Rangers 4, Yankees 2: Our buddy Drew liveglogged this number over at The Score last night and, although the discussion turned from Eli Manning to Lorne Michaels to the Chicken Lady, he did a fab job of keeping folks updated and making insightful comments. Most notably was the stellar play of Rangers rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus who reached base thrice, stole two bases, scored a run, and made some tidy plays in the field. Also, I haven't seen winning pitcher Scott Feldman throw game this well since he bagged two ninth-graders at his bar mitzvah back in '96.
Red Sox 10, Tigers 5: Curtis Granderson does many things well, including writing a regular blog over at Big League Stew and breaking up no-hitters. Fella lined a single to right in the seventh inning to end Josh Beckett's bid for a no-no; one inning later, he tripled with the bases bloated to help the Tigers halve the Sox lead. Too little, too late though as Takashi Saito closed this number out with a scoreless ninth. J.D. Drew tater-totted.
Cubs 3, Braves 2 (11): Our national hero Chipper Jones did the heavy lifting in the seventh inning, tying up the game late for the second night in a row with a pinch-hit RBI single. Unfortunately, Jeff Francouer forgot to pack his magic cape and proved to be a pumpkin once again. Fella led off the ninth with a single but got thrown out attempting to steal second. Micah Hoffpauir's bloop RBI single in the top of the eleventh proved to be the game-winning hit and Jeff Bennett took the sadsack loss.
Rays 9, Royals 0: Yes, it is still a major accomplishment when a pitcher two-hits the Kansas City Royals. Jeff Niemann picked up the first complete game and first shutout of his career, blanking K.C. with nine K's and but one walk. And don't forget Ben Zobrist, who is slamming dongs like Bonds, y'all. Fella clobbered his tenth tater tot of the year in just 130 at-bats with his king dong in the fourth. He's got one homer for every five fly balls he hits. Yowza!
Athletics 5, White Sox 3: The A's used three solo tater tots to defeat Clayton Richard and the Fightin' Ozzies. Say hello to Josh Outman who improved to 3-0 on the year and dropped his ERA to 3.02 with six and two-thirds innings of two-run ball.