And That Happened: Monday's scores and highlights

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Giants 9, Rockies 1: Lincecum comes back after missing a start
and looks pretty good. He’s been sharper — he gave up six hits and
walked four — but he struck out 11 and gave up a single run in seven
innings. San Francisco climbs to three and a half of back of the
Rockies.

Cubs 2, Brewers 0: How many people looked at the schedule last
spring and figured this series would matter? If it had mattered, we
would all be marveling at Ryan Dempster’s clutch September performance
(8 IP, 4 H — all singles — 0 ER). But it doesn’t matter, not by damn
sight, so I’ll use this opportunity to rate the top 5 Swayzes:

(1) Red Dawn: “I never HEARD of it!” Tell me you didn’t
see this movie as a kid and then wish, if only for a few moments, that
the Russians and Cubans really would invade. I had an emergency
backpack full of supplies in my closet and everything;

(2) Road House: “Pain don’t hurt”;

(3) Point Break: Where have you gone Johnny Utah, Buckeye Nation turns its lonely eyes to you;

(4) Next of Kin: This one was more ridiculous that Road House and Red
Dawn put together, yet no one ever mentions it. Greatly, greatly
underrated flick;

(5) Dirty Dancing: I really don’t like this one, but if you were 14
years-old in 1987 and you pretended you liked it, some girl somewhere
was gonna make out with you, and for that dorks like me thank you, Mr.
Swayze, wherever you are.

Yankees 5, Angels 3: Mark Teixeira hit a triple that made Torii Hunter lose his shoe (amazing pic of it here).
Brett Gardner scored the go-ahead run on a double steal + throwing
error extravaganza. With this makeup game, the Angels have three games
in three days in three cities (Chicago, New York and Boston). Later in
the evening as they lied awake in bed, with the echo from the
amplifiers ringing in their head, they smoked the day’s last cigarette,
remembering what she said, etc.

Reds 3, Astros 1: Jay Bruce makes his return after two months on
the shelf and hits the go-ahead single. Outside of that time he told
everyone that he doesn’t care what supplements he takes, I don’t
believe I’ve given Bronson Arroyo a moment’s thought in the second
half. So color me shocked that he now has 13 wins and is threatening to
send his ERA under 4.00.

Athletics 9, Rangers 0: Brett Tomko (CG SHO 5 H) has underwear
older than all of the A’s other starters, but he’s a been a better
pitcher than just about all of them this year too.

Tigers 6, Blue Jays 5: Nobody puts Aubrey in a corner! Down
three in the bottom of the ninth, Huff hits a three-run homer and the
Tigers go on to win it in 10. OK, sorry about that. I’m taking this
Swayze thing a bit harder than I thought I would.

Rays 8, Orioles 4: The losing streak ends in Baltimore, with the
Rays scoring as many runs last night as they did in their previous
seven games combined.

Twins 6, Indians 3: Jeremy Sowers leaves with a 3-0 lead after
seven innings and then watches the bullpen give up six runs in the
eighth. My Cleveland friends are so fed up with this garbage that
they’re actually wanting baseball season to end so they can turn their
full attention to the Browns. Think about that for a few minutes.

Cardinals 11, Marlins 6: St. Louis survives an emergency Todd
Wellemeyer start by blasting the living hell out of Ricky Nolasco, Matt
Lindstrom and three other Marlin pitchers. Matt Holliday = this year’s
Manny Ramirez: he’s batting .371 with 48 RBIs in 47 games since the
July 24th trade. In that time the Cardinals are 33-14.

Dodgers 6, Pirates 2: To the extent anyone was really worried
about L.A., know that 10 of their last 18 games are against Pittsburgh
and Washington, and many of them will likely go like this one.

Diamondbacls 4, Padres 2: Arizona pulls within two games of San
Diego in the battle to avoid last place. Given the absence of any real
pennant races this year, this is worth following.

Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29:  MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred laughs during a ceremony naming the 2016 winners of the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award and the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award before Game Four of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season.

MLB has been trying, particularly this month, to improve the pace of play. Getting rid of the formality of throwing four pitches wide of the strike zone will save a minute or two for each intentional walk. There were 932 of them across 2,428 games last season, an average of one intentional walk every 2.6 games. It’s not the biggest improvement, but it’s something at least.

Earlier, Commissioner Rob Manfred was upset with the players’ union’s “lack of cooperation.” Perhaps his public criticism was the catalyst for getting this rule passed.

Unfortunately, getting rid of the intentional walk formality will eradicate the chance of seeing any more moments like this:

Tony Clark responds to Rob Manfred’s claim that union had a “lack of cooperation”

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JAN. 18-19 - This Jan. 15, 2014 photo showing new baseball union head Tony Clark during an interview at the organization's headquarters, in New York. Clark has big shoes to fill _ and not just as Michael Weiner's replacement as head of the baseball players' union. Moving from Arizona to New Jersey, the former big league All-Star also needed to find size 15 snowshoes.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Earlier, Craig covered Rob Manfred’s comments in which he accused the Major League Baseball Players’ Association of “a lack of cooperation” concerning some proposed rule changes. The union would need to agree to any such changes, which have included automatic intentional walks, limiting mound visits, pitch clocks, and swapping batting practice times for home and visiting teams.

Manfred went on to say that MLB will impose those rule changes unilaterally next year as allowed in the latest collective bargaining agreement.

Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLBPA, responded to Manfred’s comment. Via Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

“Unless your definition of ‘cooperation’ is blanket approval, I don’t agree that we’ve failed to cooperate with the Commissioner’s office on these issues.”

“Two years ago we negotiated pace of play protocols that had an immediate and positive impact. Last year we took a step backward in some ways, and this off season we’ve been in regular contact with MLB and with our members to get a better handle on why that happened.”

“I would be surprised if those discussions with MLB don’t continue, notwithstanding today’s comments about implementation. As I’ve said, fundamental changes to the game are going to be an uphill battle, but the lines of communication should remain open.”

“My understanding is that MLB wants to continue with the replay changes (2min limit) and the no-pitch intentional walks and the pace of Game warning/fine adjustments.”

Clark’s response isn’t anything too shocking. Manfred’s accusation was pretty baseless, but it’s behavior to be expected of a commissioner who comes down on the side of the owners over the players almost always.