What’s on tap for Opening Day v4.0

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The fourth and final Opening Day is today. Thank you, Major League Baseball, for taking what is normally concentrated enjoyment and dividing it up into smaller, less-than-satisfying chunks!  The schedule:

  • Chicago White Sox at Texas 2:05 PM Danks vs Lewis
  • Minnesota at Baltimore 3:05 PM Pavano vs Arrieta
  • NY Yankees at Tampa Bay 3:10 PM Sabathia vs Shields
  • St. Louis at Milwaukee 4:10 PM Garcia vs Gallardo
  • San Francisco at Arizona 7:00 PM Lincecum vs Kennedy
  • Colorado at Houston 7:05 PM Guthrie vs Rodriguez
  • Kansas City at LA Angels 10:00 PM Chen vs Weaver
  • Seattle at Oakland 10:05 PM Vargas vs McCarthy
  • LA Dodgers at San Diego 10:05 PM Billingsley vs Luebke

Pavano! Arrieta! Feel the excitement!

Red Sox end Astros’ 10-game winning streak

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The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.

Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.

The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.

At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.