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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.

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.