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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights


source: AP

Dodgers 9, Giants 1: The Dodgers clinch. Clayton Kershaw was amazing, of course, striking out 11 and allowing one in eight innings. He also hit an RBI triple to tie the game in the 5th. Yasiel Puig homered and took a bases loaded walk. Clearly he’s dangerous to the Dodgers and will be their downfall. Kershaw finishes the season 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and 231 strikeouts and 31 walks in 198.1 innings. Those are silly, video game numbers. They’ll certainly give him the Cy Young Award. They may give him the MVP.

Orioles 9, Yankees 5: The Yankees are eliminated. And, depending on what Mother Nature has in store for this evening in New York, this may have been Derek Jeter’s last game in Yankee Stadium. If so it ended with an 0 for 4 and a strikeout. The Orioles top three hitters had two RBI a piece.

Braves 6, Pirates 2: The Braves put up a month’s worth of runs for them. Of course they were playing against the Pirates’ the day after a celebration. It was a regular lineup, but you have to assume they were a bit tired and everything following Tuesday night’s festivities.

Tigers 6, White Sox 1: This win and the Royals loss put the Tigers up two with four to play. That’s pretty safe. This win plus the Mariners’ loss ensures the Tigers of at least a wild card, though. Justin Verlander allowed one run over eight. The Tigers weathered Chris Sale and got to the Sox’ bullpen. Chris Sale plunked Victor Martinez and, apparently had it in his head that the Tigers were stealing signs. Whatever, dude. It’s almost the offseason for you. You can clear your head then.

Brewers 5, Reds 0: Kyle Lohse with a two-hit shutout. Too little too late for the Brewers, but they do have at least one thing to play for: if they finish with a winning record they will almost certainly be the only non-playoff team in the NL above .500. That’s more of a league accomplishment than a team accomplishment, of course. The NL sorta sucks this year.

Twins 2, Diamondbacks 1: Phil Hughes tossed eight great innings. If he had pitched eight and a third great innings he would’ve gotten a $500,000 contract bonus on the year. And he would’ve almost certainly done so but for a rain delay that took him out late. One hopes that the Twins do him a solid and just give him his $500K anyway. As it was, he did break Brett Saberhagen’s record for the best K/BB ratio in a season for a starting pitcher, striking out 186 and walking only 16. He only allowed 16 homers too. As we all assumed Phil Hughes would before the season started, yes?

Phillies 2, Marlins 1: Kyle Kendrick ties up the Fish for seven innings. Kendrick also broke a 0-0 tie with an RBI double. He used Ryan Howard’s bat to do it. Best use that bat has been put to in a long time. Jonathan Papelbon returned from his crotch-grabbing suspension and got the save. He grabbed nothing last night. At least when the TV cameras were on him. No word on what he grabbed later.

Angels 5, Athletics 4: Howie Kendrick doubled and drove in three runs as the Angels beat the A’s for the seventh time in their last eight meetings. The A’s now go on the road to Texas. They’ll likely go on to Kansas City for a wild card game after that. If things go better, they could be facing the Angels again after that. If things go atrociously, the could just go straight back to Oakland. So many unknowns for that team.

Cubs 3, Cardinals 1: The Cards had a chance to open up a two-game led over Pittsburgh with three to play but couldn’t manage it. Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings in yet another solid performance, striking out ten, allowing only two hits and just an unearned run.

Indians 6, Royals 4: Kansas City may have lost the Central here. Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer, Michael Brantley got three hits. The Indians avoid elimination with the loss. Well, postpone elimination anyway. The Indians are off today and could actually be eliminated on their off day.

Padres 4, Rockies 3: Joe Wieland got his first big league win. It was much delayed following his debut given Tommy John surgery and another, more minor elbow surgery. So you figure it had to be sweet for him.

Blue Jays 1, Mariners 0: The M’s season is closing on a down note, that’s for sure. They lose again, this time quite quickly. The game took one hour and fifty-nine minutes. You bet Mark Buehrle was pitching for the Jays. He struck out ten and allowed only three hits in eight shutout innings. He also passed the 200 inning mark for the 14th consecutive year.

Red Sox 11, Rays 3: The Red Sox started seven rookies and still romped. The Red Sox scored three runs on walks, one on a wild pitch and one on a passed ball. So this was a totally sharp game, y’all.

Rangers 5, Astros 1: Congratulations to Tim Bogar for taking over the Rangers, going on a nice winning tear and costing them the first pick in the draft next year.

Mets vs. Nationals: POSTPONED: Its the middle of September, I still play out in the rain as the world glides by and my end is here again.

Louisville Slugger is retiring Derek Jeter’s bat model

Derek Jeter

Because there are still some companies who have yet to find a way to get involved in Derek Jeter’s retirement, we get this announcement from Louisville Slugger:

. . . The storied company did something today that it’s never done in its 130 years in the game – it retired a bat model in honor of a player.To show its respect and admiration for Derek Jeter, Louisville Slugger announced it is retiring his famous P72 . . . The P72 has been one of the more popular models with MLB players over the decades. In addition to Jeter, who now ranks sixth on the all-time career hits list, it has been swung by Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Robin Yount, among others. The specifications of the P72, with its medium barrel and balanced swing weight, will still exist for players to order, but under a new model name. It will be called the DJ2 in recognition of Jeter and his incredible career.

The P72, by the way, was named for Les Pinkham, a minor league catcher of the 1950s, who first used the bat. If you are a descendant of Pinkham, you can still get a P72. But no one else can. The remaining P72 bats — 72 of them, natch — will be given to Derek Jeter’s Turn2 charity.

So, to sum up: the bat that other famous players used and which was named after a guy no one has heard of will be retired (mostly) but you can still get a bat with Derek Jeter’s initials. Which, OK, but that’s usually not how retiring things tend to go.

Lost in all of this is the fact that, based on his stats this season, Jeter basically put his P72s into partial retirement at the end of the 2012 season.

Derek Jeter’s final game in Yankee Stadium could be cancelled because of rain

Derek Jeter

Tomorrow afternoon, Derek Jeter is scheduled to play in his final game in Yankee Stadium. This is the forecast for the Bronx for tomorrow:


The best part: since there are no playoff implications for the game, and since both the Yankees and Orioles have to play someplace else on Friday, it will almost certainly not be made up if it’s rained out.

I’m not sure if this is a matter of God, for the first time ever, not doing whatever is in His power to make things nice for Derek Jeter, or if it’s God crying because He will no longer be able to see Derek Jeter play.

Anyway: thoughts, prayers.

Bud Selig talks about what MLB is doing to create a domestic violence policy

Bud Selig

Last night, following his bestowing of a major award on Derek Jeter, Bud Selig spoke from Yankee Stadium about baseball’s work on a domestic violence policy.

Specifically, he said that Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president for labor relations Dan Halem and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark had been meeting to discuss a framework for how to deal with cases, as well as meetings with “various groups seeking input,” which one hopes and presumes to be anti-domestic violence groups and womens organizations.

Selig’s comments:

“We’re going to be very proactive in that area. Baseball is a social institution and needs to deal with things like this directly. And we will . . . We’ve been having meetings with various organizations — two a day starting last Friday. And had a couple more today and a couple more tomorrow. And talking to the Players Association about it.”

Sounds good to me. As we’ve discussed, coming up with a policy will not be an easy task. But as long as the league is working with the union and getting input from people who know way more about the topic than Major League Baseball does as opposed to hastily coming up with something simply to get in front of the next bad bit of P.R. that comes its way, it’s a good thing.

Bud Selig says A-Rod will “have a clean slate” once his suspension is over

Alex Rodriguez

While cameras will follow his every move and while pearl-clutching columns will no doubt be written, when Alex Rodriguez reports to spring training next February he will be just like any other player in the eyes of Major League Baseball. That’s what Bud Selig said yesterday. From the Daily News:

And outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said that when a player returns from a suspension, he has a clean slate in the eyes of the league.

“They do in my eyes. I’ve said that to a lot of players,” Selig said at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, a visit that’s part of his farewell tour of all 30 MLB parks. “Listen, we’re a social institution. A guy does something, he gets disciplined, he comes back. We shouldn’t keep penalizing him.”

That’s right. Only baseball writers can do that.

Of course, another part of being treated like anyone else is being subject to being DFA’d if your current team doesn’t like you or want you. And that’s going to be the real A-Rod story of the offseason and spring training. As Selig said, “whatever happens between Alex and the Yankees will happen. It’s up to them now.” I have no clue what’s going to happen there.

On the one hand, I can see the Yankees just cutting ties. The thinking being that whatever the Yankees of the 20oos and 2010s have been, they ceased to be with the suspension, two non-playoff seasons and the retirement of Derek Jeter. Alex Rodriguez was a giant pain in the ass, he is now old, he is no longer any kind of bet to be an All-Star caliber performer and no one really needs the headache.

Part of me wonders, however, if someone on the Yankees will think “well, maybe there’s a chance he can still hit,” will look around and realize that there isn’t any kind of real offensive talent on the roster anyway and decide that they’ll at least give him a look-see in spring training.

It’s anyone’s guess, really. I feel like there are equal chances of him playing in New York, playing for some other team, being given a fair shake only to show that the age and layoff eroded his skills too greatly or showing that he can still play yet being given a total defacto blackball a la Barry Bonds and never playing baseball again anyway.