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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

New York Yankees roster and schedule for 2020

Yankees roster and schedule
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The 2020 season is now a 60-game dash, starting on July 23 and ending, hopefully, with a full-size postseason in October. Between now and the start of the season, we’ll be giving quick capsule previews of each team, reminding you of where things stood back in Spring Training and where they stand now as we embark on what is sure to be the strangest season in baseball history. First up: The New York Yankees roster and schedule:

YANKEES ROSTER (projected) 

When the season opens on July 23-24, teams can sport rosters of up to 30 players, with a minimum of 25. Two weeks later, rosters must be reduced to 28 and then, two weeks after that, they must be reduced to 26. Teams will be permitted to add a 27th player for doubleheaders.

In light of that, there is a great degree of latitude for which specific players will break summer camp. For now, though, here are who we expect to be on the Yankees roster to begin the season:

Catchers

Gary Sánchez
Kyle Higashioka

Infielders:

Luke Voit
Mike Ford
DJ LeMahieu
Gio Urshela
Miguel Andújar
Gleyber Torres
Tyler Wade

Outfielders

Aaron Judge
Aaron Hicks
Giancarlo Stanton
Brett Gardner
Mike Tauchman

Starters

Gerrit Cole
Masahiro Tanaka
James Paxton
J.A. Happ
Jordan Montgomery
Jonathan Loaisiga

Relievers

Aroldis Chapman
Zack Britton
Adam Ottavino
Chad Green
Tommy Kahnle
Luis Cessa
Jonathan Holder
Tyler Lyons
David Hale


BREAKDOWN:

It’s weird to say this but the delay to the season due to the pandemic actually helped the Yankees a fair amount. Because of new injuries and extended rehab from older injuries, the very injured 2019 New York Yankees were poised to begin the regular season with many key players on the injured list, including Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, and James Paxton, among others. It’s not 100% clear if all of those guys will be back and at full strength when the club starts play next week, but Stanton and Paxton seem like a go right now and Judge and Hicks are ramping up.

Obviously the biggest change for 2020, though, is Gerrit Cole, the Yankees big free agent acquisition last winter. Adding arguably the game’s best starter will take a lot of pressure off of the other guys in the rotation and ease the workload of a bullpen that, however deep and talented it is, could still use a break here and there.

With health, hopefully, not the concern it was back in March or last year, we’re left with a Yankees team that (a) has one of the most loaded lineups in the game; (b) features a much-improved rotation with a clear and solid top-four; and (c) has fantastic bullpen talent and depth. Last year’s team, despite all of the injuries, won 103 games. This year’s team is considered the favorite in the American League and, by extension, in all of baseball.

YANKEES SCHEDULE:

Every team will play 60 games. Teams will be playing 40 games against their own division rivals and 20 interleague games against the corresponding geographic division from the other league. Six of the 20 interleague games will be “rivalry” games.

Yankees home stands will be July 29-Aug. 2 (Phillies, Red Sox), Aug. 11-20 (Braves, Red Sox, Rays), Aug. 28-Sept. 2 (Mets, Rays), Sept. 10-17 (Orioles, Blue Jays) and Sept. 25-27 (Marlins). Their rivalry games against the Red Sox will be July 31-Aug. 2 (Yankee Stadium), Aug. 14-17 (Yankee Stadium) and Sept. 18-20 (Fenway Park). Rivalry games against the Mets will be played Aug. 21-23 (Citi Field) and Aug. 28-30 (Yankee Stadium).

The entire Yankees roster and schedule can be seen here.