Baseball Before Bedtime: The New Workout Plan

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Here's what happened in baseball when you felt weak without me

Angels 4, Blue Jays 3: It's been a long-ass time since B.J. Ryan blew a save. Over a year to be exact, but he did miss most of 2007 because he stunk with a borkened elbow that required Tommy John surgery. Anyway, with a 3-2 lead, kid had runners on second and third and one out, so he intentionally walked Mike Napoli to load the bases. After getting Juan Rivera to strike out, Ryan hit Howie Kendrick with a pitch to force in the tying run. With Ryan's control seemingly absent, I was all ready to post the shrimp video when he merely gave up a walkoff single to Maicer Izturis. Game, set, match and the Angels took two of three from the reeling Blue Jays.

Athletics 13, Rangers 8: Oh, that vaunted Texas Rangers offense was feeling so good about theyselves after dropping a five-spot off A's starter Greg Smith in the bottom of the sixth, taking an 8-4 lead. But then! Alack and alas! Rangers reliever Jamey Wright relieved Scott Feldman (whose bar mitzvah I went to ten years ago...he had karaoke!) and Wright promptly gave the game away to the suddenly power-hitting A's. Jack Cust and Mark Ellis both homered as the first eight batters of the inning reached safely. Oy!

Phillies 7, Marlins 5: Uncle Cholly made all the right moves in the big Phillies win including sending up slugger Geoff Jenkins to pinch hit for little So Taguchi in the sixth inning: Jenkins hit the game-tying two-run ding-dong and Jamie Moyer stayed in the game long enough to earn his 236th career win. THAT'S AS MANY AS WHITEY FORD AND HE WAS A TRUE YANKEE. Pat Burrell had the go-ahead double in the seventh and Chase Utley hit his league-leading 20th tater tot. Mike Jacobs' two home runs went for naught, not only in the game but also because my girlfriend had him benched on her fantasy team. Whoops!

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Ryan hit Howie Kendrick with a pitch

10-12 weeks on the DL now, Howie?

Jamie Moyer stayed in the game long enough to earn his 54th career birthday.


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