The Grand Slam: Adam Jones hits two homers, beats Angels all by himself

Matt Shoemaker almost had the Baltimore Orioles figured out. Almost.

Shoemaker, the Los Angeles Angels rookie starting pitcher, struck out 10 Orioles in 5 2/3 innings Monday night and he only gave up three hits to Baltimore batters not named Adam Jones.

Oh, but Adam Jones.

Jones launched a pair of two-run homers off Shoemaker, one in the first and one in the sixth. The second one ended Shoemaker's night and was also the difference in the O's 4-2 victory. Said Jones about Shoemaker after the game:

''I didn't know anything about him, but that's what scouting reports are for,'' Jones said. ''We had an idea of what he throws, but nobody had seen him. So when you go up there, the best way to figure things out is trial and error. He gave up two home runs, but overall, his plan worked. He had a lot of strikeouts.''

The Orioles rebounded to get a win after losing two of three over the weekend against the Oakland Athletics. Bud Norris pitched 6 2/3 innings for Baltimore, striking out eight and improving his record to 8-6.

If Cliff Lee's return to the Philadelphia Phillies rotation was an audition for a trade, Lee might need a second take. Making his first start since mid-May, Lee gave up a career-high 12 hits to the San Francisco Giants in a 7-4 loss. Lee pitched 5 2/3 innings, also giving up six earned runs.

If healthy, Lee figures to be a good addition for teams looking for a veteran, frontline starter. The Yankees and Blue Jays have been mentioned as suitors. But an elbow injury kept Lee sidelined the past two months and until shopping teams see he's back to his normal self, we might not see a trade.

The Boston Red Sox threw down a 14-1 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the most noteworthy parts of the beat down came from the bat of David Ortiz. Ortiz smashed two homers, Nos. 452 and 453 of his career. The first tied him with Carl Yastrzemski and the second moved him past Yaz on the all-time list.

At least with Ortiz tying and then passing Yaz in one game, we don't have to wait a few days and hear people droning about one Red Sox legend passing another. Ortiz is now 36th on the all-time list. Next in his sights: Adam Dunn (454, and counting), Jose Canseco (462) and Dave Winfield (465).

Ian Desmond loves the mile-high Denver air, apparently, as proven by his Monday night performance. The Washington Nationals shortstop went 5-for-5 with a two-run homer and three runs scored. He was instrumental in helping the Nats beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2.

For the rest of Monday's results, check out our scoreboard.

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