.

30thThis is getting old. Pitchers Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer combine to set a record for the matchup of the oldest lefties in history, breaking the record they set when they met in early May. The Diamondbacks edge the Phillies, 4-3.

The Yankees beat the Jays, 10-5, with a little help on a yell from Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod hits a 2-out RBI-single in the 9thto make the score 7-5. Jorge Posada then hits a high infield fly and Rodriguez, running between SS John McDonald and 3B Howie Clark, yells “mine” causing Clark to back off and the ball drops for a hit. “I don’t know what my intention was. I didn’t yell ‘I’ve got it,’ or anything like that,” said A-Rod. Toronto manager Gibbons called it ‘bush league.” Johnny Damon, who led off the game with a homer, collected his 2,000thhit on a single, and Robinson Cano was 4-for-4 with 3 doubles. The win leaves New York 13 1/2 games in back of Boston.  The A-yell is not the only Rodriguez mishap today: Under the headline “Stray-Rod, the New York Postruns a photo of him accompanying a woman not his wife. When the Yankees meet the Sox at Fenway in two days, Alex will be greeting by dozens of fans wear masks featuring his blond friend.

The Reds score three in the first and edge the host Astros, 4-3. Adam Dunn is caught stealing in the first frame after a string of 15 consecutive steals. He was last caught on April 26, 2005.

Author Mark Harris dies at age 84. He wrote 13 novels including the classics Bang The Drum Slowly and The Southpaw.

31stThe Giants trade P Armando Benitez to the Marlins for P Randy Messenger.