This and almost every weekday a.m. during baseball season, let's rise and shine together to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Hotlanta, where the hottest team in the majors believes it can stay that way for as long as it takes.
Game of the Day: Braves 4, Marlins 0
Goin' to Sizzler: They might run out of season before they can pass the Phillies or Rockies, but if MLB seeded the playoffs with the best teams, right now, at the moment, regardless of record, the Braves would be in. After Jair Jurrjens(notes) did a number on the Fish, the Braves have won seven in a row and 15 of 17. The Braves haven't made the playoffs since 2005 (remember when they did it every year?) but they are knocking at the wild card door and are even making the first-place team nervous. More nervous.
"We've got a chance to do it," said manager Bobby Cox, whose team trails the Rockies by two and has shaved 4 1/2 games off Philly's lead in the past week. "You can’t get away from it. We’re watching the scoreboard every inning. But really, you can only worry about your own team."
Jurrjens, who actually has a name you can say 10 times fast without too much trouble, also has a 1.42 ERA — eight earned runs — over his past seven starts. That's very horse-like of him.
Moylan, who has pitched in a team-record 85 games this season, claims he can feel the pennant race in his Aussie blood. Crikey!
"I've never had this much nervous adrenaline pumping from the first inning through the sixth inning,” Moylan said. "It’s crazy. I guess that’s why we play this game. No feeling can top it."
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Feelin' Rundown (all of these teams don't want to face the Braves in the playoffs, except those teams not going; they would face 'em):
Astros 8, Phillies 2: What's this? Bizarro beat Cole Hamels(notes)? But him good! ... I saw on the Twitter that Houston's announcers made reference to the 2007 Mets in relation to the Phillies. It's a bit premature to panic anywhere outside of Philly, where it's required to panic. The thing is, the Braves might win the rest of their games, so the Phillies are going to have to win at least (using fingers) one ... two ... three. They can do that.
"We remembered Nick before we started," Scioscia said. "We've played the whole year with heavy hearts. But it was never about us, and it isn't about us. It's all about supporting Nick's family in any small way, and we're going to bring Nick's memory forward."
"We had a rough start, lost a dear friend and teammate, and we didn't do much in the first half," Hunter said. "We made this a very special season, though. We're going to celebrate tonight, and then get ready for what's next."
Twins at Tigers, ppd. (rain): Way to ruin a night of pennant-race baseball, Mother Nature. Let's play two today.
Pirates 11, Dodgers 1: Legend has it the Dodgers are about to clinch the NL West, though you'd never know it the way they keep losing to the Pirates. Andy LaRoche(notes), have a career! Five-for-five, two homers, six RBIs. Bet the Dodgers would love to have you back at third. Well, no, they're fine with Casey Blake's(notes) bobblehead.
White Sox 6, Indians 1: They closed Progressive Field's upper deck because of high winds, and I joked they should have closed the dugouts instead (because the teams are bad). But then John Danks(notes) wouldn't have gotten his first career complete game. Maybe he would have gotten it, but he would have sat in the front row while the Sox hit. Bright future, that one.
Rays 7, Orioles 6: Not even gonna mention Orioles Magic during an 11-game losing streak. Ten more, and it's 1988 all over again. Good thing they don't have that many left. In the spirit of, "I'm happy for ya'," I was at Game No. 22 when Joe Orsulak and Co. beat the White Sox. Figures.
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1-2 (one game will do):
Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 5 (7 inn.): Clinch grinches.