Craig Calcaterra

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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights


Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3Michael Saunders hit a two-run homer off of Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez to tie the game 3-3 in the seventh. In other news, someone thought it was a good idea for Ubaldo Jimenez to be pitching in the seventh. Never fear, though, because Matt Wieters hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the eighth, snapping the O’s four-game losing streak.

Nationals 3, Phillies 2: Max Scherzer went eight innings, striking out 11 and not allowing a hit until the sixth. He gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Howard in the seventh but Scherzer’s own sac bunt RBI earlier had already provided the winning margin. Nice day at the office for Max.

Rays 4, Red Sox 3Luke Maile hit a two-run homer in the seventh to tie things at three and then Evan Longoria hit a solo shot in the eighth which proved to be the game winner.  Boston remains two games behind Toronto in the East with the Orioles one game behind the Red Sox.

Indians 5, Twins 4: Make it 12 straight losses for the Twins. This on a night when the opposing starter couldn’t make it out of the second inning. Between that and the Teddy Bridgewater news I’m guessing Minnesota sports fans are cranky today. The only thing which could make it worse is (a) The Timberwolves all developing mono just before training camp starts next month; (b) The Wild going on a sit-down strike over working conditions; and (c) literally anything good being said about Joe Mauer.

Tigers 8, White Sox 4: The Sox led 3-0 in the fifth but then the Tigers went to work. Much of the work was done by JaCoby Jones, making his MLB debut. The Tigers third baseman had two hits and two RBI, including a sixth-inning double to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Ian Kinsler had a two-run homer and a two-run single.

Braves 7, Padres 3: Julio Teheran allowed two runs in seven innings, getting his first win in nine starts, mostly because he has the worst run support in the big leagues. Not on this night, however, as rookie Dansby Swanson had an RBI single and an RBI double and the Braves managed seven runs on 12 hits. Swanson is 12-f0r-40 to start off his career.

Mets 7, Marlins 4: Curtis Granderson didn’t even start the game but still managed to hit two homers after coming off the bench in the sixth. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Jose Reyes, who took a knock to the head on a play at the plate on Monday night, had four hits. The Mets have won eight of ten and stand two and a half back of St. Louis for the second wild card, with the Pirates in between them.

Cubs 3, Pirates 0: Kyle Hendricks tossed seven shutout innings and the Cubs got all their run scoring done in the first and second with an Anthony Rizzo two-run homer and a Miguel Montero RBI single. The Cubs are on a 103-104 win pace. The last time a team won 103 games was in 2009 when the Yankees did it. The last time anyone won more than that was 2004 when the Cardinals won 105.

Rangers 8, Mariners 7: Down 7-6 in the ninth, Rougned Odor hit a walkoff two-run homer. That was a nice bit of makeup work after he was thrown out on the base paths twice earlier. What straightened his head out? Adrian Beltre:

After getting thrown out trying to stretch a single to right in the seventh, in between RBI singles by Adrian Beltre and Jonathan Lucroy, the veteran Beltre got the aggressive youngster’s attention with a tap to the head in the dugout.

If Beltre is touching your head, you know it’s serious business.

Cardinals 2, Brewers 1: Randal Grichuk hit an RBI single in the top half of the tenth. In the bottom half, reliever Matt Bowman walked three batters to load the bases but Zach Duke got out of the jam to save the day. Adam Wainwright, mired in a crappy 2016 season, allowed only one run in seven innings while striking out seven.

Astros 3, Athletics 1: Collin McHugh won his ninth game after tossing six shutout innings. Colby Rasmus returned to the Astros lineup for the first time since August 4 and hit a solo homer.  Evan Gattis added another later.

Yankees 5, Royals 4: The Yankees jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and blew that thanks in part to a rain delay which took Masahiro Tanaka out of the game. They got their bacon saved by a tenth inning rally, however, capped off by an Jacoby Ellsbury RBI infield single, which ricocheted off of Joakim Soria‘s leg.

Angels 4, Reds 2: C. J. Cron hit two homers. He’s 8-for-12 with three homers and five drive in in his last three games. Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored twice. The best player in baseball leads the American League in WAR by a win and a half over his closest pursuer, is second in OPS, tops in OBP and walks and has over 20 stolen bases while playing outstanding defense. And he won’t win the MVP award.

Diamondbacks 4, Giants 3: Zack Greinke allowed two runs — one earned — and six hits in six innings. He’s started against the Giants 13 times in his career. He’s won nine of them. Welington Castillo hit a two-run single in the Snakes’ four-run fifth and A.J. Pollock singled twice and reached base four times.

Dodgers vs. Rockies — POSTPONED:The rum pours strong and thin
Beat out the dustman
With the rain dogs
Aboard a shipwreck train
Give my umbrella to the Rain Dogs
For I am a Rain Dog too

Tim Tebow’s workout: power, speed but not much else


Tim Tebow is, as we speak, working out for some 40 scouts from 20 organizations and an untold number of members of the media. So far he has run and jumped and thrown and, in a moment or two, will take his hacks. First BP swings, then live, full-speed BP off of a couple of former major leaguers.

His 60 yard dash time was supposedly excellent. On the 80-20 scouting scale he’s supposedly in the 50-60 range, according to people tweeting about it who know what they’re talking about. The guy is certainly big and strong and in amazing shape and that’s not nothing.

Also this:

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That’s from MLB’s Twitter, which provides us with some more in-action shots.

Here he is playing right field out there in the distance someplace:

UPDATE: Tebow’s workout is over. On the “pro” side, based on the assorted tweets of journalists in attendance, many based on quick conversations with scouts in attendance, Tebow’s power was described as “nuclear,” and graded out at an 80 for at least one scout. That’s as good as it gets. The speed in the 60, as mentioned above, was also excellent.

On the “con” side was his fielding, which was considered sub-par, with a scout saying that his routes were circuitous and inefficient and his arm, while alright, was nothing special, especially for a guy of his obvious physical strength.

As far as non-power hitting goes, it was also not great. His stance was very, very wide and did not leave much room for adjustments, scouts said. This was born out by his being fairly consistently baffled by former big leaguer David Aarsdma’s changeup, at which he swung-and-missed three of four times. He was one for six in simulated at bats against minor league journeyman Chad Smith, with that one hit being a single. He also drew a walk.

Maybe that power — both hitting power and star power — is too great for an organization to ignore. Maybe someone takes a chance. But as a prospect Tim Tebow sure sounds a lot like a big strong fast guy who probably doesn’t have a ton of baseball skills.

Adrian Beltre puts his helmet on backwards to face a switch pitcher


“A” switch pitcher is probably not the most accurate way to put that. It’s more like “The” switch pitcher, as Pat Venditte of the Mariners is the only one extant.

Last night the right-handed hitting Adrian Beltre had to face Venditte, who obviously chose to pitch righty to the Rangers third baseman. Before coming up to the plate, Beltre jokingly donned his helmet backwards and pretended that he’d hit left-handed:


He needn’t have bothered. Beltre doubled to left field off of Venditte, showing that at some point, platoon splits really don’t matter.