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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Red Sox 2, Rays 0: Welcome back Clay Buchholz. It’s like you never left. Or at least the early-season version of you never left. Five shutout innings with six strikeouts before making way for a bullpen that was just as stingy. The Red Sox lead in the East is 8.5 games.

Padres 8, Phillies 2: Tyler Cloyd was smacked around for seven runs on nine hits in four innings. Meanwhile, Andrew Cashner limited the Phillies to two runs on four hits and a walk.

Yankees 7, Orioles 5: Homers: Chris Davis with his 49th but Alfonso Soriano had two and Mark Reynolds added one to help the Yankees keep pace in the wild card. Injuries:  Alex Rodriguez tweaked his hamstring, Austin Romine got a concussion and Ivan Nova left early with a sore right triceps. The Bombers limped all season and are now limping to the finish line.

Cubs 9, Reds 1: Edwin Jackson allowed one run in seven innings and hit a homer. Wellington Castillo hit two. I guess you can say the Cubs were [removes sunglasses] … battery powered. [Yeeeeeeahhhhh!!!]

Royals 6, Indians 3: The Indians blew their chance to move within a half game of Tampa Bay in the wild card as they manage nine hits off Mark Jeremy Guthrie (bah, I’m old) but also hit into three double plays behind him. It was the first Royals win in Cleveland in six tries.

Nationals 6, Mets 3: A homer and two doubles for Jayson Werth as the Nats win their fourth in a row. Their run differential is finally at zero. Progress, albeit probably too late.

Angels 12, Blue Jays 6: Five hits — four for extra bases — and five runs scored for Mark Trumbo. Josh Hamilton went 3 for 5 with four RBIs himself.

Braves 4, Marlins 3: Julio Teheran struggled early after a long layoff but settled down. The Braves won this on a walkoff rundown: Craig Kimbrel threw a wild pitch, Marlins pinch-runner Jake Marisnick tried to advance to third, but the ball rebounded right back to Brian McCann who threw Marisnick out. Tough break, kid.

Cardinals 4, Brewers 2: Four wins in a row for the Cards. Wily Peralta took a no-hitter into the sixth but Matt Holliday broke it up with a homer. Shelby Miller continued his mastery of the Brewers. He’s 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts against Milwaukee this year.

Pirates 5, Rangers 4: Pittsburgh keeps pace. Francisco Liriano picks up his 16th win and Andrew McCutchen drives in three. A lot of folks around Pittsburgh thought the Pirates would have a lot of trouble heading into Texas, but so far so good.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3: Pinch hit walkoff homer for Scott Van Slyke in the 11th. Five straight wins by the Dodgers over the Dbacks. That’s how you put an end to the early-season rivalry between the two. And how you win the division with authority. L.A.’s magic number is six.

Tigers 9, White Sox 1: The girlfriend saw it was Rick Porcello pitching, said “eh, Porcello always struggles in Chicago,” and changed the channel to an old “Frasier” episode. It was from 1994. Frasier had an old 386 computer. I realized that watching a 1994 episode of “Frasier” now is like me watching old “Hogan’s Heroes” or “Andy Griffith” episodes when I was in junior high school. The lesson: I’m old. Oh, and Rick Porcello tossed a complete game so it was totally unnecessary to watch “Frasier” anyway. Even though, dudes, it holds up.

Rockies 9, Giants 8: Two homers for Michael Cuddyer, including the tie-breaker in the ninth off Sergio Romo. Cuddyer is now hitting .330 and has a great shot at a batting title. Hunter Pence, meanwhile, drove in six. Given that the Giants scored four runs off Jorge De La Rosa in the first two innings you figured they’d cruise. But a true fact: they play nine innings in baseball.

Twins 4, Athletics 3: Two homers was quite the trend last night. Josh Willingham did it here. The A’s fail to put some distance between them and Texas.

Astros 13, Mariners 2: Houston scored six times in the first three innings then seven times in the final three. Nice bookends.

Seung-Hwan Oh finally receives his work visa, will be on time for Cardinals camp

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At last check, new Cardinals reliever Seung-Hwan Oh was still awaiting a work visa from the United States Embassy in South Korea and there was some worry that he might not be able to arrive on time to spring training in Jupiter, Florida.

But that is now officially a non-story.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Oh has recieved his work visa and is expected to report to Cardinals camp next week along with the rest of the club’s pitchers and catchers. Oh might even show up a bit earlier than the Cardinals originally asked him to, per Goold.

Oh saved 357 games in 11 seasons between Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization before inking a one-year contract with St. Louis this winter. He also registered a stellar 1.81 ERA and 772 strikeouts across 646 total innings in Asia, earning the nickname “The Final Boss.”

Oh is expected to work in a setup role this year for Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal.

John Lamb had back surgery in December, will likely get off to late start in 2016

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John Lamb was part of the Reds’ return package in last July’s Johnny Cueto trade and he had a strong showing at the Triple-A level in 2015. But the young left-hander posted a 5.80 ERA in a 10-start cup of coffee with Cincinnati late last season — his first 10 appearances as a major leaguer — and now comes word from MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon that Lamb will probably have to get off to a late start in 2016.

Lamb underwent surgery in December to repair a herniated disc in his back — a surgery that went unreported by the Reds until Tuesday afternoon. Reds manager Bryan Price acknowledged on MLB Network that Lamb is behind the team’s other starting pitchers and will likely open the coming season on the disabled list. The hope is that he might be ready by mid-April.

It’s a small but frustrating blow for a rebuilding Reds team that will be looking to establish some foundational pieces in 2016. Once he is recovered, Lamb will be expected to fill the Reds’ fifth rotation spot behind Raisel Iglesias, Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan, and Michael Lorenzen.

This is going to be an ugly year for Cincinnati baseball fans.

Yu Darvish will report to spring training on time, hopes to begin mound work in March

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Rangers ace Yu Darvish missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March 17. Most starting pitchers take 13-15 months to fully recover from that procedure, and the Rangers aren’t counting on Darvish until sometime this May.

His rehab so far has gone on without issue.

Darvish offered some very positive updates Tuesday to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram …

Darvish, 29, boasts a 3.27 ERA and 1.196 WHIP in 83 career major league starts. He can also claim a whopping 680 strikeouts in 545 1/3 career major league innings.

Texas has him under contract for $10 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017.

Masahiro Tanaka throws off mound for first time since October elbow surgery

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According to the Associated Press — via Chad Jennings of The Journal News — Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw off a bullpen mound Tuesday for the first time since undergoing a cleanup procedure on his right elbow last October.

The throwing session took place in New York, and Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild later told the media in Tampa that all of the reports he heard were good.

Tanaka might be behind some of the Yankees’ other pitchers when spring training officially begins, but he should be ready for the start of the 2016 regular season.

The 27-year-old native of Japan posted a 3.51 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 139/27 K/BB ratio across 154 innings last season for New York. He owns a 3.16 ERA (123 ERA+) in 290 1/3 innings since becoming a major leaguer in 2014.

Tanaka is still pitching with a partially-torn ligament in his right elbow that could eventually require Tommy John reconstructive surgery. His surgery last October was of the arthroscopic variety and simply removed bone spurs.