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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 11, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

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The largest division lead in baseball still belongs to the Braves, who have won 14 of their last 15 games and currently boast a 14 1/2-game lead over the Nationals in the NL East standings. The second-largest division lead belongs to the Tigers.

Anibal Sanchez tossed seven solid innings, Miguel Cabrera launched his 35th home run of the season and Torii Hunter drove in four as Detroit rolled to a 9-3 victory Saturday at Yankee Stadium. With the Indians dropping a sixth straight game and the Royals also losing, the Tigers’ lead in the American League Central has now climbed to eight games.

The Tigers also own by far the largest run differential in the majors at +156.

St. Louis is second at +136 and Atlanta (+125) currently ranks third.

Your Saturday recaps and box scores:

Tigers 9, Yankees 3

Athletics 4, Blue Jays 5

Twins 4, White Sox 5

Rays 0, Dodgers 5

Orioles 2, Giants 3

Angels 7, Indians 2

Phillies 5, Nationals 8

Red Sox 5, Royals 3

Marlins 1, Braves 0

Padres 3, Reds 1

Rangers 5, Astros 4

Cubs 6, Cardinals 5

Pirates 4, Rockies 6

Mets 4, Diamondbacks 1

Brewers 10, Mariners 0

  1. unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Everybody watch out – Jacoby Ellsbury has his game face on. He may not look like much but when he heats up he can carry the Sawks. It was also good to see Will Middlebrooks come out of the chute quickly this time.

    Felix Doubront was all over the place – it may be time to worry about him. He has been unspectacular but steady up until this point – lately he’s been veering into bullpen-waster territory. In his last inning against the D’Backs (excellent outing btw) he felt tightness in his ‘right side.’ He insisted that he was o.k. and ready to take the hill for his next start, but I’ve a suspicion he may hit the DL with some kind of oblique strain and Brandon Workman should be the guy to take his rotation spot if so.

    The Floating Devil Carpets have run into the bat grinding ball crushing force known as the L.A. Dodgers – the lead is now 3 games. Tonight’s featured ESPN game will have Clayton Kershaw starting opposite Hellboy, so it doesn’t get any easier for the tiny shark-heads.

    Meanwhile the pinstriped pin-cushion-butt Yankees have dropped 5 out of 6 and are now 7 games out of the second Wild Card spot. Pettitte v. Zoolander this afternoon in the rubber match. The Borg faithful should avert your eyes, methinks. Resistance is futile.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Leave the Yankees alone. They are only half dead.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        Look who’s so smart … they’re really mostly dead.

      • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        I wouldn’t mind declaring them fully dead, but I have noticed Terry Schiavo’s parents sitting in A-roid’s personal skybox recently and don’t need any more bad publicity.

      • mornelithe - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Really the only option is to search through their clothes for loose change.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Missed the game and instead spent the night between RF and the Infield dirt for the Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concert.

      I apologize in advance for any damage I did to baseball heaven.

      Dooby is a bit concerning. I like Workman’s stuff especially 3K over 1.1 innings. Glad to see we have some young bucks ready to contribute now. Also, nice to see Willber contribute, that’s how you light a fire.

      Hells Ellsbury isn’t making this off season easy with nights like last night. Where does the Sawks offer top out? 4/60? 5/75

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        That’s prolly the best excuse for missing a game ever. Very nice.

        For Ells – based on Tito’s tell-all I’m thinking Godfather offer. 6/105

        No shit. These nuts are willing to pay extra for ‘sexy’ to keep the pink hat brigade.

    • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Yeah, yeah. Celebrate now, Dirty Socks. First place in August gets you absolutely nada. Recent history between our two teams has taught me one thing: Don’t Panic. Of course, I’d rather be looking down at your team, but I’m not worried yet. Any team as hot as the Rays has to normalize a bit, and they are hurt. We have Moore and Cobb coming back soon. Archer reportedly has just a flesh wound and should be making his next start. When our front line arms are at full strength, Faustino Hernandez can go into the bullpen and the rapist can be sent back to hell. Desmond Jennings should also be returning shortly. Nope. We’re fine. Just fine. /gritted teeth :-)

      • mornelithe - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Dirty socks, that’s clever.

        Recent history would suggest Rays have no chance at winning a championship though, and whatever they do versus the Red Sox, is meaningless, because they’ll never play the Sox in the WS.

        However, I like the Rays, and I consider Maddon a very very good manager, along with his pitching coach. As far as I’m concerned, as long as the Rays/Sox/Orioles/Jays finish ahead of the Yanks, everything else is gravy. Not sure the Jays have it in ‘em this year, but we can hope!

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Mornelithe, dirty socks is just a little inside joke between unclemo and me. I’m giving the Sox grooming lessons. For example, Lesson 1: Razors – More Than Just for Shanking.

        The Sox won’t play the Rays in the WS? You mean teams from the same league don’t play each other in the World Series? Thank you for explaining the rules of baseball to me. My purty little head was so confused all this time.

        Recent history (2011) also shows that the Red Sox are capable of epic collapses in September. They had a greater than 99% probability of making the post season on September 1, 2011. How did that go? Please, remind me. You know, my purty little head has trouble with baseball nuances. All I am saying is that first place on August 11th in a division as competitive as the AL East (and don’t count the O’s out–I don’t) does not mean much.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Admit it – you do look down on our team.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        No. Just their fans.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        HA! Urdabest.

        Facing Kershaw with those shadows is almost unfair.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        I know, right?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        Went to the beach today with an old friend who is a huge baseball (Yankees) fan and had a long chat about the Rays and Andrew Friedman. Basically it centered around his negligible margin for error compared to Cashman or Cherington.

        So from that standpoint you could be justified in looking down upon our wasteful franchise.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        I can, but I won’t. I’m too jealous looking up at Elysium.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        It’s interesting – Friedman has my highest respect obv. – he can’t afford to buy his way out of long-term contract mistakes. At the same time – it behooves the big market GM’s to roll the dice on risky / giant reward guys because they can. I just think it’s harder to helm the floating devil carpets. Higher degree of difficulty makes for higher overall scores.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        You’re preaching to the choir, Brother Mo. It’s one of the things I like greatly about this team. They appeal to my proletariat propensity. I like how they make do with few resources–little money, relatively few fans, decrepit stadium–and remain competitive.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        Boston has beaches?

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Oh, sweet Jesus. Hellboy, if you’re going to throw pitches like that up in the zone to the effin pitcher, I’m getting the rum.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        It’s too late for Jobu so hopefully the rum is just for you.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        Fuck yeah, it’s for me. Oh, no. It’s gotten worse.

        This is what I get from the fantasy baseball gods. They’re warped. My fantasy team needs a great outing by Kershaw to win this week–I’m down 30 points. I really want Kershaw to suck tonight. It’s not too late. He could still suck.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        Kershaw looks awfully sharp. Also he can hit. No pop but in 2011 he figured out how to hit singles and has flirted with the Mendoza line ever since.

        Time for you to just get loose and enjoy the fantasy boost.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        Kershaw can still falter in the later innings. Once the shadows stop playing tricks, maybe. He is human, right? Right? Oh, who am I kidding? He’s not human. That’s why I drafted him. More machine than man.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        I have a thing for young lefties. In my auction keeper league I drafted Hamels in 2011 for big bucks, Kershaw last year for $72 (out of total $260) and this year Price for $49. Had to trade Kershaw cuz of $$ but still have the other 2. Hamels had his ‘can’t win for losing’ season this year – too bad.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        I our league, I got Kershaw for the bargain price of $33. I still can’t believe I got him that cheap. In our custom league where Ks are highly valued, he’s the best pitcher.

        I like low WHIP, high K/9, low HR/9, and a good BB/K ratio. I also prefer it if they’re cute since I’m going to be watching them a lot on MLB.tv. It’s not a deal breaker, but it helps. (When I try to talk my kind into watching baseball, I explain to them that as females, we can appreciate the game on multiple levels).

        I’m still annoyed I didn’t bid on Harvey. I had him scouted and targeted, but I didn’t pull the trigger. He went for $1. Second best pitcher in our league. Now that was a bargain.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        That happens – other folks do research too. I got Shelby Miller for $4 and Tony Cingrani and Mike Leake for $3 apiece – I’m building for next year because I traded away everything to come in a close second last year. But Harvey and other good young guys on my radar ended up going elsewhere. I wanted Price – I got Price. Mission accomplished.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        I’m trying to make the play-offs so I am still in research mode for this season. RPs who aren’t closers have worth in our league, so I’m researching those.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        I’d be happy to look at the pool for holds if ya like – I ditched a half-dozen sim teams last year for time reasons – but enjoy combing thru others’ pools.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Sure, I’ll take any help. It’s tough to keep track of everybody.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Who’s available

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        Well, tonight, I picked up Louis Coleman and Paco Rodriguez. What does your analysis tell you?

        One problem is that ESPN has a lot of RP designated SP/RP. Our custom league has an SP limit, so picking up one of those RP will cost you an SP.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Love Coleman. Lots of history to support goodness. Looking at Paco.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Like Paco but he is in a spot where he could get squeezed out of playing time. Need more data for intelligible commentary.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        So, safe to say you won’t be bidding on Hellickson next season? Oy, vey.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        Not safe at all. I love when talented guys drive their own values down with a bad season or injury. I held a $17 Hellboy for a minute this year after a trade but would be happy to draft him for a buck next year when everyone else gives up on him. The prices is everything – profits are all I seek.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        The problem with Hellboy is that this season is actually closer to what he should have been doing his previous seasons based on his numbers. He’s a sabermetric defying freak.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        OK – ouch the sweep. But how bout the Claw? So good.

        3 games is nothin. Doubront is hurting and Buchholz’s return is no sure thing. The aged right brigade is far from comforting. I’d like the Sawks in a 10 game playoff series – no real ace but lots of decent hurlers.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        I won the week’s match by 3 points. Kershaw’s glitch in the matrix from earlier this week was repaired.

        I’d rather have the Rays two games back. They miss Jennings.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        Jennings is really good – your familial Fuld-love notwithstanding. It’s like A-Jax value 2 the Tiggers or Ells 2 the Sawks.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        Tread water until we can get all our pitchers and DJ healthy, and hope for the best. Contrary to what mornelithe has to say (my troll du jour), the probability of the Rays winning the World Series is not zero, past inability to do so being no proof of current likelihood.

        When do we go head to head again?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        Mornelithe is very good. Good enough almost to suspect an alt.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        You got the good Claw and the bad Hellboy. At least you get a roto boost.

      • mornelithe - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        @Indaburg – Yeah…it’s called being logical. If the Rays were as concerned with the Red Sox, they’d never win a championship (oh that’s right, they haven’t). So, if recent history is anything to go by, since you know, recent history means absolutely everything in 2013. The Rays will never win a championship ever. See, anyone can be a sensationalist.

        That having been said, I never said the Red Sox would take the AL East. Not once. I actually said that my only real desire is to see the Yanks finish last this year. That’s it. I never once thought the Sox would do what they have this year, much like pretty much every other person who follows baseball. It’s been a great season, and the team is a much, much different beast than 2011-2012. But hey, if holding onto the 2011 season makes you all warm and fuzzy inside, by all means, have at it.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Oh, take a Xanax and calm down, sweetheart. You really take this all too seriously.

        I stand by my original point. My point is that first place in August means nothing, especially with the new playoff format which allows for multiple wild card teams. I think it is a pretty simple concept, but it is somehow eluding you. Should I use smaller sentences? Draw a picture? Shorter words? Would that help? I’m a people pleaser. Whatever helps.

      • mornelithe - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Draw whatever picture you want, but at LEAST try and follow the person you’re responding too. Again, I never said ANYTHING about 1st place. Not…one…word. Hell, I never even mentioned anything about the Sox going to the playoffs, did I? Not once. Imagine that. Make sure that’s part of your picture, and color inside the lines too, so you can understand after you’re done.

        I get your point, I really do. But, I hope you get the fact that I never even mentioned your point, at all.

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        Then what the hell are we even arguing about?

      • indaburg - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        Ok. I just re-read the thread.

        You claim the Rays have zero chance of winning a championship this year. (You clearly have problems with understanding probability. Since the Rays have not been mathematically eliminated from post-season contention, the probability is clearly not zero. If you’d like an exact number, the likelihood of the Rays winning the World Series currently stands at 7.2%, only 2% less than the likelihood of the Red Sox winning the World Series. This was calculated by people far smarter than either of us. I would trust their numbers: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/odds/)

        My original claim was simply that being in first place in August is meaningless. That is all I was basically saying when you got your knickers up in a snit about the Rays not having a chance to win the World Series.

        So…

        Again…

        Why are you talking to me?

  2. tiggersarebouncy - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    The wonderful thing about Tiggers
    Is Tiggers are wonderful things
    Their bodies are made out of blubber
    Their gloves seem to have no strings

    Good thing their bats are made out of BOOM!

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Even though Toronto’s season has not gone as expected, the fans are still showing up. There were 39,634 fans at the game yesterday and a similar amount should show up today. Today, the Jays have secret plans for Reddick. They plan to make sure that the hotel feeds him Bran Flakes for breakfast rather than Wheaties. That combined with prune juice in his Gatorade bottle, should take his mind off baseball.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      But the new Don Draper ‘do is the real source of his strength. Just making him take an extra-enthusiastic crap will only make him stronger. Immaculate bowels.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        I disagree. Besides, how many players test positive for prune juice? He would die of embarrassment.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        Half the Yankees’ roster is on the prune.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        The dead or alive part?

    • APBA Guy - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Joey Bats was too much for Reddick’s do yesterday. And your “good” bullpen showed up, too. They were being hidden away during Friday;s blow-out. Nice work by them holding the A’s until Reddick’s 5th HR of the series. But too little, too late.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Another close one today.

  4. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Look at that picture of what make the tigers good. Don Kelly!!!!!

  5. millmannj - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I’m really getting tired of all the A-Rod hate. We get it sportswriters, he’s a horrible person.

    Hughes has yet another sub-standard start, the Yanks lose by 6, but the NY Daily News back page is about A-Rod not being in the lineup. So what? He’s coming back from hip surgery, he played the previous 4 games, I would have been shocked if Girardi played him in a day game following a night game.

    “Yeah, well he blew off the press Friday night!” Big deal. If he had stayed to give a few soundbites the press would have spun it to make him look stupid, or self-absorbed or uninterested in the team’s plight anyway, so why bother?

    • mornelithe - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Yeah, Craig’s coverage of A-Rod has been brutal.

  6. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I already cast in Bill Baer’s post what pearls I was able to shuck from last night’s stirring victory by the Feesh, so I won’t bother to restate the obvious or flog the problem of what a great young rotation does with a nonexistent offense.

    Rah-thurr, I thought maybe I’d pose the question of what the Feesh are going to do – if anything – this orfseason to try and bolster the undisputed worst offense in the game. Yes, Natslady; yes; stex; the worst – worse even than your teams. Last night the Feesh needed the gift of a wild peetch to snap a 22-inning scoreless streak that followed up by about a week and a half a 37-inning scoreless streak. They plays that followed – a strikeout and some infield ground balls – arguably would not have scored that run and might well have yielded a frame-shuttering double play if Fat Freddi had ordered Tweeter walked with Hechavarria on third, as even Fat Freddi might well have done. The Feesh’s production from their catching position (two home runs total all season, a mien BA of about .220 and a total of 38 rbi between both the starting and backup players) and from third base (a single dinger and twenty ribeyes from the rapidly decomposing Placido Polanco and maybe a dozen ribbies distributed among the two or three other hapless occupants of the position) have come up in Spawrts Torqe Raydeeo discussions, and even amongst the various announcers on Feesh TV, as need to be “addressed” this weenter.

    I suspect that Scrooge McLoria and his brain stem trust will come to the conclusion that their experimental signing of a real third baseman to play third base has been a failure. Look for them to send Larry Beinfest out to sigh another scrapheap rehabilitation project – a first baseman with knee implants, a former shortstop trying to learn how to catch, stuff like that. As far as catcher, hard to say what they might do. I suspect they’ll give Brantly every possible chance to get back to the form he showed last season and earlier this season before he dwindled into a non-presences behind the plate.

    And of course, Tweeter, whose BA has slowly decayed towards his quotidian .240-ish (it should arrive there by mid-September) – is he still the untouchable apple of Larry Beinfest’s astigmatic eye? Or have the Feesh finally concluded that he’s a sub-250 hitter with “pop” (as in soap bubble?) who never met a baserunner in scoring position he couldn’t leave there?

    Questions, questions – a lot will depend on whether the Steinbrenners can actually beat the luxury tax next season and deprive Scrooge McLoria of his largesse.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      “The Marlins have the NL’s worst winning percentage and they’re last in the majors in homers, RBIs and slugging percentage.”

      At least they’re consistent.

    • natslady - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Our offense can hit. Sometimes. At home. Hardly ever on the road… which makes you wonder. Span got three hits in two days (and a sac bunt) against LEFTIES. What is the world coming to?

      Seen a lot of analysis recently about what went wrong with the Nats. What I haven’t seen is any analysis of what went wrong with the methodology that went so far astray, and not just with the Nats, how about the Angels, the Jays, the Reds (the other “best team in the NL”, and the writers who were firing Don Mattingly in May?

      Well, we have our 3%. Maybe it will be 4% after tonight. Maybe it will be back to 1.7%. Who starts a baseball game at 5:05, anyway?

      • natslady - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        ooops– sorry about the extra italics.

      • Old Gator - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Yes, with a critical worldwide shortage of italics you just go on your merry way wasting italics left and right. You’re as bad as the Czechs with first-syllable consonants that don’t get pronounced and almost as bad as the French with last-syllable consonants that don’t get pronounced.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        She can’t help it. She’s Italician.

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