And That Happened: Monday's scores and recaps

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Yankees 5, Indians 2:
In going so deep into the game, Joba Chamberlain finally becomes the
eighth inning pitcher everyone seems to want him to be. If he wants to
keep the critics happy after Mariano finally retires, he is going to
have to go to complete games. And this one makes eighteen straight
games without an error for the Yankees. So who’s gonna be the first guy
to draw everyone’s fire by identifying all of the balls where Jeter
didn’t get close enough to even risk an error, let alone threaten a
competent play? Rob Neyer? Tom Tango? John Dewan? James Click? Mike
Emeigh? Onion?

Pirates 8, Mets 5:
New York’s bullpen flashes back to 2008 and blows a 5-0 lead. Andy
LaRoche continues his good hitting — his line for May was
.330/411/.457 — going 2-4 with a triple and three RBI.

Astros 4, Rockies 1:
Why didn’t anyone inform me that Miguel Tejada was batting .353? Don’t
we have a communications protocol around here? I can’t be expected to
make sound command decisions if my crew is hiding things from me. Look,
I trust you all as officers. You’re all fine men and women. But if I
continue having to find this sort of thing out myself we’re just going
to go a “report everything” regime in which I take all discretion out
of your hands. I hope it doesn’t come to that. Now carry on.

Marlins 7, Brewers 4:
Jorge Julio came in in the sixth inning with a can of kerosene in one
hand and a match in the other, and then Ken Macha sprayed the
conflagration with hairspray when he brought Todd Coffey in.

White Sox 6, A’s 2:
That’s four in a row for Chicago, and 10 of 13 overall. Gavin Floyd
pitched well enough to win (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 8K) but his teammates
scored too late to allow him to claim the W. I imagine that it is
exactly that sort of disrespect that is causing all of these pitchers to refuse trades to the White Sox.
I could go into brutal detail regarding how bad the A’s are playing
these days, but commenter APBA Guy does such a better job of it than I
do, that I suppose I should leave it to him.

Reds 5, Cardinals 3:
A win is nice, but losing Edinson Volquez in the second inning due to
numbness in his right hand and/or a reaggravation of his back injury
(unclear from early reports) is not good at all.

Orioles 1, Mariners 0:
Rich Hill shut out the Mariners for 7, giving up only two hits and Jim
Johnson and George Sherrill handled the other two innings to seal the
deal. The Orioles would probably like to play the Mariners all the
time, as they have won nine of eleven against them.

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2:
Hiroki Kuroda is back after missing almost two months with an oblique
strain. I hate those. I much prefer my strains to be perpendicular nor
parallel. Anyway, he gave up two runs and three hits in five innings,
but got nothing from his offense by way of support. The L.A. bullpen
threw five wild pitches, which is always fun.

Phillies 5, Padres 3:
Adrian Gonzalez (hey, I can spell it right!) hit his 21st, but it
wasn’t enough as Joe Blanton was in rare, effective form. OK, he’s won
three in a row, and his last start was really impressive, but I’m not
prepared to take him out of the liability column just yet.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.