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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Sep 7, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

Why am I working today? Well:

That somebody is our D.J. Short. A blogger who is marrying a real live human woman today. That already makes him suspect in our circles — it’s an event that is about as likely as some journeyman with a 12-20 record and a 5.37 ERA tossing a perfect game — but we’re happy for him all the same.

Congratulations D.J. and Christine. Hope your future is bright and wonderful and that you’re back next Saturday morning because there’s this beer fest thing I’m going to next weekend and I really don’t plan on blogging.

Anyway:

Red Sox 12, Yankees 8
Cubs 8, Brewers 5
Phillies 2, Braves 1
Orioles 4, White Sox 0
Reds 3, Dodgers 2
Indians 8, Mets 1
Marlins 7, Nationals 0
Tigers 16, Royals 2
Cardinals 12, Pirates 8
Blue Jays 6, Twins 5
Padres 4, Rockies 3
Angels 6, Rangers 5
Giants 3, Diamondbacks 0
Athletics 7, Astros 5
Mariners 6, Rays 4

  1. Old Gator - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    I hate to see anyone achieve respectability. It’s about as interesting as a reality show about mail clerks. However, it is a hopeful sign that DJ is using his wedding as an excuse to slack off this morning.

    Well, the Feesh got another terrific performance from El Keen last night, who parlayed his extra two days of rest into an extra inning of rookie glory. As they generally do, the bats that are so abysmally torpid for the other guys in the rotation came alive; Tweeter got one up in the jetstream for a couple of runs. The Iron Giant parked one below the Clevelander just for good measure (the sight of Tommy seems to inspire him). For awhile there, the Giant was going so badly that it looked questionable whether he’d even hit 20 homers this season. Now, at the beginning of the second week of September, he’s got 19. This has been a rough and underproductive season for him, but then with that K-Mart lineup around him most peetchers have just worked around him and he’s had some real ups and downs making do with mistakes. The beeg question is whether, having spent most of his playing time in the horse latitudes this season, he’ll resolve to be a more patient hitter next season. He’s still going to be stuck with this organization, if one may grace it with that term, and if he wants to play his way out of here he’s going to have to put up huge numbers next season so that Scrooge and his brainstem trust begin to fear the arbitrator the way most of us fear the reaper.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Good Luck to D. J.

    Back to baseball. It is becoming quite obvious that the key to Boston’s success this season is the beards. The Giants rode Brian Wilson’s beard to victory the last two seasons and the Red Sox have now taken the bearded look to a new level. FEAR THE BEARDS!

    If the Yankees hope to be relevant for the rest of the decade, they are going to have to ditch the Steinbrenner mandated clean shaven corporate look. It will still take them some time to wisen up.

    • missthemexpos - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      I like the N.H.L. model, where the beards are reserved for playoff time

    • nbjays - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      PC, do you really want to see the bunch of greybeards that is this year’s Yankees showing their age that blatantly?

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        That would be interesting; however, I do not expect a change in Yankee policy.

        On a different topic, I wonder if Harry is over his hangover yet?

    • cur68 - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Good luck to the happy couple.

      • nbjays - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        “Dearwy bewoved…”

        Love that movie. Thanks, Cur!

  3. newpairofsox - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Congratulations DJ!

  4. natsattack - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Congrats D.J.!

    • Old Gator - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Just out of curiosity, how old is DJ anyway?

  5. janessa31888 - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Good things that happened last night:
    1. Scott Kazmir struck out 12 Mets
    2. Nick Swisher hit one out for a grand slam
    3. Our wild card rivals lost

  6. 18thstreet - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Congratulations, DJ!

  7. nbjays - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Congratulations, DJ! Don’t look at it as using your wedding as an excuse to slack off, think of it as using your wedding as an excuse to make Craig work on a Saturday.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      I’d totally send you an invite, man, but I need you to cover for me at work. Hey, thanks. We’re registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, by the way. Oh, and I decided to shell out for the good beer so thanks for the tasting input. Later.

  8. historiophiliac - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    26 HITS! Yes, 26! And 16 of them resulted in runs. Omar-goodness! The Tigers were playing some small ball, y’all! Yeah, that’s right. Eating ‘em up! To quote Leyaland: It was one of those freak games. Far too often, the Royals — Royals! — find a way to beat us — dang you, Billy Butler & Boys! But, there was none of that last night. Wahooooo! Today, it’s V on the mound, and the Royals are like his kryptonite. Will V 2.0 hold his own and will the run support show up again? It’s a helluva time to be blacked out — thanks, MLB.

    • mornelithe - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      If the Tigers/Sox meet in the playoffs, it’s going to be an absolute nailbiter! I went into the Tigers/Sox series concerned that the Sox couldn’t hang, and came away thinking they’re much more on par than previously thought. Both teams can play small ball, and long ball. Both teams can shut down opposing offenses. Both teams have above average defenses.

      Can’t wait, gratz on the win! Looking forward to a great series down the road.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        I will be greatly disappointed it one of us takes the other out and makes an opening for a west coast team.

  9. spudchukar - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Hope DJ has a better outing than AJ. The Cards pummeled Burnett and the Buccos, nine consecutive hits to start an inning, and the Red Birds moved to within a 1/2 game of the division lead. The Pirates, to their credit, rallied to force the Cards closer into the game, as Westbrook solidified his non-rotation status, which is probably a positive occurrence.

    Kelly has been a God-send, and Matt Carpenter has thrust his name into the MVP discussion, as he eclipses the under-appreciated Rogers Hornsby, as the Cards all-time doubles leader as a second baseman.

    Jay added 3 hits, Molina went deep after near decapitation by a “purpose pitch”, and Kozma broke his 0 for 33 slump. But the big hits came off the bat of Beltran, who broke the ice, then gave the Cards a lift with a second consecutive screamer, this time into the right center gap.

    A win tonight and St. Louis can regain the top spot in the best division in Baseball.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Kozma!

      • paperlions - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        It was actually an attempted sac bunt that turned into a hit….still, he did make solid contact on the bunt, which was nice.

        That bunt single was actually the 2nd hit in a series of 9 consecutive hits that led off the inning.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        You’re welcome.

  10. jwbiii - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Updated playoff odds:

    Team   Cool   B-Pro
    Cle     3-1     4-1
    Bal    12-1     8-1
    NYY     9-1    12-1
    KCR   111-1   125-1
    
    WsN    59-1   167-1
    Ari   333-1   500-1

    Chalk in the AL, upsets in the NL. At what point do I add the Rays? They’re at about 65% now.

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  12. APBA Guy - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    AJ Griffin could barely contain the Astros, which should surprise no one considering Griffin’s actual stuff: 88-90 isn’t going to get past too many guys, and even the Astros are learning to lay off the breaking stuff and wait for anything straight in the zone. Fortunately the A’s were paying more attention last night and kept hitting it hard.

    We heard about Petit and switched over to that game. Now that the touristas have gone home AT & T was fans only, ie, not full, but loud. Petit, for those of you who haven’t seen him, is a big, strong guy, and he was throwing 90, which is nothing for major leaguers, but his location was unbelievable. Still, you could see the nerves build in the 9th. He got ahead of Owings 0-2 before striking him out. Then he got behind Parra 2-0. That’s when he seemed to be tensing up. But Parra grounded out. Finally, with two outs, Chavez pinch hit and showed a great eye on 2-2 to lay off a slider that started at the knees and broke down. The single was on a fastball up a bit and straight, which Pence barely missed in right, after having made a similar play to preserve the Lincecum no-no a few months ago.

    Almost as good a pitching performance was Burlingame HS and College of San Mateo alum Scott Feldman’s 5 hit CG shutout. That’s his first career CG shutout. Local boy makes good, indeed.

    Finally, congrats DJ. Best of luck.

  13. moogro - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Petit still got a Maddux and Feldman was easily cruising to one until the 8th upped the pitch count.

  14. raysfan1 - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    DJ, congratulations–may you and your bride have a long and happy life together!

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