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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Marlins 13, Mets 0: Well, that one got out of hand. Chris Young was beaten like a red headed stepchild (can we still say that?), allowing two homers and four RBI to Giancarlo Stanton and a mess of runs to everyone else. Jose Reyes extends his hitting streak to 26 games.

Giants 15, Cardinals 0: This one got even more out of hand. Marco Scutaro drove in seven, hitting a grand slam, doubling in a couple and singling in one. Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven scoreless, but it was kinda unnecessary.

Padres 2, Cubs 0: Clayton Richard shut the Cubs out on five hits. The Cubs now own the longest losing streak in the game at eight.

Brewers 3, Reds 2: Ryan Braun was 0 for his last 18 before he hit the game winning RBI double in the eighth. In other news I almost wrote “Russell Brand” instead of Ryan Braun. Man that would have been a different ballgame.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 2: Maybe this game was just boring, but all the various game stories I’ve read seem to want to talk about how that this win clinched the 16th straight home series win by the Rays over the Blue Jays which fails the interesting factoid test for me in that it’s neither independently interesting — it doesn’t make you say “aw, neat!” — and it has zero predictive value.

Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 6: Neil Walker homered and drove in five. I thought a month or two ago that the Pirates would not be for real if Andrew McCutchen was the only legitimate offensive threat. Well, he’s not that anymore. Walker has been tough stuff.

Nationals 4, Astros 3: Of their four runs, only two were technically driven in and both of them came from the bat of Gio Gonzalez, who hit a two run homer. The others: on a balk and on an error. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Houston Astros.

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Where in the hell did that come from, Jeremy Guthrie? Eight shutout innings with zero walks and six strikeouts.

Braves 12, Phillies 6: Neither starter had anything — Tim Hudson and Kyle Kendrick were both touched for six runs — and it was six-all in the seventh when Dan Uggla hit a bases clearing double and another run scored on an error. Oh, and David Ross stole a base. It was his first in 636 career games. Even without the stolen base, he’s easily baseball’s best backup catcher over the past four years. No question about it, right?

Yankees 12, Tigers 8: The Tigers lost for the first time in six games thanks in part to Curtis Granderson driving in four. It wasn’t easy for the Yankees, though. They had a 7-0 lead which the Tigers closed to 8-7 by the seventh inning. The Yankees rapped out 18 hits and scored their 12 runs on the back of only one homer, so that should make “the Yankees are too home run-dependent” crowd shut up a bit.

Orioles 9, Mariners 2: Steve Johnson made his first major league start. And he struck out nine over six innings for the win. Matt Wieters went 2 for 5 and drove in five for his second straight big game.

Athletics 9, Angels 8: The Angels hit five home runs — two by Kendrys Morales — but they weren’t enough because LaTroy Hawkins and Zack Greinke got rocked. A’s closer Ryan Cook’s explanation for the A’s success: “It’s chemistry, man.” Not enough facepalms in the world.

Rangers 10, Red Sox 9: Josh Hamilton homered and had four RBI. Josh Beckett gave up a season-high eight runs on eight hits, three of which were homers. Someone tell me if he’s hurt or if he just sucks, because I can’t decide if I should boo him or not.

Indians 6, Twins 2: I wrote this up yesterday, but suffice it to say, the streak ends at 11.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 4: Eric Young hit an inside the park homer. Cool. Matt Kemp answered with a more traditional homer, this of the three run variety. I’m sure he was far less tired after that than Young was. Matt Treanor was 0 for 3, but he’s the only one in the game whose wife won a gold medal in the Olympics yesterday, so he can be excused.

Indians sign Brandon Guyer to a two-year extension

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  Brandon Guyer #6 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates Rajai Davis #20 two-run home run during the eighth inning to tie the game 6-6 against the Chicago Cubs in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Indians and outfielder Brandon Guyer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $5 million contract with a club option for 2019.

The Indians acquired Guyer from the Rays at last year’s trade deadline. After coming to Cleveland he posted a line of .333/.438/.469 in 38 games. He’s a .262/.349/.402 hitter over 344 games in five seasons in the bigs. He has led the league in being hit by pitches for the past two seasons, getting plunked 24 times in 2015 and 31 times in 2016. He went 6-for-18 with four walks and two HBPs in the playoffs for Cleveland. The man will work to get on base, my friends. And he can play all three outfield positions.

Nice signing.

Sarasota County to build the Braves a new spring training facility

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The Braves have trained at Walt Disney World for several years. The lease is up, however, and they’ve been on the hunt for a new facility for some time. Disney is just too geographically remote from most of the Grapefruit League facilities so they’ve looked on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts for some time.

Their search appears to be over, however, as they have reached an agreement to move to Sarasota:

The Atlanta Braves formally plan to move the team’s spring training home to North Port in 2019, the team and Sarasota County announced Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement set the stage for final negotiations this spring on a contract to bring the Major League Baseball team to a new complex in the West Villages district just south of West Villages Parkway and U.S. 41, near the State College of Florida campus in North Port.

It’ll be a $75-$80 million complex on 70 acres. The story says it’s envisioned to anchor a “town center” commercial and residential district. If anyone has ever been to a spring training facility, however, one knows how ridiculous such an idea is. There is nothing more geographically un-centered and dispersed than a spring training facility. It’s a sea of open fields which private citizens generally cannot access and large parking lots. These facilities typically require major arteries, not quaint town streets, for reasonable access. The best any facilities do to integrate with surrounding communities can be seen in Fort Myers with the Twins and in Surprise, Arizona with the Rangers and Royals, where the facilities are part of larger community parks and recreation centers. That’s OK, and certainly better than nothing, but they’re not the anchors of the vibrant live/work/shop developments like the Braves and Sarasota are describing here.

But of course everyone involved has to say that, because selling such facilities as the engine of pie-in-the-sky development is a key part of making the large expenditure of public funds seem more palatable. And yes, there will be a big expenditure of public funds here: the Braves will be getting $56 million in taxpayer subsidies for the new place, some from the state, some from the county. The amount from the county, by the way, is calculated to fall just below the threshold required for a public vote on the expenditure. The Braves have always been blessed with the ability to avoid public votes for their corporate welfare, of course.

One wonders how many other wealthy private businesses owned by multinational corporations get tens of millions in tax dollars to build employee training centers. Not many, I’m sure. The Braves always seem to luck out in this regard, however.