Morning Juice: Wise's bat, not glove, sparks White Sox past Yanks

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 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Ill., which celebrated Mark Buehrle Day on Thursday. State officials might might want to reserve at least a slice of the afternoon/evening for Buehrle's teammate Dewayne Wise(notes), whose big moments are becoming habit-forming for the White Sox.

Game of the Day

White Sox 3, Yankees 2

Wise Sox: Subbed in for defense against the Rays on July 23, Wise made The Catch of the Millennium to keep Buehrle's perfect game, well, perfect. Inserted for his glove against the Yankees a week later, the light-hitting Wise (pictured with Jermaine Dye(notes) clutching him) lined a two-out, tiebreaking RBI single to bust the Pale Hose's three-game losing streak and hand a rare setback to Phil Hughes(notes). Watch it.

"That's why one of the reasons why we have him there," said manager Ozzie Guillen, who has taken flak for keeping Wise on roster. "We think this kid could play the role he's been doing and have everything come out pretty nice for him."

Wise's most recent bold moment wouldn't have been necessary if not for Nick Swisher(notes), who momentarily but dramatically rescued the Yanks and burned his former team — which wasn't all that upset to see him leave, actually.

Swisher Sweet: With closer Bobby Jenks(notes) ailing because of kidney stones, left-hander Matt Thornton(notes) protected Gavin Floyd's(notes) 2-1 lead by striking out A-Rod and Hideki Matsui(notes) to open the top of the ninth. But he grooved a fastball to Swisher, who lined it where not even Wise could catch it. With fist raised as he rounded first base, Swisher — who has given the Yankees many lifts this season — had done it again.

From the NY Daily News:

"Early in the game, I was just wanting to do something so bad, it kind of took me out of my game a little bit," Swisher said. "I was trying to do too much."

That also must be his excuse for 2008, his worst major league season, which happened to come with the White Sox. They traded him to New York in the off-season and didn't look back.

Wise, who actually took Swisher's place in the lineup down the stretch and in the playoffs last season, also one-upped him in this game.

After Hughes allowed a pair of hits in the bottom of the ninth, Phil Coke(notes) (all they got is "Phils" down there in the Bronx pen) couldn't snare Wise's liner back through the middle. Coke's glove slowed the ball just enough to prohibit a play at the plate on pinch-runner Scott Podsednik(notes).

The Yanks lost and Hughes' streak of 25 1/3 scoreless innings was ovah.

Stinker: A.J. Pierzynski(notes), who had gone at least 15 minutes without upsetting someone, slid hard on a potential double-play into Robinson Cano(notes), whose errant throw allowed the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.


"If I had a good grip on the ball, I bet you it would have been right in his mouth," said Cano, who acknowledged Pierzynski's slide was perfectly clean.

So, it was a Thursday, Dewayne Wise saved the day and A.J. irritated the other team. All was right in the White Sox's universe.

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Feelin' Rundown (all of these games tested positive for PEDs in 2003):

Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3 (10 inn.): Wellemeyer! Dodgertown needed that, Matt Kemp.

Uh, don't even bother asking Mannylicious about leaked test results.

"You don't want to talk about the game that's happening now," Manny told Yahoo! Sports' own Jeff Passan. "I've got to get ready for the game, sir."

Jeff is a "sir," for sure. ... Returned to the bosom of the Mother NL, Matt Holliday's(notes) numbers rebound to cartoonish levels. He's batting .520 since being unshackled from Jack Cust(notes) and Rajai Davis(notes). How they played defense bound together like that, I'll never know.

Giants 7, Phillies 2: Go Panda! Go Panda! Go Panda! With Willie McCovey in the booth on the night of his 50th anniversary with the Giants, Pablo Sandoval splashes a homer into McCovey Cove. I have at least one of McCovey's final baseball cards, a 1980 Topps.

Rangers 7, Mariners 1: Derek Holland(notes) was messing with a one-hitter but had to settle for whatever you call this. It's still pretty good.

Padres 7, Reds 4: If former No. 1 draft pick Tim Stauffer(notes) were playing baseball's version of H-O-R-S-E, he'd be at B-U-S- and all he needs to do is cross the "T." But he's hanging in there.

Mets 7, Rockies 0 (Game 1)

Rockies 4, Mets 2 (Game 2): Omar Minaya, Adam Rubin and President Obama sat down over a beer and settled their disagreement. Now, on with health care!

Brewers 7, Nationals 3: Happy 4,000th career game umpire Joe West, who you might remember was the umpire in "Naked Gun" who said "You can't throw an umpire out of the game!" to Enrico Pallazzo Frank Drebin.

Orioles 7, Royals 3: Hopefully, Brad Bergesen(notes) will be OK after this.

Red Sox 8, Athletics 5: You guys hear anything about Big Papi failing a drug test six years ago?

Braves 6, Marlins 3 (10 inn.): The Fish are sending Anibal Sanchez(notes) to Jupiter for an injury rehab assignment. I used to wish the White Sox could launch Ed Farmer into outer space. Just grew up 25 years too late, I guess.

Cubs 12, Astros 3: Kevin Hart(notes), for helping the Cubs win this game and jump back into first place, we hereby award you with the Johnny Ray Award, which you must pick up in Pittsburgh. And we're changing the locks.

No word yet if the Cubs will ask John Grabow(notes) to add a "ski" to his last name so he fits in better around Chicago.

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