— Freddy Garcia threw six innings of shutout baseball with only four baserunners and seven strikeouts.
— Mariano Rivera blew his second save in a row, the first time he’s blown back-to-back saves since 2007. Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson also weren’t good, with Chamberlain giving up a home run and two runs and Robertson giving up two hits in 0.2 innings. Notable bullpen stalwarts Boone Logan and Buddy Carlyle did great, though.
—- The bottom of the ninth ended on a Brian Roberts double with two men on base. The tying run scored, but the winning run was thrown out at home. Then, with Derek Jeter on third base and one out in the top of the tenth, Alex Rodriguez hit a deep fly ball. Jeter tagged and tried to score, but was out… on a very good throw/play at home.
—– This was how the top of the eleventh, where the Yankees scored three runs, went: count 3-2 on Robinson Cano, 40 minute rain delay, Cano fouls off five pitches, doubles off the new pitcher Jason Berken. With no one out, Cano steals third base. Nick Swisher strikes out attempting to bunt. Eric Chavez IBBed. Russell Martin hits a ground ball to the shortstop, and it was probably hit too softly to get a double play, but the shortstop throws it away, allowing a run to score and Chavez to go to third. Brett Gardner strikes out swinging. Derek Jeter hits the ball to third and the Orioles’ third baseman throws it away, letting Chavez score, Martin go to third, and Jeter get all the way to second. Curtis Granderson hits a ball right into the shift the Orioles had set up for him, only the second baseman bobbled it and another run scored. The inning ended with a Mark Teixeira flyout, but the Orioles: they are who we thought they were.
—— Derek Jeter went 4-for-6 and it is sad that we’re noting this as unpredictable.
– The Rays are .500 now.
— They started 1-8.
— At one point in their series with the Blue Jays, they had faced Jose Bautista 10 times and he’d reached base in all ten plate appearances.
—- James Shields threw a CGSHO in a place where he had an ERA of 12 last year.
– Shane Victorino inside-the-park home run.
— Roy Halladay threw 8.2 IP of one-run ball with 14 strikeouts. That’s tied for a career high.
— Then again, considering it was against the Padres, maybe it’s more unpredictable that he gave up runs or hits at all.
—- The Phillies have won 11 straight at Petco (!!!), and in this four-game series they gave up three runs.
– John Lackey threw 8 IP of shutout baseball.
— The Red Sox are still under .500.
— Hey, Carl Crawford HR!
—- The Angels swept the Red Sox in the 2009 ALDS. Since then, they’ve played 14 regular season games against Boston and won one of them.
—– They got shut out by John Lackey and Dice-K in this series. I just.
– Speaking of domination against teams, the Tigers have won nine straight against the White Sox.
— They just swept a weekend series where the White Sox didn’t get a hit in the first three innings of any of those games.
– Mike Aviles of the Royals had two home runs.
— Bruce Chen still lost, though – his first loss all year.
— the Royals entered the series with Texas as the only team who hadn’t lost a series all year – and they were swept.
– The Mets swept the Diamondbacks!!
– In Reds/Cardinals, Edinson Volquez didn’t give up any runs in the first. He’s given up 13 first-inning runs this year already. Jake Westbrook threw six innings of three-hit, shutout ball.
– the final score of the Ubaldo Jimenez-Josh Johnson matchup in Florida was 6-3 (Florida won).
– Going back to last year, Jason Marquis has a string of six straight quality starts going.