Game of the Day: Tigers 12, Indians 6
• Galarraga got a Corvette and deserved respect for how he handled the whole affair.
• Joyce saved some face and got some closure for pretty much the ugliest moment an umpire can have in a career. He even got an apology from that no-goodnik Gerald Laird(notes), one of the cowardly Tigers who bullied him on the field for the blown call.
• Bud Selig even made a decision that I, uh, agreed with.
• The oil well finally got capped (not really).Tony Sipp(notes) kicked the crap out of his own ERA.
In his past three appearances, he's pitched a combined one inning. His earned-run total? Eleven! He's allowed 11 earned runs — and four homers — in this collective "inning" from hell. His ERA has gone from 1.40 to 6.20. Whoa, Tony, whoa!
Phew. Didn't want to leave this series on such an up note. Way to jerk us all back into our sour perspectives, Tony.
They Also Played
Braves 4, Dodgers 3: A heck of an about-face for the Braves, who've won nine straight and are in first place by three whole games after starting the season in misery and squalor. (Poetic, eh?) Also flipping his season/career is Troy Glaus(notes), a real brute but also one stray step from some kind of horrifically debilitating injury. ... The Dodgers would have gotten away with it if it weren't for that Medlen kid (Kris Medlen(notes), that is).Mariners 4, Twins 1: That makes three straight solid starts for King Felix Hernandez(notes) and four of five effective outings overall. Just to punctuate that he's "back" in a "Chuck Norris Facts" sorta of way, he struck out four guys in the eighth inning. ... Aay, Carl Pavano(notes)! You pitch-a-nice with el moustaccio, aay? Too bad you took the Luigi, aay? Nice-a-boy.
White Sox 4, Rangers 3: Hey, a well-pitched game for the Sox! The key to Freddy Garcia's(notes) success? Paul Konerko(notes) says it just might be loitering: "That's Freddy. He kind of just hangs around and then you look up and he's made a lot of good starts for you. He's got guts and he just knows how to pitch."
Yankees 6, Orioles 3: They say a definition of insane behavior is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. So, tell me: Why do the Orioles keep playing the Yankees?
Marlins 3, Brewers 2: Nice comeback story for left-hander Chris Capuano(notes), who hadn't pitched since '07 because of two seasons' worth of Tommy John rehab. But it's not too nice because the Brewers lost on cue.
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