Carlos Ruiz closed out a great four-game series against the Dodgers by reaching base all five times up and cracking a game-winning, two-run double in the ninth off Brian Wilson in a 7-3 Thursday win.
Ruiz finished 3-for-3 with two walks, two doubles and two runs scored. The 35-year-old entered this series with an ugly .204/.328/.286 slash line, but went 7-for-14 with four walks, four doubles, one triple, one homer, five runs scored and four RBI as Philly took three of four in Los Angeles. By the way, it only took four games for Ruiz's slash line to blow up to .270/.395/.476.
Juan Uribe finished 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Phillies.
One of Uribe's singles was a freebie, with Freddy Galvis inexplicably putzing around on a routine grounder to short and throwing late. After a hot start to the season that featured literally zero walks, the veteran third baseman entered play this evening in a 1-for-17 slump. Uribe still owns an atrocious 22/2 K/BB rate, but his .333/.344/.563 slash line has been a nice early surprise.
Kyle Kendrick coughed up 10 hits but escaped serious danger in allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision victory against the Dodgers.
The right-hander whiffed two and walked one. Los Angeles wasn't impressed with Kendrick's stuff, but the 29-year-old danced around flames effectively (and, of course, had Jacob Diekman do it for him with two runners in the sixth). That is, outside of Juan Uribe's two-run homer in the fourth. Kendrick, 0-2 with a 3.52 ERA through five starts, will be looking for that first victory against the Mets on Thursday.
Dan Haren surrendered three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and two walks over six innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Phillies.
The 33-year-old struck out seven in continuing his strong opening month. Haren has collected quality starts in four of his first five outings for the Dodgers. Los Angeles, which made a reasonable $13 million bet on Haren this winter, is 5-0 in those starts. The veteran Haren, now 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA, should conclude an eye-opening April on a positive note Wednesday in Target Field against the Twins.
Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two walks, a double, and two home runs as the Athletics routed the Astros 10-1 on Thursday.
A monster game for Donaldson, who broke out as one of baseball's best-hitting third basemen last season. He took a Brett Oberholtzer pitch out to the train tracks at Minute Maid Park for a two-run shot in the first inning, and then victimized Anthony Bass with a two-run blast in the seventh inning. Donaldson now has six home runs and a .910 OPS in 105 plate appearances.
Alberto Callaspo went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run as the Athletics defeated the Astros on Thursday.
Callaspo took Brett Oberholtzer deep in the third inning for his third homer of the season. Callaspo has finished with 10 home runs exactly in each of the last three seasons, so his three in the early going is a nice surprise for the A's.
Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI as the Athletics beat the Astros on Thursday.
Lowrie has been an on-base machine to start the season. In 99 plate appearances, Lowrie's on-base percentage is a cool .439. Though he didn't draw any on Thursday, his 18 walks tie for the third-most in baseball.
Brett Oberholtzer took his fourth loss of the season after allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's start against the Athletics.
Oberholtzer had been on a roll for the Astros, but the A's put the kibosh on that. The lefty surrendered eight hits -- including two home runs -- and walked two while striking out four. Home runs hadn't been much of a problem for him entering the start. He'll try to turn things around against the Nationals next.