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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 in San Francisco, where the Giants have not died, as previously reported here.

Game of the Day: Giants 9, Rockies 5

Undeadly: Last week at Coors Field, the Rockies' Ryan Spilborghs(notes) hit a game-ending grand slam in the 14th inning in what could have been a season-defining moment for them and a will-breaking moment for the Giants. Six days later, the Rockies are no longer the hottest team in baseball — and not quite as threatening to the NL West-leading Dodgers — and the Giants have displayed a will that one lousy series can't break.

And they, too, can hit big grand slams.

Rent-a-champ: His team trailing 5-2 with two outs in the seventh, Edgar Renteria(notes) lined a stray fastball from Rafael Betancourt(notes) over the fence in left with the bases loaded to put the Giants ahead. It also was Renteria who called a team meeting after Tuesday's low point at the Mile High City.

"I told them, 'Play ball,' " Renteria said.

Renteria, you might remember, was barely an adult when he got the series-ending hit for the Marlins in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. As a motivational speaker, he's no George Gipp, but he's still producing big hits — and his teammates did as they were told in sweeping the Rockies over three games.

Jeremy spoke: The Rox tried to rally in the top of the eighth, but left-hander Jeremy Affeldt(notes) pitched out of it, making a nice play on a bunt attempt and finishing off Colorado with a pair of strikeouts. He's been one of the better free-agent signings.

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Feelin' Rundown (they also might be Giants):

Tigers 4, Rays 3: Ace Justin Verlander(notes) says he's getting a 2006-kind-of-feeling about these Tigers. In other words, get the mutated 11-armed octopuses ready for playoff baseball at Comerica.

Cardinals 2, Nationals 1: In case you didn't get to Busch Stadium in time to see Adam Wainwright(notes) win No. 16 on his birthday AND his own bobblehead day (talk about a harmonic convergence), you can at least bid on the li'l guy right here.

Since July 1, the Cards are 29-4 in games started by Chris Carpenter(notes), Joel Pineiro(notes) and Wainwright.

"Adam rose to the occasion," manager Tony La Russa said. "Again."

Yankees 8, White Sox 3: The White Sox died officially on Saturday after Sergio Mitre handled them, so this is just piling on.

"Well, we came to New York and visited the new Yankee Stadium. It is a very nice ballpark, and the hotel we stayed at was also very nice," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That's all I have to say about these last three days."

Not a swear word in the entire paragraph. Ozzie must be livid.

Phillies 3, Braves 2: A pair of 1-2-3 saves this series for Brad Lidge(notes). If he's in working order, all the Phillies have to do is make it stop raining when Pedro Martinez(notes) starts and they will have achieved perfection.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 0: They pulled Paul Byrd(notes) out of line at a supermarket, or somewhere, and he pitched six shutout innings to beat Roy Halladay(notes), D.D.S. Didn't Dennis Quaid star in this movie for Disney already?

D-backs 4, Astros 3: Is Chad Qualls(notes) the first pitcher ever to dislocate a kneecap and get a save on the same play? It's eerie to not hear the crowd, at all, after a game-ending play because the pitcher is on the ground in pain.

Royals 3, Mariners 0: Fifteen strikeouts in his previous start, a one-hitter in this one. The year can't end soon enough for the Royals, but it's too bad Zack Greinke(notes) is only a month away from the off-season.

Twins 5, Rangers 3: Down 3-2 in the eighth, the Twinkies bludgeoned the Rangers with a walk, three singles, a squeeze bunt and an error to surge ahead. Pure brute force.

"We kind of knick-knacked them a little bit," manager Ron Gardenhire said. 

Dodgers 3, Reds 2 (12 inn.): The Reds combined for 20 strikeouts, with Joey Votto(notes) winning the pick four. That's still not nearly as many whiffs as the Answer Man interview. Hiyohhhhhh!

Marlins 6, Padres 4: The Fish are the good second team this week to nearly get swept by the Padres, who don't even own a broom.

Orioles 5, Indians 2: It's too bad Brian Matusz(notes) doesn't pronounce his name "Muh-tooz" because it would lend itself to fans at Camden Yards cheering for "Toooooooooooz." Maybe the O's hierarchy could speak to the young man?

Brewers 4, Pirates 1: That's 21 straight against the Bucs at Miller Park. It's the longest such streak in the majors since the Indians beat the Orioles/St. Louis Browns 27 straight from 1952-54.

"That’s obviously a horrible stat," Pirates infielder Andy LaRoche(notes) said. 

Here, right-hander Ross Ohlendorf(notes) (right) tries to beat Milwaukee with a Tae Bo change-up.

Angels 9, Athletics 1: Happy 100th career victory for John Lackey(notes). I would go get ice cream.

Mets 4, Cubs 1: Ouch: 11 hits allowed by Carlos Zambrano(notes) in 3 1/3 innings. And 10 strikeouts for Nelson Figueroa(notes). I don't think that's supposed to happen, either.

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