Andrew McCutchen launched a trio of homers, driving in 5 altogether and leading Pittsburgh to a 9-4 victory in Colorado.
Johnny Cueto earned his 100th career victory with a complete game 7 hit shutout, striking out 11 Padres for the 1-0 final in San Francisco.
Robinson Cano got two hits including a grand slam, driving in 6 as the Mariners rolled over Houston 11-1.
Rich Hill threw 7 shutout 4 hit innings, walking none and striking out 8 Tigers to earn the 5-1 decision for Oakland.
They all owned baseball on April 26, 2016.
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Thursday, January.10, 2013
By Nicholas Rossoletti (MLB Reports Trade Correspondent): Follow @NRoss56
Back in 2005, the Boston Red Sox brought up a 24 Year Old flame throwing phenom. Seven seasons, a World Championship and 219 Saves later, Jonathan Papelbon and his fastball had become something of Boston baseball lore. Papelbon was the kind of big strike out, big personality that fans grow to love at the back-end of a bullpen. From 2007-2011, Papelbon never posted a K/9 under 10.00 and never had less than 30 saves in a season. It seemed like Papelbon would become Boston’s answer to Mariano Rivera until the Phillies swooped in and signed Papelbon to a 4 year/50 Million Dollar Contract before the new CBA was even agreed to during the 2011 off-season. Suddenly, Boston was without its ALL-Time Saves Leader and in need of a new stabilizing force in the back of their bullpen.
After Papelbon signed in Philadelphia, the Red Sox went out and acquired Andrew Bailey from the Oakland A’s to fill the closers role. When the trade happened, the perception was that Andrew Bailey was the best player in the deal. The Red Sox acquired Bailey and OF Ryan Sweeney for OF Josh Reddick, INF Miles Head and Right Handed Pitcher Raul Alcantara. Bailey was coming off a 24 save season where he was worth less than 1 WAR (Win Above Replacement). It is important that we differentiate perception with reality at this point.
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