Saturday, August 1, 2009

Some Saturday stuff

BASEBALL DIARY: the Tigers have just got to find a way to win some games on the road. They dropped another road game last night to Cleveland, 6-5 in 13 innings. Edwin Jackson for once didn't pitch that well; at least he didn't take the loss. Amazingly, the Tigers still lead their division despite losing 4 of 5.
But the Texas Rangers kept winning, beating Seattle 5-4. Vincente Padilla, who had a touch of the swine flu earlier this week, gave the club a quality start. Texas is now 15 games over the .500 mark, their best record at this point in the season since 1999.
But the Cubs lost, 5-2, mainly due to their hitters having used up a lot of their hits earlier this week (twice earlier the Cubs scored 12 runs) and Carlos Marmol out of the bullpen giving up 3 runs in the 8th. Marmol has walked 46 men in 50 innings pitched this year; that's way too many.

Reform is a messy business, lectures the Washington Post:
"The bill, a work in progress called H.R. 3200, is already phone-book thick. The latest amendments this week swamped Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, home turf of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Some 250 amendments had appeared by Wednesday night, and the number jumped to 350 by Thursday afternoon. The amendments filled 39 file boxes on chairs, under desks and in the aisles."
As thick as a phone book---and yet some folks wanted to rush this bill through before the August recess. Wow...