New York 4, D-Rays 2. Judas Damon betrayed Jesus and then hit 2 home runs. The Rays apparently cashed in all of their hit chips on Saturday as they could only manage 2 runs and 6 hits, one day after scoring a team record-tying 19 runs on 17 hits. Tampa is now 4-12 since the All-Star break. In the 4 wins, the Rays have scored 52 runs. In the 12 losses, the Rays have scored 31 runs. ouch. Of a more urgent matter is the pending roster changes. Ty Wiggington and Scott Kazmir were both placed on the Disabled List. As speculated, J. P. Howell will be called up to replace Kazmir and is slated to start Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers at the Pit. This will be Howell’s first appearance for the Devil Rays since being acquired for Joey Gathright earlier this season. The 2004 1st round draft pick made 15 starts for the Royals last season going 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA. In 7 starts at Durham, Howell is 3-2 with a 2.11 ERA. There has been no official word on the replacement for Ty Wiggington, although it is expected to be B. J. Upton.
Los Angeles Angels 10, Boston 4. The Red Sox loss, coupled with the win by the Evil Empire and Boston’s lead is down to a half game. Big Papi failed to hit a 7-run home run in the 9th inning, although we fully expected him to.
Oakland 6, Toronto 5. The Blue Jays blew a late game rally as B. J. Ryan (no relation to B. J. Upton) surrenderd a 3-run home run to Milton Bradley in the 9th inning. Not only did they blow the game, but the Jays blew an opportunity to gain a game on the first place Red Sox and remain 6 games back.
Baltimore 8, Chicago 7. We’re certain that Peter Angelos was not happy with this win. Baltimores victory moved the Yankees into first place in the wild card chase and the Twinkies moved to within 1.5 games. This could explain why Angelos has turned down the Angels offer for Miguel Tejada that included Ervin Santana and shortstop prospect Eric Aybar. Then again, Angelos has never been able to figure out that pitching wins championships. Which just means that the Devil Rays no longer have the mot incompetent owner in the division.