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April 24, 2006

The preseason Barnstorming Tour continues with the 14
American League teams and the Houston Astros of the National League continuing
their tour of the Major Leagues. In addition, the make-up games for the St.
Louis Cardinals Legends v. Philadelphia Phillies and the Cleveland Indians Legends
v. Washington Nationals will be played today. Here are the recaps for today's
games:

Detroit Tigers Legends @ Baltimore Orioles

Jim Bunning improved greatly from his first outing, giving up
just one run through eight innings on five hits and one walk. Brian Roberts
scored the only run for the Orioles in the fourth when Jeff Conine drove him in
on a bloop single to shallow right field. Charlie Gehringer and Ty Cobb each
went four-for-four with two stolen bases and one run scored. Both of them
scored in the sixth when Hank Greenberg hit a three-run homerun to deep
left-centerfield. Greenberg's blow would be the only runs scored off Rodrigo
Lopez of the Orioles. The Tigers Legends won 3-1.

Houston Astros Legends @ Boston Red Sox

This game has been postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for April 25th.

Kansas City Royals Legends @ Chicago White Sox

Satchel Paige had a grand outing against the White Sox,
striking out fifteen and giving up just one run through nine innings. The White
Sox pushed across a run in the first inning when Tadahito Iguchi led off with a
double, got moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a sacrifice fly
by Scott Posednik. After the first inning, only one other batter reached base
for the remainder of the game when Brian Anderson worked a walk in the sixth.
The offense for the Royals Legends wasn't as spectacular as Paige, only scoring
two runs off Mark Buehrle, one on an error by Juan Uribe that allowed Alvin
Dark to score from second on a grounder through Uribe's legs. The other run was
scored on an Enos Slaughter double down the line, driving in George Brett from
first. The Royals Legends won 2-1.

Los Angeles Angels Legends @ Cleveland Indians

Bobby Shantz had a rough outing against the Indians, letting
up five runs through seven innings. Jhonny Peralta connected for a three-run
homerun in the third inning, while Victor Martinez drove in two on a
bases-loaded double in the fifth. Arky Vaughan squashed the rally in the fifth
with an unassisted double play when Travis Hafner hit a bullet up the middle
that Vaughan caught inches off the ground. Martinez was frozen off second for
the easy tag out to complete the double play. Vladimir Guerrero provided the
only runs for the Angels Legends when he hit a two-run homerun in the seventh.
The Indians won 5-2.

Minnesota Twins Legends @ Detroit Tigers

Kenny Rogers got knocked around again against the Twins
Legends, giving up six runs on three homeruns through six innings. Harmon
Killebrew connected for two of those homeruns with a two-run homerun in the
first and a solo homerun in the fourth. Ray Dandridge chased Rogers from the
when he hit a two-run homerun in the sixth. Chuck Knoblauch and Zack Wheat each
scored two runs and collected four hits apiece. Bert Blyleven was able to
capitalize on the run support as he pitched a strong eight innings, giving up
just two runs. Blyleven left a pitch out over the plate for Carlos Pena and he
launched it into the stands for a two run homerun in the fifth. The Twins
Legends won 6-2.

New York Yankees Legends @ Houston Astros

Roy Oswalt had his hands full with the Yankees Legends'
lineup. He had a rocky first inning which included a two-run homerun by Lou
Gehrig, but was able to settle down from there. Oswalt would go on to allow
just one more run, a solo homerun to Joe Dimaggio, through eight innings. Babe
Ruth was held at bay, going one-for-five with a weak single up the middle and
scoring on Lou Gehrig's homerun. Derek Jeter collected three singles, but was
left stranded on the bases each time. Mantle had a hard time against Oswalt,
going zero-for-four with a walk. Whitey Ford of the Yankees Legends was lights
out, giving up just one run through eight innings on four hits and two walks.
Mariano Rivera came in to pitch the ninth inning and struck out the side to end
the game. The Yankees Legends won 3-1.

 

Oakland Athletics Legends @ Kansas City Royals

Scott Elarton of the Royals could not keep Rickey Henderson
off the bases, which cost him. Henderson went two-for-three with two walks,
three runs scored and four stolen bases. Reggie Jackson and Mark McGwire
provided the power, each hitting two-run homeruns. Ernie Lombardi also drove in
Henderson in the fourth on an RBI single. Lefty Grove racked up the strikeouts
against the Royals, striking out twelve on his way to a complete game shutout.
The Athletics Legends won 5-0.

Seattle Mariners Legends @ Los Angeles Angels

Bob Welch and John Lackey matched one another through six
innings, each giving up one run. In the seventh, Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners
Legends led off with a double and was bunted over to third by Hardy Richardson.
Ken Griffey Jr. came to the plate and laced a single up the middle to score
Ichiro from third. In the eighth inning a scary incident occurred when Adam
Kennedy hit a fly ball deep to left-centerfield. Ken Griffey Jr. charged for
the ball from center while his father Ken Griffey Sr. charged it from left
field. The two of them converged on the ball as Junior snagged it from the air.
Senior, not realizing how close they were to one another, collided into his
son, knocking the ball loose from his glove. Senior scrambled to his feet to
get the ball into the infield as Junior lay with his hands over his face on the
ground. Kennedy came up with a triple, scoring two runs. The field medic came
rushing out to the outfield to meet Junior and carted him off the field. It was
later announced that he had suffered a minor concussion. The two runs scored on
Kennedy's triple would be the deciding runs of the game as the Angels won 3-1.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays Legends @ Minnesota Twins

Rube Foster brought his A-game against the Twins as he shut
them out with nine strikeouts through eight innings. Johan Santana was just as
dominant striking out eight and holding the Devil Rays Legends to just one run
through eight. The lone run was scored in the sixth when Pop Lloyd led off with
a single, got moved over to third on a throwing error by Tony Batista trying to
turn two. Lloyd would score on a sacrifice fly by Martin Dihigo. In the ninth,
Joe Mauer collected his fourth hit off of Foster to lead off the inning. A
sacrifice bunt by Luis Castillo would move him over to second, putting him in
scoring position for Justin Morneau. Morneau worked the count full before
Foster threw an inside fastball that Morneau turned on and launched over the
wall in left field for a walk-off two-run homerun. The Twins won 2-1.

Texas Rangers Legends @ New York Yankees

This game has been postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for April 25th.

Toronto Blue Jays Legends @ Oakland Athletics

Roger Clemens and Barry Zito got into a pitching duel in
Oakland as both pitchers held the opposition scoreless through eight innings.
Barry Zito used groundballs and fly outs to get the Blue Jays Legends out while
Clemens primarily used the strikeout as he struck out twelve batters. In the
ninth inning, Zito got into a jam when he hit Carlos Delgado with a pitch,
walked Joe Carter, and gave up a single to Dave Parker to start off the inning.
He was able to strike out Rollie Hemsley for the first out. Jose Canseco came
up to pinch hit for Al Oliver and hit a slow roller to third baseman Marco
Scuaro, who was playing in. Scutaro charged the ball hard and threw it home for
the second out of the inning. Jason Kendall threw it to low first, but Nick
Swisher was unable to scoop it as it bounced off his chest. Joe Carter saw the
ball hit off Swisher's chest and roll away from towards the pitcher's mound. Carter
took off for home on a mad dash; Swisher charged after the rolling ball,
barehanded it and threw a dart to Kendall. Kendall turned to apply the tag on
Carter. Carter, with a swim maneuver as he slip, was able to avoid the tag as
his foot slid across home plate and the umpire called him safe. The Blue Jays
Legends won 1-0.

Arizona Diamondbacks Legends @ Seattle Mariners

Randy Johnson had a big game for the Diamondbacks Legends,
striking out fifteen while pitching a three-hit shutout. Roberto Alomar preserved
Johnson's shutout when he made a shoe-string catch that he turned for a double
play in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Carl Everett got
the first hit off Johnson in the sixth inning when he sneaked a single past the
glove of Matt Williams. Jamie Moyer struggled to keep the ball inside the park
as he let up two huge homeruns to Turkey Stearnes and two more homeruns to Dave
Winfield and Oscar Charleston. In all the Diamondbacks Legends scored seven
runs off the longball in their 7-0 victory.

Atlanta Braves Legends @ Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Greg Maddux pitched well against the Devil Rays, giving up
just four hits and one run through eight innings. Carl Crawford produced the
only run for the Devil Rays in the fourth inning when he led off with an
infield single. He stole second on the next pitch and was moved to third on a
fielder's choice, before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Johnny Gomes. John
Smoltz closed out the game by striking out the side in the ninth inning. Scott
Kazmir gave up three runs through seven innings on a three-run Hank Aaron
homerun that hit off the rafters in Tropicana Field. Johnny Mize and Billy
Herman were on base when Aaron hit his blast. The Braves Legends won 3-1.

Chicago Cubs Legends @ Texas Rangers

Grover Alexander and the Cubs Legends showed no mercy
against the Rangers. Alexander allowed just two hits and no runs through eight
innings before Dave Smith closed out the ninth letting one more hit. Andre
Dawson started for Lou Brock and the Cubs Legends' outfield put on a power
shower as Hack Wilson, Dawson, and Sammy Sosa each hit homeruns. Ernie Banks
also hit a homerun, while Ryne Sandberg hit two RBI doubles. Kevin Millwood was
chased from the game in the fifth after giving up his fourth homerun of the
game, third in a row as Banks, Dawson, and Sosa hit back-to-back-to-back
homeruns. Ron Santo and Gabby Hartnett each scored twice for the Cubs Legends
lopsided victory. The Cubs Legends won 8-0.

Cincinnati Reds Legends @ Toronto Blue Jays

Roy Halladay pitched a great game against the Reds Legends.
He held the Reds Legends to just three hits, two by Pete Rose, while striking
out seven in a complete game shutout effort. Halladay held a perfect game going
into the seventh inning when Pete Rose led off with a slap single up between
first and second. He let up one more hit that inning, but got out of the jam on
an inning ending double play. Those would be the only base runners of the game
until the top of ninth with two outs when Pete Rose worked a ten pitch at-bat
before lacing a double down the line. Dazzy Vance had a rocky first inning,
giving up two runs on three hits and two walks before settling down. He went on
to hold the Blue Jays scoreless through the remainder of the game. The Blue
Jays won 2-0.

St. Louis Cardinals Legends @ Philadelphia Phillies (Make-Up)

Bob Gibson blew the Phillies away with ten strikeouts
through nine innings, giving up just one run on a solo homerun by Ryan Howard
in the seventh. Rogers Hornsby and Stan Musial provided more than enough offense
for Gibson as they both collected four hits off Brett Myers of the Phillies.
Stan Musial hit his fourth homerun of the preseason in the first inning, a
three-run shot to centerfield. Rogers Hornsby drove in two runs himself and
scored twice. Ozzie Smith turned a brilliant double play diving for a grounder
up the middle that he promptly flipped to Hornsby who fired it to Roger Connor
to just beat out the speedy Jimmy Rollins. The Cardinals Legends went on to win
6-1.

Cleveland Indians Legends @ Washington Nationals (Make-Up)

Bob Feller dominated the Nationals, striking out a whopping
seventeen batters and giving up just one hit and no runs through nine innings.
Tris Speaker got the Indians Legends on the board early with an RBI double in
the first scoring Nap Lajoie, who went five-for-five with two stolen bases and
two runs scored, from first. Thurman Munson and Lou Boudreau would add RBI
singles in the fourth inning, while Jim Thome launched a two-run homerun in the
sixth. The Indians Legends won 5-0.

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