Stealing Signals: Good To Have You Back

(Video via Awful Announcing.)

The Cubs blew it and lose in extra innings to the Brewers 4-3, but all of the attention was really on RF Kosuke Fukudome’s MLB debut, and I think 3-3 with a 3-run jack off Eric Gagne in the bottom of the ninth to tie it makes a very good impression. Speaking of Gagne: I don’t think that $10 mil investment the Brewers made in him will pay off very well, even though it’s only one game.

Eight Ks, seven innings, two earned runs given up on a Josh Willingham homer. I’d say the Johan Santana era for the Mets is off to a good start — and knocking Mark Hendrickson around for six runs is good for the offense in a 7-2 win. (Please note, this is the Marlins.)

The White Sox and Indians just beat each other’s aces up. Mark Buerhle was gone after 1.2 innings and gave up seven runs, while it took C.C. Sabathia 5.1 to give up that many.  The Tribe took it on a three-run double in the eighth inning by Casey Blake for a 10-8 win.

The Royals catch back up with the Tigers and get a game-winning single in the 11th for the 5-4 win. Getting to Justin Verlander in the 5th inning helped this along, as KC took a lead but Carlos Guillen got it back with a solo homer. Miguel Cabrera was impressive in his Tigers’ debut, going yard.

Torii Hunter returns to the Twin Cities in an Angels uniform, and Livan Hernandez steals the show by pitching seven-hit ball over seven innings, giving up two runs and getting support from Hunter’s replacement, Carlos Gomez — who stole two bases and scored twice in the Twins’ victory.

Jake Peavy gets it all done himself against the Astros — the Padres’ ace threw seven shutout innings and drove in catcher Josh Bard twice with RBI singles in the 4-0 win.

RBI single from Matt Kemp, two-run homer from Jeff Kent, and that’s just the first inning off Giants ace Barry Zito (we use the term “ace” loosely). Dodgers win 5-0, get Joe Torre his first win in an L.A. uniform.

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