And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 3, Indians 2: David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo shot. Drew Pomeranz pitched into the eighth and, while the Indians threatened in the ninth, Craig Kimbrel locked it down. People have had worse one-day trips to Cleveland.

Royals 3, Tigers 1: The Royals’ first inning run scored thanks in part to a walk and a throwing error by Tigers starter Daniel Norris. Their sixth inning run scored thanks in part to a Norris wild pitch. That’s how you can give up only one earned run and still lose. Well, that and the fact that one of the better offenses in the game couldn’t do much of anything against Ian Kennedy of all people. Miguel Cabrera left the game with a bicep injury but he may escape a trip to the disabled list. At least based on the postgame comments of Brad Ausmus.

Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0: Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 and doubled in the only run of the game. He’s off to a fast start in his first three big league games, going 5-for-10 with a double, two homers, two walks and three driven in. I haven’t listened, so someone has to tell me: has John Sterling annoyed people yet with “Here comes the Judge!” calls yet? I’m just guessing that’s what he’s using. Which, hey, I use old pop culture references all the time, so I can’t talk smack, but I feel like something from the 60s is pushing it.

Marlins 6, Reds 3: Chris Johnson must’ve read the A-Rod rumors over the weekend and wanted to show his worth (2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBI). This was a three hour and forty one minute game which featured 11 pitchers. I’m sure it was riveting.

Rays 8, Padres 2: Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier each drove in three runs, the former with a two-run homer and a sac fly, the latter with a three-run shot. Drew Smyly allowed one run over seven. As a gift to Kiermaier for his excellent performance, I would like to direct him to the “Happy Homes” entry I recently submitted to the Cat Welfare of Ohio regarding the cats I adopted last year, whom he mocked on Twitter. I feel like once he reads their story his heart will melt and he will unblock me. Surely no man can be so heartless as to ignore a cute picture of kittens, right?

Rangers 5, Athletics 2: Down 2-1 in the fifth, Adrian Beltre hit a grand slam. That’ll do. Bad news, though: Shin-Soo Choo broke his arm on a HBP just a few pitches before that. He’s probably gone for the season. His 2016 campaign will end with him having played only 45 games due to a calf strain, a hamstring strain, lower back problems and now this. Tough break.

Nationals 5, Rockies 4: Max Scherzer wasn’t sharp but the Nats bullpen was and gave them room to come back from an early 3-0 deficit, capped by a Bryce Harper RBI double in the seventh. The Nationals have won four of five.

Diamondbacks 10, Mets 6: Wellington Castillo missed several days due to a paternity leave that turned into a brief bereavement leave due to complications with his wife and son. They’re OK now — bereavement leave can apply to sickness, not just death, thankfully — and Castillo made his return last night in style: he doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice while collecting four hits in all. Arizona reliever Robbie Ray did not have such a great day: he walked Bartolo Colon. That was the first time in his 19-year big league career anyone has walked Colon. I expect heavy fines for Ray from the Dbacks kangaroo court.

Mariners 3, Angels 2: Felix Hernandez won his 150th career game and Nelson Cruz homered to lead the M’s over the Angels. That’s 11 straight losses for Anaheim. If Mike Scioscia wasn’t named Dictator for Life back in 2005 or so, he’d probably be fired by now.

Pirates 8, Giants 5: Ryan Vogelsong got two World Series rings as a Giant. Last night he returned to AT&T Park as a visitor. And he did OK, pitching into the sixth inning and picking up a win. He had help from the offense, of course, particularly Gregory Polanco, who hit a two-run homer and singled in two more.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.