Game of the Day
Yankees 3, Twins 2 (10 inn.)
House that Ruth Built arrest: Three games, three victories in the last at-bat for the Yankees. Like a nightmare with no ending, the Twins couldn't even get a flight out of New York City on Sunday, so they're making them play in the Bronx again tonight. Or maybe it's just a wraparound series.
Staying power: On Friday, Brett Gardner(notes) had a Babe Ruth moment with a sick little girl in the hospital. She gave him a bracelet, he hit a home run — unbelievable, almost to the point of being actually unbelievable — and the Yankees scored three times in the ninth against Joe Nathan(notes). On Saturday, A-Rod homered in the 11th and got a shaving cream pie in the face, probably for the homer. On Sunday, Damon went deep in the 10th and the Twinkies dropped to 3-22 in the Bronx lately. No, you
Cooperstown, Johnny, Cooperstown! I'm not saying it's easier to hit homers in the new park, but Damon has 10 already; his career-high is 24. Did you also know Damon has 2,316 career hits? He's also got 1,405 runs. He has a good chance for 3,000 hits and 1,750 runs — which would put him in the top 20 all-time, and I guess, in the Hall of Fame.
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Feelin' Rundown (we can leave New York whenever we want to):Dodgers 12, Marlins 5: Clayton Kershaw(notes) seemed to remind everyone of Sandy Koufax, from the mound presence, to the 12-6 curveball, to the no-hitter he took into the eighth. Walking around with the yarmulke on his head after the game was a bit much. John Koronka(notes), meanwhile, kept trying his windup from the fetal position (right) with limited success.
Tigers 11, Athletics 7: There aren't many pitchers around these days like Zach Miner(notes), whom you might find in the rotation one moment and pitching 4 1/3 innings of rescue relief the next. He's very '80s like that.
Brewers 8, Cardinals 2: I love Yadier Molina(notes) just as much as the next guy, but cleanup? The Cardinals walk the finest line between making the most of a bad situation and asking the question, "Are we in Memphis?"
Rangers 3, Angels 0: First, the Santa at Macy's tells shoppers to head to Gimbels. Now, they're pitching shutouts in Arlington. Tomorrow?
Astros 6, Cubs 5: I'm not sure which is more embarrassing, when they throw garbage or home-run balls at Wrigley. Garbage, it would seem the obvious choice, but there are any number of reasons why you don't throw back home-run balls. At the very least, you can extort something out of Ivan Rodriguez(notes) for his 300th career homer. A signed something. A photo-op. A chance to tell him you love him.
Padres 3, Reds 1: Of the 122 pitches Jake Peavy(notes) threw, 92 went for strikes. Ninety-two strikes! Elias? ... This Joey Votts thing is getting scary; since May 7, he's missed fives starts because of flu and left two early because of dizziness.
Rays 7, Indians 5: Maddon forget to put Longoria, and a DH, in the lineup and got neither. Hilarious only because the Rays won.
Pirates 11, Rockies 4: The Duke Boy just waited long enough for the seventh inning, when Cooter, Daisy and Uncle Jesse came to the rescue in the General with 10 runs.
Phillies 8, Nationals 6: Forty-two combined walks in the four-game sweep. Must have been painful. Zimmerman's hitting streak at zero Sunday.
D-backs at Braves, ppd. (rain): Head inside and watch Paula's Party, I guess.