BP? Who needs it!

After losing eight of 10 games, Colorado manager Jim Tracy had his club skip batting practice Wednesday. The result? The Rockies dropped the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0. Everybody in the lineup got a knock, except second baseman Jonathan Herrera and pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. But Jimenez got his first win in 10 starts and is now 1-5. Stay out of the cage, guys.

The halcyon day of the Bucs

Though the Mets came back in a big way to beat the Pirates on Thursday, earlier nothing New York starter Mike Pelfrey did went right. Seven of the first 12 Pittsburgh batters singled off Pelfrey to put the Bucs up, 4-0. Batter No. 13 was Neil Walker, who blasted a Pelfrey offering in the second off the billboards over the Citi Field bullpens.

Let Pelfrey break the play down: "Fastball right down the middle. That ball went a long way."

Baseball, yes. Wiring, no.

St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa on the 16-minute blackout in the 11th inning at Busch Stadium Wednesday: "Ask the electrician. I don't know."

Contact staff writer Michael Harrington at mharrington@phillynews.com.
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