Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Atlanta where, thanks in part to a familiar fall face, the Braves' prospects for the playoffs are suddenly looking up.
Game of the Day: Braves 3, Marlins 2
E for the 'W': Eric Hinske has been an OK platoon guy for the Braves, but he'll be worth his weight in pounds if his pinch-hit, two-run homer — Atlanta's key blow Tuesday — helps them make the playoffs. It was his first homer since Aug. 28.
"Hopefully, it's contagious. It's do-or-die time. We've got to win every game now," Hinske [said].
Now that's a pro who knows his clichés.
Card these guys: The NL East is lost, but the Braves have won two in a row and it's done wonders for their place in the wild-card standings. They're up 1 1/2 games on the Padres.
Maybe Bobby Cox will get to say good-bye in the playoffs, after all.
Back to the Future IV: Since the 2007 season, just try playing a World Series without Hinske. You can't do it. He was there each time: First with the Boston Red Sox, then the Tampa Bay Rays and, in '09, the New York Yankees.
Here it is 2010, and there's Hinske again, lurking in the Series shadows with the Atlanta Braves. What is it with this guy? Did he steal Marty McFly's Grays Sports Almanac from 2000, so he knows who all's going every year?
Well, if Hinske did, it's the Braves' turn. I just hope that Biff Tannen doesn't find out.
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They Also Played...
Cubs 5, Padres 2: Remember that 10-game losing streak for the Padres? Well, it's become a 21-of-32 losing ... thingie. Mat Latos(notes) is toast with two "T's." The Giants could clinch in two days. It's all gone to heck.
(Editor's note: I call this photo "Stairs Elevates.")
White Sox 5, Red Sox 4: Boston gave it a good run. They're welcome — yes, the whole town — to watch the playoffs on my living room TV. Just call ahead.
Mariners 3, Rangers 1: King Felix commands you: Vote Hernandez for Cy Young.
Pirates 7, Cardinals 2: The Fredbirds owned the Reds in head-to-head play, but went 26-33 against the rest of the NL Central. They also couldn't beat losing teams. Therefore, for them, hunting season starts early. Except for TLR.
[David] Price [right] agonized much of the day over a critical comment he posted the previous night on Twitter, blasting the low attendance — 12,446 — for a potential clincher that Tampa Bay lost to Baltimore on Monday night.
"That was a nightmare. I knew if I didn’t throw well, I was going to be done" with the fans, Price said.
"All day. Everything that led up to it was terrible," Price added. "We want more fans here, obviously. We love our fans that come, that's not what I was saying last night."
(Editor's note: I love how the clinching T-shirts say "playoffs" AND "postseason." The Department of Redundancy Dept. has been called.)
Mets 4, Brewers 3: There was a home run, and some other kind of hit, and the score might have flipped in the ninth inning. I don't really know. Really, ask a friend.
Tigers at Indians, ppd. (rain): Let them play two Wednesday. It won't hurt anybody.
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