This and every weekday a.m., let's rise and shine together with the most recent and decent major league happenings. Today's Roll Call starts in Boston, where the Red Sox salvaged a rematch of the 2004 World Series but not before torturing their fans with leadoff doubles three consecutive times in extra innings. Also, add the "2008 Cardinals" to the list of things that could survive nuclear war.
Game of the Day: Red Sox 5, Cardinals 3 (13 inn.)
Get over it: It figures that a Kennedy would make good in Massachusetts, and Adam's two-out double in the ninth helped the Cardinals tie and extend the game. The BoTox hit leadoff doubles in the 10th, 11th and 12th, but the Cards wriggled out of each jam. So after Mike Lowell singled to start the 13th, Kevin Youkilis just hit the damn ball over the Green Monster to end it. It was Youk's second of the day and you can check out the home video here.
Once they've seen Paris(i): Mike Parisi did pretty well in relief, then the Cardinals lost about 12 guys so he had to start a couple of games, and ever since then he's become "the guy Redbirds fans don't want to see come in because the game's about to end badly." He's now 0-3 with an 8.06 ERA, and the Cards are 3-8 when he appears.
More like feet: Aaron Miles went 5-for-6. All singles. No runs, no RBI. Reached second base once. Weird!
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Feelin' Rundown (Sunday's other games):
Cubs 7, White Sox 1 — In case you missed it, Big League Stew did a Live Blog on last night's ballgame that was a lot of fun. I think we'll do one again soon. In case you don't want to link on the replay, you lazy so-and-so, here's all you need to know. Cubs, woo, sweep, woo. Ryan Dempster is a beast. Sox: sleepy.
Mets 3, Rockies 1 — Threatened not only with a switchblade, but also with the first two acts of "West Side Story" from their hyperbolic manager, the Mets finished their road trip 3-2 under Jerry Manuel. When you're a Met, Mr. Met all the way/From your new skipper's threat: Go sit down, Jose Reyes. ... Duaner, I just met a right-hander named Duaner.
Yankees 3, Reds 1 — Andy Pettitte, helping to prevent an unlikely sweep by Cincy, is now 75-37 after a Yankees loss — so says the AP, which quotes Elias. Farnsworth, the new Joba, forced to leave after trying to barehand a comebacker. Dum-buh. Couple of good outings in a row for Johnny Cueto; this one was shortened by a rain delay.
Angels 3, Phillies 2 — Angels allowed five runs — five! — in the sweep - sweep! Francisco Rodriguez is more than halfway to Bobby Thigpen. Many sabrematricians note that strikeouts are overrated but Ryan Howard has 107 of them already and hasn't Strikeout Monster swallowed a career or two over the years? I just worry about the young man.
Blue Jays 8, Pirates 5 — B.J. Ryan gets the save, T.J. Beam takes the loss and Dustin McGowan ruins everything by notching the win — or by not having initials as a first name, take your pick. Where's A.J. Burnett when you need him? In case you thought you fell through a wormhole and it's 1992, yes, Cito Gaston again is manager of the Jays, and he's 1-2 so far, so wish him well.
Braves 8, Mariners 3 — Have a day, Mark Teixeira. Comes in with 10 homers and .264 average, leaves with 13 homers and seven more points on the BA. Is his lackluster season because of the home ballpark difference, with the Rangers park being so much more hospitable than the Braves? Maybe, but hit well at home after being traded to Atlanta in 2007. Maybe he just needs to adjust to the NL, now that they've got a book on him. Maybe we should let him play a full season in the NL before passing judgment. Maybe it's fun to speculate. Maybe it's fun to argue with one's self in a blog setting. Hey, here's the real stat of the day: Tim Hudson pitches well and wins after coming in 0-10 with a 7.82 ERA in interleague play with the Braves. "It's just one of those things where you happen to have bad games against teams from the American League," Hudson said, pretty much explaining everything. Chipper update: Sat out with the dreaded sore quad. Went 1-for-1 on Saturday to raise his average to .393.
Rangers 5, Nationals 3 — If the Rangers had a couple more pitchers they could contend for the wild card. And if gramma had a couple of wheels, you'd call her uncle.
Astros 3, Rays 2 — Tampa's nine-series winning streak at home — ovah! Kazmir needed 106 pitches to get through 5 2/3. Not gonna cut it, K-Man. Now we got the Fish coming to town. Ray eats Marlin.
Brewers 7, Orioles 3 — Prince is batting .341 with 11 homers in his past 36 games, and the Brew Crew's gone deep 45 times in 22 games. I like blunt force. It wins you ballgames. Plus, chicks dig the long ball.
Twins 5, D-backs 3 — Piranhas! On first glance it's HORRENDOUS managing by Bob Melvin to put Conor Jackson in left field. He lost one in the white roof, which sparked the Twinkies big inning. Never send a first baseman out to left in the Metrodome. That's the First Rule of Managing, Bob, jeez. Brandon Webb: Vincible!
Royals 11, Giants 10 — I'm going to come up with an award for Mike Aviles and Jeff Keppinger. It's going to be called something like, "The Shortstops Who Apparently Languished In The Minors For Too Long" award, and we'll have a banquet and invite both of them to Chicago and serve lobster and cake. Tim Lincecum: Vincible!
Athletics 7, Marlins 1 — Jason Jason Jason Justin Duchscherer is pulling a Ryan Dempster in the AL. He's got a 1.99 ERA to lead the league. Maybe we need a Duchscherererererer/Dempster award for "What Took Their Teams So Long To Put Them In The Rotation?" Think they'd come for lobster and cake too?
Dodgers 4, Indians 3 — Hollywood salvages a win in a rematch of the 1920 World Series. The Dodgers were in Brooklyn and were called the Robins in '20. And the World Series was best-of-nine. And you think the planet's screwed up now?
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Photo of the Day: "I'm coming to join ya, Elizabeth!"
Umpire Jim Joyce, a hopeful for the U.S. Olympic team in Beijing, prepares to follow through on the invisible javelin throw. This toss went about 85 meters, but he scratched.
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Pettitte (Yankees) 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, Win
Youkilis (Red Sox) 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Teixeira (Braves) 3-4, 3 HR, 4 RBI
Hudson (Braves) 7 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 2 K, Win
Prince (Brewers) 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Randy Winn (Giants) 4-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB
Livan Hernandez (Twins) 7 IP, 9 H, ER, BB, 5 K, Win
Duchscherer (A's) 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, Win, 1.99 ERA
Dempster (Cubs) 8 IP, 10 H, ER, BB, K, Win
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Rick Ankiel (Cardinals) 0-6
Melvin Mora (Orioles) 0-5
Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) 0-5
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Word of Mouth
"They're idiots. It's like what Lee Elia said: ‘Eighty-five percent of the people work, the other (bleeps) come out here." — A.J. Pierzynski, on Cubs fans, after they chanted profanely at him.