MLB Wrap: Darvish loses perfect game on final batter

MLB Wrap: Darvish loses perfect game on final batter
April 2, 2013, 11:30 pm
Share This Post

Questions, concerns and uncertainty surround Roy Halladay as he prepares to make his season debut -- and goes for career win No. 200 -- Wednesday night in Atlanta (see story).

The Phillies were off on Tuesday, but here's a look at notable games from around the majors:

No perfecto for Yu
HOUSTON -- Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros, 7-0, on Tuesday night.

The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time and the ball skittered into center field well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus.

On the second full day of the major league season, Darvish nearly picked up right where baseball left off last year, when there were a record three perfect games, thrown by Philip Humber, Matt Cain and Felix Hernandez. (See full recap.)

Dickey falls in debut
TORONTO -- NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and the overhauled Toronto Blue Jays struggled in their opener and lost to Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians, 4-1, Tuesday night.

Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Dickey, Masterson pitched six innings and the Indians ended their streak of opening day losses at four.

Cleveland won its opener for the first time since beating the Chicago White Sox in 2008. The Indians had dropped eight of their last 10 openers.

Excited by the winter acquisitions of Dickey, Jose Reyes and other All-Stars, fans in Toronto were eager to see the revamped roster in action. (See full recap.)

O's power past Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baltimore played like a confident bunch that's left 2012 behind and is intent on proving a surprising breakthrough season wasn't a fluke.

Adam Jones keyed a seventh-inning rally with a go-ahead double and Chris Davis followed with a three-run homer Tuesday to help the Orioles launch their quest to return to the playoffs with a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

"Today starts a long journey together, and I'm curious as everybody else to see where it takes us," manager Buck Showalter said.

"The season wouldn't have ended if we lost today, and it wouldn't end if we lose tomorrow, or if we win. That's what I keep challenging our guys about," he added. "This is a great group for staying in the moment, staying in reality." (See full recap.)

Looking for Phillies tickets? Buy them through the Wanamaker Entertainment Group.

Latest News