This and almost every weekday a.m. during baseball season, let's rise and shine together to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts near McCovey Cove, where the kayak mafia will be paddling in candlelight vigils until Timmy Lincecum returns from a bout with a bad back.
Game of the Day: Padres 4, Giants 3
Fireside chat: This day might live in infamy for the Giants. Tim Lincecum(notes) was scratched from his start because of back pain, and while hot 20-year-old prospect Madison Bumgarner(notes) pitched OK, the Giants blew a lead to the Padres (which just can't happen) and fell three games behind the Rockies in the wild card race.
They killed Timmy?: No, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy threw a collective gut punch to the Bay Area faithful when breaking the news that Lincecum would miss a start. A little too many 120-pitch outings for Timmy, hmm?
Bochy said that Lincecum, 25, reported discomfort in his lower left back after the team returned home from Milwaukee on Sunday, underwent a battery of tests and examinations and began taking anti-inflammatory medication. Bochy added that Lincecum felt significantly better Monday, prompting hopes that he could face the Padres. But the Giants didn't want to risk further injury to their valuable hurler.
in the minors the past two seasons (27-5, 1.65 ERA, 256 strikeouts and 55 walks in 273 innings, and he can hit, are you kidding me?).
"The sooner we can put him out there, the more starts he can get," Bochy said. "... He just needs a couple of days [of rest], 24 to 36 hours, in that area," Bochy said. "Then we'll re-evaluate where we're at with him."
Say! Do any of you guys know how to Madison? This Jamesgarner, he's a lot more clean cut than the Freak. Kind of looks like if Matt Morris and Chris Carpenter(notes) had a kid. A baby Clive Owen. The Giants would take Clive Barker, or Pinhead, if he could pitch like Lincecum.
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Feelin' Rundown (these backs are fine):
Cubs 9, Pirates 4: The prophecy is right there in the Mayan calendar: The week Arnold Palmer turns 80, a giant parrot will surprise him with cake and the Cubs will start the game with a record eight straight hits against Zach Duke(notes). ... I wonder if Palmer, a Latrobe, Pa. native, likes Arnold Palmer cupcakes? Part iced tea, part lemonade, the rest Paula Deen, y'all.
Phillies 5, Nationals 3: Ruben Amaro has made a lot of great moves to put the Phillies in position to win another World Series. He traded for Cliff Lee(notes) and former free agent Raul Ibanez(notes) became the team's fourth 30-homer guy Tuesday night. And yet, not replacing Brad Lidge(notes) might be a colossal blunder that prevents the Phillies from repeating.
Marlins 4, Mets 2: Rather than hopping over the Rockies and Giants for the wild card I think the Marlins best hope for the playoffs is a Mets-like collapse for the Phillies. ... He had a nice first game back, but half a biscuit more for breakfast and Carlos Beltran(notes) returns with a grand slam.
Yankees 3, Rays 2: Oh, no! Derek Jeter(notes) struck out three times and is an "0-for-12 rut." Seriously, New York? That's three games. You know how many 0-for-12s Jeter's had this year alone? Lemme look it up, hold on. ... OK, I'm back. None. This actually is the first time all season he's gone more than two games without a hit. That's pretty good.
Ichiro(notes), I just looked it up, hasn't gone more than one game without a hit all season. ... Nick Swisher(notes) (above, right) hits the winning homer in the ninth, gets the pie. He's still talking, probably. ... The Rays have dropped seven straight. Dye it all black! Carl Crawford(notes) (above, left), what did you do?
Dodgers 5, D-backs 4: The Dodgers just kept getting two-out hits in the eighth until they took the lead. And they do not have any problems with their closer.
Rockies 3, Reds 1: E.Y., E.Y., oh my! I know they got the humidor, but any time there's a 3-1 game at Coors Field, major props must be given to the winning pitcher. Jason Marquis(notes), you salary drivin' son of a gun, well done.
Royals 7, Tigers 5: Don't the Tigers know that Kauffman Stadium is where six-game winning streaks go to die? The Royals have won a hard-to-swallow two straight against first-place teams.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 3: The Tigers are bracing themselves for a challenge that apparently ain't coming.
Athletics 11, White Sox 3: The White Sox are 15-17 against the last-place teams in the American League. Put that stat in your pipe and toke up.