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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Detroit, where Johnny Damon's(notes) career seems analogous to the troubled city. After collecting career hit 2,500, plus a game-ending homer, it's like Damon was saying, "I'm still relevant! Don't throw me away!"

Game of the Day: Tigers 7, Orioles 5 (11 inn.)

Rust collector: Once vibrant and productive, Detroit 36-year-old Johnny Damon has been facing a crossroads. With an OPS about 80 points below last season's, was Damon going to produce something new, or just coast on past achievement?

Well, how about a milestone? Career hit No. 2,500 (92nd all time, eighth active) came in the third inning and brought the fans at Comerica Park to their feet for the aging mercenary.

"This is my first year here, and I've been OK, but I've wanted to do a lot more than I have," Damon said. "That's why it meant the world to me to get that kind of reaction. I've always thought Detroit had great fans, but tonight cemented that in my heart."

Johnny, if you put cement in your heart, it will stop beating and you will die, so cut out that talk.

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Damon's homer, which came off David Hernandez(notes), capped a big rally; The Tigers went into the bottom of the eighth trailing 4-1. After Damon led off the ninth with a walk, Detroit tied the score on Miguel Cabrera's(notes) two-run homer against closer Alfredo Simon(notes).

Simon says, "Blow the save!"

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They Also Played...

Rockies 12, Cardinals 9: "Baseball's crazy, even stupid sometimes" — Seth Smith(notes), after his three-run homer with two outs capped a nine-run, ninth-inning rally, giving the Rox the biggest such comeback in the major leagues since at least 1918.

Yankees 6, Athletics 1: A-Rod earned his 21st career grand slam plus a few gifts from Dallas Braden(notes) who sent him a care package.

Braves 6, Phillies 3 (11 inn.): The Phillies managed three hits and need runs but refuse to call up prospect Domonic Brown(notes), who is tearing up the minors. It's like general manager Ruben Amaro is under domonic possession — you might say — preventing him from putting Brown in left field. Do it, Ruben, and make Raul Ibañez a $10 million version of Greg Dobbs(notes).

Nationals 6, Padres 5: Nats' slugger Ryan Zimmerman(notes) continues to make a great All-Star case by hitting two home runs, including the game-ender. It's too bad for Invader Zim that you should Vote-o for my friend Joey Vot-to.

Twins 7, Blue Jays 6: Delmon Young(notes) said he wears a tattered "Eastbound and Down" T-shirt as a lucky garment. He's just a few clicks from making the All-Star team, so more Kenny Powers to him.

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Mets 3, Reds 0: Mr. Richard Fader of Ft. Lee, New Jersey writes in and says: "Dear Johan Santana(notes)-dana, I am a very big Mets fan. Thank you for hitting your first career home run and tossing a three-hit shutout."

Rays 3, Red Sox 2: So injury riddled are the Red Sox that when Kevin Youkilis(notes) went down with his ankle attack, or whatever it was, they had to bring 90-year-old coach Johnny Pesky off the bench to take his place. Accordingly, Rays manager Joe Maddon walked David Ortiz(notes) intentionally three times just to pitch to the void in the lineup. Well, it worked out.

Astros 6, Pirates 2: The location of Wandy Rodriguez(notes) had been wandering, but he's throwing the ball wherever he wants to right now. Yeah, the Pirates can't really deal with competence, so...

Rangers 12, Indians 1: Scary stuff in the stands.

Giants 6, Brewers 1: He's not old enough until August, but teammates drenched 20-year-old rookie Madison Bumgarner(notes) with beer to celebrate his first major league victory. Hey, when in Wisconsin, do as the locals do...

White Sox 4, Angels 1: One of the best victories of the season for the South Side, if only because it was so costly. Ace Jake Peavy(notes) took himself out of the game in a second inning because of a strained lat muscle. He's going to miss many weeks.

Cubs 6, D-backs 4: Are the Cubs still here?

Royals 3, Mariners 2: Zack Greinke(notes) has allowed one run in his past 39 innings against the Mariners.

Dodgers 7, Marlins 3: The Dodgers apparently beat up right-hander Chris Volstad(notes) so badly, the Fish sent him down to Class AAA.

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