Settling the Scores: Thursday’s results


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

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.