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And That Happened: Saturday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the rest of Saturday’s scores and highlights:

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 0: The Yankees made franchise history during the eighth inning of Saturday’s 7-0 shutout, going deep with four solo shots against Blue Jays’ reliever Jason Grilli. Brett Gardner struck first on a 380-foot ball to left field, giving Grilli some time to settle down and collect the first two outs of the inning before Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius went back-to-back-to-back. The four blasts tied a team record that was established back in 1977 by Cliff Johnson, Lou Piniella and Thurman Munson.

Royals 12, Indians 5: It was a somber day for the Royals, who posted a tribute to Yordano Ventura prior to their matinee against the Indians. Ventura was killed in a car accident in January, just four and a half months shy of his 26th birthday on June 3.

The Royals honored their former pitcher the best way they knew how, coasting to their 24th win of the year on 6 2/3 quality innings from Jason Hammel and a season-high 12 runs.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 3: Jon Lester wasn’t the only one turning heads on Saturday. Kyle Schwarber went deep for his ninth home run of the year and his first career grand slam, besting Cardinals’ right-hander Mike Leake on a first-pitch sinker in the seventh inning to put the Cubs ahead 5-3.

Schwarber’s slam was one of seven on Saturday, setting an all-time record for the most grand slams hit in MLB in a single day.

Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 0: A no-hitter is a rare and beautiful thing, and Saturday’s no-no was made all the more poignant by the meaning it held for Edinson Volquez. The hurler set down nine pristine innings of no-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and 98 pitches, and later told reporters that he wanted to dedicate the feat to former pitchers Yordano Ventura and Jose Fernandez, both of whom died in unrelated incidents over the offseason.

Phillies 5, Giants 3: It’s impossible to predict the trajectory of a major leaguer’s career based solely on their first start, but the Phillies’ Ben Lively appears to be off to a good start so far. The rookie right-hander allowed one run, four hits and three walks during his big league debut on Saturday, restraining the Giants until the bullpen arrived to cap the win. Lively became the first Phillies’ starter to earn a win without striking out any batters in 2017, a feat that was most recently completed by former Phillies’ righty Alec Asher last September.

Athletics 10, Nationals 4: Every good thing comes to an end, and on Saturday, that thing was the Nationals’ four-game winning streak. The culprit? Washington hurler Joe Ross, who stumbled in yet another start after giving up seven runs, six hits and two home runs through three innings. The A’s capitalized on Ross’s mistakes whenever possible, building a four-run lead in the first inning and returning in the seventh to antagonize the bullpen with back-to-back homers from Yonder Alonso and Ryon Healy.

Braves 6, Reds 5 (12 innings): The Braves saw the best and worst outcomes on the field during Saturday’s extra-inning contest, losing outfielders Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler to left shoulder strains and watching a breakout performance from newly-acquired first baseman Matt Adams.

In Atlanta, Adams’ batting line has looked downright frigid this year. Entering Saturday’s contest, he was batting just .222/.255/.467 with two home runs through his first 47 PA. Not only did he bring the heat with his first career grand slam, but he capped the Braves’ 12th-inning marathon with game-winning long ball, going yard for his fourth blast of the year.

Tigers 10, White Sox 1: If you haven’t been keeping track, the Tigers have scored 31 runs in their last three games, 25 of which have come against the White Sox. Their dominant streak was cemented with a 10-run effort on Saturday, backed by six stellar innings from right-hander Jordan Zimmerman.

The real hero of the game, however, was this unexpected participant:

Rockies 10, Padres 1: Ian Desmond joined the ranks of grand slam sluggers on Saturday, clearing the bases with a first-pitch home run off of the Padres’ Jose Torres.

He padded the Rockies’ seven-run lead in the seventh inning, giving Tyler Chatwood the cushion he needed to deliver eight solid innings of one-run, eight-strikeout ball.

Red Sox 5, Orioles 2: David Price is looking more and more like the ace the Red Sox need him to be. The left-hander went seven strong innings in his second start of the season, limiting the Orioles to one run, three hits and one walk and striking out seven of 25 batters. It’s as good an outing as the Red Sox have seen from Price since last August, and just the kind of production they’ll need from him if they want to remain competitive in the AL East.

Astros 6, Rangers 5: The Astros plowed through the Rangers’ lineup on Saturday, collecting six runs to furnish their 40th win of the season. Lance McCullers Jr. was chased out of the fifth inning after giving up four runs, but Houston’s bullpen rose to the occasion, setting down three scoreless innings and quashing the Rangers’ ninth-inning rally with a decisive, game-ending strikeout from closer Ken Giles. With the win, the Astros extended their streak to nine games, the longest win streak they’ve sustained since April 2015.

Mets 4, Pirates 2: The Mets hosted a mock Home Run Derby this weekend, teeing off against the Pirates for a combined five home runs during Saturday’s win. Neil Walker kicked things off in the first inning, hammering a two-run shot to right field to get the Mets on the board. Josh Bell followed suit in the second with a 414-foot shot, while Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores added solo shots of their own in the third and fourth innings, respectively.

Mariners 9, Rays 2: The Mariners have a respectable 27-30 record after going 6-1 in their last seven games, thanks in part to Mike Zunino‘s grand slam off of Alex Cobb this weekend. Up 5-1 in the fifth inning, Zunino hit one out of the park for his first career slam:

It’s not a bad look for a catcher who entered Saturday’s game with a .184/.254/.291 batting line through his first 33 games of the season. He collected seven RBI in the Mariners’ 9-2 win, the highest single-game total by a Mariners’ hitter since Nelson Cruz did it for the club last July.

Angels 7, Twins 2: Albert Pujols slammed his way into history late Saturday night, smashing home run No. 600 off of the Twins’ Ervin Santana and boosting the Angels to a six-run lead in the fourth inning.

The only person happier than Pujols? The guy who caught his home run ball:

Bruce Maxwell is the first MLB player to take a knee during the National Anthem

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Athletics’ rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell did not stand for the National Anthem on Saturday night. He’s the first MLB player to do so and, like other professional athletes before him, used the moment to send a message — not just to shed light on the lack of racial equality in the United States, but to specifically protest President Donald Trump’s suggestion that NFL owners fire any of their players who elect to protest the anthem by sitting or kneeling.

“Bruce’s father is a proud military lifer. Anyone who knows Bruce or his parents is well aware that the Maxwells’ love and appreciation for our country is indisputable,” Maxwell’s agent, Matt Sosnick, relayed to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser on Friday. He continued:

Bruce has made it clear that he is taking a stand about what he perceives as racial injustices in this country, and his personal disappointment with President Trump’s response to a number of professional athletes’ totally peaceful, non-violent protests.

Bruce has shared with both me and his teammates that his feelings have nothing to do with a lack of patriotism or a hatred of any man, but rather everything to do with equality for men, women and children regardless of race or religion.

While Maxwell didn’t make his own statement to the media, he took to Instagram earlier in the day to express his frustration against the recent opposition to the protests, criticizing the President for endorsing “division of man and rights.”

Despite Trump’s profanity-laced directive to NFL owners on Friday, however, it’s clear the Athletics don’t share his sentiments. “The Oakland A’s pride ourselves on being inclusive,” the team said in a statement released after Maxwell’s demonstration. “We respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”

Whatever the fallout, kudos to Maxwell for taking a stand. He may be the first to do so in this particular arena, but he likely won’t be the last.

Alex Wilson broke his leg on a 103-MPH comebacker

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This one is brutal. Tigers’ right-handed reliever Alex Wilson was diagnosed with a broken leg after taking a blistering 103.8-MPH line drive off of his right leg during Saturday’s game against the Twins. According to the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky, it’s a non-displaced fibular fracture, but will still warrant an extended recovery period and signal the end of Wilson’s season.

Wilson replaced Drew VerHagen to start the eighth inning and worked a full count against Joe Mauer. Mauer roped an 93.3-MPH fastball back up the middle, where it struck the pitcher on his right calf. While Mauer took first base, Wilson got to his feet and tried to toss a warm-up pitch, but was in too much pain to continue and had to be helped off the field.

Even in a season that isn’t going anywhere in particular, this isn’t how you want it to end. The Tigers have yet to announce a recovery timetable for the 30-year-old reliever, but he won’t return to the mound until 2018. He exited Saturday’s outing with a 4.35 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 6.3 SO/9 over 60 innings.

The Tigers currently trail the Twins 10-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning.