DOG DAYS: The Tampa Bay Rays hosted “Bark in the Park” on Sunday and many fans brought their dogs to the stadium. Pitcher David Price brought his dog, Astro — whose likeness was turned into a bobblehead and given away to fans under 14. Sounds like a RUFF LIFE. (Photo: J. Meric/Getty Images; Chris O’Meara/The Associated Press)
A moment of silence: The sports world was rocked by the news from Boston, where twin blasts killed three people and injured more than a hundred during the city’s famed marathons. (Photos: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images; Marc Serota/Getty Images; Ross D. Franklin/The Associated Press)
So close: Yu Darvish almost pitched a no-hitter on Tuesday night.
Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs, and Texas beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.
A screen shot of the play showed the ball sail what looked to be less than a foot below the pitcher’s glove and into the outfield.
“That was impossible to catch,” Darvish said through a translator. (Photos: Houston Chronicle/Cody Duty/The Associated Press)
For some Toronto Blue Jays fans, great expectations breed great impatience.
By the second inning of the first game of the greatest season in Blue Jays history, dark murmurs began to waft from the sellout crowd of 48,857. Catcher J.P. Arencibia had just struck out, aggravating a greater sin: already, he had been charged with three passed balls in his bid to corral R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball. Two had marred an inning in which the Cleveland Indians scored twice.
Mind you, the grumblers could not have been delighted with Dickey either in the Blue Jays’ 4-1 loss. He walked four, a plateau he reached only twice last year when he won the National League Cy Young Award. Only one of the walks turned into a run. He also gave up a towering two-run homer to Asdrubal Cabrera. (Photos: Tyler Anderson/National Post)