This and every weekday a.m., let's rise and shine together with the most recent and decent major league happenings. Today's NL roll call starts at Laverne and Shirley's house, where Milwaukee's Gabe Gross makes like George Costanza and leaves on a high note; he scores the winning run for the Motley Brue Crue and then takes another one for the team by leaving in a trade to Tampa for a minor league pitcher.
Game of the Day:
Now get out: Brewers reliever Eric Gagne (new nickname: "The Enabler") makes his 5th appearance in 6 days and, of course he blows another save, but it only sets the stage for Gross to make his grand exit. Sorta Joel Youngblood-like of him.
In a pile with Sixto Lezcano: Because Mike Cameron is coming back soon from his 25-game suspension and Tony Gwynn Jr. is returning from the DL, the Brewers moved Gross — an outfielder batting .209 — for a minor league pitcher. Here's to a successful career out from under the cheesehead and into the sun (except now there's a permanent dome over his head). How many times has it happened in baseball history, scoring the winning run and then being traded the next nanosecond? Elias?
Archangels, both of them: A guy named Gabe (Kapler) drives in another guy named Gabe (Gross) with the winning run. Has this ever happened in baseball history? Elias?
Same guy, different sack: Albert Pujols had to play second base in this game because infielder Cesar Izturis left with an injury. At 6-3, 230, he might be the biggest 2B in history. Elias?
Feelin' Rundown (Tuesday's other games) Compiled by 'Duk
Cubs 8, Mets 1 — Someone break up the World Series parade on the North Side! The Cubs have won 8 of 9 games and 13 of 16. They're 7-1 without Alfonso Soriano and as long as Ronny Cedeno, who has 10 RBI in the past four games, keeps hitting, who's going to miss him (or the usual SS, Ryan Theriot, for that matter)? Cedeno backed up his World Series talk with a 2-for-5, 5 RBI day that was capped by a grand slam. Was there ever a doubt?
Pirates 3, Marlins 2 — Leave it to a dirty blogger to spoil the fun of Nate McLouth and Pittsburgh. After 19 glorious games, McLouth's hitting streak comes to an end with an 0-for-2, two walk performance. But the streak died so that other may live. Bucs win.
Nationals 6, Braves 0 — 3,000th strikeout? Check. Two standing ovations? Check. Congratulations via text message from old pal, Greg Maddux? Check. Ten Ks in 7 innings on one-run ball? Check. Help from offense and bullpen so John Smoltz can nail a gimme win over the Nats? Che ... Hey, they gotta be around here somewhere!
Reds 8, Dodgers 1 — Jerry Hairston goes 4-5 with 3 RBI in leadoff spot after getting callup on Monday, a line score that ranks much better than that "other" Junior on the squad (0-4).
Astros 11, Padres 7 — Jake Peavy gets tagged for first bad outing of season, blames Minute Maid Ballpark: “I’ve pitched here plenty of times before and the ballpark has not come into play,” Peavy said. “That being said, if this was any other park, I would have gone six innings and given up (two) runs ... It does frustrate you when a ball goes out on the front row at Williamsport." In other news, Jose Valverde pumped his win after a blown save total to three.
Phillies 8, Rockies 6 — Manny Corpas, another blown save. Troy Tulowitzki, still slumping and now not even starting. Jeff Francis, still an winless ace. If the Rockies aren't at rock bottom (pardon the pun, people), they're close.
D'backs 5, Giants 4 — Print up the t-shirts. Arizona already leads the NL West by six games, a bigger margin than they ever had in '08. If the keep pitching against Barry Zito (0-5), they'll clinch by Memorial Day.
Photo of the Day: "But ump, I couldn't see because of the golden glare!"
Reds righthander Edinson Volquez derives multi-karrated powers from his pitching mound bling.
Ronny Cedeno (Cubs) 2-5, grand slam, 5 RBI
Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs) 3-3, 2 R, 2 BB
Jorge Cantu (Marlins) 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
John Smoltz (Braves) 7 IP, 5H, 1 ER, 10K, loss
John Lannan (Nats) 7 IP, 5H, 0 ER, 4K, win
Adrian Gonzalez (Padres) 3-4, 2R, HR, 3 RBI, .304 BA
Kaz Matsui (Astros) 2-5, 2R, 2 RBI, SB
Pat Burrell (Phillies) 1-4, 3 RBI, game-winning double
Fred Lewis (Giants) 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI
Brandon Webb (D'backs) 1-2, 2 RBI
Austin Kearns (Nats) 0-5, 2K, .213 BA
Mark Teixeira (Braves) 0-4, 1K, .235 BA
Jeff Kent (Dodgers) 0-4, 3K
Jake Peavy (Padres) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2K, 2HR
Aaron Rowand (Giants) 0-4, 3K