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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Orioles 10, White Sox 4: Matt Wieters homered twice, the first one coming in the eighth, which kicked off the O's comeback after finding themselves down 4-1. The second one: a 10th inning grand slam which put the game out of reach.
Twins 7, Yankees 3: Joe Mauer had three hits and Justin Morneau played in the field and had a home run. That should make the Twins fans happy. Carl Pavano allowed three runs in seven innings, which should make the Yankees fans mad.
Phillies 5, Giants 2: The battle of the aces doesn't quite live up to its billing, but Halladay beats Lincecum, who is still struggling mightily. Indeed, Lincecum gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings and it actually represented a clear improvement over his last outing.
Mets 6, Braves 1: I guess the Mets own the Braves now. Ike Davis -- three run homer -- and Dillon Gee -- four hit ball over seven innings -- led New York to its fourth straight win over Atlanta.
Rays 1, Red Sox 0: As mentioned yesterday, Bobby V. stuck with Daniel Bard a bit too long and he walked the ballpark. And Fernando Rodney should have walked Cody Ross in the ninth, but Larry Vanover had other ideas. None of which takes away from James Shields' day (8.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER). The Rays avoid the sweep.
Nationals 6, Astros 3: Stephen Strasburg cruised through five innings, was beat up a bit in the sixth, but had plenty of margin for error to get the win. And check out this throw home on a pop fly by Rick Ankiel. You'll never see a better one in that situation. If the dude stood out there and threw it like that 10 years ago instead of on the mound he'd still be a pitcher.
Tigers 3, Royals 2: Speaking of nice throws, check out this one by Jeff Francoeur nailing Jhonny Peralta at third base. Tigers still won, though, because Verlander dealt for eight innings and then survived -- just barely -- for the ninth, after loading the bases and going 2-2 to Alex Gordon. Struck him out looking, though, with all five pitches to him being 100 mph fastballs. Brandon Inge had a two-run homer. Which probably bought him two more years in a Tigers uniform, what with the sliding performance scale to which he is subject.
Padres 7, Rockies 1: Nick Hundley drove in three, Chase Headley had three doubles and scored three times and Corey Luebke allowed one run on six hits in seven innings.
Angels 6, Athletics 0: Kendrys Morales hit his first homer since the one that led to his ankle injury nearly two years ago. Mike Scioscia actually said this after the game: ""I was happy he got around the bases in one piece." Pujols went 2 for 4 with a double. Jered Weaver got his 1,000th career strikeout. The A's were shut out for the third time in six games.
Diamondbacks 5, Pirates 1: Chris Young continues his torrid start. He had three hits, including his fifth homer of the year. Joe Saunders gave up one run on six hits in seven innings.
120 years ago, the battle between morals and profit reached one of its periodic climaxes, and—as often is the case—profitability won.
On April 17, 1892, the National League did something it had steadfastly refused to do for its first 16 years of existence: It had a game take place on Sunday, a.k.a., the Lord’s Day, or the Sabbath.
Yeah, it took long enough, but the NL finally violated that commandment. Or, if you’d rather, 120 years ago the NL went to hell. If you’re interested, the initial Sunday game featured Cincinnati topping St. Louis, 5-1.
While it was the NL’s first Sunday game, it wasn’t the first one in all of major league baseball. In 1882, the NL had its first rival claimant, the American Association. That league would play on Sundays and beer gardens in some of their park. They were openly catering to people’s desires—the lowest common denominator, if you will.
Well, the NL teams would have none of it and held up their noses at their crasser opponent. Sure enough, they outlasted the AA. Their success and the AA’s failure weren’t due to Sunday ball, though, but to the NL having better players and sounder financial backing.
The AA collapsed after 1891 and sure enough, as soon as it was gone, the NL went into the Sunday ball business. After all, there was no more AA to differentiate itself from. What’s more, if the NL left Sunday open, that meant another rival league could come along in the future and have that same edge on the established league.
It wasn't the entire league that adopted Sunday ball in 1892. Many states and cities had their own ordinances barring it. Pennsylvania and Boston wouldn’t let theirs go until the Great Depression. But the National League itself did, and by the 1930s it went so far as to make Sunday its doubleheader day, the day when more games were scheduled than any other.
That lay in the future, though. But 120 years ago, observing the Sabbath was a thing of the past for the National League.
Aside from that, many other baseball items today celebrate their anniversary or “day-versary” (which is something that occurred X-thousand days ago). Here they are, with the better ones in bold if you prefer to skim.
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