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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jul 12, 2013, 6:50 AM EDT

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Yankees 8, Royals 4: Jeter returns. And got a hit! And an RBI! And scored a run! And left with a strained quadricep! Oy vey.

Braves 6, Reds 5: Freddie Freeman wins the Final Vote than goes out and has himself a nice night (3 for 4, 4 RBI). Bad news, though: Jason Heyward left with a strained hamstring.

Phillies 3, Nationals 1: And the Phillies take three of four from the Nats. This after winning series against the Braves and Pirates. Now they have the White Sox leading up to the break. It feels like they’re doing better. They’re not gaining much ground on Atlanta, however. They’ve been back eight or nine games at times this year, but 7.5 games back is basically where they’ve been hovering forever now. It’s hard to dig out of a hole.

Indians 4, Blues Jays 2: Rookie Danny Salazar was most impressive, pitching six innings while allowing only one run on two hits and striking out seven. He’s proof that you can ply your trade in Columbus, Ohio and then, one day, make it to the big time.

Rays 4, Twins 3: That’s eight straight for the streaking Rays. And the 13th win of the year for Matt Moore, who struck out ten in seven and a third innings. Luke Scott, who has been hot in his own right of late, hit a homer.

Cubs 3, Cardinals 0: The good Edwin Jackson showed up and tossed seven shutout innings. All three of the Cubs runs were batted in by Anthony Rizzo. Matt Holliday joined Jason Heyward in the left-the-game-early-because-of-a-hamstring club.

Diamondbacks 5, Brewers 3: Wade Miley gave the snakes what they needed: a long outing following a 14-inning game. He pitched eight and the Diamondbacks snapped their three-game skid.

White Sox 6, Tigers 3: There was some bench-clearing action after some purpose pitches but nothing too chippy went down. Josh Phegley hit a grand slam and Chris Sale finally broke his string of winless starts, getting the first real run support he’s had in a dog’s age.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 1: The Dodgers are now above .500 after Chris Capuano tossed six shutout innings and Mark Ellis drove in four. That’s 16 of 20 for the men in blue. Well, mostly white with a splash of blue. There’s a touch of red in there too. The men in blue are umpires, really. Although I think it’s way more black these days than blue. Man, it’s hard to keep track of such things.

Red Sox 8, Mariners 7: Seattle took a 5-1 lead but the Sox came back and eventually forced extras. This is not to be confused with Tuesday’s game in which they also found themselves down 5-1 and won.

Giants 4, Padres 2: Madison Bumgarner: stopper. For the third straight time he came out with the Giants on a four-game losing streak and won. I guess when your team is terrible overall it’s easier to be seen as a “stopper.” Pitch for the Cardinals or Red Sox or something and there isn’t all that much to stop.

Orioles 3, Rangers 1: Chris Davis hit his 34th homer and drove in his 86th run. His home run snapped an 0 for 17 slump. He went on to strike out twice after the homer, though.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    The Yankees “doppelganger” showed up for the last 2 games of the Royals series. Surely the team that scored 8 runs in each of the last 2 games was not the same Yankees that showed up for their first 2 games scoring only 1 run in each of those games. I’d much prefer the “doppelganger” Yankees for the remainder of the season.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      You keep using this word – I do not think it means what you think it means. I think you mean “Bizarro Yankees.”

      • cofran2004 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        were you referencing “the princess bride?” if so, bravo my friend…

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Yes indeed I was.

  2. indaburg - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Here I was thinking the Rays were winning because of my lucky Rays watch. I forgot my watch yesterday and they won anyway. It turns out, it has more to do with playing a shitty AL Central team. Go figure. I wish we could play the Twinkies as often as we play the Red Sox, O’s, Yanks, and Jays. Stupid schedule.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      Don’t feel bad the Red Sox played that same “chitty” AL Central Team 7 games and only went 4-3. Maybe they aren’t as “chitty” as you may think. Or the Red Sox aren’t as good as they may think.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        Way to cherry-pick your stats Uyf’ie. I’m pretty sure all the Nation cares about are the 4-2 record vs. what’s left of the Yankees and 1st place in the AL East.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        Also, the Rays lost 3 of 4 to the Royals last month and both games against them the month before. They swept the White Sox last week but just broke even with them (the team at the bottom of our division) last time. You’d think she’d prefer that the narrative was that the Rays are on a tear rather than that they’re just playing crappy teams. I can’t wait for her to blame the AL West when they play the Astros.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        Yeah, those horrible, overrated Red Sox…

        They’ve only been in first place almost all year, and lead the majors in runs, hits, doubles, RBI, OBP, OPS and slugging, and are second in batting average and triples.

        How crazy we fans must be to actually consider this team pretty good, especially compared to expectations going into the season.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        unclemosesgreen, no need to get your panties in a twist. I didn’t cherry pick any stats. What I did was respond to a posters comment about his teams record versus a very specific team. With a comment about that specific team. And how he shouldn’t minimize his teams victories. If you weren’t so hell bent on making an issue out of a harmless comment you have have realized that.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        aceshigh11, I don’t know how to respond to your comment other then to say my innocuous comment about the Sox record versus the Twins and how it may make both teams appear in some fans eyes garnered a season to date summary of Red Sox season. Personally I think your reply was a bit of overkill. But that’s just my opinion.

        Technically the Red Sox are tied with the Tigers in hits with 912 but considering the Tigers have played 3 fewer games than the Sox I think it would more appropriate to say the Tigers lead the Majors in hits because they have played fewer games.

        BTW, you failed to mention the Red Sox lead the American League in total run differential.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      The truth of what you say is undeniable, and yet certain Tiggers fans will continue to talk about the AL Central as though it is full of high-quality major league teams. Twinkies are fun to feast on, but so are FakeSox and Royals.

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Oh. You found that, huh? Well. What am I gonna do with this lukescottshapedwatch, then? C’mon. You take it. Wear it all the time. That way the daily dose of rophenal it delivers can start work….I’ve said too much. Just take the watch, ok?

      /staring

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      You’re making adjustments, which is important. Now you have to watch the adjustments made to your adjustments and then adjust accordingly. But you’re a trooper. I think you can do it.

  3. therealtrenches - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Of the Phillies’ recent surge, Craig concludes. “It’s hard to dig out of a hole.”

    True, Craig. But it’s also not so easy to hold a lead when a team behind you keeps taking two of three (or three of four) from each of its opponents, you sure are glad the Bravos started 12-1, huh?

    Here’s hoping for an interesting second half!!!

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    “7.5 games back is basically where (the Phillies) been hovering forever now. It’s hard to dig out of a hole.”

    Didn’t the Mets beat writer have that identical line once? Footsteps Atlanta, footsteps…..we know you hear them….

    • philsphilsphils - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/item_QIBlTY56YbKSaqSTNbFY1I;jsessionid=B0A62887D8A15AF1086301B15F433906

      • greymares - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        Thanks for that, god stuff !

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        Yep, that is it!

        I sent that writer a note when the Phillies clinched in ’07, ’08, ’09 and ’10 and included that link. Not in an overly snarky way – more like a fun victory lap. To his credit, he takes his lumps well

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Now now, give Craig a break, he might have been looping a particular Journey song all night like a cat kneading it’s bedding to comfort itself.

      10 games left head to head against the Braves. Knead harder.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        If by 10 geames you mean 13, then I agree :)

        But its not like the Phillies could make a 6-0 run at some point on the Braves…..I mean, things like that are impossible. And as we all know, the Braves are not afraid of the Phillies

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/05/chipper-jones-on-the-phillies-were-not-scared-of-them/

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Good for them, let them be un afraid.

        That’s how prey in the wild roll: There’s only panic when the predator is on top of them.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      haha the more Craig hates, the more I think he’s worried the Phillies will make a run.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        It’s like a reverse “Dark Side of the Force” thing….

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Nah, you know deep inside, Craig is doing this for jollies. He WANTS the Phillies to rise like a Phoenix from the ashes. That way he can post lost of trolling and baiting stuff. Then the page clicks come like a tidal wave.

        Really, it’s Blogging 101 folks.

  5. kiwicricket - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Chris Carter has struck out 122 times already. The Marlins ‘leading’ hitter is Placido Polanco at .252(Juan Pierre is second at .242)
    and JP Arencibia recently increased his walk rate by closing his eyes and not moving(95/13 SO/BB).

  6. janessa31888 - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    So encouraging to have a good performance from Danny Salazar after the disasters from our other young pitchers. (Trevor and Carlos, that means you).
    I’m so glad Mark Reynolds would only sign a one year deal. He’s an automatic out and isn’t doing anything to earn a huge deal next year. Now I understand why the Orioles let him go.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      It was a very good game by Salazar.

      Curses he mutters under his breath!

  7. kiwicricket - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Adam Dunn has 63hits in 303ABs. 24 of those hits have been HRs.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      You left out my favorite Dunn stats: 43 BB’s and 106 K’s. For well over half of his plate appearances, the fielders can leave their gloves in the dugout.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        I think you missed his point.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        If so I’m missing it still – it’s like a pop-up in the sun for me right now. L’il help?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        I thought his point was that it was amusing that as poorly as he’s hit, a third of them are HR’s — kind of an oddity.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Adam Dunn is a walking talking chewing oddity. His career line on HR/H is 29%, and this year’s 38% is still freakish but not far off his career line.

        I’m a bit of a stat obsessive, and Dunn is the best and truest “True Outcomes” guy.

        Entertaining reading for anyone who wants to know what that is, from the excellent Rany Jazayerli.

        http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=724

  8. historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    “In a dog’s age”?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      That phrase would have been anachronistic even in Ole Hoss’s day.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Is this some kind of northerner thing? I assumed he was just afraid to say “coon’s age” for some reason.

    • chacochicken - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      I’d prefer in a Pliocene Castoroides day (ie. the megafauna giant beaver). Seems more appropriate.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        Oh my word, don’t start up the scientists!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Any beaver reference is fine with me.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        That is a very damming comment.

      • chacochicken - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Sadly, there is no evidence that giant beavers built giant dams.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        You kidding me? Those suckers were so big they *were* the dam.

        They made terrestrial lodges though, yes?

  9. mungman69 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Watch the Braves catch the Phillies.

    • natslady - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      That would be fun–looking back on both teams! I vote for that.

  10. jpat2424 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Anything Detroit BLOWS

    • tigersfandan - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Yeah, this being in first place stuff is a real pain!

  11. APBA Guy - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Very excited to see the A’s vs. the Sox tonight at the Mausoleum. The Sox ripped the Mariners at an even more pitching-friendly park this week, so it’s clear they are in good form for the A’s best starters, including Bartolo “Despised of Christine Brennan” Colon on Sunday. For the last few years the usual horde of Sox fans has not filled in the empty seats unlike their glory years in the middle of the last decade. Hopefully they realize that their team this year is actually fun to watch, and playing against an A’s team that is also fun and playing to stay ahead of the Rangers.

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