And That Happened: Monday's scores and recaps

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White Sox 6, Indians 3:
Nice Indians’ debut for Chris Perez: He hit the first two batters he
faced, walked the bases loaded and then gave up a fielder’s choice, an
RBI double, a wild pitch and run-scoring single. One of the guys he hit
— Alexei Ramirez — took it in the head and had to leave the game.
Congratulations, Mark Shapiro and Eric Wedge! After fifteen years of
respectability, you have finally brought the Indians back around
full-circle to “Major League” territory, complete with Rick Vaughn on
the mound.

Cubs 3, Pirates 1:
Rich Harden was impressive, striking out nine and giving up only one
run — while scattering nine hits — over seven innings. Phil Rogers
will likely call for the Cubs to waive him tomorrow. In other news,
this may have been the perfect Craig day at the ballpark: small crowd,
weekday game, not too hot, good pitching, done in 2:17. Really makes me
wish I was there. I can almost taste the Yuengling.

Rays 4, Blue Jays 1:
Roy Halladay came back and was good (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7K), but not good
enough. Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer, got another hit and stole a
base. Pat Burrell too. The homer I mean. If he stole a base I probably
would have led with that.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 0:
Jon Lester was fantastic (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 8K) and J.D. Drew homered,
tripled, and singled, driving in two. “Baltimore citizenry welcome
Boston conquerors: ‘we kept your rooms just the way you left them’.”
The Red Sox are 22-9 at Camden Yards since the end of 2005 and have won
eight straight there.

Giants 10, Cardinals 0:
Holy crap, Tim Lincecum is good (CG, SHO, 2 H, 8K, 0 BB). Clayton
Mortensen hitting Aaron Roward on the knee with a pitch in the seventh
was the hardest hit the Cardinals had all night.

Marlins 4, Nationals 2:
Florida vs. Washington, on a Monday night in Miami, with a rain delay.
It says that paid attendance was over 10,000. What do you suppose the
real attendance was. Seventeen? Thirty?

Brewers 10, Mets 6: According to the Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt,
Gary Sheffield was booed heavily each time he came to bat. Sheffield
was traded away from Milwaukee over seventeen years ago. Sure, he left
as a very, very unpopular Brewer, having called out the team’s pitchers
and allegedly tanked plays at third base on purpose. Either way,
though, seventeen years is a long time to hold a grudge, isn’t it?
Willie Randolph was the starting second basemen and Jim Gantner was the
starting third baseman on Sheff’s last Brewer club. Rick Dempsey was on
that roster. Maybe they should let it go, ya know?

Royals 4, Twins 2:
Luke Hochevar has had one dawg of a start since his recall on June 6th,
but the others have been aces, including this one (7 IP, 2 H. 0 ER).
Like J.D. Drew in the Red Sox game, Miguel Olivo came a double short of
the cycle, driving in two runs.

Angels 5, Rangers 4:
The Angels are starting to pull away from Texas. This saddens me
because I think I may have been the only person in the free world who
picked Texas to win the west before the season started and I don’t want
to see them slide out of contention. Kendry Morales and Juan Rivera did
the damage for Anaheim, driving in a pair each.

Astros 3, Padres 1: Roy Oswalt’s still got it (CG, 2 H, 1 ER 8K), as he continues to own San Diego.

Athletics 7, Tigers 1:
Rick Porcello was beat up by an A’s offense that doesn’t beat up many,
giving up five runs on nine hits. This is one of the better passages
from a game story this year: “After Porcello was chased, left-hander
Fu-Te Ni struck out Giambi in his major league debut. Ni didn’t know
who Giambi was, and he raised his eyebrows in surprise when told of
Giambi’s achievements.”

Dodgers 4, Rockies 2:
The Dodgers win it on a walkoff homer by Andre Ethier, but it sure took
a while to get there. The Dodgers used eight pitchers, so Joe Torre is
probably going to be sore today from all of that walking back and forth
to the mound.

Angels ink Javy Guerra to minor league deal

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Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Javy Guerra. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Guerra was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball last July after testing positive for a drug of abuse. That suspension is now over, though Guerra is probably ticketed for the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate to begin the 2016 season.

The 30-year-old made just three major league appearances in 2015 for the White Sox before getting outrighted off Chicago’s 40-man roster. He does own a 2.87 ERA in 150 1/3 career innings, but it has come with bouts of inconsistency and unreliability.

Maybe he can get everything going in the right direction with Anaheim.

Braves sign reliever Carlos Torres

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As first reported by Bill Shanks of Fox Sports 1670, the Braves have signed right-handed reliever Carlos Torres to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Torres was waived by the Mets in January, somewhat surprisingly, and elected to become a free agent. The 33-year-old ultimately chose Atlanta, where he should have a good shot at an Opening Day roster out of spring training with the rapidly-rebuilding Braves.

Torres posted an ugly 4.68 ERA in 57 2/3 innings last season for the Mets, but he registered a gorgeous 3.06 ERA and 96 strikeouts across 97 innings in 2014.

If he gets off to a good start in 2016, he could become valuable trade bait.

Blue Jays will have a closer competition this spring

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Roberto Osuna became the youngest pitcher to ever play for the Blue Jays last season at age 20 and he rose to the challenge with a 2.58 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 75/16 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 frames. Osuna eventually took over as Toronto’s closer, earning 20 regular-season saves and one in the American League Division Series — a five-out effort in Game 5 to close out the visiting Rangers.

But the Jays upgraded the back end of their bullpen this winter, acquiring Drew Storen from the Nationals in early January for speedy outfielder Ben Revere. Jesse Chavez was also brought to Toronto in a trade with the A’s.

Storen has more experience at closer than Osuna, and Storen struggled when the Nationals tried to put him in a setup role. Storen, in his final year of salary arbitration, also gets paid much more. He’s probably going to enter spring training as the favorite for the Jays’ ninth-inning gig, but there will be a competition …

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins told Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca on Wednesday that he doesn’t expect the team to choose between Osuna or Storen until midway through spring training, if not later.

There’s been talk of making Osuna a starter, so add that wrinkle.

Storen, 28, boasts 95 career major league saves.

Orioles plotting late-offseason push? Gallardo, Fowler, Alvarez, Bruce in consideration

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Baltimore’s front office appears to be lining up a run of potential roster additions leading into the beginning of spring training.

We’ve already passed along the reports suggesting they are close to a three-year deal with free agent starter Yovani Gallardo, but now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler could be next on the Orioles’ target list. It they get those two deals done, the O’s could then chase free agent slugger Pedro Alvarez.

Rosenthal says the Orioles are even eyeing Jay Bruce of the Reds, though the FOX reporter hears the O’s might not have the prospects to pull off that kind of trade.

The focus for the Orioles out of the gate this winter was re-signing Matt Wieters and Chris Davis. Wieters accepted his one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer in November and Davis was locked up to a seven-year, $161 million contract in mid-January.

Now the O’s are spending a little leftover cash on late-offseason additions to improve their position in what should be a tight 2016 American League East race.