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 in Atlanta, where the Braves passed the torch to Tommy Hanson(notes) and some stuff got burned but he's gonna be OK.
Game of the Day: Braves 8, Brewers 7
These kids and their loud music: Hanson's first major league start started great, but then he got Mmmbopped around a little. He set down his first 10 batters before allowing six earned runs over six innings. Hanson had a 1.49 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett before being recalled in the Tom Glavine imbroglio. His next starts probably will be better.
"The first time through the lineup, we wanted to make sure he was throwing strikes. The second time we were a little more aggressive," said Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, who went deep twice and drove in four.
"He obviously has good stuff."
Hanson had a cliche or two ready in describing performance No. 1 — always a good sign.
"If I keep my command I think it turns out a lot better," Hanson said. "Just chalk it up to, today happened, get it behind me, get ready for the next one."
Larry Wayne, 'zat you?: After leaving Saturday night's game because of dizziness, Chipper hit two homers and a triple, going 4-for-4 with five RBIs. Dizzy that!
Rangers 6, Red Sox 3: 'Duk said yesterday in an instant message he supports Nelson Cruz(notes) for president (I assume he means the United States). Must be a fantasy baseball thing, because he hit his 17th homer and scored thrice. As for Cruz's candidacy, it's not going to happen for a variety of reasons, one being he could never carry the Northeast if he keeps beating New England like this.
Mets 7, Nationals 0: Livan, Livan upset his tumm-yyyyy. ... Obviously encouraged by all the booing earlier in the season, David Wright(notes) is up to .345 with 14 stolen bases. Bum! ... The Nats announced that Mike MacDougal(notes) will now close games. They might never need him to do that, granted, but he'll be standing by just in case.
Tigers 9, Angels 6: The only way that Clete Thomas'(notes) go-ahead grand slam could have been cooler is if it had happened in the bottom of the ninth inning instead of the eighth. And if the Tigers had won by one run instead of three. And if it had saved the auto industry. And set off a dormant volcano under Tiger Stadium. And reunited the Beatles for a postgame concert.
Other than that, it was pretty cool.
Phillies 7, Dodgers 2: Love Child Antonio Bastardo(notes) oomphs his record to 2-0 as the Phillies salvage a four-game split in Hollywood. ... We have more on that developing stat about the Dodgers offense: the D's have scored a combined seven runs in the past 46 innings, a span of seven games, against opponents' starting pitchers. They still lead the NL in runs scored.
"They're like, 'It's not fair,' " Overbay said.
This was Halladay's 43rd career complete game and 12th shutout. He threw 97 pitches — 73 for strikes. Seventy-three!Cubs 6, Reds 3 (14 inn.): Alfonso Soriano(notes) saves the day, after starting it 0-for-5, with a go-ahead home run against reliever Mike "Other Than That, How Did You Like The Play Mrs.?" Lincoln.
Carlos Marmol(notes) is a set-up man all right. He comes in, walks a couple of guys, sets up the other team's rally and leaves. At least he puts Randy Wells(notes) in strong position to become the first person to ever lead the league in ERA without winning a single game.
The Reds went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position (Mr. Redlegs, himself, was 0-for-4) which makes me wonder. Were the runners really in scoring position, or were we just hoping a little too hard?
Yankees 4, Rays 3: Nick Swisher(notes) hit the 100th home run, already, at new damn Yankee Stadium. There's been at least one everyday at the new place. It's like Old Faithful, but new, and not a hole in the ground in Wyoming.
Athletics 3, Orioles 0: The O's totally forgot to pack Orioles Magic for their trip to the East Bay. Vin Mazzaro(notes) — you know, dat kid from the neighborhood — was even better than in his first start against the White Sox. Five hits and no walks over 7 1/3 innings.
Giants 3, Marlins 2: Timmy Lincecum picks up his fifth in a row and the Giants rain-delay streak also reaches five. Is that because of the El Nino?
Indians 8, White Sox 4: The Tribe hit back-to-back homers twice off Bartolo Colon(notes), with one of the barrages coming courtesy of Chris Gimenez(notes) and Luis Valbuena(notes), who had fans inside U.S. Cellular Field going, "Who are these bleeping guys?"
Ozzie might be a little peeved at his club right now. It has gone 2-for-39 with runners in scoring position over the past six games. The Sox crept within four runs and had the bases loaded in the eighth, but...
"We had a great opportunity ... and we did what we do best: strike out," Guillen said, adding that "a good percent" of his players are choking under pressure. The manager then left the interview room spewing expletives about his team.
Rockies 7, Cardinals 2: Powered by backup-backup catcher Paul Phillips(notes), the Rox take three in St. Louis. You can't call it a sweep, yet, because the fourth game of the series is this afternoon. Psych!
Here's something you don't see every day: two runners scoring on a sacrifice fly. There's VIDEO, but both it and the call are unsatisfying. Kind of like the newer Star Wars films. Sorry. We'll try to do better the next time Albert drives in two with a sac fly.
Mariners 4, Twins 2: The teams combined to go 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Is it a league-wide virus? ... M's ace Erik Bedard(notes) went five whole innings for the victory. Slow clap for him.