And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Red Sox 11, Yankees 6: The Bosox once again jump all over the Yankees, this time giving A.J. Burnett his worst night of the year. Notably, no Red Sox players were plunked in this one — And David Ortiz hit another homer — so I’m sure the tabloids that were calling for retribution for the Ortiz bat flip on Tuesday night are going to be up in arms this morning. The Red Sox are alone in first place.

Pirates 3, Diamondbacks 2: Andrew McCutchen walked off with a homer in the bottom of the 12th. He also scored a run to tie it in the bottom of the 10th following a double. He also drove in a run on a sacrifice in the third. You could say that it was his night.

Brewers 7, Mets 6:  Nyjer Morgan hit a walkoff double, though he didn’t realize it because he thought it was the eighth inning. Seriously. Two homers for Prince Fielder including the two-run job that tied it in the eighth. That second one put Fielder past Gorman Thomas for third on the Brewers’ all-time home run list with 209.

Braves 3, Marlins 2: Derek Lowe deserved better than a no-decision after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. But, as usual, the Braves don’t score a lot and Fredi Gonzalez uses the same three relievers he uses every single game. One of them — Craig Kimbrel — is so obviously being overused that someone ought to call closer protective services for a home visit. Kimbrel blows the save but Freddie Freeman salvages the win for him — hey! Kimbrel knows how to win! — with an RBI single in the 10th.

Astros 4, Cardinals 1: Bud Norris had a no-hitter going into the seventh as well, but the Astros’ old friend Lance Berkman broke it up with a homer. It would be the only hit that Norris gave up in his eight innings of work, however.

Twins 3, Indians 2: The Twins blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth when bona fide closer Matt Capps gave up a homer, but Ben Revere drove in a run in the bottom of the tenth.  The Tribe went 1-6 on the homestand. They’re crashing like Skylab. Let us hope that The Shire of Esperance, Western Australia, doesn’t fine the Indians $400 for littering after impact.

Giants 3, Nationals 1: Matt Cain was the man, tossing a five-hit complete game with 11Ks. He also doubled in the first run of the game — all together now — helping his own cause.

Cubs 4, Reds 1: The eight-game losing streak is history as the Cubbies beat the Reds on a hot, hot afternoon. Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez went back-to-back in the fourth inning.  Ryan Dempster went six strong innings despite having hip problems before the game and being unable to get loose. Tight works too, I suppose.

Rockies 5, Padres 3: The Rockies score more than three runs for the first time in a good long while, the final two on a Troy Tulowitzki double in the ninth to break the 3-3 tie. Tulo had an RBI single in the fifth too.

Phillies 2, Dodgers 0: Cole Hamels with eight shutout innings and nine strikeouts. Not much else to say about that, really.

Orioles 3, Athletics 2: And this is all anyone needs to hear about the Athletics’ losing streak.

Rangers 7, Tigers 3: Alexi Ogando moves to 7-0 as he helps the Rangers avoid the sweep. Three hits for Elvis Andrus. A homer for Adrian Beltre. A bad night for Phil Coke.

Blue Jays 9, Royals 8:  In the sixth, Ned Yost chose to intentionally walk Jose Bautista, loading the bases, to get to Adam Lind. Two pitches later, Lind hit a grand slam. Maybe it was a good decision, but good decisions != good outcomes.

Mariners 7, White Sox 4: Miguel Olivo has been kind of hot ever since we mocked him last week. So hey, you’re welcome, M’s fans. Seattle’s most indispensible player drove in three, including a two-run double in the 10th.

Rays 4, Angels 3: The Rays blew a 3-0 lead for James Shields in the eighth, but salvaged it with some small ball — Reid Brignac’s RBI bunt — in the tenth. A sweep for Tampa Bay.

Kolten Wong lashes out after losing his starting role with the Cardinals

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Kolten Wong is no longer the only second baseman being considered for a starting role on the Cardinals’ roster, and he’s not happy about it. On Saturday, GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny hinted that Wong could lose playing time to Jedd Gyorko or Greg Garcia in 2017 — in other words, an infielder who brings a little more pop at the plate. Prior to the Cardinals’ game against the Marlins on Sunday, Wong gave his heated response to the media. Via Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

I don’t think you give somebody a contract for no reason,” Wong said. “When you are given a contract, you are expected to get a chance to work through some things and figure yourself out. Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, all these guys never figured their stuff out until later on down the road. It’s the big leagues. It’s tough, man. For me, the biggest thing is I just need people to have my back. When that comes, it will be good. But, I think right now, it’s just staying with my play, understanding I’m working toward getting myself more consistent, understanding what kind of player I can be. If that’s going to be with another team, so be it.

When pressed, Wong said that he would rather be traded away from St. Louis than step into a limited role with the team. “I don’t want to be here wasting my time,” he told the press. “I know what kind of player I am. If I don’t have the belief here, then I’ll go somewhere else.” The 26-year-old was inked to a five-year, $25.5 million extension prior to the 2016 season, complete with a $12.5 million option and $1 million buyout.

Part of Wong’s frustration stems from the Cardinals’ backtracking on their stated commitment to him as their starting second baseman last winter. Mozeliak admitted that while Wong had the defensive tools necessary to hold down the position, he failed to impress at the plate. It’s an argument that Wong hasn’t been able to rebut this spring, going 8-for-44 with two extra bases and 10 strikeouts in camp. He hasn’t looked much better in the regular season, sustaining a career .248/.309/.370 batting line with a .678 OPS and 5.1 fWAR over four years with the organization.

Still, the second baseman feels that he should have been given some heads up that he was playing to keep his starting role this spring, admitting that he entered camp with the mentality of someone who had a guaranteed spot on the Cardinals’ roster and not someone whose job security was dependent on his day-to-day results. “I need the time to consistently figure out how to be me and succeed at this level,” said Wong. “Everybody goes through it. Not everybody is Mike Trout.”

The Tigers are trying to convert Anthony Gose into a pitcher

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Tigers’ center fielder Anthony Gose wants to try his hand at pitching, according to comments made by manager Brad Ausmus on Sunday. Gose is poised to start the year in Triple-A Toledo after receiving a midseason demotion to Double-A last summer following an altercation with Triple-A manager Lloyd McClendon.

While the experiment won’t detract from Gose’s outfield work in Triple-A, the 26-year-old is expected to take on additional bullpen sessions throughout the year. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the left-handed hitter last took the mound in high school, where his fastball was clocked as fast as 97 m.p.h. Gose ultimately rejected the idea of starting his professional career as a pitcher, despite receiving favorable assessments from scouts.

Ausmus said the idea first surfaced at the end of the 2016 season. It appears to be a fallback option for the outfielder, who has struggled at the plate over his five-year career in the majors. Via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News:

Doolittle in Oakland did it and he was in the big leagues a couple of years later,” Ausmus said. “It’s going to take some time. He’s going to have to be a sponge and catch up on experience fast. But we feel it’s worth investigating.