Settling the Score: Thursday’s results

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Note: With Craig out of town, we have a “Settling the Score” in place of the usual “And That Happened.” Don’t worry, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Tuesday.

While two teams clinched playoff spots yesterday, the American League Wild Card picture remains a crowded one. The Rangers and Rays will enter the weekend tied for the two Wild Card spots after splitting a four-game series this week. The Indians find themselves just a half-game back (one back in the loss column) following a thrilling win over the Astros in 15 innings last night. While the Orioles lost to the Red Sox last night, they are just two games back and will begin a four-game series against the Rays tonight at Tropicana Field. The Royals were idle yesterday and sit three games back. Meanwhile, the Yankees lost to the Blue Jays yesterday to fall 3 1/2 games behind and appear to be the biggest longshot of the bunch. We might not have a ton of intrigue in most of the other races, but the AL Wild Card should keep us plenty occupied over the next week and a half.

Your Thursday box scores:

Padres 1, Pirates 10

Mariners 4, Tigers 5

Giants 2, Mets 1

Astros 1, Indians 2 (11 innings)

Cubs 5, Brewers 1

Yankees 2, Blue Jays 6

Cardinals 6, Rockies 7 (15 innings)

Orioles 1, Red Sox 3

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 6

Rangers 8, Rays 2

Marlins 2, Nationals 3

Twins 6, Athletics 8

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.