Game of the Day: Dodgers 9, Padres 0
And-a-one, and-a-two: Padilla confounded the Padres, no-hitting them through seven innings by mixing fastballs in the low 90s with an eephus pitch that doesn't even go the speed limit. He finished with a two-hit shutout Wednesday night.
"It's fun to watch it," teammate Andre Ethier(notes) said of Padilla's unorthodox pitch. "I like to see guys take a hack at it. I cringe sometimes when I see some guys foul off a good one. He knows what he's doing and he's been doing good with it all year."
Laugh it up: Some scoffed at the Dodgers when they announced that Padilla would be their opening-day starter. Aside from elbow soreness that cost him several starts, he's been great. Since he's returned from the disabled list, the 32-year-old has four victories and a 1.80 ERA. The sweaty right-hander from Nicaragua also collected two hits and an RBI against the Friars.
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They Also Played...
Rangers 11, Mariners 6: Because the Nolan Ryan-Mark Cuban auction happened concurrently, the Rangers value went up $84 million during the game. It would make catcher Bengie Molina(notes) (above) and teammates happier if they had stock.
Twins 2, Rays 1: The teams combined to go 2 for 25 with runners in scoring position. Good pitching, or bad hitting? I'm going with bad hitting; It took the Twins four innings to get to Lance Cormier(notes), who hadn't pitched in more than two weeks. And, to begin with, he's Lance Cormier.
"Ooh, that was a long way," Jimenez said, only half joking. "I couldn't get my breath again until the fifth inning. I was really tired."
Orioles 9, Angels 7: Buck Showalter's been there 48 hours and already the O's have assured themselves of their fifth series victory of the season (in 35 tries). The man is a genius!
White Sox 4, Tigers 1: Edwin Jackson(notes) walked only one in his White Sox debut, though the Tigers finished with 10 hits and stranded 11 baserunners, so the score could have gone the other way. But, as Jim Leyland astutely pointed out, it didn't.
"It's great to have opportunities, but someone has to drive them in," Leyland said. "It isn't going to be me — I was a career .233 hitter in the minor leagues — so these guys have to do it."
Indians 9, Red Sox 1: Is that any way to greet Jacoby Ellsbury(notes)? By the by, the Tribe is 12-8 since the All-Star break, and they've beaten some good teams along the way. They're not horrendous. Let's hear it for Cleveland!
Cardinals 8, Astros 4: The Fredbirds couldn't let the Astros sweep, no matter how good they've been playing since selling off their stars. ... Albert Pujols(notes) stands at 393 career homers after connecting against J.A. Happ(notes).
Nationals 7, D-backs 2: Adam Dunn(notes) hit two homers in front of the smallest crowd in Chase Field history. You had a feeling they were getting there. Every game story has mentioned how "it's only 843 more than the lowest-attended game ever." So, they made it.
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