Nationals left-hander Tom Gorzelanny tossed eight scoreless innings and allowed only three hits against the Giants to earn his first victory of 2011. The masterpiece came on an inspired night at Nationals Park, after pitcher Jordan Zimmermann welcomed U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Steele to deliver the ceremonial first pitch, and thousand of United States military members were welcomed and honored as part of Military Appreciation Night. "Chills, you know? It's something that unites the nation," said Nationals pitcher and Long Island native John Lannan. (The Washington Post)
Mike Stanton led the Marlins over the Cardinals with a 3-for-5 effort that was highlighted by a scorching triple (MLB.com) and a 400-foot-plus blast to the upper deck (MLB.com). Stanton came within a double of the first cycle in team history. (MLB.com)
Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui delivered a monster home run for the A's in the 10th inning to secure the walk-off win over the Rangers (MLB.com). Mark Buehrle also had a big night, allowing no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Orioles and becoming just the 10th active pitcher to collect 150 career wins. Said Buehrle, "It's 150 more than I ever dreamed of having." (ESPN Chicago)
Baseball players honored the efforts and sacrifices of United States military members with red, white and blue celebrations across the Major Leagues on Monday. Padres players made a special request to wear their camouflage jerseys, the Pirates visited the Navy SEALs on Coronado Island and players from coast-to-coast paid tribute to all active and retired service members. Padres pitcher Mat Latos said, "This night is for our military troops, the men and women who protect and serve us. It's not for Osama bin Laden, it's not for the triumph or whatever you want to call it. It's strictly for what those people have done for us," (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). "I think that the word 'heroes' are used far too often when you talk about athletes and actors," Alex Rodriguez said. "The real heroes are out on the battlefields, protecting our well-being, allowing us the opportunity to play baseball or take our daughters or kids to the park. They're the real heroes." (AP)
With a clubhouse full of players representing the Dominican Republic, Canada, Panama, Cuba, Australia, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Venezuela and the continental United States, the Phillies demonstrate the international spirit and universal language of Major League Baseball. (Philadelphia Daily News)
A's pitcher Tyson Ross is a local star with a big heart. Ross, who grew up in Oakland and attended UC Berkeley, returned to his Northern Light grammar school to put on a baseball clinic for kids with former Major Leaguer Vida Blue. "This school groomed me into who I am today, and I still carry the values they taught me as a youngster," said the hometown hero. "It's a rare opportunity to pitch for the team I grew up cheering for." (Oakland Tribune)
Twins players Denard Span, Danny Valencia, Drew Butera and Michael Cuddyer cheered on the NBA's Chicago Bulls before heading to the South Side to take on the White Sox. (Twitter)
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