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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Diamondbacks 4, Marlins 3: Tied 1-1 into the tenth and the Marlins put up two in the top of the inning. The Dbacks rallied, though, with Paul Goldschmidt hitting a walkoff two-run double.

Angels 8, Blue Jays 7: Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh. The Angels’ pen did a nice job of picking up C.J. Wilson who gave up six runs (some unearned) and couldn’t make it out of the fourth.

Tigers 4, Dodgers 1: No Miguel Cabrera, no Victor Martinez, no problem. Max Scherzer stymied the Dodgers. Some sweet defense helped too, as the Dodgers’ first inning threat was put down by Eugenio Suarez caught Yasiel Puig napping and third and nailed him with a snap throw and Rajai Davis made a sliding catch in left.

Mets 4, Braves 1: Dillion Gee gave up one run over seven innings in his first start in two months. The Braves have now lost four straight following a nine-game winning streak to fall out of first place.

Rockies 6, Padres 3: Two homers for Tulo. Five homers overall for Colorado. The Padres seeing that kind of offensive outburst had to be like a caveman being transported to the 21st century in a time machine and seeing modern technology.

Twins 8, Mariners 1: The Twins scored eight runs by the time the fourth inning was over. According to the game story, the Twins players wanted to keep scoring: “We had guys screaming in the dugout, `It’s not illegal to score 10 runs!’ manager Ron Gardenhire said.” It’s a shame no one told them about the Restoring Pitching Act of 2013, which was passed in a bipartisan fashion. You’ll note that no one violated that law last night.

Astros 8, Rangers 4: The Astros sweep the Rangers and have moved past them into fourth place in the AL West, at least by percentage points. Robbie Grossman and George Springer homered for the Astros.

Giants 5, Athletics 2: San Francisco finally takes one from Oakland as the series moves to the west side of the bay. Jason Hammel takes the loss in his A’s debut.

Royals 5, Rays 4: Sal Perez brought K.C. back with a three-run homer in the ninth. The Royals now have a four game series against Detroit at home to take them into the break. They’re four and a half back of the Tigers. Pretty big stuff here.

Phillies 4 ,Brewers 1: Not a great time for the Brewers to drop three in a row to the lowly Phillies. Their lead in the Central is now down to two over the Cardinals and two and a half over the surging Reds.

Cardinals 5, Pirates 2: No walkoff win this time, but still a win. Bad news, though, as Yadier Molina sprained his right thumb and had to have an MRI after the game. The results should be known this morning. They really can’t afford to lose him.

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Red Sox 5, White Sox 4: Sox win. Boston was down 4-0 in the eighth when Chris Sale got chased, but then rallied for five runs over the final two innings. One of Sale’s runners scored and then the White Sox pen couldn’t lock it down in the ninth. Daniel Nave and Brock Holt had the big hits in the ninth.

Nationals 6, Orioles 2: Doug Fister allowed two runs over seven innings and Washington hit three solo homers.

Reds 4, Cubs 1: A win, but a costly one for Cincy as they lose Billy Hamilton to a tweaked hamstring and as they watched Brandon Phillips roll over his left hand while attempting to make a play on an Anthony Rizzo grounder in the top of the eighth. Not great as the Pirates loom this weekend.

Yankees 5, Indians 4: Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-out homer in the 14th inning caps a long, otherwise bad day for the Yankees. I mean, Masahiro Tanaka is apparently dead (source: rumors) and Carlos Beltran broke his nose during batting practice. Losing this game wouldn’t have been the worst thing that happened all day, but still.

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.