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Morning Juice: Top Seth — Smith boosts Rockies wild card lead

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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 at Coors Field, where postgame beers are on Seth Smith(notes), who probably took the lead as No. 1 Seth in America.

Game of the Day: Rockies 4, Reds 3

Seth, where is thy sting?: A day after being named NL Player of the Week, Smith began an earnest attempt for Player of the Month. His team trailing 3-2 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Smith fouled away four Francisco Cordero(notes) pitches before hitting a two-run infield single off Brandon Phillips'(notes) glove. Smith won a classic at-bat and gave the Rox a nice comeback after they blew a 2-0 lead and fell behind in the top of the ninth.

Oh, Seth, what can you do?: Smith, who is batting .471 with 13 RBIs through the first nine games of Colorado's homestand, helped increase the Rox's lead to four games in the wild card race after the Giants fell again to the Padres. At 80-60, the Rockies have never been so far above sea level over .500.

"It's a feeling that only comes along for maybe a week or two in a season," Smith said. "That's what the great ones do, [Albert] Pujols, Todd [Helton], they stay in that zone for an entire season. ... I've had a good week but there's 20-something weeks in a season."

Seth march: Smith is first in a short line of Seths in the major leagues. Seth McClung(notes) of the Brewers and Seth Etherton — who pitched for several clubs in the 2000s — are about it. And don't get me started on the stunted career of Seth Greisinger.

Might he also be America's Top Seth in any vocation?

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Crystal Seth: In the Greater Seth Universe, actor Seth Rogen (above, left) was at the top of the pecking order in '07 and '08 because of "Knocked Up," along with "Pineapple Express" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."

Rogen has leveled off in 2009, though "Funny People" is an underrated film. He certainly doesn't have a 145 adjusted OPS this season.

• Another actor, Seth Green, is as consistent a Seth as you'll find, but he hasn't been Most Valuable Seth caliber since Scott Evil. Seth MacFarlane, creator of "Family Guy," peaked about 2005.

I think Smith, former backup quarterback to Eli Manning at Ole Miss, is the Seth of the Moment. He's stepped up when the Rockies have been missing Troy Tulowitzki(notes), Ian Stewart(notes) and Aaron Cook(notes) because of injuries.

"Nobody's like, 'We can't win because Tulo is not in the lineup,' or, 'Cookie went down, we can't win,' " Smith said. "It would be better if those guys were playing. But you look around every team in the league, and they have guys hurt. You have to deal with it, move on and win the games."

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Feelin' Rundown (Less Seths):

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Yankees 4, Rays 2: The suspense apparently was killing everyone because of an 0-for-12 streak, but Derek Jeter(notes) got three hits to tie Lou Gehrig's 70-year-old Yankees record of 2,721 hits. Phew. Jeter had only 21 games remaining in the season, not to mention years remaining in his career, to do this. It's not like the Iron Horse was going to go Brett Favre and come out of retirement to pad the record.

But since the Yankees took all of the drama out of the division race, this was all anyone had to get worked up over. Well, Jeter made it.

The crowd roared in the bottom of the seventh after Jeter's third hit, and he felt awkward about acknowledging them because the Yankees were trailing.

"I really didn’t know what to do because we were losing at the time and I didn’t want to disrespect Tampa [Bay]," Jeter said. "I never dreamt about all of this."

You ever notice how he always knows what to say, too?

An inning after El Capitan got the Yankee Stadium crowd all buttered up, Jorge Posada(notes) swatted a pinch-hit, go-ahead three-run homer. The Rays have fallen apart in agonizing fashion: They have lost each of the past six games in either the eighth or ninth inning.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 1: The Cardinals are replete with NL postseason award candidates; Albert Pujols(notes) (two more homers) for MVP, along with Chris Carpenter(notes) and Adam Wainwright(notes) (18 wins, 2.59 ERA) for Cy Young.

I wonder what Cardinals manager @Tony La Russa thinks of their chances?

"Those are the kind of questions that are distracting and I don't answer them," La Russa said.

Well, excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuze me, princess!

Cubs 8, Pirates 5: The law of averages told us that, sooner or later, a Spinal Tap drummer would survive. Likewise, with the Pirates on the Cubs schedule so often down the stretch, Carlos Zambrano(notes) was bound to pick up his first win since July 22.

Padres 4, Giants 2: The Friars really are putting a monkey in the wrench that is the Giants postseason hopes. I tell you what, though: If one combined the best of the Padres and Giants offenses, that team still wouldn't score any runs. There aren't a more offensive pair of offenses.

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1-2-3 (the rest of the games in three words or less):

Texas 10, Indians 0: Feldman = mensch.

Twins 4, Blue Jays 1: Pavano > Halladay?

Phillies 6, Nationals 5: Madson, not Lidge.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 5: Victor-y double.

Marlins 6, Mets 3: Nolascolded.

Royals 5, Tigers 1: I say Tejeda.

Astros 2, Braves 1: You say Tejada.

White Sox 4, Athletics 3 (13 inn.): Way too long.

D-backs 4, Dodgers 3: Queue the shrump.

Angels 6, Mariners 3: Weaver fever.

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