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Morning Juice: Good enough for Milwaukee and Casey McGehee

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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 Miller Park, where oldish rookie Casey McGehee(notes) hit a grand slam to wipe out a costly and mortifying error. But then he started screaming at his batting helmet, which we're not sure what to make of.

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Brewers 10, Mets 6

Use two hands next time: In the top of the sixth, McGehee dropped Fernando Martinez's(notes) routine pop up for an ugly error that allowed a two-run rally. Miller Park showered the third baseman with boos, punctuating the worst moment in what had been an unlikely rookie season.

For Milwaukee's sake, Casey at the bat was better than Casey in the field. In the bottom half of the inning, McGehee — with the error still on his mind — lined a 3-2 pitch from Brian Stokes(notes) over the fence in left-center for a grand slam. Low of lows, meet the high of highs.

"I experienced them both pretty quick," McGehee said (VIDEO).

Miller Park would have showered McGehee with booze, but he was workin'.

"If someone would have told me this time last year that I was going to have 40,000 people calling me out of the dugout for a curtain call, I would have said you were lying," said McGehee, 26.

His slow and then quick rise to adulation got McGehee talking to himself.

Nothin' left to lose: McGehee was a minor leaguer with the Cubs from 2003-2008, playing everywhere from the Tennessee coal mines to the Daytona Beach sun. One day last season, busted flat in Des Moines, he thumbed down a diesel for a ride to Chicago for a September callup. In October, the Cubs put him on waivers. Thank you, say the Brewers, who appreciate McGehee's ability to play third, second and catcher (in a pinch). And they really like his .964 OPS, which is way beyond his minor league range, but is rewarding for a guy who never gave up on his dream.

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We got a screamer: Right after his slam, TV cameras caught McGehee screaming into his batting helmet in the dugout. What McGehee said to his helmet wasn't audible to me, but it probably wasn't very nice.

"Me and my helmet are going to have to have a sitdown apology session later," he joked. "I might have hurt its feelings."

Meet the Mess: The Mets fell below .500.

"We're a below average team. Period," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

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Feelin' Rundown (nothin' ain't nothin' if it ain't free):

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Giants 10, Cardinals 0: Tim Lincecum(notes) pitched a two-hitter just to warm up the mound for when he comes back with the NL squad in two weeks for the All-Star Game.

"I don't think he had a stressful inning," manager Bruce Bochy said.

They could have put this one in the books in the first after the Giants scored their first run. It became a laugher in the fourth after Travis Ishikawa(notes) hit a three-run homer.

"The way Timmy's been pitching lately, after the first run I felt pretty comfortable," Ishikawa said.

Dodgers 4, Rockies 2 (13 inn): After several, perhaps dozens, of missed scoring opportunities for L.A., Andre Ethier(notes) ended the game with a two-run homer. Ethier has four game-ending hits and the Dodgers have won 14 times in their last ups.

Cubs 3, Pirates 1: Getting away from home does the Cubs some good, as Rich Harden(notes) outshines the Duke boy to pick up his first win in six weeks, and Milton Bradley(notes) picks up his first RBI since June 12. He has driven in THREE runs in 88 plate appearances since May 28. One, a-two-whoooo, three.

White Sox 6, Indians 3: Right-hander Chris Perez(notes), just arrived after the Mark DeRosa(notes) trade, made a first impression that will be harder to wash out than a mustard stain. He hit the first two batters he faced, walked the bases loaded and then watched all the runners score. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, the play was great.

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Red Sox 4, Orioles 0: There's no such thing as Orioles Magic when Jon Lester(notes) starts and Jonathan Papelbon(notes) relieves against the Birds. Lester is 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 10 career starts facing the O's, and Papelbuns is 20-for-20 in save opportunities with an 0.39 ERA. Those runs allowed were just charity.

Papelbon also ties Bob Stanley (right) for the most saves in Red Sox history, 132. Dick Radatz is the only other Boston reliever with at least 100 saves. Until Papelbon, they just couldn't keep a closer in Boston.

Marlins 4, Nationals 2: Washington's Scott Olsen(notes) bummed a ride to the ballpark from his former teammate and BFF Ricky Nolasco(notes), who was really doing him a favor — the Marlins ballpark is so far from Miami, it's actually in Georgia. Olsen paid for the ride by pitching not quite as well as Nolasco, though it was no worse than his second-best effort ever as a Gnat.

Rays 4, Blue Jays 1: Jeff Niemann(notes) beats Roy Halladay(notes), wowwwwwwww. The Rays are making a move, having won six straight, but still look like third-best in baseball's only good division.

Angels 5, Rangers 2: Six in a row for the Halos, who move 2 1/2 games in front of StRangers.

"Over the last month, we've been playing better defense, our pitchers have been getting the job done and timely hitting," Torii Hunter(notes) said. "We're on all cylinders right now."

Astros 3, Padres 1: Oswalt retired the final 18 batters and even provided San Diego's lone run on a wild pitch. What. A. Guy.

Royals 4, Twins 2: Single, triple, homer for Miguel Olivo(notes). Luke Hochevar(notes) politely put some guys on for the Twinkies — eight runners in the first three innings — but they just-as-politely left them all on base.

Athletics 7, Tigers 1: Ah, Rick Porcello(notes) had to pitch a stinker sooner or later. ... In honor of injured Josh Outman(notes), the pitcher with the perfect name for a pitcher, the Stew will place its left elbow over its heart as he recovers from elbow surgery.

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