Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in sunny Florida, where the on-deck circle can be a dangerous place.
Game of the Day: Marlins 7, Braves 6 (10 inn.)
Head! Move! It's remarkable Emilio Bonifacio(notes) kept his composure after fouling a line drive off Logan Morrison's(notes) helmet as Morrison stood in the on-deck circle in the 10th inning. Just the sound of the ball making an impact is sickening.
Morrison was unavailable, so Scott Cousins(notes) stepped in and hit a long single over the drawn-in defense to give the Marlins a victory that left the Braves stunned. They had clawed back from an early 6-0 deficit.
Morrison was taken to the clubhouse, but he's expected to be OK.
"Definitely a roller-coaster," Cousins said. "You go from, 'Oh no, here's one of our hottest bats in the lineup going down,' to 'This nobody just hit a walk-off.' You can't really describe that. It's just crazy."
The Marlins, unlike the last time, even pulled off the postgame face pie without a major injury:
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They Also Played...
Blue Jays 7, Yankees 3: The Yanks were doing fine — eight wins in a row — until that nosy A-Rod came off the DL and ruined everything.
Nationals 8, Pirates 1: In the future, games between also-rans will be played in a virtual reality stadium to save $$$ on overhead. Your cerebral cortex won't know the difference. Now finish your nano beer and Soylent Dog before the Robot Umpire Overlords make with the Seventh Inning Extinctions.
Orioles 8, Rays 7: Spoiler, schmoiler, the O's say.
"Spoiler or anything, we're going out there looking to win some games," said Nick Markakis(notes), who had two hits and two RBIs. "That's the main objective here, and I think we're on the right path."
Rockies 4, Padres 2: Rocktubular.
Astros 3, D-backs 2: John Hester(notes) (left) and Astros catcher Jason Castro(notes) got their helmets mixed up after Hester makes a brutal baserunning decision. Guess which of these guys went to Stanford. ... Trick question! Both.
Mariners 3, Indians 0: Felix Hernandez(notes) might whittle his ERA down to invisible by the end of the season. One thing about the whole run-support thing for King Felix: Do the Mariners score runs for any of their pitchers? No, they do not. Do they score hugs? Yes. Or did, until Mike Sweeney(notes) up and left.
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