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McCann Slam: Altanta Braves catcher Brian McCann won't be going to the All-Star Game for the first time since 2005. The Philadelphia Phillies must be wondering why, because for the second time in three games against them this season, McCann connected for a Grand Slam — he settled for a solo homer in the third game — which helped Atlanta secure a 5-0 victory and spoiled the return of their own former all-star, Ryan Howard.
Howard was greeted by a standing ovation from the Citizens Bank Park crowd when he stepped to the plate leading off the second. He promptly doubled, but was ultimately left stranded right there. He later singled in the seventh, giving him half of Philadelphia's hits against Tim Hudson over his seven scoreless innings. So a good night for Howard, but more of the same for the Phillies.
At least it was sorta quick?: The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox needed 42 minutes to complete their first inning. The inning included ten runs — five each, making it the first game since Aug 29, 2005 where both teams scored at least five runs (Indians 6, Tigers 5) in the first inning, according to Elias — nine hits, one error, one walk, one hit batter, one wild pitch, and three sacrifice flies.
From there things "settled down" a bit, as both starting pitchers — Josh Beckett and Hiroki Kuroda — made it through five innings. A Yankees four-run seventh inning rally, highlighted by Mark Teixeira's two-run double, would then prove to be the difference as they held on for a 10-8 win in exactly one minute under four hours. Which is a real good thing considering the teams are scheduled for a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.Read More »from The Juice: McCann’s grand slam spoils Ryan Howard’s return, Luke Scott busts slump with homer