And That Happened: Monday's scores and recaps

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White Sox 6, Indians 3:
Nice Indians’ debut for Chris Perez: He hit the first two batters he
faced, walked the bases loaded and then gave up a fielder’s choice, an
RBI double, a wild pitch and run-scoring single. One of the guys he hit
— Alexei Ramirez — took it in the head and had to leave the game.
Congratulations, Mark Shapiro and Eric Wedge! After fifteen years of
respectability, you have finally brought the Indians back around
full-circle to “Major League” territory, complete with Rick Vaughn on
the mound.

Cubs 3, Pirates 1:
Rich Harden was impressive, striking out nine and giving up only one
run — while scattering nine hits — over seven innings. Phil Rogers
will likely call for the Cubs to waive him tomorrow. In other news,
this may have been the perfect Craig day at the ballpark: small crowd,
weekday game, not too hot, good pitching, done in 2:17. Really makes me
wish I was there. I can almost taste the Yuengling.

Rays 4, Blue Jays 1:
Roy Halladay came back and was good (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7K), but not good
enough. Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer, got another hit and stole a
base. Pat Burrell too. The homer I mean. If he stole a base I probably
would have led with that.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 0:
Jon Lester was fantastic (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 8K) and J.D. Drew homered,
tripled, and singled, driving in two. “Baltimore citizenry welcome
Boston conquerors: ‘we kept your rooms just the way you left them’.”
The Red Sox are 22-9 at Camden Yards since the end of 2005 and have won
eight straight there.

Giants 10, Cardinals 0:
Holy crap, Tim Lincecum is good (CG, SHO, 2 H, 8K, 0 BB). Clayton
Mortensen hitting Aaron Roward on the knee with a pitch in the seventh
was the hardest hit the Cardinals had all night.

Marlins 4, Nationals 2:
Florida vs. Washington, on a Monday night in Miami, with a rain delay.
It says that paid attendance was over 10,000. What do you suppose the
real attendance was. Seventeen? Thirty?

Brewers 10, Mets 6: According to the Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt,
Gary Sheffield was booed heavily each time he came to bat. Sheffield
was traded away from Milwaukee over seventeen years ago. Sure, he left
as a very, very unpopular Brewer, having called out the team’s pitchers
and allegedly tanked plays at third base on purpose. Either way,
though, seventeen years is a long time to hold a grudge, isn’t it?
Willie Randolph was the starting second basemen and Jim Gantner was the
starting third baseman on Sheff’s last Brewer club. Rick Dempsey was on
that roster. Maybe they should let it go, ya know?

Royals 4, Twins 2:
Luke Hochevar has had one dawg of a start since his recall on June 6th,
but the others have been aces, including this one (7 IP, 2 H. 0 ER).
Like J.D. Drew in the Red Sox game, Miguel Olivo came a double short of
the cycle, driving in two runs.

Angels 5, Rangers 4:
The Angels are starting to pull away from Texas. This saddens me
because I think I may have been the only person in the free world who
picked Texas to win the west before the season started and I don’t want
to see them slide out of contention. Kendry Morales and Juan Rivera did
the damage for Anaheim, driving in a pair each.

Astros 3, Padres 1: Roy Oswalt’s still got it (CG, 2 H, 1 ER 8K), as he continues to own San Diego.

Athletics 7, Tigers 1:
Rick Porcello was beat up by an A’s offense that doesn’t beat up many,
giving up five runs on nine hits. This is one of the better passages
from a game story this year: “After Porcello was chased, left-hander
Fu-Te Ni struck out Giambi in his major league debut. Ni didn’t know
who Giambi was, and he raised his eyebrows in surprise when told of
Giambi’s achievements.”

Dodgers 4, Rockies 2:
The Dodgers win it on a walkoff homer by Andre Ethier, but it sure took
a while to get there. The Dodgers used eight pitchers, so Joe Torre is
probably going to be sore today from all of that walking back and forth
to the mound.

The Braves are banning outside food. And they’re probably lying about why they’re doing it.

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Here’s a thing a lot of people don’t realize: there are a lot of ballparks that allow you to bring in outside food.

Not all of them, but a lot do. They don’t publicize it, obviously, because they want you to buy their expensive food, but if you go to the concessions policy page on most team’s websites, you can get the scoop. It often lists “soft-sided coolers” under “permitted items,” which is code for “yes, you can bring your own food in.” Some may specifically limit THAT to sealed plastic water bottles, but for the most part, if you can bring soft-sided coolers into the park, that means it’s OK to bring in grandma’s potato salad and a few sandwiches. They may check your coolers, of course, to make sure you’re not bringing in alcohol or whatever.

The Atlanta Braves have always allowed food into the ballpark. But thats going to change in shiny new Sun Trust Park. The AJC reports that the Braves have announced a new policy via which ticket holders will not be allowed to bring in outside food. Exceptions will be made for infant food and for special dietary restriction items.

Which, OK, it’s their park and their rules. If they want to cut out the PB&J for junior and force you to buy him a $9 “kids pack” — or if they want you to forego grandma’s potato salad to buy that pork chop sandwich we mentioned yesterday — that’s their choice. Everything else about the Braves new stadium has been about extracting money from fans, so why not the concessions policy too?

My beef with this is less about the policy. It’s about their stated reason for it:

The changes are a result of tighter security being put into place this season throughout the league, said the Braves spokesperson.

This, as the French say, is horses**t.

We know it is because not all teams are prohibiting outside food. If there are tighter security measures across the board, other teams are implementing them without the food restriction. Even the Yankees, who take security theater to extreme heights as it is, are still allowing fans to bring in their own food.

The Braves, I strongly suspect, are using these measures as an excuse to cut down on competition for their concessions. Which, like I said, go for it. Just be honest about what you’re doing and stop blaming “tightened security” for your cash grab.

Yadier Molina says Adam Jones “has to apologize to the Puerto Rican people”

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After the U.S. won the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night, Adam Jones told a reporter that he and his teammates were motivated in part by the fact that Puerto Rico already had championship t-shirts printed up and plans for a parade/celebration in Puerto Rico in place beforehand.

Which, OK, whatever you need to motivate you, Adam, but all of that seems complicated by the fact that (a) ALL teams playing for a championship have pre-printed gear, thus enabling them to be put on moments after the final out; and (b) Puerto Rico’s celebration plans were not contingent on winning or losing. In fact, they went ahead and had a parade/celebration even though they lost. The WBC was a big deal to them in ways it simply wasn’t to the U.S., so it makes sense.

Yadier Molina of Team Puerto Rico did not take kindly to Jones’ comments. He tells ESPN Deportes this:

“Adam Jones … is talking about things he doesn’t know about,” Molina told ESPN. “He really has to get informed because he shouldn’t have said those comments, let alone in public and mocking the way [preparations] were made . . . He has to apologize to the Puerto Rican people,” Molina said. “Obviously, you wanted to win; he didn’t know what this means to [our] people.”

Kind of a messy little controversy, eh?

My feeling about it is that Jones probably didn’t know the whole story about Puerto Rico’s plans and misinterpreted celebration for arrogance. I also suspect that most players motivate themselves in all manner of irrational ways like this, but we just don’t hear about it all that much. Jones can do whatever he wants to psych himself up, but it changes the equation a bit when you talk about it to the press. Perceived slights that an athlete uses internally can seem petty once exposed to the light of day.

Either way: Jones does not have a reputation for being insulting or disrespectful, so I seriously doubt that was his intent here. I also think that, while Molina has a right to be miffed, the “he must apologize to the Puerto Rican people” thing is laying it on a bit thick. Maybe Jones can just text Molina and some P.R. players and say he was sorry, followed by a “we’re all good, man” and this can end? That makes the most sense.

If not, well, the Orioles do play the Cardinals in an interleague series this summer, so maybe we’ll see some fireworks.