Cubs 9, Nationals 1: Stephen Strasburg will have a second MRI on his right forearm to see if it was anything more than a strained tendon that caused him to leave Saturday’s game against the Phillies. Sounds like a party. Seems a bit early for all this stuff to start happening to the young fella. Couldn’t he enjoy the ride for at least one summer? The baseball gods are unkind. As for the game, Livan Hernandez celebrated the awful news by getting lit up for 10 hits and seven runs over 4 1/3. The Nats are back.
Rangers 4, Twins 0: Rich Harden had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings but was removed after 111 pitches (he just came off the DL). Matt Harrison came on to get the last out of the seventh and Darren O’Day pitched a clean eighth. Which brings us to the ninth, where Joe Mauer was due up third. Everyone knew what was coming next. Yup, base hit, no more no-no. Right here is where Chris Berman says, this just in … Joe Mauer’s pretty good.
Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2: Jose Bautista launched homers No. 39 and 40, and on the second one took pleasure rounding the bases after having a pitch sail above his head in his previous at-bat. To put his 40th in perspective, if it were 2001 he’d be trailing Bonds by 15 for the major league lead. We miss you dearly, steroids.
Astros 3, Phillies 2: The Astros got two in the eighth thanks to a bad call on Michael Bourn’s drag bunt that setup Carlos Lee’s two-run single. Even worse, Brett Myers got the win.
Cardinals 10, Pirates 2: Fat Albert’s three-run shot in the first was all the Cards would need. That’s all most teams need against the Pirates. Yes, that includes when the heroic Kyle Lohse is on the mound. Even the Cards’ notoriously shaky bullpen pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Everyone wins here, except for the Pirates.
Red Sox 6, Mariners 3: Fister got fisted at Fenway. Sorry, couldn’t help it.
Rays 4, Angels 3: For the 16th time in two weeks, the Rays have knotted things up in the AL East.
Giants 11, Reds 2: Matt Cain went eight and allowed two runs, improving to a consistently inconsistent 10-10 on the season. The Giants and Cards are just a game back of the Phils for the NL Wildcard. That race should be fun, although don’t count out the Reds or Braves choking away their respective leads.
Rockies 5, Braves 4: I’m blaming this one squarely on Derrek Lee, who was o for 4 with three strikeouts. He needs to stop closing his eyes and hoping for the best.
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