Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
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Rob Manfred holds no grudges when it comes to A-Rod

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Rob Manfred wasn’t yet commissioner when Alex Rodriguez was investigated and then suspended in the Biogenesis matter, but he was certainly A-Rod’s primary investigator, accuser and, ultimately, the enforcer. Bud Selig presided over everything, but the entire affair was a definitely a Manfred vs. A-Rod battle royale.

Now, a week after what may very well have been Alex Rodriguez’s final game, Manfred is striking a distinctly non-adversarial tone about the whole affair:

“God has been kind to me: I have a very short memory,” Manfred said, chuckling. “When I think about Alex, I have to tell you, I really don’t think about three years ago. I think about how positive he was about re-entering the game. The extensive effort that he went through to make that re-entry positive. The fact that he performed amazingly well last year.

“ …I’m always glad, Alex or any other player, to see a player go out on a positive note.”

It’s a lot easier to be graceful like that when you clearly prevailed in the acrimony, but Manfred’s comments were nonetheless generous and gracious.

Baseball has had a lot of guys get slammed for PED use and will continue to have them get caught up in that mess in the future. It’d be way better if folks took Manfred’s approach to all of this — punish, but then forgive and then move on and look at the bigger picture — rather than do the whole Scarlet Letter thing like we’ve done with Bonds, Clemens, Plameiro, Sosa and their contemporaries.

Mets scratch Steven Matz with a shoulder problem

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The Mets season continues to spiral downward, as starter Steven Matz has been scratched from today’s start.

Matz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Padres the last time out but he now apparently has a shoulder problem of some sort. The details of what that is exactly are not known, but the Mets should provide further updates later today.

In the meantime Seth Lugo will start against the Giants today.

Settling the Scores: Thursday’s results

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Good morning. Not a great morning, at least not here, as I got a late start this morning so I’m leaving you with scores instead of scores and highlights. To be honest, though, I wasn’t going to top yesterday’s Kessel Run observations, so it’s probably not worth trying.

Last night the Angels finally broke their losing streak. The Giants won — Madison Bumgarner hit a homer — and the Dodgers lost, tightening that division to a half game again. The Tigers beat a sleep-deprived Red Sox team, which will likely only encourage silly Boston reporters to believe that the schedule is a conspiracy. At least that’s fun. Kris Bryant hit two homers in a Cubs win. The Indians won on a walkoff sac fly. The Nats won and the Marlins lost to the Reds again, which really punches a hole in that “The Marlins are interesting!” narrative.

Here are the scores:

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3
Cubs 9, Brewers 6
Orioles 13, Astros 5
Phillies 5, Dodgers 4
Indians 5, White Sox 4
Nationals 8, Braves 2
Reds 5, Marlins 4
Royals 8, Twins 1
Angels 6, Mariners 4
Padres 9, Diamondbacks 8
Giants 10, Mets 7