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Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

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The Rangers entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a comfortable four-run lead against the Yankees, seemingly minutes away from securing an easy win. It would’ve been their 52nd victory, which would have given them the most in baseball. And hey, Matt Bush, who has been pretty good since debuting on May 13, was on the mound with his 2.29 ERA.

Rob Refsnyder lined a single to center, then Bush walked Jacoby Ellsbury, putting the tying run on the on-deck circle with no outs. Understandably, manager Jeff Banister didn’t want to risk anything further, so he went to closer Sam Dyson, who has pitched admirably since replacing Shawn Tolleson in the ninth inning. Dyson, though, had struggles of his own.

Brett Gardner singled to left-center on a line drive. Center fielder Ian Desmond booted the ball, which allowed Refsnyder to score. After Alex Rodriguez lined out, Brian McCann drilled a game-tying three-run home run to right field. Dyson continued to melt down, walking Starlin Castro, bringing up Didi Gregorius. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Gregorius laced the first-pitch he saw from Dyson over the fence in right-center, walking the Yankees off on a two-run home run. In the span of a few minutes, the Rangers went from 98 percent to win (according to FanGraphs) to walk-off losers. Rough way to drop a game.

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The box scores.

Rays 4, Red Sox 0
Cubs 9, Reds 2
Astros 10, Angels 4
Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 8 (10 innings)
Yankees 9, Rangers 7
Nationals 4, Mets 2
White Sox 9, Twins 6
Brewers 7, Dodgers 0
Tigers 10, Marlins 3
Blue Jays 5, Rockies 3
Orioles 12, Padres 6
Indians 3, Braves 0
Royals 3, Cardinals 2 (12 innings)
Athletics 7, Giants 1
Pirates 8, Mariners 1

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.