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Brewers whip up on the Pittsburgh Pirates, 17-3

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Yovani Gallardo and Gregg Zaun led the way in the latest Milwaukee romp over Pittsburgh.

Gallardo pitched six strong innings and drove in three runs, Gregg Zaun matched career highs with four hits and five RBI’s and the Milwaukee Brewers extended their mastery of Pittsburgh with a 17-3 win Monday night.

Gregg Zaun (mlb)

The Brewers have outscored the Pirates 53-4 in their last four meetings, including a three-game sweep in Pittsburgh last week during which the Brewers out scored the Pirates 36-1-including a 20-0 rout on Thursday.

The Pirates have lost seven in a row. And they have lost 22 straight times to Milwaukee at Miller Park and are 12-37 against the Brewers since 2007.

The Brewers’ home winning streak against the Pirates is the longest by one team over another  since the Indians beat the St. Louis Browns/ Baltimore Orioles 27 straight times from 1952-54.

The Pirates held a 30-minute, closed-door meeting after the game.

Major League Baseball Notes

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Andy Pettitte (mlb)

Andy Pettitte threw eight sharp innings, struck out eight and walked none. The two-time All-Star gave up his only run on Torii Hunter’s sacrifice fly in sixth inning. The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 7-1 on Saturday.

Joe Mauer (mlb)

Joe Mauer matched a career-high high with five hits in Minnesota’s 9-7 win in 12 innings over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

Mauer, the 2009 AL MVP, finished 5 for 6 with two RBI’s, including a sacrifice fly in the 12th that gave Minnesota an insurance run.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-6 on Saturday. The Orioles fell to 2-16, losing their fifth straight game and 1oth in a row to the Red Sox.

Barry Zito (mlb)

Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants struck out 10 over eight innings as the Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-0 Saturday night.

Zito outpitched Adam Wainwright (3-1) to come out the winner in an impressive pitcher’s duel earning his first victory over the Cardinals after starting out 0-4 in his first five outings against them.

Pitching more and more like his Cy Young Award days from eight years ago with the Oakland A’s, Zito (3-0) allowed just 3 hits and walked three in the 114-pitch outing.

Former Baltimore Orioles lefty Mike Cuellar dies at age 72

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Mike Cuellar, the cunning lefty from Cuba whose sharp screwball made him a Cy Young Award winner and World Series champion with Earl Weaver’s Baltimore Orioles, died at the age of 72 on Friday.

Cuellar made his major league debut in 1959 and bounced from team-to-team (Cincinnati, St. Louis and Houston) for almost  10 years before a key trade took him to Baltimore.

Playing for the powerful Orioles, Cuellar’s potential balloned on one of the most dominant and imposing pitching staff in baseball history, in 1971, he was among four 20-game winners.

Mike Cuellar (Houston photo)

Mike joined Baltimore for the 1969 season and that season became the first Orioles pitcher to win the American League Cy Young Award, sharing the honor with Detroit Tigers righthander Denny McLain.  During that season, he went 23-11 with 5 shutouts, including a game in which he held Minnesota hitless until Ceasr Tovar’s bloop, leadoff single in the ninth inning.

The Cuban lefty helped pitch the Orioles to three straight World Series from 1969-1971. He finished off that time by teamming with Jim Palmer, Dave McNally and Pat Dobson to become the only staff other than the 1920 Chicago White Sox with four 20-game winners.

Cuellar proved he was a big-time pitcher, winning big games eventhough he was overshadowed by Jim Palmer and Dave McNally.

Mike started the first American League championship series game ever, in 1969 against the Minnesota Twins. He then outpitched Tom Seaver of the New York Mets in Game 1 of the 1969 World Series; the only win for Baltimore as they were  upset by the New York Mets.

Cuellar won a career-high 24 games in 1970 and again pitched well in the postseason, using his arm and his bat. A career .115 hitter, the Cuban Lefty hit a grand slam in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

He then closed out the 1970 World Series by beating the powerful Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 at old Memorial Stadium. After falling behind three runs in the first inning, he shut out the Reds on two hits the rest of the game.

Mike threw a gem in his final World Series game, but lost Game 7 in 1971 to the Pittsbugh Pirates, 2-1.

Cuellar finished up with a record of 143-88 with Baltimore and ended his career in 1977 with the California Angels.

A four-time All-Star, Cuellar was 185-130 overall in his career, with a 3.14 ERA. He was voted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame.

Matt Garza sharp in final spring tuneup; Rays clinch best spring record

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The Tampa Bay Rays clinched the best spring training record in major league baseball Friday, with a 4-2 win over the New York Mets at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Righthander Matt Garza had another strong performance pitching 5 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking two and six strikeouts. 13,133 fans were in attendance.

Garza has lowered his spring ERA to 2.28 and will pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the Rays second game of the year on Wednesday.

Matt Garza Tampa Bay (Fresno State photo)

The Rays have a spring record of 20-8-2 this spring. They also had the number 1 spring training record in major league baseball two years ago, when they went on to become American League champions and appeared in the World Series.

Before Friday’s game, Tampa Bay announced that two-time All-Star Hank Blalock will not open the season on their roster and he will try to sign with another team.

If the 29-year-old infielder can’t sign a contract with another team, he’ll report to the Durham Bulls, the Rays Triple-A affiliate.

Blalock agreed to a minor league contract last month. The Rays feel he showed enough in camp that he will eventually be able to help the major league team if he stays and not sign with another team.

Hank Blalock batted .234 with 25 homers and 66 RBI’s in 123 games for the Texas Rangers in 2009. The .269 career hitter missed most of 2008 and 2009 with injuries that hurt his production at the plate.

2010 Vin Scully Award goes to Ernie Harwell

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Ernie Harwell in Broadcast Booth (SI)

Ernie Harwell will be this year’s recipient of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.

The retired broadcaster will receive the award in New York on May5. Harwell who is 92, was the voice of the Detroit Tigers from 1960 to 2002. Harwell said back in September of 2009, that he has inoperable cancer, a month after surgery for an obstructed bile duct. The Detroit Tigers honored him with a tribute at Comerica Park on September 16.

Harwell’s 55-year broadcasting career began in Atlanta in 1946. He moved two years later to the Brooklyn Dodgers. After a few years with the New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles, Ernie formed an association with Detroit.

Harwell was voted the 1981 Ford Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the Hall of Fame.

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