Fourteen teams get a day off after they just had three days off. That's like calling in sick the day after Memorial Day.
Phillies 4, Marlins 0: Man, old people love Florida. Moyer: 7 IP, 1 H 0 ER; Ibanez: 2-4, 2 HR 3 RBI. Manuel: hit the early bird special before the game, found a nice close spot to park the Buick.
Indians 4, Mariners 1: Cliff Lee spun a gem (CG, 9 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, K) and, while it's still nothing to write home about, he got at least a little run support. While randomly surfing I found this Indians' notes column that went live just as the game was ending. In it, Eric Wedge gets the quote of the day: "Regarding when the Indians might recall recently-demoted relievers Rafael Perez and Jensen Lewis, Wedge said, 'We need to let them pitch down there.'" I presume that the reporter merely cut off the part where Wedge added "mostly because it's not up here."
Cubs 6, Nationals 2: The Jim Riggleman Era begins much like the Manny Acta era ended. I could probably say a few words about Rich Harden pitching well, or Derek Lee going 3-4, but I've decided that this is the point in the post where I complain about the fact that my wife wouldn't let me watch "Ghostbusters" on the big TV downstairs last night because she had recorded something else and wanted to watch it just then. And because I've seen it 150 times and, after each time I see it, I quote the Rick Moranis lines for three straight days which annoys her to no end, I can tell you. Still, very weak on her part.
Brewers 9, Reds 6: Reports of Homer Bailey's resurrection have been greatly exaggerated (5.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 4 BB). Oh, and Prince Fielder would like you to know that there is nothing to that post-HR Derby falloff theory (1-3, HR 3 RBI).
Braves 5, Mets 3: Welcome back, Jeff Francoeur! What with the hitting into a double play, striking out, and grounding weakly to shortstop -- not to mention your seeing 14 total pitches in four at bats -- it's as if you never left!
Angels 6, A's 2: Given how he's been rollin' lately, we couldn't have necessarily expected Ervin Santana to pitch eight innings of one-run ball. But he did, and if he's better post-break than he was pre-break, the Angels have a big leg up on Texas in this thing. As for the A's, this might be the most depressing paragraph I've seen in quite a while:
Oakland looked sluggish as it kicked off a grueling stretch of 28 games in as many days and 34 in 35. Nomar Garciaparra is scheduled to get the start at first base on Friday night for the A's, and manager Bob Geren plans to use him once a series in place of the struggling Jason Giambi to keep Giambi fresh.
Rockies 10, Padres 1: Aaron Cook is just livin' right, I guess. You must be if you give up eight hits and walk four guys and come away with it only giving up one run. Oh, and when you're a pitcher and you walk with the bases loaded, which as Pinto notes, is happening an awful lot lately.
Astros 3, Dodgers 0: Forget Manny, it was Wandywood in L.A. last night (6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER). Um, OK, that's stupid, but say "Wandywood" a few times. It's fun!