Fans in Chicago are hoping the Cubs and White Sox face off in the 2008 World Series.
What if - Wouldn't it be something if the Cubs and Mets faced off in the postseason NL Final and the White Sox and Yankees did so in the AL Final... then Chicago and New York fans would know who is the 'Big City'
What happens if a World Series has the LA Dodgers playing the LA Angels or Tampa Bay versus Florida
Baseball fans can 'What if's forever- results count!
July 13 2008 Results
Yankees 9, Blue Jays 4 - New York shortstop Derek Jeter lined his 200th career homer to move the New Yorkers to a 50-44 record, 5 1/2 games behind the first place Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Derek Jeter led off the game with a homer off loser Jesse Litsch (8-6, 4.15 ERA). It was Jeter's 18th career homer leading off a game. Yanks' starter Darrell Rasner (5-7, 4.97 ERA) went 5 innings and was credited with the win. Alex Rodriguez hit his 538th career homer, going 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs.
Cubs 8, Giants 7 - The Chicago Cubs behind just acquired starter Rich Harden (from Oakland) built a 7-0 lead and then watched as the San Francisco Giants scored 2 runs in the 8th and 5 in the 9th to tie and send the game into extra innings. Rich Harden yielded 5-hits and no runs in 5-innings and had a 7-0 lead before manager Lou Piniella took him out. REliever Carlos Marmol, who has faltered a lot lately after pitching strong all last season and the first month of this year, was tagged for 5-hits, 5-runs, 4 earned runs in the 9th. Piniella said, he didn't know if fatigue played a part of Carlos Marmol's downfall. The Cubs held on to first place in the NL Central.
Pirtates 12, Cardinals 11 - Jason Michaels crashed a 2-run homer in the 10th innings to lift Pittsburgh to a 12-11 win over St. Louis, who collected a season high 22 hits, but stranded 12 runners on the basepaths. Cards' third baseman Troy Glaus went 4-for-4, including his 14 homer of 2008, 2 Runs and 2 RBIs.
Diamondbacks 10, Phillies 4 - Third baseman Mark Reynolds wacked a 3-run homer during an Arizona 8-run, 4th inning, as the D'backs scored 8 times after 2-outs. Phils' leadoff hitter, Shane Victorino lined two homers (4, 5) for his first multi-homer game. Lanky Randy Johnson (6-7) gave up 4 runs in 6 innings and posted the win to his career total.
Reds 8, Brewers 2 - Power-hitting, left-fielder Adan Dunn cracked 2 homers, (25, 26) to enable Arizona to stay in first place in the NL West (47-47 w/l record) It was Adam Dunn's 5th homer in the last 6 games, and his 8th in the last 13. Cincinnati starter Edinson Volquez improved his 2008 record to 12-3 for a Reds team that is 46-49. Throwing a fastball around 95 mph plus a hard-to-hit-curveball Edinson Volquez lowered his NL leading earned run average to a stingy 2.29. He allowed one earned run in 7 innings.
Angels 4, Athletics 1 - Starter Ervin Santana improved his record to 11-3 with a sterling mound performance. He struckout 10, allowed 5 hits in 7-innings, lowering his 2008 ERA to 3.34. The Los Angels Angels improved its AL West leading record to 56-38, while Oakland fell to 51-43, 2nd place 5 full games behing LA. By winning the Angels set a club record with 56 wins by All-Star break.
White Sox 9, Rangers 7 - First baseman Paul Konerko went 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs and DH Jim Thome had 4 RBIs to help Chicago topple the Texas Rangers 9-7 in Arlinton, Texas. ChiSox starter John Danks (7-4, 2.67 ERA) pitched seven 2/3 strong innings, yielding 7 hits and 4 runs. Rangers starter Kevin Milwood (6-5, 5.11 ERA) lasted 5 1/3 innings, 10-hits, 5-runs. Jim Thome also lined a double and now has 4,004 total bases in his fine hitting career.
Mets 3, Rockies 0 - Pedro Martinez returned to the Mets and showed his surgically repaired right shoulder can withstand pressure. He pitched 4 shutout innings, allowed just one hit to Rockies right-fielder Brad Hawpe, walked one before New York manager Jerry Manuel took him out after it looked like his stride was off-balance. After the game, Pedro Martinez , a winner of three Cy Young Awards, said his groin was sore but he still wanted to go on. Jerry Manuel said, "Martinez fought, fought and fought to go back out in the 5th inning and pitch, but I said NO!"
Twins 6 Tigers 5 - Minnesota's right-hander Scott Baker improved his record to 6-2, allowed 6-hits, 4-runs in 7 innings of work. Twins' relievers Jesse Crain, Dennys Reyes and Brain Bass all pitched 1/3 of an inning in the 8th, Crain yielded a run. Closer Joe Nathan came in and struckout all three Tigers batters in the 9th to gain his 27th save of 2008. Three Twins were chosen for Tuesday's All-Star Game, Joe Mauer, .325, 37 RBIs, the AL's starting catcher, first baseman Justin Morneau, .307, 65 RBIs, and relief closer Joe Nathan. By winning the Twins moved to 1.5 games behing the White Sox in the AL Central.
Red Sox 12, Orioles 1 - Boston scored early and often and built a 10-1 lead for starter Tim Wakefield (6-6, 3.60 ERA). First baseman Kevin Youkilis smash a 4th inning grand slam homer, his first of his career. BoSox JD Drew and Manny Ramirez homered on back-to-back pitches in the opening inning off of Baltimore's Rad Liz (3-2, 7.57 ERA) the O's starter and loser. Boston moved to within 1/2 game of first place Tampa Bay in AL East.
Indians 8, Devil Rays 4 - Led by first baseman Ryan Garko, 2-run home run and 3-run double, the Cleveland Indians handed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays their 6th straight defeat before 35,706 in Cleveland. After losing 10 straight games, the Indians have now won 3 straight, howver the Tribe is still mired in last place in the 5-team AL Central. Tampa Bay still is clinging to first place in the AL Central, 1/2 game ahead of Boston. Indians starter Ginter won his first game of 2008 (1-0, 0.00). He surrendered just 5 hits, 0 runs in 5 innings. Rays starter Mike Garza yielded 7-hits, 7-runs, 6Ks in 5 innings and took the loss (7-5, 3.96 ERA).
July 13, 2008 - Major League Standings
National League East
Phil Phillies 51-44... NY Mets 50-44... Florida Marlins 49-44... Atlanta Braves 44-50... Wash Nationals 36-59
Chic Cubs 57-37... StL Cards 52-43... Milw Brewers 51-43... Cinc Reds 46-49... Pitts Pirates 44-49... Houston Astros 43-51
Arizona D'backs 47-47... LA Dodgers 45-48... SF Giants 39-55... Colo Rockies 39-56... San Diego Padres 37-57
American League East
Tampa Bay Rays 55-38... Bost Red Sox 56-40... NY Yankees 50-44... Toronto Blue Jays 46-48... Balt Orioles 45-47
Chic White Sox 54-39... Minn Twins 53-41... Det Tigers 46-47... KC Royals 43-52... Cleve Indians 40-53
LA Angels 56-38... Oakland A's 51-43... Texas Rangers 49-46... Seattle Mariners 36-58
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