And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Associated Press

Baseball is one of the best things. It’s not “The Sesame Street Characters do ‘Scenario’ by A Tribe Called Quest” good. But it’s one of the best things.

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 0: John Lackey struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball and [all together now] helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single. Cards fans booed Jason Heyward for some dumb reason but Lackey was the 2015 Cardinal they should’ve been more upset with on this night, because he owned their guys.

Marlins 6, Nationals 1: Jose Fernandez settled down after a rocky couple of innings and ended up going six and getting the win. At the end of the second he had a little smacking-himself-in-the-head outburst. After the game, Don Mattingly said “He’s just so emotional.” Later, he did not add, “Every time he thinks of you. He’s just so emotional, baby, ain’t it shocking what love can do?”

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3: A 1-0 lead in the eighth didn’t hold up for Boston as Toronto put four across, all charged to Koji Uehara, but capped off by a Russell Martin two-run single off of Craig Kimbrel. All of that rendered Clay Buchholz‘s strong, six and two-thirds shutout innings performance an interesting side note.

Mets 5, Phillies 2: David Wright hit two homers and Lucas Duda and Neil Walker each added their own. But another star of the show was Noah Syndergaard, who allowed one run in seven while striking out eight and while throwing the ball really, really hard.

Rockies 5, Reds 1: Trevor Story went long again — his eighth on the year — to ignite a four-run eighth inning for the Rockies who are 8-5 at the moment. Call me in a month if they’re still doing that, but for now they’re playing some better than expected baseball.

Angels 7, White Sox 0: Hector Santiago was staked to a 5-0 lead before he even had to throw a pitch, which is kind of nice. No pitching to the score for him, however, as he struck out 10 over seven shutout innings. Yup, no screwing around for Santiago. Except for the fact that he threw a bunch of screwballs, because that’s what he does.

Twins 7, Brewers 4Miguel Sano and Byung Ho Park homered, and Minnesota had 14 hits. Which is saying something given that the rain turned this into a six-inning game. Maybe mother nature or Rob McKenna,who is unknowingly a Quasi Supernormal Incremental Precipitation Inducer, took mercy on the Brewers.

Diamondbacks 9, Giants 7: Jake Lamb hit a tying homer with two outs in the ninth and the Dbacks rallied for two more in the 11th, including another Lamb RBI, to win a very, very long game. Jean Segura, who hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 11th, and Lamb each had three hits. The Dbacks scored five runs over the final four innings, which is the kind of thing that gives managers and pitching coaches nightmares.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.