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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Phillies 11, Yankees 8: A bright spot for the Phillies in this otherwise dark year: Maikel Franco. A prospect who’s actually young (22) and not just young for the Phillies. A prospect who’s good and not just good for the Phillies. And, last night, a prospect who broke the hell out, going 4-for-5 with two homers and five driven in. He also did this:

 

Franco is hitting .312/.353/.574 with nine homers and 24 driven in in his 36 games. One of the great things about baseball: even when things are at their worst, there is the chance to see hope for the future.

Royals 4, Mariners 1: Have you ever said a nonsense sentence just for the sake of hearing it and for the sake of thinking “no one in the history of the world has EVER said this”?  I do that sometimes. Like, I’ll just be driving down the road and I’ll say something like “Don’t ride your bicycle into the paella, Marie Curie, for there are Bigfoots in it!” Really, in a thousand years of English, no one has EVER said that. It’s a neat and nerdy little game to play! Here, let’s do another one: “Joe Blanton outdueled Felix Hernandez.”

Angels 4, Astros 3: Yet another guy with two homers last night: Albert Pujols. Who now has 23 on the year — on pace for 52 — and a line of .275/.336/.581. Report/death/exaggerated. The fireworks notwithstanding, the Erick Aybar and Angels scored the go-ahead run on a safety squeeze. But man, Aybar probably should’ve been out. Watch the play and ask yourself what in the hell Chris Carter is doing throwing a shovel pass home like this:

 

Fielding is fundamental.

 

Tigers 8, Indians 5: The Tigers own the Indians, particularly at Progressive Field. Ownership continued last night, with Yoenis Cespedes homering and driving in three. Miguel Cabrera singled twice and walked twice, once with the bases loaded. He’s 24-for-37 with five homers and 16 RBI against the Indians this year.

Blue Jays 8, Rays 5: Drew Hutchison wasn’t great — three runs and nine hits over five innings — but it was enough on a night when he got some good run support. Asdrubal Cabrera had an interesting night too, tossing his bat and helmet out on the field after getting ejected. Which were then confiscated by Joe West for some reason. Which is not a thing I’ve ever seen, but it’s Joe West and he’s his own man.

 

Oh, and at one point in this game some of the lights in Tropicana Field went out for no reason. Because Tropicana Field.

Twins 13, White Sox 2: Kennys Vargas went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBI and Byron Buxton had three hits and scored three times hitting at the top of the order as God and Gleeman intended. Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier homered too, as the Twins romped.

Cubs 4, Dodgers 2: Two homers for Kris Bryant, one of which came off of a Clayton Kershaw curve ball. Six Cubs pitchers combined to stymie the Dodgers.

 

The Angels walk off against the Mariners for the second straight night

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On Tuesday night the Angels won on a walkoff homer against the Mariners. On Wednesday night they walked off once again. This time when Johnny Giavotella hit an opposite-field double to right with one on and one out in the bootom of the ninth, scoring Erick Aybar from first.

 

Aybar had reached on a botched sacrifice following a four-pitch walk to David Freese. Either way, you put a leadoff runner on base in tie game in the ninth and you’re gonna have a bad time.

Speaking of bad times: this was the Mariners’ fifth one-run loss in seven games. One of my Twitter correspondents puts it thusly:

Maybe not that bad. Not even as bad as that Nicolas Cage movie about snuff films. But not good, man. Not good.

Oh, and here’s Nic Cage watching early-season Mariners film:

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Kole Calhoun out until at least Friday with calf injury

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Kole Calhoun has been out of the Angels’ starting lineup since Saturday with tightness in his right calf. He was able to pinch hit on Monday in Arlington, Texas — and even roped an RBI single — but the calf apparently didn’t respond too well to that.

Calhoun is out again Tuesday and told MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to return to action until Friday, at the earliest. “It’s not there yet,” said the Angels’ regular leadoff man.

Erick Aybar is at the top of Anaheim’s batting order on Tuesday night against the Rangers and Collin Cowgill is playing right field.

Calhoun, 27, batted .272/.325/.450 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, and 90 runs in 127 games last season.