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Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila delivered back-to-back-to-back home runs to start the Detroit Tiger fourth inning, and the true wildness hadn't even started yet. That actually came when Orioles starter Jason Hammel plunked the following hitter, Matt Tuiasosopo, in the shoulder with a really awful slider. Hammel was immediately ejected, which is to be expected regardless of intent. You simply can't hit someone after allowing three straight blasts, but it was clear on the field and after the game that Hammel disagreed.
''I'm not going to make a big deal of it. I hit him with a slider,'' Hammel said. ''Zero intent there to hit him. Obviously I give up three home runs, but I'm not the guy that answers getting hit around with hitting somebody. That's bush league if you ask me. It was a mistake. A slider that got away.''
Speaking of disagreements, Tuiasosopo seems to disagrees with Hammel's take.
''All I know is we hit three homers off him, then the first pitch is at my head,'' he said. ''I wanted to try to go up there and hit a fourth one, but obviously I got hit.''
Yes, you sure did, and that's no fun at all, but at least you helped set the table for Miguel Cabrera to hit a grand slam that capped the eight-run inning. Tigers go on to win it 10-3.
Indians win in quick turnaround game: About ten hours after dropping the series opener early Saturday morning, the Cleveland Indians received a much needed gem from Ubaldo Jimenez. The 29-year-old right-hander tossed eight scoreless innings and struck out seven in by far his best start of the season, and perhaps his best start since joining Cleveland before the 2011 trade deadline. He was supported by Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Giambi, who hit two-run homers in the 5-0 victory.
Cards trump champs... twice: The St. Louis Cardinals pulled off the day-night doubleheader sweep on Saturday, overwhelming the defending world champion San Francisco Giants with their own specialty — terrific starting pitching. Shelby Miller shined again in the opener, out pitching Matt Cain by a wide margin as the Redbirds cruised 8-0. In the nightcap, Adam Wainwright went the distance for his 14th career complete game to give St. Louis a 7-1 triumph.
Dodgers lose another outfielder, and baseball game: If you think the Dodgers are due for a positive break, you have another thing coming. Not only did they drop a gut-wrenching decision to the Rockies on Dexter Fowler's walk-off single in the tenth, it looks like they're going to lose Carl Crawford for at least a few days, perhaps longer, as he came up lame with a hamstring injury. This development comes days after center fielder Matt Kemp was placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring issue of his own, and who knows what's next.
Twins 5, Mariners 4: Justin Morneau was scratched with flu-like symptoms, leaving Ryan Doumit to man the cleanup spot. He took full advantage of the opportunity, delivering a two-run, game-ending triple to send the fans home happy.
Royals 4, Rangers 1 (10 inn.): David Lough endured a bases loaded hit-by-pitch to get the game-winner home.
Marlins 8, Mets 1: Boy have the Mets got this all backwards. Sweep the Yankees in four. Drop two to Miami.
Braves 2, Nationals 1 (10 inn.): With rumors of a possible demotion swirling, B.J. Upton delivers a game-winning single in extras.
Reds 2, Pirates 0: Francisco Liriano was very good here. Mike Leake was just that much better.
Red Sox 11, Yankees 1: Mike Napoli capped a five-run third inning with a grand slam off Phil Hughes. The Yankees never challenged after that.
Diamondbacks 12, Cubs 4: Arizona scored 11 runs from the seventh inning on, with the biggest blow coming on Paul Goldschmidt's grand slam off Carlos Marmol.
''They don't know how to do it right. I'm usually pretty quick about it. I talked to Coco and he said he didn't know how to do it. He went to three different exits.''
— Oakland A's outfielder on Coco Crisp's struggles to pull off an efficient postgame shaving cream pie following their win over the White Sox.
Another day, another Gatorade bath. This time it's Ryan Doumit of the Twins taking one courtesy of teammate Brian Dozier.
• Matt Cain has allowed six or more earned runs in four starts this season. In 32 starts in 2012, Cain never allowed six or more runs.
• The A's are 9-1 in games decided in the final at-bat.
• Mark Buehrle has not allowed a home run in five straight starts after giving up 11 homers in his first seven games.
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