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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Dodgers 6, Phillies 2: It was the first career start for Rubby De La Rosa. I saw him in spring training and man does he have great stuff. His control wasn’t anything to write home about here but he was effective enough over five innings to pick up the win. Also making his first start was Dee Gordon, who was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. Between the two of them it was a great night for Dodgers fans who want to believe the future is bright. Meanwhile, Roy Oswalt ain’t exactly missing bats lately. Here he gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings but only struck out one guy, which is no way to go through life, son.

Orioles 4, Athletics 0: Some national writer tweeted something yesterday about how he just wasn’t convinced that the A’s could compete in the West because, you know, they just weren’t as talented as the Rangers. That was only a slightly more bold statement yesterday when they were on a seven-game losing streak instead of an eight game one like they are now.  But I’ll follow his brave lead and say, no, I don’t think that the A’s are going to win 114 games. For the Orioles, Chris Jakubauskas got the win. Easily my favorite name to say since the Kevin Kubusheskie-era on “You Can’t Do That on Television.”

Braves 1, Marlins 0:  A signature 2011 Braves win. No offense — only two hits — but a great start from Tommy Hanson and then three shutout innings from Eric O’Flaherty, Johnny Venters and Craig Kimbrel.  And despite it being a win, it does only a little to make Braves fans feel great, because it just reminds us how bad the offense is and how, at some point soon, O’Flaherty, Venters and Kimbrel are going to break down from overuse. Still, beats losin’.

Indians 1, Twins 0: Carlos Carrasco breaks the losing streak for the Tribe, throwing eight and a third shutout innings. Only three hits for the Indians themselves, making their 1-0 win look like an offensive explosion compared to Atlanta’s. Though, yeah, that Delmon Young error sort of helped things. A bit.

Reds 8, Cubs 2: The Reds were already up 4-1 when Miguel Cairo hit his grand slam, but it certainly didn’t hurt either. Edinson Volquez makes his triumphant return to the Reds’ rotation. Before the game he said he had made some adjustments and that this time he wouldn’t be barfing up four runs in the first inning. And he didn’t. Actually a pretty nice game for Volquez (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER).

Red Sox 6, Yankees 4: Jon Lester didn’t have a great day, but Freddy Garcia had a way worse one (1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER). By the time anyone could look up it was 3-0 Sox and the rest was mere settling the details. Both Bobby Jenks and Mark Teixeira left the game with injuries, though Teixeira’s little contusion is said to be minor at the worst. Two hits for Jeter on his quest to get to 3,000 before the ten-game home stand is over. Nine games left, 12 hits to go.

White Sox 5, Mariners 1: On Monday the Chisox beat Michael Pineda and on Tuesday they beat Felix Hernandez. What else ya got, Seattle?

Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 5: A three-run double by Lyle Overbay capped a five-run rally in the eighth as the Dbacks lose one they should have won, thanks mostly to David Hernandez’s lack of, well, everything. I sure hope that the decision to lift Daniel Hudson for him at 105 pitches isn’t keyed upon as the biggest problem here. Because Alan Trammell — filling in for the suspended Kirk Gibson — made that call, and man, I love Alan Trammell.

Blue Jays 8, Royals 5: Hey, Vin Mazzaro came back? Last we saw him he was giving up 14 runs in a little over two innings. He wasn’t great here –he gave up six runs in five innings — but he lowered his ERA from 22.74 to 17.47!

Mets 2, Brewers 1: In that post I did yesterday about the Citi Field dimensions, it was suggested that, hey, at least it helps Jose Reyes hit triples. Well, he was on the road in Milwaukee last night and still hit a triple, so he’d probably be OK anywhere. It was a big one too, giving the Mets both of their runs on the night.

Cardinals 7, Astros 4: A three-run RBI double by Jake Westbrook ended up plating the game winning runs. Homers from Pujols and Berkman helped matters along as well.

Tigers 8, Rangers 1: Texas was bombed for the second straight night, though, in contrast to Monday night,  it was 20 base hits — and no homers — that did ’em in on Tuesday. Rick Porcello gave up one run over six innings.

Rays 4, Angels 1: Rookie Alex Cobb gave up one run on seven hits in six and a third innings and B.J. Upton homered. The Angels have lost four straight.

Padres 2, Rockies 0: Tim Stauffer and Heath Bell combine to shut out the Rockies. The Rockies haven’t scored more than three runs in a game since a week ago Saturday.

Nationals 2, Giants 1: A solid start for Jordan Zimmermann plus an RBI single to boot. Washington could have done more against Jonathan Sanchez, but they hit into bases loaded double plays twice.

Diamondbacks, A.J. Pollock avoid arbitration with two-year contract

Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock drives in two runs against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
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Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks and outfielder A.J. Pollock have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year extension. The deal is worth $10.25 million, per ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Pollock was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 28-year-old requested $3.9 million and was offered $3.65 million by the Diamondbacks when figures were exchanged on January 15. It wasn’t much of a gap, but the two sides were ultimately able to find common ground on a multi-year deal. Pollock will still be under team control for one more year after this new deal expires.

Pollock is coming off a breakout 2015 where he batted .315/.367/.498 with 20 home runs, 76 RBI, and 39 stolen bases over 157 games. He ranked sixth among position players with 7.4 WAR (Wins Above Replacement), according to Baseball Reference.

Report: Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson agree to two-year, $29 million extension

Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson celebrates his two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The Blue Jays and 2015 American League Most Valuable Player Josh Donaldson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $29 million contract, reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.

Donaldson was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. He filed for $11.8 million and was offered $11.35 million by the Blue Jays when figures were exchanged last month. It wasn’t a big gap, but since the Blue Jays are a “file and trial” team, they bring these cases to an arbitration hearing unless a multi-year deal can be worked out. As opposed to last winter, they were able to avoid a hearing this time around. Donaldson was originally a Super Two player, so he’ll still have one year of arbitration-eligibility once this two-year deal is completed.

The 30-year-old Donaldson is coming off a monster first season in Toronto where he batted .297/.371/.568 with 41 homers while leading the American League with 123 RBI.

Giants and Brandon Belt have an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday

San Francisco Giants'  Brandon Belt reacts after being called out on strikes by home plate umpire Jim Joyce to end the top of the first inning against the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Friday, Sept.. 4, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Brandon Belt filed for $7.5 million and was offered $5.3 million by the Giants when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. That’s a pretty sizable gap. While there’s still a chance that an agreement will be worked out at the last minute, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that an arbitration hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Giants haven’t gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when they lost to catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Schulman hears from one person involved that because of the gap between Belt and the Giants, there’s a real chance this will break that string and require a hearing.

Belt batted .280/.356/.478 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI over 137 games in 2015, but he dealt with concussion symptoms for the second straight season. An arbitration hearing could bring some unpleasant conversation to the surface.

Padres sign veteran utility player Skip Schumaker

Cincinnati Reds' Skip Schumaker is tagged out at home plate by San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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The Padres have inked veteran utility player Skip Schumaker to a minor league contract, per FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Schumaker, who turned 36 last week, has spent the last two seasons with the Reds. He batted .242/.306/.336 with one home run and 21 RBI over 131 games last season while making starts between all three outfield spots and second base. Cincinnati cut ties with him in November after declining a $2.5 million club option for 2016.

While Schumaker had to settle for a non-guaranteed deal here, it would be no surprise to see him land a bench job with the Padres come Opening Day.