This non-Gliese 581 post is brought to you by Listerplus, watcher of two major-league baseball games this afternoon...
Red Sox Take Two of Three from Yanks
The Red Sox best the Yankees this afternoon in Yankee Stadium 7-4, taking two out of three in their weekend series versus the Pinstripes in the Bronx.
David Ortiz, Alex Cora (who should be the regular second baseman - NOT Dustin Pedroia) and Manny Ramirez all homered while starting pitcher Julian Tavarez went five-plus innings to earn his first win of the season. His only blemish was a three-run homer to former Red Sox first baseman Doug Meintciewicz to give the Yanks a short-lived 3-2 lead. Cora's two-run homer, his second of the season, gave the Sox the lead again, and the bullpen, first with Hideki Okajima, aka, the OTHER Japanese pitcher, continuing his outstanding pitching. Mike Timlin surrendered an 8th inning homer to Derek Jeter before Jonathan Papelbon closed things out in the ninth for his 8th save.
Ortiz's homer was his seventh of the season. Manny's was just his third. Manny is under .200 for the month, but he has hitting the ball hard lately. It just seems that most of his shots are right at somebody. Bobby Abreu made a nice running catch of a potential gapper Manny hit in the at-bat before his homer.
Since the Sox have tomorrow off, they end the month of April with a 16-8 record, four games ahead of the second-place Toronto Blue Jays. Next up, the Sox host the Oakland Athletics for two games beginning May 1st.
Rockies Beat Braves. Turn Unassisted Triple Play.
The Colorado Rockies best the Atlanta Braves this afternoon at Coors Field 9-7. This was a game the Braves basically gave away, as their pitchers gave up 13 walks, including five to Todd Helton. But the Braves escaped trouble several times as Matt Holliday hit into two double plays in the middle innings. But Holliday would be the hero in the end, as he hit a two-run game-winning homer in the bottom of the 11th inning, with Helton aboard, to end this wacky contest.
Part of the wackiness came when Rockies Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki converted the 13th unassisted triple play in major league baseball history in the seventh inning when, with Chipper Jones at the plate, Kelly Johnson on second base and Edgar Renteria on first, Jones hit a screaming liner right at Tulowitzki as the runners were off on the pitch. Tulowitzki grabbed the liner for the first out, stepped on second base for out number two, then tagged Renteria for the third out.
This non-Gliese 581 post has now reached its conclusion. Over and out...