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Late-night craziness: Girardi's huge tirade, lots of extra innings, lots of rain in DC

By Mike Harrington

If you wanted to catch all the doings in baseball Monday night, it meant you had to hang to nearly 2 a.m. Tuesday to see them. So here's a rundown of most of what went on while most of you were asleep:

---The Yankees lost in Anaheim, 4-1, as the Angels scored three runs in eighth on bases-loaded walks by Shawn Kelley. The Yankees had failed to score in the top of the eighth as they loaded the bases with no outs before Brett Gardner fanned and Derek Jeter -- who had two hits to snap an 0-for-14 slump -- The strike zone of plate umpire Laz Diaz was the big story, however, as manager Joe Girardi got tossed for arguing a pitch during the Gardner at-bat that was pretty much on the ground. Yikes.

You can click here to see the ejection of Girardi and his hat-throwing rage against Diaz. It's great stuff and well worth the chuckle (sorry, no embed code from MLB.com).

Here's Girardi's post-game presser, where he demonstrates how Diaz "gave me the Mutumbo", a finger-wag made popular by the former NBA star when blocking a shot.

Elsewhere:

---The Giants needed 5 hours, 29 minutes to pull out an 11-10 win in Pittsburgh in 13 innings. They've won six straight, nine out of 10 and have the third-best record in baseball at 21-11. And remember, the Giants are proving to be an even-year team. They won the World Series in 2010 and 2012 -- and did not make the playoffs in 2011 and 2013, finishing just 76-86 last year.

The Giants became the first MLB team since 1969 to sweep a series without a single hit with runners in scoring position when they posted wins over the weekend in Atlanta by scores of 2-1, 3-1 and 4-1. So what happens last night? The Giants went 8 for their first 12 in RISP at-bats.

---The Nationals and Dodgers sat through a 3-hour, 17-minute rain delay in the fourth inning (absurd in my view), restarted their game at 11:40 p.m. and the Nats finished off their 2-0 win. When it ended at 1:21 a.m, the Nats took over first place in the NL East from the skidding Braves.

--The White Sox needed 12 innings to take the opener of their four-game, two-ballpark set with the Cubs, 3-1. 

--It was just past 2 a.m. Eastern when the Padres wrapped up their 6-5, 12-inning win over the Royals. Jedd Gyorko tied it in the ninth with a home run off Royals closer Derek Holland, KC took the lead in the top of the 12th but Will Venable's two-run single in the bottom of the 12th won the 3-hour, 57-minute affair.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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