Angels 8, Mariners 2 – If you have a huge question mark in one of your starters who only threw 20 pitches (Ervin Santana in Game 2), and you still sweep the team only two games behind you when the series started, you’re ready to take a division by the throat. Jered Weaver got his fourth win in five starts, Garret Anderson got four more hits, and Vlad the Impaler hit a homer and went 8-of-14 the entire series.
Indians 4, Twins 3 – Duel of the lefty titans in C.C. Sabathia and Johan Santana, and C.C. gets that 15th win (long overdue) when Asdrubal Cabrera and Victor Martinez take Santana deep in the first inning to build up a four-run lead.
Phillies 3, Mets 2 – Goddamn, Marlon Anderson. That was fucking stupid. If you’re going to try and take out the runner, don’t make it look so obvious.
Rockies 8, Giants 0 – Jeff Francis is a sick puppy, six-hitting the Giants for a shutout as Chris Iannetta and Brad Hawpe add homers to that total.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 3 – Josh Beckett squares off against his idol Roger Clemens and gets outpitched. Alex Rodriguez adds homer #44 on the season.
Royals 5, Tigers 0 – How not to contend for the division and the wild card: play like the Tigers are against easy pickings. KC got all five runs in the first against Andrew Miller, and three Royal pitchers shut Detroit’s potent line-up out. Gary Sheffield being in or out makes a serious difference.
Brewers 6, Cubs 1 – If Ben Sheets stays healthy, the Brewers might not be as dead as we all think. He gave up one run in six innings, while Carlos Zambrano looked like anything other than Big Z, having gone winless for the month of August.
Padres 3, Diamondbacks 1 – The Old Professor keeps throwing top notch pitching performances. Maddux threw seven innings for the no-decision, but kept the Padres in it when Mike Cameron drove in Brian Giles in the eighth for the go-ahead run.
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