Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Phillies 7, Marlins 3: John Mayberry had a walkoff grand slam. Probably good that the Phillies won this one. After a brutally bad call by Bob Davidson in the bottom of the eighth on a Ben Revere takeout slide, the crowd didn’t stop letting the umps hear it. Apparently none of the tens of thousands in the ballpark appreciate the human element. Pity.

Red Sox 17, Rangers 5: Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast. The Red Sox scored in each of the first seven innings, including six in the second. Brick killed a guy. There were horses and a man on fire. He killed a man with a trident.

Nationals 3, Mets 2: Danny Espinosa was put on the DL and Davey Johnson wrote in Steve Lombardozzi’s name at second base. Lombardozzi hits a walkoff sac-fly to complete the Nats’ come-from-behind victory. Amazing how much easier this game is when you don’t try to play it with players who have broken bones and torn shoulders.

Yankees 4, Indians 3: Mark Teixeira homers for the second straight night. David Phelps with six shutout innings. After the game Joe Girardi called Teixeira “an RBI machine.” It’s awesome that Teixeira’s so talented that he can make those baserunners get on before him like that. Unless, perhaps, in the past two nights he has simply been a home run machine and the RBIs had a lot to do with his teammates doing well in front of him.

Tigers 10, Rays 1: Prince Fielder drove in four and Matt Moore took his first loss of the season. It was a three days rest sort of thing for Moore. I say “sort of thing” because he pitched one inning in his last outing, which was cut short due to rain. You have to wonder if it messed with his chi.

Braves 5, Pirates 4: Andrelton Simmons showed his stick in this one. More so than usual. A 3 for 5 day including a walkoff double.

Rockies 5, Reds 4: Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer in the eighth to put the Rockies ahead for good. It took an umpire’s review to make it so — they initially ruled it was fan interference and thus a double — but they got the call right a minute later. More failure to trust the human element. Sigh.

Twins 3, Royals 0: Sam Deduno and four relievers combine to shut out Kansas City. This was the Royals’ 11th straight home loss. George Brett would be better off having Dayton Moore activate him than try to teach these chipwiches how to hit. The Twins have won seven of eight. I don’t think it’ll last, but for now they’re only four and a half back of the Tigers.

Brewers 4, Athletics 3: The Brewers were down 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth, scored three off Sean Doolittle, who really lived up to his name, and then won it on a Yuniesky Betancourt double in the tenth.

Orioles 4, Astros 1: All good things, and the Astros win streak was a very good thing, must come to an end. Chris Tillman allowed one run and struck out eight in seven innings.

Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 6: The Diamondbacks beat up on Michael Wacha, the Cardinals came back by beating up on Tyler Skaggs and the Dbacks’ pen, and then after 14 innings Paul Goldschmidt won it for Arizona with an RBI single. The Cards have lost all of their extra innings games this year.

Angels 4, Cubs 3: A two-run homer for Albert Pujols in the seventh brings the Angels back from behind. El Hombre — remember when we used to call him that? — drove in three in all.

Dodgers 9, Padres 7: Yasiel Puig’s coming out party continued into its second day, with the large rookie hitting two homers and driving in five. He also committed a throwing error which helped give the Padres the lead early, but let’s leave that one aside for now since it came out in the wash.

Mariners 7, White Sox 4: Raul Ibanez homered and drove in four and the M’s actually gave Felix Hernandez some run support. There was a time when Hernandez would give up four runs like he did here and never hope to win. That time, to be fair, was all the time up to yesterday just before game time. But he’ll definitely take the runs.

Giants 2, Blue Jays 1: Something approaching vintage Tim Lincecum, as The Freak — remember when we used to call him that? — allowed one run over seven. All the scoring in this one was over by the second inning and the game lasted a cool, crisp two hours, sixteen minutes.

It’s OK to not like someone on the team you root for

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates as he arrives home after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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There were a series of interesting comments to the Yadier Molina story this morning. The first commenter, a Cardinals fan, said he’s never really cared for Molina. Other Cardinals fans took issue with that, wondering how on Earth a Cardinals fan could not like Yadi.

While I’ll grant that Molina is a particularly popular member of the Cardinals, while I personally like his game and his overall persona, and while I can’t recall ever meeting a Cards fan who didn’t like him, why is it inconceivable that someone may not?

Whether you “like” a player is an inherently subjective thing. You can like players who aren’t good at baseball. You can dislike ones who are. You can like a player’s game who, as a person, seems like a not great guy. You can dislike a player’s game or his personality for any reason as well. It’s no different than liking a type of music or food or a type of clothing. Baseball players, to the fans anyway, are something of an aesthetic package. They can please us or not. We can choose to separate the art from the artist, as it were, and ignore off-the-field stuff or give extra credit for the off-the-field stuff. Dowhatchalike.

No matter what the basis is, “liking” a player on your favorite team is up to one person: you. And, as I’ve written elsewhere recently, someone not liking something you like does not give you license to be a jackass about it.

A-Rod’s mansion is featured in Architectural Digest

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For a couple of years people worried if A-Rod would sully the Yankees Superior Brand. Given how they’re playing these days I wonder if A-Rod should be more worried about the Yankees sullying his brand.

He resurrected his baseball career last year. He’s cultivated a successful corporate identity. He’s in a relationship with a leading Silicon Valley figure. It’s all aces. And now it’s total class, as his home is featured in the latest issue of Architectural Digest:

Erected over the course of a year, the 11,000-square-foot retreat is a showstopper, with sleek forms and striking overhangs that riff on midcentury modernism, in particular the iconic villas found at Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills. Unlike Rodriguez’s previous Florida home, the Coral Gables house is laid out on just one story so the interiors would connect directly to the grounds. Says Choeff, “Alex wanted to accentuate the indoor-outdoor feel.”

There are a lot of photos there.

I don’t think I have much in common with Alex Rodriguez on any conceivable level, but I do like his taste in architecture and design. I’m all about the midcentury modernism. Just wish I had the paycheck to be more about it like my man A-Rod here.

Video: Yadier Molina does pushups after being brushed back, gets hit

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The best part of this sequence is not that Molina successfully evaded an inside pitch or that, in doing so, he hit the dirt and did some pushups. It’s not even the part where, after that, het got back up and knocked a single to left field.

No, the best part is the applause from the crowd. Very respectful fan base in St. Louis. They’d even applaud an opposing player who showed such a great work ethic. Or so I’m told.

 

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton are engaged

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, left, and model Kate Upton pose for a photograph during second half NBA All-Star Game basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Justin Verlander and Kate Upton have been a couple for a long time. And dudes like me have been writing about them for a long time because, well, Justin Verlander and Kate Upton.

They’ve fallen a bit off the radar in recent years thanks to Verlander taking a step back from Cy Young contender status and Upton’s profile likewise receding a bit, but if anything that probably helped things out given how hard it probably is to live a life with paparazzi hovering every time you want to out and get a burger or something.

In any event, those two crazy kids have made it work. Made it work so well that Verlander gave Upton a big fat rock that she showed off at last night’s Met Ball, which is a fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Check it out:

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When you’re on a $180 million contract you can afford stuff like that, I guess.

Anyway, it looks like Upton enjoyed the fancy, star-studded gala in New York. I’m sure Verlander had a good time on the Tigers’ off-day in Cleveland. There’s a lot to do in Cleveland if you know where to look.