April 26, 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 game for the San Francisco Giants Legends v. New York Mets will be played today. Here are the recaps for today's games:

Houston Astros Legends @ Baltimore Orioles

Jack McDowell pitched a strong eight innings against the Orioles. Miguel Tejada got to him for three hits and two RBI, but the rest of the Orioles' lineup didn't give McDowell much trouble. Erik Bedard also had a strong outing, giving up two runs through seven innings. Tony Pena drove in the first run of the game in the second when he drove in Rusty Staub from second. Jose Cruz scored off Bedard on a wild pitch in the fifth. With the score tied at two in the ninth, Latroy Hawkins gave up a one-out walk to Bobby Wallace. Craig Biggio followed him with a double, his fourth hit of the game. With two-outs and runners still on second and third, Bobby Wallace drew a walk to load the bases before Jeff Bagwell came to the plate. Bagwell worked the count full before drawing a walk on a borderline pitch. A furious Hawkins was ejected from the game for arguing the call. Chris Ray came in to record the last out with no further damage. In the bottom half of the frame, Billy Wagner pitched a perfect inning to secure the one run lead. The Astros Legends won 3-2.

Kansas City Royals Legends @ Boston Red Sox

Bob Lemon baffled the Red Sox with his sinker. Only two batters were able to get under it for a fly ball. He gave up four hits, two of which were erased by double plays, and no runs through eight innings. Rafael Palmeiro provided Lemon with an early lead when he drove in George Brett and Amos Otis on a first-inning double. Jim Rice would add to this lead with an RBI single in the fifth. In the ninth inning Dan Quisenberry came in to record the final three outs of the game, allowing one batter on a walk and striking out one. The Royals Legends won 3-0.

Los Angeles Angels Legends @ Chicago White Sox

Rod Carew flashed his skills against the White Sox. Carew went five-for-five with a double and triple. Carew stole two bases, scored three runs, and drove in two RBI. He also showed his glove skills, making a basket catch in shallow right field in the fourth and doubling up Paul Konerko on a shoestring catch in the sixth. Fernando Valenzuela needed the offensive surge from Carew since he struggled against the White Sox, giving up four runs in eight innings. Jermaine Dye scored in the first on a Scott Podsednik single. In the fourth, Juan Uribe hit a two-run double and later scored on a Joe Crede single. The Angels Legends won 5-4.

Minnesota Twins Legends @ Cleveland Indians

Frank Viola got hit hard late in the game, giving up four runs after the fifth. A Grady Sizemore two-run homerun in the sixth was the blow that knocked Viola off balance. Although getting out of that inning with no further damage, he found himself in trouble in the seventh and eighth, allowing one run to score in each frame. In those final three innings, Viola walked three and gave up five hits. Cliff Lee of the Indians held his own against the Twins Legends, holding them to two runs on a Ray Dandridge single in the third and a Kirby Puckett double in the fifth. The Indians won 4-2.

New York Yankees Legends @ Detroit Tigers

Yogi Berra made a name for himself against the Tigers, hitting his first homerun of the preseason and throwing out Magglio Ordonez trying to steal second in the fifth. Yogi collected three hits and drove in three runs, before coming out in the eighth for Bill Dickey. Dickey would pick up where Yogi left off, hitting a solo homerun in his one at bat of the game. Lefty Gomez had a strong outing holding the Tigers scoreless through five innings. In the sixth, Gomez gave up both of his runs of the game on a Carlos Pena two-run homerun. Gomez settled down in the seventh and eighth preserve the lead that Dickey provided in the top of the eighth. Sparky Lyle got into some trouble in the ninth, giving up a leadoff double to Carlos Guillen. The next batter sacrificed him to third. Lyle gave up a high fly ball to left field. Dimaggio got under the ball, Guillen back on third ready to tag up. Dimaggio caught it, took a crow hop forward and fired it home to Dickey. Dickey blocked the plate with his left leg and applied a perfect tag on Guillen's thigh to get him out at home. The Yankees Legends won 4-2.

Oakland Athletics Legends @ Houston Astros

Andy Pettite of the Astros battled Rube Waddell in a pitching duel as both pitchers refused to give an inch. Pettite stumped the big hitters on the Athletics Legends, striking out both Reggie Jackson and Mark McGwire twice. Eddie Collins reached base three times off Pettite, but only made it past first in the third inning. Rickey Henderson was picked off by Pettite in the sixth, but got the last laugh when he successfully stole third after hitting a double in the eight. Henderson would go on to score on a Frank Baker sacrifice fly to left field. Waddell had little trouble against the Astros lineup, striking out seven and walking one. He only allowed five hits and only Lance Berkman reached second base when he hit a double in the fourth. The Athletics Legends won 1-0.

Seattle Mariners Legends @ Kansas City Royals

With Ken Griffey Jr. still out due to a concussion suffered at the last game, Jay Buhner started in right field and Ichiro Suzuki was moved to center. Jay Buhner played a great game, hitting a two-run homerun in his first at-bat of the game and driving in one more on a double in the fourth. Buhner's three runs would be all that Bullet Joe Rogan needed, as he lived by his nickname against the Royals. Rogan seemed to be throwing bullets past the Royals lineup, striking out ten and giving up just two hits. The Mariners Legends won 3-0.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays Legends @ Los Angeles Angels

Sparks flew in Los Angeles as a frustrated Adam Kennedy charged mound in the seventh inning leading to the benches clearing. Kennedy, who had been hit with a pitch in the second inning, took a healthy serving of inside pitches all day from Tim Keefe. In the seventh, an inside fastball got away from Keefe and drilled Kennedy in the back. Kennedy waved his bat at Keefe as the two briefly exchanged words. Kennedy then threw his bat down and charged after Keefe. Al Lopez charged after Kennedy and quickly tackled him from behind shortly after grappling up with Keefe. In seconds both benches cleared as Lopez and Kennedy wrestled on the ground. Martin Dihigo got involved in the mix when he shoved Jose Molina out of the way. Molina shoved him back and Dihigo grappled Molina's head between his powerful forearms. It took Pop Lloyd several attempts to convince Dihigo to finally let go. Keefe, Kennedy, Dihigo, Molina and Lopez were all ejected after the melee. Mark Davis came in for relief and gave up two runs on a Darin Erstad double. John Lackey kept his cool and held the Devil Rays Legends to one run, which came off a Martin Dihigo homerun in the fourth. The Angels won 2-1.

Texas Rangers Legends @ Minnesota Twins

Red Faber couldn't contain the Twins' Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, giving up three runs on seven hits to the pair. Justin Morneau went three-for-four with an RBI and a run scored, while Joe Mauer hit a two-run homerun in the fourth. Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run double in the seventh to bring the Rangers Legends within one, but the offense was plagued with missed opportunities, going one-for-eight with runners in scoring position throughout the game. The Twins won 3-2.

Toronto Blue Jays Legends @ New York Yankees

A lack of offense was something that this game certainly was not missing, as a combined 18 runs were scored as the Yankees hosted the Blue Jays Legends. Robinson Cano hit two homeruns and drove in five runs, while Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui each drove in five more. For the Blue Jays Legends, Carlos Delgado got them started with a first inning three-run homerun. All Oliver and Dave Parker added RBI doubles for a combined three RBI in the fifth and Joe Carter topped them off with a two-run homerun in the eighth. The Yankees won 10-8.

Arizona Diamondbacks Legends @ Oakland Athletics

Curt Schilling received plenty of help from Rabbit and Turkey against the Athletics. Turkey Stearnes led the offense with four RBI on a two-run homerun and two RBI doubles, while Rabbit Maranville charged the defense with three double plays and outstanding grabs at shortstop. Maranville made two strong throws from his knees to catch Marco Scutaro and Bobby Crosby out at first. He also dove behind second base to stop a hard hit grounder up the middle by Jay Payton, flipped it to Roberto Alomar who fired it to Dan Brouthers to complete the double play in the seventh. Schilling struggled early, giving up two runs on back-to-back doubles by Nick Swisher and Jason Kendall in the first inning. Schilling settled down and cruised through the remainder of the game giving up no more runs. The Diamondbacks Legends won 4-2.

Atlanta Braves Legends @ Seattle Mariners

Warren Spahn dominated the Mariners, giving up just one hit and one walk, while striking out nine. The Mariners were hard pressed to get the ball past the infield, only hitting three balls past the infield dirt which all went for outs. The lone hit came on a broken bat single down the third base line by Carl Everett. On the offensive, Hank Aaron hit a long homerun in the first inning, driving in two. In the fifth, Chipper Jones hit his first homerun of the preseason, a three-run shot to left field. The Braves Legends won 5-0.

Chicago Cubs Legends @ Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Lou Brock of the Cubs Legends and Carl Crawford of the Devil Rays displayed their speed in this game. Lou Brock stole three bases off Seth McClung, stealing second and third in the fourth inning before scoring on a Ryne Sandberg single. Carl Crawford stole four bases off Fergie Jenkins and scored two runs. Sammy Sosa helped out Jenkins with a two-run homerun in the eighth to give the Cubs Legends the lead. Lee Smith came in to pitch the ninth and held the Devil Rays hitless. The Cubs Legends won 3-2.

Cincinnati Reds Legends @ Texas Rangers

Pete Rose stole the show as he collected four hits in five at-bats, three of which went for extra bases. He ran the bases like a man on a mission and was successful in scoring three of the four times he found himself on the bases. Sam Crawford drove him in on a triple in the third, while Jim O'Rourke and Heinie Groh each drove in Rose on RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings. Mays held the Rangers to just one run through eight innings. Mark Teixeira drove in the only run for the Rangers when he doubled to score Ian Kinsler in the fourth. The Reds Legends won 3-1.

Colorado Rockies Legends @ Toronto Blue Jays

Joe McGinnity pitched well against the Blue Jays, giving up one run on five scattered hits. Troy Glaus drove in the only Blue Jays run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. The Rockies Legends offense was shut down early in the game, only getting one hit through six innings. In the seventh, Vern Stephens led off with a double and scored on a single by Sal Bando. Jesse Burkett moved him over on a bunt single, before Todd Helton singled to load the bases for Larry Walker who walked in the go-ahead run. Bob O'Farrell would hit into an inning ending double play and the Rockies Legends wouldn't threaten again. The Rockies Legends won 2-1.

San Francisco Giants Legends @ New York Mets (Make-Up)

Carl Hubbell had a great game against the Mets, striking out ten and giving up just two hits and one walk. Jose Reyes walked and stole second off Hubbell in the sixth, but went no further than that. Steve Trachsel didn't have the same fortune against the powerful Giants Legends' lineup. Willie Mays hit a long two-run homerun into center field, striking the Home Run Apple. He would hit another long drive just off the top of the wall for a two-run double in the eighth. Buck Ewing also drove in one run in the ninth with a seeing-eye single between the first and second basemen. The Giants Legends won 5-0.


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