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Robinson Cano missing second straight game with illness


Robinson Cano is out of the Mariners’ lineup tonight for the second straight game with an illness.

Cano played in all of the Mariners’ first 52 games, hitting .327 with two homers and a .790 OPS, but then missed Thursday night against the Angels and is now sitting out against the Tigers too. His absence gives Nick Franklin a chance to play his old position after having the second base job taken away from him when the Mariners signed Cano to a $240 million contract this offseason.

Franklin put up big numbers at Triple-A following his demotion, but has hit just .150 with 18 strikeouts in 15 games for the Mariners while trying to learn to play the outfield on the fly.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

George Springer

Astros 9, Royals 2: George Springer is figuring it out and the results are pretty damn impressive. The Astros’ rookie homered in his fourth straight game while going 4 for 4 with two doubles, three RBI, a walk, and five runs scored.

Orioles 7, Brewers 6: Jonathan Schoop hit two homers and Nick Hundley singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th. In other news, I totally missed that the Orioles had acquired Nick Hundley. In my defense I had a healthy amount of bourbon over Memorial Day weekend. If the trade happened before then it’s because I never read Gleeman’s posts. He knows what he did.

Marlins 3, Nationals 2: Giancarlo Stanton went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and Nathan Eovaldi was solid. To the extent you subscribe to the idea that Memorial Day is the time when you no longer dismiss unexpected results with “it’s early, but  . . .” know that it’s the day after Memorial Day and the Marlins are two games out of first place and two games over .500.

Pirates 5, Mets 3: The Mets bullpen blows a three-run lead in the eighth and ninth by surrendering five runs, three of which came courtesy of Gaby Sanchez hits, four of which were given up by Jose Valverde. Who, immediately after the game, became a former Met. ‘E’s not pinin’, ‘E’s passed on! This Met is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s been released and gone to meet ‘is agent! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of a job. ‘Is pitching processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s shuffled off ‘is active roster, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ bullpen invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-MET!!

Red Sox 8, Braves 6: Clay Buchholz walked eight dudes and gave up six runs in three innings. And man, walking Braves hitters is not easy. His teammates bailed him out, though, with a David Ortiz three-run blast capping a five-run rally to tie things up in the fifth and six innings of shutout work from the Sox’ pen. With that, the Red Sox finally snap their ugly losing streak. Even with the ugly seeping into the first three innings of this one.

Athletics 10, Tigers 0: A five-homer day for the A’s, including a Derek Norris grand slam. All of which is rich given that before the game Bob Melvin told his players to “grind” and not try to hit homers. The lesson here: screw that noise. Homers are awesome. They’re literally the best thing you can do while batting. That’s not my opinion. That’s an inescapable fact of baseball’s rules and scoring system. More homers. Hit ’em all the damn time!

Rangers 7, Twins 2: You write a team’s epitaph after it loses a couple of players for the year and then they go and win three straight and five of six. Remember: no one knows anything about anything in this friggin’ game. Even the fancy, self-proclaimed experts who write and talk about baseball for major media conglomerates. Especially the fancy, self-proclaimed experts who write and talk about baseball for major media conglomerates. We’re the worst.

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White Sox 6, Indians 2: Conor Gillaspie had four hits — three of them doubles — drove in one run and scored another. He’s also 24 for his last 59 over the past 16 games.

Cubs 8, Giants 4: Jeff Samardzija finally got his first win of the season following a ten-strikeout performance. This sorta bums me out. I mean, on the one hand it’s great that he finally got a modicum of run support after to many tough luck outings. On the other hand I was really looking forward to a zero-win pitcher starting the All-Star game.

Phillies 9, Rockies 0: Ryan Howard was 3 for 4 and drove in five. Here come the Philly fan readers who have gone silent for the past two years to argue about the guy’s contract not being so bad. They’ll retreat to the darkness again in a couple of days.

Diamondbacks 7, Padres 5: A.J. Pollock hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth for the walkoff win. And we finally have a definitive answer to who is being walked off when this sort of thing happens. Here’s Kirk Gibson after the game:

“We were standing there and we were saying `Let’s walk them off, let’s walk them off,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said, “and he crushed the ball.”

Given that he hit perhaps the most definitive walkoff homer in history, I think Gibson gets to have the final word.

Mariners 5, Angels 1: Robinson Cano had three hits, drove in two and is hitting .332. Chris Young had a no hitter into the sixth and a shutout into the seventh.

Dodgers 4, Reds 3Hyun-Jin Ryu was perfect over the first seven innings before Todd Frazier led off the eighth with a double. So much for that. And so much for the shutout and stuff as the Reds scored three that innings. All three runs were charged to Ryu, but two of them scored thanks to Brian Wilson not being able to put out the fire all that effectively. But that’s all the Reds could do and the Dodgers held on for the win.

Blue Jays 10, Rays 5: That’s seven straight for the Jays thanks to another Edwin Encarnacion homer and a generalized offensive outburst. Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson had back to back homers and Melky Cabrera had three hits and three RBI too. Back to that Memorial Day comment: it ain’t too early anymore and the Jays are a couple of games ahead in the AL East.

Yankees 6, Cardinals 4: Brett Gardner had a leaping grab in the 11th to deprive Yadier Molina of either a homer or extra bases and then Brian Roberts came up big in the 12th with a bases-loaded single. I may be mangling this stat — I saw it on Twitter yesterday and can’t find it this morning — but I think this was only the 35th all-time game between the Yankees and the Cardinals, including World Series games. Which on the one hand is kind of understandable given that interleague hasn’t been around that long and for the bulk of it interleague was about divisional matchups, thus the two were not often pit against one another. On the other hand, the mental imagine I have of baseball history has the Yankees and Cardinals defining much of mid-century baseball history. Though I know better when I actually go year-by-year and think of who played in the World Series, I think of Yankees-Cardinals matchups as happening almost as much as Yankees-Dodgers matchups. Oh well.

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals 5, Diamondbacks 0: Adam Wainwright with the one-hitter ,allowing nothing but a double to Paul Goldschmidt in the fourth. No walks either, with nine strikeouts. If you’re into game scores, this one game in at a 94, which tied him with Andrew Cashner for the best pitching performance of the year (Cashner tossed a one-hitter with 11 Ks and 2 walks against the Tigers on April 11). Even if you’re not into game scores, I hope you can appreciate this.

Cubs 6, Yankees 1: Of all the teams to finally beat Tanaka I never would’ve guessed it’d be the Cubs. But they touched him for four runs — three earned — while the offense couldn’t get much going against Jason Hammel. It was Tanaka’s first loss in nine major league starts and, including his NPB record, his first loss in 42 starts overall.

Orioles 9, Pirates 2: Chris Davis went 4 for 5 with three homers and five driven in. Davis had only had three homers in his first 30 games. Either he just guessed right three times yesterday or else that oblique muscle of his is feeling better.

Indians 6, Tigers 2: The Tigers have no won since their Zubaz caused their airplane to break down. Just sayin’.

Braves 5, Brewers 0: Julio Teheran bounces back in a big way from his cruddy start against the Giants last week. Here he tossed a six-hit shutout. He also tossed 128 pitches which, eh, but OK. Justin Upton hit a two-run homer and drove in another run with a single. The Brewers have lost four in a row. Their lead in the central is down to 2.5 games. I feel like we’re seeing the end of their surprise story of 2014.

Phillies 6, Marlins 5: Not pretty — Phillies pitcher walked eight dudes and both A.J. Burnett and Jonathan Papelbon were shaky at best — but a W anyway. Mike Redmond was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. I didn’t see it so maybe he had a point, but on a night when your guys walk eight times I feel like any bad strike zones are helping your guys out a good deal too.

Dodgers 9, Mets 4: The good: Adrian Gonzalez homered and had three hits overall and Yasiel Puig reached base five times. The bad: Juan Uribe strained his hamstring in the ninth innings. The ugly: It was a Josh Beckett game in which he threw 99 pitches in five innings, Mets starter Rafael Montero was less efficient than Beckett and we also had a Daisuke Matsuzaka appearance. All of that helped set a four hour, eight minute pace. For a nine inning game. Which is just brutal.

Mariners 6, Rangers 2: Kyle Seager had three hits and drove in two while Robinson Cano, Dustin Ackley and Nick Franklin added two hits each. Hisashi Iwakuma tossed eight drama-free innings. This comment from Seager about Iwakuma was fun too:

“He’s phenomenal,” Seager said of Iwakuma. “He’s got great tempo and seduces ground balls.”

I hope that is a typo by the AP reporter. Otherwise, it’s a bit too much information about Iwakuma’s personal life.

Athletics 3, Rays 0: Drew Pomeranz tossed five shutout innings, won his third in a row and lowered his ERA to 0.94. It’s almost like him leaving Colorado was a good thing. All three of his starts have been five-inning, zero runs affairs.

Nationals 9, Reds 4: Yesterday in an HBT video I said that Johnny Cueto would give up two runs in a game before Masahiro Tanaka got his first loss. I’m pretty sure the sixth inning of this game happened before the decision in the Cubs-Yankees game was final, so I’m gonna claim victory. Cueto as rocked for six earned runs — eight overall — in five and a third innings of work. Denard Span was 5 for 5. Doug Fister allowed two runs in seven innings.

Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 4: Two home runs for Edwin Encarnacion as the Jays hand the Sox their fifth straight loss. The Jays have won six of eight. Encarnacion has nine homers in May. The Boston media should be reaching a nice frothy lather of panic around now.

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Twins 5, Padres 3: Kevin Correia allowed three runs over six innings. Correia, who is from Del Mar, said “It’s always nice to sleep in your own bed.” That’s the second “sleep in your own bed” quote I’ve seen from players visiting the Padres this year. I wonder if the Chamber of Commerce is offering payola to natives as a part of some “Come home to San Diego” campaign. Worth looking into. Anyway, the Twins have beat the Padres seven straight times, which is something to keep in mind when they inevitably meet in the World Series this year.

Rockies 5, Giants 4: Nolan Arenado hit a walkoff two-run double. Second walkoff in a row for Colorado. The Rockies are now two games behind the Giants in the West.

Angels 9, Astros 3: David Freese drove in four. Mike Trout drove in three, but left with a sore leg. He said after the game that it’s not serious, but that’s definitely worth watching.

White Sox 7, Royals 6: Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer and the Sox withstood the Royals’ late comeback attempt. Konerko hit a three-run homer the day before so, with Jose Abreu out, it’s like the platonic ideal of the 2011 White Sox have come out to play.

Mariners place Corey Hart on the disabled list, call up .376-hitting Nick Franklin

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Corey Hart is headed to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring and the Mariners have replaced him on the roster by recalling Nick Franklin from Triple-A.

After missing all of last season with a knee injury Hart signed a one-year deal with the Mariners in the hopes of bouncing back well and cashing in on the open market as a healthy free agent, but instead he hit just .209 with five homers and a .647 OPS in 37 games before being shut down.

Franklin was slated to be the Mariners’ starting second baseman until Robinson Cano was lured to Seattle for $240 million. After losing his job he was demoted to Triple-A, where he’s been on fire with a Pacific Coast League-leading .376 batting average and 1.114 OPS in 30 games. Franklin was exclusively a middle infielder before this season, but now he’ll get a chance to play the outfield in place of Hart and perhaps showcase his bat to teams that might want him as a second baseman long term.

Mariners recalling hot-hitting Nick Franklin from Triple-A

Nick Franklin

Nick Franklin’s last call-up to the Mariners was very brief, but he’s been crushing Triple-A pitching all season after losing his starting second base job to Robinson Cano and now he’s headed back to Seattle again.

Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners are expected to recall Franklin from Tacoma on Tuesday, promoting him in the wake of Corey Hart’s hamstring injury Sunday.

Franklin leads the Pacific Coast League with a .376 batting average and also has seven homers plus as many walks (23) as strikeouts (23) in 30 games for a nifty 1.114 OPS. He hit .225 with 12 homers and a .686 OPS in 102 games for the Mariners last season as a 22-year-old rookie and would have been an everyday player again this season if not for Cano’s arrival on a $240 million contract.

He’ll play mostly outfield for the Mariners now, although it’s possible he could see some action at shortstop with Brad Miller slumping horribly. Miller and Franklin competed for the shortstop gig during spring training and Miller won the battle with his hot hitting and superior defense, only to hit .154 when the games mattered.