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The Juice: Mariners' Bradley stops pointing, comes out swinging

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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Safeco Field in Seattle where, rather than pointing a certain finger at the fans, Milton Bradley(notes) made it a point to swing for the fences.

Game of the Day:

Mariners 3, Athletics 0

Bradley picked the right moment to bust out the whoopin' stick, launching a three-run homer against sidewinder Brad Ziegler(notes) to break up a scoreless tie in the bottom of the eighth. The M's hadn't seen home plate in 20 innings and Bradley came into the game stuck in a 1-for-22 rut.

They both needed it badly.

"If you keep working hard, talent is going to surpass bad luck," said Bradley, who earned a squeeze from Ken Griffey Jr.(notes), one of the M's designated huggers.

M's right-hander Doug Fister(notes) (Fistered!) put up zeroes to match, then surpass, young A's ace Brett Anderson(notes). But the Mariners' inability to score might have reached the absurd point in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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With Chone Figgins(notes) leading from second base, Ziegler let go of a pitch that should have gone back to the screen. But catcher Kurt Suzuki(notes) made an athletic lunge to his right to snare the ball. He then recovered, throwing strongly and precisely to third to get Figgins.

Watch it go down!

Just a few days after making an obscene gesture at fans, Bradley was having an obscene amount of fun being on the receiving end of a celebratory beer shower. And the Mariners' season, off to a troubling start after a championship winter, has found some promise.

"We needed one thing to spark us," Fister said. "That's what tonight was. We just needed a little momentum, and that's what we've got."

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They also played

Reds 10, Marlins 8 (11 inn.) Check out Francisco Cordero(notes) (right). Even he can't believe that play by Suzuki.

Anyway, each of the Reds' five victories have come in their last at-bat. That makes for some long days at the office. Dusty sounds ready for a break.

"I can't even think," he said with a chuckle. "I'm so tired."

What about you, Fredi Gonzalez? How are the Fish taking losing two straight in extras?

"I don't know about the team, but I have a couple of headaches," Gonzalez said.

Nice individual news for the Marlins: Jorge Cantu(notes) became the first player since 1921 to get at least one hit and one RBI in the first eight games of the season.

"Wow," Cantu said. "I didn't know that. Wow. I'm speechless. What a great accomplishment."

Yeah, well there's bad news for Cantu, too: He also made a costly error that led to three unearned runs in the fourth.

This is a great accomplishment as well: Chris Coghlan's(notes) law — just because you're 1-for-23, doesn't mean you can't still catch the ball.

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2: And the Oscar goes to A.J. Pierzynski(notes) for getting "hit" by a pitch before Alex Rios'(notes) homer. You had to know Ricky Romero's(notes) no-hitter was about to expire.

Yankees 7, Angels 5: Isn't it weird that Hideki Matsui(notes) and the Angels just happened to be in town for opening day at new damn Yankee Stadium when the champions were passing out World Series rings? It's almost like Major League Baseball planned it. Impossible! But still a mighty coincidence.

Dodgers 9, D-backs 5: It's just a product of my generation, but I'm kind of annoyed that Clayton Kershaw(notes) isn't New Sandy Koufax right now. But then I remember that he applies his facial hair with magic marker. His time — and his beard — will come. Hopefully in about five days.

Tigers 6, Royals 5: If this were the Old West, the Earp Brothers would take down the dastardly Kansas City bullpen like the mangy dogs they are. Except for the Mexicutioner. He can say.

Rockies 11, Mets 3: John Maine(notes) probably speaks for Mets fans when he says: "I hate everything that's going on for me now."

Rays 8, Orioles 6 (10 inn.): It's not 1988 bad for the Orioles — an 0-21 start is no longer possible — but it's not like Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray are walking through that door to save them. Good news: It was Matt Wieters(notes) orange T-shirt night at Camden Yards.

Pirates 6, Giants 5: A big error by Edgar Renteria(notes) means that Evan Meek(notes) shall inherit the win.

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