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And That Happened: Saturday’s Scores and Highlights

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These are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Astros 1, Padres 0 (10 innings): There’s no point in saving the best for last here, especially when the “best” is the Padres losing a 10-inning game on a dropped pop-up. (Yes, you read that right.) This is one of those things you just need to see to believe:

Ah, Padres baseball.

Yankees 8, Orioles 3: The Yankees are back over .500, thanks in no small part to Brett Gardner‘s monster day at the plate. The veteran outfielder made the most of each plate appearance on Saturday with two hits, two walks and two RBI in the Yankees’ first win of the series.

Red Sox 10, Rays 3: The Rays haven’t quite found their groove yet this year. The Red Sox came at them hard and fast on Saturday, clubbing three home runs — including J.D. Martinez‘s first home run with the Sox and Xander Bogaerts‘ second career grand slam — en route to a double-digit finish. On the plus side, at least we got to see Daniel Robertson… pitch?

Mets 3, Nationals 2: Tensions ran high in the third inning of the Nationals’ loss, when Anthony Rendon was tossed from the game following a second called strike three in his second at-bat of the day. Rendon didn’t vocalize his frustration with home plate umpire Marty Foster, but demonstrated his displeasure by tossing his bat — and was promptly given the hook along with club manager Dave Martinez.

Bryce Harper slugged a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning — his fifth homer of the year so far — but the Nationals took their second straight loss to the Mets after Asdrubal Cabrera and Todd Frazier tag-teamed for a two-run rally in the seventh.

Tigers 6, White Sox 1: A 32-degree chill didn’t do much to cool Miguel Cabrera‘s hot bat on Saturday afternoon. While the veteran slugger had an injury scare after tweaking his hip last week, he returned in full force against the White Sox with a two-RBI base hit — one that sizzled off the bat at 114.4 mph — and a productive out.

Mariners 11, Twins 4: Speaking of spring chill, the Mariners and Twins played in a major-league record 27-degree atmosphere on Saturday — the lowest-recorded temperature in either club’s history. That didn’t seem to slow either team down, however: Minnesota mounted a three-run rally in the sixth with a blistering RBI double from Miguel Sano and back-to-back singles from Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar, while the Mariners wore down the Twins’ bullpen with 11 runs in five innings, including Kyle Seager‘s first home run of the year and a 353-footer from Guillermo Heredia.

Cubs 5, Brewers 2: The Cubs’ fourth win of the season went exactly according to plan: six quality innings of one-run, nine-strikeout ball from Yu Darvish, an early Eric Thames home run, and a ninth-inning rally capped by Jon Lester‘s pinch-hit, run-scoring bunt. Wait, what?

Royals 1, Indians 0: Forget these 14-inning marathons and explosive ninth-inning rallies. The Royals and Indians went all-in on a true pitcher’s duel on Saturday, characterized by six shutout innings from Ian Kennedy and eight innings of one-run ball from Trevor Bauer. Lucas Duda supplied the sole run on a first-pitch blast to right field in the seventh, giving the Royals just enough of an edge to lay claim to their second win of the year.

Giants 7, Dodgers 6 (14 innings): Despite Buster Posey‘s first home run of 2018, despite Chase Utley‘s game-tying knock in the seventh, despite a cumulative 19 pitchers used in a five-hour, 14-inning affair, this was more or less a one-man show. Andrew McCutchen collected a career-best six hits off of the Dodgers, including an incredible 12-pitch walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th.

Phillies 20, Marlins 1: There was no more lopsided game than the Phillies’ 20-run barrage against the Marlins this weekend. It was their highest-scoring game in nearly a decade, punctuated by two grand slams from Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr, Jorge Alfaro‘s first home run of the season, and Carlos Santana‘s 1,000th career hit. Not too shabby for a team that managed to eke out just 19 runs over their last six games combined.

Reds 7, Pirates 4: The Reds have caught precious few breaks this spring; entering Saturday, their only win was a 1-0 shutout over the Cubs. Eugenio Suarez quickly remedied that, however, single-handedly mounting a four-run rally in the sixth and eighth inning with a two-RBI single and two-run homer to give the Reds the lead (and tie a career-best five-RBI performance, to boot).

Rangers 5, Blue Jays 1: Mike Minor hasn’t started a game since 2014, but you wouldn’t have known it by his pitching line on Saturday. The Rangers’ lefty dealt six solid innings en route to his first win, striking out seven of 21 batters and limiting the Blue Jays to two hits, two walks and a Ryan Rua sac fly.

Rockies 3, Braves 2 (10 innings): The Rockies kept things simple during their first extra-inning game of 2018. Trevor Story home run? Check. Ninth-inning implosion? Check. Heart-stopping catch to preserve the tie in the 10th? Check. Walk-off walk? Check and check.

Athletics 7, Angels 3: Things didn’t go exactly as planned for the Angels on Saturday, even on the heels of their decisive 13-run win on Friday night. In their first game without Shohei Ohtani since March 31, everything that could go wrong did: JC Ramirez left his start after pitching through two innings with forearm tightness, the bullpen imploded, and even two jacks from Justin Upton and Luis Valbuena couldn’t overturn the A’s seven-run spread — including Jed Lowrie‘s 410-foot blast and Matt Chapman‘s first triple of the year.

Royals outfielder Gordon to retire after 14 seasons

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round pick whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday he will retire after the season.

Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft following a standout career at Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur in baseball. He made his big league debut two years later and, after a few years shuttling back and forth to the minors, moved from third base to the outfield and finally found success.

He wound up playing his entire 14-year career in Kansas City, joining only George Brett and Frank White as position players with that much longevity with the franchise. He heads into a weekend four-game series against Detroit with the third-most walks (682), fourth-most homers (190), fifth-most doubles (357) and sixth-most games played (1,749) in club history.

The three-time All-Star also holds the dubious distinction of being the Royals’ career leader in getting hit by pitches.

While he never quite hit with the kind of average the Royals hoped he would, Gordon did through sheer grit turn himself into one of the best defensive players in the game. He is the only outfielder to earn seven Gold Gloves in a nine-year span, a number that trails only White’s eight for the most in franchise history, and there are enough replays of him crashing into the outfield wall at Kauffman Stadium or throwing out a runner at the plate to run for hours.

Gordon won the first of three defensive player of the year awards in 2014, when he helped Kansas City return to the World Series for the first time since its 1985 championship. The Royals wound up losing to the Giants in a seven-game thriller, but they returned to the Fall Classic the following year and beat the Mets in five games to win the World Series.

It was during the 2015 that Gordon hit one of the iconic homers in Royals history. His tying shot off Mets closer Jeurys Familia in Game 1 forced extra innings, and the Royals won in 14 to set the tone for the rest of the World Series.

Gordon signed a one-year contract to return this season, and he never considered opting out when the coronavirus pandemic caused spring training to be halted and forced Major League Baseball to play a dramatically reduced 60-game schedule.

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