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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NOTES: AL and NL

compiled by the megasportsnews.com staff

Wade LeBlanc Padres (mlb)

The San Diego Padres tied a team record with seven straight singles during a five-run fifth inning, including Wade LeBlanc’s career-high third hit of the night in beating Milwaukee, 9-0.

The National League West-leading Padres won their seventh straight home game and for the 11th time in 13 games overall.

San Diego collected 13 hits and all of them were singles.

Wade LeBlanc (2-0) struck out six, walked none and surrendered 8 hits in 6 1-3 innings.

David Freese Cardinals (mlb)

Rookie David Freese homered, doubled and drove home six runs as the Cardinals sent Atlanta reeling to their ninth loss in a row.

Atlanta wrapped up an 0-7 road trip, their first winless swing of seven or more games since September 1949 when the franchise was located in Boston and went 0-8 in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

Adam Wainwright (4-1) worked six strong innings for St. Louis as the Cardinals completed a four-game sweep.

John Buck Toronto (mlb)

Toronto catcher John Buck became the first catcher to hit three home runs in six years as the Blue Jays beat Oakland 6-3.

Buck led off the third inning with a drive off right-hander Justin Duchscherer into the left field bullpen. His next two homers came off left-handed pitchers. He belted a three-run bomb off of Jerry Blevins with a three-run homer into the second deck in left field in the fourth and then connected off of Craig Breslow for a solo  shot in the sixth inning, off the facing of the centerfield restaurant.

Paul Konerko White Sox (mlb)

Paul Konerko belted two homers and the White Sox avoided a three-game sweep by beating Texas in Arlington, 7-5.

Konerko leads the majors with 10 home runs after hitting a solo drive in the eighth and a two-run bomb in the ninth.

At 17-5. the Tampa Bay Rays are off to the best start in the majors after 22 games since 2003 when San Francisco and the New York Yankees opened 18-4 and the Royals were 17-5.

Tampa Bay has won 14 of 16, outscoring opponents 117-44 during this stretch.

Matt Garza Rays (Fresno State photo)

The Rays beat Kansas City 11-1 last night behind pitcher Matt Garza (4-1) scattering five hits, walked two and struck out nine. Usually Garza struggles against Kansas City. He is now 1-4 lifetime.

Reds sweep Astros in Houston; win 4-2 behind Arroyo

compiled from staff and wire reports

Bronson Arroyo Reds (mlb)

Bronson Arroyo pitched 6 2-3 strong innings to earn his first win of the year and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer as the Reds beat Houston, 4-2.

Arroyo (1-2) allowed six hits and two runs with seven strikeouts to bounce back from his last start, when he allowed eight runs in three-plus innings.

The Reds have now won four in a row and Houston has lost three in a row.

Joey Votto hit a first-pitch homer into the left field seats with Drew Stubbs aboard to make it 3-1 in the seventh inning.

The losing pitcher was Roy Oswalt (2-3) who lifetime is 23-2 against the Reds. He gave up eight hits, three runs and struck out seven in 7 innings.

Reds welcome back Joe Morgan as a special advisor

compiled from staff, wire and Reds info

66-year-old Joe Morgan has joined the Cincinnati Reds as a special advisor to baseball operations.

Morgan will have a role in both the baseball and business side of the Reds. His extensive work will likely be in the community outreach and diversity initiatives. He’ll also be involved in the Reds Community Fund and Reds Hall of Fame.

There will be times when Morgan will be consulted by general manager Walt Jocketty on baseball decisions or players on the team.

Joe Morgan (reds)

Morgan says that that he has had permission from ESPN to do some games as guest on the the Reds Radio and Television games.

In a 22-year career from 1963-84, where he established himself as one of the best second baseman in the history of the game. “Little Joe” batted .271 with 268 home runs and 1,133 RBI’s. He was a 10-time All-Star, including eight straight with the Reds, and a five-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Morgan’s best years came as a member of the Big Red Machine in Cincinnati from 1972-79, where he won World Series titles with the team in 1975 and 1976 and he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in both seasons. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

For the past 20 years, Joe Morgan has been broadcasting  on ESPN with John Miller as a game analyst for Sunday Night Baseball. He will be remaining with the network and working for the Reds in a part-time capacity.

LA Angels squeeze past Cleveland on Kendrick’s bunt single in 9th

compiled from staff and wire reports

Howie Kendrick (mlb)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim star Howie Kendrick has had only a handful of sacrifice bunts in 379 major league baseball games, four to be exact.

Wednesday afternoon, Kendrick shocked the Cleveland Indians and everyone else in Angels Stadium when he put down a bunt with two outs in the ninth inning to score Torii Hunter with the winning run as the Angels rallied for a 4-3 win.

The Angels, who generally lead the majors in bunt hits each season, began the game winning rally when Hunter used his speed to leg out a double  leading off the ninth inning against Joe Smith (o-1). Hidecki Matsui was walked intentionally and reliever Rafael Perez got Kendry Morales to ground into a double play, moving Hunter to third base.

An intentional walk to Juan Rivera set the stage for Kendrick’s shocking ending to a very closely played game.

Indians starter Jake Westbrook allowed three runs and four hits over six innings. The 32 -year-old right-hander is still looking for his first victory since undergoing Tommy John surgery on June 12, 2008, and sitting out the entire 2009 season. He is 0-2 with a 5.53 ERA in five starts this year.

Indians outfielder Austin Kearns finished the team’s 3-6 road trip batting 12 for 29 with 2 homers and 9 RBI’s.

Reds rookie Mike Leake continues to win; beats Houston 6-4

compiled from staff and wire reports

Reds rookie Mike Leake was  in college in April 2009.

Currently in April 2010, he’s pitching with confidence, poise and guile which takes many years to develop on the professional level.

Leake, from Arizona State University, the eighth overall pick in the 2009 draft, is the 21st player since the draft started in 1965 to play in the majors without spending a day in the minors.

Mike Leake Reds (Arizona State photo)

The 22-year-old Leake hurled seven sharp innings and the Cincinnati Reds scored three runs on a blunder by right fielder Hunter Pence  to beat the Houston Astros 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Leake (2-0), who has never pitched in the minors, gave up five hits and struck out five as Cincinnati won its third in a row.

Mike Leake said he has been helped by being around veterans on the Reds pitching staff, Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, Arthur Rhodes, Francisco Cordero and Micah Owings.

Leake gave up a single with one out in the first inning before the Reds turned a double play to get out of the inning. He then retired 10 straight over the next few innings.

Not a bad hitter for a pitcher, Mike Leake got his fourth career hit with a single in the sixth inning.

Astros 1b Lance Berkman homered off of Nick Masset in the ninth inning. It was the 315th in Berkman’s career, moving him ahead of Reggie Smith and into sole possession of fifth place on the career list for switch hitters.

The Reds were up 2-0 in the fourth inning when Pence lost the ball in the sky at dusk with the Minute Maid Park roof open on a high fly ball hit off the bat of Brandon Phillips. The ball dropped just beyond his glove for an error that cleared the bases.

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