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Tuesday, September 09, 2008
A bit game-heavy because of all the craziness of late ...
Maddux No Help Against Ex-Teammates: Padres 4, Dodgers 0Adrian Gonzalez homered in the first against Greg Maddux and that was the ballgame right there. The Dodgers only got one man as far as third the whole night as junkballer Cha Seung Baek stymied their offense. Luckily for them, the Giants beat the Diamondbacks 6-2 in San Francisco behind Tim Lincecum; the rest is up to them.
Boston Blanks Tampa Bay, Climbs To Half A Game Back: Red Sox 3, Rays 0Edwin Jackson gave up three runs in the first at Fenway and that was all the scoring either side would do. Jackson quit the game after seven with six strikeouts, but Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon combined to pitch a seven-hit shutout. The Rays, whose offense has been sputtering of late (they've been shut out in consecutive games), are now atop the AL East by only a half game. Toronto was idled by a rainout in Chicago, but they're reaching their stride, too, going 8-2 in their last ten. The AL East could suddenly be an actual race to the finish.
Wild Card Races
- After a stretch where it looked like the Twins might have a good shot at a Wild Card berth if Boston would continue their poor stretch, the Twins have gone 3-7 in their last 10 and are now seven games back of Boston and look out of it.
- On the other hand, the Brewers are playing terribly, giving the Cubs some breathing room in the NL Central as that team skids (3-7 in their last 10). Last night, Milwaukee fell 5-4 to Cincinnati following an epochal implosion by closer Salomon Torres. The Brewers have used no fewer than five different closers this year, and are tied for third in the league for blown saves (24, with the Mets).
- Looks like Brad Penny will return Friday, and might be used as a reliever.
- Takashi Saito will pitch a simulated game on Wednesday.
- Jered Weaver's start has been moved to Wednesday now, with Ervin Santana taking his spot tonight.
- Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick both went through running drills yesterday.