AL Tarp Tale: Fausto Carmona deals, sinks White Sox

'Duk note: Everyone please give a big welcome to the Stew's newest writer, Mr. David Brown. As a citizen of an undisclosed Midwestern location (OK, he hails from Chicago, too) Mr. Brown will bring you the best of the previous day's action every morning, right here in Tarp Tale.

Today's look at the AL starts in Cleveland ...

Indians 7, White Sox 2

Mound presents: A former failed closer and lightly touted a season ago as a starter before winning 19 games, righty Fausto Carmona showed again that the bad man is long gone.

Buyin': Grady Sizemore, who scares Ozzie Guillen to death but usually produces mediocre stats against the White Sox, went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

Sellin': Two of Chicago's pitchers — Javier Vazquez and Mike MacDougal -- combined to walk seven Indians. The Sox have allowed 17 runs in two games.

Double downer: Jim Thome, who hit a pair of two-run homers on opening day, hit into two double plays.


Feelin' the Rundown (A look at yesterday's games)

Royals 4, Tigers 0 — Very late revenge for 1984 ALCS.

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 2 — A.J Burnett wins, keeps arm connected to body.

Mariners 4, Rangers 1 — M's 1-0, post-Putz.

Angels 1, Twins 0 — No filling; Twinkies have 5 runs in 3 games.

Red Sox 5, Athletics 0 — BoSox and A's finally starting to turn un-Japanese.

Orioles 9, Rays 8 — Huff is to O's as Michael Jordan was to Wizards.


Fantasy Freaks

Brian Bannister (Royals): A righty, but son of lefty Floyd: 2 hits, 0 runs & walks, 4 Ks — against the Tigers

Aubry Huff (Orioles): 2-for-4, 2 runs, HR, 4 RBIs


Big Talker

“I get criticized for the way I pitch, but I believe in it, and it’s working." — Bannister, who does not rely on strikeouts.

What to Read Next