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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 near Miami Beach, where 64 46-year-old Jamie Moyer(notes) does some of his best work.

Game of the Day

Phillies 4, Marlins 0

Old folk home: Moyer knew Land Shark Stadium when it came up to his knee and was called Joe Robbie Stadium. He can't begin to explain why he's so tough to beat there; he's 8-0 in eight career starts in Miami after allowing one hit over seven innings to the Fish (VIDEO).

Social Security: A pair of homers for Raul Ibanez(notes) and a solo shot for Ryan Howard(notes) — the 200th of his career — provided plenty of run support for their Grampa. Howard broke Ralph Kiner's record by reaching 200 homers in his 658th career game, 48 games quicker than Kiner's pace, which had stood for 59 years. Just as Moyer has. (More on Howard later.)

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Wasted on the young: The free-swingin' Marlins went down 1-2-3 six times against Moyer, who is 13-2 against them overall since breaking in with the Cubs in the mid '40s '80s.

The AP story says Moyer rarely touched 80 mph and, as the screen capture says, you don't have to throw even that hard to get Brett Carroll(notes) (right) to swing and miss.

Fish whippersnapper Hanley Ramirez(notes), who can be quite petulant, whined that umpire Rob Drake gave Moyer too big of a strike zone.

"He got a lot of calls," said Ramirez, who went 0-for-3. "There's nothing you can do about it. It's tough when he gets so many calls like that and you can't concentrate on what you are doing."

Oh, go to bed, Hanley.

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Feelin' Rundown (don't trust anyone under 65):

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Astros 3, Dodgers 0: Awful quiet at Chavez Ravine, thanks to Magic Wandy Rodriguez(notes) and his bullpen posse. Only one extra-base hit for the Dodgers who, Vin Scully points out, are 15-14 at home since they opened the season with 13 straight wins there.

Manny was cheered (big shock) and the Mannywood neighborhood was operational again.

"This is my town," mayor Ramirez says in a column by Yahoo! Sports' own Steve Henson.

Astros over .500, somehow, and for the first time this season.

Angels 6, Athletics 2: His velocity isn't where it used to be, yet, but Ervin Santana(notes) showed it doesn't matter when facing the A's, against whom he's 10-1 with a 1.35 ERA for his career.

Jason Giambi(notes), congratulations. You're the worst hitter in baseball. Please have your parents sign the slip and return it to the office Monday morning.

Dallas Braden(notes) remains impressed with the Angels.

"They're a very talented club in terms of doing what the game dictates," Braden said. "They play baseball. They don't play gorilla ball."

They might not play gorilla ball but they do play Monkey Ball!

Rockies 10, Padres 1: Much to the surprise of Jeff Moorad, it's actually Aaron Cook(notes) who owns the Padres. He's 13-4 against them for his career, including 6-1 with a 1.60 ERA over his past nine starts.

The Rox outhit the Friars only 11-10, so it wasn't like San Diego had no chances.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who is 30-13 at the helm since Clint Hurdle went bye-bye, credited Cook's booty with Thursday's victory.

"He did a great job of wiggling out of a couple of messes early in the game," Tracy said.

Wiggle it!

Adrian Gonzalez(notes) is down to .248.

Brewers 9, Reds 6: Home Run King Prince Fielder(notes) passes his first check-up since the Derby with a three-run homer in his second at-bat.

Leading the Brewers with three hits is none other than the pitcher Braden Looper(notes). A Looper? A Looper. You know, a caddy? A Looper. A jock.

I still say David Dewitt "Homer" Bailey won't have a productive career until he changes his nickname. "Force Out" Bailey. "Foul Ball" Bailey. Heck, "Ground Rule Double" Bailey would be an improvement.

Braves 5, Mets 3: David Wright(notes) says "Holla."

Indians 4, Mariners 1: The M's had one hit in every inning against Cliff Lee(notes), but went 0-fer when he pitched in the stretch.

The Tribe also made several good plays in the field. Watch the double-play flip by Asdrubal Cabrera(notes). It's dee-rickulous (VIDEO).

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Cubs 6, Nationals 2: The Nats showed they can play the same kind of ball under Jim Riggleman as they did under Manny Acta.

It strikes me that management made a mistake by doing this at the All-Star break. Sometimes you get that bump in performance right after a manager gets fired, but what did the Nats do for the first three days after Acta got canned? They didn't play. It was the All-Star break.

Riggleman already lacked that new-manager smell, being a coach and all, so it's kind of like nothing has changed. Which, it really hasn't.

Nationals catcher Josh Bard(notes) put his team's situation poetically. Get it? Bard? Poetically? Ah, go to the quote.

"They're paying us stinking boatloads of money to go out there and win baseball games and we've got to be better," Bard said. "We're not going to make this ship right in three hours."

I like the nautical theme. And, at least the money they pay the Nationals apparently has a foul odor.

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