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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights


Tigers 4, Rangers 0: Alfredo Simon with the evening’s first one-hit shutout of a Texas team. He needed 116 pitches to do it, but the Rangers never got a runner past second base and were never in it. Best performance by a guy who owns an all-chrome car in baseball history.

Rays 1, Astros 0: Chris Archer not only tossed a one-hit shutout, but it was a Maddux as well, requiring only 98 pitches. Which is amazing given that he struck out 11 dudes. It’s almost like the Astros had to get to the airport to get on a plane to fly to California or something rather than have the Dodgers come in to face them tonight.

Pirates 4, Giants 0: Another shutout, this one a six-hitter and one which required three pitchers — Charlie Morton and two relievers — but a shutout all the same. Neil Walker hit a two-run homer. The Pirates gained a half game on the idle Cardinals and the Giants lost a half game on the idle Dodgers.

Rockies 3, Nationals 2: Yohan Flande allowed two runs over seven innings and also singled twice, driving in a run and scoring. Best performance by a guy named like a spy handler you meet in a cafe in Switzerland before being dropped into an operation in East Berlin in baseball history.

Twins 15, Orioles 2: Tyler Duffey took a shutout into the eighth inning, and by that time he had a two-touchdown lead. Speaking of touchdowns, I was at a bar last night that had two TVs. Both were showing the Cleveland Browns preseason game instead of baseball games which actually counted. If you elect me as president I will send bartenders who do that sort of thing to reeducation camps. This is my promise to you, my fellow Americans.

Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4: The Reds had a 4-0 lead after two innings and lost. I suppose I’ll make an exception regarding that reeducation camp thing for bartenders in Cincinnati who turn off Reds games in favor of Bengals preseason games. You really don’t want people who are drinking to watch something as depressing as the Reds. A.J. Pollock drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth to put the Diamondbacks over.

Indians 3, Yankees 2: Josh Tomlin, in his second start after coming back from shoulder surgery, was effective again, allowing one run over seven innings. A-Rod hit a homer for that one run. He also stole a base in the ninth as the Yankees tried to rally. Someone make sure he didn’t break a hip.

Red Sox 4, Royals 1: Wade Miley allowed one run in seven and a third innings as the Sox win their fifth of seven games since Torey Luvollo stepped in to manage. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit an RBI triple. His last nine hits have been for extra bases. Travis Shaw, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts each had two hits. It’s all about the kids these days in Boston.

Marlins 9, Phillies 7: Miami scored eight runs early and held on for a 9-7 win. Martin Prado homered and drove in three and Marcell Ozuna had a two-run homer. Ozuna’s homer was a bomb that hit the top of the foul pole.

Cubs 7, Braves 1: Jake Arrieta pitched six scoreless innings for his major league-leading 15th win. Fun fact: not one of the outs he recored was on a fly ball: 11 grounders and seven strikeouts.

White Sox 8, Angels 2: The Sox avoid a sweep thanks to a five-run fifth inning. Adam LaRoche had an RBI single and a two-run homer. Jose Abreu drove in three. Jose Quintana allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings. That creep can roll, man.

Video: Marcell Ozuna hit a home run off the top of the foul pole

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 20:  Marcell Ozuna #13 of the Miami Marlins celebrates after hitting a two run home run during a game  at Marlins Park on August 20, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Here’s something you don’t see very often. Recently freed from what he described as “jail” in the minors, Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna hit a majestic home run against the Phillies tonight which bounced off the top of the left field foul pole at Marlins Park. That’s right, off the very top. Check it out below:

Giancarlo Stanton would be proud. According to MLB Gameday, the ball had an exit velocity of 110 mph and traveled an estimated distance of 434 feet.

Marlins option Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A

Marcell Ozuna

Following another 0-for-3 performance in Sunday’s loss to the Cubs, the Marlins optioned outfielder Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A New Orleans. Ozuna was mired in a dreadful slump, going hitless in five consecutive games and in nine of his last 10 games.

It’s still a surprising move as Ozuna was their starting center fielder and has a still-salvageable .249/.301/.337 triple-slash line with four home runs and 26 RBI. Plus, it isn’t as if the Marlins have an obvious candidate to push into the outfield in Ozuna’s absence. Fourth outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has hit worse than Ozuna.

Justin Bour has been swinging a hot bat and the struggling Marlins likely want to keep his bat in the lineup. Michael Morse was activated from the disabled list and may see time in left field rather than at first base going forward.

Shelby Miller loses no-hitter with one out to go

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There’s some history developing in Miami …

Braves right-hander Shelby Miller has allowed just one walk and no hits through seven innings against the Marlins and he’ll carry a pitch count of just 73 into the bottom of the eighth inning.

Atlanta has a 6-0 lead.

We’ll provide updates as he tries to finish this off.


EIGHTH INNING: Miller got flyouts from Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, and then Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons made a nice play on a soft grounder from Ichiro Suzuki for the third out of the eighth inning. Miller will carry a no-hitter into the ninth. And he’s thrown only 80 pitches. This may happen.


NINTH INNING: Miller induced an easy groundout from Adeiny Hechavarria for the first out of the ninth. And then an easy flyout to center field from Jhonatan Solano for the second out of the ninth. But, look at that, pitch-hitter Justin Bour ended the fun with a hard single up the middle with just one out to go.

Back to your regularly-scheduled programming.

Ichiro Suzuki’s deal with the Marlins is worth $2 million

New York Yankees' Suzuki runs and watches the ball after he hit a walk-off home run to beat the Texas Rangers in their MLB American League game in New York

Making official what was reported last week, the Marlins signed Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year contract. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com the deal is worth “$2 million plus performance incentives.”

To announce the signing there will be a press conference in Japan attended by Suzuki and Marlins president David Samson, president of baseball operations Michael Hill, and general manager Dan Jennings.

At age 41 he’ll be joining the Marlins in a backup role, playing behind starting outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Christian Yelich.

Between the projected part-time work and Suzuki’s declining production–he hit just .275 during the past four seasons while never cracking a .700 OPS–it’ll be tough for the 10-time All-Star to collect the 156 hits needed to join the 3,000-hit club in MLB. Counting his time in Japan he has 4,122 total hits, which is 134 short of Pete Rose’s record.

It’ll be interesting to see if Suzuki’s style at the plate lends itself to being a productive pinch-hitter. Thanks to almost always being in the starting lineup throughout his career Suzuki’s pinch-hitting numbers are limited, but he’s batted .286 with zero extra-base hits and a .634 OPS in 46 total plate appearances off the bench.