And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 4, Red Sox 2: Alex Rodriguez didn’t get a hit but he did drive in a run with a 10-foot dribbler in front of the plate with the bases loaded. Still counts, right? Especially considering they walked Chase Headley to get to him. Just before that another guy who was booed loudly by the Boston crowd — former Sox player Jacoby Ellsbury — hit a two-run double which should have been an out but which Andrew Benintendi muffed.

Indians 14, Angels 4: Mike Napoli was 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI, Lonnie Chisenhall drove in four as well. Carlos Santana hit a homer but he also had to leave the game after being smacked in the head with a foul ball while sitting in the dugout, so that ain’t great. The Tribe had a five-run first inning and a four-run fifth inning.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 3: Zach Duke gave a free pass to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th for the walkoff walk. The 10th straight win for Chicago. Even worse than the loss for the Cardinals — which put them 13 games back of the Cubs in the Central — was losing Matt Holliday to a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch in the 10th inning.

Diamondbacks 9, Mets 0: That was an ugly game and an ugly series for the Mets. The opposite for the Dbacks, of course, but it’s the Mets who, until recently anyway, people thought would do something this year. I suppose they still can — they’re three back in the Wild Card and it’s not like there are 50 teams ahead of them — but it’s getting late pretty early for New York. Tuffy Gosewisch, homered and tripled in a run. A lot of other Dbacks did things too, but I just like to say “Tuffy Gosewisch.” Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch.

Pirates 4, Padres 0Jameson Taillon tossed eight shutout innings and David Freese singled in one run and doubled in another. Taillon only needed 101 pitches and got Clint Hurdle to use the phrase “pitch efficiency” after the game, which I’m going to take as his second nod to advanced metrics this week, even if “pitch efficiency” is not, that I know of anyway, an actual advanced metric as much as it is a fancy way of saying “he didn’t use many pitches.” In this way it’s like how I sometimes make up phrases around my kids to act like I have a better grasp on the world than I actually do. Things like “spatial optimization” when I really just mean “clean your damn room.”

Astros 15, Twins 7; Astros 10, Twins 2: That was a whole bunch of runs Twins pitchers allowed over the course of a doubleheader. Jose Altuve was 4-for-5 with three RBI in the first game. Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer and singled in a fourth run in the nightcap.

Rockies 12, Rangers 9: Carlos Gonzalez hit a pinch-hit, bases-loaded (and bases-clearing) double to cap a five-run rally in the eighth inning for the Rockies. This after Colorado had blown a 4-0 lead. Game time temperature in Arlington was 98 degrees and it was steamy as all get-out. I don’t approve of the Rangers getting a new stadium at taxpayer expense, but I do approve of there being a domed park down there because that is just a ridiculous place to play day games in August.

Brewers 11, Braves 3: The Brewers scored at least one run in every inning. That’s not something you see happen every day. Indeed, it has only happened on 15 previous occasions in all of major league history. That’s more rare than a perfect game or a batter finishing his career with 3,000 hits or 500 homers. Catcher Manny Pina drove in three of ’em.

Orioles 9, Athletics 6: Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam, which served as his 32nd homer on the season, which leads all of baseball. He drove in five in all. Chris Tillman won his 15th game, allowing two runs over seven. Zach Britton notched his 35th save of the year, dropped his ERA down to a microscopic 0.56 and extended his scoreless appearances streak to 39, which is a major league record. Heck, the last time he was charged with a run — back on April 30 — it was because Vance Worley allowed an inherited runner who was the responsibility of Britton to score. In a year without a truly dominant starter in the American League, Britton will get some Cy Young hype for sure.

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Danny Duffy tossed a complete game, allowing one run on seven hits and striking out six. Two starts before this one he flirted with a no-hitter. Gonna go out on a limb and say he’s got some great stuff.

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.