Stealing Signals: Shutout Factory

Indians 2, Athletics 0 – C.C. Sabathia hops on the shut-out train and adds his complete game job to the 43.1 straight innings of no-run ball provided by Cleveland pitching. Grady Sizemore and Ryan Garko go deep off Joe Blanton for the runs.

Dodgers 6, Brewers 4 – To Ned Yost: if your alternative to Eric Gagne is Guillermo Mota, you have a problem. Any Mets fan can tell you. Mota gave up a 4-3 lead in the ninth, capped by a two-run double by Juan Pierre, whom I don’t remember as being capable of hitting doubles.

Cubs 8, Padres 5 – Ted Lilly fans 11 over six innings, Alfonso Soriano leads off with another jack. He and Geovany Soto both drove in three, helping to drive Jake Peavy from the game early.

Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 – Jay Payton engages in Operation Grandslam to help get Daniel Cabrera a win, but everyone’s mostly talking about this Manny double play anyway:

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 3 – Micah Owings, your 0-for-3 at the plate will simply not do. .370 average for you? Unacceptable. Good thing you threw six shutout innings; your bullpen needed all four of the runs the rest of the offense got for you.

Royals 2, Tigers 0 – Joey Gathright drives in two in the 2nd with a single, and that’s all Luke Hochevar and the KC pen would need against a limp-dicked Detroit line-up.

Braves 8, Phillies 6 – Homerrific. Yuniel Escobar, Chipper Jones, and Kelly Johnson go deep for Atlanta; Chase Utley and Ryan Howard take it out for Philly. Tom Glavine throws 5.1 of four-run ball to get the win. Brett Myers gets worked by the three homers and Brian McCann’s three RBIs so badly that his wife has to ask him how it feels.

Blue Jays 6, Twins 5 – Roy Halladay gives up three runs in the first, gives up only one more and Matt Stairs gets the Jays back in and in the lead again with a grand slam. Plenty of bonehead plays by the Twins in the field and on the bases cost them more runs.

Photo: AP/Mark Duncan

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