Friday, May 04, 2007

Stealing Signals: Manny Being Manny.

Red Sox 8, Mariners 7 - Having Manny Ramirez get locked on is a scary proposition for a team already atop its division and its usual rival struggling badly. Last thing anyone else in the AL East needs is Manny hitting. Seattle got the brunt of it, with Ramirez hitting two homers and bailing out another mediocre start from Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Pirates 4, Brewers 2 - A good streak has to have bumps every once in a while, and the Brewers hit one, giving up a four-run seventh inning to the Pirates that eventually won the game for the crew from Pittsburgh.

Mets 9, Arizona 4 - The Mets like Chase Field in Phoenix, having won 11 straight games there, and when you have David Wright (expected, kind of, despite a slump) and Damion Easley (not expected; he's still in the league?) hitting three-run homers, it makes it easy for a pitcher, like, say, Tom Glavine to get bailed out by wailing on the Arizona bullpen.

Yankees 4, Rangers 3; Yanks 5, Rangers 2 - Doubleheader sweep for the Yanks in this battle of last place teams, and getting Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte back to give them starts like they did can only help, although the holes in the rest of the rotation still run rampant. Mariano Rivera grabs both saves for the fifth time in his major league career. More importantly, the Yanks climb out of the cellar, swapping spots with the Orioles.

Phillies 9, Giants 7 - Matt Cain has an off day for the Giants, and the Phillies made him pay for it. Adam Eaton got hit up too, but not quite as badly, and had the run support (especially from Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley) to cover up his mistakes.

(Photo: AP/Winslow Townson)

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