Baseball Before Bedtime: Better Be Home Soon

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Here's what happened in baseball while I was right for the first time in my life:

Athletics 9, Rays 1: Dana Eveland was super-efficient, allowing just 5 baserunners in a 95-pitch complete game win over Tampa Bay that lasted just 2 hours and 6 minutes. Wait...two hours and six minutes? If I hadn't left so early for the Yankees game, I could have live-glogged this ENTIRE game. Damn. Jonny Gomes' eighth inning ding dong was the only thing preventing Eveland from earning the A's first complete game shutout of the year. Jack Cust tater-totted twice and Emil Brown collected his team-leading 35th RBI, good enough for 4th in the AL.

Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 1: Take back anything I have said about the Marlins. They are in it to win it, regardless of the opponent. Brandon Webb suffered his first loss of the season. Sure, he retired the first 12 gentlemen he faced, but after giving up a Luis Gonzalez triple in the fifth and allowing him to score on a Matt Treanor squeeze bunt, Webb had pie on his face. Cody Ross followed up with a home run, and it was smooth sailing for winner Ricky Nolasco after that point. Wacky stat from the AP recap: "Over the past five games, the Diamondbacks are 1-for-40 the first time through the order with 14 strikeouts." Stinkeroo.

Red Sox 6, Angels 3: Bartolo Colon is alive and well and living in....Boston? Get out! Colon made his gallant return to the mound in Fenway Park, throwing a serviceable five innings with four strikeouts and picking up a well-deserved win. Jacoby Ellsbury did the heavy lifting for the offense, going 3-for-4 with 3 runs and a ding dong and single-handedly moved the clubhouse piano across the street to Jake Ivory's for the late-night singalong.

Yankees 8, Orioles 0: We need instant replay in baseball for home runs immediately.

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Paul Byrd, as usual, gave the Tribe about six innings of great pitching and one inning of throwing batting practice.

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