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The Juice: Pitcher-on-pitcher violence ruffles Carpenter's feathers

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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts
inside Phoenix's Chase Field ATM, where Edwin Jackson(notes) made a deposit on the forearm of Chris Carpenter(notes), who then attempted to withdraw Kelly Johnson's(notes) legs.

Game of the Day: Cardinals 9, D-backs 4

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Carpenter ignited a bench-clearing grazing with the Deebax in the second inning after Jackson hit him with a pitch that broke some skin on his left arm.

Fuming to avenge his nasty bruise, Carpenter tried what looked like an aborted take-out slide at second base on Johnson. Words were instead exchanged and the benches were emptied, though no punches were thrown.

Watch th em fight! (but not really)

Carpenter complained that pitchers should not throw inside, much less hit, other pitchers. Especially ones who have a .107 career batting average.

"Throw the ball down and away, throw a slider," Carpenter said. "Come on. It's not right."

He did apologize for acting like a goof on the bases.

"That was my fault and it was an unprofessional move," Carpenter said. "I shouldn't have done it and I told [coach] Matt Williams at first to tell Kelly it was unprofessional."

All of the posturing almost overshadowed an entertaining game, one with multiple defensive gems. Also, the Cards bullpen blew an eighth-inning lead that cost Carpenter a decision and Arizona closer Chad Qualls(notes) self-destructed an inning later to give it all back.

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The rascally Colby Rasmus(notes) (right) hit a triple and went deep twice, including a tiebreaking blast in the ninth against Qualls. He's blown two of four save opportunities and, now, this.

Snakes manager A.J. Hinch was quotable: "It's getting pretty ridiculous to be honest, and it's no fun to lose these games. It's hard to find new ways to describe late-inning failures, where they scratch not one, not two, but multiple runs on top of us to take us out of games."

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They Also Played

Padres 5, Giants 2: PETCO is a big ol' doghouse for the Giants; they've lost 10 of 12 there. Woof.

Royals 4, Blue Jays 3 (10 inn.): KC's bullpen did its job — blowing a lead for Zack Greinke(notes), who remains winless (or, as I like to call it, "unfeated.") Actually, it was as much Alberto Callaspo(notes) pulling a Roger Dorn on Fred Lewis'(notes) hot grounder in the eighth as anything the relievers did. How do you say olé in Spanish?

But Alex Gordon(notes) made it all go away with a homer to straight-away center. Don't take his name off the milk carton yet, but drink a 2-percent toast in Gordon's name.

Nationals 6, Rockies 4: Nats went 11-22 last season in games decided by two or fewer runs. They're 5-0 this season.

Red Sox 8, Rangers 7 (12 inn.): Another rock ‘em, sock ‘em victory in the last at-bat at Fenway. After Josh Hamilton(notes) tied it in the seventh with a Bernie Carbo-style three-run homer into the center field bleachers, everyone waited around for five innings until it became safe again to score. Marco Scooted himself into scoring position with a hustling tag-up and Kevin Youkilis(notes) cleaned up the bases with an RBI double. Done.

Brewers 8, Pirates 0: For five innings, Yovani Gallardo(notes) was quite gallant ... It's a good thing when you're the Pirates and drop two straight by a combined score of 16-1 and you're still sitting at .500.

Rays 12, White Sox 0: Ozzie Guillen agrees with the assessment that Tampa Bay whooped his team's collective behind.

Phillies 2, Braves 0: "No, no," Roy Halladay(notes) says to the Phillies bullpen. "I got this."

"They were all down there eating peanuts," manager Charlie Manuel said of his relief corps.

Twins 6, Indians 0: "We all know the story," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Francisco Liriano was fantastic."

Well, my work here is done.

Cubs 9, Mets 3: Carlos in charge: Silva has an 0.95 ERA in 19 innings so far. Not even Notre Damus, as Dusty Baker called him, could see that coming.

Tigers 4, Angels 3: Hello, Angels closer Brian Fuentes(notes) back from the disabled list, and good-bye save. Or, hello, AL MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera(notes), and good-bye baseball. Depends on your point of view. Also of note, Johnny Damon's(notes) mohawk was thrown out for arguing strikes and balls.

Dodgers 14, Reds 6: Right-hander Aaron Harang(notes) tossed a perfect fourth — the only inning in which the Dodgers didn't score.

Astros 5, Marlins 4: After starting 0-8, the ‘Stros have won five of six. I think it's Puma pheromones.

Yankees 3, Athletics 1: Looking ahead six months, I wonder how Joe Girardi might justify keeping Phil Hughes(notes) out of the postseason rotation. It would not surprise me if he's the Yankees' second-best starter by October.

Mariners 4, Orioles 1: King Felix Hernandez(notes) won his ninth straight decision, and recorded his 17th straight quality start, going back to 2009. Guy might be good.

So, the O's sink to 2-14 and it gets me thinking of phrases: "Orioles Tragic" ... "Baltimore Flop" ... "Alarm City" ... "This is for the Birdsland." ... Adam Jones(notes) went 0-for-12 in the series and apologized on Twitter for some kind of rude behavior. Maybe he slammed a helmet?

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