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Alfonso Soriano is the George Bailey of Major League Baseball; he's got friends everywhere. Not only did Yankee Stadium go bonkers for Fonzie on Sunday when he hit his first home run back with the New York Yankees, but his old team was watching, too, nearly 3,000 miles away at AT&T Park. From Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune:
Dale Sveum was doing his pre-game media briefing in his clubhouse office Sunday morning when he was interrupted by a roar, drowning out his thoughts.
Soriano had just hit his first home run as a Yankee since returning to the Bronx on Friday, and his former teammates screamed and shouted as though they were sitting in the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium.
That was all the players needed to psyche themselves up.
Soriano delivered four hits on the day, including a walkoff single in a 6-5 victory against the Rays otherwise overshadowed by Derek Jeter. Not long after, the Cubs completed their first sweep in San Francisco since 1993 with a 2-1 victory. The Cubs finished 6-4 on a road trip that started with Soriano and Matt Garza on the roster and ended with Junior Lake as their hope for the future. Soriano, especially, left his mark in Chicago:
''He's our boy. He just needs to keep doing what he's been doing," Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo said.
Braves 5, Cardinals 2: A sweep for the Braves after Jason Heyward goes deep.
Marlins 3, Pirates 2: Thanks to a 13-strikeout performance by Jose Fernandez, the Marlins took two of three from the playoff-contending Bucs. Oh, and Miami accepted the resignation of batting coach Tino Martinez. Physical and verbal abuse has been alleged.
Royals 4, White Sox 2 (11 inn.): Kansas City is back at .500 after winning six straight, with Alex Gordon coming through with the go-ahead home run. In the 10th, outfielder Jarod Dyston threw out Blake Tekotte at home plate. For these reasons and others, the Royals say they are not selling their players at the trade deadline. The White Sox are "cellars."
Indians 6, Rangers 0: Hey, should the Rangers be sellers too? I kid, but they've lost 12 of 15 after Ubaldo Jimenez went to work on them.
Athletics 10, Angels 6: Just as he said he would at the All-Star Game, slugger Yoenis Cespedes is heating up.
Nationals 14, Mets 1: Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam and the Nats have won four of five to maybe, we'll see, save their season.
Padres 1, Diamondbacks 0: In a holdover from the record barrage of 1-0 games on Saturday, the Padres beat the D-backs by the bare minimum behind right-hander Tyson Ross.
Blue Jays 2, Astros 1: Pick up Colby Rasmus in your fantasy league if he's available. He's raking.
Rockies 6, Brewers 5: It's always a good day when Tulo contributes.
Red Sox 5, Orioles 0: Phone service at Camden Yards was restored thanks to David Ortiz and Jon Lester.
Mariners 6, Twins 4: Ryan Franklin hit two home runs, and Joe Mauer has returned from being a parent. It's all up to his wife now. As Hyman Roth in "The Godfather" said, "This is the life we've CHOSEN!"
''This is definitely what we envisioned coming out of spring training."
— Denard Span of the Nationals, who had four hits
Sunny, of Korea's pop music sensation Girls Generation, does a great impersonation of Bronson Arroyo as she throws out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium.
• David Wright of the Mets was given day off for the third time this season.
• The Giants, who have lost seven of eight, lead the league with 76 errors. They also will visit the White House on Monday to meet President Obama, and are bringing Hall of Famer Willie Mays along.
• The Reds are 19-19 in games started by an opposing lefty.
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