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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 3, Royals 2: Amazingly, the Indians never ending winning streak had not featured a walkoff win. They changed that last night by rallying from a 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth and then winning via Jay Bruce‘s RBI that drove in Jose Ramirez. Ramirez, by the way, was only able to score because he hustled his butt off to turn his single into a double. Every little thing counts when you’re winning 22 games in a row, of course. Not that anyone is alive who would know that before now.

White Sox 17, Tigers 7Avisail Garcia had a five-hit, seven-RBI day. He’s the fourth player this season to have five hits and seven RBI in a single game. He did his damage via a two-run single, two RBI singles, and a three-run home run. Garcia is batting .333/.380/.509 with 17 home runs, 77 RBI, and 67 runs scored across 503 plate appearances this season. Back when he was with the Tigers they used to call him Little Miguel, due to his resemblance to Cabrera. He’s finally grown into that moniker. And yesterday he showed the Tigers what they’re missing.

Yankees 13, Orioles 5: The Baltimore Orioles were owned by Peter Angelos until April of this year. Since then, they have been owned by Aaron Judge. Jude hit two more homers against the O’s last night — both three-run shots — brining his season total against the Orioles to 11. He’s batting .472/.611/1.170 versus Baltimore in 2017, which is practically obscene. Overall his homers were numbers 42 and 43 on the season, brining him to within six of Mark McGwire’s rookie record.

Phillies 10, Marlins 0: After Wednesday’s game, which the Marlins lost 8-1, Don Mattingly said “My whole career, playing, coaching, that was the worst feeling I’ve ever had after a game.” Then he walked into the ballpark last night and saw his men get slaughtered 10-0. As was the case Wednesday, Rhys Hoskins homered.  Freddy Galvis and Jorge Alfaro also went deep as the Phillies scored two in the first and seven in the second to give Mattingly ample time to stew. Or, based on his comments after this one, maybe he used the time to ascend to some higher plane where such things don’t matter:

“I didn’t have any problem with tonight except for the first two innings,” Mattingly said. “The guys kept fighting all night.”

The Marlins lost their fifth in a row and 15th in their last 17 games.

Nationals 5, Braves 2: Rookie Victor Robles tripled and scored in the fourth. Most players would’ve had a double on the ball he hit there. His speed may have also been a contributing factor to a throwing error that allowed him to take second and another runner to take third later in the game. Both of them would then score. Quite the spark plug the Nats have in Robles.

Red Sox 6, Athletics 2Andrew Benintendi went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three driven in. Drew Pomeranz won his 16th game with one-run ball over six innings. It was close the entire time Poemeranz was in the game, though. Indeed, he finished his outing by striking out Matt Olson, who had taken him to a full count with two men on in a 1-1 game. Boston scored two while Pomeranz was still pitcher of record in the bottom half of the sixth to give him the win and then added more late.

Cardinals 5, Reds 2: Luke Weaver threw six innings of two-hit, one-run ball and Tommy Pham drove in two and stole two to join the 20-20 club. Not bad for a couple of guys who began the year in Memphis. The Cardinals have won five of their last six and nine of 12.

Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 0Zack Godley tossed eight shutout innings, scattering five hits and A.J. Pollock capped a five-run first inning for the Dbacks with a bases loaded, bases clearing double. He’d add another RBI later to give him four on the day. Also: both teams were wearing vests:

That’s just . . . eww.

 

Mariners 10, Rangers 4Nelson Cruz went 4-for-4 with a home run and Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer. Felix Hernandez made his first start since the end of July and, though he was limited to 54 pitches, having him back on the mound was a boost to the M’s, who have won three straight.

Cubs 14, Mets 6Anthony Rizzo homered and had three hits, Kris Bryant drove in a couple and Jason Heyward homered and drove in four. he Cubs sweep the Mets, outscoring them 39-14 in their three-game series. The Cubs extended their NL Central lead to three games over Milwaukee and St. Louis. The Cardinals come to Chicago for a big three game series this weekend.

Twins 3, Blue Jays 2: Byron Buxton hit a 10th-inning homer to give the Twins their second straight walkoff win. Buxton has hit four homers in four games against Toronto this season. If Aaron Judge owns the Orioles, he’s at least put a down payment on the Blue Jays.

Astros 5, Angels 2: Yuli Gurriel had three hits and drove in a run, Marwin Gonzalez added a two-run double and Brad Peacock was solid as the Astros reduce their magic number to three. The Angels, meanwhile, have fallen three back of the Twins for the second Wild Card.

Astros owner Crane expects to hire new manager by Feb. 3

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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire a new manager by Feb. 3.

The Astros need a new manager and general manager after AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday, hours after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for a year for the team’s sign-stealing scandal.

Crane said Friday that he’s interviewed a number of candidates this week and has some more to talk to in the coming days.

Crane refused to answer directly when asked if former Astros player and Hall of Famer Craig Biggio was a possibility for the job. But he did say that he had spoken to Biggio, fellow Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and former Astros star Lance Berkman in the days since the firings.

“We’ve talked to all of our Killer B’s,” Crane said referring to the nickname the three shared while playing for the Astros. “They’ve contacted me and they’ve all expressed that they would like to help. Berkman, Bagwell, Biggio have all called and said: ‘hey, if there’s anything I can do, I’m here for you.’”

“So we’ll continue to visit with those guys and see if there’s something there.”

Crane says his list is still rather extensive and that he hopes to have it narrowed down by the end of next week. He added that he expects most of Hinch’s staff to stay in place regardless of who is hired.

Crane has enlisted the help of three or four employees to help him with the interview process, including some in Houston’s baseball operations department.

“We compare notes,” he said. “I’ve learned a long time ago that you learn a lot if four or five people talk to a key candidate and you get a lot more information. So that’s what we’re doing.”

Crane’ top priority is finding a manager with spring training less than a month away, but he said he would start focusing on the search for a general manager after he hires a manager. He expects to hire a GM before the end of spring training.

“We should have another good season with the team pretty much intact … so I don’t know why a manager wouldn’t want to come in and manage these guys,” he said. “They’re set to win again.”

The penalties announced by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday came after he found illicit use of electronics to steal signs in Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season. The Astros were also fined $5 million, which is the maximum allowed under the Major League Constitution, and must forfeit their next two first- and second-round amateur draft picks.

The investigation found that the Astros used the video feed from a center field camera to see and decode the opposing catcher’s signs. Players banged on a trash can to signal to batters what was coming, believing it would improve the batter’s odds of getting a hit.

With much still in flux, Crane was asked what qualities are most important to him in his next manager.

“Someone mature that can handle the group,” he said. “Someone that’s had a little bit of experience in some areas. We’ve just got to find a leader that can handle some pressure and there’s going to be a little bit of pressure from where this team has been in the last few months.”

Despite his comment about experience, Crane said having been a major league manager before is not mandatory to him.

“We made some mistakes,” he said. “We made a decision to let that get behind us. We think the future is bright. We’ll make the adjustments … people think we’re in crisis. I certainly don’t believe that.”