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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Cubs 3, Dodgers 2: The Cubs raise the World Series banner and get their rings (UPDATE: oops, they get their rings later this week) and all of that. Anthony Rizzo led the ceremonies, being the first player to begin hoisting the flag and being the one selected to carry the World Series trophy onto the field. He then carried the Cubs off the field in victory by hitting a game-winning single to break a 2-2 tie in the ninth and walk the champs off in victory. This game featured a rain delay at the outset, opening ceremonies and then the clubs cycled through 12 pitchers. Long night at Wrigley, but a happy one for the hometown nine and hometown crowd.

Nationals 14, Cardinals 6: Bryce Harper hit four singles and reached base six times thanks to two walks. Drove in three. Adam Eaton had three RBI himself, singling in two and hitting a sac fly. Adam Wainwright was tattooed for six runs, five earned, on eleven hits in four innings. He wasn’t the only Cards pitcher to be hating life yesterday, however, as the Nats formed a conga line on the basepaths in the eight too, plating seven runners against two relievers. In all, Washington rapped out 19 hits and walked six times to get those 14 runs. It was almost enough to get Cards fans to switch over to the Cubs ring ceremony.

Yankees 8, Rays 1: Michael Pineda was perfect through six and two-thirds — thanks, Martha! — but given how many runs the Yankees scored off of Alex Cobb and Austin Pruitt he didn’t have to be. Pineda ended up pitching seven and two-thirds, striking out 11 and allowing one run on two hits.

Reds 7, Pirates 1: While it’s certainly impressive that Pineda was perfect through six and two-thirds, it’s worth noting that the Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen was perfect for seven. Michael Lorenzen (3IP), who got out of a jam Reds starter Brandon Finnegan got into in the third, settled things down and then he, Cody Reed (3IP) and Wandy Peralta (1IP) shut down the Pirates for the rest of the night. Given how terrible the Reds’ pen was in 2016, I feel like they should be allowed to hoist some sort of banner like the Cubs did last night.

Tigers 2, Red Sox 1: A matchup of Cy Young contenders did not disappoint, with Justin Verlander and Chris Sale each putting forth strong performances. Verlander was a bit stronger on the day, however, allowing one run, unearned, over seven innings while Sale allowed two runs, striking out ten, while pitching seven and two-thirds. Sale took the loss, having given up an Ian Kinsler homer in the sixth and than a Nick Castellanos RBI single in the eighth. The Tigers took three of four from the flu-depleted Red Sox.

Athletics 2, Royals 0: A two-run homer from Khris Davis in the fourth was all the scoring in this one, as Jharel Cotton rebounded from his poor first start of the season to toss seven shutout innings and beat Ian Kennedy.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 1: Matt Moore impressed over eight innings, allowing one run on three hits. He also figured in a weird scoring play, hitting into a fielder’s choice on a swinging bunt in the fourth that resulted in three runs being scored thanks to the Dbacks throwing the ball away twice:

Mariners 6, Astros 0: James Paxton added another strong outing on a day filled with them, shutting Houston out for seven innings in the M’s home opener. This is the second straight time Paxton has shut Houston down, in fact, as his first start of the year, five days prior, featured him blanking the Astros for six innings. What if they made the whole schedule out of Astros games?

Mets 4, Phillies 3: Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos have a history as Cabrera hit a walkoff three-run homer off of Ramos late last season and celebrated it by tossing his bat and throwing his arms in the air. Which, to be fair, was justified as the Mets were in a desperate fight for the Wild Card, making that win a huge one. Ramos had apparently been seething about it, because last night when he faced Cabrera with one out in the top of the eighth, he sent one in high and tight. Cabrera took a couple of steps in but nothing happened other than warnings being issued and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin getting tossed. Ramos ended up walking Cabrera and Jay Bruce ended up launching a two-run homer — his second homer of the game — to give the Mets their winning margin.

Padres 5, Rockies 3: Wil Myers singled in the first inning, doubled in the third, hit a solo home run in the sixth, and hit a triple in the eighth. That’s a cycle, folks. Myers is now the second player in Padres history to hit for the cycle. The other was Matt Kemp on August 14, 2015 against the Rockies, also at Coors Field.

Mark Melancon is considering surgery

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Giants’ right-hander Mark Melancon is considering surgery for an undisclosed injury, the pitcher told reporters prior to Friday’s game against the Phillies. Melancon did not divulge the exact location of the injury, but revealed that it had been plaguing him off and on since the 2012 season and was a separate issue from the right pronator strain that kept him sidelined through much of July and August. Giants’ head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner called the injury day-to-day and has not revealed a timetable for the right-hander’s return, should surgery become necessary.

Melancon, 32, has struggled to replicate the sparkling pitching line he produced with the Pirates and Nationals in 2016. He’s toting a 3.80 ERA through 25 appearances with San Francisco, flanked by a 1.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 over 23 2/3 innings. His season has been significantly shortened after multiple trips to the disabled list for a right forearm strain, and while he looked to be in line to resume his closing duties this week, the Giants will likely play it safe with the veteran righty to keep him from compromising his health in 2018.

Although the injury doesn’t appear to be severe in nature, it’s clearly intensified over the last few months. Per MLB.com’s Chris Haft, Melancon said he’s “had discomfort every day this season,” though he hopes to continue pitching through the remainder of 2017. The Giants aren’t on the verge of contending by any stretch of the imagination, but a solid end to the 2017 season could help Melancon make some headway as he looks to reclaim his status as the team’s closer next spring.

Watch: Javier Baez snares a 106-MPH ground ball

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What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Just ask Javier Baez, who tracked down a sizzling 106-MPH ground ball from Jose Bautista on Friday afternoon. The defensive gem helped preserve the Cubs’ three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, paving the way for Wade Davis‘ 25th save of the season.

Baez also impressed at the plate, collecting an RBI single in the second inning before getting tagged out at home by Miguel Montero on a convoluted 9-6-3-6-2 putout. He returned in the eighth inning to pester Tim Mayza and cleared the left field hedge with a 409-foot, two-run blast for his 20th home run of the year. With the win, the Cubs improved to 64-57 and now hold a scant 1.5-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central.