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 Seattle's Safeco Field, where Ichiro Suzuki(notes) was feeling frisky after a game-ending hit in the 14th. Meanwhile, the White Sox's manager says his team isn't putting out in the pennant race.
Game of the Day: Mariners 4, White Sox 3 (14 inn.)
Horseplay: John Danks(notes) pitched a beautiful eight innings before closer Bobby Jenks(notes) allowed a pair of solo homers in the ninth — to Jose Lopez(notes) and Bill Hall — to tie the score. Nobody crossed home again until the 14th, when Ichiro lined an RBI single into the gap and playfully ran away from celebrating teammates who wanted to douse him with Gatorade, beer, shaving cream, ice cream, who knows?
All of the gaiety left Ozzie Guillen — picture this — at a loss for words. Kind of.
"I'm only going to say two things," Guillen said. "I'm tired and I don't have anything. ... It was 2 1/2 hours of satisfaction and then 2 1/2 hours of horse [bleep] baseball. Go ask [the players]. I don't have any more quotes, seriously. What the [bleep] am I going to say? They're horse [bleep]? Yes, they are."
Division-leading Detroit lost for the seventh time in 10 games, but the reigning AL Central champs still find themselves 6 1/2 out, and three games under .500, because of their own repeated failures. Just when they're on the verge of jumping back into the pennant race, they pull out.
"This is a tease, man," Guillen said in the Chicago Tribune. "It's like when you have a girlfriend and you are kissing her all over ... and she says no. That's where we are right now. That's the way we are."
Oh, yes. The Dewayne Wise Card.
1. Why didn't Guillen stick with Danks, who had thrown 97 pitches, to close out the ninth?
2. Why not — and this would be kind of radical — pitch around Suzuki in the 14th? Walking him intentionally would have put the potential winning run on third base with one out. Suicidal? Maybe, but if there's one guy in the whole league who hits a single when he needs a single, it's him.
Ozzie FAIL too. Don't pitchiro to Ichiro.
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Feelin' Rundown (these games promise as much as they deliver):
Royals 9, Tigers 2: He's OK, but they pulled Zack Greinke(notes) after five innings because he took a liner off his pitching arm. Confident, I suppose, with an 8-0 lead, Trey Hillman brought in Bruce Chen(notes) in the sixth.
C'mon, Trey. It's like calling on a 6-year-old finger painter to finish off a Monet. Thankfully, the experiment lasted only 1 2/3 innings and adults with brushes finished the ballgame.
As for the first-place Tigers, "There's no excuses," manager Jim Leyland said.
Angels 4, Red Sox 3: They took two of three in the series, but the Angels are still upset at the umpiring from the middle game, as Yahoo! Sports' own Gordon Edes reports. And the umps are fighting back! They claim Angels abuse!
Speaking of the old and infirm being taken advantage of, the tying run scored in the seventh on a wild pitch, a dropped third strike by Jason Varitek(notes) that went through the captain's legs. That never happened to Carlton Fisk, and he played well into his 60s.
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Phillies 4, Nationals 2: Show us some leg, Cole. Oh, yeah!
Braves 7, Mets 3: I have it all figured out. The Braves have seven games left against the Nationals and three against the Mets. If they win all of those and take two of three this weekend against the Phillies and two of three the next time they play the Fish, they'll go 91-71.
Also, if the Rockies go 8-7 the rest of the way, Atlanta would tie Colorado. Assuming the Giants and Fish don't leap over everyone, that gets the Braves a one-game play-in.
On three, ready, break!
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1-2-3 (so we can go get donuts):
Brewers 7, Cubs 4: They still here?