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May 10, 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

Tampa Bay Devil Rays Legends @ Baltimore Orioles

Ron Guidry had a performance to forget, allowing three runs in the first, one in the second, and one in the fourth inning, to put the Devil Rays Legends in a 5-0 hole at the end of the fifth inning. The score held up until the eighth inning when the Devil Rays Legends caught fire. Pop Lloyd started the eighth inning with a leadoff double and then Harry Heilmnn drove him in with a single. With one out, Wade Boggs hit a soaring two-run homerun to cut the lead to 5-3. In the top of the ninth inning, the Devil Rays Legends did it again. Al Lopez and Jimmy Sheckard reached base setting up a three-run Bernie Williams homerun to save the game for the Devil Rays Legends. Mark Davis shut down the Orioles in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win. The Devil Rays Legends won 6-5.

Texas Rangers Legends @ Boston Red Sox

In a tough pitching duel, both teams had to deal with rainy weather. Nolan Ryan went eight innings, striking out eleven and not allowing a single run. The Rangers Legends' bats started hot but cooled off quickly. After an Ivan Rodriguez single, Alex Rodriguez drove in Ivan with a triple in the third inning. With two outs Frank Howard doubled to drive in Alex Rodriguez. However, the Rangers Legends didn't score another run the rest of the game. Fortunately, the superb pitching performance of Nolan Ryan allowed the Rangers Legends to pull out the victory. The Rangers Legends won 2-1.

Toronto Blue Jays Legends @ Chicago White Sox

The Blue Jays Legends got to Jose Conteras early and often on this afternoon. Conteras allowed four runs through four innings before being pulled from the game due to a pinched nerve in his right leg. Joe Carter and Carlos Delgado both hit two-run homeruns off Conteras and Delgado finished the game with a second homerun when he hit a solo shot off the White Sox reliever Neal Cotts. The Blue Jays Legends won 7-1.

Arizona Diamondbacks Legends @ Cleveland Indians

The Diamondbacks Legends and the Indians played one of most exciting games of the preseason thus far. Both teams had great pitching performances in the beginning. Both pitchers matched on another for six innings without giving up a run. However, in the seventh inning, off the bat of Roberto Alomar, who hit a bases clearing triple to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. Oscar Charleston increased that lead when he hit a two-run homerun, scoring Dave Winfield. In the bottom half of the inning Grady Sizemore singled in two runs to cut the lead to 5-2. In the bottom of the ninth Sizemore struck again, hitting an unlikely three-run homerun to tie the game at 5 off Gregg Olson. However in the top of the ninth, the Diamondbacks Legends rallied to score four runs in as they won 9-5.

Atlanta Braves Legends @ Detroit Tigers

The Braves Legends and the Tigers dueled behind great pitching performances by both teams. Tom Glavine pitched eight innings and allowed just one run in the second inning. Glavine settled down after that and struck out nine Tigers. Justin Verlander also went strong, striking out seven Braves Legends and allowing only one run himself. However, in the ninth inning, when both starters left the game, Billy Herman  hit a two run single to give the Braves Legends a 3-1 lead.  Chipper Jones then helped solidify the win with a two-run homerun scoring Hank Aaron, who went two-for-three with a double and a run scored, to give the Braves a 5-1 lead and ultimately the win. Johnny Mize also went two-for-four with a double and a run scored in the eighth. The Braves Legends won 5-1.

Chicago Cubs Legends @ Houston Astros

The Chicago Cubs Legends were all over Wandy Rodriguez early on this afternoon. Rodr??guez allowed seven runs through seven innings. Mordecai Brown pitched a phenomenal game for the Cubs Legends, going eight strong and allowing one earned run in the first. Sammy Sosa and Ernie Banks both hit solo homeruns off Wandy and Hack Wilson was the one to blow open the game in the fifth when he hit a bases clearing double to deep center field off to give the Cubs Legends a 7-1 lead. The Cubs Legends won 9-3.

Cincinnati Reds Legends @ Kansas City Royals

The Reds Legends were in a tight one with the Royals this afternoon. Joe Mays of the Royals allowed three runs while Amos Rusie allowed just two. Rusie also struck out 10 in eight innings for the Reds Legends. Joe Morgan led the way offensively for the Reds Legends, picking up three RBI in the win. Morgan had two doubles while Pete Rose also singled in a run and Sam Crawford hit a double in the seventh to give the Reds a two run lead.  The Reds Legends won 5-4

Colorado Rockies Legends @ Los Angeles Angels

The Colorado Rockies Legends and the Los Angeles Angels were scoreless all the way until the eighth inning this evening. Bucky Walters allowed no runs for the Rockies Legends in seven innings and Kelvim Escobar also pitched scoreless baseball for seven innings.  Larry Walker hit a go-ahead single in the eighth to give the Rockies Legends a 1-0 lead and Sal Bando drove in Bobby Lowe with a double in the ninth. The Angels scored one run in the ninth, however Al Holland settled down to record the save. The Rockies Legends won 2-1.

Florida Marlins Legends @ Minnesota Twins

Offensively both teams struggled to put runs on the board. Joe Mauer however was a bright spot for the Twins this afternoon as he went three-for-four with a walk, single and double while driving in two key runs in the eighth inning. Urban Shocker threw seven strong innings, only allowing one run on four hits; however it was Jeff Shaw who couldn't hold onto the lead when he gave up two runs in the eighth. Tim Raines did his best to keep the Marlins Legends in it when he hit a two-run homerun in the ninth to cut the lead to one, but Joe Nathan didn't allow any more runs to score. The Twins won 3-2.

Los Angeles Dodgers Legends @ New York Yankees

Chien-Ming Wang and the Yankees struggled against the Dodgers Legends. Wang pitched poorly in this one, allowing six earned runs through six innings. Duke Snider took full advantage of Wang's rough outing by going three-for-four with four RBI and a two-run homerun in the fifth inning to put the Dodgers Legends on top. Roy Campanella followed Snider's homerun with a solo homerun to give the Dodgers Legends a 3-0 lead. The Dodgers Legends won 5-1.

Milwaukee Brewers Legends @ Oakland Athletics

Burleigh Grimes went eight innings, striking out six and allowed just one run. The Brewers Legends' jumped out to an early lead with an Eddie Mathews double in the first. In the third inning Paul Molitor hit a two-run double driving in Ted Simmons and Robin Yount. However, the Brewers didn't score another run the rest of the game. Rollie Fingers was able to hold the Athletics scoreless in the ninth to earn the save. The Brewers Legends won 3-1.

New York Mets Legends @ Seattle Mariners

Dwight Gooden pitched phenomenal as he went eight innings and didn't allow a single run. Gooden also struck out nine Mariners and only allowed two hits in this contest. Mike Piazza had a huge day at the plate as he went four-for-six, with a three-run homerun in the fourth inning. Piazza finished the game with six RBI. The Mets Legends scored a preseason high seven runs in the first inning and recorded 13 runs in the first six innings of the ball game. Roger McDowell pitched a scoreless ninth inning to secure the win. The Mets Legends won 14-2.

Philadelphia Phillies Legends @ Tampa Bay Devil Rays

The Phillies Legends and the Devil Rays played a close one in Tampa Bay. Carl Crawford led the way offensively for the Devil Rays as he recorded three hits and three stolen bases. However, it was Mike Schimdt who saved the day for Jack Coombs and the Phillies Legends. Coombs pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. However, as he was in line for the loss, Mike Schmidt hit a soaring two-run homerun in the top of the seventh inning to put the Phillies Legends up 3-2. Schmidt finished the day with two RBI and two hits as the Phillies Legends escaped a scare. Tug McGraw pitched a flawless eighth and ninth inning to earn the save. The Phillies Legends won 4-2.

Pittsburgh Pirates Legends @ Texas Rangers

Vincente Padilla held his own against the powerful Pirates Legends, giving up just three runs through seven innings. Roberto Clemente scored two of those runs, once on a Buck Leonard homerun in the first and a second time on a Honus Wagner double in the fifth. The Rangers' offense couldn't get much going against Wilbur Cooper, only mustering one run on a series of singles and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. The Pirates Legends won 3-1.

San Diego Padres Legends @ Toronto Blue Jays

Ted Lilly and Mickey Lolich had a pitching duel as both pitchers went eight innings of scoreless ball. In the ninth inning Ed Delahanty drove in the only run for the Padres Legends when he scored Richie Ashborn on a single up the middle. In the ninth inning, Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect inning to earn the save for the Padres Legends. The Padres Legends won 1-0.

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