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 at Detroit's Comerica Park, where the giveaways were goat horns, dunce caps and boots. Which one do ya' want, Marco Scutaro(notes)?
Game of the Day
Tigers 6, Blue Jays 5 (10 inn.)
2 err: We all make mistakes (some of you count mine on a daily basis). Each and every one of us has committed an error in consecutive innings to virtually hand the opponent a Major League Baseball game. OK, maybe you and I haven't made boo boos on such a grand scale, but Marco Scutaro knows precisely how it feels. Pretty bad.
Scutaro's boot of an apparently routine grounder helped set up Aubrey Huff's(notes) tying three-run home run in the ninth, and his hard-to-believe miss on Lyle Overbay's(notes) apparently routine throw in the 10th allowed in the winning run for the Tigers. It could have been an inning-ending double play. Heck, it might have led to peace on Earth. Instead, Brandon Inge(notes) scores, Detroit screams for joy and no world peace.
Jim Leyland noted the wet conditions probably didn't help. Scutaro, who had committed only eight errors coming in, didn't offer an alibi.
"Nothing to say. Just went off my mitt. That's it," Scutaro was quoted as saying one place.
"What can I say? I missed the ball," another quote went.
He's right about missing the ball, but technically it went off his glove. He probably snares it if he's wearing a mitt, especially one of those oversized knuckleball mitts.
Scutaradar: This isn't a mistake, but in the seventh Scutaro hit a foul ball to the press box that knocked the headset off the head Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba and busted the headset.
Mario was OK, and he had a spare pair, but this is why we can't have nice things!
Anyway, the Blue Jays season continues to devolve and the Tigers look better and better each day for their first
AL Central division title in 22 years (thank you, Manny Lee).
... And puff: Huff's homer against Jason Frasor(notes) — his second for the Tigers — took Justin Verlander(notes) off the hook after a "meh" game (five earned runs with nine strikeouts). It also made Huff, who has spent most of his career in last place, feel like a real big leaguer.
"I've hit a lot of home runs in my career (203), and that one felt like that was my first big league home run," said Huff, who was acquired from Baltimore in a waiver deal in mid-August. "Every win means so much. I've never been on a team where every game means so much. It's just a great time."
Not a great time, according to Huff: Baltimore at 3 a.m.
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Feelin' Rundown (Scutaro also messed up these games — in spirit):
Twins 6, Indians 3: The six-run eighth inning, keyed by Michael Cuddyer's(notes) three-run homer, was the good news. Watching the Tigers result on the out-of-town scoreboard, and finding out Justin Morneau(notes) is out for the rest of the season, was the bad.
Giants 9, Rockies 1: Timmy! Eleven strikeouts, six hits and four walks over seven innings in his first start since back spasms. The Rox put runners in scoring position in six of those innings, but Lincecum had the changeup working. It was almost as filthy as his hair.
"We kept checking up on him," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I was a little anxious to see him out there. After the first inning I could tell he was fine."
Rockies lead Giants by 3 1/2 games, three in the losses column.
Dodgers 6, Pirates 2: Sure, while the Rockies and Giants knock each other around, the Dodgers get to play the team from Williamsport, Pa. Ten of the Dodgers final 18 games are against the Pirates and Nationals.
Rays 8, Orioles 4: One more loss, and the Rays would have become the first World Series team in history to lose 12 in a row the next season.
"It's important," manager Joe Maddon said. "All this, the whole world revolves around confidence, and our confidence definitely took a hit by these last two weeks. We have to regenerate our confidence. As we do that, we're going to start winning."
Yankees 5, Angels 3: Warning! Danger, Will Robinson! Possible ALCS preview! The Yanks are close to securing home field for the playoffs.
Athletics 9, Rangers 0: He crashed the Scott Feldman(notes) Bandwagon, Scott Feldman did. But how about a slow clap for Brett Tomko(notes), who pitched his second career shutout some five years after No. 1? Clap. ... clap. ... and clap.
Reds 3, Astros 1: Back from the baseball dead, Jay Bruce(notes) hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh. Made a winner out of Bronson Arroyo(notes) (2.11 ERA his past 13 starts), who really would have helped someone in a pennant race had he been moved.
Cubs 2, Brewers 0: With the victory, Ryan Dempster(notes) joins John Smoltz(notes) as the only pitchers to follow three 20-plus save seasons with two 10-win seasons as a starter. Amaze/alarm your friends on trivia night.