Stealing Signals: Walking It Off

Angels 6, Indians 4 – Torii Hunter is making that off-season investment pay off, hammering a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th off Cleveland closer Joe Borowski after Halo pitcher Francisco Rodriguez got hit for three in the top of the frame. It was Hunter’s first multi-homer game in an Angel uniform.

Astros 5, Cardinals 3 – Hunter wasn’t the only one to get some walk-off action going: Miguel Tejada took Kyle McClellan out for a two-run job to win the game for his new team in Houston after Jose Valverde blew a three-run lead in the top of the inning.

White Sox 7, Twins 4 – Another grand slam, this one off the bat of Chicago 3B Joe Crede, to break a 7th inning tie.

Rockies 2, Braves 1 – Matt Holliday taps a Blaine Boyer pitch into the night at Coors Field in the eighth inning to make the difference.¬† Aaron Cook and Tom Glavine have a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel, with neither factoring into the decision.

Orioles 5, Mariners 4 – Baltimore, best record in the AL? Apparently, for now, that’s the case. The O’s sweep the Mariners for the first time since 1999. Aubrey Huff’s eighth-inning jack makes the difference to bust up a tie.

Cubs 10, Pirates 8 (12 innings) – Aramis Ramirez’s sac fly in the 12th helps continue a trend after the Cubs blew a seven run lead: no Pirate manager dating back to the 1960s has won his home opener.

Marlins 10, Nationals 7 – Three homers from the Marlins’ bats and 5.2 innings of one-run ball from the bullpen give Florida a needed win and keep bringing Washington back to earth.

Photo: AP/Mark Avery

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