Month of May delivered the unexpected

After being awful in April, Red Sox and Diamondbacks picked up their play in a big way

Originally Published: May 31, 2011
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Just as we all expected in May …

A second baseman (Wilson Valdez) won a game as a pitcher. … A guy who was 0-for-39-days (Jason Giambi) hit three home runs in a game. … A relief pitcher (Vin Mazzaro) gave up 14 runs in one appearance. … And the hottest team in baseball (the Diamondbacks) was a team that was more games out of first place after April (6½) than the Nationals.

We don't know anyone who saw any of that coming. So what better excuse to look back at ...

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