Notes from a day in baseball:
• Mariner Moose Is Doing The Antler Dance. OK, before we get to the vital statistics, let us just say that Safeco Field has the best food in baseball. Also one of the best views, if you hang out in a certain section of the upper deck at night. This may not even be relevant, considering that the Mariners are in Anaheim. So, anyone have any thoughts on Rally Monkey? The little bugger must have had the day off on Monday, as Adrian Beltre smacked around the Angels a bit, hitting two homers (No. 199, 200 of his career) and two doubles in a 12-5 win. That's nothing to sneeze at; the Angels are 17-6 at home, with a 2.71 ERA. Seattle has 50 runs and 74 hits over its past five games, is 6-2 on its 10-game road trip, has won four straight and is 3 1/2 games behind the front-running Angels in the West. And — get this — Richie Sexson hit a three-run homer and is on the verge of raising his batting average to .200. Your Chris Bootcheck Update: The Angels' reliever retired Beltre on a fly ball in the ninth, preventing him from going 5-for-5.
• Are The Yankees Finished? When the touts begin writing you off, it may be time to panic. The Yankees are now what's called "a fade," terminology which may be familiar to Matthew McConaghey or A.J. Daulerio, but not to us before now. The numbers: New York began a 10-game road trip with a 7-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday; Dustin McGowan got his first win of the season and Lyle Overbay homered. The Yankees fell 13 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the East, its biggest deficit since August 1995. The Yankees are tied with Tampa Bay for last place at 21-28. It looks like the emperor himself may have to make a visit to make sure that the Death Star is finished on schedule.
• Snakes. Why Did It Have To Be ... Snakes. Did You realize that Ryan Howard has three homers since coming off of the DL on Friday? Nice. He hit one on Monday, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Phillies from dropping a 5-4 decison to the Diamondbacks. Starter Doug Davis left with a four-run lead in the ninth, allowing Arizona fans to enjoy the relief stylings of Jose Valverde, who almost gagged it all back.
• Kim Possible. Byung-Hyun Kim went six scoreless innings and Reggie Abercrombie had a home run to lead the Marlins over the Cubs 5-3. Kim, who went from the Rockies to the Marlins on May 14, is 2-0 in three starts for Florida. Spicy cabbage rolls for everyone!
• But Otherwise He's A Sweetheart Of A Guy. Elijah Dukes' two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth gave the Devil Rays a 6-5 win over the Tigers. Dukes was held out of two games last week following a published report that he made death threats against his estranged wife and kids.