Baseball resumes in Boston, six teams sweep: MLB weekend recap

Neil Diamond in Boston, Anaheim rights its ship and Matt Harvey outduels Strasburg

Photo: Neil Diamond singing Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park on Saturday/AP

LOS ANGELES, April 22, 2013 — Six teams swept their opponents over the weekend. Joey Votto had a great weekend and Bryce Harper had a great Saturday. Here is what you may have missed over the weekend in baseball.

The Rangers walloped Seattle in Texas, taking all three games. Texas scored 23 runs to Seattle’s three, which all came in Sunday’s game for the Mariners. Seattle fans are starting to learn about the meaning of the word, “Haranged,” as their new acquisition, Aaron Harang, blew up in Arlington on Sunday. He gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings for the Mariners.

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Buster Posey finally hit his first homerun for the Giants on Sunday as San Francisco swept the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park. The Padres were able to score two runs on Friday night in the first loss, but were shutout by the San Francisco staff the rest of the weekend.

Roberto Hernandez looked good as the Rays swept their series with Oakland in Tampa Bay. Oakland got a scare on Friday night when Brett Anderson had to leave the game in the second inning with an ankle injury. Anderson is expected to make his next start on Wednesday, however.

Milwaukee swept the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee. The final game looked more like a spring training game with Milwaukee wearing gold jerseys and Chicago wearing blue jerseys. Ryan Braun tossed his bat after striking out and then got tossed by the home plate umpire on Sunday. Braun hit his fifth homerun prior to that at-bat.

Mark Trumbo’s 13th inning walkoff/AP Chris Carlson

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Anaheim finally got some good pitching and good hitting. The Angels scored a total of 22 runs over the weekend, while allowing Detroit to score just four runs. This is an Angels offense that can put up a lot of runs when they start heating up. Mark Trumbo hit a walk off homerun in the 13th inning on Sunday.

Minnesota swept the White Sox in a weather shortened two game series in Chicago. The Twins now have a winning record of 8-7. The White Sox moved into last place in the American League Central division. Minnesota closer Glen Perkins picked up his fifth save on Sunday.

The Mets surprised the Nationals by taking two out of three in New York. The Nationals’ Steven Strasburg was outdueled on Friday by young phenom Matt Harvey. Washington’s Bryce Harper went 3 for 3 at the plate on Saturday with three RBIs and three runs scored. His three hits came in the form of two homeruns and a double.

The Reds took three out of four games in Cincinnati against the Miami Marlins. Brandon Phillips hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th inning that scored Shin-Soo Choo and won the game for the Reds in Saturday. Joey Votto went 8-17 over the weekend with two home runs and five RBIs for Cincinnati.

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Boston dropped both games of their Sunday double header to the Royals and lost the weekend series, 2-1. In an emotional game Saturday at Fenway, David Ortiz made a passionate speech for the city of Boston and Neil Diamond sang Sweet Caroline for the crowd.

Los Angeles ended a six game losing streak and avoided getting swept by Baltimore on Sunday. The Orioles won both ends of the double header on Saturday. Matt Kemp was dropped from third in the lineup to fourth for the first time this season and responded well, going 3 for 5 with a stolen base, his third of the weekend. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley was scratched from making his start on Sunday. Instead, he joined Zack Greinke and Chris Capuano on the disabled list with a sore elbow.

Hiroki Kuroda on the mound for the Yankees/AP Chris Young

The Yankees won the first two games of their series in Toronto before losing on Sunday to the Blue Jays. Vernon Wells went 7 for 15 with two home runs, four runs scored and three RBIs. Hiroki Kuroda went 7 1/3 innings for the Yankees on Saturday, striking out seven and giving up just one run.

The Braves won the first game of their four game series in Pittsburgh then proceeded to lose three straight to the Pirates. Kris Medlen took the loss for Atlanta and Pirate starter Jonathan Sanchez left after only three innings on Sunday. Atlanta still owns a three game lead in the National League East.

The Diamondbacks ended the Rockies’ eight game win streak on Sunday. Slick fielding Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius continues to swing a hot bat, going 4 for 6 in two games and hit his second homerun of the season. Colorado is surprisingly holding on to a 1 ½ game lead over the Giants for first place in the National League West.

The Phillies and Cardinals tied their four game series in Philadelphia. Roy Halladay threw a seven inning complete game on Friday, the first of the season and number 67 in Halladay’s career. This was the second good start in a row for Roy Halladay after a very rocky spring and start of the season.

Cleveland took their weekend series from Astros, 2-1. Erik Bedard pitched well for Houston on Sunday, but left after four innings and 75 pitches. Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez gave up four runs in five innings and has given up 18 runs in his last 11 innings over the course of three starts.

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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