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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights


I’ll preface all of this by saying that I felt like I needed a break from watching baseball last night so rather than turn on any games I watched “Billy Madison” for the 100th time. Fact: the kids from Miss Lippy’s class are now 26-years-old. Now that that’s out of the way, on to the scores.

Dodgers 5, White Sox 2: Clayton Kershaw didn’t allow any hits for the first three innings, then gave up a two-run homer to the now-recovered and returned Jose Abreu, then settled back down and gave up no more runs the rest of the way while striking out nine.

Indians 3, Red Sox 2: The Red Sox’ winning streak is over thanks to seven shutout innings and ten strikeouts from Justin Masterson. Masterson had one start and a 0.00 ERA in March and now has one start and a 0.00 ERA in June. April and May were tire fires, but those one start months are pretty awesome for him.

Mets 11, Phillies 2: Hey there, Wilmer Flores. His first homer — and only his second big league homer ever — was a grand slam and he drove in six runs in all. Bartolo Colon posted his third straight strong start in a row. With the makeup game added this was a five-game series. The Mets won four.

Mariners 10, Yankees 2: Felix Hernandez improves to 8-1 with seven strong innings. David Phelps was touched for six runs in six and Alfredo Aceves gave up four runs in mopup duty. In the meantime Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager each drove in three. The Yankees have dropped four of the past six games

Marlins 3, Rays 1: Randy Wolf picks up his first win since 2012. The Rays have lost seven straight and now have the worst record in the American League.

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Brewers 6, Twins 2: Matt Garza took a shutout into the seventh and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer. Reynolds is on pace for 36 homers while hitting .208 and posting an OBP below .300. In other words, he continues to be Mark Reynolds.

Royals 6, Cardinals 0: The Missouri teams traded zeros until the seventh. Problem was that while the Royals quit that game, the Cardinals kept up with it and ended up being shut out. It was the Cardinals’ fifth loss in six games and second shutout in a row.

Pirates 10, Padres 3: It was a four hour, four minute game in which the home team surrendered ten runs and was forced to throw 249 pitches. In only nine innings! How many souls do you figure were left in Petco by the time the thing ended? A few dozen? Jordy Mercer homered and had four hits. Neil Walker had three hits and three driven in. Padres pitchers surrendered 16 hits in all.

MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - MARCH 13:  A fan flies the Dominican Republic flag during the game against Cuba during Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic on March 13, 2006 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to  skip the showcase in protest over Major League Baseball’s push to implement an international draft.

The kicker: Major League Baseball explored bringing in lesser prospects to serve as replacement players for the showcase. MLB, you might recall, has a poor track record of getting replacement workers to fill in for picketing players.

As Badler noted recently, the international draft proposed by Major League Baseball is, despite whatever MLB says, all about paying international players less money. From the Players Union’s perspective, it’s all about selling out amateur players to the supposed benefit of current union members. The allegedly altruistic justifications for the draft simply don’t hold water.

They certainly don’t fool the Dominican players who, even if they are ultimately powerless to stop MLB from stripping them of their bargaining power, will not give it up quietly.

World Series Reset: Cubs vs. Indians Game 2

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 24:  Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians throws during Media Day workouts for the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 24, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
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The Game: Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians, World Series Game 2
The Time: 7:00 PM EDT
The Place: Progressive Field, Cleveland
The Channel: FOX
The Starters: Jake Arrieta (Cubs) vs. Trevor Bauer (Indians)

The Upshot:

We get going an hour earlier tonight due to the threat of rain. As of now, that still looks like it will be the difference between getting this one in or not, as the chance of rain looks to be a lot higher after a 7pm game would reasonably end:


Still, it’s going to be dicey and the conditions will be less than ideal. It will be especially less-than-idea for Cleveland if the game is delayed early and they have to go to their bullpen earlier than expected tonight. Andrew Miller escaped some jams last night and did his job, but he used a lot of pitches to do it — 46 — and may be pretty limited tonight, if he’s available at all. That puts a lot on Trevor Bauer’s shoulders. Or, actually, his fingers, including the pinky finger on his pitching hand which is full of stitches. Those stitches not holding cost him his ALCS start. Terry Francona is hoping to get a lot more out of his starter tonight. Given how little he has pitched in the playoffs he should have the energy as long as his finger holds up.

As for the Cubs, teams that have lost Game 1 of the World Series are 40-70 and, in recent years, have a worse winning percentage than that, losing it all in 12 of the past 13 years. Eh, not too impressed with that stat as it doesn’t actually deal with the series at hand. At hand, the Cubs have superior starters set to go in each of the next two games, starting tonight with Jake Arrieta. He’s not been fantastic in the playoffs this year, but he’s capable of dominating a game any time out.

The Cubs figure to have a better night at the plate now that Corey Kluber is out of the way. Particularly a lefty like Anthony Rizzo, who is probably happy to see Bauer. Jason Heyward will likely be back in the lineup as well. They had better have a better night. Being down 1-0 is not a death sentence in the World Series, even if it has looked like one recently. Being down 2-0 is not something Chicago wants to chance.