22 year old Chris Tillman (who threw a no-hitter in AAA last year) pitched six no-hit innings against Tampa. On account of it being him being 22 and being at 101 pitches in his first start of the year, he was then yanked. BJ Upton broke it up with a single with two outs in the seventh.
-Nice catch, Nick. He should get the save for this one.
Last night, Adrian Gonzalez stole a base before Jacoby Ellsbury stole any (just the second of his career, too. Both have been off Yorvit Torrealba). Tonight Ellsbury hit a home run before Gonzalez hit any.
-John Lackey allowed a double cycle—at least two singles, doubles, triples, and home runs.
–He only lasted 3.2 innings before that second homer, a grand slam, sent him off.
—He was the first Boston pitcher to accomplish that since Luis Tiant in 1974 (h/t @alexspeier).
Francisco Liriano, who served up nine home runs all last year, gave up two tonight.
-One was to Jayson Nix (career OPS+ of 77).
–The other? Jose Molina (career OPS+ of 62).
—It was career home run #27 for both of them.
—-Also, the Twins only managed one hit, a sixth inning single from Denard Span.
—–Despite that, they had scored a run in the fourth on a walk, stolen base, and a pair of groundouts.
Austin Jackson homered.
-It was his fifth career home run, and his second at Yankee Stadium.
–He has never hit a home run at home.
The Mariners are 2-0 and have scored 5+ runs in each game.
-Last year, they scored 5+ runs in just 39 games, a paltry 24% of the time.
Speaking of bad offenses, the Padres scored 11 runs.
Erick Almonte, better known as “the guy who replaced Derek Jeter for Jeter’s only DL trip” is back in the Majors for the first time since 2003. The now-33-year-old, with all of five plate appearances outside of that fill-in role eight years ago, homered tonight.
Kansas City is over .500 for the first time since 2009.
Francisco Rodriguez blew his first save opportunity of the year. That might seem predictable, but off the field issues aside, the guy has been a pretty reliable closer. That said, this will make it easier for the Mets to not have him finish games (per his contract, if he finishes 55 games this year, he will be guaranteed $17.5 million next year).