LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2013 — Dodgers and Padres brawl, Zack Greinke gets hurt, Red Sox drop series to Baltimore, Doug Fister and the Tigers are heating up, and the White Sox and Angels both get swept. Here is a rundown of yesterday’s games.
Carlos Quentin thought Zack Greinke purposely hit him in the sixth inning of a 2-1 game and rushed the mound. The ensuing brawl left Matt Kemp, Jerry Hairston Jr., Quentin, and Greinke ejected. The bad news came with the news that Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke also suffered a broken collar bone in the ruckus. No word from Bud Selig’s office on possible suspensions. Fans are calling for Quentin to be out for as long as Greinke, but he will most likely get somewhere in the area of five games. Positive news for Los Angeles is that Adrian Gonzalez hit his first homerun of the season. Final Score: Los Angeles Dodgers 3, San Diego 2.
Doug Fister bounced back after a rough first start of the season to go eight innings against the Blue Jays with five strikeouts and one earned run. Prince Fielder went 2 for 2 with a double, two walks and four RBIs. Reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera was 2 for 4 with a triple and a stolen base. Toronto Starter Josh Johnson gave up six runs in just 1 1/3 innings of work. Final Score: Detroit Tigers 11, Toronto Blue Jays 1.
San Francisco took the first of a four game series from the Cubs on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Giants rookie Nick Noonan got the first start of his career at second base and went 3 for 5 at the plate. Noonan scored two runs and committed a throwing error. Former Giant Nate Schierholtz went 3 for 4 for Chicago. Final Score: San Francisco 8, Chicago 7.
The Washington Nationals completed their three game sweep of the Chicago White Sox on Thursday with Dan Haren getting his first win in a Nationals uniform. Bryce Harper went 2 for 3 at the plate with two runs and two RBIs. Haren went five innings and gave up 10 hits, but also struck out five and minimized the damage from those hits to just three runs. Final Score: Washington Nationals 7, Chicago White Sox 4.
A.J. Griffin was fantastic on the mound for Oakland, going eight innings with just one earned run against the Anaheim Angels. The loss gives the Angels a 2-7 record to start the season. Anaheim slugger Josh Hamilton did go 2 for 3 on Thursday though. Yoenis Cespedes went 2 for 5 with his third homerun of the season and Seth Smith went 4 for 5 for the Athletics. Final Score: Oakland Athletics 8, Anaheim Angels 1.
The Mariners fell to the Texas Rangers with Felix Hernandez on the mound again. King Felix went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 10 hits and 3 earned runs. No cause for concern for Mariners fans, but these last two starts from Hernandez are not what they are used to seeing from their young hurler. Bad news for Seattle is that Michael Morse will miss about a week with a fractured bone in his finger after getting hit by a pitch. Final Score: Texas Rangers 4, Seattle Mariners 3.
The Baltimore Orioles took the third game of their series against Boston and two out of the three in Boston. The Orioles’ Manny Machado went 3 for 4 with two runs and a double and Chris Davis hit his sixth homerun of the season. Final Score: Baltimore Orioles 3, Boston Red Sox 2.
Yankees at Indians was postponed again on Thursday.
The series to watch this weekend will be the Atlanta Braves playing the Washington Nationals in D.C. Tim Hudson will toe the mound for the Braves on Saturday against Stephen Strasburg. Other fun series to watch should be Detroit at Oakland, Tampa Bay at Boston, Los Angeles at Arizona, and Baltimore at New York Yankees. This weekend’s interleague series features the New York Mets visiting the Minnesota Twins.
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