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May 4, 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:

New York Yankees Legends @ Baltimore Orioles

Tommy John dominated the Orioles, striking out eight batters and giving up just one hit and no runs through nine innings. Lou Gehrig got the Yankees Legends on the board early with an RBI double in the first scoring Joe Dimaggio, who went five-for-five with two runs scored, from first. Bil Dickey and Mickey Mantle would add RBI singles in the fourth inning, while Babe Ruth launched a two-run homerun in the sixth. The Yankees Legends won 5-0.

Oakland Athletics Legends @ Boston Red Sox

Catfish Hunter blew the Red Sox away with seven strikeouts through nine innings, giving up just one run on a solo homerun by Jason Varitek in the seventh. Reggie Jackson and Rickey Henderson provided more than enough offense for Hunter as they both collected four hits off Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox. Jackson hit a long homerun in the first inning, a three-run shot to centerfield. Henderson drove in two runs and scored twice while stealing three bases off the knuckleballer. Eddie Collins turned a brilliant double play diving for a grounder up the middle that he promptly flipped to Bert Campaneris who fired it to Mark McGwire to just beat out the speedy Coco Crisp. The Athletics Legends went on to win 6-1.

Seattle Mariners Legends @ Chicago White Sox

Jim Kaat brought his A-game against the White Sox as he shut them out with nine strikeouts through eight innings. Javier Vazquez was just as dominant striking out six and holding the Mariners Legends to just one run through eight. The lone run was scored in the sixth when Ichiro Suzuki led off with a single, got moved over to third on a throwing error by Juan Uribe trying to turn two. Suzuki would score on a sacrifice fly by Ken Griffey Sr. In the ninth, Paul Konerko collected his fourth hit off of Kaat to lead off the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Juan Uribe would move him over to second, putting him in scoring position for AJ Pierzynski. Pierzynski worked the count full before Kaat threw an inside fastball that Pierzynski turned on and launched over the wall in left field for a walk-off two-run homerun. The White Sox won 2-1.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays Legends @ Cleveland Indians

Tim Keefe and CC Sabathia got into a pitching duel in Cleveland as both pitchers held the opposition scoreless through eight innings. Keefe used groundballs and fly outs to get the Indians out while Sabathia primarily used the strikeout as he struck out twelve batters. In the ninth inning, Sabathia got into a jam when he hit Bernie Williams with a pitch, walked Pop Lloyd, and gave up a single to Fred McGriff to start off the inning. He was able to strike out Al Lopez for the first out. Wade Boggs came up to the plate and hit a slow roller to third baseman Aaron Boone, who was playing in. Boone charged the ball hard and threw it home for the second out of the inning. Victor Martinez threw it low to first, but Ben Brousard was unable to scoop it as it bounced off his chest. Pop Lloyd saw the ball hit off Broussard???s chest and roll away from him towards the pitcher???s mound. Lloyd took off for home on a mad dash; Broussard charged after the rolling ball, barehanded it and threw a dart to Martinez. Martinez turned to apply the tag on Lloyd. Lloyd, with a swim maneuver as he slid, was able to avoid the tag as his foot slid across home plate and the umpire called him safe. The Devil Rays Legends won 1-0.

Texas Rangers Legends @ Detroit Tigers

Nolan Ryan and the Rangers Legends showed no mercy against the Tigers. Ryan struck out fifteen while allowing just two hits and no runs through eight innings before John Wetteland closed out the ninth allowing one more hit. The Rangers Legends??? outfield put on a power show as Frank Howard, Willie Davis, and Ross Youngs each hit homeruns. Nate Robertson was chased from the game in the fifth after giving up his third homerun of the game, second that inning as Davis and Howard hit back-to-back homeruns. The Rangers Legends won 5-0.

Toronto Blue Jays Legends @ Houston Astros

Dave Stieb pitched a great game against the Astros. He held the Astros to just three hits, two by Lance Berkman, while striking out seven in a complete game shutout effort. Brandon Backe 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 Legends scoreless through the remainder of the game. The Blue Jays Legends won 2-0.

Arizona Diamondbacks Legends @ Kansas City Royals

David Cone had a big game for the Diamondbacks Legends, pitching a three-hit shutout. Roberto Alomar preserved Cone???s shutout when he made a diving stop that he turned for a double play in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Joe Mays struggled to keep the ball inside the park as he let up two huge homeruns to Oscar Charleston and another homerun to Turkey Stearnes. In all the Diamondbacks Legends scored six runs off the long ball in their 6-0 victory.

Atlanta Braves Legends @ Los Angeles Angels

Tom Glavine pitched well against the Angels, giving up just four hits and one run through eight innings. Chone Figgins produced the only run for the Angels 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 Darin Erstad. John Smoltz closed out the game by striking out the side in the ninth inning. Kelvim Escobar gave up three runs through seven innings on a three-run Hank Aaron homerun. The Braves Legends won 3-1.

Chicago Cubs Legends @ Minnesota Twins

Mordecai Brown gave up just one run through eight innings on five hits and one walk. Joe Mauer scored the only run for the Twins in the fourth when Justin Morneau drove him in on a bloop single to shallow right field. Ryne Sandberg and Gabby Hartnett each went four-for-four with one run scored. Both of them scored in the sixth when Hack Wilson hit a three-run homerun to deep left-centerfield. Wilson???s blow would be the only runs scored off Carlos Silva of the Twins. The Cubs Legends won 3-1.

Cincinnati Reds Legends @ New York Yankees

Amos Rusie had a grand outing against the Yankees, striking out nine and giving up just one run through nine innings. The Yankees pushed across a run in the first inning when Miguel Cairo led off with a double, got moved to third on a fielder???s choice and scored on a sacrifice fly by Robinson Cano. After the first inning, only one other batter reached base for the remainder of the game when Jorge Posada worked a walk in the sixth. The offense for the Reds Legends wasn???t as spectacular as Rusie, only scoring two runs off Chien-Ming Wang, one on an error by Kelly Stinnett that allowed Joe Morgan to score from second on a grounder through Stinnett???s legs. The other run was scored on a Johnny Bench double down the line, driving in Pete Rose from first. The Reds Legends won 2-1.

Colorado Rockies Legends @ Oakland Athletics

Esteban Loaiza had a rough outing against the Rockies Legends, letting up five runs through seven innings before leaving the game with a strained muscle on the left shoulder. Larry Walker connected for a three-run homerun in the third inning, while Vern Stephens drove in two on a bases-loaded double in the fifth. Jay Payton provided the only runs for the Athletics when he hit a two-run homerun in the seventh. The Rockies Legends won 5-2.

Florida Marlins Legends @ Seattle Mariners

Jarrod Washburn got knocked around against the Marlins Legends, giving up six runs on three homeruns through six innings. Tim Raines connected for two of those homeruns with a two-run homerun in the first and a solo homerun in the fourth. Moises Alou chased Washburn from the game when he hit a two-run homerun in the sixth. Urban Shocker was able to capitalize on the run support as he pitched a strong eight innings, giving up just two runs. Shocker left a pitch out over the plate for Adrian Beltre and he launched it into the stands for a two-run homerun in the fifth. The Marlins Legends won 6-2.

Los Angeles Dodgers Legends @ Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Mark Hendrickson of the Devil Rays could not keep Jackie Robinson off the bases, which cost him. Robinson went two-for-three with two walks, three runs scored and three stolen bases. Duke Snider and Roy Campanella provided the power, each hitting two-run homeruns. Don Drysdale racked up the strikeouts against the Devil Rays, striking out ten on his way to a complete game shutout. The Dodgers Legends won 5-0.

Milwaukee Brewers Legends @ Texas Rangers

Burleigh Grimes and Vincente Padilla matched one another through six innings, each giving up one run. In the seventh, Eddie Mathews of the Brewers Legends led off with a double and was bunted over to third by Bobby Murcer. Robin Yount came to the plate and laced a single up the middle to score Mathews from third and give the Brewers Legends the lead. Grimes would hold on to that lead through the sixth and Rollie Fingers came in to pitch a one-two-three ninth for the save. The Brewers Legends won 2-1.

New York Mets Legends @ Toronto Blue Jays

Ted Lilly had his hands full with the Mets Legends??? lineup. He had a rocky first inning which included a two-run homerun by Mike Piazza, but was able to settle down from there. Lilly would go on to allow just one more run, a solo homerun to Keith Hernandez, through eight innings. Monte Irvin collected three singles, but was left stranded on base each time. Dwight Gooden of the Mets Legends was lights out, giving up just one run through eight innings on four hits and two walks while striking out ten. John Franco came in to close out the ninth for the save. The Mets Legends won 3-1.

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