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St. Louis Cardinals outslug Reds in 2010 Opener, 11-6

compiled from staff, wire and interet reports

Albert Pujols didn’t waste any time to hit a homerun on Monday afternoon.

The National League’s MVP each of the last two seasons, went 4 for 5 and had two of the Cardinals’ team-record four homers on Opening Day, beating the Cincinnati Reds, 11-6 on a day of power-hitting.

Yadier Molina completed the Cardinals’ first four-homer opener with  a grand slam in the ninth. Only two other Cardinals have hit grand slams in season openers, Scott Rolen and Mark McGwire. Rolen is now with the Reds and McGwire who is the Cardinals.

Albert Pujols (STL)

Chris Carpenter was the winner, but had only one shaky inning out of his six on a sunny, 78-degree afternoon. Joey Votto and Scott Rolen hit solo homers in the fourth off Carpenter, who gave up only 7 homers in 2009, when he led the NL with a 2.44 ERA.

* Albert Pujols has 34 career multihomer games.  He was the last Cardinals player to hit two homers on opening day, in 2006 at Philadelphia.

* Albert Pujols’ 17 homers at Great American Field are the second-most by a visiting player, trailing  Houston’s Lance Berkman with 21.

Former Baltimore Orioles lefty Mike Cuellar dies at age 72

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

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.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Midwest Regional, First Round

compiled from staff and wire reports

GEORGIA TECH 64  OKLAHOMA STATE 59

Just a couple of months ago, every sports talk show was talking about Georgia Tech firing head coach Paul Hewitt. Well, they can’t now since his team has gotten into the NCAA Tournament and upset Oklahoma State.

They’ll play Ohio State on Sunday in Milwaukee in the second round.

The 23-12 Yellow Jackets won despite not making a shot from the field the final 8:19. They compensated for it by making 13 of 14 free throws in that span. They finished making 24 of 25 free throws and they’re only making 65% for the season.

Oklahoma State ends the season at 22-11 and was hampered by 6-of-22 shooting from three-point land.

MICHIGAN STATE 70  NEW MEXICO STATE 67

Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 25 points and Raymar Morgan hit two key shots down the stretch to lead 5th-seeded Michigan State to a win over 12th-seeded New Mexico State in Spokane, Washington.

Kalin Lucas Michigan State (msu)

The 25-5 Spartans had another one of mind-boggling uneven games where they can play dazzling or be clueless at times.

New Mexico State ends the season at 22-12.

MARYLAND 89  HOUSTON 77

In Spokane, Washington, freshman Jordan Williams set career highs with 21 points and 17 rebounds as Maryland beat Houston to up their record to 24-8.

Gary Williams Maryland coach (um)

Aubrey Coleman, the nation’s leading scorer, had 26 points for 13th seeded Houston who ends a surprising season at 19-16. Coleman averaged 25.6 points per game.

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