April 27, 2006

The preseason Barnstorming tour continues as 15 of the 16
National League teams host legendary teams; Houston Astros will play on the
American League schedule. The legendary rosters will be traveling to visit all
of the Major League teams and play against their current rosters. The MLB
Tonight recaps for today's games are:

Los Angeles Dodgers Legends@ Arizona Diamondbacks

The Dodgers Legends were all over Miguel Batista of the
Diamondbacks. Batista gave up six runs on thirteen hits through six innings.
Jackie Robinson and Willie Keeler flashed their speed, each stealing two bases
and scoring one run. Duke Snider and Cristobal Torriente provided a surge of
power, each launching deep two-run homeruns. Steve Garvey and Roy Campanelle
drove in three runs between them as each player collected a pair of doubles.
Don Drysdale pitched effectively, giving up two runs through eight innings.
Chad Tracy lifted a two-run homerun to left field in the fourth to score the
Diamondbacks only runs. The Dodgers Legends won 7-2.

Milwaukee Brewers Legends @ Atlanta Braves

This game belonged to the left side of the Brewers Legends'
infield, as Robin Yount and Eddie Mathews stole the show. Yount hit his first
homerun of the preseason, driving in three runs, while Mathews launched two
long balls, driving in five runs on the day. Yount also flashed his glove in
the fourth inning. Yount tracked down a grounder to the right side of second
base, scooped it and flipped it behind his back to Red Schoendienst to begin a
beautiful 6-4-3 double play. Burleigh Grimes held the Braves to four runs,
three of which came off a first inning homerun by Andruw Jones. The Brewers
Legends won 8-4.

New York Mets Legends @ Chicago Cubs

Dwight Gooden pitched masterfully against the Cubs, giving
up one run through eight innings while striking out ten. He allowed just one
base runner through the first six innings of the game. In the seventh, Ronny
Cedeno led off with a walk and later scored on a Michael Barrett double for the
only run scored off Gooden. On the offense, Jeff Kent provided Gooden with a small
cushion early when he hit a two-run double in the first. The Mets Legends would
only score one additional run off Glendon Rusch on a Keith Hernandez single,
scoring Monte Irvin in the seventh. The Mets Legends won 3-1.

Philadelphia Phillies Legends @ Cincinnati Reds

The offensive surge for these teams created havoc for the
men on the mound. Jack Coombs of the Phillies Legends got hit hard, giving up
six runs through seven innings. Adam Dunn hit two homeruns off him, driving in
four of the six runs, while Austin Kearnes and Edwin Encarnacion each had an
RBI double. Eric Milton of the Reds also struggled, giving up a big three-run
homerun to Sadaharu Oh and a two-run blast by Mike Schmidt. Al Simmons and
Billy Hamilton each collected five hits and stole a combined five bases,
scoring three times between them. Hughie Jennings put the Phillies Legends
ahead with a bases clearing triple in the eighth and Tug McGraw came in to
secure the one-run lead for the Phillies Legends as they won 7-6.

Pittsburgh Pirates Legends @ Colorado Rockies

Cool Papa Bell looked like a man on a mission against the
Rockies. Bell went five-for-five and scored four runs for the Pirates Legends
while stealing four bases off Aaron Cook. Willie Stargell broke out of his
slump, driving in Bell three times and collected an additional two RBI on a
three-run homerun in the third. Honus Wagner also continued his hitting spree,
collected four hits and scoring on a Roberto Clemente triple in the seventh.
Wilbur Cooper held the Rockies scoreless through nine innings, allowing just
four base runners throughout the game, only one reaching second base as the
Pirates Legends went on to win 6-0.

San Diego Padres Legends @ Florida Marlins

Jason Giambi hit a long homerun off Sergio Mitre in the
second inning to give the Padres Legends an early two-run lead. That two-run
lead would prove to be all that Mickey Lolich needed as he gave up just one run
through eight innings on a Miguel Cabrera homerun in the seventh. Lolich
started the ninth inning, but got into early trouble walking Dan Uggla and
giving up a double to Cabrera with no outs. Trevor Hoffman came in to relieve
Lolich with a man on second and third and no outs. Hoffman struck out Josh
Willingham for the first out and forced Mike Jacobs to pop up to Giambi at
first. Miguel Olivo came to bat and worked the count full. Hoffman reared back
and threw a perfect strike to Olivo. Olivo swung and hit a screamer up the
middle. Gary Tempelton, holding the runner close to second, was in perfect
position to reach out and grab the line drive for the final out of the game,
giving the Padres Legends the win 2-1.

San Francisco Giants Legends @ Los Angeles Dodgers

The rivalry between the Giants and Dodgers flared as
legendary Giants manager, John McGraw, started for the Giants Legends at third
base. McGraw started a rally in the third inning when he led off with a double
down the line. He would be driven in by a Mel Ott homerun and Willie McCovey
followed with a solo homerun of his own. Juan Marichal pitched a gem, holding
the Dodgers hitless through six innings, before Rafael Furcal snuck a single
through the infield. Furcal would get doubled up at second on the next play. In
the eighth, John McGraw robbed James Loney of a single as he barehanded a slow
roller up the third baseline and fired it to Willie McCovey at first for the
out. The Giants Legends won 3-0.

St. Louis Cardinals Legends @ Milwaukee Brewers

The Cardinals Legends came out of the gates swinging away,
Enos Slaughter hit two early homeruns, driving in four RBI, while Roger Connor
hit a three-run homerun in the second. Stan Musial went five-for-five with an
RBI single in the first. Elston Howard threw out two runners Brewers' players
trying to steal off him and Ozzie Smith turned another beautiful double play.
Unfortunately, Lon Warneke struggled to keep the early lead, giving up a grand
slam to Prince Fielder in the fourth and scattered three more runs through the
fifth and sixth. In the seventh inning, Carlos Lee hit an RBI double, driving
in Rickie Weeks for the tying run. After getting moved to third on back-to-back
flyouts, Lee scored on an RBI single by Damian Miller to give the Brewers the
lead. Bruce Sutter came in to end the inning for Warneke and pitched a
scoreless eighth. Derek Turnbow of the Brewers was able to hold the Cardinals
Legends to just two hits and no runs through two innings to give the Brewers
their first win of the preseason 9-8.

Washington Nationals Legends @ New York Mets

The Mets held the Nationals Legends to four scattered hits,
good for one run on a Gary Carter homerun. Carter was welcomed with a huge
ovation as the hometown Mets celebrated his role in the Mets most recent World
Series Championship in 1986, where Carter scored the tying run in the pivotal
Game 6 of that Series, which ended on the famed Bill Buckner error. Gil Hodges
had two doubles, but was unable to advance past second. The Mets were able to
put together an early rally, scoring two in the first inning on a David Wright
single and a Carlos Beltran homerun. Coveleski would keep the Mets off the
bases for the remainder of the game, but the early runs were all the Mets
needed as they won 2-1.

Baltimore Orioles Legends @ Philadelphia Phillies

Eric Davis got the Orioles Legends started with an RBI
double in the second. Eddie Murray hit a two-run homerun in the fourth and
Albert Belle hit a two-run double in the sixth. Leon Day did a good job keeping
the ball low leading to Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. commanding the left
side of the infield, combining for twelve putouts and three double plays
throughout the game. Day's only mistake came in the eighth inning when he let
up a three-run double to Ryan Howard. After his double, Randy Myers came in to
close out the game getting the final five outs in order. The Orioles Legends
won 5-3.

Boston Red Sox Legends @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Jimmie Foxx broke out against the Pirates, driving in four
runs on three hits including a three-run homerun in the third. Ted Williams
scored three runs as he went four-for-four with a walk and one RBI. Luis Tiant
and Carlton Fisk did a good job connecting with one another as they effectively
held the Pirates to two hits. Tiant was on point and hit all of the spots that
Fisk called for. The Red Sox Legends won the game 6-0.

Chicago White Sox Legends @ San Diego Padres

Chris Young stopped the White Sox Legends in their tracks,
holding them to three hits through the first six innings. Joe Jackson was the
only player that Young had trouble figuring out, going three-for-four off Young
and stealing twice, but getting no further than second. In the seventh inning,
the White Sox Legends were able to scratch out a run off Young with leadoff
single by Luke Appling, followed by a double by Joe Jackson and a sacrifice fly
by Frank Thomas, before Young got out of the jam with no further damage. Scott
Linebrink came in to close out the ninth for Young and held the White Sox
Legends scoreless. On the offensive, the Padres were baffled by Al Spalding
through seven innings, only mustering four scattered hits. In the ninth, Doug
Mirabelli led off with a double, followed by a single by Mike Cameron and a
game tying double by Adrian Gonzalez. With runners on second and third with one
out, Keith Foulke came in to get the White Sox Legends out of the jam. After a
quick strikeout to Vinny Castilla, Khalil Green came to the plate. Foulke got
ahead in the count with two quick strikes. Green watched the next pitch sail
high for ball one, then fouled off a pitch at the letters before connecting on
a fastball low and away. The ball sailed just over the glove of Nellie Fox,
driving in Mike Cameron for the walk-off win. The Padres won 2-1.

Cleveland Indians Legends @ San Francisco Giants

Thurman Munson had a big game against the Giants, going
three-for-five with a homerun and three RBI. Nap Lajoie was driven in by Munson
twice as he went five-for-five with two stolen bases and three runs scored.
Manny Ramirez drove in Lajoie for his third run scored when he hit a two-run
homerun in the eighth inning. Wes Ferrell struggled against the Giants lineup,
who suffered from the loss of Ray Durham in the fifth inning. Durham left the
game with a strained left hamstring after coming up limping after digging out
an infield single. Before he left the game, Durham drove in two runs on a first
inning double and scored on a Randy Winn single. That would be the only runs
the Giants would score as Ferrell settled down.  The Indians Legends won 5-3.

Detroit Tigers Legends @ St. Louis Cardinals

Ty Cobb kept the Cardinals on their toes, reaching base in
all five plate appearances and stealing three bases. Cobb's team mates were only
able to drive him in once when Alan Trammell plated him on a fielder's choice
in the fifth. Hal Newhouser pitched well for the Tigers Legends through eight
innings, holding the Cardinals to one run on a Scott Rolen double. With the
score tied, Jeff Brantley came in to relieve Newhouser. After giving up a
leadoff walk to David Eckstein, Junior Spivey moved him to third on a single.
Albert Pujols came to the plate with the winning run on third. Pujols hit a fly
ball to Ty Cobb in centerfield. Cobb caught the ball and threw it in to second
basemen Charlie Gehringer as Eckstein tagged up from third. Gehringer turned
and fired a perfect strike to Mickey Cochrane at home. Cochrane caught the
ball, swiped down at the sliding Eckstein to place the tag on his thigh. The
home plate umpire saw Eckstein's foot cross just ahead of the tag for the
winning run. The Cardinals won 2-1.

Houston Astros Legends @ Washington Nationals

Eddie Cicotte pitched well against the Nationals, holding
them scoreless through eight innings. The Astros Legends offense stalled as
they only scored one run off Tony Armas Jr. through the first seven innings of
the game on a Tony Pena single in the fourth. Armas Jr. was aided by a big
double play turned by Christian Guzman to end a bases-loaded threat in the
seventh and keeping the Nationals in the game. Billy Wagner came in to close
out the game with a two-inning effort. After a scoreless eighth, Wagner gave up
a leadoff double to Alfonso Soriano in the ninth, but the Nationals left him
stranded on second. The Astros Legends won 1-0.


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