And That Happened: Thursday's scores and recaps

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Red Sox 3, Twins 1:
Varitek homers twice and gets run for getting up in the ump’s face
arguing balls and strikes. I can’t criticize him; I like to go home
early on days on which I get a lot done too. Mike Redmond, Terry
Francona and Ron Gardenhire were also ejected, and I picture all four
of them pounding the Budweiser together while watching the rest of the
game on a plasma TV in one of the clubhouses. Oh, and the Captain is
now at .248/.320/.541, which is more than respectable for a guy who was
basically in a coffin this time last year.

Indians 2, Rays 1:
The Rays were just swept 4-0 by one of the five or six worst teams in
baseball, which I think relieves us all of the obligation of pretending
they are one of the five or six best, as we have been since
last year. And it could have been worse: thanks to a nearly three-hour
rain delay, the Rays were spared from further embarrassment at the
hands of a rookie starting pitcher who had an ERA of 17.55 entering the
game. As it was, young David Huff shut Tampa Bay down for four innings,
with a random assemblage of Cleveland’s bullpen fodder coming in to
finish off the job.

Orioles 5, Tigers 1:
Let the record reflect that on this night, Greg Zaun joined (1) Chuck
Diering; (2) Mark Belanger; and (3) the Earth, without form and void
and darkness upon the face of the deep, as the last things which
preceded an appearance of God in Baltimore.

Dodgers 2, Cubs 1:
Another day, another multi-hit game for Juan Pierre. Randy Wolf was the
real story, though, as he goes seven strong innings giving up a single
run. The bullpen got out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to preserve
the win. Bobby Scales was sent down to Iowa on Wednesday and called
back up yesterday because Ryan Freel went on the DL. Despite being
jerked around, dude hit a homer, so the fairy tale continues.

Diamondbacks 5, Braves 2:
Danny Haren allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings, striking
out eight and now has a K/BB ratio of 71/9 on the season. He’s pretty

Miguel Cabrera, Dee Gordon win AL and NL batting titles, respectively

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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.

Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.

Report: Angels to announce Billy Eppler as new GM on Monday

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Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.

Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.

The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.