On Thursday, the Indians activated Lou Marson from the DL, and put him right in the line up in Chicago. Lou was 0 for 3 in the Sox' 3-2 win. Other news from the Tribe has Michael Bourn having the stitches removed from his finger. The Indians have sure missed Michael's presence in their line up, and he will be elligible to be activated on Tuesday..............In Philadelphia, the Pirates rallied to beat the Phillies, 5-3. Ryan Howard hit his 2nd home run of the year, and Domonic Brown had 2 hits and a catch you have to see. Go to the main page of the Phillies site for the link. Antonio Bastardo gave up his first earned run of the season when he allowed a 7th inning home run to Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez.
In Tampa, Aaron Altherr (.372) had 4 hits, including a double and a triple, stole a base (#5), knocked in a run, and scored another to help lead the Threshers to a 9-7 win over the Yankees. Carlos Ruiz, preparing for his return to the Phillies, belted a 3-run home run in the opening inning, Carlos Alonso (.344) had a double and a triple, and drove in 2. Brock Stassi also had a 2-hit game for Clearwater, who improved to 9-11. Nick Hernandez was shakey, allowing 7 runs, 4 of them earned on 4 hits in just 3 innings. Colby Shreve stepped in and went 3 shut out frames (2 hits, 2 walks, 3 Ks), and Colton Murray picked up the win with 2 scoreless, striking out 4!. ..................In Greenville, the BlueClaws won their 3rd straight, 7-5 over the Drive. Eight different Claws had a hit each. Mitch Walding had 3 RBI, and Larry Greene had 2 walks, a double and scored 2 runs. Miguel Nunez picked up his 2nd win with 5 innings of work, and allowed just 1 run on 3 hits and 4 walks. Yoel Mecias pitched the final 4 frames, and gave up 4 runs, 3 earned on just 2 hits, but 3 walks...............In Harrisburg, Jim Murphy (.360), Derrick Mitchell, and Albert Cartwright (.356) had 2 hits each and the Fightin' Phils beat the Senators, 6-5. Hector Neris started and picked up his 2nd win with 5 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, but struck out 8. Mario Hollands gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in his 2 innings, and Jay Johnson got the save, fanning 2 in a 1-2-3 9th inning. Reading has won 3 in a row and is tied for first place with Portland...........In Indianapolis, the IronPigs won the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Indians, 6-3 to gain a split on the day. Justin De Fratus was the winning pitcher, allowing a run on 3 hits in 2 innings of work. It was the first earned run De Fratus has allowed in 11 innnings so far. In the opener, Mike Stutes retired the only hitter he faced, stranding 2 baserunners in the process. Leandro Castro had 2 hits in the 4-1 loss for Lehigh Valley.
In Manchester, Trevor May threw a 7-inning complete game shut out for the New Britain Rock Cats and picked up his first win of the year in a 5-0 Cats win over New Hampshire in the first game of their doubleheader. Trevor (1-1, 2.11) walked 3 and allowed 3 hits, striking out 4 and besting Tyson Brummett, who started for New Hampshire. Brummett managed 4 innings for the Fisher Cats, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, with 5 Ks.