And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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I’ll preface all of this by saying that I felt like I needed a break from watching baseball last night so rather than turn on any games I watched “Billy Madison” for the 100th time. Fact: the kids from Miss Lippy’s class are now 26-years-old. Now that that’s out of the way, on to the scores.

Dodgers 5, White Sox 2: Clayton Kershaw didn’t allow any hits for the first three innings, then gave up a two-run homer to the now-recovered and returned Jose Abreu, then settled back down and gave up no more runs the rest of the way while striking out nine.

Indians 3, Red Sox 2: The Red Sox’ winning streak is over thanks to seven shutout innings and ten strikeouts from Justin Masterson. Masterson had one start and a 0.00 ERA in March and now has one start and a 0.00 ERA in June. April and May were tire fires, but those one start months are pretty awesome for him.

Mets 11, Phillies 2: Hey there, Wilmer Flores. His first homer — and only his second big league homer ever — was a grand slam and he drove in six runs in all. Bartolo Colon posted his third straight strong start in a row. With the makeup game added this was a five-game series. The Mets won four.

Mariners 10, Yankees 2: Felix Hernandez improves to 8-1 with seven strong innings. David Phelps was touched for six runs in six and Alfredo Aceves gave up four runs in mopup duty. In the meantime Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager each drove in three. The Yankees have dropped four of the past six games

Marlins 3, Rays 1: Randy Wolf picks up his first win since 2012. The Rays have lost seven straight and now have the worst record in the American League.

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Brewers 6, Twins 2: Matt Garza took a shutout into the seventh and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer. Reynolds is on pace for 36 homers while hitting .208 and posting an OBP below .300. In other words, he continues to be Mark Reynolds.

Royals 6, Cardinals 0: The Missouri teams traded zeros until the seventh. Problem was that while the Royals quit that game, the Cardinals kept up with it and ended up being shut out. It was the Cardinals’ fifth loss in six games and second shutout in a row.

Pirates 10, Padres 3: It was a four hour, four minute game in which the home team surrendered ten runs and was forced to throw 249 pitches. In only nine innings! How many souls do you figure were left in Petco by the time the thing ended? A few dozen? Jordy Mercer homered and had four hits. Neil Walker had three hits and three driven in. Padres pitchers surrendered 16 hits in all.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.