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And That Happened: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

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

Nationals 4, Cubs 2: The Nationals have to be pretty pleased with their trade deadline acquisitions after Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle helped secure a win over the Cubs on Friday. The club’s new relievers combined for 2 2/3 scoreless frames, quashing the Cubs’ seventh-inning rally and preserving a narrow lead to give the Nats a 13-game advantage in the NL East.

Reds 3, Cardinals 2: Down 1-0 in the third inning, Greg Garcia skied a 3-2 heater from Asher Wojciechowski to deep right field that ricocheted off the top of the wall and back into the outfield. Garcia hustled to third base, prompting a crew chief review to determine whether a) the ball had been affected by a fan beyond the perimeter of the field for a home run, or b) the ball only touched the top of the fence, upholding Garcia’s triple.

In the end, the details didn’t matter too much. Mike Leake plated Garcia on an RBI single for the Cardinals’ first run of the day, and Joey Votto‘s fifth-inning RBI single gave the Reds the one-run lead they needed to clinch their 45th win of the year.

Tigers 5, Orioles 2: Justin Verlander cleared revocable waivers on Friday, and while it might take a while to find a suitor for the remaining $60 million owed on his seven-year contract, his decisive win against the Orioles only boosted his trade value. The righty shut down the Orioles on seven innings of 10-strikeout, two-run ball, setting down his seventh win of the year while the Tigers exploded in the eighth inning to give their ace a three-run cushion.

Pirates 10, Padres 6: A two-hour, five-minute rain delay did little to dampen the Pirates’ spirits — or their bats. In the seventh inning, down 6-4, Andrew McCutchen laced a single off of Kirby Yates, followed by a David Freese double and Gregory Polanco‘s pinch-hit, three-RBI home run:

The go-ahead homer was supplemented by another three runs, putting the Bucs ahead 10-6 by the end of the seventh and giving their bullpen enough of a cushion to coast to a win in the wee hours of the morning. Following the game, Polanco dedicated his first career pinch-hit blast to his nephew Ismael:

Dodgers 6, Mets 0: It’s been just five days since Yu Darvish donned a Dodgers jersey, and he’s already breaking records and dazzling National League competition. He posted seven shutout innings in his Dodgers’ debut on Friday, becoming the first L.A. pitcher to debut with 10 strikeouts since Kazuhisa Ishii whiffed 10 batters back in 2002. The win, Darvish’s seventh of the season, snapped a worrying streak of eight winless starts for the right-hander, including a messy 10-run affair against the Marlins last week.

Brewers 2, Rays 0: Nothing was going to spoil Brandon Woodruff’s pristine Major League debut: not a bases-loaded threat in the first inning, not a bases-loaded threat in the second inning, not Travis Shaw‘s defensive miscues, not even Jose Alvarado’s immaculate inning. The rookie right-hander worked in and out of trouble during Friday’s series opener, scattering seven hits, two walks and six strikeouts over 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

Indians 7, Yankees 2: Two pivotal plays at the plate helped determine the outcome of Friday’s game: one, a second-inning snafu that cost the Yankees a run on Gary Sanchez‘s 12th passed ball of the season, the other, a run-saving gem from Giovanny Urshela that caught Ronald Torreyes at the plate.

Sanchez wasn’t the only culprit in the Yankees’ fourth straight loss — a wild pitch from Chad Green also handed the Indians a run, and the Yankees’ offense couldn’t find a toehold against Trevor Bauer — but he incurred some strong words from manager Joe Girardi following the game.

“He needs to improve. Bottom line. He needs to improve,” the skipper told reporters. “He’s late getting down. That’s what I see sometimes. It’s something we’ve been working on. We need to continue to work on it.”

Red Sox 3, White Sox 2 (11 innings): The Red Sox delivered John Farrell’s 400th career win in epic fashion on Friday night:

It was the team’s 10th win in extras this season and their third straight win of any variety this month. Eduardo Rodriguez was matched pace-for-pace by Carlos Rodon, who fired 11 strikeouts in a losing effort, but found the edge he needed with Mitch Moreland‘s timely blast in the 11th.

Braves 5, Marlins 3: Are you tired of home runs? League-leading, record-breaking blasts? Giancarlo Stanton bombs? No?

Stanton’s mammoth 477-footer stands as the longest home run in SunTrust Park history — a history that only dates back through Opening Day 2017, but still a fun record for competitors to clear in the months to come.

Twins 8, Rangers 4: Bartolo Colon set a number of cool records with his first complete game win for the Twins, becoming the oldest pitcher since 2010 to record the feat. After allowing a ninth-inning solo shot to Carlos Gomez, however, he also set one not-quite-so-cool record:

Astros 16, Blue Jays 7: It’s been a minute since the Astros showed their American League competitors what they’re really capable of. On Friday, they executed their fifth win of the season with 16+ runs, clubbing five home runs and chasing Cesar Valdez out of the game with a nine-run spread in the fourth inning. While the win was the very definition of a group effort, first baseman Tyler White stood out, going 4-for-5 with his first two homers of the year and single-handedly driving in five runs.

Mariners 5, Royals 2: James Paxton is the real deal. The Mariners’ lefty dealt his seventh straight win, tying both Scott Bankhead (1989) and Jamie Moyer (2003) for a franchise-best streak as Seattle topped Kansas City. He issued two runs and seven strikeouts in his 12th win of the year, improving to a 2.70 ERA and positioning himself for a legitimate run at the ERA title.

Things weren’t so sweet for the Royals, whose loss was punctuated with a troublesome injury to Salvador Perez after the catcher appeared to hurt his right side on a strikeout in the sixth.

Rockies 4, Phillies 3: Kyle Freeland lobbed just 11 pitches before something felt off. The rookie southpaw made an early exit after sustaining a left groin strain as he crouched to avoid Jonathan Lucroy‘s pickoff throw to second base. It’s an untimely departure for Freeland, whose standout performance has bolstered the Rockies through their campaign for a wild card berth. While the club doesn’t know how long they’ll be without their rookie ERA leader, they were able to rebound against the Phillies on Friday, taking the one-run nail-biter with DJ LeMahieu‘s clutch RBI single in the eighth inning.

Diamondbacks 2, Giants 1: Now this is the kind of impression Anthony Banda wanted to make in the majors. The rookie left-hander got off to a rough start in his debut against the Nationals last month, but recovered to stun the Giants in his second start with six innings of one-run ball for his first big league win. The Giants, meanwhile, not only dropped their 69th game of the year, but lost first baseman Brandon Belt to the concussion DL after he was felled by Banda’s curveball in the sixth.

Angels 8, Athletics 6: There may be no hope of overtaking the Astros this late in the season, but the Angels kept their wild card hopes alive with another decisive win this weekend. The A’s did their part to support their rivals, supplementing the Angels’ eight-run drive with five walks and a pair of errors in the second inning. Their seventh run, an infield single off the bat of Yunel Escobar, also marked the third baseman’s 1,500th career hit:

And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Diamondbacks 10, Cubs 8: Paul Goldschmidt went deep three times, knocking in six runs, including a solo shot in the ninth that broke an 8-8 tie after the Dbacks had blown a five-run lead. Goldschmidt is the ninth player to have a three-homer game this season, joining Yoenis CespedesMatt KempAnthony RendonScooter Gennett (four), Eddie RosarioCorey SeagerNolan Arenado, and Andrew McCutchen.

Red Sox 9, White Sox 5: Sox win! Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Mookie Betts added a two-run shot and Andrew Benintendi went 3-for-3, reaching base five times, and scoring twice and driving in a run. White Sox rookie Nicky Delmonico hit his first career homer. Well done, Delmonico.

Brewers 2, Cardinals 1: Keon Broxton gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead with a single in the fifth, which would hold up. It would’ve been a 2-2 tie except he robbed Jose Martinez of a solo homer earlier in the game:

 

Matt Garza came off the DL to allow one run in five and two-thirds.

Rockies 5, Mets 4: What a way to lose a game. Tied 4-4 in the ninth inning, the Rockies rallied to win it in walkoff fashion, though you can give the Mets and reliever Hansel Robles a monster assist in that victory. The ninth inning sequence: Jonathan Lucroy getting hit by a pitch, a sac bunt, an intentional walk of Charlie Blackmon to put runners on first and second and then a  walk to D.J. LeMahieu and a walkoff walk to Nolan Arenado. Here was the last pitch to Arenado:

Juuuuust a bit high.

Tigers 7, Orioles 5: Detroit took a 7-0 lead by the top of the third and it held up, ending the O’s five-game winning streak. Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff homer and Justin Upton hit a two-run homer in the rain-interrupted game. The O’s did have a nice moment, however, in turning a sweet 5-4-3 triple play:

Pirates 6, Reds 0: Chad Kuhl tossed seven shutout innings as Andrew McCutchen and David Freese each drove in two and Starling Marte went 3-for-5 and scored three times . The Reds didn’t advance a runner past second base all game long.

Indians 5, Yankees 1: Corey Kluber tossed a complete game, striking out 11 and allowing one run on only three hits, overshadowing Sonny Gray‘s debut for the Yankees. Gray allowed four runs over six, but only two were earned thanks to the Yankees playing terrible defense behind him in the first inning, committing not one, not two, but three errors.

Dodgers 7, Braves 4: Alex Wood has lost only one game all year, and that was to the Braves. Here, facing his old mates again, he allowed one run in six innings to get the W. Although to be honest, most of them probably aren’t his “old mates.” Freddie Freeman, maybe. Nick Markakis. A couple of pitchers. Otherwise the roster has turned over. But relax, it’s a figure of speech.

Rangers 4, Twins 1: You’re not gonna believe this, but Joey Gallo went deep again. Here he hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning for his fourth homer in the past three games and his 29th on the year. He’s hitting .205 and is on pace for 44 bombs. That’s some Dave Kingman stuff right there.

Rays 5, Astros 3: Steven Souza Jr. homered and drove in three runs. Corey Dickerson added three hits. Houston loses their third in a row and their fifth in the past six games.

Royals 6, Mariners 4: Brandon Moss hit two home runs and Lorenzo Cain drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh as the Royals fought back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to snap their three-game losing streak. Ned Yost was ejected for the second straight game. I would say that he learned from his old boss Bobby Cox about how to get ejected on purpose — if it was hot out Cox would pick a dumb fight with an ump and get himself sent to the air conditioned clubhouse — but it was pretty nice in Kansas City yesterday so maybe this was something else.

Angels 5, Phillies 4: Mike Trout hit a two-run homer early and the Angels came back late, with the go-ahead score coming on a wild pitch. “That was hard to take,” Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said afterward. He’ll probably say that on the afternoon of October 1 referring to the whole season, too.

Giants 11, Athletics 2: Giants starter Ty Blach pitched eight strong innings, allowing only two runs, and he hit a three-run homer to boot. And it wasn’t a cheapie. He hit out to dead center into the heavy Bay Area nighttime air.Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer and Jarrett Parker had three hits and three RBI in his first game back from the disabled list.

What to watch for on Trade Deadline day

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Today is Major League Baseball’s trade deadline. 4pm Eastern is the deadline by which players must be traded without going through the waiver process.  Players who clear waivers can still be traded through August 31, by 6pm Eastern and will be eligible for postseason rosters. Players traded after that cannot be on postseason rosters.

There have already been a number of trades. Here are the major ones, with links to our breakdown of each deal:

There are, of course, still a number of players who are available or who have at least been rumored to be so. These are the ones we’ll watch most closely today:

  • Yu Darvish, still being shopped by Texas, and rumored to be on the radar of the Dodgers and Indians, among others;
  • Sonny Gray, coveted by any number of teams, but with the Yankees and Braves mentioned as a suitor most frequently;
  • Relievers, relievers, relievers: Now that Justin Wilson has been traded, Zach Britton of the Orioles, Addison Reed of the Mets, Brandon Kintzler of the Twins and Brad Hand of the Padres are the most highly sought after relief pitchers. The Astros have been linked to Britton, as have the Dodgers. Really, though, any contender would consider bullpen help, not that the fashion is stacking the back end of the bullpen with two or perhaps three relief aces, with an eye toward shortening playoff games;
  • Beyond Kintzler, the Twins — having fallen out of contention in the AL Central — could deal any number of players, including Ervin Santana and Brian Dozier. Really, they’ll listen on probably anyone not named Jose Berrios, Miguel Sano and Max Kepler;
  • The Tigers will likely listen on Justin Verlander, but his price tag — in either salary or prospects, take your pick — may be too high for current buyers;
  • There are a lot of rental/role players who could be had, including Mike Napoli and/or Carlos Gomez of the Rangers, Randal Grichuk and/or Tommy Pham of the Cardinals and David Freese of the Pirates. Offense is not likely to be a top ticket today, however, as position player value seems to be at an all-time trade deadline low.
  • That said, the A’s will still listen on Yonder Alonso, even if there doesn’t seem to be a perfect landing spot for him at the moment;

Obviously any player who isn’t a key contributor to a contender could be moved, so even if we’re watching those, we’ll be seeing all and will update you as the deals happen today.