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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores: Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 4, Brewers 1: It was 1-1 in the top of the ninth when Mookie Betts hit a three-run homer and that took care of that. It was Betts’ third homer in the past four games. He went 7-for-11 with eight RBI and five runs scored in the series. John Farrell on Betts: “He’s certainly impacting the baseball.” Which sounds like what an alien from Proxima Centauri would say via his language chip in an effort to fit in among the humans talking bout baseball, only to have them realize something was just a . . . tad off.

Royals 6, Rays 0: Jason Vargas tossed seven shutout innings to move his record to 5-1 and lower his ERA to 1.01. Talk about a nice season coming out of nowhere. And it’s his free agency walk year too, so the dude is making himself a lot of money right now. A dude having a lot of trouble? Kevin KiermaierWhit Merrifield knocked a single to center that turned into a little league home run when the guy who most think is the best center fielder in baseball let the ball go under his glove:

That was the third error of the series for Kiermaier, and the second time in the series a ball just rolled under his glove like that to allow a little league homer. Strange to see a guy with catlike reflexes get a case of the fielding yips like this.

Astros 3, Yankees 2: Houston took a 3-0 lead thanks to a Carlos Correa two-run homer and a George Springer RBI single. The Yankees scored one on a catcher’s interference call in the fifth. In the ninth, New York put runners on second and third and Gary Sanchez hit a single to left. That scored Aaron Hicks. Jacoby Ellsbury, who was on second, was waved home. Jake Marisnick fielded Sanchez’s hit, fired home a perfect strike and nailed Ellsbury at the plate to end the game:

Bad send. Slow run. Bad slide. Great throw.

Blue Jays 7, Mariners 2Steve Pearce hit a three-run home run and Justin Smoak hit a solo shot and drove in four. Marco Estrada got touched for two runs on a Nelson Cruz homer in the first but then settled down and held the M’s scoreless for the next five innings. The M’s four-game winning streak was snapped.

Rangers 5, Padres 2: San Diego led 2-0 in the eighth when Mike Napoli hit a solo homer. San Diego and Texas were tied 2-2 in the ninth when Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer, ending it. It was Napoli’s fourth career walkoff homer. Party at Napoli’s.

Twins 7, White Sox 6: Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer and an RBI double and Miguel Sano and Brian Dozier each hit solo shots. The Twins built an early 6-0 lead and Chicago made it close, but ultimately dropped their fifth straight.

Rockies 10, Dodgers 7: Colorado built a 10-0 lead by the fourth inning. The Dodgers chipped away at that lead, but in Colorado you need more than to chip to dig yourself out. You need a backhoe. Of the ten runs the Rockies scored off Hyun-Jin Ryu, only five were earned, but really, you walk six dudes in four innings in Coors Field you’re lucky to only give up ten.

Diamondbacks 2, Pirates 1: Zack Greinke took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, only to see it broken up by a Gregory Polanco solo homer. That’s the only hit the Pirates would get all night, however, as Greinke struck out 11 over eight and Fernando Rodney saved it in the ninth. Greinke is putting together a nice bounceback season.

Tigers 7, Angels 1: Michael Fulmer shut the Angels down, including holding Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun to a combined 0-for-12. Justin Upton hit a first-inning three-run homer that, it would turn out, ended the game before it started. Andrew Romine hit an early homer of his own. Angels pitcher J.C. Ramirez on giving up the Upton shot, which came on a slider out over the plate:”I hang it, they bang it.” That’s some good postgame quote. Hell of a lot better than some baloney about his failure to “execute pitches.”

Reds 3, Giants 2: The Reds were down 1-0 and 2-1 and won it. No, those aren’t monumental comebacks, but when you got a lot of young guys it’s amazing how easily they can wither. Zack Cozart had hit an RBI double in the top of the eighth inning to score the go-ahead run that proved to be the game winner.

Orioles vs. Nationals — POSTPONED:

You know I never meant to see you again
But I only passed by as a friend, yeah
All this time I stayed out of sight
I started wondering why
Now I, I wish it would rain down, down on me
Ooh yes I wish it would rain, rain down on me now
Ooh yes I wish it would rain, down on me
Ooh yes I wish it would rain on me
You said you didn’t need me in your life
Oh I guess you were right, yeah
Ooh I never meant to cause you no pain
But it looks like I did it again
Now I, now I know I wish it would rain down, down on me
Ooh yes I wish it would rain, rain down on me now
Ooh girl I wish it would rain, down on me
Ooh yes I wish it would rain on me

The Mariners and Cardinals make a minor trade

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The Seattle Mariners and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a minor trade. Seattle has acquired lefty Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Tyler O’Neill.

Gonzales, the Cardinals’ first round pick out of Gonzaga back in 2013, is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. It’s been a good season, in which he has posted a 2.78 ERA and 64/17 K/BB ratio over 74.1 innings across two minor league levels. He’s pitched one game for St. Louis this year and got shelled, but we’ll leave that go.

O’Neill is a third rounder from 2013. He has hit .269/.344/.505 in five minor league seasons. He’s holding his own in Triple-A this year, smacking 19 homers in 93 games.

Topps has eliminated Chief Wahoo from both new and throwback card designs

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I’ve been out of the baseball card game for a good long time, but despite this — maybe because of this — I enjoy the posts from SABR’s Baseball Card Committee. A lot of that is old time stuff that old men like me enjoy — check out the airbrushing on the “Traded” cards! — but they talk about new cards too. Definitely worth your time if cards are now or have ever been your bag.

Today there’s an interesting post, pointing out something most of us wouldn’t have otherwise noted: Topps has dropped Chief Wahoo from Indians card designs. They’re doing it for the old Braves “screaming Indian” logo as well, though the Braves no longer use that themselves.

They’re not airbrushing these logos out of photos of players — that would be Orwellian even for my extreme Wahoo-hating tastes — but in card designs which have team logos, Topps is using the block-C logo, not Wahoo, and the Braves “A” logo in place of the old logo. This includes throwback issues like the Heritage sets which put modern players on card designs from the 1950s-1960s and on simple retro designs like their 1987 variations. Any cards which once featured Wahoo on the border or on the back now features the block-C.

As you may or may not know, Topps is now the official card producer for Major League Baseball. As such, I take their doing this as a sign that MLB is continuing the slow process of de-Chiefing in whatever areas it has ultimate say.

Now if only the Indians themselves would get on board.