Notes on a day in baseball:
• Clemens, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us? Despite hearing the booming voice of God on Sunday (who knew that the Lord was from Texas?), the Yankees are not guided by divine forces after all; at least not until June. Seattle beat the Yankees 3-2, with the help of Adrian Beltre's homer in the ninth (off of Mariano Rivera), and a controversial call at second in the eighth. M's pinch runner Willie Bloomquist was called safe on a steal attempt in the eighth (he was out by a wide margin, replays showed), and later scored the tying run on a two-out single. Yankees manager Joe Torre was sitting out a one-game suspension for shenanigans during Sunday's game, so it was up to bench coach Don Mattingly to charge onto the field and rip second base umpire Gerry Davis a new one for mishandling the ... um, never mind. Mattingly never left the bench. "You can't see it. The guys out there didn't really argue," Mattingly told AP. "I didn't have to go out there to protect anybody." Oh. Said Davis after the game: "Oops." Or words to that effect. It all spoiled Matt DeSalvo's strong pitching debut for New York.
• When The Swallows Come Back To Capuano. So how come every Brewers pitcher is throwing BBs except Ben Sheets? Odd. Well, time to meet Chris Capuano, who improved to 5-0 with nine strikeouts over eight-plus innings as Milwaukee beat Washington 3-0. The Brewers are 22-10, 5 1/2 games ahead of Chicago in the NL Central. Before you scoff, aren't the Brewers doing what you're supposed to do: Shut down the weaker teams? Hell, a few weeks ago yout thought Milwaukee was one of the weaker teams. The Nationals (9-23) have lost six straight.
• Roy Came To Play. Here's a fun statistic: Houston's Roy Oswalt is 19-1 in his career against the Reds. He went seven strong innings as the Astros claimed a 5-4 win on Monday; Luke Scott's three-run homer in the eighth being the difference.
• Whiff Of Greatness. Brad Penny struck out 14 over seven innings to beat his former team, as the Dodgers stopped the Marlins 6-1. But then, isn't just about everyone a former Marlin?
• If Loving Fausto Carmona Is Wrong, We Don't Want To Be Right. Travis Hafner grand slam, Carmona seven innings, no earned runs, profit. Indians 10, Orioles 1.