Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts along the banks of the Ohio River, where yet more Philadelphia Phillies turned up buried in shallow graves. OK, it's not that bad, but the two-time defending NL champions can't possibly stand another brotherly lovin' injury.
Game of the Day: Phillies 9, Reds 6 (10 inn.)
Stricken: It seems like Reds left-hander Arthur Rhodes(notes) has been pitching almost as long as Jamie Moyer(notes). Speaking of a long time, Rhodes hadn't allowed a run in a major league record-tying 33 appearances, but he wouldn't get to 34. Ryan Howard(notes) led off the 10th with a double and, after Jayson Werth(notes) walked, Raul Ibañez (right) stroked a go-ahead double.
The Phillies scored two more and could breathe a sigh of relief. Losing the game, in addition to the members of the starting lineup who had gone down already, would have been tough to take.
This hurts: Before the game, the Phillies put infielders Chase Utley(notes) (thumb) and Placido Polanco(notes) (elbow) on the disabled list. They might be there awhile. Yes, that was the sound of a collective scream coming from Philly. Not long ago, starting catcher Carlos Ruiz(notes) also landed on the DL, joining setup man Ryan Madson(notes). Shortstop Jimmy Rollins(notes), right-hander Joe Blanton(notes) and closer Brad Lidge(notes) just got back from the DL.
Really, the Phillies' DL is like that deal at a hot new club, where the door guy can only let in so many guys at a time. Everybody
hits hurts! Things are so bad, the club had to bring up punchless infielder Brian Bocock(notes) just for sophomoric laughs.
"We're a good team," Werth said. "We have faith in each other. We've been here before. We're resilient. We lost Jimmy in '08. We lost Chase in '07. We lost J-Roll this year. We're still where we're at. We play the [National League] East a lot in September."
Call for backup: With Mike Lieberthal and Steve Jeltz next on the call list, unlikely power sources Brian Schneider and Wilson Valdez(notes) (Wilson Valdez???) put the Phils ahead with three-run homers against Mike Leake(notes).
Votto (right) is posing like a whiplash victim there.
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They Also Played ...
Mariners 7, Yankees 4: OMG, Cliff Lee(notes) gave up a walk. "I'm not too pleased about it," he said. "My goal ... is to not walk anyone for a whole season." ... OMG, look at all of the runs the M's scored against Phil Hughes(notes).
Angels 6, Rangers 5: By the time he batted in the ninth — with a home run already in the books — cheers had turned to jeers for former Angel Vladimir Guerrero(notes). He struck out against closer Brian Fuentes(notes), for the next-to-last out, as the Angels held off the division leaders.
Dodgers 4, Giants 2: Why are the Dodgers trying to drive Matt Kemp(notes) out of town? He didn't start for the third straight game, as if they have better players. As for the Giants, Pablo Sandoval(notes) made another baserunning goof and the fans are starting to grow impatient with his Pandantics.
Red Sox 8, Rays 5: Read my lips: No new injuries for the Red Sox.
Marlins 7, Mets 6: These teams also plan to go after LeBron.
"I'm blessed to have the opportunity to be compared sometimes with him," Pujols said.
Just don't call him El Hombre, or else he will destroy our planet!
White Sox 4, Royals 3: Gavin Floyd(notes) beats Brian Bannister(notes), son of former Sox left-hander FLOYD BANNISTER. Also, Floyd and his wife, Leanne, found out they will be the parents of a baby boy. They must name him Bannister, obviously. Don't break the chain!
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