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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 18, 2014, 6:41 AM EDT

Mike Moustakas AP

Royals 11, Tigers 4: Two games, two Tigers Cy Young Award winners shelled. And with that, the Kansas City Royals are in sole possession of first place in the AL Central. This is the latest they’ve been in first place since that crazy, flukey year they had back in 2003, when they finally fell out of first place in August.

Angels 9, Indians 3: Mike Trout had two homers. He had a three-run homer in the fifth that broke a tie and a leadoff homer in the seventh for extra measure. A few weeks ago people were talking about Trout’s “down year.” Even if it was down, he was still having a great season by most people’s standards. Now, after a Trout is batting .410 over his last 22 games he has raised his average from .264 to .311 and sits at .311/.397/.610, which is a great season even by his own.

Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 5: Jonathan Lucroy hit two homers including a grand slam. Which was set up by a bunch of idiocy on the part of the Dbacks. But hey, at least no one can accuse of Kirk Gibson and his players of not Playing The Game The Right Way. That is, assuming trying to win baseball games isn’t part of Playing The Game The Right Way.

Nationals 6, Astros 5: Washington took a 6-1 lead into the top of the eighth and then weathered a four-run Houston rally to hold on. Anthony Rendon doubled twice and drove in three runs and the Nats broke their four-game losing streak.

Mariners 6, Padres 1: Homers for Robinson Cano and Jesus Montero. Montero also played first base, which is a new thing for him in the bigs. Not a bad couple of first steps back for a dude who got (a) underachieved tremendously; (b) got a drug suspension; and (c) showed up to camp after all of that in bad shape.

Reds 6, Pirates 5: Todd Frazier with a homer in the ninth to break a 5-5 tie. It was his 16th homer of the year and, at the moment anyway, he is the best offensive third baseman in the NL. He and Milwaukee’s Lucroy are the two dudes who, on first-half merit anyway, deserve to start the All-Star Game but aren’t currently leading at their positions. Maybe their big nights last night will goose the voters into giving them more love.

Phillies 5, Braves 2: The Phillies have won six of eight. They got a nice performance from Kyle Kendrick and Ryan Howard homered. Atlanta has lost seven of 11 and 13 of 21 and it’s only by the grace of God and the Nationals’ inconsistency that they aren’t buried right now.

Yankees 3, Blue Jays 1: You can’t count on much in this crazy world, but if you can count on anything you can count on Tanaka. The Yankees’ ace wins his 11th game after striking out ten in six innings. The only blemish was a homer to Jose Reyes on the first pitch of the game. After that: the Blue Jays couldn’t do a thing.

Marlins 6, Cubs 5: Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer. In other news, I had completely forgotten that Garrett Jones plays for the Marlins. Because, really, who watches a ton of Marlins games?

Cardinals 5, Mets 2: That’s eight of nine for the Cardinals, as Michael Wacha got some key strikeouts to get out of jams. The Mets have lost 11 of 14.

Red Sox 2, Twins 1: Phil Hughes was impressive, allowing two runs over eight, but Jon Lester allowed only one while pitching into the seventh and got some nice support from his bullpen. Also: some nice defensive support from a corner infielder playing center field.

Orioles 7, Rays 5: Chris Davis hit a grand slam that was originally called a double, but viva replay. Part of Buck Showalter’s rationale for challenging the call — which was a close one and hard for Davis himself to determine if it was gone or not — was that he heard it clang off the foul pole. Which is something that can probably only happen in the mostly empty and echoey Tropicana Field.

Dodgers 4, Rockies 2: Matt Kemp went deep and Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run shot. Ramirez also left the game in the seventh with a bruised ring finger on his right hand. X-Rays were negative. Which is positive.

White Sox 8, Giants 2: My kids wanted to watch baseball last night. By the time they were showered and in their jammies the Braves were losing 4-0 and our secondary viewing habit — the Tigers — were in an even deeper hole. So I turned on this one because my daughter asked me to watch “the best team playing a game right now.” Right after we turned it on Gordon Beckham hit a homer and the Giants started throwing the ball all around the infield. Then Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow started doing Hawk Harrelson impressions on the air which was both funny and painful. The upshot: not a great night for watching games with the kids. Probably should’ve watched the Tanaka game.

Athletics 10, Rangers 6Derek Norris did a nice Vinnie Johnson impression last night:five RBI coming off the bench. Stephen Vogt went 3 for 3 with two RBI. Yu Darvish has lost eight straight to the A’s.

  1. janessa31888 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    And we got destroyed by a Trout. I’m not hungry for fish anymore. I dream of the day we get two good starts in a row. The whole rotation is wildly inconsistent.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      You need to get together with groupofsevenrules when he comes back from his camping trip, assuming the bears leave anything of him over. I’ve sent him some terrific recipes for trout.

  2. kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    The best catching duo in the league, all for under 3mill combined. The As front office must be chuffed.

    • hcf95688 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      trio

  3. uyf1950 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Another nice outing by the Yankees ace Tanaka. Six innings of just 1 run ball, 10 K’s and 2 walks, Tanaka is 2nd to Price in the ML’s in K’s. 1st in the AL in WHIP and ERA and Wins. Individually those stats probably don’t mean much but combined they show Tanaka as one of the top pitchers in the ML’s, in my opinion. And he pitchers in the AL with a DH and the AL East with smaller ball parks.

    Oh and as the piece says the Yankees won cutting the Jays lead in the AL East to 3.5 games, 2 in the loss column.

    • aresachaela - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Ma-kuns just really cruising along with only that lone run given up in the 1st and “whoosh” lights out, he’s handling batted balls heading to him like a ninja XD!!

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Tanaka has been the best pitcher in MLB so far this season. He has been a real treat to watch.

      • renaado - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:23 AM

        Him and Yu Darvish are definitely fun to watch.

      • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:46 AM

        Yeah, it’s Pearl Harbor all over again!

      • renaado - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        Gator… let’s not go with that…

      • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        Why not? It’s the top tourist attraction in Honolulu.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Old Gator was never poltically correct, thank Jah!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:15 AM

      Tanaka and the Yankees were ably assisted by the home plate umpire. His strike zone was complete BS. Did you look at the pitch track very much especially on the final at bat?

      • uyf1950 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:20 AM

        No I didn’t and don’t. But I have a philosophy that over the course of a game and games calls tend to even out. Over the course of a season a lot of balls are called strikes and strikes called balls for all teams. Have a good day.

      • paperlions - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        PC is right. It wasn’t just that the ump was horrible, but he showed great bias. The Yankees had 13 balls called strikes, many no where close to the zone. The Jays had 3 balls called strikes. Usually, when an ump sucks, he does so relatively equally for both teams, not so last night. 10 extra called strikes is HUGE in a game.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        It cost the Jays a chance to win the game.

      • paperlions - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        It cost them a lot, every single missed pitch changes an AB….huge difference in how an AB proceeds with a 1-1 count versus a 2-0 (or 0-1 versus 1-0). Usually, the number of missed pitches are fewer and more evenly distributed between the teams.

        I have noticed the last few year that the strike zone keeps getting bigger and bigger. Far more out-of-zone pitches (especially on the sides) regularly being called strikes and far more high strikes being called (though most of those are still in the zone, they didn’t used to go for strikes.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        Hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has been telling the Jays to only swing at strikes. That causes a problem when the umpire deems that pitches that are obvious balls were strikes. In the final at bat, Gose did not swing at any pitches, because they should have been called balls (I admit that pitch #6 was close.) Gose was being a disciplined hitter and should have received a walk putting runners on first and third, but was called out to end the game.

      • paperlions - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        OT: The Cardinals drafted a Canuck a couple years ago named Rowan Wick. 21 yr old catcher, pretty raw being from the north. This is his first year above rookie ball, in low A. Through 5 games, he has 5 homers, and is just tearing the cover off the ball. Apparently, they are excited about his development and his raw power.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Thanks for this information.

      • girardisbraces - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Sour grapes.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        Lousy umpiring by a kid who is not ready for prime time.

  4. renaado - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    My God… The Braves are fallin… Again.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      I think they just got tangled up in some gossamer reality waves when they were playing the Feesh. There’s been a lot of attraction-repulsion by the Feesh lately and it may simply be that the strange attractor requires a bit of recalibrating.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    I have no recollection of seeing before the young umpire who was behind the plate in the Jays/Yankees game; however, the kid needs remedial work understanding the strike zone. Someone has to remind him that pitches below the knees are not strikes. He is relatively tall, so he might have a depth perception problem with low pitches. Very early in the game, he began to make life easy for Tanaka by calling low pitches strikes. Consequently, Toronto’s hitters quickly found themselves facing 2 strikes and were forced to swing and miss at Tanaka’s splitter (a pitch that starts at the knees and drops out of the zone). I do not blame Tanaka for throwing few pitches that were in the zone as the ump was calling balls, strikes. He was also inconsistent, I certainly saw low pitches to Yankee hitters called balls even though he called worse pitches strikes when Tanaka was pitching.

    The crowning incompetence by the ump came in the last at bat. All 6 pitches thrown by Robertson to Gose were out of the strike zone, yet he was called out on strikes. The called strike 3 was close, but it was below his knees. Gose should have walked after 4 pitches. That would have resulted in runners on the corners with Reyes at the plate. The Jays had a chance to tie the game and to win, but were denied the chance by an umpire who is not ready for prime time.

    Yankee fans, may claim that the Jays players did not complain; however, that is by design. This edition of the Jays has made it a policy not to complain to the umpires. Even Bautista has shut up when bad ball and strike calls have been made. Last night, Bautista was the victim of several bad calls, but said nothing.

    • aresachaela - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      I’d be furious if Tanaka lost cause of those calls by that umpy, and yes, he really need some work to do.

      • nbjays - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:34 AM

        But I guess you don’t mind if he wins because of those calls by that ump? Tanaka’s strike zone last night started at about 8 inches off the ground.

      • aresachaela - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:47 AM

        “But I guess you don’t mind if he wins because of those calls by that ump?”

        So…….. hard…. to…. a-an-swer….

        Pride of Ma-kun shall prevail! Well, lets just wait and see on what he’ll say at the yakyubaka site sometime tomorrow.

      • aresachaela - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        Meh, I’m going with yes I don’t miiiiinnnndddd…

    • Kevin S. - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      You can argue that Tanaka was getting the low strike. You cannot argue Tanaka was getting the low strike and the Jays weren’t. They just weren’t getting the pitches into that spot Tanaka was getting the calls.

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/zoneTrack.php?&game=gid_2014_06_17_tormlb_nyamlb_1/&innings=yyyyyyyyy&month=06&day=17&year=2014

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:57 AM

        Hi Kevin. It was quite obvious, that Tanaka was getting the benefit on calls that should have been balls. The final at bat by Gose was a great example of the work of an incompetent umpire who needs remedial work.

      • nbjays - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        Since I see green triangles among those red squares, yes, I can argue that Tanaka was getting calls the Jays’ pitchers were not.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        Oh you do? I see a mish-mash on the outside corner to lefties, but please tell me where the green triangles are inside of the low strikes Tanaka was getting.

  6. ottawabrave91 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    am I a bandwagon royals fan even though I’ve lived in Kansas city my whole life and I am almost 30 years old? if/when I stop being skeptical of the team am I still a bandwagon fan? given the diabolical history we all know of the royals during just my lifetime? conflicted. …….

    • wonkypenguin - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Bandwagons are incredibly comfortable. But if you’re in Kansas City and were simply doing self-preservation all these years – no. You are not a bandwagon fan. (As long as you never EVER cheered for the Cardinals “cuz I live close to St. Louis” or some such nonsense.)

      • historiophiliac - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        This is debatable, because fans who follow their teams and get their hearts broken for years on end deserve a whole other status than folks who show up to games when they start winning — even if they did not actively root for others in the bad years. There must be demonstrable self-preservation (ex wearing caps/tees and moaning and gnashing of teeth during poor seasons). I think we need to inspect his bona fides before granting him status. He might still be a RINO (Royal in name only).

  7. randygnyc - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Tanaka is in line to start the all star game (I hope he doesn’t) win rookie of the year, AL CY and AL MVP.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      I have no idea why you drew all those idiotic thumbs down for making a simple, factual statement. If Matsui was Godzilla, this guy has been Rodan. Both of them.

    • nbjays - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      I’ll concede ASG starter, and RotY, and maybe the Cy, although that will be dependent on how he does in the second half as teams see him for the third and fourth time. However, as for MVP, the precedent has been set that if the Yankees don’t make the postseason, he shouldn’t even be considered. And with the Yankees’ suspect offense and 1.5 effective starting pitchers and 1 effective bullpen arm, they will not make it by remaining in the bottom half of the AL in just about every offensive category. Eventually luck is going to run out.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        although that will be dependent on how he does in the second half as teams see him for the third and fourth time

        How much farther are we going to move the goal posts? First it was let’s see when he faces a real offense. Then it was let’s see how he fares with a the 5 day rotation. Then it’s let see how he does against a team a second time. Now it’s let’s see how he does against a team three or four times…

        Bref hasn’t updated yet, but he’ll probably lead MLB in rWAR when it does, and be close to (top 3) if not lead in wins, ERA, ERA+ and K/BB.

      • nbjays - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        Yet after a mere 14 starts, many are ready to induct him into the HoF. Much of that thinking is tied to the power of the magical pinstripes. If you think he can keep up this level of success indefinitely, you are delusional. He’s new, he is a good pitcher, we get that… but to think that he won’t regress at some point is kind of naive.

      • nukeladouche - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Regress to , nbjays – the guy won something like 38 consecutive starts in Japan, and he’s at an age where he should be entering his prime. . . .

      • nbjays - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        As so many on this blog are fond of pointing out, Japan isn’t the same calibre as MLB… but you already knew that.

      • nukeladouche - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        That was supposed to be regress to “what?” – apparently I don’t know how to work those fancy HTML tag thingies.

  8. philliesblow - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Damn Zubaz! The only way to break the curse of bad a fashion statement is to wear another bad fashion statement. Next road trip it ’70’s leisure suits for everyone.

  9. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    The Crush Davis GS was a thing of beauty, if not simply for the fact that he drove it down the left field line (a rarity for Davis), however my immediate reaction was to check on DeJesus. Dude his the wall HARD. How he remained in the game is beyond me, but glad to see he’s okay.

    And may I add with Gonzo back up, and Stinson sent down, the O’s now have a 6 man rotation. Tillman, Jimenez, Chen, Gonzalez, Norris, Gausman. So will they keep 6 up? Or move Gausman back down, despite showing his improvement and that he’s ready to play with the big boys now? Interesting to see how that plays out.

    Also Steve Pearce over Lough in LF. Everyday. Lough is just not good. And Pearce? All he does is crush the ball when he’s in. I’d rather have Cruz and Pearce split time in LF/DH with the occassional Delmon Young sighting. Lough can be DFA’d for all I care.

  10. dondada10 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Sandy Alderson predicted 90 wins for the Mets. I haven’t checked the standings but going by how this season feels I think the Mets need to go 80-10 the rest of the way.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      I think Alderson must have mistaken a bottle of Happy Buddha for a crystal ball.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Did Alderson say how many seasons it would take to win those 90 games?

  11. historiophiliac - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Clearly, His Heterochromianess is having an affair with Kate Upton and is too distracted to pitch. We have no choice but to sign a big contract with him and trade him to the ChiSox…where he’ll be injured and miss the whole next season on the DL. Sucks.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      I agree with you.

    • kalinedrive - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      I was thinking maybe JV has been letting up a little in order to help his good friend Max look better for that big contract deal coming up. The Tigers are confident that they will win the division, and by August JV can turn it up a notch and return to form, receiving bouquets and accolades for overcoming his slump, and Max’s numbers will look even better in comparison to the “struggling” Verlander so the Scherzer contract just gets bigger and bigger.

      Of course, last night Max felt sorry for JV so he tanked it in sympathy. Or something.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        It’s June. It’s June. It’s June. It’s June. It’s June. It’s June. It’s June….

  12. kycardsfan - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    The run the Cardinals pitching staff is on has been so much fun to watch. They’ve won 8 of 9 and have 5 more games left against the downy soft NL East on this homestand.

  13. doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    kc in first place. if this is a dream, nobody wake me up.

    • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      I think this is hilarious. When the British surrendered at Yorktown they played “The World Turned Upside Down.”

      I still believe, sadly, that natural law will re-assert itself before the season is over but for the time being, watching the Royals doinking their division has been a stone hoot.

      • Tyree Studio - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        It could all tank today, but as lifelong KC fan, going to enjoy this as long as it lasts.

        Unlike 2003 though, this team is not a fluke. They may not have enough offense to take the division but their pitching, bullpen and defense are legit.

      • sportsdrenched - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Fun Fact, that 2003 Royals team held first place until August while having a negative number in runs scored. it finally caught up with them.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        We must now change our dreams from dining on kitten stew to strangling the last king with the entrails of the last priest.

  14. historiophiliac - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    BTW, Craig, weren’t you supposed to write something else for the Phillies summary? Socialist!

  15. Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Craig doesn’t have to watch a ton of Feesh games because he has me to do it for him. He knows he’ll get clear, simple, objective, unbiased reportage of everything Piscine on a daily basis, and all he has to do is scrape the score orf the wires in the morning. Moreover, now that the Feesh and his beloved Barves are the Bernoulli Twins of second/third place in the National League Least, not watching the Feesh keeps him from confusing them with the Barves. Hey Craigster, here’s a couple of simple ways to tell them apart: (1) the Feesh are the ones who are not puffed up like bagpipes, lecturing everyone else about the right way to play the game; (2) the Feesh are the ones with the hooks in their mouths; the Barves are the ones with the broomsticks up their asses.

    Now then, for the usual AM incisive analyses: the reason you didn’t know that Garrett Jones was playing for the Feesh is that he’s buried in the fifth slot behind their number two hitter, Casey McGehee, who was deposited in the fourth slot like a glacial anomaly – all of which leads to the sort of binary confusion that can freeze a hard drive. Last night, Garrett hit the three run home run that Marcell Ozuna is supposed to have hit. Got that? Meanwhile, everyone keeps on peetching around the Iron Giant, whose numbers if he had someone behind him who concerned opposing managers even fractionally as much as the Giant does would be downright Brobdingnagian by now as opposed to merely arbitration-award-inflating. I’m beginning to believe that batting Casey fourth is merely an evil plot by Scrooge McLoria to keep the Giant’s numbers under control for the sole purpose of keeping his arbitration haul within eight figures. Of course, there’s always the danger that, if pressed, Scrooge might give the Iron Giant an accursed diamond studded amulet in the shape of his home run total for the season in hopes that it’ll lame his numbers the way it lamed the Hamster.

    Now then, the Feesh finally got a serviceable performance out of a starter against the similarly accursed Cubs last night but the raggedy boolpen got dragged into action anyway. Since Eovaldi got shelled at Wrigley, the boolpen logged 26 innings and allowed seven runs. They more or less held the line last night, even though Cishek coughed up a meaningless run in the ninth. Regardless, the Feesh managed once again to elude the gossamer reality waves of the strange attractor – for now. One more game with the Cubs and then the Mutts come in on their quest for Sandy Alderson’s Magic 90. Heh….

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Tommy can you hear me
      Can you feel me near you
      Tommy can you see me
      I hope Gonecarlo scars you
      Ooohh Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy …

      • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        You know, as a relict hippie and irremediable sixties kid, it pains me to say this – I feel like an apostate for it – but Tommy was unquestionably the dumbest, most inane, most ridiculous, most idiotic, most banal “concept album” of the entire period – a blind pinball champ who “plays by sense of smell”? Dear Buddha, but that’s imbecilic. Even on mescaline, it sounded so stupid that I had to leave the room and go watch The Prisoner on the local NET station. And then, to please a girlfriend, I ackcherley sat through the entire decerebrated ear-splattering mess when they played it at the Fillmore East. I mean, if mescaline couldn’t protect me from it, what possible chance was there that a couple of ordinary joints, drifting serendipitously back and forth along the rows, would kill the pain? I kept praying the seat would suddenly flip up and put me out of my misery.

        Cripes, I’d almost rather you quoted “In-a-gadda-da-vida.”

        I do hope you understand that when I named the home run feature at Macondo Banana Massacre Field “Tommy,” I was using my sarcasm font….

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        Fine – just don’t tell me that you also hate Quadrophenia.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        I’m having acid flashbacks. Which is odd, as I never took acid…

      • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Nope, Quadrophenia was almost as good as Tommy was awful.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        Phew

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      There’s a first for everything and this is it: I disagree with OldGator, disciple of Bhudda and honorary Jahmahn! I thought Tommy was great! Admit that Quadrophenia was better.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Report my spelling! It’s bad. Sorry Buddha!

      • Old Gator - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Your taste in albums is half execrable but your portmanteau spelling of the Enlightened One’s nickname does have an undeniably exotic charm to it. After listening to Tommy the first time, I needed weeks of After Bathing at Baxter’s, Electric Ladyland and Disraeli Gears therapy to clean the lichen orf my hallucinations. Horrible.

  16. sportsdrenched - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    The Royals are in first. Pardon me while I squeal like a child on Christmas morning…at least until noon today. Guthrie always makes me nervous.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Congratulations. They are even getting production from third base.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Guthrie is less taxing on the nerves for me. That honor belongs to Danny Duffy

  17. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Fun stat: The Yanks are in 2nd in the ALE, 3 games above .500. And yet, they have the 4th WORST run different in the entire AL @ -25. O’s are a half game behind with a -4 run differential.

  18. natstowngreg - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    It appears the Nats’ bats were accidentally shipped from San Francisco back to Washington, instead of accompanying the team to St. Louis. Surpassing the Free Chicken McNuggets(tm) threshold of 6 runs, then surviving a rare Tyler Clippard blowup, the Nats are back in first in the scintillating NL East race. At 3 games over .500 (.522), they have the worst record of any division leader. Yes, even worse than the Royals. [Congrats to the Royals, BTW.]

    Gio returns from the DL tonight, vs. Scott Feldman. Then, the Braves come to town for 4. Another opportunity to make a statement, against a team they’ve had trouble beating. A statement they failed to make in St. Louis.

  19. APBA Guy - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Stephen Vogt for mayor! How do you replace a Gold-Glove caliber RF? With a catcher, of course. Seeing Vogt in RF again always makes me nervous, but the combination with Moss at 1B, Jaso at DH, and Norris at catcher is producing results: Sixteen runs the last two nights.

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