And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Mariners 4, White Sox 3: On a day when a lot of bullpens woofed up a lot of leads, the David Robertson and the White Sox get the award for the biggest woof. Leading 3-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Robertson allowed three singles and a walk, making it 3-1 with two outs and two on. Then Adam Lind came in to pinch it. On the second pitch he saw he jacked a three-run homer. Ballgame. It was bad enough that Robertson blew the lead, but it also blew a game in which Chris Sale gave up only one hit in eight shutout innings. He was at 100 pitches even and was on nine days rest from actual work — a game in which he threw only 88 pitches — and five days rest from his one inning of work in the All-Star Game. He had thrown more than 100 pitches in 14 of his other 18 starts this season. I guess hindsight is 20/20 but I also guess that Sale could’ve brought this one home if Robin Ventura was inclined to allow it.

Royals 7, Indians 3: Corey Kluber pitched seven shutout innings. Then Cleveland relievers Bryan Shaw and Jeff Manship gave up seven runs in the eighth. This was the second worst train wreck to affect Cleveland last night. Jarrod Dyson‘s grand slam was the topper that inning. After that Dyson homer Melania Trump said “In a year that has been so improbable the impossible has happened!” She’s so eloquent.

Yankees 2, Orioles 1: An A-Rod homer and a Brian McCann sac fly should not be enough offense to hold up against the Orioles, but it was on this night. Ivan Nova allowed one run over six and the Betances/Miller/Chapman troika did what it was designed to do, tossing three shutout innings. Are they still calling them “No-Run DMC?” Did that ever really stick beyond the first month or so of the season? I don’t feel like your relief corps gets a nickname when two-thirds of it are on the trading block, but if they really want me to call them that I will.

Athletics 7, Astros 4Yonder Alonso drove in three runs, Khris Davis hit his fourth home run in his last three games, Kendall Graveman got his fifth straight win and the A’s won their third game in the past four. Hi, I’m Craig, and I invented the one-sentence game story. You may call it lazy and reductive, but since I call it a “disruptive sportswriting model” and have a Mountain View, California P.O. Box address, the company I formed to market it — SribeEx — is now valued at $3.4 billion. God, people are suckers.

Marlins 3, Phillies 2: The Phillies took a 2-0 lead into the top of the ninth before Christian Yelich doubled in a run and Marcel Ozuna singled in Yelich. In extras Martin Prado hit a 400-foot homer in the 11th and A.J. Ramos locked it down. The Marlins had been 0-40 when trailing after eight innings before this one. There’s still a lot of time to go in the season but they’re starting to take on the air of a ~frisky~ team that could be dangerous if they make the playoffs. BTW: Jose Fernandez struck out 14 in six an a third innings.

Cubs 5, Mets 1: Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer in the third, Jon Lester pitched one-run ball into the eighth and the Mets never really threatened. Steven Matz is 0-5 in his last nine starts.

Tigers 1, Twins 0: Justin Upton‘s homer was the only scoring here as Matt Boyd and three Tigers relievers combined for a shutout. The homer reminded me of a time several years ago when Upton started out hot with the Braves and someone decided to make a Twitter account that did nothing but tweet when Upton homered. After Upton cooled off he stopped doing it so someone else started it up. He gave up after 11 tweets and only got to tweet “yes” once:

That’s not any sort of commitment. That’s what’s wrong with the younger generation, really. They never finish what they

Reds 8, Braves 2: A five-run fourth inning powered by three homers was all the Reds really needed here. Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez each hit two-run shots that frame and Zack Cozart hit a solo homer. Fun fact: Braves reliever Mauricio Cabrera threw a pitch 103.8 mph, according to MLB’s Statcast system. That’s the ninth-fastest pitch in the two-season history of Statcast. 1-8 are all Arolids Chapman pitches.

Cardinals 10, Padres 2: Mike Leake struck out 11 dudes in six innings and didn’t walk anybody. In his last start he struck out 10 dudes and didn’t walk anybody. “He’s able to make big pitches in big situations,” Mike Matheny said, continuing a streak of 10,000 straight player/manager quotes about “making pitches” that are basically completely unilluminating.

Rockies 7, Rays 4: The Rays have lost 11 in a row. Trevor Story hit his 22nd homer. The Rockies bullpen bent a good bit late but never broke.

Angels 9, Rangers 5: The Rangers had a 4-0 lead but the Angels steadily chipped back and took the lead. After the Rangers regained the lead, 5-4, the Angels chipped again, going ahead 6-5 in the seventh. Then Mike Trout provided some insurance with a three-run homer. The bad news: that 4-0 deficit came while Nick Tropeano was on the hill for the Angels. He was just activated from the disabled list July 4, but had to leave two innings and four runs in due to elbow soreness. He’ll undergo an MRI today.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Jacob deGrom is headed to the free-spending Texas Rangers, who believe the health risk is worth the potential reward in trying to end a six-year run of losing.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract Friday, leaving the New York Mets after nine seasons – the past two shortened substantially by injuries.

“We acknowledge the risk, but we also acknowledge that in order to get great players, there is a risk and a cost associated with that,” Rangers general manager Chris Young said. “And one we feel like is worth taking with a player of Jacob’s caliber.”

Texas announced the signing after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.

The Rangers were also big spenders in free agency last offseason, signing shortstop Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years).

The team said deGrom will be introduced in a news conference at Globe Life Field next week following the winter meetings in San Diego.

“It fits in so many ways in terms of what we need,” Young said. “He’s a tremendous person. I have a number of close friends and teammates who played with Jacob and love him. I think he’s going to be just a perfect fit for our clubhouse and our fans.”

Texas had modest expectations after adding Seager, Semien and starter Jon Gray ($56 million, four years) last offseason but still fell short of them.

The Rangers went 68-94, firing manager Chris Woodward during the season, and then hired Bruce Bochy, a three-time World Series champion with San Francisco. Texas’ six straight losing seasons are its worst skid since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.

Rangers owner Ray Davis said the club wouldn’t hesitate to keep adding payroll. Including the $19.65 million qualifying offer accepted by Martin Perez, the team’s best pitcher last season, the Rangers have spent nearly $761 million in free agency over the past year.

“I hate losing, but I think there’s one person in our organization who hates losing worse than me, and I think it’s Ray Davis,” Young said. “He’s tired of losing. I’m tired of losing. Our organization is tired of losing.”

After making his first start in early August last season, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 outings. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then passed up a $30.5 million salary for 2023 and opted out of his contract to become a free agent for the first time.

That ended his deal with the Mets at $107 million over four years, and deGrom rejected their $19.65 million qualifying offer in November. New York will receive draft-pick compensation for losing him.

The fan favorite becomes the latest in a long line of ace pitchers to leave the Mets for one reason or another, including Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone.

The Rangers visit Citi Field from Aug. 28-30.

When healthy, deGrom is perhaps baseball’s most dominant pitcher. His 2.52 career ERA ranks third in the expansion era (since 1961) behind Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (2.48) and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (2.19) among those with at least 200 starts.

The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA in five career postseason starts, including a win over San Diego in the wild-card round this year that extended the Mets’ season. New York was eliminated the next night.

A four-time All-Star and the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom was a ninth-round draft pick by the Mets in 2010 out of Stetson, where he played shortstop before moving to the mound. He was slowed by Tommy John surgery early in his career and didn’t reach the majors until age 26.

Once he arrived, though, he blossomed. He helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series and earn a 2016 playoff berth before winning consecutive NL Cy Young Awards in 2018 and 2019.

But injuries to his elbow, forearm and shoulder blade have limited him to 26 starts over the past two seasons. He compiled a career-low 1.08 ERA over 92 innings in 2021, but did not pitch after July 7 that year because of arm trouble.

DeGrom is 82-57 with 1,607 strikeouts in 1,326 innings over nine big league seasons. He gets $30 million next year, $40 million in 2024 and 2025, $38 million in 2026 and $37 million in 2027. The deal includes a conditional option for 2028 with no guaranteed money.

The addition of deGrom gives the Rangers three proven starters along with Gray and Perez, who went 12-8 with a career-best 2.89 ERA in his return to the team that signed him as a teenager out of Venezuela. Young didn’t rule out the addition of another starter.

With several holes on their starting staff, the Mets have shown interest in free agents Justin Verlander and Carlos Rodon to pair with 38-year-old Max Scherzer atop the rotation.

Now, with deGrom gone, signing one of those two could become a much bigger priority.