And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Tigers 4, Blue Jays 2: Jhonny Peralta had an RBI triple that ended up being the game winner, but this game really belonged to Jim Leyland, who had one of the better arguments with an ump this year, mocking his change-of-call in grand gestures, thereby entertaining the hometown fans on the way to his ejection. And entertainment aside, the ump got the call right I think, so the fact that Leyland really had no argument made it even better. No, we shouldn’t find this unprofessional kind of thing amusing, but sorry, I do. And to keep the comedy going, I hope he pays his inevitable fine in pennies. Preferably of this type.

Dodgers 15, Twins 0: Twenty-five hits for L.A., with every starter not only getting a hit, but getting multiple hits.  Gee, if hits were dollars …

Cubs 7, Rockies 3: Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez each hit two homers. Carlos Gonzalez did too, but since his team lost, no glory for him.

Reds 5, Rays 0: Mike Leake threw six shutout innings and Brandon Phillips went 4 for 5 with a couple of RBI, no doubt motivated by being passed up by Rickie Weeks in the All-Star balloting. Wait: I’m guessing these guys don’t care too much and would rather have the days off at this point, so like, never mind.

Braves 3, Mariners 1: I’ll be damned. I had a bet with a friend that this game would go 25 innings with neither team scoring. Perhaps I was being unfair. Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman with homers. Jason Heyward hit leadoff, which is kind of interesting.

Angels 4, Nationals 3: Fire Davey Johnson! Oh, wait, first game. Let’s cut him some slack. Maicer Izturis with a the bases-loaded single in the 10th. It’s nice that L.A. won, but Jordan Walden blew his third straight save, sending this one to extras, so that’s a problem.

Padres 4, Royals 3: Mat Latos didn’t pitch fabulously, but he won. He also reached on a double, didn’t run the bases fabulously — he should have scored from third on a groundout but froze — but he ended up scoring anyway on a wild pitch. Sometimes you’re given a margin of error in life.

Indians 5, Diamondbacks 4: Orlando Cabrera hit a homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to give Cleveland the win. He is a man who has never accepted the creed that others have the right to stop him.

The Yankees and Red Sox will play on artificial turf in London

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Major League Baseball wants to give the United Kingdom a taste of America’s pastime when the Yankees and Red Sox visit next month. Based on the playing surface they’re going to use, however, they may as well have sent the Blue Jays and the Rays:

Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games on June 29 and 30, the sport’s first regular-season contests in Europe, and just five days after to clear out. The league concluded that there was not enough time to install real grass.

Starting June 6, gravel will be placed over the covering protecting West Ham’s grass soccer pitch and the running track that is a legacy from the 2012 Olympics. The artificial turf baseball field, similar to modern surfaces used by a few big league clubs, will be installed atop that.

At least they will not use the old-style sliding pits/turf infield that you used to always see. That’ll all be dirt. There are comments in the article about how it’s a cost savings too since they’re going back next year and won’t have to bulldoze and re-grow grass. Aaron Boone and Xander Bogaerts were asked and they don’t seem to care since it’s similar to the surface they play on in Toronto or down in Florida against the Rays.

Still, this whole deal is not aimed at doing whatever is minimally necessary to pull off a ballgame. It’s supposed to be a showcase on a global stage in a world capital. I have no idea how anyone thinks that doing that on a surface everyone has decided is obsolete for baseball playing purposes unless the ballpark is either outdated or in an arid environment is a good idea.

It’s certainly not baseball putting its best foot forward. Major League Baseball could’ve avoided this by choosing a different venue or even building a temporary one like MLB has done on a few occasions in the past. That, I suppose, would limit the revenue-generation capacity of these games, however, that’s off the table in the Rob Manfred Era.

Yankees and Red Sox on turf. What a decision.