Dugout Digest – they’re back

The New York Yankees were left for dead in a gutter to start last week after a 1-4 start. New York's offense looked listless in losing two out of three to the Red Sox to start the year, and the first two to Detroit. But in the three games since, the Yankees have scored 32 runs in roughing up the Tigers and Indians, with last night's 14-1 beatdown of the Tribe coming as a high point of the season. Yeah, I think we all wrote off the Yankees a tad bit too soon. They'll still be at least a little bit of a factor this year.


Will Venable, a shaving cream pie, and a camo teddy bear. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports).

Game of the Night: Nationals 8, White Sox 7. This was an odd game. After the White Sox batted in the top of the sixth, the game was tied at two, but Washington took a 6-2 lead in the bottom half of the inning after two-run homers from Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche. Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer in the seventh to cut the lead to 6-5, but the Nationals extended their lead to three again following an RBI single from Werth and another two-run homer from LaRoche. In the ninth, Chicago cut the lead to one after a two-run homer from Alex Rios off of Rafael Soriano, but that was the only damage, and Washington hung on to win 8-7.

Pitching Lines of the Night: I actually had to dig a little bit to find some great pitching in a night dominated by offense. The Cardinals beat the Reds 5-1, and Lance Lynn allowed one run on four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out ten. Rangers rookie Nick Tepesch shined in his first career start in Texas' 6-1 win over the Rays, allowing one run on four hits over 7 1/3 innings, walking three, striking out five, and picking up 15 groundball outs. Kris Medlen shut down the Marlins in the Braves' 3-2 win, allowing one unaerned run on three hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out one. Anibal Sanchez baffled the Blue Jays in Detroit's 7-3 win, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings, striking out eight with one walk.

Hitting Lines of the Night: In that Yankees blowout over the Indians, Robinson Cano went 4/6 with two runs, five RBI, two doubles, and his third homer of the year. Chris Carter powered an Astros offensive breakout in their 16-9 win over the Mariners, going 4/6 with three RBI and two homers, while Jose Altuve went 4/6 with two runs, four RBI, a double, and a homer. Miguel Cabrera provided the offense in Detroit, going 4/5 with three runs, four RBI, and his first homer of the year. Will Venable led the Padres to a 9-3 win over the Dodgers, going 2/3 with two runs, four RBI, two walks, a triple, a homer, and a stolen base.

Other Games: The Phillies beat the Mets 8-3 behind a three homer barrage. The Royals used a strong first inning to beat the Twins 7-4. The Brewers bullpen collapsed once again, and they fell to the Cubs 6-3. The A's blew an early lead, but then rallied late as they beat the Angels 9-5. The Pirates edged the Diamondbacks 6-5. The Giants beat the Rockies 9-6 despite a shaky start from Tim Lincecum.

What You Missed: Carlos Carrasco was ejected from the blowout in Cleveland for throwing at Kevin Youkilis' head. The Twins tried to charge fans to watch batting practice, and immediately backpedaled on it. Jered Weaver broke his elbow, and will miss four-six weeks. Garrett broke down the myth of the proven closer. I looked at just how much Marty Foster screwed the Rays on Monday. Ian looked at John Lackey's cursed career with the Red Sox.

Today's Notables: Mark Buehrle takes on Rick Porcello in Detroit. Matt Moore starts for the Rays in Texas. Gavin Floyd and Jordan Zimmermann will duel in Washington. Mike Minor gets the start for the Braves in Miami. Wade Miley starts for the Diamondbacks, hosting the Pirates. Ryan Dempster will start for the Red Sox against the Orioles. Kyle Lohse makes his second start for the Brewers, against the Cubs. Chad Billingsley makes his season debut for the Dodgers in San Diego.

National TV: Yankees-Indians (7 PM, ESPN2)

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.

About Joe Lucia

I hate your favorite team. I also sort of hate most of my favorite teams.

Dugout Digest – they’re back!

Brian McCann and Dan Uggla struggled through August, putting a giant hole in the middle of the Braves lineup. Yesterday in Flushing against the Mets, the two rebounded in an amazing way. With Kris Medlen on the mound, Atlanta smashed New York 11-3. Uggla reached base five times, while McCann reached four times. The two combined for seven runs scored and four RBI in the Braves' smashing win. Atlanta is now 20 games above .500, and has a 5.5 game lead in the NL wild card race over the Cardinals, the current leaders for the second position. To put that in perspective, that lead is just a game smaller than Washington's 6.5 game lead in the NL East. It really doesn't look like there will be a collapse this year with 22 games to go. If the Braves go 11-11, the Cardinals need to go 17-6 just to force a tie for that top spot…and the Braves would *still* get in as the second wild card. Good times in Atlanta right now.

Game of the Night: Nationals 7, Marlins 6 (ten innings). Speaking of the Nationals, this was a huge win for them to keep the Braves at pace in the NL East. The Marlins led 6-3 after seven and Mark Buerhle turned things over to the capable Miami bullpen. Of course…things happened. Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the eighth off of AJ Ramos to make it a tie game, but Ryan Webb got out of the inning with the bases loaded. In the ninth, a rain delay hit before Washington batted. When the teams came back onto the field two and a half hours later, Jayson Werth immediately homered off of Heath Bell to tie the game. The tenth inning against Chad Gaudin was painless, as he allowed the first three runners to reach, got one out on a fielders choice, and then allowed a walk-off single to pinch hitter Corey Brown to continue the magic in DC.

Pitching Lines of the Night: In a 4-2 Rangers win over the Rays in ten, Yu Darvish was awesome, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits over eight innings, striking out eight while walking just two. Chris Archer was just as good for the Rays, allowing two runs on four hits over seven, walking two and striking out 11. Jeff Samardzija threw a complete game in his last start of the year for the Cubs in their 4-3 win in Pittsburgh, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits, walking one and striking out nine. CJ Wilson dazzled the Tigers in a big, 6-1 win for the Angels, allowing one unearned run on four hits over 7 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out six. 

Hitting Lines of the Night: I mentioned the Brian McCann/Dan Uggla show in New York…McCann went 4/5 with three runs, four RBI, a double, and a homer, while Uggla went 3/3 with three runs and two walks, In the Diamondbacks' 8-5 win over the Padres, Jason Kubel went 2/4 with three RBI, a walk, and a pair of homers, while his teammate Justin Upton went 4/5 with two runs, a homer, and a stolen base. Aramis Ramirez helped the Brewers to a 6-3 win over the Cardinals, going 3/3 with two walks, a double, and a homer. Blue Jays rookie Anthony Gose had the best game of his career in a 9-2 win over the Red Sox, going 2/5 with two runs, five RBI, a stolen base, and his first career homer.

Other Games: The White Sox edged the Royals 5-4. The Orioled nipped the Yankees 5-4, but the main story was the controversial call to end the game.  The Dodgers rallied late to beat the Giants 3-2. The Twins shut out the Indians 3-0. The Reds rebounded from Friday's collapse by beating the Astros 5-1. Brett Anderson kept rolling, and the A's beat the Mariners 6-1. The Rockies and Phillies were rained out.

Today's Games: Zach Britton looks to remain impressive as the Orioles look for sole possession of first place against the Yankees. The doubleheader between the Rockies and Phillies will see Cole Hamels start game one for the Fightins, and rookie Tyler Cloyd start game two. Johnny Cueto starts for the Reds against the Astros. Roy Oswalt and the Rangers take on James Shields and the Rays in Tampa Bay. Ricky Nolasco takes on Edwin Jackson in DC. Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers look to avoid a sweep in Anaheim against Zack Greinke and the Angels. Shaun Marcum starts for the resurgent Brewers in St Louis against Joe Kelly. Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers in San Francisco against the Giants.

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.

About Joe Lucia

I hate your favorite team. I also sort of hate most of my favorite teams.