And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Marlins 13, Mets 0: Well, that one got out of hand. Chris Young was beaten like a red headed stepchild (can we still say that?), allowing two homers and four RBI to Giancarlo Stanton and a mess of runs to everyone else. Jose Reyes extends his hitting streak to 26 games.

Giants 15, Cardinals 0: This one got even more out of hand. Marco Scutaro drove in seven, hitting a grand slam, doubling in a couple and singling in one. Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven scoreless, but it was kinda unnecessary.

Padres 2, Cubs 0: Clayton Richard shut the Cubs out on five hits. The Cubs now own the longest losing streak in the game at eight.

Brewers 3, Reds 2: Ryan Braun was 0 for his last 18 before he hit the game winning RBI double in the eighth. In other news I almost wrote “Russell Brand” instead of Ryan Braun. Man that would have been a different ballgame.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 2: Maybe this game was just boring, but all the various game stories I’ve read seem to want to talk about how that this win clinched the 16th straight home series win by the Rays over the Blue Jays which fails the interesting factoid test for me in that it’s neither independently interesting — it doesn’t make you say “aw, neat!” — and it has zero predictive value.

Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 6: Neil Walker homered and drove in five. I thought a month or two ago that the Pirates would not be for real if Andrew McCutchen was the only legitimate offensive threat. Well, he’s not that anymore. Walker has been tough stuff.

Nationals 4, Astros 3: Of their four runs, only two were technically driven in and both of them came from the bat of Gio Gonzalez, who hit a two run homer. The others: on a balk and on an error. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Houston Astros.

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Where in the hell did that come from, Jeremy Guthrie? Eight shutout innings with zero walks and six strikeouts.

Braves 12, Phillies 6: Neither starter had anything — Tim Hudson and Kyle Kendrick were both touched for six runs — and it was six-all in the seventh when Dan Uggla hit a bases clearing double and another run scored on an error. Oh, and David Ross stole a base. It was his first in 636 career games. Even without the stolen base, he’s easily baseball’s best backup catcher over the past four years. No question about it, right?

Yankees 12, Tigers 8: The Tigers lost for the first time in six games thanks in part to Curtis Granderson driving in four. It wasn’t easy for the Yankees, though. They had a 7-0 lead which the Tigers closed to 8-7 by the seventh inning. The Yankees rapped out 18 hits and scored their 12 runs on the back of only one homer, so that should make “the Yankees are too home run-dependent” crowd shut up a bit.

Orioles 9, Mariners 2: Steve Johnson made his first major league start. And he struck out nine over six innings for the win. Matt Wieters went 2 for 5 and drove in five for his second straight big game.

Athletics 9, Angels 8: The Angels hit five home runs — two by Kendrys Morales — but they weren’t enough because LaTroy Hawkins and Zack Greinke got rocked. A’s closer Ryan Cook’s explanation for the A’s success: “It’s chemistry, man.” Not enough facepalms in the world.

Rangers 10, Red Sox 9: Josh Hamilton homered and had four RBI. Josh Beckett gave up a season-high eight runs on eight hits, three of which were homers. Someone tell me if he’s hurt or if he just sucks, because I can’t decide if I should boo him or not.

Indians 6, Twins 2: I wrote this up yesterday, but suffice it to say, the streak ends at 11.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 4: Eric Young hit an inside the park homer. Cool. Matt Kemp answered with a more traditional homer, this of the three run variety. I’m sure he was far less tired after that than Young was. Matt Treanor was 0 for 3, but he’s the only one in the game whose wife won a gold medal in the Olympics yesterday, so he can be excused.

Blue Jays release John Axford

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The Blue Jays have released right-handed reliever John Axford from his minor league contract, per an announcement on Saturday. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi speculates that the move could provide an avenue for the club to rework Axford’s contract, but the Blue Jays have yet to confirm or deny the report.

Axford, 35, was dealt a blow on Thursday after getting diagnosed with a stress reaction in the olecranon bone of his right elbow. Elbow soreness dogged the right-hander through much of his time in camp, and although he was scheduled for a follow-up examination later this spring, a definite return date had not been established.

Prior to the diagnosis, Axford was tabbed for a setup role with the team in 2019. He pitched to mixed results in 2018 (thanks in part to a late-season fracture of his right fibula) with a 5.27 ERA, 4.9 BB/9, and 9.8 SO/9 through 54 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays and Dodgers. Now, however, it’s not certain that he’ll return to the mound this season in any capacity.

Axford isn’t the only reliever the Blue Jays have lost to injury lately, either, as right-handers Ryan Tepera and Bud Norris have been sidelined with right elbow inflammation and forearm fatigue, respectively. Per Davidi, the Blue Jays offered Norris a $100,000 retention bonus to prevent him from opting out of the minor league contract he signed in February.