Athletics 5, Rangers 4 in 10
- Hideki Matsui (3) homered in the 10th off temporary closer Darren Oliver, who didn't get a save chance thanks to Arthur Rhodes blowing the lead in the eighth.
- Josh Willingham (5) and Kurt Suzuki (3) also homered for Oakland.
- Derek Holland pitched pretty well, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits over seven innings. He struck out four.
- Brandon McCarthy pitched decently, but fielded very poorly. He gave up four runs in six innings, all unearned because of his own errors.
- Michael Young went 1-for-3 with a trio of RBI. He's hitting only .342.
- Grant Balfour (2-1) walked three in an inning of work, but struck out two and allowed no hits or runs for the win.
Yankees 5, Tigers 3
- The bizarrely revived, soon-to-be-38-years-old Bartolo Colon went seven strong innings, striking out seven and allowing three runs on seven hits. He's 3-0 since moving into the rotation, quality starts all, with 20 strikeouts in 21.2 innings.
- Alex Avila delivered a couple solo homers off Colon. I believe. Do you?
- Justin Verlander worked around a lot of trouble to allow only three runs in six innings. He put 12 men on base (eight hits, four walks), but struck out eight. It took him 128 pitches.
- Jose Valverde drew the dreaded non-save assignment, entering a tie game in the ninth, and gave up a couple runs on two hits and two walks. One run was unearned thanks to an Avila passed ball.
- With Robinson Cano (bruised hand) out, Eduardo Nunez started at second and went 1-for-4 with his third steal.
- Joba Chamberlain (2-0) threw a scoreless inning for the win and Mariano Rivera earned his 11th save.
Nationals 2, Giants 0
- Madison Bumgarner struggled, came out of it, and still can't win. He fell to 0-5 despite going seven excellent innings, just allowing two unearned runs. He struck out seven for the second straight time and is back in the circle of trust.
- Tom Gorzelanny took advantage of a pitiful San Francisco offense, going eight shutout and allowing just three hits and no walks. He struck out four and earned his first win of the year.
- Drew Storen worked around a ninth-inning walk for his sixth save. He's the only man to own in the Nats' bullpen except in holds leagues.
- Aubrey Huff went 0-for-3 and is at .190. Miguel Tejada went 0-for-3 and made the big error; he's at .211.
- Danny Espinosa has two hits in his last 28 at-bats.
Braves 6, Brewers 2
- The Jair Jurrjens train keeps rolling along, as he went 7.2 innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits and no walks. He struck out four and is now 3-0 with a 1.52 WHIP on the year. Sell high? Sell high.
- The Yovani Gallardo train is still in the station. He struggled with his control again, walking four and allowing nine hits and five runs in just five innings. He did strike out seven, but still. He's now 2-2.
- David Ross (3) had the game's only homer.
- Ryan Braun stole his fourth bag.
- Alex Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a bases-clearing double.
- Freddie Freeman managed to go 0-for-1 despite playing the whole game, as he walked twice and hit a sacrifice fly.
Red Sox 9, Angels 5
- Jered Weaver finally got handed his first loss, not that he pitched poorly. He gave up three runs on six hits over six innings, striking out six and walking one.
- Sudden ground-ball machine Clay Buchholz coaxed 14 ground-ball outs, but struck out just two. He allowed two runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings, which is certainly an improvement.
- Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a pair of steals (7) and three runs, but left the game with a knee bruise.
- David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with his third homer.
- Vernon Wells sighting! Wells hit his second homer of the year, but is still sporting a .172 average. Hate the contract, hate the player.
- Bobby Abreu (4) and Peter Bourjos (3) stole bags for Los Angeles – er, Anaheim. Er, Los Angeles of Anaheim.
- Hisanori Takahashi and Francisco Rodriguez 2.0 combined to allow six runs in relief.
White Sox 6, Orioles 2
- Mark Buehrle (2-3) wasn't the sharpest, allowing eight hits and four walks, but worked out of trouble all day. He ended up going 6.2 shutout innings and his 150th career win.
- Jeremy Guthrie (1-4) was on the losing end, allowing four runs on five hits over seven. You could make an argument that he outpitched Buerhle.
- Ageless Paul Konerko bopped a couple homers, giving him eight on the year, and drove in four.
- Alexis Rios woke up with a couple hits, including a homer, and stole his fourth base. He's still hitting .168...
- Which is better than Adam Dunn, whose 0-for-3 dropped him to .165.
- Juan Pierre went 1-for-3 with an RBI, but got caught stealing for the EIGHTH time in 13 tries this year. At what point will you be ready to give up on Pierre, who's going to lose more and more at-bats due to his defensive shortcomings?
- Sergio Santos cleaned up Chris Sale's mess in the ninth, striking out the only batter he faced for his third save.
- Derrek Lee went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer (2) off Sale.
- Adam Jones went 3-for-5 and stole his fourth bag.
Marlins 6, Cardinals 5
- The previously spectacular Kyle Lohse hit his first bump in the road, allowing five runs in six innings, thanks to a Gaby Sanchez grand slam (4) and a Michael Stanton solo shot (4).
- Stanton had three hits to raise his average to .260.
- Chris Volstad was rough again on the other end, allowing five runs in five innings without recording a single strikeout. He allowed seven hits and two walks, though!
- Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer, his ninth of the year, off Volstad, and drove in four runs in all. I swear, there's something in that St. Louis water.
- Sort-of-closer Mitchell Boggs pitched the eighth inning and gave up the game-winning run on a Greg Dobbs sac fly.
- Leo Nunez notched his 10th save and Edward Mujica (3-1) got the win with two scoreless innings in relief of Volstad.
Dodgers 5, Cubs 2
- Clayton Kershaw went seven quality innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and walking none – his first walk-free start of the season. He fanned just four, but improved to 3-3.
- Jonathan Broxton pitched a clean ninth for his seventh save, just the second time this season that he's made a perfect appearance. The first time was April 1.
- James Russell (1-4) was the loser for the Cubs, giving up five runs (four earned) and failing to get out of the fifth. He's sporting an ERA of 8.15, so he's ticketed for the bullpen or minors when the Cubs' main rotation arms get back.
- Alfonso Soriano was the only Cub with two hits, among them his MLB-leading 11th homer of the year. Baseball is the most unpredictable sport ever.
- Matt Kemp went 1-for-4 with his ninth steal and a run, lowering his average from .373 to .368.
- Andre Ethier has a 28-game hitting streak, but also reduced his spectacular batting average – from .378 t0 .374.
Pirates 4, Padres 3
- James McDonald was quite decent for the Bucs, going six innings and allowing two runs on five hits. He fanned five and walked one, a two-run homer by Jorge Cantu (2) the only mar on his record.
- Garrett Jones (6) and Chris Snyder (1) hit two-run homers off Aaron Harang in the first inning. This seems like the opposite of what's supposed to happen for Harang in Petco starts. He did recover to last five innings and allow no more runs.
- Andrew Mccutchen (5) and Xavier Paul (2) stole bases for the Pirates, while Will Venable (9, but still hitting .195) and Orlando Hudson (10!) stole bags for the Padres. The 33-year-old Hudson has already matched his career high in steals.
- Are those Padres camo uniforms hideous or awesome? I'm not sure.
- McCutchen's 0-for-4 dropped him to .217. Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-3 to fall to .206.
- Joel Hanrahan caught some tough luck on Chase Headley's two-out single that arguably should have been an error on Neil Walker (tough play, but he was there), but got Venable out (surprise, surprise) for his ninth save.