1. All over again: Just when you thought the Braves and Pirates were heading for another impromptu doubleheader (plus one), the Atlantians pulled out a 2-1 victory in just 10 innings Wednesday night. This game was not without other similarities to the 19-inning marathon from a night before.
One, the Pirates came up short on another play at the plate (the ump got the call right this time). Two, Bucs manager Clint Purple didn't use closer Joel Hanrahan AGAIN. He's saving him for next season, apparently.
David Ross, stepping in as the starting catcher while Brian McCann heals, drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded single.
2. Can't predict ball: The White Sox unloaded Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen in a trade, brought up Alejandro De Aza and benched Alex Rios, so naturally they beat the Tigers 2-1 — with the help of De Aza's two-run homer and the pitching of John Danks.
4. Don't lose Rickie's number: The bad news — that Rickie Weeks will miss a significant amount of time because of a sprained left ankle — outweighs what probably was the best start with the Brewers by Zack Greinke in a 2-0 victory against the Cubs.
7. Not gonna happen: James Shields and the Rays fell 13-4 at Oakland, further indication that they won't bring themselves out of a tailspin. The selling must begin for the front office.
9. Gee, whiz: It wasn't Dickey-Leake again, so instead tears were streaming for Carlos Beltran, who bids Queens adieu after an 8-2 Mets victory.
- Alejandro De Aza
- Joel Hanrahan
- Rickie Weeks