Saturday, April 2, 2011
Teixeira goes yard again in Yankees win
• Mark Teixeira hit a home run for the second straight game to start the season as the New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers. Teixiera is the first Yankees player since Hideki Matsui in 2005 to do so.
He is just the fourth Yankee over the last 40 seasons to hit a Home Run in each of the teams first two games of the season. Teixiera is finding the beginning of this season much more comfortable than 2010. Last year he had two home runs all of April.
• New season, same story as the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the eighth inning up 3-0, before surrendering five runs as the Chicago Cubs went on to win 5-3.
Pittsburgh allowed a team to score at least five runs in the eighth inning of a game four times last season, which was tied with the Diamondbacks for most in the National League.
• Kyle Drabek allowed just one hit over seven innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins. Drabek dominated Twins’ hitters with his fastball.
Of his 101 pitches, 83 were heaters (82 percent), and the Twins went 1-for-16 with five strikeouts in at-bats ending with fastballs. He also closed batters out, retiring 11 of 12 batters when the count got to two strikes.
• Today marked just the fifth time the San Francisco Giants have scored at least 10 runs in a shutout victory over their rival the Los Angeles Dodgers. The last time it happened was back in October of 2004.
• If you thought 10 runs from the Giants was surprising how about an 11-run outburst by the San Diego Padres in a win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Padres did so in a very efficient fashion with just nine hits. It's the first time since May 1, 2001 that they scored 10 runs without getting 10 hits.
• Gordon Beckham continued his scorching start to 2011 picking up two hits and two RBI in the Chicago White Sox victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Beckham kicked off his 2010 campaign in a sophomore slump, hitting just .209 in the first three months of the season. Since that time though he has batted .320 with an on base percentage of .382.
If Beckham were to keep it up he could move into the elite among second basemen. Last season only two second basemen who qualified for the batting title had an on base percentage over .380 for the season. They were Robinson Cano and Chase Utley.