The Royals surrendered a home run for the 19th straight game. Kansas City lost for the first time on this eight-game road trip, stumbling against a rebuilding Phillies team that had begun the day with a 35-45 record.
Fourth of July weekend means it's time to celebrate the heritage and traditions that make us a single people. "Americana," we call it all, and what better transcends our differences than baseball and music? On both counts, you can paint Jake Peavy in red, white and U.S. blues.
It wasn't that the work day began before dawn at Fort Bragg, N.C. It was the relentless physical pace in striving for excellence that heightened the appreciation Mike Dunn already felt for the military personnel who toil tirelessly at the world's largest military base.
The ball boomed off Daniel Nava's bat into Fenway Park's right-field corner, and the Angels were about to tie the score after midnight Friday. Then a fan reached over, ever so slightly, onto the field of play and caught the ball. It was a ground-rule double. Mike Trout had to stay at third.