This and every weekday a.m., let's rise and shine together with the most recent and decent major league happenings. Today's NL roll call starts in Phoenix, where the Diamondbacks and Dodgers ignored an apparent alcohol-induced takeover of the Southwestern U.S. by Mexico.
Game of the Day
Reynolds raps: Mark Reynolds hit a pair of home runs and is slugging .815, which might not hold up all year but is darned impressive nonetheless.
Less Estados Unidos: All hell (or at least some heck) broke loose when a vodka company unveiled, then retracted, a print campaign aimed at reminding Mexico that it used to own much of the U.S.' most valuable lands. Orlando Hudson — not one to lose himself in geography — stayed focused, hit a homer, and drove in three runs.
Hail on the chief: The same could not be said for Dodgers righty Esteban Loaiza who, perhaps distracted by rumors that he was to become the prefect of "Nueva Arizona" after the Mexican insurrection, allowed 4 runs over 4 innings.
Rundown feelin' (Monday's other games)
Rockies 2, Braves 1 — Matt Holliday finally woke up from his face-diving stupor with a late go-ahead homer, tipping a modern pitchers' duel (neither Tom Glavine or Aaron Cook pitched into the 8th) toward Colorado.
Padres 8, Giants 4 — Greg Maddux is so old school, he might be a human time capsule from 1980. If you bust him open, you'd find ash from Mount St. Helens, a 45 of Christopher Cross singing "Ride Like the Wind," a newspaper and the Fonz.
Photo of the Day: Maybe we could try this one?
Still struggling after being moved back into the leadoff spot, Alfonso Soriano makes a suggestion concerning a rule change that would improve how he's seeing the ball these days.
Adrian Gonzalez (Padres) 4-5, HR, 4R
Nate McLouth (Pirates) 3-6, RBI, .441 BA
Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs) 3-5, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Greg Maddux (Padres) 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5K, Win
Alfonso Soriano (Cubs) 1-6, R, .094 BA
Hunter Pence (Astros) 0-4, 3 K, .171 BA
Ted Lilly (Cubs) 3 2-3 IP, 5 ER, 9.72 ERA
"When we play them, it’s always kind of like a rivalry to us. Them, too. They make a big deal out of it. As long as we put the whip on them, we’ll let them make a big deal out of it. They’ll talk, we’ll hit. That’s how I see it." — Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, looking ahead to a series against the Mets.