Rockies 8, Mets 4 (Gm. 1) - After being snowed out for two straight games in two different cities, the Mets finally got to play on Tuesday. I'm guessing now they wish there had been another snowstorm. David Wright hit a pair of homers for New York, but Dillon Gee struggled yet again on the mound, not making it through the fifth.
Rockies 9, Mets 8 (F. 10) (Gm. 2) - An eighth-inning throwing error from shortstop Ruben Tejada that tied the game proved costly for the Mets. Jordan Pacheco delivered the walk-off single for the Rockies in the 10th.
Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 2 - Robinson Cano's three-run blast in the fourth proved to be the game-winner, as Brandon McCarthy's struggles as a D'Back continued. The right-hander needed 102 pitches to get through just four innings.
Red Sox 7, Indians 2 - The Red Sox took advantage of an erratic Ubaldo Jimenez early, putting up a seven spot in the second inning to cruise to a series-opening win. Boston wore black armbands on their jerseys in tribute of the victim's of Monday's marathon bombing.
Orioles 5, Rays 4 - The Rays hit three solo home runs on the night, but they weren't quite enough to take down the O's. Jake Arietta threw five innings of one-run ball, striking out seven, and Matt Wieters went deep in the win.
White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3 - Paul Konerko tied the game at two with a solo blast in the seventh, then Dayan Viciedo delivered the go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth. Josh Johnson put together his best start thus far for the Jays, striking out eight in seven frames.
Braves 6, Royals 3 - Atlanta's home run barrage continued Tuesday night with five long balls in the series-opening win over KC. Justin Upton went deep for the eighth time this year, while Juan Francisco added two to his tally. The Braves have now won 10 straight.
Marlins 8, Nats 2 - Miami's bats finally woke up Tuesday night. The Marlins' home-run sculpture was activated for the first time this season by a three-run blast from Adeiny Hechavarria, as Dan Haren's early-season woes continued for the Nats.
Rangers 4, Cubs 2 - After cruising through the first eight frames, the Rangers almost handed the Cubs a victory Tuesday night. With two runs already in and the bases loaded in the ninth, Craig Gentry saved the day for Texas with a nice game-ending grab in center.
Twins 8, Angels 6 - Man, do the Angels ever suck right now. Another poor performance by a starter -- this time Jason Vargas -- and four more hits from Joe Mauer led the Twinkies to their second straight win. The Halos are now 4-10.
Tigers 6, Mariners 2 - Doug Fister shut down the Mariners, tossing seven innings of four-hit ball. Miguel Cabrera did Miguel Cabrera things, notching three hits -- including a home run -- and driving in four.
Padres 9, Dodgers 2 - Chris Capuano left the game in the third with a strained calf, leaving the once-stacked Dodgers rotation looking very vulnerable. Jason Marquis had his best outing in years, striking out five in 7⅔ of one-run ball.
Phillies 0, Reds 0 (B. 9) - Knotted at zero and headed to the bottom of the ninth, play was suspended until Wednesday afternoon. Kyle Kendrick and Homer Bailey were both magnificent, allowing just four hits total on the day.
The Big Three
1. Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo was arrested early Tuesday morning on charges of driving under the influence, joining Todd Helton and Red Sox prospect Drake Britton on the list of players to get a DUI thus far this spring. Gallardo's penalty for endangering his life and the lives of everyone on the road around him? A measly $715 fine and a wag of the finger from the Commissioner's Office. How the league can have such a massive blind spot for something like drinking and driving makes no sense to me. Teams are allowed to write all sorts of ridiculous things into player's contracts to "keep them safe," and the league has happily gone WAY out of their way to punish players for using PEDs, but they do nothing to address the glaring elephant in the room. Even the death of players and innocent bystanders has done nothing to change the league's stance on the issue, which makes me think nothing will, at least until Selig is gone. Let's hope the change doesn't come as a knee-jerk reaction to a terrible tragedy sometime in the future.
2. The Arizona Diamondbacks placed second baseman Aaron Hill on the disabled list Tuesday with a broken left hand and called up Didi Gregorius in his place. Gregorius, you may remember, is the young infielder that the D'Backs acquired in the three-team deal that sent Trevor Bauer to the Indians over the winter. The deal seemed to sway heavily in Cleveland and Cincinnati's favor when it was revealed shortly after Gregorius arrived in AZ that he had a strained UCL, but now that he's healthy maybe the deal will even out some. If anything, the D'Backs probably hope his promotion will serve as a distraction from Justin Upton's demolishing of the NL East.
3. The Texas Rangers have been pretty staunch in their stance that they do not plan to deal young infielder Jurickson Profar despite his path to a roster spot being blocked. However, it seems as though their plan to hold steady has its limits. As I'm sure is the same case for every other team in the league, the Rangers would deal Profar "in the blink of an eye" if it meant that they would get Rays ace David Price or Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton in return. Which, of course they would. They'd also trade him for Mike Trout, Stephen Strasburg, or Buster Posey, but it's just not going to happen.
In Other News...
1. Jim Thome continues to sit on the sidelines and hope for a team to sign him, but it's just not happening. Even the Twins, who seem to be his most likely suitor, have not been in contact with the veteran slugger. And it's a shame because Thome deserves a sending off like Mariano Rivera is going to get.
2. The Chicago Cubs had an active day of roster fiddling yesterday, which culminated in the club claiming infielder Cody Ransom off of waivers from the Padres. Ransom was hitless in 11 at-bats for the Friars this year.
3. The Rangers still haven't dealt outfielder Julio Borbon, but it's not for a lack of trying. The club is reportedly looking for a starting pitcher with options left in return for him, which seems like a pretty high price for a guy who has just one at-bat in the big leagues since 2011.