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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Yankees 5, Red Sox 4: A walkoff solo shot for Chase Headley. This after Mark Teixeira hit a tying homer earlier in the inning. The Yankees late rally negated a two-home run night for David Ortiz. Well, it didn’t negate it — the homers still technically count — but it did render them blasts in a losing effort.

Cardinals 3, Brewers 2:Making his first start since June 17, Michael Wacha allowed one run over three innings at which point it turned into a bullpen game for the Cards. And the pen did just fine. That’s five straight wins for St. Louis, which opens up a four–game lead in the division. That’s nine straight losses for the Brewers, who fall into a tie with the Braves for the second wild card.

Orioles 9, Reds 7: The Orioles sweep the Reds. It wasn’t as easy as it should’ve been given that the Orioles leapt out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, only to see the Reds catch up later, but a W is a W. The Reds, despite gamely tying it, are playing out the string of course. Their starting lineup contained five September call-ups.

Diamondbacks 5, Padres 1: Randall Delgado and four relievers combined for a four-hitter. I didn’t check the box score, but I can only assume so many relievers were needed because Delgado was notified during the game that he’s finally been served with his suspension for intentionally hitting Andrew McCutchen last month. I mean, that discipline has to come eventually, right?

Tigers 11, Indians 4: The Tigers blew a 4-0 lead but blew it wide open in the 11th with a seven-run inning. Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run single and Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer as 11 men went to the plate in the 11th. Detroit took three of four from a Cleveland team that had a chance to make some noise if they did well in this series. Now the Tribe finds itself five games back in the wild card, behind even New York and Toronto.

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Blue Jays 1, Rays 0: Colby Rasmus, a day after complaining about his lack of playing time, hits a pinch-hit homer in the tenth to break the 0-0 tie as the Jays sweep. Mark Buehrle got the no-decision but tossed eight shutout innings. That’s five straight wins for the Jays overall, who are still in the playoff conversation.

Mariners 10, Rangers 2: Robinson Cano knocked in four as the M’s keep pace with the Tigers. The Rangers have now been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. The Mariners are a half game out of the second wild card.

Angels 5, Twins 4: David Freese had two doubles and an RBI and Chris Iannetta had a pinch-hit sac fly in the ninth to put the Angels up for good. Josh Hamilton had to leave the game with a sore shoulder and will probably sit out tonight.

There will be no criminal charges arising out of Curt Schilling’s video game debacle

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In 2012, Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios delivered the fantasy role-playing game it had spent millions of dollars and countless man hours trying to deliver. And then the company folded, leaving both its employees and Rhode Island taxpayers, who underwrote much of the company’s operations via $75 million in loans, holding the bag.

The fallout to 38 Studios’ demise was more than what you see in your average business debacle. Rhode Island accused Schilling and his company of acts tantamount to fraud, claiming that it accepted tax dollars while withholding information about the true state of the company’s finances. Former employees, meanwhile, claimed — quite credibly, according to reports of the matter — that they too were lured to Rhode Island believing that their jobs were far more secure than they were. Many found themselves in extreme states of crisis when Schilling abruptly closed the company’s doors. For his part, Schilling has assailed Rhode Island politicians for using him as a scapegoat and a political punching bag in order to distract the public from their own misdeeds. There seems to be truth to everyone’s claims to some degree.

As a result of all of this, there have been several investigations and lawsuits into 38 Studios’ collapse. In 2012 the feds investigated the company and declined to bring charges. There is currently a civil lawsuit afoot and, alongside it, the State of Rhode Island has investigated for four years to see if anyone could be charged with a crime. Today there was an unexpected press conference in which it was revealed that, no, no one associated with 38 Studios will be charged with anything:

An eight-page explanation of the decision concluded by saying that “the quantity and qualify of the evidence of any criminal activity fell short of what would be necessary to prove any allegation beyond a reasonable doubt and as such the Rules of Professional Conduct precluded even offering a criminal charge for grand jury consideration.”

Schilling will likely crow about this on his various social media platforms, claiming it totally vindicates him. But, as he is a close watcher of any and all events related to Hillary Clinton, he no doubt knows that a long investigation resulting in a declination to file charges due to lack of evidence is not the same thing as a vindication. Bad judgment and poor management are still bad things, even if they’re not criminal matters.

Someone let me know if Schilling’s head explodes if and when someone points that out to him.

Andrew Miller for Lucas Giolito: WHO SAYS NO?!!

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 28:  Lucas Giolito #44 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on June 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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The rumor mongers are churning up some good stuff about the Yankees and the Nationals maybe talking about an Andrew Miller for Lucas Giolito deal. It started with Jon Morosi saying that the Nationals were willing to trade Giolito, one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball, to the Yankees for Miller straight up.

Taking two steps back, the idea of a Miller-for-Giolito deal seems like it’d be something the Yankees would jump at in a heartbeat. Giolito would, in the normal course, be worth more than a relief pitcher. Even a good one under team control like Miller is. So if the Nats were willing to do this, the Yankees would be fools not to accept, right?

Well, no. Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman are saying that the Yankees are looking for a massive return for Miller, more than what Cubs gave them for Aroldis Chapman. That deal netted New York prospect Gleyber Torres and three other players who have future value. Gioloto is worth more straight up than Torres, but the Yankees want another big package, not just one guy. Assuming those reports are true, are the Yankees being greedy?

Maybe not! Maybe it’s not about the Yankees’ eyes being wide. Maybe it’s about the nature of prospects and how all of our eyes get a bit wide over them, especially when national rankings are released each spring. We see Giolito or someone like him named the top prospect — or maybe a top-3 prospect — and immediately believe they are untouchable or, at the very least, close to invaluable.

But here, if the rumors are to be believed, the Nats are offering him for a relief pitcher. And the Yankees are saying “nah, we need more.” Maybe they both see something the prospect raters and coveters don’t. Maybe, in the abstract, they’re just as high on him as the raters and coveters are but maybe they don’t live in the abstract. Maybe they have the added benefit of (a) experience with the fortunes of young pitching prospects; and (b) a downside risk in loving them too much that the raters and coveters don’t have. No prospect rater risks being fired if the guy they rank #1 in any given year blows his shoulder out. Team employees have been.

I have no idea if there are legs to these rumors. I know that I like Giolito as a prospect, for whatever that’s worth, and the Yankees definitely have a need for young, projectable and controllable pitching talent. Likewise, given that they’re in a transitional period right now and given that they Have Dellin Betances, they could do without Andrew Miller if they needed to. He’s someone they could deal in order to get a guy in Gioloto who would instantly become their top prospect.

But it’s the deadline and people get a bit nuts. Teams ask for the stars, yes, but those of us on the outside tend to forget that a huge number of prospects, especially pitching prospects, never pan out. For all of the hype a deadline occasions and for as much as we see a beautiful future for each and every young hurler that comes down the pike, there are no clear answers about who is or who isn’t being unreasonable here. That is, if any of this stuff is true.

Enjoy the trade deadline, everyone. Just remember that no one knows anything and everyone, on some level, is making a bet.