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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Sep 12, 2013, 7:12 AM EDT

Mike Napoli AP

Red Sox 7, Rays 3: Mike Carp with a tenth inning grand slam. Good job extending your lead, Boston! Good job letting the Yankees pull to within one game of the wild card, Rays! Apropos of nothing, I’d give a lot to hear what Red Sox fans who love this beards thing had to say about Brian Wilson a couple of years ago.

Yankees 5, Orioles 4: The Yankees are Rasputin. No, they’re not mystic/visionary/healer/religious charlatans who hold the Tsarina in thrall. I’m talking about the part where you simply can’t kill them, no matter how hard you try. Homers from Cano, Granderson and A-Rod combine with a good enough effort from Andy Pettitte to pull the Yankees to within one game of the wild card. And one game closer to the delicious “A-Rod came back and turned the Yankees’ season around” narrative that will literally kill multiple New York columnists. Especially the ones who were convinced that he’d never play another game and/or was “physically unable to perform.” Still waiting for the mea culpas from those guys. Not holding my breath.

Marlins 5, Braves 2: Jose Fernandez held the Braves to to one run on five hits over seven innings while striking out five. He also hit a homer. He also stopped to admire it and then spit at the third baseman’s feet and fomented a benches-clearing situation. All in a day’s work. As for the pitching: holy crap this guy is good. He’s being shut down now, which makes sense. He should also be the consensus Rookie of the Year. As for the hubbub: I’m not a big fan of unwritten rules, I think that admiring your first ever big league homer is defensible and I think the Braves, as an organization, get too hung up on all that Play The Game The Right Way thing. Not saying the spitting was fantastic, but maybe your best revenge is to get hits off the guy or to humiliate him the next time he bats against you.  Anyway, what I really want to know, though, is what that old lady who thought Harper and Puig were “low class acts” and Fernandez was “such a nice young man” thinks of all of this.

Pirates 7, Rangers 5: If you’re not a fan of Fox you have to hope this is the World Series matchup, right? Not exactly a ratings bonanza, even if baseball freaks should love it. If you’re an AL team you shouldn’t like it either, as the Pirates are now 15-5 in interleague play this year after sweeping the Rangers.

Reds 6, Cubs 0: A solid if unspectacular game for Mike Leake and homers from Devin Mesoraco and Jack Hannahan helped the Reds avoid the sweep.

Royals 6, Indians 2: The Indians fail to take advantage of the Rays’ recent troubles — if they’d won these past two games they’d be in the wild card slot right now — and the Royals succeed in coming back from the near dead to find themselves only two games back. They’ve won 13 of 18. Imagine where they’d be if it wasn’t for a couple of sharp swoons at various points this year.

Giants 4, Rockies 3: The Giants were down 3-1 but then plated one in the seventh and two in the eighth. I feel like the Giants have been playing the Rockies for 12 straight games.

Phillies 4, Padres 2: Cliff Lee solid again. Eight innings, five hits, two runs, nine strikeouts and lowers the ERA to 2.97. Imagine what he’d do on a team with a bullpen and an offense.

Nationals 3, Mets 0: Five straight wins for the Nationals. Still six back in the wild card, but some nice baseball all the same. Dan Haren was fantastic again. If he had been anything close to this in the first half the Nats could be playoffs bound.

Angels 5, Blues Jays 4: The Angels season has sucked but at least C.J. Wilson has been good. Three earned runs in seven innings to win his eighth straight decision. Josh Hamilton was 3 for 3. He’s hitting .400 in the month of September.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 1: A good start from Lance Lynn and a four-run eighth inning helps the Cards win their fifth straight and maintain their lead over the Reds and Pirates.

Tigers 1, White Sox 0: Anibal Sanchez strikes out ten in seven and a third shutout innings. Tough break for Jose Quintana, who also pitched wonderfully. Omar Infante‘s RBI single in the eighth was the only offense here. How a 1-0 game still goes three hours and sixteen minutes is a bit of mystery.

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1: Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 5 with a couple driven and Patrick Corbin allowed one run in six and a third as the Dbacks avoid the sweep.

Athletics 18, Twins 3: Well, that was ugly. Every A’s starter had at least one hit, one run and one RBI. That’s practically socialism. Not that it mattered much, but there was a foul ball call that was reversed and turned into a double in this one after the umpires huddled and changed their call. After that Ron Gardenhire came out and argued forever and got an ejection. Can’t wait to see how managers react once challenges start.

Astros 6, Mariners 1: And the sweep. The Astros actually have a winning record in September. I don’t think momentum is a thing, but I’m sure this will make some Astros fans and players happy.

  1. Jack Marshall - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Not sure where the implied accusation of Boston fandom hypocrisy comes from, CC. Fenway has always been a hangout of the college crowd, who tend to be favorable to grooming quirks. Johnny Damon and Manny in his latter years, as well as some other players, were at least as hairy and unkempt as the current crew, and I don’t recall any complaints from the sane. Personally, I always thought Brian Wilson would fit right in with the Sox, though his beard, to be fair, is more pop art than genuine.

    Do tell Gordon Edes to stop calling the Sox the “Soggy Bottom Boys,” though. Any team nickname that requires worship of cult Coen Brothers films is a bridge too far.

    • RickyB - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      Well, you sure said your piece and counted to three …

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      All I’m saying is that in 2010 there was pretty universal eye-rolling at Brian Wilson for everyone who wasn’t a Giants fan. I’d just be curious to know if the appreciation of the beards is a “my boys can do no wrong” mindset or if, alternatively, Red Sox fans truly loved Brian Wilson’s beard back then.

      • MLBlogsbig3bosox - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Don’t tell anyone but I really did love Brian Wilson’s beard back then. Now it’s just creepy.

      • Matt Aromando - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        The Yankees don’t allow for beards, therefore Red Sox fans love them. I thought this would be obvious.

      • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        I don’t know, Craig. The world champion Sox in my memory looked like a bunch of lumberjacks who hadn’t bathed in a month. I think it is kind of an anti-Yankee thing.

      • kjericho43 - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Beards. Every hipster and redneck’s accessory of choice. (That’s Napoli up there though btw, not Carp.) Individuals are good for baseball. Bearded or beardless.

      • petey1999 - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Come on, Craig, that’s just trolling.

      • hammyofdoom - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        I’m from Maine and know plenty of Sox fans. I like the Wilson thing, most of my friends did, heck my grandmother and mom found it to be a hoot. Seriously Craig, most of New England is rural… I live in a town with more cows than people, I’ve seen beards that would make Wilson crumble and weep.

      • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Have to tell you Hammy. The wife and I were up to New England from Texas to visit some of my in-laws in Providence. We took our grandson and retraced a trip through Maine that she and I had taken several years back.

        I have pretty much covered the continental US and there are a lot of nice places that I would go back to happily. But Maine would be near the top of any list I made. You guys run yourself a very nice little state. And you can tell your friends I said so.

      • Bob Loblaw - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        I never had a problem with the length of Wilson’s beard…it was the way he would use the industrial grade black shoe polish to dye it that made it creepy to me.

      • Jack Marshall - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Craig, as much as Boston is a baseball hotbed, I doubt that very many Red Sox fans spent 5 seconds thinking about, much less working up criticism over, a West Coast, NL team’s relief pitcher’s facial hair choices. I’ve heard more bitching this year over Napoli’s slovenly habit of not buttoning his jersey than I ever detected about Wilson. If I had to guess, I’d say Wilson was viewed as a latter day Bill Lee, and Sox fans were inclined to like him. I know that’s been my bias.

    • Old Gator - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      I disagree. Any team nickname that requires appreciation of a Coen Brothers masterpiece is a better fate than a designatedhitterball team deserves.

      • Jack Marshall - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        I’d rather go Tarentino and call them “The Bearded Basterds.”

      • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        This one needs an unscientific poll!

        I vote Coen brothers. And I bet they win in this crowd.

      • Old Gator - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        I dunno. The invocation of Tarantino raises the problem of a dead heat, and here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

      • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        “Clowns to the left us, jokers to the right……..”

        Thanks, Gerry Rafferty.

  2. dondada10 - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    I would love to see a chaoitic ending in the AL with 4 teams tied for the 2 W.C.

    • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Why not? Could be fun sorting it out.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Look at the loss column. The Yankees, Orioles and the Indians are tied with 68 losses with the Royals 1 game behind. If the Rays continue to falter, it could become a 5 team tie for1 spot.

  3. jarathen - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    For a while I was annoyed at the Angels’ recent surge (draft picks and all that), but at the end of the day, I’m happy to see the team win, happy to see that maybe this team isn’t headed for years of awful. The rotation isn’t outstanding, but when Vargas and Weaver are healthy and Blanton isn’t going up there every five days, it’s not terrible, either, and look at that, they can kind of hit.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    I personally have always liked the beards. Said to me, ‘we don’t want to be the Yankees’ and that is always fine with me. Seeing Youk all shaved up, it just doesn’t look right.

    I also love Brian Wilson beard. It doesn’t look real.

  5. paperlions - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    The Barves need to get off of their high horses. Also not classy, carping at opponents that round the bases and feeling the need to lecture them as the cross home plate. Johnson and McCann should have just kept their mouths shut. It was not the rookie that fomented chaos, it was the actions of the veterans…and give me a break with the spitting thing. Players randomly spit on the field all the time, watching the video, Johnson didn’t even notice the spit, he didn’t change his demeanor or act like in any way that affected his ability to behave like an adult. The spit thing is a complete red herring. McCann feeling the need to get in the rookies face and lecture him during the game was the problem. The Braves behavior was embarrassing and caused by getting their asses handed to them by a rookie who can’t help but enjoy himself as he plays baseball….oh my stars and garters, call in the morality police, we have a player showing joy while playing baseball, this must stop!

    • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      They beat the whole thing to death on MLB TV last night and I agree with you. The episode started with Gattis admiring his own home run and then a bunch of older guys wanting to put the uppity kid in his place. Fernandez came out of it a lot better by just standing up to them.

      I’ll tell you what is really “Old School.” You don’t get in a rookie’s face for messing with your inflated opinion of yourself. You beat him by hitting the ball. The whole thing was really pretty much of a sparrow fart, but the Braves looked like jerks.

      • Old Gator - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        Yes they did. And they collectively went looking for it too. Ooooh, we can’t let this baby make us look bad. Well, he did make them look bad and they made themselves look worse, and then Fernandez made them look even worse than that when he apologized for responding to them in kind. I haven’t heard anything yet about that chickenshit primadonna Johnson apologizing for behaving like a turkey. Yes, they looked like jerks. They’re going to look like even bigger jerks if they crap out in the first round again.

    • emdash01 - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      That the team who has decided they’re the Home Run Watching Police is the team with Justin Upton on it is one of life’s delightful little ironies.

      • paperlions - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM


        The Barves reaction was petty, small, hugely hypocritical, and ignored context….a pitcher can be forgiven for watching his first career HR….how do you know watch the thing and remain frozen wondering if it is really going to go out?

    • cur68 - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      The more of see of this Feesh Kid, Fernandez, the better I like him. His post game comments about feeling bad about acting like The Braves did, were brilliant. Way to go, Keed.

      On top of that, he can throw the ASS off a baseball. At 21 with a >96mph fastball, he can change speeds by as much 12 mph, and does so for all batters. His aim is excellent, and he can command breaking and off speed pitches like he’s been doing this for decades. In short, he pitches like a veteran. Next season he’s going to be better.

  6. bowltr - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Guess Genius Joe didn’t have his players dress as cowboys before the game. Must be why they lost……………..AGAIN!

  7. crnvic847 - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Quintana earned his 17th “no decision” for the White Sox last night. 17th!!!! That leads the majors hands down. This kid is gonna be something special.

    • pharmerbrown - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      “Fucking Quintana… That creep can roll”

      • dluxxx - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Pedderass dude.

  8. NatsLady - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Why can’t one of the NL Central teams turn into the Rays and give us an opening? C’mon, it’s only polite. Been playing .700 ball for a MONTH now and still have about the same 2% chance of playoffs as we had on August 9. Eh, I guess it’ll have to be the Division. Panic now, Atlanta!!! (Believe it or not, some Barves fans actually are getting a nibble of fear, you can see it on their sites :) ).

    Twitter was mad that Davey lifted Haren for a pinch hitter after six scoreless and with only 86 pitches. Said Davey’s great flaw is ensuring his starters leave with a chance for a win or a no-decision.

    Well, that may have been true earlier, but it ain’t true now. Captain Hook was out there because it was 1-0, hot and humid, and if Haren runs into a wall there is NO cushion. (Jordan Zimmermann ran into a wall on Tuesday but he had a three-run cushion). Never mind pitch counts. Manage to the situation. Davey managed like an AL game, and pulled Haren because it was time to pull him. (The pinch hitter did get a hit, but no run ensued).

    Haren has three more starts to make, and we need to win them all. What is the point of putting him out there with two lefties coming up, having him maybe go into a 25-pitch struggle, which, even if he wins, is stressful and exhausting.This is not May when you are trying to build up pitchers’ stamina. Haren is what he is, take the six innings and run for your life!

    Davey put in a lefty specialist with the bases clean, the bullpen was solid, Nats got a couple of insurance runs in the 7th and that was that.

    (Oh, just in case you think I am wonderfully happy with Davey–I’m not. Craig missed this somehow, but Davey backed off from the “WS or bust” and threw Rizzo under the bus for not re-signing Tom Gorzelanny.)

    • NatsLady - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Sorry, insurance runs in the 8th. Oh, and while I’m here, Ryan Zimmerman when he is healthy–wonderful to see. His last six hits, all home runs.

      And he can FINALLY throw the ball across the infield. His shoulder was supposed to be healthy in June. It wasn’t. He didn’t start feeling himself until a couple of weeks ago.That and Adam LaRoche being sick since the beginning of July–two big holes that had nothing to do with Mike Rizzo.

  9. Liam - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Sox/Rays game an example of why I’d almost always use the closer tied in the 9th of a big game, even on the road. Uehara pitches the 9th inning, tie game, zero margin for error. Red Sox score four in the 10th, and Tazawa pitches a low leverage, high margin for error inning. No matter what your offense does, you’re not getting a higher leverage spot than a tie game with the home team batting. Use your best pitcher the first time it comes up.

  10. indaburg - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    That grand slam felt like a dagger. The Rays scratched and clawed to come from a 3-0 deficit. Runs have been a rarer sighting around these parts than the beautiful and endangered Florida panther. The Rays offense has been more worthless than a eunuch in a whorehouse. Get the picture? They’re bad. Anyhow. 3-3. Extra innings. Then that slam. So that’s what a team is supposed to do with the bases loaded? Not strike out like the Rays did earlier? Or weakly ground out like they did another time they loaded the bases and failed to score last night? Oh.

    After the cold hard shock that my team is not very good and that of all teams, the Empire is likely to overtake us for the last play-off spot, a sad serenity set in. The calm acceptance that: baseball, you heartless bastard. You broke my heart. Again.

    • Old Gator - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.

      …Bart Giamatti

    • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Bart gave us the universal wisdom. I paraphrase him sometimes and forget that I am doing it.

      Baseball exists to break our hearts.

      Buck up, Indy. Your guys are in trouble, but they aren’t out of it yet. The next winning streak may be just around the corner. Or not. But we’ll still all be following it.

      • indaburg - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        And if the next winning streak is not around the corner, there’s our universal mantra: wait ’til next season.

      • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Absolutely. There is always another chance. Except, for the Astros fans we are already saying “Wait till year after next.”

      • indaburg - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        I was thinking more about how baseball exists to break our hearts. I thought that if baseball were my boyfriend, I’d have to break up with him. You can’t keep breaking my heart like this and expect me to stick around, you know? Disappointing me year after year. Building up my hopes only to dash them. Always the same promises. We’re going all the way this year… aw, sweetie, I mean it this time–this is our year! Sorry about last year, baby, but this coming year is it! Yet, I stay. I believe. We all do. We can’t imagine leaving the bastard. Why?

      • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        It’s right out of “The Princess Bride.”

        It’s Twue Love. And our hopes aren’t really dead. They are just mostly dead.

    • unclemosesgreen - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      Happy for your floating carpet misfit toys. HellBoy was good & some more of that would go a long way.

      Thing is – everyone chasing you has a lot of depth problems too.

  11. jwbiii - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    Team   Cool   B-Pro
    TBR*   45.1    62.1
    Cle    27.0    19.3
    NYY    23.7    15.4
    Bal     6.9     9.1
    KCR     4.8     6.1
    WsN     1.6     1.8

    The Royals take 2 of 3 from 3 from the Indians. The Rays lost to the Red Sox again. This time it did hurt their chances.

    The Indians visit the White Sox and the Royals move on to Detroit after a travel day. Torii Hunter will take advantage of the Tigers’ off day to watch one of his sons play college football.

    Elimination news: The Reds’ win knocks the Giants out; that and the Mets’ loss to the Nationals eliminate them. Rockies are out, too, I completely missed them. The Padres have a tragic number of two.

    *Holds wild card berth

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      So far, 2 AL teams have been eliminated and 6 NL teams have been eliminated. The next to go will probably be the Padres and the Phillies who both have a tragic number of 2. The Indians still have the easiest schedule.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        The NL has more bad teams than the AL, thus all the eliminations.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Now why don’t you tell us who the two AL teams that have been eliminated are? LOL

      • jwbiii - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        harry, The Astros and White Sox.

        pc, It’s not that the NL has more bad teams, although interleague records again suggest that the AL is superior, it’s that the NL Wild Card #2 teams, the Pirates or the Reds, depending on the day, have been playing fairly well. The Rays have not.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        Good point.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        At this point in the season, the loss column becomes very important. The Rays have 66 losses. The Yankees, Orioles and Indians all have 68 losses and the Royals have 69 losses.

      • spudchukar - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        Harry you remind me of a Herpes blister. Occasionally showing up out of nowhere, oozing festering excrement.

      • Old Gator - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        And not only that. Note that our resident Artificial Stupidity has been missing for a week, and there’s been no thumb harpy for a week either. Purely coincidental that they both show up again at the same time, like the natural cycle of defecation.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Amen or words to that effect.

      • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        I must say that the coincidence is rather staggering. Perhaps some evil genius is trying to frame our poor Harry.

        Now if only I gave a crap about how many thumbs I get.

    • pastabelly - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Those odds don’t take into effect how bad Tampa really is right now. The Yankees are trending up and are more likely competing with Cleveland (or KC) than they are with Tampa.

  12. Walk - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    ” He also stopped to admire it and then spit at the third baseman’s feet and fomented a benches-clearing situation”

    I am fine with with him admiring his hr as well. Not only was it his first one but he got all of it too. The spitting thing is not defensible, but he should be getting his necklace from loria any day now. Low rent cost controlled player means loria gets a good player underpriced and the associated press coverage.

    • Old Gator - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      El Keed is homegrown, a Feesh first round draft pick, not one of Scrooge McLoria’s many scrapheap pickups.

      • Walk - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Thanks gator I forget some times and let my temper run away with me too. Neither Johnson nor ” the keed” as you call him acted appropriately, but there is some rumbling that Fernandez was apologetic and ashamed of the situation. I feel it is appropriate for me to apologise for taking a cheap shot myself. I sincerely apologise for the statement I made in regards to low rent and the marlins and for insinuating Fernandez was as well. Hopefully both players will settle it between themselves and if not at least play professionally in the future meetings.

      • Old Gator - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Oh, no need to apologize about the way Scrooge McLoria runs the Feesh. By and large this team is a convex crater just as you aver. I just wanted to point out that El Keed was not another cheap pickup. But I suspect that a few years down the road he will be expensive trade bait.

  13. Alex K - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    If Johnson got his feelings that hurt by Fernandez pimping a HR, I would hate to see how he acts when someone does something that matters.

    As a side note…pimp away, ballplayers. Please. I love a good bat flip with a side of watching the ball fly and walking down the line.

  14. josemartez - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Holy crap, Oakland. Every starter with at least one hit, RBI, and run scored? That must be a pretty rare occurrence.

    Oh, and thanks for getting me 0.8 points for my fantasy team last night, Dickey.

  15. sportsdrenched - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Royals playing relevant baseball in September is neat. Greg Holland is a nasty Man with a baseball.

  16. sadtwinsfan - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    a dreary twins loss in the making so i switched to ‘View to a Kill’. roger moore is my least favorite james bond, but this one is a little less cheesy then the others.

    swithed back. it’s 13 to 3. Jeesh. 30 seconds later it’s 14 to 3.

    although the sean connery james bond is a prominent element of my boyhood primordial mist, i’d have to say that the timothy dalton james bond is my favorite.

    heard on the radio this morning that it wound up 18 to something.

  17. coloradostupid - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Worst to First – Magic number now 8.

  18. spudchukar - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    The Cards aren’t just concentrating on holding off the Reds and Buccos. They now have caught the Dodgers in the Best Record in the NL, and are only two behind the Bravos on the loss side. The Atlanta schedule is about the same as the Red Birds, both pretty easy, with each having a series against the Nats.

    Maybe the Pheelies, can do some damage in the final 4 in Georgia.

    The Dodgers meanwhile have it much tougher. A series against always tough Giants at Chavez Ravine, then a 10 game road trip that includes Arizona and San Francisco.

    The Cards hold a slim one game advantage over the Pirates, but the Pittsburgh squad still has six against the Reds.

    Odds are the Cards and Braves will be battling for the home field advantage right down to the final days. But as recent years have shown anything can happen and St. Louis could still be on the road for a one game play-off if they slip up.

    • Bob Loblaw - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Like I said before, you might as well make your World Series plans because the Cardinals are going to be representing the NL this year. I already placed a nice sized bet on it the last time I was in Vegas…bet $300 on the Cardinals at +350, so I’ll have a cool $1350 to pick up the weekend of October 17th. Just one man’s humble opinion.

      • spudchukar - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Hope you get rich in October.

  19. dluxxx - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Gardenhire argued till he got ejected. He didn’t want to watch that shit either….

    • sadtwinsfan - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      maybe he just wanted to catch the bond flick

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  21. APBA Guy - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Sometimes you wonder, “Is there a club for guys who have great arms but not much success as a starter?” and “Does that club have Pelfrey, Wade Davis, and Luke Hochever as members?”.

    Pelfrey’s application for the club was submitted last night, with 7 earned runs in 3 innings while consistently sitting at 95 (on the stadium gun.). He checked all the boxes:

    – stick-straight fast ball
    – nibbles
    – lacks command

    Future reliever for him, it looks like.

    Unfortunately for the Twins, their current relievers were no better. Not only was the situation as Craig reported it (every starting hitter had a hit and scored a run) but 1-8 in the lineup had multiple hits each.

    I’m starting to see these knock-off quality Swinging A’s t-shirts here on the Peninsula. That’s the part of the Bay Area consisting of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, an area bound by the ocean on the West and the Bay on the East. Serious Giants territory. But to see A’s gear, including said t-shirts and the random green-and-gold hat, on this side of the Bay is really unusual, given the Giants recent successes. Momentum. Let’s start small and see if the team can take the series at Minnesota today before the big series in Arlington this weekend.

    • sadtwinsfan - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      well you’re going against beloved canuck scott diamond. don’t get your hopes up. he’s been known to touch the high 80’s on the radar.

      being at work during the game, i get to choose to only watch the re broadcast if the twins win or do well. Yay.

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