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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 5, Indians 2: Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hitting streak reaches 27 games. Normally a streak of that length would be the most astounding thing happening on a team but the Sox also have a dude on a retirement tour with a 1.092 OPS who is on pace for 41 homers and 136 RBI. David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and an RBI double, knocking in three in all and finishing a triple short of the cycle. He averages one triple a year, presumably in instances when outfielders are Raptured before reaching the ball, and he already has a triple this season so that probably would’ve been too much to expect.

Mets 3, Brewers 1: Does anyone know where the love of God goes when Noah Syndergaard turns the minutes to hours?Milwaukee they say had a really bad day as Thor put eleven strikeouts behind him.

I dunno where that came from. I’m on something of a sleep deficit right now. Sorry.

Blue Jays 3, Twins 1: Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson each homered. John Gibbons was ejected after a couple of inside pitches to Donaldson which seemed a lot like lame “how dare you hit a home run off of me” retaliation pitches from Phil Hughes. Gibbons thought Hughes should’ve been given a warning. Joe West disagreed, which means that he DEFINITELY should’ve been given a warning on the “Everything Joe West Does on a Baseball Field is Bullcrap” theory. Anyway, the whole thing was rather adorable given how many home runs Hughes gives up. If he retaliated after every dinger he’d be a full-time retaliator, part-time pitcher. You just wanna pat him on the head or give him a reassuring hug.

Tigers 9, Rays 4: A win — the Tigers’ sixth in seven games, even — but a costly one as Jordan Zimmermann had to leave the game in the sixth inning with a strained groin and Miguel Cabrera left in the seventh with a bruised knee. Cabrera, who hit a homer before being hit on the knee with a pitch, is not expected to miss much time. Heck, he is notorious for playing through some fairly serious injuries so a bruise shouldn’t be too big  a deal. Zimmermann, however, will undergo an MRI today and could miss significant time, which is not great given that he has been Detroit’s best starter all year.

Mariners 5, Reds 4: Leonys Martin had four hits and Robinson Cano drove in two as Seattle sweeps Cincy, handing the Redlegs their seventh straight loss.

Nationals 8, Marlins 2: Max Scherzer was excellent again, only this time he wasn’t 20-strikeout dominant. Of course you can’t really keep that up for long, can you? Scherzer went eight innings allowing two runs and struck out eight. Washington and Miami feel like they’ve played 50 games against each other this year.

Phillies 5, Braves 0: Jerad Eickhoff pitched seven innings of shutout ball and knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice as the Phillies avoid a sweep against the Braves. They now go on the road to face the Tigers, Nats and Cubs, so I guess we’ll see if this early season roll continues once the grass gets taller.

White Sox 3, Royals 2Todd Frazier hit his 13th home run and Melky Cabrera drove in two as the Chisox avoid a sweep. Carlos Rodon scattered eight hits and allowed two runs over six and two-thirds.

Rangers 9, Astros 2: Cole Hamels allowed one earned run and struck out 11 over eight innings. Dallas Keuchel continued his atrocious 2016, allowing seven runs on nine hits in six innings. The reigning Cy Young Award Winner is now 2-6 with a 5.92 ERA. The Rangers have won six in row over Houston and 14 of the last 16. This is turning into rivalry in name only. It’s Ohio State-Michigan stuff. Like, recent Ohio-State Michigan stuff. Back when I went to Ohio State it was reversed. I guess rivalries have a way of working themselves out eventually, but right now the Astros are on Rich Rodriguez-Brady Hoke-John Cooper level.

Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 2: Zack Greinke allowed one run over eight as the Snakes take two of three from the Cardinals and four of six overall. Paul Goldschmidt drove in two. Michael Bourn got three hits.

Angels 10, Orioles 2: Jered Weaver took a shutout into the seventh without ever topping 85 m.p.h. on the gun. In other news, citizens across the world brace for severe shortages of smoke and mirrors, as they have all been hoarded by unknown west coast interests. Carlos Perez homered and drove in five.

Yankees 5, Athletics 4: The Yankees have win five in a row. Michael Pineda allowed three runs over six which, while not spectacular in most instances, was pretty good for him lately.

Dodgers 9, Padres 5: Seventeen innings and nearly six hours of baseball here. This a day after an 11-inning affair on Saturday night. Yasiel Puig singled in two runs to break things open in the top of the seventeenth. Which he needed to do badly given that he had a massive brain fart in the ninth inning, failing to move up on a bunt for no apparent reason whatsoever other than absent-mindedness. Somehow no position players pitched in this one, but starter Ross Stripling, who is scheduled to start Tuesday night against Cincinnati, did. He pitched three innings of relief for the win. Even Clayton Kershaw played, though he didn’t pitch. He just pinch-hit.

Giants 1, Cubs 0: Live, From San Francisco, It’s the Madison Bumgarner Show! Starring . . . Madison Bumgarner! Brought to you by Seven And Two-Thirds Innings Of Shutout Ball. An RBI Double By Bumgarner in the Fifth Inning Production! And now, heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s MADISON!

Rockies vs. PiratesPOSTPONED: Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothin’ ever seems to fit
Hangin’ around
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus slams San Diego Padres Over National Anthem Incident

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Last night, before the Dodgers-Padres game at Petco Park, 100 singers from the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus were assembled on the field in order to sing the National Anthem. They never got the chance, however, because as they prepared to sing the song, a recorded voice of a woman singing the anthem came over the loudspeakers and that version of the song was played instead.

According to the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Facebook post on the incident, no effort was made to stop the recording or to start over and no announcement or apology was made explaining what happened. Rather, the singers stood in center field for the song and then were escorted off the field. The post says that the singers were heckled by some fans in the stands who said things like “you sing like a girl.”

The Gay Men’s Chorus characterizes the incident as one which raises “serious questions about homophobia” and followed “several days of troubling comments and behavior within the San Diego Padres organization” leading up to the game. Specifically, they say that “Padres representatives aggressively sought to prevent singers from performing the National Anthem” unless members of the chorus purchased tickets to the game even if they performed and even if they weren’t staying for the game. That demand was rescinded. It’s worth noting that the Gay Men’s Chorus has performed at Petco before Padres games in the past with no incident. The Gay Men’s Chorus has asked for an investigation into what occurred last night.

For their part, the Padres issued a statement on its Twitter account last night:

The Gay Men’s Chorus acknowledges that Mike Dee, President of the Padres, reached out afterward, apologized and offered to meet with the Chorus, which they welcome. It’s clear, however, that the Chorus is still displeased about the incident.

The most likely explanation here is a mixup in the control room, as the statement said, and someone playing an automated Anthem, unaware that a chorus was assembled. Still, it was an unfortunate incident and the optics of it were poor. Here’s hoping some more formal overtures than a Twitter apology take place and that the Chorus is given more respectful treatment at another game at a later date.

Texas Rangers to get a new retractable-roof ballpark

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Texas Rangers and the city of Arlington Texas are set to announce that the Rangers will soon be getting a new, retractable-roof ballpark to replace their current home, Globe Life Park.

Their current lease on Globe Life expires in 2024 and can be ended a year early by the club at its discretion, but Grant says the new ballpark will be up and operating before that. He says that construction of the park would be subject to an election by Arlington voters, likely to approve the dedication of sales taxes and other public revenues to the project. Ownership of the park would be split between Arlington and the ball club.

Globe Life Park, previously The Ballpark at Arlington, opened in 1994. That was relatively early in the stadium building boom of the 1990s-2000s, making it tied for 11th oldest among current ballparks. Age, however, is not so much of an issue as the park is in fine shape. Nor is location, as Arlington has been and remains the sports stadium capital of the Metroplex and continues to have multiple projects in the works making it a sports and entertainment destination.

Rather, the issue is heat and the depression of attendance and revenues the current open-air stadium experiences in the hot, hot summers of north Texas, even when the Rangers are winning. When the Ballpark at Arlington the cost of a retractable roof was seen as prohibitive and the technology of such beasts was nowhere near as advanced as it is today. As such, the choice to eschew a roof was understandable, even if has led to a couple of decades of Rangers fans sweltering in sometimes dangerous heat.

In a few years they won’t be. And one assumes that the Rangers’ revenues will continue to go up even as the temperatures do.