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7.07.2007


Yeah, you still kinda suck, dude.Cincinnati Reds starter Kyle Lohse took a one-hit shutout straight into the ninth before giving up three consecutive hits and a run to open up the inning.

His heroics helped the club with the absolute worst record in the majors find a way to beat the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks, who have lost seven of their last nine games.

Lohse (5-10, 4.47 ERA) struck out five and walked two in the righty's second complete game of the season; his career sixth. Don't get cocky, kid.

JuniorIn other exciting Reds news, Ken Griffey Jr. capped Cincinnati's three-run fifth with a 419-foot, two-run dinger off righty Micah Owings for his 23rd homer of the season.

It also just so happened to be enough to tie Hall of Fame legend for sixth on the career home runs list with 586. Congrats, Junior.

Adam Dunn and Brandon Phillips also homered for the Reds, who won back-to-back games for the first time since June 10th and 12th.

Tragically, the D'Backs were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position for the second straight night, struggling at 41-for-231 over their past 30 games.

Owings (5-4) allowed six runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in just 4.2 innings, becoming the 372nd pitcher to give up a longball to Junior.

Stupid Fact From Elias: It was the first time Griffey had ever hit a home run on the 6th of July.

  • Twins 20, White Sox 14

  • Angels 9, Yankees 14

  • Red Sox 2, Tigers 9

  • Indians 6, Blue Jays 8

  • Devil Rays 6, Royals 5

  • Twins 12, White Sox 0

  • Orioles 3, Rangers 4

  • Mariners 7, Athletics 1

  • Cubs 4, Pirates 8

  • Brewers 6, Nationals 2

  • Mets 0, Astros 4

  • Giants 4, Cardinals 3

  • Phillies 6, Rockies 7

  • Braves 7, Padres 4

  • Marlins 6, Dodgers 5

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  • [MLB]


    7.06.2007

    Thursday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    Verlander dominates the Tribe.In what was supposed to be the American League marquee matchup of the week, Detroit Tigers hurler Justin Verlander out-shone Cleveland Indians ace C.C. Sabathia, denying Captain Cheeseburger his 13th victory to inch the defending AL Champs within one game of catching the division-leading Tribe.

    In seven strong innings, Verlander (10-3, 3.14 ERA) gave up three runs - two earned - on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. He fanned five in a row from the end of the third to the start of the fifth.


    God, what a fatass.The left-handed Sabathia (12-3, 3.58 ERA) surrendered a season-high seven runs in just four innings, with six coming on three longballs.

    Carlos Guillen and Placido Polanco both hit homers for the Tigers along with Gary Sheffield, who had three RBIs, giving him a career 1,557 to pass Hall of Famer for 37th on the all-time list.

    Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs for the Indians.

  • Twins 6, Yankees 7

  • Devil Rays 4, Red Sox 16

  • Orioles 6, White Sox 11

  • Angels 5, Rangers 2

  • Mariners 2, Athletics 3

  • Brewers 3, Pirates 6

  • Marlins 3, Padres 2

  • Cubs 4, Nationals 2

  • Giants 3, Reds 6

  • Diamondbacks 2, Cardinals 3

  • Mets 6, Astros 2

  • Braves 8, Dodgers 6


  • [MLB]


    7.05.2007

    Wednesday's Babelicious Scoreboard

    Todd Helton high-fives Garrett Atkins, as they both drove in a season-high 5 runs for the Rockies Wednesday
    After a painful 1-9 three-city swing, the Colorado Rockies swept the New York Mets with an exciting 17-7 punctuation Wednesday, outscoring the opposition 34-12 on 47 hits for the series.

    Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins both nailed a season-high five RBIs as the Rockies pounded out 20 hits in a lineup swinging their bats well from top to bottom. Atkins, Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki all homered for Colorado.

    Josh Fogg (4-6, 5.36 ERA) rebounded from David Wright's three-run shot in the first inning for his first win in two weeks, allowing 5 runs - 4 earned - on 8 hits. He struck out three with one walk over six innings.

    El Duque sucked it up against the Rockies Wednesday.Orlando Hernandez (4-4, 3.22 ERA) walked six to tie a career worst in only four innings of work where he allowed six runs - five earned - on six hits with two strikeouts. The bullpen didn't bring any relief, either.

    Righty Guillermo Mota (0-0, 7.71 ERA) surrendered six runs on six hits in just 2/3 of an inning, including a two-run double by Helton, Tulowitzki's 9th homer and another longball by Atkins, who enjoyed a four-hit night.

    Wright went 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs while Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado drove in a run a piece. Lefty pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee hit a sac-fly for Aaron Sele in the sixth and the rest of the Mets collaborated at 8-for-25.

    Fun fact: The Rockies became the first team in more than half a century to sweep two New York clubs in the same season, having stomped the Yankees prior to that horrific 1-9 trip away from Coors Field. The Milwaukee Braves swept the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants in 1956.

  • Twins 6, Yankees 2

  • Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 7

  • Blue Jays 10, Athletics 3

  • Orioles 9, White Sox 6

  • Indians 4, Tigers 6

  • Mariners 4, Royals 0

  • Angels 2, Rangers 4

  • Cubs 0, Nationals 6

  • Giants 9, Reds 5

  • Phillies 8, Astros 3

  • Brewers 3, Pirates 5

  • Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 5

  • Marlins 0, Padres 1

  • Braves 5, Dodgers 2


  • [MLB]


    7.03.2007

    Monday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    OMG! I am soooooo bedazzling this ball!!!Good job, Rocket. You've hung around long enough to pull off 350 career victories. Just don't let Debbie near that ball. I hear she plans to bedazzle "Yay! Super 350!" on it.

    The Rocket became the first big leaguer to 350 wins since Hall of Famer of the Milwaukee Braves did so on September 29, 1963... when Roger was just a baby Rocket. Fun fact: New York Yankees manager Joe Torre was Spahn's catcher in that game, at 22 years old.

    Roger Clemens (2-3, 4.26 ERA) gave new meaning to the term "vintage" as he tossed eight innings of two-hit baseball to dominate the Minnesota Twins, 5-1 Monday night. He walked one and struck out four, cutting a chunk off his earned run average.

    A-Rah hurty hammySome sad news for the Yanks however, as the Canadian Crusher broke A-Rod in the sixth inning. Rodriguez tripped over Morneau's ankle and strained his left hamstring while beating out a potential double play. He stayed in the game and advanced to second until he realized he couldn't make it home on a single to save his life.

    A-Rod was replaced by Miguel Cairo and limped off the field, giving New Yorkers nightmares until they find out how the MLB-leading bomber/RBIer feels in the morning...

    Derek Jeter went 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs and Melky Cabrera went 2-for-4, driving in a run of his own. Bobby Abreu also had a great night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a sixth-inning solo shot off Boof Bonser (5-5, 4.76 ERA.)

    Boof, who seems to have no idea how to pitch himself out of trouble, completely unraveled early on. He allowed 4 runs on 9 hits, walking three with 6 strikeouts. Juan Rincon helped out a lot by walking in the fifth run and the Twins offense just didn't show up at all.

    Well, besides Man Muscles: he went 2-for-4. That's just how the Batting Champ rolls.

  • Devil Rays 2, Indians 10

  • Rangers 3, Red Sox 7

  • Mariners 2, Royals 3

  • Orioles 7, White Sox 6

  • Blue Jays 11, Athletics 7

  • Cubs 7, Nationals 2

  • Brewers 10, Pirates 3

  • Phillies 5, Astros 7

  • Diamondbacks 3, Cardinals 11

  • Mets 2, Rockies 6

  • Marlins 1, Padres 3

  • Braves 2, Dodgers 8


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    7.02.2007

    Sunday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    Jason Marquis finally gets a win.
    So, if you were wondering when we'd start to get pumped about the Chicago Cubs, now is about the time.

    Hard-luck hurler Jason Marquis (6-4, 3.31 ERA) allowed only four hits in seven innings to earn his first win since May 9th, topping the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-1 Sunday. He allowed just the one run with five strikeouts and one walk after going 0-3 in his previous nine starts.

    Marquis' lone miscue came on Corey Hart's leadoff homer in the sixth, although there was one unnerving moment when he was smashed in the face and forearm by the barrel of Ryan Braun's lumber on a broken-bat grounder toward the hill.

    Aramis Ramirez doubled in two runs in the first inning, and Derrek Lee and Mark DeRosa added RBI singles in the third as the Cubs took an early 4-0 lead.

    Ryan The RiotRyan Theriot had an awesome game as well, nailing three doubles and scoring three runs for a club that has had a tough time gaining any ground on Milwaukee.

    This victory marks the eighth in nine games for the Cubbies, who took two of three from the NL Central leaders and trail them by 6.5 games.

    The Brew Crew's Dave Bush (6-7, 5.11 ERA) lasted six innings, surrendering four runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked two after winning his previous two starts with an extra W in relief last week.

  • Athletics 11, Yankees 5

  • Devil Rays 2, Indians 3

  • Angels 4, Orioles 3

  • Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

  • White Sox 3, Royals 1

  • Blue Jays 1, Mariners 2

  • Twins 0, Tigers 1

  • Braves 5, Marlins 6

  • Cardinals 11, Reds 7

  • Mets 3, Phillies 5

  • Nationals 3, Pirates 2

  • Rockies 0, Astros 12

  • Diamondbacks 0, Giants 13

  • Padres 0, Dodgers 5


  • [MLB]


    7.01.2007

    Saturday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    C.C. Sabathia
    Cleveland Indians ace C.C. Sabathia (12-2, 3.20 ERA) became the first 12-game winner of the season Saturday after pitching seven good innings against the struggling Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The beefy lefty allowed 3 runs - 2 earned - on 6 hits with 8 strikeouts.

    Sabathia has walked only 17 batters so far and fanned 116 in an AL-best 129.1 innings. His 12 wins before the 1st of July are the most by a Cleveland hurler since Hall of Famer went 14-1 in 1974.

    Grady Sizemore provided 3 runs of support on a 3-for-4 night while Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-5 with one run driven in. Travis Hafner hit his 13th bomb of the year in the 5th inning off starer J.P. Howell (1-2, 5.19 ERA), who lasted only 4.1 innings after surrendering 5 runs on 8 hits with 5 Ks.

    Ty Wigginton went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the fourth for the D'Rays and Raul Casanova went 2-for-3, including a two-run homer in the ninth off Rafael Perez to spark a comeback attempt. The next batter, Dustan Mohr hit a solo shot, but it was too little too late for Tampa.

    The Tribe (48-32) are sitting atop the AL Central with a slim 1.5-game lead over the Detroit Tigers as the 33-46 Rays are dead last in the AL East, a miserable 16 games behind the Red hot Boston Red Sox.

  • Athletics 7, Yankees 0

  • Twins 8, Tigers 5

  • Angels 3, Orioles 6

  • Rangers 5, Red Sox 4

  • White Sox 3, Royals 1

  • Blue Jays 3, Mariners 8

  • Brewers 13, Cubs 4

  • Mets 8, Phillies 3

  • Braves 6, Marlins 5

  • Rockies 5, Astros 0

  • Nationals 2, Pirates 7

  • Cardinals 1, Reds 5

  • Diamondbacks 1, Giants 4

  • Padres 3, Dodgers 1


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    6.29.2007

    Thursday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    The Big Hurt hit his 500th career homer yesterday.
    What are the chances that on the same day? Probably like, a bazillion to one... I'm so good at math.

    Frank Thomas hit a three-run shot in the first inning of the Toronto Blue Jays' 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins Thursday afternoon, becoming the 21st big leaguer to reach 500 career home runs. The Metrodome responded with a standing ovation for the two-time American League MVP.

    Fittingly, Thomas hit his first career homer at the Dome against Gary Wayne while with the Chicago White Sox back in 1990.

    Things turned a bit sour for the Big Hurt in the ninth however, when he was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner after being called out on strikes for the second time in the game. Jays manager John Gibbons came out to argue and was also tossed.
    "I'm probably the first to get 500 home runs and get thrown out of the ballgame," Thomas said. "That's something I didn't want to happen, but the moment just got the best of me."
    Thomas also tied his season high four RBIs with a two-out double in the third.

    Torii Hunter homered twice and Jason Bartlett! also connected for the Twins, who rallied from a 5-1 deficit.

    Minnesota starter Carlos Silva (4.15 ERA) recorded his sixth win after giving up 5 runs on 6 hits over seven innings, including Thomas' milestone longball. He struck out five and walked two.

    Toronto's A.J. Burnett, pitching for the first time since straining his shoulder on June 12th, gave up five runs on six hits in just four innings, but fanned six batters. He tossed his glove into the stands when he was removed... either as a sweet souvenir or a pissed off gesture. I'm going to go with the latter.

    In other exciting news, my Canadian Crusher finally returned to the Twins lineup after missing six games with a bruised lung and went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI as designated hitter.

  • Cardinals @ Mets - postponed

  • Yankees 8, Orioles 6 - suspended

  • Athletics 3, Indians 4

  • Rangers 2, Tigers 5

  • White Sox 5, Devil Rays 1

  • Pirates 7, Marlins 9

  • Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 5

  • Reds 7, Phillies 8

  • Rockies 5, Astros 8


  • [MLB]


    6.28.2007

    Wednesday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    It's hard to be the Rocket.Roger Clemens, hoping to become just the eighth pitcher to 350 career victories while halting the New York Yankee's three-game skid, had a rude awakening Thursday night.

    Denied his milestone, the Rocket's streak of consecutive starts with at least one strikeout ended at an incredible 200 (third-longest active) as the Bronx Bombers lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 4-0.

    After five shutout innings, Clemens' fell apart in the four-run sixth, with a three-run smash finale to Aubrey Huff.
    "It's my fault. I've been in hundreds of those types of games," Clemens said after New York's seventh loss in their last eight games.
    Kevin Millar congratulates Aubrey Huff after he blasts a three-run bomb Wednesday night.Big league strikeout leader, Erik Bedard (6-4, 3.36 ERA) gave up two hits and a walk over seven outstanding innings.

    The lefty struck out eight and did not allow a runner to touch second base.

    Chris Gomez singled for the O's before Nick Markakis drew a walk to put Gomez in scoring position in the home half of the sixth. Ramon Hernandez then singled in the game's first run and Huff put an end to his career-worst homer drought at 143 at-bats.

  • Texas @ Detroit - postponed

  • Royals 1, Angels 0

  • Red Sox 1, Mariners 2

  • Athletics 13, Indians 7

  • White Sox 5, Devil Rays 3

  • Blue Jays 5, Twins 4

  • Astros 3, Brewers 6

  • Rockies 4, Cubs 6

  • Padres 4, Giants 2

  • Reds 9, Phillies 6

  • Pirates 7, Marlins 5

  • Nationals 0, Braves 13

  • Dodgers 0, Diamondbacks 2

  • Cardinals 0, Mets 2, 6 innings


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    6.21.2007


    Slammin' Sammy hits #600 lifetime and pauses to pound his chest.After an entire year away from baseball, Sammy Sosa became the fifth member of the 600-homer club last night, smoking a 1-2 cutter to right field... fittingly, against his former team.

    After his jog around the bases, Sosa was instantly mobbed by his Texas Rangers teammates while the scoreboard flashed shots of the other four members of the elite club: Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.

    Chicago Cubs starter Jason Marquis (5-4, 3.38 ERA) was the lucky guy to give it up - the 364th pitcher the veteran has nailed one off of over his 18 big league seasons. Marquis, who seemed to struggle with is control, allowed 6 runs - 4 earned - on 8 hits, walking four and striking out three over five innings.

    Sosa played for the Cubs from 1992-2004, winning the '98 NL MVP award with seven All-Star appearances, hitting 545 home runs in that span. This marks Sammy's 12th longball of this season and his 52nd run driven in.

    But it hasn't been all sunshine and daisies all those years. Like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds, Sosa is suspected of using steroids in the dark era, before they were banned by baseball. He was also busted red-handed with a corked bat in 2003.

    However, he has never had a positive steroids test and was not implicated in the BALCO scandal that will haunt Bonds until the end of time.

    Kameron Loe (3-6, 6.56 ERA) allowed three runs on 6 hits over 6.2 innings, walking one and striking out four.

    Alfonso Soriano was 3-for-4 with two doubles and his 12th homer for the Cubs, walking one and striking out four.

    Koyie Hill, the brand spankin' new starting catcher since Michael Barrett was traded earlier in the day, hit a two-run shot in the seventh. Welcome to Chicago, buddy.

  • Marlins 5, White Sox 4

  • Reds 3, Athletics 5

  • Phillies 6, Indians 10

  • Dodgers 1, Blue Jays 12

  • Astros 4, Angels 8

  • Pirates 0, Mariners 7

  • Giants 5, Brewers 7

  • Devil Rays 4, Diamondbacks 7

  • Tigers 8, Nationals 4

  • Twins 6, Mets 2

  • Red Sox 11, Braves 0

  • Royals 6, Cardinals 7

  • Yankees 1, Rockies 6

  • Orioles 7, Padres 1


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    6.20.2007



    Johan Santana (7-6, 2.91 ERA) pitched a four-hit shutout - with only one strikeout - as the Minnesota Twins took advantage of four errors and a struggling Jorge Sosa last night in a 9-0 victory over the New York Mets.

    Receiving a rare lump of run support and a 5-run lead in the second, the lefty cruised through the game, throwing only 92 pitches to toss his fourth career shutout and sixth complete game.

    He walked no one and retired 15 of his last 16 batters, waiting to strike anyone out until bewildering Paul Lo Duca in the ninth. In 157 lifetime starts, Cytana has never gone without at least one K, leading the American League in strikeouts each of the last three seasons.

    Aside from his terrifying presence on the hill, Johan also doubled in the fifth for his first career extra-base hit. He came to the plate five times - a rare occurrence for an AL pitcher - and finished 1-for-4 with an unintentional walk and a run scored.

    Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs, extending his hitting streak to 10 games and Jeff Cirillo had three hits for the Twins, who knocked 13 around Shea as Sosa (6-3, 4.05 ERA) lasted only 3.1 innings. He gave up seven runs - five earned - on eight hits for his shortest outing in nine starts.

    After a dominating 8-1 victory Monday night, the slumping Mets managed only four singles and never advanced a runner past second base in their 12th loss in 15 games, not to mention the sloppy defense.

    Mets third baseman David Wright slammed his glove into the dugout as he exited the field in the fifth, stomping into the tunnel after committing his second error of the game.

    Before the game, Bert Blyleven declared he would shave his melon if Johan pitched nine shutout innings of baseball. So the next time we see the future Hall of Famer (Bert, that is) he'll be looking like Mr. Clean.
    "I think he's trying to hide right now," Santana smiled. "Believe me, tomorrow it's going to happen... hopefully by game time he'll be bald."
    [Bert Belongs!] | [] | [Amazin' Avenue]

  • Phillies 9, Indians 6

  • Dodgers 10, Blue Jays 1

  • Marlins 7, White Sox 5

  • Cubs 5, Rangers 4

  • Reds 5, Athletics 2

  • Astros 9, Angels 5

  • Pirates 5, Mariners 3

  • Giants 2, Brewers 6

  • Tigers 15, Nationals 1

  • Red Sox 4, Braves 0

  • Royals 1, Cardinals 5

  • Yankees 1, Rockies 3

  • Devil Rays 8, Diamonbacks 10

  • Orioles 6, Padres 12


  • [MLB]


    6.19.2007

    Monday's Babelicious Scoreboard



    Just three weeks after trudging through the worst slump of his career, Chone Figgins had the game of his life.

    The third baseman went 6-for-6 with a double, four singles and a walkoff triple (his 40th career trip to third) that gave the Los Angeles Angels a 10-9 victory over the Houston Astros.

    Figgins also drove in three runs - matching teammate Garret Anderson's 1996 franchise record for hits in a game - aiding in the Halos' 5-run rally to preserve their six-game lead in the AL West.

    Figgins is batting .456 over his last 17 games, raising his batting average to .284.

    Dave Borkowski retired his first two batters in the ninth before giving up a single to Reggie Willits. Then, Trever Miller got on base before Figgins lined the lefty's 1-1 pitch the opposite direction to right field.

    Francisco Rodriguez (1-2, 2.37 ERA) earned the victory, narrowly escaping a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by striking out Craig Biggio (1-for-6) with his filthy breaking ball. Biggio is just 10 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

    Mike Lamb and Luke Scott both homered for the Astros off starter John Lackey and Mark Loretta went 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

    Lackey, who faced the Angels for the first time in his career last night, allowed six runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings for his shortest outing of the season. The righty, who leads the majors with 10 wins, walked four and struck out four.

    Astros starter Chris Sampson surrendered hits to 11 of his first 21 batters - 14 total - over six innings, including singles by Vladimir Guerrero and Gary Matthews, Jr. that kicked off the Angels' five-run seventh.

  • Phillies 1, Indians 10

  • Marlins 6, White Sox 10

  • Reds 1, Athletics 6

  • Giants 4, Brewers 5

  • Red Sox 4, Braves 9

  • Tigers 9, Nationals 8

  • Twins 1, Mets 8

  • Royals 5, Cardinals 3

  • Devil Rays 10, Diamondbacks 2


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    6.18.2007

    Sunday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    Why are these Red Sox fans smiling?
    Fun fact: After going hitless in 8 at bats against Tim Wakefield, Barry Bonds hit #748 Sunday, marking the first time he's nailed one off a knuckleballer since he hit #73 off Los Angeles Dodger Dennis Springer in 2001 and the first one he's hit at Fenway Park. He also singled in the eighth.

    That solo shot didn't do much in the way of winning, however.

    Wakefield (7-7 4.18 ERA) pitched well before hitting a kink in the sixth to help the Boston Red Sox complete the three-game sweep over the San Francisco Giants. He allowed five runs and eight hits with a walk, striking out three over 5.2 innings.

    Manny Ramirez was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, David Ortiz had a pair of doubles, and Kevin Youkilis went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs for the Sox.

    Matt Morris (7-4, 3.21 ERA) lasted just four innings for San Francisco, allowing eight runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out two.

    In just his sixth career game, Nate Schierholtz had three hits, including his first career triple while Pedro Feliz hit a solo homer for the Giants - his ninth of the season and 98th of his career.

  • Braves 2, Indians 5

  • Nationals 4, Blue Jays 2

  • Diamondbacks 6, Orioles 4

  • Marlins 4, Royals 5

  • Brewers 9, Twins 10

  • Cardinals 10, Athletics 6

  • Mets 2, Yankees 8

  • Padres 11, Cubs 3

  • Rangers 11, Reds 4

  • White Sox 7, Pirates 8

  • Tigers 7, Phillies 4

  • Mariners 3, Astros 10

  • Devil Rays 7, Rockies 4

  • Angels 10, Dodgers 4


  • [MLB]


    6.17.2007

    Saturday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    Priceless.
    After Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee was hit in the hand by a Chris Young pitch, he obviously wasn't happy. He walked slowly to first, had words with the San Diego Padres pitcher and apparently received a response he didn't particularly like. So, he took at swing.

    Young swung back and the melee ensued. Both benches cleared and there was some pushing and shoving, but Lee and Young were both held back, so no one was seriously injured. Lee, Young, Cubs hitting coach Gerald Perry and Padres starter Jake Peavy were all ejected.

    To make matters worse, Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano lost his no-hitter with one out in the eighth when Marcus Giles hit a chopper that bounced high over the mound and off Zambrano's glove for an infield single. Russell Branyan's solo shot in the ninth handed the Padres the 1-0 victory.
    "I will say this, I didn't throw at him and that's as far as I'll go," said Young, who was hitless through the three-plus innings he pitched before getting tossed. "I didn't try to hit him. It had nothing to do with anything in the past. I was just trying to throw a pitch inside. It got away and hit him."
    This all possibly stems from Friday night when Alfonso Soriano homered off David Wells. The $136 million dollar man stopped at the plate to admire the distance of the longball and then slowly began his home run trot with a few steps backward, much to the dismay of the Padres' bench.
    "Thank God nobody was hurt by my fists of fury," said Big Z, who just happened to be changing his jersey in the clubhouse when the brawl erupted.


    Zambrano (7-6, 4.53 ERA) gave up only two hits, but his Cubs managed just two hits themselves off relievers Justin Hampson, winning pitcher Heath Bell. Closer Trevor Hoffman recorded his 19th save in 21 chances as the Pads' nailed down their 11th shutout of the season.

    Incidentally, Koyie Hill was catching Zambrano for the third straight game since the ass-kicking of Michael Barrett.

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  • Mets 8, Yankees 11

  • Nationals 3, Blue Jays 7

  • Braves 6, Indians 2

  • Giants 0, Red Sox 1

  • Angels 3, Dodgers 0

  • White Sox 6, Pirates 1

  • Tigers 3, Phillies 6

  • Mariners 4, Astros 9

  • Diamondbacks 8, Orioles 4

  • Rangers 4, Reds 8

  • Devil Rays 5, Rockies 10

  • Marlins 9, Royals 8

  • Brewers 5, Twins 2

  • Cardinals 15, Athletics 6


  • [MLB]


    6.16.2007

    Friday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    Somebody call the cops! This man is a thief!
    Jose Reyes stole three bases last night. And he went 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a homer. Need I say more?

    Oliver Perez just plain out-dueled Roger Clemens, helping the New York Mets win the opener of the season's second Subway Series 2-0 and putting an end to their five-game skid and their rival's nine-game winning streak.

    Perez (7-5, 2.93 ERA) allowed five hits over 7.1 good innings for his second victory over the Bronx Bombers this season. He struck out six and walked three.

    The NL East-leading Mets (37-28) were in a bit of a slump, having lost nine of their previous ten games, while the Yankees (33-32) were merrily rolling along on their longest winning streak in two years.

    Reyes tied his career best for steals and leads the big leagues by a long shot with 35 - that's 13 more than the next guy - hit an RBI single on a splitter in the third and homered in the fifth on a hanging curveball. Carlos Gomez also stole a bag on a 2-for-3 night with some spectacular defense.

    The Mets had five stolen bases in seven attempts against Jorge Posada.

    Making his second start, the Rocket's (1-1, 3.65 ERA) fastball actually reached 92 mph but hung around 89 mph most of the time. The 44-year-old allowed two runs, seven hits and one walk, striking out eight in 6.1 innings. That puts him back in second place on the Career K List with 4,619 - just five more than Randy Johnson, who is now on the DL.

    Julio Franco, the oldest player in the majors, went 0-for-3 against the oldest pitcher in the league. They became the wrinkliest batter-pitcher matchup in the bigs since 1933, totalling 93 years and 246 days in age.

    Carlos Delgado was awarded the Golden Sombrero, having gone 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on a 4-for-28 skid.

  • Diamondbacks 7, Orioles 3

  • Braves 5, Indians 4

  • Giants 2, Red Sox 10

  • Nationals 2, Blue Jays 7

  • Marlins 2, Royals 6

  • Brewers 11, Twins 3

  • Cardinals 3, Athletics 14

  • Padres 1, Cubs 4

  • White Sox 2, Pirates 4

  • Tigers 12, Phillies 8

  • Rangers 7, Reds 6

  • Mariners 1, Astros 5

  • Devil Rays 2, Rockies 12

  • Angels 1, Dodgers 2


  • [MLB]


    6.15.2007

    Thursday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    the best backup catcher in the world
    The AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner, Johan Santana (6-6, 3.19 ERA) pitched seven innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, striking out nine batters but received no run support once again.

    He gave up a solo shot to Atlanta Braves backstop Brian McCann in the fifth and Matt Diaz smoked an RBI double in the sixth before Johan's night ended with his club trailing, 2-0.

    Why? Tim Hudson (6-4, 3.25 ERA). The right-hander starter threw 7.1 immaculate innings, allowing only 2 hits and one walk, but left after feeling discomfort in his shoulder. His 14 groundball outs came with thanks to an especially effective sinker.

    Rafeal Soriano came in to finish the scoreless eighth before Bob Wickman entered to polish off the shutout in the ninth.

    This is where it starts to get good for the Twins. With the infield drawn in and the bags full, Minnesotan Twins fans had memories of a 1991 Gene Larkin dancing in their heads.

    They managed a wild rally in the ninth kicked off by a base hit by Luis Castillo, who advanced on a Joe Mauer grounder. Michael Cuddyer drove him in with a triple that rolled all the way down the left-field line before Justin Morneau reached on a chopper to first.

    Torii Hunter then hit a grounder to third, but Yunel Escobar's (who throws absolute PEAS) throw home to get Cuddyer was high for an error that allowed the tying run to score. Enter backup catcher Mike Redmond, who ripped a single to left to end the three-run rally and complete the three-game sweep.

    Had Hudson stayed in the game, this never would have went down.

  • Padres 7, Devil Rays 1

  • Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 7

  • Brewers 6, Tigers 5

  • Rockies 7, Red Sox 1

  • Nationals 3, Orioles 1

  • Angels 9, Reds 7

  • Athletics 6, Astros 5

  • Mariners 4, Cubs 5

  • Indians 3, Marlins 2

  • Cardinals 8, Royals 17

  • Rangers 6, Pirates 0


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    6.14.2007


    Turmoil in the clubhouse!

    'I am going to FREAK OUT on Sampson if I get pulled.'Obviously, it was Houston Astros starter Chris Sampson's fault that Dan Wheeler blew the save against the Oakland Athletics last night. So, he did what any frustrated reliever with an 0-4 record, 6.10 ERA and three blown saves would do - he shoved him in the dugout.

    Wheeler left after surrendering three runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night, aiding the A's in their 7-3 come-from-behind victory.

    Sampson, who pitched seven strong innings, tried to console Wheeler when he came back to the dugout. Wheeler, demoted from the closer role after blowing a save in Colorado last Thursday, turned and shoved Sampson with both hands, then yelled at him to stay at the other end of the dugout.

    This is, of course, reminiscent of the beatdown Chicago Cubs' ace Carlos Zambrano gave Michael Barrett two weeks ago, though this one was over in seconds and never escalated to fisticuffs.

    Which makes it a total waste of my time.

    Wheeler struck out the first two Oakland batters he faced before Jason Kendall and Marco Scutaro, pinch-hitting for starter Joe Blanton, singled.

    Mark 'Sexy' KotsayMark Kotsay then drove a double into the left-field corner to score Kendall and tie the game before Mark Ellis lined Wheeler's next pitch off the left-field wall to bring Scutaro and Kotsay around the horn.

    Trever Miller relieved Wheeler, but Eric Chavez - who also homered - added a two-run single later on in the five-run eighth. The A's came back to win after trailing through seven innings for the second straight night, winning nine of their last eleven games.

    Blanton won for just the second time in five starts, despite giving up eight hits - six of them doubles.

    Sampson singled and scored a run for the Astros, while allowing only three hits - two of them longballs. Eric Munson and Hunter Pence had RBI doubles for the Astros, who've lost five of their last eight.

  • Diamondbacks 2, Yankees 7

  • Rockies 12, Red Sox 2

  • Brewers 3, Tigers 2

  • Nationals 9, Orioles 6

  • Padres 9, Devil Rays 0

  • Braves 0, Twins 6

  • Cardinals 7, Royals 3

  • Mets 1, Dodgers 9

  • White Sox 4, Phillies 8

  • Blue Jays 7, Giants 4

  • Indians 7, Marlins 3

  • Rangers 1, Pirates 8

  • Angels 6, Reds 3

  • Mariners 2, Cubs 3


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    6.13.2007

    Tuesday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    I pooped!While it can't get any more embarrassing for the Milwaukee Brewers, it really can't get any better for the Detroit Tigers.

    Twenty-four-year-old Justin Verlander (7-2, 2.79 ERA) throwing 100 mph heat, along with insane curves and a changeup that made opposing batters do a double-take, threw the first no-hitter of his short career and the first in Comerica Park history - leading the Tigers to a 4-0 rout of the Brew Crew last night.

    "It was the best thing that ever happened to me," he said.

    Last season's AL Rookie of the Year struck out 12 (that's a dozen, cousin) and walked four, with a little help from some outstanding defensive plays.

    This marks the first no-hitter in Detroit since of the Angels did it at Tiger Stadium in 1973, as Comerica opened in 2000. The Brewers were last no-hit in 1994, by Scott Erickson in Minnesota.

    Impressive, indeed.

  • Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 4

  • Rockies 1, Red Sox 2

  • Nationals 7, Orioles 4

  • Padres 4, Devil Rays 11

  • Braves 3, Twins 7

  • Cardinals 1, Royals 8

  • Mets 1, Dodgers 4

  • White Sox 3, Phillies 7

  • Indians 0, Marlins 3

  • Rangers 5, Pirates 7

  • Angels 3, Reds 5

  • Athletics 4, Astros 5

  • Mariners 5, Cubs 3

  • Blue Jays 2, Giants 3


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    6.11.2007

    Sunday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    Mark Buehrle celebrated his 100th win last night.
    Chicago White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (3-3, 3.69 ERA) pitched eight strong innings for his 100th career victory yesterday, beating the Houston Astros to snap a five-game Chicago losing streak. Buehrle allowed six hits and a run while striking out four and walking one.

    Paul Konerko had three hits - including a home run - and drove in two runs, helping the Sox win for just the third time in 15 games. Luis Terrero and Juan Uribe added solo shots during the three-run fifth.

    The Astros, now sitting 10 games under .500, committed three errors with some sloppy baserunning, which they couldn't afford with lefty Wandy Rodriguez (3-6, 4.52 ERA) struggling through five innings. He allowed five runs - four earned - on seven hits for his third loss in four starts.

    The slumping White Sox bullpen (9.09 ERA) had another unstable outing, almost giving up a five-run lead in the ninth. Dewon Day walked two batters with one out and Boone Logan walked another to load the bases before closer Bobby Jenks came in. He allowed one run to score on a wild pitch and another on a groundout before striking out Luke Scott for his 17th save in 18 chances.

  • Mets 7, Tigers 15

  • Pirates 6, Yankees 13

  • Rockies 6, Orioles 1

  • Phillies 5, Royals 17

  • Nationals 3, Twins 6

  • Brewers 9, Rangers 6

  • Cubs 4, Braves 5

  • Devil Rays 9, Marlins 4

  • Indians 0, Reds 1

  • Angels 6, Cardinals 9

  • Athletics 2, Giants 0

  • Mariners 4, Padres 3

  • Blue Jays 11, Dodgers 5

  • Red Sox 1, Diamondbacks 5


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    6.10.2007

    Saturday's Babelicious Scoreboard



    Roger Clemens and his enormous gut (1-0, 4.50 ERA), pitching in pinstripes for the first time in four years, labored through the first few innings but found his groove eventually. He struck out seven in six good innings and retired his final seven batters, punctuated by a fist pump.

    The 44-year-old Rocket allowed three runs, five hits and two walks against the lethargic Pittsburgh Pirates, who entered with the lowest on-base percentage in the National League at .312.

    Alex Rodriguez drove in two runs for the Yankees, who have also found their way, winning a season-best five straight and 8 of 10 overall. Robinson Cano had three hits, driving in one run and Bobby Abreu went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada also had an RBI a piece.

    Pirates starter Paul Maholm (2-9, 5.33 ERA) tossed 5.1 innings and gave up 5 runs - 3 earned - on six hits with 3 strikeouts and five walks.

    Shortstop Jack Wilson went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and Adam LaRoche drove in the other Pittsburgh run.

  • Astros 3, White Sox 2

  • Mets 7, Tigers 8

  • Rockies 3, Orioles 2

  • Phillies 4, Royals 0

  • Nationals 3, Twins 1

  • Brewers 3, Rangers 4

  • Cubs 5, Braves 9

  • Athletics 6, Giants 0

  • Devil Rays 7, Marlins 2

  • Indians 8, Reds 6

  • Angels 9, Cardinals 3

  • Red Sox 4, Diamondbacks 3

  • Mariners 6, Padres 5

  • Blue Jays 1, Dodgers 0


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    6.09.2007

    Friday's Babelicious Scoreboard


    Alfonso Soriano hit three homers last night.
    Alfonso Soriano was beginning to hear boos from his impatient Chicago Cubs fans after hitting only four home runs in 190 at-bats during the first two months of the season.

    Three bombs in one game is a good start, however. Soriano went 4-for-5 as the Cubs continued their strong play on the road with a 9-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves last night. Chicago has won five of their last six games, including two straight over the Braves, improving to 16-15 away from Wrigley and 4-1 on this trip.

    Atlanta, on the other hand, has lost six of seven, including four straight in which they've scored seven runs total.

    Braves right-hander Lance Cormier (0-2) gave up five runs in 3.2 innings, inflating his ERA to 15.26. He allowed nine baserunners in the first two innings alone, giving up five hits and walking an alarming six batters, including one with the bags full to force the Cubs' second run.

    Cubs lefty Sean Marshall (2-2, 2.08 ERA) tossed six good innings, giving up one run on four hits, walking two and striking out four.

    Felix Pie and Michael Barrett each went 2-for-4 for the Cubbies, with Pie driving in three runs and Barrett adding another. Mark DeRosa nailed his 29th RBI of the season.

  • Rockies 2, Orioles 4

  • Mets 3, Tigers 0

  • Pirates 4, Yankees 5

  • Phillies 4, Royals 8

  • Nationals 8, Twins 5

  • Astros 5, White Sox 2

  • Brewers 6, Rangers 9

  • Devil Rays 8, Marlins 14

  • Indians 3, Reds 4

  • Angels 10, Cardinals 6

  • Red Sox 10, Diamondbacks 3

  • Mariners 6, Padres 5

  • Athletics 5, Giants 3

  • Blue Jays 3, Dodgers 4


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