And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Tigers 2, Twins 1: James McCann hit a two-run homer in the fifth for all the scoring Detroit would need. Starter Matt Boyd tossed six scoreless and for the second straight day the Tigers pen did not implode. Well, K-Rod gave up a ninth inning homer RBI to Jason Castro, but that was it.

Indians 2, White Sox 1: Michael Brantley doubled in Francisco Lindor in the bottom of the 10th for a walkoff win. Not figuring in the decision was Carlos Carrasco, who tossed seven strong innings and James Shields of all people who gave up only one run on two hits while pitching into the sixth. The White Sox are rebuilding, but there is still at least one compelling storyline for them: will someone, once again, foolishly trade anything of value for James Freakin’ Shields at the deadline?

Nationals 8, Cardinals 3: Daniel Murphy drove in five via a homer and two doubles. After the game starter Gio Gonzalez said of Murphy, “Is he really surprising you? He’s unreal. Right now he’s a human torch. You can’t touch him.” Murphy certainly has become a seemingly different player than he was earlier in his career. If this happened in 2002, someone would yell about PEDs. I’m with Gonzalez here, though, and his Human Torch comment. Murphy, quite clearly, was on a spacecraft bombarded by cosmic rays sometime between the 2013 and 2015 or so. Flame on!

Mets 14, Phillies 4: Three homers for Yoenis Cespedes, two homers for Lucas Duda and seven in all for Mets batters once you added in shots by Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d’Arnaud. Cespedes doubled too. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin doesn’t like bat-flipping, but I bet he’d take one or two flipped bats following bombs over seven businesslike homers against his club any day of the week.

Reds 6, Pirates 2: Scooter Gennett homered for the second straight night, doubled and had three hits in all. Three dingers on the young season for the guy. Not bad for a late spring training waiver pickup. Billy Hamilton hit an RBI single with two outs in the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie and the Reds added on from there. The Pirates are 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position the past two games. Last night Clint Hurdle said that his guys weren’t trying to do too much, but that they were just “trying to move the chains.” There is speculation Hurdle could be fired this season. If so, it should not be for his managing results. It should be for being the latest person to attempt to introduce dumb football terminology into a sport that does not want it.

Brewers 4, Blue Jays 3Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana hit solo home runs while Wily Peralta allowed three runs and five hits while striking out seven in six innings. The Jays have lost six straight home openers. That probably doesn’t concern them as much as the fact that they have lost six of their seven games on the season. Three of the six losses have been by one run, so some of this is just a matter of bad breaks, but it’s an ugly start all the same. Worst in franchise history, in fact.

Red Sox 8, Orioles 1: Dustin Pedroia drove in four as Boston wins in a laugher. Drew Pomeranz came off the DL and made his season debut, striking out six and allowing just one run in six innings. Christian Vazquez went a 4-for-4 with a two-run triple.

Marlins 8, Braves 4: Marcell Ozuna hit two homers, but the big story here was about the cat:

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Climbing the wall like Otis Nixon in 1992. Also: someone probably reported him missing, even if he seems OK now. After the game, Ozuna was asked if the cat brought him good luck. “I detest cats,” he said. Which means that, from here on out, this website is gonna do nothing but rip Ozuna for the rest of his career. We have our biases like anyone else. OK, maybe not like everyone else, but at least we know we’re weird, OK?

Rockies 3, Padres 2: Five runs in the game, four of which came on solo homers. Three of those came off Rockies bats, so that’s why they won. Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado did the honors. Antonio Senzatela got the win, having allowed only two runs over seven. We poke a lot of fun at Jered Weaver around here, but he was solid for six innings himself, allowing two runs on three hits over six.

Angels 6, Rangers 5: The Angels were down 5-0 after three innings and then chipped back, tying things up with a three-run ninth inning led by big guns Danny Espinosa, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. It was a little gun that won in the 10th, however: catcher Carlos Perez won it with a squeeze bunt in the 10th:

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It would’ve been a tough play for Napoli to make at home, so I get him waiting to see if it’d go foul, but oof, that’s a hard way to lose.

Astros 7, Mariners 5: The Astros have played nine games. George Springer has led them all off. He has led off four of those games with a homer. Note: stop pitching to Spring in the first. He’s obviously a fresh horse right out of the paddock. Houston rallied for four in the sixth inning thanks in part to Seattle outfielder Mitch Haniger diving for an Evan Gattis fly, missing, and allowing three runs to score.

Diamondbacks 4, Giants 3: Robbie Ray pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning despite being shaky. Fernando Rodney got the save despite being shaky. The Dbacks will take shaky. They’re off to a 7-2 start.

Jacob deGrom, oft-injured Rangers ace, to have season-ending right elbow surgery

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers signed Jacob deGrom to a $185 million, five-year deal in free agency last winter hoping the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner could help them get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and make a push toward winning a World Series.

They also knew the risks, with the pitcher coming off two injury-plagued seasons with the New York Mets.

Even with deGrom sidelined since late April, the AL West-leading Rangers are off to the best start in franchise history – but now will be without their prized acquisition until at least next year. The team said Tuesday that deGrom will have season-ending surgery next week to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

“We’ve got a special group here and to not be able to be out there and help them win, that stinks,” deGrom said, pausing several times with tears in his eyes. “Wanting to be out there and helping the team, it’s a disappointment.”

General manager Chris Young said Tuesday the decision on surgery came after an MRI on deGrom’s ailing right elbow, but the extent of what is required might not be determined until the operation is performed next week.

Tommy John surgery, in which the damaged ligament is replaced, is often needed to fix a torn UCL, but Young and the Rangers didn’t go as far as saying the pitcher would have that particular procedure. After being drafted by the New York Mets in 2010, deGrom made six starts in the minors that summer before needing Tommy John surgery and missing all of 2011, three years before his big league debut.

DeGrom last pitched April 28 against the New York Yankees, when he exited early because of injury concerns for the second time in a span of three starts. The announcement about surgery came a day after deGrom was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Young said the latest MRI showed more inflammation and significant structural damage in the ligament that wasn’t there on the scan after deGrom left the game against the Yankees.

“The results of that MRI show that we have not made progress. And in fact, we’ve identified some damage to the ligament,” Young said. “It’s obviously a tough blow for Jacob, for certainly the Rangers. But we do feel this is what is right for Jacob in his career. We’re confident he’ll make a full recovery.”

Young and deGrom, who turns 35 later this month, said the goal is for the pitcher to return near the end of next season. Both said they were glad to have clarity on what was wrong with the elbow.

Texas won all six games started by deGrom (2-0), but the right-hander threw only 30 1/3 innings. He has a 2.67 ERA with 45 strikeouts and four walks. He threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees in his last start before leaving because of discomfort in his arm.

The Rangers went into Tuesday night’s game against St. Louis with a 39-20 record, the first time they were 19 games over .500 since the end of 2016, their last winning season.

Before going home to Florida over the weekend for the birth of his third child, deGrom threw his fifth bullpen last Wednesday in Detroit.

“I’d have days where I’d feel really good, days where I didn’t feel great. So I was kind of riding a roller coaster there for a little bit,” deGrom said. “They said originally there, we just saw some inflammation. … Getting an MRI right after you pitch, I feel like anybody would have inflammation. So, you know, I was hoping that that would get out of there and I would be fine. But it just didn’t work out that way.”

DeGrom spent his first nine big league seasons with the Mets, but was limited by injuries to 156 1/3 innings over 26 starts during his last two years in New York.

He had a career-low 1.08 ERA over 92 innings in 2021 before missing the final three months of the season with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow.

The four-time All-Star didn’t make his first big league start last year until Aug. 2 after being shut down late in spring training because of a stress reaction in his right scapula.

His latest injury almost surely will trigger Texas’ conditional option on deGrom’s contract for 2028.

The option takes effect if deGrom has Tommy John surgery on his right elbow from 2023-26 or has any right elbow or shoulder injury that causes him to be on the IL for any period of 130 consecutive days during any season or 186 days in a row during any service period.

The conditional option would be for $20 million, $30 million or $37 million, depending on deGrom’s performance during the contract and health following the 2027 season.

“I feel bad for Jake. If I know Jake, he’ll have the surgery and come back and finish his career strong,” second-year Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “I know how much it means to him. He enjoys pitching. It’s certainly sad news for all of us.”