When Chase Headley came off the DL last week, there was obviously a belief that he would help spur the Padres offense and perhaps turn San Diego into the streaking demons they were in the second half last season. Of course, through five games with Headley back in the lineup, San Diego is 1-4 and has scored a total of three runs in those four losses. For his part, Headley has a .675 OPS with just one extra base hit (a homer), and six strikeouts in those five games. It's obviously too early to completely write Headley off, but thinking that he would be the be-all and end-all for the Padres was a bit of a silly though.
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This is what a dislocated finger looks like… (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Night: Rangers 7, Angels 6. For as much as this is going to drive Angels fans crazy, last night's game was a huge win for the Rangers. The Angels had a 6-3 lead going into the sixth inning, but Texas ended up plating three runs in the seventh to tie the game. In the seventh, Anaheim used four pitchers. Elvis Andrus singled off of Joe Blanton to led off the inning, and Lance Berkman followed with a single off of Michael Roth. Dane De La Rosa replaced Roth, and proceeded to walk Adrian Beltre to load the bases for AJ Pierzynski, who singled to make it a 6-4 game. Berkman scored on a Nelson Cruz fielders choice to make the game 6-5, and Scott Downs replace De La Rosa. Beltre then scored on a Downs error before he got out of the inning. In the ninth against Ernesto Frieri, Pierzynski homered to give the Rangers a 7-6 lead before Joe Nathan closed the game in the bottom of the inning and give Texas a solid win.
Pitching Lines of the Night: Matt Moore shut down the Yankees in a 5-1 Rays win, allowing one run on two hits in eight innings, striking out nine and walking three. Felix Hernandez didn't set records, but did manage to shut down the Astros in a 7-1 Mariners win, allowing five hits in six shutout innings, striking out nine and walking just one. In Toronto's 2-1 loss to Baltimore, JA Happ allowed one run over six innings on four hits, striking out six with two walks. The White Sox fell to the Indians 3-2, but Dylan Axelrod allowed one run on three hits in six innings, walking two and striking out four. Finally, Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller got the win in St Louis' 3-2 win in Washington, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings, walking two and striking out eight.
Hitting Lines of the Night: Ryan Roberts gave Moore and the Rays all the offense they needed, going 3/4 with a pair of solo homers. Mike Napoli paced the Red Sox offense in their 9-6 win over the A's, going 2/4 with two runs, five RBI, a double, and a homer. The Reds beat the Cubs 5-4 in 13, and Jay Bruce went 2/5 with a double, a homer, two runs, three RBI, and a walk. Buster Posey had a good game for the Giants in their 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks, going 2/4 with a homer, three RBI, and a double.
Other Games: The Phillies edged the Pirates 3-2. The Brewers smashed the Padres 7-1. The Braves-Rockies and Marlins-Twins games were snowed out.
Today's Games: RA Dickey starts for the Blue Jays in Baltimore. Adam Wainwright will get the nod for the Cardinals in Washington. Wade Davis and the Royals will take on Max Scherzer and the Tigers. Cole Hamels starts for the Phillies against the Pirates. David Price will start for the Rays against the Yankees. Clayton Kershaw will get the nod for the Dodgers in New York. Hisashi Iwakuma will start for the Mariners in Houston. Yovani Gallardo will start for the Brewers in San Diego. Jose Fernandez will start game two for the Marlins in Minnesota. Pat Corbin of the Diamondbacks takes on Matt Cain in San Francisco.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.