Dugout Digest – 200 again

We had our second pitcher of the season pick up win #200: Tim Hudson of the Braves. Hudson's Braves dominated the Nationals in an 8-1 win, and the 37-year old turned in one of his best performances of the year to reach the milestone. He even added a homer on the offensive side of teh game. We're going to have one more pitcher hit 200 wins this year, as CC Sabathia is currently sitting on 195. Five wins should be a lock for him if he stays healthy. After Sabathia, Mark Buehrle has 175 and could hit 200 next year, and AJ Burnett will likely end up at 150 this season. Further down the list, Ervin Santana and Jake Westbrook are a win away from 100, while Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, Jon Lester, James Shields, Wandy Rodriguez, Matt Cain, and Adam Wainwright are all closing in on triple digits as well.


Carlos Pena and Jose Altuve nearly collide fielding a pop up (The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)

Game of the Night: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 7. In this game, Toronto simultaneously showed why they're such a feared team, and why they possibly have fatal flaws. The Blue Jays jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Jon Lester, including scoring a pair on a throwing error by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Sox scored three straight of their own to bring themselves to within a run, starting the rally with a pair of long homers by David Ortiz and Mike Carp. Toronto brought their lead back to three after an Edwin Encarnacion moonshot, but a solo homer by Jonny Gomes and a three-run double by David Ortiz put Boston in front by a run. The Jays immediately struck back with another Encarnacion two-run homer, and tacked on a ninth run after a Colby Rasmus single.

Pitching Lines of the Night: Kevin Slowey and Jeremy Hefner had a great duel in Miami in a 2-1 Marlins walkoff win. Slowey allowed one run on four hits, striking out eight without a walk, while Hefner allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in eight innings of his own, striking out eight with no walks. Trevor Cahill had a hard luck loss for the Diamondbacks in their 2-1 defeat to the Giants, giving up one run on four hits in eight innings, striking out five and walking one. Madison Bumgarner countered Cahill by pitching seven shutout frames and giving up three hits, striking out just two and walking one. Then, there's Hiroki Kuroda, who pitched the Yankees to a 7-4 win over the Astros, shutting them out on four hits over seven frames, walking four and striking out eight.

Hitting Lines of the Night: Ryan Raburn led the Indians to a 14-2 blowout win over the Phillies, going 3/4 with three runs, three RBI, and two homers. Rickie Weeks broke out of his slump to help the Brewers to a 12-8 win over Pittsburgh, putting together a 3/4 game with three runs, five RBI, a walk, a double, and a homer. The Padres pounded the Cubs 13-7, and Carlos Quentin went 3/4 with three runs, three RBI, two doubles, and a homer. Edwin Encarnacion went 2/4 with a pair of two-run homers for Toronto. In the White Sox 10-6 loss to Texas, Dewayne Wise went 4/4 with two RBI, a double, and a homer.

Other Games: The Tigers beat the Twins 6-1. The Cardinals edged the Reds 2-1. The Royals and James Shields beat his former team, the Rays, 8-2. The Dodgers beat the Rockies 6-2. The A's beat up the Angels 10-6. Nate McLouth led the Orioles to a 7-2 win over the Mariners.

What You Missed: Garrett broke down how frail the Rockies are without Troy Tulowitzki. Ian took a look at which teams should be concerned after April.

Today's Games: Anibal Sanchez starts for the Tigers against the Twins. CJ Wilson starts for the Angels in Oakland. Homer Bailey takes on Lance Lynn in St Louis. Jordan Zimmermann and Paul Maholm will duel in Atlanta. Cliff Lee takes on Trevor Bauer in Cleveland. Clay Buchholz and Mark Buehrle will face off in Toronto. Tim Lincecum takes on Brandon McCarthy in Arizona. Chris Sale gets the start for the White Sox in Texas. Jeremy Hellickson starts for the Rays in Kansas City. Wei-Yin Chen gets the nod for the Orioles in Seattle.

National TV: Nationals-Braves (7 PM, ESPN)

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.

About Joe Lucia

I hate your favorite team. I also sort of hate most of my favorite teams.