Craig Calcaterra

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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 7, Royals 0: The Indians probably had a better weekend than you: they swept the Royals in four and took over first place. Francisco Lindor Carlos Santana and Tyler Naquin each homered in the fifth inning. Mike Napoli homered in the fourth. Cleveland has taken six of seven from the Royals overall.

Tigers 5, White Sox 2: Another AL Central sweep. Justin Verlander gave up five hits and a walk while striking out eight and allowing two runs over seven innings. The Tigers’ sweep had them beating three straight lefty starters in Rodon, Sale and Quintana.

Nationals 10, Reds 9: The Reds had a 5-0 lead, blew it to find themselves down by five and then almost came back, loading the bases with no one out in the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon. The Nats’ closer than induced a popout, a strikeout and a fly out to end it. After the game Papelbon said “my motto is ‘bend but don’t break.'” If you would’ve asked me before that what Papelbon’s motto was I probably would’ve said something different and not printable on a family baseball website. Or maybe “YOLO” or something.

Marlins 1, Mets 0: Jose Fernandez was dominant, striking out 14 in seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and not walking a soul. He has now won eight straight starts in a run and has shaved over two runs off his ERA since late April. Though he took the loss the Mets have to be happy with Matt Harvey turning in another strong start (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER).

Orioles 3, Yankees 1: Matt Wieters hit a tiebreaking two-run, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning off of Aroldis Chapman. Three runs actually scored on the play thanks to an error by Jacoby Ellsbury throwing home. It was a long eighth inning. It started with Baltimore trailing 1-0 with runners at first and second, then a rain delay of 1 hour, 37 minutes ensued. The rally came after and it ended with Chapman’s first blown save of the year.

Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4: Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth and then the wheels almost fell off the Jays’ bus completely, but they somehow held on. Estrada took two other no-nos into the eighth in June of 2015. He’s not exactly the type you’d peg as a guy who might one day throw a no-hitter, but if he does it you figure it’ll have to happen in the month of June, right?

Phillies 8, Brewers 1: Aaron Nola pitched six shutout innings and fanned nine. No one threw any bottles at any Phillies players. At least yesterday.

Angels 5, Pirates 4: Albert Pujols gave the Angels a 5-4 lead, which proved to be the final score, after delivering a two-run home run off of lefty reliever Tony Watson in the eighth inning. He also delivered a “stern lecture” to Gerrit Cole while Cole was on first base half an inning after Cole jawed at Kole Calhoun over something. I’m guessing it all stemmed from some vague and general disagreement about the spelling of “Cole/Kole.”

Rays 7, Twins 5: Evan Longoria homered for the fourth straight game. He hit two here. If he had hit two in four straight games that’d probably be a record or something. Logan Morrison homered twice too. Imagine if you had two guys homer twice in four straight games. It’s easy if you try.

Astros 5, Athletics 2: Evan Gattis homered for the third straight game. What’s the deal with Evans lately? Carlos Correa hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh to give the Astros a three-game sweep. Carlos Gomez hit his first homer of the year. What’s the deal with Carloses lately?

Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2: Jake Arrieta‘s 20-game regular season win streak ends. He still struck out 12 dudes in five innings but a lot of strikeouts do not a win make. On this day he was outdueled by Patrick Corbin who threw 18 fewer pitches despite going two more innings. There’s some sort of wisdom in there someplace. The Cubs went 8-2 on this last homestand, with both losses coming in games Arrieta started. What a bum.

Rangers 3, Mariners 2Jurickson Profar hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run fifth inning. He was the DH yesterday for the second time since his callup, as Prince Fielder rode the pine. Last week the Rangers were asking how to find playing time for Profar once Rougned Odor came back from his suspension. Given that he’s hitting .390/.405/.634 with five extra base hits in nine games since returning to the bigs, the answer to that is “at Prince Fielder’s expense until it ceases to make sense.”

Dodgers 12, Braves 6: Corey Seager homered twice. He homered three times on Friday. What’s the deal with Coreys lately? No, I don’t have any other great Corey baseball stats, but there’s probably a Corey who had a great weekend someplace. The Dodgers outscored the Braves 20-8 in the series sweep. How’d they ever get eight? It’s a miracle. It’s a miracle.

Cardinals 6, Giants 3Aledmys Diaz, Matt Adams and Yadier Molina each drove in a run during the Cards’ four-run sixth inning. St. Louis rallied from behind. to beat the Giants for the second straight day. Matt Carpenter had three hits and an RBI. He’s 15-for-35 with eight extra-base hits since returning from paternity leave. Paternity leave is good.

Rockies 10, Padres 3: Jon Gray was dominant and Carlos Gonzalez hit two two-run homers. What’s the deal with Carloses lately?

Corey Seager slugs 3 HRs in Dodgers’ 4-2 win over Braves

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The ball came out of Julio Teheran‘s hand seeming as big as a pizza pie, and Corey Seager was hungry.

The rookie shortstop homered three times, driving in the go-ahead run with his second shot in the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Friday night in the series opener.

After the game, he headed home to eat – what else? – pizza with teammate and roommate Trayce Thompson, who had the Dodgers’ fourth homer of the game.

“It didn’t matter where it was thrown, it looked like it was on a tee,” Seager said. “It was either right there or it looked like it was a million miles away. That’s a good feeling when you’re hitting, so hopefully it will be like that tomorrow.”

It was the second multi-homer game of Seager’s career, with the young shortstop blasting two against the Cardinals on May 15. He became the first Dodgers rookie with three homers in a game since Don Demeter on April 21, 1959, against the Giants at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

“I’m enjoying the development, the evolution, whatever you want to call it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It seems like every night he’s going to do something special.”

Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling calls him “Seag-sauce,” and lately Seager has been cooking.

He’s batting .317 with six doubles, 10 homers and 19 RBIs in his last 30 games since May 3. Seager has a team-leading 12 homers this season.

“The temperament, the pulse and the mechanics of his swing, all these things make a good player to a great player,” Roberts said. “We’re lucky to have him. He’s unfazed, whether it’s a big spot or the (crowd) recognition.”

Kenta Maeda (5-3) allowed two runs – one earned – and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking two.

“He didn’t have his fastball command and battled to get through six-plus, but he did,” Roberts said.

Kenley Jansen tossed a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.

Returning from a seven-game trip, the Dodgers won their fifth in a row and eighth in their last 10 at home.

Seager capped his night with a shot to left field leading off the eighth against Hunter Cervenka. The crowd demanded a curtain call, and he complied, tipping his cap from the top of the dugout steps.

“That one put a smile on my face,” he said. “That’s something that you really enjoy and kind of soak that one in.”

Seager connected on the first pitch from Teheran (1-6) leading off the fourth, drawing the Dodgers to 2-1.

Thompson followed in the fifth, sending a 1-0 pitch into center field to tie the game at 2.

Seager came back in the sixth with his 11th homer of the season, a shot to center field that gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.

“It was his night,” Teheran said. “There’s nothing I could do. I threw him a slider and a changeup away and he still hit them out.”

The Dodgers’ youngsters provided all the power on a night when leading hitter Adrian Gonzalez went 0 for 3 with a walk, leadoff hitter Chase Utley struck out swinging four times and Justin Turner was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

Teheran was the hard-luck loser, allowing three runs – two earned – and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two, including just one walk among his first 10 batters. The right-hander is winless in six career starts against the Dodgers.

“I threw good pitches and they still hit them. I can’t get a break in this park,” Teheran said. “We have to get going and I’m going to find the love. I’m not frustrated.”

Other than their four homers, the Dodgers didn’t advance a runner beyond first base until the seventh when Yasmani Grandal walked and Thompson doubled into the left-field corner. But they stranded both runners.

The Braves led 2-0 on RBI singles by Adonis Garcia in the first and Mallex Smith in the second.

VAN SLYKE RETURNS

Dodgers infielder-outfielder Scott Van Slyke was reinstated from the DL earlier Friday and made his first appearance since April 9, striking out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and remaining in the game in left field.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

“They all have 10 hitting coaches, and they read the newspapers and listen to the radio and it clutters their minds even worse.” – Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton on his team’s .226 batting average, lowest in the majors

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: After the game, RHP Mike Foltynewicz was placed on the DL with right arm soreness. He is likely to have a rehab start and the team will call up someone from Triple-A to take his roster spot. … RHP Jim Johnson returned from his rehab assignment and was reinstated from the DL. … RHP Ryan Weber was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig was placed on the DL before the game with a strained left hamstring. He’s the 16th different Dodger on the DL this season, which leads the majors. “He’s not the player he could be when he’s not healthy,” Roberts said.

UP NEXT

Braves: After the game, the team said RHP Bud Norris (1-6, 5.71 ERA) will start Saturday, replacing Foltynewicz.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.56) went 5-0 with three shutouts in six May starts and led the majors in ERA (0.91), strikeouts (55) and innings (49.2). He was set to start Friday, but got pushed back a day when the team decided to give Maeda an extra day of rest.

The Miami Marlins broke the news of Muhammad Ali’s death. Really.

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The greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali, passed away last night. His death and remembrances of his life will, with good reason, dominate the news this weekend. The news of his death wasn’t broken by the New York Times or TMZ or via a press release or by any other traditional means, however. No, it was broken by the jumbotron at Marlins Park in Miami following the Mets-Marlins game.

The Marlins put the iconic image of Ali standing over Sonny Liston with “1942-2016” underneath it just after 10pm last night. Ali’s death was not officially announced by his family until just after midnight. No other news outlets were running with reports of his passing before then, even if it was widely known that he had been placed on life support and that things looked dire.

This was not, however, a case of the Marlins simply jumping the gun. Marlins president David Samson told the Miami Herald that the organization was “informed by someone close to the family that he had passed away,” and added that “we wanted to get a tribute out as soon as we possibly could.” Samson noted that Ali was close to Marlins brass and noted that Ali had thrown out the first pitch before the first game in Marlins Park.

I guess the news was coming out either way eventually but the Marlins deciding that they HAD to get that up on the jumbotron ASAP was a pretty bizarre choice. Nice scoop?

In other news, if you’re around my age you grew up thinking that Mike Tyson was really good because he hit guys really hard. Then, later, you saw stuff like this. Then you went, “Ahh, I see now.”

RIP Muhammad Ali.