Friday, August 17, 2012

AL PM Openers: Opening Day No-No!!!!

In what is surely a sign that their Season 19 bad luck is long behind them, the Seattle Mariners opened Season 20 with a 2-0 combined no-hitter against Arizona.

Eswalin Camacho started the gem for Seattle, but in a "forgot to reset pitch counts moment," left the game after dominating for 4 innings and only 39 pitches.  Joseph Suzuki went an equally-impressive 3 innings for the win; Joe Davis and Doug Bay finished off the last 2 frames.

The Diamondbacks managed to reach base only once - Max Jacquez got to 2nd when Albert Santayana booted a 2nd-inning fly ball.  Bruce Page homered and Guillermo Lopez doubled for the only runs Seattle would need.

In other AL games...

Detroit ruined the Twins' home opener with a 2-hit shutout by Oswaldo Diaz and Luis Perez.  The Tigers got to surprise starter Manuel Rodriguez for 2 in the first, then jumped on relievers Kevin Chong and Matt Brennaman for 4 more in the 7th.  C George Henderson led the Tiger attack with a 3-run bomb.

Boston upended Cleveland, 5-4, on an Adam Shipley 10th-inning single.  Shairon Workman picked up the relief win; Paul Henderson starred in his Red Sox debut, banging 4 hits including a 2-run shot.

Newcomers Babe Brett and Roosevelt Tollberg homered as Tampa Bay topped Kansas City, 7-4.  Joseph Won started and went four innings for the Rays; Robinson Neruda followed and got the win with a 2-inning outing.  Down 7-1, the Royals mounted a 9th-inning rally that brought the game-tying run to the plate, but Haywood Truman fanned Tyler Trammel to end the game.

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