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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.

Justin Verlander: “I’d like to see the AL and NL have the same rules… I vote NL rules.”

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 10:  Starting pitcher Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on August 10, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”

Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:

To that, Archer said:

For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.

Rusney Castillo disappoints again by not running out a routine grounder

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18:  Rusney Castillo #38 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after he was caught off third base for the third out of the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Red Sox inked Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract back in August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.