- The Red Sox won two of three against the Brewers. John Lackey and Tim Wakefield got wins. Jon Lester got the one loss.
– Adrian Gonzalez got his 1000th career hit. It was a triple.
— Adrian Gonzalez has three triples this year, and Jacoby Ellsbury has none.
—- Tim Wakefield gave up home runs to Prince Fielder and… Nyjer Morgan? DH Nyjer Morgan?
- The Mariners are only percentage points behind the Rangers for the lead in the AL West.
– As long as we’re talking AL West wackiness, the As swept the Giants when the Giants threw out Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez, and Matt Cain. The As used Trevor Cahill today, but Graham Godfrey and Guillermo Moscoso the other two nights.
— The As won today because Landon Powell hit a tiebreaking home run that was the eventual winning run.
—- Back to the Mariners: they won two out of three from the Phillies.
—– Jason Vargas threw a complete game shutout today.
—— He only had one baserunner after the fourth inning, and it was on a bloop single over the head of the shortstop.
- Brett Gardner led off the Yankees/Cubs game with a home run today. That’s actually the Yankees’ first home run in three games.
– At one point, Reed Johnson’s last two plate appearances were a home run off Mariano Rivera and a double off CC Sabathia.
— h/t @yestoresearch, Brett Gardner now leads the Yankees with a .294 batting average. (And no, the Yankees don’t have a .300 hitter. They’re doing okay for themselves anyway.) He was hitting .136 on April 25.
- The Dodgers won despite getting three-hit.
– All three of those hits were by either Dioner Navarro or James Loney.
- The Tigers, on the other hand, had 37 hits in their (three-game) series against the Rockies.
– They lost two of three.
- Manny Acosta, a Mets reliever, gave up home runs to both Jeff Mathis and Vernon Wells.
- There was some walk-off weirdness today.
– Drew Butera had the walk-off single for the Twins – and the Twins have won fourteen of sixteen.
— After Alcides Escobar hit a game-tying home run for the Royals against the Cardinals (!!!!), Skip Schumaker won it for the Cardinals with his second home run of the year, and his first ever off a lefty.
—- Cord Phelps of Cleveland hit a walk-off home run, too. It was his first career home run.
—– Hey, maybe we shouldn’t write off the Indians after all. They just swept the Pirates and are a perfect 6-0 in interleague this year.
- With Edwin Rodriguez resigning from managing the Marlins (and the Marlins losing again. By the way, they’re 1-18 in June, and half those losses are by one run.), Jack McKeon is rumored to take over. He’s 80.
– That’d be the second-oldest manager ever.
— The starting left fielder on his first ever lineup card was Lou Piniella, h/t @lookoutlanding.
—- That was on the 1973 Royals, the first team he ever managed. No players on the Marlins were even born in 1973.