And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Yankees 5, Rays 4: Chris Young broke up Alex Cobb’s no hitter in the eighth and then hit a walkoff homer to win the dang thing. A three-run shot with the Yankees down by two. Martin Prado’s two-run homer came right after the no-no was broke up. A game not many people thought the Yankees had a chance to win but, bam, there it is. It’s the sort of thing that is going to keep people saying crazy things like the Yankees have a shot to make the playoffs, even.

Brewers 4, Marlins 2: A win for Milwaukee, but all of it is overshadowed by the awful pitch to the face of Giancarlo Stanton. Everyone pretty much lost it after that happened and it’s not surprising that they did. Here’s hoping the Iron Giant is OK.

Indians 2, Twins 0; Indians 8, Twins 2 : Corey Kluber wins his 15th in game one, getting back on track after some shaky outings. T.J. House takes care of things in the nightcap, tossing seven shutout innings. Carlos Santana homered in both ends of the doubleheader, driving in the only runs in game two.

Nationals 6, Mets 2: Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon had two-run homers and Bartolo Colon decided he needed to hit the batters after each of them, leading to his ejection. You been around this game a long time Bartolo: get guys out and cut that crap out.

White Sox 1, Athletics 0: Chris Sale, man. His season has been positively ridiculous. Here he tossed eight shutout innings and lowered his ERA to 1.99. On the year he’s 12-3 with a 192/32 K/BB ratio in 163 innings. He may not get the kind of Cy Young consideration Felix Hernandez gets because he’s played on a losing team and missed some time, but what he’s done while he’s been there has been crazy.

Reds 1, Cardinals 0: Same story applies to Johnny Cueto. He has less of a Cy Young case because, well, there is no argument that makes him better than Clayton Kershaw. But he’s been incredible. Eight shutout innings here, lowering his ERA to 2.15 ERA in a league-leading 222 innings. The Reds take three of four from the Cardinals.

Pirates 4, Phillies 1: Another fantastic pitching performance, this from Francisco Liriano, who struck out 12 in eight shutout innings. Seven of eight for the Pirates, who are separating themselves from the pretenders.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 2: And those Pirates seem to be on a collision course with the Giants for the wild card game. That is, if the Giants don’t catch the Dodgers. If they played the corpse that is the Arizona Diamonbacks every game they’d be assured of it, because they’d never lose again. Jake Peavy, who has come on like gangbusters, stuck out eight in five and two-thirds. Hunter Pence had a silly RBI single. What a late season surge for the Giants.

Red Sox 6, Royals 3: Liam Hendriks made a spot start for Danny Duffy which is less than ideal. It’s even less ideal than that when the Royals commit three errors behind him in the first four innings of the game.

Angels 7, Rangers 3: Mike Scioscia’s bullpen game-a-week has been interesting. Eight pitches used here may seem nuts, but it’s better than exposing any one pitcher who probably doesn’t have any business pitching a lot of innings, you know, pitch a lot of innings. Indeed, the Angels have given up fewer runs a game since Garrett Richards went down than they were giving up before he did. So someone is doing something right.

 

 

 

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.