Sports Tuesday Morning Sports Report
posted by April 3 at 9:59 AMon
Yes, Bobby Crosby was as responsible for our team’s win yesterday as the Mariners offense, but it was King Felix who ruled the day. And even ESPN managed to looked westward and notice it:
Seattle’s Felix Hernandez vs. Oakland (8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 12 K) Joins elite list of pitchers to whiff a dozen batters on Opening Day since 1975: Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson, J.R. Richard, Randy Johnson (twice), and Pedro Martinez.
In the P.I., Art Thiel reports:
Already halfway to their 2006 win total against the Oakland A’s, the Mariners’ weapons-grade giddiness in the Opening Day clubhouse Monday evening was understandable.
Yet none of his teammates saw the squinty-eyed grin Felix Hernandez flashed reporters as he offered his final remark in the interview room.
“We’re going to make some noise this year,” he said.
While in the Seattle Times, Larry Stone sees hope in Richie Sexson’s three-run blast in the sixth inning:
It might have seemed to the outside world that this spring marked a regression. Sexson was, after all, 0 for 18 to start the Cactus League, and finished with just two extra-base hits in 59 at-bats.
But Sexson was looking for more subtle signs, and he found them. The swing began to feel grooved in the final two weeks, even if the results didn’t reflect it. The gambit of taking strikes, of working on hitting the ball up the middle, convinced him — and his manager — that the average was irrelevant, because the mind-set was solid.
So when Sexson stepped up in the sixth Monday with two outs, runners on first and third after Raul Ibanez’s sacrifice fly, Haren trying desperately to limit the damage of shortstop Bobby Crosby’s second error, he was ready.
Meanwhile, U.S.S. Mariner simply asks, “Johan Who?”
Tonight: Game two, Washburn vs. Blanton.
Elsewhere: Thanks to A-Rod the Yankees skirted an embarrassing opening day loss to the Devil Rays. And as for Boston: Any time Curt Schilling receives a shellacking I’m a happy man. Plus, Gil Meche—no, really—looked good in his first Royals start. Both Detroit and the White Sox went down in defeat. And the Reds spoiled Sweet Lou’s Cubs debut.