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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

May 24, 2013, 6:59 AM EDT

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Indians 12, Red Sox 3: The Tribe’s bats had a nice night with Yan GomesMark Reynolds and Michael Bourn all racking up multiple RBI. Oh, and you may or may not have heard this, but Terry Francona, currently the Indians’ manager, used to be the Red Sox manager and this was his first time back in Boston since he was fired and some people were talking about it and stuff. Kinda surprised me, too!

Angels 5, Royals 4: Trout, Pujols and Trumbo hit homers. The Angels have won five in a row. The Royals have lost 13 of 18. It’s almost like that great spring training record they had didn’t have a ton of predictive value for the long haul of the regular season.

Tigers 7, Twins 6: Miguel Cabrera had his sixth homer in four games. Later Jim Leyland screwed up and had Torii Hunter bunt in front of Cabrera, leaving first base open and thus taking the bat out of the most dangerous hitter in baseball’s hands when Ron Gardenhire walked him. Thankfully for Leyland Prince Fielder is pretty dangerous himself, singled and drove in the winning run.

Blue Jays 12, Orioles 6: Orioles starter Kevin Gausman — that kid who used to eat powdered donuts between every inning — had a rude welcome to the majors,  Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam and  J.P. Arencibia homered and drove in four.

Pirates 4, Cubs 2: Four in a row for Pittsburgh. And 11 of 13 overall. The anti-Royals, I guess.  Andrew McCutchen had three hits and two RBIs.

  1. Innocent Bystander - May 24, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Thanks for getting these ATH’s out early. I know you were considering a change. For me personally this being the first read sets up my day nicely. Thanks.

    • indaburg - May 24, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      For those of us who have to be at work early, these ATHs are a dogsend. Much appreciated, Craig. Happy nurse, happy patients.

      • cur68 - May 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        He’s doing Dog’s Work, all right.

  2. Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    The Feesh were wending their way to Chicago yesterday, and the big roof was open at Macondo Banana Massacre Field to let the sun and rain get to the field. Most folks lock up their homes when they go away, but not Scrooge McLoria. It’s almost as if he wants someone to break into the place and steal all those useless seats and stuff so he can submit a claim to his insurance company for them, isn’t it?

    In other news, the Feesh announced attendance for the empty stadium last night was 13,246.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      At least for once 3/4 of the announced attendees didn’t have to go through all the effort of dressing up as empty seats.

  3. philliesblow - May 24, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    I wonder what the Vegas odds are for Miggy hitting another HR tonight? His OPS is now up to 1.168. Dude is en fuego!

    Thank you to Mike Trout & friends for their efforts against the Royals. The Red Sox, not so much.

    • historiophiliac - May 24, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      It makes me giggle when they walk Miggy to get to Prince and he makes them PAY.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Kevin Gausman’s debut was OK for a 22 year old kid. He did give up 4 runs in 5 innings, but was much better than the more experienced relief pitchers who followed him as they gave up 8 runs in 3 innings. Baltimore’s hitters had a decent game with 3 home runs. Machado lived up to the hype as he had 3 doubles. Toronto’s hitters put up crooked numbers in four of their 8 innings of work. A play that I enjoyed resulted in Gose scoring from second on a short passed ball. When Wieters tried to get Bautista at second, Gose rounded third and barely beat the relay throw to Wieters.

    Gausman had a lot of hype because he was the number 4 draft pick last year. I fully expect that he will be a better major league pitcher than the highly hyped duds that have come up through the Baltimore system in recent years.

    Tonight, the Jays will debut 23 year old Sean Nolin who is also just up from Double A. Last season the former 6th round pick was a combined 10 an 0 with a 2.04 ERA in Single A and Double A. He missed the early part of the 2013 season due to a strained groin muscle. In three starts he is 2 and 0 with a 1.17 ERA. He does not throw as hard as Gausman, but has the typical arsenal of lefty starters and has a nice habit of getting hitters out. He strikes out a lot of hitters. It will be interesting to see who has the best debut and who has the best career.

    • nbjays - May 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      The O’s had a couple of ugly errors and, despite a strong first couple of frames from Gausman, the pitching staff wasn’t overly effective. I watched the game with my 14-year-old son, and after Encarnacion hit that grand slam off the left field foul pole, he said “See? When you walk three guys with two outs, bad things can happen.” Truer words were never spoken.

      Nice to see the Jays’ bats come alive. And Anthony Gose…. wow! That kid’s speed just makes things happen.

      Good luck to Nolin tonight.

    • cur68 - May 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      What an absolute blast of a game to watch. Guasman was nervous from the get go; pacing and hyper to get the first pitch in. Once The Beavz had seen his stuff though, it was obvious he was tipping his breaking pitches and missing with his fastball. His fastball over the plate was too good, but his breaking pitches for strikes were little more than lunch meat for JP.

      Work on the nerves and the delivery and he’s the next Verlander, providing his arm doesn’t follow the ball across the plate one of these days. Point of fact was that the rest of the O’s staff weren’t no screamin’ heck neither. Gausman was the best pitcher on the day, even better than Morrow, but the Beavz were the best hitters. It was Advantage Beavers in this one.

      I ‘spect Nolin will have the same experience today. The O’s want some revenge for their kid, and they’ll come to play. This is a 4 game series, so the best we can expect is Dickey to win and a 2-2 game split, I think. Showalter’s Boys aint gonna be got that easy from here out.

  5. janessa31888 - May 24, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Great win for the Tribe. They got hits from everybody in the lineup and six players had at least one RBI. Drew Stubbs looked like he was having fun out there.
    The bullpen was actually good for once. Nice job by Scott Barnes. I admit that I didn’t understand how he could get the save until I looked it up this morning.

    • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      I am happy for Gomes. He was blocked in Toronto and has found a good home in Cleveland.

      • janessa31888 - May 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        We love Yan. He works well with the pitchers, has good defense, and hits game winning home runs! There will be mutiny if they try to bring Lou Marson back.

    • APBA Guy - May 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      4 walks for Santana!

  6. aceshigh11 - May 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Glad to see that Francona is having some success in Cleveland. He seems to be a genuinely good guy.

    Of course I’d prefer they don’t beat the Red Sox, but oh well…

    • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      I am sure that you were not one of the Red Sox fans who called him Francoma.

      • aceshigh11 - May 24, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        Definitely not. I thought he could be a bit too passive at times (particularly when it came to pulling struggling pitchers), but that’s his personality.

  7. unclemosesgreen - May 24, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Francona came back for the April 2012 reunion / celebration of 100 years of Fenway Park. He got a standing ovation, biggest cheer of the day, and thousands of people were screaming TITO!!!

    And this is before everyone hated Bobby V. Good thing the reunion wasn’t near the end of the season.

    The reunion was very cool for serious Sox fans, it was billed as “everyone from Don Aase to Bob Zupcic.” Also our last real chance to see Johnny Pesky (RIP) so yeah – great fanboy and fangirl day.

    • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Screaming TITO sure beats playing that atrocious “Sweet Caroline.”

      • buggieowens - May 24, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        As a Red Sox fan, I apologize for only being able to give you one thumbs up for that comment, O.G.

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        So you have to sit and listen to that piece of crap every time you go to a game? Well, as Ash the android said in Alien, you have my sympathy.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        It may be an fucking atrocious seventh-inning stretch song, but dammit, it’s our fucking atrocious seventh-inning stretch song. Bah-bah-bah

  8. rockthered1286 - May 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    “Orioles starter Kevin Gausman — that kid who used to eat powdered donuts between every inning – had a rude welcome to the majors, Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam and J.P. Arencibia homered and drove in four.”

    This kinda makes it sound like Gausman got roughed up and gave up the GS…which is not the case. 5IP, 4ER, 2BB, 5K. I’m not overly disappointed. Not thrilled but is what it is for his first time out. This is not LSU. This is not the minors. You need to adjust to the bigs son. And he did at times- some of those K’s were outstanding, includings his last K throwing a 99mph heater past Encarnacion.

    That being said… this bullpen is DISGUSTING. Strop and Patton have been awful, and it really makes me question sending down Arrieta as opposed to one of these jokers. If we’ve successfully converted Matusz and Hunter (both of whom I think do well in the pen), and Arrieta has had umpteen chances to get it right as a starter and failed everytime, why not convert him as well? Strop and his d-bag crooked hat have been nothing short of horrendous this season and Patton is terrified of the strike zone. And McFarland may have had a great spring training but it stopped there. It was a close game when Gausman came out (4-3) and there was no reason to put your bottom barrell guys out there to blow it up. They need to come back strong today. The bats don’t worry me- they’ve been hitting just fine as of late. But the pitching NEEDS to improve.

    • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Gausman was fine. Many star pitchers have had worse debuts.

      • rockthered1286 - May 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        You have intrigued me with these Nolin stats since yesterday… I’ll be watching tonight. Can’t wait to see what his stuff looks like.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Blue Jay fans are also curious. He does not throw as hard as Gausman.

    • jwbiii - May 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Patton is out of options but Strop can be easily shipped out. Those are some brutal walk numbers. Watching them pitch must be bad for your liquor supply.

  9. rockthered1286 - May 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    And when should we expect to see the story about the classy Jays fan throwing a beer on Nate after a stellar grab??

    • rockthered1286 - May 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Spoke too soon, my bad!

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Keep reading. It now appears that McLouth’s grab was a bit less than stellar.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        One fan only. I am still waiting for the story about the classy way McLouth pretended to hold on to the ball when he ended up in the stands. He dropped the ball. Crawled to retrieve it and then showed it to the ump. Several fans in the section gave the safe sign and were ignored by the ump. Consequently an irate fan gave him a shower. Some Americans amaze me. They are fond of guns, but a little bit of beer upsets them.

      • rockthered1286 - May 24, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        PC- if there’s a visual by the ump of Nate grabbing the ball before falling into the stands, why should he assume that the fans who are saying he dropped it are correct? When have we ever seen an ump change his call based on what the fans say? And the fan who threw a beer at him was nowhere close to where the play happened, so how can he be so sure it was dropped? And why throw a beer at the guy making the play as opposed to the ump if he made the “wrong call?” There’s no defending this drunken idiots actions here. He got plastered, got pissed, and made a stupid decision.

      • stex52 - May 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        So it’s okay because the fan didn’t shoot him? That won’t even fly in Texas.

      • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Yes it will – just not in one of the larger cities.

      • stex52 - May 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Nah, breach of small town etiquette. They wouldn’t shoot him for cheating at a kids’ game. Now if’n he cut yer barb wire or stole yer hoss…………

  10. jarathen - May 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Both the Angels and Blue Jays are “heating up”, if you buy into narrative, and have the same record of 20-27.

    And a long way to go. But I am paying real attention to baseball again, Bud help me.

  11. randygnyc - May 24, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    I took a night off from baseball so I’ve just read the box scores, didn’t even watch the wrap up shows.

    Anyone see Tito’s reception? How was it?

    Oh, and the Twins gave away another game. The only way to pitch to Cabrera, IMO, is 4 wide. I don’t care if the bases are loaded.

    And a quick comment on the Royals- they really suck. They are who we knew they were.

  12. jrs45 - May 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Tito!!!!

  13. daveitsgood - May 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    @proudlycanadian – oh, the fans gave a safe sign??? That completely changes everything! The umps totally forgot to abide by little known rule of the Roman Coliseum rule in the rule book where if the fans say safe, the umps should have gone with that. Way to go with the false dichotomy of guns and throwing beer. Care to also throw Hitler and pedophiles into your argument?

    • historiophiliac - May 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Wow, you went from boorish fan to Hitler/pedophilia in 4 lines. That’s gotta be hard on your transmission.

      • daveitsgood - May 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Well clearly there’s that connection because it’s so similar to guns and beer throwing. I can’t believe you couldn’t see that link! I think your browser needs upgrading for /facetious font

      • historiophiliac - May 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        I’m not feeling very well today so you’ll really have to use the “/s” or “jk” if you want me to follow you.

      • daveitsgood - May 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        That’s a fair request. Will do!

      • historiophiliac - May 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Donkey shins.

    • Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      It bugs the hell out of me when one of the little aluminum cap and its bushing pops off and one of the pedophiles falls off my bicycle.

  14. drewsylvania - May 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    It’s almost like Wal-Mart had something to do with it…

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