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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 19, 2013, 6:47 AM EST

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Mets 4, Braves 3; Mets 6, Braves 1: New York Mets fans are hoping this is a glimpse of the future. Matt Harvey dominating in one game, Zack Wheeler dominating in the next. And, worth noting, Dillion Gee dominating in the game before those even if they did lose in the end. There’s so much misery in being a Mets fan in recent years. And even at the best of times Mets fans tend to skew pessimistic. But this is real hope. Real excitement. One legitimate ace and another in training who can form the basis of the next great Mets team.

Red Sox 5, Rays 1; Red Sox 3, Rays 1: Not quite as auspicious a debut for Wil Myers, who went 1 for 7 with a couple of strikeouts in the twin bill. The first game — a rescheduled rainout — included a three-hour rain delay. It also included David Ortiz driving in three. Jonny Gomes won the nightcap with a two-run walkoff homer. Tough no-decision for Feliz Dubront, who shut the Rays out for eight before Andrew Bailey allowed a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth.

Phillies 4, Nationals 2: Cliff Lee pitched eight strong innings for his ninth win. Ryan Howard was 1 for 2 with a sac fly and a triple. He’s been heating up. Three doubles for Michael Young. Carlos Ruiz was 1 for 3 in his first game back off the DL. The Phillies are now tied with Washington for second place.

Pirates 4, Reds 0: Reds pitchers struck out 17 Pirates batters. Pirates pitchers allowed zero runs. Advantage: Pirates pitchers, who were more democratic and less fascist, apparently. All the Pirates runs came on singles.

Indians 4, Royals 3: Three runs in the eighth brought the Indians from behind. A base running mistake in the ninth kept the Royals from tying it back up, despite the fact that they got three singles and a walk that inning. David Lough coulda and maybe woulda scored, but his third base coach had a stop sign up, Lough hesitated in no-man’s land and got caught in a rundown. It ended with both him and Mike Moustakas on third base and Vinnie Pestano tagging everyone in sight because even major leaguers forget sometimes that the lead runner has a right to the base he just passed.

Blue Jays 8, Rockies 3: That’s seven straight for the Jays. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer while J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis hit back-to-back homers.

Orioles 5, Tigers 2: J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones each hit homers off Justin Verlander. My daughter, wanting to brush up on her new skill, scored the first half of this game. At one point she and her brother had a big laugh calling Hardy “J.J. Farty.” I bet he’s never heard that one.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 2: Jeff Samardzija pitched into the ninth inning, outdueling Adam Wainwright, who dug himself a 4-0 hole in the first from which he couldn’t recover.

Athletics 6, Rangers 2Brandon Moss and John Jaso homered, Jarrod Parker went seven scoreless innings as the A’s continued to beat Yu Darvish on the regs.

Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2: The Dbacks snap a four-game losing streak via a Paul Goldschmidt homer in the ninth. Kirk Gibson, speaking to Cliff Pennington right before Goldschmidt’s homer: “I just said to Penny, ‘Let’s have another Goldy party,’ and then he hit it.'” Not sure I like the sound of “Goldy Party.” That could be any number of things, most of them awful.

Giants 5, Padres 4: Juan Perez hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth and helped snap the Padres seven game win streak. Perez is 8 for 19 with four outfield assists since being called up by the Giants to replace the injured Angel Pagan.

Twins 7, White Sox 5: One of several games with see-sawing leads and late runs deciding it. Here Ryan Doumit‘s eighth inning double.

Astros 10, Brewers 1Matt Dominguez hit a grand slam and a sac fly to account for his five-RBI night. The sac fly was pretty darn close to being a grand slam itself. The Astros have won five of six, scoring 27 runs in that span.

Mariners 3, Angels 2: Kendrys Morales haunts his old team with an RBI single in the tenth to put the M’s ahead for good. Josh Hamilton had five at bats: he grounded into double plays his first three times up and struck out his next two times up. That’s really something.

Dodgers vs. Yankees: POSTPONED: As a man I ain’t never been much for sunny days. I’m as calm as a fruit stand in New York and maybe as strange. But when the color goes out of my eyes its usually the change. But damn Sam I love a woman that rains.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Thought I heard a beaver slapping its tail with glee, but turned out to be just Chad Qualls banging his head against the locker door after coughing up that gopher to Goldschmidt. So it goes. Feesh revert to type (see my notes on “randomness” from yesterday) in preparation for playing the Giants this weekend: one reliever, one pitch, one gopher. The Iron Giant gets skunked, the bottom of the order has to do most of what little damage there was to do, and another pretty good starting performance gets wasted. Feels just like May again.

    Meanwhile, across the chronosynclastic infundibulum, the ’62 Mutts were doing their damndest to stay ahead of the Feesh in the race for the lead ring. Roger Craig pitched into the bottom of the tenth in a losing cause even after the original Frank Thomas tied the game in the seventh against Bob Friend and Peetsburgh with a two run blast. Yes, you heard – the starting pitcher pitched into the tenth. It used to happen. Craig was on a pitch count but never came close to the 350 Casey said would be his absolute limit. So with the Feesh loss improving their chances at 22-48 to the primordial Mutts’ 19-51, the Rainbow Warriors remain a difficult three games in the win column behind the restless spirits who haunt their season.

    Damn…that was a beaver, I’m sure of it….

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      You are correct. It was a beaver.

    • philliesblow - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      Nope, just the sound of a fish out of water flopping around on the pavement.

      • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        No, definitely not. That’s a sound with which I’m thoroughly familiar. I hadn’t heard a beaver since the pythons got loose, though, and had pretty much forgotten what they sounded like. The Feesh to which you refer makes a noise like shplott shplott shplott shplott gahhhhsspppp. The beaver goes WHAP!.

    • cur68 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Yep, it was a Beaver. A happy, happy, HAPPY Beaver. Seven wins in a row will do that for Big Rat. Hat tip to Esmil Rogers. He no hit those guys into the 6th. /golf clap

      It could be argued that the Rangers were in a serious slump, hence the sweep and the 7-2 record over them in the past month. But The Rockies? Not so much. They are from a tough, competitive division and they were playing well enough in it. They’ve gotten creamed two games in a row now.

      Methinks this won’t last. If they hadn’t been playing hard before, they will be tonight. They’ll go behind Juan Nicasio 4.86 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 51 K/74 innings so far. He’s not great but he’s not chopped liver, either. He’s also Dominican and I am lead to believe that those guys Know How To Win. Its all the plantain in their diets, I’m told.

      To counter the sure to be scrapping Rockies, The Beaver Wrestlers send Mark Buehrle out there. He’s been nigh on unhittable since the middle of May and he’s backed by some solid, surging run support.

      No idea what will happen, but its probably too much to ask for 8 straight. Still, so long as its a fight to the end, I’ll be happy.

      C’mon BEAVER!

      • indaburg - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        Plantains make for hearty people. Tis true. Fiber, potassium, vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium. I bet they even have taurine (fact check, please). The unripened version is low in simple carbs, and the ripe version has the healthy readily digestible ones. More versatile than a potato and healthier, one large plantain can feed two people for 33 US cents. Even more miraculously, a blessed plantain can add 2-3 mph to a pitcher’s fastball with added control.

        This message is brought to you by the Plantain Council of Dominican-American Baseball Fans

      • cur68 - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        Not the Taurine, too! Actually, if a cursory review of the interwebs is correct, you have to supplement the plantain with taurine, so I don’t think it occurs naturally in it. Still, you’re right about all the rest.

        Eat more plantain, folks.

      • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        I have several plantains growing in my yard, which provide us with a regular supply of these wonderful banana impersonators. Don’t be fooled. The apotheosis of plantain cuisine is the sublime Puerto Rican preparation known as mofongo. Here’s the basic recipe:

        3 green plaintains
        1 teaspoon salt
        4 cups water (or broth or stock – I use caldo de jamon if adding pork to the recipe)
        3 garlic cloves, mashed (I also use lots more garlic than this)
        1/2 medium onion, finely diced
        1-2 sweet or kickass peppers, finely diced (optional). Don’t over-Scovillate.
        1 tablespoon olive oil
        Optional: fried bacon, pork or chicken chunks (masas) or pork rind (chicharones)
        2 capsules of taurine.

        Directions:

        1. Peel plaintains. Cut into one inch slices (this is not as easy as it sounds – use a very sharp large knife and insure your fingers through Lloyd’s first). Soak for 30 minutes in salted water. Drain.

        2. Heat fat or oil in pan. Add plaintain slices and fry for 15 minutes but do not brown. Drain on paper towel.

        3. Add mashed garlic, diced onions and peppers and a little salt to olive oil.

        4. Mash the fried plaintains slices. Add some of the garlic and olive oil mixture and mash together. Add the pork, rinds or chicken. Mash together again.

        5. Spoon the mixture and shape into two inch balls or patties. Fry again until slightly browned. Eat.

        6. Swallow the two capsules of taurine with a mamey batido chaser.

        You can also shape the mashed mixture into a chafing dish or casserole, then bake until slightly browned to form a crust. Fill with chicken, pork or fish stew or filling of your choice and bake until bubbly. Oh Buddha – forgive me my incipient carnivorousness….

        Now that’s how you plantain. I don’t want to slight my friends from that large unnamed island ninety miles south of Key West, so I also want to mention that they make tostones by taking the salted, soaked green plantain slices, squashing them flat by rolling a truck over them, and deep frying them, or maduros, by taking slices of ripe plantain and sauteeing them in butter or light oil. Either way, oy. Good.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        That is a good recipe. Makes me hungry for pig. Since you are posting pig and plantain recipes I want to add one. This one’s for curing LukeScott’sFootFungus:

        Pay attention, in case you ever need to fix up your nasty rank feet:

        -quart of pig blood
        -one mashed plantain (get a hot-blooded Latina Chick to mash if for you: improves the juju)
        -2 cups mustard (The American Freedom Mustard kind, not that retreat monkey mustard)
        -quart of clover honey
        -infield dirt

        Mix well and apply liberally to both feet with a certified copy of Barak Obama’s Congolese Birth Certificate. If your feet don’t improve then you are Not An American.

      • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Speaking of hunger for pig (puercophilia), I also chop up back bacon, fry it slightly, and then mix it into a pot of any variety of Bush’s baked beans and let it simmer together before serving it. Yes, Bush’s beans really are good – even though the commercials are stupid (all commercials with talking dogs are stupid – you can see the wires attached to their flews when they speak).

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Yeah, I gots the pig love thing sickness….or something. And them beans. Yeah, great beans. Best Presidential Beans Ever.

      • moogro - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        I’m keeping that platano recipe. Sounds great.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    The Jays got another fine start by Esmil Rogers. They continue to get contributions from everyone on the team. They are 11 and 4 in June as they continue to climb out of their early season hole.

    • Shayna - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:29 AM

      Yahoo! I and my young baseball friend (she turned 12 this spring and I am in charge of her baseball education) have tickets for Sunday’s game against the Balt-O’s. We’re looking forward to a cheery raucous experience. When we booked the date two months ago, we were in the slough of despond. It’s fun to be a Jays fan again!

      • nbjays - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        Have fun! It’s a great time to go see the Jays.

      • cur68 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        I hope they kick butt for your attendance. have a great time.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Have fun Shayna! Hope they win for you.

      • indaburg - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        In charge of a young lady’s baseball education? Sounds like she’s in good hands. Have a blast. Winning IS fun, no?

      • Shayna - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Thanks for all the good wishes. But don`t wish us a win — shhhh! You`ll jinx it.

        And yes, it`s wonderful to be in charge of her introduction to baseball. Adam Lind was among her favourites because at her very first game, two years ago, he hit a homer. She took it hard when he was sent down and seemed in peril of leaving the team altogether. Needless to say, she is a happy camper right now. We are counting down the games until he qualifies in PAs and his batting average pops up in the AL top five, to the startlement of some. A-dam fine hitter right now! [flip of the beaver tail]

  3. kcrobert10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    What a disaster for the royals in Cleveland. Guess you live by the sword then u die by it to. Still need a big bat (stanton) in the lineup.

  4. sdelmonte - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    For the record, I am that rare Mets fan who skews optimistic. Don’t ask me why since I am often a grump (though rarely in the league as such expert curmudgeons as Craig and OId Gator). For some reason, when the Mets play I am 11 and the lineup is always just one superstar away. (Which is delusional. And also strange since I am a much bigger baseball fan now than I was at 11.)

    No matter. Yesterday was a good day for my team, and I am smiling.

    Also, having some down time, I just put on Game 6 of the ’86 series. Oh, those graphics! But also, Vin Scully. I had forgotten he used to do games for NBC. I will keep everyone posted about who wins.

    • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      I’m not a curmudgeon. I thoroughly enjoy ragging on the Feesh – though, of course, my real target is not my beloved hometown team but the all-consuming, slime trail promulgating amoeba who owns it and the Chihuahua who does its bidding like some horribly deformed little genie of the lamp. Unfortunately, as George H. W. Bush said, when you aim at the rich bastard, you always hit the little guy. But what’s a little collateral damage among fans or politicians?

    • neoshweaty - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      I know what you mean, man. I know better than to get too excited about two starts but Harvey has been absolutely amazing during his time in the majors. Got to see a chunk of his game yesterday and I loved it. Didn’t get to see Wheeler but hopefully he starts getting his sea legs under him (referring to the 5bb he gave up) and stays strong.

      These past 6 years have really been shitty for the team but if we manage to hold on to them for the long term and if these guys hold up (and if Wheeler pans out) things could be getting better in Flushing. There are a lot of ifs in that statement especially for any team owned by the Wilpons but things can’t be much worse, I suppose.

  5. southpaw2k - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    My girlfriend has a massive crush on JJ Hardy. I can’t wait to tell her about “JJ Farty.”

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      JJ Hardy gets invited to every fart party – and he’s never tardy.

      • dluxxx - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Don’t be farty at the party.

  6. indaburg - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Yesterday was just a bad dream, right? Gomes didn’t happen. Myers didn’t come up yet. Cobb might still pitch this year. Tough days to be a Rays fan. The bats have gone cold. The Rays make two mediocre pitchers look fantastic. The Red Sox are currently a chewing tobacco riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma to the Rays.

    • nbjays - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      That’s beaver breath you feel on the back of your neck, ‘Burgie. The Jays are only a game and a half behind your Rays and closing fast.

      • indaburg - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        Beaver breath? So that’s that musky smell I’ve been smelling all morning?

        I predicted before the season began, like many people likely did, that all teams in the AL East will be above .500 at some point. The Jays are finally making that prediction come true.

        I love my team, but if we falter so disastrously against the team leading the division, well then you deserve what’s coming to us.

        If the Rays can’t get their act together, I’d rather see the Jays make the post-season than any other team in the AL East. I like some of their fans, and you’ve gone a long time without a post-season appearance. But don’t get cocky now. I used to hope the same for Boston before they became insufferable after 2004.

      • nbjays - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        “I’d rather see the Jays make the post-season than any other team in the AL East. I like some of their fans”

        So Cur, PC, Shayna and I can now be secure in the knowledge that you like “some” of us. Gee. thanks. :-)

      • indaburg - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Ha! Yeah, I like all of you. Not sure about that cur character though. Those western Canucks are a bit odd.

      • Shayna - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        The least we can do for you, Burg, is chew a breath mint. Thanks for your generosity. And by the way, I was born on the prairies, so don`t diss the west with me around.

      • nbjays - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        ‘Burgie, I still look upon those Prairie types with suspicion, (probably because I spent 17 years living in Alberta). But I am Maritimes born and bred and now happily living back here. The only problem is that, this close to New England, this is historically Red Sawx country, but I will always wear my Jays jersey with pride.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      9 up and 2 down vs. the Rays – this rivalry has so far defined each team’s spot in the AL East standings moreso than any other matchup. Well, that and the 70 extra runs in the run differential column.

      Tonight we see if Hellboy can avoid the one big inning. Are there any local theories as to what’s ailing him this season?

      • indaburg - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        I don’t know about local theories. I avoid sports radio talk shows because I feel my brain cells committing suicide as I listen. I’ll ask the doctor who I just learned is a Rays fan. He seems very knowledgeable. His son pitched in college.

        I have my own theories. Hellboy has always been the beneficiary of a generous BABIP. This year he still has one favorable to a pitcher, but it is up over his career average. His bigger issue is that Hellboy is a groundball pitcher. This year, he’s leaving too many pitches up in the zone during critical situations, allowing 3 or 4 run HRs. Why is he doing this? Why does anyone do anything? Lots of mysteries for me to ponder this morn.

      • Alex K - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        His LOB% is 60.6% this year. The last two full seasons it’s been 80+%. His paripherals are actually better this year than the past ywo years, too. I think part of it is bad luck and part of it was lots of good luck in the past.

      • indaburg - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        Good point, Alex. His strand rate is dramatically different. Upon further analysis, his K rate is up and his walk rate is down, both good things for a pitcher. Hellboy has angered the baseball gods and hid luck has run out. He might want to change his last name to Heavenickson or something.

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Bad dreams? I can help you. Here, I’ll take my shirt off….there…NOW you feel better right?

      /staring

      • indaburg - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        /hysterical coughing-laughing fit

        Didn’t expect so much fur. Great, now I’ll have night terrors.

        Can you please learn to hit against the shift? Bunt or something.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Its NOT fur! Its my pelt. Wanna touch it? Silky, right? I lick myself all over: improves the sheen.

      • indaburg - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Luke Scott licking his silky pelt? Please pass the Zofran. Your bedside manner is terrible.

  7. hitdog042 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Who’s Feliz Dubront? Good lord.

  8. ryand17 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Hot damn, a Ryan Adams reference! Nice start to the morning.

  9. heyblueyoustink - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    “Mets 4, Braves 3; Mets 6, Braves 1:”

    Meanwhile, somewhere, Evan Gattis is cleaning out the Augean stables, as part of his rehab.

    • nbjays - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      That’s not the Augean Stables, that’s Oakland Coliseum… oh, wait… same thing.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        That truely would be a Herculean task.

      • nbjays - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Shitty job, too.

  10. rockthered1286 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Can we PLEASE address the Laz Diaz terrible blown call in the O’s/ Tigres game?? Grounder to Machado, tags Pena then throws to… WHAT?! He missed him?! Are you serious Diaz?!

    I have no idea how he made such a terrible call. Pena was clearly tagged (you can see his jersey ruffle as he’s touched up) and even if Diaz lost sight of the tag, Pena was about 5ft into the infield grass, and way out of the baseline. He was clearly out. Luckily, the O’s survived the inning, but that boneheaded call surely had me reciting all of my favorite 4 letter words.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      You won anyway. Chill out.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        I think your missing the point @rocked was trying to make. HBT is normally all over this kind of glaring, stupid, obvious blown call. If this had happened to the Red Sox we wouldn’t hear the end of it, even if they did win the game as the Orioles did.

        In fact, there have been several terrible calls recently. The extra strike given to that runt Pedroia comes immediately to mind. If the ump gets that call right, it’s possible the Os sweep the Sox instead of only taking three of four. Given how tight the AL east is, a one-game swing could mean a playoff trip and watching the umps blow calls from home.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Yeah, but the O’s made some great plays last night, and it’s a shame to sweat a meaningless call instead of celebrating good work.

  11. mungman69 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Wait; the Nats caught the Phillies from above. There are plenty of games left–BUT. Those Braves can’t win and are still way up there. The Mets? Maybe next year, maybe not. The Marlins? Do their fans leave early?

  12. mybrunoblog - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I passed by a Mets fan on the street this morning. I overheard him say this about the future of the Mets young pitchers.
    “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies”

  13. skipperxc - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Say what you will about Pestano tagging everybody, but Lough didn’t know the rule either — he took his hands off the base afterwards and nearly got it turned into a double play.

  14. rickdobrydney - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    The NEXT great Mets team ???

  15. dluxxx - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Happy to see the Twins pull one out against a division opponent. They still have a ways to go to catch up to the next team above them in the standings, but at least they aren’t the worst team in the AL this year. Not even the worst team in the division. Thanks ChiSox!

  16. APBA Guy - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    When the Great and Powerful Beane had an idea to preserve a perfect example of 2012/13 A’s baseball, this was the game he had in mind.

    Darvish is a very tough pitcher, but he’s a right hander in a tough park for right handed pitching. Also the A’s platoon against righties is very, very good. So good that the Rangers brought up a 3rd lefty from AAA yesterday to turn that lineup around. But the A’s have a formula for Darvish in Texas: work the count, 19 or 20 pitches an inning, which they did to perfection yesterday, until he’d recovered his feel for his curve and started snapping it, rather than rolling it, and became unhittable. By then it was too late. The A’s had all the runs they’d need, and their own pitcher, Jarrod Parker, was doing magic tricks with his change-up, the same pitch he’d been leaving up and centered in April and May.

    The Rangers are scuffling right now, 5-12 for the month with a -45 run differential, and their starters have been the weak link. Starting pitcher ERA in June is over 5.00 and Darvish had been their one bright spot. The bullpen is still amazing, but even they will get worn down if brought in too early, too often especially in the Texas summer heat which is starting to ramp up. Holland needs to do better, while Tepesch, Grimm and Lindblom round out the 5. Pep talks alone can’t fix that.

  17. Francisco (FC) - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Craig checked that his Braves bathrobe was tied into a snug fit. He crossed the threshold into his Lair. He settled on the high chair, refilled his bubble pipe while pressing the controls on his armrest that activated his 71″ LED display. The Braves 1995 Championship portrait recessed into the well to give way to advanced video screen technology.

    Then Craig noticed on his side table a pair of packages. He excitedly started to unwrap them. These must be the new bobble-heads he ordered of the Upton brothers. His smile turned to a frown as he finished opening the new acquisitions. Instead of Justin and BJ he had a pair of Mets pitchers: Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. Both had tags: I’M AN ACE! and the other: AND SO AM I!

    Out of curiosity he checked his twitter feed and sure enough he found a tweet from D.J. mocking him. He quickly used the integrated keyboard on his chair to type an answer: “Savor the flavor mister, cause it won’t happen often!”

    He then proceeded to spend the rest of the morning plotting his revenge…

    • moogro - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Yea! Francisco is back.

  18. janessa31888 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    So Vinnie blew his first two save attempts and nearly blew a third. Between he and Chris Perez Indians “closers” are driving me insane. They must have been infected by Valverde the last time we played the Tigers. Very lucky to get that win last night.

  19. stex52 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    So Dominguez is exceeding expectations for the Astros. I have never seen a contract characterized as “bad” as much as Carlos Lee’s, when actually it was pretty good. He wasn’t the savior, because the team had too many weaknesses for one player to overcome. All of his years there were good to very good, and in the end they got Dominguez for him.

    Hope Matt can keep it going as he moves forward.

  20. misterj167 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Obviously I’m psd that my guys lost a doubleheader but man those kids can pitch. If the Mets get any hitting (and any kind of a bullpen) they can be a force to be reckoned with.

  21. moogro - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    ATH: I come for the baseball, but I stay for the stories and recipes.

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