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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 7, Royals 3: Chase Headley homered. When I heard that he did I gathered my children close and prepared myself for the meteor or for some great cosmic beast to come and consume us all, for this is End Times stuff. Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer and Starlin Castro added a solo shot. That’s less ominous.

Orioles 7, Tigers 5: Stop me if you heard this one: the Tigers had a big lead, the starter faltered, Brad Ausmus went to his bullpen, some of you changed the channel for a bit or went upstairs to tuck the kids in and then, bam, you look up and the Tigers are losing. The five-spot the O’s put up in the seventh inning was done by virtue of five singles and Jonathan Schoop‘s  tiebreaking two-run triple. Brad Ausmus:

“We had a lead, couldn’t hold it. That’s the story of the game. There’s really not much else to it.”

No, that’s the story of the past half decade or more of Detroit Tigers baseball.

Red Sox 11, Astros 1: In a battle of aces only one ace came in and, um, aced. David Price struck out 12 and allowed only one run in six and two-thirds. Dallas Keuchel, however, was lit up for eight runs on ten hits in six. I’m sure it was all Carlos Gomez‘s fault somehow. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts each drove in three runs. Red Sox’ run totals in the past four games: 14, 13, 13 and 11. That came against the A’s and now the Astros. In other news, the Red Sox have petitioned Rob Manfred to allow them to move to the American League West.

Phillies 7, Braves 4: Cameron Rupp hit a three-run double with two outs in the 10th inning to put the Phillies over. You’re not going to believe this, but Rupp said after the game that his hit came as a result of him “looking for a pitch I could drive.” I can’t believe Pete Mackanin is allowing his players to divulge trade secrets like that. Call this a moral victory for Atlanta as they were down 4-0 in the seventh before coming back to tie it and force extras. In late July everyone probably curls up into the fetal position and lets it end in nine.

Padres 3, Brewers 0: James Shields struck out a nine over seven shutout innings. Melvin Upton Jr. homered, had three hits in all, drove in two and scored twice. San Diego has won three in a row.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 2: Johnny Cueto scattered eight hits over seven innings while striking out nine. Zack Greinke continues to be bafflingly bad, allowing four runs on eight hits in six. He’s 3-3 with a 5.26 ERA on the season.

Cardinals 12, Angels 10: Attack of the Matts. Two homers from Holliday and three RBI from him, Carpenter and Adams. The whole lineup should change their first names to Matt. Like the reverse Ramones or something.

Dodgers 5, Mets 0: Clayton Kershaw isn’t single-handedly keeping the Dodgers afloat, but he almost is. He pushes his record to 5-1 after a monster game in which he struck out 13 in a complete game shutout, lowering his ERA to 1.74. Just a total beast of a man, amused at the notion that people are thinking there is someone else who can wear the title of “best pitcher in baseball” right now.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.

Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.

Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.

As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.