The big story in baseball last night was Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish nearly throwing a perfect game in Houston.
Darvish set down the first 26 batters he faced, but Houston’s No. 9 hitter, Marwin Gonzalez, singled through Darvish’s legs to end the perfect game bid.
Darvish wound up throwing 111 pitches. Especially at such an early point in the season, one has to wonder how this affects Darvish going forward. It wasn’t as stressful as Johan Santana’s no-hitter last year, but that had to be in the back of Rangers manager Ron Washington’s mind last night.
Around the AL
Matt Weiters and Chris Davis homered as Baltimore was all over Tampa Bay starter David Price in a 7-4 Orioles win.
R.A. Dickey made his Toronto debut – Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia was tagged with three passed balls in the first two innings alone – but the Indians came away with a 4-1 win.
Mike Morse, pictured below, hit two home runs as Seattle topped Oakland, 7-1.
Around the NL
Madison Bumgarner was a winner as the Giants blanked the Dodgers, 3-0.
Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez hit home runs – the second of the season for both – as the Rockies beat the Brewers, 8-4.
What to watch: Wednesday
It’s Hiroki Kuroda against Clay Buchholz in the Bronx as the Yankees look to pull even in their series against Boston.
Matt Harvey makes his season debut as the Mets look to build on an impressive opening day victory over the Padres.
Roy Halladay, who had a horrific spring, takes the mound as the Phillies face Paul Maholm and the Braves.
Tim Lincecum and Josh Beckett square off in the latest installment of Giants-Dodgers. Can these pitchers turn it around after off seasons in 2012?