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And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

May 14, 2010, 5:34 AM EDT

Trey Hillman OK.jpgRoyals 6, Indians 4: Look on the bright side, Trey: not many managers can say they went out a winner.

Marlins 2, Mets 1: Johan Santana and Josh Johnson each went seven innings allowing a single run. I’m going to assume that Fernando Nieve’s pitch in the dirt that allowed the winning run to score was a function of overuse making it impossible for him to simply throw a ball sixty feet any longer.

Padres 1, Giants 0: Work fast? Check. Change speeds? Check. Throw strikes? Check.  Mat Latos follows Ray Miller’s rules to the letter, one-hitting the Giants in a cool two hours and five minutes. He singled in the game’s only run too. Oh, and that one hit he gave up? Infield single that bounced off his glove, and they almost got the runner anyway.

Rangers 2, Athletics 1: Two balks were called on the Rangers by home plate umpire Bob Davidson. The second one was ticky tack according to Ron Washington: “That was Balkin’ Bob back there. That’s all I can tell you.”  Maybe its his rehab or something, but I like the new, 100% honest Ron Washington.  If he and Charlie Manuel got a film crew and went on a cross country tour together during which they basically just talk about stuff I’d watch that every week.

Astros 4, Cardinals 1:  Getting swept by Houston isn’t going to go on the postseason highlight reel, that’s for sure. Chris Carpenter and Carlos Lee jawed at each other after Lee popped out in the third inning. It was ostensibly about yelling or emotions or something, but I’ll be damned if I can figure it out.  All I can figure is that there was some unwritten rules violation or another involved. Really, baseball is becoming as complicated as Byzantine tax law or Bolero dancing or something these days.

Tigers 6, Yankees 0: Just about every game yesterday had “getaway day” written all over it, this one included. Sure, most of these teams did actually have flights waiting for them, but they were charters. It’s not like anyone had to play as though they were in such a hurry.

Nationals 14, Rockies 6: The Rockies bullpen is lucky they called this one after eight innings, because there is a limit to how much embarrassment anyone can take. Ryan Zimmerman hit two homers and drove in six.  That was nice and all, but they probably shouldn’t have been playing this one in the first place. The rain was just too hard, the basepaths became filled with puddles and someone could have gotten hurt.

Orioles 6, Mariners 5: King Felix handed Brandon League a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, but
League frittered it away via a leadoff homer to Corey Patterson — Corey
Patterson?! — yes, Corey Patterson, a bunch of base runners and then a
grand slam to Luke Scott. Mike Sweeney homered, and then he threatened all of his teammates into giving him high fives in the dugout.

Oh, and in case you’re curious, I’ve lifted the ban on using the Mariners’ name because, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Larry LaRue was allowed to stand in the reporters’ scrum in the locker room after this game. Maybe Mike Sweeney is still shunning him — no quotes from him about his homer in LaRue’s story — but apparently some players have decided to get on with their lives. No reason for me not to do the same.

  1. AlexO - May 14, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    I don’t know if it’s as much the forgiveness of Mariner’s players as it is Griffey’s agent doing damage control

  2. BC - May 14, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Gotta love the fact that my Mets have burned out a reliever and its not even June yet. Nieve is on pace for like 132 appearances. Can someone please fire everyone in Queens?

  3. Will - May 14, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    The Rockies-Nats game was played in the ugliest conditions I can remember. I have no idea why the umps let it go on as long as it did, the infield looked gadawful from the 5th inning on.
    In other news, I think it’s just possible the Nationals have turned the corner and become a real ball club. They sure don’t look like the sad-sack chumps of the last few seasons.

  4. McMunsta - May 14, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    I firmly believe Larue’s integrity should be questioned and for you to put a temporary ban on using the name Mariner’s just because he was getting shunned for his actions is hilarious. He should be shunned and if the team wants to take away his access so be it. Reporters need to realize they aren’t owed anything by those they cover.
    I mean come on!…Paparazzi have that entitlement issue like a celeb owes them a shot. A true journalist realizes that isn’t an entitlement of theirs. Sure they have the right to publish what they want, but the readers, general public and those being reported on have a right to say something about it and do something about it if they feel infringed upon in any defamatory way.
    Larue should have done more homework and spoke to the Manager or even had the guts to talk to Jr. himself about it before blogging it.
    Are bloggers even real journalists anyways???

  5. M's Fan - May 14, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    If anything, your integrity is in question. Larry LaRue has been writing for the TNT and covering the Mariners like a true pro for 22 years. We read his coverage daily…it’s excellent and he’s a great journalist. His integrity would only be in question if he had given up the names of the two rookies who flapped their gums about Jr sleeping in the clubhouse. I worked for the team during Jr’s first stint with them and my brother was a bat boy at that time…Jr sleeping in the clubhouse is a common occurrence and always has been. It’s an issue now because he SUCKS, cannot play baseball and is killing our season along with Sweeney. You, on the other hand, don’t have a clue what you’re talking about and have no frame of reference or inside perspective.
    The Griffey sleeping was a non-issue and only got published because it’s an interesting fact in the context of a poorly performing team and an aging slugger who refuses to admit he can no longer play the game. It only became a real big story when the master idiot Mike Sweeney threatened the rookies who spoke to LaRue with physical violence and then called Larry LaRue a liar when neither of them stood up to fist fight him, and then of course when Cliff Lee showed his true colors by being a childish idiot in his press conference. Cliff Lee is a mercenary in every sense…we know he doesn’t want to be in Seattle and as such I hope whatever team he signs with eats shit for the rest of his career.
    I guess I have to remind YOU that WE pay the player’s salaries, and the coverage of the team by guys like Larry LaRue is for US, not the players. I would like to see the entire local media boycott covering the team next time they do something as stupid as call one of the best beat writers in the city a liar (which that moron Mike Sweeney did). After all, they are a complete disgrace of a baseball team and no more than one or two of the offensive players are even earning their salary. The rest are cashing checks as they continue to torpedo the season with their God-awful attempts to play pro baseball.
    We love Jr and appreciate fully what he did for the team long ago, but we the people still paid for the stadium ourselves, and we the people still pay the player’s salaries with our ticket and merchandise purchases. We want objective news coverage of our team, not some schlub who only writes what the players want him to write and have approved of in advance.
    As I said before, Larry LaRue has been writing for the Tacoma News Tribune for over two decades, and you’re calling him solely a blogger and inferring that he’s unethical and not a real journalist? Either get your head checked or take a long walk of a really high building.
    The #1 M’s Fan

  6. ranksg - May 14, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    McMunsta…on the contrary, the teams DO owe the public the access. They have a stadium built with public funds, the state has added specific ramps for access to the Mariner stadium, special deals were made to place a hotel across the street from Safeco. When you lose like this team does, there is no excuse for lackadasical attitudes. Remember last year some team members were dissing Ichiko? The hardest working man in baseball???? No wonder he is aloof at times.
    I haven’t forgotten the fact that Griffey left Seattle because it was too small town for him. In fact, in an interview given after he left, he was bragging about the fact that when his kids went trick/treating on Hallowween in his new gated community, they got full size candy bars instead of one bit pieces. Pay him a million a year to come back here and hit his weight (?) maybe? He is holding up a roster spot for a rookie just as Sweeny is.
    No my friend, they pro teams want and need public adoration and they can’t pick and choose about the stories. They do “owe” us and all other fans the best package on the field and Griffey/Sweeny aren’t part of it.

  7. APBA Guy - May 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Wash had Neftali Feliz ready on time for yesterday’s game. No 86 mph mushballs for the A’s like Tuesday night. And Nelson Cruz comes back today. Yikes.
    The A’s and Rangers are both fragile entities though. Those cracks you see in the Rangers are the starting pitching, with Harden one injury away from a prolonged absence and Scott Feldman looking like the real Scott Feldman, unfortunately for his fans. The A’s have similar issues. Now that Ben Sheets has it figured out it must be time for him to go down, while the Duke of Hurl will be returning from his first injury, none of us believe he’s good for 30 more starts this year.
    No question Vlad is playing like a new man, even patrolling right field once a week. I’m sure the Angels miss him, but not so much as they miss the money they are spending for the departed Gary Matthews, money that could go for a reliever or two and a backup catcher for Mike Napoli while Mathis is out. Something tells me the Angels will make a few moves. The A’s won’t and the Rangers can’t. And Wakamatsu needs to bite the Griffey/Sweeney bullet in Seattle. Maybe he learned the wrong lesson about veterans past their prime as the A’s bench coach.

  8. kyle s - May 14, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    no one was curious, craig.

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