And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Indians 4, Royals 3; Royals 2, Indians 0: The resumption of the suspended game was probably a foregone conclusion, though the Royals did make it interesting by adding a run in the 10th. The full game was far more interesting from their perspective, however, as Danny Duffy tossed six shutout innings and the bullpen did the rest. This, combined with the Tigers’ loss pulls Kansas City to within one of Detroit in the division. This combined with the Mariners’ loss gives them a two-game lead in the wild card. Not a bad night all things considered.

White Sox 2, Tigers 0: Chris Bassitt — who I will freely admit I had never heard of before the moment I read this box score — tossed seven and two-thirds shutout innings against the second best offense in the American League. Tyler Flowers with a two-run homer for all of the game’s offense. Bassitt is from the Toledo area, I gather, so dominating the Tigers in Detroit was probably pretty special to him.

Blue Jays 14, Mariners 4: Seattle does not, to put it bluntly, keep pace. Jose Bautista was 3 for 3 with a homer and walked to reach base a fourth time. The walk came with the bases loaded. James Paxton was absolutely rocked. And not in a good, Def Leppard kind of way. It was in a bad, nine runs in two and two-thirds kind of way.

Athletics 8, Angels 4: Oakland does, in contrast, keep pace and remains at the top of the wild card standings. The A’s plated six in the first inning and Jeff Samardzija was excellent, allowing only an unearned run in seven innings. The pen was not as excellent — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer off of Evan Scribner — but Oakland had enough of a margin by then.

Giants 5, Dodgers 2: The Giants still have some fight in them for the division, pulling to within three and a half of L.A. after this 13-inning win. Andrew Susac singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the 13th and then Gregor Blanco put it away, more or less, with a two-run double. Blanco also homered to lead off the game. Even if the Giants don’t catch L.A., the win helps them keep pace with the Pirates, whom they must beat out by a game in order to host the wild card matchup.

 

Yankees 5, Orioles 0: Derek Jeter is going out with a bang. He drove in three, hitting an RBI double and a run-scoring groundout. His three runs driven in push him past Enos Slaughter and Roberto Clemente and ties him with Paul Molitor on the all-time RBI list. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was dominant, allowing only one hit in seven and a third, striking out eight and allowing just one walk.

Pirates 1, Braves 0: I guess having a new interim general manager for, like, nine hours was not enough to goose the Braves’ offense. Andrew McCutchen homered and Francisco Liriano and the Pirates’ pen didn’t give the Braves’ squat. It’s gotta feel really good to be a Braves pitcher these days and know that if you don’t pitch a complete game shutout, you got no chance.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 0: Adam Wainwright wins his 20th, shutting out the Cubs for seven innings. Jon Jay dove in three, Matt Adams two. The Cards look ready for the playoffs to start.

Padres 1, Rockies 0: San Diego wins their fifth in a row and seventh of eight. Eric Stults shut Colorado out for six and a third. Rene Rivera’s RBI double in the first constituted the game’s only offense. With an early run, no more offense and the thing ending before 10pm, this was basically the quintessential Petco Park game. I’ve been to hat park, I dunno, seven or eight times, and almost every game has been like that.

Rangers 4, Astros 3: The Rangers have won nine of ten. Hey, we all start slow, right? Guilder Rodriguez — who played in the minor leagues for 13 years before being called up when rosters expanded — had his first two major league hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single. After the game he said “This is my second-best moment after seeing my two daughters born. It’s unbelievable. I feel great.” Sorry. I need a moment. Got some dust in my eye.

Diamondbacks 6, Twins 2: Theory: an interleague game between non-rivals in late September, both of whom really suck may be The Least Essential Game in Major League History. It counted, though. Josh Collmenter pitched effectively into the seventh and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

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Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.

Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.

Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.