The Fynal Out: And he shall be Livan

HernandezSorry for the slow start boys and girls, we’ll try and make up for it.

Not many people think the Arizona Diamondbacks are going to be able to hang onto their lead in the N.L. West.

We are not one of those people, although we admit Tuesday’s 14-5 pounding at the hands of the Marlins had us a little worried.

But the D-Backs bounced back, and Livan Hernandez got some of his swagger back.

When he gave up 3 runs in the first inning Thursday (and for most of this season), he hasn’t looked anything like the Giants pitcher who won 17 games in 2000.

But Livan had a quick fix for the awful start:

“I threw up in the bathroom, had the trainer give me something to drink and after the first inning, I felt much better,” Hernandez said.

Little more than we needed to know.

Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 4: Chris Young got things going for Arizona with a lead-off home run in the 1st inning. Hernandez’s 7 innings of work were enough to get the win, and keep the D-Backs lead at 3 games.

Reds 4, Cubs 12: Besides the offensive explosion, the biggest news out of the North Side was the resigning of Carlos Zambrano (to the tune of 5 years for $90 million). The Cubbies open today’s series against the Cardinals a half-game out of first.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 0: It’s official, the Brewers are tanking. And the Cardinals, the Cardinals may cause some problems for fans in Milwaukee and Chicago. Adam Wainwright set a career-high in strikeouts (8), while Yadier Molina had the first multi-home run game of his career.

Tigers 8, Yankees 5: The see-saw that is the A.L. Central continued to sway, as the Tigers went into Yankee Stadium and cemented Mike Mussina’s postseason roster spot (the bench). Carlos Guillen’s grand slam in the first capped a 6-run onslaught in the first two innings. Justin Verlander got the win in his first career start in the Bronx.

More scores…

American League

White Sox 5, Oakland 8 (F/10)

Angels 4, Blue Jays 3

Royals 6, Rangers 2

National League

Mets 7, Pirates 10

Phillies 4, Nationals 2

Giants 9, Braves 3

Rockies 9, Padres 11

Astros 2, Dodgers 6


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