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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 17, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

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Braves 6, Royals 3: I suppose the Braves will lose again at some point. I just don’t know when that point is. The team has 25 homers in 13 games.

Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 2: I wasn’t watching this, but as I was going to bed people on Twitter were noting that Mariano Rivera was coming into the game and saying stuff about the 2001 World Series. Which, sure, I guess I understand. But holy mother of heck, that was nearly 12 years ago. Think about your life 12 years ago and ask yourself how relevant anything that was happening to you then is now. Then ask yourself whether you honestly think someone like Rivera is really affected by the 2001 World Series in April 2013.

Rangers 4, Cubs 2: Craig Gentry made a diving catch with two outs in the ninth inning and the bases loaded on a Darwin Barney shot to left that would have at least tied it if it weren’t caught and would have likely won it if Gentry had dived and totally missed. Craigs are pretty clutch, though, so he had it the whole way.

Orioles 5, Rays 4: It wasn’t pretty but Jake Arrieta got his first win since last June. Tampa Bay has lost four in a row and seven of eight.

Rockies 8, Mets 4; Rockies 9, Mets 8: A freezing, snowy doubleheader? Mmm, sounds like a total blast. David Wright had two blasts in the opener in a losing cause. Jordan Pacheco had the game-winning hit in the 10th in the night cap. I’m going to guess that this is the most miserable pair of games the Mets have endured in ages, simply because of weather and crap.

Red Sox 7, Indians 2: Ubaldo Jimenez was, like, 15-1 to start the season a couple of years ago. It’s true. I remember it. If the Indians were smart he’d end this year 0-2, having never thrown another pitch. Because something ain’t right with this guy (1.2 IP, 2 H, 7 ER, 5 BB).

White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3: The White Sox rallied for two in the ninth then held off as the Jays tried to claw back in the bottom of the inning. After the game Paul Konerko said “It was a gritty win.” After which he was sued for copyright infringement by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Marlins 8, Nationals 2: Ryan Zimmerman‘s defensive problems continue, as his throwing error in the fourth led to four unearned Marlins runs. Those four runs were more than the Marlins had scored in all but one of their previous 13 games. Zimmerman has had four errors in the past five games.

Twins 8, Angels 6: Joe Mauer is 8 for 10 in this series so far after going 4 for 5 with three RBI in this one. Talk to some random Twins fans, though, and they’ll still say he’s a problem for some reason that eludes me entirely.

Brewers 10, Giants 8: Just when we finally get the Barry Zito bandwagon all booked up with passengers, gassed up and onto the on-ramp, it throws an engine rod. Two and two-thirds inning, eight hits, nine runs for Barry, including a grand slam to Yunieskey Betancourt for cryin’ out loud.

Athletics 4, Astros 3: Remember that stuff about how the NL Central teams are gonna miss having the Astros to kick around this season? The A’s here are the other side of that coin, as they’ve beaten Houston five times already. Meanwhile, AL East and AL Central teams have to face real baseball teams as they compete with AL West teams for the wild card. Because the unbalanced schedule is so fair.

Tigers 6, Mariners 2: Miguel Cabrera drove in four and Doug Fister gave the Mariners another reminder that, welp, maybe they shouldn’t have traded him away (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER).

Padres 9, Dodger 2Alexi Amarista drove in four and Jason Marquis tied the Dodgers up. Look, when you face that kind of star power, you’re just not gonna win often, Dodgers fans. On the bright side I suppose there’s a decent chance that Vin Scully got to fill time with more legends and tales from the ancient and classical canon, so there’s that.

Phillies 0, Reds 0: SUSPENDED: This game will be picked up where it left off, scoreless in the ninth inning. They should make all the players stay in uniform on the field in the exact positions they were sitting/standing when the game was called. That would be bitchin’.

Cardinals vs. Pirates: POSTPONED: Nothing that happened in the two innings they got in will actually count. It’s like it never happened. For example, if Andrew McCutchen had murdered Yadier Molina in the first inning, he would do no jail time for it and Molina would have been resurrected. THAT’S how this rule works.

  1. beelza - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Braves will lose April 26 and April 27. Location explains these two loses-they’re in Detroit.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      I hope not. I’m going to the Saturday game there.

      • dawgpoundmember - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        I will be at that game as well, maybe if I find you I will throw some peanuts at you.

      • detroitr1 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      If the Braves had any “grit” on their team, they would be undefeated.

      • jwbiii - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        It looks like we have a failure to communicate.

      • bravojawja - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Evan Gattis has enough grit to make up for any ex-Diamondbacks on the team.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        Anyone named “Evan Gattis” has to overcompensate somehow.

      • paperlions - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        I saw Arizona referred to as the “Grinderbacks” recently.

  2. uyf1950 - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    The Yankees somehow continue to win now 6 of their last 7 with a group of players most if not all the the so called experts and many of the fans here thought didn’t stand a chance. I think even the most ardent skeptic has to admit the Yankees will certainly be in the hunt all year and that at least at this point the rag tag group Cashman has assembled is doing pretty good.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      A sympathetic tribute to Boston was in order, however, it was not “Sweet Caroline”.
      Universe is okay as long as they keep repeating Earl Weaver’s play.

    • mybrunoblog - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      Yes the hitting has been a pleasant surprise but look at the pitching over the last 7 games. Thats why they have been winning. This team as currently constructed can’t bludgeon opponents by scoring 8 runs a game but if they consistently hold teams to 4 runs or less they could walk away with the AL east title.

  3. therealtrenches - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    This run by the Braves is impressive, but as a Georgia resident I must lodge a complaint. It’s turning Sutton and Powell’s normally classy radio broadcast homer-ism into quiet-but-persistent smugness.

    • alexo0 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Can start to say the same thing about Calcaterra’s blog posts.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        Feel free to point out where I’ve been gloating.

    • mondogarage - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      We’ll oblige no later than next Mon-Wed.

  4. randygnyc - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    D O O M!!!! Lol

    • dondada10 - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:31 AM

  5. historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Dog! Miggy! Glee. This west coast tour has been largely fun so far. Tonight is bound to be interesting… Grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:09 AM


  6. janessa31888 - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    I cant wait for Ubaldo to get run out of town. He is totally horrible and a hopeless headcase. He infuriates us tribe fans.

    • mondogarage - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Your team has the worst attendance in the major leagues, you have no fans to speak of. Unless Ubaldo is starting every one of your home games, he’s not your problem.

  7. indaburg - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    The Rays have to win another game eventually, right?

    Anyhow, if you don’t like to read, and want to see in two seconds why the Rays can’t win, check out this graph:

    • stex52 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      That is amazingly awful, Inda. And with Long, Zobrist and Jennings in there, it really shows how badly the other 6 must be doing. For what cold comfort it brings, I would say that it is below what will be there mean performance for the year. It almost looks like a statistical anomaly.

      • stex52 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        “their” MORE COFFEE!

    • yarguy - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      It may be awful for the Rays, but it is not at all clear that this graph shows anything useful. The Jays seem to be the exact opposite of the Rays, but they are just 6-8. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are low on both Slugging and OBP yet are 8-5 and lead the NL Central.

      • indaburg - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        No, the scope of the graph isn’t to show how OBP and SLG correlates with winning. The graph shows the Cards below but huddled around most other teams. Without calculating the statistical deviations of the mean myself–I don’t have the time right now–and just eyeballing the graph, it looks like they’re probably within one standard deviation from the mean. Not great, but not bad. As for the Jays, their hitting has been very healthy. Their pitching is what’s letting them down at this point of the season. If their pitching picks up, and I expect it will, their record will improve correspondingly.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Well obviously this shows only one facet of the game. It would be interesting to see a similar graph for pitching. Also I will note this graph says “Hitter’s Counts”. In other words slugging and OBP in situations where the hitter has an advantage. But what about hitting in general? or pitcher’s counts?

        I’m going to speculate that the Rays offensive woes are so bad that they have trouble hitting even when they have the advantage in the count.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    ” I suppose the Braves will lose again at some point. I just don’t know when that point is.”

    My guess would be to book some losses around the late September early October part of the calendar.:-)

  9. randygnyc - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    MyBruno- Yankees only chance of NOT winning the division would be through injuries. For other fans of American league east teams, they’ll soon realize that they can’t root for their own teams as much as they’ll have to pray for injured Yankees for their teams to make the playoffs. It’s their only hope.

    • ptfu - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Poor Randy. Let’s not spoil the movie and tell him what ultimately happens to the Empire after the “you’re my only hope” message gets out.

  10. sdelmonte - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Was there any way that the Bosox wouldn’t want to clobber the ball in lieu of taking their bats to the head of whoever planted the bombs? That was a win for the city as much as for themselves, and I think even the Indians didn’t feel too bad in losing. For one day.

  11. dluxxx - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    “Joe Mauer is 8 for 10 in this series so far after going 4 for 5 with three RBI in this one. Talk to some random Twins fans, though, and they’ll still say he’s a problem for some reason that eludes me entirely.”

    Well, only 3 RBI with 4 hits??? Not good enough. And all those hits were singles. How can we pay a guy $23 million to hit singles!! WON”T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN???!!!


    • mplsjoe - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Many Twins fans think Mauer is, essentially, a wuss. They think he basically faked or milked injuries 2 years ago. They’re also mad that he doesn’t hit more home runs. Most of these false impressions are stoked by local media members, many of whom don’t like Mauer because he’s not a good quote and was deemed to be evasive about his injuries 2 years ago.

      Several things about this are strange. First, Mauer is from St. Paul, and if there’s one thing Minnesotans usually love it’s a hometown guy/gal who stays (for years we were afraid Mauer would leave us here in flyover country for the Big City). Second, the perceptions of Mauer as a player are so wrong it’s stunning. He DOES get clutch hit. He DOES play all the time when he doesn’t have some massive injury. And on a team full of massive problems, any limits in Mauer’s game should be so far from the top of the list of Twins-fan concerns so as to be nonexistant.

      • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        But the CHILDREN!!! 😉

    • Cris E - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Craig needs to stop talking to random Twins fans. They’re idiots.

      In fact I don’t know anyone who is really down on Joe, and that includes last week when he struck out with the bases loaded to close out a loss. He might be a bit injury-prone, but the team might have figured out a formula to keep him healthy. He might be a bit expensive, but they’re not at a point where they need to be spending a ton of money. His contract might become a burden in a few years when all these kids start hitting arbitration, but that’s not the case today at all and they didn’t backload the deal so it won’t be a Marlins-like timebomb.

      And to reply to Mr dluxx, Shuuut Uuppp! He’s on pace for 24.9 HR and 62.3 doubles (and, more troubling, 137.077 strikeouts.) So, like, he’s totally worth eleventy-twenty million dollars.

      • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        Apparently you don’t understand sarcasm. I realize that many people struggle with this, thus the use of the Hardball Talk approved “/s” sarcasm tag.

        If you’ve been anywhere near these boards in the last few years, or even months, you’d understand that I am nowhere near a Joe Mauer hater. I think those who deride his playing abilities are uneducated, unenlightened and are wasting their time picking nits while missing out on enjoying the opportunity to watch a future Hall of Famer playing the game.

        It’s sad really.

        As to you not knowing anybody who is down on Mauer, you either don’t live in Minnesota, don’t talk to anyone about sports, or are just extremely lucky to have enlightened Twins fans surrounding you.

      • Cris E - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        You don’t think three decimal places was a reply to sarcasm? (The rest was for the original post, not you.)

      • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Fair enough. I didn’t realize that the “Shuuut Uuppp” was meant to be sarcastic. My bad.

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    nice to see josh johnson with no wins so far and a Bloated ERA, he should be headed to the DL soon as thats what he does best anyway.

    • cur68 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Whew! What’s that smell? Oh. It sYOU harry. Do go bathe.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        I’m really bummed about the Hotlips Harper joke dying. I really liked it myself. 😦

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        That smell? thats your mother’s crotch!! Come on you should know that smell by now, you entered this life coming thru it!!

      • cur68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:52 AM

        My my. Stooping to moms now, eh? What a CHAMP you are. Tell me, were you always a poo flinger or did you work hard to reach this level?

  13. Cris E - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Counsellor, a question about the Postponement rule. Would Molina have to have been killed as part of game play, or are all events rolled back? If, say, a teammate had killed him would that be expunged? A fan? What if a fan had an affair at the game (like those drunk football people do in the bathroom stalls) would a spouse let it go?

    This rule is more powerful and awesome than the reserve clause and the anti-trust exemption rolled together and wrapped in the Dowd Report.

  14. mlblogstomsinger1 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Re: Cardinals-Pirates. A “Murder” joke? Really? Sober up.

  15. sportsdrenched - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Royalling; verb: When one segment of a team gets fixed. A previously exceptional part of the team will implode in spectacular fashion. Because that’s what Royals teams do.

  16. hushbrother - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    I was at the game Monday night (I was, really) and it was quite noticeable that Ryan Zimmerman was short-arming every throw. Clearly his shoulder is not right. Teams should try bunting on him.

  17. koufaxmitzvah - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Jason Marquis hit Justin Sellers high and tight last night. The same Jason Marquis who threw a pitch over Matt Kemp’s last week. Justin Sellers made it 1st base without having to break Marquis’ collarbone, so we got that going for us, Dodgers fans.

    And no Padre fans were beat up or forced to change their clothes.

    That’s how we keep it classy, San Diego.

  18. cowboysoldiertx - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    You mean to say Molina isn’t a zombie? Wait… I am thinking of his brother Bengie. Never mind!

  19. olebubba - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Totally classless….not the time for a murder joke!!! Get some CLASS and think before you write something!!!

  20. APBA Guy - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    The A’s spectacular “Crush our enemies, see them driven before us, and hear the lamentations of their women” mantra seems to be working well, so long as the Astros are the enemies du jour. The A’s have played them so often lately I’m becoming concerned about “Astros Fatigue” a condition that affects the sharpness of a team when it moves from playing against a AAA team to an actual major league opponent, like Texas, or King Felix.

    “Astros Fatigue” may just be the equalizing variable that gives AL Central and AL East teams a shot at the wild card spots.

    As to the game last night, another windy, cool night that had everyone huddled for warmth. AJ Griffin exemplified what you can get away with throwing to the Astros, constantly leaving balls up and getting weak contact. Parker and Mr. Anderson did the same thing against Detroit and gave up 18 runs. The Astros got 3 last night.

    The A’s have one more tonight against the Astros, with the Astros best pitcher, Norris, starting. Then the A’s travel to TB for the weekend, and the verbal duel with Indaburg commences, as Mr. Anderson will attempt to right the ship, just as TB is starting to show some power.

  21. franklb - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I didn’t hear much whining from the East Coast press during the years when the Red Sox and Yankees were beating up on the Orioles, Jays, and Rays when all three of those teams were no good, and either the Red Sox or the Yankees took the AL wild card slot because of that unbalanced schedule. I also don’t hear many East Coast press complaints about the Braves playing the Phillies and Marlins in six of their first nine games, followed by a subpar Nationals team. Granted, the A’s haven’t played the “good” AL West teams much yet (that’s looking to be only Texas at this point, but who knows). But let’s play more than ten percent of the season before we start in on unbalanced schedules, shall we?.

  22. Old Gator - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Dan Haren gave up seven runs to the Feesh, including a three run shot to Hechavarria. Dan Haren has bigger problems than Ryan Zimmerman.

    Um – CNN and AP are announcing a suspect has been arrested in the Boston bombing, based on identification from store surveillance videos in the area.

    The New York Post is reporting that it’s Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

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