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The Juice: Huff homers against Bell in 9th, Giants win in 12

David Brown
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A schedule-shortened five innings — and just five items — to get you going. Ladies and gentleman of the Stew, take a sip of morning Juice.

1. Mmm, chocolate uniforms: Wearing the '84 Padres brown retro uniforms, closer Heath Bell looked like a chocolate bear (on the right).

Aubrey Huff was unafraid, hitting a tying home run against him in the ninth — Bell's first homer allowed in 100 games — and San Francisco's offense broke through with four more runs in the 12th to beat San Diego 6-2 at Petco Park.

Luke Gregerson just couldn't find the strike zone. His handlebar mustache, and his stuff, need work. Say, how many innings, or days, would it have taken the Padres to make up four runs in extras?

2. Asdrubal is Asdrubal does: After getting first-inning home runs by Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana, the Cleveland Indians cruised past the Orioles 8-4 and moved back into first place in the AL Central by percentage points ahead of Detroit.

3. Gimme five!: Derek Holland pitched a five-hitter after being perfect for the first five innings, and his offense provided more than enough support in the Texas Rangers' 5-0 victory at Seattle. If it would have been their fifth straight win, Ron Washington would have to play those 5s in the lottery, no? But they've won eight straight, so the heck with that.

4. Eight out of nine ain't bad: This would have been a keen 2-0 victory for the Cubs if major league games were eight innings long. Alas, closer Carlos Marmol had a moment in the ninth inning and the Florida Marlins put up SIX runs for a stunning 6-3 victory at Wrigley Field. Marmol walked the first three batters he faced — throwing one strike along the way — and Greg Dobbs made sure things really went to heck from there.

5. Black day for Bartolo: Apparently worried about re-injuring his hamstring, Bartolo Colon says he can't get any sink on his sinker and that's why the Blue Jays blasted him for eight runs in a 16-7 Canadian thumping of the Yankees. Could be, but he also was reaching about 88 mph on his fastball. Only so much time can be borrowed.

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