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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 5, Indians 2: Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hitting streak reaches 27 games. Normally a streak of that length would be the most astounding thing happening on a team but the Sox also have a dude on a retirement tour with a 1.092 OPS who is on pace for 41 homers and 136 RBI. David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and an RBI double, knocking in three in all and finishing a triple short of the cycle. He averages one triple a year, presumably in instances when outfielders are Raptured before reaching the ball, and he already has a triple this season so that probably would’ve been too much to expect.

Mets 3, Brewers 1: Does anyone know where the love of God goes when Noah Syndergaard turns the minutes to hours?Milwaukee they say had a really bad day as Thor put eleven strikeouts behind him.

I dunno where that came from. I’m on something of a sleep deficit right now. Sorry.

Blue Jays 3, Twins 1: Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson each homered. John Gibbons was ejected after a couple of inside pitches to Donaldson which seemed a lot like lame “how dare you hit a home run off of me” retaliation pitches from Phil Hughes. Gibbons thought Hughes should’ve been given a warning. Joe West disagreed, which means that he DEFINITELY should’ve been given a warning on the “Everything Joe West Does on a Baseball Field is Bullcrap” theory. Anyway, the whole thing was rather adorable given how many home runs Hughes gives up. If he retaliated after every dinger he’d be a full-time retaliator, part-time pitcher. You just wanna pat him on the head or give him a reassuring hug.

Tigers 9, Rays 4: A win — the Tigers’ sixth in seven games, even — but a costly one as Jordan Zimmermann had to leave the game in the sixth inning with a strained groin and Miguel Cabrera left in the seventh with a bruised knee. Cabrera, who hit a homer before being hit on the knee with a pitch, is not expected to miss much time. Heck, he is notorious for playing through some fairly serious injuries so a bruise shouldn’t be too big  a deal. Zimmermann, however, will undergo an MRI today and could miss significant time, which is not great given that he has been Detroit’s best starter all year.

Mariners 5, Reds 4: Leonys Martin had four hits and Robinson Cano drove in two as Seattle sweeps Cincy, handing the Redlegs their seventh straight loss.

Nationals 8, Marlins 2: Max Scherzer was excellent again, only this time he wasn’t 20-strikeout dominant. Of course you can’t really keep that up for long, can you? Scherzer went eight innings allowing two runs and struck out eight. Washington and Miami feel like they’ve played 50 games against each other this year.

Phillies 5, Braves 0: Jerad Eickhoff pitched seven innings of shutout ball and knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice as the Phillies avoid a sweep against the Braves. They now go on the road to face the Tigers, Nats and Cubs, so I guess we’ll see if this early season roll continues once the grass gets taller.

White Sox 3, Royals 2Todd Frazier hit his 13th home run and Melky Cabrera drove in two as the Chisox avoid a sweep. Carlos Rodon scattered eight hits and allowed two runs over six and two-thirds.

Rangers 9, Astros 2: Cole Hamels allowed one earned run and struck out 11 over eight innings. Dallas Keuchel continued his atrocious 2016, allowing seven runs on nine hits in six innings. The reigning Cy Young Award Winner is now 2-6 with a 5.92 ERA. The Rangers have won six in row over Houston and 14 of the last 16. This is turning into rivalry in name only. It’s Ohio State-Michigan stuff. Like, recent Ohio-State Michigan stuff. Back when I went to Ohio State it was reversed. I guess rivalries have a way of working themselves out eventually, but right now the Astros are on Rich Rodriguez-Brady Hoke-John Cooper level.

Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 2: Zack Greinke allowed one run over eight as the Snakes take two of three from the Cardinals and four of six overall. Paul Goldschmidt drove in two. Michael Bourn got three hits.

Angels 10, Orioles 2: Jered Weaver took a shutout into the seventh without ever topping 85 m.p.h. on the gun. In other news, citizens across the world brace for severe shortages of smoke and mirrors, as they have all been hoarded by unknown west coast interests. Carlos Perez homered and drove in five.

Yankees 5, Athletics 4: The Yankees have win five in a row. Michael Pineda allowed three runs over six which, while not spectacular in most instances, was pretty good for him lately.

Dodgers 9, Padres 5: Seventeen innings and nearly six hours of baseball here. This a day after an 11-inning affair on Saturday night. Yasiel Puig singled in two runs to break things open in the top of the seventeenth. Which he needed to do badly given that he had a massive brain fart in the ninth inning, failing to move up on a bunt for no apparent reason whatsoever other than absent-mindedness. Somehow no position players pitched in this one, but starter Ross Stripling, who is scheduled to start Tuesday night against Cincinnati, did. He pitched three innings of relief for the win. Even Clayton Kershaw played, though he didn’t pitch. He just pinch-hit.

Giants 1, Cubs 0: Live, From San Francisco, It’s the Madison Bumgarner Show! Starring . . . Madison Bumgarner! Brought to you by Seven And Two-Thirds Innings Of Shutout Ball. An RBI Double By Bumgarner in the Fifth Inning Production! And now, heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s MADISON!

Rockies vs. PiratesPOSTPONED: Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothin’ ever seems to fit
Hangin’ around
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

Report: Gerrit Cole has seven-year, $245 million offer from Yankees

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Bob Klapisch of The New York Times reports that free agent starter Gerrit Cole has a seven-year, $245 million contract offer on the table from the Yankees. As Klapisch also notes, the deal would set a record for total value and average annual value for a pitcher, besting Zack Greinke‘s $34.4 million AAV and David Price‘s $217 million total.

While it is possible that Cole signs before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, clients of Scott Boras have tended to sign later in the offseason, so this may be a protracted process with today’s report as a jumping-off point. Both the Yankees’ and Angels’ front offices have received clearance from ownership to break the bank to sign Cole.

Cole, 29, could not have timed having a career year any better. During the regular season, he led all of baseball with 326 strikeouts and led the American League with a 2.50 ERA while also posting a 20-5 record and walking only 48 batters across 212 1/3 innings. He performed brilliantly in the playoffs as well, holding the opposition to seven runs on 21 hits and 11 walks with 47 strikeouts over 36 2/3 innings of work as the Astros narrowly missed out on winning another championship.

Cole is entering his age-29 season, so a deal of at least seven years would take him well into his mid-30’s. Teams, especially lately, have been hesitant to commit to pitchers, but as the Nationals showed with Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin, sometimes it leads to a championship.

For what it’s worth, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports says the Yankees haven’t made a formal offer to Cole yet, though the club plans to make one this week. During this time of year, both sides — front office personnel and player agents — leak details to the press to help establish leverage. What we can generally take from this is that the Yankees are hot for Cole and he’s going to get a record-setting contract from some team, even if it’s not the Yankees.