2014 April (and a tiny bit of March) Game Thread

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Tanaka's third pitch of the game is hit out of the park by Melky Cabrera, but MFY up 2-1 in bottom of first in Toronto.
 

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Teixeira just left the ballgame for the Yanks, I wasn't watching to see what happened and there is no word yet on whether he'll have to be put down.
 

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Tonight will be Vin Scully's 65th broadcast of a Dodgers home opener, dating back to 1950 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
 
 

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The A’s announced that the start of the game will be delayed due to inclement weather. They didn’t announce when that inclement weather occurred. It rained pregame for  while and it was pretty steady. But they had the tarp on the field. No, the issues stems from not tarping the field over night after last night’s late-ending game.  The area got a fair amount of rain after midnight. The field was saturated this morning. On field batting practice had to be canceled. Because it rain pregame, they weren’t able to get the field dry and then get it ready. Hence the delay.
 
Mariners at A’s — April 4, 2014 — game called
 

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Spacemans Bong said:
It's nothing to do with their stadium, it's because they didn't tarp the field last night when one look at weather.com would have told them that rain was imminently sweeping across the East Bay.
 
Might have wanted to avoid the Mariners while they were hot and perhaps send a message they need to get out of that place.
 

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The Marlins are in First Place. 4-1. Not for long, I'm sure, but hey.
 

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Hickey must be an awesome pitching coach.  I know Odorizzi's a starter but it seems like every year Hickey miraculously revitalizes some reliever's career.
Heath Bell is this year's reclamation project.
 

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Hoover is a terrible pitcher.

“@matthewpouliot: Something about J.J. Hoover and grand slams. He gave up three last year, too. No one else in bigs, starter or reliever, gave up more than 2.”
 

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9th inning nightmare for Tigers fans. They end up with the win, but oh, my, this must have been painful.
Baltimore Top 9th
- Phil Coke starts the inning for the Tigers.
- Chris Davis singled to right. Runner on first with none out and Adam Jones due up.
- Adam Jones triple to right scored Chris Davis with none out. Runner on third and Nick Markakis due up.
- Nick Markakis ground out short to first scored Adam Jones with one out. None on and J.J. Hardy due up.
- J.J. Hardy walked. Runner on first with one out and Matt Wieters due up.
- Al Alburquerque enters the game for the Tigers with a runner on first and one out.
- Matt Wieters singled to left. On the play, J.J. Hardy advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Steve Lombardozzi due up.
- Joe Nathan enters the game for the Tigers with runners on first and second and one out.
- Steve Lombardozzi singled to right. On the play, Matt Wieters advances to second and J.J. Hardy advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Jonathan Schoop due up.
- Steve Clevenger is pinch-hitting for Jonathan Schoop.
- Pinch-Hitter Steve Clevenger ground-rule double to right scored J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters with one out. On the play, Steve Lombardozzi advances to third. Runners on second and third and David Lough due up.
- Ryan Flaherty is pinch-running for Steve Clevenger.
- David Lough reached first on Alex Gonzalez`s throwing error scored Steve Lombardozzi with one out. Runners on first and second and Nelson Cruz due up.
- Nelson Cruz struck out swinging. Runners on first and second with two outs and Chris Davis due up.
- Chris Davis flied out to left to end the game.

Baltimore 6, Detroit 7
 
Of course, they still have more wins than anyone else, so a loss would have been bearable, I guess.
 

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Yeah that Tigers finish was Ugly with a capital U. Coke is for all intents and purposes a last resort now. 162-0 is still on.
 

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Tigers offense deciding (wrongly) that with Verlander on the mound they can take the day off. 162-0 is being threatened.
 

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Darvish and Cobb both throw 7 shutout innings. Peralta comes in for the 8th and gives up a 2 run bomb and Rangers take 2-0 lead into 9th
 

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Jameson Taillon won't be the Pirates' mid-season jolt after all. He's headed for Tommy John surgery, will hopefully be back next season.
 

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Omar Infante just hit in the chin by a Heath Bell pitch. He immediately got up and then once the trainers got there he just sort fell into their arms and walked off the field. 
 

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Kenley Jansen just threw a 99 MPH cutter to Miguel Cabrera. That's just unbelievably filthy and amazing and unhittable.
 
In a 6 pitch AB Kenley Jansen threw 98 or 99 MPH with every pitch. Some registered as cutters and some as 4 seamers, but supposedly all he really throws is a fastball with natural cut like Mariano Rivera did. How a pitch can cut and be that fast I just can't even fathom.
 

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VMart did a great job to hit one of Jansen's mid to high 90s cutting fastballs on a line for a game-tying single to CF. Great piece of hitting.
 

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derekson said:
Kenley Jansen just threw a 99 MPH cutter to Miguel Cabrera. That's just unbelievably filthy and amazing and unhittable.
 
In a 6 pitch AB Kenley Jansen threw 98 or 99 MPH with every pitch. Some registered as cutters and some as 4 seamers, but supposedly all he really throws is a fastball with natural cut like Mariano Rivera did. How a pitch can cut and be that fast I just can't even fathom.
 
Yeah, Jansen pretty much just goes up there and throws cutters. His velocity has been up this year so far (in a tiny sample), but more in the 94-97 range. At 98-99, that's unfair.
 

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If you walk Chone Figgins at this point, you deserve to lose. And Chamberlain did in fact get hung with a loss.
 

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derekson said:
If you walk Chone Figgins at this point, you deserve to lose. And Chamberlain did in fact get hung with a loss.
 
Classic Joba. Was filthy in the ninth and then inexplicably walks Figgins in the 10th.
 

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“@BenBadler: Billy Hamilton just scored from third on a pop up hit 15 feet back of the infield dirt. And there was no question he'd get it.”
 

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Odorizzi was pitching well, then Maddon let him try to work through some trouble in the bottom of the fifth and now it's 7-1 KC