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All Around Me Are Familiar Faces

Worn out places, worn out faces Bright and early for the daily races Going nowhere, going nowhere Both these teams haven’t reached 40 wins yet. The Cubs are 14 games away from the Brewers despite this victory while the Red Sox are seven games behind Toronto. Jake Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning. With two out an unlikely batter broke up the no-no. Stephen Drew sent a single to right field, which served as Rick Renteria’s cue to call in his relievers. Arrieta left the mound to a standing ovation; both Cubs and Red Sox fans applauded his performance. Theo Epstein has peppered his staff with former Red Sox employees and players. Jed Hoyer is his general manager. Darnell McDonald, sitting to Hoyer’s left, retired this April and is now a special assistant to the Cubs. Former American League Rookie of the Year Eric Hinske joined the Red Sox in 2006 and stayed long enough to enjoy the 2007 World Series championship season. He serves as the Cubs’ first base coach. Bill Mueller is the team’s hitting coach. You can see traces of his influence on Chris Coghlan’s swing, although Mueller’s patient approach isn’t evident in Coghlan’s .281...

Place or Group of Stones

Jake Arrieta’s last name is Basque in origin according to Ancestry.com and is a habitational name. “Arri” means “stone” and “eta” means “place or group of stones.” Arrieta was rocked by Jacoby Ellsbury in particular — the center fielder blasted two solo shots. His third inning homer was retrieved by a poor soul in a black t-shirt in the sweltering Baltimore bleachers in right. In the seventh the souvenir ball made it to the standing room only area in right, chased down by a bevy of fans in Oriole orange. Yet it was Boston that topped GQ’s worst-dressed cities list while Charm City didn’t even make the list of 40. I guess it’s because the championship blend of Patriot blue, Red Sox red, Celtic green, and Bruins yellow is somewhat jarring. Mark Reynolds moves like a pile of animated stones at third, like a horta without the corrosive acid. One doesn’t need advanced defensive statistics to know that Reynolds is a poor fielder, his league-worst .899 fielding percentage at his position speaks volumes. What he lacks for in fielding he doesn’t make up for in batting average. That he walked twice in this game wasn’t a testament to Reynolds’s strike...


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