Around The Horn

Sept.16th

 A quick look-see at some of yesterday’s games:

"Phils steal bases, but not the game" - The Phillies were 5 for 5 stealing bases against Braves’ rookie catcher Brian McCann, but still lost 6-4, they’re now a 1/2 game behind Houston in the Wildcard chase.

"Kameron overcomes Loe throws" - Impressive rookie hurler Kameron Loe made things a little tougher on himself committing 3 errors (2 throwing) against the Mariners, but gave up only 2 Runs to lead Texas to a victory and improve his record to 9-5.

"A’s catch Halos"Joe Blanton tossed his 10th quality start in 11 Games as the A’s beat the Bosox 6-2 and moved into a tie with the Angels atop the AL West.

"Small helps Yanks live large" - Even tough they had a guy named Small on the mound, it was a grand night for the Yankees. Robinson Cano tied the game against the Devil Rays at 5 with a 6th-inning Grand Slam (his first) and Aaron Small improved to 8-0. The Yanks moved to within a 1 1/2 games of the Red Sox and 1/2 game behind the Indians for the Wildcard.

"Pettitte cruises, Astros on top" - Andy Pettitte won his 6th straight start and led the ‘Stros to a 4-1 win over the Marlins. The victory allowed the Astros to leapfrog the Phillies and Marlins by 1/2 game to the top of the Wildcard standings.

As the Phillies, Marlins and Astros go back and forth for the Wildcard lead in the NL, let’s take a look at each teams’ Starting rotations:

Phillies (15 gms. left)           Astros (16 gms. left )           Marlins (15 gms. left)

1. Brett Myers                        Roger Clemens                     Dontrelle Willis

2. Jon Lieber                         Roy Oswalt                             Josh Beckett

3. Vincent Padilla                 Andy Pettitte                            A.J. Burnett

4. Cory Lidle                          Brandon Backe                     Jason Vargas

5. Robinson Tejeda             Wandy Rodriguez                 Ismael Valdez

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