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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights


Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Tigers 10, Red Sox 5: Justin Upton took three days off to clear his head and to work on his swing. They did him well. He came back on Saturday and went 2-for-4 with a double. Yesterday afternoon he hit two three-run homers which went a combined 890 feet. Justin Verlander tends to win when he’s given ten runs to work with. As do most pitchers.

Indians 3, Blue Jays 2: Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. That’s a pretty handy thing to do when you’re down 2-1. That came off of Brett Cecil and spoiled Marcus Stroman‘s seven and a third innings of one-run ball.

Dodgers 4, Reds 0: Julio Urias tossed six shutout innings, scattering six hits and striking out six. Or, as we professionals call that, “Tossing a Satan.”

Rays 8, Rangers 4: Logan Forsythe hit a three-run homer in the Rays’ five-run fourth as Tampa Bay took two of three from the Rangers. It’s too little, too late for the Rays, but they’re playing good baseball right now, having won six of seven.

Braves 7, Nationals 6: Jace Peterson hit a walkoff homer in the 10th. The Nationals committed five errors and blew an early 4-0 lead. Do that and even the Braves will make you pay for it.

Cardinals 9, Phillies 0: The Cardinals hit four homers —Jedd Gyorko, Stephen Piscotty, Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker did the damage — and starter Mike Leake tossed seven shutout innings and hit a two-run single to boot. They went 6-3 on this now-completed road trip and remain a game and a half up on Miami for the second wild-card spot.

Marlins 3, Pirates 2: The Marlins sweep the Pirates. A Christian Yelich homer and two unearned runs held up. With that Miami is now right behind the Cards for that second wild card. What a year of lost chances and disappointment for Pittsburgh.

White Sox 4, Athletics 2: Jose Quintana won his 10th game. That’s the first time he’s ever won ten despite the fact that he’s pitched well enough to win 15 or more for four years running. Hell, he should probably have 15 this year already. His last start he gave up two runs and lost. The start before that he gave up one run and got a no-decision. July 29: one run, no decision. July 24: zero runs, no-decision. June 17: two runs, no decision. May 30: one run, and a loss. May 14: two runs and a loss. April 18: two earned runs and a loss. April 5: two earned runs and a no-decision. That’s nine games with either a loss or a no-decision in which he easily pitched well enough to win.With even a little better luck he’s among the league leaders in wins and with a tad more luck he’s leading everyone. I know every pitcher has spells in which he gets bad run support and bad luck, but for Quintana it’s been this way four four years.  I don’t know how he hasn’t had an aneurysm by now.

Royals 2, Twins 1: Danny Duffy hasn’t had to rely on luck lately. He’s just been pitching lights-out baseball. Here he won his 10th straight decision after allowing one run while pitching into the seventh. He’s 11-1 with a 2.66 ERA. The Royals started him in the bullpen this year for Pete’s sake.

Angels 2, Yankees 0: Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers combined for the shutout. Both Angels runs were singled in by Andrelton Simmons. One in the first, one in the eighth.

Brewers 7, Mariners 6: The Brewers’ four-run ninth stuns the Mariners. Keon Broxton and Chris Carter homered — it was Broxton’s second homer of the game — and Scooter Gennett had an RBI single in the final frame. The win ends Milwaukee’s six-game losing streak.

Rockies 11, Cubs 4: Nolan Arenado hit two home runs — both three-run shots — and drove in six. His dingers put him past Kris Bryant for the lead in the National League.

Padres 9, Diamondbacks 1: Luis Perdomo allowed one run — unearned, though that was due to his own error — on five hits over seven innings. I’ve always thought unearned runs due to a pitcher’s own error should be earned. It’d be a mess to manage and screw with scoring uniformity but on a cosmic level it seems more just.

Astros 5, Orioles 3: Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs over eight innings. Carlos Correa doubled in a couple of runs. Mark Trumbo hit his 37th homer of the year in a winning effort in a losing cause.

Mets 2, Giants 0: Syndergaard > Samardzija. At least on this night. The former with eight innings of shutout, two-hit ball, the latter whose only mistake was a gopher ball to Yoenis Cespedes with a runner on. In other news, Yoenis Cespedes seems to be OK.

Washington Nationals roster and schedule for 2020

Nationals roster and schedule
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The 2020 season is now a 60-game dash, starting on July 23 and ending, hopefully, with a full-size postseason in October. Between now and the start of the season, we’ll be giving quick capsule previews of each team, reminding you of where things stood back in Spring Training and where they stand now as we embark on what is sure to be the strangest season in baseball history. First up: The Washington Nationals roster and schedule:


When the season opens on July 23-24, teams can sport rosters of up to 30 players, with a minimum of 25. Two weeks later, rosters must be reduced to 28 and then, two weeks after that, they must be reduced to 26. Teams will be permitted to add a 27th player for doubleheaders.

In light of that, there is a great degree of latitude for which specific players will break summer camp. For now, though, here are who we expect to be on the Nationals roster to begin the season:


Yan Gomes
Kurt Suzuki


Eric Thames
Starlin Castro
Carter Kieboom
Trea Turner
Howie Kendrick
Asdrúbal Cabrera


Juan Soto
Victor Robles
Adam Eaton
Michael Taylor
Andrew Stevenson


Max Scherzer
Steven Strasburg
Patrick Corbin
Aníbal Sánchez
Austin Voth
Erick Fedde


Sean Doolittle
Daniel Hudson
Will Harris
Tanner Rainey
Wander Suero
Hunter Strickland
Roenis Elías


The Nationals shocked the world last year, recovering from an abysmal start to the season to win an NL Wild Card before cutting through the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Astros to win the first championship in franchise history. While the roster is largely unchanged, there is one gaping void: the loss of third baseman Anthony Rendon, who signed with the Angels. Rendon, a perennial MVP candidate, led the majors with 126 doubles and the NL with 44 doubles while smacking 34 homers with a 1.010 OPS last season. He’ll be replaced by the young Carter Kieboom and the veteran Kendrick and Cabrera. Those are some large shoes to fill.

With Rendon out of the picture, Juan Soto becomes the crux of the Nationals’ offense. Last year, he tied Rendon with 34 homers while knocking in 110 runs. He also, impressively, drew 108 walks, by far the highest on the team. The Nationals will likely have to utilize their speed even more. Last year, Soto stole 12 bases while Adam Eaton swiped 15, Victor Robles 28, and Trea Turner 35.

As was the case in 2019, the pitching will be how the Nationals punch their ticket to the postseason. Max Scherzer finished third in Cy Young balloting, his seventh consecutive top-five finish. The club retained Stephen Strasburg and brings back Patrick Corbin as well. There really isn’t a better 1-2-3 in the game. The rotation will be rounded out by Aníbal Sánchez and one of Austin Voth or Erick Fedde, though both are likely to see starts during the season.

The back of the bullpen is led by closer Sean Doolittle, who posted an uncharacteristically high — for him — 4.05 ERA last year. He still saved 29 games and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, so they’re in good hands. Daniel Hudson and Will Harris will work the seventh and eighth innings leading up to Doolittle.

As mentioned in the Braves preview, it’s tough to make any definitive statements about a 60-game season. Variance is going to have much more of an effect than it would in a 162-game season. Additionally, the NL East is highly competitive. It would be wrong to say with any degree of confidence that the Nationals will win the NL East. For example, the updated PECOTA standings from Baseball Prospectus only project a five-game difference between first and last place in the NL East. What we can say is that the Nationals will give everyone a run for their money in 2020.


Every team will play 60 games. Teams will be playing 40 games against their own division rivals and 20 interleague games against the corresponding geographic division from the other league. Six of the 20 interleague games will be “rivalry” games.

  • July 23, 25-26: vs. Yankees
  • July 27-28: vs. Blue Jays
  • July 29-30: @ Blue Jays
  • July 31-August 2: @ Marlins
  • August 4-5: vs. Mets
  • August 7-9: vs. Orioles
  • August 10-13: @ Mets
  • August 14-16: @ Orioles
  • August 17-19: @ Braves
  • August 21-24: vs. Marlins
  • August 25-27: vs. Phillies
  • August 28-30: @ Red Sox
  • August 31-September 3: @ Phillies
  • September 4-6: @ Braves
  • September 7-8: vs. Rays
  • September 10-13: vs. Braves
  • September 15-16: @ Rays
  • September 18-20: @ Marlins
  • September 21-23: vs. Phillies
  • September 24-27: vs. Mets

The entire Nationals schedule can be seen here.