Texas Rangers rookie dazzles: MLB Recap

Tepesch dazzles in debut for Rangers; Braves have best record in MLB, 6-1 Photo: Nick Tepesch in his debut/AP Tony Gutierrez

LOS ANGELES, April 10, 2013 — Braves win their fifth straight, while the Reds lose. Miguel Cabrera keeps hitting as Tigers roll over Blue Jays. Here is Tuesday’s recap of the games you may have missed.

The Atlanta Braves beat the Marlins, again. Atlanta, owners of the best record in baseball, improved to 7-1. Kris Medlen went seven innings giving up just one unearned run. Evan Gattis homered and Justin Upton hit an RBI double for the Braves. Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton went 0 for 3 and is batting .154 on the year. Final Score: Atlanta Braves 3, Miami Marlins 2.

The Nationals and White Sox have been tabbed for this moment’s interleague series in D.C. Chicago starter Jake Peavy gave up six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Gio Gonzalez gave the Nationals five good innings with seven strikeouts and one earned run. Alex Rios hit a two run homerun in the top of the ninth, but it was too little, too late for the White Sox. Final Score: Washington Nationals 8, Chicago White Sox 7.

A five run seventh inning by the Oakland A’s ruined Anaheim’s night. Brandon Moss went 3 for 4 with a two run homerun. C.J. Wilson gave up four earned runs in six innings. Kevin Jepsen was rocked for four runs in the seventh inning after coming in with two outs. Mike Trout went 3 for 4 to raise his season average to .281. Final Score: Oakland Athletics 9, Anaheim Angels 5

Miguel Cabrera had a huge day at the plate for the Tigers, going 4 for 5 with a two run homerun, his first of the year. Anibal Sanchez threw seven innings and struck out eight while giving up two earned runs. Brandon Morrow has seen better days. He got chased in the fourth inning on the heels of the Cabrera homerun. Final Score: Detroit Tigers 7, Toronto Blue Jays 3.

The St. Louis quieted the Cincinnati offense on Tuesday. Lance Lynn pitched six innings and struck out 10, while giving up just one run. On offense, Matt Carpenter went 2 for 4 and scored two runs. Bronson Arroyo gave up four runs in six innings for the Reds, including a two run pinch hit homerun to Mike Adams in the sixth inning. Final Score: St. Louis Cardinals 5, Cincinnati Reds 1.

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Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano combined to go 8 for 11 at the plate with five runs and seven RBIs. Five of those RBIs came from Cano who also hit his third homerun of the season after hitting his first two yesterday. Andy Pettitte earned his second win of the season, going seven innings and giving up only one earned run, Carlos Carrasco and Brett Myers each gave up seven runs for Cleveland. Final Score: New York Yankees 14, Cleveland Indians 1.

The Philadelphia Phillies hit three homeruns in the third inning off Dillon Gee, including a back to back homeruns by Ryan Howard and Michael Young, his first as a member of the Phillies. Mets catcher John Buck went 2 for 4 with his fourth homerun. Cliff Lee was pulled after giving up two singles in the top of the ninth with two out. Mike Adams came in to get a strike out to end it. Lee struck out six and gave up three runs, two earned. Final Score: Philadelphia Phillies 8, New York Mets 3.

The San Diego Padres beat up on the Dodgers in their home opener at PETCO Park. It did not really matter who the Dodgers threw at them, San Diego scored at least one run of five of the six pitchers the Dodgers used. Will Venable went 2 for 3 with a homerun, a triple and two walks for San Diego. Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Adrian Gonzalez each got two hits for the Dodgers. Final Score: San Diego Padres 9, Dodgers 3.

The Rangers’ Nick Tepesch made his Major League debut yesterday and it went swimmingly. The 24 year old went 7 1/3 innings with 14 groundball outs and five strikeouts for Texas. Lance Berkman went 3 for 4 for the Rangers with a double and two RBIs. Roberto Hernandez gave up six runs and picked up his second loss for Tampa Bay. Final Score: Texas Rangers 6, Tampa Bay Rays 1.

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Mike Pelfrey gave up six runs in two innings to the Kansas City Royals, but no homeruns. The Royals’ first three batters combined to go 7 for 12 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Jeremy Guthrie was not very good either for Kansas City, but when the other guy gives up six in the first two innings, you do not have to be to get the win, most times. Final Score: Kansas City Royals 7, Minnesota Twins 4.

Other games: Giants 9, Rockies 6; Cubs 6, Brewers 3; Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 5; Astros 16, Mariners 9.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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