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And That Happened: Monday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here’s where we stand:

  • The Nationals beat the Phillies and the Mets and Diamondbacks lost. Arizona’s loss officially eliminates them from postseason contention. It’s a formality at this point but Philly and New York are basically out of it too. The Nats go up on the idle Brewers by a half game for the top NL Wild Card;
  • The Rays won and everyone else in the AL Wild Card hunt was idle, so Tampa Bay leads Cleveland by a half game for the second spot and is one and a half back of Oakland;

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Nationals 7, Phillies 2: Adam Eaton, Yan Gomes and Trea Turner homered early and then Anthony Rendon and Asdrúbal Cabrera knocked in runs to give Washington a 5-0 lead that was more than enough. Certainly enough for Patrick Corbin who was dealing in his six innings of work. The Nats’ magic number to clinch a Wild Card spot is three.

Blue Jays 11, Orioles 10:

Nobody:

Absolutely no one:

Blue Jays and Orioles: “Here’s five and a half hours of baseball between two terrible teams in the final week of the season”

But hey, every game is its own thing with its own value and this one had a cool walkoff homer in the bottom of the fifteenth from Anthony Alford:

It was Alfod’s first career homer and, even if no one else remembers this game, it may be the biggest moment of his professional life and that’s pretty spiffy. The O’s could’ve won this in regulation but Toronto scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to send it to extras.

Rays 7, Red Sox 4: The Rays were no-hit into the fourth but that changed pretty dramatically as they put up a six spot that inning thanks to  homers from Ji-Man ChoiBrandon Lowe and Willy Adames. The Sox lost, but check out the hose on Mookie Betts:

Marlins 8, Mets 4:  Jorge Alfaro hit two homers, one of which was a grand slam and drove in five as Miami pushes the Mets to the brink. Amed Rosario hit a grand slam for the Mets but that was all the offense they’d get. New York is five games behind the Brewers for the final NL playoff spot with six games remaining. The end-of-season assessment for this Jekyll and Hyde team is gonna be interesting.

Cardinals 9, Diamondbacks 7: Paul Goldschmidt made his first trip back to Arizona since the Snakes dealt him to St. Louis and he went 2-for-3 and homered. Would that all our homecomings go so well. Yadier Molina has never been traded but he hit a two-run homer as well. The Cardinals have won six in a row. They have a three-and-a-half game lead in the Central with five to go. The pursuing Brewers have six left.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.