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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Sep 25, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

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Yankees 6, Twins 3: Six shutout innings for Andy Pettitte. After all these years. After a retirement. After an injury that cost him the bulk of the season. Andy Pettitte is still critical to the Yankees after all of these years.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 1; Blue Jays 9, Orioles 5: The split costs Baltimore a half game to New York. They’re two back in the loss column. Adam Jones went 4 for 4 with a homer and two RBI in the opener.  J.P. Arencibia hit a grand slam in the night cap. This is the first time the Yankees and O’s are separated by more than a game since September 2.

White Sox 5, Indians 4: Two homers for Adam Dunn, the second of which was a three-run homer in the eighth — to help the Chisox break a five-game losing streak.

Tigers 6, Royals 2: And whaddaya know? Both AL Central contenders won. How novel. Justin Verlander allowed two runs over eight despite hurting his non-throwing shoulder — get this — catching the ball as it was being thrown back by the catcher. There’s something to the idea that geniuses are people who make the hard stuff easy and the easy stuff hard.

Mets 6, Pirates 2: Say what you want about the Mets season, but they’re trying to end it strong. Four straight wins for New York, this one powered by two Ike Davis bombs. As for the Pirates? Here’s their second half schedule and results. I haven’t seen that much red on a board since the show “Homicide” went off the air.

Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 2: Tyler Chatwood wins and goes to 5-5. Trevor Cahill loses and goes to 12-12. There’s something so very satisfyingly symmetrical about that. I mean, apart from the fact that if you interchangeably used the aliases “Tyler Chatwood” and “Trevor Cahill” that no one would ever notice.

Cardinals 6, Astros 1: Lance Lynn wins his 17th and the Cards win their seventh of eight. St. Louis has a three and a half game lead for the second wild card.

Nationals 12, Brewers 2: A six-run fourth inning for Washington when the sun caused Carlos Gomez to misplay a two-out fly ball. The day before the Nats had trouble with balls in the air in the midday glare.  Here’s hoping that MLB doesn’t solve the Nationals public transportation problem by giving them NLDS games in the middle of the afternoon.

Rangers 5, Athletics 4: Josh Hamilton came back and hit a homer. Wouldn’t it be neat if he ekes out the home run crown in the AL, denying Miguel Cabrera the MVP? Like he denied Cabrera the MVP in 2010?  No, you don’t think that would be neat Tigers fans?

  1. randygnyc - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    The Yankees proved that target field isn’t too big for the long ball. Yanks hit 4. 3 over 400 feet. Pettitte knows how to win. Can make the critical pitch when necessary. He picks up his 2nd win since coming back from the DL. Combined 11 innings without an earned run. This after missing a month and a half with a broken leg, and yet, returned without a rehab start. Granderson hits his 40th HR. first Yankee since Giambi to have back to back 40 hr years. He also joins mantle, Gehrig and Ruth in being the only other Yankees to do it. Orioles split their doubleheader so Yankees now 1 1/2 games up.

    Anyone witness the end of the packers Seahawks game? OMG!! LARCENY!!

  2. uyf1950 - Sep 25, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    The Yankees won and as the piece says 6 shutout innings for Andy Pettitte. Five shutout innings his first game back from the DL, 6 shutout innings now. Dare I hope for 7 shutout innings next time? Sure why not.
    And with that win last night a 1.5 game lead over the Orioles (2 in the lost column).

    • wlschneider09 - Sep 25, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      If he gets the Twins again in his next start, well yeah. He owns my Twins. Always has. At least it feels that way.

      • uyf1950 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        Actually his next start should be against the Blue Jays in a few days.

      • kiwicricket - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:30 AM

        Apparently not lost to them in 11years. That qualifies as owning them alright

    • yankeesfanlen - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:14 AM

      For several years, in this forum of intellectual delights, I have downplayed the notion time and again that the Yankees are getting too old. Now, as a glimmer of suspicion comes into even my head, along comes Mr. Fiddley-Fart, Beep-beep, Chavez, Ibanez, Solo Suzuki, Jones, etc to do the job.
      Never doubt your own cockamamie theories. What’s Moose’s numbr?

  3. stex52 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    When the Cards are splitting up their playoff shares (however deep they make it into the playoffs) I hope they remember to send at least one share to the Astros for rolling over for them in September.

    • lazlosother - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      I thought the Astros pretty much rolled over for everyone. Except the Reds.

      • natslady - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

        Didn’t the Astros pretty much knock the Fillies out of the WC?

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

        They just made it official, even if the Astros had lost 3 of 4 to Philly or swept, the Phillies would still be 2 or 3 games behind because they lost the series at home to Atlanta. The Phillies are in no way shape or form, a playoff team. Though if by some miracle they did make it and had to face the braves I’d pitch Kyle Kendrick against them.

  4. Old Gator - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    The Feesh didn’t play last night, which is why they didn’t slide further into the basement. The S-waves from Heath Bell’s idiotic comments about Slobbering Ozzie yesterday continue to ramify through Spawrts Tawrk Raydeeo and the print muddier like Ozzie’s Castro comments at the beginning of the season never did. But then, while the muddier were busy inflating Ozzie’s remarks all out of proportion – or trying to; it never really got far locally, except to call out the Cuban exile dinosaurs like some Mesoizoic dog whistle – everybody kind knew under the voyeurism that the comment was empty of ideological infection. Still, what a pair of dumb remarks to bookend a season. The Feesh’s 2012 season, which opened like a structured series of attainable possibilities, now spreads at the bottom of a viscous puddle, at the bottom of the season – a time of orange uniforms, and empty chair seats; it is made of white, soft instants, spreading at the edge, like an oil stain.

    (With apologies to Jean-Paul Sartre).

    • El Bravo - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      Well Gator, I expected more from these 2012 Feesh, but alas, you know them better than I. Your reserved optimism, or muted pessimism, at the beginning of the this terrorific season was well placed. These Feesh just don’t know how to win and they spend cash like an alcoholic with insomnia and a TV. I’m sure Loria wakes up every morning feeling like that alcoholic; hungover, wondering what the f@ck happened last night, and why his wallet is empty.

      • Old Gator - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        It wasn’t rocket science. It wasn’t even the result of a seance. Even without predicting that Heath Bell was going to flop so spectacularly, I knew JJ was still recovering from shoulder surgery. I knew Ricky Nolasco was streaky and unreliable and wondered at all the nice things people were saying about the Feesh rotation. They didn’t sound like they’d been really paying attention to it. I looked at this team in April and asked myself, “so who’s going to drive anyone in this season?” I didn’t count on the Hanster, whose playing had been going downhill for two seasons in a row and who was now being asked to play an unfamiliar position on top of that. The Iron Giant was still on the mend and still very strikeout prone, still in need of plate discipline never mind his bad knee. I was never able to see Tweeter as a clutch guy, what with his horrible RISP stats and irrational horror of praying mantises. When did you ever hear of a guy with mantodeaphobia making it big in the show? Even though Larry Beinfest famously claimed that he was “not a .248 hitter,” the stats and the play on the field clearly insisted that he was indeed a .248 hitter at best. He proved to be less than that.

        In all fairness, I never imagined that this would be a last place team. I thought if some key players had bad years they might finish third or so. Of course, the Beeg Doomp in midseason skewered any prayer they had of a respectable year. And if you recall, I also predicted all along that the Gnats were going to surprise us. Not this much, of course, but I saw them as valid wild card contenders. The one team in the division that really surprised me from the ground up was the Braves. I really didn’t think they were going to be anywhere near this good, especially with a cretin for a manager. Ah well. One of the joys of beisbol, for me, is that every season serves up a surprise contending team or two that nobody gave a slingshot’s chance against Godzilla of getting anywhere.

      • Old Gator - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        PS – at least Scrooge McLoria didn’t wake up after his binge next to Natacha Seijas.

    • kiwicricket - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      The Feesh’s season started with a disheveled Ali being paraded around, dubious dancers escorting the players onto the field, reality television series and a criminal investigation into the stadium financing…..I’d say the season ran along those parallels…Was it ever going to be any different?

      • Old Gator - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        It’s always easy to discern a teleology in retrospect. I don’t think criminal behavior necessarily portends failure in this economic system. Far from it. But failing to go out and get an RBI bat or two and/or playing guys out of position all the time will kill your postseason pretensions graveyard dead.

  5. nategearhart - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Pettitte “knows how to win”? Would that still be the case if he pitched exactly the same and his offense didn’t hit those home runs?

    • bigharold - Sep 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      He pitched six scoreless innings. He did his part.

  6. randygnyc - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Nate- by “knows how to win” I mean he’s got excellent situational awareness, and success in big games. Phenomenal stress management. These are the differences for a pitcher with diminished skills, and why they can still win in this league as opposed to those who lose their stuff and don’t have the ability to make adjustments. Sure, if an offense doesn’t score a single run, it’s mathematically impossible to win. But since Andy hasn’t given up a single run, earned or otherwise, since his return, he gives his team a better chance to win.

  7. paperlions - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    This also happened. Crazy catch by Jon Jay:

    • paperlions - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      Sorry, I don’t know how to find the direct link on MLBs crappy site, you’ll have to find the video in the list of highlights on the right.

      • natslady - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        This one?

      • paperlions - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        Yes, ma’am. Thanks.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        Click on the link “More from this game” on a video, find the direct link there, and copy/paste to your heart’s content.

      • natslady - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        You’re welcome. That is an amazing play, thanks for pointing me to it!

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      The werid part is if Jon Jay were just an inch or two taller he might have gotten it in his glove and while a nice grab we would have been deprived of his Cirque Du Soleil performance.

  8. proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Omar Vizquel had 2 hits yesterday. With 2876 hits, he is now tied for 40th in career hits with Mel Ott. He will not pass anyone else as the gap is too wide and there are too few games left in his career.

  9. APBA Guy - Sep 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    There is some serious puckering going on in A’s Land after Melvin brought in Tyson Ross in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game at Texas, with predictable results. Now the lead over the Angels is only two games, and the A’s are 2-5 on the Road Trip of Death. I’m not sure of the wisdom of walking Josh to pitch to Beltre. Sure, Josh had knocked one about 420 into the wind, but he’d also looked really bad on two previous at bats. Whereas Beltre had looked in complete control of his at-bats, including a 390 oppo job that had tied the game. That’s really not much of a choice.

    But I continue to fault Melvin for nt giving the A’s every opportunity to win. By my count, this is the 4th small mistake he’s made since the playoff run has started in earnest, something I mentioned two weeks ago before the Baltimore series, that the A’s have to play to win. They need 2 of the next 3 from Texas. And no more of Tyson Ross in leveraged situations.

    • Loren - Sep 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      At this point putting in Tyson Ross or Jesse Chavez is basically the equivalent of putting in a position player to pitch. It’s waiving the white flag.

      • APBA Guy - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Completely agree. You wonder, if these two are so ineffective, why are they up? And why use them at all in tight spots?

      • Old Gator - Sep 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Maybe he’s just saving his best guys for the offseason.

  10. moogro - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    If you lose the triple crown then you’ll have to be evaluated for MVP in terms that matter. One home run at the end of the season over Josh Hamilton is the tipping point for MVP? That one home run will make you forget inadequate defense as opposed to awesome defense, and all those extra bases the other guy got through stealing?

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