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Arroyo slams home run, picks up win
Bronson Arroyo connected for a home run and picked up a win in his first start with the Cincinnati Reds. Arroyo hit a solo home run to left field off Chicago Cubs starter Glendon Rusch in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. It was his first major-league homer. He also had a sacrifice bunt, drew a walk and made a nice play in the field.
Arroyo pitched 6.2 innings and gave up five runs, three of them earned, on six hits. He struck out seven and gave up no walks as the Reds picked up their first win of the season, 8-6.
Posted by Mike McDermott at 4:10 PM | Permalink
Arroyo homers in first Cincinnati at-bat
Bronson Arroyo, making his regular-season debut with the Cincinnati Reds, cracked a home run to left field off the Chicago Cubs' Glendon Rusch in his first at-bat. It was the first major league home run for Arroyo, who only saw scarce at-bats during interleague play with the Red Sox.
Arroyo gave up an upper-deck, two-run home run to the Cubs' Aramas Ramirez in the first inning, but settled down in the second and third. With the Reds batting in the bottom of the third, the score is tied at 2. Arroyo has four strikeouts and no walks through three innings.
The Red Sox traded Arroyo shortly before the start of the regular season for slugging outfielder Wily Mo Pena. Arroyo now leads Pena for the season, 1 home run to 0.
Posted by Mike McDermott at 1:22 PM | Permalink
Nice recovery for Hanley Ramirez
Former Red Sox prospect Hanley Ramirez had an awful debut with the Florida Marlins on Monday, committing two errors, striking out three times and getting caught stealing in the club's 1-0 opening day loss to the Houston Astros. But Ramirez looked great yesterday, collecting four hits and performing flawlessly in the field as the Marlins routed Houston, 11-2.
The Palm Beach Post reports that Ramirez's single-game hit total was one short of the club's rookie record, set in 1998 by Mark Kotsay. Ramirez told the Post that he spent extra time practicing his fielding following his weak performance with the glove on Monday.
The Red Sox traded the 23-year-old Ramirez, one of the organization's top prospects, in the seven-player Josh Beckett deal. Beckett makes his Sox debut tonight against the Rangers in his home state of Texas.
Posted by Mike McDermott at 11:30 AM | Permalink
Rocket's tour takes him back to Houston
A day after watching the Red Sox take on the Rangers, and making a high-profile pregame visit to the Boston clubhouse, Roger Clemens was at Minute Maid Park to collect the 2005 National League championship ring that he earned as a member of the Astros. The Astros are one of four teams competing for Clemens' services should he decide to return to pitch later this spring -- the others are the Red Sox, Rangers and Yankees.
According to an Associated Press story, even Clemens' sons are in suspense over what team their father will choose, if he chooses to come back at all. Clemens' oldest son, Koby, plays for the Astros Class-A team in Lexington, Ky.
According to the AP article, Clemens has colorful memories of playing in the World Baseball Classic last month with the star-crossed United States team. The Rocket told the AP his story of going to the dry cleaners in Anaheim, Calif., where the Japanese team was set to play the South Koreans.
"They said, 'You've got no chance,' they told me. I said, 'I'm going to get it tomorrow, right?' And then she goes, 'No chance, we're going to the game.' So we couldn't get dry cleaning done out there, but I guess the neatest thing about them was there were about 50,000 of them at Anaheim Stadium, Korea and Japan.
"Even in Arizona, when we played Mexico there, it was so festive. It really makes you sit back and realize our game is played the right way in a number of different countries."
If Clemens paid much attention to the Astros game yesterday, it might have been another good argument for him to come to Boston: the rookie-laden Marlins clobbered Andy Pettitte and the 'Stros, 11-2.
And what of the Yankees? Two observers with different stakes in Clemens' decision -- Red Sox ace Curt Schilling and NESN commentator Dennis Eckersley -- said yesterday that their hunches were Clemens would choose either Houston or Boston to close out his career.
Posted by Mike McDermott at 9:48 AM | Permalink