Brian Wilson nabs first save: It wasn't without 32 pitches of drama and it wasn't without a brief time when we thought San Francisco's bushy closer might be headed back to the DL after a mid-inning visit from the trainer for an ankle he had tweaked. Despite the pain, Wilson ultimately get the job done on Thursday after the Colorado Rockies loaded the bases, closing the door on a 4-2 Giants win (watch highlights here) that featured a great start by Madison Bumgarner. Wilson's velocity was down during his second appearance in back-to-back days, but Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports he responded to questions about his health by simply pointing to the new tattoo on his calf: That famous photo of Johnny Cash giving everyone the finger. What, no Twitpics, Andy?
Derek Holland extends Rangers streak: The goofy left-hander exhibited great control during a 5-3 win over Seattle by striking out eight and walking none over 7 1/3 innings. Texas starters did not allow a run to the Mariners over the final 22 1/3 frames of the four-game series. The Rangers won three of the games.
Jonathan Papelbon's new entrance song: The new Phillies closer officially shed the Dropkick Murphys on Thursday, opting to take the mound at Citizens Bank Park while Marilyn Manson's "Antichrist Superstar" blared on the speakers. His appearance secured a 3-1 win over the Marlins and gave Joe Blanton his first victory since May 9, 2011. Everyone's favorite forgotten No. 5 pitcher was solid, giving up only three hits and one walk over seven innings of one-run ball.
Washington wins on walkoff wild pitch: The Nats lead the NL East with a 5-2 record after Cincinnati's Alfredo Simon gift-wrapped a 3-2 win in the bottom of the 10th.
The power of Broxton compels you, Alfredo!
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Quote of the day: "We know we can do it. Maybe everybody else doesn't." — Minnesota's Joe Mauer after the Twins erased a six-run deficit to beat the Angels 10-9. The game featured homers from both Mauer and Justin Morneau for the first time since July 6, 2010.
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Photo of the day: "Now leading off for the Marlins, the Great Tiger"
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Three facts for the water cooler
• The age difference between Jamie Moyer and Madison Bumgarner—26 years and 256 days— was the largest between starting pitchers since Satchel Paige faced Bill Monbouquette in 1965, and the third-largest since 1900, according to STATS LLC.
• The Mariners have traveled more than 15,000 miles since opening their season in Japan. They'll open their season at Safeco Field on Friday night against — who else? — the A's.
• Who's your Padre? Ian Kennedy has been unstoppable against San Diego since coming over to the NL West. Over eight career starts against the Friars, Kennedy owns a 1.95 ERA and 68 strikeouts (compared to nine walks) in 50 2-3 innings. His latest performance was a nine-strikeout, six-inning appearance in Thursday's 3-1 victory.
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