Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Worley, Hamels both lose openers

The 2013 season has started with 12 HomeSiders in the major leagues.  Besides our 6 Phillies ( Hamels, Kendrick, Bastardo, Howard, Brown and Galvis)  Jay Happ will start the year in Toronto, Gavin Gloyd will return to the White Sox, Michael Bourn and Lou Marson are with the Indians, Alfredo Simon is with the Reds, and Vance Worley will take the hill for the Twins.

I have not mentioned that Jason Donald has been designated for assignment by Cincinnati, which was a late decision after he was in camp until the end. 

On Monday in Minnesota,  Vance Worley made his debut for the Twins, facing Justin Verlander and Tigers.  Worley was good, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and just 1 walk, striking out 3, but was the losing pitcher in a 4-2 Detroit win.  It was the first win for Verlander on opening day in 8 tries.

In Atalnta, Cole Hamels was not his usual effective self, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk in just 5 innings in the Phillies' 7-5 loss to the Braves. Cole pitches were high in the strike zone for much of the evening and the Braves tagged him for 3 home runs.   Ryan Howard was 0 for 5, but drove in a run, and Domonic Brown had a single in his first at bat, and also had a walk in 4 plate appearances.  26 of the 30 teams have played their openers, and the last 4 go at it today.

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