Pianowski: Each game was the culmination of a two-game series, so Wednesday doubleheaders were not an option; new matchups are on the way. We've already seen 30 rainouts in 2011, after just 21 for all of last season.
A couple of struggling aces make their owners step back from the ledge a bit, albeit against punchless offenses.
Ubaldo: 7 IP, 7 K, 8 H, 1 BB, 3 ER, sitting in the mid-90s with his heat:
Although he's still searching for his first win since Sept. 17, Jimenez showed signs of his old self, giving up three runs and eight hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking just one.
"It felt really good to have a game like that," Jimenez said. "The last five games that I had have been really bad and today I was able to locate the fastball."
Jimenez said the outing gave him confidence that he's getting back to being his old dominant self.
Meanwhile, in the hitter's wasteland in the Pacific Northwest:
Liriano (3-5) was nearly as stingy as his no-hitter May 3 against the White Sox. He allowed three singles, walked one and had a season-high nine strikeouts. Matt Capps got the final three outs for his sixth save in eight opportunities.
"I think it [going against Hernandez] helped me stay focused, taking it one pitch at a time, one inning at a time," Liriano said.
Ironically, this was a way better start for fantasy purposes than his no hitter. Lirano heads to Arizona next, while Ubaldo goes against Milwaukee. Do you feel lucky?
Speaking of Minnesota, the legendary Harmon Killebrew passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. As I said in his thread, I'm not the sort who says that somebody plays the game "the right way," but when you're supposedly the model for the MLB logo, you know you've done something right. A legend on the diamond, and a true class act by all accounts. Do yourself a favor and read the whole Star Tribune memorial.
When Harmon Killebrew's bulging forearms snapped his bat through the strike zone and made full contact, there was nothing else like it in baseball. His home runs were towering blasts that provided Minnesotans with their introduction to major league baseball.
The iconic Twin, known as much for his humble demeanor as his prodigious home runs, died Tuesday morning at his Scottsdale, Ariz., home at the age of 74 after a nearly five-month battle with esophageal cancer.
Killebrew was the face of the Twins for 14 seasons after the franchise moved to Minnesota from Washington, D.C., before the 1961 season. He is 11th on the all-time major league home run list with 573, of which 475 were hit wearing a Twins uniform. He has the eighth-highest single-season total in Twins history, was a 13-time All Star and the American League MVP in 1969. And he was the Twins' first Hall of Fame inductee in 1984.
"No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota Twins organization ... than Harmon Killebrew," said Twins President Dave St. Peter, who credited the Hall of Famer with helping "lay the foundation for the long-term success of the Twins franchise."
Former Twins star Kent Hrbek, born and raised within blocks of the Twins' first home at Metropolitan Stadium, called Killebrew "Paul Bunyan with a uniform on.''
Killebrew became so popular that the street in front of Metropolitan Stadium was named after him, and today is still one of the major roads into the Mall of America. His home runs were such a draw that then-owner Calvin Griffith made the slugger the team's first $100,000 player in 1971.
It doesn't mention it in the article, but I just heard on Sportscenter that the Twins are going to wear their retro uniforms at home for the rest of the season in honor of Killebrew. That's quite the tribute.
But what else is going on? It's still pouring here in NYC. Are we going to see any baseball today? Is wrveres going to overcome the Grippe or are we stuck with poor substitutes forever?