June 4: Vance Worley makes his first start in 3 weeks. It wasn't scintillating (three runs in four innings), but it was better than anything Joe Blanton had done recently.
June 4: Dee Gordon laces the next pitch after a borderline ball for a triple and scores the winning run. Jonathan Papelbon, feeling he was squeezed, says home plate umpire D.J. Rayburn should go back to the minor leagues.
June 5: Cliff Lee throws a riveting shutout for 121 pitches, but gives up a two-run double on pitch No. 122 as the Dodgers rally to win, 2-1. Placido Polanco, who was just finding his rhythm at the plate, was spiked in the left hand and hasn't played since.
June 5: Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are cleared to start playing in extended-spring training games, which is what it appears the big club has been doing the last week.
June 6: The losing streak and the DL both grow as the Dodgers beat the Phils and Freddy Galvis hurts his back while fouling off a pitch. As bad as the five-game drought is, the news on Galvis would be worse. The good news is Roy Halladay says he wants to finish his career with the Phillies, whenever it resumes, of course. Another diagnosis confirmed he's looking at another 8 weeks on the shelf.
June 7: The Dodgers, playing without injured superstar Matt Kemp, finish off a four-game sweep by handing Hamels his second consecutive loss.
June 8: The Phils get a win in Baltimore, but the initial diagnosis on Galvis is a pars fracture in his back, which could keep him out for months. Adding to the dismal sports mood was a tendon injury ending the Triple Crown hopes of I'll Have Another.
June 9: B.J. Rosenberg gives up a walkoff homer to Adam Jones as Baltimore wins in 12. Who's B.J. Rosenberg?
June 10: Cliff Lee gives up a three-run homer to Steve Tolleson (who are these people??!!) and Joe Savery gave up the deciding run in the 10th as the Orioles take two of three.
June 11: An off day is highlighted by the news that Utley has been cleared to play in rehab games.
June 12: The Phils give up three homers and get hammered by the Twins, 11-7. Utley goes 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his rehab game and gets booed by the sparse Clearwater, Fla., crowd. It's been that kind of a run.