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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Tigers 7, Pirates 4: A quietly excellent start for the Tigers, who took three of four in a home-and-home against the Pirates. Jordan Zimmermann pitched six shutout innings, Nick Castellanos homered and drove in four. Last year the Tigers could never really depend on starters in Zimmermann’s position in the rotation and didn’t get much out of Castellanos. If those things have changed, so too have the team’s fortunes.

Phillies 3, Padres 0: I wrote up how amazing Vince Velasquez’s start was here and Bill added some extra facts about it here. Then on Twitter I had the audacity to note that, perhaps, this Padres team, which has been shutout in half of its games so far this year, is not actually very good and that their futility also contributed to the results. Because it’s possible, is it not, for a pitcher to have (a) pitched AMAZINGLY well; and (b) for a team to suck.

Guess not! Because Phillies fans came out of the woodwork to tell me how crappy a thing that was to say and how disrespectful I was. One called me a “clown” and many said I had an axe to grind because I’m a Braves fan. One person asked if I would dare say such a thing if John Smoltz had turned in such a performance. Another asked if I’d say it if Clayton Kershaw did. Because, yes, Velasquez has totally earned a comp to a Hall of Famer and the best pitcher in baseball. In other news, I missed Phillies fans and how insanely sensitive and insecure they can be. Their team having sucked for a while has kept them quiet in recent years, but it only took one game for that “you must not only note how GOOD we are, but you must also RESPECT us and not say ONE THING BAD ABOUT US EVER, EVEN INDIRECTLY, or else we’ll lose our minds” side to reemerge. I missed that. 2010 seems so long ago.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 0: An equally fantastic outing from Jaime Garcia, who handcuffed the Brewers with 13 strikeouts in a complete game shutout. To be on the safe side here, let me say that the 2016 Milwaukee Brewers are as good as the 1927 Yankees and Jaime Garcia is basically Walter Johnson. Let no man say that I have disrespected the Cardinals!

White Sox 3, Twins 1: Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but the Twins lost again. The Twins have scored only 14 runs in those nine games. The White Sox, meanwhile, are 7-2, which is their best start since they went 8-1 to begin the 1982 season.

Indians 6, Rays 0: Danny Salazar pitched six shutout innings, striking out nine and walking three. Chris Archer, meanwhile, is 0-3 after giving up three runs on seven hits in five and a third. He is 0-6 with a 5.83 ERA in nine starts since beating Baltimore on Aug. 31.

Rockies 11, Giants 6: Jorge De La Rosa will probably have a statue at Coors Field some day. Sounds crazy, but really, he’s the only pitcher who has truly survived that place and, at times, has thrived. Yesterday he contributed with his bat and his arm, notching two hits and driving in two runs while allowing three earned runs, striking out seven and pitching into the seventh inning. Is that pitching line the stuff of legends? Nah, but merely going into the seventh as a Rockies starter is impressive and without checking, I’m going to assume he’s done it more than anyone, perhaps by a factor of two or three.

Cubs 8, Reds 1: The sweep. The Cubs are now 8-1 for the first time in 47 years. That, for those of you who can do math, was 1969. That year they started out as winners of 11 of 12. The season didn’t end well for them then — black cats and the New York Mets happened — but it certainly can’t be a bad thing to start out this hot.

Nationals 6, Braves 2: Bryce Harper’s 100th career homer was a grand slam. It broke a piece of the friggin’ scoreboard too. For those who pay attention to such things, Harper’s 100th came in his 518th career game, when he was 8,851 days old. Hank Aaron’s 100th homer came in his 538th game, when he was 8,594 days old. The Braves will likely not win a game for another 8,937 days.

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 2: A three-run bomb from Josh Donaldson in the fifth and a solo shot from Troy Tulowitzki in the sixth. Donaldson’s went a long, long way. The reigning MVP has five home runs, 12 RBI, and a .325 average on the season.

Rangers 6, Orioles 3: A five-run sixth inning by Texas got Cole Hamels off the hook for a loss and handed him a win while handing the O’s their second straight loss. Rougned Odor had a tie-breaking two-run double as part of that rally.

Royals 6, Astros 2: So far so good for a free agent pickup a lot of people thought could be a bust or, at the very least, an overpay. Ian Kennedy turned in his second straight strong outing to start the season, allowing only two hits — though one was a homer — in seven innings. In his debut last weekend against the Twins he pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings. Of course, that was the Twins and they’re terrible [waits for Royals fans to get as pissy as Phillies fans about such a statement; waits forever; dies having never heard a peep because Royals fans, while increasingly hilarious lately, aren’t crazily insecure people].

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 2: The Dodgers were down 2-0 in the seventh — with starter Ross Stripling’s excellent outing seemingly going for naught for a second straight time — but then their bats woke up. Kiké Hernandez hit a two-run double and Yasiel Puig, Jacob Turner and Adrian Gonzalez each singled in runs. In other news, Kiké Hernandez’s heroics are the single biggest reason I’ve learned how to write the accent symbol.

Twins tie team record with 8 homers in 16-7 win over Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop each hit two of Minnesota’s franchise record-tying eight home runs and the Twins hammered Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Angels 16-7 Thursday.

C.J. Cron homered, doubled twice and singled twice for the Twins. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario also homered for Minnesota.

It was the third time in franchise history – dating to their days as the Washington Senators – and second time this season Minnesota homered eight times. Before doing it April 20 against Baltimore, the last time it happened was in 1963 against Washington.

Schoop drove in four runs and Sano three as the Twins won six of seven on their road trip that began in Seattle and wound up with their first sweep in Anaheim since 1996. Minnesota, with the best record in the majors, hit 22 homers against the Mariners and the Angels while outscoring them 67-24.

There were a total of 11 home runs in this game, which was originally set for Wednesday but postponed due to unplayable field conditions following a pregame storm.

Angels first baseman Jared Walsh, who made five relief appearances in Triple-A this season, pitched for the first time in the majors. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

The eight home runs also tied the Angels mark for most allowed. It previously happened in 2005 against Texas and 1996 vs. Oakland.

Four of the seven hits Matt Harvey (2-4) allowed in 2 2/3 innings went over the wall as the right-hander gave up eight runs for the second time this season.

Tommy La Stella hit his first grand slam in the ninth for the Angels, who have dropped four straight. David Fletcher and Brian Goodwin also homered for Los Angeles.

Minnesota broke open the game in the second inning with six runs, which included a three-run shot by Schoop and two-run drive by Polanco. Harvey was chased in the third after solo homers by Cron and Sano.

The Twins hit three home runs in the seventh to extend their lead to 14-2. Sano’s two-run shot and Schoop’s solo homer marked the sixth time the Twins had gone back-to-back this season. Kepler added a two-run drive.

Twins starter Martin Perez (7-1) went five innings and yielded two runs on five hits.

TOUGH DAY

Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun came up twice with the bases loaded but was unable to get a hit. He struck out in the third and grounded into a force out to end the fifth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: DH Nelson Cruz (left wrist sprain) returned to Minneapolis. He is eligible to come off the injured list on Friday but manager Rocco Baldelli said they are still seeing how he is doing swinging during batting practice.

Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons (left ankle sprain) saw a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday and expects to remain in a walking boot for at least two weeks. . LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow) had a bullpen session before Thursday’s game and could make his season debut Sunday.

UP NEXT

Twins: Return home and open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. RHP Jose Berrios (6-2, 3.39 ERA) has seven or more strikeouts in his last four starts.

Angels: Conclude their home stand with three games against Texas. RHP Griffin Canning (2-3, 3.80 ERA), who became the second LA starter to go seven innings last Saturday against Kansas City, gets the call on Friday.

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