Yankees 8, Padres 0: New York is playing its best baseball of the season. Lots of big flies and shutouts the last two games have allowed them to ease into striking distance of Tampa Bay. Another week or two of this sort of stuff and the second half of 2008 will look much like the second half of every damn year: slugging it out with the Sox to see who gets more extreme closeups on Fox broadcasts this October. I'm hoping for Boston, not because I like them more, but because I don't think the V-chip in my HD TV can withstand tight shots of Giambi's mustache.
Angels 6, Mets 1: In yet another classless move, Omar Minaya waits until 2:27 AM to order some baked chicken from room service, knowing full well that the hotel kitchen went to sandwiches-only after 2.
Dodgers 3, Reds 1: Jay Bruce is 7-38 with one homer and two RBI in his last ten games. Alas, he is mortal.
Red Sox 3, Phillies 0: How you shut anyone out in that bandbox is beyond me, but Lester, Okajima, and Papelbon managed to do it. Meanwhile, everyone's MVP Chase Utley goes 0-4 and dips below .300.
Twins 2, Nats 1: You notice how everyone wants to talk about whether the White Sox can hold off Detroit and/or Cleveland, yet no one ever mentions the Twins? I mean, they are in second place. No, I don't think they'll hang around or win the division, but we probably should at least mention them for the sake of politeness, no?
A's 15, Diamondbacks 1: I call games like these "Pythagoras Specials." The A's are now 6-1 in the desert. With Fremont proving problematic, they should move to Las Cruces or Needles or something.
Brewers 7, Blue Jays 0: If anyone, including even the most ardent fan of three-true-outcomes players, says they predicted a .309/.409/.818, 8 HR line from Russell Branyan through his first 18 games, well, they're lying.
Orioles 6, Astros 5: Watch me brazenly quote more than five words from an AP story: "Tejada was greeted by a mixture of jeers and applause before each at-bat." Why do you boo Tejada in Baltimore? He didn't snub the team, he was traded. Yeah, he's an alleged steroid case, but so is almost everyone who played for that team since Sam Horn was the DH.
Royals 2, Cardinals 1: Kyle Davies wows 'em (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). In fact, he's given up a single earned run in each of his five starts. It's smoke and mirrors, though. Why do I say this? Because he's struck out 12 and walked 12 in 24.1 innings, which are actually worse ratios than he's posted in just over 300 innings of 73 ERA+ pitching over the course of his career.
Rays 3, Cubs 2: Kazmir gives up only one run and strikes out seven in 4.2, but couldn't get a W because it took him 110 pitches to get even that far. Cliff Floyd hits a homer and is at .274/.365/.524 on the season. In light of that, why would the Rays be even rumored to want Griffey and his sub-.400 SLG?
Mariners 5, Marlins 4: King Felix was re-dic-a-las, striking out seven of eight in one stretch, including striking out the side on nine pitches in the fourth.
Rangers 7, Braves 5: The Braves can theoretically win without Smoltz and Glavine, but to do so, they need Tim Hudson to be an ace. He wasn't last night, giving up six runs in 4.1. It didn't help that the Braves 1-4 hitters went 0-13.
Rockies 10, Indians 2: Jeff Baker hit an inside-the-park home run for Colorado, which says more about the big outfield in Coors than it says about his wheels.
Tigers 5, Giants 1: I want to hold off for as long as I can on giving in to the "the Tigers are frisky" meme, but I won't be able to if they keep winning. Earned runs allowed in Kenny Rogers' last five starts: 0-2-1-0-1, all of which lasted more than seven innings.
White Sox 16, Pirates 5: Ian Snell isn't doing much to combat that whole "AL is superior to the NL" thing: "They didn't swing at any bad pitches at all," Snell said. "It's not the same as the National League where you get your curveball over the plate just a little bit and they swing."