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And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Blue Jays 7, Giants 3: As noted last night, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first career homer and it was a shot. Later in the game, however, he hit his second home run — with two men on base — and it was even a longer shot. The first one went 438 feet, the second: 451. Guerrero finished with three hits and four RBI. All that the same ballpark where Vlad Guerrero Sr. won the Home Run Debry back in 2007.

Watch these blasts:

Welcome to the bigs, kid.

Rockies 5, Red Sox 4: As Bill noted last night, Chris Sale struck out 17 Rockies in seven innings. After he left, Red Sox relievers added seven more in the next three innings for a total of 24 through the top of the 10th inning. With no walks! But the game was still going, tied at four, and that momentum would not hold up in the 11th. That’s when Ryan Brasier came in, walked two batters and gave up a go-ahead single to Mark Reynolds and the run held up. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon each hit two-run homers in regulation for the Rockies previous four runs. Boston’s four came on homers from Michael Chavis, J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers plus a Mitch Moreland RBI single in the eighth.

Is there anything more 2019 baseball than a team striking out 24 times and winning?

Indians 9, White Sox 0: Carlos Carrasco tossed seven shutout frames and three relievers handled the final two. More importantly, the moribund Indians’ offense finally woke the heck up, hitting five homers, with Jordan Luplow going deep twice and knocking in three in all. Now if only they can face the White Sox and Manny Bañuelos every time out. Luplow has hit three of his four 2019 homers off of him.

Cubs 3, Reds 1: Kyle Hendricks was damn nigh untouchable again, allowing only one run on three hits over eight. He also hit a two-run double to give the Cubs their first two runs and singled twice. Hendricks has won all three of his starts in May, allowing only one earned run in 25 innings. The Cubs are 10-2 on the month so far. They’ve won 22 of 28 overall. Remember way back in April when Joe Maddon was supposedly on the hot seat? Seems like a thousand years ago.

Mets 6, Nationals 2: Speaking of hot seats, Dave Martinez’s Nationals gave their fans another uninspiring performance. Let’s see how they’re taking it:

Given how this one started it’s understandable to feel that way. The Nats had two outs in the first inning with a runner on, Wilmer Difo threw away a tailor-made double play ball to extend the inning and then former Nats catcher Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam. From there Noah Syndergaard took a no-hitter into the sixth to help extinguish any remaining hope Washington fans harbored. The Nats lost for the 11th time in 15 games and have only the truly wretched Marlins to thank for not owning the worst record in the National League.

Brewers 6, Phillies 1: Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run homer in the second and Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in the third to put this one away pretty early. In case there was any doubt of that, Brewers’ starter Brandon Woodruff gave up only one hit in six shutout innings, working around five walks. Bryce Harper hurt himself making a sliding catch into the wall in foul territory, stayed in the game and then made another catch just like it to end the inning, gaining a standing ovation from the Philly crowd. Two innings later he struck out and got booed. The Philly crowd rides an emotional roller coaster not unlike that my kids rode when they were toddlers.

Astros 11, Tigers 4: Not gonna say Houston is on a roll, but the Astros have won seven games in a row and have scored 61 runs in those games for an 8.7 run/game average. Carlos Correa hit a first inning homer — a three-run shot — George Springer hit an inside-the-park homer and Aledmys Díaz went deep as well. Like so many inside-the-parkers, Springer’s was premised on a bad bounce and, his hustle aside, there wasn’t even a play at the plate:

Most overrated allegedly exciting play in baseball. Beats out the “stealing home” play in which it’s really a delayed double steal with runners on the corners and the catcher gets deked into firing it down to second.

Rays 4, Marlins 0: Charlie Morton tossed six shutout innings to improve his record to 4-0 and lower his ERA to 2.32. Avisail Garcia homered, had three hits in all and drove in three. Not bad for a day in which the Rays, due to weather issues the night before, had to wake up at 5:30AM for a morning flight to Miami.

Cardinals 14, Braves 3: One of the reasons the Braves didn’t upgrade their rotation in the offseason was because they believed, not unreasonably, that Mike Foltynewicz was a serviceable ace and the young pitching depth they possess would carry them the rest of the way. That last part has been mostly born out this year but the first part ain’t happening. Foltynewicz began the year on the injured list and has been dreadful since being activated. here he was torched for eight runs on seven hits and couldn’t make it out of the fifth to balloon his ERA to 8.02. He’s allowed eight homers in 21.1 innings across four starts, including three here to Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler and Yadier Molina. Kolten Wong added a later three-run shot. In 2018 Foltynewicz allowed only 17 in 183 innings.

Twins 4, Angels 3: Twins catcher Mitch Garver has been a big reason for Minnesota’s early season success, and he continued to produce when he hit a two-run homer to help the Twins to an early lead. But he left the game late with an ankle sprain after making a nice play at the plate to put out a sliding Shohei Ohtani and prevented the tying run. It’s unclear how long he’ll be out but not a good thing for the Twinkies. Ohtani had three hits, including an RBI single in a losing cause.

Royals 11, Rangers 5: The Royals scored nine times in the first two innings to make this one a laugher for everyone except Rangers starter Shelby Miller. Hunter Dozier drove in three, and Alex Gordon and Jorge Soler drove in two each. Miller has a 9.51 ERA on the season and opposing batters are hitting .317 off of him. Call me crazy, but I’m thinking he’s not gonna be long for the Texas rotation. Nicky Lopez, the Royals’ rookie second baseman making his big league debut, got his first hit and first RBI in the bigs in the seventh inning.

Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 2: Josh Bell homered twice, driving in four, Cole Tucker hit a two-run homer and Joe Musgrove allowed only one hit over seven shutout innings. Bell extended his hitting streak to 14 games, and it hasn’t been a single-a-night affair: he’s batting .421 over that span with seven doubles, six home runs and 21 RBI.

Dodgers 6, Padres 3: Manny Machado came back to Dodger Stadium was booed heavily but had himself a nice night anyway, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. That was about all that went right for the Padres, though, as rookie phenom Chris Paddack was touched for six runs — three earned — in four and two-thirds and surrendering homers to Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger. Bellinger knocked in three on the night. Clayton Kershaw, now relying on craftiness over dominance, pitched seven innings, allowing three, and picked up his third win of the year.

Mariners 4, Athletics 3: The M’s got solo homers from Daniel Vogelbach and Tim Beckham in the second inning and a two-run homer in the fifth inning from Mitch Haniger to break a 2-2 tie and give Seattle its winning margin. Mike Leake was effective for six innings but got into some trouble in the seventh, allowing a run to make it 4-3. Cory Gearrin relieved him and promptly put two men on but Roeins Elías put out the fire.

Orioles vs. Yankees — POSTPONED:

You and me and rain on the roof
Caught up in a summer shower
Dryin’ while it soaks the flowers
Maybe we’ll be caught for hours
Waitin’ out the sun
You and me were gabbin’ away
Dreamy conversation sittin’ in the hay
Honey, how long was I laughing in the rain with you
‘Cause I didn’t feel a drop ’til the thunder brought us to

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.”