Baseball Before Bedtime: Pale Blue Eyes

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Here's what happened yesterday in baseball while I thought of you as everything I've had but couldn't keep.

Reds 5, Pirates 0: Johnny Cueto was masterful in 8 innings of shutout, 9K ball. The Reds blanked the Pirates twice in this series. Arthur "Fender" Rhodes finished the gig with his 10th consecutive scoreless appearance. The Reds pulled even with the Cubs for second place in the division. STOP THE SEASON NOW SO WE CAN BE RIGHT.

Rays 5, Red Sox 3: Tampa Bay took 3 of 4 from the Sox in convincing fashion. Yesterday's win featured Carl Crawford tying the all time MLB mark with 6 SBs. He said he didn't know what the record was, but had he known he definitely would have tried to break it. Refreshingly honest, Carl. Boston's Silver Lining was Kevin Youkilis who continues to be putting up the best numbers in baseball for someone not named Albert Pujols.

Giants 1, Rockies 0: Barry Zito went 7 scoreless allowing only 3 baserunners. But the Rockies staff matched him through 9, and it was Rich Aurillia's pinch hit game winning RBI in the 10th that put the San Fran over the top. Zito has now allowed but 3 runs in his last three starts, going 20.1 IP. That oughta sell some jeans.

Royals 7, Twins 5: Scott Baker had a no hitter going into the 7th, but the Royals broke it and subsequently scored 5 runs. Whoops. Try scattering em next time, Scotty. Jose Guillen led the charge with 4 RBI and a Happy Jack. I take it all back, dude's worth every penny. Now I take that back.

Houston 7, Atlanta 5: Popular score yesterday. Michael Bourn had 3 hits including the go ahead rib in the 7th. His average is now a gaudy (for him) .301. Good on him. The game featured 12 total pitchers, one of whom was Russ Ortiz. That just seems noteworthy.

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