Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
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Fan runs onto the field in Detroit and gets slammed by security


Running on to the field at the ballpark is really dumb. You have no business being out there, you’re interrupting the game everyone paid to come and see and, not that we care too much, but you’re making yourself look like a big jerk.

Also: you’re doing it in a day and age when no one in any position of authority seems to have all that much interest in restraint, and that could make things go poorly for you.

Take this guy in Detroit yesterday. He ran onto the field at Comerica Park in the seventh inning and did his little run around thing, eluding the security guards. Then he gets tired and decides to give up. If he thought the security guard would just take him by the hand and escort him off the field, he was mistaken. The guard, whose authoritah had been disrespected, tackled him hard instead:

This seemed to end fine enough, but the current environment is such that, eventually, someone is going to get seriously hurt in this sort of situation. And everyone will say “hey, he deserved it, he shouldn’t have been there.” Despite the fact that no one used to body slam streakers and Morgana the Kissing Bandit and stuff and somehow the Republic managed to stand.

Settling the Scores Wednesday’s results

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Hanley Ramirez had quite a night, eh? Three homers. Drew Pomeranz, not so much. But I guess you don’t need much of a night when you get that much run support and you’re facing what’s left of Matt Cain and the reeling Giants.

Jedd Gyorko of the Cardinals had three homers yesterday. One in the first game of the doubleheader, two in the second, so it doesn’t get as much press, but his day was still spiffy as heck.

In other news, Anthony Rizzo hit a couple of big flies himself. Tyler Naquin hit two for Cleveland. Leonys Martin hit two for the Mariners. Ryan Schimpf hit two for the Padres, splitting his up between games of the doubleheader like Gyorko did. Bryce Harper hit one but it was a long one. Josh Donaldson drove in three and hit his 24th homer. Chris Archer struck out 11 batters in six innings. Could he be auditioning for the Dodgers, who are suffering from Kershaw deficit disorder? Michael Pineda tossed six shutout innings against the Orioles, kind of messing up that whole Yankees fire sale plan. Which, dudes, when you see what the Mariners got in a trade for Mike Montgomery has to bug the heck out of the longer-term thinkers in the Yankees Universe.

Oh well. Today is a new day. They can always lose to Baltimore today. The scores:

Reds 6, Braves 3
Twins 4, Tigers 1
Cubs 6, Mets 2
Indians 11, Royals 4
Cardinals 4, Padres 2; Cardinals 3, Padres 2
Rays 11, Rockies 3
Astros 7, Athletics 0
Mariners 6, White Sox 5
Blue Jays 10, Diamondbacks 4
Red Sox 11, Giants 7
Yankees 5, Orioles 0
Nationals 8, Dodgers 1
Phillies 4, Marlins 1
Brewers 9, Pirates 5
Angels 7, Rangers 4


The Tigers scored four runs in a three-game series against the Twins

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When people ask me if I think the Indians will hold on in the AL Central, I’ve taken to saying “heck yeah.” The Royals are good but have a lot of injuries and a pretty decent-sized hold to dig out of while down several key players. The Tigers are closer and healthier, but then they Tigers-it-all-up like they just did against the Twins.

Justin Verlander pitched fantastically against Minnesota today, allowing one run over eight innings and striking out nine. The Tigers lost, however, because (a) they could do nothing offensively against the worst pitching staff in baseball; and (b) their closer, Francisco Rodriguez, gave up three runs on two homers in two-thirds of an inning.

In all, the Tigers scored only four runs in dropping two of three to the Twins, who allow a league-worst 5.2 runs per game. Only Colorado and Cincinnati are worse at preventing runs than the Twins are, but the Tigers couldn’t figure them out.

On paper Detroit has a pretty good offense. It has the tendency of calling in sick in bunches, however. It’s just an inconsistent club. For that reason, I’m feeling pretty good about the Indians these days.