Pirates 7, Mets 5: Wow. There's not a guy Mets fans can trust in that pen, is there?
Blue Jays 7, Tigers 2: The Justin Verlander parade of arson continues, as he has now given up 24 earned runs in his last four starts. On the bright side, Gary Sheffield's annual proclamation of no respect was followed with boos and an 0-3.
Brewers 7, Nats 1: By the time this month is over, the Nats will have played series against the Brewers, Mets, Phillies, Cubs, and Dodgers. As a result, they may have more to say about the NL races than anyone. Of course that conversation will be couched in terms of "which team beat the hell out of the Nats more than any others?" but the point is, they're still in the conversation.
Cardinals 4, Marlins 2: I realize RBI is not the most useful stat on the planet, but how many of them has Hanley Ramirez been robbed of this season by being forced to hit leadoff? His old-school batting line is .295 - 25 - 51, which in some circles will get a guy accused of not knowing how to drive in runs. He and Grady Sizemore should form a support group or something.
Twins 4, Yankees 0: Yesterday morning I read a story in one of the New York tabloids -- not unlike stories I've read in the New York tabloids for the past, oh, six or seven years -- in which some putatively ballsy New York writer tells Yankees fans how it really is: the Bombers are no longer the class of the league. The party is over. Get used to looking up at Tampa or Boston or Anaheim or Chicago or whoever. It's always styled as hard truths and tough love, and it's always ridiculous. It's especially ridiculous this year, in that Yankees fans -- who are rightly, I think, reputed to be among the most knowledgeable in baseball -- are well aware that any team trotting out a squad consisting of Justin Christian, Xavier Nady, Richie Sexon, and Sidney Ponson in mid August is not a contender, let alone the class of the league. They don't need a writer to tell them this. Instead, maybe they need some writers who can help them analyze this new reality as opposed to dwell on the end of a party everyone left hours and hours ago.
Astros 3, Giants 1: There's been loose talk about Barry Bonds coming to Houston. It's pretty clear that that's not happening, but that has less to do with all of the Home Run King's baggage than it does with the fact that Ty Wigginton (2-3, HR, 3 RBI) is all the offense the Astros need.
Indians 13, Orioles 8: Sloppy, listless, and giving up 28 runs in your last two games is no way to go through life, Baltimore.
Red Sox 5, White Sox 1: John Danks goes from no-hitting the Sox into the seventh inning to giving up the go-ahead runs in that same inning and getting hung with the loss. A loss, by the way, which see-saws the Twins back into first place. I love half-game margins like this. I hope they go back and forth for two weeks.
Dodgers 8, Phillies 6: Manny was late to take his position in left in the ninth because he thought Torre had taken him out of the game. He had gone to the bathroom and had untucked his shirt and everything. Red Sox fans used to be able to tell you how cute this sort of thing is but I can't find one who thinks it's funny anymore.