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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights


Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3Michael Saunders hit a two-run homer off of Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez to tie the game 3-3 in the seventh. In other news, someone thought it was a good idea for Ubaldo Jimenez to be pitching in the seventh. Never fear, though, because Matt Wieters hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the eighth, snapping the O’s four-game losing streak.

Nationals 3, Phillies 2: Max Scherzer went eight innings, striking out 11 and not allowing a hit until the sixth. He gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Howard in the seventh but Scherzer’s own sac bunt RBI earlier had already provided the winning margin. Nice day at the office for Max.

Rays 4, Red Sox 3Luke Maile hit a two-run homer in the seventh to tie things at three and then Evan Longoria hit a solo shot in the eighth which proved to be the game winner.  Boston remains two games behind Toronto in the East with the Orioles one game behind the Red Sox.

Indians 5, Twins 4: Make it 12 straight losses for the Twins. This on a night when the opposing starter couldn’t make it out of the second inning. Between that and the Teddy Bridgewater news I’m guessing Minnesota sports fans are cranky today. The only thing which could make it worse is (a) The Timberwolves all developing mono just before training camp starts next month; (b) The Wild going on a sit-down strike over working conditions; and (c) literally anything good being said about Joe Mauer.

Tigers 8, White Sox 4: The Sox led 3-0 in the fifth but then the Tigers went to work. Much of the work was done by JaCoby Jones, making his MLB debut. The Tigers third baseman had two hits and two RBI, including a sixth-inning double to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Ian Kinsler had a two-run homer and a two-run single.

Braves 7, Padres 3: Julio Teheran allowed two runs in seven innings, getting his first win in nine starts, mostly because he has the worst run support in the big leagues. Not on this night, however, as rookie Dansby Swanson had an RBI single and an RBI double and the Braves managed seven runs on 12 hits. Swanson is 12-f0r-40 to start off his career.

Mets 7, Marlins 4: Curtis Granderson didn’t even start the game but still managed to hit two homers after coming off the bench in the sixth. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Jose Reyes, who took a knock to the head on a play at the plate on Monday night, had four hits. The Mets have won eight of ten and stand two and a half back of St. Louis for the second wild card, with the Pirates in between them.

Cubs 3, Pirates 0: Kyle Hendricks tossed seven shutout innings and the Cubs got all their run scoring done in the first and second with an Anthony Rizzo two-run homer and a Miguel Montero RBI single. The Cubs are on a 103-104 win pace. The last time a team won 103 games was in 2009 when the Yankees did it. The last time anyone won more than that was 2004 when the Cardinals won 105.

Rangers 8, Mariners 7: Down 7-6 in the ninth, Rougned Odor hit a walkoff two-run homer. That was a nice bit of makeup work after he was thrown out on the base paths twice earlier. What straightened his head out? Adrian Beltre:

After getting thrown out trying to stretch a single to right in the seventh, in between RBI singles by Adrian Beltre and Jonathan Lucroy, the veteran Beltre got the aggressive youngster’s attention with a tap to the head in the dugout.

If Beltre is touching your head, you know it’s serious business.

Cardinals 2, Brewers 1: Randal Grichuk hit an RBI single in the top half of the tenth. In the bottom half, reliever Matt Bowman walked three batters to load the bases but Zach Duke got out of the jam to save the day. Adam Wainwright, mired in a crappy 2016 season, allowed only one run in seven innings while striking out seven.

Astros 3, Athletics 1: Collin McHugh won his ninth game after tossing six shutout innings. Colby Rasmus returned to the Astros lineup for the first time since August 4 and hit a solo homer.  Evan Gattis added another later.

Yankees 5, Royals 4: The Yankees jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and blew that thanks in part to a rain delay which took Masahiro Tanaka out of the game. They got their bacon saved by a tenth inning rally, however, capped off by an Jacoby Ellsbury RBI infield single, which ricocheted off of Joakim Soria‘s leg.

Angels 4, Reds 2: C. J. Cron hit two homers. He’s 8-for-12 with three homers and five drive in in his last three games. Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored twice. The best player in baseball leads the American League in WAR by a win and a half over his closest pursuer, is second in OPS, tops in OBP and walks and has over 20 stolen bases while playing outstanding defense. And he won’t win the MVP award.

Diamondbacks 4, Giants 3: Zack Greinke allowed two runs — one earned — and six hits in six innings. He’s started against the Giants 13 times in his career. He’s won nine of them. Welington Castillo hit a two-run single in the Snakes’ four-run fifth and A.J. Pollock singled twice and reached base four times.

Dodgers vs. Rockies — POSTPONED:The rum pours strong and thin
Beat out the dustman
With the rain dogs
Aboard a shipwreck train
Give my umbrella to the Rain Dogs
For I am a Rain Dog too

Noah Syndergaard: ‘I feel like I’m going to bet (on) myself in free agency’

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Yankees starter Luis Severino and Phillies starter Aaron Nola both signed contract extensions within the last week. Severino agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract with a 2023 club option. Nola inked a four-year, $45 million deal with a 2023 club option.

While the deals both represented significant raises and longer-term financial security for the right-handed duo, some feel like the players are selling themselves short. It has become a more common practice for players to agree to these types of deals in part due to how stagnant free agency has become. Get the money while you can.

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard is in a similar situation as Severino and Nola were. He and the Mets avoided arbitration last month, agreeing on a $6 million salary for the 2019 season. He has two more years of arbitration eligibility left. A contract extension with the Mets would presumably cover both of those years plus two or three years of what would be free agent years. As Tim Britton of The Athletic reports, however, Syndergaard plans to test free agency when the time comes.

Syndergaard said, “I trust my ability and the talent that I have. So I feel like I’m going to bet (on) myself in free agency and not do what they did. But if it’s fair for both sides and they approach me on it, then maybe we can talk.” He clarified that he would be open to a conversation about an extension, but the Mets thus far haven’t approached him about it. In his words, “There’s been no traction.”

Syndergaard, 26, has been one of baseball’s better starters since debuting in 2015. He owns a career 2.93 ERA with 573 strikeouts and 116 walks in 518 1/3 innings. Among pitchers to have logged at least 400 innings since 2015 and post a lower ERA are Clayton Kershaw (2.22), Jacob deGrom (2.66) and Max Scherzer (2.71). Syndergaard made only seven starts in 2017 yet still ranks seventh among pitchers in total strikeouts since 2015.

If Sydergaard doesn’t end up signing an extension, he will be entering free agency after the 2021 season. The collective bargaining agreement expires in December 2021 and a new one will likely be agreed upon around that time. Syndergaard will hopefully have better prospects entering free agency then than players do now.