Craig Calcaterra

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Justin Turner, Yasmani Grandal had a heated argument in the Dodgers dugout


Some teammate-on-teammate acrimony occurred in Los Angeles last night as the Dodgers fell to the Brewers. The teammates: Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal.

It was spurred by a play in the sixth inning. With one out and runners on the corners — Grandal on first — Turner lifted a fly ball to left field. It was deep enough to score the runner from third. Ryan Braun realized that he could not get the runner coming home, but he had a chance to double up Grandal, who had tagged and broken from first to second.

The problem: the play on Grandal happened almost simultaneously with the runner from third touching home plate. In that situation it matters because if Grandal is called out for out number three before the runner crosses home, the run does not count. It was so close that it went to replay review:

Close, but it was held that the runner crossed home first, which meant that it counted, allowing the Dodgers to tie the game. That wasn’t the ended of it, though.

Back in the dugout, Turner and Grandal got into it, with Turner yelling at Grandal about making that play so close that it almost cost the team a run. It got so heated that Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick had to separate the two, who then took their dispute to the clubhouse tunnel. Later manager Dave Roberts was seen talking to Grandal. Roberts said that he told Grandal that, in that situation, you have to stop in the basepath to make sure the runner from third has time to cross the plate.

Turner told reporters after the game that the dispute is over. As he noted, it’s a long season and sometimes coworkers get miffed at each other.

True, but it’ll be curious to watch the Dodgers in the short term. In the past, with Don Mattingly, it definitely seemed like acrimony festered for a while in the Dodgers clubhouse. Dave Roberts has quickly built a reputation of being a guy who helps keep things light and easy. As the season — which has been less-than-ideal for Los Angeles — wears on, his ability to do that will be tested.

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Rangers 5, Athletics 1: A nice day from Colby Lewis who took a perfect game into the eighth, then lost it, the no-hitter and the shutout in pretty short order. Still, he pitched a complete game allowing that lone run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts on 109 pitches. What did you do that was so good yesterday? Unless your name is LeBron James or maybe Victor Martinez, see below, not much.

Blue Jays 13, Phillies 2: I’d say “J.A. Happ faced his old friends in Philly,” but I think literally the only dude still there from when Happ was in Philly is Ryan Howard and he’s had his bags packed and his car running since mid-April. Happ allowed only three hits and an unearned run in seven. The Jays had five homers and 17 hits in all. The dingers came from Kevin Pillar, who hit two, and one each from Edwin Encarnacion, Michael Saunders and Devon Travis.

Nationals 8, Padres 5: The Nats win their ninth game in the past 11. Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back homers. Anthony Rendon added a solo shot. Harper on his homer:

“I’m looking for balls that I can crush. Swing at pitches that are down and over the plate and do some damage with them.”

Good strategy. Way better than that “looking for balls on which I can muster only weak, glancing contact and try not to offend the pitcher with them” plan that so many in the game are employing today. Really, I think this “crush” strategy is going to give Harper something to work with.

Mets 6, Pirates 4: Bartolo Colon pitched well, but he also hit a double. I’ve been mildly critical of the StatCast folks at MLB for giving us somewhat context-free stats about exit velocity and speed and stuff, but I think it’s worth knowing that the land speed of a wild Bartolo Colon is upwards of 16 m.p.h.

Yankees 4, Twins 1: It was tied 1-1 in the seventh until Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer. And how about CC Sabathia: one run on six hits in six innings with seven strikeouts. Since the beginning of May he has cut his ERA down from 5.06 to 2.20 on the power of four starts in which he allowed no earned runs, two starts with one earned run and one start in which he allowed two. The Yankees still don’t impress me as a strong playoff contender overall, but Sabathia has been keeping them in the conversation almost singlehandedly.

Braves 7, Reds 2: A day after hitting for the cycle Freddie Freeman hit a two run homer and knocked a couple of singles. Freeman was 10-for-18 with three homers and six RBI in the series. I guess someone around here knows how to play this game.

Mariners 6, Rays 4: The Rays had two come-from-behind victories in this series. They would not get a third. Dae-Ho Lee drove in three runs as the Mariners salvage the finale.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 1: Tyler Wilson pitched eight shutout innings and Adam Jones homered and drove in three. Baltimore takes two of three in the series and has taken six of ten from them this season. They have a one-game lead in the East.

Tigers 10, Royals 4: Bad news from one Martinez — J.D., who fractured his elbow while running into a wall chasing a foul ball — but good news for another as Victor hit three home runs. The Bengals — yes, that was an alternate nickname for them I forgot when I wrote that post the other day — hit a total of six homers here.

Brewers 8, Dodgers 6: Jonathan Villar played the hero, hitting a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the ninth. The Dodgers had a chance to win it in the bottom half, but Jeremy Jeffress struck out Corey Seager with the bases loaded and two outs to end the game.


Giants sign Jean Machi to a minor league deal


The San Francisco Giants have signed reliever Jean Machi to a minor league contract and have assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento. Machi spent four seasons with the Giants, pitching for them from 2012 through mid-2015.

Normally I wouldn’t think to post about such a minor minor league signing, but Machi made the news recently after he was cut from the Cubs’ Triple-A team last week and then was arrested several hours later for public intoxication and public urination outside a restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa. As one does.

Everyone gets a second chance, I suppose. Here’s hoping Machi doesn’t . . . fritter his second chance away.