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Morning Juice: Joe Crede slamathon ends Minneapolis marathon

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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 inside the Air Bag in Minnesota, where a smoky Jim Leyland fumed and Joe Crede(notes) took the first step toward full Twinkization.

Game of the Day
Twins 14, Tigers 10 (13 inn.)

Joe cool: Crede seemed to win a game with a home run every other month when he played for the White Sox, so his game-ending slam against Brandon "If I'm Pitchin', I'm" Lyon seemed about right. The Twins tied the score in the 13th, then Crede's slam — the seventh in his career and second to end a game — finished a nearly five-hour baseball-a-thon of which Jim Leyland missed about half because he was kicked out for screaming at an umpire for... something... in the seventh.

"Did you see what happened?" Leyland told reporters. "Then write what you saw. I don't have to say a word. You write what you saw."

No idea what he's talking about. I was at the Cubs game. We'll move along, though.

Bronze medalist: Crede probably was the Sox's second-most popular player this decade after Mark Buehrle(notes); he's among those immortalized forever in a statue outside U.S. Cellular Field (maybe you've seen a photo of it somewhere?). They're more likely to worship giant gallons of milk in the Twinkie Cities (not saying it's wrong) but this kind of event makes it easier for Crede to fit in. He's got four homers and 10 RBIs in his past 12 games.

Jesse "Daniel, Do the" Crain swoops in for the victory, and the Twins are back to .500, getting their house in order after a scatterbrained start. The Tigers didn't get a good result from Dontrelle Willis(notes), back from a minor league stint to find himself. Still lookin'.

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Feelin' Rundown (sprinting to the finish of yesterday's games):

Rangers 6, Mariners 5 (11 inn.): The streaking Strangers give us another candidate for Game of the Day, but since we could find any statues of Hank "Game-Ending, Two-Run Double" Blalock in our files... sorry!

Yankees 8, Blue Jays 2: No Jeetah or Matsui in the lineup, but who cares when you've got Brett Gardner(notes) and Ramiro Pina ready to go? Scott Richmond(notes) turning to a pumpkin in May after being Mr. April for the Jays.

Athletics 7, Royals 2: Outman! He won it for the A's. Outman! Bringer of pitching justice from another galaxy. Outman! Three hits over six innings. Outman! ... Semi-disastrous road trip for the Royals, pride of the AL Central. It was 0-5, which is horrible, but at least no one got hurt. Oh, Brian Bannister(notes) is hurt? Disastrous.

Nationals 6, Giants 3: The Nationals won, but who cares? Ryan Zimmerman's(notes) streak is dead at 30 games. I feel like having a funeral for Vito Corleone's father, it's so depressing. Like losing a friend who always walked you to school.

Indians 4, White Sox 0: Can a team be credited with less than zero? Because the Sox seemed to lose this one by eight or nine. Cliff Lee(notes) ditching his alter ego, Cliff Flea, whom nobody liked anyway. Great aim by Jermaine Dye(notes) in hitting the umpire with his helmet by bouncing it off the ground while walking away with his back turned to him.

Cubs 6, Padres 4 (8 inn. — rain): Two more homers by Adrian Gonzalez(notes) only to be matched by Ryan Theriot(notes)? Chris Young just a talk drink of bad in this one. The Padres haven't had a starting pitcher win a game since April 16. April 16!

Rays 8, Orioles 6: Jason Bartlett(notes) has five homers. Theriot has five homers. I'm not advising anyone to check their blood work, but if the ball ain't juiced, I'm your Aunt Fannie. April 16!

Angels 8, Red Sox 4: The Angels are starting to get their injured starting pitchers back, but why would any of them take the place of Matt Palmer(notes)? First, the guy turns 30, then he turns into the new John Lackey(notes). You have to love a guy who gives up four runs in the first two innings but sticks around long enough to retire the final 19 guys. Very Jack Morris.

Braves 8, Mets 7 (12 inn.): Grand slam in defeat for Fernando Tatis(notes). They needed him to hit two, which always reminds me of the two grand slams against the Dodgers way back when. Money quote from Old Man Bobby Cox: "I'm glad that game is over. I think both teams were out of pitchers, position players and just about everything else." Now get out of my office!

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Dodgers 9, Phillies 2: Jamie Moyer(notes) might actually be old now. He's 0-2 with a 13.87 ERA, which is nine or 10 runs too high. I told the Cubs they should have signed Randy Wolf(notes). Told 'em! You know who else could use Randy Wolf? The Padres. You know why? April 16!

Pirates 5, Cardinals 2: Hey, we have a reversal! Umpires watched TV to determine that Adam LaRoche(notes) did NOT hit a home run. Luckily, they did not also reverse the win for the Pirates. Because that would happen to the Pirates. The Cardinals are starting their annual injury binge. Ryan Ludwick(notes) down, joining Rick Ankiel(notes).

Brewers 8, Marlins 6: Hey, we have another reversal! Umpires watching TV hate Ross Gload(notes), too. Big Brother taking over. ... Rickie Weeks(notes) homers for the third straight game, making him the toast of Milwaukee, which was in the middle of another toast, anyway, so what the heck, right? The Fish have gone under! Under .500, that is. Hey, remember when they were good? Those were the days.

Astros 15,322, Rockies 11,195: OK, it was only 15-11, with the 'Stros collecting 24 hits. Lance Berkman(notes) went 4-for-4 to raise or lower? Raise, his average, to .216. Hey, sometimes the humidor breaks down at Coors, and stuff like this happens. It's because Mike Hampton(notes) was there, and they wanted him to feel at home, probably.

Reds 10, D-backs 3: Dusty's boys just demolish A.J. Hinch's bunch over three games. Johnny Cueto(notes) definitely a first-ballot Stew Hall of Famer.

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