Yankees 6, Tigers 6 (top of the 11th)
With the Pistons headed for a likely exit and the Red Wings long since adjourned to the golf course, the Tigers’ insane start to ’06 rightfully takes center stage, and tonight’s encounter with the Highlanders hasn’t lacked for drama. Detroit came back from deficits of 5-0 and 6-1, as I-Rod’s remarkable career resurrection continues unabated ; Pudge (3-5, 3 RBI’s) hit a solo HR to left off Aaron Small in the 3rd, and his retrieval of a Fernando Rodney wild pitch in the top of the 9th was a possible game-saver ; Rodney tagged out Robinson Cano at the plate. At first glance, it appeared as though Cano got in under the tag, but replays revealed his left foot popped up slightly just prior to making contact with the dish. For all the occastions in which umpires are slaughtered in this forum and everywhere else, let it be noted that Tim Tschida make a terrific call.
Diamondbacks 7, Mets 2
Nothing like a couple of days in Flushing to make Eric Brynes look like an All-Star. The cause of animal over-population aside (I could go on about Chris Cotter all night), there’s not much to say here. Miguel Batista pitched a decent game for the Snakes (CG, 9 hits, 2 earned runs, a solo HR allowed to Jose Valentin), Conor Jackson should’ve already rendered Tony Clark someone else’s first baseman, Alay Soler was horrible, Darren Oliver just fine in relief….and Lastings Milledge (above) not only had a double in his 3rd big league at bat, but he’s got a huge gold crucifix that’s sure to create serious glare problems on a summer day.