Royals 6, Rangers 5: Yesterday morning I suggested that Brett Tomko should probably be designated for assignment. One doesn't have to read ShysterBall in order to have a clue about things like that, but I'd like to think that Dayton Moore's decision to DFA Tomko yesterday afternoon was a result of his loyal and obedient reading of this blog. Let's test it: Daaaaaayton . . . you will send Craig tickets to the All Star gaaaaame . . . . and while you're at it, you will send Craig a three-pack of Arthur Bryant's sweet heat barbecue saaaaaauce . . . . and maybe some burnt ends and short ribs to go with, yes?
Giants 10, Rockies 7: It's not every day you can give up nine hits and seven runs in five innings and still get the win, but Jonathan Sanchez pulled it off. Ray Durham got his 2000th career hit: "It means you've done something when you get a beer shower from your teammates," he said. Where I came from it means you chose poorly at beer hunter. Heh, heh, heh . . .wet head!
Cubs 3, Braves 2: Two guys who have forgotten more about baseball than most of us will ever know -- MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes and Braves Journal's Mac Thomason -- gave 1948-O-vision the thumbs down. Tim said "At first it seemed fun. But actually watching the game with the old school camera angles pretty much sucked." Mac says: "Francoeur hit a two-run homer in the second — or so they tell me, WGN was celebrating its anniversary of Cubs baseball by showing a black-and-white telecast from a terrible angle for the first two innings, and I couldn’t see anything." My guess: we don't see similar celebrations anytime soon.
Padres 9, Dodgers 0: Jake Peavy is back (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4K). Hard to say what this means, though, as a county fair pitching machine could get this Dodgers' lineup out.
Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4: Johan Santana has to be wondering why he didn't include the Mets in his no trade clause, as his excellent effort (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 10K) was utterly shat upon by the Mets' bullpen (3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 BB).
Brewers 9, Astros 6: The Brewers are 7-3 and are averaging six runs a game in June. Unfortunately, Chicago and St. Louis have identical records this month, so the Brew Crew hasn't made up any ground.
Red Sox 9, Orioles 2: From the recap: "In the 11 games David Ortiz has missed with a wrist injury, Drew is 18-for-36 with six homers and 15 RBIs and raised his batting average from .282 to .324." I like how that's written to imply some sort of cause and effect. He would have been playing those games anyway, right?
Pirates 7, Nationals 5: Ryan Doumit's series against Washington: 9-for-11, 4 HR, 2 2B, 7 RBI. He's currently standing at .365/.396/.659, and is on pace for more than 30 homers. And he doesn't register anywhere on the All-Star voting tally right now because he's not listed on the ballot. But hey, there's always Ronny Paulino.
Tigers 2, White Sox 1: A quickie in Detroit (2:04) ends with a Miggy walkoff home run. From the game story: "Miguel Cabrera listened intently to Jim Leyland and did exactly what the Detroit Tigers manager told him to do . . .'Leyland told me before the game to try to hit a home run and be a hero,' Cabrera said. " Well jeez, if that's how it works, Leyland ought to tell his players that every game.
Indians 12, Twins 2: It took eleven years, but the Indians finally exacted their revenge on Livan Hernandez for the 1997 World Series. Grady Sizemore was 15 at the time and was living in Seattle, but I'm sure his desire for vengeance was burning with the intensity of a thousand suns as he hit his 14th home run in the fourth inning.
Reds 6, Cardinals 2: Hey, Corey Patterson is back. Hittin' leadoff and starting in center. How about that.
Phillies 3, Marlins 0: Jamie Moyer throws eight shutout innings, giving up only two hits. Phun Phact: Ages of the Marlins starting lineup when Moyer made his MLB debut: 2, 2, 4, 5, 5, 18, 10, 8, 2. Damn Luis Gonzalez, ruinin' my joke.
Yankees 4, A's 1: Hideki Matsui celebrates his 34th birthday with a grand slam. Next month I will be celebrating my 35th birthday with a Grand Slam Breakfast. They're free, you know.