Settling the Scores: Thursday’s results

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A lot of you have today off. I hope you enjoy it, even if there’s only one day game. For those of you who don’t have today off, welp, sorry. Could be worse. You could be the Mets. They have to work too, and they’ve had a way worse week than you.

Scott Kazmir won’t be working today. But he worked pretty hard last night against the Mariners, pitching eight shutout innings and allowing only two hits. Expect him to be highly sought after at the trade deadline. And, given Billy Beane’s tendency to move quickly with deals, perhaps he goes before Cueto and Hamels and anyone else. He’s got a 2.56 ERA on the year and has struck out 92 guys in 98 innings.

Yesterday’s results:

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

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.