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The Minnesota Twins were in trouble. With superstar catcher Joe Mauer back home seeing to the birth of actual twins, the club needed someone to take his place in the lineup. Considering that Tim Laudner, Mike Redmond, Lenny Webster and other awesome Twins backup catchers of the past were otherwise occupied, manager Ron Gardenhire turned to Chris Herrmann. And he came through on both sides of the ball, handling rookie pitcher Kyle Gibson and hitting a grand slam in the 10th inning to help the Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-3. Via the Associated Press:
Mauer was scratched just before gametime and left the team to be with his wife, Maddie, who went into labor with twins -- naturally. As a result, Herrmann made his seventh start behind the plate in the majors and fourth this season.
And he made it count, doing those things behind the plate that are hard to understand but you know are valuable. He also came through with a thundering homer against Ernesto Frieri after shark-eyed Ryan Doumit had put the Twins ahead with an RBI double. The monster Twins rally mooted a nice comeback for the Angels against closer Glen Perkins, who had walked in the tying run in the ninth and ended his scoreless streak at 19 2/3 innings.
Astros 5, Athletics 4: A three-run ninth inning against Grant Balfour — who blew a save for the first time in 45 attempts since April 2012 — was capped by a madcap dash home by rookie Jonathan Villar. The A's made about two bad throws too many on the final play of the game.
Pirates 5, Nationals 1: That's the best Gerrit Cole has looked so far, and time is starting to slip away from the Nats.
Mets 4, Braves 1: Carlos Torres with a nice glimpse into the future maybe.
Cardinals 4, Phillies 1: Shelby Miller with a nice glimpse into the present.
Red Sox 6, Rays 2: Jon Lester needed a good performance.
Yankees 5, Rangers 4: Kind of like whenever Joe Nathan pitches against the Yankees in the playoffs.
Royals 3, Orioles 2: Bruce Chen comes through, and Greg Holland got out of a big jam in the ninth.
Mariners 4, Indians 3: The M's have won eight straight.
Padres 6, Brewers 2: First back-to-back wins for the Friars since June 20-21.
Marlins 4, Rockies 2: Welcome to the majors, Christian Yelich!
“With the [Ryan] Braun case, I think it’s absolutely despicable how he handled it. I’m glad he got caught. He went out of his way to try to bring people down and cover up his lies and now he looks like Lance Armstrong.”
The national champion Louisville men's basketball team, led by coach Rick Pitino, visited the White House on Tuesday and presented President Barack Obama with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
• The Nats collected three hits and have lost 10 of 12.
• The White Sox made four errors, their highest total in two years.
• Texas's bullpen ran up a streak of 25 1/3 scoreless innings until Nathan lost the lead against the Yankees.