This and every weekday a.m. during baseball season, let's rise and shine together to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts on the South Side of Chicago (the baddest part of town), where Mark Buehrle(notes) tossed a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays to place himself at the center of the baseball universe. Seemingly everyone paid tribute — Buehrle's teammates, the Rays themselves, the president of the United States. Even the reigning world bleeping champions, who were watching on TV in their own clubhouse, cheered right along with White Sox fans.
Game of the Day White Sox 5, Rays 0
Somebody's watching: Thanks to The Fightins, Comcast in Philly and the Phillies themselves, the Internets have video of Scott Eyre(notes), Clay Condrey(notes), Shane Victorino(notes) and John Mayberry(notes) Jr. watching the final moments of Buehrle's no-nothing from inside the Philly clubhouse before they went out for their own game. Eyre was a teammate of Buehrle with the White Sox in 2000, but I'm not sure how close the two were or remain.
Anyway, the professionals were nearly as rowdy as any fan inside U.S. Cellular Field after Dewayne Wise's(notes) you've-got-to-be-kidding-me catch (VIDEO), and were clearly rooting for history on Jason Bartlett's(notes) weak grounder to short for out No. 27. How often do we see players from other teams get so excited about another game? It's fun to see this side of them. Maybe you can recall another similar moment?
You've been perfected: The St. Petersburg franchise took the flip side of perfection about as well and as classy as possible. The Rays, who are scrapping to way back into the playoff picture, lost three of four to Chicago in a tough series that easily could have gone the other way.
"The first couple innings just went by too fast," Rays' slugger Pat Burrell(notes) said. "By the time we realized what we were getting into, I think we were a little late. That being said, that was just awesome, fun to be a part of."
I'm not sure how Phillies fans would have taken Pat the Bat saying that if Buehrle had been perfect against, say, the Phillies last season. To me, it's great Burrell is comfortable enough to say he had fun even in a loss.
The Rays probably thought they could break through with something right up to Wise's catch, which came to start the ninth. Gabe Kapler(notes) (right), who made a nice catch of his own, had a reasoned perspective on what was happening.
"That moment was magical for both Wise and Buehrle and obviously the whole game was kind of magical for Buehrle," Kapler said. "Those guys earned those moments. That's what this game is about. Sometimes you're the bug. Sometimes you're the windshield. Today, Buehrle got to be the windshield, and we didn't get hits today."
Their mommas (along with Joe Maddon) done raised them boys good. May the karma be repaid!
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Feelin' Rundown (nearly perfect — better luck next time):
Angels 6, Twins 5: (10 inn.) Check him for spots! Joe Nathan(notes), who had converted 20 straight saves, gets bitten by the Rally Monkey in the ninth. Two runs after two outs for the Halos, who routinely seem to pull these games out of the organ grinder (VIDEO). Heaven must be missing a monkey.
The Twinkies have dropped some disheartening games this week. They blew a 10-run lead to the A’s and lost on an, ahem, disputable play at the plate. The A’s also beat ‘em 16-1. And now this. You know what they say about Twinkies, though. They’ll live on the shelf forever.
Phillies 9, Padres 4: See what I mean about karma? Cole Hamels(notes) is still a beast.
Yankees 6, Athletics 3:
Rain delayed this baby 2 hours, 43 minutes before a pitch was even
thrown. Phil Hughes(notes) for the save, because it was way past Grampa
Rivera's bedtime by the time the ninth inning came around.
Giants 5, Braves 1: Barry Zito(notes) is actually closer to inconsistent than he is awful. This makes 10 quality starts, probably eight of which were really good. Paying $126 million for it might be a bit much, but he's no Carlos Silva(notes).
Indians 5, Blue Jays 4: Hey, can anyone in Toronto put up Indians' catcher Chris Gimenez(notes) until he finds his passport?
Cardinals 4, Nationals 1 (7 inn.): It literally rains on the Nats’ parade every day. With all the talk about Mark Buehrle being perfect, will anyone notice Adam Wainwright’s(notes) 6-inning eight-hitter?
Mariners 2, Tigers 1: The Tigers have scored about three runs this week. That won’t git 'er done. Four-game showdown with the White Sox starting at noon, 1 p.m. GM time.