Martin Prado

Alfredo Simon

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.

Report: Royals targeting Martin Prado

Martin Prado

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Royals have interest in Marlins infielder Martin Prado, but adds that the Marlins would have to throw in some cash to make any deal work. Prado is owed the remainder of $11 million this year as well as $11 million for the 2016 season.

Prado, 31, spent a little over a month on the disabled list between mid-June and mid-July due to a sprained right shoulder. Coming into Sunday’s game, he had mustered a lackluster .277/.316/.374 triple-slash line with four home runs and 26 RBI in 308 plate appearances.

Prado has plenty of experience at second base, third base, and left field. He could also play first base, shortstop, and right field in a pinch. With the Royals, however, he would likely dethrone Omar Infante, who has had a miserable season, batting .230/.243/.308 in 342 PA.

Marlins lose All-Star Dee Gordon to dislocated thumb

Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon sat out the All-Star game with a dislocated left thumb suffered Saturday, but the Marlins insisted he wouldn’t need a disabled list stint and could return as soon as the second series of the second half.

Today they placed the speedy second baseman on the disabled list with a dislocated left thumb. He’s eligible to return on July 27 after hitting .338 with 33 steals and a .772 OPS in the first half.

Miami is apparently planning to shift Martin Prado to second base and use Casey McGehee at third base after grabbing him off the scrap heap from the Giants.