This and every weekday a.m., let's rise and shine together with the most recent and decent major league happenings. Today's blended AL/NL roll call starts in the shadow of the Gateway Arch, where Troy Glaus and his Bette Davis Eyes try some optical trickery to make him a more consistent hitter in St. Louis.
Also, we got ourselves an old sheriff in town, and Edwin Encarnacion just has a good game with no strings ...
Game of the Day: Reds 4, Cardinals 3
I was blind, but now...: Glaus (1-for-3, RBI) tried out a new pair of clear-lens sunglasses — to be worn at night — so he can, gee whiz, see the ball. Glaus also is taking allergy medicine to stop his eyes from watering up. Manager Tony La Russa, who coincidentally wears sunglasses at night, too, came close to benching Glaus, who came in 3-for-24 with 8 strikeouts at night at Busch.
Kneel before Zod: Walt Jocketty returned to St. Louis as general manager of the Reds. He backed away from comments he made at his hiring, when he used "vendetta" to describe what he and manager Dusty Baker have in store for the rest of the NL Central. Instead, Jocketty said he and Baker simply planned to make St. Louis and Chicago, respectively, wished they never had been born. Just kidding.
Greater than clutch: Encarnacion, rather than making 2 or 3 mistakes before redeeming himself later, cut to the chase with a pair of 2-run doubles and 2 strong defensive plays to help the Reds take a series opener for the first time all season. Bronson Arroyo also lowered his ERA to 6.97 with 6 solid innings, which gives you an ideal of how cruddy he has pitched.
Feelin' rundown (Monday's other games, completed and otherwise)
White Sox 3, Orioles 3 (suspended after 11 inn.) — After a 2 1/2-hour delay before the first pitch, U.S. Cellular Field turned into a freezing swamp, with the infield dirt reacting like a Lake Michigan beach at low tide ... Play could resume in the top of the 12th inning June 23; both teams are idle, with the Sox coming off a series against the Cubs and the Orioles set to start one at Wrigley the next day.
Pirates at Mets, ppd. (rain) — This appears to be it for Matt Morris, whom the Bucs released after he went 3-8 in 16 starts and a 7.04 ERA form them from the end of last season through Monday. He just has nothing left in his shoulder. Still, 121 wins in 11 seasons probably was like living a dream. Two All-Star teams, finished 3rd in 2001 Cy Young voting. About as good as Jack McDowell, or Charles Nagy, or Pat Hentgen. Best of all, Morris seemed like a genuinely nice guy and he married a sweet girl. Morris' quotes about being released are really sad: "It's been difficult. I could feel it all coming to an end in a hurry. It's not what I planned, but it's best for the organization, best for the team. I've been a burden on the bullpen. It's been hard to deal with mentally. I've accepted it. It was a great segment of my life. I really can't wait to move on and be with my family. It's a sad day, but it's also a joyful day. ... I'm proud of my career. I didn't mean or want for it to end this way. I've always said the other team will let you know when you're done."
Yankees 5, Indians 2 — So, the Yankees have so much pitching they could afford to drop Mike Mussina from the rotation? Doubt it. Mussina's had a great career, and a somewhat underappreciated one. He's spent the whole time in the AL, and a number of years at Camden Yards when it played really teeny, which tweak his numbers the wrong way. Never won 20 games (won 19 twice, 18 three times), never won a Cy Young (though he finished in the top 6 in voting 8 times). Needs 325 Ks for 3,000. Is tied with Carl Hubbell for career wins, but needs 47 for 300. At 39, he probably won't get either. It might be questioned, but he seems like a Hall of Famer.
Athletics 14, Angels 2 — The Big Hurt goes 3-for-3 with a TRIPLE — his first since 2002, and the 12th in his fabulous (and, apparently, unfinished) 19-season career — and the A's take back 1st place in the AL West.
Photo of the Day: They canceled "Jets Night"? No!!!
Pirates right-hander Matt Capps asks Jobu for some help so that Joe Klecko and Richard Todd might properly be honored at Shea Stadium. He was denied.
"When I came in the whole infield was wet. There was water standing out there. The guy rolls one to short ... you're picking up a ball that just got out of a dog's mouth and trying to throw it over to first." — Baltimore closer George Sherrill, on the wet conditions in Chicago.
Chad Gaudin (Athletics) 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K, Win
Jon Garland (Angels) 6 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, Loss
Thomas, Brown and Barton did a number on Garland, whose ERA rises to — jeepers — 5.94.