Not a bad day yesterday for the teams I support, as well as a rotten one for those I don't support.
Josh Beckett (pictured) became the majors' first six-game winner as the Red Sox beat the Oakland A's, 6-4 at Fenway last night. Coco Crisp continued his strong hitting, going 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored, and he made a tremendous diving catch in the ninth to help short circuit an A's rally against Mike Timlin, who got his first save of the year.
Beckett also became the first Red Sox pitcher since Roger Clemens (remember him?) in 1991 to win his first six starts of the season. Beckett pitched seven innings and allowed three earned runs in getting the victory.
Hideki Okajima pitched another strong eighth inning and yesterday was voted the AL Rookie Pitcher of the Month for April. It's ridiculous to think of the Japanese veteran Okijima as a rookie, but those are MLB rules. The Darkman continues to impress mightily, as his ERA for April was an astounding 0.71, and he's only allowed five hits and three walks in 14 appearances.
The A's suffered a devastating blow in the game as Mike Piazza was injured at third base in a collision with Mike Lowell after a grounder to the base. Piazza will be out 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury.
Nice to see Piazza's old club, the Mets, get back on the winning path with a 6-3 win at Shea over Florida. Oliver Perez looked tremendous yesterday, striking out 10 and allowing one earned run in just over five innings to get the win. (It would have been nice if I had remembered to take him off the bench in one of my fantasy leagues. I'm still miffed about that one.) Perez continues to be a "Jekyll and Hyde" type of pitcher. You just never know which one will show up on any given start.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Manchester United's dream of a treble for 2007 (English Premiership, FA Cup and European Champions League titles) ended in Milan on Wednesday as AC Milan scored early and often in the rain, 3-0, to send United packing. AC Milan now have a date with Liverpool on May 23 in Athens for the European championship.
Tonight: Daisuke vs. Ichiro, Round 2. Be there. Aloha.