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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Rangers 5, Athletics 1: A nice day from Colby Lewis who took a perfect game into the eighth, then lost it, the no-hitter and the shutout in pretty short order. Still, he pitched a complete game allowing that lone run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts on 109 pitches. What did you do that was so good yesterday? Unless your name is LeBron James or maybe Victor Martinez, see below, not much.

Blue Jays 13, Phillies 2: I’d say “J.A. Happ faced his old friends in Philly,” but I think literally the only dude still there from when Happ was in Philly is Ryan Howard and he’s had his bags packed and his car running since mid-April. Happ allowed only three hits and an unearned run in seven. The Jays had five homers and 17 hits in all. The dingers came from Kevin Pillar, who hit two, and one each from Edwin Encarnacion, Michael Saunders and Devon Travis.

Nationals 8, Padres 5: The Nats win their ninth game in the past 11. Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back homers. Anthony Rendon added a solo shot. Harper on his homer:

“I’m looking for balls that I can crush. Swing at pitches that are down and over the plate and do some damage with them.”

Good strategy. Way better than that “looking for balls on which I can muster only weak, glancing contact and try not to offend the pitcher with them” plan that so many in the game are employing today. Really, I think this “crush” strategy is going to give Harper something to work with.

Mets 6, Pirates 4: Bartolo Colon pitched well, but he also hit a double. I’ve been mildly critical of the StatCast folks at MLB for giving us somewhat context-free stats about exit velocity and speed and stuff, but I think it’s worth knowing that the land speed of a wild Bartolo Colon is upwards of 16 m.p.h.

Yankees 4, Twins 1: It was tied 1-1 in the seventh until Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer. And how about CC Sabathia: one run on six hits in six innings with seven strikeouts. Since the beginning of May he has cut his ERA down from 5.06 to 2.20 on the power of four starts in which he allowed no earned runs, two starts with one earned run and one start in which he allowed two. The Yankees still don’t impress me as a strong playoff contender overall, but Sabathia has been keeping them in the conversation almost singlehandedly.

Braves 7, Reds 2: A day after hitting for the cycle Freddie Freeman hit a two run homer and knocked a couple of singles. Freeman was 10-for-18 with three homers and six RBI in the series. I guess someone around here knows how to play this game.

Mariners 6, Rays 4: The Rays had two come-from-behind victories in this series. They would not get a third. Dae-Ho Lee drove in three runs as the Mariners salvage the finale.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 1: Tyler Wilson pitched eight shutout innings and Adam Jones homered and drove in three. Baltimore takes two of three in the series and has taken six of ten from them this season. They have a one-game lead in the East.

Tigers 10, Royals 4: Bad news from one Martinez — J.D., who fractured his elbow while running into a wall chasing a foul ball — but good news for another as Victor hit three home runs. The Bengals — yes, that was an alternate nickname for them I forgot when I wrote that post the other day — hit a total of six homers here.

Brewers 8, Dodgers 6: Jonathan Villar played the hero, hitting a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the ninth. The Dodgers had a chance to win it in the bottom half, but Jeremy Jeffress struck out Corey Seager with the bases loaded and two outs to end the game.

 

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.