August 10, 2011
Nine innings and nine items to get you going. Ladies and gentleman of the Stew, take a sip of morning Juice.
1. He fell for that?: Bobby Abreu(notes) gave the Angels a lead with a two-run homer, his second deep of the game, against Mariano Rivera(notes) in the top of the ninth. Then the Angels added insult to victory when the Yankees put runners at the corners with Mark Teixeira(notes) up in the bottom half.
With ducks on the pond for Angels closer Jordan Walden(notes), he twice stepped off the rubber to try the ol' fake-to-third, throw-to-first move that almost never works. Almost never. On the third try, Curtis Granderson(notes) took off for second as Walden followed through on the bluff. Grandy got tagged in a rundown and the Angels won 6-4.
Just keep rubbing it in, Torii!
2. Not kidding around: Cliff Lee(notes) is a cruel joke on the rest of the league played for the Phillies amusement. He struck out 10 Dodgers, scattered four hits over eight shutout innings and — AND, AND — hit his second home run in a 2-1 victory at Dodger Stadium.
4. Call to arm: After a rain delay and 14 innings, the Indians beat the Tigers 3-2 when Kosuke Fukudome(notes) was hit on the arm by a pitch to force in a run. Fukudome had struck out in his first four at-bats, but a pitch got away from reliever David Pauley(notes). Cleveland pulled within four three games of first place in the AL Central.
5. Repeat performance: Mets players keep giving their fans something to cheer about at the expense of San Diego's bullpen. Similarly to what happened Monday night, New York rallied again for three runs in the eighth against Chad Qualls(notes) and won 5-4 at Citi Field.
7. Turnabout dance: The Giants turned the shutout tables on the Pirates, winning 6-0 behind thrifty lefty Madison Bumgarner(notes), along with home runs by backup catcher Chris Stewart(notes) and thongwriter Aubrey Huff(notes).
8. Don't get mad, get better than even: Arizona's Justin Upton(notes) slammed down his helmet to protest a call by umpire C.B. Bucknor in the third inning, putting himself in danger of getting thrown out. But he hung around long enough to homer and drive in four runs in the D-backs' 11-9 victory against the Astros. Arizona came back from six runs down to do it.
9. New Hoss Radbourn: James Shields(notes), like it's 1983 or something, pitched his league-leading eighth complete game of the season in Tampa Bay's 4-0 victory against the Royals. Before this season, he hadn't completed one game since 2008.
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