Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Baltimore, which would mean lots of "Wire" references if 'Duk were writing this. Instead, I ask that you safely and responsibly discharge your firearms to honor shooting enthusiast Luke Scott(notes), who successfully scoped out Mariano Rivera(notes).
Game of the Day: Orioles 4, Yankees 3 (11 inn.)
The Force: Scott went deep for the first time this month, hitting a tying solo homer against Rivera in the ninth (for Rivera's fourth blown save). Against righty David Robertson(notes) two innings later, Scott scored the winner on Ty Wigginton's(notes) long single.
The home run probably will stick in Scott's mind forever.
"Considering the situation, the best closer I think that's ever taken the mound, it's just another experience that I'll never forget," said Scott, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. "I'm thankful for the opportunity and the way things worked out."
Stay cool: Orioles lefty Mike Gonzalez wriggled his way out of a jam in the top of the 11th after the Yankees put a man on third with nobody out. New York loaded the bases on intentional walks with one out, but Lance Berkman(notes) continued to do bad things by hitting into an inning-ending double play.
The manager's corner: After Wigginton (above) did his thing, the O's improved to 27-17 under genius Buck Showalter.
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They Also Played...
Dodgers 7, Rockies 6 (11 inn.): The Rockies'll be sorrrrrrrrrr-y they blew this one.
Astros 4, Reds 3: Let's say the other teams in front of them called in sick for the wild card. Would the Astros be dangerous in the playoffs?
Mariners 2, Rangers 1: Like the Reds, the Rangers appear to be in no rush to clinch. If they're not, then I'm not.
Giants 9, Brewers 2: Whoa, whoa, Giants — don't use up all of your runs at once!
Tigers 9, White Sox 7 (11 inn.) Sorry about this one, America.
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