Starting Nine: It's Jackie Robinson Day
Many things are happening -- on Cut4, in baseball and out there in the rest of the world. Here are nine you need to know about today:
That's the number you'll see on the back of every player, manager and coach today (and tomorrow, for teams that don't play today), in honor of Jackie Robinson playing his first MLB game 66 years ago. Meanwhile, 42 (the movie) was released on Friday and turned in the biggest opening in history for a baseball movie.
2. Brave streakers
Atlanta won its ninth straight game against the Nationals on Sunday, improving to 11-1 on the year. Justin Upton hit another homer and Paul Maholm extended his consecutive scoreless-innings steak to 20 1/3 innings.
3. The Doctor is finally back in
After allowing 12 earned runs over his first two 2013 starts, Roy Halladay tossed eight innings of one-run ball against the Marlins on Sunday to claim his his 200th career win. Doc now owns a career record of 200-102 with a 3.34 ERA and two Cy Young Awards.
4. Clay comes close
Buchholtz fell six outs short of a no-hitter against the Rays on Sunday after this Kelly Johnson single. If the Red Sox right-hander had accomplished the feat, he would've been just the 27th pitcher to throw multiple no-no's. Almost doesn't count, Clay, but a 5-0 win over a division foe definitely does.
5. Jose goes down
Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes suffered a severe ankle sprain after sliding awkwardly into second base on Friday. Team doctors believe Reyes will likely miss 1-3 months.
6. Monsters have parents, too
He can dance, he can pitch, and on Saturday night, Hyun-Jin Ryu had three hits (while allowing just three runs) en route a 7-5 win over D-backs. Ryu's parents were just a little bit proud of their son.
7. Those A's and their pies
After 15 walk-offs last year, the A's had their first of 2013 against the Tigers on Friday. Josh Donaldson hit the game-winning homer in the 12th and Josh Reddick served up some pie in his face.
8. Dickey on 60
The author/father/Star Wars nerd/Cy Young Award winner appeared on Sunday's edition of 60 Minutes and if you haven't seen it, please do so ASAP.
9. A winner unlike any other
Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters after beating Angel Cabrera in a two-hole playoff. Tiger faltered after a bizarre two-stroke penalty, while 14-year-old Tianlang Guan (Joe Nuxhall, anybody?) finished at 12 over for the tournament.
-- Cut4 Staff