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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Red Sox 9, Rays 4: The Red Sox batted around in the third inning, scoring seven runs. Three came in on a J.D. Martinez homer off of Jalen Beeks. Andrew Benintendi and Sam Travis would tack on solo homers off of Beeks as well. Xander Bogaerts doubled twice and walked twice. Eduardo Rodríguez turned in seven scoreless innings on two hits and four walks with six strikeouts. The Rays gave up even after scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth, trotting out Michael Brousseau to pitch the top of the ninth. He allowed back-to-back doubles to Bogaerts and Martinez but managed to get through the inning without too much damage. It’s not often you see a team put in a position player to pitch down only five runs.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings): Paul Goldschmidt, who owned a .639 OPS dating back to July 7, smacked a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the 10th off of Clay Holmes to break a 2-2 tie. The Pirates battled back for three runs in the bottom of the 10th, but it just barely wasn’t enough. Josh Bell brought home a run with a double and Jung Ho Kang hit a two-run homer.

Indians 7, Blue Jays 3: The Indians continue to win, now having emerged victorious in 13 of 16 games this month. Mike Clevenger turned in a solid effort, holding the Jays to three runs across seven innings with seven strikeouts. Center fielder Oscar Mercado tripled and homered. Jason Kipnis reached base four times.

Astros 11, Athletics 1: Gerrit Cole dominated, punching out 11 A’s batters while holding them to a run on two hits and a walk. His ERA is down to 3.03. Only Charlie Morton, Mike Minor, José Berríos, and Justin Verlander have better ERAs. Yuli Gurriel had a three-hit, three-RBI night including a homer. Yordan Alvarez homered again, bringing his OPS to 1.130.Aledmys Díaz also knocked in three runs. The Astros have won six games in a row.

Twins 8, Yankees 6: The Twins clubbed five homers, getting one each from Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz, and Max Kepler along with two from Mitch Garver. The Yankees got homers from Gio Urshela, Luke Voit, and DJ LeMahieu. Both starters lasted just four innings.

White Sox 9, Marlins 1: Another L for the Fish, who have dropped four in a row now. The White Sox were all over Trevor Richards, who coughed up seven runs in five innings. José Abreu and Yoán Moncada did most of the damage. Abreu hit an RBI double in the first and a two-run homer in the third. Moncada had an RBI single and a three-run homer. Iván Nova went all nine innings, limiting the Marlins to a lone run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. It’s the 26th complete game pitched this season. Lucas Giolito has two of them and now Nova has one.

Diamondbacks 6, Orioles 3: Robbie Ray relented a couple of solo homers in the fifth inning but was otherwise quite solid for the D-Backs. He went six frames in total, allowing three runs while fanning 10. Adam Jones picked up three hits. The D-Backs are 51-50 but GM Mike Hazen sounded realistic about his team’s chances. Per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Hazen said, “The belief that a .500 team is going to win the World Series, get through the wild-card format that we have and win the World Series is – I don’t think, objectively, that’s a position we should be staking ourselves to.” The D-Backs play the Marlins for four games after this series with the Orioles. Things could get interesting leading up to the trade deadline.

Giants 5, Cubs 4: The Giants rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to overtake the Cubs. They banged out three doubles and a single against Pedro Strop, leading them to their 15th victory in 18 July games. They now have the same record as the D-Backs, sitting two games out of the second NL Wild Card slot. Once thought to be ready to ship off Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith, the Giants may now fancy themselves Wild Card contenders.

Reds 6, Brewers 5: Hope looked lost for the Reds after Tyler Saladino hit a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning (his second grand slam in as many days), but Eugenio Suárez had other ideas. He hit his second homer of the night, a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth. Sonny Gray continues to pitch well, tossing six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts. He boasts a 3.29 ERA. Not bad for a guy who put up a 4.90 ERA for the Yankees last year.

Mariners 7, Rangers 3: Austin Nola hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the second, giving the Mariners a lead they would never relinquish. Marco Gonzales won his 11th game of the year, holding the Rangers to two runs on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts across seven innings. Not much to write home about for the Rangers, who are now on an eight-game losing streak. Rougned Odor had three hits, including a homer.

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Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that fans will be able to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series Games. Both will take place in Texas which has been one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas with a ticket sales announcement expected soon,” said Manfred to reporters at USA Today Sports. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys allowed over 21,000 fans into AT&T Stadium for the home opener. However, the MLB is still waiting for approval from Texas government officials. ALCS and NLCS games are expected to begin on October 11 and 12, respectively.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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