Wily Mo Pena hit his first major league home run in nearly three years, Joe Saunders pitched seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 last night.
Pena, just promoted from Triple-A Reno where he topped the Pacific Coast League with 21 home runs, hit a towering shot to right-center with two out in the fifth to tie the score 1-1. Pena’s previous home run was June 24, 2008, while with the Washington Nationals.
Saunders (4-7), who started the season 0-5, picked up his fourth victory in six starts. He held the Royals to six hits and two runs over seven innings.
Luke Hochevar (4-8) picked up the loss and is 1-5 in his past eight starts. Hochevar yielded five runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked one in seven innings. Game two of the three game series tonight at Kaufman. Lefty Jeff Francis for the Royals against Ian Kennedy for the D-backs.
The Royals have recalled outfielder Jarrod Dyson from Triple-A Omaha. Dyson hit .288, stole 14 bases and scored 27 runs in 29 games in the minors. He began the season with Kansas City and hit .167 while going 9 for 9 on steal tries.
Ned Yost said left-hander Bruce Chen would be reinstated from the disabled list Friday and start against the Chicago Cubs. He said Dyson would return to the minors when Chen is activated.
Yost also said rookie left-hander Danny Duffy, who left a Sunday start in the fourth inning with a leg cramp, would make his next start on Saturday against the Cubs
Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley each had a two-run single during Philadelphia’s season-best nine-run eighth inning, lifting the Phillies to a 10-2 rout over the St. Louis Cardinals on last night. Trever Miller, who lost the game in relief, says the bullpen let their starter Kyle McClellan down.
Halladay allowed a run and four hits in six innings, matching his season low. The Cards fall a game and a half behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. The middle game of the three game set tonight in St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled first baseman-outfielder Mark Hamilton from Triple-A Memphis to take the roster spot of injured star Albert Pujols.
Pittsburgh 9 Baltimore 3
Colorado 4 Cleveland 3
Washington 6 Seattle 5
Florida 5 L.A. Angels 2
Oakland 7 N-Y Mets 3
San Diego 5 Boston 4
Atlanta 5 Toronto 1
Texas 5 Houston 4, 11 Innings
Arizona 7 Kansas City 2
Chi White Sox 3 Chi Cubs 2
Milwaukee 5 Tampa Bay 1
L.A. Dodgers 6 Detroit 1
Minnesota 9 San Francisco 2
N-Y Yankees at Cincinnati (7:10 p.m., postponed, )
NFL owners gathered in Chicago Tuesday to formulate their next labor offer. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the goal is get a deal done without losing any games.
The league is reportedly preparing to offer players 48-percent of all revenue, without owners receiving a $1-billion expense credit off the top. Players got approximately 60-percent of total revenue under the old CBA, but that was after owners took that $1-billion expense credit.
Americans Serena Williams, Andy Roddick and John Isner [[ IZZ-ner ]] all won first-round matches at Wimbledon yesterday. The defending women’s champion, Serena defeated Aravane Rezai, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. She says this first-round victory brought her tears of joy after her troubles off the court.
Roddick beat Andreas Beck 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. Not quite a three-day match this year. John Isner ousted Nicolas Mahut [[ mah-HOOT ]] 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 7-6 (8-6).
NBA owners and players swapped proposals during a three and a-half hour session yesterday and more talks are scheduled for Friday. NBA Commissioner David Stern is backing a “flex cap” system proposed by the owners, but the players insists it’s still a hard salary cap, which they oppose.