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The Juice: Phillies drown Marlins in cruel doubleheader sweep

David Brown
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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. Did someone forget to feed the Fish?: The Philadelphia Phillies cruelly swept the Florida Marlins in a doubleheader Wednesday, and they took all day to do it because it was a day-night deal.

They won 8-1 in Game 1 behind a strong performance by unicorn (?) and non-ace Kyle Kendrick, and rallied to win 5-4 in Game 2 after falling behind early with ace-ace Roy Halladay.

In the nightcap ("No thanks — I don't wear them"), the Phanatics tied the score in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out, two-run single by Shane Victorino against closer Leo Nuñez. In the 10th, Chooch Ruiz hit an RBI single to finish off the Marlins, who have dropped six straight games and 16 of 18. The Fish were two games out of first place 11 days ago. Now they're 10 1/2 out. Really depressing.

2. Never too late for love: Maybe Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero will finally get the girls after a lovely 12-strikeout performance in a 4-1 victory against the Orioles. Hang in there, Ricky!

3. Better, best, Beckett: When Boston's Josh Beckett is on, few are better. He was on against the Rays, tossing a one-hitter with no walks, retiring the final 19 batters and needing only 97 pitches in a 3-0 blanking at Tropicana Field. Reid Brignac's infield single was the only damage. The only damage against Jeremy Hellickson was a three-run homer in the seventh by Kevin Youkilis. It came after — wait for it — an intentional walk of Adrian Gonzalez.

4. Livan likes his moneyyyyyyyyyyyyy: The Nationals gave Livan Hernandez a pie in the face — that's a first for him — after he pitched a three-hitter against the Cardinals in a 10-0 rout. Mike Morse had three hits by himself for the Nats, and two were home runs.

5. Show me some sock: {YSP:MORE}

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Going with a pitcher named Outman seems like the socksy call every time, and the Oakland Athletics just happen to have Josh Outman, who allowed four hits over seven in a 2-1 victory against the Royals.

6. Back to .500: Dillon Gee didn't get the victory (Bobby Parnell did) because of a rain delay, but he and the Mets bullpen were a big reason for a 4-0 victory at Atlanta. D.J. Carrasco and Francisco Rodriguez also shut down the Braves in Jason Heyward's return, which has been long-anticipated by Chipper Jones.

7. Furbush pitch lousy, Indians take gift: Just when you think the Cleveland Indians are going to keep spinning until they lose 90 games, they pull out a 6-4 victory at Detroit to regain first place in the AL Central. Big game for Orlando Cabrera, who put the Tribe ahead with an RBI double in the fifth.

8. They really, really like him: Hey, how 'bout that? Some runs for Madison Bumgarner! The Giants scored several times (five, even) in a 5-2 victory at Arizona. Bill Hall had two hits and an RBI. Being new, he must not have been aware of the Giants previous commitment of no run support for MadBum. Sometimes, it takes an outsider for everyone else to realize they've been unfair. I think Martin Luther King said that. No?

9. How'd Charlie Morton do last night?: He pitched OK, but the Pirates are over .500 this late in a season for the first time since 1999, thanks to a 7-3 victory at Houston. I'm prepared right now to give Clint Hurdle the award for best bunting manager of the year.

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