MLB quick quiz for today

Programming question: Why will Ted Koppel not be hosting late-night show “Yankee Universe Held Hostage – The Wait for 600?”

Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 5-1 and moved back into first place in the AL East. Here is more about the first six hundred homers of Alex Rodriguez.

Medical problem: Aretha Franklin fell while getting out of the bathtub the other day and broke two ribs. How long do the Red Sox doctors expect it will take to get her back performing?

Jacoby Ellsbury made his long awaited return after missing 58 games with fractured ribs as the Sox lose to the Tribe, 9-1. Jon Lester picked up his career-high fourth straight loss and Boston made three errors, leading to seven unearned runs.

Word problem: If Minnesota is playing in Tampa and the Rays are 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and Minnesota is 1 for 14, will either team win?

I wasn’t sure for a while, but it was Delmon Young who delivered a tiebreaking single in the top of the 13th as the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. The Twins have won 9 of 11.

Word problem: If San Francisco is playing in Colorado and the Giants had won four in a row and the Rockies had won four of five, will either team lose?

Ubaldo Jimenez won his major league-leading 17th game as the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco 6-1. Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and Troy Tulowitzki also went deep for the streaking Rockies, who have now won five of six. Jimenez is now 8-0 at home this season.

Ethical problem: Would you blame Buck Showalter for quitting now?

Luke Scott homered for the third straight game and Baltimore beat Ervin Santana and the Los Angeles Angels 9-7 to improve to 2-0 under Buck Showalter. The Orioles go for the sweep tonight. This is their fifth series win of the season in 35 tries.

Geography problem: What two Cubans are in baseball news today?

According to Buster Olney on ESPN.com, the Reds are preparing to bring up Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman from Triple A. Chapman now has 10 scoreless outings out of the Louisville Bats bullpen. In 11.1 innings he has allowed just six hits and four walks with 16 strikeouts.

The other Cuban in the news is Mark Cuban who lost out to Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg in the bidding for the Texas Rangers. The Cuban-Crane group had made a $390 million cash offer, part of a $598 million bid while Ryan and Greenberg bid $593 million which included $385 million in cash. Ryan and Greenberg won because of the way the bid was structured and because Bud Selig wanted them to win.

Paleontology question: How rare is a Dodger complete game gem?

Very. Vicente Padilla pitched the second Dodger complete game and second Dodger shutout of the season last night shutting down the Padres, 9-0. Ryan Ludwick broke up the no-hitter attempt after 6.1 innings, but Padilla finished with a four-hitter for his fourth career shutout. Chad Billingsley has the other complete game shutout of the Dodgers this season. Before the game catcher Russell Martin, and his tear in his right hip, joined shortstop Rafael Furcal and left fielder Manny Ramirez on the DL.

Musical question: If were a Carpenter and you were a lady, would you marry me any way, would you improve to 3-0 with 1.64 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break like me?

Chris Carpenter (12-3) allowed just two runs on four hits over 7.1 innings in improving to 9-2 at Busch Stadium this season as the Cardinals topped the Astros, 8-4. Albert Pujols hit his 27th home run of the season and moved into a tie with Cincinnati’s Joey Votto for the NL lead. The Astros had won seven in a row and had outscored St. Louis 27-8 in winning the first two games of the series.

Apparel question: Who now has a defeated a team wearing a uniform that he wore last season while wearing two different uniforms this season?

That would be Edwin Jackson who as a member of the White Sox just defeated his former team the Detroit Tigers, 4-1. Jackson also beat the Tigers on June 19 while pitching for Arizona. Detroit is now eight games behind Chicago in the AL Central, matching their biggest deficit of the season.