The Juice is back for its fifth season of fun! Stop by each weekday for an ample serving of news from the action, plus great photos, stats and video highlights.
A's go to Jarrod: Rookie right-hander Jarrod Parker of the Oakland Athletics came within six outs of a no-hitter Monday night but settled for eight innings of one-hit ball in a 12-1 victory against the Rangers. Professional pro Michael Young turned around a hanging breaking ball for a single to lead off the eighth to spoil the fun. Parker needed 111 pitches to get through eight innings, so it's questionable if he could have completed a no-hit bid, but it was a heck of an outing for the 23-year-old.
Never say never: About a month ago, Rangers manager Ron Washington said he "could never" use a position player to pitch because "pitching is a pitcher's job." Unless, of course, it isn't. Down double digits to the A's and in a tough spot after a short outing by starter Scott Feldman, Washington sold out and used outfielder Craig Gentry to pitch the eighth. The Rangers hadn't used a position player on the mound since Scott Sheldon in 2000. Washington hadn't even used a position player to warm up in the 21-8 loss to Seattle last week. Gentry hit 88 mph (some serious stuff!) and allowed an RBI double to Yoenis Cespedes. He also prevented Seth Smith from going 5 for 5 by getting him to fly out.
Wilhelmsen is a good name for a pirate (small "p"): Mariners manager Eric Wedge gave the game ball to reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, who retired Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo with the tying runs aboard in the eighth. It was clear sailing from there for the M's in an 8-6 victory against the Angels, with Wilhelmsen picking up the save. Seattle also safely navigated around four hits by Mike Trout.
Rescue us, Elian!: Elian Herrera broke up a tie with an RBI single against Jonathan Papelbon, sending the Dodgers to a 4-3 victory in Philly. The Dodgers signed Herrera as a minor league free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2003, and he's finally getting a chance to play in the majors. He's doing well, too: (.308/.384/.369 — 111 adjusted OPS). He also made this ridiculous diving catch in center to keep Philly off the bases in the ninth.
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Quote of the Day: ''The whole thing is a blur, to be honest with you.'' — Twins rookie pitcher Cole De Vries, a Minnesota native and undrafted free agent, after picking up his first major league victory in his third start. The Twins beat the Royals 10-7 at Kauffman Stadium.
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Photo of the Day: I have you now!
Stony Brook's Tanner Nivins might be out at second base, but his team had the last laugh on Central Florida and Travis Shreve, who fell 10-6 at NCAA baseball regionals. Stony Brook advances to its first Super Regional, one step from the College World Series in Omaha.
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Three Facts for the Water Cooler:
• The St. Louis Cardinals had been outscored 19-1 by the Mets over three games before breaking out, sort of, in a 5-4 victory to avert asweep. Turtle-loving Allen Craig's tie-breaking home run in the eighth was key.
• The Diamondbacks are 10-16 at Chase Field after dropping a 4-0 decision to the Rockies and rookie left-hander Christian Friedrich.
• The Giants moved to a season-high seven games over .500 after a 3-2 victory against the Cubs.
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