Bend It Like Beckett

Notes from a day in baseball:

By Grabthar's Hammer, By The Suns Of Warvan, You Shall Be Avenged! Bouncing back from his worst slump of the season — one loss — Josh Beckett pitched six scoreless innings and had a run-scoring double as the Red Sox beat the Braves 4-0. At a time when big-name hurlers are going down like Glass Joe, Beckett (10-1) is a true workhorse. Of course your horse doesn't like to work in the rain; Beckett didn't return after a 48-minute rain delay Tuesday, letting three relievers finish up a five-hitter. John Lackey of the Angels also has 10 wins. And hey, no errors for Manny Ramirez! We think we know why.

Uncle Junior Does It Again. There are some who are rooting for Ken Griffey Jr. to get his 600th homer before Sammy Sosa does, and even though Sosa is a lot closer, it just may happen. Griffey hit his 582nd career homer and 19th of the season, leading the Reds over the Athletics 5-2. It was also Griffey's 1,652nd career RBI, tying him with Tony Perez for 18th on the all-time list. Griffey makes his first appearance in Seattle this weekend since leaving the Mariners after the 1999 season, barring injury, of course ... ow! My hair!

And Speaking Of Corky ... Sammy Sosa, playing against the Chicago Cubs for the first time in his career (technically), was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts during the Rangers' 5-4 loss. He remained one home run short of 600.

Your Dan Uggla Update For Today. Dan Uggla's ninth-inning, broken-bat homer (yep) sent the Marlins to a 7-5 win over the White Sox. But Florida lost pitcher Dontrelle Willis after one inning with stiffness in his forearm.

Make It Rain. Ryan Howard's 451-foot homer and four RBI led the Fightn' Phillies over the Cleveland Politcallly Incorrects, 9-6. It was Kyle Kendrick's first major league victory, which we will now celebrate with this cake.