Chad Bettis returned to the Rockies lineup on Monday after a battle with testicular cancer, which he was diagnosed with in November. He threw an impressive seven innings and the Rockies came away with a 3-0 win over the Braves. He received a loud ovation on his first trip to the mound And cheers from around the baseball world Bettis had surgery for the condition, but tests in March showed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. He later underwent chemotherapy. The journey to get back to the rotation was on his mind all day, but he was able to harness his emotions and put together a strong outing. “From what everybody has told me about this fella, seeing what he did tonight didn’t surprise me,”
Tuesday gives the baseball enthusiast a full 15-game slate of stretch-drive action, so let's jump right in ... Tuesday's scores Houston Astros 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (box score) Los Angeles Angels at Washington Nationals (GameTracker) New York Mets at New York Yankees (GameTracker) Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays (GameTracker) San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins (GameTracker) St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox (GameTracker) Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers (GameTracker) Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers (GameTracker) Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs (GameTracker) Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins (GameTracker) Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies (GameTracker) Kansas City Royals
The Braves host the Reds this weekend, and Friday's and Saturday's games will occasion Hank Aaron Heritage Weekend. Aaron is of course an inner circle baseball legend and a living national treasure. He's the face of the Braves franchise, and it's fitting they honor him with regularity. In addition to some pretty cool giveaways, the Braves will also don some Aaron-era threads for the games ... Those are pretty sweet. Also, hosannas for incorporating the batting helmet. Too often when teams wear throwbacks they hedge by wearing their current batting helmet, which, you'll agree, is lame in the extreme. No such half-measure here. This weekend, Braves, you shall be nattily clad.