And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Angels 5, Mariners 0; Rangers 6, Athletics 1: With their win and the A’s loss, the Angels clinch the AL West. Anaheim had to wait for the A’s game to end to know if they could celebrate — they watched in the clubhouse — but then they celebrated into the wee hours. They even let a few hundred fans back into the ballpark after the end of the A’s game.

The win came via C.J. Wilson’s seven one-hit innings and C.J. Cron’s three-run shot. The A’s loss came via an ugly ninth inning collapse in which Sean Doolittle allowed five runs in a mere third of an inning. Jesse Chavez allowed another. This after Jeff Samardzija shut out Texas for eight innings on ten strikeouts. It was a total meltdown which epitomized the entire second half meltdown for Oakland. They’re now tied with Kansas City for the wild card. Two ahead of Seattle. They may still make the playoffs, but do they really deserve it? They’ve totally hit rock bottom here.

No question about the Angels, though. They have taken and throttled the AL this year, especially since the break. They have a few bruises and sore parts here and there, but they have a week and a half or so to get that right. Then it’s on to bigger things, they hope.

Apologies for the abbreviated ATH this morning, but I have an early morning doctor appointment. While I’m there I’ll ask my doctor if she has any pamphlets on how to help choking victims and have them Fedexed to Bob Melvin.

Orioles 6, Blue Jays 1
Rockies 16, Dodgers 2
Yankees 3, Rays 2
Giants 4, Diamondbacks 2
Braves 3, Nationals 1
Royals 6, White Sox 2
Pirates 9, Red Sox 1
Twins 8, Tigers 4
Marlins 4, Mets 3
Indians 2, Astros 0
Cubs 3, Reds 1
Cardinals 2, Brewers 0
Phillies 5, Padres 2

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.