And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Orioles 5, Royals 3: Adam Jones with the walkoff two-run homer as Baltimore smacks Joakim Soria around. At least one doctor voiced concern about Soria after the game. Now, the doctor is a dermatoligst, not an orthopedist, and he was hundreds of miles away at the time and has never once examined Soria, but since it’s Rany Jazayerli, I kind of agree with him here. Kansas City has lost eight of ten.

White Sox 8  Rangers 6:  This was the scene in the fourth inning when they stopped play and started evacuating fans through the dugouts and through tunnels into the bowels of the stadium due to tornado warnings all over the Metroplex. To quote Ozzie Guillen’s Twitter feed yesterday, “This blepen tornado killing us my god.”  And then when that all died down — following a three hour delay — Carlos Quenten killed the Rangers with three home runs.  He is the fifth guy in less than two weeks to hit three homers in a game. Makes you wonder if it’s weather, as opposed to a new deadball era, that has depressed offense so far this year.

Athletics 6, Angels 1: David DeJesus hit two homers and the Angels could do bubkis against Guillermo Moscoso for six innings. Brian Fuentes was not asked to pitch. I assume that, because of this, he was comfortable and that his pyloric valve remained open due to the lack of a disruption to proper geometry and theology or whatever the hell it was he’s angry about the other night.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4: I follow a lot of New York Yankees fans on Twitter. It wasn’t intentional, it just happened that way. Some are men, some women, some my age, some barely out of college, some writers, some not. The common denominator: despite all of the success the Yankees have had over the years, despite all of the expectations and despite having every single reason in the world to be complacent, stereotypical New York fans, they all go into hilariously gleeful nerdgasmy fits when the Yankees do something like come from behind late. If it wasn’t over something as boringly corporate as the Yankees I’d say it was cute. But even if it isn’t quite cute, per se, it does sort of give me hope for the human race somehow.

Braves 2, Pirates 0: Jair Jurrjens shut the Pirates out over seven, upping his record to 6-1 and lowering his ERA to 1.56. Still kills me that all he cost the Bravos was the corpse of Edgar Renteria. Pfun Pfact: Dan Uggla, who was given the night off, was used as a defensive replacement in this game and actually represented a defensive upgrade. Neat!

Cubs 11, Mets 1: After this one, you have to wonder if Fred Wilpon isn’t going to find a reporter this morning and say “see, I had a point!”

Reds 6, Phillies 3: In my video chat with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury yesterday we talked about the Phillies’ offensive outburst on Monday and about how Ryan Madson had really come into his own lately and grabbed that closer’s job for himself. So of course they come out on Tuesday and score only three runs and Madson gets lit up like a pinball machine. Prescience: we haz it.

Tigers 7, Rays 6: A real see-saw battle. And the fat kid jumped off when his little brother was up high, making him slam to the ground and start crying. Wait … lost my train of thought. Oh yeah, Alex Avila hit two homers, the second of which put the Tigers up to stay. Al Alburquerque got his first major league win. I know he’s from the Dominican Republic, but every time I hear his name I think of Nathan Arizona.

Rockies 12, Diamondbacks 4; Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2: Losing Jorge De La Rosa for the year stinks, but at least the team won his final game, right? Eh, OK, maybe not much of a consolation. But Carlos Gonzalez did hit two dingers and drove in four.  In the nightcap it was all Dbacks, as Joe Saunders allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings.

Red Sox 4, Indians 2: Cleveland didn’t have any miracles on this night, nor did they have any answers for Josh Beckett (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). A two run homer by Jason Varitek helps Boston up its record to 15-7 in May, which is the best in the league.

Twins 4, Mariners 2: A complete game for Nick Blackburn.  What ended up being the winning run scored on a balk. All kinds of excitement here.

Dodgers 5, Astros 4: A Jerry Sands grand slam and a Jay Gibbons solo shot stand up and this time the Dodgers bullpen closes things out. Making his debut and striking out two out of the pen for Los Angels: Rubby De La Rosa, who I had the pleasure of seeing in Arizona during spring training. This kid has fanTAStic stuff, so keep your eyes on him.

Marlins 5, Giants 1: Ricky Nolasco shut out the Giants into the ninth inning but ran out of gas before handing it over to the bullpen. No worries, though, as Gaby Sanchez drove in three and Mike Stanton hit his 11th homer.

Cardinals 3, Padres 2: The Padres continue to be miserable on offense and miserable at home, getting two-hit in this one. Indeed, after a fourth inning hit by Chase Headley they were 0 for 19.

Brewers 7, Nationals 6: Milwaukee rallies from a 6-3 deficit in the seventh inning to take their 12th in the past 15 games. Jonathan Lucroy hit a homer and drove in the tying and winning runs on an eighth inning single.

Nationals GM Rizzo won’t reveal length of Martinez’s new contract

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WASHINGTON — Dave Martinez spoke Saturday about managing the Washington Nationals for “many, many years” and over the “long term” and “quite some time,” thanks to his contract extension.

Sharing a table to a socially distanced degree with his manager on a video conference call to announce the new deal – each member of the duo sporting a 2019 World Series ring on his right hand – Nationals GM Mike Rizzo referred to the agreement’s “multiyear” nature, but repeatedly refused to reveal anything more specific in response to reporters’ questions.

“We don’t talk about terms as far as years, length and salaries and that type of thing. We’re comfortable with what we have and the consistency that we’re going to have down the road,” said Rizzo, who recently agreed to a three-year extension of his own. “That’s all we want to say about terms, because it’s private information and we don’t want you guys to know about it.”

When Martinez initially was hired by Rizzo in October 2017 – his first managing job at any level – the Nationals’ news release at the time announced that he was given a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year.

That 2021 option had not yet been picked up.

“The partnership that Davey and I have together, our communication styles are very similar. Our aspirations are similar, and kind of our mindset of how to obtain the goals that we want to obtain are similar. I think it’s a good match,” Rizzo said. “We couldn’t have hit on a more positive and enthusiastic leader in the clubhouse. I think you see it shine through even in the most trying times.”

The Nationals entered Saturday – Martinez’s 56th birthday – with a 23-34 record and in last place in the NL East, which Rizzo called “a disappointing season.” The team’s title defense was slowed by injuries and inconsistency during a 60-game season delayed and shortened by the coronavirus pandemic.

World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg threw just five innings because of a nerve issue in his pitching hand and players such as Starlin Castro, Sean Doolittle, Tanner Rainey, Adam Eaton and Carter Kieboom finished the year on the IL.

“This year, for me, we didn’t get it done. We had a lot of bumps in the road this year. But I really, fully believe, we’ve got the core guys here that we need to win another championship,” Martinez said. “I know Mike, myself, we’re going to spend hours and hours and hours trying to fill the void with guys we think can potentially help us in the future. And we’ll be back on the podium. I’m really confident about that.”

Rizzo was asked Saturday why the team announces contract lengths for players, as is common practice around the major leagues, but wouldn’t do so in this instance for Martinez.

“The reason is we don’t want anybody to know. That’s the reason,” Rizzo said, before asking the reporter: “How much do you make? How many years do you have?”

Moments later, as the back-and-forth continued, Rizzo said: “It’s kind of an individual thing with certain people. I don’t want you to know what I make or how many years I have. Davey doesn’t want you to know. And I think that it’s only fair … when people don’t want certain information out there, that we don’t give it.”

There were some calling for Martinez to lose his job last season when Washington got off to a 19-31 start. But Rizzo stood by his manager, and the team eventually turned things around, going 74-38 the rest of the way to reach the playoffs as an NL wild-card team.

The Nationals then beat the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals to reach the World Series, where they beat the Houston Astros in Game 7.

Washington joined the 1914 Boston Braves as the only teams in major league history to win a World Series after being 12 games below .500 during a season.

“Everything from Day 1 to where he’s gotten to now, he’s grown so much. He’s really become one of my favorite managers of all,” three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer said after helping Washington win Saturday’s opener of a doubleheader against the New York Mets. “Davey really understands how to manage a clubhouse, manage a team. We saw it in the postseason. He knows how to push the right buttons when everything is on the line.”