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Morning Juice: BoSox retire Rice's 14; Papelbon can't put away A's

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This and every weekday a.m. during baseball season, let's rise and shine together to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Fenway Park, where the Olde Towne Teame honored its newest Hall of Famer before the Athletics did a number of their own on noted jiggernaut Jonathan Papelbon(notes).

Game of the Day: Athletics 9, Red Sox 8 (11 inn.)

All choked up: Jim Rice became emotional as he accepted his No. 14's place in Fenway's right-field corner of honor and the Red Sox, with a three-run lead heading to the ninth, appeared set to cap off a night to remember.

But a pair of throwing errors by shortstop Nick Green(notes) and other mistakes by Papelbon helped turn a fait accompli into an A's comeback. Rajai Davis(notes) singled in the tying run in the ninth and go-ahead run in the 11th — Mark Ellis(notes) scored both times — to scuff up a bullpen that hadn't allowed a run in 25 innings since the All-Star Break.

"They fell in for us. That just happens," Davis said. "That's nothing against that bullpen. It's a tough game to be perfect in."

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The A's mashed a season-high 21 hits in all, Papelbon blew his third save in 28 opportunities and the Red Sox blew a chance to gain ground on the Empire. Dance, Papelbon, dance!

Also, the imperfect games at shortstop and starting pitcher, Clay Buchholz(notes), act as reminders the team is trying to shore up itself before Friday's trade deadline.

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Feelin' Rundown (No other No. 14s were retired in the making of this Juice):

Cardinals 10, Dodgers 0: The Cards recapture first place in the NL Central (I knew the Cubs would never last!) and saddle L.A. with its first three-game losing streak of the season. Mark DeRosa(notes) hits his 44th home run this week and Chad Billingsley(notes) stops matching zeroes with Adam Wainwright(notes) come the sixth.

From Busch Stadium, it's just a short jaunt to the Edward Jones Dome, once the site of the Greatest Show on Turf — one of the top offenses in NFL history. Wainwright says his team's offense is explosive just like that one — but note the similarity in throwing styles between himself and Rams quarterback Kurt Warner (below).

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"Our offense, we're kind of like the Rams when they won the Super Bowl, that quick-strike offense," Wainwright said.

Angels 7, Indians 6: Angels wear the '80 retros in tribute to Urbano Lugo. ... Tie-breaking, bases-clearing double by Gary "Li'l Sarge" Matthews puts the Halos ahead in the eighth, but the Indians refuse to turn over the Rally Monkey and the Tribe gets oh-so-close in the ninth against Brian Fuentes(notes) before Jason Bulger(notes) closes. "Fuentes" is Spanish for "fountain," as in the other team drinks from the fountain of youth every time this guy comes in to pitch lately. Still leads the league in saves.

Astros 11, Cubs 6: The 'Stros might want to hold open tryouts at Wrigley after Roy Oswalt(notes), LaTroy Hawkins(notes) and Wesley Wright(notes) all go down the same day.

In this video package, you will see a grounder disappear into Jeff Fulchino's(notes) jersey and Aramis Ramirez(notes) will make a stupefying dive and throw — from his knees — to get Miguel Tejada(notes) at first base. Go to the tape!

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Twins 5, White Sox 3: Mark Buehrle(notes) works on another perfect game for 5 2/3 innings and sets a major league record by retiring 45 straight batters (he did it over three starts).

Buehrle, like few other pitchers, engages his teammates during a game. He chatted it up with the guys during his no-hitter in '07, wasn't shy last week during the perfect game and was correcting A.J. Pierzynski(notes) on how many outs he needed to break the record shared by teammate Bobby Jenks(notes). Superstition be damned, Buehrle is going to have fun out there.

From MLB.com:

"At the start of the [sixth] inning, I looked down to the bullpen at Bobby, and he's just laughing at me," Buehrle said. "When I got the one or two guys out, he threw his hat on the ground, acting [upset]. Then, the whole bullpen started clapping for me."

But this is the Metrodome, where mostly unfortunate things happen to the White Sox and, after a couple of misplayed balls, the Twins take the lead in the seventh. Twinkies don't giveth back.

Marlins 4, Braves 3: Pie-in-the-face time for Ross Gload(notes), whose two-run homer with one out in the ninth stuns Rafael Soriano(notes) and the Braves. Gload, mostly a contact guy with 28 career homers in about 1,300 career at-bats, sprinted out of the box after swinging.

"I don't hit enough homers to stand there and watch them," Gload said. "I don’t even know how to stand there and watch them."

Rangers 7, Tigers 3: Both teams appeared to try to make points with purpose pitches; Jason Grilli(notes) throws one over the head of the Tigers' Clete Thomas(notes) in the fifth, Zach Miner(notes) throws one behind the Rangers' Ian Kinsler(notes) in the sixth and Eddie Guardado(notes) backs off the Tigers' Adam Everett(notes) from the plate in the seventh — which drew an umpire's warning for both sides.

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It also caused an unintentionally funny exchange between Guardado and the Tigers bench. The longtime left-hander told the Tigers to "Stop chirping" and to "Shush" after he heard complaints.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland responded, indicating he still objected to the pitch Thomas avoided by ducking.

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"I didn't like that pitch," Leyland said. "I have no problem with people pitching inside. That's part of the game. But when a guy hits a loud foul and the next pitch is right behind your head and you don't throw any other wild pitches, it looks suspicious. I'm not accusing anyone of anything. But it looks suspicious."

Mets 4, Rockies 0: Four in a row. Pay no attention to the men behind the curtain!

Royals 4, Orioles 3 (11 inn.): Mark Teahen(notes) was kind of a one-Royal wrecking crew, stealing a pair of hits from Nick Markakis(notes) on defense (VIDEO) and igniting the go-ahead rally by beating out an infield single, stealing second and scoring on John Buck's(notes) single.

"That's called two in a row. We like it," manager Trey Hillman said.

Padres 3, Reds 2: In what might have been his final start for the Reds (but how could they trade that contract?) Bronson Arroyo(notes) gives up nine hits to the Padres, who win for the fifth time this month. Fifth!

Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3: Jarrod Washburn(notes), in what might have been his final start for the Mariners ... blah, blah, blah ... (Jeez, will the trade deadline come, already?) The 1,953rd hit of Ichiro's(notes) career was his first game-ender. Dance, Ichiro, dance!

Giants 3, Pirates 2: Home run ... Ryan Garko(notes)? No. Eugenio Velez(notes), all 162 pounds of him (VIDEO). ... Randy Johnson(notes), it is learned, has a tear in his rotator cuff. It sounds season-ending, but they're apparently just going to shut him down for three weeks and go from there.

Phillies 4, D-backs 3: Cole. Hamels. Is. A. Beast. ... This matchup, against Dan Haren(notes), did not develop as hoped. Haren was gone after five innings and 117 pitches.

Rays 6, Yankees 2: Scott Kazmir(notes), in what might have been his final start for the Rays...

Nationals 8, Brewers 3: The Nats have won six of eight, which qualifies as a trend. The Brewers keep Josh Willingslam in the ballpark, but they also fall to 48-50. It's a dark time, but they're not out of it by a long shot. The NL Central won't get away.

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