MLB Roundup: Red-hot Renteria, Lee’s bad news & the BoSox’s early woes

Giants 5, Braves 4
Quick, name the team with the best record in baseball. The Yankees? Sorry – they’re currently only .500. The answer would be the Giants, who have begun the year 4-0 after coming from behind to the beat the Braves 5-4 in 13 innings on Friday. Quick, name the hottest hitter in the league right now. If you said Albert Pujols, then punch yourself in the ear because you’re wrong. If you said Edgar Renteria, you’re right, but you probably only said that to be a wiseass – so the jokes on you. Renteria is batting an astonishing .688 to start the year after going 3-for-5 with a game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, which helped San Fran erase a 4-2 deficit. I don’t know how Pablo Sandoval slimmed down and stole Renteria’s jersey without anyone seeing, but there’s no way that’s the real Edgar Renteria.

Rangers 6, Mariners 2
Nelson Cruz abused the Mariners on Friday, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI and two runs scored in the Rangers’ 6-2 victory. Seattle is hitting .199 as a team and was 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. It was the club’s fourth straight loss and making matters worse, it was revealed that Cliff Lee might not come off the disabled list until May now.

Royals 4, Red Sox 3
It’s early, but you know things are bad in Boston when they’re losing to Kansas City. Rick Ankiel (yes, that Rick Ankiel) hit a go-ahead two-run single off Daniel Bard in the eighth inning of the Royals’ 4-3 win over the BoSox on Friday night. It was the fourth hit of the night for Ankiel, who also hit a solo home run and drove in three runs. Not a bad night for the newcomer, who helped sent Boston spiraling to a 1-3 start.

Phillies 8, Astros 0
It’s going to be a long year for the Houston Astros, who have started the season 0-4 after losing to the Phillies 8-0 on Friday. The Astros were out-hit 16 to eight, as starter Bud Norris went just 2.2 innings after allowing three runs (which all came in the first inning) on six hits. J.A. Happ didn’t allow a run on six hits over five innings for the Phillies while filling in for the injured Joe Blanton. Ryan Howard hit two home runs while finishing 2-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Rays 9, Yankees 3
Youngster David Price held the Yankees to just three earned runs over 7 2/3 innings on Friday, helping the Rays beat New York 9-3. Price struck out seven while picking up his first win of the year, although he didn’t look as sharp as his final numbers would indicate. Still, it’s a great start for the 24-year-old, who once again has high expectations coming into a new season.

Reds 5, Cubs 4
Reds’ outfielder Drew Stubbs hit a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning on Friday to help Cincy down Chicago 5-4. Cubs’ reliever Esmailin Caridad played the goat while giving up four runs on just two hits in one inning of work. The loss was the Cubs’ third in their first four games.

Twins 4, White Sox 3
After dropping their opener, the Twins have rattled off four straight wins. J.J. Hardy delivered a single in the top of the 11th to knock in Joe Mauer, as Minnesota beat the White Sox 4-3. Jon Rauch hung on to get his third save of the year despite allowing two runners to reach base in the bottom of the 11th. Like their cross-town rivals, the Chi-Sox have now started off the season 1-3.

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