Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.
Today's honorary bat boy: Chico Salmon
Rockies 5, Twins 1. Ubaldo Jimenez's 2010 campaign is bringing back fond memories of RBI Baseball-John Tudor. Like Tudor, Jimenez throws a variety of nasty pitches, including the wobbly pitch that rolls off the screen and the outside fastball that the computer always swings at. Jimenez moved to 13-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.15 with eight innings of one-run ball Thursday. All that's left for the Colorado right-hander is to get into the ninth inning when his velocity is down to 35 M.P.H. and get out pinch hitter Bill Madlock.
Reds 7, Dodgers 1. Cincy avoided a sweep thanks to Bronson Arroyo, who allowed an earned run in seven innings, helped start three double plays, hit a three-run home run and even found Dusty Baker's toothpick.
Tigers 8, Nationals 3. A week ago, Detroit had lost consecutive series to the Royals and Whitesox, which is the equivalent of losing four of six to the Chico's Bail Bonds Bears, pre-Kelly Leak. Since, the Tigers have won six straight, including Jeremy Bonderman's seven Ks and two hits in seven innings that finished a sweep of Washington. Ramon Santiago, who had just six hits in June, picked up his first four-hit day since last May 17.
Royals 5, Astros 2. Somebody break up the Royals, because they've won five of seven. That's all I've got.