The Juice: Rays' Crawford, Longoria team up to knock off Twins

Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Target Field, where Carl Crawford(notes) and Evan Longoria(notes) (pictured from an earlier game) had the Minnesota Twins right where they wanted them.

Game of the Day
Rays 5, Twins 4
(10 inn.)

Ev'rybody dance now: His team down to its last strike, Carl Crawford put a perfect swing on a low pitch from Twins closer Jon Rauch(notes), tattooing it (the ball, not the pitcher, who already has enough) for a single. Crawford had his AL-leading seventh four-hit game and the Rays had a pulse!

Evan Longoria, sensing Twinkie blood in the water, waited for Rauch — who has been exemplary as a fill-in closer for Joe Nathan(notes) — to allow another two-strike opportunity. Sure enough, Longoria pounced on a mistake, pulling a score-tying double into the left-field corner.

"I was just on deck praying that C.C. would get on again and give me another chance," Longoria said.

Make 'em sweat: Crawford is expected by many to join LeBron James in New York once he becomes a free agent. In the meantime, Rays manager Joe Maddon says, Crawford belongs on the AL All-Star Team.

"If he was able to be able to be seen more nationally, it would be a slam dunk," Maddon said before the game. "He toils a little bit in the obscurity of where we work. I would really not understand why he would not be voted in. He's the kind of baseball player everybody likes to watch."

The Trop, obscure? It looks like the top of a giant orange juicer. You can't miss it!

Willy Aybar's(notes) RBI single in the 10th put the Rays ahead, but there was this call...

Nice catch, Jason Kubel(notes).

Face time: The Rays wrestled this possible playoff preview away from the Twins, despite the daunting task of beating Carl Pavano's(notes) mustache.

Ever since he shaved his goatee but left the Mario Brothers on his upper lip eight starts ago, he's got a 2.64 ERA.


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They Also Played ...

Reds 3, Cubs 2 (10 inn.): It doesn't gall Cubs fans in the least that Dusty Baker is managing a first-place team as Lou Piniella fumbles for the remote control in his boxers. Yeah, and 1969, 1984 and 2003 doesn't stick in their collective craw, either.

Yankees 4, Mariners 2: Don't tell anybody, but when Alex Rodriguez(notes) hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning, he thought it was the ninth inning. A-Rod was, like, where's the celebration at home plate? No, really, he was.

"I thought I hit a much bigger home run than I actually did," Rodriguez said with a sheepish grin. "Pretty embarrassing."

His legend will be unique.

Rockies 7, Giants 3: With six straight losses, the Giants are melting, melllllll-tiiiiiing!

Angels 2, Rangers 1: Jered Weaver(notes) shut down the vaunted Rangers lineup, notably Josh Hamilton(notes), whose hitting streak bid the world adieu at age 23 games.

Astros 6, Padres 3 (10 inn.) : The Michael Bourn(notes) identity: He is the guy who hit a two-run, tie-breaking triple for the Astros in the 10th.

Indians 6, Blue Jays 1: In the Jays' defence, they could only afford to spend seven runs the entire time in Cleveland, so they had to make it last. The four-spot in game two really messed 'em up.

Nationals 2, Mets 1: A day off for the Mets to fly in from Puerto Rico would have been nice. It ain't exactly in the United States, you know!?

Pirates 3, Phillies 2: The Phillies have some serious regrouping to do right now. Chase Utley's(notes) out until September probably, manager Charlie Manuel was suspended, it seems like the only guy hitting home runs is Wilson Valdez(notes).

Athletics 8, Orioles 1: Trevor Cahill(notes): All-Star pitcher.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 1: All of Milwaukee's runs came on deep flies: Harvey's Wallbangers live again. ... Is it time for Randy Wolf(notes) to go on the trade market yet?

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