Nine innings and nine items to get you going. Ladies and gentleman of the Stew, take a sip of morning Juice.
1. Feisty Former Fish: Dan Uggla juuuuust beat out an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 29 games, and came home on a three-run homer by Alex Gonzalez in Atlanta's 8-5 victory at Florida on Monday night.
"Every hit counts," Uggla said. "You take the infield ones with the doubles in the gap. Hitting ain't easy."
Uggla was batting .173 ? last in the majors ?�when his hitting streak began, but has put 57 points on his batting average since he started to click.
Now that Uggla's hitting, the only remaining question remaining is: What's in his mouth? Gummi Bears, Swedish Fish, acorns or Eddie Gaedel?
2. Why don't you just make 10 the highest? The Pittsburgh Pirates killed their chances in the NL Central by losing 10 straight games, but Charlie Morton ensured the streak wouldn't reach 11 by dominating the Giants 5-0 at San Francisco. It was a rare off-night for Ryan Vogelsong.
3. Lost opportunity: The Giants didn't lose any ground to Arizona, because the lowly worm Astros came to Phoenix and blew out the D-backs 9-1 behind six shutout innings from Wandy Rodriguez. And J.D. Martinez hit his�third homer.
4. Hard to kill: The Mets hung five runs on the Padres in the final two innings, including three in the ninth against Heath Bell, in a 9-8 victory at Citi Field. Lucas Duda said he feared for his safety when teammates rushed him on the field following his game-ending hit. He's a strange duda.
5. No takebacks!: The White Sox blew a four-run lead but won their fourth straight anyway by scoring two in the eighth to beat the Orioles 7-6 at Baltimore. The O's defense let down Jim Johnson; Adam Jones made an off-line, ill-advised throw to let the lead runner in scoring position, then third baseman Josh Bell whiffed on Alex Rios' hard-hit but playable grounder through the left side. It was pathetic, honestly, but the Sox aren't too proud to take it.
6. Aye, aye, Kotch: Casey Kotchman continued his career revival with a game-ending home run, leading Tampa Bay to a 2-1 victory against the Royals. He's hitting .341 after getting eye surgery. Hopefully he didn't freak after getting a shaving cream pie in the face by Evan Longoria.
7. They're 35 games over .500: The Phillies jumped on the Dodgers for three quick runs to support Roy Halladay, setup guys Mike Stutes and Brad Lidge tried to make it interesting, but closer Ryan Madson shut the door with his 20th save in a 5-3 victory at Los Angeles. Note in the screen cap above, they've mowed a big No. 4 into the field at Dodger Stadium to honor Duke Snider this weekend. Cool, though I had hoped the Fantastic 4 were moving into Chavez Ravine for security purposes.
9. Still don't know who's your Papi?: David Ortiz collected four hits, including the go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth, leading the Red Sox to an 8-6 victory at Minnesota. Ortiz used to play for the Twins in another lifetime. In a previous lifetime to that, he played as David Arias for the Mariners. Nobody knows who he was in the '80s.