Baseball Before Bedtime: Mama You Been On My Mind

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Here's what happened in baseball last night when I had no place for you to go:

Note: today and tomorrow I'll be the guest writer for Morning Juice over at Big League Stew. Here's a sneak peak of the thrilling recaps but check out the Juice to read the brilliant comments:

Pirates 3, Braves 2: Jeff Karstens nearly pitched a perfect game the last time Walkoff Walk did fill-in duty for the Juice. Last night, Karstens did his own fill-in duty, coming into the game in the second inning to replace Charlie Morton and his balky hamstring. Karstens picked up the W and was serviceable, especially considering he'd already lost two games in the past six days and was sentenced to the 'pen.

Mariners 4, Orioles 1: Two things you can be sure of when Felix Hernandez and the Mariners visit Camden Yards. One, the team will turn up their nose at Maryland crabs (miss U, Dungeness) and two, King Felix will win. Fella improved to 4-0 lifetime in Baltimore with seven tidy innings and some support from teammate Jose Lopez' pair of homers.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 5: Kevin Youkilis' fourth inning homer off reliever Phil Hughes proved to be the game-winner but Chien-Ming Wang took the loss. This game featured twelve extra-base hits including five home runs and yet folks are still whining about the dingers flying out of New Yankee Stadium. It's about time we tore down the Green Monster and extended left field onto I-90.

Phillies 5, Mets 4 (11): This one went to eleven. Seriously, it went eleven innings, and it ended at 11PM EDT. Also, eleven is the difference between the number of runners the Mets left on base (16) and the runners that the Phils stranded (5). Yes, Cole Hamels and the Phils relief corps put twenty gentleMets on base but only four scored. Chase Utley's homer in the eleventh was not of the walkoff varietal yet thousands of dejected Mets fans started their walk of shame back to their cars immediately after it cleared the fence.

Royals 9, Indians 0: Gil Meche needs to give his precious right arm a little bit more credit. Fella struck out 11 Indians batters over seven shutout innings despite claiming his prep work was sloppy and erratic, like a bleary-eyed line cook with a sangria hangover:

"I felt absolutely horrible warming up in the bullpen," Meche said. "It's weird. I just went out and tried to attack the (strike) zone and things fell in place."

Just keep going out there and preparing poorly, Gil. It seems to work for you.

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Actually, Meche feels so horrible because he tags sangria as his morning juice.

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