And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Tigers 4, Royals 2Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a walkoff two-run homer off of former Tiger Joakim Soria. Detroit’s other two runs scored on a balk and a wild pitch. Michael Fulmer allowed two runs over eight innings. No win for him, but he still has a 2.13 ERA on the year. Where would the Tigers be without that guy?

Reds 1, Brewers 0: On Saturday night we saw a walkoff balk in the Padres-Giants game. Here we get a walkoff passed ball, scoring Billy Hamilton. Hamilton reached on a walk, advanced to second on another walk and then stole third before scoring. We need a game to end on a walkoff catcher’s interference today to keep the weirdness streak alive.

Rays 5, Orioles 2: Dylan Bundy‘s first big league start didn’t go as he had hoped (3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 HR). Meanwhile, Jake Odorizzi — basically auditioning for the rest of the league in advance of the trade deadline — allowed two runs over six innings. Even Longoria went yard twice.

Braves 1, Rockies 0: Chase d'Arnaud hit a walkoff single. The Braves are undefeated in day games following postgame concerts by d’Arnaud at the ballpark the night before.

Pirates 2, Nationals 1: Starling Marte provided all of the Pirates offense, doubling in a run in the sixth and then hitting the go-ahead homer in the 18th. The game lasted five hours and forty-eight minutes. Surprised no one grooved a mercy meatball to someone before that.

Mets 5, Phillies 0: Jacob deGrom tossed a one-hitter, striking out seven and needed only 105 pitches to get through all nine. Not too shabby. He also singled and came around to score in the fifth. He’s pretty tough to beat on ten days’ rest. Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera homered.

Indians 6, Twins 1: Josh Tomlin allowed one run on six hits in seven and two-thirds. Tough break for Yan Gomes, though. He came into the game on an 0-for-27 streak, broke it with a double and then, a couple of innings later, had to leave the game after tumbling to the ground while trying to avoid a tag, injuring his shoulder. It’s probably separated and he’ll have to go on the DL.

Marlins 6, Cardinals 3: Ichiro Suzuki doubled and singled twice, pushing him to 2,994 hits. Ichiro was given ovations by Cardinals fans all weekend. After the game he said this:

“These are three games that I’ll probably never forget. I don’t think I could have experienced something like this unless it was here in St. Louis. It was hard to look at them as the enemy.”

I can’t decide if the respectful treatment of an opponent makes them the Best Fans in Baseball or if it actually undercuts their claim to being the Best Fans in Baseball because, like, aren’t they supposed to root-root-root for the home team? Though I suppose it’s better than throwing batteries at the guy.

Rangers 4, Cubs 1: Last time Cole Hamels pitched in Wrigley Field he tossed a no-hitter there. This time, returning in a different team’s uniform, he was dominant once again, allowing one run — unearned — in eight innings while striking out seven. The Rangers snapped their four-game losing streak.

Angels 8, White Sox 1: Albert Pujols hit two two-run homers and Jered Weaver allowed one run on six hits over seven innings. Two dudes surviving on craft and guile.

Blue Jays 5, Athletics 3: Josh Donaldson hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth to break a 3-3 tie and to help the Jays avoid the sweep. Rich Hill, like Jake Odorizzi, was auditioning for potential trade partners. He left in the first inning with a blister on his finger. Oops.

Astros 8, Mariners 1: Jose Altuve homered, had four hits in all and drove in three. Dude is hitting .346/.417/.551 on the year. Carlos Gomez hit a grand slam.

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 5: Robbie Ray tossed seven scoreless innings. The bullpen tried to undo all of that work — allowing five runs in the next inning and a third — but Arizona held on. The arsonists in question were Daniel Hudson and Tyler Clippard, each of whom have been talked about as trade bait. Maybe this was just their way of saying that they really and truly don’t want to move.

Padres 5, Giants 3: Edwin Jackson made his first start since 2014. This following eight lackluster relief appearances for Miami and getting the tar beat out of him in three minor league appearances. So of course he faces the best team in baseball and tosses six respectable innings. Baseball, man.

Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: Masahiro Tanaka outdueled David Price to win his fourth straight start. I don’t guess what Price was doing was really dueling, per se, in that he allowed 11 hits in five and two-thirds. It was more like dodging bullets.

Astros, Red Sox look ahead in wake of sign-stealing scandal

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Players from two teams at the center of baseball’s sign-stealing scandal faced their fans on Saturday for the first time since the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox ousted their managers amid the fallout from the investigation into Houston’s elaborate scheme.

The Astros and Red Sox held their annual fan fests on Saturday, and instead of discussing preparations for the season, players from both teams were left to answer questions about the cheating that resulted in both teams’ managers being fired.

“It’s a tough situation and as a team we have to stay together and go through this as a team like we’ve been doing, always,” Houston star second baseman José Altuve said. “We have to talk about it at spring training and try not to let things in the past distract us for for next year.”

Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a year by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday after he found illicit use of electronics to steal signs during the Astros’ run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season. Team owner Jim Crane then fired both Hinch and Luhnow. Manager Alex Cora left the Red Sox on Tuesday after Manfred’s report identified him as the ringleader of the sign-stealing scheme when he was the bench coach for the Astros in 2017.

Many Red Sox players talked Saturday about how much they liked and valued Cora and hated to see him go.

“I’m heartbroken about it,” Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez said. “I understood his side of it. He definitely didn’t want to be a distraction. He was one of my favorite, if not my favorite, managers I’ve had.”

The Astros were fined $5 million, which is the maximum allowed under the Major League Constitution, and must forfeit their next two first- and second-round amateur draft picks.

The investigation found that the Astros used the video feed from a center field camera to see and decode the opposing catcher’s signs. Players banged on a trash can to signal to batters what was coming, believing it would improve the batter’s chances of getting a hit.

MLB is also looking into whether Cora installed a similar system in Boston after arriving the following year, when the Red Sox won the World Series. No conclusions have been reached and there is no timetable; the Astros investigation took two months.

Martinez hopes MLB wraps up the investigation into the Red Sox soon so they can put this behind them.

“I’m excited for the investigation to get over with, so they can see there’s nothing going on here,” he said.

While the Astros were meeting with fans in Houston, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk called for MLB take away their World Series championship, now that it’s been proven that they cheated.

“I mean, I would like to see that obviously. I bet the Dodgers would like to see that,” Grichuk said. “I’ve got a few friends on the Dodgers that are very disappointed that possibly two years in a row they lost due to a team going against the rules.”

Many Boston players are trying not to focus on the investigation or what could be coming for the team, but instead simply trying to prepare like it’s any other season.

“MLB’s going to do what they have to do to look into it,” pitcher Nathan Eovaldi said. “I’m just trying to focus on baseball. I feel like it’s going to pass, and everything’s going to be fine.”

While Altuve didn’t have a problem answering numerous questions about the scandal, Houston third baseman Alex Bregman refused repeated attempts by reporters to get him to address what happened and kept repeating variations of the same phrase.

“The commissioner made his report, made his decision and the Astros made their decision and I have no further comment on it,” Bregman said in some variation again and again.

After being pressed on if he plans to discuss the sign-stealing in the future, Bregman finally gave an answer that didn’t seem as rehearsed.

“I think in the 2020 year our actions will speak louder than our words,” he said.

Altuve and Bregman were the only two stars at Saturday’s fan fest in Houston who were part of the 2017 championship team. Many of the other big names who helped the Astros win their first title, including World Series MVP George Springer, ace Justin Verlander and shortstop Carlos Correa, did not attend the daylong event where fans can interact with players.

Altuve was the AL MVP in 2017, and since the sign-stealing scandal broke, some have questioned whether he deserved the award. In recent days he’s also been accused of wearing an electronic device under his jersey to tip pitches, which he vehemently denies. He was asked how it feels for people to call him a cheater.

“You don’t want anybody to call you that,” he said. “But … I have two options. One is cry and one is go down and play the game and (perform) and help my team. And you know what one I am going to do.”

MLB’s investigation of Houston began after former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for Oakland last season, told The Athletic about the team’s scheme to steal signs. Martinez said he has spoken to Fiers and gets why he came forward.

“I understand his side of it, being in that division, going against those guys. It’s an uncomfortable position for him, but I understand why he did what he did,” Martinez told reporters in Springfield, Massachusetts. “He obviously felt like he needed to and I understand it.”

In Houston, as the Astros try to put the scandal behind them and focus on the future, Altuve, who has often been described as the heart and soul of the team, is confident it won’t derail the Astros from another successful season.

“Everything will be fine,” he said. “We’re going to be in the World Series again. People don’t believe it. But we will.”