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And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 2, Tigers 0: Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in eight shutout innings and Francisco Lindor homered in the third and added a sac fly in the seventh. Cleveland has now won 14 straight games against the Tigers and are 15-1 against them on the season.

Athletics 9, Royals 8: Jurickson Profar homered and drove in three and everyone in the A’s starting lineup either had a hit or drove in a run. They kinda had to given that no one on the A’s pitching staff seemed super invested in giving Bob Melvin clean innings. They did get one gimmie run, though, when A’s second baseman Corban Joseph hit pop a foul with runners on second and third. Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert caught the ball to put out Joseph and as he did so he fell into the third base dugout. Thanks to Rule 5.06(b)(3), which allows all base runners to advance one base if a fielder falls into an out of play area while catching a ball, the runner on third was awarded home plate and scored.

Twins 10, White Sox 5: Jake Cave homered twice and C.J. Cron went deep once, giving the Twins 261 on the year, which is six short of the Yankees’ record, set last year, for homers in a season. Those homers did break the all-time record for homers on the road, though, with 139. The 2001 Giants previously held that mark with 138. More importantly, the Twins win their fifth straight, keeping the Indians at bay.

Rays 9, Astros 8: The Rays kept taking small leads and the Astros kept matching them. Finally Ji-Man Choi put Tampa Bay ahead for good with a two-run double in the seventh. Travis d'Arnaud homered and drove in four to keep the Astros from a three-game sweep. Zack Greinke got a no-decision, making it his first start as an Astro in which he didn’t get a win.

Cubs 4, Mets 1: A three-run home run by Victor Caratini in the top of the seventh — his second dinger of the game — broke a 1-1 tie and the Mets’ back. The Mets are skidding, having dropped six straight and now find themselves back to a mere game over .500. Those six straight losses game against the Braves and Cubs showing that the Mets aren’t up to the level of the better teams in the NL. Which is a bad sign because it doesn’t get any easier for the Mets down the stretch: 20 of their 29 remaining games are against teams .500 or better, with nine of those 29 games against teams that are currently at least 10 games over .500.

Marlins 4, Reds 3: Aristides Aquino broke the National League rookie record for homers in a month with his 14th, and he singled in a run in the eighth inning to tie the game and force extra innings. Miami had the last laugh — and jump and high five and Gatorade bath and stuff — when rookie Harold Ramírez hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Marlins the win. It was his third walkoff hit of the year, so I guess he has the knack for it. Earlier, teammates Jon Berti, Austin Dean and Starlin Castro hit solo home runs of their own. Those three came off of Reds starter Alex Wood who has allowed ten homers in 35 and two-thirds innings this year. Not what ya want.

Mariners 5, Rangers 3: It was tied 3-3 from the fourth until the ninth when the M’s struck twice, via an Austin Nola sac fly and an Omar Narváez RBI single. That first run was the result of the smallest ball: Dee Gordon led off the inning with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a sac bunt, and then scored on the Nola fly. Not always a big fan of small ball like that but it beats trying to find another synonym for “homer.”

Pirates 11, Rockies 8: Well, at least until now. Kevin Newman — homered? Went deep? Knocked a dong? — twice, knocked in three and had four hits in all. His first one led off the game and led to a seven-run first for the Pirates. His second staked them to an 11-3 lead in the fifth. Colorado mounted a comeback but it was too much of a lead to overcome. Look at the Pirates go: they’ve won five of seven.

Diamondbacks 11, Dodgers 5: Hyun-Jin Ryu has picked a really bad time to come back to earth. He was kicked around for his third straight start, giving up seven runs and failing to make it out of the fifth for the second time in a row. He has now given up 18 runs in his last 14 and two-thirds innings over three starts and his ERA has shot up from 1.64 to 2.35 in that time. I suppose that 1.64 was unsustainable, but his performance has certainly turned on dime. All this after being staked to a 3-0 lead, too. For the Dbacks, Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer, Wilmer Flores had three hits and three RBI, Nick Ahmed had two hits and two RBI and Adam Jones had a two-run double.

Padres 5, Giants 3: Chris Paddack tossed one-run ball over seven innings and Manuel Margot and Austin Hedges homered for San Diego and Eric Hosmer doubled in a run. Paddack had a hit too and scored on Margot’s homer.

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to the Hall of Fame

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Longtime Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Larry Walker were elected into the Hall of Fame. Voting results from the Baseball Writers Association of America were unveiled just moments ago on MLB Network. Jeter (99.7%) and Walker (76.6%) were the only players on the 2020 ballot to earn at least the 75 percent support necessary for induction into Cooperstown. Jeter was in his first year on the ballot and Walker was in his 10th and final year.

Jeter, 45, was selected by the Yankees in the first round, sixth overall, in the 1992 draft and would spend the remainder of his professional career with the organization. Over parts of 20 big league seasons, Jeter hit .310/.377/.440 with 260 home runs, 1,311 RBI, 1,923 runs scored, and 358 stolen bases.

Jeter was a terrific player during the regular season, winning the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year Award, five Silver Slugger Awards, and earning 14 All-Star nominations. However, he did his best work in the postseason, helping the Yankees win five championships during his tenure. He even earned the 2000 World Series MVP Award. Overall, across 734 postseason at-bats, Jeter hit .308/.374/.465 with 20 homers, 61 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 18 stolen bases. While his postseason line is similar to his regular season line, it is worth considering that he faced tougher pitchers on average under more pressure in the postseason.

While defensive metrics weren’t kind to Jeter, he made some very memorable plays in the field. There was, of course, his flip to catcher Jorge Posada to tag out Jeremy Giambi at home plate in the 2001 ALDS, salvaging a throw that missed the cutoff man in the seventh inning of a game the Yankees only led 1-0.

There was also Jeter’s famous dive into the stands in the 12th inning of a July 1, 2004 game at home against the Red Sox. With the two clubs tied at three apiece, the Red Sox threatened with a runner on second base. Pinch-hitter Trot Nixon hit a weak fly ball down the left field line. Jeter ran full speed into the outfield, catching the ball that would have otherwise landed fair, his momentum taking him full-bore into the stands. After a few tense moments, Jeter famously popped his head up, face bloodied from making contact with a seat.

Jeter retired as the Yankees’ all-time leader in games played (2,747), hits (3,465), doubles (544), and stolen bases (358). He’s second in runs scored (1,923), third in total bases (4,921), fourth in walks (1,082), fifth in career WAR (72.4), eighth in batting average (.310), and fifth in RBI (1,311). Jeter is sixth on the all-time hits list behind Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, and Tris Speaker.

Jeter, who was one vote shy of unanimous election, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller on July 26. Simmons and Miller (posthumously, in Miller’s case) were elected by the Modern Baseball Era Committee last month.

Walker, 53, was not drafted. Rather, the Expos signed him to a minor league contract in 1985. He would go on to spend 17 seasons in the majors, the first six with the Expos, the next nine and a half with the Rockies, and the final season and a half with the Cardinals. He hit .313/.400/.565 with 383 home runs, 1,311 RBI, 1,355 runs scored, and 230 stolen bases.

That Walker spent a majority of his career with the Rockies was used by some against him, as Coors Field has famously inflated hitters’ numbers. Unsurprisingly, Walker had a 1.172 OPS at Coors Field. However, even his aggregate away split — an .865 OPS — was significantly above-average, even considering the offense-friendly era in which he played. Walker was also a tremendous defensive corner outfield, racking up 94 defensive runs saved above average according to Baseball Reference.

Other players receiving a majority of support from the BBWAA, but under the necessary 75 percent include Curt Schilling (70%), Roger Clemens (61%), Barry Bonds (60.7%), and Omar Vizquel (52.6%).

Players who received less than a majority of support but more than the five percent minimum to remain on the ballot are: Scott Rolen (35.3%), Billy Wagner (31.7%), Gary Sheffield (30.5%), Todd Helton (29.2%), Manny Ramírez (28.2%), Jeff Kent (27.5%), Andruw Jones (19.4%), Sammy Sosa (13.9%), Andy Pettitte (11.3%), and Bobby Abreu (5.5%).

Players who received less than five percent of the vote and thus will fall off the ballot are: Paul Konerko (2.5%), Jason Giambi (1.5%), Alfonso Soriano (1.5%), Eric Chávez (0.5%), Cliff Lee (0.5%), Adam Dunn (0.3%), Brad Penny (0.3%), Raúl Ibañez (0.3%), J.J. Putz (0.3%), Josh Beckett (0%), Heath Bell (0%), Chone Figgins (0%), Rafael Furcal (0%), Carlos Peña (0%), Brian Roberts (0%), and José Valverde (0%).