And That Happened: Wednesday's scores and recaps

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Orioles 6, Mets 4: Matt Wieters hits the first of what the
prophecies have foretold will be a thousand career home runs, each more
majestic than the last. The real story was the middle of the O’s order
— Markakis, Huff and Mora — who combined to go 8 for 11 with four
RBI.

Blue Jays 7, Phillies 1: I sat back on the couch and watched
this game, hoping to relax after a long day. But then Sutcliffe and Co.
start talking about the Jerod Morris/Raul Ibanez affair. Look, I don’t
come into your house and talk about your work when you’re off, so what
makes you think you can do it to me?

Nationals 3, Yankees 2: Wang pitched, but he was way less
responsible for the Yankees losing than was John Lannan (8.1 IP, 4 H, 2
ER). Five run game, three of them scored on homers.

Angels 4, Giants 3: Six straight wins for the Angels, who hung
around long enough to finally get to Tim Lincecum. It’s nice when you
can pinch hit Vlad Guerrero and Torii Hunter late in the game.

White Sox 4, Cubs 1: Piniella after the game: “Danks pitched a
good game, they executed a good squeeze bunt, and we didn’t do much
offensively. That’s about it. That’s the ballgame in a nutshell.” Hey
Lou, I do the recaps around here, got it?

Reds 4, Braves 3: Micah Owings’ three run homer was the big blow
of the game. If he played for the Braves, he’d be the team’s second
best outfielder in terms of OBP. Javier Vazquez has pitched better than
anyone could have hoped entering this year, but the dude is still only
4-6 because, I dunno, the universe hates him or something.

Red Sox 6, Marlins 1: The Brad Penny trade deadline audition
continues, with the commodity in question giving up 0 ER on three hits
in five innings, though he had to make 100 pitches and gave up four
walks in the process. David Ortiz walked twice, got a hit and scored
all three times on base. Pedroia had a big game too. The team made a
big deal out if it being the 500th straight sellout, including the fans
in all kinds of fun. The game story doesn’t say whether or not anyone
dangling their free tape measures or gawking at the giant “500” mowed
into the outfield realized that the sellout streak is why they had t
sell a kidney in order to buy their tickets on StubHub.

Cardinals 4, Tigers 3: A couple of Curtis Granderson homers aren’t enough for Detroit, as the Cardinals and Tigers trade little jabs all night.

Pirates 8, Twins 2: Andrew McCutchen over his first 13 games:
.339/.381/.492. That’s better than Nate McLouth is doing, both on the
season and since the trade. Are Pirates fans still supposed to be mad
about this?

Rockies 5, Rays 3: David Price has to pitch in Coors Field.
That’s bad. But he lasts a bit longer into a game than he has been
lately. That’s good! He still gives up ten hits and five runs and loses
the game. That’s Bad. But he gets more economical with his pitches,
walking no one. That’s good! The postgame spread contains sodium
benzoate . . . That’s bad. Can I go now?

Rangers 5, Astros 4: The battle for Texas rages on! So far,
Houston is down 2-0. If they don’t turn things around soon, they’re
going to be stuck with Texas.

Diamondbacks 12, Royals 5: Greinke’s return to Earth continues, as the Dbacks rough him up for six runs over six and two-thirds (four earned).

Brewers 9, Indians 8: Trevor Hoffman blew his first save of the
season, but the Brewers pull it out in extras. And really, it’s the
Indians’ bullpen that should be ashamed of itself, having given up 21
hits, 14 walks and 18 runs in 14 innings against Milwaukee.

A’s 5, Dodgers 4: Trevor Cahill started wild, but settled down
and then somehow managed to survive three errors by his mates which led
to three unearned runs. The A’s will take it.

Mariners 4, Padres 3: Rob continues to claim
that the American League is “playing a different game” and “a better
game.” And he may be right. But how much of that difference is
attributable to the Padres alone? I mean, jeez, they’ve lost 13
straight games to the AL, and that sort of skews things a bit, doesn’t
it?

Dodgers sign Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million deal

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs in game three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Dodgers have signed lefty Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million contract.The deal was reported to be imminent over the weekend, but was finalized today following Hill’s physical.

Hill missed a good deal of time in 2016 with blister issues — and he’ll be 37-years-old on Opening Day — but when he was healthy he was fantastic, posting the best season in his 12-year career. He had a a 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 110.1 innings between the Athletics and Dodgers.

Along with a healthy Clayton Kershaw a maturing Julio Urias and Kenta Maeda, the Dodgers rotation looks to be a strength in 2017.

UPDATE: Giants agree to a deal with Mark Melancon

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Mark Melancon #43 of the Washington Nationals reacts after the final out as the Nationals defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 in game three of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that a deal is in place pending a physical. The financial terms are not yet known. UPDATE: Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears it’s in the four-year, $62 million range. That will make him, temporarily at least, the highest-paid closer in baseball history.

12:15 PMKen Rosenthal reports that the San Francisco Giants are close to a deal with closer Mark Melancon.

Melancon had an outstanding 2016, posting a 1.64 ERA, 2.42 FIP and a 5.42 K/BB rate in 71.1 innings while saving 47 games for the Pirates and Nationals. You may recall that the Giants had a strong interest in Melancon last summer. It was a well-founded interest given the bullpen woes which waylaid San Francisco in the second half of last season and continued on into the playoffs.

The terms of the apparently impeding deal will be known soon enough, but Rosenthal reported yesterday that Melancon was fielding offers in the four-years, $60 million range. That’s a lot for a closer, but it’ll probably look like a bargain compared to the deals signed with the other two top closers on the market, Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. Some have speculated that Chapman could get a deal closer to $100 million than $50 million, though that seems optimistic.

What the past couple of seasons have shown, however, is that having a top bullpen will get you very, very far in Major League Baseball. Champan may have been gassed at the end of Game 7, but he was essential to the Cubs’ World Series title. Powerful bullpens gave the Royals a title in 2015 and the Indians an AL pennant this past year. A weak one was, obviously, the Giants’ achilles heel.

Their great need at the back end of the pen, according to Rosenthal’s report, is apparently about to be filled.