Tim Hudson needed just 102 pitches to toss a one-hit shutout and complete the Braves' doubleheader sweep of the Brewers. Hudson, who has thrown three previous one-hitters, allowed just a fourth-inning double and a ninth-inning walk, both to Rickie Weeks (MLB.com). Tommy Hanson highlighted the first game of the Braves' twinbill by collecting his 25th career victory. With a .403 career winning percentage to date, the young pitcher's pace through his first 62 Major League appearances puts him ahead of franchise legends Warren Spahn, Phil Niekro and Tom Glavine -- all 300-game winners. (MLB.com)
Tim Lincecum captured his first career victory in the Big Apple in style. Lincecum, with 12 Ks over seven innings, recorded his 29th career double-digit strikeout performance to tie Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson's Giants franchise record set nearly 100 years ago (MLB.com). "It's cool," remarked the focused Lincecum. "I've still got more pitching to do." (ESPN.com).
Around the league, Todd Helton hit his 534th career double to tie the legendary Lou Gehrig for 31st on the all-time list (MLB.com). Matt Stairs singled for his 100th career pinch-hit (MLB.com). C.J. Wilson struck out 12 Mariners in a complete-game victory (MLB.com), and Brandon Phillips flipped it and reversed it for a fancy out at first (MLB.com).
Hot-hitting Jose Reyes is shining 'The Spotlight' on his Mets teammates. So what is 'The Spotlight?' "It's kind of like a high-five, like, 'Good job,'" explains Jerry Hairston Jr. of the claw-resembling gesture. "It's a spotlight, like your shining." (The Wall Street Journal)
Fireballing Cuban closer Aroldis Chapman is throwing a piñata-smashing fiesta for Cinco de Mayo (YouTube). Jeremy Guthrie took to the web to commemorate the May 5 holiday, tweeting, "Since it is Cinco de Mayo, I will be tweeting in Spanish (to the best of my ability) today. Buenos Dias, que pasen buen dia." (Twitter)
Attention, ladies! Do you have what it takes to be the future Mrs. Joe Mauer? (Minnesota Tribune)
David Price showed off the world's most epic home-run trot. (Fox Sports Florida)
Tweet of the Day: Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins): "Thinking about trading in my Gorilla for a Tiger a la Tony Montana. Anyone know a good tiger guy?"
Quote of the Day: "I remember it like it was yesterday. I had gotten called up three days prior, but today -- today was the day. Front-door sinker. Nice, easy swing. Perfect point of contact. First Major League hit. A home run. I went back to the hotel and watched 'SportsCenter' reruns until 5 a.m. After the birth of my child and my wedding, it was the best day of my life... I had dreamed of playing Major League baseball as a child. I dreamed the same dream as an adult playing my way through small towns all over the country. And as I fight back after this surgery, I find myself dreaming the same dream again." -- Florida Marlins catcher John Baker, who is blogging about his comeback from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. (Yahoo! Sports)
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