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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jun 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

Geovany Soto, Albert Pujols AP

We’re going to run a post like this one every Saturday and Sunday morning going forward as a kind of open thread for the previous day’s games.

So, here goes nothing. Saturday’s box scores:

Red Sox 9, Athletics 8 (14 innings)

Dodgers 11, Reds 8 (11 innings)

Rays 3, Mariners 2

Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 (12 innings)

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3

Rockies 2, Giants 1

Rangers 4, Indians 0

Pirates 6, Phillies 3

Tigers 4, White Sox 2

Mets 5, Braves 0

Twins 7, Royals 2

Brewers 3, Marlins 2

Yankees 3, Angels 2

Diamondbacks 2, Nationals 0

Padres 6, Astros 3

You can also check out our updated MLB standings any time on NBCSports.com.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Good morning everybody. Can somebody who watched the Red Sox game please explain what happened between Varitek, Pappelbon, and the home plate umpire? Thank you in advance. What a bad day in sports yesterday….first, the Americans field a weakened line-up against Spain and get crushed then I watched Kyle Kendrick, Danys Baez, and JC Romero pitch. Coupled with the increasingly anemic offense, it was a tough game to watch. Despite the struggles of both teams, I am still convinced the Americans will win the Gold Cup and the Phillies will win the World Series. I mean, would success be meaningful without having to deal with adversity?

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      Good Morning, good Doctor,

      Well, that’s 4 losses in a row for the Phils. World Series is so far away from me right now, can’t even think about that. Everyone says that the Phils are a stone cold mortal lock for the playoffs. I never think in those terms. For me it’s all about the journey to get there. Every game in a 162 game season has meaning.

      With that said, this offense sucks. The only hitter with any consistancy is Polanco. I have no confidence when I watch any other player come to back. They look lost at the plate.

      Is Charlie Morton pitching well this year? Yes. But they are making every pitcher they face look like Cy Young.

      Everyone is healthy now. There are no more excuses. Utley, Victorino, Chooch, Howard, Ibanez, Rollins…you are under the microscope to start producing….

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:40 AM

        I don’t think they are a lock for the playoffs, either. They haven’t been playing well at all…even outside of hitting. They seem to lack focus. For example, Ibanez falling on his face in left last night, Victorino misplaying that line drive the other night. I don’t think there are any easy solutions to this problem. I think there are a few minor roster moves they could make right now, but they aren’t significant enough to make much of a difference. It all starts with Utley and Howard. They need to get it going.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM

        Yeah, Doctor. I don’t know what can be done at this point. Even trading for another bat will not provide much help for them. The whole lineup is cold. I’m perplexed. I never saw such base offensive baseball in my life. They are on a pace to score a little over 600 runs this year, which is absolutely dreadful. A few years ago, they were scoring almost 900 runs a year. What a difference a few years makes.

        Hopefully, Doc Halladay will stop the bleeding today. He probably has to pitch a complete game shutout. Even then it’s not guaranteed that they will score a run for him.

    • losburrosinblue - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      Papelbon wasn’t getting close calls by the ump. After thinking he struck a guy out, but getting it called a ball, the batter (sorry, can’t remember who it was), hit a double down the left field line and tied the game. After the play, Varitek got into the umpires face and got tossed. Arguments between Francona and the ump ensued.

      Next pitch, Papelbon made a smart remark because a close pitch finally got called a strike. After he turned around to return to the mound, the umpire stepped out from behind the plate and hollered at him. Papelbon turned around and shouted back, then the ump tossed him. Papelbon charged him screaming before leaving the game (possibly bumped him) and arguments between Francona and the ump ensued.

      At no point was Francona tossed.

      IMO, Varitek probably deserved to be tossed, but the umpire escalated the situation with Papelbon by coming out from behind the plate and hollering at him. Papelbon probably is getting a suspension if he did bump the ump.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:42 AM

        Thanks. I wanted to know if the ump escalated things. It seems as though he did.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    While Derek Sanderson Jeter continues his quest for the elusive 3000 hits as a Yankee, he has equated this feat with a similar search for most GIDPs, and throws in an error to boot (literally).Ah, well, 15 to go and the countdown, like a rainy space shuttle launch, progresses.
    So we find ourselves today with our 38 year old starter (Gee, how old is Andy Pettitte now?) prepared to mow ‘em down again in anticipation of a 6-3 West Coast trip, which ain’t hay before the challenging 10 game stand vs. teams that have been re-fortified.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      My friend. Yesterday was a good day. CC served notice that this may be the year of the “Big” guy. 7 Wins, 2.80 ERA, 2nd in the AL in innings pitched. The other good news. Good to see A-Rod launch #10 with 33 RBI’s not bad for a soon to be 36 year old 3rd baseman. Potentially this could be his 14th straight year with at least 30 HR’s and 100 RBI’s if he keeps it up.
      As a side note, so far not a bad road trip for the Yankees. For all those skeptics that thought the Yankees would fold up their tent on this West Coast Trip, well you were wrong. They started this trip at the start of play on Friday May 27th, mere percentage points ahead of the Red Sox in 1st place…and at the very least they will return to face those very same Red Sox either mere percentage points ahead or potentially up to 2 games ahead depending on today’s results. Again, not bad for the “old” guys with a rag tag pitching staff.
      One final comment at the end of the day today the Yankees will have played 2 less games then the Red Sox, but the exact same number of road games. So much for the theory espoused by some that the Yankees early success was directly related to playing so many home games versus their competition.
      BTW, some of the above are facts and some are merely my opinion. Thank you.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 5, 2011 at 5:04 PM

        The theory was that the Red Sox would catch up from 4 GB because they had played way more road games than the Yankees. They are now 1 GB.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 5, 2011 at 5:05 PM

        (Well, 0.5 GB, but the Yankees are up by two in their own game.)

      • uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM

        Ari, my friend. I smell a flip flop on your part. At the start of play the Yankees west Coast road trip on May 27 the Red Sox had played 6 more road games then the Yankees. I’m not sure but that’s probably as big a differential as most of the season between the 2 teams. So your latest comment doesn’t hold water. The fact is after the Yankees being only percentage points ahead of the Red Sox and having played 6 less road games they come back home. with both teams having played now the same number of road games and now instead of being up by just percentage points it is a full game plus 2 games in hand. There is no getting around it. Those that placed so much emphasis on the Yankees early success because of their home game advantage were wrong. Twist it, slice it, dice it however you want the simple truth is those fans that advocated that position were wrong. It’s that simple.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 5, 2011 at 8:57 PM

        The Yankees just had an excellent road trip. And sure, if you limit yourself to selective endpoints, you can find a stretch where the Yankees played more road games than the Sox and played a whole game better.

        But most of the talk (and definitely all of mine) was from well before this road trip began, when the Red Sox were several GB but hadn’t played many home games at all while the Yankees had played a bunch more home than road. And while the Yankees have played great over the last month+, including a lot of road games, the Sox have been even better, owing, I’m sure partly, to getting to play the same kind of home-heavy schedule the Yankees had had in April.

        Go further back than the most recent 9-game road trip, and you’ll see that the Red Sox have made up a lot of ground.

        Point is, it’s still anyone’s division, as opposed to early in the season, when the Yankees consistently had a 4-5 game lead, and people pointed out the home/road differential. Now that they’re close to even (the Yankees have played 3 more at home, the Red Sox 5 more, and after Tuesday’s game they will have each played 4 more at home), the Sox are only one game back.

        Should be fun!

    • uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      yankeesfanlen – I forgot to mention. If and I’ll admit it’s a rather big if. But if the stars all line line today at the end of the day the Yankees could be tied with Cleveland for the best record in the Major Leagues. Like I said it’s a very big if. First the Yankees must win. Then Cleveland, Philadelphia and the Cardinals would all have to lose. Hey, I can dream.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM

        oops. “all line up today…”.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        My thoughts exactly. If the bottom of our lineup can continue to contribute, it’s a Sunday day game and we should pile on the runs.
        The upcoming homestand is our biggest challenge yet, especially the Rangers. We’ll see how good the Indians really are, and BoSox will be a battle.
        Yet, the long ball keeps on coming, and when you hear the individual RBI stats of our opponents, it makes you realize what a great power team we are after all.

  3. APBA Guy - Jun 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Hard to tell if the ump really escalated things, certainly Papelbon wasn’t fooling anybody with one fastball after another. His pitches seemed to be tailing away from lefty batters and out of the zone, high and wide, but on tv it’s hard to tell what’s in the zone and what’s out when the pitch is close. When he’d come into the zone he was up and that’s what was hurting him. I got the impression Varitek was protecting Papelbon by trying to take the heat away from his antics on the mound and shift the umpire’s attention to himself. You never know what’s being said between the catcher and the ump during at-bats. There is chatter, and the Sox, to their credit, really work an umpiring crew for every call.

    Still the A’s lost thanks in part to another “Geren-ism”, walking 0-6 Lowrie to face lefty Drew with a RH reliever. A’s now 0-5 vs the Yanks and Sox in their most recent streak.

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