And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Clayton Kershaw dominates the Padres, striking out ten and allowing one run over eight innings. He moves to 15-3 on the year and drops his ERA to 1.82. His K/B ratio this year: 184/22.

Nationals 1, Diamondbacks 0: Make that five walkoff wins for the Nats in the past six games and ten wins in a row overall. This one was made 1960s-style: 0-0 tie into the bottom of the ninth, a single, a stolen base and then the winning run came home on a throwing error.

Cubs 2, Giants 1: Giants 5, Cubs 3: The resumption of the tarp game revealed that, welp, none of it really mattered. The Giants scored one more but the Cubs’ two runs from Tuesday night held up. In the nightcap Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with a homer. I figure the Giants want to get the hell out Chicago by now.

Yankees 3, Astros 0: Brandon McCarthy with the four-hit shutout. He has been phenomenal since coming over from Arizona. Even if the Yankees season doesn’t turn out the way they hoped when they traded for him, they should have at least convinced themselves that McCarthy can be part of the rotation rebuild they need to do this offseason.

Twins 4, Indians 1: Phil Hughes outdueled Corey Kluber, allowing one run on five hits over seven. We weren’t expecting that, especially given how awesome Kluber has been in the second half. As Matthew notes, however, Hughes is having a surprisingly un-sucky season this year. Who knew?

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Braves 8, Reds 0: The Braves have won six of seven, finally finding some offense during this stretch. A lot of it has come from Justin Upton, who has a 12 game hitting streak and drove in three here. The Reds, meanwhile, have lost six in a row.

Rays 1, Tigers 0: It ain’t often that a dude throws a one-hitter and his team still loses, but it happened to David Price. Could be worse — could be a Harvey Haddix situation — but this still has to be frustrating. For what it’s worth: the one-hitter loss thing has happened 65 times in baseball history and four times this year. Losing a one hitter in which no walks were allowed to the winning team, as was the case here: three times in the past century.

Angels 2, Red Sox 0: A four-game sweep at Fenway ain’t what it used to be, but it’s still pretty good, especially for a west coast team on an east coast swing. Matt Shoemaker allowed only one hit while pitching into the eighth. He had a no-hitter until there were two down in the sixth, actually. He struck out nine. More importantly: he gave the pen a breather in advance of the big series against the A’s which starts tonight.

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.