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And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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With six games washed out yesterday, that brings us to 21 weather-related postponements so far this season. Actually, make it 22, because todays’s early Orioles-Red Sox Patriot’s Day game was called last night too. That’s the most in a month since 2006, when we had 26 postponements in April. Of course, the month is just halfway over.

That stinks, but we’re way past the point where we can blame the schedule for this stuff. We’ve always played games in mid-April, so yesterday could’ve happened in 2008, 1978 or 1948. It happened yesterday because, welp, it happens. Someone ought to name a daily feature out of stuff just happening. I’ll put some thought to it.

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 2: After the Dodgers had scored just three runs in three previous starts, Clayton Kershaw finally got a little dang run support. In so doing, the Dodgers finally won a dang regular season game against the dang Diamondbacks, snapping an 11-game skid against Arizona. Not that Kershaw needed a lot of dang run support, given that he struck out 12 and pitched two-hit ball over seven innings. Chris Taylor homered, doubled and drove in three dang runs. Dang.

Red Sox 3, Orioles 1: The game-time temperature was 34 degrees and the wind chill put it down in the mid-20s, but since today’s forecast was so crappy they pushed hard to get this one in and they did. Dylan Bundy pitched OK for Baltimore, but Chris Sale pitched better for Boston, allowing one run over five. Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland each had three hits as the Bosox go to 13-2, which is their best start in their 118-year history.

Padres 10, Giants 1: Joey Lucchesi was great, even on a day he didn’t have to be given how many runs the Padres scored. Their stater held the Giants to one run over six while striking out nine as the San Diego bats took young Tyler Beede to the woodshed. Christian Villanueva homered, doubled and drove in three and Jose Pirela tripled, doubled, singled and drove in three himself.

Cardinals 3, Reds 2: Carlos Martinez put up seven shutout innings, striking out 11 and Harrison Bader hit a two-run home run as the Cardinals sweep the four-game series. It was their first four-game series sweep in Cincinnati since 1949. The Reds have lost eight in a row. Bryan Price is probably buying groceries on a daily basis at this point.

Mets 3, Brewers 2: Brandon Nimmo‘s homer in the sixth tied the game up at two and Wilmer Flores‘ walkoff homer gave the Mets their 12th win in the season’s first 14 games. Noah Syndergaard dominated for five and a third innings, striking out 11 — at one point fanning eight in a row — and allowing only an unearned run. Just filthy.

Pirates 7, Marlins 3: Starlin Marte went 5-for-5, scored four times and hit a homer while Josh Bell drove in three. Bad news, though: Josh Harrison was hit with a pitch on the left forearm while leading off the third inning and left the game for precautionary reasons. He’ll be evaluated further today. After that there was some retaliatory plunking, but everyone kept their cool for the most part.

Phillies 10, Rays 4: Aaron Altherr hit a three-run homer in the Phillies five-run eighth inning and Scott Kingery had a three-run double. Remember when Gabe Kapler was catching hell? Me neither. I guess winning six in a row and eight of nine will change the narrative a bit.

Rockies 6, Nationals 5: Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking, two-out homer in the ninth against his former team, Charlie Blackmon homered and drove in three and the Rockies took three of four from the Nats in Washington. The Nats just finished a ten-game home stand in which they dropped seven. Woof.

Athletics 2, Mariners 1: Oakland scored two in the first on a Jed Lowrie two-run homer and it held up thanks to Sean Manaea‘s seven innings of one run ball. Blake Treinen got a four-out save.

Rangers 3, Astros 1: Bartolo Colon was perfect through seven innings and, even though he lost both the perfecto and the no-hitter in the eighth via a walk to Carlos Correa and then a double to Josh Reddick, the old dude was pretty amazing last night (7.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 7K, 1BB). He didn’t even get the win, though, because Justin Verlander was amazing himself, allowing only one run on one hit over eight innings while striking out 11. This one was decided in the tenth when, tied at 1, Joey Gallo singled, Ronald Guzman hit a ground rule double and then Robinson Chirinos doubled, scoring then both. all off of Hector Rondon.

Blue Jays vs. Indians, Yankees vs. Tigers, Yankees vs. Tigers (Game 2), White Sox vs. Twins, Angels vs. Royals, Braves vs. Cubs — POSTPONED:

Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothin’ ever seems to fit
Hangin’ around
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down
What I’ve got they used to call the blues
Nothin’ is really wrong
Feelin’ like I don’t belong
Walkin’ around
Some kind of lonely clown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.