New York Mets v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Mets 4, Braves 3; Mets 6, Braves 1: New York Mets fans are hoping this is a glimpse of the future. Matt Harvey dominating in one game, Zack Wheeler dominating in the next. And, worth noting, Dillion Gee dominating in the game before those even if they did lose in the end. There’s so much misery in being a Mets fan in recent years. And even at the best of times Mets fans tend to skew pessimistic. But this is real hope. Real excitement. One legitimate ace and another in training who can form the basis of the next great Mets team.

Red Sox 5, Rays 1; Red Sox 3, Rays 1: Not quite as auspicious a debut for Wil Myers, who went 1 for 7 with a couple of strikeouts in the twin bill. The first game — a rescheduled rainout — included a three-hour rain delay. It also included David Ortiz driving in three. Jonny Gomes won the nightcap with a two-run walkoff homer. Tough no-decision for Feliz Dubront, who shut the Rays out for eight before Andrew Bailey allowed a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth.

Phillies 4, Nationals 2: Cliff Lee pitched eight strong innings for his ninth win. Ryan Howard was 1 for 2 with a sac fly and a triple. He’s been heating up. Three doubles for Michael Young. Carlos Ruiz was 1 for 3 in his first game back off the DL. The Phillies are now tied with Washington for second place.

Pirates 4, Reds 0: Reds pitchers struck out 17 Pirates batters. Pirates pitchers allowed zero runs. Advantage: Pirates pitchers, who were more democratic and less fascist, apparently. All the Pirates runs came on singles.

Indians 4, Royals 3: Three runs in the eighth brought the Indians from behind. A base running mistake in the ninth kept the Royals from tying it back up, despite the fact that they got three singles and a walk that inning. David Lough coulda and maybe woulda scored, but his third base coach had a stop sign up, Lough hesitated in no-man’s land and got caught in a rundown. It ended with both him and Mike Moustakas on third base and Vinnie Pestano tagging everyone in sight because even major leaguers forget sometimes that the lead runner has a right to the base he just passed.

Blue Jays 8, Rockies 3: That’s seven straight for the Jays. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer while J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis hit back-to-back homers.

Orioles 5, Tigers 2: J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones each hit homers off Justin Verlander. My daughter, wanting to brush up on her new skill, scored the first half of this game. At one point she and her brother had a big laugh calling Hardy “J.J. Farty.” I bet he’s never heard that one.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 2: Jeff Samardzija pitched into the ninth inning, outdueling Adam Wainwright, who dug himself a 4-0 hole in the first from which he couldn’t recover.

Athletics 6, Rangers 2: Brandon Moss and John Jaso homered, Jarrod Parker went seven scoreless innings as the A’s continued to beat Yu Darvish on the regs.

Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2: The Dbacks snap a four-game losing streak via a Paul Goldschmidt homer in the ninth. Kirk Gibson, speaking to Cliff Pennington right before Goldschmidt’s homer: “I just said to Penny, ‘Let’s have another Goldy party,’ and then he hit it.'” Not sure I like the sound of “Goldy Party.” That could be any number of things, most of them awful.

Giants 5, Padres 4: Juan Perez hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth and helped snap the Padres seven game win streak. Perez is 8 for 19 with four outfield assists since being called up by the Giants to replace the injured Angel Pagan.

Twins 7, White Sox 5: One of several games with see-sawing leads and late runs deciding it. Here Ryan Doumit’s eighth inning double.

Astros 10, Brewers 1: Matt Dominguez hit a grand slam and a sac fly to account for his five-RBI night. The sac fly was pretty darn close to being a grand slam itself. The Astros have won five of six, scoring 27 runs in that span.

Mariners 3, Angels 2: Kendrys Morales haunts his old team with an RBI single in the tenth to put the M’s ahead for good. Josh Hamilton had five at bats: he grounded into double plays his first three times up and struck out his next two times up. That’s really something.

Dodgers vs. Yankees: POSTPONED: As a man I ain’t never been much for sunny days. I’m as calm as a fruit stand in New York and maybe as strange. But when the color goes out of my eyes its usually the change. But damn Sam I love a woman that rains.

Sean Doolittle: “Refugees aren’t stealing a slice of the pie from Americans.”

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 25:  Sean Doolittle #62 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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In the past, we’ve commented on Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend Eireann Dolan’s community service. In 2015, the pair hosted Syrian refugee families for Thanksgiving and their other charitable efforts have included LGBTQ outreach and help for veterans.

Athletes and their significant others have typically avoided stepping into political waters, but Doolittle and Dolan have shown that it’s clearly no concern to them. In the time since, the Syrian refugee issue has become even more of a hot-button issue and Doolittle recently discussed it with Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

I think America is the best country in the world because we’ve been able to attract the best and brightest people from all over the world. We have the smartest doctors and scientists, the most creative and innovative thinkers. A travel ban like this puts that in serious jeopardy.

I’ve always thought that all boats rise with the tide. Refugees aren’t stealing a slice of the pie from Americans. But if we include them, we can make the pie that much bigger, thus ensuring more opportunities for everyone.

Doolittle, of course, is referring to Executive Order 13769 signed by President Trump which sought to limit incoming travel to the United States from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. A temporary restraining order on the executive order was placed on February 3, a result of State of Washington v. Trump.

Doolittle spoke more about the plight refugees face:

These are people fleeing civil wars, violence and oppression that we can’t even begin to relate to. I think people think refugees just kind of decide to come over. They might not realize it takes 18-24 months while they wait in a refugee camp. They go through more than 20 background checks and meetings with immigration officers. They are being vetted.

They come here, and they want to contribute to society. They’re so grateful to be out of a war zone or whatever they were running from in their country that they get jobs, their kids go to our schools, they’re paying taxes, and in a lot of cases, they join our military.

Around this time last year, Craig wrote about Doolittle and Dolan not sticking to baseball. They’re still not, nor should they be. Hopefully, the duo’s outspokenness inspires other players and their loved ones to speak up for what’s right.

[Hat tip: Deadspin’s Hannah Keyser]

Russell Martin is not a fan of the automatic intentional walk

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 15:  Russell Martin #55 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after being struck out in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians during game two of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field on October 15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, it was announced that Major League Baseball instituted a new rule allowing for a dugout signal in order to issue an intentional walk rather than having the pitcher throw four pitches wide of the strike zone. It’s commissioner Rob Manfred’s attempt to help improve the game’s pace of play.

As Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is certainly not a fan of the change.

My thing is, if they really want to speed up the game, then when a guy hits a home run, to speed up the game should a guy, just like in softball, when he hits it, should he just walk to the dugout? It’d be quicker. I’m just wondering, at what point do we just keep the game, the game? Or, how about this calculation: take all the intentional walks that were made in the last couple years and calculate – or maybe just ask to see if they have that information, to see if they really did their homework. Is it really that important to speed up the game (with this rule)? Because how many games did we play last year where we didn’t have one intentional walk? That’s something I’d like to know.

Martin also expressed concern that eliminating the four-pitch intentional walk will hurt teams’ ability to buy time for their relievers to warm up.

It’s called getting your bullpen ready so the guy doesn’t blow out his arm on the mound. Speed up the game, speed up the game.’ How about we just give guys – the human being – time to warm up on the mound after maybe something’s happened in the game? I’m not a manager, but I’m just trying to put myself in the position of a manager. OK, we’re up by one run or two runs and our bullpen’s been taxed and we’re trying to save their arms, and then the other team walks, ball gets away, guy gets to second base. When the coach visits the mound to talk to his player, it’s not like the player necessarily needs somebody to talk to him.

It’s because the guy (in the bullpen) needs time to warm up, man. It’s the same thing when you throw over to first base, like, eight times in a row. It’s not like we’re trying to keep the guy close. The guy maybe has two stolen bases in 18 years. It’s because the guy needs time to warm up. At what point does that become a problem with guys warming up in the bullpen? Sometimes it’s just strategy to give guys a little bit of time to warm up.

The Jays’ backstop then said he’d prefer if Manfred were honest about the intent behind this rule change and others which have been proposed. Martin said, “Save it. I’m tired of hearing that same lame excuse all the time. Just be honest. If they’re honest about it, we’ll get over it. But don’t hide behind the fans.”

We should be hearing from a handful of players about the new intentional walk rule in the coming days. I can’t imagine the rule is very popular among the players.