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 at Bill Gates' house, where an early lead by the Mariners did not compute to a win thanks in part to the non-cornerback Adam Jones. Again proving that sometimes the best trades you make are the ones with the M's ...
Game of the Day: Orioles 8, Mariners 7
Trade fair: Seattle gave up a lot to add ace Erik Bedard from Baltimore. Two of the guys, George Sherrill, and Jones — who apparently can hit with his eyes closed — helped give the O's their 6th win in 7 games against the M's.
Late revenge: Because of the the reliability of J.J. Putz, Sherrill was a mere setup man in Seattle. As a closer in Baltimore, he's been a big reason for the Orioles respectable start. He has 8 saves this season and, get this, 5 have come against his old club. Take that, Mariner Moose!
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Feelin' Rundown (Thursday's other games)
Tigers 8, Rangers 2 — Detroit is producing again. Maybe not '73 Monte Carlos, but at least they're pushing some nice '83 Cutlass Sierras.
Athletics 11, Twins 2 — The Big Hurt walks twice and scores a run in his A's re-debut, and we can begin to wonder about Raj Davis. Can he do an inverse Billy North and carve a nice career in the East Bay? Also, Francisco Liriano might not be done baking yet. Better put him back in.
Rays 5, Blue Jays 3 — Hey, Andy Sonnanstine of the Tampa Bay Rays. You just won your second straight start, and your team is at .500. What are you going to do? "I dunno. We're already at Disney World."
Photo of the Day: "I know it was you, Papi"
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz patiently waits for paramedics to part his right cheek from the ear of new teammate Justin Masterson, who embraced Ortiz without knowing he had applied SuperGlue to his face as usual ... Rookies.
Big Talker AL
"It's imperative that we expand our boundaries." — Rays president Matt Silverman on the need for his team to invade suburban Orlando.
AL Fantasy Freaks
Magglio Ordonez (Tigers) 3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Gary Matthews (Angels) 3-5, 3 RBI
Joe Saunders (Angels) 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, Win
Zach Miner (Tigers) 3 1/3 IP (relief), BB, 3 K, Win
Donnie Murphy (A's) 3-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
Greg Smith (A's) 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K, HR, Win
Cliff Lee (Indians) 9 IP, 3 H, 9 K, Win, 0.28 ERA
Grady Sizemore (Indians) 4-9, HR, 2 RBI, SB
Miguel Olivo (Royals) 3-7, HR, 2 RBI
Carl Crawford (Rays) 3-5, R, RBI, 2 SB
Andy Sonnanstine (Rays) 6 1/3 IP 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, Win
AL Fantasy Flakes
Jason Jennings (Rangers) 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 3 HR, Loss, 7.46 ERA
Jeremy Bonderman (Tigers) 4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 7 K, HR
Francisco Liriano (Twins) 2/3 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, Loss
Brett Tomko (Royals) 4 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, Loss
Alex Rios (Blue Jays) 0-2, 2 K, ejection