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April 28, 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. Here are the recaps for today's games:

Kansas City Royals Legends @ Baltimore Orioles

Bret Saberhagen pitched a strong eight innings for the Royals Legends, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out six. Brian Roberts scored the only run for the Orioles when he scored on a Melvin Mora single. Rafael Palmeiro provided Saberhagen with some early run support when he hit a two-run homerun in the first inning. Enos Slaughter would add some cushion in the fifth with a two-run double. Dan Quisenberry came in to close out the game and sat down the Orioles in order as the Royals Legends won 4-1.

Los Angeles Angels Legends @ Boston Red Sox

Tim Wakefield's knuckleball baffled the Angels Legends, holding them to three weak singles through seven innings. In the eighth, Rod Carew led off with a walk, stole second and third and was driven in on a Vladimir Guerrero double down the line. Orel Hershiser was just as effective, holding the Red Sox to five hits and no runs through eight innings. Francisco Rodriguez game in to close out the game, but struggled, giving up a leadoff double to Kevin Youkilis, followed by a single to put runners on the corners with no outs. Rodriguez walked Mike Lowell to load the bases and gave up a game-tying single to Mark Loretta. Troy Percival came in to hold on to the tie. Percival came in and struck out Trot Nixon and forced a pop up by Willie Mo Pena. Almost out of the hole, Coco Crisp came up to the plate and laced a single past Davy Lopes for the game-winning hit. The Red Sox won 2-1.

Minnesota Twins Legends @ Chicago White Sox

Jim Perry struggled against the White Sox, giving up five runs through seven innings. Jermaine Dye drove in two runs on an RBI double in the first and Paul Konerko drove in three on a three-run shot to left centerfield. Jose Contreras also struggled early, giving up a two-run homerun to Harmon Killebrew in the first inning. Ray Fosse would add another run when he drove in Zack Wheat on an RBI single in the third. Bobby Jenks came in to relieve Contreras in the eighth and held the Twins Legends to one additional run on a Ray Dandridge double. The White Sox won 5-4.

New York Yankees Legends @ Cleveland Indians

CC Sabathia did all he could to try to stop the Yankees Legends dominance in the preseason. He pitched a strong eight innings, holding the powerful Yankees Legends to just two runs. Both runs were scored in the first inning on a Joe Dimaggio double. Dimaggio had Sabathia's number in this game, goingfour-for-four with two doubles; Dimaggio collected four of the Yankees Legends' nine hits. On the offensive, the Indians couldn't figure out Tommy John, who held the Indians hitless through six innings. The Indians didn't get their first hit until Grady Sizemore hit a two-out single up the middle in the seventh. Tommy John would keep them off the scoreboard until the eighth inning when a Victor Martinez' single plated Travis Hafner from second. Mariano Rivera came in to close out the game for the Yankees Legends with a perfect ninth inning. The Yankees Legends won 2-1.

Oakland Athletics Legends @ Detroit Tigers

Justin Verlander and Catfish Hunter faced off in a rubber match, each holding the opposition scoreless through the first seven innings. In the eighth, Mark McGwire got the better of Verlander when he hit a two-run homerun, scoring Rickey Henderson. Henderson reached base four times on two singles and two walks and stole three bases off Verlander. Eddie Collins would also reach base four times on three singles and a double, but was left on base on all four occasions. Reggie Jackson was baffled by Verlander, earning a golden sombrero for striking out four times. The Tigers offense was unable to figure out Hunter, only managing five hits and one run on a Carlos Guillen sacrifice fly in the eighth. Dennis Eckersly closed out the game with a one-two-three ninth. The Athletics Legends won 2-1.

Seattle Mariners Legends @ Houston Astros

Ken Griffey Jr. made his return in a big way against the Astros, hitting two homeruns for a five RBI and making a great catch at the warning track, robbing Mike Lamb of extra bases. In the seventh inning, Griffey Jr. hit his second homerun and was followed by a solo homerun by his father Ken Griffey Sr. The father-son duo embraced one another at home in front of a standing ovation from the Astros' home crowd. Ichiro Suzuki also had a great game, going four-for-four with two stolen bases. Jim Kaat was capable of holding the Astros to just two runs through eight innings. Lance Berkman scored the first run off Kaat with a first inning double. Adam Everett drove in Brad Ausmus in the sixth inning on a single down the line. The Mariners Legends won 6-2.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays Legends @ Kansas City Royals

This game has been postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for May 5th.

Texas Rangers Legends @ Los Angeles Angels

Nolan Ryan shut down the Angels, striking out fifteen and walking three, while holding the Angels to three hits and no runs scored through nine innings. Ivan Rodriguez caught Chone Figgins trying to steal second in the fourth and scored two runs on offense. Will Clark drove in Rodriguez in the second inning on an RBI single and Willie Davis drove him in on an RBI double in the fifth. Alex Rodriguez also had a two-run double, driving in Frank Howard and Buddy Bell in the seventh to add to the Rangers Legends lead. The Rangers Legends won 4-0.

Toronto Blue Jays Legends @ Minnesota Twins

David Stieb had a hard time keeping the Twins off the bases, allowing at least two base runners in each of the first four innings. Fortunately, great plays by Manny Trillo and Joe Carter kept those runners stranded on base. In the sixth inning, Stieb found himself in trouble again, loading the bases for Joe Mauer who hit a bases-clearing double, his fourth of five hits on the game. Justin Morneau would come up and drive in Mauer on a double. Carlos Silva pitched effectively, giving up three runs through eight innings on a Carlos Delgado two-run homerun and a Dave Parker double. Joe Nathan came in to hold off the Blue Jays Legends in the ninth as the Twins won 4-3.

Arizona Diamondbacks Legends @ New York Yankees

Some Yankees fans were glad to see David Cone and Dave Winfield play once again in Yankee Stadium and they did not disappoint. Winfield went three-for-four with an RBI double in the second, while David Cone held the Yankees to just one run on a Jorge Posada homerun in the sixth. Louis Santop provided the Diamondbacks Legends with the go-ahead run with a two-run homerun in the eighth. Gene Garber earned the save, pitching a flawless ninth inning as the Diamondbacks Legends won 3-1.

Atlanta Braves Legends @ Oakland Athletics

Tom Glavine held the Athletics to one run through eight innings on a Jason Kendall single in the fourth. On offense, the Braves Legends couldn't be contained by Esteban Loaiza who let up seven runs through six innings. Chipper Jones broke out with a three-run homerun and an RBI double, while Hank Aaron added two more runs in the seventh on a double in the seventh. Johnny Mize and Billy Herman also got involved in the hit parade, each collected four hits and scoring twice. In the ninth, Steve Bedrosian worked a one-two-three inning to close out the game for Glavine as the Braves Legends won 7-1.

Chicago Cubs Legends @ Seattle Mariners

Jarrod Washburn pitched well against the Cubs Legends giving up two runs on an Ernie Banks homerun in the third. Hack Wilson would be robbed of two RBI when he hit a fly ball to the gap in right centerfield with bases loaded; Carl Everett chased down the fly and caught it on a diving effort. Mordecai Brown pitched a great game against the Mariners, pitching a perfect five innings before walking Jose Lopez in the sixth. Brown would hold onto his no-hitter until two outs in the eighth inning when Adrian Beltre lined a single up the middle, but was left stranded on first. Lee Smith relieved Brown in the ninth and set down the Mariners in order as the Cubs Legends won 2-0.

Cincinnati Reds Legends @ Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Johnny Bench had his break out game against the Devil Rays, going four-for-four with a two-run homerun and two RBI doubles. Pete Rose also collected four hits and scored twice. Amos Rusie had trouble with his control, walking five batters, but it caused the batters to fear his fastball leading to nine strikeouts, minimizing the damage. Carl Crawford reached base three times with two walks and a single and stole two bases off Rusie. Julio Lugo drove in Crawford in the fifth for the Devil Rays' only run of the game. The Reds Legends won 4-1.

Colorado Rockies Legends @ Texas Rangers

Bucky Walters and Vincente Padilla struggled to keep runners off the bases. Walters gave up ten hits and three walks, good for five runs. Ian Kinsler and Michael Young combined for all five runs off Walters with Kinsler driving in three on two doubles and Young hitting a two-run homerun in the sixth. Padilla allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks, including a Larry Walker homerun and Todd Helton double, driving in a combined three runs. Vern Stephens would drive in the fourth run on an RBI single driving in Jesse Burkett. The Rangers won 5-4.

Florida Marlins Legends @ Toronto Blue Jays

Mike Scioscia and Tim Raines carried the Marlins Legends over the Blue Jays. Scioscia drove in two runs on a double in the second inning and threw out Vernon Wells trying to steal second in the fifth. Tim Raines drove in three runs on a solo homerun in the third and a two run double in the eighth. Urban Shocker pitched effectively against the Blue Jays, holding them to two runs through eight innings. Troy Glaus hit a two-run homerun off Shocker in the fifth for the Blue Jays' only runs of the game as the Marlins Legends won 5-2.

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