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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Pickoff Moves

Godawful: Tigers 9, Angels 6

Any game featuring Jon Garland as a starter has a decent chance to get out of hand in a bad way, and this one surely did. The Angels kept getting leads, and the pitching kept coughing them back up, including a two-run lead in the fifth and a one-run lead in the seventh. Credit due to the Tigers' offense, which has been expected to be good all year and mostly has (their 704 runs scored ranks sixth in the league), but the Angels' pitching has to be better than this if they want to make it to the final round.

Yahoo boxAngels recap

Dodgers Sweep Padres To Stay 1.5 Games Back: Dodgers 6, Padres 4

Hiroki Kuroda was competent if not convincing against the league's weakest offensive team (only 537), giving up four runs over only five and a third innings. The real story was the Dodgers whacking around unknown lefty Wade LeBlanc, with the Dodgers homering three times. Two of those were by Blake DeWitt and Angel Berroa; Berroa hadn't gone yard since a September 25 game against the Twins in Minnesota.

Still only a game and a half back thanks to a 9th-inning comeback that ended in a 4-2 Arizona win over St. Louis, the Dodgers' sweep gained them no ground in the division, but leave them within spitting distance. Whether they have great expectorations is another story.

Yahoo boxDodgers recap

Whining Doesn't Work, Sabathia's One-Hitter Still On The Books

So just shut up. (Yahoo box)

Scott McClain Hits His First Homer: Giants 9, Rockies 2

Scott McClain hit his first major league home run as a 36-year-old rookie in yesterday's 9-2 blowout of the Rockies by the Giants. We'd seen him in several spring training camps, and he toiled for four years in the Japanese leagues as well to get the opportunity. Congratulations, Scott!

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