This and every weekday a.m., let's rise and shine together with the most recent and decent major league happenings. Today's AL roll call starts on Lansdowne St., where the Red Sox drank some dirty water from the Charles River to get themselves some super powers in the late innings to overcome a 5-0 deficit against the Rangers bullpen. The rally came with Manny in the clubhouse cryin' because umpire Paul Emmel made him eat a big QuesTec sangwich. Maybe Ramirez will be on better behavior when the Sawx go for the sweep on Patriots Day.
Game of the Day: Red Sox 6, Rangers 5
Right where they want 'em: After stranding the bases loaded in the 5th and 6th, the Red Sox nudged 2 across in the 7th and 4 more in the 8th. Rangers closer C.J. Wilson walked 3 in to give the Red Sox some help. “It’s just how we drew it up,” Boston manager Terry Francona joked.
Egg, meet chicken, meet egg: Jed Lowrie scored from 2nd base on David Ortiz's infield single to short right field. But the question remains: How can someone have an infield single if the ball is hit into the outfield? Well, the Rangers put on an Ortiz Shift, which means the 2B is playing in short right field. So, that should answer the other eternal question: Is the infield where the dirt is, or is it where the infielders are? Infielders win.
8 Other Great Patriots in Boston History:
• Adam Vinatieri — Ancestor was leader of Custer's band; good thing he stayed home weekend of Little Big Horn, or else Brady would be kicking, too.
• John Hancock — Putting your "Button Gwinnett" on the dotted line just didn't cut it.
• Mark Henderson — The guy driving the snow blower in '82.
• John Hannah — Hall of Fame left tackle, not the British actor from "Four Weddings and a Funeral."
• Tom Brady — Boyfriend to Gisele Bündchen, world's richest supermodel.
• John Adams — Star of own HBO series,
brother cousin of famous brewmaster.
• Bill Belichick — Hoodie sales up 6,000 percent since '01.
•Paul Revere — He doesn't get on that horse and we're all still speaking English.
Feelin' rundown (Sunday's other games)
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3 — Sheffield and Polanco are hurt. They can't pitch (their team K/BB ratio is 100/88). Detroit is 6-13 and, I'm saying, ain't getting up.
Yankees 7, Orioles 1 — A-Rod has a pulled quad. Can't remember him ever being hurt, which is a big reason he's in position to break Bonds' home run record. That, and he's pretty good. ... Your attention please, ladies and gentlemen. Now, coming into the game from the bullpen, No. 16, Pope Benedict. No. 16.
Twins 2, Indians 1 (10 inn.) — The AL Central is standing on its head right now, with the Indians also doing their best to make it a long season for themselves. Justin Morneau starting to heat up. Of course, it's Stanley Cup season.
White Sox 6, Rays 0 — Meet the head of the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox. John Danks looking good. Jim Thome, not too old yet. Rays fall to 1-1 in "They gave Longoria a contract THIS early?" era. Man, she's hot.
Mariners 4, Angels 2 — With Putz kaputz for the moment, the M's resorted to using 3 different pitchers — 4, if you count Rowland-Smith twice because he has 2 last names — in the 9th. Putz might be back as early as Tuesday.
Athletics 7, Royals 1 — To make room for Luke Hochevar, KC designated Hideo Nomo for assignment. Here's a tip of the cap to a guy who threw a no-hitter in Coors Field in 1996 — long before the humidor moved in — in what might have been the most unlikely pitching performance of the past 25 years.
Photo of the Day: "Oh man, this is going to hurt!"
David Ortiz leaps to avoid destroying an ant farm that sprouted just outside the right-handed batter's box at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon.
“My goal is just not to be the guy I was last year.” — White Sox left-hander John Danks, who lost 13 games with a 5.50 ERA a season ago.
Bobby Crosby (Athletics) 3-4, RBI, .312 BA
Miguel Batista (Mariners) 7 IP, 8 H, BB, 8 K, Win
Brendan Harris (Twins) 3-5, 2 R, HR, .322 BA
Jim Thome (White Sox) 4-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
John Danks (White Sox) 7 IP, 3 H, 8 K, Win
Derek Jeter (Yankees) 2-5, 3 RBI
Andy Pettitte (Yankees) 7 IP, 4 H, 5 K, Win
Milton Bradley (Rangers) HR, 3 RBI, .339 BA
David Eckstein (Blue Jays) 2-4, 2 R, HR, RBI
Edwin Jackson (Rays) 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4K, Loss
Jose Guillen (
Mariners Royals) 0-3, .173 BA
Jack Cust (Athletics) 0-3, R, .157 BA
Luke Hochever (Royals) 4 2/3 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K