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Nine innings, nine items to get you going. Ladies and gentleman of the Stew, take a sip of morning Juice.

1. It'll put Haren your chest, face: And to think some don't consider Dan Haren(notes) an ace. For shaaame. He dominated the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, allowing just one hit — a single to Shin-soo Choo(notes) in the fourth — and two walks in the Angels 2-0 victory. Cleveland had won eight straight coming in until Haren went to work. He also struck out eight, needing 125 pitches to complete his masterful performance.

Haren's start had to be pushed back a game because he was needed to throw 14 pitches in relief Saturday night against Toronto. Haren is 7-0 with a 1.41 ERA over his last 11 starts, going back to 2010. He has a massive beard. Is there anything you can't do, Dan Haren?

2. Red Soxpocalypse continues: The Boston Red Sox dropped to a major-league-worst 2-9 after the Tampa Bay Rays edged them 3-2, with David Price(notes) pitching just a wee bit better than Jon Lester(notes). Kyle Farnsworth(notes) got the save, which is always at least somewhat surprising.

3. Werth it for one night: Jayson Werth(notes) tweaked his old team by hitting a home run and a double to lead the Washington Nationals to a 7-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies. Most of the crowd at Nationals Park probably came from Philly, as Werth was booed like Santa Claus at the Vet with J.D. Drew(notes) batteries and tasers whenever he became involved in the action.

"I was just trying to perform well for Charlie," Werth said with a smile. "He hasn't seen me play in a while."

What a sweetie, reaching out to Charlie Manuel like that.

4. If you like Piñeda colatas: The Seattle Mariners appear to have another dominant young right-handed pitcher in Michael Piñeda, who picked up his first major league victory, taking a shutout into the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. Seattle won 3-2. He threw 103 pitches, 74 for strikes. Only 20 more good players and the M's will be dominating the AL West again. I kid!

5. Well, look who beat the Rangers: It was none other than Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera(notes), whom Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington had skillfully avoided with an intentional walk the game before. Not only did Cabrera's single lift Detroit to a 5-4 victory, but the defending AL champs lost Josh Hamilton(notes) for 6-8 weeks because of a fractured funny bone. Not too humerus, as the Stew's Ian Casselberry pointed out.

6. This is how you draw it up: Tommy Hanson(notes) pitches seven shutout innings. Jason Heyward(notes) and Brian McCann(notes) hit home runs. Chipper Jones(notes) drives in two and stays healthy. Atlanta Braves 5, Florida Marlins 0. It's going in the MLB Handbook under How-To-Win.

7. Incongruous extras: The Cincinnati Reds wrecked a pitchers' duel by scoring six runs in the 11th to beat the Padres 8-2. It's like Cory Luebke(notes) didn't get the "no runs" memo.

8. Dropsies! The Chicago White Sox like making it hard on themselves with this rash of dropped fly balls. It was Alex Rios'(notes) turn Tuesday night, giving Chicago 12 errors in 11 games so far (most of them being quite upsetting). But Alexei Ramirez(notes) bailed them out with a home run against Bobby Cramer(notes) in the bottom of the 10th for a 6-5 victory.

9. Three rainouts: Orioles at Yankees; Rockies at Mets; Brewers at Pirates. Bummers, man. All of them.

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