This and every Monday morning, let's rise and shine together to review the weekend's top stories around the baseball-o-sphere. Roll Call starts at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, but it doesn't matter which ballpark ATM Ryan Zimmerman(notes) uses these days — he's going to withdraw a hit.
Ryan, are you trying to seduce us with hits?
Zimmerman halfway to DiMaggio
A hit for you, Ry-an Zim-mer-man
Jesus Flores(notes) said it's four straight weeks (eeks, eeks, eeks)
Got streak today, Ry-an Zim-mer-man?
Joltin' Joe's still 28 away (hey, hey, hey ... hey, hey, hey)
From MLB.com: "Halfway, huh?," Zimmerman said. "There's a long way to go. I'm concentrating on [extending the streak] to 29. I really don't think about it or anything past the next game.
"It's so far away and so hard to do. I'm thrilled with what I've done so far. It's fun. It's something that I've never been through."
Zimmerman would tie DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, a record created in 1941, if he gets at least a hit in every game between now and June 10 — a home game against Cincinnati. After the jump, a musical tribute to
the Nats' slugger Anne Bancroft.
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The Dodgers are 1-3 without Manny Ramirez(notes), who has only 46 more games to go on his suspension for
trying to get pregnant taking performance-enhancing drugs. Pierre ain't no Manny but so far, he's doing pretty much everything he can to make up for the loss. He's 9-for-16 with four runs and four RBIs — even three doubles — for the Dodgers.
As a group, they've averaged 5.75 runs in the four games T-minus Manny, and Matt Kemp(notes) has the team's lone home run. They could be 3-1 without ManRam if they had some pitching in the defeats. Meanwhile, Manny is still working on his apologies.
Who dini doo dat?
Papelbon creates, pitches out of, jam
The Rays had runners on first and third base with no outs in the ninth Sunday night and were ready to dropkick Jonathan Papelbon(notes) across the bay. But he reached back for a little extra on his fastball and struck out Carlos Pena(notes), B.J. Upton(notes) and Carl Crawford(notes) to save the Red Sox's 4-3 victory.
Take a look at this photo. Is Papelbuns releasing intensity? A belch for the ages? His colon?
Sweepin' means leapin'
Great catches mark series sweeps
The Tigers and Angels victories hung on home-run-robbing catches by outfielders: Curtis Granderson denied Grady Sizemore and Torii Hunter took food off Miguel Olivo's table. ... Earlier in the weekend, the Halos handed Zack Greinke his first loss of the season. Bad Angels, bad! ... The Tribe's free fall might not cost Eric Wedge his job, Jon Heyman says. C'mon, really? Can't we get someone fired over that monstrosity? ... Hey, are David Wright(notes) and Jerry Manuel safe from the angry mobs now that the Mets have won seven straight?
Cardinals dodge sweep
The Reds hit five homers, including a score-tying solo shot by pinch-hitting pitcher Micah Owings(notes) against Ryan Franklin(notes) in the bottom of the ninth — oh, the drama — but the Cardinals salvage the series finale.