And That Happened: Tuesday's scores and highlights

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Rockies 5, Dodgers 4: If you encounter a team in the Dodgers’
position, lean them forward slightly and stand behind him or her. Make
a fist with one hand. Put your arms around the person and grasp your
fist with your other hand in the midline just below the ribs. Make a
quick, hard movement inward and upward in an attempt to assist the
person in dislodging the object that is obstructing the airway. This
maneuver should be repeated until the person is able to breathe or
loses consciousness.

Marlins 2, Mets 1: Yesterday, in the wake of the Johan Santana news, I wrote
“Rest now, Mets fans. There really is nothing else that can hurt you
this year.” Almost immediately thereafter readers wrote in with ways
this nightmare of a season could get worse. Things like a
Phillies-Yankees World Series or Jeff Francoeur getting a five year
deal. With each passing day the latter seems like a possibility. As one
of the only real major leaguers left on the roster (I use that term to
describe tenure more than merit), Frenchy will stick out. Especially if
he does things like hit a couple of doubles a night like he did here.
And no, it doesn’t matter that one of the doubles was a total misplay
on the part of the defense. It still counts!

Pirates 6, Phillies 4: At this rate does Brad Lidge even make
the postseason roster? Brought in to protect a one-run lead in the
ninth, Lidge blows his ninth save of the year and sees his ERA go up to
7.33. He had some help from Jayson Werth, who came in late in the game,
supposedly to provide defense, but who let a run score on an error.

Royals 6, Indians 2: Zack Greinke mows down the Indians with 15
strikeouts. With this outing, with Halladay’s recent swoon, and with
the guys with the high win totals posting considerably higher ERAs,
Greinke probably just catapulted himself back into “favorite” status
for the Cy Young award, didn’t he?

Reds 8, Brewers 6: The Reds blow a five run lead in the ninth,
but Joey Votto and Laynce Nix homer in the 13th to make it all better.
The dingers came off of former Red Todd Coffey. The Reds hitters had
the psychological advantage in that situation: they knew that Coffey
sucks, whereas Coffey probably still labors under delusions that he
does not. It’s called clarity of thought, people. Therein lies the
advantage.

Rangers 10, Yankees 9: Let’s hear it for all of that extra rest
Joba Chamberlain got (4 IP, 9 H, 7 ER). Let’s also hear it for a
valiant, yet utterly unsuccessful ninth inning rally by the Yankees.

Red Sox 6, White Sox 3: Chicago loses its third straight and
falls to .500. Jacoby Ellsbury steals his 55th base, breaking the tie
with Tommy Harper for the most steals in a single season in Red Sox
history.

Tigers 5, Angels 3: Detroit takes advantage of the Chicago loss,
extending their lead to four and a half games. John Lackey was beat up
for the second straight outing. Miguel Cabrera (3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) is
on pace for having one of the quietest .340 35 HR 100 RBI seasons in
recent memory.

Cardinals 1, Astros 0: Wandy Rodriguez and Adam Wainwright throw
bullets all night — each only gave up three hits — but a quick single
from Brendan Ryan followed by a Pujols double in the first inning put
Rodriguez in a “hole” he could never get out of. This game took 2:10,
which is roughly the length of your average AL East inning.



Rays 7, Blue Jays 3: Carlos Pena continues his Dave Kingmanesque
season, hitting his 36th and 7th home run, while still maintaining that
.223 average. Wait, that’s not fair. Pena leads the league in walks and
he can play some defense, so Kingman’s not a good comp. How about his
Russell Branyan season?

Padres 2, Braves 1: Adam LaRoche knocked in pinch runner Reid
Gorecki with two outs in the ninth (after Gorecki stole second) to
stave off defeat, but then David Eckstein won it for the Pads with an
RBI double in the 12th. The Braves’ 1-2-3 hitters combined to go 0-16.

Nationals 15, Cubs 6: Huge nights for Josh Willingham (4-4, 2
HR, 6 RBI) and Elijah Dukes (2-3, 2B, HR 5 RBI) provide a
not-so-friendly welcome back for Carlos Zambrano, who was making his
first start since August 1st. Zambrano did hit a homer, though.

Twins 7, Orioles 6: Delmon Young goes 4-5 and hits a walkoff single in the ninth.

Mariners 4, Athletics 2: Ryan Langerhans, in as a defense
replacement (AHEM, Jayson Werth) wins the game with a 10th inning
homer. Even in the loss, Oakland Rookie Brett Anderson was sharp,
giving up one run on six hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4: Travis Ishikawa’s three-run shot in a
tie game in the eighth inning proves to be the winner after the Giants
had their hearts ripped out by the Rockies the night before. At this
point, seeing someone come back from a killer loss to the Rockies like
this might be the only ray of sunshine in Dodgerland.

A-Rod to join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth

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Alex Rodriguez’s post-retirement renaissance continues apace. After starring as a studio host for Fox’s playoff coverage over the past couple of years, A-Rod is about to be named to, arguably, televised baseball’s top job: color commentary in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth.

Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News is hearing that ESPN is going to give the gig, vacated by Aaron Boone by virtue of his hiring by the Yankees, to Rodriguez. There he’ll join Jessica Mendoza and whoever they get to replace play-by-play man Dan Shulman, who chose to step back from the Sunday night job following last season. This, by the way, marks the second time A-Rod has taken over Aaron Boone’s job given that he replaced Boone at third base for the Yankees in 2004.

The twist: A-Rod is likely to keep his Fox postseason job too. While some broadcasters work for multiple networks, it’s pretty rare for Fox to allow its talents to work for competitors like that. Apparently they believe keeping A-Rod — who five years ago was one of the most despised figures in baseball — is worth it. What a difference a few years makes.

In other news, Alex Rodriguez is likely to be shunned mightily by the current crop of BBWAA voters when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in a couple of years. At the rate he’s going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s.