Settling the scores: Thursday’s results

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Sorry. Just not in the mood for snarky sports jokes first thing this morning. We’ll all go on with our days today because that’s what people do, but waking up to the news out of Dallas, fresh on the heels of what happened in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, is simply despairing.

Our culture is permeated with the notion that violence — particularly shooting people — is the best means of solving problems. It’s not limited in scope. It’s seemingly the first solution reached for by everyone. It’s the default reaction of our foreign policy, our policing, our public anger, our fear and our entertainment. Violent assertion of our dominance, preferably with firearms, that’s the answer. That’s the first reaction. That’ll make it all better.

I don’t know how we got this way. Maybe it’s part of our national DNA. Maybe our impulse to point at this or that easy answer to counteract it is naive. Maybe all humans are really like this and there are just conditions or qualities present in our country that allow us to more easily carry through with our most base and violent impulses.

And yes, I know it’s not everyone. Not all police. Not all people angry with police. Not all anyone. But that it’s as many anyones — that these stories are on a constant loop in recent years — makes that distinction sort of pointless. It just means more of us are watching this horror and are either powerless to do anything about it or unwilling to try. That doesn’t exactly make me feel better for the world in which I’m trying to raise my children.

Like I said, we’ll all step to our routine as the day goes on. There will be jokey baseball posts this morning, of that I am sure. But for now it’s hard to wake up to this world without stopping for a bit and wondering what in the hell is so wrong with it.

Here are the box scores.

Angels 5, Rays 1
Cardinals 5, Pirates 1
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 4
Yankees 5, Indians 4
Mets 9, Nationals 7
Twins 10, Rangers 1
Braves 4, Cubs 3
Athletics 3, Astros 1
Royals 4, Mariners 3
Rockies 11, Phillies 2
Padres 6, Dodgers 0

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.