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Morning Juice: Chris Carpenter's good health lasts only so long

David Brown
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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 begins in the desert, where the injury scorpion again struck Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter.

Game of the Day: D-backs 7, Cardinals 6 (10 inn.)

Mr. Operation: Doctors have sewn up his torn labrum, they've repaired nerve damage in his biceps, comforted his strained triceps, kicked out the bone spurs in his elbow and sent Tommy John there to reconstruct the joint. Chris Carpenter's latest injury, a strained left rib-cage muscle, probably will put him back on the DL.

Carpenter, who was making just his sixth start over the past two-plus seasons, left after three innings of work and a 3-0 lead. He could not say how much time he'll miss.

"I have no idea," he said. "I've never done it before. I know it's pretty sore now."

Major relief: DJ Chad Qualls blew a two-run lead and the save in the ninth, but Eric Byrnes (also no stranger to the team trainer in recent times) broke a 1-for-17 slump with a game-ending RBI single. He was getting jeers before the hit and cheers afterward. Fickle folks!

Mariners 3, Angels 2 (10 inn.): The Kid is back in town, the Kid is back in town. Been hangin' down at Safeco. ... No idea if the M's can sustain this but it has to be nice to feel good about baseball in Seattle again, at least for a week and a half. ... That was probably the best Carlos Silva has performed for Seattle since his first start last season. He's been $48 million of suck, otherwise.

Marlins 5, Braves 1: Raise your hand if you love the Chris Volstad act, which differs from the Volstead Act in that he shuts down batters instead of booze. Let's call him "Untouchable." ... Bonifaciohhhhhh! Two more hits and two more runs scored for our li'l tenor.

Reds 6, Brewers 1: The axe-strummin', carpal tunnel-havin' Bronson Arroyo is 2-0. Guitar solo!... The Crew's really not looking so hot, especially these guys: Braun (.200), Fielder (.179), Hardy (.156). Even Ben Oglivie's not hitting. ... Might need to fire Ken Macha, promote Dale Sveum for a week and see what happens.

Yankees 7, Rays 2: A.J. Burnett flirts with a no-hitter, but it stops flirting with him in the seventh. Just what the Yankees needed after a goofy loss Monday. Interesting to read Burnett feels unimpressed with the no-hitter he tossed in 2001, when he walked nine: "That was a long time ago," he said. "I didn't know where the ball was going then. Plus, I only threw one pitch pretty much. I've always had a goal to throw another one so I can wipe that one away."

Orioles Magic 7, Rangers 5 (10 inn.): Adam Jones, eyes wide open, goes deep in extras for the lead. ... (St)Rangers pound out 13 hits, the opposing starter gets knocked out in the second inning, McCarthy tosses a quality start (Texas' third of the season) and they still lose.

Royals 9, Indians 3: Not Carl Pavano's fault, actually. He wasn't great but eight strikeouts and no walks indicates there's something in that arm. The Tribe drops to 1-7, which somehow doesn't seem nearly as hopeless as the Tigers' 0-7 to start '08. ... Two homers from John "The Stops Here" Buck.

Twins 3, Blue Jays 2 (11 inn.): More goodies from Ricky Romero, who many of us made fun of before the season, and from flag-waving Glen Perkins, who might be the Allan Anderson of his day. ... Joe Crede, who had many a key hit for the ChiSox through the years, puts his first notch in the Baggie with a game-ending double. Hey Joe, where you goin' with that bat in your hand?

Athletics 6, Red Sox 5 (12 inn.): Apparently it was like Survivor: Antarctica on the East Bay last night. Cold as ice. Willing to sacrifice our love. Travis Buck beats out an infield RBI single with two outs to win the game. Pretty annoying if you're the Sawx.

Also, Josh Beckett is appealing his six-game suspension for throwing at Bobby Abreu and then trying to start a riot on the field. Terry Francona dreads the league office overruling the umpires, who didn't toss Beckett for his role in Sunday's altercation against the Angels. Good point.

As to the jawing on the field with Abreu and/or Angels manager Mike Scioscia, Beckett was smug about it: "Am I supposed to give him a hug? I wasn't really in a hugging mood right then. I really don't know what he wanted me to do."

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