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Stay For A Night Cap! - To Cross Your League Or Not To Edition

Indians 5 Pirates 1

WP:Josh Tomlin (8-4) LP: Kevin Correia (8-6)

HR: Carlos Santana (8)

Admit it!! When you looked at the interleague schedule in April, you scoffed at the useless series between the Pirates and Indians. Scoff no more, these two teams are the biggest upstarts in Baseball this season. Unfortunately for these exciting organizations, there's always a loser, and Tomlin (6.2 IP, 6 H, ER, 5 K) made sure it was the Pirates. Pittsburgh ace, Correia (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) pitched fairly well, until Carlos Santana came to the plate, EVERY TIME. The Indians prize blue-chipper, Santana went 3-4, scoring once and knocking in two runs.

-Hafner went 1-3, with a walk and an RBI in his return from the disabled list.

-Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-4, 2 RBI and a run scored

-Garrett Jones went 2-4

-Matt LaPorta, caught in a run down, left the game with a right-leg injury

Nationals 8 Orioles 4

WP: Sean Burnett (3-3) LP: Jeremy Accardo (3-3)

HR: Roger Bernadina (3)

SB: Ian Desmond 2 (20), Danny Espinoza (7)

After the O's took the first series, 2-1, in Baltimore., the Nationals we're out for a bit of revenge. The only thing that stopped the Nationals tonight, was the 56-minute rain delay. Zach Britton (5 H, 4 R, ER, 2 BB, 4 K) did his best to continue that fight, but it was the Orioles defense (two errors) and bullpen (3 IP, 5 H 4 ER, 5 BB) that gave Jason Marquis (5.1 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 3 K) enough breathing room. Despite the fact that three Orioles (Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Derrek Lee) had four or more hits tonight, it wasn't enough as the surging Nats extended their winning-streak to seven games.

- Nats bullpen (3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 K) saved the day once again, allowing no runs

- Jerry Hairston Jr. (BB) went 3-3, knocking in a run and scoring two more

- Ian Desmon walked once, went 2-3 with 2 RBI's and a run scored

- Wilson Ramos went 1-3 walked and scored two runs

- Derrek Lee went 5-5 and scored a run.

Red Sox 10 Brewers 4

WP: John Lackey (5-5) LP: Marco Estrada (1-4)

HR: Jacoby Ellsbury (8), Adrian Gonzalez (15)

Those that expected a pitcher's duel at Fenway tonight were mightily disappointed. Shawn Marcum (1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB) owners were even more disappointed, nearly through a rough first inning, Marcum pulled up lame after a pitch and was removed in the second inning. Don't get it wrong, Milwaukee came out swinging, scoring all four of their runs in the first three innings, but Boston 12-1 in their last 13 games, was too much for Marcum's replacement Estrada (4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K) and the rest of the Brewers pen. As for the other starting pitcher, Lackey wasn't dominant but struck out five, going eight innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. The big bats showed up for the Sox, with Gonzalez (3 R, RBI) and David Ortiz (R, RBI) each grabbing three hits tonight.

-Nyjer Morgan went 3-4, 2 R

-Prince Fielder went 2-4

-Casey McGehee grabbed a hit and two RBI in four trips to the plate
-Carl Crawford left with what appeared to be a hamstring injury

Angels 4 Mets 3

Joel Pineiro (3-3) Chris Capuano (5-7) S: Jordan Walden (16)

SB: Jose Reyes (24), Angel Pagan (10)

At first glance, the Mets and Angels have very little history between them. With the exception of snagging some franchise pitcher's (Nolan Ryan, Francisco Rodriguez) from one another. Quite ironically, it was Krod's eventual successor, new Angels flame-throwing closer Jordan Walden, that shut the door on the Mets in the opening game of this series. After the two teams traded one-run innings in the second and third, the Angels jumped ahead, taking a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth. After a one-run eighth for the Mets, it came down to Walden, who proceeded to walk his first two batters. But Walden (1 IP) kept calm and struck out the last three batters he faced for the save.

-Pineiro (6.1 IP, 3 BB, 4 K) scattered six hits, allowing only 2 earned runs.

-Capuano (3 BB, 5 K) was nearly as good, lasting six innings, allowing eight hits and two earned as well

-Angel Pagan (2 RBI) and Ronny Paulino (RBI) each went 2-4 in the loss

Blue Jays 3 Reds 2

WP: Jo-Jo Reyes (3-5) LP: Mike Leake (6-3) S: Frank Francisco (7)

HR: Adam Lind (15), Drew Stubbs (10)

SB: Corey Patterson (11)

After going 28 straight starts without a win, winning seems to be contagious to Jo-Jo Reyes. Reyes (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 K), who found himself in quite the pitching match-up tonight, has now won three of his last four starts. Not to say Mike Leake (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 K) wasn't up to the challenge tonight, but he came unraveled in the sixth. After an RBI double by Jose Bautista (2-4) to score Patterson (0-3, R), Lind (1-4) knocked one out of the park, driving in Bautista and that was all the scoring the Toronto (2.2 IP, H, 4 K) pen needed.

-Jonny Gomes snagged two hits in three at bats.

-Scott Rolen extended his hitting streak to four games, going 1-4 (R, K)

-The Reds (0-4) are winless during interleague play this season.

Marlins Rays

WP: Wade Davis (6-5) LP: Brad Hand (0-3) S: Kyle Farnsworth (15)

HR: John Buck (8), Sean Rodriguez (3), Kelly Shoppach (3)

SB: DeWayne Wise (1)

With an 0-3 interleague career-record going into tonight's battle of Florida fish, Wade Davis proved his worth. Though not dominant, Davis (6 H, H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K) was solid over six innings, controlling a very cold Marlins club, who has now lost eight games in a row.

-Hand (4.2 IP, 3 BB, 2 K) gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits

-Chris Coghlan was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans

-Wise and Gaby Sanchez each had a two-hit night in the loss

-Evan Longoria went 1-4 and scored two runs.

Rangers 6 Braves 2

WP: Colby Lewis (6-7) LP: Randall Delgado (0-1)

HR: Josh Hamilton (5), Brian McCann (10), Freddie Freeman (7)

Prior to the match up at Turner Field, the cornerstone pieces from the Teixiera trade were all the hype. Underscored at the end of the night, was the relief Texas (five-game losing streak) and Lewis -15 ER in last two starts- must've been feeling. Lewis (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) gave them a solid effort and the Rangers endured a DH-less lineup. Yeap, it was just one of those nights as the Rangers could do no wrong. As exemplified in Ian Kinsler's shift recovery into a failed force-out only to throw to first for the out ( ).. Or even Lewis' miraculous first-base line toss to first In the end, it was clearly reigning MVP, Josh Hamilton's 4-5 night that truly swept the Braves under the rug for the evening.

-Tommy Hanson (right shoulder tendinitis) was placed on the 15 day D.L., retroactive to June 13th.

-Nelson Cruz (2-5) had two doubles and is showing signs of life

Cubs 3 Yankees 1

WP: Doug Davis (1-5) LP: Freddy Garcia (5-6) S: Carlos Marmol (14)

After an RBI double by Starlin Castro (2-4, 2 R, RBI), all the Cubbies needed was Davis (7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), who finally notched his first win of the season. Davis had pitched seven scoreless before finally being touched by a run when he yielded to his bullpen. Add in the usual heart-attack Marmol save (1.1 IP, H, BB, 3 K) and actually, Davis picked up his first Major League win since May last season.

-Garcia (2 BB, 3 K) pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs in the loss

-Curtis Granderson went 0-4 (3 K) and left four men on base.

-Chicago has won four of their last five

Twins 6 Padres 5

WP: Brian Duensing (4-6) LP:Clayton Richard (2-9) S: Matt Capps (10)

HR: Ryan Ludwick (9), Danny Valencia (6)

It didn't take long for Joe Mauer (1-4, R) to extend his hitting streak to seven games. As a result, the Twins scored five runs in the first, and went on to extend their winning streak to five games. Though Ludwick's 7th inning bomb got the Padres within one run, they would get no closer and Capps came in and shut down San Diego. Eight of the nine Twins starters had at least one hit.

-Chad Headley, scored a run and knocked in two more during his 4-5 night

-Ben Revere (RBI) and Alexi Casilla each had two hits

-Joe Nathan (right flexor) is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester

Royals 5 Cardinals 4

WP: Blake Wood (3-0) LP:Chris Carpenter (1-7) S: Joakim Soria

Call me crazy, but regardless of the Royals status in the AL Central or overall record, there may be a changing of the guard. No, I'm not saying either one of these clubs will make the playoffs, but it appears the Royals are no longer six free wins for St. Louis. Already owners of a season series win, the Royals need one more win this weekend to take the season series with their Missouri River pals. Whether it's the value talent or some might say the young budding prospects that are invading the Royals lineup, this series has more bite. Not to say Felipe Paulino (6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) is the next Bret Saberhagen, but for someone who made his first start of the season May 27th, going toe-to-toe with Carpenter (8 IP, 10 H,5 R, 4 ER, BB, 7 K) will certainly help feed the fire as well. All tied up at four headed into the top of the eighth inning, Alcides Escobar (2-4, R) singled home Mike Moustakas (0-3, BB, R) to grab this game for Kansas City.

-Jon Jay (2-5, R) was the only Cardinals hitter with multiple hits tonight

Rockies 13 Tigers 6

WP: Jason Hammel (4-6) LP: Rick Porcello (6-5)

HR:Jhonny Peralta (11), Carlos Gonzalez (10), Chris Nelson (1)

SB: Austin Jackson (12)

Take away the runs column and these two teams might still be going at it. A total of 26 hits, with the Rockies edging out the Tigers 14-12, the runs however were a different story altogether. The Rockies, who put up a six-run spot in the second inning off Tigers starter Porcello (3 IP, 8 H, 6 ER,2 BB), put this game out of hand by scoring in five consecutive innings. After a one run first, Hammel (6.1, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) settled down and eventually chased in the seventh inning. From there the Rockies bullpen (2.2 IP, 2 H) shut down the visiting Tigers.

-Carlos Gonzalez (2-4, R, 4 RBI), Todd Helton (2-5, R) and Seth Smith (2-5, 2 R) each had two hits

-Charlie Blackmon knocked in two runs, scored two more on his way to a 4-4 night.

-Five Tigers had two or more hits, including a three hit night by Miguel Cabrera

Diamondbacks 4 White Sox 1

WP: Dan Hudson (8-5) LP: Edwin Jackson (4-6)

HR: Paul Konerko (17)

SB: Justin Upton (13)

There's just something karmic about the nature of trades. It's something else altogether when you're facing the opposite-league organization that traded you away for an older arm. But the juices were really flowing for young Daniel Hudson when the stars aligned just right for him to burn his former organization and the very arm he was traded away for. Hudson (CG, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K) used these circumstances to turn in the best performance of his career. While Jackson (6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER,8 K) was no schlep, he just didnt have the kind of command Hudson had and the Diamondbacks (4-0) continued their 2011 dominance of the American League.

-Justin Upton went 3-3, with a walk, run scored and RBI

-Ryan Roberts (2-3, R) has a base-hit in 11 of 15 games in the month of June

-Jake Peavy pitched six innings of two hit ball in Triple-A

Athletics 5 Giants 2

WP: Graham Godfrey (1-0) LP: Tim Lincecum (5-6) S: Andrew Bailey (3)

HR: Cody Ross (6)

SB: Josh Willingham (4)

Going into tonight's game, historically speaking, Tim Lincecum has made the trip across the Bay without breaking a sweat. For some reason, 2011 has turned The Freak, plain 'ole human. Lincecum (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) played second fiddle to Oakland's Godfrey (7 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 K), who was making only his second major league start. That and of course the Posey-less Giants continue their offensive struggles as the A's take a 3-1 season series lead into Saturday.

-Cody Ross went 2-4 in the loss.

-Conor Jackson had a three-hit night, knocking in a run

-Jemile Weeks (yes, that Weeks) who had two hits and made a fantastic play at second, has started his major league career 13-36, 6 RBI (BB, K)

Mariners 4 Phillies 2

WP: Michael Pineda (7-4) LP: Roy Oswalt (4-5) S: Brandon League (20)

HR:Shane Victorino (7), Miguel Olivo (11)

SB: Brendan Ryan (2)

After no-hitting the Phillies for five innings, Pineda (6 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K) found himself facing Placido Polano with the bases loaded in the sixth. It took all of three pitches to get himself out of the jam. Pineda wasn't the only rising star to excite the Seattle crowd as 2009's second overall pick -behind Stephen Strasburg- Dustin Ackley (1-4) made his major leageue debut. Ackley, who is expected to adjust to big-league hitting quickly, wasted no time, grabbing his first-major league hit in his first at bat. O' yeah, Oswalt (6.1 IP, 2 BB, 3 K) was pitching, though, it seems the energized, over-achieving Mariners lineup handled him well, scoring four runs on 8 base-hits.

-Ichiro Suzuki went 3-4 and scored three runs.

-Justin Smoak walked twice, officially went 1-1 with an RBI sac-fly.

-Brendan Ryan and Miguel Olivo each had two base-hits for the M's

-Raul Ibanez went 1-4 in his return to the Emerald City

Astros 7 Dodgers 3

WP: Brett Myers (3-6) Ted Lilly (5-6)

HR: Andre Ethier (6)

SB: Dee Gordon (4), Carlos Lee (3), Jason Bourgeois (17)

The odd series out for interleague play. The 'Stros sent Myers, who continued enjoying his career at Chavez Ravine, tossing a complete game. If not for the first and last innings, Myers (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K) may have had himself a shutout of the lustless Dodgers, who have now lost their last four, and seven of their last nine games.

-Carlos Lee (RBI) went 3-5 and scored two runs.

-Chris Barmes (2-4) knocked in two runs and scored one himself

-Ted Lilly (5.1 IP) gave up eight hits, six runs (five earned), walked two and struck out four

-Dee Gordon went 0-3, with a walk and two runs scored.