Game of the Day:
Yankees 5, Indians 2
Playmakers: Cleveland's a tough town, from its midges to its seagulls to its Indians. But these are the Yankees, who can handle anything thrown their way.
When Mariano Rivera(notes) handled Shin-Soo Choo's(notes) grounder back to the mound and threw to first, he ended Monday night's ballgame and cemented the Yankees in the record books yet again. This time, not for an individual accomplishment but for a team achievement — and one that has nothing to do with home runs, and isn't necessarily associated with the kind of clubs that were, by and large, assembled with a checkbook.
The Yankees have played errorless baseball for 18 straight games, improving by one the mark the '06 Red Sox had established. Not since May 13, when Ramiro Pena(notes) misplayed a grounder, have the Yanks made an error.
Derek Jeter, via the LoHud Yankees blog, is impressed:
"It's quite an accomplishment. It's something that a lot of people deserve credit for," Jeter said. "That's a complete team effort. We've been pitching real well as of late. But when you pitch, you have to play defense behind them and we've been playing pretty consistent. We've had routine plays and spectacular ones. We've made all of them pretty much."
Hey, Louganis: The best defensive play of the night also was the funniest, with Chamberlain diving, flopping, probably inhaling some midges and catching a bunt by Kelly Shoppach(notes) that turned into a double play. If he can't field the ball cleanly, the Tribe probably would have had the bases loaded and nobody out. But Joba ain't no Roger Dorn!
"I think he went straight up in the air," Jeter said.
That night, the bugs (clearly Indians fans) got Joba out of his game. Walks, wild pitches, it was anarchy as Chamberlain tried committing insecticide. The midges were back around the eighth inning Monday night.
"I started to see them coming, I'll be honest," Chamberlain said. "I actually swallowed one when I was walking around the mound to start [the inning]."
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Feelin' Rundown (raiding Monday's other games):
Orioles 1, Mariners 0: The Orioles have Magic, the Mariners have Moose. Magic > Moose. The run came on Aubrey Huff's(notes) sacrifice fly that made a winner out of Rich Hill(notes) and a loser out of Jarrod Washburn(notes).
Astros 4, Rockies 1: Hey, it only just occurred to me that if the 'Stros add a player named Harvey, they'll have Lee, Harvey and Oswalt. Is Ken Harvey doing anything?
Reds 5, Cardinals 3: Somebody buy pizza for the Reds' pen. Eight innings of due diligence after Maceo Baby Volquez leaves with numbness in his fingers.
Phillies 5, Padres 3: What's this about PETCO being death to home runs? Four seemed to leave the yard in this game. Investigation. In. Order.