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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jul 3, 2012, 5:47 AM EDT

New York Yankees first baseman Teixeira misses a ground ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Johnson during a MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

Rays 4, Yankees 3: Mark Teixeira committed his first error of the season, which allowed in the go ahead run. Hey, he’s allowed one bad day, right? All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day. You had a bad day once, am I right? I know I am. I can tell. You had a bad day and everything changed. Why else would you dress up as a flying rat?

Cubs 4, Braves 1: The Braves case of the Mondays continues. They are 0-11 on Monday games in 2012. This is important. This means something. Or maybe it doesn’t. Last night it was merely a function of Jeff Samardzija striking out 11 Bravos in seven innings and Anthony Rizzo homering again.

Twins 6, Tigers 4: Four straight wins for the Twinkies. This one was Ron Gardenhire’s 900th. If they had won this one the Tigers would have gotten back up to .500, but they can’t seem to get any momentum. Jim Leyland closed the clubhouse after the game. I assume that this was so that he could murder some of the underperforming Tigers as a lesson to the survivors.

Royals 11, Blue Jays 3: Mike Moustakas hit a grand slam and drove in five as Ricky Romero got walloped. Joey Bats hit his league-leading 27th, but the Jays dropped their fifth game in the past seven tries.

Pirates 11, Astros 2: The Pirates stay hot. Garrett Jones had four hits and four RBI including a homer. His was back-to-back with a Neil Walker shot. Both of them hit the foul pole. That apparently hasn’t happened on back-to-back homers since they started keeping track of such things in 2000. I’m sure there’s some old guy someplace who will swear he saw it happen in Forbes Field or something, though.

Angels 3, Indians 0: Jered Weaver threw seven shutout innings. Mike Trout didn’t start due to a jammed pinkie finger, but he did pinch run.

Brewers 6, Marlins 5: The entire Internet spends 24 hours talking about the Zack Greinke snub so Greinke goes out and pitches kinda poorly (6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER). Now today all the La Russa defenders will act like this one game justified the snub. Can’t wait until All-Star season is over. Eh, Greinke probably doesn’t care. Brewers won.

Cardinals 9, Rockies 2:  Josh Outman? More like Josh Walkman, amirite, people? Ahem, sorry.  Anyway, Kyle Lohse pitched well and Allen Craig hit two homers.

Reds 8, Dodgers 2: Scary moment as Zack Cozart was hit in the head with a Chad Billingsley pitch. In these days of, thankfully, much greater awareness of the seriousness of concussions, someone square these two statements from me:

Zack Cozart: “I think it just got away from him. I don’t even really remember, to be honest. I just remember hearing a pretty loud bang, then I had some ringing in my ears, and that’s why I was on the ground holding my ears”; and

Dusty Baker: “”They gave him all the tests and said that Zack should be OK tomorrow. We took him out more for precautionary reasons. He was a little glossy-eyed, so we decided to get him out of there because he got hit pretty good.”

Instead of “he’ll be alright tomorrow, how about putting him on the 7-day DL just to be sure?

Mariners 6, Orioles 3: Six runs for the M’s at Safeco Field is the equivalent of 22 runs for a normal team in a normal park. Seriously. You can look it up.

Padres 6, Diamondbacks 2: Cameron Maybin hit a 485-foot home run. Clayton Richard continues a nice string of starts. Indeed, he is 4-1 with a 1.70 ERA over his last five.

Athletics 6, Red Sox 1: Daisuke Matsuzaka lasted one inning in which he gave up five runs on four hits while walking two. Nope, not what the Sox needed. Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss homered for the A’s and Jarrod Parker pitched well again, allowing one run over six and two-thirds. Kid has a 2.46 ERA on the year.

  1. randygnyc - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    The Yankees let another victory slip away. The second gift this week. At least all the other al east teams lost, too, except the lowly rays.

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:42 AM

      Poll for everyone except Feelies and Borg fans: now that the Feelies are mired in horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ hell, we have Borg fans coming on here to crow, cackle and dump on everyone else instead. So: show of hands. Which is more grating – obnoxious crowing, cackling and dumping Borg fans, or crowing, cackling and dumping Feelies fans?

      • papalurchdxb - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:15 AM

        what are we doing – up for Borg & down for Feelies?

      • paperlions - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:14 AM

        It’s a tie.

      • stex52 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:24 AM

        A definite difference.

        Borg fans exude a sense of entitlement, as if the Universe isn’t right unless they are in command. But, other than an almost pathological hatred of anything Sox, they seem to radiate a friendly sort of contempt for other teams; sort of “I understand you are an inferior being, but we can get along anyway.”

        Feelies fans are sensitive to any of the slightest perceived slights. They are so damned easy to troll. Craigy is shooting fish in a barrel. I think the root of this, though, is an existential awareness. They understand that the Universe can smile and swat you like a fly in an instant. And so it is for them in 2012.

        As a guy who spent his formative years mired in Camus/Sarte existentialism, I gotta say that I have more sympathy for the Feelies fans. Having said that, though, I don’t mind either very much. We’re all just baseball fans.

      • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        Bah! For everything to be complete, for you to feel less alone, you have to wish that there be a crowd of (pick one: Feelies/Borg fans) filling the stadium on the last day of a humiliating sweep to greet the Astros with howls of execration.

      • stex52 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        Okay. Borg fans down. I hate a sense of entitlement. And the Feelies are like that in-law you have barely gotten along with for 30 years. At least we have a shared history.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        stex has made an excellent case for the two fan bases’ differences. When the Yankee infestation visited Nats Park last month, it was, on the whole, less obnoxious. This may have been because the Yankees swept, but I recall the same vibe when the Yankees visited RFK in 2006 (and lost 2 of 3).

        This should be an easy vote, coming from a Nats fan who has suffered much from the Phillies infestation the past 7+ seasons. However, in the grand scheme of things, fans of New York City teams occupy a grating niche above everyone else. So they get my vote.

    • fredverd - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      I can’t – and don’t – blame Teixeira one bit. He saves infielders and pitchers on a daily basis. His hitting may have gone south in recent years, but he still has the “potential” to catch fire. The person I blame (and it is becoming almost a daily ritual) is Chris Stewart, the fill-in catcher. His errors seem to go unnoticed, but the passed balls and the caught -stealing -TO THE CENTERFIELDER!! snatch defeat from the jaws of victory every time he plays. The Yankees must have another catcher in the minors who can hit at least as well and catch even better. Cervilli is protection just in case, but go figure! We keep hearing about catching prospects (beyond the Seattle trade), but why won’t they be given a shot?

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Once again, the Yankees fail to win a game in which they fail to hit a homerun. People don’t seem to think this is a problem- I think it means an early exit from the playoffs again. You have to be able to manufacture runs at some point- you just have to against the top line pitchers you’ll face in the playoffs. BTW- is David Robertson still hurt? He doesn’t seem to be anywhere near where he was before the injury.

  2. papalurchdxb - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    Someone commented on a thread yesterday about how the RedSox would struggle once they got back to playing teams currently playing a lot better/stronger. Looks like we’re warming up nicely for a weekend series against the Yanks – needless to say we’ll probably be skipping DiceBB’s next start.

    • Glenn - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      Yup, because one game tells you all you need to know about a 162 game season.

      • papalurchdxb - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:19 AM

        Sometimes, one game does define everything that is unfortunate/wrong/typical of a season to date. I think last nights game actually summed up the RedSox season so far.

        Not a personal criticism of any players/staff, just an underwhelming performance in an otherwise underwhelming season – there’s not necessarily anyone to tie to a stake and set them ablaze as a cure-all, sh1t happens, deal with it.

        Last nights performance was a typical example of the rule, not the exception, so far. We can wish and hope things were different, that’s why we’re sports fans, but the reality is that the RedSox are not currently getting the results of a good team, and it is consistent.

        I continue to hope to be proven wrong, but the glimmers of hope with returning hitters from the DL do nothing to prop up an inconsistent staff.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    The Feesh demonstrated last night why, Scrooge McLoria’s recent ejaculation of delusional overconfidence notwithstanding, they will not be making much if any noise in October. Krazy Karlos Lamebraino went right to work hitting Ryan Braun and then walking three straight batters to force Braun home….a nice way of apologizing, dontcha think? The Feesh then put on a nonpareil demonstration of hamhanded fielding, making three official errors – two charged to the Hanster at his unaccustomed position at the hot corner – and committing a couple of misplays that went for homeboy scorer hits, leading to two more earned runs. Jose Reyes got hisself picked off of first (Greinke has a murderous pickoff move) and Krazy Karlos, not to be outdone, showed off his own pickoff move to short right field. These shenanigans led to two unearned runs and at least one more tainted run and the Feesh wasted Justin Ruggiano’s four-RBI performance. Hell, they even wasted Tweeter’s double with a RISP – something that happens rarely enough to make it the baseball equivalent of cryptozoology. Black Hole Buck, who has come undead at the plate a little bit in the last week or so (it’s a bit early to say that he’s “come alive,” you know?) got bounced out on his ass for arguing ball and strike calls, forcing Brett Hayes to come in and do the honor in Buck’s behalf of grounding out with the bases loaded next inning and killing the Feesh’s chances of tying the game up. Well, at least it’s no more or less than Buck would have done.

    Momentum, where is thy sting?

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      Momentum, where is thy sting?

      Whatever do you mean? You have momentum, it’s just in the wrong direction. Seriously though unless you play the Phillies at Miami (ouch!) the rest of the season I don’t see the Feesh doing much better.

      • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        I agree. They’ll be lucky to finish within naked eyesight of the Strange Attractor this season, unless they make a beeg trade for an impact bat.

  4. personalspaceinvader - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    I audibly laughed at the Josh Walkman joke. Well done, Craig.

    No, but seriously. The Rockies are a very bad team.

    • paperlions - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      Yeah, me too….well, I rolled my eyes and audibly sighed, that’s the same thing right?

      • cur68 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        But, but, but…Joker quote to open ATH…that’s gotta count against the lame Outman dig, right?

  5. gmsingh - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    If the Cubbies win 20 more games in a row they’re going to be right back in the hunt!

  6. Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    You had a bad day once, am I right? I know I am. I can tell. You had a bad day and everything changed. Why else would you dress up as a flying rat

    This means I’ll have to come up with a good explanation as to why you constantly wear a bathrobe and smoke a bubble pipe.

    • wlschneider09 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      C’mon, that’s what happens when lawyers have a bad day. Everyone knows that.

  7. Jonny 5 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    A 6 day losing streak snapped by Philly. Woot! (hey, it’s all I have)

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:17 AM

      Jonny, Jonny, just pretend it’s 1989 ang go with the flow. Who knows maybe this season will turn out like 1979.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        1979!?! 1979!?!

        Excuse me while I go puke.

      • kopy - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        It’s a good Smashing Pumpkins song, at least.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        The point being Jonny, that after that fracas in 79 the next year turned out better didn’t it?

  8. beearl - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Most excellent Killing Joke reference there. Well done, sir!

  9. bucksnbengals11 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    If Zack Cozart isn’t made to sit for a week, baseball will prove itself to be as stupid as football players about concussions. Votto strained his knee or some such thing and hasn’t played in days. Cozart takes one to the head and “he’ll be back tomorrow”…. explain the logic to me

    • kopy - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Doesn’t Dusty Baker have a track record of disregard for the health of his players? Although, it is mostly with pitchers’ arms. That could be all the logic you need.

    • paperlions - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Well, baseball is a little different that football. Football players are generally knocked to the ground or absorb some kind of impact on every single play. If you put a concussed football player back on the field, you can just about rest assured that he going to be hit again on the next play. In addition, a football player that is not mentally 100% is in greater danger of getting his clock cleaned, making the initial concussion worse.

      In baseball, if they put him back out there….the most likely effect on his health is nothing….though he may make some errors and strikeout more often.

  10. footballchic777 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    After seeing so much coverage of what football players looked like last year when they were concussed, I was looking for the same things in Cozart last night. I didn’t really see any of the symptoms, but I am not in the medical field. But he did walk, not stagger, to the dugout. He bent over and picked up something in the dugout and stood up with no staggering issues, and he didn’t seemed “dazed and confused”. I hope if there are any issues, Valdez takes the start, but we cannot just assume a concussion and say……7 day DL!

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      I agree. I don’t think he really meant he had memory loss when he said “i don’t remember.” He remembered the impact. And Dusty Baker shouldn’t have said “glossy-eyed.” That’s like a cliche that would fly 10 years ago, but these days of the great awareness it makes people think he did have at least a slight concussion. If he doesn’t show any signs of a concussion – a diagnosis of “glossy-eyed” from dusty baker means nothing – then what do they need to be careful about? Not every hit to the head causes a concussion.

  11. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    “Mike Trout didn’t start due to a jammed pinkie finger, but he did pinch run.” – They could have just said he was given a day off for rest with no mention of the pinkie. I like my future superstars to not be sidelined with hurt pinkies.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      But hurt pinkies can be serious. Andre Ethier was having a killer season in 2010, then hurt his pinkie and wasn’t the same.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        Ethier broke his pinkie, though. It was on his right hand and he bats left, so it was on his bottom hand, which can affect his swing. Trout doesn’t need the pinkie on his right hand. Trout could get all Ronnie Lott on his right pinkie and wouldn’t lose a step.

  12. APBA Guy - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    By the time I get to the comments thread, most readers have moved along, so my incessant cheerleading about Jarrod “The Real Deal” Parker is only for the select few, those of no doubt strong stomach. And while the attention last night focuses on DiceBB ( I love that), Parker started the game by yielding a double to Nava, then an RBI single to CA’s own Pedey (he’s from a scenic mountain town called Woodland, appropriately). Anyway, both pitches were up and out over the plate.

    Parker can reach mid 90’s (about 94 on the generous Mausoleum gun, probably a real 92-93) but he sits 91-92 (again, probably 89-90), so location is important. But his change-up is a real 78-79, and his slider is tight and late, so he’s killer when he keeps the ball down. That’s exactly what he did starting exactly with the 3rd batter of the game, one Mr. Big Papi. From Papi until he was relieved by 95-97 (again, 93-95 in reality) mph Sean Doolittle, Parker was down in the zone and mostly precise, ultimately surrendering 6 hits and 3 walks in 6.2 innings of 1 run work.

    Doolittle is a fascinating story: a UVa player who was converted from P/IB to P only, and is getting his legs under him in the MLB at age 25. The beauty is that Doolittle came in and closed out the 7th by striking out Nava with runners on 2nd and 3rd, and also went 6 up, 6 down to finish the game, sparing the rest of the bullpen who will be on high alert for the remaining Red Sox games.

    The scene in the Oakland dugout as former Sox Moss and Reddick celebrated Moss’s homerun against Ye Olde Clubbe was heartwarming in a jock/caveman sort of way. Still, Melvin has kept the team loose this year, and they’ve won enough ((3 below .500) to not get down on themselves. When Parker is pitching the A’s have a chance. With the other guys (save McCarthy, when he’s healthy), it’s a total crapshoot, with the odds against the A’s. I don’t think Braden and Anderson will be healthy and consistent this year, so this is the team the fans will have to look forward to for the remainder of the season, minus a couple of subtractions for yet more prospects. Still, a better team to watch than last year, especially when Parker starts.

  13. annaalamode - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Dusty Baker: Concerned About the Long Term Health of His Players Since Never

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