Stealing Signals: Taking The Professor To School.

Long time since we did one of these, huh?

Dodgers 6, Padres 3 – David Wells wins this battle of Grumpy Old Men, as Greg Maddux gets tarred and feathered early by the Dodgers via hits from James Loney and Jeff Kent. The Dodgers are now 1.5 behind hte Padres in the NL West.

Phillies 12, Rockies 4 – And the Phillies are 1.5 behind the Pads in the standings for Wild Card implications now, as they beat up on the Rockies. J.D. Durbin lasted one inning, but the Philly bullpen actually held the lead once they got it.

Blue Jays 2, Yankees 1 – A.J. Burnett has quietly returned, and he’s throwing some sick junk. The Yankees were the latest target for Burnett, as he burned Ian Kennedy in a pitchers’ duel. Johnny Damon homered, but Frank Thomas won the game in the ninth.

Orioles 3, Angels 0 – Jon Leicester and three O’s relievers shut down the Halo line-up, as John Lackey gets saddled with three runs against him and a lack of run support.

Cubs 6, Astros 2 – The Cubs take the lead back in the NL Central by beating the Astros with four home runs, hit off the bats of Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Daryle Ward, and Cliff Floyd. Steve Trachsel gets his first win with the Cubs after eight years away. Now, to keep that lead as they head to St. Louis for the weekend.

Reds 5, Cardinals 4 – And Chicago stands a good chance now, because the Cardinals have lost all seven games since the Rick Ankiel HGH news came out, this time being swept by the Reds at the end of their road trip.

Mariners 8, Devil Rays 7 –  Tampa Bay: good for what ails you. The M’s got down 5-0 and began the comeback, topping it with Adrian Beltre’s RBI single in the eighth.

Athletics 6, Rangers 5 – Jack Cust doubles in two runs, Nick Swisher goes deep, and the A’s get out to a 6-0 lead, but almost manage to cough the whole thing up.

Photo: AP/Mark J. Terrill

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