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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

May 9, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

Yankees Rangers Baseball

Yankees 12, Rangers 5:  We read a lot of “Derek Jeter is done” commentary last week. Well, whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that Jeter was only mostly dead. And there’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Two homers for The Captain.  As for the game overall, I’ll quote Jay Jaffe, who said it best on Twitter late yesterday afternoon: “This Yankees-Rangers game is so ugly they should shave its ass and teach it to walk backwards.”

Braves 5, Phillies 2: Jair Jurrjens continues to impress, allowing one run on eight hits in six and a third. The long ball did Philly in, with Cole Hamels giving up dingers to Alex Gonzalez and Freddie Freeman and Michael Stutes allowing a two-run job to Eric Hinske.  The Braves take two of three from the Philly in Citizens Bank Park. This has apparently frightened and confused these two gentlemen, respectively.

Marlins 8, Nationals 0: Anibal Sanchez lost a no-hitter in the seventh, but it was probably for the best given that he took 117 pitches to finish those seven innings. No savvy manager would have let him go the distance at those rates and then we’d either end up talking about how Edwin Rodriguez abused Sanchez or how heartless Edwin Rodriguez was to deprive everyone of a possible no-hitter had he yanked Sanchez. Personally, everyone should be happy with a two-hit, 11K, no runs performance. Well, everyone except Nats fans, but they’re used to disappointment by now.

Angels 6, Indians 5: Mike Scioscia’s 1000th career win.  In the game story afterward, this quote appeared: “‘I’m glad to be a part of such a special occasion for Sosh,’ Hunter said.”  I would have bet my life that you spelled that “Scioc.” Or, in a tip o’ the cap to “The Outsiders,” “Soc.”

Dodgers 4, Mets 2: Andre Ethier has a one-game hitting streak (2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI).

Rays 5, Orioles 3: B.J. Upton made a wise choice to appeal his two-game suspension, because he absolutely destroyed Orioles pitching in this series, going 7 for 14 with eight RBI.

Pirates 5, Astros 4: Both bullpens blew late leads, but Houston’s did it last. Ryan Doumit with the three-run homer in the eighth. Pittsburgh is at .500, y’all.

Red Sox 9, Twins 5: It looked like it was going to be a classic Daisuke Matsuzaka outing after the first inning, in which he gave up three runs on approximately 2,430 pitches. But he settled down and went six serviceable innings. Which was more than enough with Carl Pavano dropping the stank on the other side (5 IP, 10 H, 7 ER).

Giants 3, Rockies 0: The Giants have just owned the Rockies lately, winning nine of eleven and sweeping this series. All three of San Francisco’s runs were driven in by Cody Ross.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3: Four first inning runs for the Padres had to make Aaron Harang and the rest of the staff feel like they were staked to 100.

White Sox 5, Mariners 2: The White Sox manage their first series win in a month, taking two of three from the M’s. Paul Konerko had five hits. Not bad for a guy who left Saturday’s game with a sore hand.

Reds 2, Cubs 0: The return of Homer Bailey last week and Johnny Cueto‘s sharp season debut yesterday (6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER)  have to be a big shot in the arm for a struggling Reds’ rotation.

Cardinals 3, Brewers 1: Beer Bowl. Kyle McClellan took a shutout into the ninth, watched as Eduardo Sanchez allowed an inherited runner to score and put a couple more of his own on base, but snagged his fifth win anyway.

Athletics 5, Royals 2: You can watch baseball games for 30+ years and yet you can still see stuff you’ve never seen before. Like this play by Tyson Ross.

Tigers 5, Blues Jays 2: Austin Jackson hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh to continue what has been a pretty nice hot streak for him, hitting .368 over his last ten games.

  1. paperlions - May 9, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    Wow, that play by Ross was fantastic. I didn’t notice until the replay that he was on the 1st base side of the mound and just out-ran Frenchie to 3rd. Dude is fast.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - May 9, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    When Borbon was STUPIDLY caught stealing third with 2 outs yesterday to end the 6th, I looked at my brother and said “Now watch the Yankers score runs this inning…they always seem to jump on stupid mistakes like that.” 4 pitches a 2 bombs later, it was 8-6. I hate when I am right about the Yankers.

    Was there a Phillies game last night? I’m as confused as those two guys. All I have to say about the Phillies is this…hey Roy…you want to go home, then go the F home and dig up the entire town Bob the Builder. Stuff like what he said makes me love Doc and Lee even more. Yeah Roy, we all love our family first. Big F’in deal. You didn’t have to go down there and fix the freaking town. Baseball is 3rd or 4th? Yeah, that attitude goes over real well in Philly.

    • paperlions - May 9, 2011 at 8:15 AM

      Fiorentino, reinforcing negative stereotypes about Philly fans since 2010

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 9, 2011 at 8:21 AM

        Yeah, we don’t give our players a pass when they go away and get themselves hurt doing something they should not have been doing with a bad back. If he wants to retire, then just go ahead and retire and go hunt and build stuff, which he clearly enjoys more than playing the game he is being paid $16 million dollars to play this year. You guys want to just give him a pass because he “put his family first” that’s fine. Name me someone who DOESN’T put his family first????? To say something as stupid as “Baseball is 4th in my life” when it is the thing that he is being paid $16 million to do is absolutely ludicrous and it would take a completely blind moron to think anything differently.

      • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2011 at 9:04 AM

        Lastly… Do not punish yourself for your feelings of vanity. Simply learn to control them. It is an affliction common to all, even in Philly. Our destruction could have been avoided had it not been for the vanity of some who considered us indestructible. Were it not for vanity, why… at this very moment…

      • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2011 at 10:34 AM

        No one likes Jor-El quotes? You people make me ILL!!!

    • yankeesfanlen - May 9, 2011 at 8:32 AM

      Uh, Chris is was never 8-6. Rangers only scored 5 all game and Cervelli’s grand slam took the game from 6-5 to 10-5.
      Know your Yankees facts, you get a pass because I can tell you’re despondent.

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 9, 2011 at 8:34 AM

        Oh yeah…where did I get 8-6 at? The back to back bombs made it 6-4 not 8-6. Sorry. I knew there was a 6 in there somewhere.

    • spudchukar - May 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      As the invincibility continues to lose its luster, and the chinks in the armor continue to mount, we can expect to see the Pheelie Phaithful to Phind Phuture Phillie Phaults with the same unPhorgiving Phlair as the aPhorementioned Phiorentino. Once the Phightens’ leave the Phriendly conPhines of their home Phield and Phinally Phoray into the upper crust of the NL, these Phrustrations will continue to be Phelt. As the Phailures mount and the Phall from Phirst Phoments Phuming comments like those above, we who endured the Phatuous declarations of superiority now Phind the Phlailings Phunny. While one should certainly Phear the Pheesh, and try to Phorget the Phiasco against the Bravos, the Phuture is bright. With the Nats and Mets in the division their should be little chance of Phalling to Phourth.

      • phukyouk - May 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM

        am i really the only one that pictured this post as a Dr. Seuss book?

      • yankeesfanlen - May 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        Sounds more like Sprio Agnew to me.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 9, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      By golly geewillickers, the Braves out-pitched the Phillies! How ’bout that, Fiorentio? Don’t forget to credit the Bravos for winning the series while smashing your own team for losing. There were indeed two teams on the field each of the three days.

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 9, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        Woah, Cerrano. I never “smashed” the Phillies for losing. They took 2 of 3 in Atlanta and these things have a tendency to even out over the course of a season. They hit into too many DPs yesterday and Cole made 2 mistakes that resulted in 3 runs in 7 innings. Still struck out 9 and had a WHIP under 1, so all in all, it was a good day for the #4 starter. Now if the Guppies and Cowards are going to be contenders this week, let them both take 2 of 3 at least from the Phillies and show they are going to compete. Because a Phillies 6 game winning streak will all but end the NL East race by Sunday afternoon.

      • Kevin S. - May 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        Why is it shocking? The Braves have scored more runs and allowed fewer this season.

  3. yankeesfanlen - May 9, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    On the field the Yankees were terrors
    Gave up counting when they reached four errors
    But at the bat they kept sockin’
    Even two was Jeter rockin’
    Only 124 more til he matches Yogi Berra’s.

  4. uyf1950 - May 9, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    You know something very funny about the Yankees “ugly” win as it was mentioned in the piece. Nowhere do I find a column on any site that lists “ugly wins”. Wins, Loses, GB, Home Record, Road Record, etc… but no “ugly wins” column. A win is a win. As a fan, I’ll take an “ugly win” over a “pretty loss” every day of the week and twice on Sunday. That’s just my opinion.

    • uyf1950 - May 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM

      Am I to gather from the 4 thumbs down as I type this that those fans would prefer their team(s) to have a “pretty loss” over an “ugly win”?

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 9, 2011 at 9:49 AM

      Obviously, you are getting thumbs down because you didn’t rip Phillies fans. Seems to be the only thing around here that does get a thumbs up.

      • paperlions - May 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM

        Chris, no one here has ripped Philly fans, just you…for being a myopic jackass (at least, that was my reason).

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        Why don’t you refute what I said, instead of resorting to name-calling. Least then, maybe we can have a debate? How about it…tell me why I shouldn’t be pissed off that my teams’ #3 starter went home to be with his family for 8 days and instead of just resting his bad back, he goes ahead and rebuilds the city with an aching back and is now on the DL because of it? Is it because I said EVERYBODY puts their family first? Or because I said I like the fact that guys like Doc and Lee put BASEBALL second, or at least they freaking pretend to…unlike Oswalt who admits that he like hunting and building more than baseball, which, by the way, he gets paid $16 million dollars to play.

        Again, instead of saying I am “reinforcing negative stereotypes about Philly fans since 2010″ tell me what I said that was so wrong.

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM

        Typical…rather than debate, people just push the Thumbs Down button. So simple from some truly simple people. So many thumbs downs and not a single post refuting anything I have said.

    • indaburg - May 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      No one said an ugly win is worth less than a “pretty win” or a “pretty loss.” The writer was just describing the win. The game was won in spite of some ugly play. At the end of the day, pretty wins and ugly wins are worth the same. I think everyone know that there are no style points in baseball. You got thumbs down for stating the obvious–that a fan will take a win no matter what.

      • indaburg - May 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

        Correction: I think everyone knowS that.. (can’t we have an edit post button, please?)

  5. yankeesfanlen - May 9, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    uyf-
    I don’t know why you’re getting thumbs down on this post.It’s a very apt thought, particularly after those losses to the Tigers, which were all ugly.
    To me, the invigorating part of the win was how typical it was of a good Yanks team. If there were struggles, the power won the game in the late innings. And that’s what I really look for, as the miscues are not endemic and unlikely to recur often.

    • uyf1950 - May 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

      yankeesfanlen, my friend. This is off topic, but since we’re talking about the Yankees I wanted to mention this to you. Keep an eye out for Justin Maxwell as we get closer to the trade deadline. Right now he’s in Triple A for the Yankees. He had a little ML experience with the Nationals. He’s 27 years old so probably a little old to make the Yankees roster anytime soon. But I can see him as being part of a trade package along with a 2nd tier prospect like Corban Joseph come the deadline for a sold #3 starter. Food for thought.

  6. spudchukar - May 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Now that the Rays are reclaiming the top spot in the AL East, and the Pheesh and Bravos, move ever closer to overtaking the Phast, Phading, Pheels, in the NL East, isn’t time we consider renaming those divisions the AL Southeast, and NL Southeast?

    • uyf1950 - May 9, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      The last time I looked my friend the Yankees were still in 1st place. Besides I wasn’t aware that Tampa/St. Pete was considered the Southeast. I always thought of it more as “retirement central”. And with the exception of 2008 the Yankees have advanced farther in the post season then the Rays in every year of their existence and that includes last year. So again before we assign them the mantle of “heir apparent” it might be nice if they won something first and not just attended the dance. It’s not a knock against the Rays just telling it like it is, my friend.

      • paperlions - May 9, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        The Rays have played 5 games all year against teams with a winning record. Five. I rather doubt that their current level of performance will be sustainable when they start to play good teams.

      • uyf1950 - May 9, 2011 at 10:55 AM

        Just to elaborate on paperlions comment. Nearly 1/3 of the Rays wins so far 6 of their 20 wins have been against the hapless or perhaps more appropriately the pathetic Twins (winners of just 12 of their 32 games).

      • basiltharat - May 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        Funny thing about that: The Yankees have played SIX games against teams above .500, all of them against Texas. The rest: Tigers, Twins, Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays, White Sox. I think New York is better than Tampa Bay, but fair is fair.

      • uyf1950 - May 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM

        basiltharat, my friend. You are correct fair is fair. Just one question anyone of those teams that you mentioned that have a losing record that the Yankees have played account for nearly a 1/3 of the Yankees wins? Because by my calculation the Yankees best record against any of those teams is against the O’s and that’s 4-0. 4 wins as a percentage of 19 total wins comes out to 21%. Versus 6 wins for the Rays versus the Twins out of 20 wins or 30%.
        But at this point it makes nice copy but as we all know the AL East is going to come down to head to head competition probably between the Yankees, perhaps the Rays (but I’m of the same opinion as paperloins as for their staying power) and yes the Red Sox (at some point when they get their act together).
        That’s just my opinion.

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 9, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      Are you referring to the “the Phast, Phading, Pheels” who are playing .667 baseball in their last nine games with their starting catcher and #3 pitcher on the DL?

      • Jonny 5 - May 9, 2011 at 11:27 AM

        And second baseman, and #5 pitcher, and closer #1, and closer #2. Let’s not overlook them now.

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        Well, they haven’t really had any of them much this season…Lidge is always a gimp, Contreras is 100 years old and Utley is really just gravy for a team as stacked as the Phillies. They really miss Ruiz behind the plate and of course, if Oswalt doesn’t get well soon, that will hurt too. He just needs to focus on baseball and not on his excavator and bulldozer.

    • spudchukar - May 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      UYF, mon ami, the statement “reclaiming the top spot in the AL East” is correct. Granted the Yanks also cling to first. Two things, first, you among many others here belittled my claims that the Rays would contend in the AL East in 2011, and were you not the same UYF, who last week uttered phrases like, “the schedule is the schedule”, and “you play who you play”, when I brought it to your attention that the boys in pinstripes played an ungodly amount of early season home games?

      No one, more than a Yankee fan should be aware of “retirement centers”, since it is the imminent and impending home of the vast majority of the starting line-up, but by all geographical accounts it is the Southeast.

      Yes, the Rays competition has been less than stellar, and that would carry considerable more weight if the Yanks had not played the EXACT SAME NUMBER OF WINNING TEAMS. That actually should read team, as all six of the Yanks, above .500 contests have been against the depleted Texas Rangers.

      No doubt the Twins have been hapless and pathetic, but 8 of the 19 Yankee wins have come to those same Twinkies, the plummeting O’s and the even more hapless and pathetic White Sox.

      • indaburg - May 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        Spud, they’re just angry that our little 45 million dollar team is hanging tight with them. The Rays are young with great pitching. The Yankees are old with good hitting. I can’t wait for the head to head series. (Don’t look now, but the Diet Coke of Evil Empires is in third place creeping in on our little party.)

      • uyf1950 - May 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        My friend, Don’t you think that after just 30+ games it’s a bit to soon to pat yourself on the back with your comment about the Rays “competing in 2011″. As far as the comment I made about the schedules, etc.. I’m sure I did say that or something very close to that. That sounds like something I would say.
        I have two problems with your most recent reply. First you add another team into the Yankees equation by adding the O’s. See I could add the the White Sox into my comment about the Rays to make it 10 of their 20 wins…and we can go on and on. Secondly, while the Yankees have a winning record against at least one team playing about .500 (the Rangers). The same can not be said for the Rays while the Rays have played one team with a winning record they do NOT have a winning record against that team (Angels). In fact they are 1-4 against them. So while you may not want to admit it there is a difference in the records that each team has played.
        The bottom line is the Rays have played only one team with a winning record and they themselves are 1-4 against that very team (Angels).
        The Yankees on the other hand while having played only one team with a winning record as well have a winning record against that team 6-1 (against the Rangers).
        That’s not an opinion, but a fact my friend.

      • uyf1950 - May 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

        oops. about should be “above .500″ in my reference to the Rangers record. Sorry.

      • spudchukar - May 9, 2011 at 2:25 PM

        To date the Yankee opposition sports an overall .441 winning percentage, the Rays, .443. UYF, my Bud, as the Rays sit in a first-place tie with the mighty Yanks, it is only fair to say that neither have had a more favorable schedule than the other, and neither have played better than the other. As we near the quarter pole the projected demise of the boys from the Bay has been greatly exaggerated.

      • uyf1950 - May 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

        spudchukar, my friend. It’s a good thing the Angels overall record of 20-15 sku’s the winning percentage of the Rays opponents by 2/1000’s of a point. While the Rays head to head record versus the Angels in 1-4 a .200 winning %. We can go on and on. Add this team or that number, subtract this team or that team. Like I said in my previous response the bottom line is the Rays have not beaten a team with a winning record all season, whereas the Yankees have at least beaten one the Rangers.
        Now you can go on and find a team a stat or something else to fit neatly into the point you want to make, as I can. But as far as I’m concerned we’ve beaten this horse to death. I’m done. So good luck to you and the Cardinals on Tuesday when they take on the Cubs. Enjoy.

  7. ultimatecardinalwarrior - May 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Kyle McClellan is a back of the rotation beast. He’s gotten lucky, but you have to commend the guy for his great start to the season.

  8. Old Gator - May 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    The Feesh salvaged one – I say one – game against the Gnats on the strength of Anibal Sanchez’ unconscious performance. On the down, down, downside, bubbles are coming up from where Hanley Ramirez submerged for the second time beneath the turbid surface of Rio Mendoza this weekend after a brief floatation with positive numbers. He has been brutal at the plate so far this season. Logan Morrison returns later this week, we hope, but that isn’t going to offset the singularity in the lineup where Hanley was supposed to be the big production number this season. Whoever she is, I hope she goes back to her husband soon so Hanley can get his head into the game again.

  9. feartherallythong - May 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Mr. Calcaterra,
    I am writing to laud you for your consistent and appropriate use of “Princess Bride” references in your columns. Great book, and I hear they made a decent movie out of it as well…

    • spudchukar - May 9, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      There is William Goldman and then there are all the rest.

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