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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights


Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Tigers 6, Giants 2: Detroit jumped out to an early lead they’d keep for good thanks to a two-run homer from shortstop Dixon Machado and a couple of base knocks from Alex Presley. Anibal Sanchez was solid over six, which makes me wonder what has happened to the real Anibal Sanchez. The Tigers taking two out of three from the Giants makes up for the 2012 World Series, right?

Cardinals 4, Marlins 3: Luke Voit homered and doubled in two. It’s the second time I’ve mentioned his name this week and I’m still not 100% convinced he’s a real person, so I suppose I have to watch a Cards game this weekend. Randal Grichuk homered too. When he first game up I thought he was made up too, but I was proven wrong, so I’m giving Voit the benefit of the doubt. For now.

Brewers 11, Cubs 2: This was a train wreck of a game from the Cubs’ perspective as Chicago pitchers walked eight guys in the first four innings and change. Two runs were walked in with the bases loaded in the third alone. Milwaukee scored all 11 of those runs thanks to only one homer — Ryan Braun‘s two-run shot in the third. Jon Jay was forced into action as a pitcher for Chicago. He pitched a scoreless inning!. The defending champion are now 4.5 games behind the first-place Brewers.

Reds 6, Rockies 3: Reds rookie Sal Romano got his first big league win in his second career start, scattering six hits and allowing two runs. After the game he got a scratch under his eye suffered during the celebration after the game. Not the best way to close the day, but better than his namesake, Salvatore Romano, got from “Mad Men.” I waited the last several seasons for him to return — they gave a bunch of lesser characters callbacks — and never got to see him again. That was some bullcrap, frankly. Sal was great.

Pirates 6, Phillies 3: Josh Bell homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and Gregory Polanco had four hits with a home run and two RBI. Andrew McCutchen had hits with two doubles. The Pirates have won three straight. All against the Phillies, though, so once you run that through the converter, it works out to only 1.5 straight.

Blue Jays 7, Astros 4: Russell Martin had three hits, one of which was a homer. Josh Donaldson had a two-run single. Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Beltran homered for Houston in a losing cause. Oh, and Carlos Correa got all salty about Jays closer Roberto Osuna taking a while to throw over to throw him out for the game’s final out. Baseball players are so whiny sometimes.

Indians 11, Padres 2Edwin Encarnacion homered and had four hits in all. Jose Ramirez homered and drove in three. Lonnie Chisenhall drove in three runs and Yan Gomes homered. Josh Tomlin allowed only two runs in seven innings. This was the Indians third straight game without Terry Francona.

Rays 4, Red Sox 1: Chris Sale struck out 12, which is pretty good! But he gave up four runs and seven hits, which is bad when your opponent gives up less. Wilson Ramos homered and drove in three. That opponent — Jake Faria — allowed only one run in six innings. He struck out only two. Remember: strikeouts are fascist.

Twins 6, Orioles 4: Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run triple to highlight a six-run third inning off of Dylan Bundy and the O’s. That was enough support for Jose Berrios who bent — four runs, three earned over six — but did not break. Max Kepler drove in two as well.

Athletics 7, Mariners 4: Khris Davis hit a three-run homer and Blackburn pitched one-run ball into the eighth. The win was Bob Melvin’s 500th with the A’s. He also won 337 with the Diamondbacks and 156 with Seattle. For some reason I have no memory of him managing Seattle. In my defense, that took place in 2003 and 2004 and my life was something of a blur then so I probably missed a lot of things.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 4: The Dodgers really are something lately. Here they were down 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth but rallied to win it anyway thanks to a Fernando Rodney four-walk meltdown a Corey Seager RBI single and then a Chris Taylor walkoff RBI single. L.A. takes three straight from Arizona and has won six of seven overall. They’ve opened up a five and a half game lead in the West.

Braves 5, Nationals 2: This one featured a three hour and five minute rain delay. With no rain for almost all of that time. The Nats were just worried it might rain which, uh, yeah, OK. There was, eventually, about 15 minutes of rain way, way after the game was supposed to start. Crazy idea: next time, start the game and then delay it briefly, after its in progress. Such a practice might catch on! Anyway, when the “rain” was over, the Nationals announced that fans could get free soda, free bottles of water and free ice cream at the concession stands. Smart play given that all the kids probably went home already. As for the game, Freddie Freeman doubled in Ender Inciarte twice and was doubled in once himself by Nick Markakis Kurt Suzuki homered. The game ended at close to 1:30AM.


Wayne Huizenga, founding owner of the Marlins, dies at 80

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MIAMI (AP) H. Wayne Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died. He was 80.

Huizenga (HY’-zing-ah) died Thursday night at his home, Valerie Hinkell, a longtime assistant, said when reached at the family residence Friday. She gave no details on a cause of death.

Starting with a single garbage truck in 1968, Huzienga built Waste Management Inc. into a Fortune 500 company. He purchased independent sanitation engineering companies, and by the time he took the company public in 1972, he had completed the acquisition of 133 small-time haulers. By 1983, Waste Management was the largest waste disposal company in the United States.

The business model worked again with Blockbuster Video, which he started in 1985 and built into the leading movie rental chain nine years later. In 1996, he formed AutoNation and built it into a Fortune 500 company.

Huizenga was founding owner of baseball’s Florida Marlins and the NHL Florida Panthers – expansion teams that played their first games in 1993. He bought the NFL Miami Dolphins and their stadium for $168 million in 1994 from the children of founder Joe Robbie, but had sold all three teams by 2009.

The Marlins won the 1997 World Series, and the Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996, but Huizenga’s beloved Dolphins never reached a Super Bowl while he owned the team.

“If I have one disappointment, the disappointment would be that we did not bring a championship home,” Huizenga said shortly after he sold the Dolphins to New York real estate billionaire Stephen Ross. “It’s something we failed to do.”

Huizenga earned an almost cult-like following among business investors who watched him build Blockbuster Entertainment into the leading video rental chain by snapping up competitors. He cracked Forbes’ list of the 100 richest Americans, becoming chairman of Republic Services, one of the nation’s top waste management companies, and AutoNation, the nation’s largest automotive retailer. In 2013, Forbes estimated his wealth at $2.5 billion.

For a time, Huizenga was also a favorite with South Florida sports fans, drawing cheers and autograph seekers in public. The crowd roared when he danced the hokey pokey on the field during an early Marlins game. He went on a spending spree to build a veteran team that won the World Series in the franchise’s fifth year.

But his popularity plummeted when he ordered the roster dismantled after that season. He was frustrated by poor attendance and his failure to swing a deal for a new ballpark built with taxpayer money.

Many South Florida fans never forgave him for breaking up the championship team. Huizenga drew boos when introduced at Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino’s retirement celebration in 2000, and kept a lower public profile after that.

In 2009, Huizenga said he regretted ordering the Marlins’ payroll purge.

“We lost $34 million the year we won the World Series, and I just said, `You know what, I’m not going to do that,”‘ Huizenga said. “If I had it to do over again, I’d say, `OK, we’ll go one more year.”‘

He sold the Marlins in 1999 to John Henry, and sold the Panthers in 2001, unhappy with rising NHL player salaries and the stock price for the team’s public company.

Huizenga’s first sports love was the Dolphins – he had been a season-ticket holder since their first season in 1966. But he fared better in the NFL as a businessman than as a sports fan.

He turned a nifty profit by selling the Dolphins and their stadium for $1.1 billion, nearly seven times what he paid to become sole owner. But he knew the bottom line in the NFL is championships, and his Dolphins perennially came up short.

Huizenga earned a reputation as a hands-off owner and won raves from many loyal employees, even though he made six coaching changes. He eased Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula into retirement in early 1996, and Jimmy Johnson, Dave Wannstedt, interim coach Jim Bates, Nick Saban, Cam Cameron and Tony Sporano followed as coach.

Harry Wayne Huizenga was born in the Chicago suburbs on Dec. 29, 1937, to a family of garbage haulers. He began his business career in Pompano Beach in 1962, driving a garbage truck from 2 a.m. to noon each day for $500 a month.

One customer successfully sued Huizenga, saying that in an argument over a delinquent account, Huizenga injured him by grabbing his testicles – an allegation Huizenga always denied.

“I never did that. The guy was a deputy cop. It was his word against mine, a young kid,” he told Fortune magazine in 1996.

Huizenga was a five-time recipient of Financial World magazine’s “CEO of the Year” award, and was the Ernst & Young “2005 World Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Regarding his business acumen, Huzienga said: “You just have to be in the right place at the right time. It can only happen in America.”

In September 1960, he married Joyce VanderWagon. Together they had two children, Wayne Jr. and Scott. They divorced in 1966. Wayne married his second wife, Marti Goldsby, in April 1972. She died in 2017.

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