April 18, 2006

The preseason Barnstorming Tour has gotten underway with the
National League playing their first games yesterday. Now the 14 American League
teams and the Houston Astros of the National League begin their tour of the
Major Leagues. In addition, the make-up games for the Cincinnati Reds Legends
v. Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies Legends v. Cincinnati Reds will be played
today. Here are the recaps for today's games:


Boston Red Sox Legends @ Baltimore Orioles

Career wins leader Cy Young took the mound against Rodrigo
Lopez of the Orioles. Young pitched a solid eight innings, striking out four
and walking just one batter. He surrendered five hits, including a solo homerun
to Miguel Tejada in the eighth inning. Tejada's homerun would be the only run
of the game for the Orioles, as Dick Radatz came in to deliver a scoreless
ninth inning to end the game. The Red Sox Legends' offense jumped out to a seven
run lead after four innings. Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx both hit two-run
homeruns, while Fred Lynn hit a bases-clearing double in the sixth. Carl
Yastrzemski scored the final runs of the game for the Legends when, pinch
hitting for Ted Williams in the eight, he hit a two-run double. The Red Sox
Legends won 11-1.


Chicago White Sox Legends @ Boston Red Sox

Career ERA leader, Ed Walsh, faced off against Josh Beckett
of the Red Sox in a rubber match. Both pitchers held the opposing team to just
one run after six innings. The White Sox Legends scratched out a run in the
fourth after Joe Jackson hit a double, Luke Appling bunted him over to third,
and Frank Thomas plated him on a sacrifice fly to the warning track in
centerfield. The Red Sox scored on back-to-back doubles by Jason Varitek and
Kevin Youkilis in the second inning. Red Sox closer Keith Foulk entered the game
in ninth with the score still tied 1-1 to face the heart of the White Sox
Legends lineup. He surrendered a bloop single to Luis Aparicio, pinch hitting
for Luke Appling, before Mule Suttles, pinch hitting for Joe Jackson, hit a
double to the "Triangle" in right-center field scoring Aparicio from first. The
White Sox Legends went on to win 3-1.


Cleveland Indians Legends @ Chicago White Sox

Bob Feller took the mound against the White Sox and shut
them out through eight innings. He had five strikeouts and held the White Sox
to just three hits, two of which were off the bat of Paul Konerko. Mark Buehrle
struggled against the Indians Legends. Tris Speaker and Nap Lajoie each
collected three hits, while Manny Ramirez scored three on a bases clearing
double in the first. Jim Thome added two more runs on a two-run homer to center
field, scoring Lou Boudreau. The Indians Legends won 6-0.


Detroit Tigers Legends @ Cleveland Indians

Cleveland's Jason Davis didn't stand a chance against the
Tigers Legends lineup as he let up eight runs through four innings, before
being relieved by Guillermo Mota. Hank Greenberg hit two homeruns and Mickey
Cochrane hit one. Ty Cobb racked up four hits and two stolen bases. Jim Bunning
pitched a shaky seven innings for the Tigers Legends letting up four runs.
Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner both hit homeruns off Bunning and Victor
Martinez had two doubles. The Tigers Legends won 10-4


Houston Astros Legends @ Detroit Tigers

Kenny Rogers of the Tigers fared pretty well against the
Astros Legends lineup. Going seven innings, Rogers allowed just five hits and
one run which came off a two-out double by Jeff Bagwell, scoring in Craig
Biggio. Joe Niekro let up three runs through eight, including a two-run homerun
by Magglio Ordonez. He struck out four and allowed eight hits. Billy Wagner
came in for relief and held the Tigers scoreless in the ninth but the Astros
Legends offense couldn't respond. The Tigers won 3-1.

Kansas City Royals Legends @ Houston Astros

Satchel Paige was lights out for the Royals Legends, pitching a complete game shutout. He struck out eight and allowed just three hits. Lance Berkman was the only Astros player to hit the ball out of the infield when he hit a double down the line. Roy Oswalt also pitched a gem, holding the Royals Legends to just five hits and one run through eight. Amos Otis led off the seventh with a single. He stole second on the next pitch before advancing to third on a single by Jim Rice. George Brett came up and grounded into a double play, scoring Otis. The Royals Legends won 1-0.


Los Angeles Angels Legends @ Kansas City Royals

Bobby Shantz of the Angels Legends didn't fare too well
against the Royals offense, allowing four runs in the first, including a
three-run homerun by Mark Teahan. Mike Sweeney drove in two runs, including a
game tying double in the eight. The Royals' pitcher, Scott Elarton, also
struggled against the Angeles Legends. Elarton gave up five runs through six,
including a bases-clearing double by Vladimir Guerrero in the third. Rod Carew stole
third in the ninth inning, before Gary Gaetti drove him in for the go-ahead run
on a sacrifice fly to right field. The Angels Legends won 6-5.


Minnesota Twins Legends @ Los Angeles Angels

Bartolo Colon of the Angels pitched a solid four innings
before leaving the game due to soreness in his right shoulder. He allowed just
two runs from a Harmon Killebrew double down the left field line, scoring Tony
Olivia in the second, and a Ray Dandridge sacrifice fly, scoring Zack Wheat.
Angels' relief pitcher, Esteban Yan gave up back-to-back doubles to Kirby
Puckett and Chuck Knoblauch before Harmon Killebrew launched a two-run homerun
deep in the seats of left field. Bert Blyleven of the Twins Legends pitched
masterfully, allowing four hits and one run through eight innings. His one run
allowed came in the seventh inning when Orlando Cabrera led off the inning with
a single, stole second base and moved to third on a fielder's choice, before
scoring on a Garrett Anderson single. The Twins Legends won 6-1.


New York Yankees Legends @ Minnesota Twins

Johan Santana of the Twins had his hands full with this
Yankees lineup. Facing a middle of the lineup featuring Gehrig, Ruth, Dimaggio,
and Mantle would make any pitcher shake in their cleats, but Santana kept his
cool allowing just three runs through seven. He struck out seven, including
Ruth twice and walked two. The Yankees scored on a deep homerun by Gehrig in
the fourth, scoring Derek Jeter. Dimaggio followed with a double and scored on
a single by Yogi Berra. Whitey Ford of the Yankees Legends held the Twins
hitless through five innings before Joe Mauer hit a bloop single to centerfield
in the sixth. Morneau followed with a single of his own, but Ford got out of
the inning allowing no runs to score. Mariano Rivera came in to record the save
with a perfect ninth inning. The Yankees Legends won 3-0.


Oakland Athletics Legends @ New York Yankees

Mike Mussina of the Yankees pitched well against the
Athletics Legends lineup. He struck out four and allowed two runs through seven
innings as the Yankees scored just one run off of Lefty Grove, who pitched a
complete game. Rickey Henderson of the Athletics Legends stole three bases and
scored both of the team's runs, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Mark McGwire in
the second and again on a double to left field by Reggie Jackson in the sixth.
The Yankees lone run came in the fifth inning when Robinson Cano led off with a
double that split the Left Fielder and Center Fielder, then scored on a single
by Jorge Posada. The Athletics Legends won 3-1.


Seattle Mariners Legends @ Oakland Athletics

Bob Welch of the Mariners Legends struggled to find the
strike zone, walking four through seven innings. His walks would cost him the
game as he allowed three of his four free passes to score. If not for a diving
stop by Omar Vizquel in the fifth, in which he effectively turned two, Welch's
fourth free pass may have scored as well. He allowed five runs, including a
two-run double by Mark Ellis and run-scoring single by Marco Scutaro in the
third. Barry Zito of the Athletics shut down the Mariners Legends' offense.
Zito struck out six and allowed just one run off six hits through eight
innings. The Mariners Legends got on the board in the seventh inning when
Ichiro Suzuki walked, stole second and scored on a line drive to centerfielder
Mark Kotsay off the bat of Ken Griffey Jr. The Athletics won 5-1.


Tampa Bay Devil Rays Legends @ Seattle Mariners

Rube Foster of the Devil Rays Legends pitched a complete
game against the Mariners, striking out five and allowing three runs off six
hits. Adrian Beltre had three hits, including a two-run double in the third
inning. Raul Ibanez followed with a solo homerun in the sixth. The Devil Rays
Legends teed off against Jamie Moyer, hitting three homeruns and two doubles,
scoring five in seven innings. Pop Lloyd went five-for-five in the game,
scoring twice and stealing one base. Wade Boggs and Bernie Williams both hit
solo homeruns, while Martin Dihigo hit a two-run homerun in the fourth. Harry
Heilmann went four-for-five with two-doubles and two RBI. The Devil Rays
Legends won 5-3.


Texas Rangers Legends @ Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Smokey Joe Williams took the mound for the Rangers Legends
against Scott Kazmir of the Devil Rays. Smokey Joe pitched a complete game,
striking out six and allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. Carl
Crawford of the Devil Rays scored both runs, scoring on a sacrifice fly after
hitting a triple in the third inning and again in the sixth after stealing
second base and scoring on a single by Julio Lugo. Kazmir pitched a strong
eight innings for the Devil Rays, holding the Rangers Legends to one run on
five hits. Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homerun in the fifth inning for the
Rangers Legends' only run of the game. Ivan Rodriguez hit two doubles, but Kazmir
was able to get out of the jam, preventing Pudge from scoring. The Devil Rays
won 2-1.


Toronto Blue Jays Legends @ Texas Rangers

Rogers Clemens of the Blue Jays Legends faced off against
Kevin Millwood of the Rangers. The Toronto Legends got on the board early when
Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homerun scoring Joe Carter in the first inning.
Millwood settled down and held the Toronto Legends scoreless until Manny Trillo
scored on a line drive single to right field by Dave Parker in the seventh.
Clemens shut down the Rangers offense with eight strikeouts through eight
innings and allowing just one run off a solo homerun by Mark Teixiera in the
fourth. The Blue Jays Legends won 3-1.


Arizona Diamondbacks Legends @ Toronto Blue Jays

Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks Legends got into a rubber
match against Roy Halladay of the Blue Jays. Both pitchers held the opposing
team hitless through four innings, when Roy Halladay let up a bloop single to Turkey
Stearnes that sailed just over the shortstop's head in the fifth inning.
Johnson let up his first hit, a single to Troy Gloss, in the sixth. Both
pitchers went the distance striking out a combined 16 batters. The only run of
the game came in the eighth inning when Oscar Charleston launched Halladay's
pitch into the seats in right field. This would be the only run that scored as
the Diamondbacks Legends won 1-0.


Cincinnati Reds Legends@ Chicago Cubs (Make-Up)

Mark Prior of the Chicago Cubs got rocked early, letting up
four runs through three innings. Barry Larkin and Johnny Bench had two doubles
apiece, driving in three runs between them. Barry Larkin hit a two-run homerun
in the sixth to chase Prior from the game. Scott Eyre came in as relief for
Prior. In the seventh inning, Eyre dove for a bunt by Pete Rose and flipped it
to first baseman Derrek Lee. The toss was high, causing Lee and Rose to
collide. Lee's wrist was examined and results showed that he suffered a distal
radius fracture and a distal ulna fracture. Prior to the collision, Lee hit a
three-run homerun off Dazzy Vance in the fourth inning, which would hold up as
the Cubs only runs of the game. The Reds Legends went on to win 7-3.


Colorado Rockies Legends@ Cincinnati Reds (Make-Up)

Brandon Claussen of the Reds struggled to keep the Rockies
Legends' offense quiet. He allowed six runs on twelve hits and three walks
through seven innings. Larry Walker hit a big three-run homerun in the third
inning and the Rockies Legends never looked back. Earl Averill scored twice on
a Sal Bando single in the fourth and a Todd Helton double in the sixth. Denny
McClain held off the Reds offense, going eight scoreless innings. McClain got
himself into a jam when he loaded the bases on a single by Felipe Lopez and
back-to-back walks to Adam Dunn and Rich Aurelia, but with a key strikeout of
Edwin Encarnacion and a double play by Austin Kearns, McClain got out of the
inning without allowing a run to score. The Rockies Legends won 6-0.



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