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06/03/2010 - 1:08am
Joyce: 'I just cost that kid a perfect game'

After missing a call with two outs in the ninth inning of the Tigers' game with the Indians Wednesday night, costing Detroit starter Armando Galarraga a perfect game, umpire Jim Joyce admitted his mistake and showed his remorse. Joyce called Cleveland baserunner Jason Donald safe, saying that he beat the throw from first baseman Miguel Cabrera to Galarraga, who was covering on the grounder between first and second base. (Click here for audio of Joyce's postgame reaction.)

 

"It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the [stuff] out of it," Joyce said after the Tigers' 3-0 win at Detroit's Comerica Park. "I just cost that kid a perfect game. ... I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay."

 

Joyce met with Galarraga following the game,...

06/02/2010 - 10:23pm
Philly upends Chicago in OT for 4-3 win

Philadelphia's Claude Giroux knocked home the game-winner at the 5:59 mark of overtime to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 win over visiting Chicago Wednesday night and cut the Blackhawks lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals. Michael Leighton had 24 saves for Philadelphia, which will host Game 4 Friday night at the Wachovia Center.


06/02/2010 - 9:07pm
Matsuzaka, Ortiz power Sox past A's

Daisuke Matsuzaka recovered from a three-run first inning to deliver 6 2/3 innings that were at times dominant to help lead the Red Sox to a 6-4 victory over the Athletics. The right-hander proved aggressive against Oakland, throwing 84 of 109 pitches for strikes en route to seven strikeouts. He walked none in improving to 4-2 on the season.

 

Matsuzaka was backed by a tremendous performance by David Ortiz, who doubled, hit a two-run homer and walked twice in four trips to the plate. The American League's Player of the Month for May crushed his 12th homer of the season.

 

For more details, click here to read Closing Time.


06/02/2010 - 9:04pm
Papi powers Matsuzaka, Red Sox to win

David Ortiz slugged the go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning and Daisuke Matsuzaka scattered 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings as the Red Sox erased another early deficit to beat the Oakland A's, 6-4, at Fenway Park for their fourth straight win.

 

Jonathan Papelbon allowed a long homer to pinch-hitter Kevin Kouzmanoff but finished the ninth inning to record his 13th save of the season and Marco Scutaro added three hits for the Red Sox, who claimed their fourth win in six tries on the seven-game homestand. 

 

After allowing a two-run homer to Kurt Suzuki in the first, Matsuzaka (4-2) settled into a strike-throwing groove, finishing with 109 pitch, 84 strikes. Ortiz celebrated his American League player of the month for May honor earlier in the day by homering off loser Ben Sheets (2-4) for his first of June and 12th of the season. The Red Sox conclude the homestand and their series with Oakland on Thursday afternoon with...

06/02/2010 - 8:00pm
Blown call prevents perfect game

Needing just one out for Major League Baseball's third perfect game of the season, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga induced a ground ball off the bat of Cleveland's Jason Donald in the hole between the first and second basemen. Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera ranged over to field the grounder, proceeding to flip the ball to a covering Galarraga. First base umpire Jim Joyce ruled Donald safe, although replays clearly showed that Galarraga had beaten the runner to the bag. Galarraga finished off the game, giving up just the one hit in leading the Tigers to a 3-0 win at Comerica Park in Detroit. For a complete recap, click here. The two perfect games this season came from Oakland's Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay of the Phillies. There have been 20 perfect games in major league history.

 

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