And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Phillies 7, Brewers 5: Dom Brown homered and tripled and drove in four while Cliff Lee struck out 11 in seven and two-thirds. Philly is only one game behind the Nats right now, you guys. Why? Because …

Braves 6, Nationals 3: … the Nats dropped two of three to Atlanta, with B.J. Upton of all people fueling the Braves with a walkoff single on Saturday and a homer on Sunday. It’s really amazing how many dudes on the Braves have sort of sucked — B.J. Upton, Jason Heyward, Dan Uggla and Tim Hudson — yet the Braves are enjoying the biggest lead of any team in baseball. Imagine if some of those dudes actually start contributing.

Giants 4, Cardinals 2: I didn’t think the Giants would stink on the road forever, but I didn’t think Chad Gaudin would be the one to snap them out of their road funk. But good for him. Meanwhile, Yadier Molina was ejected for throwing his helmet on the ground when he was called out at first. Except he said after the game he knew he was out and wasn’t disputing the call, he was just mad at himself.  Seems like a pretty relevant distinction to me. I mean, no, tossing equipment about is not exactly a Profile in Sportsmanship, but I think it’s one thing if you’re doing it as a display of anger at an umpire — let’s call that a Lawrie — vs. just being mad. Oh well.

Twins 10, Mariners 0: Hey, it’s Jeremy Bonderman. Where has he been? [whack!][crack!][bang!][blast!]. Oh, that’s where he’s been.

Orioles 4, Tigers 2: Chris Davis went yard again, Kevin Gausman looked pretty darn sharp, the wheels fell off for Rick Porcello and the Tigers in the seventh inning and the Orioles took two of three from Detroit.

Marlins 11, Mets 6: Mets sweep Yankees. Marlins sweep Mets. Marlins better than Yankees? Isn’t that the transitive theory or something? Marcell Ozuna drove in four. Greg Dobbs drove in three. The Mets bullpen gave up seven runs in three innings. It was the Marlins’ first three-game sweep of the year.

Rays 11, Indians 3: Evan Longoria and Yunel Escobar each hit two-run homers — Longoria drove in three in all — and James Loney had a two-run double. Terry Francona got ejected. I feel like veteran managers get ejected during Sunday day games more than any other games. Especially when they’re at home. They’re probably dragging a bit for the day games after night games and would like some time on their couch.

Rangers 3, Royals 1: Seven shutout innings for Yu Darvish and a tie-breaking homer for Jurickson Profar in the eighth. And to this day I still get people asking me how the Rangers win games without Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson.

Pirates 5, Reds 4: Of course you stretch one of your lesser relievers to three innings rather than go to your best reliever when you’re in a tough spot in extra innings. I mean, what would you have Dusty Baker do? Use Aroldis Chapman in a non-save situation? That’s crazy talk. On the bright side for the Reds: Chapman is REALLY well rested for tonight’s game.

Diamondbacks 8, Cubs 4: Patrick Corbin wins his ninth game. Edwin Jackson, meanwhile, falls to 1-8. Carlos Marmol walked the ballpark again and got booed. Remember when he was supposed to be a trade chit at the deadline? Yeah.

Astros 5, Angels 4: If you think the Marlins winning three straight is a big deal, know that the Astros have won five straight. Jordan Lyles continues to be impressive, allowing two runs in five and two-thirds and striking out five.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 2: Matty McGill/he stood on the hill/pitched like he was drunk and looked like some roadkill, so … he went way … back to Triple-A … people down there/really like to get it ON … get it ON!

Athletics 2, White Sox 0: Chris Sale’s scoreless innings streak stops at 28 and Jarrod Parker tossed six and a third scoreless himself. The A’s are winners of 14 of 16.

Red Sox 3, Yankees 0: one hour and 58 minutes of game time, two hours seven minutes of rain delays. And a complete game shutout that lasted five innings for Clay Buchholz. Homers for Jose Iglesias and David Ortiz. Seven losses in eight games for the Yankees.

Blue Jays 7, Padres 4: Mark DeRose hit a two-run homer in the 11th and the Jays bullpenallowed just two hits and no runs in nine innings of work after Ramon Ortiz left the game with an apparent elbow injury. An elbow injury that, in his case, may very well be career-ending. In other news, does anyone know why they were playing a night game on a Sunday getaway day that wasn’t an ESPN game?

MLBPA: MLB’s ‘demand for additional concessions was resoundingly rejected’

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On Thursday evening, the Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement regarding ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. The two sides continue to hash out details concerning a 2020 season. The owners want a shorter season, around 50 games. The union recently proposed a 114-game season that also offered the possibility of salary deferrals.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said that the union held a conference call that included the Executive Board and MLBPA player leaders. They “resoundingly rejected” the league’s “demand for additional concessions.”

The full statement:

In this time of unprecedented suffering at home and abroad, Players want nothing more than to get back to work and provide baseball fans with the game we all love. But we cannot do this alone.

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball communicated its intention to schedule a dramatically shortened 2020 season unless Players negotiate salary concessions. The concessions being sought are in addition to billions in Player salary reductions that have already been agreed upon.

This threat came in response to an Association proposal aimed at charting a path forward. Among other things, Players proposed more games, two years of expanded playoffs, salary deferrals in the event of a 2020 playoff cancellation, and the exploration of additional jewel events and broadcast enhancements aimed at creatively bringing our Players to the fans while simultaneously increasing the value of our product. Rather than engage, the league replied it will shorten the season unless Players agree to further salary reductions.

Earlier today we held a conference call of the Association’s Executive Board and several other MLBPA Player leaders. The overwhelming consensus of the Board is that Players are ready to report, ready to get back on the field, and they are willing to do so under unprecedented conditions that could affect the health and safety of not just themselves, but their families as well. The league’s demand for additional concessions was resoundingly rejected.

Important work remains to be done in order to safely resume the season. We stand ready to complete that work and look forward to getting back on the field.

As per the current agreement signed in March, if there is a 2020 season, players will be paid on a prorated basis. Thus, fewer games means the players get paid less and the owners save more. MLB has threatened to unilaterally set a 2020 season in motion if the two sides cannot come to terms. It should come as no surprise that the union has responded strongly on both fronts.

There have been varying reports in recent days over the confidence in a 2020 season happening. The MLBPA’s statement tonight doesn’t move the needle any; it simply affirms that the union remains steadfast in its goal to avoid a second significant cut in salaries.

As I see it, the ball is in the owners’ court. The owners can strongarm the players into a short season, saving money but significantly increasing the odds of a big fight in upcoming collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Or the owners can eat more of a financial loss, agreeing to a longer season than they feel is comfortable. The latter would have the double benefit of not damaging overall perception of the sport and would not disrupt labor peace going forward.

The MLBPA statement included a declaration that the players are “ready to report, ready to get back on the field, and they are willing to do so under unprecedented conditions.” If there is no 2020 season, we will have only the owners to blame, not the players.

Update: Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, who has been quite vocal on social media about these negotiations, chimed in: