Any chance I wouldn't talk JoBau today?
Jose Bautista, supposedly, hit 3 home runs yesterday in Minnesota. He has now 16 home runs in the season. The Minnesota Twins have hit 18 jacks for the year having played 6 more games than Bautista.
In 2008 Jose Bautista lost his starting job with the Pirates to Andy LaRoche. He was sent to Triple-A and then traded to the Jays for a PTBNL. That PTBNL was Robinson Diaz who is now with the Texas Rangers. Diaz has a total of 1 home run at the Major League level. At the time in which he was traded, Bautista had been in the Majors for 8 years with four different organizations. He hit a total of 43 home runs in those 8 years.
In a city in which the beloved hockey team has not made the playoffs since 2004, the basketball team has not won a playoff series since 2001 and the soccer team, despite having great fan support, has never made the playoffs, Jose Bautista is likely the best thing that has happened to Toronto in years. Halladay had great years in Toronto and even with the Jays having pretty good teams with Doc, it could never challenge for the post-season. If there was ever a time the Jays should go all-in, it should be now with Bautista.
NL Roundup for Sunday. (from AP)
Mets 7, Astros 4
Houston — Justin Turner homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and Jason Pridie hit a go-ahead single and stole home for the Mets.
Chris Capuano (3-4) allowed six hits and two runs in five innings. He struck out six.
Aneury Rodriguez (0-2) didn't allow a hit until the fifth, but finished with five earned runs and four walks in his third major league start.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th straight save. He has not allowed a run in 14 appearances since April 14.
Brewers 9, Pirates 6
Milwaukee — Ryan Braun homered, tripled and drove in four runs, leading a shaky Zack Greinke and the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Casey McGehee and Jonathan Lucroy also homered as the Brewers beat Pittsburgh for the ninth straight time at Miller Park. The Pirates have lost five in a row overall.
Greinke (2-1) was flawless for the first four innings. He gave up five runs in the fifth as the Pirates pulled to 6-5, and left after the inning.
Kevin Correia (5-4) struggled in his attempt to become the first Pirates pitcher to win six games by mid-May since 1991, when Neal Heaton started 6-0 and Doug Drabek was 6-1.
Braves 3, Phillies 2
Atlanta — Dan Uggla hit a tiebreaking home run off Roy Halladay in the eighth inning to cap a productive afternoon in which the Braves' second baseman had two hits and a walk.
Freddie Freeman drove in two runs for Atlanta, Jonny Venters (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Craig Kimbrel recorded the final three outs for his 10th save.
Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco led off the ninth with a walk, and he moved to second with two outs on a wild pitch. Kimbrel ended the game on Rollins' soft fly ball to left field.
John Mayberry had a two-run homer for Philadelphia, and Halladay (5-3) gave up eight hits and three runs in eight innings, striking out seven with a pair of walks.
Reds 9, Cadinals 7
Cincinnati — Brandon Phillips hit a bases-loaded double in the seventh inning that ended Chris Carpenter's outing and his five-year streak of beating the Reds.
Carpenter (1-3) hadn't lost to the Reds since June 6, 2006, winning his last 10 decisions.
Left-hander Travis Wood (3-3) gave up back-to-back solo homers by Lance Berkman and Yadier Molina in the second inning, but little else against the NL's most prolific lineup.
The Reds' bullpen let most of a 9-2 lead get away.
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1
Los Angeles — Ian Kennedy pitched six innings and Xavier Nady and Ryan Roberts hit consecutive homers to help the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers.
Kennedy (4-1) allowed a run and four hits, struck out eight and walked one to help the Diamondbacks win a series at Dodger Stadium for the first time since August 2007.
Ted Lilly (3-4) gave up four runs and five hits over six innings and struck out five. The 35-year-old left-hander, coming off a 10-3 win at Pittsburgh last Tuesday, has yet to win consecutive starts this season after going 7-4 following a trade last July 31.
Padres 8, Rockies 2
Denver — Mat Latos snapped a personal 10-game losing streak and Ryan Ludwick homered in the Padres’ win over the slumping Rockies.
Latos (1-5) hadn’t won since Sept. 7, 2010, and his 10 straight losing decisions were one shy of the club record set by right-hander Gary Ross in 1969.
Latos was victimized by poor run support during his streak — the Padres scored more than two runs just twice for him during the 10-game skid. Ludwick, though, gave him all the cushion he’d need when he sent a 91 mph fastball from Jason Hammel (3-3) over the left-center field fence for his sixth homer in the fourth inning. The three-run shot put San Diego ahead 3-1.
Nationals 8, Marlins 4
Washington — Jason Marquis pitched into the seventh inning to win his fifth game, drove in two runs and led the Nationals over the Marlins.
Marquis (5-1) drove in two runs in the first with an RBI double, and added a single in the fourth. He allowed two runs in the second — one of them unearned — and two in the seventh, but still got credit for snapping Florida's eight-game winning streak in Washington.
Javier Vazquez (2-4), who left the team for three days after the death of his wife's relative in Puerto Rico, allowed six runs and six hits in four innings.
AL Roundup from Sunday. (from AP)
Red Sox 7, Yankees 5
New York — Kevin Youkilis hit a tying three-run homer, David Ortiz had a go-ahead drive and the Boston Red Sox completed a sweep of the reeling New York Yankees with a 7-5 victory Sunday night to reach .500 for the first time this season.
Jon Lester (5-1) shrugged off a slow start to beat New York again and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first homer with Boston as the Red Sox swept a three-game series in the Bronx for the first time since April 2004.
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White Sox 4, Athletics 3
Oakland — Alexei Ramirez had three hits, including a home run off previously unbeaten Trevor Cahill, and the White Sox topped the Athletics.
Mark Buehrle (3-3) won for only the second time in 15 appearances at Oakland. The White Sox went 6-3 on their road trip, winning all three series.
Cahill (6-1) gave up four runs, just two of them earned, and a season-high 10 hits in seven innings.
Ramirez drove in two runs and Omar Vizquel had two hits.
Daric Barton drove in two runs and Coco Crisp homered for the A's, who have lost three of their last four.
Blue Jays 11, Twins 3
Minneapolis — Jose Bautista hit three homers for the first time in his career Sunday, adding to his major league-leading total and sending the Toronto Blue Jays to an 11-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins and a sweep of their three-game series.
Jose Molina also had three hits for the Blue Jays, who scored in each of the first four innings. Yunel Escobar and Aaron Hill also had a pair of hits for Toronto.
The victory extended Toronto's winning streak to a season-best five games and allowed the Blue Jays (20-20) to get back to the .500 mark for the first time in nearly a month.
Minnesota has lost eight straight and 14 of 17 as it heads out for a weeklong West Coast road trip. The defending AL Central champions have the worst record in baseball.
Rangers 5, Angels 4
Arlington, Texas — Chris Davis homered and later drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single and the Rangers beat the Angels, winning only their second series in the past month.
The Rangers loaded the bases to start the eighth after Rich Thompson (1-2) failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. Davis then singled to right off Hisanori Takahashi.
Adrian Beltre also homered for Texas, which won two of three against AL West-leading Los Angeles after having won only one of its previous nine series. The defending AL champion Rangers moved within a half-game of the division lead.
Davis’ opposite-field homer over the left-field wall in the fourth off Ervin Santana put the Rangers up 4-1. It was the second homer of the season for Davis.
Mark Lowe (1-0) got out the only batter he faced before Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.
Orioles 9, Rays 3
St. Petersburg, Fla. — J.J Hardy hit a grand slam, Nick Markakis added a solo shot and the Orioles beat the Rays.
The Orioles loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs as Rays reliever Rob Delaney walked all three batters — one intentionally — he faced. Hardy then put Baltimore up 8-2 when he hit his third career grand slam on a 2-0 pitch from Cesar Ramos. It was Hardy's first grand slam since May 12, 2007 while with Milwaukee against the New York Mets.
Jake Arrieta (5-1) allowed two runs and four hits over six innings for the Orioles, who took two of three from Tampa Bay. The right-hander has won a career-best four consecutive decisions.
The Orioles (19-20) didn't reach 19 wins last season until June 19th, when their record was 19-49.