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The Juice: Roy, oh, Roy — Phillies win, poised to add Oswalt

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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Citizens Bank Park, where everybody went all Lady Gaga over a typical outing by the Good Doctor, along with the auspicious debut of a top prospect. And nobody even knew about the big trade yet.

Game of the Day: Phillies 7, D-backs 1

Good day, Philadelphia: Roy Halladay(notes) took Domonic Brown(notes) to the zoo and they're getting a ride home on Roy Oswalt's(notes) tractor. Translation: Halladay pitched another complete-game gem and Brown went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs in his first major league game. There's also a report the Phillies are about to trade prospects for Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt.

Reportedly, all that's needed for the deal to happen is Oswalt's assent in waiving a no-trade clause.


Oswalt is owed about $5 million more this year and is due to make $16 million next season in the last year of his contract, but there's a club option for 2012 that would pay him another $16 million. He said last week the option wouldn't be an issue when it came to approving a trade.

When contacted late Wednesday, Wade declined comment on trade discussions, and Oswalt could not be reached for comment.

Names coming back to the Astros would include minor leaguer Jonathan Singleton and lefty J.A. Happ(notes).

Immediate reaction (by me): It obviously would strengthen the Phillies chances to win the World Series this season and probably negates their chances of signing Cliff Lee(notes) in offseason. General manager Ruben Amaro's trading of Lee for dubious prospects made the Oswalt pursuit necessary in the first place. With team also closing on the first-place Braves, the despair many Phillies fans felt 10 days ago has been replaced by the usual enthusiasm coupled with heavy skepticism (TM).

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Also, I really like Brown's Allen Iverson sleeve.

Meanwhile: The Fightins are gettin' the bandwidth back together!

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They Also Played...

Astros 8, Cubs 1: Great Norrises in Texas history: 1) Chuck, 2) Bud, 3) Moochie.

Twins 6, Royals 4: Only 14 hits this time? The Twinkies obviously are slipping. And there's nothing more concerning than a slippery Twinkie.

Reds 10, Brewers 2: Never mind about the Brewers making a run: Reds outslugged ‘em 22-6 the past two games. Other than forgetting how many outs there were in the third inning, lefty Travis Wood(notes) was good again.

Red Sox 7, Angels 3: Well, Fernando Rodney(notes) did not have it in spectacular fashion. Walk-walk-bunt single-grand slam Marco Scutaro(notes). There's something diabolically efficient about his fail.

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Yankees 8, Indians 0: Pret-ty good chuckles from A-Rod, on why he knocked second base out of place on a slide and briefly held it up (though not quite Rickey Henderson-style):

"I thought the milestone was doubles, so I took the base," Rodriguez said in explaining why he held the bag aloft.

"It just popped out," A-Rod continued. "That was good because sometimes you can get hurt if it doesn't."

Funny man, Alex Rodriguez(notes). Very funny man!

Braves 3, Nationals 1: The Braves do not have two pitchers named Roy for the stretch run, but they do have two outfielders named Melky. ... Wait. Oh, sorry, just one guy named Melky.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 0: I don't know why people aren't making a bigger deal out of Brad Mills(notes) winning his first major league start the same day he managed the Astros to victory in another country.

Giants 10, Marlins 9 (10 inn.): Four hits, including a game-winning single for Andres Torres(notes) — who even reached McCovey Cove with a home run. Where's this guy been all our lives? He's 32.

Rays 7, Tigers 4: No sense messing around with Miguel Cabrera(notes) this time. Joe Maddon had Grant Balfour(notes) put him on purposely with runners at first and second in the seventh — and the Rays clinging to a one-run in the seventh. Presto, Brennan Boesch(notes) strikes out.

Cardinals 8, Mets 7 (13 inn.): Nothing like a long Cards-Mets game. They're getting better, though; It didn't take them 20 innings this time.

Athletics 3, Rangers 1: Trevor Cahill(notes), U.S. Marshal >>> Colby Lewis(notes), Texas Ranger. Deputy marshal Sam Gerard Kurt Suzuki(notes) wasn't bad.

Padres 6, Dodgers 1: Unlearning what they had learned, the Padres finally beat the Dodgers at home this season for the first time in five games at PETCO Park.

Pirates 6, Rockies 2: It's looking like Huston Street's(notes) going to be OK. He might even pitch today. That's all the good Rockies news we're allowed to report right now. It will only make the September turnaround even more amazing (I'm saying 40 wins in 38 games).

White Sox 6, Mariners 5: That ninth inning was the best Bobby Jenks(notes) has looked since he was a rookie. Other a couple of weeks ago in Minnesota, this was the worst he's ever looked. (WARNING: Also contains old Boone Logan(notes) photo.)

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