AL – It's the set-up for a schlocky baseball movie: the young slugger and recovering drug addict steps to the plate, two outs in the bottom of the ninth, his team behind by a run with one man on, facing the best closer in the game. If you're Josh Hamilton, you stick to the script and hit a game-winning home run off of Francisco Rodriguez. And then celebrate with some sweet, sweet heroin. Nah just kidding. But he sure would like to… An overturned triple play in the seventh led to a seven-run outburst by the Red Sox, which ultimately had no effect on the 18-5 decision over the Twins. Well, that was anticlimactic…
More AL — Sidney Ponson joined the list of crappy players who magically become good in pinstripes, after he pitched six strong in the Yanks' 2-1 win over the Rays in ten… Capped by Miguel Cabrera's walkoff homer, the Tigers rallied from six down to hand Cleveland its tenth straight loss. That streak includes an 0-8 mark on Indians' road trip, henceforth known as the Trail of Tears.
NL — Johan Santana finally got some run support, but he wasted it by shutting out the Giants over five innings in the Mets' 5-0 win. Billy Wagner did not pitch, but assured manager Jerry Manuel that he was available if he wanted to "make the game exciting." … Mark Mulder returned! Well, for 16 pitches, anyway. The Cards' starter went immediately back on the shelf, and prank-called Mark Prior to feel better about himself… Speaking of Cubs, Carlos Zambrano allowed one hit in 8 innings, dominating the Reds in a 5-1 victory. Jesus, is this recap STILL going on?
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