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As someone who usually works until ~4:45 and drives home until 5:30, these East Coast games present a problem. Either I can try to pick them up live having missed a bunch of innings, which makes writing more difficult, or I can wait and watch the archived video, in which case I have to do what I can to avoid seeing the score. Neither is great, but I always have to choose one of them, and today I chose the archive.

Funny thing about game archives: you can't watch them until the game's actually over. As we approached 8pm tonight with the game still going strong, I knew I was in trouble; a near four-hour contest would take me close to midnight to watch, and in that scenario there's just no hope for getting much writing done, not with an 8-5 job.

So with the pressure off, I put down my pencil and paper, sat back, and watched a hell of a ballgame. For the better part of four hours.

RRS is so lovable.

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Biggest Contribution: Richie Sexson, +38.0%
Biggest Suckfest: Adrian Beltre, -46.2% (that was a costly error)
Most Important AB: Sexson single, +27.8%
Most Important Pitch: Beltre error/fielder's choice, -18.0%
Total Contribution by Pitcher(s): +42.4%
Total Contribution by Hitters: +7.6%
Total Contribution by Opposition: 0.0%
(What is this chart?)

If I can find the time at work tomorrow I'll throw up a few observations. But for now, after watching that marathon and cleaning up the mess that was today's game thread, I'm calling it a night.

Jarrod Washburn and Andy Sonnanstine tomorrow at 4:10pm PDT. I think we like Sonnanstine more than Rays fans do. That's weird.