Game of the Day: Red Sox 7, Yankees 0
Titanically one-sided: New York has had its act together lately. The Yanks have been hitting homers, winning ballgames and influencing people. It's all coming together for Joe Girardi's guys. Except against the Bostons, who are 6-0 against the Yankees for the first time since 1912. It's almost like the Yanks have a block against the Red Sox right now. Is Grady Little managing in the New York dugout?
Second sight: Nick Green's(notes) home runs are so pretty, even Derek Jeter(notes) (right) watches. And Big Papi, who was blind but now can all the sudden see (thanks to eye drops) comes out of pre-retirement and goes yard for just the third time all season.
And Josh Beckett(notes), inconsistent as he's been all season, was again in Beckett's-a-Beast lockdown mode last night. One hit and eight strikeouts over six innings. It's like the Yankees are a tonic for the Red Sox, whose problems all magically whoosh away when New York's in town. Once upon a time, the Red Sox dreaded the inevitable Yankees comeback. Do the Yankees have an answer for the Red Sox anymore? Now who's the daddy?
"You don't want to be 0-6 against your rival," Girardi said. "But we are still tied for first place."
"So we'll start counting after that," he said.
Sure. Why don't we also refuse to count the games A.J. Burnett(notes) pitches, while we're at it? The season series officially starts only when he's ready to start earning that contract and he was Scottish for crap again last night.
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Feelin' Rundown (the Red Sox also have purchased these teams):Mets 6, Phillies 5: Johan Santana(notes) was in a rare mood. When Jerry came out to give him the hook, Santana — who had allowed four homers — told his manager, "I'm a man. I'm a man."
"What he means by that, I don't know," Manuel said.
Santana earlier had called an audible on a bunt sign, swinging away instead and hitting an RBI double in the sixth. Even though ignoring the instructions of your elders is wrong, Santana did have an 0-2 count.
"I don't want to just bunt or foul it off and get myself out," Santana said.
Tying his career high with four homers allowed didn't make him happy but, after the game, Santana laid down some philosophy in third-person, Bo Jackson-style:
"Just because you're Johan Santana, it doesn't mean you're going to throw a shutout every night," Santana said.
Seven total homers in this game. Yankee Stadium has Citi Field envy.
Tigers 7, White Sox 6 (10 inn.): This would have been the "game of the day" had the White Sox come all the way back and won in the ninth inning, but they didn't, so no candy for them. Fernando Rodney(notes) (whom I hereby dub, "Fred-Rod") did a nice little meltdown in the bottom of the ninth, as Paul Konerko(notes) almost won the game with a bases-loaded double.
But a killer relay from Ryan Raburn(notes) to Adam Everett(notes) to catcher Gerald Laird(notes) cut down DeWayne Wise(notes) at the plate —even though TV replays showed he might have got his hand in before the tag. All it did was give the Tigers momentary life, enough for Miguel Cabrera(notes) to hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the 10th.
Ozzie Guillen loved the way the White Sox battled back.
"I'd rather lose like that every day. If we play like this a good percent of the time, a lot of good things are going to happen. We battled back. We never sit back. When they scored the three runs, maybe a couple days ago, we were done. I love the way we played today," Guillen said.
Pish posh, I say. Give me victory or give me death.
Reds 3, Nationals 2: Behind the great Johnny Cueto(notes) of Mars, the Reds break a six-game losing streak in Washington. It's hard to fathom, even flabbergasting and shameful, for any team other than the Nationals to lose six in a row in Warshington.
I looked up the English meaning of "Cueto," for some reason, and the Internet came through with "fortified height," which barely makes sense. I take it to mean a guarded tower, like where Rapunzel lived. And that is the end of the Cueto anecdote — for now.
The big Nats news of the night, of course, happened at a podium in Secaucus, N.J., where Bud Selig made himself the first pick in the draft. As others have pointed out, having the commissioner in your organization is no guarantee of success, but some experts say the Nats are better off than they were yesterday.
Twins 10, Athletics 5: Finally, somebody takes down the juggernaut that is the Oakland Athletics — although not without a fight in the ninth inning, when the Elephants scored all of their runs. Ron Gardenhire was forced to bring in Joe Nathan(notes), with the stampede on and all.
"A win is a win is a win," Gardenhire said, he said, he said.
Marlins 4, Cardinals 3: Jeremy Hermida(notes) hits a game-ending home run leading off the bottom of the ninth, making a reluctant winner out of reliever Matt Lindstrom(notes). He wants to give the victory to Josh Johnson(notes).
"I think the win belongs to J.J. still, so I wish we could just take it off my record and give it to him," Lindstrom said.
I don't think they're gonna like it down at the league office, but we'll see.
Angels 4, Rays 3: The extra humidity Jered Weaver(notes) and Mike Scioscia felt inside the Tropicana Dome comes from all the tears shed for how lousy the season has gone so far for the Rays. Tampa Bay is having so much trouble defending the Will Harridge Trophy, it's like the Rays just let the thing go in a rummage sale or something.
"It's very uncharacteristic for us. We need to start making plays," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "There were so many things that could have gone our way that did not go our way."
It's not mathematically too late, especially for a numbers whiz like Maddon, but haven't we reached the point of no return when we can expect the Rays to act like contenders? This time last year, Big League Stew was projecting them into the World Series.
Rockies 3, Brewers 2: Like the Visigoths of old, the Rockies come to your town, pillage your ballpark and beat up your team. First it was Rome, then St. Louis, now Milwaukee, which used to mean "the good land." Not no more, it don't.Brian Tallet's(notes) Mustache (right) proved unstoppable, even for the StRangers offense.
"By the seventh inning, I was on cruise control," said Tallet, who allowed two hits over seven.
Dodgers 6, Padres 4: Oh, great, let's stop the world. Manny's here. Team meeting in the cafetorium. Just by being in the slugger's presence, the rest of the Dodgers hit four homers (Andre "No Pictures!" Either had two) against Chris Young. It's the second time this season Young allowed four homers in a game. Two years ago, in 30 starts, he allowed 10 homers all season. Why do bad things happen to good people?
Orioles 3, Mariners 1: Didn't these guys just play each other last week? I'm over it.
Braves 4, Pirates 3: Rather than rant and rave, Yunel Escobar(notes) restrained himself while disagreeing with home-plate umpire Dana DeMuth on a check swing call in his first at-bat. Well, youngsters out there, guess who drove in the tying and go-ahead run with a single in the bottom of the seventh? That's right — Mr. Didn't Get Thrown Out, Yunel Escobar.
Indians 8, Royals 4: Attention! We have a changing-of-the-guard for last place in the AL Central. Mark DeRosa's(notes) go-ahead grand slam against Jamie Wright in the seventh inning is the difference. How many times is this blog going to have to tell Trey Hillman about Jamie Wright before he listens?
"I don't even know how I missed some of his pitches," Pence said. "But he just has everything going different directions, and he is just really crafty and smart."
Lilly also hit his first career triple. Bully for him.
Giants 9, D-backs 4: Matt Cain(notes), kind of like Edwin Jackson(notes), is really learning how to pitch. This wasn't his best game (4 ER, 5 BB, 6 H in 6 1/3 IP) but, as Bochy pointed out, it was the kind that might have unraveled in earlier seasons. He leads the league in victories with Santana, Jason Marquis(notes) and Chad Billingsley(notes).
Kennedy also had a secretary named Lincoln. Or the other way around. Or not at all.