Red Sox 3, Indians 1: Mike Lowell’s two-run shot on the first pitch he saw after coming off the DL was the difference, but most of the entertainment came after Jensen Lewis threw behind Adrian Beltre (as well as Papi) in response to two Indians being plunked by classy Boston flamethrower, Josh Beckett. To no surprise, fighting guru Shelley Duncan was front and center for the pushing, jawing and tickling. Too bad he didn’t follow his shove of Beckett with a Popinski right hook. This is probably the first Sox “brawl” I’ve seen in which Terry Francona attempted to throw down. We need more of that from managers.
Phillies 6, Marlins 1: Doc allowed a run on five hits over seven innings, struck out nine and even drove in two runs. What a showman. If there were one player in baseball who could capably replace Chazz Palminteri in the one-man stage version of A Bronx Tale, it’s Harry Leroy Halladay III.
Orioles 6, Angels 3: The Buck Showalter era has begun with victory! Then again, the reeling Angels have lost 10 of their last 14. Matt Wieters, once a budding young star who’s batting just .253, was inspired enough by Showalter’s binder collection to go 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs.
White Sox 12, Tigers 2; Tigers 7, White Sox 1: Rick Porcello (4.1 IP, 7 ER) and Carlos Torres (6 IP, 5 ER) took turns taking severe beatings in the all too familiar doubleheader split. Amazing that Detroit was just three games back as recently as last week. They’re seven back today. What a free-fall. Sidenote: Austin Jackson is batting .310. May an actual Tiger attack me on the street today.
Mets 3, Braves 2: Jeff Francoeur, widely considered the worst baseball player on the planet, homered off Billy Wagner in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and give the Mets a much-needed win. Kyle Farnsworth’s first appearance with the Braves did not go well as he was awarded the blown save. But he’ll still steal your lunch money and kick your ass in paintball. He’s Rambo.
Astros 18, Cardinals 4: On a night when the Pirates beat the Reds, the Cardinals got nipped by a mere 14 runs to the lowly Astros (I know, they’ve won seven in a row). St. Louis just doesn’t want the NL Central, or at least their bullpen doesn’t. Jaime Garcia didn’t have a great start, but Boggs, Reyes and MacDougal appear to be auditioning for those crucial never-leave-the-bench roles.
Blue Jays 8, Yankees 2: Did you know A-Rod has 599 career home runs? He did yesterday too. And the day before that, and the day before that, and…
Rays 6, Twins 4: Blow Job Upton went 2 for 4 with a 3-run homer. He’s starting to get hot, which could mean the AL East is Tampa’s.
Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Ted Lily – 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER – is officially a Dodger. Too bad their season is toast.
[Farnsworth grab via Yahoo; Other photos = Getty]