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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jul 2, 2014, 6:42 AM EDT

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Sorry, for reasons that are unimportant I wasn’t able to do a full And That Happened this morning. I hope and pray you’ll survive.

I do have time to note, however, that Rick Porcello‘s shutout — his second consecutive shutout — was quite the thing. No walks, no strikeouts. Which is not something that happens too terribly often. Indeed, the last time it happened in the big leagues was 1989, when Jeff Ballard did it.

I’ll also note that Tim Lincecum followed up his no-hitter with an eight shutout innings performance. Contrast this to last year’s no-no followup in which he gave up so many hits and runs the box score had to be expressed in scientific notation.

The rest of today’s HardballTalk day will be business as usual. In the meantime, last night’s results:

Tigers 3, Athletics 0
Giants 5, Cardinals 0
Nationals 7, Rockies 1
Blue Jays 4, Brewers 1
Pirates 3, Diamondbacks 2
Angels 8, White Sox 4; Angels 7, White Sox 5
Braves 5, Mets 4
Orioles 8, Rangers 3
Marlins 5, Phillies 4
Rays 2, Yankees 1
Indians 10, Dodgers 3
Padres 8, Reds 2
Cubs 2, Red Sox 1
Twins 10, Royals 2
Mariners 13, Astros 2

102 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. dondada10 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Let’s help Craiger out. I’ll start:

    The Mets lost to the Braves 5 to 4 as they continue to suck.

    • NatsLady - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      Are they even trying?????

      • sdelmonte - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        I think they are. They just don’t have the talent to succeed. The games are usually close, the pitching is decent, and some guys really are having good seasons. But with Wright struggling (and hurt), and other injuries and holes in the lineup, their best just isn’t that good. Here’s hoping that d’Arnaud’s recent ability to hit lingers, that Lagares shakes the rust off, and that Granderson’s return to form sticks.

        All that said, the Mets really need to be sellers in three weeks.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        And when their closer went down with an injury on Opening Day, an article talked about it being tough luck etc… mentioned it wasn’t a good way to start the season for him or the team…

        I simply said that the Mets season was over before it even began…

        for some reason, folks didn’t like that, thumbs down galore…

        They are 10 games under .500 and there are only 4 teams with fewer wins than the Mets so far this season…

        Over, done, schedule tee times after game 162, thanks for coming, turn the lights out when you leave…

        SDELMONTE

        You nailed it sir. they do NOT have the talent to succeed… and THAT is why I said their season was over before it began…

        pesky little thing like talent…

  2. redpiratecaptain - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Pirates got completely dominated by the Dbacks for 8 innings until the dbacks remembered that they’re terrible. Pirates put up 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth on a marte double and then won it on a Ike Davis walkoff single.

  3. trbmb - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    The NY Yankees, led by the brilliant GM, CASH man, continue to position themselves for further bad spending by the expert in bad spending, and zero player development, the CASH man. It will get worse.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      Although the Yankees are back at the .500 mark the Captain had a fine game yesterday. That stolen base was terrific..

    • nbjays - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      Just once on the YES broadcast, I want to see Michael Kay end with “Theeeeeeeeee… Yankees suck!”. If this keeps up, it just might happen.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        Except “Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee… Yankees win!” is Sterling’s call, not Kay’s.

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        Yes, and it was careless of me to have neglected to wish all of my pals from the boreals a happy Canada Day yesterday. There you were, celebrating a treaty, while we prepare to celebrate a war. Now come on, if that – along with the limited availability of smoked meat donuts and poutine – doesn’t quintessentially express the difference between our respective civilizations, I don’t know what does.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        The 4th of July is a celebration of Independence…

        Yes, WAR led to that independence, but the celebration on the 4th is OF the independence and not the war…

        You know, like “Happy INDEPENDENCE Day”

        I’ve not seen “Happy WAR Day” used to talk about the 4th…

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        I move that we call it the “War of Colonial Aggression.” The terrorists won.

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Oh come on. War and American independence are inseparable. Celebrating one without the other is like vichyssoise without pepper (there, you see how cleverly I interpolated the also uncelebrated but indispensable, even if insufferable, French?). Try and imagine that adorable fife and drum trio without the head bandage. Nope. Cornwallis isn’t something you get on your feet or slather with butter at a barbecue this weekend. George Washington was a general, by which I don’t mean good at everything. Try and imagine American independence without war. Can’t be done. We are a warrior people. We’re just not very good at it anymore.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Many wars end with treaties too…

      • kevinbnyc - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Maybe we should start a petition to get the Battle of Yorktown its own national holiday?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Oh, please. Christmas Eve has already become Washington Crossing the Delaware Eve-Day. No more holidays about the Revolution!

        We need an Emancipation Day instead.

  4. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    I’ll run the O’s/Rangers!

    -TJ McFarland gets the win in a spot start for the O’s, the second of his career (start that is, not win).
    -3 more HR’s for the O’s last night: Caleb Joseph, Steve Pearce (who continues to be hot at the dish) and Nelson Cruz (a birthday shot).
    -Chris Davis continues to suck. And based on the way both Pearce and Delmon Young are hitting? I think Buck seriously needs to consider benching Davis until he figures out what happened to his bat. And his glove too- he’s had some issues fielding easily balls in the past week too.
    -On the Rangers side, Andrus and Odor flashed some serious leather last night on the infield. Very impressive.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      The O’s are still winning, while the Yankees might be falling out of contention.

      • aresachaela - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        FUDGEE BAR!!!!! Happy Canada there PC and give my regards to your Blue Birds XD!!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        Thank you. Have a wonderful July 4th weekend.

      • aresachaela - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        XD XD!! Our Philippine Independence day already ended in June 12th.

        Happy advance 4th of July there to you guys in the States.

      • renaado - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        @Achaela, truly a memorable day if not only for your tardiness.

      • moogro - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        The red Blue Jay uniforms are nice. A big maple leaf somewhere on them yesterday would be even better.

    • nvl004 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Andrus flashed some serious shoe leather has he booted the ball around the infield.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        I forgot about that one. And it cost them a few runs too. Yikes…

      • nvl004 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        Yeah outside of that lol. Good to see the bats coming alive in the last 3 games

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    The Jays won on Canada Day thanks to a fine pitching performance by Drew Hutchinson and a first inning home run by Jose Bautista.

    • Shayna - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Addenda: Some fancy glovework by EE to grab a hot shot up the first base line against the first batter of the game, another interleague homer by Colby Rasmus, and snappy red unis in honour of Canada Day. Downside: an ultimately irrelevant but temporarily disturbing botched rundown between 1st and 2nd, when EE was distracted by a runner at 3rd, missed seeing Muni waiting for the throw at 2nd, and let the fish off the hook. Another suspension bridge game: scoring at the start and the end, with lots of zeroes in between.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        Thanks Shayna. I missed seeing the game because I was out enjoying the day.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Happy belated Canada Day PC!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        Thank you.

  6. indaburg - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    False advertisement, man. This is a “Settling the Score”, not an “ATH.” Where’s johnnysoda when you need him?

  7. proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    The resurgent Rays won by 2 to 1, while the Red Sox lost by 2 to 1. The Rays are now only 2 games behind the Red Sox.

    • rje49 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Yeah, but the Red Sox scored a run! Really.

  8. johnnysoda - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    And That Happened: Tuesday Edition

    Blue Jays 4, Brewers 1- It was Canada Day for the Blue Jays, so this game stole the stage for a few hours. Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus both homered while Drew Hutchinson fanned ten over seven innings. This is one of those games that many people might label as a “World Series preview”, even though it shouldn’t be that way, considering the Brewers never should’ve left the AL. But I digress.

    Pirates 3, Diamondbacks 2- The party in Pittsburgh keeps on rolling, as Starling Marte tied it on a double in the bottom of the ninth and Ike Davis won it a few moments later. The Pirates are now a season-high three games over .500.

    Nationals 7, Rockies 1- Three RBI for Jayson Werth and a Strasburg-like outing by Stephen Strasburg were the keys to victory. The Nationals have outscored Colorado 14-4 in the first two games of this series.

    Orioles 8, Rangers 3; Rays 2, Yankees 1- I best not talk about these games, because if I do, it’ll only end with a lot of cursing and bold, capital letters.

    Tigers 3, Athletics 0- As Craig noted, Rick Porcello threw a complete game shutout without the benefit of a strikeout. What Craig didn’t tell you, however, is that Porcello got two strikes on batters eleven times, but couldn’t seal the deal once. Close, but no cigar.

    Braves 5, Mets 4- Carlos Torres pitched three fine shutout innings out of the bullpen for the Mets. However, he could not undo the damage done by Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first few innings. As Bruce Springsteen once said, (because sportswriters love Bruce Springsteen) “we cannot undo these things we’ve done”.

    Cubs 2, Red Sox 1- It wasn’t quite as impressive as Jake Arrieta’s near no-hitter, but five Cubs pitchers combined for five-hit ball against the Sox. This actually makes things worse for my Yankees, as the freakin’ Cubs have managed to win a series against Boston, while the Yankees cannot. Tough times.

    Mariners 13, Astros 2- The Mariners may have trounced the Astros here, but are they going to win the 2017 World Series? Didn’t think so!

    Marlins 5, Phillies 4- The Phils attempted a rally in the eighth on back-to-back home runs, but Ed Lucas saved the day with a walk-off single in the eleventh.

    Angels 8, White Sox 4; Angels 7, White Sox 5- Let’s play two! Well, the White Sox probably rather wouldn’t have. In the first game, Jose Abreu gave them a 3-0 on a home run, and they were shut out the rest of the way. In game two, they lost again to complete the doubleheader sweep.

    Twins 10, Royals 2- Big Game James was not so big in this one, while Eduardo Nunez and Kendrys Morales had three hits apiece to lead the hometown charge. Eric Hosmer did go 4-4 for the losers, so they got that going for them.

    Indians 10, Dodgers 3- Weird play in the fourth inning, as the Indians turned a triple play on a combo attempted sac fly-stolen base move by the Dodgers. Wouldn’t have impacted the results much, as the Indians take revenge on L.A.’s dominating pitching from the previous night.

    Padres 8, Reds 2- Seth Smith and Carlos Quentin both homered to lead the Padres to victory. They’ve taken the first two, believe it or not.

    Giants 5, Cardinals 0- Tim Lincecum did not pitch a no-hitter, but he did throw eight lights-out innings. Now that a hellish June is over for the Giants, we’ll see if they can get back on track.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      Bravo Johnny!

    • renaado - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      Awesome recap again Johnny. Nice win by the Braves today.

    • aresachaela - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Yeankees back to sucking again!! Alright, it’s official, I’ll only watch when Ma-kun’s pitching.

      Nice work again there Johnny. You are the recap savior XD!!

    • 4d3fect - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Thanks, johnny!

    • indaburg - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      Oh, there you are.

      I’ll talk about the Yankees-Rays game since you seem verklempt about it.

      The Rays gifted the the Yanks their sole run when Zobrist decided to play dodgeball in the middle of a rundown and hit Ellsbury in the back. Sadly, the rules of baseball and dodgeball differ, and Ellsbury was not out, allowing Jeter to score. Another great pitching performance by Price, who was disappointed in himself by only striking out 9. Overachiever.

    • jarathen - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      Let’s not forget that newly minted Angel Rich Hill pitched in both games and recorded zero outs.

      The best part is that if the Angels send Hill down he can opt out. RJ Alvarez has thrown 21 shutout innings in Arkansas this year. I wonder how long before the desperate Halos bring him up Cam Bedrosian style and throw him to the wolves.

    • moogro - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Way to answer the bat-signal johnny.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      On point once again Mr. Soda Pop. Well done!

    • entitymn - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Craig – you could totally crowdsource ATH on days when you cannot do it yourself…

  9. philliesblow - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Crash Davis loved Porcello’s work last night.

    http://movieclips.com/XMqB-bull-durham-movie-strikeouts-are-fascist/

  10. nvl004 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Nice win by the O’s. They need a win today to secure the series as they will be facing Darvish on Thursday. Look for Yu to fan 12 that day.

  11. unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Recap Party! We’re long overdue for a little haiku.

    Halos 8 White Sox 4 Halos 7 White Sox 5

    Surging Halos pounce – crouching A’s lose one-point-five – Abreu homers

    Jays 4 Wallbangers 1

    Joey Bats is strong – A happy Canada Day – Hutchinson is good

    Nattitude 7 Rockies 1

    Nats keep pace with Braves – Strasburg versus Friedrich sounds – Like German tennis

    O’s 8 Walker Texas Rangers 3

    Ball-more bats stay hot – a two-dollar pistol would – be cool by compare

    Rays 2 Borg 1

    Can we please just stop – saying “the struggling Price.” – He looks pretty good.

    Braves 5 Mutts 4

    Bad start for old friend – and human rain delay Dice – Bullpens both awesome.

    Cubs 2 Sawks 1

    Sawks waste a rare – quality start from Clay. – Theo’s cold revenge

    Tiggers 3 A’s 0

    Mini-Mart is open – While V-Mart rests and heals up – More grounders for Rick

    Buccos 3 D’Backs 2

    Raise the Jolly Rog – Here come the Pirates, watch out – you have been warned.

    Gnats 5 Cards 0

    No showy no-no – just quiet efficiency – Freaky Spicoli

    Feesh 5 Feelies 4

    Kevin Gregg must be – Scrooge’s way to strike back at – Gator’s damning prose

    Twins 10 Royals 2

    Hard times for Royals – Shields looks sick as Serena – Nunez keeps raking

    Mariners 13 Altuves 2

    Downs faced 6 hitters – gave up 4 doubles somehow – I love Altuve

    Cleveland 10 Dodgers 3

    Huge effort by pen – Triple play double review – that must be a first

    Padres 8 Reds 2

    Mike sprung a big Leake – Sleeping Quentin slowly rises – Did Pads fire right guy?

    • renaado - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      Awesome! Nice recap there, love the “Mutts” word btw.

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        Speaking of which, I know they eat dog in Bali. Have they expanded the palate in the Philippines yet? I suspect that bitter melon would go nicely with it.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        You “suspect” bitter melon would nicely accompany dog?

        I’m putting out an ASPCA APB on Friendo.

      • renaado - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:42 AM

        LoL Gator, we Manileños don’t eat dogs… Unless your a person livin in Baguio though.

        /Shivers…

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        Friendo is my pet pygmy rattlesnake. Any Texan can tell you that they go best on the grill, with barbecue sauce (up until relatively recently you could ackcherley order rattlesnake burgers at the Dome Restaurant orf the lobby of the Paso del Norte Hotel in downtown El Paso).

        Fido is our odd Hemingway hound. No one eats him unless they can figure out how to get him down from his corner of the ceiling – and then, cleaning his quills would be too much of a job for all but the most utterly bored housewife.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Thanks Ren

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        I should have known – Fido is fortunate to be so quill-equipped and levitationary. Both qualities will come in handy should Friendo escape.

    • indaburg - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      I want to know who is saying Price is struggling. I’d like to introduce him to my friend, math.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Shut up, nerd!

      • indaburg - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        That is probably what Price would say to me.

      • stex52 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Pretty definite, Indy. Price said last week he has never pitched better. He is making a good case for it.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        Haiku, math, everyone googling what Gator says – HBT is just one big Nerd Herd.

    • moogro - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Wow. Must be a double bat-signal today. johnny takes the cake, but uncle brings the pie. Sweet, delicious pie.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Thanks Moo – I’m a noted pie-thrower.

  12. historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Happy Day of Deliverance, Staters! We are free from the oppressive clutches of the evil British empire!!! NO TEA! TAXLESS NEWSPAPERS! GOOD ORAL HYGIENE! John Adams called for “shews” and games from sea to shining sea on this day forever more. It’s only half the country, but I hope that the Tigers-A’s game will suffice. It’s hard to please Adams.

    Hey, did anyone else laugh as much as me when the Tigers tweeted support for the USMNT yeaterday? Kinda funny from a team with a large number of Venezuelans on it. Nationalism can be so ironic sometimes.

    Anyway…Mini-Mart! The Rickster was GOOD. The kid is really doing well this year. It’s like the problem before was our defense or something. Sheesh. /s

    JOBUUUUUUU BLESS AHMERICUHHHHHH. LAND THAT I LUUUUUUURRRRRVVV…

    • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Speaking of John Adams, I just thought about that hilarious moment in the Little Giamatti biopic when he’s walking with Ben Franklin through the gardens at Versailles with his Puritan sensibilities being savaged by the low bodices of the buxom court courtesans, and Franklin, admiringly, leans over to him and whispers, “oh, to be seventy again!”

    • philliesblow - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      USMNT? U.S. Mutant Ninja Turtles?

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Tim Howard certainly looked like one. Did you see all the acrobatics he did to save all those balls? Alas the effort fell short.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        I think Howard won’t have to buy his own beer for quite some time.

      • stex52 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Yeah, it was kind of Tim and the Ten Dwarves yesterday. Close, but no cigar.

    • sportsdrenched - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      I thought it was more ironic that US Brewers that have Belgian Corporate Overlords we trying to act all American. I was hip to their act though, and did not start drinking at work while the match was being played.

  13. Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    The Feesh survived yet another self-immolation by Kevin Gregg last night to eke out a victory over Juan de Flatus and the Feelies; they say pets look like their masters, and indeed, the Feelies have been floundering. They have only to evolve a long pointed nose for the resemblance to be close enough to mistake one for the other, except that the Feelies, mired in last place, are flatter from the weight of all the other teams stacked on top of them, if not from mere bathymetric pressure alone. Yes, the Begoggled One came in in the eighth to protect a two run lead, which he promptly eradicated with a pair of gopher peetches to Byrd and Asche. When feesh fans see Gregg walking in from the boolpen, we feel a lot like the folks in the front seat on the log flume ride at Disney World just as it arrives at the big drop. Ho ho ho, the laughin’ place. And yet for some reason, with four or five equally if not far more tractable options, Mike Redmond keeps trotting out this accomplished arsonist in critical situations. Gregg was DFR’d (designated for revilement) a long time ago. What’s the point? With both the Barves and Gnats winning, the Feesh, although they did inch closer to the still distant strange attractor, remained five and a half back of their implausible dream of respectability.

    In other, temporarily cheery news, the Feesh brainstem trust reaffirmed that, despite sordid revelations from the hacked nether land of the Astros trade log, the Iron Giant was not on the market – which is garbage, because I saw him between the green peppers and bitter melon at Trader Joe’s the other night. But you can believe Scrooge McLoria, because he never lies, and he’s always right.

  14. sdelmonte - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    With the USMNT eliminated, disappointed New Yorkers changed the station after two weeks of World Cup excitement and found that they hadn’t missed much. Much as Time Howard can only do so much for an offensively challenged team, Kuroda and his fellow starters find themselves left to do everything while the Yankees’s bats remain silent. Were the Boss still alive, odds are he would be demanding changes to both teams instantly. One thing they have in common: getting younger would be a good idea.

    Meanwhile, Citi Field sits quiet as its residents continue another disheartening and irrelevant season. I suspect many Mets fans, having sampled another night of Just Good Enough to Lose Baseball from Atlanta, switched the station back to World Cup highlights. Or even, heaven help us, coverage of Carmelo Anthony’s trip to Chicago.

    • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      You’re not covering Jason Kidd’s Merry Pranksters trip to Milwaukee?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        Somehow Jason Kidd managed to go from the most under-qualified NBA head coach to a lame-duck coach around November to a better job with more power over personnel decisions. It’s a real head-scratcher, makes you wonder who’s mixing the Kool-Aid in Milwaukee..

        Anyhow, this is a baseball site so I won’t take things any furthur.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      The odd part: it was the oldest guy who was performing the best.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        Not odd. Typical. ;)

      • sdelmonte - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Goalies in all sports are apparently immortal, based on the sample set of Tim Howard and Martin Brodeur.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        In soccer, goalkeepers age like fine wine. Gigi Buffon, Dino Zoff, Brad Friedel, Edwin Van der Sar, Jens Lehmann, Peter Schmeicel – soccer is full of goalkeepers who excelled well into their forties.

        There is a 47 year old keeper playing for Burton Albion in Great Britain’s 3rd division.

        Eddie Belfour and Dominc Hasek would have to be the most recent ancient hockey goalies. They both played at a high level whilst 40 years old.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Yeah, I was talking about soccer.

  15. pwshrugged - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Porcello’s second CG shutout in a row is a K-free Maddux. Wow. As a commenter previously noticed, the lack of strikeouts wasn’t really a thing – he had several two-strike counts, and only got himself into two three-ball counts the whole game. Honestly, he was strangely dominant.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      That sounds like it should be a name for a new Album: Strangely Dominant.

      • nbjays - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        By Old Gator’s favorite new band, the Strange Attractors.

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        You ain’t goin’ to believe this, but….

        http://www.pastfuturesrecords.com/artists/the-strange-attractors/

  16. dluxxx - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    The Twins woke up the bats and scored 10 runs for the 4th time this year. They did it 3 times in the first 10 games, so that’s quite the dry spell. Hopefully they didn’t use up all the runs in those bats and can come out swinging again today.

    • dluxxx - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Also, I’m betting Mauer goes to the DL and I’ll have to hear about how he’s so weak again. The guy battled through the injury for a week or so now and according to him it was getting better. Not so much now.

      But if you look at his numbers over the last few weeks, maybe he should play hurt all the time, huh? His line from June 19 through July 1 is .362/.400/.489 with an OPS of .889. He was starting to look like himself there, and hopefully once he heals up he’ll continue to rake.

      • happytwinsfan - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        There’s already a “baby Jesus” barb on the Mauer thread. I swear, Mauer Chevrolet must sell a lot of lemons or something.

        At leas the timing is relatively good with the all star break providing some time for it to heal. And Joe gets to tell himself that even if had made the team he wouldn’t have been able to play.

      • dluxxx - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        I’m guessing there’ll be a lot of injuries around the All-Star break for the rest of his career then. He went from being hands down the best Catcher to a middling 1B. Ain’t no way he’ll be passing up Miggy anytime soon unless he starts hitting some dingers…

      • happytwinsfan - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        He could do it with some Carew type numbers, which is not likely but possible. I think Miggy’s big body is going to go into decline sooner than expected. But true, Joe’s all star days are probably past. Hope he can reach and hold a new plateau high enough and long enough to give him HOF career stats.

      • dluxxx - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Ditto. It’d be nice if there was an advance in the catcher equipment or concussion treatment that would allow him to get back behind the plate without endangering his career, but at the very least, I think he sticks around long enough, and his numbers as a catcher are good enough to have him in the HOF conversation.

  17. sportsdrenched - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    If Big Game James Shields
    Continues to struggle maybe
    Royals can sign him

  18. Gamera the Brave - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    That’s why I habituate HBT – high haiku content…

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Just be careful not to allow children to read – HBT is fortified with adult levels of haiku, and can be dangerous to the health of younglings.

  19. steelerfanforlife - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    So your job is to report baseball new but you don’t have time to do it? How do I get your job??!!!

    • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Based on your comment, I’m going to say don’t bother to apply. Bye bye.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        Thank you for the hate-kisses today, thumber.

  20. APBA Guy - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Watching Porcello pitch yesterday was a painful reminder that Dombrowski is a very good GM. Consider the abuse he took after trading Fister and Fielder, now look at how that has worked out: Porcello has been excellent this year, and Kinsler-who handled 8 chances yesterday-has an OPS over .800.

    The thing about Porcello yesterday was his strike-throwing. The A’s are masters at running up the count, but that depends on the pitcher nibbling or pitching in fear. Porcello refused to play along with the plan, getting 17 ground ball outs, or 63%, a fantastic ratio.

    That sound you hear in the distance is the Angels, winners of 2 yesterday, creeping closer in the AL West.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      When small ball meets a ground ball pitcher?

      • APBA Guy - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        The A’s are more like the Earl Weaver Orioles: 3-run HR is their god, and don’t waste outs bunting. But against good pitching, they’ll do what they can. And against very good pitching, like Porcello yesterday, they couldn’t even do that.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Don’t check the score.

  21. musketmaniac - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    WOW You guy’s strayed off the path today. pet rattlers, NBA, soccer again. And no I am not going to feel guilty about wanting to make pit bull cababbs out of the neighbors mutts.

  22. janessa31888 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    I appreciate all the dedicated HardballTalkians. Very interesting and entertaining comments today. The Indians, on the other hand are trying to lull their fans to sleep.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Are you depressed? You’ve been quiet.

  23. jimeejohnson - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    While Timmy and the Giants cruised, Josh Beckett and the Dodgers got killed! Dodger fans thought the Giants would fold but it’s not going to be that easy, I hope. Looking forward to those last series of the year between these two old rivals.

  24. musketmaniac - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    The Dodgers have to win the world series, with that payroll anything else is failure.

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