Daily Roundup, 07/07/11

- Playing the Red Sox and facing a few lefties in a row, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia who has been bad against lefties, the Orioles brought in a lefty pitcher.
– Three homers in a row followed, of course. The first by David Ortiz – that’s normal.
— The second by Josh Reddick.
—- The third by, yep, Saltalamacchia.
—– Matt Wieters stole a base in this game – the first of his career.

- The Twins are 5-0 against the White Sox this year.
– They’ve also won 29 of their last 36 against the South Siders.
— Joe Mauer made his first career appearance at first base, went 3-for-5, and turned an unassisted double play.

- Detroit won due to homers by Ryan Raburn (.340 SLG) and Don Kelly (.333 SLG).

- John Axford has surrendered two home runs all year, and they’re both to the same player.
– That player is Ramon Hernandez.

- Justin Upton and BJ Upton have already homered on the same night seven times this season.

- Ben Zobrist leads baseball in doubles. Tonight, he needed a double for the cycle. He didn’t get it.
– You know who doubled in the same game? Derek Jeter. He has extra-base hits in three games in a row.

- The Nationals, who have done very well lately, played the Cubs, who have been the Cubs lately. The Cubs were down 8-0 after five, but scored six runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to tie it. They actually took an 9-8 lead in the eighth, but the Nationals immediately tied the game again.
– But hey – the Cubs won!
— On a Darwin Barney double. Sure, why not.

- It might not have been the craziest game of the night.

– This was actually the Indians’ second walk-off grand slam this year.
— They were down 4-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, too. Nice.


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