Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Camden Yards where, ever since Buck Showalter arrived, it's like the first 100 or so games of the season never happened to the Baltimore Orioles.
Game of the Day: Orioles 5, Angels 4
O, baby: Bouncing back from Torii Hunter's(notes) tying three-run homer in the eighth, Cesar Izturis(notes) hit a game-ending RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, sparking a celebration that almost made it look like the team with the worst record in the majors had won the World Series.
Less Tragic: They dropped 14 of 17 under interim skipper Juan Samuel, but Showalter's Orioles are 3-0 after sweeping the falling Angels. Nobody is pretending all of the O's woes are solved — least of all Showalter — but the team is enjoying success for the first time in a long time.
"It's just something positive. God knows they've had enough negative," [Showalter] said. "And they'd be the first to tell you it's self-inflicted. I just step back and watch them (celebrate) at first base, knowing how challenging and painful this season has been so far. So to see them have three days to feel good about themselves makes me feel good for them."
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They Also Played...
Pirates 5, Rockies 1: Good initial return on right-hander James McDonald(notes), who shut out the Rockies for six innings and finished with eight strikeouts — as many as any Bucs pitcher had recorded all season. The other Pirates pitchers should be, and presumably are, embarrassed.
White Sox 6, Tigers 4 (11 inn.): If Mark Kotsay(notes) really wanted to help Bobby Jenks(notes), he would covertly shave his bottle blond goatee in the middle of the night. (I imagine the White Sox bunking together a la the marines in "Full Metal Jacket.")
Phillies 5, Marlins 4 (10 inn.): If you've never tasted Ice Cream for Chooch, I cannot recommend it enough. But it's only available after Carlos Ruiz(notes) does something like hitting a game-winning homer. And the Marlins can't have any. I know, it's not fair.
D-backs 8, Nationals 4: The Nats had four solo homers and made three errors. Adds up to bupkis.
Padres 5, Dodgers 0: Getting out of L.A. with a split should make the Padres go bananas.
Rangers 6, Mariners 0: Felix Hernandez(notes) took a shutout into the seventh, but David Murphy(notes) struck again with a long ball. It's kind of tough to get through against the likes of Josh Hamilton(notes), Vladimir Guerrero(notes) and Nelson Cruz(notes) and then have David Murphy kick your butt. ... Tommy Hunter(notes) and the Strangers pen, for some reason, had an easier time navigating against the M's lineup.
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