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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 3, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

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Diamondbacks 6, Giants 1: Rookie Paul Goldschmidt hit his first major league home run and he did it off Tim frickin’ Lincecum. Justin Upton hit his own two-run shot, the Dbacks have won four in a row and they are now tied for first place with the Giants.  Now how about we divert some of that love we gave the Pirates for being frisky to Arizona? Because 20 years of history aside, they weren’t expected to be any better in 2011 than Pittsburgh was.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 7:  When Yadier Molinas attack. He’s got a suspension coming. Mostly for the bumping. Though note the theatrics of the home plate umpire Rob Drake, wiping his face, making it clear to everyone in the ballpark that a little spittle got on him when Molina started jawing. Like Molina’s rant needed to be up-sold.

Cubs 11, Pirates 6: Homers flyin’ everywhere. Six for the Cubs. Two for Garrett Jones. Seventeen runs and 31 hits between them.

Nationals 9, Braves 3: Rick Ankiel is on fire, hitting his third homer in two days, this one a grand slam. Of course, the Nats beating the Braves is nothing notable. They’ve been doing it pretty darn consistently for a couple of years now. Maddening.

Blue Jays 3, Rays 1: Other than a homer to Desmond Jennings in the sixth, Ricky Romero cruised. And that homer was the first and only hit he gave up in his eight innings. A homer for Jose Bautista as the Jays beat David Price for the first time in nine tires. Toronto is three games over .500 now.

Marlins 4, Mets 3: Two homers for All-Star Omar Infante, but that wasn’t enough to get the job done. The Mets led 3-2 heading into the ninth, but then Jason Isringhausen loaded the bases via a walk, a single and a HBP. Then a Justin Turner throwing error allowed two runs to score and that, as they say, was that. On the bright side: any one player can load the bases and any one player can make a key error, but it really takes teamwork for both of those things to happen for guys to blow a game in that fashion.

Reds 5, Astros 1: Homer Bailey had an impressive outing (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), but then again, he’s always been impressive against minor leaguers. Grand slam for Edgar Renteria.

Dodgers 1, Padres 0: Hiroki Kuroda shut out the Friars on four hits over seven. Matt Kemp‘s RBI single in the fourth is all that was required.

Mariners 4, Athletics 2: Based on this play alone, the Athletics’ entire infield should be suspended for a week. For those who can’t watch the video, Brendan Ryan reached third on an infield single because no A’s player really felt like covering second or third, even as a token gesture. That’s kid’s T-ball-bad.

Phillies 5, Rockies 0: Two homers for Ryan Howard, eight shutout innings for Kyle Kendrick. Remember back before the season started when I said that this team would be sort of boringly dominant in that, you wouldn’t necessarily pay attention every night, but then you’d look up in August and they’d have a double-digit lead?  Yeah, this is exactly what I was talking about.

Angels 5, Twins 1: No post-no-hitter hangover for Ervin Santana. He pitches a complete game, scattering eight hits and allowing only one run.

Orioles 8, Royals 2: Five RBI for Mark Reynolds, who homered, doubled and singled. Game time temperature: 107 degrees. Mercy.

Yankees 6, White Sox 0: Mark Teixeira sets the record for games in which a guy homers from both sides of the plate. His 12th, passing Eddie Murray and Chili Davis. Phil Hughes pitches six-innings of three-hit shutout ball in a rain-shortened game. Hmm. Does this still mean he’s heading to the bullpen?

Red Sox 3, Indians 2: Jacoby Ellsbury with the walkoff RBI single. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia running as a pinch-runner. Of course.

Tigers 6, Rangers 5: Welcome to the American League, Mike Adams. Where it rains. And where guys hit go-ahead homers against you in the eighth inning from time to time.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 3, 2011 at 5:44 AM

    Craig, the simplest and probably the best answer to the question you raise about Phil Hughes is NO, in my opinion.

    Good, good game by the Yankees yesterday. Hughes gave everyone a glimpse of what he brings to the table. Six innings of 3 hit ball, no runs and 4 K’s just as importantly, just 65 pitches, no wasted energy. His fastball hit 94/95 mph and consistently was in the 91 to 93 mph range even in the 6th inning, another positive. Granted it’s just one game, but anyone who watched the game should have no doubts that Phil Hughes is working his way back and deserves to stay in the Yankees rotation. With 30 games on tap for the Yankees this month there is nothing wrong with going with a 6 man rotation and giving Colon, Garcia and Burnett god knows he could use it the occasional extra day rest during the month. Then the Yankees can make a final decision about their rotation. The entire rotation will then be better prepared for the critical month of September and the final push for the playoffs.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:18 AM

      Not sure I’d go six-man all month, but Hughes almost certainly earned another look. And before anyone says it was just the White Sox, please note that his velocity and command were better than they’ve been all season. Give him another shot to see if he can maintain this.

      • nyyankeefanforever - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:56 AM

        Kevin, I don’t believe anybody including you would find prudent utilizing six innings as a sample size to evaluate the performance of a pitcher who is more than a year removed from tonight’s velocity, which he has not even “flashed” to in previous recent outings. But if you want to quibble about my use of the word prudent, so be it.

        In any case, while I agree with you, he certainly made a first step tonight (after several recent missteps) back toward viability and deserves more looks, there’s zero chance they’re going to screw with Nova’s development by sticking him in the pen or sending him down again, other than the extreme scenarios I mentioned. A couple more turns this month and then Phil’s headed for the pen and Nova will stay in the rotation. Nothing else is logical.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:01 AM

        If he builds on it, yeah, they’ll send Nova down and have him continue starting to keep him stretched out so he can cover any injuries. The point wasn’t to declare him the winner after six innings. The point was that should Hughes prove in subsequent outings that his velocity’s back, he’s better than Ivan Nova.

      • nyyankeefanforever - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:27 AM

        And my point is that nobody is questioning if Hughes is better than Nova if his velocity is back. I’m saying Hughes is the more likely and logical candidate for the pen, no matter how well he performs in the limited starts he has remaining. And I don’t see any scenario where Nova gets sent down again because he’s already proven he not only belongs with the big club but his progress has accelerated there. We’ll see.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM

        To both NYYankeeFanForever and Kevin S.:
        First, it’s a little unfair on anyone’s part to bring up the fact Hughes only pitched the six innings last evening as even a slight negative. I don’t think anyone that watched the game has any doubts that Hughes would have pitched the 7th and potentially even more innings considering the way he was pitching and his pitch count if not for the rain delay. Also, have you noticed how many times Nova has made it through the 7th inning this year 4 times in 24 starts. Sure Nova is improving and he deserves to remain with the big league team. But if Hughes shows in his next 2 or 3 starts yesterdays performance wasn’t a fluke I’m pretty sure Hughes will earn the final spot in the rotation and Nova will be in the pen.
        Second, as for being set down to the minors. That probably isn’t going to happen if the Yankees go with a 6 man rotation for this month which I think is “prudent” as I explained in my initial post. You may have forgotten that the ML Rosters are expanded come Sept. 1st. Nova surely would have been called up in either case. So being sent down to the minors really isn’t a factor.
        It all really comes down to if Hughes builds on yesterdays good performance over the next 3 weeks, who the Yankees believe gives them a better chance to win as a starter and who is better served coming out of the bullpen.
        In my opinion Hughes will get the starting job assuming he builds on yesterdays success and Nova will get the bullpen assignment. Since that apparently was the plan all along with the Yankees when Hughes came off the DL.

        One final comment if I may. Regardless of how it shakes out for the remainder of this season. If both Hughes and Nova continue to improve, I think one thing we can all agree on is that Hughes has a higher ceiling potential the 2012 starting rotation (with CC of course) looks very promising and not nearly as dire as it appeared at the start of the 2011 season.

      • spudchukar - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM

        The unconventional approach of the 6-man rotation by Girardi makes sense to me. The Yanks have a brutal schedule in August and it doesn’t get much better in September. There are a lot of ifs, in the rotation, so why not let things sort themselves out. If there are not any clear favorites, rather than make a rash choice, give the older guys Colon and Garcia a little breather, save Burnett and Sabathia, for the home stretch and find out who else you can count on or if you need to add someone for the final few weeks.

    • nyyankeefanforever - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:32 AM

      While Phil’s performance against the anemic White Sox’s Konerko-less batting order surely warmed the cockles of Yankee fans everywhere (including this one), the jury’s most assuredly is still out on whether Phil’s ultimate landing place should be the pen. At the end of the day, prudent evaluators will note he once again lost 2 to 3 mph after the first inning’s 95mph burst and was also, unfortunately, prevented from showing he can successfully push past the sixth-inning barrier.

      The impending day off in the schedule and looming double-header will allow both Phil and Nova two more turns, but after that the six-man schedule becomes too disruptive to our top three rotation guys to maintain any longer.

      Everyone agrees occasional days off for those guys will be needed the rest of the way, however, so unless Nova completely implodes or spikes himself in his next two start, the most desirable and likely scenario will still be sending Hughes (the experienced relief pitcher) to the pen for long relief and emergency spot starts, keeping Nova in the rotation and shipping Noesi (a starter by trade who must pitch regularly to maintain his development) back to Scranton.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:40 AM

        No, prudent evaluators will not note he lost 2-3 MPH, prudent evaluators will note that pitchers will often flash above where they’re sitting, and that sitting 91-94 (as the bottom chart shows he did) is still a significant improvement on earlier this season and a return to last season, when he was quite effective.

    • aburns77 - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      I agree that Phil looked impressive, enough to warrant staying in the rotation, however I can’t agree that a. this means he’s “back” or b. this should justify a six man rotation. Don’t get me wrong, Phil was as great as I’ve seen him last night but we need to see more consistency in both his velocity and location before you can truly say he’s regained his form which can only happen if he remains in the rotation. If they choose to take him out I can’t see how the Yankees can expect him to improve his stamina and pitch selection if he’s being restrained to one inning of work. That said, I don’t see how a six man rotation is the answer because you’re messing with CC’s work schedule. As much as all six guys have given the yankees a chance to win almost everytime out there it makes no sense to mess with the only sure thing in the rotation. Put Nova in the pen, he lacks the array of pitches Phil has as well as the swing and miss stuff.

  2. quintjs - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    I am sure I will probably break a thumbs down record for this comment but I thought that was a bit harsh on Drake. He might have been selling it up slightly, but if anyone got even a little bit of spit in my face, I am wiping it off, probably a couple of times too.

    Considering how certain other umpires would have handled that situation, especially the cowboy ones, I don’t really have any objection to what he did.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      I wonder if saying you’ll get thumbs down is what got you thumbs up.

  3. kiwicricket - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:20 AM

    Ahhhh behold….as the ‘Great Sage’ talks us through yesterday’s Cardinals game. His polite humility is almost spellbinding. He even takes a few minutes to clarify some things… (2.05 on the clip)

    /sarcasm switch- on

  4. nyyankeefanforever - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    Just wanted to add my congrats to Mark Teixeira on his career switch-hitting HR games record ….and mention that parked just two games behind him on that distinguished career list is our own Nick Swisher.

    • randall351 - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      I don’t think I’d go as far to say that is a “distinguished career list” for homers from both sides of the plate. Yeah it’s cool and all, but it’s yet another one of those obscure baseball records that don’t really matter.
      It reminds me of the most obscure crap that the team could fine to put up on the scoreboard for each batter on the Royals at Kaufman Stadium. Like “Emil Brown is 4 for 6 against left handers after the 7 inning during day games this year.”

      • nyyankeefanforever - Aug 3, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        Uhhh….yeah, it’s JUST like that Emil Brown thing you mention….sheesh. Lay off the Yankee haterade. The only reason it may be obscure to YOU is because it happens to so seldom. That’s the very definition of a distinguished achievement.

  5. nocryinginbaseball07 - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    The Phillies are like chocolate chip cookies hot out of the oven. You just know you’re going to be sick, but that tenth one tastes just as awesomely wonderful as the first. Boring like that?

    Oh, no. Pastry again.

  6. proudlycanadian - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    In his first 9 starts against the Jays, David Price was 8 and 0. It took a fine performance by Romero and a couple of home runs for the Jays to beat him for the first time.

    • cur68 - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:49 AM

      Right you are PC. Hitting those homers were Joey Bats and Yunel Escobar. JB hit his first homer since July 7, I believe and Escobar his 10th of the season. Both guys occupy top 10 spots in batting average.

      The Beaver Men still need a legit closer, as Rauch looked hardly dominant trying to close out matters. Dude’s got some world class ink but he needs about 3 more mph on his fast ball to really make an impact as a closer, not skin art.

      Colby Rasmus continues to look lost as a hitter. Sporting a .100 BA he was at least steady in center field. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, he caught all 3 of the outs in the ninth.

      As for Ricky Romero: There are some who say “that boy is our only hope”. But I reply “no there is another”: One C. Villanueva (6-2) goes against one J. Shields (9-9). He’s got his work cut out for himself but if he can hold off the Hated Rays (spits) the Beaver Men will need to get past Shileds who’s been just a little shaky of late; 1-5 with a 5.35 ERA over his last six starts, and got just shelled in his last outing with 10 runs and 12 hits over four innings. I’m hoping this isn’t his ‘bounce back’ game.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    KK always does this. Whenever he knows it is his last start, he does really well. You can look it up. If you give him his own spot on the rotation, he blows. But when he knows it is his last start, he probably is 10-0 with a sub-1.00 ERA. Now back to the pen for Mr Kendrick. That start probably solidified his spot on this team next year now. Yay!!!!!

    Phillies now 9 up in the loss column on the Braves. And those same Braves are now only one up in the loss on the Giants/Dbacks. Amazing.

    Oh and Mr. Lucky hit 2 monster bombs.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:40 AM

      Your right, KK does tend to get results when he knows that he won’t be in the rotation much longer. He looked much better last night than in previous times though. Like I said below, it was more KK dominance last night than the typical luck.

  8. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Kyle Kendrick was absolutely dominant last night. It was overwhelmingly the best game I have ever seen him pitch. Usually when he gets results, there is a certain element of luck involved….rocket shot DPs, balls hooking just foul, 400 ft. outs, etc. Always a sense of impending doom. Not last night and right when the bullpen needed a rest. I will say this about the guy…he has had himself a nice little career thus far. 40+ wins at age 26 is kind of impressive. Also, he was throwing a pitch that I don’t seem him future much last night. He had that fastball that ran back over the inside corner to lefties. Impressive. Maybe it’s time us Phillies fans give him a bit more credit. I say that and he will probably get bombed in his next appearance.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:44 AM

      He always does well when there is no pressure…I.e. When it is his last start. Otherwise, he is a very very average pitcher who frustrates you to no end. Games like last night show the problem with Kendrick. Why can’t he pitch like that all the time? Because he can’t handle the pressure.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:55 AM

        I don’t think it is the pressure. I just think that, as you said, he is generally a very average pitcher. I looked back through his stats, even from the minors, and he pitches the same every year. The ERA fluctuates but everything else is virtually the same. Or maybe it is a confidence issue. I don’t know….but you are right, he is exceedingly frustrating to watch. However, on the whole, he has gotten the job done for the Phillies since he first call-up.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:43 PM

        People use OPS to call Ryan Howard over rated, I use Ryan Howard to say that OPS is over rated.

      • obpedmypants - Aug 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM

        firstly, we’re talking about a guy who carries a career 4.96 FIP. his clutch numbers are negative, but whatever. but that’s not really the point.

        being influenced by pressure is a very immature trait, and most players with even 1+ years of playing time don’t feel it. players don’t get though the minors and 500 innings of pro ball with bright lights syndrome. the only real pressure any of them feel is their career shortening, and their paychecks disappearing. wins mean shockingly little when they aren’t valued in dollars.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 2:03 PM

        As soon as you mentioned FIP my eyes glazed over. I don’t even know and don’t care to know if a 4.90 is good, bad, or average.

      • obpedmypants - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM

        wasn’t replying to you monkey. in the future, i’ll be sure to keep it simple if i do, though.

    • FC - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:55 AM

      Well, to be fair, there was one rocket DP when Howard snagged a missile from Helton and then doubled off the runner at first. But that’s just good defense.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:56 AM

        Oh yea, that bull was hit like a bullet. However, there are typically a couple of them a game when he pitches “well”.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:57 AM

        Obviously I mean “ball” not “bull”. Still no edit function.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 3, 2011 at 8:07 AM

        Mr. Lucky didn’t make a good defensive play there. He just closed his eyes and put up his glove and the ball went right into it. Don’t you realize that Mr. Lucky is a horrible defensive first basemen?

    • Phillies Homer - Aug 3, 2011 at 8:31 AM

      Does anybody else wish that Kyle’s middle name was Keith or Kevin or something beginning with a K… just out of sheer astonishment that somebody’s parents could be so awfully evil to give their kid initals of KKK?

      My fiance’ and I talked about how many unfortunate women do you think are out there who fell in love with a guy who’s last name began with a K… after their first two initials were KK. We guessed not too many since girl’s are crazy and see how their name sounds with their love interest’s last name on the first date. Smart ones would dump the guy!

      Rodney… Kyle’s middle name is Rodney.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:17 AM

        Can we start calling Kendrick “Munch”? Rodney Munch… maybe I watched a little too much Beavis and Butthead in middle school.

      • mercyflush - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:27 AM

        I think it’s ironic that his initials are KK, when clearly they should be BB BB. Or BB HBP HR.

        (last night’s game notwithstanding)

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:26 AM

        With three of his last 4 starts being of the “quality” variety, you could also say his initials could be QS…

        wait, did I just defend KK?

      • bleedgreen - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:10 AM

        The only time Kendrick is bad is when you NEED him to be good. Plain and simple.

  9. Jonny 5 - Aug 3, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    Kyle Kendrick was some kind of anti stat head wizard last night, BABIP .200 for last night. He was hitting the strike zone and batted balls seemed attracted to leather by some kind of magnetic force mortal that men can’t seem to wrap their minds around and explain. And what the hell was this new pitch of his? It was like one of those Maddux pitches that start at the batters hip and run in over the plate. That’s a hot pitch. Well who knows, maybe the kid’s learning something?

    • Phillies Homer - Aug 3, 2011 at 8:34 AM

      Perhaps he is learning something… but I wonder from who? It’s not like he’s surrounded with talent that would be able to teach anybody something…

      Worley… my guess is Vance has taken the kid under his wing…

      • bleedgreen - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:14 AM

        McCarthy said something last about that pitch looking similar to Worley’s, but that Worley threw it better and had more movement on it.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 3, 2011 at 8:37 AM

      *that mortal men can’t* (damn no edit function) 😦

  10. halladaysbiceps - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Good win for the Phillies. Howard is red-hot on fire right now.

    Did anyone see Hunter Pence’s outfield slide to catch a ball hit to him in the 9th? Did anyone else out there think the slide was excessive and unnecessary to make the catch?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM

      I think it was a way to break his momentum coming forward.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:15 AM

        Perhaps you’re right. When I was watching the game last night drinkiing a couple of adult beverages, I didn’t notice it. But, I was on the Phillies MLB site and saw the catch again this morning. I replayed it a few times and the ball hung up and he still slid.

        I don’t know. Not having the benefit of watching Pence play everyday, I don’t know what his style is yet. I just hope this guy doesn’t try to hot dog it in the field.

    • bleedgreen - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      I think he pulled a Dom Brown and read the ball wrong off the bat. He slid and caught the ball behind him still. It was necessary because if he didn’t, the ball would have went over his head.

    • spudchukar - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      That is his style. Look Pence is awkward-looking at times, but he is never short on effort. Get used to his gawky approach. Also get used to many fine plays, on target throws, great base running, clutch hitting, surprizing pop, chasing bad breaking balls off the plate, and tough at bats. As a Cards fan I have watched him flail at times and then turn around and crush one, or make a crucial catch, or steal a meaningful base. He is better than he looks, and the Phillies are darn lucky to have him.

  11. natstowngreg - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    The Nats, maddening?

    Good. being maddening to someone is a sign of progress.

  12. icanspeel - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Not that many people care about them, but the Padres have been shutout 16 times now and 5 of those have been 1-0 losses. Imagine if they had kept that guy named Adrian Gonzalez 1 more year as he was under team control for this year if they didn’t trade him.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

      Yes, imagine…they’d be only 10 games out at best and with a much weaker farm system.

    • FC - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:12 AM

      Pitching is as much to blame as the offense. Both the Padres and Giants have scored 385 runs, but there’s a 14.5 game gap between them.

  13. APBA Guy - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    No comments on the A’s allowing an infield triple? Guys, it’s worth watching the video, just for the laugh.

    When it happened last night the A’s announcers were silent for a second. I imagined them (Ray Fosse and Glenn Kuiper) with their mute buttons on:

    GK: What the hell do we say about this? They look like 10 year olds.
    RF: Did you see that Bourdain show about Cuba? Their 10 year olds are much better than these guys.
    GK: Damn it. You saw that memo from Wolff-no criticising.
    RF: Ok, we just explain how it happened. Like ‘Dragnet”. Just the facts.
    GK: Alright, kick me if I start sounding disgusted.

    True, 3 of 4 infielders are playing positions they hadn’t played in Spring training. But still.

    And it’s not like the King needed any help. Although it did seem like he got bored towards the end of his shift. He kept falling behind, running up his pitch count. Sizemore’s HR was what you’d expect: pulled down the line about 340 feet. It’s about the only place an average MLB hitter can put one out in Safeco.

    In five starts this year against the A’s the King is 3-0 with 5 ER in 30 IP. No wonder he’s bored.

    But it was worth it to see fake Ichiro interfere with a ball in play. That made for two laughs in the game.

    • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      OK – the play is up. Pretty cringeworthy, that.

  14. Old Gator - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    APBA Guy:

    Got a link? Love to see it. Things getting a little weird out your way? If the birds are behaving strangely too, might be a seismic warning.

    The Feesh climbed to the strange attractor and they’re sitting on it now like a bunch of Ali Babas on a magic carpet. Tonight Clay Hensley, who vectored the DC (Debt Ceiling) mantis to Logan Morrison, who brought it fame and ignominy upon himself, tests the theory of evolution against yet another form of superstition to see if the Feesh’s gills can function above water as a precursor to their fins evolving back into legs.

    And speaking of Ali Baba, I’d like to wish all of my friends of the Islamic faith, met and unmet, a serene and happy Ramadan. As salaam aleikum.

  15. Reggie's Bush - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Since being on vacation I’ve noticed a few things… Met’s highlights come on after Tiger Woods talks for an hour or they don’t show them at all on ESPN. Also it is great to leave and not go insane watching the Mets lose 3 (4?) in a row in the 9th or extras.

    But Braves, thanks again for not allowing us to lose ground in the wildcard race! My irrational hopes live on.

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