Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where Brandon John Morrow totally got Stieb'd in the no-no.
Game of the Day: Blue Jays 1, Rays 0
Eight and two-thirds: Brandon Morrow(notes) turned in one of the top pitching performances in history, and seemed to take things in stride after Evan Longoria(notes) broke up his no-hitter with two outs in the ninth. Two outs?!
"That would have been a great feat, but I'll start at a complete-game, one-hit shutout with 17 strikeouts," Morrow said.
Up there with a legend: Losing a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth is hard enough. How about having it happen three times? In 1988, legendary Blue Jays right-hander Dave Stieb had consecutive no-hitters broken up with two outs in the ninth. The next season, he was one out away from a perfect game when someone spoiled it.the Toronto Star:
"You realize it was a good game," Stieb said. "You won, which you set to do in the beginning. You forget it and relish the win, but it will haunt you. I think of mine still to this day."
In 1990, Stieb finally passed the Great No-No Barrier and finished off a no-hitter.
Sugardaddy: Yahoo! Sports' own Steve Henson writes that Morrow has to walk a fine line to stay right because of Type 1 diabetes.
Rays against the machine: Morrow was gunning for MLB's sixth no-hitter of the season and the third involving the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to their own Matt Garza(notes) tossing the majors' previous no-no July 26, the Rays have been no-hit twice.
Tim Marchman of Sports Illustrated wonders if the Rays have a blind spot for being no-hit.
Fielders of dreams: Almost every no-hitter features a great defensive play that keeps the dream alive. Despite losing the no-no, Morrow could thank outfielder Vernon Wells(notes) for caring enough to dislocate a toe making this play in the sixth.
Ironically, coincidentally — iroincidentally — Dewayne Wise(notes) was playing left field for the Jays. He helped preserve Mark Buehrle's(notes) perfect game against the Rays in 2009 with a great catch.
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They Also Played...
Cardinals at Marlins, ppd. (rain): After starting about an hour late because of the rain, they had a window of about five minutes to play nine innings. It was not a big enough window.
Twins 5, Indians 4: Every time that Jim Thome(notes) does something these days, he tends to be mentioned with a Hall of Famer. His two-run homer in the fifth, which got the Twins on the board to start a comeback, also gave him 1,601 RBIs to surpass Napoleon Lajoie for 31st on the career list. Lajoie also is the favorite player of Mr. Burns on the "Simpsons."
Tigers 9, Angels 4: It's kind of jolting when the Tigers win these days. It's like, "Oh, they did?"
Phillies 6, Mets 5: Aside from talking forward, tell me if Raul Ibañez doesn't sound a little like Yoda here when breaking down his return to form of late:
"There's a lot of stuff that you do, and the harder you look, the less you find," said Ibañez, who is riding a 16-game hitting streak. "You have to back off and trust everything you've done. Less is more. The most important thing is to relax through the swing."
Remember your Jedi training, you must.
Orioles 4, White Sox 3: The O's have won five of six since the Buckwalter Show started. Ironically, this is just how Dave Trembley drew it up in spring training. Only now they get it.
Brewers 11, Astros 6: Some moves need to happen, but I like the Brewers to win the 2011 NL Central. They're close.
Reds 11, Cubs 4: "Spiraling out of control?" Lou Piniella said, encapsulating the Cubs season with one rhetorical question. Meanwhile, an epic battle for first place awaits the Redlegs in
St. Louis Cincinnati starting Monday night.
Mariners 3, Royals 2: Really, if they had just played the game using a MicroLeague simulator, it would have saved thousands in overhead.
Yankees 7, Red Sox 2: If only the Yankees could get out of A.J. Burnett(notes) what they did out of Dustin Moseley(notes). ... Derek Jeter(notes) — 2,875 career hits. Babe Ruth — 2,873. But Jeter never walked across the street to McCuddy's Bar in Chicago for a hot dog and a beer during a game, so the Sultan still has that on the Captain.
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