Morning Juice: Joba and Yanks defend from bugs, birds, bloops

This and every weekday a.m. during baseball season, let's rise and shine together to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Cleveland, staging area for invasions of many forms, from insect to avian. Joba Chamberlain(notes) was prepared this time.

Game of the Day:
Yankees 5, Indians 2

Playmakers: Cleveland's a tough town, from its midges to its seagulls to its Indians. But these are the Yankees, who can handle anything thrown their way.

When Mariano Rivera(notes) handled Shin-Soo Choo's(notes) grounder back to the mound and threw to first, he ended Monday night's ballgame and cemented the Yankees in the record books yet again. This time, not for an individual accomplishment but for a team achievement — and one that has nothing to do with home runs, and isn't necessarily associated with the kind of clubs that were, by and large, assembled with a checkbook.

The Yankees have played errorless baseball for 18 straight games, improving by one the mark the '06 Red Sox had established. Not since May 13, when Ramiro Pena(notes) misplayed a grounder, have the Yanks made an error.

Derek Jeter, via the LoHud Yankees blog, is impressed:

"It's quite an accomplishment. It's something that a lot of people deserve credit for," Jeter said. "That's a complete team effort. We've been pitching real well as of late. But when you pitch, you have to play defense behind them and we've been playing pretty consistent. We've had routine plays and spectacular ones. We've made all of them pretty much."

Hey, Louganis: The best defensive play of the night also was the funniest, with Chamberlain diving, flopping, probably inhaling some midges and catching a bunt by Kelly Shoppach(notes) that turned into a double play. If he can't field the ball cleanly, the Tribe probably would have had the bases loaded and nobody out. But Joba ain't no Roger Dorn!

"I think he went straight up in the air," Jeter said.

SWAT: It was a big improvement — progress, if you will — over Chamberlain's visit to Progressive Field in '07.

That night, the bugs (clearly Indians fans) got Joba out of his game. Walks, wild pitches, it was anarchy as Chamberlain tried committing insecticide. The midges were back around the eighth inning Monday night.

"I started to see them coming, I'll be honest," Chamberlain said. "I actually swallowed one when I was walking around the mound to start [the inning]."

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Feelin' Rundown (raiding Monday's other games):

White Sox 6, Athletics 2: Thanks to Jim Thome's(notes) 550th career deep, the ChiSox are back to .500, having won four in a row and 10 of 13.

Orioles 1, Mariners 0: The Orioles have Magic, the Mariners have Moose. Magic > Moose. The run came on Aubrey Huff's(notes) sacrifice fly that made a winner out of Rich Hill(notes) and a loser out of Jarrod Washburn(notes).

Pirates 8, Mets 5: New York had a 5-3 lead around here somewhere but now can't find it. Putz, any idea what happened? OK, anybody seen Putz?

Marlins 7, Brewers 4: Cristhian Martinez(notes) picks up the victory, then gets sent back to the minors so everyone can work on how to pronounce his first name. League rule, sorry.

Astros 4, Rockies 1: Hey, it only just occurred to me that if the 'Stros add a player named Harvey, they'll have Lee, Harvey and Oswalt. Is Ken Harvey doing anything?

Reds 5, Cardinals 3: Somebody buy pizza for the Reds' pen. Eight innings of due diligence after Maceo Baby Volquez leaves with numbness in his fingers.

Phillies 5, Padres 3: What's this about PETCO being death to home runs? Four seemed to leave the yard in this game. Investigation. In. Order.

D-backs 3, Dodgers 2: Billy Buckner(notes) returns to where it all began 40 years ago and picks up a win at age 59 against his former club.