And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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An abbreviated version of ATH today. Apologies. I had a late night and thus a late start this morning and on days like this I have come to feel like you all would prefer to have the comment thread up for the previous night’s games sooner as opposed to waiting for my not 100% observations on last night’s games up late (my not 100% observations early, however, are still cool I hope).

For those who care, my late night was because I went to go see Heart and Joan Jett play at the Ohio state fair. That’s right, don’t hate. Heart and Joan Jett are awesome and I will accept no argument to the contrary. I even dig the 80s power ballad version of Heart. I mean, I was a 12 or 13-year-old boy when that stuff was coming out and I had MTV so, you know.

Only complaint about last night’s show: you can tell Ann and Nancy Wilson aren’t big fans of their 80s output. They sort of introduced that portion of the show with a half-apology and then reworked the instrumentation on “Alone,” “These Dreams” and “What About Love.” Ann still has the pipes and hit every big note, but there was, like, mandolin and acoustic guitar as opposed to power ballad bombast. I think we’re all mature enough and confident in our tastes, however, to be able to handle the full power ballad bombast, right? Even if it’s not cool? We won’t think less of you, Ann and Nancy, if you own that period of your careers. If you didn’t then most of us wouldn’t have even heard of you. You’d be like Foghat and Grand Funk and all of those other bands that petered out in 1979 and only our moms and dads know. Better, to be sure, but confined to that one decade and likely not able to fill a 10,000 person room like you did last night.

Um, OK, I think I’ve gone on long enough. And revealed far too much about myself. Now the scores:

(oh, Joan Jett kicked butt too)

Mets 11, Phillies 2
Brewers 5, Rays 0
Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4
Astros 8, Athletics 1
Nationals 4, Marlins 3
Orioles 4, Angels 3
Giants 7, Pirates 5
Indians 2, Mariners 0
Rockies 6, Cubs 4
Tigers 7, White Sox 2
Dodgers 3, Braves 2
Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1
Padres 12, Cardinals 1
Rangers 3, Yankees 2
Royals 3, Twins 2

Padres may have more interest in Dallas Keuchel than Bryce Harper

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An interesting tidbit today from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who noted that ongoing talks between agent Scott Boras and the Padres have focused more on starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel than slugger Bryce Harper. Earlier this week, there were conflicting reports on the Padres’ level of interest in Harper — MLB Network’s Jon Heyman heard the club had not ruled out another big signing after getting Manny Machado, while Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune talked to multiple sources who believed otherwise — but any agreement between the two is looking unlikelier by the day.

As for Keuchel, Rosenthal cautions that a potential deal is still a “longshot,” especially as the team has other, cheaper options in mind. The 31-year-old southpaw turned down a qualifying offer from the Astros last year and is likely angling for something north of the five-year, $90 million contract extension he rejected from the club in 2016. He’s coming off of another solid performance in Houston, where he went 12-11 in 34 starts with a 3.74 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9, and 3.6 fWAR through 204 2/3 innings in 2018.

While Keuchel has failed to garner substantial interest around the league this offseason, Heyman points out that the Phillies are looking to establish themselves as frontrunners for the lefty — and they’re far less likely to have hang-ups about his asking price, too.