April 18, 2008
This and every weekday a.m., let's rise and shine together with the most recent and decent major league happenings. Today's AL roll call starts along the Chesapeake, where something magic happens every time you go to Camden Yards. Unless you are Bobby Jenks, who blames 3 of his 13 career blown saves on Orioles Magic at Oriole Park. Must be Boog's barbecue. Or Kenny Chesney throwing out the first pitch. Either of those would get anyone.
Game of the Day Orioles 6, White Sox 5 (10 inn.)
When the game is close: Trailing in the 8th, 5-2, the O's pecked away at Scott Linebrink and, in the 9th, Jenks, who should shave off the fake blond goatee pronto before he pitches like Billy Koch again.
You never know who's gonna hear the call: Mainstays Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora had the big hits to tie the score — they try to pass for today's Eddie and Cal — and then rookie Adam Jones won it with a single in the 10th against "Mr. Walk," Boone Logan. Jones came over in the Erik Bedard deal, which seemed to supply the O's with 3/4ths of their roster.
Nothing can be more exciting: The White Sox got another well-pitched game by Maryland native Gavin Floyd, who last year escaped the occasionally unforgiving tentacles of Philadelphia for the less-unforgiving claws of Chicago.
Feel it happen: “When we tied the game, we knew we were going to win,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. “That’s just the feeling that was in that dugout.” That magic feeling, Dave?
Indians 11, Tigers 1 — Verlander's ERA: 7.03. Reason: Orioles Magic drowned in Lake Erie.
Red Sox 7, Yankees 5 — Orioles Magic unearthed under Yankee Stadium, then re-buried.
Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1 — Rangers win, able to get Orioles Magic through Canadian customs.
Mariners 8, Athletics 1 — The Mariners sure have given out some big contracts to questionable folks in recent seasons. Sexson, Beltre, Carlos Silva. Orioles Magic, however, will prove worth the $94 million over 6 seasons.
Photo of the Day: Show of hands. Who got something for George Sherrill's birthday tomorrow?
Kevin Millar (left), clearly full of Orioles Magic, recoils for what should be a tremendous high-five with teammate Aubrey Huff after a come-from-behind win against the White Sox. Another teammate, Brian Roberts, claimed he only tried Orioles Magic once.
Carlos Silva (Mariners) 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, K, Win
Manny Ramirez (Red Sox) 3-5, 2 HR, 3 R,. 3 RBI
Josh Beckett (Red Sox) 8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 K, Win
Jason Michaels (Indians) 2-3, 3 RBI
Fausto Carmona (Indians) 6 2/3 IP, 7 IP, ER, BB, 2 K, Win
Carlos Quentin (White Sox) 2-3, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI
Gavin Floyd (White Sox) 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1.40 ER
Vicente Padilla (Rangers) 7 IP, 7 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K, Win
C.J. Wilson (Rangers) IP, BB, K, Save, 0.00 ERA
Garret Anderson (Angels) 2-4, 3 RBI
Jon Garland (Angels) 6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, K, Win
Justin Verlander (Tigers) 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, K, Loss
Boof Bonser (Twins) 4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, Loss
Jason Giambi (Yankees) 0-4, .125 BA
"I'm going to 600." — Manny Ramirez, who hit his 494th and 495th career homers Thursday night.