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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Blue Jays 10, Orioles 9: Pitching need not apply, as the Blue Jays take three of four from Baltimore. Toronto enjoyed a five run fifth and then sat uncomfortably through an O’s comeback late but held on. Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, but doubles were the name of the game on Sunday. Seven in all for the Blue Jays, four in the first inning alone. The idea that homers kill rallies is dumb as all get-out, but there is something kind of helpless and disconcerting about giving up a crap-ton of doubles. It’s like the wheels are all falling off, constantly.

Athletics 6, Reds 1: The A’s snap a seven-game skid. That two of those games came against Cincinnati was rather embarrassing for them, but here we are. Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski each hit two-run homers and Danny Valencia had a solo shot.

Rays 5, Astros 0: Matt Moore tossed seven shutout innings striking out 10 and allowed only two hits. Dallas Keuchel had four shutout innings. Unfortunately he pitched five innings in all, and that fifth one was a lulu: five runs on four hits and an error.

Cubs 13. Braves 2: Jon Lester allowed only one unearned run in seven and the Cubs’ bats did what you’d expect them to do against a bunch of jabroni Braves pitchers. Chicago has won 14 of 18. Anthony Rizzo drove in three. David Ross drove in two. Javier Baez had a three-run shot.

Tigers 4, Yankees 1: Michael Fulmer continue his dominant run, winning his seventh and adding six more scoreless innings. That brings his total up to twenty eight and a third. If he retires the first batter he faces the next time out, he’ll set the Tigers scoreless innings record. In addition to that 7-1 record, the Tigers rookie has a 2.52 ERA and a 52/19 K/BB ratio over 53 and two-thirds innings.

Royals 3, White Sox 1: Yordano Ventura allowed one run over seven innings, struck out ten and somehow managed not to hit anyone or have an embarrassing emotional meltdown of some sort. Progress, man.

Brewers 5, Mets 3: Bad day all around for the Mets. First manager Terry Collins was taken to the hospital and then Zach Davies dominated them, allowing one run — unearned — and striking out seven in six innings. Milwaukee had a 5-0 lead by the fifth. New York made a little noise agains their old friend Carlos Torres in the eighth, but not enough noise.

Twins 7, Red Sox 4: Rookie Max Kepler hit his first career home run at a great time: tie game, bottom of the tenth for a walkoff win. It was a three-run shot after an 0-for-4 day. The heroics salvaged the final game of the series for Minnesota and prevented the sweep.

Indians 8, Angels 3: Francisco Lindor homered and drove in three runs. And that came in just the first two innings. He had three hits on the day. Carlos Santana hit two homers and drove in three himself. The Indians have won nine of 12. Mike Trout left the game late with a hurt thumb after being hit by a pitch, though the x-rays were negative, which is a positive.

Nationals 5, Phillies 4: Jayson Werth played the hero, hitting a walkoff two-run single with two outs in the ninth. That’s a three-game sweep of the reeling Phillies, who have lost 17 of 22. It was tied entering the ninth but Jonathan Papelbon gave up a homer to Maikel Franco in the top of the inning. He was still pitcher of record in the bottom half so Werth’s hit helped him vulture a win. Pitcher wins are the best, man.

Rangers 6, Mariners 4: Cole Hamels struck out five dudes on the day. One of them was his 2,000th career strikeout. Only 77 pitchers have struck out as many as 2,000 batters. I would’ve guessed more, but nope. I bet there aren’t many things you’ve done in your life that only 76 other people have done. Good things, I mean.

Rockies 2, Padres 1: Tyler Anderson made his major league debut and gave up one run on six hits while pitching into the seventh. The Rockies scored their two runs on a bases loaded walk and a homer. Must’ve been late-90s throwback day. The Padres are 0-10 on Sundays. Maybe they just give up and try to lose fast in order to watch all of that prestige cable TV and awards shows and stuff. Maybe they just think Sunday’s to relax.

Diamondbacks 6, Marlins 0: Robbie Ray threw shutout ball into the eighth. Peter O’Brien hit a three-run homer in the first inning. It was basically over at that point but they still had to keep playing because it’s baseball. There have been four different Pete/Peter O’Brien’s in baseball history, by the way. It’ll take Peter O’Brien playing, like, five more years before I stop thinking that he’s this guy.

Cardinals 8, Pirates 4: The Redbirds sweep the Buccos. Big fan of secondary team nicknames, by the way. “Redbirds,” “Buccos,” “Bombers,” “Fish,” “Tribe,” “Pale Hose.” Not every team has them, I don’t think. Not sure the Dodgers do. Or the Giants. Maybe there are some hyper-local ones most of us don’t know. Some teams’ are kind of lame — just initials like the “M’s” or the “O’s.” I guess it’s like individual nicknames in that way.

Giants 2, Dodgers 1Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer off rookie Julio Urias in the sixth inning. Urias had an otherwise nice day, so his first two starts of the season are starting to fade a bit. No run support, however, as Jake Peavy tossed six shutout innings to earn his 150th win.

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.