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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Games, Games, Games

Nats Make Four Errors, Angels Say, "Thank You": Angels 8, Nationals 3

First in war, first in peace... and now, after tonight, first in errors in the NL East with 82 (Update: oops, misread that — Florida is first with 66.) — two of which occurred in the six-run first. Nationals starter Shawn Hill was pitching through pain throughout the game, and set up a fastball on a tee for Mike Napoli's 11th homer of the year; Napoli also doubled in the game, breaking up a 2-for-39 skid.

Jon Garland gave up solo homers to Wily Mo Pena and Elijah Dukes, but he limited himself to three runs over seven innings for a quality start plus. Jose Arredondo went the rest of the way so the Angels could pick up the series win.

Both teams had starters leave the game early due to infirmity, Vlad going out due to flu-like symptoms, and Paul Lo Duca for Washington, who started in left field, because of dizziness.

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Dodgers Offense Still On Vacation: White Sox 6, Dodgers 1

Derek Lowe pitched better than his line indicated, as he held the Chisox to two runs through seven, but he imploded in the eighth, giving up a two-run homer to Jermaine Dye, with Cory Wade completing his misery by allowing inherited runner Nick Swisher to score on an RBI triple. The only offense for the Dodgers was Delwyn Young's solo shot in the fifth; the bats scarcely had a pulse otherwise, rolling over in an incredible two hours and five minutes.

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Shades Of 4+1: Twins 3, Padres 1

The game was tied 1-1 going into the top of the ninth when Trevor Hoffman gave up consecutive homers on consecutive pitches to Brendan Harris and Brian Buscher, which proved to be the game. Sound familiar? Good thing for the Twins, too, because of the Chisox win, otherwise they end up slipping in the AL Central standings, still a game and a half back of first place Chicago.

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Gorzellany Masters The Yanks: Pirates 12, Yankees 5

Sure, they'll lose the other two games of this series, but it's pretty funny to see the Buccos put a beatdown on the Bombers like this. No Yankee pitcher went unscored upon, and despite giving up only two homers and no walks collectively, all twelve runs were earned, reminding some of the 1960 World Series. The Yanks can make for some entertaining losses, that's for sure.

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Hey, Why Couldn't The Angels Do That? Mariners 12, Mets 0

Oliver Perez was awful, R.A. Dickey was uncharacteristically brilliant through seven, and that's all you need to know. The Mets are a .500 team, but getting blown out by the worst team in the AL? In a shutout? Jerry Manuel's reaching for that bottle of Excedrin right about now.

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