Rangers 30, Orioles 3; Rangers 9, Orioles 7 – I only post the scoreboard above to remind myself that this did actually happen. Grand slams for Marlon Byrd and Travis Metcalf, two home runs and 7 RBIs each for Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez. Only Nelson Cruz and Michael Young didn’t drive in runs in the first game. The bottom three hitters in the order went 13-for-19 at the plate. Even Wes Littleton got a save in relief because he pitched three innings. Note to the Orioles: your pitching was so shitty that Tim Kurkijian cannot contain his laughter long enough on the phone to record a conversation about this on the phone for ESPN News.
Dodgers 15, Phillies 3 – Can’t fight against the youth, Phillie fans, especially when the Dodger youth movement hits like that. Three RBIs for James Loney and Andre Ethier and four hits for Matt Kemp.
Cubs 4, Giants 2 (F/10) – Jason Kendall drives in pinch-runner Felix Pie in the top for the go-ahead, add some insurance, and Ryan Dempster gets the save. Barry Bonds gets more round numbers with his 600th double and is 10 RBIs away from 2,000 for the career.
Indians 11, Tigers 8 – More bashing. The Indians absorb homers by Carlos Guillen, Magglio Ordonez, and Marcus Thames by taking it out early on Justin Verlander.
Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 2 – Brandon Webb loses his consecutive shutout innings streak at 42, but hangs in there by only giving up two runs overall.
Athletics 4, Blue Jays 1 – Oakland on a tear, winning the last eight of ten. Jack Cust nailed the go-ahead homer, and Mark Ellis added an RBI double.
Yankees 8, Angels 2 – It was actually a pitching showdown between Andy Pettitte and John Lackey until the seventh and eighth innings, when the Yanks started hitting Lackey and reliever Scot Shields.
Padres 7, Mets 5 – Jake Peavy got nasty against the Metropolitans, striking out 11 and giving up two runs. Trevor Hoffman made the save interesting by giving up three runs prior to striking out Carlos Delgado to end the game.
Photo: AP/Nick Wass