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Put Your Hands Together For The Artist Currently Known As Prince

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Notes on a day in baseball:

Trouble Brewing. The Pittsburgh Pirates are steamed at Prince Fielder, saying that he showed them up on Sunday. And believe us, you do not want to make the Pirates mad. Um, OK, maybe it doesn't matter one bit if you make the Pirates mad; they're 13-17 and in fifth place in the NL Central. But we've got a little feud going here anyway. Our story so far: Prince Fielder homered twice and scored the go-ahead run for the Milwaukee Brewers, who beat the Pirates 6-4 on Sunday. Fielder led off the eighth with a single, and eventually scored on Bill Hall's single off of reliever Matt Capps to make it 5-4. After Fielder slid across the plate, he jumped up and repeatedly punched his fists toward the Pirates' bench, prompting plate umpire Tim Timmons to step in tell him to cut it out. Capps had plunked Fielder on the shoulder during Saturday's game. The Brewers still own the best record in the majors at 21-10 and are 11 games over .500 for the first time since 1992. They've won three straight and seven of eight.

They Don't Get No Respect. Haven't Red Sox fans suffered enough over the weekend? Did they have to see this? It just seems totally unreasonable. Well, at least Boston is winning, as Curt Schilling (4-1) struck out seven and Dustin Pedroia was 3-for-4 with two doubles in a 4-3 victory over the Twins. We are sad to report that Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps.

Raising Arizona. The Diamondbacks finally beat the Mets at Chase Field, which has technically never happened before Sunday. The last time Arziona beat New York at home was in 2004, when it was known as The Bob. Livan Hernandez (remember him?) threw a one-hitter over seven innings to lead a 3-1 win for the D-Backs, ending a 13-game home losing streak to New York.


Timmay! Tim Lincecum, meet Ryan Howard. The Phillies beat the Giants 8-5 on Sunday, as Howard had a two-run homer to welcome the Giants' pitching phenom to the majors. Shane Victorino had a two-run homer. But just to prove that the Phillies' famous luck has not changed, Freddy Garcia may miss his scheduled start tonight after running into an equipment cart.

Rally Monkey Spits In Your General Direction. Man, they love A.J. Pierzynski in Anaheim, don't they? Pierzynski tied it with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth, and singled in the eventual winning run in the 10th as the White Sox beat the Angels 4-3.

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