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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Orioles 5, Red Sox 2: Manny Machado said hello to the Boston fans who probably aren’t big fans of his given the recent dustups between the O’s and Sox. He did so via a homer, a couple of runs batted in and some solid glovework at third base. The Boston fans, in turn, said hello to Adam Jones via racial slurs and throwing peanuts at him. I think Machado’s way of saying hello was far more polite and sporting.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 1: Three in a row for the Jays. Marco Estrada allowed one run over seven. Jose Bautista hit a homer. So did Ryan Goins, but that wasn’t nearly as cool as his two-run sac fly. Really:

That was a great catch by Ellsbury, but such is life. It was the first two-run sac fly in baseball since 2014.

Tigers 7, Indians 1: Tyler Collins hit a three-run homer in the second as the Tigers gang up on Trevor Bauer for seven runs on seven hits, drawing five walks. Detroit has taken three of four from the Indians so far this year. Last year the Indians beat the Tigers 14 out of the 18 times the teams faced one another.

Reds 4, Pirates 3: Pittsburgh only had three hits in the whole game. All three of them were solo homers. They also had two errors, and both were costly. Billy Hamilton doubled home the winning run in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the 10th. That winning run, was scored by Arismendy Alcantara, who was on second base thanks to an errant pickoff throw from Pirates reliever Daniel Hudson just before. One of the Reds other runs also scored thanks to a Pirates error. That was Hamilton, who was on base in the sixth inning thanks to a Phil Gosselin error, then scored on an Adam Duvall three-run homer.

Rays 4, Marlins 2: The Battle of Florida. As far as battles go that’s less Gettysburg than, say, Dranesville, but it’s all the same to the soldiers involved. Here Jake Odorizzi came back for his first start in a couple of weeks due to a bum hamstring. He was solid, allowing two runs, one earned, in five innings of work.

Mets 7, Braves 5: Best thing about baseball is that there’s a game almost every day, providing a chance to put what happened yesterday behind you pretty quickly. One day after getting shellacked 23-5 by the Nats, and a few hours after finding out that Noah Syndergaard would be lost for an extended period, the Mets beat the Braves and were able to go to sleep soundly. Michael Conforto homered and drove in three. Jose Reyes homered as well.

Phillies 10, Cubs 2: With four in the first and three in the second the Phillies had an insurmountable lead before some people even took their seats. Tommy Joseph hit a three-run homer and Aaron Altherr had three RBI of his own. Michael Saunders and Freddy Galvis also homered as the Phillies snap a three-game losing streak.

Astros 6, Rangers 2: Things got chippy before the game as Alex Bregman of the Astros tweeted out a misspelled taunt. Then they got chippy during the game as guys threw at each other causing the benches to clear. It started when Andrew Cashner hit two guys in the first two innings, which I’m going to take as an anniversary homage to Dock Ellis’ famous “do-the-do” game, which went down 43 years ago yesterday. Later, Lance McCullers threw a fastball behind Mike Napoli, which led to the benches clearing, though no one threw punches because no one ever throws punches in baseball anymore. As far as the baseball went, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each hit RBI doubles in a five-run seventh inning which brought the Astros from behind.

Royals 6, White Sox 1: Kansas City snaps a nine-game losing streak. Eric Hosmer and Jorge Bonifacio each hit two-run homers and Jason Vargas allowed one run over six. Vargas, who is 4-1 with a 1.42 ERA in five starts, is one of the Royals’ few bright spots in the early going.

Brewers 7, Cardinals 5: Travis Shaw hit a three-run shot off Seung Hwan Oh to break a 4-4 tie with two outs in the top of the 10th. Dang thing went about 450 feet. Earlier in the game Jonathan Villar hit homer himself. Dang thing went about 450 feet. There were six homers hit in the game. Dang balls were flying out all over the dang place in dang St. Louis last night. Dang.

Giants 4, Dodgers 3: The Dodgers had Clayton Kershaw on the hill, at home, where he’s been unbeatable for a year, against a struggling, punchless Giants team. Baseball doesn’t care about streaks and patterns though. Baseball just happens. So, naturally, the Giants hit a couple of homers off of him, touching the best pitcher in baseball for four runs, three earned, in six innings. Hunter Pence had a two-run bomb and Buster Posey hit a solo shot. The unearned run against Kershaw came when Kershaw himself threw away Gorkys Hernandez‘s bunt which allowed Hernandez to reach second. He would then score on Christian Arroyo’s single. I hate how pitcher’s own errors lead to unearned runs. It’s like my kid leaving plates of crusty old food congealing on them in their bedrooms and then claiming they’re not responsible for the ants, but whaddaya gonna do? About the unearned runs, I mean. I know what to do about the plates. I stand in their doorway with my hands on my hips and angrily say “THIS is how we get ants!” Then they do nothing about it. Oh well, only 5-6 years and then they’re some college’s problem.

Anthony Alford to miss 4-6 weeks following wrist surgery

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Blue Jays’ outfielder Anthony Alford will miss at least 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left wrist, the team announced on Saturday. Alford was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier in the week after sustaining a left hamate fracture on a foul pitch, and could miss significant time in what looks to be a lengthy rehab process. MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the procedure has been scheduled for next week and will be performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Arizona.

Alford, 22, was called up to the majors from Double-A New Hampshire last Friday. He went hitless in his first three outings, finally catching a break against the Brewers on Tuesday when he pinch-hit a leadoff double in the seventh. The injury occurred two innings later when Alford fouled off a pitch in the ninth inning, fracturing his wrist in the process.

Alford will join eight other players on the Blue Jays’ disabled list, including outfielders Steve Pearce (calf strain), Dalton Pompey (concussion) and Darrell Cecillani (partial shoulder dislocation). He’s expected to be replaced by 24-year-old outfield prospect Dwight Smith Jr.

Stephen Strasburg hit a new career high today

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Good luck getting a hit against the Nationals this weekend. Stephen Strasburg followed Max Scherzer‘s 13-strikeout performance on Friday with a dazzling outing of his own on Saturday afternoon. The right-hander whiffed a career-best 15 batters in seven innings, allowing just three hits and a walk in the Nats’ 3-0 win.

It took Strasburg several innings to get into a groove after pitching into (and out of) a jam in the first inning. The Padres loaded the bases with Allen Cordoba‘s leadoff single, a throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman and a four-pitch walk to Cory Spangenberg. By the third, Strasburg was cruising, striking out the side on 18 pitches and keeping the Padres off the basepaths until the sixth. He recorded his 15th and final strikeout in the seventh inning, catching Padres’ prospect Franchy Cordero swinging on a 1-2 pitch to effectively end his outing.

While 15 strikeouts set a new career record for the Nationals’ ace, he came close to reaching the mark twice before. The first time, he struck out 14 of 24 batters during his major league debut against the 2010 Pirates, though the 5-2 win did little more than keep the Nationals neck-and-neck with the Marlins at the bottom of the NL East. Five years later, he tied his 14-strikeout record against the 2015 Phillies, tossing a one-hitter in eight innings to cement his ninth victory of the season.

The only one who doesn’t seem overly enthused by the new record? Strasburg himself, who told MLB.com’s Jamal Collier and AJ Cassavell: “It’s pretty cool, but there’s another game five, six days from now. I’ll enjoy it tonight, but back to work tomorrow.”