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.
Texas hold 'em: This one was like a season-long pennant race packed into one night. Led by Elvis Andrus, who went 4 for 6 and drove in four runs, the Texas Rangers rallied from a six-run deficit to force extra innings, and later scored four runs in the bottom of the 10th to win 11-10. The Angels won the first two games of the series, outscoring Texas 21-10, and were on the verge of closing within two games in the AL West standings. Albert Pujols hit a pair of home runs, and the Angels had built a 7-1 lead in the fifth, but the Rangers never wilted, and Ian Kinsler tied the score with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth against Ernesto Frieri. Andrus' game-ending two-run single capped the wild events. The Rangers also called up third base prospect Mike Olt, who could be showcased for a waiver trade, although that could get complicated.
None the richer: The Mets beat the Giants and Matt Cain 2-1, and Hunter Pence drew a doughnut — 0 for 4 with two strikeouts — in his San Francisco debut. Pence did reach first on a strikeout/wild pitch combo. So there's that. Via the Associated Press:
''There was a ton of excitement,'' said Pence, traded from Philadelphia for Nate Schierholtz and two minor leaguers Tuesday. ''The fans were great out here. That's pretty cool. They were loud and rowdy. We had a pretty crazy game. Unfortunately I didn't really get do anything.''
SchadenPhreude: Meanwhile, the Phillies stayed undefeated post Pence with a 3-2 victory against the Nationals. Jimmy Rollins hit two homers and Schierholtz added a solo shot. Trade's lookin' good so far in Philly! Vance Worley (Or Van Swirly, if you prefer) went seven agreeable innings for the Phillies.
Third time's the charm: In his third stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks, left-hander Patrick Corbin looked pretty confident against the Dodgers. In his sixth major-league start, but first since getting recalled (again) from Triple-A, Corbin allowed two runs over six innings in a 4-0 victory at Dodger Stadium. The D-backs completed a three-game sweep there for the first time since 2007.
Back-to-back jacks is a fact: Putting aside all team loyalties, you've got to love when Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder hit consecutive home runs. It's what the great Tiger god in the sky put them on the Earth to do. To celebrate the third time they've done it this season, the Tigers beat the Red Sox 7-5.
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Quote of the Day:
"I like hitting here"
— Matt Holliday, after hitting two home runs at Coors Field in a 9-6 Cardinals victory. Holliday is 13 for 24 on the season against the Rockies this season.
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Photo of the Day: Now do 'Truckin' '
A hairy Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and a less-hairy Tim Flannery, third base coach of the San Francisco Giants, sing the national anthem at AT&T Park on Thursday. It would have been Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday.
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Three Facts for the Water Cooler:
• Joba Chamberlain allowed two runs, four hits and a walk in his first duty in 14 months because of elbow and ankle injuries partially resulting from a trampoline accident. The Yankees beat the Orioles 12-3 and lead them by 6 1/2 games in the AL East.
• Ben Sheets will not go undefeated in his return to the majors. The Marlins scored three times in the first inning and beat the Braves 4-2. Sheets allowed four runs (three earned) and 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings.
• The Seattle Mariners have won seven in a row!? It's true, after they beat the Blue Jays 5-3.