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LAst Night's Action: Richards Knocked Around in MLB Debut in the Bronx

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New York Yankees defeat LA Angels 9-3. It was a rough introduction to the Major Leagues for Angels’ 23-year old starter Garrett Richards. Called up during his first year in Double-A ball to fill in for the suspended Jered Weaver, Richards certainly got a baptism by fire.

In good news Richards threw a first pitch strike to leadoff hitter Brett Gardner. Unfortunately the next four pitches didn’t touch the strike zone. Richards also walked Derek Jeter which set brought about a visit by pitching coach Mike Butcher. Unfortunately the desire for atonement by Curtis Granderson after running the Yankees out of the game Tuesday night won over as he hit a three-run homer. Just like that before recording an out Richards had a 3-0 deficit.

Richards did manage to get through five innings, but by the end he had given up another homer to Granderson. In all six runs on six hits, two walks, two strikeouts, two homers and two wild pitches.

The Yankees didn’t take it any easier on reliever Joel Pineiro tagging him for three runs in three innings.

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After a Peter Bourjos homer in the fifth inning, the only real trouble Yankees’ starter Ivan Nova had was in the seventh inning. With a run in, Nova loaded the bases with no outs. In came Rafael Soriano who got Bourjos to ground into a double play and Jeff Mathis to fly out to allow only one more run to score.

Philadelphia Phillies defeat LA Dodgers 9-8. Caleb Bacon wrote about this game. Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers had a 6-0 lead at one point. Not only did the Dodgers lose, Billingsley only stayed around for 4 1/3 innings.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Angels at New York Yankees. 10:05 a.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle Seahawks. 5:00 p.m. ESPN.