I will begin Thursday's notes in Chicago, where Gavin Floyd got his first start of the year for the White Sox. Gavin was outdone by Jeremy Guthrie in a 3-1 win for the Royals. Floyd went 6 innings and allowed 3 runs, only 2 were earned, on 4 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5........In Cincinnati, Alfredo Simon pitched an inning (1 run, 2 hits) and picked up a hold for the Reds in their 5-4 win over the Angels.......In Toronto, the Blue Jays salvaged a game in thier opening series with the Indians by gaining a 10-8 win. Michael Bourn had 2 more hits and is hitting .357 (5 for 14) in his first 3 games with the Tribe...... In Atlanta, the Phillies avoided a sweep by the Braves on a great pitching performance from Cliff Lee. Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown had a hit each for the Phillies, and Freddy Galvis grounded out as a pich hitter. Kyle Kendrick gets the start in the home opener tonight against the Royals.
In Sacramento last night, Travis d'Arnaud had 2 doubles, 2 walks, drove in 2 runs and scored 4 times for Las Vegas to help power the 51s to a 10-5 win! Michael Taylor was 2 for 5 and knocked in a run for the River Cats.......In Salt Lake City, Jesus Merchan was 0 for 4 for Tucson in Padres' 9-5 loss to the Bees.............In Colorado Springs, Josh Outman threw 3.1 innings of relief for the SkySox (1 UNearned run, 3 hits, NO walks, 6 Ks), but the home team dropped a 5-4 decision to Reno. Tuffy Gosewisch was 0 for 3 for the Aces..................In Nashville, the Sounds edged New Orleans, 5-4. Jesus Sanchez gave up an unearned run on 1 hit, and was awarded a hold, in his inning for Nashville.
In Buffalo, Anthony Gose was 3 for 4, including a double, an RBI and 3 runs scored for the Bisons in their 12-7 win over Rochester.......In an exciting game in Louisville, the Toledo Mud Hens scored 3 in the 9th to tie the game, only to have the Bats win it on a walk off home run by Felix Perez. Jason Donald accepted assignment to Louisville, played shortstop and was 0 for 4. Quintin Berry was also 0 for 4, but scored a run in the Mud Hens big inning. Donald and Berry were teammates in Lakewood in 2007.......In Indianapolis, the Indians were shut out, 3-0 by Columbus. Mike Zagurski came into the game for Indianaplolis with 1 out and the bases loaded in the 8th. Jeremy Hermida promptly hit a home run to knock in all 4 runs. Zagurski retired the next 2 hitters.
In Allentown, the Syracuse Chiefs pounded the IronPigs 11-2. Tyler Cloyd was hit hard: 7 runs, 6 earned on 9 hits and a walk in just 3 innings. Not much better for Jake Diekman (1 IP 3 runs 1 earned, 1 hit 3 walks) or Mike Stutes (1 IP, 1 run,1 hit, 2 walks, 2 Ks). Darin Ruf (1 for 4) had the only RBI for Lehigh Valley, and Leandro Castro was 0 for 4 in his AAA debut...............In Manchester, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats held Reading to just 3 hits en route to a 9-0 win. David Buchanan started and allowed 6 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 4.2 innings. Juan Sosa allowed a 2-run home run in his inning, but Tyler Knigge posted a 1-2-3 frame. Edgar Duran, Cameron Rupp and Tyler Hensen got the Reading hits.
In Springdale, D'Arby Myers had a double, a stolen base and scored 2 runs for Midland in the Rock Hounds' 11-0 win over the Naturals. Darren Byrd threw 2 clean innings, striking out 2 for Midland.........In Pensacola, Travis Mattair hit a home run for the Blue Wahoos in their 7-3 win over Tennessee. "Moose" was playing first base in that game.........In Corpus Christi, Domingo Santana had a single and a double for the Hooks in their 3-2 win over Springfield.......In Dunedin, the Blue Jays topped the Threshers, 4-2. Clearwater had just 5 hits, Logan Moore and Aaron Altherr knocked in the runs.