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The Juice: Marquis outshines Lincecum, shuts out the champs

Mark Townsend
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Nine innings, nine items to get you going. Ladies and gentleman of the Stew, take a sip of morning Juice.

1. Marquis Matchup: Tim Lincecum was the main attraction at Nationals Park, but it was the home team's Jason Marquis who somehow stole the show in the Nats' 3-0 victory on Friday night.

How does a five-hit, seven-strikeout, no-walk, complete game shutout sound? That might be what we counted on from the former two-time Cy Young winner going in, but that's what Marquis, the 12-year journeyman, delivered in his 99th career victory.

"He was really good. He just made the game feel really comfortable for everyone in our dugout," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "He was extremely sharp. He had everything working. Pitching controls the game, and he was in complete control tonight."

But Jason didn't just control the game from the mound. He also displayed some fine bat control, tomahawking an eye level 0-2 fastball from Lincecum for an RBI single. That raised his season average to a cool .385.

2. Smooth: Your first career grand slam is a walk-off to defeat your division rivals from Detroit? Yeah, that's smooth, Carlos Santana. Indians win 9-5. Their 11th in a row at Progressive Field.

3. Slammed again: Ryan Howard knocked in six, including a sixth-inning grand slam off Dillon Gee, as the Phillies thumped the Mets 10-3. That runs the total up to 18 grannies allowed by New York since they hit their last in Aug. 2009.

4. Ricky's reaction: Toronto's Ricky Romero was lucky to leave Yankee Stadium with his health, let alone a victory. But he managed to do both, snatching a vicious Mark Teixeira liner in self defense and limiting New York to two runs over six innings in a 5-3 Blue Jays victory.  {YSP:MORE}

Watch Romero's quick glove

5. You OK, Dice-K?: The Red Sox dropped a tough 5-4 decision to the Mariners on Friday despite getting two home runs from Mike Cameron. But a bigger concern developed when Daisuke Matsuzaka had to exit early with tightness in his pitching elbow. Early indications suggest the injury is not serious, but more will be known when he's examined on Saturday.

6. April in the mountains: With snowflakes falling faster than the Carlos Gonzalez's batting average (.216), Kevin Correia and three Pirates relievers combined to shut out the Rockies, 3-0. That's the first time Pittsburgh has blanked Colorado at Coors Field.

7. Mr. Padre-Killer: Tony Gwynn won the hearts of Padres fans. Tony Gwynn Jr. has made a career out of breaking them. He did it in 2007. He did it three weeks ago. And he did it again last night, killing San Diego's rally against Jonathan Broxton and preserving the Dodgers 3-2 win with a sensational game-ending diving catch.

8. Role reversal: The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves on the right side of a blown save for a change, tying the game in the ninth against Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel. From there it was the always dangerous ... Nick Punto (is that right?) tripling home two as the Redbirds won it 5-3 in 11.

9. Overstocked with pitching: The A's played their first game in the newly named Coliseum. I guess that's how they play on paying the recently extended Trevor Cahill, who improved to 4-0 in Oakland's 3-1 win over Texas. His seven shutout innings lowered his season ERA to 1.88, and served as another reminder that Oakland's pitching is a force to deal with.

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