Craig Calcaterra

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, April 18, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights


Baseball is one of the best things. It’s not “The Sesame Street Characters do ‘Scenario’ by A Tribe Called Quest” good. But it’s one of the best things.

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 0: John Lackey struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball and [all together now] helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single. Cards fans booed Jason Heyward for some dumb reason but Lackey was the 2015 Cardinal they should’ve been more upset with on this night, because he owned their guys.

Marlins 6, Nationals 1: Jose Fernandez settled down after a rocky couple of innings and ended up going six and getting the win. At the end of the second he had a little smacking-himself-in-the-head outburst. After the game, Don Mattingly said “He’s just so emotional.” Later, he did not add, “Every time he thinks of you. He’s just so emotional, baby, ain’t it shocking what love can do?”

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: A 1-0 lead in the eighth didn’t hold up for Boston as Toronto put four across, all charged to Koji Uehara, but capped off by a Russell Martin two-run single off of Craig Kimbrel. All of that rendered Clay Buchholz‘s strong, six and two-thirds shutout innings performance an interesting side note.

Mets 5, Phillies 2: David Wright hit two homers and Lucas Duda and Neil Walker each added their own. But another star of the show was Noah Syndergaard, who allowed one run in seven while striking out eight and while throwing the ball really, really hard.

Rockies 5, Reds 1: Trevor Story went long again — his eighth on the year — to ignite a four-run eighth inning for the Rockies who are 8-5 at the moment. Call me in a month if they’re still doing that, but for now they’re playing some better than expected baseball.

Angels 7, White Sox 0: Hector Santiago was staked to a 5-0 lead before he even had to throw a pitch, which is kind of nice. No pitching to the score for him, however, as he struck out 10 over seven shutout innings. Yup, no screwing around for Santiago. Except for the fact that he threw a bunch of screwballs, because that’s what he does.

Twins 7, Brewers 4Miguel Sano and Byung Ho Park homered, and Minnesota had 14 hits. Which is saying something given that the rain turned this into a six-inning game. Maybe mother nature or Rob McKenna,who is unknowingly a Quasi Supernormal Incremental Precipitation Inducer, took mercy on the Brewers.

Diamondbacks 9, Giants 7: Jake Lamb hit a tying homer with two outs in the ninth and the Dbacks rallied for two more in the 11th, including another Lamb RBI, to win a very, very long game. Jean Segura, who hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 11th, and Lamb each had three hits. The Dbacks scored five runs over the final four innings, which is the kind of thing that gives managers and pitching coaches nightmares.

Randy Levine wrote an editorial that was basically pro-Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump addresses supporters at a campaign rally, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Randy Levine started our day with an interview in which he claimed that Yankee Stadium did not get any public subsidies even though it got TONS of public subsidies. Like, hundreds of millions of dollars.

We end the afternoon with a link to an editorial he wrote for NewsMax railing against proposed changes to the delegate procedures at the Republican National Convention. It’s an editorial that, in essence, argues that the GOP is trying to rob Donald Trump of the nomination.

And, to be fair to Levine — who has a long history and a lot of experience in Republican politics — he’s probably right. I don’t really care about what goes on internally in the Republican Party, but it does seem like whatever is happening there is aimed at doing harm to the guy who has gotten more votes and won more primaries than anyone. To be clear, ALL of these sorts of rules, in both the Democratic and Republican party are written like this to support and help the candidates preferred by the party establishment. Hillary Clinton, while she also happens to have gotten far more votes than Bernie Sanders, is nonetheless getting a greater boost in delegates than some are pleased with due to some rules set by the party.

Still, even if Levine has a valid point, at the end of the day, he’s carrying a brief for Donald Trump. And that can’t feel particularly fulfilling, can it?

Two minor leaguers suspended for drugs

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Police blotter time.

Tampa Bay Rays minor League right-hander Damion Carroll and Detroit Tigers Minor League right-hander Spenser Watkins each have received 50-game suspensions following a second positive test for a Drug of Abuse. Carroll plays for the Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League. Watkins plays for the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League.

I’m always curious about which “drug of abuse” it is in these cases. And mindful that there are some drugs that major leaguers can take with impunity because they collectively bargained the right to not have it included in testing while minor leaguers are not given that right.