Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 0: Just when you thought it was safe to panic, Red Sox Nation, Josh Beckett’s ankle ends up being only sprained, Jon Lester dominates the opposition and the offense goes off for 14 runs on 20 hits.

Yankees 5, Orioles 3: After a four hour rain delay, the game got started after 11PM Eastern time and ended at 2:15AM, so I’m sure everyone saw this one.  Francisco Cervelli hit the tie-breaking homer in the seventh. Some fans reached for it and Buck Showalter argued that it shouldn’t have been a home run, but replay didn’t bear him out and Joe West was unavailable to be patched in so he could call it, I dunno, catcher’s interference or whatever struck his fancy.

Rangers 8, Rays 0: C.J. Wilson with the five-hit shutout. And as soon as the game ended my Twitter feed blew up with Yankees fans talking about what he’ll look like in pinstripes next season. To be fair, though, that seems fairly inevitable, so I’ll withhold the charges of Yankee fan covetousness this time around.

Mariners 2, Angels 1: King Felix wins his 14th after outdueling Ervin Santana. Eight innings pitched without an earned run for Hernandez.

Dodgers 7, Nationals 3: Stephen Strasburg was excellent in his first game back –he allowed only two hits over five scoreless innings while striking out four and walking no one and leaving the game with a 3-0 lead — but the bullpen frittered the game away. Four driven in for Andre Ethier.

White Sox 3, Twins 0: Minnesota’s offensive ineptitude — or, if you’re a glass-is-half-full-kind-of-guy, Chicago’s pitching eptitude — is quite stunning. The Twins have scored two runs in three games against the Sox and have lost four in a row overall. Oh, and they’re now mathematically eliminated. Actually, I think the Tigers win over Cleveland eliminated them first, but I have to check the times the games ended.  Pretty sure it was Detroit who knocked ’em out, though.

Tigers 10, Indians 1: Speaking of the Tigers, they continue to build their lead. It remains eight over Chicago but is now eight and a half over Cleveland. This was a thrashing. It was 8-0 before Cleveland even came to bat in the second inning. The rest was extended epilogue.

Phillies 6, Braves 3: The 90th win of the season for Philly.  Raul Ibanez went 3 for 4 with three driven in.  Vance Worley wins again. The team has won the last 14 of his starts. He’s gotta be the fourth starter in the playoffs, right? I mean, Cholly isn’t going to simply give the ball to Oswalt because he’s got some gray hairs near his temples, right?

Cardinals 4, Brewers 2: Milwaukee outhit St. Louis 10-9, but ever since that rule change we count runs for purposes of determining a game’s winner, not hits.

Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 3: Your standard seven-run-rally-with-two-outs-in-the-eighth-inning affair.

Giants 6, Padres 4: And San Francisco gains a game thanks in part to rookie Brett Pill, who homered in his first game, and rookie Eric Surkamp, who won his major league game.  Because they’re not creaky and 35, however, Pill will probably be benched today and Surkamp skipped his next turn through.

Astros 4, Pirates 1: Another rainy, gloomy day in Pittsburgh sees Brett Myers get his first win since mid-June.

Royals 7, Athletics 4: Danny Duffy allowed four hits and struck out four. He walked three, all of whom scored, so let that be a lesson to you kids out there. Jeff Francoeur and Eric Hosmer went yard.

Reds 4, Cubs 2: Mike Leake had a shutout through eight and two-thirds when the Cubs rallied for two runs off him courtesy of a Starlin Castro single and a Bryan LaHair homer. And it’s not like Leake ran out of gas or something, as he ended up finishing the ninth with only 91 pitches thrown. Oh well, feces occurs.  Joey Votto bailed the Redlegs out with a two-run double in the 13th inning.

Mets 7, Marlins 4: Losing two-run leads in the bottom of the ninth is the new black. Reds did it and so too did the Mets.  Dealing with it and winning the game in extra innings anyway is a nice little accessory for that new black. Three RBI for Nick Evans, including what proved to be the game-winner in the 12th inning.

Report: Phillies close to signing Joaquin Benoit

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 15, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.

Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.

Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.

The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.

Report: The new collective bargaining agreement reduces players’ meal money

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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ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.

Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.

Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.

EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.