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Morning Juice: Impossible to spell 'Mets' without the 'e'

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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 meets at Dodger Stadium, if Ryan Church(notes), Angel Pagan(notes) and the Mets can find it in their confused mental state.

Game of the Day
Dodgers 3, Mets 2 (11 inn.)

Mets-stake-prone: Based on the highlights of this one, it appears all of the Mets had their frontal lobes removed before the first pitch. They committed five errors, including two crucial ones in the bottom of the 11th that the Dodgers used to win the game. And let's not overlook Ryan Church's baserunning FAIL in the top of the 11th that cost the Mets at least the go-ahead run and would've been counted as the game's biggest error, if missed bases were actually counted as errors.

Missin' Church: Here's what happened — In the top of the 11th, Angel Pagan (right) appeared to give the Mets a lead with an RBI triple into the gap. But Dodgers manager Joe Torre appealed that Church missed the third-base bag on his way home. The Dodgers threw over to third and the umpire agreed. Turns out that everyone but Church was paying attention. Afterward, even homeboy Vin Scully was laughing at Church's misstep (watch it here) and the Dodgers announcer even let out a Marv Throneberry reference after Jeremy Reed's(notes) wild throw that ended the game. Throneberry was the Mets' first baseman in their archetypal '62 season, when they went 40-120.

Church confessional: "I felt like I nicked something, and that's why I kept going," Church said of his miscue. "I was walking back to the dugout and I heard the crowd scream, so I turned around. I mean, what can you do? When they call you out, they call you out. They're not going to reverse it."

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Give it away, now: The second colossal goof was then committed by Pagan, the outfielder with the biblically contradictory name, when he crossed into Carlos Beltran's(notes) personal space on a routine fly ball in the 11th. Beltran misplayed the ball for an error — it wasn't so much a drop as a muff — and it set up the Dodgers with runners at second and third with nobody out.

Devolution '62: Trying to work his team out of the jam, Jerry Manuel intentionally walked Juan Pierre(notes) to load the bases and then ordered the defense in. Rafael Furcal(notes) flied out to shallow left and one batter later, Orlando Hudson(notes) grounded to Reed, who was playing first base. It appeared that Manuel's plan to limit battle damage was going along swimmingly.

Except ... not quite. Reed, who is not a first baseman but had to play one on TV because of Carlos Delgado'(notes) injury and other atrophies, then made a perfectly awful throw toward the on-deck circle. The error allowed Mark Loretta(notes) to score. Game over, man, game over!

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Feelin' Rundown (more teams that played better than the Mets):

Brewers 8, Cardinals 4: Broom, broom, broom. Mat Gamel(notes) hits his first major-league homer and makes a wild throw for an error in the same game. That's about right. As Gamel accumulated an .879 OPS (and rising) in four-plus seasons in the minors, he also collected errors. He had 146 of them, actually, including 93 since 2007, mostly at third base.

He's short a "T" and he's a little short on "D," as well, but Gamel brings another big bat to the Brue Crue lineup, which they'll need with Rickie Weeks(notes) out of commission for the next 20 weeks or so. General manager Doug Melvin moved Matt LaPorta(notes) in the CC Sabathia(notes) deal, but this is the Mat(t) the Indians would have preferred.

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Pirates 12, Nationals 7: In what I believe to be the first starting pitching match-up of guys named Ross [Something] in major league history, Ross Ohlendorf(notes) (upper middle) picks up the victory. Nats' left-hander Ross Detwiler(notes) (bottom middle) did pretty well in his first career start, striking out six.

Hall of Famer Ross Youngs (upper left) was supposedly John McGraw's favorite player, but he wasn't a pitcher — even with that "pitcher" name of his. All-Star Ross Grimsley (upper right) really needed a haircut circa '76, but he never faced Ross Baumgarten in what would have been an epic confrontation of Rosses and hair.

Ross Perot (lower left) was just an SNL skit, and all Ross from "Friends" (lower right) did was invent the Rally Monkey.

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Yankees 7, Twins 6: Not a win in its last at-bat, like the other three games in the series, but a sweeping victory nonetheless for New York. "I can't wait to get out of here," Minnesota's Denard Span(notes)said. "Not just the stadium, but the whole city." New York can be so overwhelming; it's always funny when someone gets so frustrated they throw the whole city out with the series.

Blue Jays 3, White Sox 2: The only frustration that tops anti-municipal feelings is when you can't wait to leave a country. The White Sox have dropped 10 straight in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Rockies 5, Braves 1: Maybe Todd Helton has 2,000 hits, maybe he doesn't. What's it worth to ya'?

Rays 13, Athletics 4: Hey, We're back to .500, seeing clearly at 20-20. Still, I've conceded the division to the Jays. Just forgot to tell Maddon. ... The A's have been outscored 47-13 over their past four games. Problematic.

D-backs at Marlins, ppd. (rain): Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you play 3 1/3 innings and tie and have to start all over the next day.

Angels 10, Mariners 6: Hey, way to record some outs, Lackey. Maybe now that they have their ace back, the Angels can feel like it's time to start the season in earnest. Not the wacky Jim Varney movies, but the other earnest.

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