Pink Bats, Red Faces; This One's For You, Mom

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Here we go, writing about breasts again. Mother's Day was Sunday, and you know what that means: The pink bats were back. And while that's good for the fight against breast cancer, it was bad for the Cincinnati Reds, who just seemed to be horribly disoriented by the unfamiliar flashing colors. I suppose this happens from time to time in Little League the majors, but the Reds batted out of order in the ninth inning, surrendering a free out as the Mets went on to an 8-3 victory.

The day's oddest moment came not from Perez but the Reds, who batted out of order in the ninth inning after an earlier double switch. Sorting it all out resulted in a 10-minute delay. Outfielder Corey Patterson was charged with an out when backup catcher David Ross came to the plate instead of him in the No. 8 spot and lined out. Ross had to hit again, and this time he singled.


All those poor, poor fans who were keeping their scorecards in ink; they're the ones who suffered most. Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church had back-to-back homers in the fifth — the second straight game the Mets have done that — Luis Castillo had a run-scoring triple (you may disagree, but I thought Griffey horribly misplayed it) for New York, which has collected 11 or more hits in four of its past five games.

When Dan Uggla Ruled The World. Homer Simpson once called it "America's Wang," but nobody's laughing at Florida now. Which team has the best record in baseball? The Marlins, of course, at 23-14 (.622) after a 5-4 win over the Nationals on Sunday. Dan Uggla had two homers, the second of which, in the eighth, provided the winning run. It was Florida's seventh straight win. Uggla had seven RBI and three homers in the final two games of the Marlins' three-game sweep, including a grand slam and had five RBI on Saturday.

Meanwhile, On The Left Coast ... Tampa Bay isn't in first, but at 21-16 the Rays are five games over .500 for the first time in franchise history.

Where's Borat When You Need Him? First of all, I like this photo. Secondly, it's too bad that Pamela Anderson's breasts have jinxed Hiroki Kuroda. The Dodgers' starter took a no-hitter into the seventh against the Astros on Sunday, then watched as Houston collected seven hits and six runs against the bullpen in the eighth in an 8-5 victory.

It's Alive! The two-headed closer who replaced Eric Gagne proved a success in its first outing for the Brewers, as Solomon Torres and Brian Shouse combined in the ninth to hold on to a 5-3 win over the Cardinals. Jeff Suppan (seven innings) got the victory, and Ryan Braun homered twice.