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And That Happened: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the rest of Friday’s scores and highlights:

Rockies 5, Cubs 3: After kicking off the month of June with a promising five-game winning streak, the Cubs are back on shaky footing after taking their third consecutive loss on Friday. Seth Frankoff took the loss during his Major League debut, tossing two innings with four hits, a two-run homer and two strikeouts.

Not helping matters: these clowns, who showed up to interrupt Kris Bryant‘s first at-bat.

Rangers 5, Nationals 2: There’s little hope of catching the Astros for first place in the AL West these days, but the battle for second place rages on. The Rangers put on a good show during their series opener this weekend, quashing the Nationals with seven innings of one-run ball from Andrew Cashner and a pair of home runs from Jonathan Lucroy and Rougned Odor.

Marlins 12, Pirates 7: Giancarlo Stanton did what Giancarlo Stanton does best, hammering a no-doubt home run to the batter’s eye in PNC Park during Friday’s 12-7 win.

According to Statcast, the blast measured 449 feet, his third-longest knock of the year. Still not impressed?

Indians 7, White Sox 3: After going 1-4 on the road, the Indians kicked off their homestand with a much-needed win. Corey Kluber fired six strong innings, striking out eight and giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks. Edwin Encarnacion powered the Indians’ seven-run drive with a three-hit night of his own, including his 11th home run of the season.

The win brought the Indians within two games of first place — and, more importantly, preserved Francisco Lindor‘s precious locks:

Red Sox 5, Tigers 3: Jackie Bradley Jr. capped an impressive rally on Friday night, smoking his eighth home run of the season at 110 MPH — the hardest-hit home run he’s recorded in the Statcast era to date.

Rays 13, Athletics 4: The Rays didn’t mean to treat outfielder Mallex Smith like a yo-yo. The 23-year-old has been yanked to and from Triple-A Durham this year, mostly used as filler between disabled list stints. With Kevin Kiermaier sidelined due to a hip fracture, Mallex received yet another call-up on Friday and responded in kind, batting leadoff and going 2-for-3 with a base hit, home run and three stolen bases.

Not only did Smith’s performance fuel the Rays’ outstanding win, but it matched a nifty little franchise record, too:

Yankees 8, Orioles 2: Aaron Judge went hitless during Friday’s 8-2 win over the Orioles, but that doesn’t mean the fans in the Judge’s Chambers were left hanging. Aaron Hicks muscled a solo shot to the Yankee faithful, depositing his ninth home run of the year to put the Yankees up 3-2 in the fifth:

Hicks returned for his second blast in his next at-bat, taking Edwin Jackson to task with a two-run, 372-foot homer in the seventh inning.

Braves 3, Mets 2: Terry Collins is reportedly considering a six-man rotation after watching his pitching staff succumb to repeated injury this season. The rotation wasn’t the problem on Friday, however, as Matt Harvey bounced back from last week’s six-run outing to hurl five scoreless innings against the Braves. Things didn’t go as well for Paul Sewald, who earned his second blown save after Dansby Swanson ripped a two-run double in the sixth inning.

Angels 9, Astros 4: Alex Bregman might not have improved the Astros’ winning percentage on Friday, but he brought them one game closer to their franchise home run streak. He launched a first-pitch homer off of Matt Shoemaker in the seventh inning, marking both his seventh home run of the year and the Astros’ 17th consecutive game with at least one home run. If they can extend it to 18 games, they’ll have tied the record established by the club back in May 2000.

Cardinals 3, Phillies 2: The Cardinals didn’t win once on their road trip last week, making Friday’s win all the sweeter when they returned to Busch Stadium for a six-game homestand. Behind six innings of two-run ball from Michael Wacha, three scoreless innings from the bullpen and a game-winning home run from Aledmys Diaz, left fielder Tommy Pham stole the show with a highlight reel catch to end the game:

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Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 6: Jonathan Villar was having a banner night against the Diamondbacks — until he wasn’t. The second baseman went 2-for-5 with a base hit and RBI double and capped his night with a terrific, run-saving play in the eighth. Something went wrong on the catch, however, and Villar left the field on a cart after suffering severe back spasms on the throw to first.

Dodgers 7, Reds 2: Justin Turner didn’t waste any time getting back into the swing of things on Friday. He made a triumphant return from the disabled list in his first at-bat and ripped a 369-foot home run off of the Reds’ Amir Garrett in the first inning:

His secret? Cody Bellinger’s bat, apparently.

Padres 6, Royals 3: Matt Szczur finally crested the Mendoza line on Friday night, delivering the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with his second home run of the season:

He wasn’t the only pinch-hitter to come up big in the Padres’ win, either. Franchy Cordero plated two insurance runs in the eighth with a two-run double, preserving a strong start from Jhoulys Chacin and setting up Brandon Maurer for his tenth save.

Mariners 4, Blue Jays 2: Rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio furthered his hot streak against the Blue Jays, crafting his best start of the year with two runs, six hits and five strikeouts over six innings. Danny Valencia and Jarrod Dyson came through with a two-run rally in the seventh inning, giving the Mariners a narrow lead to get the club back to .500.

Twins 4, Giants 0: The rest of the Twins’ lineup looked superfluous next to Ervin Santana, who recorded his third shutout of the season (and third career Maddux) and hit a three-run double during the team’s 4-0 win on Friday. It’s a nice change of pace for Santana, who tossed four innings with seven runs, seven hits and three walks during his outing against the Angels last Saturday.

MLBPA: MLB’s ‘demand for additional concessions was resoundingly rejected’

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On Thursday evening, the Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement regarding ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. The two sides continue to hash out details concerning a 2020 season. The owners want a shorter season, around 50 games. The union recently proposed a 114-game season that also offered the possibility of salary deferrals.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said that the union held a conference call that included the Executive Board and MLBPA player leaders. They “resoundingly rejected” the league’s “demand for additional concessions.”

The full statement:

In this time of unprecedented suffering at home and abroad, Players want nothing more than to get back to work and provide baseball fans with the game we all love. But we cannot do this alone.

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball communicated its intention to schedule a dramatically shortened 2020 season unless Players negotiate salary concessions. The concessions being sought are in addition to billions in Player salary reductions that have already been agreed upon.

This threat came in response to an Association proposal aimed at charting a path forward. Among other things, Players proposed more games, two years of expanded playoffs, salary deferrals in the event of a 2020 playoff cancellation, and the exploration of additional jewel events and broadcast enhancements aimed at creatively bringing our Players to the fans while simultaneously increasing the value of our product. Rather than engage, the league replied it will shorten the season unless Players agree to further salary reductions.

Earlier today we held a conference call of the Association’s Executive Board and several other MLBPA Player leaders. The overwhelming consensus of the Board is that Players are ready to report, ready to get back on the field, and they are willing to do so under unprecedented conditions that could affect the health and safety of not just themselves, but their families as well. The league’s demand for additional concessions was resoundingly rejected.

Important work remains to be done in order to safely resume the season. We stand ready to complete that work and look forward to getting back on the field.

As per the current agreement signed in March, if there is a 2020 season, players will be paid on a prorated basis. Thus, fewer games means the players get paid less and the owners save more. MLB has threatened to unilaterally set a 2020 season in motion if the two sides cannot come to terms. It should come as no surprise that the union has responded strongly on both fronts.

There have been varying reports in recent days over the confidence in a 2020 season happening. The MLBPA’s statement tonight doesn’t move the needle any; it simply affirms that the union remains steadfast in its goal to avoid a second significant cut in salaries.

As I see it, the ball is in the owners’ court. The owners can strongarm the players into a short season, saving money but significantly increasing the odds of a big fight in upcoming collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Or the owners can eat more of a financial loss, agreeing to a longer season than they feel is comfortable. The latter would have the double benefit of not damaging overall perception of the sport and would not disrupt labor peace going forward.

The MLBPA statement included a declaration that the players are “ready to report, ready to get back on the field, and they are willing to do so under unprecedented conditions.” If there is no 2020 season, we will have only the owners to blame, not the players.

Update: Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, who has been quite vocal on social media about these negotiations, chimed in: