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Astros Diamondbacks BaseballDiamondbacks 8 – Astros 1: The first part of that headline is true most of the time; the second, is not.  Dan Haren should be getting high consideration as the All-Star starter for the National League.  This guy is lights out every time he takes the bump.  What we’ve been disappointed in (and All-Star voters, too) is his win total.  Haren is 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and an 8.79 K/9.  He should be 9-1.  Our fantasy team would appreciate that too.  Mark Reynolds has been white hot lately and picked up 5 RBIs in this game.  He might have a strikeout problem, but he doesn’t have a power problem.  His 3-run homer in the sixth put this one out of reach and Haren on cruise control.  This was the only non-interleague game of the day.

Yankees 9 – Mets 8: Ok, if you’re a little leaguer and you’re reading this, move on.  Haren’s game is the only game you should read about…The Mets had quiet possibly the worst error of the day as in the battle of the Rods, K-Rod got A-Rod to pop up in what should have been a game ending out.  Luis Castillo dropped the ball allowing Jeter and Teixeira to score.  What a nightmare start to the Subway series for the Mets.  Mariano Rivera got lucky in this one as he allowed a David Wright double to put the Mets on top in the eighth.  Instead, he ended up picking up the win due to the error.

Twins 7 – Cubs 4: Milton Bradley needs to pay attention.  He also needs to learn how to play the sun at Wrigley Field.  It’s getting out of hand and they’re paying him way too much money to play as poorly as he is right now.  There’s a real good chance this gets ugly if he doesn’t keep his mouth shut in the next few weeks and start hitting the ball.  We’re not going to go into too much detail on this because credit should be given to Kevin Slowey for pitching an excellent game…on my fantasy bench.  Ugh.

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Diamondbacks Padres BaseballDiamondbacks 9 – Padres 6: In an 18 inning marathon, the Diamondbacks finally got a 3-run-homer from Mark Reynolds that vaulted them to the win.  How San Diego only notched 9 hits in 18 innings is beyond us.  Reynolds and Josh Whitesell drove in six of the nine Arizona runs as another oustanding start by Dan Haren was wasted.  Haren went seven and only allowed one earned run to cross the plate.  He’s 4-4 on the season…and on my fantasy team.  Damnit.

Rangers 6 – Red Sox 3: Vicente Padilla must have channeled his anger from being sent down into a decent pitching performance.  Two days after clearing waivers since no one would pick up his $8M salary, Padilla led the Rangers in the rubber match against the Red Sox.  Jacoby Ellsbury left in the sixth inning with a minor shoulder strain.  He’s listed as day-to-day.

Cubs 6 – Reds 3: In the extra inning rubber match (the Cubs 4th of their road trip), the Cubs won in the 12th.  The Cubs bullpen is the most Jekyll and Hyde we’ve seen in years.  It’s like good Rex and bad Rex.  However, when Randy Wells pitches, it always sucks.  At least their consistent.  Carlos Marmol needs to be put in the pen and told to simply throw his fastball for strikes.  The one bright spot for the North-siders is that Angel Guzman is making a play for that closer’s role.

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Diamondbacks Dodgers BaseballDodgers 1 – Diamondbacks 0: Chad Billingsley mowed down the Diamondbacks as he struckout nine through six innings.  Casey Blake drove in James Loney for the only run of the game.  You have no idea how hard it was not to make a real bad pun about the Lone run.  There.  We did it anyway.  Oh, Jonathan Broxton got his 13th save by working a quick ninth.  Dodgers still have the best record in the league.
Indians 10 – Twins 1: The Indians tallied up some runs for Cliff Lee to get the reigning Cy Young award winner just his third win of the season.  Jhonny Peralta led the charge with a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning to blow it wide open at 5-1.  The Tribe tacked on five more to win convincingly and give the bullpen some rest.

Red Sox 10 – Tigers 5: Josh Beckett took a no-hitter into the seventh but lost it to the first batter he faced, Curtis Granderson.  After that, the teams combined to put up 11 total runs in the eighth inning.  J.D. Drew had a 2-run homer out of the two hole for the Red Sox as five batters drove in at least two runs.  One of them was David Ortiz! (more…)

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Cubs Braves BaseballBraves 6 – Cubs 5: Randy Wells threw 6.2 no-hit innings and left after giving up on one hit through seven.  The bullpen then proceeded to give up five earned while walking two and hitting another batter as the game went into extra innings.  Chipper Jones drove in Yunel Escobar in the twelveth inning for a walk-off winner.  In the five career starts that Wells has amassed this year, he’s given up just six earned runs yet he’s 0-2 on the year.  He got his first major league hit in this game too.

Nationals 10 – Giants 6: Bob Howry and Merkin Valdez combined to get two batters out while giving up six earned out of the bullpen.  Tim Lincecum was the victim of the spoiled start here.  He went 6.1 IP while striking out seven and only allowing two earned.  Eight different Nationals each drove in at least one run.

Blue Jays 6 – Angels 4: Roy Halladay went the distance in this one while striking out 14 to pick up his ninth win of the year.  He’s 9-1 with a 2.77 ERA.  He did throw 133 pitches in the effort.

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