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.

Video: Andrew Toles hammers grand slam in Cactus League win

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Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.

Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).

Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.

David Price’s season debut could be pushed back to May

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David Price showed “strength improvements” in his elbow on Saturday, but Red Sox’ manager John Farrell still doesn’t think the left-hander will be ready to throw by the start of the season — or for a few weeks afterward. According to ESPN’s Scott Lauber, the 31-year-old might not be ready to debut until May at the earliest.

Price hasn’t thrown off of a mound this spring after experiencing soreness in his left elbow on March 1. Surgery doesn’t appear to be necessary, but the Red Sox are playing it extra safe with their No. 3 starter in hopes that rest and rehabilitation will return him to full health sometime during the 2017 season. For now, Price has been restricted to short games of catch until he’s cleared to resume a more rigorous throwing program. Via MLB.com’s Ian Browne:

[There were] strength improvements to the point of putting the ball back in his hand a little more consistently,” said manager John Farrell. “Today’s the first step for that. A short game of catch. That’s what he’s going through. Not off a mound but just to get the arm moving with a ball in flight, and he will continue in this phase for a period of time. There’s no set distance and volume yet to the throws.

The lefty is coming off of a lackluster 2016 season, during which he delivered a 3.99 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 over 230 innings for the Red Sox.