Craig Calcaterra

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale watches during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Monday, March 7, 2016, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chip Hale doesn’t like that Rick Honeycutt was yelling at the Diamondbacks’ dugout

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There have been a lot of plunkings in the past couple of Diamondbacks-Dodgers games. None of them seemed intentional and, even with the historic bad blood between these two teams, the “rivalry,” such as it is, is at a low ebb now. There’s a new manager in Los Angeles and no incidents have taken place for a bit. Sometimes stuff just happens and it seems like, over the past two days, stuff has just been happening.

Still, Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was jawing at the Diamondbacks dugout last night following three more plunkings of Dodgers hitters, primarily at Dbacks manager Chip Hale, who jawed back. After last night’s game Hale took exception to the jawing. From MLB.com:

I guess their pitching coach didn’t care for their guys getting hit. It was OK yesterday when our two guys got hit in the wrist, but tonight it wasn’t right even though the last pitch that [Jake] Barrett threw was a slider. Pitching in is part of the ballgame, we know that. I’m not going to allow anybody from the other team to yell towards my dugout, whoever he’s yelling at. It’s not acceptable.”

You can watch the video of the jawing here:

Whatever. I guess we will now have a debate about when it’s ok for a 60 year-old guy to yell at a 50 year-old. Imagine this happening in another sport.

Honeycutt shoulda just flipped Hale the bird. Hale shoulda just responded by making the wanking motion. End of story. Instead I’m sure we’ll get an etiquette lesson from some commentators with copious references to “respect” and stuff.

Things are getting ugly between Pablo Sandoval and the Red Sox

Boston Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval follows through on a ground out to third in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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When Pablo Sandoval was placed on the DL yesterday with a shoulder strain that had not heretofore been mentioned by anyone anywhere, it was hard not to see it as a move meant to just get Sandoval out of the picture for a little while. Or a move initiated by Sandoval in order to send a message to the team. He may still be with the team while on the DL, but he won’t bea  guy John Farrell has to worry about. He’ll, at best, be at the far end of the dugout, nearly out of sight, temporarily out of mind.

Today Jeff Passan has a column in which he reports that, yeah, there is a lot of bad blood here. Passan’s sources tell him that Sandoval does not want to be in Boston unless he can play every day, and the Red Sox have no intention of playing him unless he loses weight. And, indeed, even if he loses weight, he won’t get to play everyday unless Brock Holt and Travis Shaw struggle too. Both of them are hitting really well to start the season, by the way. Also: everyone agrees that the shoulder thing is mysterious and likely just posturing.

So this is the Carl Crawford situation all over again, but more expensive and probably worse in a lot of ways. Except this time there is no one as good as Adrian Gonzalez with whom to package Sandoval in a trade and no one as willing to take on so much bad money as Ned Colletti and the Dodgers. Boston is either going to have to release the guy or, at most, accept close to nothing to unload him to a team which can afford to take three months to let Sandoval get in shape and take hacks for purposes of having a big name on the team or maybe flipping him to a contender if he rejuvenates himself.

I suppose there are worse baseball divorces. I just can’t think of too many of them recently.

And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story, left, congratulates Nolan Arenado as he crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Josh Osich during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Denver. Colorado won 10-6. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Kobe’s last game? Golden State going for the record? Over a dozen night baseball games? That’s all good, but after the Braves went down 3-0 and looked to be on their way to yet another loss I switched to Art Carney and Lily Tomlin in “The Late Show,” which is one of the weirder but still more fun 1970s movies I’ve seen in a while. Sometimes you gotta step away from sports and remind yourself that no matter how old you are, there are some cool movies you haven’t seen and then make a point to see them.

Anyway, here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Mets 2, Marlins 1: Why I could never be a fan of a New York team: people were talking about this afterwards as if it were a “must-win” game. Like, not just crazy fans and columnists. The manager of the team was saying stuff like this. Baseball is supposed to fun, man. If my team thinks it has a must-win game on April 13 I’m just gonna get all freaked out and not enjoy myself for six months. This was enjoyable though.

Angels 5, Athletics 1: Four in a row for the Angels thanks to Matt Shoemaker and Albert Pujols. The Angels are still my dark horse “collapse at some point over the summer and have a really ugly end to the season” team this year — maybe the only real candidate for this in the AL — but for now they’re humming along pretty well.

Indians 4, Rays 1: Terry Francona said starter Carlos Carrasco was battling some “intestinal turmoil” at the beginning of the game. Given that he pitched eight innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts I’d hate to see what he would’ve done to the Rays if his intestines were a placid sea of peacefulness. In other news, I heard that one of my favorite hardcore bands from the 1980s, “Intestinal Turmoil,” is getting back together. I probably won’t go to any of their shows, though. Not the same since their bass player killed all of those people and then died after choking on prison food while awaiting trial. I lost interest then, because that was a pretty boring way for a 1980s hardcore band member to die, comparatively speaking. Show me something, man. Show you’re committed to the scene.

Mariners 4, Rangers 2: The Mariners had a 2-1 lead in the eighth but blew it and it was 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning when Dae-ho Lee came up to bat. He was benched because a righty got the start — and had been struggling anyway — but Lee came up big in a pinch hitting situation, smacking an 0-2 fastball off Jake Diekman for a walkoff two-run homer.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 2: The O’s finally lose one. Had to happen eventually, as there has never been a team to go 162-0 in a baseball season. Not even in that 1988 version of Lance Hafner Baseball I had for my Commodore 64 in which I created a team consisting of Bench, Gehrig, Morgan, Wagner, Schmidt, Mays, Ruth and Aaron with a pitching staff that matched up to that talent level. I think I ended up going 150-12 or something like that, because even computer systems in 1988 had that annoying “look, I know you’re taking advantage of me here, but I am NOT going to stand for this” mode. I think the first team to beat me was the 1987 Tigers or Blue Jays. After that I really cooled on my team. Don’t do that, O’s fans. Your guys are still good.

Brewers 6, Cardinals 4: “Hello. My name is Domingo Santana. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” At least that’s what I assume Santana said to Trevor Rosenthal before their ninth inning faceoff. It went about as well for Rosenthal as things went for Count Rugen. With go-ahead two-run homers being about as welcome to relievers as a sword to the gut.

Nationals 3, Braves 0Tanner Roark pitched seven shutout innings. He was a spot starter, as Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to go but was scratched due to an illness. The spot starter could’ve been Art Carney or Lily Tomlin and it would’ve gone the same way. Art Carney has been dead for over 12 years and Lily Tomlin is 76 years-old. The Braves are bad.

White Sox 3, Twins 0Carlos Rodon was very Carlos Rodony, showing great stuff and not giving up any runs but still walking five in six innings. When he puts it together he’s gonna be something. He just hasn’t put it together yet. Didn’t have to really have it together, however, given that he was facing the Twins. Jerry Sands gave the Sox some insurance with a two-run homer in the seventh off of Phil Hughes. The Twins are 0-8. They too are bad.

Phillies 2, Padres 1: Jared Eickhoff struck out nine in seven scoreless innings and Maikel Franco homered, doubled and drove in two. The Phillies: actually playing good baseball for a team that’s supposed to suck.

Tigers 7, Pirates 3Jarrod Saltalamacchia‘s 100th career homer was a grand slam which brought the Tigers back from a 2-1 deficit and put them ahead to stay. Losing James McCann was bad, but Saltalamacchia can hit a bit.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 2: Still not used to a world in which J.A. Happ is a money starter, but he has been. He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his past 12 starts and here it was one run over six. After the game he was asked what was key to his performance and he said “making some big pitches.” Ah. Jose Bautista got his 800th career RBI. I presume he was happy to help the team get a big win against a good opponent.

Cubs 9, Reds 2: Alfredo Simon gave up five runs on four hits and three walks and didn’t even make it out of the first inning. Maybe he wanted to go watch “The Late Show” too. He’s not big on Carney or Tomlin I hear, but a young Joanna Cassidy has a small role in this one and who doesn’t love Bill Macy?

Royals 4, Astros 2: The Ken Giles acquisition is not yet making Astros fans happy. Sal Perez smacked a tiebreaking two-run homer off of him in the eighth inning. Giles has given up three home runs in four games. He’s my early favorite for “relief pitcher who punches a wall in frustration, fracturing his pitching hand” this season. It’s early, though.

Rockies 10, Giants 6: Nolan Arenado homered twice, doubled, singled and drove in seven runs. Meanwhile, Trevor Story had two triples. Nice to see him mixing things up like that. Too many homers make people suspicious.

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1: Diamondbacks’ starters are 0-6 with a 6.61 ERA through the team’s first nine games. And their defense stinks. And they couldn’t do anything against Alex Wood, who allowed one run and pitched into the eighth. Adrian Gonzalez hit a homer.