Blue Jays 4, Angels 3: Yes, it's a win for Toronto. They'll probably lose tomorrow. This has nothing to do with this game in particular, I've just been meaning to say this for a long time: I find absolutely nothing interesting about the Blue Jays and I have a hard time writing about them. They are mediocre now, and they have been mediocre for 15 straight years. Even worse, they are boring. They have never been bad enough to be interesting. They have never been good enough to be exciting. They just exist in this bland limbo land of nothingness which causes me dull pain to even consider. Their team is blah, their uniforms are blah, their stadium is blah, and two championships notwithstanding, most of their history is blah. Not once since Robby Alomar was playing for them have I thought "hmm, the Blue Jays might be fun to watch tonight." Aside from about five minutes of piqued interest when they first hired Ricciardi and Law, they have existed in a sucking vortex of "meh" from which, at least in my estimation, they have been unable to escape. I can't ponder this team rationally because they simply make me sad. There. I said it. It's been a long time coming. I am but a man and I have biases, and one of those biases is a profound disinterest in almost all things Blue Jays. I just thought you should know that going forward so you can weigh my comments about them appropriately.
Braves 4, Mets 2: Last week I said that if the Mets didn't go 4-2 against the Yankees and Braves, he would be fired. Well, they went 2-4, plus Willie made an ass of himself and his best player called out the team for "going through the motions." Dead man walking, right? Do I have to go to 11:59:30?
Marlins 4, Diamondbacks 0: Wow, the Dbacks' bats are dead, aren't they? I mean, it's not like Andrew Miller and his 5.87 career ERA made them look this bad all by himself, right?
Yankees 2, Orioles 1: Not their finest game, but the Yankees will take six innings of one run ball from Ian Kennedy any day. Girardi was ejected. Description from the game story: "Girardi certainly got his money's worth for his first ejection as Yankees manager -- he twice threw down his hat and kicked it once." I'm sorry Joe, but that's just sad. If you throw your hat down, you don't pick it up and throw it again because that just makes your little rant look calculated and kinda pathetic.
Red Sox 11, Royals 8: The abbreviated length of the Banny Log says it all. Bannister: (5.1 IP, 12 H, 7 ER). So much for the day game theory.
Rangers 8, Twins 7: Josh Hamilton is having a whale of a season ( .335/.378/.614; 53 RBI in 48 games) and played the hero once again, this time with a 10th inning, game-winning homer. The Rangers, by the way, are 14-7 in May. Will they make noise this year? Nah. But they are playing much better baseball than most people think. This time last year they were 18-31.
Tigers 9, Mariners 2: My great aunt lived a long happy life, but towards the end it was pretty nuts. She'd fade, be given last rites, rebound, seem to turn a corner, suffer another setback, rebound again, etc. etc. She messed with us like that for almost two years before she ultimately went along on her merry way. Thankfully Tigers fans will only have to put up with it for about four more months.
Pirates 8, Brewers 4: Milwaukee had 20 base runners and only four runs. Ick.
White Sox 3, Indians 1: If the Cubs had won eight straight like the White Sox have, there would be features on ESPN and covers on SI and questions as to whether they were the best team ever or merely great. The Chisox? Nothin'. Just first place and no pub at all.
Padres 8, Reds 2: San Diego busts out the whuppin' sticks for once. Griffey hits 598, which means we only have another three or four months until he hits 600 and the Reds can officially cut ties with him.
Phillies 7, Astros 5: Anybody watch this game? Was it really necessary for Charlie Manuel to use 19 players, or is he just one of those guys who tinkers for the heck of it because he's a National League manager, and that's what National League managers are supposed to do?