Craig Calcaterra

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Mets scratch Steven Matz with a shoulder problem

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The Mets season continues to spiral downward, as starter Steven Matz has been scratched from today’s start.

Matz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Padres the last time out but he now apparently has a shoulder problem of some sort. The details of what that is exactly are not known, but the Mets should provide further updates later today.

In the meantime Seth Lugo will start against the Giants today.

Settling the Scores: Thursday’s results

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Good morning. Not a great morning, at least not here, as I got a late start this morning so I’m leaving you with scores instead of scores and highlights. To be honest, though, I wasn’t going to top yesterday’s Kessel Run observations, so it’s probably not worth trying.

Last night the Angels finally broke their losing streak. The Giants won — Madison Bumgarner hit a homer — and the Dodgers lost, tightening that division to a half game again. The Tigers beat a sleep-deprived Red Sox team, which will likely only encourage silly Boston reporters to believe that the schedule is a conspiracy. At least that’s fun. Kris Bryant hit two homers in a Cubs win. The Indians won on a walkoff sac fly. The Nats won and the Marlins lost to the Reds again, which really punches a hole in that “The Marlins are interesting!” narrative.

Here are the scores:

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3
Cubs 9, Brewers 6
Orioles 13, Astros 5
Phillies 5, Dodgers 4
Indians 5, White Sox 4
Nationals 8, Braves 2
Reds 5, Marlins 4
Royals 8, Twins 1
Angels 6, Mariners 4
Padres 9, Diamondbacks 8
Giants 10, Mets 7

MLB approves sale of Seattle Mariners, John Stanton to take over

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HOUSTON (AP) Major League Baseball owners approved the sale of a controlling stake in the Seattle Mariners from Nintendo of America to a group of minority owners led by Western Wireless Corp. founder John Stanton and retired Microsoft executive Chris Larson.

The sale was announced in April and approved Thursday. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the deal will close Friday or Monday.

This will be the first transfer in control of an MLB team since Ron Fowler led the purchase of the San Diego Padres in August 2012.

Stanton will take over as control person from current chairman Howard Lincoln, who is retiring. The Mariners anticipate a seamless transition in management.

Mariners chairman emeritus John Ellis said “there’s not a soul, other than the people retiring, that will be impacted, because all of these same partners are still involved,”

Nintendo of America, under the direction of Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi, bought the Mariners from Jeff Smulyan in 1992. Under Nintendo’s ownership, the Mariners moved from the Kingdome to Safeco Field in 1999.