Over in San Francisco, the Brewers showed their willingness to swing the bat early on, notching six strikeouts against the Big Unit in the first three innings. But their bats woke up just enough to earn the win, as Mike Cameron hit a solo shot in the second and Yovani Gallardo, the 23-year-old pitcher, crushed a 3-run bomb off Johnson in the fifth. That Gallardo-Johnson at-bat proved to be a much more interesting face-off than their pitching match-up did, but it's difficult to imagine that anyone left AT&T Park disappointed in how it played out.
In Texas, the Rangers were able to once again handle the Indians and their pitching staff, beating them for the second time. They'll try for the sweep today. The Mets will also be going for a sweep this afternoon, after battling back for a 9-7 victory over the Reds. K-Rod notched his second save in two games. At this pace, he'll shatter his save record with 162 saves. That would definitely be something to see.
A few pairs of teams will be playing each other for the 4th time tonight. The Cards, Mariners, and Tigers will each be looking to steal a series split before the weekend.
Today's game of interest is found in Baltimore, between the Yankees and the Orioles. The O's go for the surprising sweep of the big spending Yankees after shelling both CC Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang in the first two games of the season. They'll have to beat AL strikeout leader and $82 million man AJ Burnett in order to do that.
The most interesting thing about this game, though, isn't the O's chance at an early 3 game division lead over the Yankees, but what they're young outfielders are doing with the bat. Granted, we're only two games into the season, so extrapolations aren't possible. That's fine - I wasn't trying to do that anyway. Instead, I just want to point out what Nick Markakis and Adam Jones have been able to manage in their first two games of the year:
Nick Markakis (25 years old): 7 ABs, 5 hits, 4 Runs, 5 RBIsThat's a pretty strong start for two young outfielders, and it should be interesting to see how long they can keep it up. If they can get to Burnett the same way they got to Sabathia and Wang, then Baltimore fans might have a legitimate reason to get excited even before Matt Wieters hits the bigs.
Adam Jones (23 years old): 6 ABs, 4 hits, 4 Runs, 3 RBIs, 2 BBs