Baseball Before Bedtime: Black Coffee in Bed

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Here's what happened in baseball while that stain on my notebook said nothing to me

Red Sox 3, Phillies 0: Jon Lester's magical mystery tour continued in the city of cheesesteaks and heartaches as he struck out five Phillie batters in his seven shutout innings. Kid's 6-3 with a 3.18 ERA now; a little more run support and he'd have 10 wins by now. Hey Messrs. Utley, Burrell, Rollins, and Howard: you won't score many runs without hitting tater tots. Coco Crisp's two-run ding-dong proved to be the deciding hit. The Sox swiped six bases in seven attempts off catcher Carlos Ruiz, who also went 0-for-3 with a GIDP and four left on base.

Rays 3, Cubs 2: The Cubs scored a run off a passed ball by recently activated Rays closer Troy Percival but could not tie the game when Reed Johnson's two-out squeeze attempt with Kosuke Fukudome on third fell short and Johnson was thrown out on the bunt. The Rays held on for a 3-2 win over the bestest team in all the land. Neal Cotts gave up a ding-dong to Evan Longoria and was handed the loss while Grant Balfour collected four outs in relief of Scott Kazmir and picked up the win.

Brewers 7, Blue Jays 0: Prince Fielder, Russell Branyan, and Ryan Braun all hit 400+ foot taters to lead the Brew Crew over Dustin McGowan and the last place Blue Jays. Don't look now but Ryan Braun has 20 homers on the year and is inching his way up the All-Star vote count (fourth place behind Soriano, Fukudome, and Griffey). Manny Parra went seven shutout innings for the rejuvenated Milwaukee team...hey, maybe Fielder is sharing some tofuburgers with the rest of the boys.

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If only there were some way to get first hand reporting from the Yankee game...

Josh Hamilton hit a ding dong. Milton Bradley left the game with an injury. MAYBE IF YOU HAD A BETTER ATTITUDE LIKE JOSH THAT WOULDN'T HAPPEN

CTC has promised us a Yankees-Padres recap as soon as he awakens from his Celtic-induced stupor.

It was a fun game, especially for Yankees fans.

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