Sunday, March 7, 2010

No, You're Right, a 2-HR, 6-RBI Game Isn't Newsworthy

You ever read spring training game recaps?

Maybe it's just me...  I love that baseball is back, and I love seeing what sort of wackiness goes on in the spring.  The weather is beautiful, the rookies are promising, and the veterans are all having fun.

But the game recaps are ridiculous.

Take the Phillies/Rays game today.
J.A. Happ and Phillippe Aumont combined for five scoreless innings in the Philadelphia Phillies' 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.  Happ allowed two hits, walked two and struck out two in 2 1/3 innings. Aumont replaced him in the third and gave up two hits in 2 2/3 innings, bouncing back from a rough outing in an exhibition game against Florida State on Wednesday night.

Yes, those are your first two paragraphs in the story of a Tampa Bay victory, featuring extra innings and 27 combined hits.  Apparently we don't care too much about the Rays perspective though, even though they started All-Star James Shields, who had 2 2/3 scoreless innings.  Since when do J.A. Happ and Phillippe Aumont receive top billing in any circumstance?

Meanwhile, the Twins' 11-0 victory over the Yankees was written entirely from the Twins' perspective.  Fine.

Scott Baker was one of the highlights in a mixed day for the Minnesota Twins' pitching staff.  Baker threw two effective innings, Jason Kubel homered and a Twins split-squad beat the New York Yankees 11-0 on Sunday.

You then have to read 15 more paragraphs -- in fact, all the way to the very last sentence of the article to discover exactly why the Twins were able to trample the Yanks so easily:

Juan Portes hit a grand slam and a two-run homer, and Brock Peterson also went deep for the Twins.

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