And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

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Ubaldo Jimenez white cap.jpgRockies 4, Giants 0: The Cy Young Award is decided by something closer to tournament play than match play, but Ubaldo Jimenez’s decisive defeat of Tim Lincecum has him covered in either direction (CG, SHO 4 H, 9K). Linecum appears to have lost his telemetry (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 3K).

Braves 9, Phillies 3: I hit
this one up yesterday
. One thing I didn’t mention in that writeup
was how hilarious it was when Yunel Escobar popped up at second base and
asked for time out after his third inning RBI. It was hilarious because
he was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double, so there
really wasn’t a need to call for time. You got thrown out, Escobar, take
all the time you want. Kind of like you did getting your kiester out of
the batter’s box. Not that I have a lot to complain about in this one.

Padres 18, Mets 6: Yesterday Jerry Manuel seemed stumped when asked in what situation he might use Oliver Perez. I think we found our answer: the last 2.2 innings of a monumental blowout against what is supposed to be one of baseball’s worst offenses.

Yankees 11, Indians 2: Andy Pettitte gave up one run over seven innings and A-Rod hit a grand slam and had six RBI.  The game stories play up the fact that Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked before the slam, but really it was a matter of Chris Perez trying to be careful with Teixeira, getting behind 3-0 and then Manny Acta deciding to just give him ball four instead of risking a pitch down main street.

Nationals 14, Astros 4: Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn each collect four RBI and a guy listed in the box score as “C. Maldonado” who I know is Carlos Maldonado but whom, out of a fit of nostalgia, I’m going to pretend was Candy Maldonado, had three RBI of his own. Roy Oswalt was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after giving up four runs in two and a third innings. I’m going to assume that was an intentional passive-aggressive thing designed to make the Nats dubious about him so that he won’t have to reject them via his no-trade clause in the event they make the Astros an offer.

Pirates 2, Cubs 1: That’s six of seven for the Pirates over the Cubs this year. Would that they only played Chicago. Get this: Garrett Jones hit a homer to right field and a Cubs fan — a visiting Cubs fan, as this game was played in PNC Park — threw the ball back out onto the field.  I know that Pirates fans have had a lot of the fight taken out of them these past 17 years, but I hope against hope that a few of them came together to beat the living crap out of that punk. Um, figuratively speaking, that is. You know, with sharp bon mots and stuff.

Angels 7, Royals 1: Ervin Santana shuts down the Royals after which the Angels celebrate with subtle, affirming glances and modest smiles. Sadly Juan Rivera suffered a compound fracture of his jaw in the process and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Marlins 13, Brewers 5: After scoring three runs in three games against the Phillies the Feesh break out for 13 against Milwaukee — seven of which came in a single inning. The Brewers were actually up 4-0 in the sixth before the wheels fell off. Cameron Maybin hit an inside-the-park home run. As is usually the case, Maybin’s was the result of bad defensive play — in this case a bad route to the ball by Carlos Gomez — which is why I’m generally unimpressed by inside-the-park homers.

Athletics 4, Tigers 1: Two teams going in opposite directions: the A’s take three out of four from Detroit and the Tigers drop their fifth in six games. Time of rain delay before the game: 2:42; time of game: 2:48.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 4: A walkoff balk from Esmerling Vasquez
completes the Dodgers’ comeback from a 4-0 deficit. Feel the excitement.

Cardinals 12, Reds 4: A totally different game after the rain delay than
it was before. Both Jaime Garcia and Bronson Arroyo came back when play
resumed, but only the former had any command. Ten walks in all for Reds
pitchers.

Blue Jays 3, Rays 2: Brandon Morrow pitches his best game of the season,
not allowing a hit until the sixth inning and giving up only one run on
three hits. The Rays have now lost six of their last eight games.

Twins 5, Mariners 4: Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel hit back-to-back jacks in the fourth to give the Twinkies a 5-1 lead and they basically held on from there.  Cuddyer got the start at second base, which is rather fun. He last did that in 2005.

Evan Gattis undergoes surgery for hernia; recovery is 4-6 weeks

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Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle shares the bad news

One of the Astros’ big bats won’t be taking hacks when the Astros hold their first full workout on Feb. 23.

Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis recently underwent surgery to repair a hernia, the Chronicle has learned, taking away most of his spring training at a minimum. The recovery is four to six weeks but fortunately for Gattis and the Astros, the injury is not considered severe.

Gattis was working hard on his overall conditioning this winter, even telling MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart in late January that he had already dropped 18 pounds. It sounds like the big slugger might have gone a bit overboard with those workouts, and now he is in real danger of missing the first couple weeks of the 2016 regular season.

Gattis batted .246/.285/.463 with 27 home runs and 88 RBI in 153 games last season for the Astros. The 29-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career and has a hearing with the Astros scheduled for February 16 to determine his salary for 2016. He requested $3.8 million and was offered $3 million when figures were exchanged a little over three weeks ago.

Suddenly the Astros’ front office might have a new talking point for those arbitrators.

Seung-Hwan Oh finally receives his work visa, will be on time for Cardinals camp

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At last check, new Cardinals reliever Seung-Hwan Oh was still awaiting a work visa from the United States Embassy in South Korea and there was some worry that he might not be able to arrive on time to spring training in Jupiter, Florida.

But that is now officially a non-story.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Oh has recieved his work visa and is expected to report to Cardinals camp next week along with the rest of the club’s pitchers and catchers. Oh might even show up a bit earlier than the Cardinals originally asked him to, per Goold.

Oh saved 357 games in 11 seasons between Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization before inking a one-year contract with St. Louis this winter. He also registered a stellar 1.81 ERA and 772 strikeouts across 646 total innings in Asia, earning the nickname “The Final Boss.”

Oh is expected to work in a setup role this year for Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal.

John Lamb had back surgery in December, will likely get off to late start in 2016

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John Lamb was part of the Reds’ return package in last July’s Johnny Cueto trade and he had a strong showing at the Triple-A level in 2015. But the young left-hander posted a 5.80 ERA in a 10-start cup of coffee with Cincinnati late last season — his first 10 appearances as a major leaguer — and now comes word from MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon that Lamb will probably have to get off to a late start in 2016.

Lamb underwent surgery in December to repair a herniated disc in his back — a surgery that went unreported by the Reds until Tuesday afternoon. Reds manager Bryan Price acknowledged on MLB Network that Lamb is behind the team’s other starting pitchers and will likely open the coming season on the disabled list. The hope is that he might be ready by mid-April.

It’s a small but frustrating blow for a rebuilding Reds team that will be looking to establish some foundational pieces in 2016. Once he is recovered, Lamb will be expected to fill the Reds’ fifth rotation spot behind Raisel Iglesias, Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan, and Michael Lorenzen.

This is going to be an ugly year for Cincinnati baseball fans.

Yu Darvish will report to spring training on time, hopes to begin mound work in March

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Rangers ace Yu Darvish missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March 17. Most starting pitchers take 13-15 months to fully recover from that procedure, and the Rangers aren’t counting on Darvish until sometime this May.

His rehab so far has gone on without issue.

Darvish offered some very positive updates Tuesday to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram …

Darvish, 29, boasts a 3.27 ERA and 1.196 WHIP in 83 career major league starts. He can also claim a whopping 680 strikeouts in 545 1/3 career major league innings.

Texas has him under contract for $10 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017.