April 30, 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 between the New York Mets Legends v. Atlanta Braves will be played today. Here are the recaps for today's games:


Los Angeles Angels Legends @ Baltimore Orioles

The Angels Legends crushed the Orioles and starter Rodrigo Lopez smashing 23 hits along the way. The offensive barrage was led by Vladimir Guerrero who hit two homeruns and piling
up seven RBI. Rod Carew added a five-for-five performance while driving in four
runs and score three times. Bobby Schantz picked up the easy win by tossing eight
innings of one-run ball. The Angels Legends won 16-1.

Minnesota Twins Legends @ Boston Red Sox

The Twins Legends won a close one, just edging out Josh Beckett who was great all game only giving up four hits but those four hits resulted in three runs, including a two-run homerun by
Chuck Knoblauch. The go-ahead run was scored in the eighth after a walk to Zack
Wheat followed by an RBI triple by Kirby Puckett. Bert Blyleven held onto the
lead into the ninth when he gave way to Jeff Reardon for the save. The Twins
Legends won 3-2.

New York Yankees Legends @ Chicago White Sox

This game only went six innings due to rain showers throughout as the Yankees Legends got the rain shortened victory behind Whitey Ford's six one-hit innings. The Lone run of the
game came off a towering Babe Ruth homerun in the fifth. The Yankees Legends
won 1-0.

Oakland Athletics Legends @ Cleveland Indians

Jason Davis struggled early, giving up ten runs through three innings. The scoring came off a lead-off home run by Ricky Henderson followed by two-run blasts by Reggie Jackson and
Mark McGwire. Eddie Collins also hit Davis hard, going three-for-three off him
with two stolen bases and three runs scored. Willie McGee drove in the final
runs for the Athletics Legends with a two-run double in the third. Lefty Grove
pitched relaxed with the lead, giving up seven hits through eight innings, but
giving up no runs as the Athletics Legends won 10-0.

Seattle Mariners Legends @ Detroit Tigers

This was a well-pitched game by both Kenny Rogers and Bob Welch. Each pitched eight strong innings. The Mariners took the lead in the fifth after an infield single by Ichiro Suzuki followed
by a Ken Griffey Jr. double. Welch handed the ball off to Todd Worrell with a
two-run lead in the ninth. Worrell got into some early trouble, giving up
back-to-back doubles before settling down and getting out of the jam. The
Mariners Legends won 4-3.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays Legends @ Houston Astros

Roy Oswalt dominated the Devil Rays Legends lineup with a complete game five hitter while striking out eight batters. The Devil Rays Legends could only muster two runs off Oswalt on a Wade Boggs double. Ron Guidry pitched a solid eight innings, giving up two runs and
striking out six. The offense for the Astros was led by Lance Berkman who went two-for-four
with a three-run homerun in the ninth off Mark Davis. The Astros won 5-2.

Texas Rangers Legends @ Kansas City Royals

This game has been postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for May 1st.


Toronto Blue Jays Legends @ Los Angeles Angels

Roger Clemens blew away the Angels looking to be in CY Young form as he threw a complete game shutout while striking out seventeen.  The Rocket was supported on offense by a two-run
double by Carlos Delgado. The Blue Jays Legends won 2-0.

Arizona Diamondbacks Legends @ Minnesota Twins

In a great matchup of lefties Randy Johnson held off the Twins and Johan Santana. Johnson went eight scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts, while Johan was nearly as good by giving
up one run through eight innings and striking out 12.  The only run was an
unearned run in the third inning when infielder Luis Castillo could not handle
a grounder up the middle which allowed Luis Gonzalez to score with two outs.
Castillo's error would prove to be the difference in the close matchup as the
Diamondbacks Legends won 1-0.

Atlanta Braves Legends @ New York Yankees

Greg Maddux was dominant against the Yankees, throwing a 92 pitch complete game with seven strikeouts and no walks.  Mike Mussina also looked good tossing eight innings but was
hurt by a three-run homer by Chipper Jones in the fifth that ended up being all
the runs Maddux would need to secure the win as the Braves Legends won 3-0.

Chicago Cubs Legends @ Oakland Athletics

This game went scoreless into the 8th until Ernie Banks broke the tie on a solo homerun off a hanging breaking ball from Barry Zito. This would provide the only run that Grover
Alexander needed for the win. Alexander pitched a complete game shutout with
seven strikeouts, while Zito struck out eight and allowed the one run through
eight. The Cubs Legends won 1-0.

Cincinnati Reds Legends @ Seattle Mariners

Dazzy Vance pitched a strong nine innings, giving up just one run and striking out eight. Vance was supported by four runs in the second and three in the fourth, powered by a
three-run homerun by Johnny Bench and a two-run shot from Joe Morgan.  Morgan
would also steal two bases off Jamie Moyer in this game, leading to three runs
scored in the game. The Reds Legends won 9-1.

Colorado Rockies Legends @ Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Denny McClain cruised through the Devil Rays, keeping them
scoreless through six innings. They were able to work a run at the hands of
Carl Crawford, who walked and stole two bases before scoring on a
seeing-eye-single through the middle. The Rockies Legends struggled at the
plate against Scott Kazmir, who pitched eight scoreless innings. In the ninth
inning, Kazmir got into trouble putting runners on the corners with one out.
Kazmir walked Larry Walker to load the bases, before Chad Orvella came in to
relieve him. With the Devil Rays up by one and bases loaded, Orvella faced Todd
Helton. Helton worked the count full, but watched a breaking ball cross the plate
for strike three. Bob O'Farrell came in for the Rockies Legends final hope.
Orvella fell behind 2-0 before O'Farrell hit a weak grounder to first base for
the final out of the game as the Devil Rays won 1-0.


Florida Marlins Legends @ Texas Rangers

Vida Blue and Kevin Millwood locked up in a rubber match as
they held the opposition to one run through eight innings. Blue let up a solo
homerun to Mark Teixeira in the fourth and Millwood let up an RBI double to Tim
Raines in the sixth. In the bottom of the ninth, Maury Wills led off with a
single and stole second on the next pitch. Terry Pendleton bunted him over to
third for the first out. Max Carey popped up to first base, bringing up Dick
McAuliffe. McAuliffe worked the count full by fouling off three close pitches
before lacing a single down the line to drive in Wills from third. The Marlins
Legends won 2-1.


Los Angeles Dodgers Legends @ Toronto Blue Jays

In a classic pitcher's duel this game was played in one hour and 45 minutes with both Sandy Koufax and Roy Halladay going the distance. The score remained tied at zero through the
first six innings, with only four base runners allowed between the two pitchers. In the seventh, Halladay Jackie Robinson created a run when he hit a leadoff single, then stealing second and third base before being driven in by a Duke Snider sac fly. The Dodgers Legends would not have another base runner for the remainder of the game, unfortunately for Halladay and the Blue Jays, neither would they. Koufax would end the game with twelve strikeouts. The Dodgers Legends won 1-0.

New York Mets Legends @ Atlanta Braves (Make-Up)

Tom Seaver was in typical form hurling a complete game shutout while piling up 13 strikeouts and no walks. Tim Hudson also pitched well, giving up just two runs on six hits through eight innings. Hudson would only make one mistake throughout the game,but it cost him the win. In the sixth, Hudson left a 2-0 pitch out over the plate for Keith Hernandez. Hernandez turned on the ball and laced a two-run single into right field. The Mets Legends won 2-0.


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