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Yardwork: A's Walkoff on Matsui's Homer

A’s 5, Rangers 4, 10 innings — The A’s rarely get top billing in this post, but considering they took three of four from Texas and did so in dramatic fashion thanks to a walkoff 10th inning homer from Hideki Matsui, it seemed well deserved. On top of that, starting for Oakland yesterday was Brandon McCarthy. He rebounded well following a dreadful start his last time out, and he’s also one of the best Twitter follows in MLB for various reasons, including a hilarious avatar. Last night he summed up Rashard Mendenhall’s bin Laden nonsense quite well.

Red Sox 9, Angels 5 — Dustin Pedroia defines scrappiness because he’s white, little and always sports scruff. But he’s also scrappy because he fouled off nine pitches in a 13-pitch at-bat against Jered Weaver before hitting a two-run single that gave the Sox the lead for good. It was Weaver’s first loss of the year, though he didn’t pitch poorly. The Angels bullpen can be thanked for the ugly score.

Dodgers 5, Cubs 2 — Andre Ethier’s hitting streak remains alive at 28 games. Were you aware of the streak? Do you care yet? When do we get live look-ins? Does it become a throbbing national story when he reaches 35 games? Does his streak get snapped tonight after all of these questions?

Pirates 4, Padres 3 — The Pirates won, so there’s that, but there’s also this: Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been behind in the count 0-2, 40 times this season. In those 40 at-bats, he is 0-40. At least he’s consistent.

Nats 2, Giants 0 — Tom Gorzelanny cruised through eight innings of three-hit ball on 95 pitches against San Fran’s uninspired, flaccid wood. Within the last week, the pathetic defending champs have been shutout by the Pirates once, and the Nationals twice. Up next, contraction.

Marlins 6, Cards 5 — For the first time since his initial start of the season, Kyle Lohse has opened the door for other Cy Young candidates. He allowed six hits and five runs, including two home runs. Mike Stanton was 3-for-5 with a home run.

White Sox 6, Orioles 2 — I love the MLB Network. I really do. But is it possible, at least on occasion, for them to use the radio feed or the other team’s broadcasters when showing White Sox highlights? Hawk Harrelson makes me want to punch my TV in the face. Anyway, Paul Konerko homered twice and Mark Buehrle threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Braves 6, Brewers 2 — Jair Jurrjens pitched into the eighth inning, scattering seven hits and giving up two runs, which is the most he’s allowed in four starts. Braves fans have to be loving Jar-Jar-Jurrjens right now. Alex Gonzalez, who will reportedly play forever, went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI.

Yankees 5, Tigers 3 — The Yanks got two in the ninth off master of the mound dance, Jose Valverde, who walked two and surrendered two hits. That’s seven straight losses for Detroit. Justin Verlander has bizarrely allowed exactly three earned runs in six of his seven starts.

Neg-burns! Mullet! AHHHHHHHH:

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