The first Hug-of-the-Day award goes to Fernando Tatis (who apparently never quite retired), being congratulated below for his 12th-inning two-run double against the Marlins Wednesday night. The sorely needed win marked the Mets’ first victory in a game they were trailing after the 7th (they’re now 1-20).
Fernando Tatis (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
(Disqualified for not meeting the technical requirements of a hug):
Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, and Matt Cameron coordinate a three-way high five in their one-nothing victory over the Braves.
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The Marlins ended Brandon Webb’s perfect season Wednesday, raising his ERA to a somewhat-more-human 2.69 in the process. The Marlins — without their slumping star shortstop — scored three runs on seven hits and a suicide squeeze. For his part, Ricky Nolasco held the Diamondbacks to one run on four hits, three coming from J.D. Drew’s younger brother (BJ Upton’s younger brother and Chris Young both went hitless).
Baltimore at New York: Darrell Rasner pitched seven shutout innings against the Orioles. He is now 3-0 since being called up at the beginning of the month, the rest of the Yankee rotation is 3-7. Hank Steinbrenner proved he’s not the man his father was, as (at least publicly) he had nothing but nice things to say about Lester’s no-hitter.
Kansas City at Boston: Bartolo Colon — who I most often cite in barroom arguments about why I wouldn’t give Sabathia a 5 year deal — won his first game since June 2007. Two runs in five innings against the Royals isn’t exactly exhilarating, but he did win a Cy Young just three years ago, so he’s worth watching.
New York at Atlanta: The Braves took their third in two days against the once-again-struggling Mets. Jair Jurrjens pitched another great game (I love him), Mark Teixeira is 7-for-10 this series, and two Mets outfielders are down — Ryan Church with a concussion, Moises Alou with more leg trouble.
Los Angeles at Toronto: Speaking of down, how scary is it to play infield for (Los Angeles of) Anaheim right now? First Howie Kendrick went on the DL (hamstring), then Chone (hamstring) joined him, both suffered repeated setbacks, and now Erick Aybar dislocates his right pinky finger. Figgins returned to action Wednesday, but any lingering discomfort will kill his fantasy value, as his value rests entirely on those speedy legs of his.
Texas at Minnesota: The combined records of Livan Hernandez (who starts tomorrow for the Twins) and Sidney Ponson (who won today for the Rangers) is 9-2. I don’t really know what to say. Be skeptical.
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With Jon Lester’s no-hitter against the Royals Monday night, the Red Sox have now have two no-hitters in as many years by pitchers under 25. Considering the underwhelming performance of the Yankees’ young arms (Kennedy and Hughes are a combined 0-7), and his now-famous suggestion that Mike Mussina pitch more like Jamie Moyer, Hank Steinbrenner should hopefully have some interesting comments by the morning. I’ll try to keep you posted. In the meantime, congrats to Lester, and Yankee beat reporters.
And now, one more hug shot (the best part of big wins).