Game of the Day
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.)
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
"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):
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.