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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.

Video: Gerrit Cole cranks out a three-run home run

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 20:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the third inning against the Colorado Rockies on May 20, 2016 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Pirates starter Gerrit Cole helped his own cause during Thursday afternoon’s 8-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. The right-hander erased a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the second inning, cranking out a three-run home run to left-center field off of lefty Patrick Corbin.

It’s Cole’s second career home run. The other one came on September 7, 2014 off of Cubs pitcher Blake Parker.

Since Cole came into the league in 2013, he is one of only 22 pitchers (min. 100 plate appearances) with above-average production at the plate, going by FanGraphs’ wRC+ stat.

As for the pitching, Cole went five innings in a no-decision against the D-Backs, yielding an unearned run on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts. On the year, he’s 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA and a 44/16 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings.

Rougned Odor’s suspension reduced to seven games

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 23: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers fields a ground ball hit by C.J. Cron #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  in the fifth inning at Global Life Park on May 23, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball has reduced Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor‘s eight-game suspension by one game to seven, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports. Odor will begin serving the suspension on Friday, and the Rangers are expected to call up infielder Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Odor, per MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan.

Odor landed a right cross on the face of Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista in a series finale between the two teams on May 15. Bautista, who had been hit in the ribs by a Matt Bush fastball, slid in late and hard to Odor in an attempt to break up a ground ball double play attempt. Odor didn’t take kindly to Bautista’s slide. After Odor swung at Bautista, the benches emptied.

Bautista had his appeal hearing on Thursday morning. A decision on his case, a one-game suspension, isn’t expected to be made for another day or two.

Profar, 23, has hit .284/.356/.426 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 189 plate appearances at Round Rock this season.

Braves’ Hector Olivera suspended 82 games for domestic violence

Atlanta Braves' Hector Olivera heads to first base after hitting a double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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Major League Baseball just announced that Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has been suspended through August 1, 2016 for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. The suspension is retroactive to April 30, making this an 82 game suspension. Olivera has been on paid leave since his arrest and will be required to return salary earned during that time.

Olivera was arrested early on April 13 after assaulting a woman at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Arlington, Virginia while the Braves were in town for a series against the Washington Nationals. The victim told police that she had been assaulted by Olivera. Police say the victim had bruises and was transported to a hospital. Olivera was at the hotel and taken into police custody.

Olivera had played in five games before the incident and was slated to be the Braves’ regular left fielder this season. There is little if any reason to believe he’ll feature in the Braves future for long after his suspension is served. Atlanta reportedly tried to trade him after his arrest, but there were understandably no takers. Olivera is in the second year of a six-year, $62.5 million contract.

Commissioner Manfred said in a statement today that, in addition to his suspension, “Mr. Olivera has also agreed to make a significant charitable contribution to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.”

Report: Chase Utley’s family received death threats from Mets fans after controversial slide

DENVER, CO - APRIL 22:  Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warms up onthe on deck circle as he prepares to take an at bat against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 22, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 7-5. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Even before Chase Utley broke former Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada‘s leg with a slide during the playoffs last year, the second baseman was persona non grata in New York. Utley, playing for the rival Phillies, made the right field corner his — literally — with his performance at Citi Field. He was booed during his introduction at Yankee Stadium before the 2009 All-Star Game, prompting him to say audibly, “Boo? F— you.”

The slide put New York’s hatred of Utley into overdrive. Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that after Utley broke Tejada’s leg, his family received death threats from angry Mets fans. In order to protect himself and his family, Utley didn’t stay at the team hotel after Game 2 of the NLDS.

His teammate, Clayton Kershaw, wasn’t happy with the way Utley was treated. He said, “Chase was playing the game the way he’s always played. Obviously you never want anybody to get hurt. The game being in the playoffs, and all that stuff, magnified everything. But there’s been a whole lot of slides a lot worse than that over the course of baseball [history] . . . Some of the stuff he had to go through, it wasn’t fair.”

The Mets host the Dodgers for a three-game series beginning on Friday. As McCullough notes, the two clubs didn’t get into any retaliation business when they played each other in Los Angeles earlier this month.