The roundup -- and the rest of the posting schedule -- is going to be a bit abbreviated today, folks. Old man law is beating me over the head and I've reached the point where sheer procrastination isn't going to work anymore. Sorry about that, but I still gotta pay the bills.
Cubs 19, Brewers 5: I usually turn games like these off, but for some reason sat and watched this train wreck. The fourth inning was particularly interesting. No, not because of Geovany Soto's second three-run home run, but because of the conversation between Dave O'Brien, Steve Phillips, and Erin Andrews about Japanese baseball players. They all agreed that there has never been a player come over from the NPB who acted like a prima donna or a head case or anything, and all I could do was shout at my TV that they were forgetting Hideki Irabu.
Dodgers 13, Marlins 1: Another ugly game. Enough has been written about Andruw Jones' struggles already, but the fact that he went 0-3 on a night when the Marlins couldn't get anyone out may be the most telling thing that's happened to him all season.
Pirates 13, Mets 1: Hey, why not one more blowout? More fun with earned/unearned runs: Yes, six of the seven runs the Pirates scored in the second inning came after what would have been out number three was dropped by Luis Castillo and were thus unearned, but at some point Oliver Perez has to get somebody out, right? Same goes for the three unearned runs in the sixth.
Tigers 6, Yankees 2: Pettitte didn't have his best stuff, but that didn't matter inasmuch the Yankees, after getting two quick runs in the first, could only muster two more hits in the next eight innings. New York put Phil Hughes on the DL with a strained oblique muscle. Query: if Hughes had strained his oblique during his start on Tuesday night, wouldn't it, you know, have been a bit more obvious at the time? Perish the thought, but isn't it possible that the Yankees sorta, you know, invented this injury so they could buy some time and not have to either (a) pitch the ineffective Hughes on his next turn; or (b) demote him to Scranton which would be pretty humiliating for everyone involved? Just askin'!
Nationals 3, Braves 2: Braves reliever Manny Acosta walked five guys, which is the sort of thing that makes me happy the Braves aren't on TBS anymore. The Braves are now 3-5 against the Nats this year despite having outscored them 31-28.
Rangers 11, Royals 9: How many more starts like these (3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB) until Posnanski gives up the Banny Log? Speaking of Joe, he has what is probably the best, most thoughtful take thus far on the whole Costas-Bissinger-Leitch thing.