MLB Recap: Texas Ranger Yu Darvish nearly perfect

A brief look at yesterday's Major League Baseball action Photo: Yu Darvish was one out away from a perfect game/AP Pat Sullivan

LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2013 — Opening week in baseball continued on Tuesday. In case you forgot to show up, here’s what you missed yesterday in the world of baseball.

Texas Ranger Yu Darvish nearly pitched a perfect game against the Astros. He allowed his first base runner with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a hit to shortstop Marwin Gonzalez that went through the legs of Darvish. He was pulled after that with 111 pitches and 14 strikeouts. Texas got Darvish the win and evened the series 1-1.

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Both Jorge De La Rosa and Marco Estrada gave up four runs and neither starter pitched into the sixth inning. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez both homered for the second day in a row for Colorado and Ryan Braun hit his first homerun of the year. Colorado’s bullpen shut down the Brewers. Burke Badenhop, on the other hand, allowed all three of the runners he inherited from Mike Gonzalez to score in the top of the seventh inning. Colorado won 7-4 to even the series.

Baltimore spoiled opening day in Tampa for Rays fans, winning 7-4. Reliever Jake McGee ruined David Price’s good outing by giving up five runs in the seventh inning and taking the loss for the Rays. Adam Jones went 3-5 at the plate, while Matt Weiters and Chris Davis both homered. Ben Zobrist went 2-3 for the Rays with a homerun, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs.

Michael Morse had a monster day in Oakland/AP Ben Margot

Michael Morse slugged two homeruns and drove in four runs to power Seattle over Oakland for the second straight day. Hisashi Iwakuma got the win, going strong six innings with seven strikeouts and allowing only one run. Kyle Seager went 3-3 with two doubles for Seattle.

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Jaime Garcia walked four batters and gave up two hits to the Diamondbacks in 5 2/3 innings, but was able to limit the damage to just one run as he picked up the win for the Cardinals. Arizona starter Trevor Cahill gave up three runs also in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Reliever Heath Bell continued where he left off in Miami by giving up two homeruns in the seventh inning to Pete Kozma and Jon Jay. Matt Holliday also homered earlier off Cahill. The Cardinals won the game with a final score of 6-1 and evened the series.

The Indians welcomed 2012 Cy Young award winner, R.A. Dickey, to the American League by giving him his first loss of the season. The Indians scored four runs on five hits and four walks in six innings off Dickey, including a homerun by Asdrubal Cabrera. Justin Masterson got the win, giving up only one run while walking four in six innings for Cleveland. Chris Perez got the save in the 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

Ryu got hammered in his MLB debut/AP Jae C. Hong

San Francisco put yesterday’s loss to the Dodgers behind them and pounded Hyun-Jin Ryu. In his first Major League start, Ryu gave up 10 hits and three runs, only one earned, in 6 1/3 innings while picking up the loss for the Dodgers. Meanwhile, Madison Bumgarner got the win, throwing eight scoreless innings with six strikeouts, two hits and no walks. San Francisco defeated Los Angeles 3-0.

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Today will be the busiest day of the season with fifteen games on the schedule. Notable matchups include, Angels (Wilson) at Reds (Latos), Red Sox (Bucholz) at Yankees (Kuroda) and Giants (Lincecum) at Dodgers (Beckett).

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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