Red Sox 7, Royals 0: It figures. The first night in what seems like forever where the national game isn't the frickin' Red Sox, and a no-hitter happens.
Nationals 4, Phillies 0: Query: is it more impressive to no-hit a punchless team like the Royals, or to simply shut out a more potent team like the Phillies? Does it help if you know that Tony Pena started for the Royals last night?
Cubs 7, Astros 2: While this doesn't make the Edmonds trade any better, it is probably worth noting that the Cubs are about the only team in the NL that has enough offense anyway that it can afford to carry his lack of a bat. The 2-5 hitters go 10-24 with 7 RBI.
Twins 7, Rangers 6: Ron Gardenhire pinch hits with a reliever and has Livan Hernandez on deck to bat when the game ended. In all, he used 22 players, all to beat the Rangers on some random Monday night. I can't decide if that's an example of someone giving their all or an example of someone mismanaging their roster.
Rockies 4, Giants 3: Troy who? Clint Barmes has been on fire since taking over at short. In the month of May he's hitting .440/.481/.640. As for the Giants, I know the Rowand signing was much maligned and that San Francisco is paying him far too much money, but it is worth noting that he's hitting quite well (.322/.390/.521).
Cardinals 8, Padres 2: San Diego is on pace to score 535 runs. No team in the NL has scored fewer than 600 in five years (the 2003 Dodgers) and no team in the NL has scored as a few as 535 in a full season since the 1976 Expos ran up 531. Hell, the Marlins only scored 55 fewer runs than that in the strike-shortened 1994 season. Quick! Somebody stop me before Jayson Stark hires me for his research team!
Rays 7, A's 6: The A's have now lost eight of ten.
Dodgers 6, Reds 5: The other day I suggested that, following a multi-run debacle in a non-traditional save situation, the Reds would cease using ace reliever Francisco Cordero in non-traditional save situations going forward. That approach held sway last night as David Weathers is called into a tie game in the ninth. Single-walk-walk-single-ballgame. Granted those walks were intentional to set up force outs, but using the guy who is arguably your fifth best relief pitcher in a tie game in the ninth inning strikes me as, well, odd.