Jackie Robinson Day marred by explosions

Jackie Robinson Day continues after explosions rock Boston Marathon Photo: AP

LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2013 — Yesterday was Jackie Robinson Day in baseball, a day where all players wore the retired number of Robinson, 42, in his honor. Jackie Robinson was a fantastic baseball player who broke the color barrier in baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Jackie’s achievements on the baseball field were not limited to the baseball field, they also opened the gates for the beginnings of the civil rights revolution in the United States. He showed Americans how to be humans, caring humans.

In the aftermath of the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Boston, hopefully we can take a lesson from Jackie Robinson and learn to live with more love and respect in our hearts and teach our children to do the same. Jackie Robinson said, “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me, all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” My thoughts are with the victims and the victims’ families in Boston.

As hard as it is, life does go on and baseball is no different. Here is a recap of what happened yesterday in baseball.

Before the explosions rocked Boston, the Red Sox completed their sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Ryan Dempster went seven innings while striking out 10 and giving up one run for Boston. Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson also went seven innings, giving up two runs and striking out nine. Neither starter got a decision. Ben Zobrist’s RBI single in the top of the ninth tied the game. Mike Napoli doubled off the Green Monster scoring Dustin Pedroia in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. Final Score: Boston Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay Rays 2.

The Oakland Athletics knocked Houston starter Erik Bedard out of the game before the first inning ended by scoring six runs off the left hander. A’s starter Tommy Milone went 6 2/3 innings with six strike outs and gave up two earned runs for the win. Jed Lowrie went 2 for 4 for Oakland and had four RBIs against his former team. Final Score: Oakland Athletics 11, Houston Astros 2.

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The Cincinnati Reds put an end to their losing streak with a win over Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies. Bronson Arroyo went eight innings and got the win while giving up just two runs. Lee pitched seven innings for the Phillies with four strikeouts and two earned runs. Brandon Phillips went 2 for 4 at the plate including a single in the eighth inning that scored two runs and broke the 2-2 tie. Final Score: Cincinnati Reds 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2.

Nationals and Marlins moment of silence for the victims in Boston before their game/AP Wilfredo Lee

The Miami Marlins provided the Washington Nationals a very comfortable place to lick their wounds after being swept by the Braves over the weekend. For the Nationals, it was the Zimmermans Show. Pitcher Jordan Zimmerman threw a complete game, giving up three earned runs and striking out six for Washington. Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 2 for 5 with a homerun and four RBIs. Final Score: Washington Nationals 10, Miami Marlins 3.

The temperature in Minneapolis was 38 degrees when the game started against the Anaheim Angels. The Twins’ offense scored at least one run in six out of the eight innings they came to the plate. Joe Mauer led the attack for Minnesota, going 4 for 5 with a double, a homerun and three RBIs. Despite the cold weather, Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia’s seat has to feel pretty warm right now. Final Score: Minnesota Twins 8, Anaheim Angels 2.

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The St. Louis Cardinals’ offense erupted for 10 runs with five doubles, but no homeruns. James McDonald gave up eight runs, three earned in 1 2/3 innings. The Cardinals had a seven run second inning that ended McDonald’s day early. Five of those runs came after a throwing error by Pirates short stop Clint Barmes. Lance Lynn did not pitch very well for St. Louis, but the Cardinals offense delivered him a win just the same. Final Score: St. Louis Cardinals 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 6.

San Diego beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first meeting between the two teams since last week’s brawl. Padres starter Eric Stults went six innings, giving up 3 runs and striking out four. In the second inning, Stults also hit a three run homerun off Dodger starter Chad Billingsley. Carl Crawford went 3 for 5 for Los Angeles while wearing special shoes by Nike in honor of Jackie Robinson, one white and one blue to illustrate no color barriers. Final Score: San Diego Padres 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 3.

The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox in the first of a four game series. Edwin Encarnacion went 3 for 4 for Toronto and Mark Buehrle picked up his first win as a Blue Jay. Dayan Viciedo went 3 for 4 at the plate for Chicago. Final Score: Toronto Blue Jays 4, Chicago White Sox 3.

After being snowed out on Sunday in Minnesota, the Mets game in Colorado yesterday was also snowed out. The game will be made up today as the first game of a double header with the Rockies.

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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