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This and every weekday a.m., let's rise and shine together with the most recent and decent major league happenings. Today's AL Roll Call starts at the Fens, where Roy Halladay and Jon Lester fought to a draw for 8 innings — but baseball is usually a 9-round bout, and Kevin Youkilis got in the last punch.

Game of the Day: Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0

Wave 'em home: With 3rd-base coach DeMarlo Hale waving him on, Big Papi rumbled home from 2nd base on bushy-chinned Youkilis' 2-out single in the 9th. Vernon Wells could not field the hit cleanly, so there was no potentially catcher-shattering play at the plate. "DeMarlo said in the 6th inning, ‘It's going to come down to us sending somebody,' " Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "I said, ‘go ahead and send him.' The way Halladay was pitching, take your chance with one because that might be all we had."

Boy, oh boy, Roy: Halladay seems like a waste in Toronto, no offense to the team that once boasted Robbie Alomar and Dave Stieb. Like putting a Rolls Royce engine in a '79 Pinto. Or if the Statue of Liberty stood in Liechtenstein. Or if they awarded the Stanley Cup to the best minor-league curling team. Halladay has 4 straight complete games (SO 1970 of you, John Gibbons) and he has lost 3 of them. What's the point of that?

Able to leap tall buildings, etc: The Red Sox, just ask their fans, really do have the best team in the majors until someone proves otherwise. Wells was certain he had a go-ahead single in the 9th, but Dustin Pedroia made a great diving play to deny him. "‘I saw it get by the mound," he said, "and I saw Superman at second base."


Feelin' Rundown (Tuesday's other games)

Angels 2, A's 0 Average Joe Saunders improves to 5-0 and is just 2 months short of starting for the AL in the All-Star Game. Will he make it to Noo Yawk? Only time will tell, muchachos!

Orioles 7, Rays 4 Somebody cool off the Rays! Oh, someone did. Garrett Olson took a shutout into the 7th and the Rays tumbled out of first. It was nice while it lasted, Tampa!

Tigers 6, Yankees 4 First Posada goes down, now A-Rod. "I know they didn't have all their guys I don't care," said Detroit lefty Kenny Rogers, who celebrated his ERA falling to 6.75 by hugging every TV cameraman in his field of vision.

Mariners 7, Indians 2 The Tribe cannot score; 2 runs or fewer in 4 of 6 games. Hafner is batting .137 in his past 14 games. Garko's in an 0-for-23. Andre Thornton hasn't had a hit since 1987.

Royals 9, Rangers 5 Finally given permission to start the season by the elders of his home planet, Jose Guillen doubled his RBI output, to 10, and Big Tex fell to 9-18 on Ron Washington's 56th birthday. Who's Ron Washington? Oh, the Rangers manager. Jason Jennings might lose 30.

Twins 3, White Sox 1 That was the second-best game Bonser has ever pitched. Our boy's growin' up, maw! It's really nice for the Twinkies, in light of Hernandez and Liriano recently going negative-3 innings in recent starts.


Photo of the Day: Well, this blows

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Fantasy Freak

Saunders (Angels) 8 IP, 4 H, BB, 5 K, Win

He's pitching at a Frank Tanana-level, here, people. Not since '78 has an Angels starter began 5-0. No, not even Urbano Lugo.


Fantasy Flake

Chris Shelton (Rangers) 0-5, 2 K.

He's back! Remember Shelton's start in 2006? Ten homers, 10 RBIs and .326 BA in March/April. Then, well, the bottom and the top and the middle fell out at the same time.

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Big Talker

"Last year was a good learning lesson. Everybody told me through high school and college that it's not as hard to make the big leagues as it is to stay in the big leagues." — Saunders, on growing up.

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