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The Juice: Prince Fielder puts Rockies to bed with walk-off homer

Mark Townsend
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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. Sleep is overrated: The Milwaukee Brewers arrived home from San Diego at 6 a.m. Friday morning. Thirteen hours later, the sleep deprived crew was back at work hosting the Colorado Rockies in the only National League series of the weekend. Four hours and thirty-five minutes after first pitch, they were walking off the field with a 7-6 win in 14 innings thanks to Prince Fielder's monster 450-foot two-run homer off Felipe Paulino.

"It's hard on your heart, but it's a lot of fun, especially when you get the win," Fielder said.

To add to the usual madness that goes along with extra inning affairs, this game also featured a home run by Rockies starting pitcher Jason Hammel — their first by a pitcher since 2004, another Jason Giambi home run, and three blown saves by the Rockies bullpen. That can't be good for the heart either.

2. Back in the win column: The Philadelphia Phillies offense exploded for three runs — their highest output since plating three last Saturday — in support of Roy Halladay, which was all the big man needed in a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers.

3. Dance, Knuckleball! Dance!: Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey stymied the Yankees, allowing only four hits in six innings, and Daniel Murphy provided a go-ahead home run in the sixth as the Mets earned a 2-1 victory in the Subway Series opener. It's the Mets first ever one run win at Yankee Stadium — new or old — and it pulled them back to .500 for the first time since April 9 (4-4). {YSP:MORE}

4. Target practice: The Boston Red Sox doubled off the Green Monster six times and homered over it twice in their 15-5 dismantling of the Chicago Cubs. It was the Cubs first visit to Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series. Unfortunately, they can't wait 93 more years for game two.

5. Bunt of Ezequiel: How about this for a first career at-bat. Asked to pinch-hit in the eighth inning of a tied game, Cleveland's Ezequiel Carrera lays down a gusty two-out bunt, avoids the tag of Joey Votto, Shin-Soo Choo scores from third, and the Indians complete their comeback from a four-run deficit to knock off Cincinnati, 5-4.

"It's unbelievable," a grinning Carrera said. "First at-bat, first bunt, a hit, an RBI and we win the game. It's great. I'm happy."

6. Deep-sixed: After scoring a total of zero runs in their brief two-game visit to Citi Field, the Washington Nationals smacked six longballs in a 17-5 trouncing of the Baltimore Orioles. Birthday boy Jayson Werth had two of the homers and drove in four to lead the onslaught.

7. He was due: Chicago White Sox closer Sergio Santos cracked for the first time in 2011, allowing a solo home run to Russ Mitchell — his first this season — in the ninth to tie it. Santos then surrendered runs two, three, and four on the season in the tenth, as the Los Angeles Dodgers stole a 6-3 victory at the Cell.

8. Tonight's hero: It's always somebody different for the San Francisco Giants. On this night it was Aubrey Huff who took a thousand open hand slaps to the helmet. He delivered a walk-off RBI single off Brian Fuentes in the tenth, giving the Giants a 2-1 victory over their rivals from Oakland.

9. Familiar foe: All it took for the Los Angeles Angels to snap out of their offensive slump — one run in 30 innings — was a visit from old rival Tim Hudson. The Angels roughed up the former Oakland A's ace for eight earned runs in three and two-thirds in their 9-0 thrashing of the Atlanta Braves. Ervin Santana would have been just fine with one or two runs. He went the distance for his sixth career shutout.

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