A young journeyman pitcher named Armando Galarraga today pitched just the 21st perfect game ever and the first by a player for the Detroit Tigers — except the umpire errantly called the last batter of the game safe. It wasn't even very close. Umpire Jim Joyce apologized to Galarraga after the game: "It was the biggest call of my career and I kicked it." Joyce is now famous, but instead of baseball immortality Galarraga's day goes down as a one-hit shutout. Meanwhile, Ken Griffey Jr. retired suddenly today with the fifth-most home runs ever. He was cooked as a player at age 40, but for awhile he was the best player in the game. He played a half-season in San Bernardino as an 18-year-old pro in 1988 and got a plaque in the stadium, he was that good. His retirement ends a run of 37 years in which a Griffey played in the major leagues.
Dodgers: They won today on another walk-off hit, a 14th-inning single by Garret Anderson.
Lakers: The fluid returned to Andrew Bynum's injured knee, drained the day before.