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Tuesday's transpirings (August 15 edition)
2006-08-15 07:00
by Bob Timmermann

The tragicomic National League is the scene of the most intrigue Tuesday.

Surprisingly, the closest divisional race is now in the Central, where the Cardinals lead has been cut to 1 1/2 game over the Reds, who also hold the edge in the wild card race. The Reds start a three game series in St. Louis tonight at 5:10 pm PT (Aaron Harang vs. Chris Carpenter, aka the good pitchers on each team).

San Diego blew a chance to tie the Reds for the wild card and instead fell a full game behind them and 2 1/2 games behind West-leading Los Angeles. The Padres host the Giants at 7:05 pm PT (Matt Morris vs. Chris Young). On Monday night, the Giants used six pitchers to record a 1-0 win.

The Dodgers host the Marlins at 7:10 pm PT (Anibal Sanchez vs. Chad Billingsley). The Mets, whose lead was cut to 14 games over the Phillies after a 13-0 loss to them, take on the Phillies again at Citizens Bank Park at 4:05 pm PT (Orlando Hernandez vs. Randy Wolf).

The AL saw a little more separation as the Yankees stretched their lead in the East over Boston to two games with a win over the Angels while the Red Sox lost at home to Detroit.

The Yankees open a three-game series with the Orioles at home at 4:05 pm PT (Erik Bedard vs. Mike Mussina). The Red Sox host the Tigers at the same time (Jeremy Bonderman vs. Curt Schilling).

The White Sox, who lead the Twins and Red Sox by three games in the wild card, continue their series at home against Kansas City at 5:05 pm PT (Runelvys Hernandez vs. Javier Vazquez).

Oakland leads the AL West by 5 1/2 games over Los Angeles and Texas. The Athletics have won 9 of their last 10.

2006-08-15 07:37:53
1.   bluetahoe
I feel really good about the team we're putting on the field everyday. I absolutely LOVE how our bullpen has gelled.

And Giovanni Carrara with a 2 inning save. WOW!

I'd like to see some of you research fellers do a little research to find out the last time we had a pitcher throw a true 2 inning save. I'm not talking about them there 3 inning gimmes either.

2006-08-15 08:34:07
2.   kegtron
The A's are making their annual 2nd half run. I usually root for the Halos (I live 5 minutes from the Big A) but after Angel fans started to prematurely dance on the Dodgers' grave earlier in the season, I'm having a hard time cheering their team on. I also dislike their primate, Darin Erstad and douchebags who wear Orange County Choppers T shirts.
2006-08-15 09:08:36
3.   Bob Timmermann

Perhaps a word other than d-------g could have been chosen there. Thanks. That particular one gets to me for some reason.

2006-08-15 09:15:39
4.   kegtron
Sorry Bob. I wasn't sure how liberal you were on the use borderline curse words on your blog, so I rolled the dice and lost. It will never happen again.

I will now punish myself by working for 15 consecutive minutes without taking a break.

2006-08-15 09:29:18
5.   Sam DC
4 Did you make it? Are you OK?
2006-08-15 09:30:15
6.   Bob Timmermann
Don't worry about it. It's just that one word. For some reason it really bugs me.
2006-08-15 09:34:13
7.   Greg Brock
6 How do you feel about the words "Cromulent" and "Glaven?"
2006-08-15 09:38:03
8.   Bob Timmermann
Hey, my nephew may be reading those words!

He's very impressionable. That's why I'm going to get him "Deadwood: The Complete Series on DVD". I hear it has outtakes with extra swearing.

2006-08-15 09:43:02
9.   Greg Brock
No adult should ever let a child watch Deadwood. It's just not acceptable watching, and will lead to a decrease in brain function.

There is also a lot of foul language.

2006-08-15 10:12:44
10.   kegtron
5 Yes, but my boss wasn't here to witness the event so it all went for naught. Backbreaking work though, I may need to call in sick tomorrow (cough*daygame*cough) in order to fully recover.

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