The Juice: Bard throws hard, leaves Yankees charred and jarred

Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Yankee Stadium, where Boston Red Sox right-hander Daniel Bard(notes) wiped away the smile that usually runs across the face of Nick Swisher(notes) (pictured unhappily).

Game of the Day: Red Sox 2, Yankees 1

Mr. B. Natural: It was like Bard stepped off a train and struck out Joe Don Baker on three pitches — but twice. In the seventh inning, the Yankees had the bases loaded with one out and sent Derek Jeter(notes) and Nick Swisher up to bat. Six pitches later, all of them in the upper 90s and all of them strikes, Bard was out of the jam. Wow.

Watch Bard get the Yankees to miss

"You don't want to be the guy that gives it up," Bard said. "Also, you want to see where your stuff takes you."

Bard's stuff will take him a long way.

Bombardment: Jonathan Papelbon(notes) closed with the usual amount of ferocity, but how Bard stopped the Yankees from rallying — in a game the Red Sox needed if they wanted any part of a pennant race — is a nice little something for fans to remember for the future.

Ellsbury go boy: Jacoby Ellsbury(notes) picked up his first hit since coming off the disabled list and he also swiped four bases — tying Jerry Remy's team record.

"When I'm on base good things are going to happen," Ellsbury said.

Lester fangs: Jon Lester(notes) won for the first time in a month, shutting out the Yanks over 6 1/3. He was just a little better than Phil Hughes(notes).

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They Also Played...

Cardinals 7, Reds 3: Oh, Li'l Skip Schumaker(notes) with a grandiose salami and Chris Carpenter(notes) won his ninth straight start against the Redlegs. That's not how Cincy wanted the first-place showdown to go down. The Reds get two more cracks.

Rays 6, Tigers 3: This is good: The Rays aren't in Canada anymore. This isn't good: They put right-handers Jeff Niemann(notes) and Wade Davis(notes) on the disabled list.

Giants 4, Cubs 3 (11 inn.): That's why they still call him Pat the Bat.

Astros 10, Braves 4: It was anybody's ballgame until all heck broke loose on this play.

Mariners 3, Athletics 1: You know what the A's got. They got Fister'd.

Orioles 3, White Sox 2 (10 inn.): All of a sudden, it's the greatest Showalter on Earth in Charm City. They're 6-1 under their new manager. Look out, Yankees and Rays.

D-backs 7, Brewers 4 (10 inn): Ryan Braun, Corey Hart(notes) and Carlos Gomez(notes) are injured, and Jim Edmonds(notes) was traded to the Reds, so the Brewers started Sixto Lezcano, Gorman Thomas and Ben Oglivie in the outfield. Actually, it was Alcides Escobar(notes), Lorenzo Cain(notes) and Joe Inglett(notes). Hey, they almost pulled it off, but the bullpen melted in the ninth and 10th.

Angels 6, Royals 4: In 1979, this game would have mattered a lot more. George Brett probably would have gone 2 for 4, for example, but Don Baylor's three-run homer off Larry Gura would have been the deciding factor.

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