Stealing Signals: Meet Nate McLouth

Pirates 6, Dodgers 4 – Pittsburgh’s CF gets the nod tonight for late night homer heroics because until reeling off a 13-game hitting streak, no one knew who the fuck he was. McLouth ripped one off Dodgers closer Takashi Saito in the top of the 9th with two outs to provide the winning margin.

Red Sox 6, Indians 4 – The reason Manny Ramirez didn’t get the top billing nod is because we come to expect this sort of thing from him, by taking a Joe Borowski pitch (he’s well on his way to matching his 5.7-something ERA as a closer, isn’t he?) out as part of a three-run top of the 9th for the BoSox. Yeah, hate to dive into the cliche, but that’s just Manny being Manny.

Yankees 8, Rays 7 – A-Rod plugs career homer #521 into the stands, but Robinson Cano’s jack in the 8th was more important, breaking an 8th inning tie caused by the Yanks’ crappy middle relief after Ian Kennedy got whacked on the leg in the 7th.  Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, and Evan Longoria went deep off Billy Traber and Brian Bruney to make it a nail-biter.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4 – Randy Johnson didn’t let the Giants hit too much, which is admirable for the 44-year old. The problem was when he left. The Giants went to town on the bullpen for the win.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3 – You know it’s early when O’s and Jays is a game to determine who leads the division. That said, Kevin Miller drove in three and hit a homer, and Matt Albers gave the Orioles a solid start coming out of the bullpen.

Angels 7, Rangers 4 – The Halos? Still mashing, apparently. Ervin Santana gives up three runs in the first inning but settles down and gets support from a Mike Napoli homer and drives from Vlad Guerrero and Garret Anderson.

Photo: AP/Kevork Djansezian

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