Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at AT&T Park, where the Dodgers re-arranged the furniture, but the feng shui still stinks.
Game of the Day: Giants 2, Dodgers 0:
Cain them: OMG, Matt Cain(notes) beat the Dodgers for the first time in 15 career starts. That just seems unpossible, considering his stuff. He pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and one walk. The Dodgers were caned all weekend, actually; They scored twice over the final 18 innings of the series.
Do something: If only the Dodgers had made some trades before Saturday's deadline, maybe they wouldn't have gotten swept. Actually, general manager Ned Colletti made three. My first impression is, the Dodgers have lost five straight games and have fallen eight games out of first place. My second is, Ryan Theriot(notes) is not better than Blake DeWitt(notes).
Crazy Larry: T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times says third base coach Larry Bowa is the only decent item on the Dodgers. Bowa also wondered out loud why Andre Ethier(notes) isn't a better baserunner (how 'bout Matt Kemp(notes), for that matter) and if Kemp is trying hard enough — like Larry F-in' Bowa would.
Via the Times:
"The majority of our guys are tremendous people, but there's a few, definitely a minority, but I would say the coaches want to win more than they do," Bowa said. "We've got some people giving away at-bats..."
Is Larry also trying to make a move on the manager's job for when Joe Torre leaves? Hmm.
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They Also Played...
Rays 3, Yankees 0: Near-drama at the Trop, with A-Rod pinch hitting as almost the tying run in the seventh, still looking for No. 600. It was sorta like Hulk Hogan coming out to rescue Tito Santana from the clutches of Roddy Piper back in the day. Except Hulk would have rescued him (James Shields(notes) struck A-Rod out).
Red Sox 4, Tigers 3: Could the Red Sox have traded Jonathan Papelbon(notes) at the deadline? Wonder if they tried. Anyway, nice comeback by the Tigers to tie it (Jhonny Peralta(notes) seems reborn a little in Motown) but Detroit had no bullpen because of Jose Valverde's(notes) misadventures on Friday.
D-backs 14, Mets 1: Home team fans, ignore that Dave LaRoche's son hit two home runs and Daniel Hudson(notes) pitched the team up the river. Concentrate your memories on the party thrown for Dwight Gooden (pictured), Darryl Strawberry, Davey Johnson and Frank Cashen. That was fun, right?
Phillies 6, Nationals 4 (11 inn): It's like the Phillies toy with their fans on purpose. They ride into D.C. on an eight-game winning streak, all set to unveil Roy Oswalt(notes) on Friday and he gets knocked around like he's Joe Blanton(notes).
On Saturday, Brad Lidge(notes) blows a save in heartbreaking fashion and fans come with torches requesting the Phillies hand over Barabbas. On Sunday, Ryan Howard(notes) makes it look like he broke his ankle sliding into second base, and the Nats come within nine outs of a sweep.
But a nice little comeback happens, Lidge closes the door easily and Howard's ankle is only sprained. Still, it's hard out there being a Phillies fan.
White Sox 4, Athletics 1: Gavin Floyd(notes) has a 1.06 ERA in his past 11 starts. I'm going to invent the One-Third Of The Season Cy Young Award for the best performance over 11 starts. First recipient: Gavin Floyd, of course. If only I had thought of this award 10 days ago, before a couple of mediocre starts, Josh Johnson(notes) would have won it. Timing is everything. Sorry, Josh. Congratulations, Gavin!
Rockies 8, Cubs 7: Dexter Fowler(notes) made about as fine of a catch as possible — though it probably didn't have a home run — on Alfonso Soriano(notes) in the ninth. But ouch, he hit the fence hard. Bruised his left hip and ribs.
Twins 4, Mariners 0: Like a good sparring partner, the Mariners did a splendid job of letting the Twinkies smack them upside the head over the weekend.
Astros 5, Brewers 2: Pinch-hit grand slam Jason Michael. Gosh, why didn't they just think of it before?
Royals 5, Orioles 4: It's time for the Buck Showalter Show... walter.
Cardinals 9, Pirates 1: Much more bueno this time, Waino.
Padres 5, Marlins 4: It's the second time the Padres have beaten Josh Johnson. Just sayin'.
Indians 5, Blue Jays 4: Anything to declare at customs, Indians? Yes, two of three victories in Toronto!
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