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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 10, 2013, 6:45 AM EDT

Luke Scott, Ryan Roberts AP

Rays 5, Blue Jays 4: A battle of reigning Cy Young winners decided by a bases loaded walk to an Obama birther. Good times. I watched most of this one. Price and Dickey were OK, but not great. It was, like, the third straight home Rays game I’ve watched where Dick Vitale was noted in the crowd and discussed by the announcers. Does that happen every time, Rays fans?

Indians 9, Athletics 2: Welcome back Scott Kazmir. This wasn’t his first outing, but he certainly announced his return with authority against Oakland, striking out out ten batters in six innings and showing a velocity we haven’t seen in years.

Yankees 3, Rockies 1: Over two hours worth of rain delays meant that CC Sabathia couldn’t get the win, but he was certainly pitching well enough for it when the game got delayed. Five relievers shut out the Rockies for the remaining five innings.

Nationals 5, Tigers 4: The Nats have won four in a row. Dan Haren dodged a lot of bullets with the Tigers hitting the ball hard early, but they just hit ‘em at people. At least until Matt Tuiasosopo hit a pinch-hit three-run homer. After that the bullpen locked it down. Detroit swept Atlanta two weeks ago and now get beat in both games of a two-game series to Washington. I’m going to assume this means the Tigers have money the Nats to win the N.L. East.

Royals 6, Orioles 2: The Royals avoid the sweep behind Jeremy Guthrie. He’s 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA. The Orioles probably wondered if this was the same Guthrie they traded away before last season.

Mets 3, Pirates 2: All Mike Baxter does is win games with late pinch hits. Well, he probably does other stuff, but he’s won games with late pinch hits twice this week. On Tuesday in the 10th inning against the White Sox and again here with a walkoff RBI single. And check out this home run, or at the very least double-robbing catch from Juan Lagares in the ninth.

Twins 5, Red Sox 3: Minnesota takes three of four from the team that had the majors’ best record when the series began. John Lackey‘s throwing error on what should have been an inning-ending double play led to four unearned runs by the Twins in the sixth. If I was Lackey after the game I would have said something like “well, my defense really let me down today. Those were unearned runs, man. Not MY fault.” Then sat back in my locker and waited for questions, arms-crossed.

Diamondbacks 2, Phillies 1: Patrick Corbin, best starter most people haven’t heard of yet. He’s 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA and outdueled Cole Hamles here. Four straight wins for Arizona.

Braves 6, Giants 3: A homer and two other hits and three driven in for Brian McCann. Craig Kimbrel with his 100th career save. He’s the second youngest to reach 100. K-Rod was the youngest. Here’s hoping that’s not some sort of omen for Kimbrel.

Angels 6, Astros 5: When a late game of lefty/righty matchups ensured, Bo Porter pulled one reliever for another without the first one ever facing a batter. Which is totally against the rules. Except the umpires didn’t realize it. Mike Scioscia tried his best to inform them of their and Porter’s error, but to no avail. He protested the game but the Angels won anyway. I sorta feel like the Astros should be allowed to do this given all the other problems they have but I suppose rules are rules.

  1. uyf1950 - May 10, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    It took the Yankees 33 games to take of 1st place but even if it’s just for day 1st place it is. Not bad for a team very few thought would be in this position even this early.

    • uyf1950 - May 10, 2013 at 6:49 AM

      correction: take “over” 1st place.

      • rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican - May 10, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        They are “tied” for 1st.

      • uyf1950 - May 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        rayfinle…, they are not tied for first. The Yankees are in first place by 6 percentage points. The Yankees .606 both the Orioles and Sox .600 that is not tied.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        It still looks like a short break to change 35MM reels at an old Mitchell Brothers shoot up there atop the division. If I didn’t know Harry Reems was already dead, I’d swear that was him on top of the pile with the batting helmet on his….

  2. personalspaceinvader - May 10, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Rockies 6-11 in their last 17 games played. They are fading fast and are now behind both San Francisco and Arizona.

    When Mo came out to pitch the 9th, the Rockies looked like collective deer in the headlights. They should have just gone out and posed for a picture with the HOF’er because there was no way they were doing a damn thing against him.

  3. natslady - May 10, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Hadn’t thought of spelling Colbert’s name that way. He gave up only two runs and got shut out last time, didn’t he, the poor baby… Have more pride in your starts like Cliff Lee says and get some run support!

    Tigers have money “on” the Nats?

    • alexo0 - May 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      To win the NL WEST?

      • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        They are just THAT good….capable of winning both the east and west the same year.

    • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      “have money guaranteeing the Nats to win the NL West”? “have money the Nats have no will to win the NL West”? Hmmm.

      For all you pitcherwannabehitter ball enthusiasts, Fister had an RBI single last night, and that was the first from a Tigers pitcher since 2009. It still sucked. (And I’m ready for your taunts about Fister obviously being a stronger hitter than Miggy, you smart asses.)

      I hate when we leave runners on base!

      /pouts

      • heyblueyoustink - May 10, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        “For all you pitcherwannabehitter ball enthusiasts”

        In other words, fans of baseball who enjoy the same as it was intended to be played? ;-)

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Oh, is that what your Phillies are trying to do? So cute. And sad.

      • detroitr1 - May 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        I think Fister went on six days rest—if true, is there some mythical rule that states that any starter with over five days rest will have their curveball go flat and their tailing fastball guide it’s way into Span’s kneecap?

      • unclemosesgreen - May 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        O.G.’s been busy lately – you’ll have to forgive him if he doesn’t rise to your gator-baiting immediately. He’s been doing recon at the county fish and wildlife headquarters – it’s Gator hunting permit season. He likes to know ahead of time who’s poaching and who has a permit – that changes the strategy in the Most Dangerous Game.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        OG knows what I’m about and where to find me. He’ll drop something about the DH on the sly today.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        The DH is shit. Not just shit, almost totally unbiodegradable shit that’s not even fit for growing pioneer weeds.

        Sly, huh?

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Boooo!

        /throws sugar-free fat-free gluten-free snacks

      • heyblueyoustink - May 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Historio, I handle the AL and their DH like I handle folks from all kinds of religious backrounds:

        Believe in whatever you want, we can even debate the history and merits of, just don’t try to talk me into it.

        / Takes his line up card, waves it in plain sight as if to taunt.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        You know where you can put your little Phillies tease now. ;)

        My grandpa, who was a pitcher, hated the DH too — God love him. But, most people hate watching that lousy at bat. I won’t try to convert you; I just hate when pitcherwannabehitter ball enthusiasts try to claim some superior legitimacy. If you want to be a purist, you’re going to have to change more than the DH. I still maintain that no one wants to see the $180mil man bat — they want to see him pitch. Aces are rare and there’s no good reason not to protect them or to waste their energies. Times change. Pitcherwannabehitter ball is a corset and your “strategy” is a fainting couch. Feel free to let loose anytime. It feels good.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        We don’t claim “superior” legitimacy. We claim garden variety legitimacy and deny any to designatedhitterball. We also claim to be able to think, and to enjoy the process of thinking, however cleverly disguised, being exercised by managers in late inning situations when manpower and/or otherwise situationally challenged. Do we sometimes envy designatedhitterball valorizers because they don’t have to exert themselves to think or enjoy thinking in order to become absorbed in the irremediable monotony of their desecration of the genuine game? Well, sure, once in a while – but we don’t have migraines all the time.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Somebody needs an enigma.

      • spudchukar - May 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Somebody needs a muzzle.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        You’re a little late to the conversation.

  4. randygnyc - May 10, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Yankees now in first place in the AL East. Truly amazing that they’ve done this while utilizing replacements for replacements, at multiple positions and ONLY ONE STARTER QUALITY, REGULAR, currently on the team (Robbie Cano) not on the DL.

    Other news and notes
    David Ortiz’ streak is snapped
    RA Dickey still can’t win
    MLB needs to bust the umpires union
    J Happ appears to be headed towards a full recovery in the next month or so (Yay!!)

    • uyf1950 - May 10, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      One other quick comment about Ortiz. As hot as he was in April batting .500 he’s that cold in May batting just .178 for the month.

      • dakotah55 - May 10, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        He’s obviously cycling off the PEDs this month.

        /sarcasm

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        It’s tough to concentrate on an incoming pitch when you have race cards crawling up and down your sleeve. Shaughnessey did this. I elaborate a little further on, under the appropriate and inappropriate threads.

    • cktai - May 10, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      So what is Brett Gardner? Chopped liver?

      • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 7:17 AM

        Guess so.

      • Kevin S. - May 10, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        And Travis Hafner is starter quality, just doesn’t have starter fortitude.

    • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Granderson played right field in his first rehab game. That is a strong indication that he will replace Ichiro once he is activated.

      • uyf1950 - May 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        I think you ahve it wrong my friend. Just my opinion but I think Gardner and Granderson (when he returns) will both be mainstays in the outfield. I think Ichiro and Wells will split time defensively depending depending on if it’s a lefty or righty pitching. When Wells isn’t playing the field he will get the bulk of the DH’ing duties when there is a lefty on the mound. The we can all stand up and say goodbye to Ben Francisco.

      • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Adios Ben. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

  5. cktai - May 10, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Orioles drop to to 0-4 in games where they could finish a sweep. Clearly lacking the Will to Sweep (TWTS).

    • randygnyc - May 10, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      More like the orioles have “the inability to sweep”, in spades.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        All they have to do is wear you out before the ALCS like last year. Plenty of time.

      • abaird2012 - May 10, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        “The Inability To Sweep,” or TITS. New stat.

      • rockthered1286 - May 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        So it’s safe to say the O’s lead the league in TITS this year? I’m… I’m okay with that stat. I think? Although it may be competing with the stat line for “The Inability To Score,” in which case the Feesh are the the TITS leaders…99 runs scored… yikes…

  6. dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Bluejays now have a team ERA of 4.84, if it were not for the astros they would be dead last in the AL

  7. jehzsa - May 10, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    “…where Dick Vitale was noted in the crowd and discussed by the announcers. Does that happen every time, Rays fans?”

    Everyone knows that the Rays lack a fan base. Not only does it happen every time with Dickie V, it happens with every single fan in attendance. Goes like, “…and there’s Martha, we haven’t seen her in a while. Remember Jack? He switched seats this time…”

    Go Rays!

    • jwbiii - May 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Being a baseball fan is a pretty ideal hobby for a college basketball commentator. Their work year runs from about November 1 to April 1 which dovetails perfectly with the baseball season.

    • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Dick Vitale lives just over the Skyway around Sarasota, where you can frequently catch him holding forth over a breakfast stack of pecan pancakes and subtly hawking his book at sublime and venerable cafe/reastaurant, The Broken Egg. There’s no need to subject yourself to the depressing petrified dun colored bowels of the Tropicana Dump to see or meet him.

      And best of all, when you’ve shaken his hand, had one of the memorable breakfasts of your lifetime (their French toast, in any of its iterations, is killer) you can take a fifteen minute drive over to the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum and stroll through – are you ready? – the Hall of Horse Drawn Steam Calliope Wagons!!!! You can watch the Razed on television.

      • APBA Guy - May 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        As a man of culture and distinction I’m surprised you didn’t mention the Ringling Art Museum with all its Rubens. When I was early for the dog track in Sarasota, I’d spend a few hours at the museum and try to guess what might have attracted Ringling to emphasize Rubens in his collection. Anyway, great call on the Broken Egg.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        I’ve been trying to protect fans and casual correspondents to this blog alike from the deleterious effects of ingesting horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwiches for four years. And now you want me to recommend they should go get Rubens?

    • indaburg - May 10, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      I missed your comment earlier, jehzsa. As a die hard Rays fan, I laughed out loud. Very funny.

      I have a variation on your theme. Every fan makes it on the jumbotron at least once a game. I told my mother in law that on her first visit to the Trop. She didn’t believe me and thought I was being my usual hyperbolic self. Later on, sure enough, guess who was on the jumbotron? Yep.

  8. lewp - May 10, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Josh Hamilton has homered in the last two games. I guess he is waking up finally.

  9. snowbirdgothic - May 10, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    The game was in Pittsburgh. Lagares saved a home run.

    If it had been Cleveland, he would have saved a double.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - May 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      The game was in Flushing, not Pittsburgh.

      • snowbirdgothic - May 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        That object over there, rapidly receding in the distance?

        That would be the point of the gag.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        Maybe if the whole gag were exposed it’d be easier to spot as it rapidly receded in the distance.

      • snowbirdgothic - May 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Well, seeing as it’s a ball gag, I’m not sure how much of it we want exposed.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        “The game was in Flushing, not Pittsburgh.”

        Signora Peron, it’s an easy mistake. I’m still called an admiral yet I gave up the sea long ago.

  10. kcrobert10 - May 10, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Go royals go. 1st time Gordon, moose, and hosmer go deep in the same game. Finally yost figures out hey the guy leading the team in homeruns and rbis needs to be in the 3 hole not leading off cheers.

  11. proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Dickey left the game with the lead. His back is still bothering him, so he left after 6 innings. Unfortunately for the Jays, the starters in the previous 2 games (Happ and Romero) had their day end very early and consequently the relief pitchers were tired. Delabar, Loup and Lincoln had all pitched at least 2 innings in relief of Happ. The key hit for the Rays was the game tying home run by Escobar off Delabar. Escobar was the goat in an earlier game in the series, so he sort of made up for that performance.

    • cur68 - May 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Yep. They nearly took 3 of 4 from TB. The best, most realistic, expected outcome from this series was a split and they nearly pulled out a series win. Not bad going, actually.

      Once again, its time for a younger catcher for RA Dickey. Someone who can catch the low knuckle ball NOT in the dirt. RA had a number of low strikes that were called for balls but caught off the shoe tops in key spots. Faster hands on the catcher and these strikes get framed right. He was robbed of strike-outs at least twice like this. Thole may not hit better than Blanco, but he’s going to be quicker.

      What’s more, JP Arencebia might just have a busted hand. He had one hell of a blooming bruise on his throwing hand right along the last metacarpal after being hit by a pitch. Thole may be up, weather we like it or not.

      Boston tonight. Lest The Lacking vs Ramon Ortiz. It better be a 2 team slug fest, because there is no way Ortiz holds off the BoSox with less than 5 runs.

      • deathmonkey41 - May 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        Who caught Dickey in NY last year? Why didn’t the Blue Jays make a play for him too?

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      awww they be tired alread? Tell them in october they can sleep as much as they want cause the season will be over

      • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        Unemployed again Harry?

      • cur68 - May 10, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        ‘harry thinks stealing is a job.

  12. Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    The Astros, thanks to an illegal move that backfired, are now tied with the Feesh for the worst record in MLB. The Feesh got there honestly, through hard work, limited talent and a strangulated budget. It just doesn’t seem fair.

    In other news: RIP Ray Harryhausen, greatest of the pre-CGI film animators and supreme steward of the cinematic imaginary, at 92. He saved minds.

    • aceshigh11 - May 10, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      You know, I only found out a few months ago that Harryhausen was still alive…talk about a long, full life.

    • stex52 - May 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Harryhausen was a real pioneer and a meticulous worker. Imagine the weeks of work it took to compose those moving images. All the modern day icons learned the craft from seeing his work. RIP.

      And actually the Astros couldn’t even cheat successfully. They ended up losing as if it never even happened. Use that as a symbolic moment for the franchise.

      • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Fun factoid: there’s a five or six second clip of Harryhausen-style animation in the original Godzilla. It’s just a brief head shot but you can tell immediately it’s animation and not one of the Godzilla suits used in the rest of the film. S/X director Eiji Tsuburaya apparently wanted to see how well the Toho team could emulate the O’Brien/Harryhausen animation approach, and probably discovered it would cost the budget-conscious barely postwar era studio three times its entire annual budget if they made the whole film that way. So, they kept the little clip they made and stuck it in, uncredited, unremarked, and Haruo Nakajima wound up in that unventillated 200-pound monster suit and punched his ticket to immortality (even though he’s actually still alive). Next time you’re confronting a rainout and can’t think of anything better to do with your microwave popcorn, put on the digitally remastered Criterion Collection version of the film and see if you can spot the clip.

        You will have to pay close attention – I must have watched that film five hundred times since I first saw it in 1956 at the Strand Theater in Far Rockaway, and I didn’t catch it until maybe ten years ago.

  13. chill1184 - May 10, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    That was one hell of a catch by Lagares and unexpected because I figred that McCutchen was going to get a two run bomb out of that hit. I also wonder if Gee’s injury is still lingering since he cant seem to get past the 6th inning

  14. rockthered1286 - May 10, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Damn you Guthriieeee!!!!

    In a less than stellar note, the Os have now given up at least 1 HR in their last 11 games. In a brighter note? Not a damn one from Tommy Hunter! Whose ERA is sub-2 mind you…

    • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Guthrie? Who would have thought that he had it in himself?

  15. aceshigh11 - May 10, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Yeesh, the Sox are downright ugly right now.

    Coming back to Earth? More like burned up upon reentry.

    I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again: no one expected anything from this team this year, so the first month has been gravy. They’ve already wiped away most of the disgrace of the past 1 1/2 seasons.

    • randygnyc - May 10, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Lol. Only in your mind. The stench of failure is so thoroughly absorbed, they’ll be referencing the Sox historically putrid performances for many generations to come. It will take multiple World Series victories to begin to reverse the collapse and Valentine era. Nice try though. Haha.

  16. indaburg - May 10, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Dick Vitale is a Rays season ticket holder, so he does get frequent mention. It could be worse.

    I was at last night’s game. I got great seats behind home plate on stubhub dirt cheap for dueling reigning Cy Young Awards winners. Thank you putrid fan base.

    Price gave the Rays what he needed. Lots of innings. Dare I say it? It was a gritty performance. He wasn’t his sharpest but he grinded it out. The bigger story to me was the solid two innings of relief work. Only a few select know the real reason for their sudden rejuvenation.

    What made the walk off walk exciting was one extra innings walk-off, and two, Wolverine working an 0-2 count into a walk. I’m trying to find the link but this weekend I read that Luke Scott hired someone to filter his Twitter feed. Usually raging morons lack that kind of self-insight.

    So here we are. Early May. Four games out. If our pitching gets going, watch out.

    • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Congratulations on going to the game. Both Price and Dickey are on the verge of turning their season’s around. It was a gritty performance by Price. Dickey still can’t throw his “hard” knuckle ball due to a back problem, but says that the knot in a back muscle is getting better. By the end of the season, both of them will be a lot better than they have shown so far.

      • indaburg - May 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Dickey showed flashes of his old self. There were some guys we didn’t know in our row that we started chatting with, Rays fans. At one point, Dickey threw a knuckler with such insane movement that we all just started laughing. What do you do with a pitch like that other than bow in deference?

        It was a fun game–I am hoarse today–a toughly fought battle with changing leads and two pitchers trying to find their way. Let’s get this going so our respective teams can start fighting over first place rather than last.

      • Francisco (FC) - May 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Dickey showed flashes of his old self

        Wait, you’re saying Dickey flashed everyone from the mound? AND you had a view just behind home plate? Lucky you!

      • proudlycanadian - May 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        Not only that, she got the tickets at a discount.

      • stex52 - May 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Too much fun, Inda. I’m sure you behaved yourself (wink wink).

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        Well dickey certainly cant be any worse proudly, nice safe prediction, lol

      • indaburg - May 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        If you by behaved myself, you mean badly, stex, then yes, I did behave. /purr

      • indaburg - May 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        FC, you are the Master of Innuendo. I bow down in deference to you. That was honestly an innocent comment, but yeah.

  17. Francisco (FC) - May 10, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Patrick Corbin, best starter most people haven’t heard of yet.

    Patrick Corbin, deep cover operative for the CIA.

  18. dluxxx - May 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    My Twinkies managed to take 3 of 4 from the ex-AL East leading Red Sox, managed to bump their run differential into the positive range, and are a game above .500. Considering how the road trip started, that’s not a bad finish.

    I think that Arcia has probably played his way into staying up, and celebrated his birthday by falling a single and a double short of the cycle. ;)

    • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      I love that people who made fun of the Tigers for losing to the Royals and Twins have gotten a little comeuppance…not that that will change their conclusion that ours is the weakest division.

  19. sportsdrenched - May 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Jeremy Guthrie…the ultimate “he just needs a change of scenery” Guy.

    As for the “new” Royals line-up. Had a good first outing…we’ll see where it goes from here.

  20. ditto65 - May 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    CC clearly lacks tWtW.

  21. APBA Guy - May 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    The A’s road trip stands at 2-5, and the team are still 12 games away from the life giving elixir of facing Houston again. More than a few A’s fans are wondering if Capt. Colon, unjuiced, has what it takes to pitch in the majors. A 4.57 ERA with 6 HR’s allowed in 41 innings isn’t exactly veteran leadership. Last year on the juice he was 3.43 for the year.

    The A’s were 16-16 on May 10, 2012. This year they are 18-18. So A’s fans aren’t panicking yet, especially since the next series against the Mariners does not involve King Felix.

    But the signs are troubling in that the starting pitching is extremely shaky, with Colon what he is, Anderson on the DL-again-and Parker not what he was. And with all the injuries in the outfield now, things are dicey.

    Still, as long as the Angels can only play .500 against the Astros the A’s have hope. But it could be a long summer if the starting pitching doesn’t improve.

    • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      I love that you are dividing your season by Astros series. It’s like you’re jonesing now.

      • APBA Guy - May 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        That’s funny. The behavioral similarity hadn’t occurred to me, but there it is. And the medical component extends even further with Post Astros Series Syndrome (PASS) in which the non-Astros team, having won the series with ease, has lost its competitive edge when playing their next, non-Astros, series. Bad things happen then.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Ha! You’re an Astros junkie.

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