Baseball Before Bedtime: Best of Jill Hives

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Here's what happened in baseball while you were kept grounded, sad and cursed:

Rangers 11, Orioles 10: The Rangers bullpen were handed a tidy six-run lead after a top o' the eighth Texas explosion but did everything in their power to make this an exciting contest. Eddie Guardado and C.J. Wilson allowed three Oriole tater tots as Baltimore moved within one run before Wilson struck out Brian Roberts to end the game. Kevin Millwood somehow earned a win despite allowing five runs in five innings.

Braves 7, Astros 6 (17): This one actually lasted longer than the Nadal-Federer five hour five set classic. Heck, Bobby Cox done got ejected in the fifth and this contest still went twelve more innings without the Braves manager. Houston had a lead but closer Jose Valverde blew it in the eighth when he allowed a two-run single to Yunel Escobar. The teams then played eight straight scoreless innings before Mark Teixeira finally hit a walkoff bases-bloated single in the seventeenth. What, no walkoff walk? Dickhead.

Tigers 2, Mariners 1 (15): The Mariners had no chance once manager Jim Riggleman was forced to use backup catcher Jamie Burke as his seventh pitcher of the day during the top of the fifteenth inning. Miguel Cabrera's double set up the winning sac fly by Marcus Thames and Jim Leyland was lucky enough to have lunatic Todd Jones to save the game in the bottom half. Willie Bloomquist, Ichiro Suzuki, and Adrian Beltre also volunteered to pitch once the Mariners' bullpen had worn thin. Where the heck was Norm Charlton?

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You forgot to mention: Indians officially concede the season. As they are throwing in the towel am I allowed cancel my MLB Extra Innings Package for a refund, or at least a cable channel to be named later?


Wahoo and Matt, it sounds as if your teams have been around and left you flat.

Norm Charlton was the one who tried to wake up Arthur Rhodes from the dead, but summoned a fifth string catcher instead.

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