It appears Jim Leyland has heard enough second guessing from the clowns on sports radio. On Sunday against the Pirates, the Tigers had a 2-0 lead with Rick Porcello handling the Buccos with ease through eight innings of one-hit ball, but Jimmy still opted to bring in closer Jose Valverde for the ninth inning.
The move was similar to what Joe Girardi chose to do recently by bringing in Mariano when Bartolo Colon had been pitching a gem through eight frames against Baltimore. But as you’re well aware, the personalities of these two managers are vastly different. For example, Girardi wouldn’t dare say something like Leyland’s hilarious snippet of “chewin’ my ass.” Also love that Jimmy sarcastically agreed to honor caller requests by promising to take out Verlander and Scherzer in the fourth inning to appease fans who believe the relievers need more work. The sports radio diehards in Detroit will at least be able to rest easy today and pretend to be happy, because the Tigers beat the Rays last night by a score of 6-3 thanks in part to a Furbush.
Blue Jays 7, Yankees 3 — Continuing with the theme of enjoyable audio, you must take a listen to Michael Kay explode with joy over what he thought for sure was a Derek Jeter home run. Embarrassing. Jose Bautista went deep in the first inning for his 19th homer, but Bartolo Colon managed to settle down after that until becoming unhinged in an unruly five-run sixth inning. [Kay audio via @JLB1031]
Brewers 11, Nats 3 — Corey Hart was having a rough time in batting practice, so he switched his stance during his last few warmup hacks and changed the position of his hands. It worked. He ended up belting his first three homers of the season and drove in seven runs. The Brewers have won 11 of their last 14.
Indians 3, Red Sox 2 — Asdrubal Cabrera had another big night following his 5-for-5 performance on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, 2 RBI and a stolen base. It’s painfully obvious he should be the starting shortstop in the All-Star game, and based on how well the Indians have played, they deserve to have a couple starters.
Rangers 4, White Sox 0 — Everything worked out for the Rangers in this one. Alexi Ogando, who’s been superb for Texas, pitched his first complete game of the year, giving up five hits and striking out six. Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton made their return from injuries in triumphant fashion, as both players went deep.
Phillies 10, Reds 3 — Chase Utley got one hell of an ovation from the Philly faithful in his long awaited return, but he was not part of the 10-run barrage. Every Phillie had a hit except for Chase, who went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
Cards 3, Padres 1 — Albert Pujols ended the longest home run drought of his career, as he finally launched one after 106 empty at-bats. The Cards impressively got two in the ninth off of Heath Bell to steal one in San Diego. Also, Kyle Lohse went eight innings and allowed one run. Of course he did.
Courtesy of Lanny Poffo and Sports Illustrated come two fantastic photos of Randy “Macho Man” Savage when he was trying to make it as a major league catcher. His first love was baseball, but I think we can all agree that being passed over was the best thing that ever happened to him.
[H/T: Commenter Arkbadger]