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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 6, Rays 2; Yankees 5, Rays 1: The Yankees swept a big doubleheader against their division rival and that’s super important, blah, blah, blah, but everyone is gonna remember this for Aaron Boone’s over-the-top profane rant against rookie home plate umpire Brennan Miller in Game 1.

It came after Brett Gardner struck out on a 1-2 pitch that, nah, wasn’t a strike, and after an earlier questionable call on a pitch to Aaron Judge. Gardner went back and started smashing his bat around the dugout pretty good and Boone jawed at Miller and got ejected. After the ejection he went out to give Miller what-for:

If you can’t read lips, Boone said “my guys are f***ing savages in that f***ing box and you’re having a piece of s**t start. I feel bad for you. But f***ing get better. That guy is a good pitcher. But our guys are f***ing savages in that box. Our guys are savages in the f***ing box. Tighten it up right now, OK? Tighten this s**t up.

I’m not sure that that really holds up as a cogent argument — the ump should be calling balls and strikes better even if his guys are, I dunno, missionaries up there too — but that’s not the point, of course. It was just some magical stuff that (a) had the immediate impact of lighting a fire under his team; and (b) will no doubt be a go-to rallying cry/joke/t-shirt slogan for the rest of the year. Indeed, I saw people selling t-shirts online with that slogan before the game was even over. The Internet is amazing sometimes.

Marlins 4, Padres 3: Brian Anderson doubled home the winning run in the ninth to give Miami its first walkoff win of the season. That was a big hit on a night when Marlins batters constantly failed with runners in scoring position but they were in a position to win thanks to Marlins pitchers who struck out 15 Padres batters. They took two of three from San Diego

Phillies 7, Dodgers 6: Philly got to the soft underbelly of the mighty Dodgers — the bullpen — and scored four runs off of three L.A. relievers in the seventh inning. Bryce Harper‘s RBI single that inning tied things up and Rhys Hoskins‘ two-run single gave Philly a two-run lead. Harper has been on fire of late. He went 6-for-13 with three doubles, a homer and seven driven in in the four-game set against L.A. and  is hitting .313/.404/.521 with ten driven in in 13 games in July.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0: Chris Sale had an excellent outing, tossing six shutout innings while striking out 12. He allowed two hits and two relievers who followed him allowed zero hits in the final three frames. Meanwhile, Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts each hit homers. Devers’ was a three-run shot. Devers has feasted on Blue Jays pitching this year. The AP notes that he has 28 RBI against the Blue Jays in 2019. It’s the most runs batted in for any player against a single opponent in one season since Gary Sheffield drove in 28 runs against the Orioles in 2005. Devers has three more games against Toronto in 2019.

Royals 6, White Sox 5: Jorge Soler hit a two-run homer, Billy Hamilton hit a two-run single and Cheslor Cuthbert had three hits as Kansas City sweept the four-game set and took its sixth of seven games.

Indians 6, Tigers 3: Cleveland keeps rolling. Trevor Bauer struck out ten while working into the seventh, Jordan Luplow and Jose Ramírez each hit two-run homers with Ramírez knocking in three in all. The Indians have won 11 straight games over the toothless Tigers this season.

Cardinals 7, Reds 4: The Reds took a 3-0 lead but the Cards tied it up ad then Tommy Edman hit a grand slam that broke that 3-3 tie. The Cards have won five of six. The Reds have stumbled out of the gate in the second half and have gone from at least nominal contention in the bunched-up Central to eight games back. That was mildly fun while it lasted.

Nationals 13, Braves 4: Stephen Strasburg had himself a game, hitting a three-run home run to cap off an eight-run third inning for the Nats and then adding a two-run single later on. It wasn’t his greatest day on the mound — he allowed three runs and couldn’t get out of the sixth — but his arm didn’t need to carry the day when his bat was doing all that. Víctor Robles and Brian Dozier each drove in a couple as Washington routed Atlanta and pulled to within five and a half in the East.

Twins 6, Athletics 3: Eddie Rosario hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning and Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron each went deep after him to pad the lead and to stop the A’s five-game winning streak. Kyle Gibson allowed three over seven innings to pick up his ninth win. And here’s a weird thing:

[Athletics starer Mike] Fiers threw only 89 pitches, but the heat factored into manager Bob Melvin’s decision to remove him. Fiers also had the misfortune of glancing at the scoreboard and seeing Gibson’s pitch count of 106, mistakenly believing it was his.

“Mentally, it crushed me,” Fiers said.

We’re all victims of whatever it is our minds do to us, I suppose.

Astros 6, Angels 2: Alex Bregman and George Springer homered while Wade Miley pitched two-run ball into the sixth inning as the Astros earn a series split from the Angels. Springer had four home runs in the four-game series. Mike Trout returned to action L.A. but went 1-for-4 in DH duty.

Brewers 5, Diamondbacks 1: Zach Davies allowed only one run on five hits over seven innings. Dbacks starter Merrill Kelley was even better, line score-wise, allowing one run on three hits and striking out six in his seven innings of work. Milwaukee got to Yoan López in the eighth, however, plating three, and then Ryan Braun homered in the ninth. Lorenzo Cain robbed a homer too, on what was probably the catch of the day yesterday:

Giants 3, Mets 2: The Mets scored one in the first, the Giants scored one in the fourth and it stayed a 1-1 game for 11 more innings. Things heated up in the 16th, though, with a Pete Alonso homer putting the Mets up 2-1. Chris Mazza could not lock it down for New York, though, giving up a leadoff double to Alex Dickerson, an RBI double to Brandon Crawford which tied it up, hit a batter, gave up a single that loaded the bases and then allowed Donovan Solano to smack a walkoff RBI single for the Giants win. Silver lining from the Mets is that they got eight shutout innings from their bullpen. Quantity ain’t everything, though, I suppose.

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.