Thursday, April 19, 2007

Buehrle No-Hits Rangers; Beltran, Reyes Power Mets

Wednesday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Mark Buehrle (right) threw the first no-hitter of the season, an 8 K, 1 walk gem against the Texas Rangers in Chicago. The White Sox won 6-0 as Jim Thome launched a pair of solo homers sandwiched around Jermaine Dye's grand slam in the 5th. It was Buehrle's 3rd start and 1st win of the season. Buehrle nearly had a perfect game but still faced the minimum 27 batters. In the 5th inning he walked Sammy Sosa with one out, but picked him off and retired Hank Blalock on a ground out to end the inning. Besides the 8 Ks, Buehrle got 11 outs on the ground and 7 on fly balls, throwing 106 pitches, 66 for strikes. Nice! Dan Haren finally got his first win of the season with a 3-0 home win over AL West rival Anaheim, sending the Angels to their 6th straight loss. Haren threw 7 innings of shutout ball, giving up only 4 hits and no walks.
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He's pitched brilliantly this season but has been the victim of some tough luck in his previous three starts, two of which resulted in losses. In those three previous starts against Seattle, the Angels and the Yankees, Haren allowed only 4 earned runs over 18 innings, but only received a pair of losses and a no decision for his efforts. With Wednesday's performance, Haren's ERA dropped to 1.44 and his control pitching has yielded a WHIP of 1.04. It's about time he got a win under his belt. The Yankees already had a 6-2 lead at home, so Alex Rodriguez availed himself the opportunity to launch another home run, his 9th of the year, into the left field stands. A-Rod drove in Derek Jeter, who went 3-5 with a pair of doubles and scored twice to increase his major league-leading HR and RBI totals to 9 and 23. The Yanks look to complete the 3-game sweep of Cleveland this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. They've hammered the Indians 10-3 on Tuesday and 9-2 last night. Other AL Scores Baltimore 6 Tampa Bay 4 Kansas City 4 Detroit 3,10 innings Boston 4 Toronto 1 Minnesota 5 Seattle 4 National League Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran (right) are two of the reasons the Mets are the team to beat in the NL East. Last night in Miami, they both came through with big outings to spoil Florida's Dontrelle Willis' chance to go 4-0. Reyes went 4-5 with a pair of doubles, scored twice and drove in a run. Beltran singled in the first to drive in 2 runs and hit his 3rd homer of the year - a solo shot - in the 4th inning. Beltran scored twice and his 3 RBI gave him 15, two behind Houston's Carlos Lee, who leads the NL. John Maine went 7 innings for the win, making him 2-0. Willis was awarded his first loss of the season. Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, last season's NL MVP, continues to struggle at the plate. Going 0-5 in last night's 6-5, 13-inning loss at Washington, Howard's batting average sunk to .213. He's hit only 1 home run and has just 7 RBI through 13 games. He's struck out 16 times, about once every 3 at-bats. Bill Hall singled, doubled and homered with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored to lead Milwaukee back into first place in the turbulent NL Central with a 7-3 win over visiting Pittsburgh. Hall, who hit 35 homers and drove in 85 last season for the Brewers is off to another solid start and that's good news for Milwaukee fans. Other NL Scores San Francisco 6 St. Louis 5, 12 innings Houston 7 Cincinnati 2 Colorado 7 LA Dodgers 2 Atlanta 8 Chicago Cubs 6 Arizona 5 San Diego 2, 12 innings

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