Baseball Before Bedtime: Mr. Brightside

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Here's what happened in baseball yesterday while you were doing just fine:

Giants 10, Dodgers 8: Tony Jackson is closely monitoring the last two roster spots for the Dodgers and is giving the advantage to utility infielders Doug Mientkiewicz and Juan Castro. Both vets had two-run ding-dongs yesterday but Tony's giving them the nod because he thinks Blake DeWitt and Chin-lung Hu should be playing every day and have that opportunity in Triple-A. Also, Eric Milton gave up eight runs in two innings, but he shouldn't be blamed. Whoever decided that Eric Milton should still be pitching competitively, that's the guy who deserves our derision.

Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 7: Speaking of cagey veteran infielders, Craig Counsell seems to be raring to go despite having a balky right knee. The cartilage in there is like braised short ribs with gremolata over gorgonzola polenta, but Counsell went two-for-two yesterday and is hitting over .400 this spring. The Brew Crew dumped Mike Lamb (not your clam) so they better hope Counsell can provide the gritty veteran-iness their infield so desperately needs.

Indians 14, Mariners 14: Seattle and Cleveland went into overtime but Franklin Gutierrez missed a 45-yard field goal as time expired, so they settled for the tie. FOOTBALL JOKE. But seriously folks, M's beat writer Geoff Baker put two and two together and got twenty-two: he thinks Ryan Rowland-Smith has earned the fifth starter job because manager Don Wakamatsu announced the team would start the year without a lefty reliever. RRS is a lefty and will not be going down to Triple-A nor switching positions and oiling his first baseman's glove. You do the math.

Padres 6, White Sox 1: ChiSox beat writer Mark Gonzales agrees with Ozzie Guillen, who blames the long spring training for the recent malaise among the team. Don't expect the team to turn it around so fast when they head east. Chicago committed 45 errors this spring, including two more in yesterday's loss to the Padres. This is your defending AL Central champion? Defense is the new black, people. Get with that curve, Oz.

Royals 6, Rockies 5: Sure, the Rox took another one on the chin with the loss to KC, but newly-appointed major leaguer Dexter Fowler fell a homer short of the cycle while Troy Tulowitzki added two hits and two RBI. The team might not have much pitching past Aaron Cook and Ubaldo Jimenez, but the kids on the offensive side might provide a tidy accompaniment to a revived Todd Helton.

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