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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jun 23, 2014, 6:42 AM EST

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Red Sox 7, Athletics 6: David Ortiz‘s home run in the 10th wins it for Boston. More fun than a game-winning homer for Oritz (ho-hum) was the fact that Mike Napoli stole home in the third inning. OK, it was one of those “steal home when the opposition is paying way more attention to the guy at first base” plays, which should probably be scored some variation on a fielder’s choice or something, but still. Oh, and in the fifth, he homered. With that speed-power combination it’s like he’s like Rickey Henderson or something.

Pirates 2, Cubs 1: Brandon Cumpton pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. Probably worth noting that we’ve basically reached Peak Brandon in Major League Baseball these days. I went to Baseball-Reference.com and counted 41 Brandons who have played major league baseball. Twenty-two of them are currently active and another 15 of them have been active no later than 2004.

Reds 4, Blues Jays 3: Johnny Cueto gave up three runs –only one earned — and lowered his NL-leading ERA to 1.86. He gave up seven hits and struck out eight in the process. Also in the process: Brett Lawrie broke his finger while being hit by a pitch and Jose Bautista left with tightness in his leg.

Tigers 10, Indians 4: The Tigers are back in first place after a series sweep in Cleveland. Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three. They were up 10-1 in the ninth before rookie reliever Chad Smith allowed three runs. Even their mop-up bullpen work is shaky.

Mets 11, Marlins 5: Often-times eleven runs on 17 hits is a week’s worth of output for the Mets. With Jon Niese on the mound, no less, who normally gets boned in the run support department. Just to be safe, though, he laid down a suicide squeeze bunt at one point.

Rays 5, Astros 2: The Rays took three of four. But hey, it’s the Astros. The Rays are 8-18 over their past 26 games, but five of those wins have come against Houston in seven of those 26 games.

Nationals 4, Braves 1: The series split is a win for the Nats who (a) stayed in first place; and (b) have had a whale of a time against the Braves over the past year or so. Some actual wisdom from Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, though, who commented on he face that Atlanta won the first two games of the series but dropped the last two:

“You know what, it’s funny, baseball is. If we would’ve lost the first two games and won the last two games you’d be feeling pretty good about yourselves. It didn’t happen that way, it happened the other way, so you’re not feeling real good about yourself.”

Narratives, baby.

Orioles 8, Yankees 0: The Orioles scored three off Masahiro Tanaka and beat him. That’s quite the accomplishment. I half expected to see Tony Burton come out of the dugout wearing his Duke costume from Rocky IV and yell “He’s worried! You cut him! You hurt him! You see? You see? He’s not a machine, he’s a man!” [Craig returns to his computer after refilling his coffee and sees Bill Simmons running away, cackling after typing that last comment].

Cardinals 5, Phillies 3: Carlos Martinez starts have been bullpen games, really, as he’s not fully stretched out. No fear, though, because the bullpen has been pretty darn good finishing his games out. Here Nick Greenwood, Sam FreemanPat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal combined for four innings of scoreless relief. Mark Ellis drove in two runs, including the go-ahead run with a safety squeeze in the fourth.

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Mariners 2, Royals 1: The Royals came home in first place then they went and done got swept. They’ve lost four in a row, actually. Close games, but still. Roenis Elias allowed one run in six and two-thirds. Mike Zunino homered.

Twins 6, White Sox 5: The four-game sweep for the Twins. Phil Hughes has been fantastic lately, though he wasn’t here. The offense picked him up, though, led by Joe Mauer who had two hits and two RBI.

Dodgers 2, Padres 1: The Dodgers are now winners of 10 of 14 after taking two of three games in San Diego. They haven’t lost a series in Petco since 2010. If you believe in crowd support actually helping teams it’s not hard to understand why. I went to a Padres-Dodgers game at Petco last September and the place is basically Dodger Stadium South.

Brewers 6, Rockies 5: Oh dear. Oh my. How — er, just. Oh my:

The guy after Dickerson homered, which — if Dickerson had either not stumbled or simply been at third base, would’ve tied the game. That’s the sixth loss in a row and the second straight series sweep for the Rockies. Who look as if they’re playing little league ball lately.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 1: Madison Bumgarner allowed an unearned run and that’s it over eight. Brandon Crawford scored a run and drove on in. The Giants are the epicenter of Peak Brandon, by the way, with Crawford, Belt and Hicks. To bad Brandon Wood was a bust. Maybe he coulda found his way to San Francisco, allowing the Giants to field the first-ever All-Brandon infield.

Angels 5, Rangers 2: Matt Shoemaker won his fifth straight decision and C.J. Cron and Kole Calhoun homered in the fourth off Yu Darvish. By the way, we’re also at Peak C.J. these days. Five C.J.s have played major league baseball four of whom are active and two of which play for the Angels.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Normally allowing just 3 ER’s over 7 complete innings with 6 K’s and just 1 walk is a winnable game. Not so when the the team you are pitching for scores zero runs and goes 0-5 with RISP. The only bright spot for the Yankees yesterday was the Jays also lost.

    Today (Monday) it’s on to Toronto to see if the Yankees can pick up where they left off with the Jays in NY. I can only hope.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:01 AM

      Hope springs eternal.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:13 AM

        To quote Martin Luther King: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” my friend.

    • aresachaela - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:23 AM

      Watching that game was depressing ……..

      • jennstergersburnedretinas - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:02 AM

        For some people maybe…

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        See now I didn’t find anything about that game depressing at all…

      • aresachaela - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        /Throws cabbage to happy bird

        (Hides to corner and sob like their is no tomorrow)

      • psuorioles - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        I actually enjoyed yesterday’s game…

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Add me to the happy group that watched that game. Unfortunately Team USA shattered my joy shortly thereafter…

    • gloccamorra - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Did you know the Yankees’ run differential is minus thirty? That’s an expected record of 34-40, but they’re actually 39-35, in second place. Stop complaining.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        I’m not complaining just expressing my views on what went on in one particular game.
        BTW, since you seem to put so much credence in run differential how do you explain the fact the Tigers have a run differential of just 7 runs and are 8 games over .500 while the Royals who have a run differential twice that (+14 runs) and are only 3 games over .500. OR the fact the Nationals have a run differential of plus 40 and just 4 games over .500 while the Braves are a minus 14 and 1 game over .500. In many cases although not all cases there seems to be no correlation between wins/losses and run differential.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Following the game, the official scorekeeper changed the 10th inning home run by Ortiz to an error by Coco Crisp claiming that Crisp should have climbed into the stands to catch the ball. When asked about the scoring change, Ortiz said that he was OK with it because 1) he was team player and they got the win and 2) it is the job of the official scorer to protect and pad the stats of the home tem.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Ah, it’s the season for Red Sox Derangements Syndrome on HBT once again.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        That’s been all year for PC for some reason. Oh well – at least he’s funny about it.

  3. aresachaela - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Ma-kun……………………………………………………………………………….

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-tqtWM3R4QiM%2FU5htKkrkOjI%2FAAAAAAAAAkM%2FjhKfa5O1Xc0%2Fs1600%2Fblog-one-pic.png&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fvoiceofthevicar.blogspot.com%2F2014%2F06%2Fwhy-didnt-they-teach-me-that-in.html&h=500&w=571&tbnid=fWu-uQPlneRc0M%3A&zoom=1&q=why!%20!&docid=wrQkL4BcG4l8TM&ei=-AmoU_66I4rqoATi5YCoCw&tbm=isch&client=ms-android-alcatel&ved=0CB8QMygEMAQ&iact=rc&uact=3&page=1&start=0&ndsp=8

    • renaado - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Ouch…

  4. renaado - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Truly a hard fought game against the Nationals…

  5. kiwicricket - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    “I would much rather go down swinging the bat than taking a called 3rd strike from the umpire”

    -Harold Reynolds 2014

  6. dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    The all-Brandon team is pretty good:

    SP – Brandon Webb

    RP – Brandon Lyon, Brandon League

    C – Brandon Inge

    1B – Brandon Belt

    2B – Brandon Phillips

    3B – Brandon Hicks

    SS – Brandon Crawford

    LF – Brandon Allen

    RF – Brandon Moss

    CF – Brandon Barnes

    3B and LF are the only real weaknesses. And yes, I just did waste a bunch of time on this.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      Excellent work. The Rays just called up Brandon Guyer, we have a new starting LF!

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      We also have Brandon Workman for our second starter and Brandon Beachy rehabbing.

      • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        There are a few decent starters and relievers available.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        A team of Chris’s or Mike’s would be the best though.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      YOU JUST GAVE ME INGE FLASHBACKS! Dang. Warn a gal before you do that.

      /shudders

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        You mean bench coach and clutch-hitting coach Brandon Inge?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Without further ado, your “From Justin To Kelly” All-Stars

        SP – Justin Verlander, of course
        RP – Shawn Kelley, Joe Kelly,

        C – Don Kelly must have a catcher’s glove
        1B – Justin Morneau
        2B – Kelly Johnson
        SS – Justin Sellers
        3B – Justin Turner
        LF – Justin Upton
        CF – Justin Maxwell
        RF – Justin Ruggiano

    • Kevin S. - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      Not crazy about that pen, either.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      The All-Jose team could give them a game.

      C – Jose Lobaton, Jose Molina
      1B – Jose Abreu
      2B – Jose Altuve
      SS – Jose Reyes
      3B – Jose Iglesias
      LF – Jose Tabata
      CF – Jose Costanza
      RF – Jose Bautista

      SP – Jose Fernandez
      RP – Jose Quintana and Jose Valverde (just to further traumatize historio.)

      • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        What is the best single-name team? Probably something like Joe.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        Chris, Mike, Matt, I think in that order.

      • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        @Moses, are you thinking current players only? A “Chris” team wouldn’t have any Hall of Famers, unless you count Christy Mathewson.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        I’m strictly thinking today’s players. Also the David/Dave team would be really good.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Hmmm, could you make an all-Justin team? What about all-Nick? I think paper would be fond of a team comprised of dudes with free-range h’s in their names (ex Jhonny). If you were really good, you might come up with rhyming names (Bill, Will, Phil — hey, troll me again!).

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        If you go rhyming guys on a “Justin” team you could have Dustin Pedroia as 2B.

        You could also do a “From Justin to Kelly” team that would allow you to keep Don Kelly. :-)

  7. kiwicricket - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    “You know what, there is going to be a point where hitters are going to be able to move opposition fielders because they are obstructing the batters view. Look at that CF’er! He’s almost directly behind the pitchers arm”

    -Harold Reynolds 2014

  8. southpaw2k - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    That’s it. After this weekend, I’m officially on #teamStevePearce.

    I know, I know – I’m late to the party, but I’m making it official now.

    • nvl004 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      hopefully it’s not just a hot streak and he can keep it going. For some guys it just takes awhile and they figure it out later in their careers than other guys. I hope he is one of those kinda guys and can be an everyday player.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Remember that time the O’s DFA’d him and the Jays claimed him, but then he was all like “Toronto? Psh! No thanks…” And then in the end he ended up resigning with the Orioles?

      Yea, I’m pretty elated that he took that route instead of adding to the Jays arsenal.

      And I think the next time you see David Lough in LF will be strictly as a defensive replacement late in games. He just sucks something awful. Pearce to be the new fix in the lineup, alternating LF/DH with Cruz.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Wasn’t Joseph’s 1st HR reaction adorable?

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Running into the dugout and hiding in the tunnel? The new thing the O’s have been doing is giving players the silent treatment when they come back to the bench after a HR, then mobbing them after a minute or so. Caleb knew it was coming to he hid in the tunnel to give them a taste of their own medicine.Well played indeed. Personally I liked Hardy’s better: walks down the steps, grabs a bag of sunflower seeds, throws them on himself like confetti. Priceless.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Since June 6, Pearce is batting .429 with five doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs.

  9. jwbiii - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    After being swept by the Twins, Royals, and Angels in consecutive weekend series in June, the White Sox have petitioned MLB to have weekends off.

    They have won weekday series against the Giants, Tigers, and Dodgers in June.

    • ptfu - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      The White Sox need to perform on weekends? Kenny Williams needs to hire Bill Lumbergh!

  10. paulbdotcom - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Are Red Sox updates really important at this point? Let’s focus on teams that matter please.

    • nvl004 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      they are the current champs they are gonna get a mention. and this is coming from an O’s fan who can’t stand their fan base lol.

    • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Dude, a glacially slow runner stole home. That deserves a mention every day of the week.

      And the Red Sox may stink so far, but they are far from out of the playoff picture, given the weakness of their division and the existence of two wild cards.

      • clydeserra - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        a glacially slow runner makes a bad baserunning move and is bailed out by a bad throw? sure, that’s big news.

    • clydeserra - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      well sure, the RED SOX just lost three of 4 to the a’s who have the best record in baseball who were just fortunate that they played the RED SOX.

      While the RED SOX were [not] winning 75% of their games this weekend, the RED SOX blew a 5 run lead to the [opponent’s name here] in the 8th and 9th inning. So sure we need 4 posts about the RED SOX. The are the defending world champion RED SOX.

      Never mind that the RED SOX gave up a more dramatic walk off the day before to the [opponent]. And that was only necessary because of a blown call by the umpire and the mindbogglingly dumb rule that that catch is not reviewable, but whatever the RED SOX [did not] win that game.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        Soooo, there’s no East Coast bias?

      • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Thanks for capitalizing the words Red Sox so I could just read the parts I’m interested in.

        Red Sox…Red Sox…Red Sox…Red Sox. Now this is what I call a blog!

      • clydeserra - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        I get it, there are millions of Red sox fans and they drive page views. its a business, HBT is doing what a business should do.

        Doesn’t mean its not funny to the rest of us that so much typing is done for them.

        this year, right now, they are a mediocre team. But there was a post about how david Ortiz is good, not just clutch (fine, I read the headline, agreed and did not read the post because I don’t care) then a post about Mike Napoli being the first since x player to do y and z in a game. (which is a silly thing to begin with, but then when you realize the “z” was a botched stolen base attempt then a botched pickle, it seems kinda not at al noteworthy), then the lede in ATH was them again, after baaaaarely avoiding a 4 game sweep.

        It gets tiring. But yeah, I get it, you guys get the national games (in season past causing blackouts to our games due to FOX policy) you get press everywhere, you get your fans cheering in our parks.

        You sell tickets, you kick down luxury tax so we can sign Cespedes. thanks. I really do appreciate it (not sarcasm). But it won’t stop me from poking fun every once in a while.

      • gloccamorra - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Dan1111, you just reminded me of the Gary Larsen cartoon of a man scolding his dog, Fido, and all Fido hears is, “blah,blah, FIDO, blah, blah, FIDO, blah, blah”.

      • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        @gloccamorra, ha!

  11. chill1184 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Didn’t watch the game but saw highlights Niese pitched a good game and I don’t know WTF got into the offense.

  12. someguyinva - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Another possible narrative from the Nats-Braves series…

    One could make the case that it was the Braves who seemed to demonstrate rather a lack of composure in the last two games, starting with the Teheran/Gattis spat in the 6th on Saturday, moving on to a little chin music for Rendon in his first at-bat on Sunday, and finally the Johnson and Upton ejections later on Sunday. It was almost as if the two teams had swapped uniforms.

    Might could be that the tide is turning here, and we can expect more series like this where it’ll be 2-1 or 2-2 in games, and not sweeps in either direction. Now, if the Nats can just figure out how to compete on an even footing with the Cards and Dodgers, all will be right in my world.

  13. historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Cut Smith some slack now. It was his debut. Yeah, he gave up a few runs but we had some padding and he got his first major league strike out too. I ain’t even mad at the kid.

    Digging this Mart-Mart combination of late. I’m back to black-out this week, so it’s nice to have some afterglow to carry me over.

    • nvl004 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      who?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Let’s hope that Mini-Mart turns out better than Mini-Miggy.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        It appears the thumb-suckers are with us today. Pouty trolls gonna pout.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        LMAO! Love it.

    • miguelcairo - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Hush.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Step off, dude. Quit telling me to shut up. If you have a problem, you need to take care of it.

  14. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    A few notes from yesterday’s O’s/Yanks game:

    -Tillman out-pitched Tanaka. Sort of. I mean yes he has less K’s, and did not look as dominant, but he was able to keep the Yanks off the board all day, while Tanaka was playing from behind as of the 2nd inning.
    -Jonathan Schoop is the 1st player with multiple HR’s off Tanaka (at least in this league).
    -Tanaka has yet to beat the Orioles. Granted it’s only 2 starts but I take it as a moral victory.
    -Congrats to Caleb Joseph on his first career HR.

    • nvl004 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      and another pretty good start from an O’s starting pitcher. Starting to pile them up.

    • aresachaela - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Yipee, happy bird is HAPPY! Now please give me a Schoop of ice cream.

      Ma-kun will dominate mr.happy bird soon and PREVAIL!! HAHAHAHA XD!!

      • renaado - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        What’s up with you and your Tanaka obsessiveness? You clearly are puttin it in a different level…

      • aresachaela - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        Don’t wanna answer that nor deserved to be answered.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Schoop is pronounced “Scope” as in the mouthwash. And I’m not sure how I would feel about minty mouthwash icecream…

    • southpaw2k - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      I’m electing to ignore high-fiving Caleb on his first major league HR, along with the rest of the team.

  15. hushbrother - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    It’s ironic that Bill Simmons’ title is “Editor-in-Chief” of Grantland since clearly knows nothing about editing. Guy is in love with his own writing and incapable of editing himself. His columns go on forever. It would take 45 minutes to read a typical Simmons column from beginning to end, if you could stomach it.

  16. indaburg - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    “Rays 5, Astros 2: The Rays took three of four. But hey, it’s the Astros. The Rays are 8-18 over their past 26 games, but five of those wins have come against Houston in seven of those 26 games.”

    Please, please, please let us play the rest of our games out vs the ‘Stros.

    • stex52 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Fight to the death for the #1 draft choice?

      • indaburg - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        As things stand currently, that’s how it looks. How quickly we’ve fallen from grace and into the wilderness.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      It was interesting to watch a little of the Stros v Rays, like watching a big brother and a little brother, as the two teams resemble each other so much, just one has slightly older players who were # 1 picks a few years before the other.

  17. dluxxx - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Nice sweep by the Twins. Hard to believe it’s been since 2004 since they’ve had a 4 game sweep. They’re 5 games out from the Tigers and 3 games back in the Wild Card race. Currently they are in the exact middle of the pack for the Wild Card with 5 ahead and 5 behind them. They get a nice day off and then a couple of road games before the All Star break. I’d like to see them back above .500 by then.

  18. happytwinsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    I don’t really feel like posting today, but not saying anything about my boys today would be like ignoring an all A’s report card. I believe they’ve pitched well in all of about their last ten games with the partial exception of yesterday, in which Hughes had a bad 3rd but held them in the rest of his innings while the bullpen, even without Perkins available, was almost perfect.

    Surprisingly they brought Pino up instead of May, but not to worry if that doesn’t work out they’ll bring May up, or if Correia founders or gets traded up comes May – and don’t forget Meyer. I see this competent pitching thing they got going likely to keep up and good enough, if we play in good fortune, to result in about 550 ball for the last 2/3 of the season. There isn’t a team in the AL Central likely to do much or any better than that.

    There seems to be an increasing likelihood that Gardenhire and Terry Ryan know more about baseball than I do. I don’t know how that can possibly be, but I like it.

  19. musketmaniac - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Brendan Frasier could hit cleanup, and pitch. if you allow Brendans in and film performances in.

    • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      We don’t.

  20. APBA Guy - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    The A’s got a sloppy start from Milone while Lester was good, so I thought this game was over and started channel surfing (had to see Mad-Bum’s start, etc..) Anyway I come back for the 9th and there’s Uehara on the mound. Game is over, right? Well, the breeze was pretty firm out of the West, rather than the North, which means anything hit to right got a little push. That absolutely was the difference in Vogt’s homerun being out rather than a double. Jaso’s shot was a no-doubter. The look on Uehara’s face was priceless. One homer, maybe, but not two. Those will probably be his last runs given up this year.

    Of course, Abad’s slurvey mush ended out of the park, a pitch that crossed the plate just about where Ortiz sets his tee in batting drills, so there was no question where the ball would land. Berkeley would have been a good guess.

    The Giants game was fun for a different reason. Joe Panik made his debut and had a couple of hits. Classic Jon Miller as the camera finds his relatives in the stands: “The Panik family is…(beat)…very excited.”

    Also, Romo has found his frisbee slider after losing it for a few games and getting pounded.

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