Baseball + Music = Summer fun

Every song relates to something in the story

1. Heat Wave, Martha and the Vandellas

Whenever I’m with you

Something inside

Starts to burn deep

And my heart’s filled with fire

Could be that I’m very sentimental

Or is this just the way love’s supposed to be?

I got a heat wave

Burning in my heart

I can’t keep from crying

Tearing me apart

Josh Hamilton extended his hitting streak to 17 games with his 17th home run and a double and the Rangers stretched their winning streak to nine with a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tommy Hunter (3-0) picked up the win

Ross Ohlendorf (0-6) is winless in his past 15 starts, 10 this season.

Hamilton is hitting .476 with eight homers and 26 RBI in June and over his past 18 games he has raised his average from .233 to .294.

2. Surf City, Jan and Dean

And we’re goin’ to Surf City, ’cause it’s two to one

You know we’re goin’ to Surf City, gonna have some fun

Ya, we’re goin’ to Surf City, ’cause it’s two to one

You know we’re goin’ to Surf City, gonna have some fun, now

Two girls for every boy

We had three Surf City games ( two to one) yesterday

The Padres got seven strong innings from Mat Latos en route to defeating the Rays, 2-1. Latos (8-4) struck out eight, including his last five batters, and is now 7-1 in his last nine starts. He has also won all three of his interleague starts this season. Losing pitcher, Wade Davis (5-8) has lost all four of his starts in June. The Rays are 10-16 since May 23. Heath Bell earned his first four outs save of the season. He now has 18 saves in 21 chances.

The Rockies topped the Red Sox, 2-1. Jhoulys Chacin (4-6) earned the win as he walked five and allowed four singles in 6.2 scoreless innings. Jon Lester (8-3) lost for the first time since April 18 despite allowing just one earned run and six all singles in six innings. Matt Belisle earned his first save since July 4, 2005, for Cincinnati at San Francisco. Lester had been unbeaten in his last 11 starts. The Red Sox are now 10-3 in interleague play.

Jaime Moyer (8-6) held Cleveland to just two hits and one run in eight innings as the Phillies prevailed, 2-1. One of the hits was a homer by Russell Branyan, the 505th gopher for Moyer which ties him with Robin Roberts (not the ABC broadcaster) for the most home runs given up all-time.

3. Hit the Road Jack, Ray Charles

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more.

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more.

The Florida Marlins fired manager Fredi Gonzalez, bench coach Carlos Tosca and hitting coach Jim Presley. Edwin Rodriguez has been named interim manager, with Brandon Hyde and John Mallee the interim bench and hitting coaches, respectively.

Gonzalez was in his fourth season as the Marlins’ manager. He had a 276-279 record in three-plus seasons, with last year’s 87-75 second-place finish his best result. The Marlins are 34-36 and in fourth place in the National League East, 7½ games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves.

4. It Takes Two, Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston

HER: One can have a dream, baby

HIM: Two can make that dream so real

HER: One can talk about bein’ in love

HIM: Two can say how it really feels

HER: One can wish upon a star

HIM: Two can make that wish come true, yeah

HER: One can stand alone in the dark

HIM: Two can make the light shine through


It takes two, baby

It takes two, baby

Me and you, just takes two

It takes two, baby

It takes two, baby

To make a dream come true, just takes two

Hanley Ramirez had three of the Marlins 14 hits and drove home three as the Florida Marlins defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 10-4. Florida (34-36) won two straight for the first time since June 10-11.

5. Summer In The City, Lovin’ Spoonful

Hot town summer in the city

Back of my neck getting dirt and gritty

Been down, isn’t it a pity

Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

All around people looking half dead

Walking on the sidewalk hotter than a match head

Angel Pagan had four hits and four RBI and Ike Davis had two hits and two RBI in the seven-run 3rd inning as the Mets routed the Tigers, 14-6. The Mets are now 10-3 in interleague play and the Tigers are now 9-4.

6. Horse with No Name, America

I’ve been through the desert

on a horse with no name

It felt good to be out of the rain

In the desert,

you can’t remember your name

’cause there ain’t noone

for to give you no pain.

Alex Rodriguez homered (his ninth), singled and drove home three runs as the Yankees beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-3. Andy Pettitte (9-2) earned the win and lowered his ERA to 2.48. He picked up a base hit.

Dan Haren (7-6) gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking one. He singled twice and improved his batting average to .452.

Jason Vargas continued the great pitching from the Mariners starters as Seattle picked up their season-high fifth consecutive victory, 2-0 over the Chicago Cubs. Seattle has allowed two runs in the past five games as Vargas lowered his ERA to 2.66, sixth-best in the AL. David Aardsma earned his 16th save in 20 chances.

7. Sunshine of Your Love, Cream

It’s gettin’ near dawn,

When lights close their tired eyes.

I’ll soon be with you my love,

To give you my dawn surprise.

I’ll be with you darling soon,

I’ll be with you when the stars start falling.

I’ve been waiting so long

To be where I’m going

In the sunshine of your love.

Ryan Dempster (5-6) gave up just five hits in his 11th career complete game and first since Sept. 29 for the Cubs.

The Mariners have scored 11 runs during their winning streak, their longest since winning six in a row April 9-15, 2009. Five of those runs came in one game.

This was the first game for the Cubs in Seattle since 2002, and the first for Lou Piniella since 2005 when he was in his final season managing Tampa Bay.

8. I Get Around, Beach Boys

Round round get around

I get around


Get around round round I get around

I get around

Get around round round I get around

From town to town

Get around round round I get around

I’m a real cool head

Get around round round I get around

I’m makin’ real good bread

Tim Lincecum outpitched Roy Oswalt as the San Francisco Giants topped the Houston Astros, 3-1. Lincecum (8-2) allowed one unearned run in eight innings and Oswalt (5-9) gave up six hits and two runs in seven innings.

Brian Wilson pitched a perfect 9th for his 20th save in 22 chances.

Houston lost its fifth straight and dropped to a season-worst 19 games below .500 at 26-45.

9. One Fine Day, The Chiffons

Reds (Johnny Cueto) at A’s (Vin Mazzaro), 3:35

Royals (Brian Bannister) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg, 2-0, 1.86), 4:35

Marlins (Ricky Nolasco) at Orioles (Brian Matusz), 7:05

Indians (Jake Westbrook) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick), 7:05

Cardinals (Chris Carpenter, 8-1, 2.83) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero), 7:07

Padres (Kevin Correia) at Rays (James Shields), 7:10

Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman) at Mets (R.A. Dickey), 7:10

Pirates (Paul Maholm) at Rangers (Dustin Nippert), 8:05

Giants (Barry Zito, 7-3, 3.13) at Astros (Brett Myers), 8:05

Braves (Tim Hudson, 7-2, 2.34) at White Sox (Mark Buehrle), 8:10

Twins (Francisco Liriano) at Brewers (Manny Parra), 8:10

Red Sox (John Lackey) at Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez, 13-1, 1.15), 8:40

Yankees (Javier Vazquez) at Diamondbacks (Dontrelle Willis), 9:40

Dodgers (John Ely) at Angels (Joel Pineiro), 10:05

Cubs (Randy Wells) at Mariners (Cliff Lee 5-3, 2.55), 10:10

Congratulations to Landon Donovan and the US World Cup soccer team.