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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

May 15, 2013, 6:26 AM EDT

Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura AP

Pirates 4, Brewers 3: Andrew McCutchen with a walkoff bomb in the 12th. John Axford surrendered the lead in the eighth. He’s got a nifty 9.20 ERA now.

Dodgers 2, Nationals 0: Clayton Kershaw stuck out 11 in eight and two-thirds shutout innings. He tossed 132 pitches: the most in his career and the most in baseball since Justin Verlander threw the same amount last August.

Padres 3, Orioles 2: Yesterday on a radio spot I did we talked about how automatic Jim Johnson has been, having converted 35 straight saves. Sorry for jinxing you, dude. The Padres rallied for two in the ninth giving Johnson his first blown save of the year, as Johnson couldn’t quite wriggle out of the jam he created for himself. Single, single, double play, HBP, single, single, blown save. Death by, well, four or five cuts.

Phillies 6, Indians 2: Jonathan Pettibone got to the bigs because of injuries but he’s staying there because he’s getting the job done. Two runs allowed in six and two thirds. A three for four night with three RBI for John Mayberry.

Yankees 4, Mariners 3: Felix Hernandez was cruising until he tweaked his back in the sixth and had to leave after allowing only one run. The Yankees capitalized, scoring three off Yoervis Medina and Charlie Furbush. CC Sabathia struck out ten. Allowed ten hits too. But he kept New York close, which was good enough last night.

Reds 6, Marlins 2: Homer Bailey went the distance, striking out ten. Ricky Nolasco, in contrast, walked two dudes with the bases loaded and just had a miserable night. But hey, it’s Miami.

Blue Jays 10, Giants 6: Melky Cabrera welcomed his former teammates with a 4 for 5, two RBI night. R.A. Dickey struck out ten in six innings. The Jays put up a six-spot in the first inning off Barry Zito and that was almost all she wrote.

Rockies 9, Cubs 4: Carlos Gonzalez went 5 for 5 with two homers. And he was — all together now — a triple shy of the cycle.

Tigers 6, Astros 2: Miguel Cabrera had a homer, but it came after the game was effectively decided. The night before he didn’t do much of anything as the Tigers routed Houston. Basically, the Tigers could be sending out a team full of Don Kellys and Andy Dirkseseseses and still be sweeping this series. Really, it’s like watching an exhibition series between the big club and Triple-A or something.

Cardinals 10, Mets 4: The Mets are … not good. Carlos Beltran is, though. He drove in four, reminding those in New York who still think he’s a bum that in fact he’s arguably a borderline Hall of Famer. John Gast pitched well for five innings before running into some trouble in the sixth. Still, impressive for the kid. Who, if he really takes off, we can start calling “The Great Gastby” or something. [dodges thrown fruit] or maybe not.

Rays 5, Red Sox 3: Matt Moore was smacked around for three runs in the first but then settled down and moved to 7-0 on the year. Six straight wins for the Rays.

Diamondbacks 2, Braves 0: This Patrick Corbin kid continues to impress, winning his sixth straight start to kick off the year despite walking five dudes. Double plays helped, as he had three turned behind him to get him out of jams. The Braves have lost four of five.

White Sox 4, Twins 2Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo hit back to back homers. Jake Peavy was solid again. The Sox win despite two pretty clearly blown calls by umps, one at first base one at home.

Angels 6, Royals 2: I guess Jeremy Guthrie is mortal after all. The Angels tagged him for five runs on 11 hits in seven innings. Homers from Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. This is how it was supposed to go.

Rangers 6, Athletics 5: Two homers from Mitch Moreland, including one that helped ice it in the tenth inning. Adrian Beltre hit one in the tenth as well. Joe Nathan was shaky as all get-out in the bottom of the inning but finally nailed it down, needing 31 pitches to do so.

  1. rockthered1286 - May 15, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    36 straight saves by everyday double J prior to last night. And it’s not like he missed one pitch that went yard he was just owned. However I give props to Padre pitching for keeping the O’s in check with only 4 hits yesterday.

    Nate McClouth however needs to wake up. 7 for 41 in May? That’s not what you want from your lead off hitter. Even Ryan Flaherty is chuckling under his breath about that…

    • unclemosesgreen - May 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Unfortunately, 7-41 may be the sign that McLouth is waking up from a long, wonderful dream that he was good again.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Booooo!!!

    • Stiller43 - May 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Dude…its nate mclouth, he’s sucked since 2010, only taking a break from sucking for a couple months with the O’s last year

  2. mj1818 - May 15, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Raise the Jolly Roger!

  3. randygnyc - May 15, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    The Yankees stole one off Felix. Felix was up to about a hundred pitches when he got the hook between innings. The Yankees promptly piled on for four runs in the next frame. Nice comeback victory.

    • Old Gator - May 15, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      But is it really a “comeback” victory when you haven’t got Felix to come back against? Do you come back against the Crew of the Minnow sans Felix or do you just pile on the runs you ordinarily would have if Felix hadn’t been there in the first place?

      • randygnyc - May 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        I suppose it is. Seattle had their A team, regardless of how poorly they play baseball. CC and the Yankees managed to keep it close and then capitalized on seattle’s misfortune, doing it with replacement, replacement players (at multiple positions). Now I did say that I felt the Yankees stole that game. But a win is a win and with it, extends the lead in the AL East.

      • Old Gator - May 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        I do see your point. However, when playing the Crew of the Minnow these days, much like beating the Feesh, it’s less like the Borg “stole” that game and more like they mugged an old lady and took her purse.

  4. dondada10 - May 15, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Somebody help me out with baseball lexicon: How many hits does a winning pitcher have to give up before he goes from scattering to allowing?

    I’m looking at you, C. C.

    • woodenulykteneau - May 15, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      Scattering is usually used by sportswriters to indicate a lot of hits without a lot of runs and walks, e.g. Joe Journeyman scattered 10 hits over 6 2/3IP in a 3-2 game while Fred Fifthstarter allowed 10 hits over 6 1/3IP in a 5-4 game.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        Leave Joe Journeyman alone!

        ( credit to len and cur, don’t stop believing )

    • blabidibla - May 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Scattering refers to when the hits were allowed, not how many. If one gives up 5 hits but never more than one in an inning, you’ve scattered them. 5 in one inning is generally far worse as far as the score is concerned.

      • dondada10 - May 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        HBT: Where rhetorical questions get answered.

  5. uyf1950 - May 15, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    The Yankees just keep on winning with what seems like someone different contributing each day. In this game it was Overbay. Who knows who it will be in Wednesday nights game.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 15, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Who i this Casey referred to? Our new shortstop or is the Ol’ Perfessor back?

    • daveitsgood - May 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Was this game footage from last night’s Yankee game? Heavens, I didn’t realize they were THAT old….

      • uyf1950 - May 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Better to be old and good than young and terrible like some of the other teams.

  6. thedoubleentandres - May 15, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    The Mets are……..not good, but their attitude is………quite poor

    • kyzslew77 - May 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Their ownership is also…… quite poor

      YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  7. proudlycanadian - May 15, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Baseball can be humbling and early season results can be very misleading. For example, on May 2 the Red Sox were a surprising 20 and 8. Their .714 winning percentage was the best in baseball. Since then, they have gone 2 and 9 falling back to third place in the AL East. During that period, the other teams in the AL East all have winning records, especially the Rays who have been very hot lately. It is still early into a long season and any team can get hot or cold for a short time.

    • uyf1950 - May 15, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      As I’ve often said it’s not how you start that counts it’s where you finish.

    • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Any short stretch can be misleading, not just the early season.

      • proudlycanadian - May 15, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        You are correct, but try and tell that to the notorious Boston sports media.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        It isn’t just Boston, every media center latches onto small sample sizes, just like fans….similarly, every media center and fan base places unrealistic expectations on “winning” the off season.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 15, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        You are correct, but try and tell that to the notorious Boston sports media.

        After NESN published that article saying the 2011 Red Sox would challenge the 1927 Yankees for best offense ever, you should just ignore them like the NYDailyNews and NYPost.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        The best way to be mis-informed about your team, is to listen to the local media…their job is not to inform, but to engender interest….and accuracy rarely is going to be the optimal way to meet that goal.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        Speaking of which, paper, last night our local station did a nice little piece on Kozma! :)

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Nice? My point exactly! :-P

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        So you want me to send you the link? lol

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Sure….I root like hell for Koz…just wish he was….you know….better. Been good with the glove, at least.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        http://www.newson6.com/story/22252974/big-league-dreams-come-true-for-owasso-baseball-player

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Thanks. You can tell he’s just a good guy…cool to see how much he appreciates the opportunity he has.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Even the Blue Jays have won three in a row to run their record all the way up to a very misleading 16-24. I’m sure they’ll soon be back where they belong, about 15 games under .500.

      • proudlycanadian - May 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        You made some minor errors Uncle. Change soon to eventually and change under to over. The season is still young.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        I see you’re dizzy from huffing the fumes of a 3-game winning streak. That’ll happen when it only takes your team 37 games to get 11 games under .500.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 15, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      ok so the jays are 6-7 in may so far, they need to play a HELL of a lot better then that to get out of the hole they are in. So keep telling yourself how early it is if you want to lie to yourself

    • cur68 - May 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      That was a fun game to watch last night, PC. Our Lads sure needed that. 3 wins in a row and a solid, steady RA Dickey outing. It was pretty nice to see. Probably won’t be so good tonight, though.

      The erratic and mostly gone talent of Ramon Ortiz v Ryan Vogelsong. shudder

      Now, it is true that Vogelsong owns a >7 ERA with a 1.73 WHiP, BUT Ortiz isn’t any mustard either. What’s more, when given a crack at Beaver Pen Pitching (or whatever the heck it was Rogers and Lincoln thought they were doing there) the Giants were crushing it. Once again, this will come down to the offence jumping on Vogelsong and staking Ortiz to a big lead.

      I don’t give a crap where they are in the division at this point. It’s freakin’ May, for Dog’s sake. What I do care about is the hitters who are supposed to be hitting actually doing so when it counts. The lineup changes by Gibbons seems to have optimized the effects of the guys that are getting the job done. What’s more, Brett Lawrie has FINALLY stopped jumping into pitches and has started squaring up baseballs. Its about time for that, too. Kid’s making the most of things at last. With the warming up of Bonifacio and contributions from Kawasaki & DeRosa things are looking a smidgen rosier than they did in April.

      • nbjays - May 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Cur, I’m really liking this Melky/Joey Bats/E5 top of the order right now. And, yes, the boys need to do to Vogelsong tonight what they did to Zito last night… score early and often.

      • cur68 - May 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        That lineup change is Gibbons’ best move so far. Pours the heat on the pitcher to be great from the outset. Guys like Zito who need that psychological boost of a good first inning, get just crushed. With any luck same thing will happen to Vogelsong. The kick to the nads is that Ortiz is in the same boat as Vogelsong. If he can’t sit down their top 4 with little or no damage, then it just gets out of hand from there. Gonna be a nervous 1st inning. After that, we’ll know whether to cheer or cry.

  8. Old Gator - May 15, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Well, not any team can get hot or cold. The Feesh can’t get hot except when they’re being fried, as they were last night by Homer Bailey and the Reds. The Good Reecky peetched the first inning, then apparently sent his evil twin out to give up hits, hit Choo (Gezundtheit!), walk the bases loaded and walk in two runs, then burp up a bases clearing double to Paul before coming back out in the third heemself and peetching a few more eenings of hitless ball. Reecky seems to be trying to peetch his way out of here. Who wouldn’t? It’s a great opportunity for Scrooge McLoria unload him for more “prospects” and knock the payroll down by another few million so he can give the guy who has to count the empty seats every night a raise.

    For their part, the Feesh were able to erupt for single runs in the first and seventh – awesome sight, Feesh runners crossing the plate. Not something we’re accustomed to down here. Announced attendance was 14,694….hahahahah….right….

    • cktai - May 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Sure the Marlins can get hot. They were 5-3 from April 28 to May 5. Heck even the 1962 Mets had a hot streak where they went 9-3. That was just before they dropped 17 games for 6 consecutive series sweeps, but still they were for for a moment.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      They’re right on pace to finish 11-151.

      But hey – look on the less dim side – Jose Fernandez looks like a keeper. Until he becomes expensive and gets traded for younger prospects.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        I’m gonna need to see the Indametrics on that before I can accept those numbers.

      • indaburg - May 15, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        I’ma gonna say 11 and a 151 sounds a-good (hiccup). 151 proof rum is my prrrrroooffff. Hic.

    • Old Gator - May 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      The Scrooge McLoria Effect, AKA sensitive dependence on initial bullshit:

      Big news from Macondo – evidence, perhaps, of a major evolution in the reasoning capability of a species the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Childhood’s End!

      As some of you may know, the referendum on whether or not to shovel a hundred million worth of Macondo tourist taxes into the gaping pockets of Stephen Ross to redecorate mildewey old Joeprodolsharklife Stadium in hopes of attracting a Stupor Bowl whose gross sales and bed tax revenues would have been about one third at best of the public money that needed to be sunk into the stadium to attract said Stupor Bowl was cancelled by the state legislature week fore last.

      Now, the count of the 60,000 absentee and early ballots cast prior to the actual day of the open vote – which would have been today – show that the referendum was failing miserably by a nearly 60-40 margin.

      The Dolfeens, with a straight…eh…muzzle (?) – actually squeaked through their official blowhole that this proved that the referendum enjoyed overwhelming popular support. Really! Here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/14/3397772/early-vote-tally-shows-miami-dolphins.html

  9. brewcrewfan54 - May 15, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    I’d like to know how John Axford was even an option in a 1 run game. This loss is on Roenicke.

    • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      I thought the same thing. When you blow leads, it really isn’t much better to do it in the 8th instead of the 9th.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        I don’t know. It hurts especially bad when V-Wiggles does it in the 9th. :(

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        Yeah, but if they moved him to the 8th and brought him in with a 1 run lead, and he blew it….it’d piss you off just as much, wouldn’t it? I mean, if a guy isn’t trusted to hold onto a 1 run lead in the 9th…why EVER trust him with one?

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        It would piss me off that Leyland left him in for the 9th! Dang that Love Guru!

  10. indaburg - May 15, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Moore was smacked around for 3 runs in the 1st? Eh, not exactly. One HBP. One freak hit that hit the third base bag that otherwise would have been playable, followed by one m istake pitch to a hitter who will make you pay dearly for mistakes, Big Papi–a 3 run HR. After that, Moore settled down nicely. But that’s why we’re here. To round out that boxscore. Craig can’t watch all the games in his underground lair while fighting crime.

    The Rays are playing fantastic baseball. Pitching and hitting. Pinch me. Am I dreaming?

    • Old Gator - May 15, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      How long will that invitation remain open?

      • indaburg - May 15, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        For you, Gator, it’s an open invitation.

      • nbjays - May 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Get a room, you two! :-)

    • proudlycanadian - May 15, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      The Rays are hot and the Sox are not.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        and the jays are LAST and 9 1/2 games back!

      • nbjays - May 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        and Harry’s still a twit…

      • Old Gator - May 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        …and a monotonous twit, at that.

        Come on Harry. You can do better than this.

        Can’t you?

    • unclemosesgreen - May 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      It’s really to Moore’s credit that he didn’t get rattled in or after that first inning – especially given that he’s a young’un.

      It’s also debatable how big of an impact it had that the ball hit third base on that play – it had infield single written all over it. At best it turns a 3-run HR into a 2-run HR, since there’s no way you double up on Ellsbury and Pedroia there.

      • indaburg - May 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        I’ll give you the latter point. Still, Matty wasn’t smacked around. Maybe shaken by the shoulders some.

        That boy has some sang froid. The scary part? He’s only 23, and I don’t think we’ve come close to seeing his best yet.

  11. kcrobert10 - May 15, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    What a run for Guthrie. Had to end sometime. Got to go get them tonight. I thought I would never say this but man I would much rather see Dyson instead of Frenchy any day and twice on Sunday.

  12. natslady - May 15, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Kershaw was dealing, fer sure. Davey didn’t put his best lineup out there, but Haren pitched quite well, despite a bad back. He can throw, but not run or field. The strikeouts are adding up for certain players without hits to match, even on days when Kershaw isn’t pitching.

    • someguyinva - May 15, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Yeah, between Werth being on the DL, and Span sitting, and Harper feeling carsick (but not having a concussion, nope, nosiree – http://deadspin.com/the-nats-are-still-pretending-bryce-harper-doesnt-have-506573602) that was a definitely a spring training B team outfield the Nats ran out there last night.

      Nice to see Haren still pitching well, though.

  13. philliesblow - May 15, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    The Tigers were actually down 2 – 0 vs the Astros before Don (or Donnie since it’s hockey playoff time and everyone gets cutesy nicknames) Kelly led the comeback with a 2 out RBI single. Wonder if a certain well known commentator / Tiger fan will have a little love for Donnie this morning?

    • proudlycanadian - May 15, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      I am sure she will write something. Valverde found a team that he could have success against.

      • nbjays - May 15, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        Unless you see all those blown saves as having success against your own team…

  14. nbjays - May 15, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Nice game by the Beavz last night; lots of hits, lots of runs, and not one dinger. R.A. struggled a bit finding his groove, but once he did, he was spot on. Those 10 Ks were nice to see, a lot of them of the swing-and-a-miss variety. I guess having your offense spot you 6 runs in the 1st will tend to relax a pitcher. And once Dickey relaxed, the knuckler started dancing. The railing at Rogers Center said it best: DICKKKKKKKKKKEY!

    Meanwhile, Melky was putting on a show for his old team, and, according to MLB.com’s writeup, he did it using a couple of his old Giants bats from last season. Barry Zito seemed to revert to his old pre-resurrection self. That first inning was brutal.

    I’ll admit, I started to wonder a bit when the Panda hit that 3-run bomb in the 9th to close to within 4, but I couldn’t see a collapse of that magnitude happening to a Toronto sports team two nights in a row.

    Lets’ go for the sweep tonight. Yes, I know we have Ramon Ortiz starting, but the Giants are countering with Ryan Vogelsong, who has been extremely hittable this season.

    • Old Gator - May 15, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      I have a friend in Toronto who is deep in pain over the Leafs. I haven’t heard from him in a couple of days. I let him have his privacy. I don’t think Americans can really understand how deeply wounded a Canadian hockey fan can get when his team implodes like that.

      • nbjays - May 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        Especially one that hasn’t been to the playoffs in a decade or so. Leaf fans as a group are a deeply wounded bunch, much like the pre-2004 Red Sox. In their defense, that Leafs team has the youngest roster in the NHL and this has given them all some much needed playoff experience, both good and bad. Next season will show whether that tempering has helped. But, yes, T.O. hockey fans are in deep mourning right now.

      • indaburg - May 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        I saw a Canadian, a grown man, being interviewed on television after that Maple Leafs loss in Toronto. He was bawling like a kid whose dog died. I don’t profess to love hockey like I love baseball, but I felt his pain.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        nor do we really care since hockey sucks, i wish the ice would melt and they all would drown

      • nbjays - May 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Stay classy, Harry! Your ignorant bile is the one constant on this board.

  15. historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    It’s funny that Craig said that about a team full of Don Kellys and Dirksessses (hey, dude has been in the grand slam club two days now — how about some R-E-S-P-E-C-T? he just wants a little bit.). Kelly, Dirks, and Ramon Santiago all knocked in runs. Also, Fielder scored on a wild pitch — which of you wants to be the catcher when he comes barreling into home? But, yeah, Miggy went Booom! …and then Fielder got HBP right afterwards. Best of times, worst of times, what, what.

    • nbjays - May 15, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Remember, ‘philiac… HBP > HBPiD.

    • detroitr1 - May 15, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      “Best of times, worst of times, what, what.” Lol

      A team full of ‘Don Kellys and Dirksessses’ against the Strohs? O.k. Against Texas this weekend? Not so much.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Boooo!!!!

        I’m going to be there this weekend, so hopefully I’m a good luck charm. (Last time, I split the difference.)

    • heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      But no one cares about Kevin Frandsen getting plunked twice. Damn you, egocentrics, damn you.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Verlander set the new standard this preseason. If you don’t get hit in the dick, it just doesn’t register anymore.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Is this where I gloat that there’s no such thing as HBPi…uh, M?

    • unclemosesgreen - May 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Look at you popping your collar and getting huffy about Los Tigres’ replacement replacement guys. CC didn’t even mention Ramon Santiago. But look – I did. Right there, I just did it.

    • kalinedrive - May 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      But, yeah, Miggy went Booom!

      That was a sonic boom. That ball was looooooong gone. That was a big fly! I see ya, big fella.

      And yes, even the little fellas got in on the fun. They had Astros outfielders turning their backs to home plate and running toward the wall a few times. Dog Fister settled down and retired 12 in a row from the 3rd to the 7th, too.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Run, Astros, run!

      • Old Gator - May 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Big light in sky slated to appear in east. Sonic booms startle minority groups in Sector R. And there’s hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut.

        Good evening, those are the headlines. Now the rumors behind the news.

  16. jarathen - May 15, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    The Angels are now a blistering 4-2 over their last six games. Truly, this will continue for as long as this sentence does.

    Also, Josh Hamilton’s vision problems are infuriating.

  17. spellingcops - May 15, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    As a Rockies homer, I would like to give an honorable mention to E.Y. Jr last night for CRUSHING his first homer of the season over the center field wall in Wrigley. He was also still busting it around 1st base until he saw it go out. Love to see his effort day in and day out.

  18. albertmn - May 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    As much as I want to see the Twins beat the White Sox, I would have felt bad had the Twins eked out a close win last night. The play at the plate was close and can maybe see why it was missed, although still the wrong call. The call on Dunn at 1st was horrible. The ball was at least 5 feet from Morneau’s glove when Dunn touched first, and they still called him out.

    It’s almost like the umps are trying to make bad calls so MLB is forced to put in replay. I know that isn’t the case, but the number of bad calls recently is way too high to be acceptable in a professional sport. With that said, being an umpire has to be a very tough job. I have umped a little in softball and was a ref in sand volleyball, both at low levels. You don’t realize how many close calls there are in a game until you have to make those calls. It is a tough job and I would welcome replay to help clarify the few that do get missed.

  19. pw38 - May 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Joe Nathan, man you’re gonna give me a heart attack one day. Good to see the Rangers can actually win in Oakland for once.

    • artisan3m - May 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Admittedly, Joe hasn’t blown a save this season ~ but he is flirting with it. His pitch count is increasing (31 last night) and he simply doesn’t seem to have the steady command we came to expect last year. His record may be perfect but his performance seems to be slipping. But an ugly win is still a win and that is all that really matters.

  20. randygnyc - May 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Cur- long term I don’t think you have anything to worry about with Lawrie. That kid is a STUD. He’ll be a pro hitter too. His hustle isn’t fabricated. He’ll just have to learn how to harness his emotions better. That’ll come with age.

  21. APBA Guy - May 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    The Beloved A’s continue to sputter. Last night the “A” relief (Doolittle, Blevins, Cook) got burned-off in 2 IP and allowed the tying run, leaving Resop to throw in extras.His ERA is 6.00. By contrast, Wash got 2 IP from Tanner Schleppers and another 1.1 from Ross and Frasor. Wash simply does not get the credit as a manager that he deserves.

    It seems like Beltre has been around forever tormenting the A’s but he’s only 34, so we can expect a couple more years of his back-legging the ball. Still, second place is within striking distance. Last year the A’s were in second, 2 games closer to Texas but with a -10 run differential. This year it’s +4. So I’m going to say the A’s are in the same position relatively, and will require another superb effort to take first, or to make the playoffs again. Note that Capt. Colon had no strikeouts in 6 IP.

    • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      BTW, you are right about how good an Astros fix feels. lol

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