Morning Juice: 'Salty' makes Mariners pen melt in extras

David Brown
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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 in Seattle, HOME OF STARBUCKS and other coffees, where, despite all the caffeine available, the Mariners fell asleep in the 10th inning and awoke to find the Rangers had played some mean practical jokes.

Game of the Day
Rangers 7, Mariners 2 (10 inn.)

Eruption: Among things that bother me for no good reason: wide margins of victory in extra-inning games. You go nip-and-tuck all the way through nine, then suddenly the batters on one team find religion in the 10th? Where was that a couple of hours ago? There was more to it in this game, though.

Serenity now: Vicente Padilla(notes) baffles — BAFFLES, reporters say — M's hitters for eight innings, and the nonverbal Erik Bedard(notes) limits the dangerous R's to one run through seven. One run was going to win this ballgame for sure.

Heck breaks loose: The M's bullpen was running low on gas, anyway, after the Athletics series over the weekend. So, when possible closer-of-the-moment Shawn Kelley(notes) pulled up lame after three pitches in the 10th, the M's probably had a bad feeling. After getting two outs, emergency reliever Denny Stark(notes) unraveled in his third outing in as many days. Kelley's probably headed to the DL.

Single-single-single-single-GRAND SLAM Jarrod Salty was how the sequence unfolded. What a gut punch. Also, what's with this ball girl picture? It's raining inside Safeco Field? What the?

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Feelin' Rundown (games that might include Tim Lincecum(notes)):

Giants 6, Cubs 2: It appeared to be the perfect storm for a perfect game: Against Lincecum, the Cubs send out a Triple-A lineup that included 31-year-old rookie Bobby Scales(notes) (who, with that name, also will be performing his comedy act at the nearby Horseshoe Casino). Timmy was not perfect, only good enough to win his third straight outing, and pitch well for a fourth time since a cruddy start to the season.

Phillies 10, Cardinals 7: Rick Ankiel(notes) and his bruised right shoulder were safely stashed on the bench after his scary head-first dive into the outfield fence Monday. Cardinals pitchers weren't as safe against Shane Victorino(notes) and Jayson Werth(notes), and the Phillies moved back to the top of the NL East.

Dodgers 3, D-backs 1: Yeah, they won at home again. 12-0 at the Ravine. Tied the Tigers' major league record. Ho. Hum. Will nobody stand up to these supervillians from Krypton guys?

"I'm glad it's finally something that happened before I was born," Joe Torre deadpanned.

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Royals 8, White Sox 7 (11 inn.): The Sox couldn't put the Royals away, and like a bottle of mayo you leave out for too long and put back in the fridge a day later and then make a turkey sandwich with, the Ro'ls will come back to gitcha.

Brewers 8, Pirates 5: The Crew make the Bucs walk the plank for the 17th time in a row. Yeeeeaaaaarrrrrgurble, gurble, gurble. Oh, and Matt Capps'(notes) elbow is irritated. It's all coming together (in the usual bad way) for Pittsburgh after a good-ish start.

Astros 10, Nationals 10, susp. (rain, incompetence): Delete what I had earlier about the Astros having to make a special trip to Warshington to finish this bad boy. They'll make up the lost inning(s) in Houston, because the 'Stros aren't scheduled to return to D.C. ... A half-serious question remains: Do fantasy owners of Elijah Dukes(notes) have to wait until July for his homer and steal to count?

Mets 4, Braves 3: They always have to make Jerry Manuel suffer, you know? Even in the victories. Have a heart, guys. And catch the ball, Delgado.

Reds 7, Marlins 0: Edinson "Maceo, Baby!" Volquez helps knock the Phish out of Phirst. Also, poor timing for possible "Answer Man" Chris Volstad(notes). Not to give anything away.

Padres 2, Rockies 1 (10 inn.): Brian Giles(notes), perhaps with other things on his mind this season, hopes to have busted out of a 3-for-27 skid that dropped his average to .153.

Blue Jays 10, Indians 6: The Tribe thought it overhauled the bullpen in the off-season. Whoa-huh-hoaaaaaaaaaa, they were soooooore-ly mistaken. Still lots of hauling to be done. Seven blown saves, six actual saves for the Indians pen. ... Brett "Beanie" Cecil arrives for the Jays!

Red Sox 7, Yankees 3: Nobody's STILL sitting in the $2,500 seats behind home plate because, thankfully, even rich people have better things to do with money. ... Jorge Posada(notes) on the DL with a strained right hammy, also disabling his bid for Comeback Playah of the Year. ... Funky stat line for Joba: 5 2-3 innings, six hits, four runs, two walks, TWELVE strikeouts.

Tigers 9, Twins 0: Clete Thomas(notes) — and he better be a baseball player with that name — comes up from Triple-A Toledo and misses the cycle by a homer. ... Magglio ain't hitting. Anybody got any ideas why?

Angels 5, Athletics 3: "Comeback" Shane Loux(notes) (or is it "Come back," Shane Loux?) picks up career victory No. 3 a few days after victory No. 2 — which came after a 5-1/2 YEAR hiatus. ... Home run No. 3 for Matt Holliday(notes). Welcome to the season, Matt. It's MAY 6.

Rays 8, Orioles 4: Hey, Longoria is up to .365 with 34 leagues-leading RBIs. And check out that dress.