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Morning Juice: Pedro Martinez a little better than Tim Lincecum

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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 in Philly, where it finally didn't rain on Pedro's parade.

Game of the Day: Phillies 2, Giants 1

Little guys, big hair: It was like a monster truck rally of undersized pitchers with bigger-than-life stuff. Long before contemporary scouts said Tim Lincecum(notes) was too small to dominate in the majors, they were saying the same thing about Pedro Martinez(notes). Both just keep proving them wrong.

For Pedro: One run, five hits and nine strikeouts with no walks over seven innings and 87 pitches.

For Timmy: Two runs, four hits and 11 strikeouts with one walk over seven innings and 96 pitches.

Two little men enter, one little man leave with victory.

And no rain delays, as in Pedro's two previous shortened starts at home.

"I flashed back to the good old times," the 37-year-old Martinez said. "I don't have the power I used to have, but I always said it's not about power, it's about hitting your spots."

Both mighty mites are impressed with each other.

Pedro says Tiny Tim "reminds me a little bit of me, but he's twice as good as me at this time of my career. It took me seven years to win a Cy Young."

Twelve years his junior, Lincecum likes the cut of Pedro's jib.

"It's ridiculous how nasty his stuff still is," he said. "When you watch him, it's obvious he knows what he's doing out there."

Big hits: They come from Jayson Werth(notes), who follows Eugenio Velez's(notes) solo homer with one of his own, and Ryan Howard(notes) — who doubles in Chase Utley(notes) in the sixth. Timmy has only allowed nine homers all season. Werth's might have been worth two, it went so far.

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Feelin' Rundown (all of these pitchers were 6-feet and higher):

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Mets 8, Rockies 3: Misch-on accomplished. The first 12 times left-hander Pat Misch(notes) (above, left) started a major league game, his team lost. That streak, a major league record, is ovah!

Number 13 was lucky, with Misch — a waiver-wire pickup from the Giants — limiting the Rockies to two runs and four hits over seven innings. Misch personally is 1-8. I also dug up this nugget: Misch's teams had been 8-46 in his appearances. It's not nearly all his fault, of course, but 8-46!

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"It's stuff you dream of and think about. I never thought it would take this long," said Misch, who was pacing in the dugout in the ninth. "I stayed out to watch until the game ended. I had to watch it. I didn't want it to end."

His fantasy football team name should be the Misch Chiefs.

David Wright(notes) had the big bat with three hits and three RBIs, but he had a littler helmet. He switched back to the classic concussion trap after finding the Great Gazoo model uncomfortable.

Rockies lead NL wild card by a game.

White Sox 5, Cubs 0: We interrupt Chicago baseball's collective death rattle with one final interlude in interleague play. The Cubs were about to tie the score in the seventh, but another great play from Dewayne Wise(notes) — he of the catch in Mark Buehrle's(notes) perfect game — nailed Jake Fox at home plate.

Some of the other defense wasn't so good, as Alfonso Soriano(notes) shows in this photo montage. He fall down, go boom.

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Dodgers 4, D-backs 2: If we base the Jon Garland(notes) trade only on this game, and I do, the Dodgers win and you can't argue! Ha! Nope. Can't hear you.

Red Sox 6, Rays 3: Better luck last year, next year, Rays.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 3: Turning the famous poem with his namesake on its head, Casey McGehee(notes) at the bat gets John Smoltz(notes) with a deciding two-run homer in the sixth.

Yankees 10. Blue Jays 5: The rest of the AL East still has a chance, if somehow the Yankees are detained at Canadian customs for the next several weeks.

Marlins 8, Braves 3: Bobby Cox gets the thumb for the 149th time; Hanley Ramirez(notes) comes off the bench and out of the $70-million doghouse to get the tying hit and score the go-ahead run. Hanley then goes back into the doghouse without commenting to reporters.

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Tigers 4, Indians 3 (10 inn.): He doesn't get the victory because the bullpen blows his lead, but Nate Robertson(notes) pitches six semi-miraculous shutout innings. It's another huge step in a return from elbow problems that have dogged him in recent years. Robertson had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery last year, started this season in the bullpen and had a cleanup procedure this past June.

I went looking for a good picture of Robertson's face, which is one of the majors more distinctive kissers because of his bookish goggles. But then I took notice of the huge scar by his left elbow. He's worked awfully hard to get back whole.

Mariners 7, Athletics 4: Before the game, Ken Griffey Jr.(notes) says he's considering coming back in 2010, if the move is right for both parties. ... Escaping the gravity of the giant gasbag of losing that is Pittsburgh, Ian Snell(notes) has won four straight starts.

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