Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

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Apologies for the abbreviated recaps today. I woke up this morning with no Internet service for some reason. Likely because society is crumbling and we’re all afraid to admit it. Seriously, go read the Foundation Trilogy sometime. You can be technologically advanced in most respects and still enter a dark age. It happens. It begins by blogging from a cell phone signal like it’s the Middle Ages or something.

Anyway, I would be remiss in not at least mentioning one performance from last night: Clayton Kershaw pitching an eight-hit shutout and striking out 13. I mean, sure, it was the Phillies and that’s sort of unfair, but they’re still nominally major league hitters. Kershaw, of course, isn’t an All-Star and likely won’t even win the Final Vote thing. This despite a K/BB ratio of 160/27 in 123 innings and a WHIP of 1.02. I mean, he’s no Brad Boxberger.

The scores:

Dodgers 5, Phillies 0
Twins 5, Orioles 3
Brewers 6, Braves 5
Tigers 5, Mariners 4
Mets 4, Giants 1
Yankees 5, Athletics 4
Pirates 5, Padres 2
Red Sox 6, Marlins 3
Indians 4, Astros 2
Cardinals 6, Cubs 5
Diamondbacks 7, Rangers 4
White Sox 7, Blue Jays 6
Royals 9, Rays 7
Angels 3, Rockies 2
Reds vs. Nationals: POSTPONED

It sounds like Adrián Beltré is mulling retirement

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Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré is dealing with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, marking the third time this season the 39-year-old has dealt with a hamstring issue. The injuries are weighing on Beltré, who sounds like he is mulling retirement.

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Beltré said, “It brings the question of is this going to keep happening more often? Is it worth it to fight back? Is it a sign that it’s getting closer to time to say good-bye to you guys?”

In 358 plate appearances this season, Beltré has hit .278/.335/.394 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. His .729 OPS would be his lowest since 2009, when he put up a .683 OPS with the Mariners. Beltré is a free agent after the season and turns 40 years old in April. It wouldn’t be surprising if he decided to call it quits after this season. If he does hang ’em up, Beltré will be — in this writer’s humble opinion — a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he is eligible five years from retirement.