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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Apr 27, 2014, 8:49 AM EDT

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It’s all still clicking for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Marco Estrada pitched into the eighth inning, striking out a season-high nine batters, and Khris Davis went yard in the sixth inning for his third home run of the year as the Brew Crew rolled to a 5-3 victory over the Cubs on Saturday at Miller Park.

The game got off on a scary note when Ryan Braun accidentally struck Jean Segura in the face with a bat while doing warmup swings on the dugout steps in the bottom of the first inning, but Segura suffered only a gash and is not expected to need a disabled list stint. Braun then left the game in the ninth inning with an intercostal strain, but it’s considered mild and he shouldn’t be out long.

Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez closed out Saturday’s win for his MLB-best 11th save.

Milwaukee is 18-6 with baseball’s largest division lead — by far — at 5 1/2 games.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Angels 3, Yankees 4

Padres 0, Nationals 4

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6

Tigers 3, Twins 5

Pirates 6, Cardinals 1

Indians 3, Giants 5

Royals 2, Orioles 3 (10 innings)

Rays 4, White Sox 0

Cubs 3, Brewers 5

Reds 1, Braves 4

Athletics 6, Astros 7

Marlins 7, Mets 6 (10 innings)

Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 5

Rangers 6, Mariners 3

Rockies 3, Dodgers 6

  1. johnnysoda - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    And That Happened- Saturday Edition

    Nationals 4, Padres 0- Tanner Roark completely owned the Padres, pitching a complete game shutout while getting the first 16 Padres out. He even got one of the Nationals’ 10 hits. This game was completed in a tidy 2:19.

    Yankees 4, Angels 3- Dellin Betances earns his first career win while J.R. Murphy hits his first career home run. You may note I just called him “J.R.”, because that’s what he used to go by. He’s now called “John Ryan”, which I refuse to abide by, because I find it strange to call someone by their first and middle name. I don’t know why; it’s just weird to me.

    Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6- A whiplash third inning for Toronto: Brandon Morrow got the first two batters out, before giving up four straight walks. His replacement, Chad Jenkins, promptly gave up a grand slam to A.J. Pierzynski. The Jays have lost five out of their last six.

    Twins 5, Tigers 3- Anibal Sanchez left with a blister after 2 2/3 no hit innings, leaving that wistful feeling of what might have been. It certainly would’ve been a lot better than it was- the Detroit bullpen gave up eight walks and five runs on only four hits.

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 1- The Pirates, believe it or not, won a game. And they drove in most of those six runs with men in scoring position. Next, the sun will rise in the west, we’ll have steak for dinner and pancakes for breakfast, and the Astros will be above .500.

    Indians 5, Giants 3- Cleveland had a 3-0 lead, but saw that evaporate within an inning as the Giants put up four in the fifth. A guy named C.C. Lee pitched for the Indians in this game. I can find no more appropriate name for an Indians pitcher (C.C. Sabathia + Cliff Lee, in case no one gets it).

    Braves 4, Reds 1- The Braves continue their torrid start, aided by one homer apiece from Evan Gattis, Freddie Freeman, and Justin Upton. David Hale contributed eight strong innings as well.

    Brewers 5, Cubs 3- Francisco Rodriguez has been reliving his glory years this season, earning his 11th save to follow a strong start from Marco Estrada (7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). The Brew Crew gets their eighteenth win- they need to win two out of their next four to become the first team to win 20 games before May 1 since the 2008 Diamondbacks.

    Orioles 3, Royals 2- Nick Marakakis’ just-fair walk-off single with the bases loaded gave the O’s the win. They’re now only a game and a half behind the Yankees in the AL East.

    Astros 7, Athletics 6- Four runs by the Astros in the eighth gave them a pretty solid cushion going into the ninth. Turns out they needed it, as Oakland scored three in the ninth before getting it out. Raul Valdes came out of the bullpen to restore order, and Houston picked up their eighth win of the season. You may recognize that total as three fewer than the number of saves K-Rod has.

    Rays 4, White Sox 0- No big comeback was in order tonight, as three Rays pitchers shut the Pale Hose down on five hits. James Loney, Yunel Escobar, and Ryan Hanigan- the six, eight, and nine hitters- all had multi-hit games.

    Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 5- The Diamondbacks jumped to a 5-0 lead early on, aided by A.J. Pollock being a homer shy of the cycle, but the Phillies rallied with four in the eighth to win it. Arizona’s three game winning streak has been snapped, but they do hope to win the series tomorrow.

    Marlins 7, Mets 6- The Mets held a 5-1 lead at one point- including a shot by Bobby Abreu- but the Marlins kept on chipping away, and sealed the deal with a Jarrod Saltalamacchia home run in the 10th. Steve Cishek’s save streak has been reset to stand at one.

    Dodgers 6, Rockies 3- Two years ago, the Dodgers got off to a white-hot start and faltered late. Last year, they were below .500 as late as July 8, but came back to win the NL West. This year, they are 14-11 so far and are a half game out of first place. It remains to be seen how that will pan out.

    Rangers 6, Mariners 3- Mitch Moreland’s sacrifice fly in the eighth put Texas ahead for good. They added two more in the ninth for good measure. They’re now tied for first in the AL West.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Welcome back Johnny after your brief break.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Hope you had a good day orf, Johnny. Welcome back.

      • johnnysoda - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Thanks, PC and Gator. I was volunteering at the NJ Marathon yesterday morning if anyone was wondering.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Well done Johnny.

    • johnnysoda - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      “Pirates 6, Cardinals 1- The Pirates, believe it or not, won a game. And they drove in most of those six runs with men in scoring position. Next, the sun will rise in the west, we’ll have steak for dinner and pancakes for breakfast, and the Astros will be above .500.”

      Wow, I really should’ve proof-read that. I meant to say “we’ll have steak for breakfast and pancakes for dinner”. Awkward.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        Not at all. Some people, who shall remain nameless for the time being, work the night shift.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        You were up early. Are you going to be able to handle all those ultraviolet rays until you re-acclimate yourself to a diurnal existence?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        I think it’s actually more disturbing if part of it is normal and part of it isn’t. Also, you know some people (coughTexascough) do have steak for breakfast, and we loved having pancakes for dinner growing up…..mmmm, pancakes for dinner….

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Exspecially German apple pancakes. Here’s how: you core and peel a couple of apples – Granny Smiths for me because I like the tartness, and slice them the tall way into fairly thick segments. Saute them in a large frying pan until slightly browned in butter with some brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg (or just say da hell wif it and use pumpkin pie spice, which adds clove). I use a wholemeal pancake batter – I start with Aunt Jemima’s whole wheat pancake mix, add some buckwheat flour, a little extra baking soda and baking powder, and then I throw about a cup of Quaker’s Multigrain Cereal in my coffee grinder, reduce it to a coarse flour, and add that to the mix. A couple of eggs, a tablespoon of canola oil, a tablespoon of honey and a cup or two of milk, whisk it all up together and pour over the apples. I cover the pan and cook over medium heat until the batter sets, sprinkle the top with cinnamon, then flip the sucker over (I slide it onto a large plate and then, shplott! invert the plate over the pan and let the pancake drop back face down. I brown it on that side too, then cut it up and serve with your choice of topping. Ohboy. Made one the other day….

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Gator, you are an internet tease. I can smell that, but I’m too lazy to do all the work. I totes need an OG.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Oh that does smell good, doesn’t it? I see you don’t dust it with powdered sugar. A REAL German apple pancake would be dusted with confectioner’s sugar, right?

        Lousy weather again – usually this would be good weather for browns but Michelle isn’t prepared to become a trout widow and after three weeks of seeing each other as I come home and she goes out and vice-versa, I’ll have to desist from advising recalcitrant trolls, or doing an unintentional impersonation of Alexander Graham Bell in the rain, and take her out for brunch and a movie.

        I would say that the new Godzilla opens here in June or July but I know you’re not real enthusiastic about it.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        IHOP.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        IHOP?

        ANATHEMA!

    • aresachaela - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      What a win for the Yeankees today!! Definitely a moment to remember for both guys there. Pri-… no John Ryan, please let me address you JR XD!!

    • anxovies - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      I agree on “J.R.” Murphy. It is unnatural to call somebody by their first and middle names unless they are from the rural South, didn’t wear shoes until an adult, and the middle name is something like “Lee” or “Jo” (i.e., “Bobby Lee” or “Billy Jo.”). Murphy is from Bradenton, Florida and attended an expensive sports prep school.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Or, to make it worse, one of our Congressional reps’ parents got around that by making his legal first name: Markwayne. Positively statesman like, eh?

      • pbastille - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Kind of has a serial killer ring to it, ala John Wayne Gacy and John Edward Robinson…

  2. renaado - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    David Hale’s truly been superb this season! I’m seein a bright future ahead for this guy.

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    You know it is going to be a tough day when the first 3 pitches you throw are all strikes and the ump calls them balls. Instead of a strikeout Morrow ended up walking Pedroia. It was all downhill from then. I thought that Farrell pulled Tazawa from the game much too early. I would have liked to see him stay in the game to finish the inning.

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      I agree, the B&S calling (nyuknyuknyuk) was awful in that game. Apparently, the ump thought the strike zone was round, because he wasn’t acknowledging that it had corners. Pythagoras would have dumped his beer on that ump the first time he walked over to warn the dugout.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      You two are blind, Morrow was all over the place and did not earn any close pitches it’s as simple as that. Go get a crying towel already, boo- hoo

      • spudchukar - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        Wrong again, Oh Putrid One. Pitch tracker clearly showed a number of pitches were in the strike zone. Yesterday 40,322 fans in Toronto, another DH blunder. Quite a streak of inaccuracies spewing forth from your noxious “piehole”. Any prognostications for today? Gotta keep your bone-headed drivel streak alive.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Spud: I don’t know if you ever saw the film Mrs. Brown with Judy Dench and Billy Connolly, about Queen Victoria’s mourning period after the death of Prince Albert? There’s a great scene in there where Prince Albert wants to talk to her but Mr. Brown, her stable groom, bars the door to her room and informs him that she isn’t seeing anyone. When Albert demands admittance, Brown responds “I said she won’t be disturbed. Are you deaf as well as stupid?” Substitute “blind” for “deaf” and you’ve got our virtual village idiot in a nutshell.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        pitch track this spunkchewer, the guy was all over the place and did not earn any of the borderline calls, now you, pc, and old donkey should get together and have a good cry together….NExt!!!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        also I posted the attendance numbers yesterday, Toronto is 20th folks, that’s nothing to get excited about and recently they had like 15K show up at a home game. As the slide continues expect those numbers to drop even more

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        One of the things you can’t fault our virtual village idiot for is his delusional versatility. Not only is he capable of cobbling together a fantasy world of accomplishments and accouterments seconded from the soap opera reruns on the cable channels his mummy bought for him, but he’s as capable of blocking out reality as he is of confabulating hallucinations. One need only look at the lead visual for the blog about the game from yesterday and, lo and behold, there’s that very pitch tracker with the corner calls Morrow didn’t get.

        One of the key aspects of poor dim Harry’s stupidity is that he actually seems to think that everyone else is so dumb that they can’t see through his existential slime coating. That or he doesn’t really care that so many others are perfectly aware of what a hopeless fool and transparent liar he is.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        I have accomplished more then 10 men do in their lifetime combined, that’s not bragging its just reality. I have hung out with royalty , I have shaken the hand of 3 former presidents, I have hung out with dictators, you name it I probably been there. As a matter of fact my next trip coming up is to Cuba and im gonna watch some baseball down there and have myself a few of those cigars that are by the way the best in the world. After that I got a business meeting in Egypt to attend to and then im coming home back to the great USA baby right where I belong and the home of the best women in the world! Hey its been real but I gotta run for the day…See YA old donkey

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        You make yourself out to be more pathetic and, if not for the ugliness behind your ravings, would be held more pitiable with every post, I usually try not to speak for others whose consent to do so I do not have but I think it’s not unreasonable to say that no one here believes anything you claim about yourself. I doubt if it’s even taken seriously as some kind of entertainment because it is so transparently self-inflating and bumptious. Your fractured grammar, spelling and punctuation, just for starters, expose someone who hasn’t even mastered the most basic exercises of communication, not even baseline literacy. Your infantile name calling exposes someone who hasn’t learned the most basic interpersonal skills. The inordinate amount of time you spend here trafficking in trivia exposes someone who actually has nothing useful or gainful to do. Your stubborn refusal to admit even trivial things that are obvious, like the poor pitch calling in yesterday’s Jays game, makes it impossible to take seriously any assertion that you could deal effectively or profitably in any area of endeavor.

        You come across like a buffoon in all the ways you don’t intend to. I will only advise you, probably as fruitlessly as I tried to advise sewerbear, that you need professional help before your sense of pointlessness and inferiority crushes you and even you can no longer make the distinctions between your real life and your fantasy world. I suspect you are closer to that point than you realize.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        hey groupofsevenfools? Let me give you a little advise, try not to speak at all in the future for anybody else and especially for yourself. Also you really think I care what you believe or don’t believe? I don’t care if you believe in the easter bunny it makes no different to me.Im not here to impress anyone, I just tell it the way it is like I always have and that upsets some folks. Its not my fault that sometimes the truth really hurts, that’s why guys like pc, cur, spunkchewer, old donkey, ect have a problem with me. I don’t sugar coat anything, it a guy sucks im gonna tell it exactly how it is.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        group:

        Pehaps we’re all wrong.
        “I have accomplished more then 10 men do in their lifetime combined, that’s not bragging its just reality. I have hung out with royalty , I have shaken the hand of 3 former presidents, I have hung out with dictators..”

        shamelessly and deceptively self aggrandizing, spitefully stupid.

        Is the Donald among us?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        twinsfan, like I said I just tell it like it is I don’t need to brag

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        “I have accomplished more then 10 men do in their lifetime…”

        That is one of the funniest, stupidest, most pathetic, things ever written on these blogs. DirtyHarry: I don’t have to mess with you anymore because I pity you. But how come you didn’t do more than, say, 22 men? You’re just not good enough. In fact, you s-ck!

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        That’s something else you keep insisting upon with such monotony – no variation in the expression, no variation in the idea, no variation in the tone. You talk about “telling it like it is” and you endlessly repeat your cliche about the truth hurting, but what’s saddest about it is the sadistic satisfaction you clearly experience from the pain you mistakenly believe you inflict with it. That, too, is what card players call a “tell” – it exposes your sense of smallness, of insignificance, and discloses that since you don’t really believe that you can create anything substantive or meaningful, you seek to compensate by trying to pull down whatever’s around you to your own level while trying to distend a puckering ego with ridiculous claims of achievements of which you are plainly incapable.

        Get some help, Harry. Really.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        You can’t fix stupid New Yawk losers like DirtyHarry or CantonPeaBrain. Mr. Wright was always wrong!

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        Well then harry, you asked me if I can say delusional and I responded not only can I say it I can be it, so let us proceed.

        You really are the marketing persona known as Donald Trump. You market tabloid TV shows and pizza to a lower middle class demographic. You build and maintain the value of your brand by every so often pretending that you might, or could if you wished run for high public office. You clownishly playing the part of the “real estate mogul”, when in fact you are merely an advertising persona silently maneuvered by the bankers behind you. And on the side, you swindle desperate people through get rich quick “seminars”.

        You are a nauseating aberration of our intoxicated celebrity culture, who, although it’s hard to tell from afar, is stupid enough to believe your marketing spiel.

        I’d think better of you if you are simply “harry”

  4. Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Steve Cishek demonstrated that he can be effective when his joints haven’t calcified from disuse. Oddly enough – and we’ll call this mere coincidence, because I don’t believe in synchronicity before I’ve had my coffee – I had just acid-washed the salt cell of our swimming pool chlorinator to remove six months of mineral deposits, too. This is necessary this time of year in Macondo because it’s mating season for the Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus sententrionalis) and Danton’s Toad (Bufo decadantus) and you don’t want your pool looking enough like a pond that they try to lay their eggs in it. The chlorine kills them and then you have to walk around with the net scooping out the decomposing batrachians the next morning. The expressions on their faces can be….disturbing.

    Anyway, the Feesh edged painfully back towards the strange attractor with what of late would have to be called an uncharacteristically persistent effort. Paced by a little production by the slightly re-awakened Adeiny Hechavarria, a comparatively ordinary two run shot by the Iron Giant and a pinch hit two run double by Reed Johnson to ameliorate Kevin Slowey’s ineffectiveness over the first four innings, the Rainbow Warriors were able to bring the game to Saltalamacchia, who atoned for a throwing error earlier (the Feesh have been making a lot of them lately; this time they didn’t cost anything, for a change) with his game winner. As a side note, the Feesh might have won in the ninth except that Casey McGehee took a called third strike by home plot umpire Buckminster Fuller, who must have been staring at some other strike zone centered just slightly north of the arctic circle. That pitch would have been a called strike in China, maybe.

    Today, the Feesh send Tom Koehler, who has been pitching like a stopper lately, into battle against Dillon Gee, whose parents thought this was a better way to spell his name than like that hippie Irish poet, and they were willing to stand on his coffee table in their cowboy boots and tell him so right to his face.

    • lewp - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      I was wondering when we were going to get our daily report on the Feeeeeeeeeesh.

      Never has so much been written about a franchise with so little.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Ackcherley, the franchise has a great deal – of profits. It’s got some hot hitting accountants and league-leading actuarial services. It’s got a sweetheart deal of a lease that makes Elvira Madigan look like Norman Bates’ mother. Out in the pasture, it’s got some prize city and county commissioners, all wearing the Scrooge McLoria brand on their haunches. It’s got Tommy, and no other franchise can say that. It’s also got fish tanks, a swimming pool, and a SoBe nightspot pneumatically festooned with salsa go-go dancers who can twirl their pasties till the tassels lift them into the air like helicopter props. Macondo Banana Massacre Field is an orgy of tastefulness. So don’t you dare go saying this franchise has little. It is a veritable cornucopia of incidental assets!

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Gator – last comment. I’m getting daggers looked at me by the real power in the house. Whatever happened to that book about Scrooge and the fleecing of Macondo you were going to write? Is that still on a burner, front or back?

        Brunch or death. Later…..

  5. happytwinsfan - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    The battle for the throne between the Twin Titans of baseball’s marque AL Central, is now rightly tied.

    Game one:
    The cornered kitten, summoning the ever present strengths of the Ernie Harwell and earlier recesses of her ancient soul, became the roaring Tiger, angrily turning to maul her remorseless pursuer.

    Game two:
    The Tiger did draw first blood but was next reduced to a resentful growl, by the usually instinctively self-deprecating, but not today, northerner’s, Resurgent Hughes, who slays twelve straight and allows no more ground to be taken. The Tiger’s celebrated Unfortunate Sanchez, suffered a most inopportune break of the skin on his most vital business hand, forcing the bequeath of his vital task to his bullpen lessers. The soldiers of the north determinedly, yet with, characteristically, no self-congratulating fanfare, marched through the awarded breach, seizing what would be the victorious high ground.

    The valiant Tiger roared again in the struggle’s final moments, crashing two pitched balls outside the bounds of the duly defined field of battle, one by the air, one by one bounce of the ground. The northerner’s beloved Lakeville Kid, answering the call of courage, flung himself before the charging Tiger, willing the velocity of the hurled pill to a hundred less six, not allowing two of the last three bats to touch the ball fair, and so took the Tiger to heel, but only for this one day.

    Today the Fire Breathing Verlander shall challenge the mettle of the endearingly modest but growingly prideful, Amazing Young Gibson. Glory is in the air.

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Good grief, twinsfan – were you sitting by the fire reading The Iliad last night?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        He’s confused his Lipitor with acid. Put your glasses back on!

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        It’s another bi-polar sunrise…

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    The big question is can Dickey stop the redsox from sweeping the jays at home and end the big slide the jays are on? Will Gibbons reconsider and take his house off the market? Can bluejay pitching throw strikes or is their new strategy pitch it where they can’t hit it? I got goose bumps just thinking about all of this, I can’t wait to see if RA is gonna come up big and stop the slide or is 2014 going to be like 2013 for the jays, a big train wreck? Will anyone show up for the game? so many questions

    • renaado - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      “Will anyone show up for the game?”

      Mind tellin what you mean in this statement?

    • spudchukar - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      40,322 for yesterday’s encounter DH. If 2013 was a “train wreck” for Toronto, was it a “monumental failure” for New York. Look for the Jays to bring up Stroman soon. I recognize the Yankees and their fans have no idea what a promising pitching prospect would look like, but in Canada they do. Here is to you having to spend another day in your miserable existence.

      • renaado - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Should’ve know that was sarcasm! Detecting sarcastic statements surely is confusing when your in the net.

      • cur'68 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Its not sarcasm, man. He’s a friggin’ idiot. It seems you’re not a native English speaker, renaado. So, in the interests of helping you understand people like “dirtyharry” there, you need to look up a few phrases.

        1)Internet Troll
        2)Unrepentant Recidivist
        3)Poo Flinging Chimp

        Get a good grasp of those terms. You’ll find them useful in your daily discourse because I bet you dollars to doughnuts you know people who are JUST LIKE THAT where you’re from.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        20th in home attendance spunkchewer, they are not even averaging 25K per home game so chew on that. Canada knows what a good pitching prospect looks like? Are you serious? Do I have to pull out the prospects just from the last 5 years alone? Drabek? Rickey Romerio? Good ole Dustin? Brett Cecil, remember when he was a starter? I don’t have the time to keep going or the space here but anyone with an IQ over 72 knows what im saying. Better read up on your facts there son

      • spudchukar - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Name me the last home grown successful Yankee pitching prospect, Einstein.

      • cur'68 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        poo FLUNG

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        no cur that’s what we call a “reality check” , more proof that sometimes the truth really hurts isn’t that right bubba?

      • cur'68 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Also, I feed him peanuts so he follows me around like a trained monkey.

        Here boy, have a peanut…

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        what do you want starter or relief? Robertson, Nova, Warren, Phelps, let me know when to stop ok?

      • spudchukar - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        Starters Meathead. Your evaluation of “successful” is quite a bit different for New York, than any other team. It is obvious from your response, that you cannot recall any.

        Nova, Warren, and Phelps. You are pathetic. If that is the best you can do you ought to go back to “hanging out” around with “royalty”. My guess is you probably carried Dennis Rodman’s bags on his visit to North Korea, which constitutes your proximity to “royalty”.

        By the way, what kind of person champions “hanging out with royalty”? That is sad even by your standards.

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Add “train wreck” to “you bet you can” as we compile our very short list of the virtual village idiot’s three-inch tape loop of repetitive sound bites.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        I have another one just for you, I hope your legs grow together.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Slightly ancient. You find that in a time capsule? I figure you dig ditches for a living so it’s not inconceivable.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Dig ditches? No I give the orders on where to dig those ditches old donkey and I give those orders while I am sitting in my hot tub with the wonder twins

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        Yea! The legs grow together insult! That’s my fav. Anyone figured out what it means yet?

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        Sadly, I googled it. There are no easily findable explanations, but there are images pertaining to it. Give it a look Harry and see what you can find.

        This might help to

        http://www.blorpy.com/post/48139919038/the-tuesday-ten-impressive-insults-comebacks-a

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Oh the official song for the 2014 bluejays is none other then Paul Smon’s slip sliding away……..

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      And yours:

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        wow you must be old, when is that one from? 1940’s? geez, did you have one of those wind up players too?

    • cur'68 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM

  8. westcoastredbird - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    The Cards/Pirates game wasn’t as close as the score would indicate.

  9. historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    First of all, on behalf of my mother, I would like to apologize to all those who bore the brunt of my expletive-laced tirades (multiple) yesterday. I was, in fact, raised better than that.

    I believe, however, that this means Beautiful Brad and I have had our first real fight. I know the BP was used up and wrung dry from before and we didn’t have many options (I’m giving angry eyebrows to you, DD!), but Good Lord! Ortega held his own for awhile — and, frankly, I think that was more than they were expecting to ask of him anyway. If Sanchez goes 6-7 and you get 1-2 out of Ortega, it would be okay. Injuries have a way of messing up expectations though, and when Ortega was in trouble, who does Brad turn to????? Phil Phreaking Coke. You NEVER bring Coke into a bases loaded situation. I think my 11-year old niece even knows that. But, they put him in and he promptly walks in a run and everyone seems disappointed. Why are you disappointed? Coke gonna Coke…or Choke. It was all downhill from there. I was probably all the more bitter because I was hopeful they’d use Smyly instead — in part to help him regain his confidence. He couldn’t have done worse.

    I know in my head that over the last few seasons we usually start slow and then come tearing in down the stretch later in the season. Verlander isn’t usually his best in April; it takes a while for everyone to adjust, I guess. I keep reminding myself of this — and repetitively checking the standings for reassurance. I friggin’ hate April baseball.

    AND, I was blacked out from the O’s game (you’re welcome to the BoSox for being a charm for you til my game came on).

    • cur'68 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Golly gosh. Rough night, eh? Cheer up. April is almost over with. As you say, its not usually until May-ish or so that El Tigres gets on their horse and lay waste to all who oppose them. Now me, I’ve taken to strong drink. Hence my head this AM. Went fishing in the Gulf with friends from work who plied me with al-co-hol and so forth. A Beaver Loss is much more bearable when you’re ALSO concerned with your head falling off. One of those things is more important than the other…

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        White people will always try to undo you with their spirits. Beware! Quite honestly, though, that may be the only thing that makes fishing palatable. It is so. insufferably. boring. You dudes don’t fool us; we know it’s just an excuse for you to drink. Don’t pee in the waters.

        I took a vow this morning. If Jobu will make us bulletproof from here on out, I will live right, make amends for my swears, and dust more. Basically, anything short of cutting my hair is on the table right now. :/

      • cur'68 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        You must offer Jobu rum. Cigars. Fine women (hey, I don’t make the rules!). THEN Jobu will bless you with his favours.

        As for the fishing, it was immensely productive. I was getting fish all day. On the first cast even. The Gulf of Mexico is like smorgasbord of tropical fish, all yummy and just begging to be my dinne. Basically it was” bait hooks with squid, drop into water, pull up fish. Celebrate with beer. All. Day. Long.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        You know fishing will make your legs grow together.

      • cur'68 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        What does that even mean? I’m gonna be a mer-person? Well, shoot: bring it on. I am so happy to be hear on the Gulf of Mexico and not back home on the freezin’ arsed Tundra, I’ll pay the price.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        So you’re cool with swapping places?

      • cur'68 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Unless you live on a houseboat in the Caribbean, NO.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        Awww, I don’t want yer ol’ seal-blubber anyhow.

      • cur'68 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Seal blubber is good for you. Full of vitamins and stuff. And it burns cleanly, when rendered to an oil. You’d be lucky to have the good stuff. LUCKY, I TELL YOU!

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        No, I know I’ll have to learn to like it in my old age when I have to move to Canada to escape global warming. I will, however, fry it, as Dog intended. Oooh, with okra. Mmmm.

      • natstowngreg - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Don’t rely too much on Jobu. Remember what happened with Jobu and Pedro Cerrano. Pedro prayed to Jobu to help him hit curves, to no avail. Finally, Pedro told off Jobu and promptly homered off a curve.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Rain falls from the sky
      The Tiger bullpen might rest
      Be joyous histro

      • historiophiliac - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Are you getting it too? I almost forgot what that falling liquid and light bursts were.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    the “79 pirates had “we are family” and the 2014 jays have slip sliding away….

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Well, he’s not only tediously repetitive with his small vocabulary of phrases, but also with his little collection of videos. I could swear I just saw this one above. I guess we have to add aphasia to your long list of variations on imbecility.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        I liked it so much I decided to post it again because its soo fitting old donkey, it hits the nail on the spot and I love it when im right even though that happens quite often

  11. natstowngreg - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Tanner Roark was a non-prospect. Well, it’s unfair to call him a non-prospect. Let’s just say, not a highly-regarded prospect. The Rangers’ 25th-rounder in 2008 out of the U. of Illinois. Acquired by the Nats near the 2010 trade deadline, so the Rangers could get Cristian Guzman for their bench.

    A light went on last season, he came up late in the season, a rookie at age 26, and has not stunk since. As in, 19 appearances (10 starts), 9-1, 1.98, 1.01 WHIP. 1 (one) ER allowed in 35 innings at Nats Park.

    Yesterday, he nearly pitched a Maddux, a 3-hit shutout on 105 pitches (73 strikes). Granted, these were the Padres. Granted, the strike zone was generous (Padres, in particular, were seen chirping some about called strikes). Still, a fine performance. Andrew Cashner also threw strikes, but 9 of them went for hits. An untimely Jedd Gyorko error provided an opportunity in the 1st, and the Nats actually produced 3 runs.

    The Nats won consecutive games for the first time since April 6-10. Has a corner been turned? Hopefully. Opportunity lies ahead, in Houston and Philly. But then, the Dodgers and Athletics. Gotta show better against the good teams.

    • spudchukar - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      I thought he was a character in an Ayn Rand novel.

  12. jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    “I have accomplished more then 10 men do in their lifetime…”

    You’re right: your an accomplished idiot, more than any ten men, women, monkeys, rocks, etc.

  13. APBA Guy - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Speaking of Jobu. Chris Carter, who resembles Pedro Serrano in size if nothing else, must have made the requisite offering because Dan Straily violated all the rules of baseball and threw Carter a strike, which was promptly knocked into orbit. Not that that was the only pitching violation by the A’s yesterday as Doolittle was unable to keep his stick-straight fastball down and surrendered those 4 runs in the 8th that Jonny mentioned. Good win for the ‘Stros, one that got way from the A’s.

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