This and every weekday a.m., let's rise and shine together with the most recent and decent major league happenings. Today's NL roll call starts about a mile in the air, which means the Chicago Cubs jumped about 2 miles after pulling a win — the 10,000th of their 132 years on Earth — out of their (hey-hey!) against Colorado. Also, Prince Fielder eats all of the racing sausages and hits many home runs (Only one of those is true.)
Game of the Day: Cubs 7, Rockies 6 (10 inn.)
10,000 B.C.: The Cubs are now the second-winningest team in major league history behind the NY/SF Giants and that's not surprising given their long and rich tradition of hanging National League pennants and showcasing World Series trophies at 1060 W. Addison. They're like the Montreal Canadiens or Boston Celtics of baseball, these Cubs. Seriously, though, this is like finding out that Martin Scorsese won Oscars for "Goodfellas" and "Raging Bull," only no one told us.
Boomsticks: Troy Tulowitzki, with Clint Barmes charging close behind (while carrying sacks of venison) gets on the board with a 3-run jack in the 6th to put the Rox up. Aramis Ramirez, not lugging deer meat, then hits the beef jerky out of Manny Corpas (which loosely translated from Spanish means "unimpressive body of work lately") to put the Cubs ahead in the 9th. Not satisfied they've jerked people around enough the past century, the Cubs let the Rox tie the score in their half. Finally, just when you thought they'd be stuck on 9,999 for another season, Ryan Theriot's 2-out single puts the Cubs ahead to stay in the 10th.
Funny, but true: "It was a tough first 10,000 wins," said Theriot, whose team is 15-6 for the fourth time
this in the past century. Twenty-five Jack Nicklauses, these April championship Cubs are.
No lead is safe: The Rox have dropped 4 in a row after leading through 7 innings. Brian Fuentes, be ready for the 9th next time.
Feelin' Rundown (Wednesday's other games):
Brewers 5, Phillies 4 - Meatless Fielder comes in with one deep, but gets on the menu twice with 2-run homers. Derrick Turnbow gets the save with Eric Gagne unavailable. And, no, Gags wasn't tied up in Ned Yost's office.
Pirates 7, Cardinals 4 - Bucs jump on Anthony Reyes for 3 in the 8th; Doug Mientkiewicz drives in 2 with a pinch single, then snatches the ball so no one else can have it. Ryan Doumit appears to be batting cleanup for the Pirates. He's no Willie Stargell, but he is batting .345. His name is pronounced like "donut." Mmm, donut. I wish it were pronounced "doo mitt," like the Ben Stiller "Do it" guy says in Starsky and Hutch. "Doumit, Doumit, Doumit."
Mets 7, Washington 2 - Mr. Richard Fader of Fort Lee, New Jersey writes, "Dear Johan Santanadana." Anyone watch SNL in the '70s? Great Gilda Radner character named "Roseanne Rosannadanna" on "Weekend Update." Anyway, Johan did his best Micah Owings by hitting 2 doubles and going "7 solid innings" as the AP loves to report.
Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 3 - Arizona lost for the 1st time, it seems, since the 2007 playoffs. Bob Melvin said an odd thing about ancient left-hander Randy Johnson, who — right after bingo and a nap — is scheduled to undergo an MRI: "He has MRIs that are on the schedule every now and then — just to see what's going on in there in case anything is moving around," Melvin said. "So this one was kind of on the docket. It's for peace of mind, as much as anything else." Yeah, creaky 7-foot guys with thick jackets detailing years of ailments are always hopping into MRI tubes just for the halibut. It's like flossing.
Giants 3, Padres 2 (13 inn.) - All Greg Maddux wanted for his birthday (which was 10 days ago) was a 350th career win. Well, thanks a lot, Trevor Hoffman, for blowing out the candles before we got to sing to Maddux. Go to your room!
Marlins 7, Braves 2 - The Miguel Cabrera trade pays a dividend. Andrew Miller picks up his first Marlins win, though his ERA is still an interstate in Milwaukee: 7.94. Hanley Ramirez and Mike Jacobs both hit their 7th homer. Ramirez also got his 6th steal. Information not going to be repeated in the phone book that has become "Fantasy Freaks."
Astros 9, Reds 3 - Unimpressed by Cincy's change at general manager and undaunted by Griffey Junior's 597th career homer, the 'Stros score 7 times on 2-out hits in the 4th. Bronson Arroyo's ERA is 7.56 — which also is an area code for Norfolk Island, which is near Australia and New Zealand.
Photo of the Day: Square dancers, bow to your corner
Doug Mientkiewicz pleads for his baseball life, though Laz Diaz isn't interested in offering clemency.
"It's just amazing that Ned [Yost] had the confidence in me to put me out there in that situation. It's unbelievable. It's been a long time, and I always hoped that one day I would get a chance to get back out there and have the opportunity and hopefully get one. I missed it a lot." — Turnbow, on getting another chance to save a game.
Dan Uggla (Marlins) 3-5, R, 2 RBI
Johan Santana (Mets) 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, Win
Hunter Pence (Astros) 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Chris Sampson (Astros) 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K, Win
Prince Fielder (Brewers) 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Derrick Turnbow (Brewers) IP, BB, 2 K, SV
Derrek Lee (Cubs) 4-5, R, RBI, SB
Aramis Ramirez (Cubs) 2-5, HR, 3 RBI
Geovany Soto (Cubs) 4-5, HR
Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) 1-4, HR, 3 RBI
Carlos Marmol (Cubs) IP, SV
Aaron Rowand (Giants) 3-6, RBI
Matt Cain (Giants) 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Greg Maddux (Padres) 7 IP, 4 H, 5 K
Orlando Hudson (D-backs) 3-5, R, SB
Andre Ethier (Dodgers) 2-4, 3 R
Derek Lowe (Dodgers) 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 2 K, HR, Win
Manny Corpas (Rockies) IP, 2 H, 2 ER, HR, BS (4)
Bronson Arroyo (Reds) 3 2/3 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, BB, K, Loss, 7.56 ERA
Trevor Hoffman (Padres) IP, H, ER, K, HR, BS, 8.22 ERA
Dan Haren (D-backs) 4 2/3 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, Loss