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The Juice: Padilla no-hits Padres for seven, finishes with shutout

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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Dodger Stadium, where the San Diego Padres could not burst Vicente Padilla's(notes) bubbles.

Game of the Day: Dodgers 9, Padres 0

And-a-one, and-a-two: Padilla confounded the Padres, no-hitting them through seven innings by mixing fastballs in the low 90s with an eephus pitch that doesn't even go the speed limit. He finished with a two-hit shutout Wednesday night.

"It's fun to watch it," teammate Andre Ethier(notes) said of Padilla's unorthodox pitch. "I like to see guys take a hack at it. I cringe sometimes when I see some guys foul off a good one. He knows what he's doing and he's been doing good with it all year."

Watch Padilla dazzle with the "bubble pitch" (w/ Vin Scully commentary)

Laugh it up: Some scoffed at the Dodgers when they announced that Padilla would be their opening-day starter. Aside from elbow soreness that cost him several starts, he's been great. Since he's returned from the disabled list, the 32-year-old has four victories and a 1.80 ERA. The sweaty right-hander from Nicaragua also collected two hits and an RBI against the Friars.

Squat: Russell Martin's(notes) season might be over. He has a labral tear in his right hip.

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They Also Played...

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Rangers 11, Mariners 6: Because the Nolan Ryan-Mark Cuban auction happened concurrently, the Rangers value went up $84 million during the game. It would make catcher Bengie Molina(notes) (above) and teammates happier if they had stock.

"I just know it's a whole lot of money," David Murphy(notes) said. "Obviously, they wanted the franchise pretty bad to invest that much."

Reds 9, Pirates 4: Does Dusty Baker realize the Reds are better off with Paul Janish(notes) at shortstop? O-Cab should catch a cab to ... O-Ville.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 1: Are the Yankees going to let the security guard who retrieved A-Rod's 600th go to lunch with him and Cameron Diaz? That was the deal!

Cubs 15, Brewers 3: Four hits for rookie supreme Starlin Castro(notes), and roasted Sausages for everyone!

Twins 2, Rays 1: The teams combined to go 2 for 25 with runners in scoring position. Good pitching, or bad hitting? I'm going with bad hitting; It took the Twins four innings to get to Lance Cormier(notes), who hadn't pitched in more than two weeks. And, to begin with, he's Lance Cormier.

Rockies 6, Giants 1: Not only did Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) win his 17th game, he scored the decisive run from first base on a double in the second inning.

"Ooh, that was a long way," Jimenez said, only half joking. "I couldn't get my breath again until the fifth inning. I was really tired."

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Orioles 9, Angels 7: Buck Showalter's been there 48 hours and already the O's have assured themselves of their fifth series victory of the season (in 35 tries). The man is a genius!

Phillies 7, Marlins 2: Domonic Brown(notes) makes it all better for the Phillies. Three RBIs, plus an assist from right field. Dom Perignon >>> Cristal.

White Sox 4, Tigers 1: Edwin Jackson(notes) walked only one in his White Sox debut, though the Tigers finished with 10 hits and stranded 11 baserunners, so the score could have gone the other way. But, as Jim Leyland astutely pointed out, it didn't.

"It's great to have opportunities, but someone has to drive them in," Leyland said. "It isn't going to be me — I was a career .233 hitter in the minor leagues — so these guys have to do it."

Braves 8, Mets 3: The Braves are 13-1 in Kris Medlen's(notes) starts — but now he's got an elbow problem and it could be bad.

Indians 9, Red Sox 1: Is that any way to greet Jacoby Ellsbury(notes)? By the by, the Tribe is 12-8 since the All-Star break, and they've beaten some good teams along the way. They're not horrendous. Let's hear it for Cleveland!

Cardinals 8, Astros 4: The Fredbirds couldn't let the Astros sweep, no matter how good they've been playing since selling off their stars. ... Albert Pujols(notes) stands at 393 career homers after connecting against J.A. Happ(notes).

Athletics 4, Royals 3: Michael Wuertz(notes) is 4 for 4 in save opportunities with Andrew Bailey(notes) on the shelf right now. Ex-Cub Factor. Is that good or bad? Can't ever remember.

Nationals 7, D-backs 2: Adam Dunn(notes) hit two homers in front of the smallest crowd in Chase Field history. You had a feeling they were getting there. Every game story has mentioned how "it's only 843 more than the lowest-attended game ever." So, they made it.

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